Yo ho ho hooooo my goodness!! It's the Pirates of the Caribbean Wedding Styled Shoot!!

What do you get when you take a really creative team of wedding vendors and put them together with a classic tale of love and pirates?  You get an amazing and fun Pirates of the Caribbean wedding styled shoot!  It's a pirate's life for us....

Today's wedding couple wants to have fun and get creative we think this Disney inspired shoot is just the ticket to inspire you to do you! We are obsessed with the faux ship sail as backdrop!  That's just great and imaginative staging folks! Scroll down for complete credits. Bravo!! 

Photographer Raelyn Elizabeth says "My team and I are big fans of all things Disney/fairytale AND all things wedding! We are a group of wedding vendors who love to create inspiration for off-beat, Disney-loving brides and grooms. When we first heard there would be another Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out this year, we knew we HAD to create a wedding shoot inspired by all things Pirates. We all have been living and breathing everything pirate and my spotify playlist has been playing pirate music on loop for the last month or so.

Deborah, our incredible clothing designer, offered our bride a modern yet beautiful pirate inspired on a non traditional, black and off white wedding gown.

We held the faux wedding ceremony on the iconic island of Coronado beach, in Southern California. Craft Menagerie, our custom crafter, created our gorgeous sail that was used for a non traditional ceremony arch. Baldwin Bridal and Events planned, designed and styled our stunning sweetheart table, cocktail bar, and reception decor to create a dark and edgy pirate ambiance.

The faux reception was taken place at The Tipsy Crow's upstairs lounge in San Diego, California. Baldwin Bridal and Events selected this venue because it reminds her of Disney's original dark inspired 'bachelor's pad', Club 33. With red velvet curtains, black leather chairs, old fireplaces and many gold fixtures, it was the perfect blend of everything pirate and Disney. Sylver Weddings and Events put the details together for the cake table and stationary display. The cake was created by Charly’s Cakes, and the stationery and seating chart were created by Boxed Wedding Invitations.

We have noticed with all of the millennial brides and grooms who grew up watching Disney fairytale wedding animations now seeing the live action remakes, we are seeing a new trend of off- beat brides and grooms who dream of creating their own fairytale romance in their weddings."

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Raelyn Elizabeth Photography//Linens and Coverings: PATTY'S LINEN RENTALS//Cinema and Video: Alexander Mo Photography and Video//Model:Aly Lovelace//Event Planner: Baldwin Bridal and Events//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Bakery:Charly's Cakes//Model:Cole Stamper//Etsy Designer: Craft Menagerie//Dress Designer: Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture//Beauty: Dezi V Hair & Makeup Artistry //Floral Designer: Flowersy by Alicia//Etsy Designer: Foswick Collectibles //Jewelry: Safia Day Jewelry//Event Designer: Sylver Weddings & Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:The Costume Store LLC//Reception Venue: The Tipsy Crow//Jewelry:The Victorian Bat//

Just goes to show that with creative imagination and a little magic the right team can help create your fairytale dream wedding become a reality!

The well appointed wedding reception dessert table by La Dolce Idea, Wedding Designer and Planner

We love this wedding reception dessert table!

Dessert tables can make your reception festive, fun and engaging for your guests, like this beautiful roaring 20s style dessert table by San Diego luxury event planner Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea. Rich with golden accents, blingy rhinestones, rock candy, metallic gold cake pops, yummy cupcakes, and beautiful colorful Macarons, this dessert table is the cats meow! 


And check out that rhinestone covered silver wedding cake! 


Rock candy is so in style for wedding receptions; it's fun, it's glam, and it's sugar!! 


Seriously... the little bow ties on the gold cake pops!! LOVE!


This dessert table would have every one of your guests enjoying themselves for hours!


Unique and beautiful stands and platters to display the desserts add to the drama! 


And who doesn't love a fun custom cake topper with the couple's fave hobbies?!


Macarons, say no more. 


Chocolate and salted caramel are just a few of the guest favored flavors.


Cupcakes...we just do not want to live in a world without cupcakes... and why should we?


A Library Wedding First Look Photo Shoot is Literally One for the Books

We are crushing hard on this Kentucky wedding for Wedding Crush Wednesday! This featured wedding showcases Nathan and Chelsea Burton who won our hearts instantly after viewing some of their wedding photos - we love book and libraries too! Chelsea's love for shades of purples and pinks made a debut throughout her bridesmaids' dresses and florals. The couple wanted to make sure they included not just colors, but all of the things that they love. Apparently, so did Mother Nature. These two love rainy days, and sure enough, a rainy day is what they got. Along with their love for cuddling up during these storms, Nathan and Chelsea share a love for books, so much so that the two had their first kiss surrounded by them, they even returned to that same library to do their first look. That is certainly one for the books!

