Local Girls Make Good [CAKE that is!!] Meet the CAKE girls at US GRANT Dessert Lounge February 25 at The Wedding Party EXPO

We bet you didn't know we had talented celebrities in San Diego like this! Kimberly Gafter and Jennifer Duncan of CAKE won the The Food Network's Cake Wars D.C. Comics episode in 2015, The Rose Bowl in 2016 AND The Championship Shrek episode in 2017. Lucky for you, you get to meet this talented pair and taste their delicious desserts at the February 25, 2018 Wedding Party EXPO at the glorious US GRANT HOTEL. Get your tickets now and we will see you there! 

Watch the Fabulous CAKE Girls in their NEW series "Ridiculous Cakes" on The Food Network!!

Happy Lunar New Year!! Celebrate the Year of the Dog with this Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot by Formosa Events

We promised you another amazing Lunar New Year Wedding Styled Shoot this time by the creative team at Formosa Events and here it is! This bold pink delight of wedding style with traditional lion dancers, asian themed wedding cake, breathtaking styling and fashion is just the thing to ring in a very Happy Year of the Dog!! 

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

SDW - As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes.  So why one about the Lunar New Year?

Wendy - Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations.  Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked.  For this very reason, our team wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home.  These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they really do enhance the dining table tremendously.

What was designed can be featured at various other events such as a wedding, birthday party, anniversary dinner, and more.  It isn't necessarily just for Lunar New Year dinners.  This is what makes our table designs fabulous - they are transferrable for other occasions.     

SDW - What was the inspiration for this style shoot?

Wendy - Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, personally, I was ultimately inspired by two specific things.  First, Pantone's colour of year for 2017; greenery.  This was the reason green was selected in the colour palette.  Secondly, the question was - would it be possible to have a Chinese inspired shoot without featuring traditional red?  I believe our team was successful in demonstrating a modern interpretation of Asian decor and styling when you look at the video and pictures.

The other design feature that our team encapsulated was the Yin and Yang concept.  One table featured a bold approach with the use of Bonsai trees.  It translated into a more sophisticated masculine feel.  The second table donated a more feminine touch with an abundance of flowers in shades of soft pinks and purples.  

SDW - What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?

Wendy - My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients' cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name "Asian Fusion Weddings".  However, there are also clients that want a very visually detailed rich celebration where the cultural aspects are not the main focus.  Hence "Formosa Events".  'Formosus' in Latin means beautifully formed.  Therefore, when couples consult with this company, they desire more visual eye candy at their events.   

In either case, it brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding.  The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.

SDW - Thank you very much for sharing your team's editorial shoot with us.

Wendy - Thank you for sharing our images and video.  Gung Hay Fat Choy!  I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.

Creative Director, Pink theme Producer and Wedding Planner - Formosa Events

Creative Director and Photography - Pepper and Light

Cinematography - Images Life Media

Floral and Decor - Jackie O Floral Events Affair

Bonsai Trees - Tropical Expressions

Cake and Sweets Table - Nadia and Co.

Stationery Design and Flat Lay Stylist - Maison Maquette

Backdrop and Table Vinyl - Designer Dance Floor | Exotik Wrapz 

Wedding Gowns - Dina Alonzi 

Asian Jewellery - H & F Jewellery

Men's Bowtie and Male Model Stylist - TYTAN Ties

Men’s Ties  - Classica

Hair Stylist  - Medulla & Co.

Make-up Artist - Vinny Artistry & Co.

Lion Dancers - Wushu Project

Table top rentals - Chairman Mills

Table and Chair Rentals - Detailz Couture

Paper Lanterns - Toronto Paper Lanterns

Website - http://torontopaperlanterns.com/

Female and Male Models - Elite Model (Crystal and Gabriel)

Venue - Aga Khan Museum

Venue – Shangri-La Hotel - Toronto

Ready to Celebrate the Lunar New Year? This Gorgeous Asian Wedding Shoot Will Get You Excited for the Year of the Dog!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We love Lunar New Year and are getting excited for the Year of the Dog! 

The Lunar [or Asian] New year is tomorrow February 16! So we will let this gorgeous Styled Shoot by Asian Fusion Weddings speak for itself [or bark for itself] but one thing we love is finding out that in China, it's still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财), meaning “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺—wàng wàng). Enjoy! Watch for another spectacular styled shoot celebrating Lunar New Year and Year of the Dog tomorrow on the day of this colorful and ancient celebration...! 

SDW - As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes.  So why one about the Lunar New Year?

