Celebrate Hanukkah with this Earthy and Elegant Tabletop Styled Shoot

The lovely and talented ladies at Sparkle and Toast @sparkleandtoast brought together a very earthy and elegant Hanukkah themed tabletop shoot that we simply had to share with you! We especially love the natural branch Star of David plate toppers, so simple yet infused with richness, history and tradition, and the dimension and texture that the macrame runner and wood table bring to the composition, making this table a setting that any family would be proud to celebrate around. Happy Hanukkah to all!  

Sparkle + Toast {EVENTS}, based in San Diego, delivers imagination and beauty to your event, making sure your special day is both memorable and as stress-free as possible. They curate a unique blend of personal and creative design elements with their goal being to ignite inspiration and ensure that each event brings out the special personalities of their clients.

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings the trend of gorgeous Brick Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Industrial hard meets pretty is so hot right now in fashion and editorial! And at the exciting Sparks Gallery in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the rough brick and deep wood contrasting with the exciting and bright colors in the artwork make the perfect set up for the dynamism of Justice Photography. This shoot is the perfect blend of strong lines and textures and soft colors and styling. Bonus: it even has a gorgeous geode cake, floral decorated picture frames [love!] and crystal place settings in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2108 Ultra Violet! This super design team is so on trend for weddings and style and we think they've created the perfect blend of the masculine and the feminine with this dramatic and fresh wedding styled shoot! Enjoy!

Melissa Barrad, Owner of I DO Weddings and Events and Lead Stylist in the shoot says, "Once I visited the Sparks Gallery, I knew it was a special place. I loved the lighting, and of course, that they feature California artists. With that in mind, we pooled together California based vendors and San Diego natives, like myself, to create a unique romantic feel with a laid-back vibe. We wanted to work with colors that would enhance the art, not take away from it." 

Holiday Cocktail Specials by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. make your Special Days extra Special!

It's that time of year to start thinking about holiday parties and the best way to start off the holidays is to plan events with festive, unique cocktails! Check out these holiday promotions by local bartending experts Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Snake Oil Cocktail Company is definitely not your average bartending service. Snake Oil goes above and beyond when designing specialty craft cocktails. They will create, mix, and name their drinks in accordance with your event's theme. Whether it's a black tie corporate event or a superhero wedding theme, Snake Oil has the perfect architects to build your dream libations. To make things even easier on you, Snake Oil will provide bartenders to serve the new creations and provide a set up design that will coordinate perfectly with your perfect day! So, drink up!

Snake Oil Cocktail Co. is offering seasonal upgrades on your beverage packages.*  See their Holiday Promotions: https://snakeoilcocktail.com/promotions/

*Valid until December 31, 2017. Certain restrictions apply.

Beautiful Blue and White Wedding Styled Shoot Makes a Perfect Winter Holiday Feature

If you're in love, engaged, and planning your wedding then we know you won't even be thinking about having a 'Blue Christmas' a la Elvis! But if you love blue in weddings as much as we do we think you'll love this elegant and classic wedding styled shoot by our friends in Sacramento!

You know California [especially central and northern areas near Sacramento] were originally brought to life by the gold rush, so we just love the sparkle of the gold foil on this gorgeous wedding cake! The trees and gazebo outside are a romantic's dream and the stark white on white indoor space is beautifully staged white white pieces and just enough blue [blue macarons!] to perfectly punctuate and accent the tableau. We got you Sacramento, we Californians have to stick together!  

Wedding Vendor Credits:

PLANNING + RENTALS | Liliya Ivakhov @styledby.lily
PHOTOGRAPHER | Irina Savon @irinasavonphoto
DRESS | Diamond Bridal Gallery @diamondbridalgallery
DRESS DESIGNER | Solo Merav @solomerav
MODELS | Kristina Kurudimov @kristina.kurudimov
Vadim Kurudimov @vadimkurudimov
MAKEUP | Julie Otkidycheva @beautified.by.julie
HAIR | Alina Kolotyuk @alinashairdesigns
FLORALS | Liliya Ivakhov @styledby.lily
MACARONS | Lilia Misik @french_macarons_creations
CAKE | Alena Zhurko @sweetcreationsbylainy
STRAWBERRIES | Tanya Perebikovskiy @strawberriesdluxe
VENUE | Vizcaya Sacramento @vizcayasac
TUX | Zara @zara