Photography: Talaro Jo Weddings

Saving the planet with your Sierra Club wedding registry!

Sure getting lots of cool wedding presents feels great, but we can all agree that clean air, sparkling rivers, and renewable energy are always worth more than anything that comes in a box. That's why so many planet-loving wedding couples are donating to ecological causes via wedding gift registries to support the Sierra Club in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional gifts. Create a personal Team Sierra page on their site and ask for gifts to the planet as a way to care for Mother Earth with your wedding.  Future generations will thank you! 


Gorgeous Hayley Paige bridal gown rocks texture and color

Bridal gown designer Hayley Paige does it again. Bringing her bold, fashion-forward [and pretty rock star aesthetic!] design talent to this gorgeous Alabaster tulle bridal ball gown, with rock candy bodice, deep V-neckline and nude side cut out, keyhole back and raw-edge layered skirt. This amazing gown and the rest of the Hayley Paige Collection is available locally at San Diego's own uptown bridal gown salon, The White Flower. Says the designer “My silhouettes emphasize each bride’s unique style.. my collection is an opportunity to romance the sweeter side of femininity, from the quirky and charming to the fun and fabulous." We couldn't agree more. 


The gorgeous Hayley Paige style 6712 JEM is also available in ivory.


Check out the way this gorgeous alabaster, rockstar gorgeous gown sparkles and moves on the runway. 

Congratulations to Pippa and James! A few of our favorite images of the wedding of the season.

Unless you live under a rock you've probably seen and heard that Pippa Middleton, sister to Katherine the Duchess of Cambridge, got married today to James Matthews in a beautiful and very English ceremony.  Sadly we were unable to crash this beautiful event so here we share a few of our favorite photos of their day by Samir Hussein / Getty.


Just Married!!


Our top choice for person to arrange a bridal gown train... 


The oh so charming bridal party and mini army of flower girls and boys which included the adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Congratulations Pippa and James! We wish you a long and happy life together full of love and joy! 

How to Totally Spoil Your Wedding Guests (and not go broke doing it!)

We believe that your wedding should be a totally special day - obviously for you and your partner, but also your wedding guests. After all, this is a group of people you’re choosing to share the happiest day of your life with! Your guests deserve to be spoiled and there are plenty of ways to make them feel treated on your wedding day that won’t blow the budget. Here are a few fun and memorable ways to do just that...

photo by Paul Douda Photography

photo by Paul Douda Photography

Wedding favors that wow

One of the most obvious ways to make your guests feel special is with some fabulous wedding favors. There are so many different avenues you can go down with wedding favors, and the great news is you can do many of them affordably. Our advice is to channel your love for your guests, and give them something from the heart. A personalized, home-made gift will mean so much more to them than splashing the cash on excessive wedding favors…. get creative and channel your inner craft goddess, or bake something - or brew something! Fill little jars with home-made chutneys, or vintage mini glass bottles with home-made punch or elderflower champagne. There are lots of great ideas for wedding favors out there... And don’t worry - if you’re not super creative, or don’t have the time to make your favors, there is help around! Quirky websites like www.WeddingFavy.com have a wide range of wedding favors to inspire you at a bargain price - a smooth way of taking the stress out of making your wedding favors while still allowing you to personalize and create cute little gifts for your guests.

adorable customized wedding favor playing cards by weddingfavy.com

adorable customized wedding favor playing cards by weddingfavy.com

Show or write your appreciation

It’s your special day, and you’ve asked your guests to help you celebrate it. But often as the bride and groom, you’re simultaneously off playing host to everyone, making sure everything is going to plan, and trying to keep a creepy uncle from coming onto the bridesmaids. It’s a juggling act, and it sometimes means you don’t get to see enough of the people you most want to. Let them know how much you appreciate them being a part of the big day with handwritten name places for tables - maybe include a word of thanks or a reason why you love them so much!

image by Paul Douda Photography

image by Paul Douda Photography

Let your wedding guests pick the music…

Risky, oh so risky… But it’ll shake up the music that the DJ plays in the evening, and means that no one is sat in a corner all night wondering why they never get to hear a song they like. Obviously it’s a good idea to vet the music suggestions first, so you can stop any inappropriate choices before they hit the dance floor… but why not! It won’t cost anything extra, and your guests will have a great time!

Great idea alert: why not make everyone little mixtapes of your wedding playlist so they can listen to songs from the wedding and think back to what an amazing day it was.

