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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Wedding Venue Spotlight: Villa del Paraiso in Baja, Mexico 

Whether it is relaxing by listening the rolling stones that are shifting in the tide on our beach, or the waiting for the flash of green at sunset with 40 of your best friends, or waiting to hear “I do” during a ceremony on our rolling grass lawn - Villa del Paraiso is perfect for whatever story you want to create. This ocean front property boasts private villas, gorgeous views, amazing amenities, and more. Privacy is the key word when entering this lavish estate with a 24 hour security guard and secure parking for all guests. Although you are entering one estate, in essence you are in 15 individual villa retreats to share. The rooms have been beautifully furnished with king size beds, sitting areas, private balconies and unique individually designed bathrooms. A short drive south of San Diego you can indulge in the Baja experience and enjoy authentic Mexican food, wineries, culture, beaches, horseback riding and crafts made by the local artisans. You don't have to tell us twice, vamos

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Reception Venue: Villa del Paraiso//Photographer: CR Photography//

Mission Bay Wedding Pops with Color and Character at The Catamaran Resort

Mission Bay makes for a pretty and festive place to celebrate love and marriage in San Diego! And we think The Catamaran Resort & Spa is the place to be if you love the bay! Just look at this fun and colorful bayside wedding with tropical flowers in a orange and bright pink, with trending succulents and moss adding a touch of low key style! To top it off the bridesmaids wore aqua and the bay wore a beautiful sail boats and a perfect sunny San Diego day!  Aubrey and Travis chose to have a destination wedding at the beautiful Catamaran Resort & Spa on San Diego's popular Mission Bay - and what a perfect vacation that made for their guests!! This very in love duo wed on the sand, then danced the night away in an intimate ballroom with views of the bay, celebrating the quintessential San Diego, California beachfront wedding vacation style! 

DJ: Party Pam//Floral Designer: Hartworks Floral Design//Hair Stylist:Brittany Reynolds//Ceremony Location:Catamaran Resort//Caterer:Catamaran Resort//Event Venue:Catamaran Resort//Photographer: Savoring The Sweet Life Photography//

Super Fun Beach Wedding Shows that with True Love Baby You're a Firework!

Have you ever had two friends that in the back of your head you just *know* would be such a good match? Well a few of Brittany and Matt’s friends already knew this. They would keep saying “you really need to meet Matt”, and Brittany got so annoyed with this phrase after awhile, that she really started wondering, “ok, who is this character?”. Well one day, fate would have to step in to get these two to meet. Stagecoach happened. Brittany and Matt were finally to meet. And when they did their were instant sparks. He kept chasing her for the rest of the weekend, and there after. They became inseparable, and seven years later, Matt knew it was time to ask an important question. Brittany retells it from her side below...

“My little sister Ashley shared with us in September, that she would be having her college graduation in December that year! She shared with us how important it was to her that we make it. About a week before our trip I got a phone call from my father with tips on what to pack. And he shared with us that the day after my sister’s graduation day he had a “family fun day surprise” planned for all of us and we were to dress warm but nice. And he kept emphasizing we all pack “nice sweaters”. I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty intuitive person, but when I tried to guess family pictures was on the list of family fun, I never thought I would actually be right! On the morning of “Family Fun Day” and I woke up to find I had slept in and wasn’t going to have time to wash my hair before we left for our day! Panicking of course I jokingly said to my dad “I swear if we take family pictures today with my hair this dirty you’re dead!” I was calmed down and assured that wasn’t what we were doing and we rushed off to our first destination. Now anyone that knows me knows my favorite movie of ALL TIME is of course “The Notebook”. Funny enough, the day before I mentioned to my family it had always been a dream of my mine to hunt down the plantation they filmed part of the movie at right there in Charleston. Well as soon as we pulled in to our first destination and I saw the line of giant beautiful Oak Trees I almost burst out into tears !!! My dream of seeing the Boone Hall Plantation where they filmed many scenes from the movie was RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES! We spent a beautiful day touring the property. And being the Naggy Nancy I am I even made a spiteful comment about how perfect it would be if Matt had decided to propose to me at the place my favorite love story was filmed in front of my whole family. Haha real smooth Brittany!...."

