Huge Spring Bridal Gown Sample Sale at M bride La Jolla this Weekend!

Designer Sample Sale April 26th-29th. We need to make room for our new stock pieces, so don't miss this fabulous opportunity to get a fabulous designer gown at 50% off.  Take an additional 10% off if you pay cash or check.  Gowns starting at $900.  We have several styles and silhouettes featuring gowns from Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Bliss, Pronovias, Sachin and Babi, and many more. Please call 858-551-1718 to schedule your appointment. 

BONUS: Any appointment booked before April 30th will be registered to win a fabulous pair of earrings.  Winner announced May 1st.

New Bridal Gown Designs by BERTA from Spring Bridal Fashion Week in New York

We love a great Fashion Show especially for Bridal Designs like these by BERTA that showed on the runway this month at New York Bridal Fashion Week! Check out the fresh designs, tons of lace, plunging necklines, and just enough sparkle to make any bride very very happy! 

Best Man Tricks: Helping the Future Groom Propose!

Best men wear many hats, they are the groom’s best buddy, sidekick, stylist and personal assistant. As the best man your duties don’t just start and end on the wedding day. The groom might request you to run small errands like picking the best groomsmen gift or he could ask you for help with the most crucial event prior to the wedding: the proposal. Here are some great tips from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

The groom put you above everyone else in the wolf pack. You have been given the rare honor of being his right hand man so be prepared to deliver. Here’s how you can help your friend propose to his beloved:

Give the Groom a good pep talk

The future of the groom’s love life hinges on the outcome of the proposal so expect him to feel very nervous. He will need all the help and support he can get. Your encouragement doesn’t have to be grand and complicated, though. A good pep talk before the proposal can go a long way in making the groom feel more confident. Remind him of all the great moments he had with his future bride and how this is the best thing that is about to happen to him. Better yet, bring the whole gang together for drinks the night before the proposal so all of you can put your friend at ease.

Help him find the perfect ring

No proposal is complete without a ring for the groom to give to his fiance. If the groom isn’t a regular wearer or shopper of jewelry then he will probably need your help in looking for the perfect engagement band. With the day of the proposal drawing close, your friend probably has a lot of things in his mind and will need someone to help him find a ring that fits best. First learn how to determine ring size and then ask the groom other details such as his budget and what features he would like the ring to have.

Help organize the get-together

Offer to help the groom arrange the get-together so he can focus on the most important part of the event: professing his love to his fiancé. The venue of the proposal is essential because it will set the mood of the occasion. Make a list of the various places that are especially meaningful to the couple such as where they had their first date or their favorite restaurant. Once you have picked the venue, coordinate with the staff on how you can make the place more romantic. Some restaurants are often very accommodating to special requests like this and may offer special services like setting up a candlelit dinner for the couple or even have musicians play a romantic song.

Document the proposal

Your best bud is about to make one of the most meaningful decisions in his life so this is definitely something worth immortalizing. Offer to document the proposal so the couple can look back to their special day. Assuming the proposal is a surprise, you should be very subtle so use smaller gadgets like a camera phone that will let you easily take pictures of the occasion.  On the other hand, you can also pull out all the stops and use a camera drone to create an unforgettable video documentation of the proposal. Go the extra mile and add dramatic music and some heartfelt messages from friends to the video.

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Catamaran Resort Flash Sale Today Only!

FLASH SALE! You and your loved one deserve a tropical getaway. Until 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  The Catamaran Resort and Spa in Pacific Beach San Diego is offering an 'Escape to the Beach' Romance Sale, which includes 2 free spa treatments when you book a 3-night stay that actualizes before May 24, 2018! Book today before midnight to enjoy this amazing offer!

The Catamaran Resort and Spa checks all boxes for an amazing San Diego staycation experience; great location, great food, great service, great views, and a great spa don’t miss this great offer!

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This Gorgeous Aruba Destination Wedding is Everything You Want the Caribbean To Be!

Aruba! You know we rarely see fit to leave San Diego to wed but this San Diego couple's Caribbean wedding is so beautiful we get! Rebecca and Mario who are a couple from San Diego wanted a romantic getaway wedding in Aruba. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba at the gorgeous Palm Beach. Then the celebration continued at the awesome House of Mosaic where they danced the night away with their family and friends. They even had a shoe valet so you could walk barefoot on the beach and a sparkler photo ending!

#thedurandisseswedinparadise Congratulations Rebecca and Mario! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:   Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Design and Decor:Letz Aruba Decor//Dress Store:White Flower Bridal Boutique//Veils and headpieces: Justine M Couture//Reception Venue:House of Mosaic//DJ:Swingmasterz//Band:Sunny Ray Entertainment//Lighting: High Performance Audio Visual Company//Floral Designer: Shar's Flowers//Reception Venue:Ritz-Carlton Aruba//Cinema and Video:VH Video//

Downtown Engagement Session Shows Off San Diego's Cool Urban Side

Engagement session are so fun for showing off a couple's personal style!  As New York transplants, Ryan and Kelsey love the big city and wanted an urban setting for their engagement photos! San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda decided to photograph their session in downtown San Diego. Ryan & Kelsey met through mutual friends 4 years ago in Atlantic City. Their chemistry was immediate and undeniable so they moved in together only 3 months later and then moved to California in 2016. One year later, while picnicking at Sunset Cliffs, Ryan proposed to Kelsey and she said yes! They plan on marrying in America's most cool and urban city....New York City! We love this shoot - who knew crossing the street could look so stylish and sweet?! 

Photographed by one of our favorites; Wedding Photographer Paul Douda, whose artist background really shows in the composition of these shots, in The San Diego Gaslamp.