Wendy - Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations.  Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked.  For this very reason, our team wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home.  These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they really do enhance the dining table tremendously.

What was designed can be featured at various other events such as a wedding, birthday party, anniversary dinner, and more.  It isn't necessarily just for Lunar New Year dinners.  This is what makes our table designs fabulous - they are transferrable for other occasions.     

SDW - What was the inspiration for this style shoot?

Wendy - Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, personally, I was ultimately inspired by two specific things.  First, Pantone's colour of year for 2017; greenery.  This was the reason green was selected in the colour palette.  Secondly, the question was - would it be possible to have a Chinese inspired shoot without featuring traditional red?  I believe our team was successful in demonstrating a modern interpretation of Asian decor and styling when you look at the video and pictures.

The other design feature that our team encapsulated was the Yin and Yang concept.  One table featured a bold approach with the use of Bonsai trees.  It translated into a more sophisticated masculine feel.  The second table donated a more feminine touch with an abundance of flowers in shades of soft pinks and purples.  

SDW - What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?

Wendy - My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients' cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name "Asian Fusion Weddings".  However, there are also clients that want a very visually detailed rich celebration where the cultural aspects are not the main focus.  Hence "Formosa Events".  'Formosus' in Latin means beautifully formed.  Therefore, when couples consult with this company, they desire more visual eye candy at their events.   

In either case, it brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding.  The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.

SDW - Thank you very much for sharing your team's editorial shoot with us.

Wendy - Thank you for sharing our images and video.  Gung Hay Fat Choy!  I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.

Creative Director, Green theme Producer & Wedding Planner - Asian Fusion Weddings

Creative Director and Photography - Pepper and Light

Cinematography - Images Life Media

Floral and Decor - Jackie O Floral Events Affair

Bonsai Trees - Tropical Expressions

Cake and Sweets Table - Nadia and Co.

Stationery Design and Flat Lay Stylist - Maison Maquette

Backdrop and Table Vinyl - Designer Dance Floor | Exotik Wrapz 

Wedding Gowns - Dina Alonzi 

Asian Jewellery - H & F Jewellery

Men's Bowtie and Male Model Stylist - TYTAN Ties

Hair Stylist  - Medulla & Co.

Make-up Artist - Vinny Artistry & Co.

Canine Couture - El Cachorrocouture

Table top rentals - Chairman Mills

Table and Chair Rentals - Detailz Couture

Paper Lanterns - Toronto Paper Lanterns

Website - http://torontopaperlanterns.com/

Female and Male Models - Elite Model (Crystal and Gabriel)

Canine Models - Merlin's Hope Resc

Venue - Aga Khan Museum

Venue – Shangri-La Hotel - Toronto

We celebrate 7 of our all-time favorite romantic movies to wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day

Moonstruck always stands put as a fave romantic movie.! Nicolas Cage and Cher falling in love with that amazing soundtrack of Italian classics and of course, La Boheme. 

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If you have not seen the classic tale of love [almost!] lost you must stop whatever you are doing and immediately watch An Affair to Remember. Cary Grant was the leading man's leading man in Hollywood's golden age for a reason. 

After, and only after, you have watched an Affair to Remember, can you really appreciate Sleepless in Seattle, since SiS was actually a Valentine to the classic. Another great soundtrack.

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Here he is again, Cary Grant! This story of Philadelphia socialite finding her true love is a classic for reason! The Philadelphia Story reminds you that true love is truly 'yar'.

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A charming Merchant Ivory movie period piece that celebrates persistence and being true to oneself, A Room with a View is gorgeous and smart. 

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This year's hit with critics, Call Me by Your Name is an ode to love and that certain something you feel when you find the one.

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And of course it would be inconceivable to forget the all time classic romantic fairytale that we all know and love....The Princess Bride. As you wish. 

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How to stay healthy during your honeymoon

How to stay healthy during your honeymoon - a tip for traveling couples! With travel inspiration from Avant-Garde Travel honeymoon experts.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

To whoever lives for the experience, riches of the soul and understanding of something bigger than they themselves are, traveling comes as a solution and a logical choice. Letting yourself dive into something so powerful, diverse and different from all the things you had the opportunity to experience so far is the best way to broaden your understanding of life, love, potential and all other wonderful things life has to offer. And when you are going with the love of your life and your forever-partner, the whole experience is better, extra fulfilling and even more rewarding than when you travel on your own. 