Give your wedding guests something useful

If you’re getting married in California, chances are it’s going to be a beautiful sunny day. This is why sunglasses wedding favors are such a great idea if you’re having a summer wedding. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception, personalized sunglasses that your guests will actually be able to use on the day are fun, cheap, and easy to do. They’re also a a cute reminder of your sun-soaked special day. 

Other fun but practical ideas are sunscreen, handheld fans or parasols for your guests. No one wants to leave a wedding early because they’ve got sunstroke! Lemonade anyone?

photo by Paul Douda Photography

photo by Paul Douda Photography

Set up a candy corner or wedding reception dessert bar

Treat your guests to treats! Pretty much everyone has a sweet tooth…Setting up a candy store is a sure-fire way to delight your wedding guests (and spoil their inner child) - fill yours with vintage candy, mini popcorn buckets, cookies and milkshakes, baked goods… Check out our previous posts and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots more inspiration. This is your time to shine if you love your making and baking!  Any kids that are coming to your wedding will love you forever as a result, and the adults taking a rest from the dancing for a late-night snack will definitely feel the same…

image by Paul Douda Photography

image by Paul Douda Photography

Don’t forget the kids at your wedding!

Your little weddings guests deserve to be treated just as much as your big ones. Think about what they’d enjoy too, and how you could make things like your wedding favours suitable for children too. For example, if you’re giving your adults guests home-bottled cocktails, use the same bottles but fill them with milkshakes or hot cocoa for the kids.

It’s also super easy for kids to get bored and grouchy over the course of a long wedding, so why not combat this by keeping them happy with plenty of games and fun things to do? If you’re having a beach wedding, how about making a beach games box full of bats and balls and other toys, or maybe setting up a scavenger hunt? (Obviously getting a responsible adult to supervise while you’re hunting out the canapes.)This is a great opportunity for your smaller guests to make some new friends and have fun with people their own age!

These are just a few ideas on how you can totally spoil your guests on your wedding day without breaking the bank... Do you have any you’d add to the list? Let us know in the comments below...

image by Paul Douda Photography

image by Paul Douda Photography

Article by guest editor Hollie Jones: Hollie is a freelance writer and co-writer for the Hollie and the Ivy blog. She is passionate about upcycling, interior design, crafts and weddings. Hollie enjoys writing about these topics and spreading her knowledge and experience to others.  

**Want to see more of this awesome wedding photography? Visit expert San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda's website

Stuart Weitzman Introduces a Beautiful Bridal Shoe Collection

Long known for their gorgeous, fashion forward shoes (that are also extremely well-made) designer Stuart Weitzman introduces a beautiful bridal shoe collection that will have you swooning!  


With glitter and rhinestones and this season's beautiful, subtle colors they've even got a rose gold metallic strappy sandals!! We think this collection will make any of your SJP* loving friends build a separate shoe closet!  


*Sara Jessica Parker / Sex and the City reference  


GLITTER! On your wedding shoes!!! Yes yes yes!  

An Emotional Wedding Crush Wednesday

This week's Wedding Crush Wednesday features a most emotional wedding. Nicole and Chris Jackson were married recently at the Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona, Arizona. The back drop of their stunning wedding is remarkable, but it's the people in these photos that make them breathtaking. From intimate prayer said together before the ceremony, to the father of the bride fighting back tears (numerous times), to the pure joy that this couple shares together. The passionate looks of love and transparent bliss that these families share express true, raw emotion. These Pinterest-worthy pictures captured by Anna Marisol are truly magnificent. 

Flawless Wedding Day Backdrop Provided by ... Hornblower Events!

Chances are, whether you live in or have just visited San Diego, you've been on a Hornblower Harbor Cruise. Be it a tour of the bay, a dining cruise offered for brunch or dinner, or a wedding with downtown San Diego as the backdrop. They have something for everyone, and the weddings with Hornblower are nothing short of spectacular. To start the process, Hornblower provides a wedding planner to make that special day go that much smoother. These experts will be able to help make the event exactly how you envisioned at the price you hoped it would be. When browsing the Weddings section on their site, you will see they offer special prices for certain seasonal dates. They also provide enhancements, such as a DJ or custom florals that match your wedding style, to make your day that much more special. Christy and Scott Duncan chose to say their vows onboard the Hornblower, and it was breathtaking. See for yourself below! 

Spring Showers May Be Just What Your Wedding Photos Need

Your wedding day is full of constant worry like 'what about inclement weather?' A few tips for your big day...