Super Hip Cocktail Reception Seating Area Shows Off Pacific Beach Style

Oh Pacific Beach! You have your own groove don't you and we love you!! The Catamaran Resort in 'PB' has its own groove too - a little beachy, a little tropical, a dose of hip, and a lot of Southern California style makes for a great combo - and so does this cocktail reception arrangement by Witty Rentals photographed by the talented Amy Lynn of By Amy Lynn Photography along the bay at The Catamaran Resort - we think this whole scene is one that you will love! 

California Outdoor Wedding with Subtle Boho Vibe Shows the Best of the West Style

This lovely outdoor wedding showcases California wedding dreaming at it's finest! Local San Diego wedding photographer Bob Hoffman travels to Walnut Creek for a gorgeous outdoor wedding with a sweet ranch wedding with a chic boho vibe.

This special day was filled with pure bliss, just like the groom's last name! There were lavender bridesmaids dresses, the wildflower/succulent bouquets, and the Bride's two beautiful dresses (simple fitted for ceremony, lace roses with long sleeves for the party). The details of this wedding were dreamy, boho-chic and subtle so that the focus was on this beautiful couple's love for each other, as well as the amazing surroundings of Walnut Grove.

Photographer:   Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Other: Toon Upz Caricature Artist//DJ:Tasty Sounds//Cake Designer: Jaime Cakes//Bakery: Jaime Cakes//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Event Venue:The Walnut Grove//

Finally! A Charming Little Red Riding Hood Wedding Styled Shoot for Fairytale Lovers

SWF seeks Wolf for Marriage and Lifelong Love. We all love a fairytale wedding styled shoot! And obvious Red Riding Hood elements peppered the styling and couture in Game of Thrones costumes! Velvet capes anyone? Fairy tales have become more and more au currant in our culture and we think these timeless themes always resonate with fashion shoots. Oh and we do love red!

The vintage Diamond Chantilly lace wedding gown by Hope Stanley was boldly embellished by a Jim Hjelm sash. The broach and tiara were vintage as well. The cake designer provided a 3-tier red cake which used fondant to create the cake detail. Branch and flower accents were created by hand, and the cake also featured twig embellishments. From the invitation designer: “I wanted to do something rustic to reflect the setting and theme of the wedding, while still keeping it elegant and contemporary. I didn’t want the red to “take over” the invitations, but rather be just an accented pop of color on the different pieces. I used all matte cardstocks…but a combination of wood grain, smooth stock and textured stock to add some depth and dimension to the invitations as well." From floral designer Florals by Jenny: “I was inspired by the theme to use deep red lush flowers with a lot of textures and almost a velvet-like look. When picking out the flowers, I was also looking for various foliages that would have a natural wildflower feel that looked like they grew in the forest…that’s why I even incorporated some real blackberry vines. I also added about 6 other foliages and vines to give it a natural, rustic, garden-like feel.” Says Photographer Courtney McManaway, "this shoot was a lot of fun and so much credit goes to the great team of vendors!"

Photographer:   Courtney McManaway Photography//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Vertegris//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: For Such a Time Designs//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Fawn in the Forest//Cake Designer: Occasions Cookies & Cakes//Makeup Artist: Charmed Beauty//Floral Designer: Florals by Jenny//Dress Designer: Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist//Invitation Designer: Polkadot Weekend Weddings//

Sunset Cliffs Beach Bridal Photo Shoot Welcomes in Spring by the Ocean

We just love Sunset Cliffs and we know you do too! The view, the water, the air, the breeze, the gulls, the surfers; it's the quintessential San Diego view! The gorgeous view was enhanced in this photo shoot, styled by Jessica J Events, with a lovely bride model holding a sweet Springtime bouquet by create by Genesee Florists just for the occasion! 

Photographer:   Mattie Taylor Photo & Film//Other Location:Sunset Cliffs National Park//Floral Designer: Genesee Florists//

Welcome Bright Event Rentals to San Diego!

We can finally let the cat out of the bag! Bright Event Rentals has acquired Classic Party Rentals and is now in San Diego! You still have all the same totally awesome people from Classic; like Cris and Kelly and Justine...but now with even more inventory and choices and exciting ideas to 'Brighten' up your wedding or special event! Say hello to Bright!

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Visit their amazing showroom of rentals, decor, event specialists and planners of great ideas in Miramar at 7069 Consolidated Way San Diego, CA 92121 [see map] to see all kinds of exciting options for your big day! 

 

These Wedding Photos show why Black and White should always be part of Your Wedding Album

San Diego wedding Photographer Tim Otto Photography does it again.  Capturing real people and real emotion at a wedding is a gift and a talent; things Tim clearly possesses.  And there’s always something about black-and-white when it comes to photographing people - it’s strips away all the distractions and allows you to see the energy and connection and the emotions.  Another bonus? A Bride's skin is flawless in black and white and her look transcends current day trends to become timeless. So take a tip from Tim and make sure to add some black-and-white images to your wedding album!

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A Bright and Happy San Diego Destination Wedding Shows Us Why Couples Come Here to Wed!

Avery & Cory are both so fun spirited and silly and we absolutely love their destination wedding in San Diego. Both Los Angeles transplants, Avery & Cory were all about having a celebration of their love on the beach in San Diego. Kona Kai's harbor beach was the perfect place for this adorable couple to celebrate. Equipped with lots of amazing on trend details, and a bright and happy, pale aqua blue and yellow palette, Avery & Cory's wedding day was perfect in every way, from the brides glitzy bouquet to strutting her stuff in her bridal Jimmy Choo's. They described their wedding style and traditional but glamorous. The most important thing was that they got to remember every detail and enjoy their day. Surrounded by their closest friends & family, this fun loving couple celebrated love, sunshine, and good times at their San Diego destination wedding!

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