San Diego Featured Engagement Shoot: Stormie + Katie's Secret Garden Shoot

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was the inspiration for Katie and Stormie's engagement session at the Felicita County Park in Escondido. It's also been the inspiration throughout the entire wedding planning process-- Stormie even proposed to Katie during the "Garden of Lights" Christmas celebration at the Encinitas Botanical Gardens! Lush, romantic landscapes and twinkling lights have been a staple in everything so far, so we can only imagine that they will be present at the wedding as well, keeping with the theme. What a fun way to cherish something that the couple loves so much!

San Diego Featured Wedding: Wyatt + Brandi's Enchanting Day

Have you ever seen one of those couples that when they look at each other, it looks like no one else is in the room? That's just how consumed they are with each other. It's amazingly beautiful, right? Well, Wyatt and Brandi Watson are one of those couples. They are so madly in love- there's no denying that one! They actually met when they were in high school, but it wasn't until Wyatt left for the U.S. Army that the two realized they couldn't be apart. The passion between this couple is something that we just had to share. Check out this intimate photo session below. It's truly magnificent.  

Photographer: Kara Hoffman Photography // DJ: Michael Redd Productions // Second Shooter: Mr N2U Photography//Event Venue: Folsom Rotary Club

University of San Diego Couple Shares Stunning Balboa Park Engagement Shoot

Our beloved Paul Douda has "wowed" us once again with this stunning engagement session. However, it's not just the photographer that makes the pictures. Kelly Sheeran and Daniel Perez have such a bright light shining between the two of them that these pictures truly lit up our screen. The two met in college at the University of San Diego, and they have been together since then! Apparently Daniel had been trying to ask for her parents' approval multiple times last year, but Kelly kept figuring out the surprise. So, he was finally able to get everything approved and set up without her knowledge and proposed in December of last year at Sunset Cliffs! The two plan on having their ceremony at the Immaculata at USD followed by their reception at the US Grant Hotel downtown! This local couple will most definitely have a breathtaking wedding in 2018! 

Love, Laughter, and Louboutin Bring a Black and White Engagement Shoot to Life

Who doesn't love a good pair of perfect, black patent leather pumps? They are the ultimate shoe to dress up or down. We'll take it even further. Who'd doesn't love a good pair of black patent leather Louboutin pumps? You can never go wrong with Louboutins!

Talia Benzaken feels the same way and made sure these bad boys made their debut in her engagement shoot at Balboa Park. Talia and her fiancé, Jon Rapel, took full advantage of the beautiful backdrops that Balboa Park offers. From the breathtaking architecture to the jaw-dropping gardens, this couple saw it all.

All of this while in 4 inch Louboutin heels. Talk about girl power!

Photographer: Alex Bruce Photography// Venue: Balboa Park

San Diego Featured Wedding: Shannon + Joshua's Backyard Dream Wedding

Shannon and Joshua Pennywitt's wedding day was nothing short of charming. The couple chose to have both the ceremony and reception in Shannon's grandparent's backyard which was transformed into a romantic paradise. We love everything from their signature drinks to the rustic decor. The breathtaking hydrangea and rose flower arrangements gave the tree stumps a delicate touch to soften the pieces. We also love the idea of a cupcake studded wedding cake. It's a great, cost-effective way to add some variety to your traditional wedding cake. All you need is love and cupcakes!

Photographer: Jen Wolff Photography// Equipment Rentals: Best Party Rents// Floral Designer: Cherry Blossom Boquets// Bar: Cocktail Concierge// Dress Store: David's Bridal// Makeup Artist: Erin Perencevic// Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company//DJ: Freestyle Event Services//Apparel: Friar Tux Shop // Caterer: Hodel's Country Dining// Hair Stylist: Krissy Armstrong//Design and Decor: Mirrored Creations// Veil: Sew Elegant Bridal Veils and Alterations// Cake Designer: Tastries Bakery

Sunset Cliffs Inspired Styled Shoot

Everyone knows that Sunset Cliffs is one of the many wonders of San Diego. It's a place of calm and tranquility that everyone always loves to experience. Well, this styled shoot took those feelings and ran with them. The calmness was then expressed in the photography. The colors of the water and waves breaking was mirrored in the charming place settings. And the light and airy look of the cliffs was transformed into the stationary set. The impression and mood of Sunset Cliffs was illustrated so beautifully in this styled shoot. Enjoy! 