"We finished up our last tour and all sat down together to have a snack which ended quickly due to my dad realizing we were almost late to the next part of the surprise! Next part?! I would have been happy ending with that! We all scramble to the car and I spent the next 20 minutes matter of factually trying to guess that we were on our way to go take family pictures! Again being told I had no idea what I was talking about I decided to give up and enjoy the ride. Finally my dad broke the silence and said “Ok Brittany, here’s a hint. If you need to take the next 10 minutes to spruce yourself up ,you might want to go ahead and do that! You were right, we’re taking family photos.” I KNEW IT !! Panicking I started messing with my now dirty AND windblown hair from being outside all day, globing on the makeup, and getting ready for these pictures. We arrive at a beautiful neighborhood in Charleston that was surrounded by dream like scenery. We pulled into a woody area off the main road and jumped out of the car to meet our photographer! The sun was setting and it was getting chilly so we immediately followed her plan of family photos, daddy daughter, then couples.

We began several different poses together but after being instructed to place my hand on his chest I soon realized Matt’s heart was POUNDING!!!! I looked at him concerned and asked if he was ok because his heart was beating out of his chest!! He played it off like he didn’t know what I was talking about. So I just thought it had to do with the fact that we were kind of on the spot in front of everyone and we’d never taken pictures like this before! In our next pose she asked that Matt turn towards me and place his hands under my chin. We faced each other and he looked at me like I’ve never seen him look at me before and said, “Brittany you are so beautiful.” He seriously said that looking through my soul!! I immediately was taken back and wanted to cry! And for some reason my initial reaction was to pull away as I was sure my face was beat red! And that is the moment he pulled me back and I realized this was it! The moment I’ve been dreaming out since our first dance at stagecoach so many years before. I was so caught off guard I BURST into tears immediately and was overwhelmed with every emotion that could run through my heart and head at once!! The best part of his whole proposal was turning to my family to find out they were in on it the whole time! Here I was thinking I was there to surprise my sister on her big graduation weekend, yet my family had been planning all of this right under my nose! Matt had asked my dad for my hand prior to this weekend on Thanksgiving and they had been planning how to make this all come together long before I came up with surprising Ashley for her graduation! JOKES ON ME! This day was a fairy tale.”

To continue that fairy tale, Brittany and Matt chose the beautiful Serendipity Garden Weddings venue to tie the knot, and they did so on the 4th of July! Now they get to celebrate their anniversary every year with a day off and end it with fireworks across the sky. 

Photographer:  Shelly Anderson Photography//Cinema and Video: Weddings By Lex//Veils and headpieces:Blanca Veils //Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Dress Designer:Haley Paige //Invitation Designer: Jolie & Co//Bakery: Elise Cakes//Cake Designer: Michelles Bakery//Makeup Artist: Prive Beauty Group//Caterer: The Taco Guy//DJ: Musical Phunktions//Design and Decor:Out of the Dust Rentals//Floral Designer: Flowers etc//Event Planner: Perfectly Poised Events//Event Venue: Serendipity Garden Weddings//

High School Sweethearts Celebrate with a Sweet Blush and Blue Rustic Ranch Wedding

Megan and Chaska have always known they would be together. Their love story began several years ago while still in high school.  Chaska was the star football player and she was the adorable cheerleader.  High school sweethearts, these two were married in the Spring on a beautiful day full of joy, love, and just plain good ol' fun.  Set on the beautiful Heart S Ranch in Cottonwood, Ca., with the sun shining, and a light breeze, Megan, and Chaska entered into their bond in front of their closest friends and family.  Having just graduated from the Citadel right before their wedding day, Chaska will be reporting to active military service very soon.  Their new adventure is just beginning!

Bakery: Cake is the Best Part//Cake Designer: Cake is the Best Part//Shoes:Betsy Johnson//Jewelry:Kay Jewelers//Dress Designer:Maggie Sattero//Second Shooter: Mr N2U Photography//Ceremony Location: Heart S Ranch//Photographer: Kara Hoffman Photography//

Love and Marriage in the Digital Age: a Dream Wedding Home Full of Color and Love

Like many couples these days, Shakira & Nevada met in the digital wonderland. According to Shakira, she fell in love with Nevada at first click! She was absolutely smitten over his responses to all the match questions, his writing style and the fact that they had similar interests. After 5 years of courtship, on their way back from a mini vacation in Palm Springs, they made a pit stop in Julian where Nevada proposed in the crisp mountain air.

