The return of the wrist corsage by Native Poppy Florals

Suffice to say we’re big fans of bringing back classic ideas with a new feel (and we love seeing behind the scenes pics of any step by step process that creates this much beauty!) .Romantic, sweet, and very practical, the wrist corsage was hugely popular in the 1950’s. Native Poppy Florals brings a charming element of current styling to this classic way to wear your flowers that won’t have Grandma getting poked in the chest with a pin or smooshing florals with each hug. Love!!

Deep dark colors make for bold wedding invitations suite by Twinkle and Toast

Twinkle & Toast brought an extra dose of sultry drama to this gorgeous wedding invitation suite, with gorgeous gold foil on rich matte black and sleek metallic gray paper perfect for Winter seasonal drama. Thanks to the bride and groom Melanie and Matt we were able to deviate from a typical bright and cheery aesthetic for a darker, moodier aesthetic. Plus some amazing custom stamps and a custom painted watercolor envelope liner! These invites are perfect for a cool and strikingly unique formal start to the year!

Photo Credits: Jenna Joseph | Invitation Design: Twinkle & Toast | Florals: Catalina Neal | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Styling Surface: Simply Rooted Surfaces | Postage: Zazzle (custom designed) | Rings: Marrow Fine

Why not Honeymoon in Alaska and the Yukon! Learn more from Travel Experts Kahala Travel!

If you’ve ever dreamed of Alaska, the Yukon and wondrous places to the North filled with majestic beauty and wilderness….then why not Honeymoon there! January 10 get to this seminar by travel experts Kahala Travel and Holland America and learn more! RSVP to get in on this informative one hour and save some money on a fabulous trip!

Meet Wedding Photographer Kirstin Burrows

Meet Wedding Photographer Kirstin Burrows! We love Kirstin for her talent and her way with people. Says this talented lady, “I believe in connection, for me it all started with the first time that my husband and I saw each other, we connected over a music-stand and wrong notes which began our crazy unique walk together. We will keep taking this journey together until the walk is a shuffle and it takes longer to complete, but I would not have it any other way with any other person.” View more of Kirstin Burrow’s wedding work on her website.

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Kirstin’s hearts desire is to capture not only the tender connection that only you know about but the essences of your true love. She says, “I understood what the meaning of true love is from my grandparents, that it was about making the simple things special, like the laugh that can lighten a room that changes the littlest moment into the best.  Marriage is forever no matter how difficult or simple the day is, it is about walking through the day together and falling in love all over again.”

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“Love is so much more than what is portrayed in movies. It is meant to fight for one another and build each other up. It is the struggles between the I do and the happily ever-after that I strive to capture.For us the struggles are laundry, our beagles, being parents with the highs and lows, worshiping our savior and walking hand in hand down the streets of the happiest place on earth.”

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Mystical Matrimony Styled Wedding Shoot is Perfect for the Holidays!

Rich burgundy and plums colors, geode cake [wow!], gorgeous winery venue and a team of wedding pros who really love working together make for this lovely Mystical Matrimony wedding styled shoot!

Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography by Rock On Photography

Photography and Videography by Guided by Imagination

Gown by D’Angelo Couture

Venue Location Granite Lion Cellars

Florals by Alpine Garden and Gifts

Cake by Joy Baked

Hair and Makeup by Sparkle by Steph Stephanie Keiser

DJ by

Specialty Linens by Linen Lady

Furnishings by AKT

Invitations by Laniletter Designs

Planning by Weddings by Kris

Hartworks Florals bringing gorgeous, beautiful florals to San Diego weddings

Located in the heart of San Diego, Hartworks Floral has been designing and creating one of a kind floral arrangements for the past decade. They specialize in exquisite floral arrangements for any event and take the time to meet with each individual client to discuss theme, color, budget and floral selection.  Check out some of their spectacular wedding work!!

At Hartworks they take pride in their work and customer satisfaction. No matter how big or small, simple or elaborate Frankie and her team at Hartworks Florals would love the opportunity to work with you!

A Beautiful Christmastime San Diego Wedding Makes for a Day Rich with Love and Family

We love holiday weddings in San Diego!  We may not have snow but we can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the most heartfelt weddings you’ve ever seen!

