A Secret Garden Theme and Two People Overflowing with Love Make for a Wedding to Remember

We just love featuring weddings that show this much love! Especially when our favorite wedding pros had the honor in sharing in the love all day too. Check out this perfect sunny day San Diego wedding with two people so in love [love their first peek around the corner images!] it will make you feel it too!

Says San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda, “We cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie & Stormie. Spending the day with them, their family and friends was nothing short of magical. Their love for one another is inspiring and represented so vividly with those who surrounded them. This madly in love couple fully committed to their 'Secret Garden' theme that was carried throughout their whole wedding planning process. From Stormie's proposal to Katie during the 'Garden of Lights' Christmas celebration at the Encinitas Botanical Gardens, to their engagement session we shot at Felicita County Park in Escondido, and finally to their romantic garden inspired wedding by the sea in Oceanside at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Katie & Stormie's day was full of so many special family details. They were married by Stormie's Aunt Liz, Katie's sisters completed her bridal party, they shared a double father-daughter dance and we know they were joined in spirit by Stormie's late mother and Katie's late second mom. The day was perfect and we are so honored to have captured it. They truly showed that love surely WINS in #KatiesPerfectStorm!” Editor’s Note: Paul Douda Photography is one of So Cal’s favorite LGBTQ friendly wedding photographers and you can sure see why! #loveislove

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House//Ring Designer:Weisfield Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's District//Dress Store:Poppy & Rose Bridal//Dress Designer:Justin Alexander//Makeup Artist: Mobile Beauty Team//Musicians:Celeste Barbier Events//Cake Designer:Kiki's Custom Confections//Caterer:Hello Betty//Floral Designer: Kendra's Floral Design//Cinema and Video:Paul Douda Photography//Reception Venue:SpringHill Suites by Marriott//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//

Beachfront Destination San Diego Wedding Captures all the Love and Fun

We love all the happiness and beachside fun that is apparent in Danielle and Larry’s Point Loma wedding! This engaging couple decided to get married in their hometown of San Diego on the Navy Base at Oceans View of Ballast Point. They wanted a rustic beach theme wedding that was both simple and classic. Their photographer Paul Douda was so impressed with what they delivered especially considering they planned their wedding mostly apart and out of the country! Joined by their friends and family, Danielle & Larry celebrated their love for one another at their stunning beach setting in San Diego. Enjoy!

Danielle & Larry met online unexpectedly while they were both serving their country overseas. Larry was in Kuwait about to return to the U.S. and Danielle was gearing up for her second tour of duty in Spain. According to them, the timing was horrible and neither of them expected to meet their soulmate online while in the service! While on vacation together in Tromso, Norway over New Years 2017, Larry decided to propose to Danielle. Seeing the Northern Lights had always been on their bucket list and Larry couldn't think of a more perfect way to ask Danielle to be his wife. In Danielle's words, "One evening, we drove out of the city into the surrounding fjords to get a better look at the lights. They were stunning, truly breath taking. We stopped to get a picture of us with the lights, he usually sets up the camera as I stand in front of the camera so he can focus it and fix the settings. My back was turned towards him because I was looking up at the lights, I heard him walking up behind me in the snow, but I noticed it was taking him a bit longer than usual. Once he got next to me, he kneeled down, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him." 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Etsy Designer: Creative Amme//Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie//Etsy Designer:AxMen (Grooms Ring)//Ring Designer:Ice Carats//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Express//Dress Store: Nordstrom//Beauty: Lightly Brushed Makeup//Makeup Artist: Lightly Brushed Makeup//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Cake Designer:Shirley the Cake Lady//Cake Designer: The Cake Lady//Event Planner:Dina Ibarra (Friend of Bride)//Ceremony Location:Ocean View at Ballast Point//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

This Sweet Safari Park Wedding Proves this Unique Locale is the Ultimate Setting for a Day Full of Wonder

A Sweet Safari Park wedding proves that the breathtaking San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook is the ultimate setting for a day full of wedding wonder (and leopards, giraffes and elephants!!)! Photographed by Brant Bender, this wedding captures so much fun and joie de vivre! Says Brant" For me, what I remember most was just how kind everyone was and how much fun they had. They truly loved everything from the animal presentation the Safari Park provided to the party Vynce the DJ threw them! They also were able to incorporate their own dog in their cake design which was fantastic. I also remember their first look as a very special. It’s not easy to find an intimate spot at the Park but we found the perfect one and they were able to share an emotional moment with each other. And of course, I was happy because they were game for finding new photo spots with me!  The day flowed flawlessly thanks to Kathleen and Safari Park provided the wonderful backdrop (and animals!)." It's obvious from these magical photos that Brant preserved this lovely couple's vision of love and life perfectly. 

