Local Wedding Venue Gives back to Firefighters and First Responders with A Cruise on the Bay - Well Done Hornblower!

We know Hornblower Cruises in San Diego as a popular on the bay wedding and special event venue, but it turns out they're also heroes to our heroes! Hornblower is inviting San Diego County first responders for a complimentary free admission aboard any of Hornblower Cruises one or two hour Harbor Cruise on San Diego Bay.  Local bayside wedding venue Hornblower is extending their annual 9/11 weekend offer of a free cruise to firefighters and area first responders for the entire month of September. First responders include firefighters, police officers, harbor police and USCG, sheriff department officers and EMT’s involved in ongoing efforts to keep San Diego safe in difficult times. Well done Hornblower! Thank you for honoring those that protect and serve! 

The El Cortez Don Room and Terraces Lights up Uptown San Diego with Beauty and Style

Like a beacon of style from a bygone era, the El Cortez Don Room and Terrace lights up the uptown San Diego hilltop with its rich beauty, historic charm and elegant details. Check out more about this beautiful venue and see why it has long been a San Diego wedding favorite! 

Gold Hand Painted Cake Detail Makes for an Elegant Finale to any Wedding Celebration

Well you know we love cake and we love CAKE! The girls at the Fabulous CAKE Girls that is! Check out this beautiful hand painted metallic gold detailed wedding cake they created for a beautiful wedding by Suzanne Duffy of Crown Weddings & Events [another fabulous girl we adore!] photographed by Clove & Kin. Sigh!!! 

Beautiful Headpiece Comb by Justine M Couture add Sparkle and Romance to your Wedding Day Hairstyle

We love blush tones! Blush is such a flattering color on all skin tones and adds a hint of romantic sweetness to your wedding day fashion. This beautiful headpiece comb by accessory designer Justine M Couture brings 3 of the most classic feminine touches to one accessory: pearl, sparkly florals and blush tones!  Named the 'Busy Lizzie' this comb has metal vines and rhinestone flowers, with Keishi off white pearls. Available at finer bridal salons all around the world and locally in San Diego at The White Flower Boutique.

COLOR OPTIONS: Silver or rose gold metal, silver Swarovski stones, very pale pink and off white beads and pearls throughout.

Loving the First Look Photo Fun of Melissa McClure, San Diego Wedding Photographer

We love when couples have fun with every single aspect of their wedding planning and, of course, on their wedding day! That's why we believe hiring the right personalities is one of the most important parts of creating your wedding line up of professionals. If you want a light hearted wedding day be sure to hire vendors who think and feel that way too! San Diego wedding photographer Melissa McClure loves to bring joy and her gift for photography to weddings.

And in case this adorable, ahem... 'first look' photo doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this lovely artist, watch this:

10 Reasons You Need a Wedding Planner By San Diego La Di Da Weddings

We asked San Diego based Wedding Planner Lisa of La Di Da Weddings for her top 10 Reasons why you need a Professional Wedding Planner:

  1. A Professional Wedding Planner saves you time – did you know the average wedding takes over 200 hours of planning!? That's a 5 week vacation you could have! 
  2. A Professional Wedding Planner saves you money – a wedding planner is a repeat customer to many vendors and knows all kinds of tip and tricks for cutting costs that you couldn't possibly know your first time out wedding planning!
  3. A Professional Wedding Planner acts as your “Go To” – No more hassling, stressful (and sometimes annoying) questions from vendors, family and friends while you are trying to actually enjoy your own wedding!
  4. A Professional Wedding Planner allows you to have a worry-free day.  You can begin to relax and have fun with your guests.
  5. A Professional Wedding Planner handles any and all crises behind the scenes so as not to have any issues or problems broadcast to you or your guests. 
  6. A Professional Wedding Planner saves your friends and family from having to work on your behalf and missing out on all the fun. Keep your guests as guests and your family as witness to your big day! 
  7. A Professional Wedding Planner recommends vendors you can trust. Wedding planners are always vetting other vendors to recommend to you. Think of a Planner as your conductor for the day. How well can an orchestra play if they've never worked together even once?! 
  8. A Professional Wedding Planner helps keep you within your budget. The closer you get to the big day the more stressed you get and sometimes that can mean unnecessary stress spending or 'wedding creep' - your planner helps keep your eyes on the original goal of the wedding you want. 
  9. A Professional Wedding Planner brings your vision to life. Part conductor, part stylist, part good friend, a real Planner knows it is always all about you!!! 
  10. A Professional Wedding Planner brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise! You do not know what you do not know! 

Thanks Lisa we couldn't agree more!   

Welcome Grey [with a Splash of Bright Color] as the Bold New Neutral for Weddings!

