Happy Independence Day America! A Little Inspo from our Kennedy Styled Wedding Shoot at The Lakehouse

These shots from our exclusive styled shoot at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort celebrate that classic American Kennedy style! Happy Independence Day America! And if you haven’t been to Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Macros we highly recommend you get over to the lake and enjoy an afternoon celebrating life! A few hours at this venue and you’ll remember everything to feel grateful for in life! See the complete Editorial Styled Shoot here.

Our Amazing Creative Team Wedding Professionals and Artists Credits:

Venue: Lakehouse Resort

Photography: Justice Photo

Dishes & Tablescape Items: Williams Sonoma

Video: Stockham Media

Event Decor & Rentals: Chandelier, Boardwalk Aisle Runner, Ceremony Chairs: Platinum Event Rentals

Groom’s Fashions: Friar Tux

Specialty Accessories and Bow Ties: ZB Savoy

Bride’s Fashions [green room]: RIVINI

Bride’s Fashions: Morilee

Bride’s Fashions [boats, deck, cabanas]: Justin Alexander

Bridal Shoes: Hey Lady

Hair Stylist: Nancy Vestal

Makeup Artist: Janice Makes Faces

Wedding Cakes: Cute Cakes

Florals: Sage Sisters

Coordination: Events by Abel

Guest Models: Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue  Gertrude and Archie

Kennedy Lookalike Model: Joe Schwarnweber

Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

A Perfect Wedding Day on the Lake - a Kennedy-esque Styled Shoot Celebrates Classically Preppy Style

This celebration of Summer styled shoot designed and created exclusively for SanDiegoWedding.com, is a perfect Summer-on-the-lake day of style, fashion and wedding inspiration! Complete with gorgeous blue lake (a la the amazing - best-kept-secret-in-San Diego- Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos), boats, green lawns, and even gorgeous secret-spot romantic cabanas accessible only by boat! With a classic blue, green and white lakeside palette, crisp, clean tailored satin gowns for the bride, and beautiful, blue and grey suits for the Kennedy lookalike groom, replete with charming bow ties and handkerchiefs. Naturally no celebration of preppy style would be complete without the unofficial WASP dog: Golden Retrievers! We love this celebration of what we call classic “Kennedy style”; inspired by JFK and Jackie’s fresh and clean look and the Kennedy clan’s Hyannis Port Summers on the water from long ago. This shoot highlights the good things in life; living surrounded by family and love, choosing a life of good works and public service, dogs, and spending plenty of time in the beautiful outdoors. We hope it inspires you to get outside and celebrate the good life, celebrated in the San Diego sun. Full credits of this talented collaboration of wedding artists below.

Our Amazing Creative Team Wedding Professionals and Artists Credits:

Venue: Lakehouse Resort

Photography: Justice Photo

Dishes & Tablescape Items: Williams Sonoma

Event Decor & Rentals: Chandelier, Boardwalk Aisle Runner, Ceremony Chairs: Platinum Event Rentals

Groom’s Fashions: Friar Tux

Specialty Accessories and Bow Ties: ZB Savoy

Bride’s Fashions [green room]: RIVINI

Bride’s Fashions [boats, deck, cabanas]: Justin Alexander

Bridal Shoes: Hey Lady

Hair Stylist: Nancy Vestal

Makeup Artist: Janice Makes Faces

Wedding Cakes: Cute Cakes

Florals: Sage Sisters

Coordination: Events by Abel

Boat Captain & Drone Video: Stockham Media

Guest Models: Gertrude, Archie, and Ledley from Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue 

Kennedy Lookalike Model: Joe Scharnweber
Bridal Model: Megan from Shamon Freitas Agency

Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylists: Aranza Vega and Vannia Padilla from FIDM

Wedding Vendors Want to Have Fun Too! An Intimate Champagne & Blush Gathering

What happens when you get a bunch of creative and fun loving wedding vendors together for a meet up? Sometimes they do more than talk weddings…they create mock ones like this intimate champagne and blush styled shoot at JNV Creations’ showroom! This fun loving bunch created a styled shoot and wedding vendor party, so that the guests - who usually are working a wedding- could feel like they were partying at one, and everyone involved [models included] are wedding vendors! (No wedding vendors were harmed in the making of this photo shoot!)