Richly Colored Orfila Vineyard Wedding Celebrates the Ultimate Winery Wedding

David + Monica are made for each other. One is a lawyer. One is in law school. They are grounded, smart, and confident when you meet them and together, they bring out a tenderness and sweetness in one another, and at times, a little spark of silliness. She smiles big. He can’t take his eyes off her. Their incredible Fall wedding was at one of our all time favorite San Diego area wedding venues; Orfila Vineyards & Winery, with breathtaking views and a tons of charm. This wedding had an amazing team of experts ad pros to bring it together: Orfila's event manager, Steffi, executed a flawless day, as always, Simply Adina Floral designed the most beautiful burgundy and maroon-colored flowers – perfectly festive and perfectly Fall, Sound Prodigy  supplied not only the tunes that kept the event moving but also the up lights and event coordination, and Kristen, at Bijou Beautiful, made the Bride and her best gals look stunning, and VG Donuts & Bakery delivered quite the decadent dessert spread bringing the whole day to its rich and warm and fulfilling ending! And thankfully Light of Love Photography was there to capture it all!  

Photographer:  Light of Love Photography//Caterer:Toast Catering//Dress Designer:Enaura Bridal//Beauty: Bijou Beautiful//DJ: Sound Prodigy//Bakery:VG Bakery//Floral Designer: Simply Adina Floral design//Reception Venue: Orfila Vineyards and Winery

Romantic Wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar Brings Classic Elegance with Touches of Pink and Blue

A Del Mar wedding always delivers beauty, charm and style! With sweeping views of the ocean from the picturesque ceremony at L'Auberge Del Mar, to the bride's dramatically long train, this couple's special day was romantic with a touch of flair.  Every little detail was elegant and intimate, with hand sewn handkerchiefs for "happy tears" at the ceremony, personalized robes for the bridal party [trending this year!], and a beautifully embroidered artwork of the couple kissing in front of the Eiffel tower as a centerpiece to the decor. The color palette was sophisticated with shades of navy blue in various textures, blush pink, and a splash of gold. The reception continued on the ocean view rooftop, as the sunset on the ocean, the string of lights hanging above the tables creating a cozy and romantic vibe and then led to world famous VG donuts! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//DJ:Vario Weddings//Reception Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar//Cake Designer: VG Donut & Bakery//Beauty:Cara Mia Make Up Artistry & Hair Designs//Design and Decor:AFR Event Furnishings //Floral Designer: J Design Floral//Event Planner: K2K Events//

We Give a Fond Look at Fall with This Beautiful Wedding Styled Shoot Video

We give a fond farewell to Fall soon as Winter approaches. And with with rich burgundy, plum and gold accented by deep brown, tree branches, gorgeous florals, candlelight and a fireplace, this wedding styled shoot is the perfect ode to Fall! Watch the video and enjoy! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Stegela Photography
Venue:  The Bash Boutique
Designer:  Couture Events
Gown/ Fashion: Elle Bridal Boutique
Floral:  Dinah's Floral Studio
Makeup/hair:  Unveiled Bridal Beauty
Calligrapher: Four Things Paper
Rentals:   CC Vintage Rentals
Cake:  Jenny Wenny Cakes
Baker: Le Parfait Paris
Tablescape Rentals:  Not My Dish

Mazel Tov! Danya and Josh's La Jolla wedding is a gorgeous celebration of love, joy and flowergirls!!

Mazel Tov! Danya and Josh had the most amazing wedding at Estancia La Jolla, and were married in the garden courtyard by Josh's best friend. The reception included lots of dancing, a rowdy hora, and their family and friends surprising them with a flash mob dance to "Despacito" where they took over the dance floor with bagels and coffee! They danced until 3am and had a late-night food truck to end the night with burgers and fries!