Photographer: KSL Wedding// Bridesmaid Dresses: Adina's Bridal// Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon// Event Planner: Empire Design Events// Hair Stylist: Hair By Cassy La France// Floral Designer: Lovely Blooms Florals// Makeup Artist: Smokin Colour// Location: Sunset Cliffs Park

Almost High School Sweethearts Celebrate an Intimate San Diego Wedding

We all know that one couple who has the most adorable high school sweetheart love story. You know, the couple who met freshman year and dated all throughout high school and then got engaged after graduating college? Well, Cheryl and Shaun Yuhas are not that couple. The two met sophomore year of high school, and Shaun instantly started falling for Cheryl. It wasn't until college that Cheryl decided that she, too, wanted to take their friendship to the next level. Now, fast forward 10 years, and the couple had the most lovely and intimate of weddings. They invited only their closest friends and family and chose to hold the ceremony outside the San Diego Courthouse. And what a beautiful decision that was! Congrats guys we know that timing truly is everything! 

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Dress Designer: Aidan Mattox//Shoes: Badgley Mischka// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Fashion Depot// Floral Designer: Rosemary-Duff Florist//Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse// Hair Stylist: The Hair Lounge// Jewelry: Zales Jewelry

First Ever Wine and Spirits Wedding Registry? No, You're Not Dreaming Anymore!

In recent years, studies have shown that more and more couples are getting married later in life. A lot of the time this is because the couple has been dating and living together for years already, so the actual marriage comes a little later. If this is the case for you, you probably have already stocked up on basic bakeware and cookware; and you probably have enough silverware. So, the big question is, "What do you need that can be put on your gift registry?" Well, ThirstyNest is here to answer that question for you! Founder, Jacqueline Strum says, "Home entertaining is an exciting part of a new marriage, with other traditional registries giving couples the option for selecting everything except what they will actually serve.  With several simple “1-Click Registry” collections, from Mixologist Must-Haves to Wine Bar 101, ThirstyNest guides couples on how to create the perfectly appointed home bar for stylish entertaining in one mouse tap. Registrants may also select individual wine and spirits or add unique items from drinkware to bar carts to their registry." As if you're not sold already, they partnered with Wine Enthusiast, so you know you're only getting the best products out there!

 

A Simple, Sydney Soiree - Wedding Crush Wednesday goes International

It's Wedding Crush Wednesday! And our friends down under at Adorn Wedding Invitations have wowed us once again with this beautiful, Australian wedding. Carla and Dean Aldan's simple, yet elegant wedding style shown throughout the night. The couple chose to celebrate their special day at the Oatlands House located in Sydney. They were wed under the Chateau in the gardens, and they ended the night inside among their closest family and friends. What did the bride have to say for advice to all future brides? "Don’t forget that the day is about you and your future husband. In the lead-up to the wedding, there will be drama and you will be stressed, but just enjoy the day once it arrives." 

Dress | Personalised Wedding Couture

Makeup | Jackie Franks Make-Up Artist

Invitations | Adorn Invitations

Hair | Franck Provost Breakfast Point

Shoes | Sophia Webster 

Earrings | Love On Jeweller

Accessories | Kate Ketzel 

Bridesmaids' Dresses | Dollhouse XOXO

Groom's Suit | Aquila

Photographer | Two Peaches Photography

Cake | Pretty Parties

Food | Oatlands House

Flowers | Joanne’s Flowers Galore

Entertainment | Suara Indonesia Dance

Music | DJ Co

Photobooth | Photobooth Me

Spring Love Styled Shoot Shows Off Hot Shades of Pink and Some Cool Views

We've got some San Diego favorites on the blog today! Check out today's styled shoot feature for some great local vendors. Emily and Ryan at Emry Photography captured some hot pink and some cool Vintana Escondido views in their "Spring Love" shoot absolutely beautifully! With the coolest drink of the season [the Moscow Mule], gorgeous cocktails [did you know Vintana has an amazing specialty Vodka Bar?], fabulous staging and decor and shades of pink that range from flourescent hot pink, to candy pink [literally] and subtle baby doll to mauve, we think you'll love this styled shoot collaboration! 