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer Guided by Imagination

Venue JNV Creations Showroom 

Hair Stylist JDM Salon 

Cake The French Gourmet

Desserts Perfectly Preserved

Gown Designer D’Angelo Couture

Styling by Sparkling Productions

Furniture Rentals JNV Creations

Musician Kevin DelMastro- Saxophonist

A Beautiful Idea...this weekend's 'I Do Re-Do' because sometimes it doesn't go the way you wanted it to....

June 29-30 in Yucca Valley a really cool group of wedding pros is getting together to create an amazing experience for couples’ whose wedding, well, didn’t go as planned. With an incredible venue (Tumbleweed Sanctuary, Garden and Labyrinth) opening up their space to support couples who were not able to have the wedding of their dreams and a fantastic photographer (Bree Hulan with Parallel33 Photography) to capture it all!

This experience will allow couples who may not have had the wedding/photos/venue of their dreams the chance to don their wedding threads (or outfit of their choice) and capture some incredible photos, while renewing their vows. There is a small fee for couples to participate, which will allow for a small honorarium for participating vendors.

Do you know someone who really needs an "I do Re-do"? Contact Andrea@EventsByAbel.com with Events by Abel who is running the whole shindig out of the goodness of her heart, for more information.

Editor’s Note: This is how professional wedding experts behave; with class, dignity and solutions. LOVE THIS.

Gorgeous Engagement Shoot Inspired by 'The Notebook' is the Ultimate in Chick Flick Inspo Styled Shoots!

hey girl….I think we can all agree that The Notebook is one of the all-time best of the bunch chick flicks - an old fashioned true love romance for the ages! And that’s why this talented team of wedding pros cerated this charming and old fashioned engagement styled shoot inspired by the Ryan Gosling Rachel McAdams movie and of course book by Nicolas Sparks. We love the gentle beauty and slowed down Southern feel of this shoot!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer Infinite Imagery

Hair & Makeup Stylist Marissa Torres

Videographer: http://www.instagram.com/dvphilm

Event Planner Carmen Navarro Designs

Styled Shoot Designer My Infinite Adventure with Natasha Hayes

See the latest in romantic bridal gown fashions by Brides of San Diego on the runway at the July 14 Wedding Party EXPO

See the latest in romantic bridal gown fashions by Brides of San Diego on the runway at the July 14 San Diego Wedding Party EXPO at the brand new luxury InterContinental San Diego Hotel overlooking the harbor and the Star of India! Click to get your advance tickets now and save half on general admission! Don’t miss this gorgeous fashion show in the heart of San Diego’s largest specialty fashion that specializes in the finer wedding services and suppliers. See you at the show!

When Tinkerbell Gets Married... She Gets a Fabulous Fairytale Cake from San Diego's Fab CAKE Girls!

When the real life Tinkerbell from Disneyland [no really!] gets married [at the fairytale perfect Westgate Hotel naturally!] who is a fairy-girl going to call for her seriously-extra-fairy-approved-we-would-clap-for this-cake-wedding-cake?? The Fabulous CAKE girls of course! Check it out and congratulations Tink we love you!

You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot

We believe that true love is the ultimate freedom because when you are fully loved you can be free to be you. We called this the “You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot” for a good reason. Thanks Tom Petty for reminding us to always pursue passion and freedom in all things. [Disclaimer: No poppies were harmed during this photo shoot, the entire shoot team stayed on the trails and Photographer Melissa Fe has some mad Photoshop skills!]

Photographer Melissa Fe says “This year Mother Nature graced us with her presence by bringing the super bloom back to Lake Elsinore. It has been said that the super bloom attracted Disneyland-sized crowds to this poppy bloom spectacular. With valleys filled with beautiful poppy fields this was too good to pass up for a Springtime Bridal Session.