Whether you choose to let someone else do the worrying for you, or you are prone to being the biggest worrywart, there are many things that can go wrong. So, fact is, worry is a big part of any wedding. Some of these concerns can be controlled, but some of these are way out of our control, like the weather. We can all agree that the weather has the potential to either make or break an event. What is important to remember, is that even if the weather does not work out in your favor, (even in San Diego!) you have the opportunity to make something spectacular out of it.  Chelsea and Courey Marshall's wedding happened to take place during a massive rainstorm.  But this couple managed to not only keep their cool, but also flourish during what could have been a major downer [beside being a downpour!] So, with May showers tickling the part of your brain that catalogs worries, don't have a melt down if your perfect day is accompanied by a little shower. Instead, take a deep breath, make whatever changes you need to make to adjust, and just have fun! If you keep your cool, and focus on the love, no matter the weather, we know that you'll end up with some awesome wedding photographs and memories like these! Scroll down for some tips on what to do if your outdoor wedding is facing possible rain....

Wedding Photography: Patrick Ibarra at Kramer Events

What to do if your outdoor wedding day forecast is rain....

1. Call a reliable rental company and rent a tent we recommend Classic Party Rentals or Intent Productions and have worked with both with incredible results. 

2. Ask your wedding venue what they recommend. A professional reception venue should have an idea or a contingency plan in place.

3. If you are on your own or DIY'd at a park or home reach out to local indoor venues near your reception location {even restaurants) that may be able to accommodate you at the last minute. 

3. Stay calm - and if you didn't hire a wedding planner already see if you can get one now! These people really know their stuff and a professional wedding planner will have handled emergencies far worse than this many times over and will know how to save your day! Plus they may have a few connections with venues to get you warm and dry! 

4. Review the odds....It seems like the local weather services often forecast more precipitation than ever actually occurs... On average San Diego, California sees 21 days with some precipitation while the rest of the country sees about 110. The national average for mostly sunny days is 213 while San Diego's is 267.  

4. Rent gorgeous rain umbrellas from Bella Umbrella and go for it anyway!  It's just rain it won't kill you and you may just have the time of your life! 

Awe Inspiring Mother and Daughter Wedding Photos

This week we are featuring a mother and daughter duo that we can't get over. Their excitement and love is so pure that we just had to share it. Jessica married John Trabbic , and Jessica was the first of three sisters to get married. Jake and Maria Galati from Galati Photography had the honor of capturing this lovely pair and give us the perfect session to lead us into yet another beloved Mother's Day! Tell us what you think of this bond that these two obviously share!  We wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

Thank Your Mom Properly with This Combination Gift

Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom and/or new mother-in-law? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect gift for you to say both "Thank You" and "Happy Mother's Day!" This year, make it simple and give your mom the perfect day of pampering at the Bella D'ora Spa + Salon. With every massage service from deep tissue to an herbal massage for muscle relaxation, they have it all. Right now, they even have a Mother's Day Special valid through May 31. This special consists of a free relaxing bath and body gift set when you purchase a 60-minute facial or massage. Now your only decision to make is do you book one for yourself as well!

San Diego's Own Horton Plaza Park Now Hosting Local Outdoor Weddings

Your dreams can now finally become a reality. The historic Horton Plaza Park is now available to rent for weddings!

Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, Horton Plaza would be the perfect spot for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's close proximity to countless hotels for out-of-town guests is beyond perfect. You and/or your guests can simply walk to the hotel after the festivities are over and not think twice about it. Another big reason we love the idea of the Horton Plaza is its location in relation to other entertainment options. Once the wedding is over, the party doesn't have to stop! With 16 city blocks of more than 60 bars and nightclubs to choose from, you are never left wandering, "What should we do now?" And finally, we love the customizable options that are provided. Whether you think the lush garden lawn is more "you" or the more modern cityscape is what your heart desires, Horton Plaza can accommodate whatever it may be. Don't take our word for it! Check out this exciting and unique San Diego wedding venue for yourself! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photographer: Willmus Weddings

Event Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Wedding Florals: Huntress Florals

Tap Truck Brings Craft Beer Right to Your Wedding Reception with a Friendly, Fun Style

One of the coolest wedding catering ideas to hit San Diego is Tap Truck, a gorgeous vintage 1952 Chevy Panel truck modified to serve craft beer on tap right at your reception! This is such a fun and unique wedding reception idea especially for craft beer savvy San Diego!  We had the pleasure of catching up with Co Founder Corbin who served up beer to hundreds of brides and grooms with a smile. From Grandpa to Groomsmen, you'll be your craft-beer-loving guests' hero with super friendly, fun and engaging Tap Truck at your event!

