Take a break from your wedding planning to enjoy life, brunch, and a little relaxation

So you say you've been going hard at planning your wedding? Well why not take the weekend to spend time with your honey enjoying a fabulous brunch at one of our favorite places...Vintana!

it's always nice to spend a little time remembering why you're getting married in the first place!

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Vintana is one of the Cohn groups most exciting restaurants and has delicious food, spectacular ambiance, and beautiful views. Editors tip: join the Cohn Restaurant Group's e-cuisine club for lots of special invite's and offers!

Today's Wedding Color Palette Board Celebrates Mexican Campasina Princess Styled Shoot

One of our all time favorite {of our very own exclusive Styled Wedding Shoots} photo shoots was this Mexican Campasina Princess styled shoot with the lovely and talented Betsy McCue of La Vida Creations Photography. The bold and true colors celebrate Mexican art and culture beautifully and working with Betsy was a joy! 

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding! Today's featured wedding is a magical vintage fairytale celebrated at the US GRANT HOTEL.

Says our bride "I can, truly, say that our wedding day was the happiest, most fun day of my life! Actually, everything leading up to the "big day" was so fun! The planning, the showers, the Bridal luncheon, and even just getting ready- I'd happily do it all again! Having an amazing set of vendors was key in the day being low stress, happy, and fun! The U.S. GRANT is incredibly beautiful on its own. I love that every time I walk in the hotel, I feel like I just stepped into a vintage Hollywood party, complete with chandeliers, lounge furniture, and delicious Manhattans. Truly, that pre-existing decor was the inspiration for our wedding. Along with the beauty of the venue, tables, decor, etc.,  I think everyone had a great time, which was VERY important to us! We served champagne at the ceremony, had the U.S. GRANT's special Centennial Manhattans at the cocktail hour, and we had the most amazing band! They had incredible energy and were such a talented, fun set of performers. Honestly, I couldn't stop smiling, and now, when I look back at the day, I can't stop smiling either! Truly, it was the best day ever!" We couldn't agree more!

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Tim Otto photography//Floral Designer: Flowers Annette Gomez//Linens and Coverings: APR Linen Rental//Favors and Gifts: Candee by Sandee//Cinema and Video: Epic Affair//Cake Designer: Michele Coulon Dessertier//Band: Republic of Music//Event Planner:Trena's Special Occasions//Event Venue:US GRANT HOTEL//Lighting: Vario Productions//

Vintage Gold Lockets make for a Special Wedding Jewelry Keepsake

Whether it holds a lock of your loved ones hair as they did in Victorian times or a special message from your intended, a beautiful vintage gold locket like these from Vintage Jewelry Lounge make the perfect jewelry and keepsake for your wedding day! 

Victorian and Art Nouveau Lockets by Vintage Jewelry Lounge:

1 x Sister/Sister or Mother/Daughter Locket-Victorian Circa-1900 and 3 x Art Nouveau Lockets Circa-1890-1910.  All lockets are gold filled with set with diamonds/turquoise and garnets. 

Abundant Orchids Make for a Beautiful Bower of Wedding Beauty in Today's Color Palette Board

This dazzlingly abundant bower of orchids creates a dreamy stage that is perfectly set for the wedding couple in this photo by La Vida Creations Photography. We love how the candlelight adds another dimension to the white and purple flowers that cascade down in a bevy of beauty!

Puppy Love: Engagement Photography Sessions Featuring Man's Best Friend

Everyone knows the saying that dogs are man's best friend, and we couldn't agree more! So, today we want to focus on the newer trend of featuring your best friend in your engagement and/or wedding photoshoots! The idea couldn't be any more perfect: it's a photoshoot that already features two people so in love, that they chose to spend the rest of their lives together.  So, why not include the non-humans that have been there for you throughout all of your ups and downs?  The ones who have sat beside your bedside when you weren't feeling well. The ones who are always so excited when you walk in the door from work. The ones who are just as excited for your wedding day as you are. We are saps for a good love story here at SanDiegoWedding.com, and adding dogs to the mix just makes us melt. Check out our list of top San Diego wedding and engagement photographers who would be tail waggingly happy to do your engagement session with your best furry pals! 

Photographer: MKL IMAGES

BHLDN brings bridal jewelry to life with beautiful vintage style necklaces

The Opal Blossom necklace by BHLDN really ticks all boxes for a bride's ultimate necklace on her wedding day: it's unique, it's sparkly, it's memorable with a hint of 'something blue' and it is a knockout! Checkout more of their bridal collection online or at the San Diego Anthropologie BHLDN location in The Forum Carlsbad. 