Christmastime in San Diego!  Lily & Greg met in San Diego in 2009 while Lily was in the Air Force. Like many other couples, Lily & Greg had to overcome many struggles in their relationship surrounding family, finances, moves and careers. Through thick and thin, they always kept one thing above all else - their love for each other and Lily's 3 children. After 8  years, Greg decided to propose in front of Lily's 2 sons and daughter while hiking one of their favorite spots, Double Peeks Park in San Marcos. With both Lily & Greg working 2 jobs and living in Arizona, planning their perfect San Diego destination wedding was difficult. They wanted to get married in the city the met (San Diego) during their favorite time of year, Christmas! Lily & Greg planned the perfect holiday themed wedding on a budget! Bridesmaids dresses were purchased from Amazon, decorations were from Michaels & Hobby Lobby and they DIY'd all of their arrangements. To save money, they decided to get married on a week day with the ceremony at Greg's father's church - Faith Lutheran in Vista, CA and the reception at the Thursday Club in La Jolla. We stopped for couples portraits at the iconic Sunset Cliffs in La Jolla. Lilly was walked down the aisle by her 2 sons and she held her passed father close to her in a frame on her bouquet. It was the perfect wedding honoring their families and their love for one another during their favorite time of year. 

Ring Designer:Ben Bridge Jewelers//Groomsman Attire:Mens Warehouse//Dress Store: Bridals by Susanti//Makeup Artist:Beauty by Carina Santa//DJ:DJ Eric Starr//Floral Designer:Rhapsody Flowers//Caterer:Epic Catering//Ceremony Location:Faith Lutheran Church//Reception Venue: The Thursday Club//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//

Dream, wish and believe! Disney Brides and Grooms you know who you are!

Memories to cherish forever are about to be made. Each Disney wedding destination offers something unique, something any couple can get excited about and something all your guests can enjoy. World-famous theme parks, (Disneyland is just an hour away!) award-winning Resort hotels, and luxury ocean liners can't help but make your celebration magical and the perfect prelude to the rest of your lives together. Decide where your fairy tale will begin.

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Did you know you can wed at the Sleeping Beauty Castle!?

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Imagine your guests arriving at Disneyland® park for the most romantic, most regal wedding in all the land: yours! At the ultra-exclusive Sleeping Beauty Castle Forecourt, you'll feel like royalty while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether on a peaceful morning or an electric night, this one-of-a-kind fairy tale venue is an inspired choice for an enchanting and truly unforgettable way to ring in your happily ever after. 

  • The iconic silhouette of Sleeping Beauty Castle presides majestically over your nuptials while the Castle drawbridge is dressed in stately blue-and-gold banners to make you feel special.

  • Fanfare trumpeters and Major Domo dressed in his very best announce your grand entrance as you walk down a romantic aisle while your guests, seated in elegant Chiavari chairs, look on.

  • Fragrant blooms and the dulcet tones of a classical harpist playing your song selections make for a magical, memorable ceremony fit for a fairy tale princess.

  • Your pre-reception will take place in front of the King Arthur Carousel, in the Castle Courtyard. Morning ceremonies are followed by a plated-meal reception at a Disneyland Resort hotel, while evening ceremonies are followed by a dinner buffet reception at the Small World Mall.

  • At your reception, your guests will be treated like royalty with festive beverages, pre-reception hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, an incredible buffet of the finest fare in all the land, white chocolate wedding favors, wedding cake, a dance floor and DJ.

  • On your wedding night, enjoy a one-night stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel, compliments of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings.

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Gourmet Wedding Gifts delivers the fines, most delicious handcrafted delicacies for your wedding! Order now and save 10%

From handcrafted, personalized s’mores, fortune cookies, dark chocolate truffles, cookie cake jars and macaroons to mini cocktail infusion kits, stroopwafels and so much more – Gourmet Wedding Gifts curates gifts that are unique and delicious.  Shop for party favors, bachelor and bachelorette parties and for gifts for the bride and groom and their groomsmen and bridesmaids and enjoy free shipping and custom design on all products. Shop before November 30 and save 10% with no minimum order!! Yummy!!!

We just love the amazing couple behind this endeavor! Meet Evona and Mike:

Gourmet Wedding Gifts, specializes in unique, handcrafted favors and personalized gifts for weddings and other special occasions. All of our edible favors are personalized, made to order and shipped fresh for your event date. While we work mainly with weddings, our design team can customized any of our gifts for your wedding anniversary, birthday, bar and bat mitzvah, corporate event and more.

5 Wedding Transportation Insider Secrets from San Diego Party Bus

5 Wedding Transportation Insider Secrets

Chances are, you've never had the task of procuring wedding transportation. It can be tricky knowing who you can trust or what exactly you're looking for. The right transportation can certainly elevate the efficiency of your celebration.  Here are 5 insider secrets when it comes to wedding transportation. This will be helpful information you can reflect on as you prepare to make your wedding vendor decisions!

