The Registry at Bloomingdale: 5 reasons why this gift wedding registry is like no other

The Registry [gift registry] at Bloomingdales is like no other! Here are 5 reasons you'll love this amazing wedding gift registry! Get on down to Fashion Valley and meet with their friendly staff of registry experts or just get started on line with your registry and make it easy for your guests to get you what you want! 

1.  Something for Everyone: From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

1.  Something for Everyone: From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

2. Personal Consultants: Bloomingdale's registry specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

2. Personal Consultants: Bloomingdale's registry specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

3. Completion Offers: Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

3. Completion Offers: Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

4. Thank You Manager: Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

4. Thank You Manager: Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

5. Special Events: You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.

5. Special Events: You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.

Beautiful Persian Wedding at Grand Del Mar Hotel is Abundant with Traditions

Persian weddings are some of the most beautiful, symbolic and tradition laden wedding sin the world and we are lucky enough to feature Pantea and Thomas's traditional Persian wedding at the fabulous Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel in Del Mar, California. Noted Wedding Planner Wedding Elegance by Nahid, widely known as the go to planner for Persian [and other cultural] weddings, brought together a beautiful day of love and family.

The Persian wedding ceremony has many traditions one of which is the Kalleh Ghand where happily married female relatives rub sugar cones over the heads of the bride and groom to symbolize showering the couple's marriage and new life together with sweetness.

The Persian wedding ceremony has many traditions one of which is the Kalleh Ghand where happily married female relatives rub sugar cones over the heads of the bride and groom to symbolize showering the couple's marriage and new life together with sweetness.

San Diego Courthouse Wedding Celebrates True Love and a New Life

Vanessa & Brandon are proof positive that love conquers all. These two love birds had a rough start in life and found each other in the Second Chances program located in Chula Vista, California. Through thick and thin they overcame struggles and let their relationship blossom. Vanessa & Brandon have supported each other in the best of times and the worst of times so what better way to celebrate their bond and strength than with their family. They decided to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony at the San Diego Courthouse with the people that supported them the most; their family. It was such an important day for everyone who was a part of it. Vanessa was a style savvy bride, finding designer pieces to show off her vintage bridal princess style. This young couple is truly one of a kind and embodies “love didn’t find us; we found love.” Proving once again that there are second chances in life and happily ever afters.

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Designer:Aspeed Design//Ring Designer:Ben Bridge Jewelers//Floral Designer:Disandras Formal Wear//Dress Store:Okhee S Lee Fashion//Apparel:Price Breakers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Mens Warehouse//Other:Vega's Tailor Shop//Event Venue:San Diego Courthouse//

A Sweet Spring Wedding in the Country: this Julian Wedding has us Charmed

Sarah & Kolton tied the knot on an early Spring afternoon in the quaint mountain town of Julian, California just east of San Diego. William Heise County Park made for a lovely setting their outdoor wedding ceremony and afterwards the couple was transported by horse-drawn carriage to their brewery wedding reception at Nickel Brewery. The pastel colors used throughout this wedding really gave everything a soft, sweet, country feeling topped off by a cupcake tower and adorable customized heart-shaped cake wire cake topper and yummy tacos at the reception by Tacos Deliciosos! Sarah & Kolton had an absolutely amazing big day, filled with laughter & dancing with family and friends. And the icing on the cake was the bride's choice to start her new life in pink-laced Converse All Stars - the perfect way to start to their journey together!

Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers Change any Spot at Your Wedding into a Work of Art

Looking for gorgeous paper flowers for your wedding? Look no further!! Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers are widely considered to be the finest option for paper floral artistry! Check out some of the gorgeous paper flower backdrops and wedding decor they did at the February Wedding Party EXPO at the US GRANT HOTEL!

Spring style for the Groom: the floral tie blooms at weddings everywhere

We we are on a Spring roll! And today we show off a super sweet trend for the Groom and his Groomsmen: the floral patterned tie. MY TIE SHOP on Etsy, maker extraordinaire of stylish Groom's Accessories, makes these charmers and we just love them! And we think Percival, one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table and Grail Quest Hero, was on to something when he said "Gather a wreath from the garden bowers,  and tell the wish of thy heart in flowers."  Telling the wish of thy heart, now that's a quest worth taking down the aisle! 