Josh and Danya met on a dating app, called coffee meets bagel. Their chemistry and connection was so strong after their first date, that Josh called his friend to tell him that he found the girl he was going to marry. Danya was drawn to Josh's kindness, ambition, integrity, sense of humor, confidence and shared value for family and love for dogs. Josh was drawn to her genuine, compassionate, and free-spirited nature, and to the close relationship she holds with family and friends. Danya and Josh both enjoy hiking with their dog Sasha, cooking together, exploring new restaurants (both foodies!), traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  After dating for a year and a half, Josh proposed on the beach where they had shared one of their first few dates. He then surprised her with a celebratory brunch surrounded by both of their families [we love this guy!!]. 

After the wedding, the happy couple went to Greece and Croatia for their honeymoon to start their new life together:) Thanks to San Diego wedding photographer Tim Otto for capturing this amazing wedding and sharing it with us. Mazel Tov Danya and Josh!! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography by: Tim Otto

Wedding Reception Venue: Estancia La Jolla

Wedding Florals by: Organic Elements

Bridal Hair and Makeup by: XO Beauty

Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Barrad- I do weddings

Wedding Band: Bob Gail Events

Rentals: Betty's Linens

Late Night Snack Truck: Habit Food Truck

Videography by: Russell Johns Films

Charting your most special moments in the night sky for love that is written in the stars!

 Custom star maps by The Night Sky for the night your heart skipped a beat are the most exciting gift idea for that couple whose love is written in the stars!  Complete with a time and place signature to chart out the exact moment you said “yes!”, “I do”, or that moment you realized your world had changed. This gift of the stars will have you always remembering that special night.

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Romance meets Industrial in a Beautiful Contrast of Bridal Style

Capturing contrast is the essence of art. Dark and light, rough and smooth, harsh and elegant. This styled bridal shoot took place in Poland; a land of contrasts, known for beautiful women and years of history, some of it beautiful and some of it harsh. The photographer Masha found this old industrial building that used to be a military factory before the second World War and wanted to show the contrast between feminine beauty and the raw, industrial surroundings, and how cold, forgotten places can change as soon as beauty touches it.  Artists like Masha know that finding and creating beauty makes the world a better place. We couldn't agree more.

Wedding Pro Credits:

Photography by: Masha'S Photography

Florals and Headpiece by: Infloral

Bridal Gown by: OM Wedding Dress

Bridal Makeup by: Kasinho Makeup

Veils and Custom Headpieces by: Cheri Elizabeth

Waves Crashing, Sun Setting, This Toes in the Sand Beach Wedding was the Refreshing Low Key Event Everyone Wanted

Beach weddings! It's one of the main reasons why people love to get married in So Cal! Waves crashing, beautiful sun setting over the water, your toes in the sand and a tear in your eye as your heart fills with love and joy for your loved ones saying "I do!". This low key affair was exactly the stress free affair that Zac and Chelsea wanted. With a love as endless as the sea and as deep as the ocean, these two celebrated with a light hearted day of ease and joy with a close group of friends and family. And as the couple said their vows in front of the crashing waves and sunset it brought everyone to tears in a moment of pure bliss... which was followed, in true Southern California style, by tacos and margaritas! 

Vendor Credits:

Photography by Astray Photography

Bridal Gown by Designer Sottero Midgley

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Bride's hair, makeup, and floral were all DIY

Location Corona Del Mar Beach

Love totally, plan your wedding locally and remember to shop locally for the holidays

We live to promote the local business person, the on the ground wedding artist and professional who cares so well for San Diego area couples celebrating with a wedding.  Many of our favorite event pros [like Simply Adina Florals and Gifts in Escondido - shown here] have local retail shops you can patronize.  So just a reminder to please shop locally during the holidays! 

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So if you're up Escondido way stop in and say hi to Adina and her family at their lovely shop at 401 West Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA. 92025  Did you know Grand Avenue is one of North County inlands coolest spots for shopping!? Happy Holidays! 

 

Happy Anniversary Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip 70 years strong!

So you say you're ready for another exciting and glamorous royal wedding?!Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement! Everyone is a buzz about the proposal of our favorite royal ginger [that's redhead to us Yanks] and the American actress and humanitarian.