1. Book as early as possible

Often times, transportation companies adjust their pricing as periods of time get busier through out the year. Wedding season (practically all year in San Diego!) happens to be the busiest time of year for limousine and party bus providers, so be sure to book your transportation as soon as possible to lock in availability and the rate you want. 

2. Ask to see the vehicle before you book

Planning a wedding will fill up your schedule, there's no doubt about that. However, it's important to make the time to check out the vehicle you're interested in before actually booking it. You want to make sure it looks as great as it does on the website, and it gives you a chance to meet with the company beforehand and get a better feel for how they conduct business face to face.

3. Sizing of vehicles isn't always what you think

This is another reason why it's important to view a vehicle before booking it. Transportation companies don't set the standards for sizing of vehicles, the department of transportation is responsible for that. They only give about 13 inches for a standard seat size, which isn't very much space at all! This is important to think about if your wedding party has full skirts, as one person could easily take up anywhere from two to four seat spaces.

4. Make sure your transportation provider knows your venue well

An experienced chauffeur will know where it is acceptable to park, drop off, and pick up a group of passengers in the most efficient way. If you hire a company who is not familiar with your wedding venue or picture destinations, you're risking some delays in time as they figure these details out on the spot. The last thing you want is a domino effect of late vendors because you were late to your wedding or reception.

5. Get a clear understanding of their contract

Contracts are an important part of any wedding vendor decision! When it comes to wedding transportation, you want to be aware of any extra fees that relate to fuel charges, mileage, or tip to the chauffeur. Be sure you're fully informed about the all inclusive price as opposed to the advertised price. A reputable San Diego Party Bus company will be transparent in this regard!

Dreamy Boho Glamping Wedding Has Family, Friends, Fab Fashion & Florals, and Tons of Feels

Natasha and Mitchel had the most beautiful, dreamy Temecula wedding at the exciting new venue Ethereal Resort. This whole affair was perfectly rustic and boho (hello glamping!), all the while while maintaining an intimate, rich and private feel. The whole wedding overflowed with love and joy. We especially love the decor and the groom’s gorgeous teal suit and oh those socks!! We hope you enjoy looking through this lovely wedding as much as we did!

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Ethereal Resort:

Set on 40 acres of edible gardens, surrounded by old growth orchards and 100 acres of organic herb and vegetable farms, Ethereal Resort offers an "out of the box" vintage venue that is completely private and not just another golf course, winery, banquet hall or hotel. This exciting venue is open to creative ideas and outside vendors such as florists, photographers, photo booths, food trucks and so much more!

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photographer: Asha Bailey Photography

Wedding Venue Location: Ethereal Resort

Hair Stylist: Abbey Dunford

Makeup Artist: Sabrina Lizalde

Desserts: A Delight of France

Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bridal Gown Designer: Mia Solano

Groom’s Fashion: Noose and Monkey

Event Planner: sdspecialeventsco.com

Photo Booth: Can Ham Photo Booth

DJ: MUZZii

Brides of San Diego Serves Up all the Drama you want in Your Wedding Dress!

Even when gown designs trend towards the simple, a Bride still want to hear everyone gasp as she walk down the aisle in a beautiful, show stopping, dramatic bridal dress. Brides of San Diego has all your wedding dress drama (and then some) in their spectacular collection of wedding dresses.  Visit them in their San Diego store to get treated like a Queen (and look like one on your wedding day!).

Meet Lovely Rita! Rasta Rita Margarita Truck that is, Who Brings the Party Right to You!

Meet Rita, the world's first margarita truck and portable bar service. First established in 2006, she can roll up just about anywhere to serve fresh, organic margaritas and specialty cocktails. Rita is a completely renovated, vintage 1965 GMC step-van. Inside, she houses a fully-equipped bar and beverage service station. All drinks are made by skillful bartenders and hand-crafted on location. 

Street fairs, concerts, weddings, in-home private parties, backyard BBQ's, or even the office... there isn't anywhere Rita can't go. Even kids' parties are acceptable when serving virgin drinks and icee's. Anyone can serve salted-rim margaritas, but who else can roll in on rims to serve them? Only Rita. She's one-of-a-kind.

HOW SHE WORKS

You choose your beverage package (beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available). Rita rolls up and parks at your event, fully equipped for your customized beverage service according to your preferences. Her professional bartenders shake up the drinks on location, and you sit back and simply enjoy your party. Voila! The queen of margaritas just transported your event to the next level. Visit the Rasta Rita Margarita website to learn more!