The Bride wore the Izzy gown designed by Minnesota Bridal Gown Designer, Bopha Sar Thomas. This flowy 3-tiered skirt showcased a silk and lace lining and was accompanied by a hand sewn lace top with exquisite lace detail and peep-a-boo back to show off those sexy curves. This flirty 2 piece gown is perfect for a youthful, daring Bride who isn’t afraid to show off some skin.

For the Bride’s Hair and Make up, I teamed up with the talented Juanita Lopez of @Brides_Grooms_by_JLo. I have worked with Juanita on multiple styled shoots in the past and is my go-to Hair and Make up artist for my Brides and boudoir clients.

I wanted an Ethereal vibe and look for this Bridal session so Juanita did an editorial bohemian dutch braid with some fly away pieces to frame the Bride’s face. She also used texturizing product to achieve the dreamy vibe we were going for.

Juanita went for a monochromatic, very clean "no makeup, makeup look" for the Bride. This is something that Juanita feels most brides should go for on their wedding day because it enhances their natural beauty. She used a spot concealer to allow the Bride's skin to look very natural yet maintaining a sun kissed glow. From the Bride's eyes to the blush and lip color the color palette applied was a warm light tint of orange colors to accent the pop of color from the poppies.

To bring the look together, Nancy the creative mind behind Nancy Lobo Designs, created a bouquet that was non-traditional using a combination of spring blooms and a dash of orchids. Knowing that the backdrop would be a field of orange poppies, she chose purple tones to play alongside and be as equally 

vibrant. For a little romance, she topped off the bouquet with a lace ribbon as an ode to the rolling hills. ”

Photographer + Styling: @melissafechapmanphotography

Bride: @brookeethompsonn

Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo

Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier

Florals: @nancylobodesigns

Dress Designer: Bopha Sar LLC//Beauty: Brides + grooms by jLo//Floral Designer: Nancy Lobo Designs//Model: Me//Photographer: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

5 Trending Inspirations to Have You Dreaming About Your Wedding Table Decorations

Check out these 5 Trending Inspirations For Your Wedding Table Decorations!

Styling your wedding tables with accent color, ornamental decorations and ornate centerpieces adds the perfect finishing touch to your special day. Wedding table decorations have a big impact on the overall visual theme of any wedding. From personalized wedding order of service to decorative wedding menu cards, every little detail helps to create a unique bespoke embellishment that reflects the celebration of love and romance on your wedding day.

If you need some inspiration on how to dress wedding tables with decorations to impress, here are 5 of the best trending ideas…

1.    Glamorous Greenery

Foliage-only wedding table decorations continue to be a popular styling option for all styles of formal and informal weddings. If you adore simple and understated elegance, create a fabulous wedding table centerpiece by filling a large and curvaceous glass bell jar with lush and organic foliage. Add some color to your wild and whimsical woodland inspired wedding table decorations by selecting a few floral adornments or a table wreath. Free-form bouquets give your table a romantic and natural garden inspired design.

You can easily create a fresh and vibrant greenery extravaganza that incorporates wedding table decorations and complementing decorative arrangements. Featuring a few one-of-a kind bouquets adds a touch of designer elegance to your décor. Fragrant herbs can also be effectively used to add ornamental shape, interest and detail for wedding table decorations that are in touch with nature. If you prefer, you can use the minimal greenery of artificial vines and an assortment of candles, to create a chic Bohemian style table runner decoration.

2.    On Trend Color

Pantone’s color of 2019 is Living Coral - a beautiful fresh and sunny shade of pinky-orange that instantly brightens up any environment. If you love color, on trend coral is a great foundation decorating option for a summer wedding. Incorporate the striking shade into your wedding theme and décor by adding splashes of coral to your wedding table decorations.

Showcase a floral centerpiece arrangement of fresh and vibrant coral and peachy-tone peonies and roses. Complement the on trend color inspired theme by adding coral ribbons or sashes to the wedding table chairs. Complete the look with a coral satin table overlay and matching napkins.

3.    Sheer Opulence

If your dream wedding is a lavish affair, sheer opulence is the ultimate trending décor style for you. Create gorgeous and elaborate wedding table decorations that feature heavenly scented, luxury designer candles and bespoke decorative finishes. Set a romantic mood that leaves a lasting impression and creates memories for your guests. Show off grandeur with oversize displays of flourishing bouquets of your favorite flowers.