Pantone [the leader in all things 'color' worldwide] predicts color trends and influences every season. As we move closer to the Autumn season and focus turns to fashion and trends for next year -we see shades of grey coming on strong. On the heels of fashion trends are wedding style inspirations and decor decisions. No stranger to trends and style, Bright Event Rentals shows this gorgeous grey couch with pops of splashy color in a beautiful conversation setting perfect for any post ceremony cocktail hour or reception. And we are sure to see more mid century modern style trends from this design powerhouse! Check out more trends at Bright

Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at NY Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends. Check out the 2018 Fashion Color Trend Report by Pantone.

Beautiful Blush Bridal Gown by Jaime Elyse Brings a Royal Flair to Any Wedding

Jaime Elyse, known for the global success of her couture bridal collection, has announced the launch of a new red carpet collection. On the heels of a successful awards show season, for which she dressed several actresses, Jaime Elyse has had a strong presence in Hollywood. She has worked on set for both TV and Movies, including The Bachelor,  Truth Be Told, Sandy Wexler & the Ellen Show.

Jaime Elyse has been immersed in fashion since she was a young girl. With an innate penchant for design, she pored through fashion magazines and would frequent the local thrift shop to purchase garments that she could deconstruct and study how they were made. Self-taught, after high school she worked under the tutelage of Jessica McClintock bridal, and soon embarked on her own couture bridal designs.

Elyse believes that textiles are one of the most important elements of design. When consulting with clients for couture dresses, she meets one-on-one to determine the best silhouette and pairs it with the material best suited to bring the design to life.

She finds inspiration in architecture, with London, Paris and New York as her muses. “The architecture and beauty in the buildings is very similar to how garments are created. I enjoy looking at how all of the elements come together. It is similar to textiles. The luxe texture and weight of Duchess silk falls beautifully on the silhouette and is stunning in both person and images. While the depth of design for French lace allows for easy, seamless sculpting.”

An architect of couture, Elyse crafts garments into pieces of wearable art. Enjoy!

Beach Elopement Styled Shoot is Full of San Diego Sun, Sand, and Real Love!

When a real couple let's you style and shoot an 'elopement into honeymoon' styled shoot at the beach get ready for lots of fun and chemistry!! This couple was happy to show their love and passion at WindandSea Beach in South La Jolla. After their beach elopement, they moved into in a "day after - honeymoon" session celebrating their love for one another and the first day as Mr. and Mrs. All we can say is Wow! The heat is on and it's not the soaring Summer temperatures bringing this heat wave!

Location:WindandSea Beach//Cake Designer:Amanda Rose Cake Designer//Floral Designer:A Flower Chick//Photographer: V&E Photography//

Two Hearts Beat as One in this Lovely Romantic Hacienda Wedding

Rich colors, fabulous taste in styling and florals, a gorgeous outdoor setting with so much character and history and a couple madly in love! What's not to love about this featured wedding!! Brad & Erica are a beautiful, loving couple with [obviously] fantastic style and tons of personality that come through in their wedding photos. Their wedding in Santa Ana at The Hacienda was intimate, incredibly romantic, and a joy to behold.  

DJ: Extreme DJ Service//Event Designer: Christin Wilson Events//Location: The Hacienda//Apparel: Dreamers & Lovers//Floral Designer: Penelope Pots//Photographer: Aaron Monroe//

This British Tea Party Themed Wedding Styled Shoot Shows Off a Delicate and Feminine Style

While we are all still recovering from a fabulous British Royal Wedding, here is one last crumb of inspiratiom that celebrates a modern twist on true English style! This talented team of vendors, from all the way across the pond, bring a sweet, Anglo style to a lovely tea time styled shoot. Pass the biscuits! Enjoy! 

Studio Venue:Square Suite//Event Designer:eclat_events//Model:Joyce Evans//Model: antoniath//Makeup Artist: Aaliyah Latif//Dress Designer: audrey ashley couture//Dress Designer: Aneberry//Event Planner: My Wedding Fixer//Photographer: Chomelle photo//

Locally Made Lace Robes and Fashions for the Boudoir by Iselle Design Studio

The idea of the bridal trousseau is an old one; it's made up of lovely and meaningful things a bride takes into her marriage, like household items, gifts and special clothing. We think any bride would be ecstatic to add these lovely handmade lace robes to her wedding day and honeymoon! Created with love by local designer Iselle Nguyen, Iselle Design Studio offers beautiful robes, long or short, and pretty, modern garters to make your wedding night and beyond even more special! 

Edible Sugar Doilies for your Wedding Guests’s Coffee!?! Yes Please!