Utilize a Pro Travel Agent & Honeymoon Expert 

Avant-Garde Travel designs once in a lifetime experiences for their clients. They have the tools, industry pricing, expertise, knowledge, opportunities, resources and connections to elevate your travel to the next level. There is literally no reason to go it alone when an agency, like Avant Garde, can plan and book your tip and save you money! Avant-Garde Travel is a boutique travel company located in San Diego that specializes in group travel, custom vacation planning, escorted tours, river and ocean cruising and luxury hotels. Avant-Garde Travel creates once in a lifetime experiences for our clients based on their individual needs and interests.

Naturally, to have the best experience possible on your travel-tours, you need to make sure you stay safe and healthy, especially if you are traveling to destinations that are far from your home. With that in mind, here are a few smart tips to help you and your better half enjoy your time and stay vigorous during the trip.

Make sure you feel good traveling!

No matter how wonderful your go-to destination is, unless you feel comfy while traveling (and while actually being there), it’s all a waste. To feel great, you need to make sure both your body and your mind feel rested and relaxed. The mind? Well, that’s the part you have to take care of yourself – get in the mood for traveling, free yourself of any potential traveling anxieties and be ready for all the possible cultural shocks you might experience. Talk to your partner about their potential anxieties and face them head-on. Be each other’s support system both while you travel and when you reach your destination. The body?  Well, when you’ve got an awesome company like Go Travel,  you can easily solve the “problem” of a comfy trip. Take precautionary measures to avoid any potential mishaps‒like having your batteries leak, getting wet with no raincoat at hand, having a neck spasm because you don’t have a travel-pillow, etc.‒ by buying all the travel items you think you’ll need in advance. See? It’s pretty simple when you have proper guidance.


Don’t get too excited (if you know what we mean)

Yes, we totally understand the thrill of being THOSE newlyweds that are absolutely mad about each other and would rather do nothing else but love it up all day long and then spice things up at the beach late at night. While this sounds super romantic, please take into consideration that you are in a foreign land/strange city. Heaven forbid something happens, like your beach chair gives you back spasms, you get a UTI, because you won’t have your regular doctor there and things may get a bit odd, uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially if you cannot speak the local language!  Now, we’re not saying you should sleep in separate beds, we’re just saying... be careful.

Keep your hands clean and bacteria at bay

Now, this tip’s way more practical (sort of) and less weird to talk about, right? Right. Now no one is saying you should become a germaphobe, but....different locations have different bacteria that your system may not be used to. When you are traveling, keeping your hygiene on point is extremely important. Coming into contact with people, things, animals, handles in public transport and taxis, doors, etc. is the source of bacteria and the last thing you want is to subject yourself to some type of infection. When you are on the go, there’s often no soap and water available to wash your hands, so rely on hand sanitizer to save the day. Natural ‘wet wipes’ are awesome, too like EO® Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes. Also be sure you drink bottled water that has definitey been purified! 

Don't flash cash

You'd be surprised at some of the places you can get mugged pr pick pocketed even in cities that you wouldn't expect. Be smart, be safe...keep your valuables in hotel safes and don't show off your money. Even out of the way places take credit cards now that keeping track of [and being able to dispute charges] goes a lot better digitally - but do have some local money on hand for that one place with the best local food that doesn't do plastic.  

Check in with local government agencies if you're going off the beaten path

We're not trying to sounds extreme here or like Goldie Hawn in "Snatched" but if you are going to a less touristy destination be smart and let people - like the State Department and your family at home- know your itinerary and have check in times and dates so everyone knows you're having the time of your life! Find out everything, from which vaccinations you need to the local laws to any travel warnings (including crime and security warnings). While you're on the website, head over to the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page, where you can register your travel plans. So heaven forbid, in the event of an emergency (whether it's a natural disaster, an emergency back home or whatever), they will be able to contact you.

Backup important documents

Also before you depart the USA, scan a copy of your passport, e-mail it to yourself and take a photo of it to save on your cell phone. That way, if you need your passport while out (but it's locked up in your hotel safe), you'll have access to all your details. And, if it's lost or stolen, getting a replacement will be that much faster....we know we've been there.

Wherever you go and whatever you do we hope you enjoy an amazing [positive] story-filled honeymoon! Just be smart and be safe in advance so then you get to focus just on having fun! 

All travel photos by Avant-Garde Travel.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your Honey with Dinner and a Movie at The Lafayette Hotel

Enjoy an Old Fashioned Valentine Dinner And A Movie with Your Sweetheart at The Lafayette Hotel

One of San Diego's best kept secrets, The Lafayette Hotel, is bringing back the classic "Dinner and a Movie" date to their beautiful historic hotel. 