The sheer opulence theme is perfect for heritage style weddings that pull out all the stops. If you have an unlimited budget, choose the finest fabrics, the freshest flowers, and the most over the top decorations that your money can buy. Decorate the wedding tables with elegant china and cutlery that is ornate and regal. Add personalized monograms to your place cards, table signs, and wedding menu cards. Feature an array of luxurious textures like silk and satin and add metallic touches. Festoon the room with florals and create decadent décor that is fit for a royal celebration.

4.    Timeless White

Stylish wedding table decorations add the finishing touches to your wedding, and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Table décor allows you to add height, shape, light, and interest to the wedding dining/reception experience. To keep things classic, opt for timeless white table decorations that provide a unified expression of romance. Minimalist, single color décor is a versatile table decorating option that is ideal for all styles of wedding themes throughout the seasons.

Select an attractive floral or candelabra style centerpiece that towers high above your guests’ faces when seated at the table, or choose a low-level design. Add crisp white linen napkins to match the tablecloths, and fine white china. Stylish white place cards adorned with beautiful black calligraphy, and a number sign for each of the tables, ensures that your guests easily identify their places in your seating plan.

Embellish each of the wedding tables with a scattering of shimmering clear crystal gems, polished pearls or table confetti. Finish with an arrangement of elegant keepsake wedding favors wrapped in white organza.

5.    DIY Chic

More and more couples are choosing DIY chic for their wedding day. If you follow ethical practices, keeping your nuptials eco-conscious is likely to be important to you. A DIY wedding allows you free reign to use your imagination and to get crafty and creative. If you have plenty of ideas but lack artistic talent or confidence, ask your arty friends to lend a helping hand.

Create a romantic ambience with pretty candles displayed in recycled glass jars. Add a free-form floral arrangement of wild flowers, beautify wine bottles with sparkling glitter, and arrange a selection of quirky vintage ornaments on each table, to add extra interest.

You can make your own table decorations by sourcing decorative trims and designing something uniquely personal for each wedding table. Dress your wedding tables with handmade table runners that are made from materials that complement your eco-friendly ethos. If you have a rustic theme, get inspiration from nature’s finery. An abundance of stunning seashells is great for creating beachside themed wedding table decorations. Alternatively, use natural wood to give your wedding table decorations a unique look. Round, chunky wood log slices and slabs are perfect for providing a sturdy base for any type of centerpiece display.

How to Choose your San Diego Wedding Vehicle by San Diego Party Bus Service

How to Choose your San Diego Wedding Vehicle

Lucky you! You have so many choices when it comes to the wedding vendors at your San Diego wedding - since San Diego is the most popular wedding city in the USA [and 10th most popular destination city in the world!] there’s a lot to work with here. In fact, so many options is exactly what makes choosing wedding services so hard! Your options for customizing your wedding to your liking are absolutely limitless. One very important choices you will have to make is the method of San Diego wedding transportation. There are all kinds of vehicles you can choose from, but how do you know which is best for your specific needs? Here are a few ideas on some of the most common vehicle choices engaged couples make and how they can benefit your celebration. For more information, check out sandiegopartybusservice.com.

Party Buses

This has become the most popular choice for San Diego weddings, and we will tell you why. The biggest reason is that party buses have tons of space for the wedding party to move around in. They're also an excellent choice for shuttling your guests from one spot to the next without worries of them driving themselves around after enjoying drinks at your reception.


The great thing about choosing a limousine for your San Diego wedding is the fact that there are so many different vehicle styles to choose from. There are classic town cars as well as SUV's and even luxury options like Hummer limousines. This makes it quite easy to find an awesome limo that works with the specific vision that you have for your wedding. You cannot deny the classic and elegant appeal that limousines have for weddings, and this is part of the reason why they are such a great choice for wedding transportation.