Here's a look back at the beautiful wedding gown and recessional of Queen Elizabeth as she married her dreamboat Prince Philip in 1947. The couple are, of course, Prince Harry's grandparents and we bet they are very happy for Harry as he heads to the altar with a [gasp!] American bride. 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Mariangela + Jayil's Puerto Rican Venezuelan Wedding Celebrates Tradition and Love

Tradition and culture. All weddings usually celebrate some tradition or cultural pride; like the cultures that the two families bring to the wedding and sometimes the new traditions created from the newlyweds coming together as one in marriage. And then there's this wedding! Starting with a beautiful traditional Catholic Ceremony, complete with the lighting of candles during the sacrament of marriage,  the couple and their families then moved on to the ZLAC Rowing Club in Pacific Beach for a night of old and new traditions. 

The groom, who is from Puerto Rico, was dressed in a suit jacket that opened into a beautiful work of art. The bride, who hails from Venezuela, handcrafted all the beautiful details of the day with love. As a surprise to their guests, the bride and groom showed their countries' pride by dancing with their respective flags as their first dance! One Puerto Rican tradition is the "guayabera," a loose-fitting men's shirt, which the bride's father wore. A fun new tradition? The bride and her maids wore matching temporary tattoos!  And the best tradition of all? Celebrating love and marriage with your families! Nos encanta esta boda especial! Our hearts go out to Puerto Rico and all our fellow Americans working to recover post hurricane.

Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Event Planner: Adore Wedding Design//Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo Bridal//DJ: ART from SGM//Cake Designer: Azucar//Caterer: Continental Catering Dress Store: David's Bridal//Band:Ginger Roots //Event Venue: ZLAC Rowing Club

Grooms and Groomsmen Alike Love Groovy Grooms Gifts!

Looking for the perfect gifts for the Groom and his squad of loyal Groomsmen? Look no farther, Groovy Groomsmen Gifts is here!

You know you want to honor your men in the wedding in a way that reflects what they mean to you, but often don’t know where to start or have the time to research. Groovy Groomsmen Gifts was founded by a guy who was part of many wedding parties and noticed a consistent theme of tacky gifts and a total lack of creativity.  Knowing that a lot of men aren’t natural shoppers, he saw a need for one comprehensive stop to make everyone's lives easier during what can be an amazingly challenging and task filled process: wedding planning and gifting.  Here are a few of our faves:

The Vegas Box
Ante up boys! The Vegas box turns any place into Vegas! The Vegas box comes with 4 stainless steel flasks, 100 poker chips, 1 deck of poker playing cards, 4 stainless steel dice, 1 stainless steel bowl for snacks or poker chips and a wood box. The flask and wood box are personalized as shown; however you can can also print anything you'd like to memorialize the good times you're bound to have. Find this popular gift here.

Shake It Up Kit
Bond....James Bond. 007 would have a few of this classic, stainless steel cocktail kit stashed away ready for cocktails! The Shake It Up Kit is a 5 piece set that comes complete with its own wood storage box. All pieces, including the wood box, are monogrammed engraved with anything you want. The shaker holds 18 ounces and the set comes with a wood box that is 4" x 4" x 11". Get your James Bond 'shaken not stirred' cocktails with the boys on with this great gift here.

Dopportunity Rocks
Dopportunity Rocks can tuck away all your travel needs in a nice compact form. This incredibly high quality toiletry bag is constructed from premium full-grain leather with brass zippers and is available in a range of colors. Your guys will love this classic masculine kit for any travel, get it here!

The Weekender
The Weekender is a personalized military style weekend travel duffel made of 100% cotton canvas bag with leather accents. With well constructed brass hardware and slick personalization, it makes for one awesome gift for anyone and is perfect for years of use on trips, at the gym or camping, anywhere you guys may look for adventure! Order one for all the boys [don't forget the dads!] here.

Four Snifter Gifter
Whiskey is one of the top 10 drinking trends according to Beverage Dynamics and whether it's Irish, Single Malt or Blended, you won't want your boys to miss out on the fun tasting this old fashioned drink brings! The Four Snifter Gifter comes with 1 whiskey decanter, 4 snifters and 1 wood box. Decanter comes with a solid 100% glass stopper.  It's a set meant to impress and one that will go a long way. Order your gift sets here then sit back and enjoy the gratitude!