Not only was this a day full of wonder but the celebration turned into a night full of fun! Popular San Diego DJ Vynce Pham of Music Phreek tells us “Sam and Stephanie were the absolute dream couple to work for because they not only knew what they wanted their music soundtrack story to be, but also how to present it visually to their family and friends. Having your wedding at the Safari Park in itself is unique, but having the wild animals as part of the backdrop, entertainment and decor is priceless! The entire team of vendors worked amazingly well together to insure that the day ran smoothly and flawlessly. I couldn't have wished for a better team to be a part of. The Sam and Stephanie were always so pleasant and more than willing to share their time taking pics, sitting and chatting with guests.  Once the formalities were over and the dancing started, everything kicked up a notch! The dance floor was full and everyone vibed so well to their song selections. I think it'd be fair to say it truly was the best night of their lives.”  Thanks for sharing your take on this lovely wedding Vynce -  we know from experience that the right DJ really makes an already wonderful wedding all the more memorable! 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook: 

Transport your guests to an African safari and delight in panoramic views of the savanna where giraffes, rhinos, and gazelles roam. This unique venue is reminiscent of a South African lodge, with open rafters, a baobab tree bar and lovely safari-inspired accents. Exchange your vows on the sweeping lawn with the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains around you, dine and dance in safari elegance.  Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's newest gathering spot to mingle with your guests around the fire pit as the sun sets.    

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event Planner: Nicole George Events

Photographer: Brant Bender Photography

Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook

Florist: Simply Adina Florals

Hair and Makeup Stylist: Susie Beyer McCartney

Caterer: San Diego Safari Park

Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

DJ: Music Phreek DJ & Lighting

Extra style bonus: This wedding was on St. Patrick's Day so adding in just the right amount of green made the day extra festive and fun, bringing the couple the luck of the Irish!!  

Magical San Diego Wedding Weathers Rain and Sunshine with Style!

Linda and Edgar had a rainy and cold wedding week – even in Southern California -- but the sun came out for the ceremony and reception. “Everything was so magical,” Linda says. “We were so blessed. We could not ask for anything better!” 

After meeting at work and falling in love quickly, Edgar and Linda dreamed of a rustic and elegant wedding – like a fairy tale. Their favorite memories include their first dance and “just seeing everyone enjoying themselves.” With a color scheme of dusty rose and different shades of pink – including Linda’s reception dress -- as well as wooden details and strings of lights, and lots of magical bubbles to celebrate this magical day, the couple made their vision come true. In a sweet, unique touch, their guests wrote their wishes for Linda and Edgar on small river stones as keepsakes. What a lovely day to celebrate love with family and friends!

For couples getting married soon, Linda advises, “Remember to give yourself time to take everything in, and have your photographers take pictures of everything!”

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Twin Oaks Weddings:

This secluded vintage venue features artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility.

Nestled among tall forests, vibrant floral, and cascading streams, San Diego’s premiere wedding venue is host to one beautiful wedding per day and currently accepting reservations through 2020.

Once you stroll through the garden gates you will be surrounded by twinkling rose arbors, soothing waterfalls with lush established landscape that take you back to a time of the elegant English garden.

This turn of the century historic landmark estate is set in total seclusion with an Old San Marcos Schoolhouse dating back to 1891 nestled among a towering forest that dates back well over 100 years. The unique statuary, flora and fauna encompass every corner of this magnificent garden and it’s totally private garden gazebo are set in the shade of the landmark forest.

The grand tented pavilion showcases towering peaks of chiffon gathered over head with crystal chandeliers and intimate lighting. Surrounding it are cozy garden nooks and soothing sounds of the waterfalls setting a tone of peace and tranquility.

The Twin Oaks House (circa 1891) is exclusively restored as a wedding estate. With its Grand Parlor reserved for the bridal party, towering tin ceilings, fainting couches and rich antiquities make this an ideal space to relax before the wedding.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Classic Photographers | https://classicphotographers.com/
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | https://twinoaksweddings.com/
Florist: Flowers by Erin | https://www.flowersbyerin.com/
Musician/DJ: Pete Goslow | https://www.petegoslow.com/
Dessert: Churros El Tigre | http://www.churroseltigre.com/
Makeup: Lyly and Stephanie Velazquez
Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal | https://www.panachebridals.com/
Officiant: Chad Richards | http://www.socalweddingofficiant.org/

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//

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

Bienvenido Baja! This Featured Wedding is Beautiful and The Best Day Ever!

South of the Border down Mexico way, locals know the most amazing spot to take in all the culture, beauty, food, wine and festivities that is Rosarito Beach in Baja California, Mexico!  Tony and Maleni enjoyed such a beautiful, heartfelt and fun ocean front wedding at Villa del Paraiso, an amazing estate wedding venue that brought all their family and friends together for one very good time! Tony was so stylish in his very on trend blue suit and when he saw Maleni in her wedding dress, he was overwhelmed with love and joy! What a joy it must've been to be at this wedding fiesta which overflowed with the beauty of the rugged coastline, the sunsets, the margaritas, the music. And it's obvious that, most importantly, Tony and Maleni were carried through the evening by the love, joy, and hopes for a great future from all their loved ones.  

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