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Victorian Drama Wedding Color Palette Board Makes us Dream of Downton Abbey

Deep burgundy, rich real reds, purples so dark they are almost black contrasted by creamy ivories, this is what we love about this dramatic Victorian themed styled shoot with a floral centerpiece as the start of today's Color Palette Board photographed by Tande DiLanatta Photography.

A Super Cool Rock n Roll Infused Wedding Decor makes for a Totally Cool Warehouse Wedding

A totally cool warehouse, craft beers, tons of style and love...what else do you need for an amazing wedding?! Scott and Stephanie Schaffhausen made our hearts swoon with their rustically charming wedding decor. The creative and unique invitations (which was actually designed by the groom himself) begin this rustic brigade. Original and unique wedding invitations have become a popular wedding trend which give millennials the opportunity to show their creative side, and as we all know, for millennials, creativity is key. The more original the better! Another new trend is the mix-matching of bridesmaids dresses. More and more brides are picking a color family [versions of white and blush for this wedding!] for their besties to choose from, but allowing them to choose their own style. This allows each girl to pick a dress that fits their own, individual budget.  The bare brick walls with wooden accents in this lovely wedding allow couples to do almost anything their hearts desire in designing a special space at their wedding venue. The strung lights with a rose petal-sprinkled aisle lined with an array of succulents that Stephanie chose were breathtaking. From the wooden table numbers to the pom pom tassels at the dessert table, this reception is the Instagram wedding we all crave. 

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Chris Wojdak Photography// Cinema and Video: Aqua Vivus Productions// Equipment Rentals: CC Vintage Rentals// DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Equipment Rentals:K & J Rentals// Event Planner:Kristin Krahl//Event Venue: Moniker Warehouse//Makeup Artist:Salon Bordeaux// Bakery:Twin Treats//

Attention engaged couples one of San Diego's fave engagement shoot locales is now open!

One of SanDiego's most popular engagement session photography locations is open for the season! The famous Carlsbad Flower Fields welcomes hundreds of engaged couples each year looking to capture their love amongst the beautiful endless fields of flowers.

Amateur photography is free but professional photography requires an advance application, a photography fee and proof of insurance so be sure to read and follow their rules for photos in advance.

Colorful Ranunculus are a beautiful pop of color

Colorful Ranunculus are a beautiful pop of color

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This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Showcases a Quintessential San Diego Wedding

This week, we are featuring the quintessential luxury San Diego wedding! Chris and Marisa Mendivil celebrated their marriage in all the places we love in San Diego, California! From an engagement shoot in San Diego's famous Balboa Park [check!], wedding ceremony at the Immaculata [check!!] all the way through to their gorgeous wedding reception at the incredible US GRANT HOTEL, what we love most about this couple's wedding is their location choices. Marisa is a graduate from the University of San Diego, so the couple wanted to have their ceremony at the Immaculata Church on campus with its breathtaking ceiling and grandeur. Next on the night's agenda was the formal wedding reception in the US GRANT HOTEL's dreamy Crystal Room - a space that has to be seen to be believed! This Victorian era hotel, full of San Diego history and love, just experienced a multi million dollar refurbishing face lift and has never looked better! We invite you to see for yourself!

Photographer: MKL IMAGES// Venue: US GRANT HOTEL // Florals: Adorations Botanical Artistry// Bridesmaid Dresses: Enzoani Bridal// Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Friar Tux// Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Gather your favorite girls, BHLDN now has bridesmaids fashion

It was just a matter of time before this harbinger of fashion and style making brought out and exciting and yes we're going to say it re-wearable bridesmaids fashions. BHLDN has bridesmaids dresses!  

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These muted rose and soft pinks are super popular for 2017 bridal parties!

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By contrast rich blues and navy add a formality yet are more fresh in feel than black.

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Mauve and blush like a beautiful ballerina palette at your wedding!

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Watercolor aqua, watery blue and barely there prints like these will be abundant at waterfront weddings everywhere!

Shades of Purple in Today's Wedding Color Palette Board

We love our wedding color palette boards!

There are people who simply adore all things purple...you know who you are and who wouldn't love this sweet wedding in all shades of purple from the dusty lavender of the maids gowns to regal full blown purple that pops in the groomsmen's ties? Photo by Great Woodland Photography.