Forget Glass Slippers, This San Diego Wedding Princess Wears Cowboy Boots!

Hey y'all we think you'll love the country charm of this couple's Lake Oak Meadow's wedding celebration!  This sweet bride's style is far, far away from sequin heels and plain white wedding cake! The details that Stefanie and Jacob Kemble put into their big day are boot-scoot-beautiful with just the right amount of classic style to boot! We especially love their pink ombre color scheme, wrought iron carriage, subtle touches of deer antlers [antler cupcake toppers anyone?] and tree bark that marry [yes we did!] their feminine and masculine styles. Oh and check out the cool socks on the groomsmen! We think you'll love this down home San Diego country style meets classic chic wedding too! Yee ha! 

And check out the charming video by Aspect Media Works! 

A Soft and Sweet, Spring Inspired San Diego Styled Wedding Shoot

Inspired by spring and its greenery, Rachael Smith Photography's goal for this styled shoot was to keep spring alive at Hotel Karlan. With the help of some awesome local vendors, she was able to do just that! The beautiful, muted shades in the floral arrangements by Floral Occasions by Janna Hatch perfectly capture the soft, airy feeling of spring while Farm Tables and More provides the perfectly simple China, tables, and chairs. 

Calligrapher | Four Things Paper

Hair and Makeup | E.C. Stylebar

Event Planner | Empire Design Events

Jewelry | Love Tatum 

Linens | Tono + Co. 

San Diego Featured Proposal: Rustic Romance

Paul Douda Photography has done it again. He beautifully captured this couple's best day (so far!) of their lives. However, pretty soon they will share an even better day when they say, "I do." Take a peek at this fun loving couple and their romantic, rustic proposal at Baileys Palomar Resort!

Dolce Papier; creating beautiful laser cut invitations, save the dates and paper goods for your wedding!

Announcement Artisan Dolce Papier offers an exciting array of the most beautiful specialty invitations, save the dates and paper goods for your wedding! Lovely Letty creates the most amazing paper goods and announcements that match your wedding's personality and style!

With Laser Cut Invitations [reminiscent of the Mexican art form Papel Picado!] soft and pretty watercolor or floral designs, paper, wood and acrylic designs bring so much originality to your announcement!  Letty can create anything to accent your event. In addition to save the dates and invites you can have your menus, table numbers, signature books, and cake toppers match your invitation's artistic and original style. 

Save the Date for the Fall Wedding Party EXPO at Coasterra: San Diego's chic new event space

San Diego's hippest wedding expo comes to San Diego's hottest new wedding locale! With all the vendors, fashion, food, drinks and ideas to have you planning in style! The October 29, 2017 Wedding Party EXPO will be at the immensely popular and beautiful new event space overlooking the best view of the harbor and city skyline....at Coasterra with its lovely ballroom, open to the water terraces [with unforgettable views!] and special event float! Get your advance tickets here now and save

You will love The Wedding Party EXPO! Engaged couples and guests come enjoy a special day like no other to plan your wedding! Come enjoy this special show in a beautiful, setting and enjoy 3 huge exhibitor display exhibiting areas, fashion shows, tons of top wedding experts, musical entertainment and more.

The Wedding Party is San Diego's sophisticated wedding planning day for all couples with cocktails, fashion, wedding experts and 25,000 square feet of wedding inspiration.

If you're looking for amazing rustic (and beyond) furniture rentals for your wedding....look no further!