Co Founder Corbin doing what he does best - making people happy with great beer and a great attitude! All photos above by Paul Douda for The Wedding Party EXPO.

Tap Truck enjoys being the big hit at any [over 21!] Their wedding packages are a great guide to develop what you picture for your event. Each package includes a bartender(s) for safety and insurance purposes. Tap Truck is fully licensed and able to provide certificates to venues. Owners Corbin or Taylor are always ready to create your custom quote but here are a few faves: 

The Showcase Package (A Wedding Favorite) 
House Blonde and IPA Beers,  House Red and White Wine, served in style with a Tap Truck and bartender(s)

The Keg Convoy Package
House Cider, House Kegged Wine, and two custom beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Custom Chrome Package
Pick your top 4 beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s)

The Rally Package
House Blonde, IPA, and Stout beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Nuts and Bolts (Truck Rental)
Put simply, we can rent our trucks by the hour and delivery milage, if the truck you desire is not booked!

Mechanic (Bartending Service)
We are able to supply additional bartenders, or just simply a Bartender for your gathering. This is based on start and stop time, Location and number needed.

The Fuel Pump (Cash Bar)
We love playing a part in festivals! Whether you need a provide whatever is needed to make your event successful. Ranging from simple cash bar at your wedding, party or event to full scale sales at a festival. Keep in mind we hold minimums.

The Geode Cake by Flour Power Cakery will be sure to WOW Your Guests

The Geode wedding cake has been an internet darling for wedding Instagram and Pinterest posts all year! So it's great to know that local San Diego wedding cake bakers Flour Power Cakery can do it so well! Check out this dramatic purple geode cake, it's a beauty! 

Talk about drama! The geode wedding cake will be the coup de grace for your wedding reception!

Photos by Paul Douda for The San Diego Wedding Party EXPO. 

Look What We Did There! Loving our Wedding Styled Shoot Grid on Our Instagram Profile

We had a lot of fun today creating an exciting grid for our Instagram Profile Page...check it out and please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/lovetotallyplanlocally/ #lookwhatwedidthere ... Click through to see the gorgeous photo by London Light Photography all put together in the correct order! 

And see the whole gorgeous. modern, Marie Antoinette-themed wedding styled shoot here! 

An Old School Spanish Haceinda and Vineyard for Your Wedding is Right in San Diego's Backyard!

How did we not know about Hacienda Vineyards wedding venue before now??! All this time we've been sitting here on the coast, thinking about driving to Temecula for a fun winery experience, not realizing that there was a gorgeous, old school, Spanish styled hacienda and vineyard just twenty minutes from downtown San Diego! It's like stepping back in time to a beautiful, relaxing, abundant era of riches and style. Take a peek at this gorgeous styled shoot by Photographer Amy Millard on site at Hacienda Vineyard and tell us you don't want run down there for a glass of wine and a relaxing day of soaking up the trees, with the surrounding hillsides lush with 9 acres of foliage framing a never ending sky that watches over their vast lawns 1930's era Spanish House.

The grand Vineyard Hacienda-style residence at Vineyard Hacienda wedding ceremony and reception venue was carefully constructed in the 1930s in true old-style Spanish tradition; adobe, red Spanish tile, and authentic hardwoods add an element of history and tradition. Vineyard Hacienda offers an extensive variety of locations, both indoor and outdoor, to meet the needs of even the most discriminating guest, and is above all fabulous secluded, private, secure, and peaceful gated property in a unique and beautiful event setting.

Featured Designer: Sachin & Babi Create Fresh & Feminine Fashion for Brides

Sachin & Babi, one of the hottest new bridal gown designers is known for their romantic and feminine approach to fashion. Having formerly created all of Oscar de la Renta's hand embroidery this team understands detail! available at M Bride the fabulous bridal gown salon in La Jolla. 


For the past twenty years, Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia have made their mark in the luxury fashion and lifestyle worlds. To this day, the husband and wife team are sought aft­er by the most exclusive couture designer houses as a creative resource for unique embroideries.


The Bridal Shrug for cool San Diego Evening Weddings

Sure it's always sunny here [our wedding blog is even called 72°!] but locals know that San Diego evenings - even in the Summer - get cool, especially if you are celebrating near the water enjoying your cocktail and dinner reception after your wedding ceremony.  So we thought you might like this lovely lightweight bridal shrug by Meshka Bridal that complements a range of bridal gown styles, most especially strapless. Don't get caught on your wedding night thinking, "I should've brought a sweater!"


Chantilly lace with a touch of embellished beading make for a charming shrug to keep the bride a little warmer.