When Shakira & Nevada described how they envisioned their wedding, they described it as laid back, sweet and romantic. They held their wedding in Nevada’s sister’s backyard in an intimate and beautiful ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family. Shakira was given away by her father and her brother, Luis and Nevada’s brother officiated their ceremony. Shakira’s sister-in-law, Veronica, with Gilded Roses Weddings & Events orchestrated every detail perfectly proving that even small weddings can be stunning and elegant

Photographer:   Paul Douda Photography//Other:Etsy-Lovelydayprintshop//Veils and headpieces:Etsy-GorgeousComplements2//Equipment Rentals:Cruise Party Rentals//Ring Designer:EMBR//Ring Designer:Jared Galleria of Jewelry//Shoes:DSW//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Mens Warehouse//Dress Store: Davids Bridal//Makeup Artist:Ulta-Denise Nuno//Bakery: Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes//Caterer:The Pita Guys//Floral Designer: The Gilded Rose Weddings//Event Planner: The Gilded Rose Weddings//

Coronado Wedding Celebrates the Marriage of Indonesian and Mexican Cultures with Flair!

This San Diego wedding day was classic and romantic, with a Catholic Church wedding ceremony followed by a family and friend filled reception at he Coronado Community Center. A celebration of two cultures, the bride is Indonesian and the groom's family hails from Mexico. The wedding colors were a confetti like mix of grey, white, green, gold, rose gold and the bride's beautiful dress was handmade in Jakarta, Indonesia by a family friend. The food was catered by Mexico City Cuisine, to honor the groom's Mexican heritage, and oooooh there was a churro station for dessert! This gorgeous couple was nothing but smiles throughout the day and we can't help but smile along.

Photographer:   Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//DJ: Universal Weddings and Events//Veils and headpieces: BHLDN//Caterer:Mexico City Cuisine//Floral Designer: whimsey florals//Ceremony Location:St. Patrick's Catholic Church//Invitation Designer: Design by Laney//Calligrapher: Design by Laney//Reception Venue: Coronado Community Center//

Everything We Love About Wedding Videography is in This Video: Vanessa and Stacy's San Diego Wedding

Take a moment and look at this video and think of the thousands [up to even tens of thousands!] of frames of photos and moments that a great wedding video like this one brings together. You know we love photos! Especially wedding photos - but take a second to play this wedding video by Stockham Media. Listen to the beautifully spoken vows, hear the subtle intake of breath as the groom is overwhelmed by emotion, and join in the guests' laughter as the bride make a sweet little joke in her vows. This is something that your grandkids will watch over and over and cherish forever.  Thanks to the creative team at Stockham Media for bringing us into the heart of the day with all the sights and sounds and feels that an amazed wedding guest experiences! 

Loving the Wild Life and Wonder of Love at this Wild Animal Park Wedding

We love nature and wildlife in weddings! And in San Diego nobody does it better than the Safari Park / Wild Animal Park in Escondido like in this wedding!  The Safari Park just opened a gorgeous new venue overlooking the African Savannah part of the Park and we love it! We especially enjoy seeing all the flat out fun this adorable couple had at their own wedding - which is so so important and can actually get lost in the shuffle if you're not careful!  So if you think you want a wedding as unique and special as Tamara and Chris' - get your Cheetah [and Giraffe and Tiger and Lion....] on and check out this wildly exciting wedding venue that is truly like no other! 

Photographer:   Willmus Weddings//Event Planner: Willmus Weddings//Makeup Artist: The Pretty Parlor//Event Designer: Event Supplier Inc//Cake Designer:Flour Power Cakery//Reception Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park//Event Planner: Willmus Weddings//

Editor’s note: Tamara and Chris’ wedding took place at the latest ( and very spectacular ) addition to the Safari Park, the Kajamii Pavilion.  This recently opened space over looks the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains area of the Park and transports guests to an African safari style experience with 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.  Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's newest gathering spot!