Make your V-Day memorable with a three-course dinner handcrafted by Executive Chef Ryan Gilbert. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Brian Wahlstrom on piano and vocals by opera singer Ashley Cutright.

The classic romance film Dirty Dancing will begin poolside at 8pm.

Experience Valentine's Day at The Lafayette - where time slows down and you can create timeless memories with your loved one. Contact them to make reservations (619) 780-0358 or bill@lafayettehotelsd.com

Check out this delicious Valentine’s Day 2018 ♥ Prix Fixe Dinner Menu for just $100 a couple!

FIRST COURSE

Mixed CEVICHE
pacific white shrimp · bay scallops · tomatoes · onion · cilantro · serrano ·
lemon, lime and orange marinade
or
Maine LOBSTER Bisque
crème fraiche · chives · brioche crouton
or
KALE Salad
petite purple + black kale · honey tangerines · pomegranate · candied walnuts
raspberry vinaigrette · bayley hazen bleu cheese

SECOND COURSE

SCALLOPS + Risotto
pan-seared diver scallops · Piment d'Espelette black truffle risotto · orange zest · micro citrus
or
CHICKEN + Brussels
free-range Jidori airline breast · baby potatoes · pork belly · brussel sprouts · Medjool dates sauterne · herb jus
or
SHORT RIB + Polenta
braised short rib · roasted baby carrots · creamy polenta · bull's blood · demi-glace
 

THIRD COURSE

STRAWBERRY Angel Food Cake
angel food cake · Grand Marnier whipped cream · fresh strawberries
or
Red VELVET Cake
double layer red velvet cake · cream cheese icing · chocolate decorettes · berry compote
or
Lemon Raspberry CHEESECAKE
lemon raspberry-layered cheesecake · lemon cake · white chocolate curls · raspberry syrup

Make your V-Day timeless by booking a room too and adding chocolate-dipped strawberries and sparkling wine throughout the month of February. On Valentine's Day 2/14, you also have the option to add the turndown service of rose petals to your room.

Call now: (619) 296-2101 or Book Online.

Plan an Amazing Bachelorette Party for your Bride and Friends without Breaking the Bank

Bachelorette parties are a right of passage for you and your girls and it seems they're evolving all the time. Bridal parties can be found flying all over the world [Paris anyone?], celebrating in amazing hotels [what stays in Vegas...], heading down to Baja, or tucking into a quaint mountain cabin to play games and stay up all night chatting and just keeping it mellow, or, er....having a pillow fight. San Diego has probably the most options and directions to go since we are so close to it all! There are actually ways to have an amazing party without going crazy in the process. Plus, your bachelorette party should also be meaningful. Getting the bride out and little wild is fun, [spare her any social media posts of having too much fun please!] but letting her know how much you care about her and are happy she found the right person to marry is what it’s really all about. 

Here we bring you just a few ideas and tips for you to plan the ideal Bachelorette Party. 

Check in with the bride! First you should talk to the bride and find out what kind of party she wants. If she wants to go out of town, that’s great. But also find out what people can afford. Some might be more interested in the time spent together than spending a bucket full of dough [especially after wedding gifts, bridesmaids dresses and hotel rooms] so be sensitive to all! 

Consider going to a city that’s nearby, but still away from home. You might be able to find a place that has group wine tours or a regional casino like Viejas resort & Casino. Or head out to Palm Springs for a fabulous girls getaway that's just a few hours east! The Ace Hotel is a charming way to dive right into the PS spirit! Or how about Mammoth Mountain Inn for a winter wonderland getaway? Or the famous Rosarito Beach Hotel or Las Rocas Resort & Spa in Baja Mexico? A quick drive to Temecula gets you to the gorgeous South Coast Winery Resort & Spa or just go as far as San Marcos and live a lakeside dream Bachelorette weekend at Lake House Resort! Perhaps a rented cabin up at Big Bear would be a great place to hang out and a chance for the bridal party to get to know each other, while paying tribute to the bride-to-be. Go camping or “glamping,” take a cooking class, go skydiving, go to a dive bar and sing karaoke, visit museums, take a craft beer tour, visit a distillery or go to a spa (ask about a group rate on spa services!). You can even do volunteer work or Arts and Crafts at Charity Wings.

When planning, remember to be diplomatic: Ask the bride first what she wants to do, and then ask the other attendees for ideas to add.