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We Love a Vintage Hollywood Comes to San Diego County Outdoor Wedding!

High school sweethearts, Victoria and Jacob have been together for over a decade of love, laughs and style. They started as high school sweethearts and have been best friends for more than half of their lives. Torrie [as she is known] and Jacob have a very tight knit group of friends and many family members that have been together for decades. Torrie's niece was the charming flower girl who stole everyone's heart when she walked down the aisle! This elegant and romantic wedding was a stunner and the bride looked straight out of a vintage Hollywood movie right in San Diego's beautiful, tree filled North County area! And it looks to us like a very good time was had by all! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photographer: MKL Photography

Wedding Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Bridal Salon for Wedding Gown: The Dresser Bridal

Groom's Tuxedo Fashion: Friar Tux

Florals and Decor: Soiree Designs and Events

Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN

April Showers Brings a Romantic Peony Paradise

April is in full swing and so are those showers [well what passes for showers in San Diego!]. What May flowers are we excited to see this season, you ask? We cannot wait to see peonies galore! The peony is such a perfect option for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's so easy to work them into your budget. Whether you have a large budget to have strictly peony arrangements at every table or you have a smaller budget and just want to add accent peonies throughout your bouquets, this flower is a solid choice. Another reason to love the peony is they look great with anything you put them with. A bouquet of similarly colored roses, hydrangeas, etc is a romantic and elegant option. However, more and more couples are using greenery in their decor, and peonies are a great complement to give your wedding that modern and rustic feel. You'll see what we mean in this Southern styled wedding.  

Featured Wedding Artist: Singer Celeste Barbier, a Vintage Styled Chanteuse for Our Times

Move over Adam Sandler, today's Featured Wedding Artist Celeste Barbier gives a whole new meaning to the term "The Wedding Singer"!  This vintage-styled [and very talented] chanteuse is a real life songbird who moves all generations to feel the love at weddings, special events, concerts, nightclubs, senior care facilities [what a gift that is!], in fact any place where she can share her gift. We've seen Celeste in action and can attest to the fact that she adds life and style to everything she does.

Says Celeste ""As long as I have a voice I will sing. As long as I have legs I will dance. As long as I have eyes I will stargaze. As long as I have ears I will hear music. As long as I have arms I will embrace others with love. As long as I have a brain I will contemplate and when I have shed all of those things I will be a liberated soul that has experienced being human as part of my journey and existence as an infinite being of divine love."

Says Celeste ""As long as I have a voice I will sing. As long as I have legs I will dance. As long as I have eyes I will stargaze. As long as I have ears I will hear music. As long as I have arms I will embrace others with love. As long as I have a brain I will contemplate and when I have shed all of those things I will be a liberated soul that has experienced being human as part of my journey and existence as an infinite being of divine love."

Celeste Barbier, San Diego based wedding singer, is a proud member of the prestigious Weddings of Distinction and has performed for NACE, SDABC, MPI, EWI, NOW, South Bay Pride, North County Pride, Lola Demure's Burlesque Variety Show, the MCASD Monte Carlo Gala, and numerous prestigious organizations and events. Celeste is an entertainer for Epic Entertainment, Innovative Entertainment and Bollotta Entertainment Companies and a preferred vendor for the Marriott Marquis & Marina, Grand Pacific Resorts, Flagship Cruises & Events, Cohn Restaurant Group and more. She is a regular monthly entertainer for Flagship Cruises & Events, Grand Pacific Resorts, Pardon My French, Wine Steals Hillcrest & Cardiff, Mr. Peabody's Bar & Grill and 2 dozen senior living communities.

Colorful Ranunculas by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith are the Charmers of the Floral World

Colorful Ranunculas, like these charmers by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith, are the sweet charmers of the floral world. Ranunculas symbolize some lovely qualities and giving them tells someone they are charming and attractive. Now that's a real nice thing to say, thanks Adrianne!

The M bride gown salon sample sale is back!