Del Mar Wedding Celebrates True Love on the Beach and Those Who Serve in Style

Games, the beach, the ocean, friends, family and fun and our fave the military saber arch (sword salute)! This charming wedding on the beach celebrates true love and those who serve, in style!

Danny is in the Marine Corps and due to, deployments and training it took this gorgeous couple (who are already legally married) tow years to finally have time to have their dream wedding! The wedding theme was beachy natural earthy colors -gray, champagne/ivory, dusty mint, sage, blush and the bride Jacque even did her own flowers! Their romantic and intimate ceremony was on the beach in the sand at the Del Mar Beach Resort in Camp Pendleton. After, the guests enjoyed beach games such as Jenga, Cornhole, Ringtoss at the Cocktail hour. Their lively reception was in a tent on the beach directly behind the ceremony site, where there was lots of dancing, fun party props/hats and S'mores! The fun Bride and Groom had special military themed cookies and donuts instead of a cake!  

Photographer:   Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Event Venue: MCCS Del Mar Beach Resort//Floral Designer:Jacque Schreiner//Dress Designer:BHLDN//Officiant:James Eason//Bridesmaid Dresses:ShowMeYourMumu//DJ:Nick Weiss Music//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Caterer:Issac's Catering//Musicians:Nick Weiss Music//

Al Fresco Ambiance Makes this San Diego Wedding at Green Acres a Must See

For their extra special San Diego wedding, Kate and Bud loved the urban yet green ambiance of Green Acres, and strived for a outdoor and nontraditional reception.  She loves moody colors so the florals range from different shades of red with lots of textures of greenery all of which paired beautifully with the velvet mauve linens. The outcome was an urban, romantic, al fresco ambiance that we just love!

Do you believe in fate? In lovers that were meant to be together no matter what? When we heard about Bud & Kate, we just knew they were meant to be and it gave us goosebumps!  In her early 20's, Kate was in a bad car accident where, thankfully, a good Samaritan [hero!] bystander pulled her out of the car where she was unconscious. Flash forward a couple years to one night when she was out with friends and spotted a guy that she was very attracted to....they ended up chatting, (he felt the attraction too), and they exchanged numbers.  On their first date they discovered it was Bud that had pulled her out of the car!  You can't call that coincidence! Their connection was instant and so powerful, and they've been inseparable ever since.  

Photographer:   Be A Peach Boudoir//Event Planner: Wynn Austin Events//Other:By Design Films//Other:Green Acre, Campus Pointe//Equipment Rentals:Farm Tables and More//Linens and Coverings: Raphael's Party Rentals//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Other:Clara An Photography//Makeup Artist:Makeup by Shelby//Hair Stylist:Riss Hair//Floral Designer: Blush Botanicals//DJ: SGM Events (Sleeping Giant Music)//Musicians: Subito Strings//Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Restaurant:Green Acre Campus Pointe//

Temecula Winery Wedding is a Bright and Sunny Ode to Simple Elegance and Love

Priscilla and Daniel's winery wedding was an ode to simple touches than communicated a lot of love [and a little purple!]. They celebrated their next step surrounded by loved ones at the gorgeous Falkner Winery wedding venue in Temecula, Ca. With a lawn ceremony, showcasing the rolling hills of the vineyard as backdrop, and a super fun wedding reception to follow in the restaurant, this day shone with their bright and sunny joy and love. 

Photographer:   Michelle Peterson Photography//Groomsman Attire: Men's Wearhouse//Bridesmaid Dresses:David's Bridal//Floral Designer: Kwasney Designs//Cake Designer:Tasteful Cakes//Jewelry: Jared//Other Location: Falkner Winery//

This Gorgeous Aruba Destination Wedding is Everything You Want the Caribbean To Be!

Aruba! You know we rarely see fit to leave San Diego to wed but this San Diego couple's Caribbean wedding is so beautiful we get! Rebecca and Mario who are a couple from San Diego wanted a romantic getaway wedding in Aruba. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba at the gorgeous Palm Beach. Then the celebration continued at the awesome House of Mosaic where they danced the night away with their family and friends. They even had a shoe valet so you could walk barefoot on the beach and a sparkler photo ending!

#thedurandisseswedinparadise Congratulations Rebecca and Mario!