How utterly charming are these edible sugar doilies for your high tea or coffee at a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception?! Created by Etsy creator store  Sweet Marve Lace these dainty confectionery treats Mak e an elegant adornment on any cake, cookie, or cupcake. You can even attach these sweet doilies to the sides of your tiered cakes by use of only a dab of water!!! Or you can let it float on the surface of your hot tea or coffee....they last for at least 5 minutes in a drink giving you plenty of time to enjoy! 

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Elegant Temecula Winery Wedding Styled Shoot with 3 Couples is Rich in Black Tie Style

This gorgeous shoot styled by Katie Hammond Photography was a photographer's dream! Three amazing and very different couples, an elegant bridal party, over-the-top florals, beautiful roses, and even tablescapes with kale...every detail was bold and classically elegant. Each area of this expansive property gave a different feel to the shoot, yet managed to weave together to create one glorious finished product. From the pond with waterfall, to the Mediterranean inspired alfresco dining area, to the low hanging trees that feel as though you've been transported to Savannah Georgia, this day had everything! 

Couple #1 Black Tie Wedding Style; black tie all the way with beautiful wedding cake, bold invitation portfolio, kale centerpieces, and stunning bridesmaids dresses.

Couple #2 Black Tie Wedding Style; clean and simple bridal gown, a classic tux and some pretty nice moves!

Couple #3 Black Tie Wedding Style; a dreamy gown, a gorgeous full bouquet of ivory roses and sweet love.

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Stitch & Tie//Dress Designer:Mac Duggal//Dress Designer: Enzoani//Dress Store: Essence of Australia //Dress Designer:Essence of Australia//Design and Decor: Enticing Tables//Paper Props:Madison Stationary//Beauty: Wonderpin Studio//Bakery: Eat your Cake too//Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design//Event Venue: Lake Oak Meadows//Caterer: Lake Oak Meadows and Catering//Reception Venue: Lake Oak Meadows//Event Venue: Lake Oak Meadows Wedding Venue at Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery//Photographer: Marisa McDonald Photography//

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight:

Lake Oak Meadows Winery gives you a luxurious feel while still letting you enjoy our amazing Southern California weather in the beautiful outdoors. Each area of the expansive property gives you a different feel that yet they all manage to work together seamlessly to create one glorious venue. 

This Coronado Wedding is a Sweet Serenade of Love and Spirit Between Two Very Lovely People

A vintage VW bus, a beautiful, heartfelt serenade by the groom, a movie-like exit on a gondola boat ride… just a few highlights from Son and Karli's charming Coronado wedding. The groom wrote a personal song for his bride, and sang it to her,  so you know this was an awesome day overflowing with emotion and spirit! Karli and Son tied the knot overlooking the San Diego skyline and Pacific Ocean at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, surrounded by family and friends. How these two met is also inspiring. Karli, who grew up in Northern California, became a nurse and full time missionary in Rosarito, Mexico where she met Son who was also working as a missionary. Son was born and raised in Haiti and left to help others here in the states, before being called to Mexico where the two met. These two love birds ended the night by exiting to a shower of bubbles and confetti leading to the doc where a surprise gondola was awaiting them to take them to their hotel.... that's true love and the island of Coronado for you! 

Watching a couple laugh and genuinely care for one another the way Karli and Son do is so inspiring. Here’s a look at a few of the moments that made up such an eventful day filled with love and friendship.

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Coronado Cays Yacht Club

Rich in history, the Coronado Cays Yacht Club upholds the highest traditions of the Yachting spirit. Established in 1972, the Club has gained a reputation for warm hospitality.

Members and guests value and respect this tradition of excellence; a gathering place for avid boaters, it is also one of Coronado Cay’s most prestigious social venues.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Friars Tux//Dress Store:LuLus//Event Venue: Coronado Cays Yacht Club//Photographer: Astray Photography

A Decade Long Engagement Leads to a Decidedly Lovely Wedding in San Diego's Countryside

Itzela and Juan Enrique celebrated their ten year anniversary by tying the knot at the Hacienda venue on a beautiful day in countryside of East San Diego California. We love it when couples bring this much love, depth and connection to their wedding day to make a special celebration with loved ones just like this one! 

Guests celebrated with a cocktail hour after the ceremony and then welcomed the new couple who danced the night away as they face forward to celebrate any more decades of love and happiness. 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: La Hacienda

La Hacienda is a beautiful rustic outdoor, farm-house venue perfect for memorable weddings, quinceañera, and private parties. Paris Hall is a classic indoor venue suitable for banquets and birthday celebrations. Last but not least, La Casa Bonita is a smaller venue ideal for intimate social gatherings such as bridal showers, baby showers, and pool parties! Check them out!

Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Hair Stylist:Michael Ducreux//Ceremony Location:La Hacienda//Caterer: La Hacienda Catering//Reception Venue: La Hacienda//Photographer: CR Photography