Remind the other party-goers not to post on social media until you get back, or you can create a private Facebook group to post photos for only those you trust. You don’t want strangers to know your house is unattended.

What’s most important:

Take some time to shower the bride with love, too. Play games, create a scrapbook for her, do crafts together, talk about how each of you met her and why you are still close friends. Brides planning a wedding are usually stressed to their limit, so take some time to allow her to relax and have fun. Maybe give each other pedicures, or have a home spa night.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, delegate. Centralize the planning, but ask other friends or bridesmaids to help out. Have one person research venues, another decide on games, another get a cake and champers, and so on. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Doing all the work yourself almost guarantees you won’t have fun and maybe even end up feeling resentful.

The most important part of any bachelorette party is the memories you make. The bride will remember this party as the most important time of her life with her best friends. She’ll love you for it. 

Oh and please if you want to have a pillow fight Bachelorette Party like this adorable one shot by Chris Wojdak Photography.... you should do that part at home!:) 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Stephen + Catherine's

Even though Stephen and Catherine are a couple who have quite the story to tell, words aren't needed between these two. Their love for each other is so obvious, and it's all right here in their wedding day photos! Both Stephen and Catherine have given a lot for our country because when one half of a couple serves, the other half does too. We know we will be eternally grateful, not just for all that these two lovebirds have given, but also for the power and emotion that come through in these pics. 

Why we love family style wedding reception table set ups by Farm Tables & More

We know the traditional wedding reception set up of the last 30 or 40 years has been lots of round tables, where you place people based on common interests, relationships. and even history together. But to us there’s something really special about dining “family style” at long tables at a wedding reception!  Check out these gorgeous tables by Farm Tables & More,  a local, family run business and one of SanDiego‘s loveliest specialty rental companies - with a fabulous inventory of nice, long, family style tables for your wedding!

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 And outdoor wedding comes together so beautifully with one long table! 

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 We feel like longer tables are an extra perfect fit at a vineyard wedding! 

A Soft Color Palette Makes for a Dreamy Romantic Wedding Styled Shoot

This beautiful and elegant shoot collaboration styled by Happily Ever Details, photographed by Anna Perevertaylo brings a dreamy soft color palette wedding style to life. Gorgeous lush florals, stunning vineyard views with a beautiful bride in this beautiful long sleeve gown by Diamond Bridal Gallery, savoring it all. This sweet bridal styled shoot comes to us just in time for the mid Winter season, filled with candlelights that creates the warm details that would be charming for any Southern California Winter wedding. Enjoy! 

Gracy Accad's Sophisticated Elegance Reminds us of when Grace Kelly's Wedding Ruled the News!

With a refined, sophisticated style that harkens back to the magic of Grace Kelly in the 1950's, New York based Bridal Gown Designer Gracy Accad brings a classic elegance to bridal that we just love!  And we think this heavenly blue with white floral creation in particular is just divine! 

Gracy Accad is a fashion alchemist who blends simplicity, chicness and modern romance. Her collections bring to mind the elegance of haute couture with a downtown edge, using only the finest fabrications and sewing techniques. In four short years, this native New Yorker built a following among millennial women who come to her New York City atelier for handmade designs with modern sensibility.

Gracy Accad comes from a family whose heritage is rooted in the textile industry and sources only the finest materials and pays special attention to fit and form. Her looks are characterized as enduring and timeless, but still maintain a modern edge. Both her bridal and evening wear are elegant and refined, and known for having shimmer and sparkle. There's a classic touch to each of her designs—even the ones that are in tune with contemporary trends.

Gracy Accad continues to receive accolades from notable industry editors from her signature evening wear and bridal debut during the Fall 2018 season New York Bridal Fashion Week.

Stephanie White's Romeo & Juliet Inspired Collection - Turning Dreams into Reality

Designer Stephanie White, creator of the bohemian style bridal line, Odylyne the Ceremony, takes on a romantic yet exotic twist for her newest collection: ‘Star Crossed Lovers’. ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ is the perfect bridal collection for the free-spirited bride who wants to look magical and timeless on her wedding day (and, who wouldn't want to?!). Stephanie White's enchanting designs transform the classic every day bridal gown into a modern take on the vintage Renaissance look; ranging from long trains, unique embroidery, bell sleeves, high necklines, and an abundance of silk.  this collection can make the Montagues and the Capulets make up for good!