Enjoy an afternoon at Bernardo Winery's Wedding Showcase

Join the lovely people at Bernardo Winery for their own Spring Bridal Faire, March 5th, 2017 from 11-2pm in one of their beautiful outdoor venues! Surrounded by Olive trees and Old World Rustic Charm, visit with some of our favorite vendors in the San Diego Bridal world while sipping bubbles and enjoying the sunshine.

photo by Aaron Huniu Photography

photo by Aaron Huniu Photography

Sample cakes from local bakeries and delicious catering samples from our preferred caterers. Bridal fashion show at 1pm. Bring your bridesmaids, your mom or even your groom-to-be if he’s brave enough!

Free admission and free gift bags to first 25 brides in attendance. The winery, tasting room and village shops will also be open.

For more information call 858-487-1866

Ice cream, whoopie pies, and hot donuts oh my! Today is all about delicious wedding reception desserts!

You've said your "I do's", you've danced your first dance, a memorable toast has been made....  now your wedding reception dessert table is the center of attention! Local wedding dessert experts Sensational Treats makes wedding desserts to elevate any reception into a decadent foodie fest! 

Guests love to make their own sundaes! 

Guests love to make their own sundaes! 

Sensational Treats is San Diego’s premiere specialty wedding dessert and treat company. Fun, Fresh and Tasty, many of their treats are made onsite for your guest to experience with the freshest of ingredients and everything made to order. They bring so many ideas to your wedding too like:

• Mouthwatering Mini Donuts & Donut Holes

• Homemade Liquid Nitrogen Ice Creams, Gelato's & Float Stations

• Gourmet Cotton Candy

• Fresh Churros

• Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

• Sweet Hawaiian Shaved Ice

• Classic Kettle Corn

• All Natural Soft Twisted Pretzels

• Old School Ice Cream Carts and more...

Sensational Treats adds flavorful entertainment to your wedding day - we know we've tried it all and can vouch for its awesome yumminess!! 

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It's more than delicious desserts it's a happening right at your wedding! 

It's more than delicious desserts it's a happening right at your wedding! 

MCAS Miramar Engagement Shoot Summed up in Two Words: Elegantly Honorable

San Diego, California is proud to be home to many of our armed forces and those that serve. So today we give our military couples an idea on how to incorporate this large part of their lives into an engagement session.  Engagement sessions are where couples are able to show their true colors through photography and Luke and Regen Ward's true colors just happen to include red, white, and blue! In order to properly show the world what is important to them as a couple, the Wards wanted to have their first location during the engagement session to be where Luke works, MCAS Miramar and we are in awe over how their photos turned out.

Local wedding photographer Brit Jaye Photography  managed to perfectly capture not only the Ward's rugged and patriotic side, but also their soft and romantic side. We salute this gorgeous engagement session and as always say 'thank you for your service!' to all our armed forces and their spouses and spouses-to-be! 

Save the date! April 23 is San Diego's top wedding expo is back to help you plan your wedding in style

We can't wait for April 23 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay resort where the Wedding Party EXPO is back for their 42nd show in San Diego.  Don't miss this stylish, exciting, dynamic and fun day of wedding experts, fashion, food, style, ideas and fun - it's is the perfect way to plan your wedding! 

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Meet experts taste cakes, sample delicious food, watch fashion shows and get up close and personal with all the people you need to make your big day come to life. ....

Beautiful images of classical works of art now available free for your creative use. Muah! to The Met!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently released 375,000 images of classical artwork to allow people to use them for free.  This incredible act of generosity allows everyone to use and share beautiful images of classical works of art privately or even commercially for free. So if you were looking for that really exciting and creative image with which to announce your wedding look no further!

 Gustav Klimt, Mäda Primavesi (1912-13)

 Gustav Klimt, Mäda Primavesi (1912-13)

 Claude Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899)

 Claude Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899)

What a beautiful gesture by The Met to the world! The Met Museum has executed the new policy in collaboration with Creative Commons, a non-profit that aims to promote the legal sharing and distribution of information, ideas, and images through its free and easy-to-use copyright licenses. “Sharing is fundamental to how we promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration in the digital age,” said Ryan Merkley, the CEO of Creative Commons. “The Met has given the world a profound gift in service of its mission: the largest encyclopedic art museum in North America has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content, and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public-domain collections widely and without restriction.”

You can access the unrestricted images through the Met’s website. As you search its collection, all you need to do is check off the “Public Domain Artworks” option under “Show Only.” You can also browse the selected works by selecting the “Metropolitan Museum of Art” filter on the Creative Commons site.