Temecula Wedding Braves the Heat and Comes Up Shining With Love

Santannah and Mitch had the most gorgeous boho wedding at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA. It was a record breaking 116 degrees that day, but these two handled the heat with such grace. Their amazing wedding location, an equestrian center surrounded by the beautiful So Cal countryside, made for a gorgeous backdrop to their special day!

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Galway Downs:

Galway Downs is a venue like no other! This equestrian center turned special event venue offers beautiful rolling hills and lots of beautiful, natural, locations for you to celebrate in!

Carriage House: With its own unique and historic character, The Carriage House at Galway Downs is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, farewell brunches and more. The romantic setting will bring a magical sense of intimacy to your ceremony or event and a timeless, charming atmosphere you’re sure to treasure.

Oak Falls: Perfectly tucked privately beneath shady trees The Oaks Falls at Galway Downs offers the perfect spot for “I do.” Surrounded by perfectly manicured grass and the sound of the tranquil waterfall this ceremony site is nothing short of luxurious. This is the outdoor ceremony people dream of.

The Meadows: Imagine your ceremony under cascading trees near a flowing stream and peaceful pond of lily pads. The Meadows at Galway Downs offers a majestic backdrop of lush greenery and a tranquil garden feel. Say ‘I do’ amidst vast horizons and majestic surroundings.

Reception Venue: Galway Downs//Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace//Apparel: Mens Wearhouse//Makeup Artist:Salon De La Mariee//Floral Designer:Floral Sensations Riverside//DJ: Austin Murray Entertainment//Event Planner: Galway Downs//Bakery: Sugar Divaz Bake Shoppe//Photographer: Leah Marie Photography//

Pretty patterns make for beautiful and interesting style with designer Yumi Katsura

We love designer Yumi Katsura for her ultra feminine take on bold bridal designs! Check out these exciting patterned bridal dresses from Bridal Fashion Week! These bold, ‘beyond lace’, fabrics make for designs with depth and imagination, perfect for the creative bride!

Welcome San Diego’s newest waterfront wedding venue: Harbor View Loft

San Diego has - we feel- the best selection of wedding locations in the world! We are so excited to see the super team from Personal Touch Dining who manages some of our favorite wedding venues- open up the new and exciting Harbor View Loft. Located on San Diego's breathtaking Harbor Island, with expansive views of the Harbor, Marina, Coronado Bridge and twinkling city lights, Harbor View Loft is going to make a lot of couples very happy on their wedding day!

This property is all about the views; featuring a wraparound balcony, rooftop ceremony / cocktail hour area, and panoramic windows that take in the famous sunsets, water views, and beauty of America's Finest City.

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Harbor View Loft's Wedding Package includes the little details to ensure a perfect day!

  • 1 Hour Rehearsal

  • 2 Hour Vendor Setup

  • 5 Hour Use of Venue for Ceremony and Reception

  • 1 Hour for Vendor Cleanup

  • Private Bride and Groom Dressing Areas Available 2 hours Before Ceremony

  • Access to Venue 2 Hours Before Ceremony for Wedding Photos

Professional Event Staff

  • Event Manager, Culinary Team and Wait Staff Included

Hors D' Oeuvres & Choice of Menu

  • Choice of Three Tray Passed Hors D' Oeuvres and Choice of Buffet, Seated or Small Plates Menus

  • Custom Menus and Special Dietary needs available

Complimentary Fine Details

  • Complimentary Cake Cutting

  • Champagne & Sparkling Cider for Toast

  • Chiavari Chairs for On Site - Ceremony and Reception

  • Dining Tables, Sweetheart Table or Head Table, Gift/Guestbook Table and Place Card Table

  • Floor Length Linens and Color Coordinated Napkins - Choose From Over 50 Color Options

  • Choice of Gold or Silver Chargers

  • Choice of Gold, Silver or White Votive Candles

  • White China Dinner Plates, Dessert Plates, Silverware, Water Glasses & Champagne Flutes

  • Table Number and Easels

  • Leftovers Packaged to Take Home

  • All Setup, Service and Cleanup

Feel your true love's heartbeat with this incredible new wedding ring technology!

The Touch is a revolutionary new way to stay connected to your true love! Over 6000 years ago people started to wear rings on 4th finger of left hand believing that vein is directly connected to the heart.  Today with The Touch HeartBeat ring, just a tap allows you to see and feel the real-time heartbeat of your loved one directly on your ring, without disturbing the other side.

available in a beautiful boxed set