Barber Box
All men need a little cleaning up before a wedding [all those photos!] and The Barber in a Box is a thoughtful gift your guys will use for the rest of their lives. With a sharpening stone, a unique barber style razor (ready to use!), scissors, and comb packaged inside our rocking wooden gift box.  All items are high end in terms of quality. No red and white striped pole or appointment needed. Get your in home barber kit here.

Groovy Groomsmen Gifts is one place with a constantly growing cache’ of great gift possibilities for any type of man.  Oh yeah, and amazing customer service. Their staff is constantly searching for sensational groomsmen gift ideas that embody a balance of tradition, creativity and functionality.  The Groovy credo is to ensure that whatever they sell, it doesn’t end up in your groomsmen’s basement box. 

Walking in a Winter Wedding Wonderland at The Centre Escondido

It's the time of year when the world falls in love! And this wedding styled shoot at The Centre Escondido - the San Diego area's chicest wedding and special event venue - is the perfect way to step into a Winter Wonderland of holiday style! With hues of cool winter blues and bold Christmas reds, the cutest place setting cookies ever, and specialty lighting to set the mood, all enhanced by the bold cuisine of Chef Deborah Scott of Vintana Restaurant, this shoot by Events by Lift rings in the holidays!

Editor's note: The Centre is truly the focal point of North County Inland and is an obvious choice for very chic weddings and special events- but do check their schedule as they host all kinds of exciting events like shopping, dining, art events and more - this place is so cool that even Santa will be there on December 2nd to celebrate in style!!! 

Happy Thanksgiving - Celebrate all that you are Grateful for with this Smashing Pumpkin Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Finding the things in life you are grateful for is the most beautiful [and mentally healthy!] way to handling everything from creating a special event, growing your connection with loved ones, to spending time with family and just living life. Today on this special holiday that focuses on gratitude, we wish you a fabulous Thanksgiving full of love and appreciation for all you have in life; love family and another day in which to enjoy it. Oh and this delicious Smashing Pumpkin Cake [perfect for a post Thanksgiving dessert] by local bakery Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. who was kind enough to share the recipe! Generous bakers....yet another thing to be grateful for! 

Sweet Sequin Topped Gown is Perfect for your Reception and the Holidays!

Getting near the holidays gets everyone in a sequin sort of mind and this charming dress fits the bill with style! Perfect for an evening wedding, a sparkly seasonal wedding soiree or any holiday event, this gold sequin topped ballerina tulle skirt of ivory and white is a confection that evokes the Nutcracker and New Years Eve all at once. This charming wedding gown is designed and made by Cleo and Clementine on Etsy and is all custom made to fit you. 

Save the Date for M bride Gown Salon's White Sale November 24th-26th

It's back! M bride salon's White Sale on designer gowns! Receive 30%-70% off all designer sample wedding gowns from designers you love like Monique Lhuillier, Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, Pronovias, and many more. Take an additional 10% off by paying cash or check. Receive 10%-15% off all special order bridal gowns. Refer a friend and receive a $25 gift certificate.

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Please call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. Space is Limited. M bride is San Diego’s premiere bridal salon specializing in bringing the latest designers to the fashion forward bride. Their exclusive gowns combine a fusion of New York chic with Hollywood glamour. 

At M bride, they are redefining bridal…California Style.

Dreamy Beach Wedding Styled Shoot Inspires all Beach going Brides!

We all love the beach in So Cal! And it is especially fun to share a beautiful beachy bride wedding styled shoot with you! This dreamy, romantic meets boho styled shoot by Devyn Leone Photography has the model wearing a lace dress from Dainty Hooligan, and floral crown by Magsea Daisy with gorgeous sunbursts provided by Mother nature! This bridal session took place at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, CA at the iconic tower. 

Photographed by: Devyn Leone Photography
Bridal Gown by:  Dainty Hooligan
Flower Crown by: Magsea Daisy
Location: Laguna Beach Victoria Beach Tower