Unique and rare vehicles

There are companies and individuals who rent out exotic cars for weddings. These can range from vehicles like trolleys, to sports cars and vintage cars. These types of vehicles are highly sought after, and can be booked up to two years in advance sometimes! If you are looking for an exotic vehicle for your wedding, be sure to start your search as early as possible. Unless you are reserving a trolley, specialty vehicles are often only big enough for one to three people. So, it's a good idea to reserve a secondary vehicle for your wedding party if that's applicable to your needs.

Dream San Diego Engagement Sesh with the Beach, the City and, of course, a Dog!

From the get-go, Lauren and John’s relationship has never been easy. John’s military commitment often took him away and they had to quickly figure out how to keep dating while they were apart. They came up with having “wine and scotch dates” through FaceTime. This made it so cool and meaningful to incorporate that into the session; Lauren had her glass of wine and John had his glass of scotch! Cheers to being together!

Before heading out to the beach for the sunset, they brought out their fur baby for some pictures. Have you ever seen a double doodle!?!? Says Photographer Camila Margotta, “He [meaning the dog!] is just the cutest and, from the minute I met him, I wanted a double doodle for myself. It was awesome to be able to get some great pictures of the three of them, together. Ending the session on the beach in Coronado was amazing. The good thing about a Coronado beach engagement session in January is that you pretty much get the beach to yourself! We even found a random boat that had washed up on shore and made for a pretty cool photo prop!”

Save a Dance for Us! A gorgeous engagement session that celebrates true love, true courage, and the wedding vendors who love our military!!

We celebrate true courage and real heroes on May 1, Silver Star Banner Day the official day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans by Congressional ruling. Thanks to Leah Marie for this gorgeous engagement session and heartwarming story of true courage, true love, and dancing through life no matter what! Chris is a war veteran who served his country proudly and gave more than most will ever have to.  In an accident involving an IED, Chris lost both of his legs and was left a paraplegic. Chris was awarded to be the receipt of an all expenses paid wedding through Los Willows Wedding Estate [thank you Los Willows!!]. Photographer Leah Marie along with quite a few other vendors will be donating their services to them on their special day. See Chris' full story on Jockey: http://www.jockey.com/showem-chris


How we met by Samantha: "I was living in Illinois and Chris was living in San Diego. He always came back to Illinois because it's where his family lives. I was working at a local gym at a personal trainer at the time and Chris came in to work out while he was visiting. I remember seeing him from across the gym doing pull-ups, I couldn't see his prosthetics, but I knew there was something different about him. I asked my friend who was working the front desk who he was and after she told me I said "that's going to be my boyfriend one day." We both saw each other the next couple days but didn't say anything to each other. We then became friends on Facebook and the rest is history!"

How Chris Proposed: "At the beginning of June we decided to go back to Illinois to visit both our families. My birthday and Chris's "alive day" (the day he got injured) is June 13th and we were going to be in Hawaii with his family. So Chris and my mom threw me a birthday party to celebrate my birthday early. With both families and close friends there I started opening presents. My sister in law got me the same gift I got her when she got engaged, she got me a wooden hanger with my future last name on it. After I opened that present, Chris looked at me and said "I guess we would need to be engaged to have that work huh?" And that's when he got down on one knee and had a whole beautiful speech planned." <3!

Other Location:Old Town Temecula//Photographer: Leah Marie Photography//

Levant Lane brings a fresh creativity to Wedding Florals

Ever so lovely Levant Lane brings a fresh and exciting creativity to wedding florals in San Diego! The talented “gal behind the blooms”is Paola, Owner + Creative Director of Levant Lane Florals + Event Design. Wife, mama, daughter, friend and maker, Paola is based in sunny San Diego  and spends her days flowering SoCal weddings and events. 

Paola believes that “Flowers have a mind and beauty of their own that’s what I love most about them. My inspiration stems from the unique artistry that flowers naturally have. I do my best to source all of my ingredients locally + organically and lean towards the season’s best to bring you arrangements that are one of a kind! When I’m not playing with florals, I’m raising my two littles, exploring my beautiful city, having brunch with my girlfriends, and dating (aka Netflix after bed time) my amazing husband. “