Source: https://odylynetheceremony.com/collections/star-crossed-lovers/products/everly

Ines Di Santo bridal gown trunk show February 2-4 at M bride Salon in La Jolla

Ines Di Santo’s exquisite collection will be in La Jolla at, arguably SanDiego‘s highest fashion bridal salon, M Bride, beginning Friday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 4th. Ever-influenced by her Italian and Argentinian roots, Ines Di Santo’s collection features sculpted gowns accented with signature pearls, beaded embroideries and exquisite lace in a variety of textures. Enjoy special promotions and designer incentives this weekend only. To book your appointment today, call (858) 551-1718 or click here: http://www.mbridesalon.com/contact-us

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The Master of Feminine Bridal Designs - Oscar de la Renta - Offers a Whimsical Collection for 2018

Whether floral, butterfly, vine petals [or even signatures] shaped we just love appliques on bridal gowns! And clearly so does bridal gown design house Oscar de la Renta - always the master of feminine design and of combining classical elegance and trends. Check out some of our favorites from this talented- gone too soon- designer who had fashionable ladies worldwide turning heads for decades. 

Bridal fashion shows inspire everyone with options, trends and style!

There’s nothing like a beautiful bridal gown fashion show to inspire every bride to envision herself in one of the most incredible dresses she will ever wear!   February 25 don’t miss the four fashion shows (like the premiere multi designer show by M Bride Salon - as shown below from last year’s show!) at the San Diego Wedding Party EXPO at the US Grant Hotel! 

Just one of hundreds of designer bridal gowns to be seen on the runway at the Wedding Party EXPO! 

Just one of hundreds of designer bridal gowns to be seen on the runway at the Wedding Party EXPO! 

Beautiful Flowers and A Beautiful Wedding Day at Ranch Valencia Remembered

We love a grand vision for a wedding and we also love when the bride and her artist designer and decor specialists like the amazing Annette Gomez, florist extraordinaire] feel they don't have to make everything match-matchy! This glorious Rancho Valencia wedding feels like a playful circus for the heart and soul!! And we really really love when a bunch of our favorite wedding pros [like Boyd Harris Photography, planner EverAfter Events, our rental heroes Classic Party Rentals, and the lovely Farm Tables and More,] come together to play and make wedding decor magic! 

Photographer: Boyd Harris Photography | Coordinator: EverAfter Events | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Flowers: Flowers Annette Gomez | Music: Tiernan Tunes TrioWest Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party RentalsFarm Tables and MorePlatinum ProRevelry Event DesignArchive Rentals | Lighting: Tim Altbaum Productions | Hair: JDM Salon | Makeup: Vivian Kuriakos | Photobooth: Still Listening Productions | Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier | Videographer: It's Personal Cinema | Transportation: Goldfield StageOld Town Trolley Tours

San Diego Featured Wedding: Anything But Ordinary with Purple and Blue One of a Kind Wedding

One word to describe Lily and James's wedding is unconventional. And we are obsessed. Full of color and unique decor, this couple knows how to throw a party. We are sure that this will be a wedding their guests will never forget. Why, you ask? The ceremony began with the ceremonial blowing of a conch by the bride's brother, and officiant. Already off to a good start, the bride and groom spruced up the bride's dress with purple LED lights, added capes to the bridesmaids dresses, and made shields and spears for the entire bridal party! The attire wasn't the only DIY project on hand, Lily and James also made their flowers-- made from books and peacock feathers-- the center pieces, the wedding arch, and the troll cake topper! Just amazing!!

Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//DJ:DeOndre Essex//Bridesmaid Store: RenzRags - Etsy//Reception Venue: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue//Caterer: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue

When your something blue is a beautiful bridal gown by local designer Jaime Elyse

When your something blue is a beautiful confection of a bridal gown by one of our favorite local designers Jaime Elyse then everything is heavenly. We just love it when a local girl makes good like this talented Southern Cal fashion designer and artist. And you can see why she is the toast of Fashion Weeks in Toronto, LA and New York! 

designer @jaimeelyseofficial

agency @rmea_talent

photographer @heatherandersonphotography

muah @christajacobs_hair.makeup

model @laurenjacobs_model @andrewraymondsweeney

“Thank You” matters as much as “I Love You”!

We love this hand-lettered easel sign by Lavender and Sea, one of our favorite lettering artists, for many reasons. Of course it’s charming and beautifully done like everything they do, but the message it conveys is everything. Because in all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and celebrating and getting down the aisle, today’s wedding couple needs to makes sure to make time to say thank you in old-fashioned ways to their guests....and that means saying it and showing it. 

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