Don't miss the sale that brides wait all year for! The Spring Designer Sample Sale at M bride Salon in La Jolla is back! This week April 12- 15 get down to this very popular upscale salon to see the bridal dresses you've been dreaming about on sale! M bride, San Diego’s premiere bridal salon specializing in bringing the latest designers to the fashion forward bride. Their exclusive gowns by uber designers like Ines di Santo, Sachin and Babi, Bliss- Monique Lhuillier, Elizabeth Fillmore, Isabelle Armstrong, Mikaella, Monique Lhuillier, Pronovias, Reem Acra, and Ulla-Maij, combine a fusion of New York chic with Hollywood glamour.  At M bride, they are redefining bridal…California Style.

M bride salon is located at 702 Pearl Street, Suite H, La Jolla, CA. 92037 CALL (858) 551-1718

Italian Dream Destination Wedding Becomes a Reality

Italian Dream Destination Wedding Becomes a Reality!

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming; birds are chirping; and temperatures are rising. With the perfect Southern California weather in full force, we find ourselves daydreaming and wanting to fill that wanderlust that Spring can bring! Now, after seeing Sharlene and Craig's picturesque Italian dream wedding photos, we are itching to travel to where this story takes place: Florence, Italy. When asked what she would change, Sharlene said that she wouldn't change a thing. After browsing through the gallery, we couldn't agree more. 

Sharlene and Craig had been dating for 8 years when Craig took a knee in their favorite city on the Santa Trinita bridge with the sun setting over the Arno River. The story could end there and still be striking. However, that wouldn't be all of it. Nine months before their planned wedding in Melbourne, Australia (Craig and Sharlene's hometown) both of Sharlene's grandparents passed away. With such devastating events weighing heavily on Sharlene's heart, the couple decided to rethink what was important to them and how they truly envisioned their perfect day to be. All previous plans were scratched, and the couple had 40 of their closest friends and family travel from Melbourne to Florence to share with them the most magnificent wedding the two could imagine.

Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia // Dress: Steven Khalil // Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann // Venue: Villa La Vedetta // Florals: Stiatti Fiori

Be our Guest and Enjoy this Beauty and the Beast Wedding Styled Shoot!

We ask you to "Be Our Guest" and enjoy this adorable Beauty and the Beast styled Wedding Shoot! 

Bonjour!! Today's featured wedding styled shoot is a fabulous and fun take on a tale as old as time, so the song says... yes indeed Belle, it's a Disney inspired Beauty and the Beast styled wedding shoot! This team of Southern California wedding experts updated Belle's look by dip dying a dress in golden yellow and orange dye for a super current ombre look. The wedding styled shoot showcases brass and antique details like the couch, clock and candlesticks [Lumiere!] that look like they wandered straight out of Beast's castle. **Editors note: As far as we know no pieces came to life during this shoot!**

With extra special new additions of charm jewelry, sparkly shoes, rich blue florals, star led lights, and painted wooden signs, you can tell this group had so much fun creating this styled shoot! For our part we loved this ode to one of our favorite fairy tales. Now back in the cupboard with you Chip!

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Raelyn Elizabeth Photography//Event Planner: Baldwin Bridal and Events//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Bakery:Charly's Cakes//Makeup Artist: Domenica Beauty//Model:Fabian Lopez//Floral Designer: Flowersy by Alicia//Etsy Designer: Foswick Collectibles //Model: KaitLynn Markley//Jewelry: Keep Collective//Reception Venue: Pala Mesa Resort//Event Designer: Sylver Weddings & Events//

This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Says a Fashion-Forward "I Do"

This week's Wedding Crush Wednesday features Alex and Ljubov Ovtsinnikovas from Russia/Estonia! These two said their vows in Centennial Park on Coronado with some of the best views of San Diego! While we already think these two are gorgeous, we love their winter ensembles too. With the coastal breeze and cool San Diego nights a night on the waterfronts can get a little chilly.  Ljubov's cropped jacket, and bright red  bouquet combined with Alex's stunning royal blue suit [very European!] makes the couple pop from their backgrounds. The Ovtsinnikovas' statement pieces are show-stoppingly perfect and showcase their style, their attitude and their love. Südamlikud õnnesoovid pulmapäevaks! (Congratulations from the heart on your wedding)!

Local San Diego Wedding Dessert Favorite Coming to a Wedding near You!