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Like many brides today, Jennifer Bean, owner of Rustic Events, wanted a chic rustic style wedding reception. She says "I envisioned a relaxed picnic-in-the-park atmosphere with the family gathered around wooden farm house tables. However, I had a really hard time finding what I was looking for. Then I found the perfect tables –exactly what I wanted! I was floored though when the owner of the business said they were moving and had to sell and **they weren’t booking any more weddings***! I was so deflated thinking my vision wouldn’t come to life." So one thing led to another and thankfully Jennifer and her new hubby stepped up and gave a whole new life to the new and improved Rustic Events! Rustic is now so much more than picnic tables and rustic furniture! Check out some of our fave designs from this talented team of truly dedicated wedding and event decor and rental pros!! And visit Rustic Event rentals at this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station where they will sponsor tons of gorgeous lounges, fashion show seating and more with many of their beautiful pieces on display up close and personal!! 

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Here's what Erin L. had to say about Rustic Events: "I came upon Rustic Events, and fell in love! They had these beautiful rustic farm tables, that were exactly what I had envisioned! I contacted them via website, and was instantly impressed! From start to finish, they were awesome! Nicest people ever! If ever you need tables for an event, start your search here! You won’t regret it!"

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And here's more love from Katie B: "These tables are incredible! I found Rustic Events and got the warmest email from Jenn. She gave me details about the benches, and gave me the pricing. The instant I started talking to Jenn on the phone I was sold! She was so nice and had just gotten married herself. I thought it was the best thing ever. They were right on time and they packed all their tables and benches out without a peep at the end of the night. It was so nice not having to worry about them at all. The tables and benches made the look of the wedding so much more beautiful!

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Park Hyatt Aviara: a world class resort and wedding venue in North County San Diego

The Park Hyatt Aviara is a world class resort,  wedding ceremony and reception location, golf club and spa right in North County San Diego! Set in sunny Southern California, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features 78,000 square feet of beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding and reception space and impeccable service.

Enjoy the perfect blend of modern décor, sophistication and outdoor elegance at their wedding venues in North San Diego. To honor this memorable day of your life, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is devoted to designing a wedding that perfectly reflects your heart and imagination. With amazing wedding specialists who will ensure that sumptuous cuisine, exquisite décor, and elegant floral arrangements light up your celebration and delight your loved ones.

Create lasting memories in their elegant Grand Ballrooms, sophisticated Aviara Salon or Golf Clubhouse overlooking the spectacular golf course.

Situated on Southern California’s sun-drenched Pacific Coast, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is a luxurious Carlsbad hotel where you are inspired to relax and indulge. From atop a high ridge on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Park Hyatt Aviara is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort near San Diego, California that’s far from ordinary.

Secluded amid 200 acres of verdant hillsides and rolling valleys, within the planned community of Aviara, our luxurious Carlsbad resort golf club and spa provides a spectacular setting for your next vacation, weekend escape or business retreat. The resort’s Spanish colonial architecture welcomes you with a sense of casual elegance. The lush landscape, edged by one of the top golf courses in San Diego, surrounds you in natural beauty and tranquility.

Don't miss this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station!

San Diego's coolest wedding expo with all the vendors, fashion, food, drinks and ideas to have you planning in style! The July 30, 2017 Wedding Party EXPO will be at the immensely popular and centrally located hip Venues at Liberty Station!! Click here to get your advance tickets now and save. 

You will love The Wedding Party EXPO! Engaged couples and guests come enjoy a special day like no other to plan your wedding! Come enjoy this special show in a beautiful, setting and enjoy 3 huge exhibitor display exhibiting areas, fashion shows, tons of top wedding experts, musical entertainment and more.

The Wedding Party is San Diego's sophisticated wedding planning day for all couples with cocktails, fashion, wedding experts and 25,000 square feet of wedding inspiration. See you at the show!

San Diego Featured Wedding: Jeff and Stephanie's Rainy Day Wedding

We all know that an unexpected rain shower isn't exactly ideal. It's especially unwelcome on your wedding day! However, Jeff and Stephanie Yue got a little rain on their big day [the song is wrong it can rain in California!] , and they completely owned it, embracing the rain, which is really all anyone can do. They had the bridal party all buy clear umbrellas and the results are amazing-- their pictures are so fun and exciting! The rain definitely didn't stop this crew from making it the best day ever.