Milk and Cookies are no longer just for the kids. As strong believers that cookies are the gateway to the heart (sort of kidding, but not really), we could not be more excited that you can now have Cravory Cookies at your wedding reception! Cravory has been a continuous exhibitor at our San Diego Wedding Party Expos and has been a San Diego fan favorite even longer. They recently announced their new line of Milk and Cookie Bars for weddings where they include everything from favors to personalized name tags, all of which can be made to match your wedding colors. They also make great additions to groomsmen and/or bridesmaids gifts, as you can customize your individual boxes with almost any cookie flavor you can imagine. Check out The Cravory Facebook page, and you'll see what we mean! 


Bridesmaids Separates Make for a Modern Wedding Party Fashion

Separates are coming together to make a fresh new look for the modern bridesmaid!

Designed for universal flattery, a sweeping chiffon skirt boats classic wrap styling with a defined waist by Joanna August.

Designed for universal flattery, a sweeping chiffon skirt boats classic wrap styling with a defined waist by Joanna August.

Bridesmaids separates are perfect for anything from a casual to a semi formal event and are extremely re-wearable (your maids will thank you). Check out these gorgeous bridesmaids looks by designers Joanna August, Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier.

An A-line skirt offers delightful flounce sewn from layers of frothy tulle that drop from a fitted waist by Jenny Yoo.

An A-line skirt offers delightful flounce sewn from layers of frothy tulle that drop from a fitted waist by Jenny Yoo.

Editors tip: bringing a similar color palette story; soft grey with blues, blush with pink, lilac with purple, for your wedding party will give your girls a cohesive look in person and in your photographs.

Reminiscent of a prima ballerina this high low tulle skirt by Monique Lhuillier brings a fresh look to a formal affair.

Reminiscent of a prima ballerina this high low tulle skirt by Monique Lhuillier brings a fresh look to a formal affair.

Gorgeous sequin combo by Jenny Yoo is perfect for your maids in a formal wedding wedding. 

Gorgeous sequin combo by Jenny Yoo is perfect for your maids in a formal wedding wedding. 

This San Diego Couple's Rustic Wedding Reception Is One for the Books

Have you ever left a wedding reception and thought, "That was the best reception I have ever been to!!!"? What about the ones where your feet are twice the size they were starting out the night from dancing too much or your belly is so full from delicious food that you have to roll to the car? Or even the ones where you leave with a list full of ideas for your next get together, whether it was the location or decor that won you over? Well, we have found a reception that we think is a contender for Best Wedding Receptions Ever (if there was such a list)! Christian and Kendall Florido's reception was held at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate, an awesome local outdoor wedding venue. To compliment the foliage rich estate, the couple had a beautiful vintage table ensemble that featured gold chargers complimented by mint green napkins on lace runners with charming greenery and those chair bow, adorable! And to top it all off every guest got a yummy mini apple pie. Pie!! After the pies were eaten, the dance floor was a huge hit after Christian and Kendall christened the dance floor with a fun and upbeat first dance. We have to admit we wish we had crashed the Florido's wedding! 

Designer Jana Ann takes TLC's Curvy Brides Show by Storm!

Bridal Gown Designer Jana Ann located in New York and now in Rancho Bernardo is a favorite on TLC's popular bridal gown show "Curvy Brides"! We have personally met and worked with Jana Ann and she is as sweet and authentic as she seems! Jana Ann genuinely cares about each and every bride's experience and is ready to help them look amazing on their wedding day. Whether in a curvy gown, a gown from her popular destination collection or her timely modesty collection, Jana Ann makes every bride look and feel special. Take a look!

Jana was born in Turkey on September 1st 1974. As a young girl, each time she found the opportunity to hold a pen in her hand, the only thing she found herself drawing were wedding gowns and dresses. She knew that every woman possesses an inner princess that comes out when she is wearing the perfect dress. The Jana Ann Collection has been designed to awaken that inner princess and shine a lavish and royal aura for all those around her to see! 

Wedding Crash Wednesday: a fun and festive SanDiego garden wedding

Usually we do Wedding Crush Wednesdays but today is Wedding Crash Wednesday because we wish we had crashed this awesome wedding that was so artfully filmed by our friends at Stockham Media. So please enjoy this video of a charming, fun and festive garden wedding (with its unique and fun soundtrack) that we think you wish you'd crashed too!