Best friends forever - a portrait of a bride and her maid of honor by Bob Hoffman Photography

We just love this charming photo of a Bride and her bestie Maid of Honor by local wedding experts Bob Hoffman Photography and Videography! It’s not always about the engaged couple at the altar - weddings are an opportunity to make sure your favorite people know just how much you love them, and to get amazing memories of all that love captured for a lifetime!  

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green sangria and brunch at Lorimar Winery!

Trying to decide where you’ll be putting on the green and celebrating all things Irish this weekend? Why not head to wine country (now that the weather is absolutely beautiful) and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green sangria and brunch (traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage along with their Sunday Brunch buffet) at Lorimar Winery!   We happen to know the people at Lorimar WInery are some of the nicest people in the business so make your reservations now while they still have some openings!

Don't miss the Cosmobella by DEMETRIOS 2019 trunk show March 15 - March 17

 Cosmobella by Demetrios the 2019 collection has arrived in San Diego and you can try them now!
Experience why brides all over the world are  wearing these dresses at your own appointment at Brides of San Diego.  Please schedule your appointment here. 

Mention promo code 2019NOW when you book your appointment and receive special promotional pricing!

Rainy day bride looks beautiful in blush gown and fabulous bouquet!

We just love this image of a rainy day bride looking so beautiful and serene despite the weather! Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design created the fabulous masterpiece of roses, lemon leaves and lambs ear that adds the right amount of drama for the romantic blush gown by Stella York and a day in the soft rain at Lake Oak Meadows.  Also on point is the model’s feminine hair by Wonder Pin Studio and makeup by Chelsea Rose, and last but certainly not least- the lovely portrait styled by Katie Hammond and shot by photographer Courtney Lynn! Who minds the Spring rain if this much beauty comes from it!

Photography -  @courtney.lynn.photography

Planner - @katiehammondphotog

Venue - @lakeoakmeadows

Florist - Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design

Rentals - @enticingtableswelds

Gown - @missstellayork

Dresses - @macduggal

MUA - @chelsearosebeauty

Hair - @wonderpinstudio

Love Story Videos by Stockham Media get rave reviews at every wedding!

Everyone loves a good love story! Especially when you know and love the people in love! Love Story Videos by Stockham Media receive standing ovations, tears of joy, and endless appreciation.

Why does Stockham include this awesome extra for free in their video packages? They feel that they are an integral and very important part of your wedding day in many ways!

Love Story Videos create not only an opportunity for you to interact with your video team of artists before your big day [EDITOR’S NOTE: this cannot be underestimated - it is a BIG deal for you to get totally comfortable with being filmed for posterity at your wedding in advance of all that screen time!!], but a way for your guests to get to know just how you fell in love, and all in your own words. Falling in love is a story worth telling! Watch Betty and Phil’s Love Story Video and find out more about Stockham Media!

Lighthearted Bridesmaid style wins the day with this sweet maids dress by Wayf

Dressmakers WAYF have created this light and airy, perfect-for-Summer, bridesmaid’s confection. With light hearted frilly tiered ruffles made from classically romantic chiffon, sweet little flutter sleeves and a flattering silhouette, “The Gywneth Ruffle Maxi Gown”, available in blue Cloud or Champagne, comes in at just $135 and should make everyone happy since girl you know you can wear this again! Available at Nordstrom.

Beautiful Traditions Abound in Hindu American Wedding at Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

Ruchi and Abhi’s beautiful and colorful wedding at The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa overlooking Mission Bay is one of our favorites! Rich with tradition, this Hindu American wedding brought life, love, and gorgeous jewel tones of brilliant hot pink, glittery gold, rich saffron, navy, red and more, to one of San Diego’s most iconic settings, and brought everyone’s family together for an amazingly great time truly fit for royalty! We especially love the artful Mehndi work on the bride’s hands! …read more below….

How we began. Our story started with an intercontinental connection! We have our moms to thank for bringing us together...a little exchange of a phone number here and a picture there and we were off and running! story continued below gallery…

Facetime is our friend. We got to know each other mostly through many Facetime calls thanks to our long-distance status, but on the bright side, those calls produced lots of screenshots of one another looking goofy or falling asleep (*ahem* Abhi). 

Eventually, we met in-person in the Bay Area...and later in the motherland (India, of course)...and shortly thereafter, talk started to turn toward something more...our future. Conversations often touched on a ring and when to get engaged...though we didn't always explicitly discuss the "when," we both knew about when it was coming since we only got to meet so often...

story continued after credits…

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography by True Photography Weddings

Ceremony and Reception Venue by Hilton San Diego Resort

Wedding Decor by Blush Moments Events

Wedding Cake by Baby Cakes San Diego

DJ and Music by G2 Entertainment

Event Planning & Coordination by Sweet Love Designs

Hair, Makeup and Henna by Reena Threading Center


The Art of Bridal Mehndi

Mehndi is an ancient form of body art that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Mehndi is the art of applying designs to the skin through the application of pastes made with henna powder on different parts of the body. Mehndi started in the Middle East and Northern Africa over 5,000 years ago and has been used for artistic, ritual and ceremonial use. Archeologists have even found mummies with hennaed hands.In the different cultures where the practice of Mehndi flourished, different styles and patterns, like the rays of the sun or intricate patterns, developed, like the fine lines of designs of Pakistan and India and the geometric patterns and designs of Morocco, or the bold geometric shapes from various parts of Africa. This ancient art form celebrates a bride’s wedding day and special religious festivals.


the bride and groom’s story continued…. "No, not yet" (aka The Engagement - as told by Ruchi). We met one weekend in Chicago thanks to my work trip. Abhi never explicitly told me that this was the weekend, but I had a feeling this was it! I was anxious and doing my best to make sure the engagement would be a surprise as much as possible...I didn't want anyone to say anything to me about it and I didn't want to somehow hear any details about it...but our very excited families made that a bit difficult. ;0) No, peeps--not yet...it hasn't happened yet!! Next to the engagement, the best part about the weekend was that our families seemed to get us engaged before we did!

But it was all worth the wait. We both got jazzed up and Abhi drove us to a lovely little Greek restaurant for dinner. We took pictures together, and then I assumed we would head back to the hotel. But instead, Abhi drove us to the Bean in Millennium Park. It was late, it started to rain just as he parked the car, but he had a plan and he was going to execute it! He led me by the hand to stand under the Bean. But yeah--that rain--no one wanted to get wet, so anyone near the Bean moved under the Bean. So much for privacy! I could tell Abhi was stalling a little...I think he wanted a chance to get away from all those people...so when the rain stopped, he pulled me a few feet away from the Bean...he pulled out a white tissue and unwrapped this beautiful ring...he slipped it on my finger, and with that cute little shy smile he has that I love so much, he asked me to marry him. :0) We took more selfies to commemorate the evening, and after getting soaked in a downpour, we eventually ended up in the car. This time it was our turn to call the family!

ONEHOPE wine do good as you drink 'good' with this passionately philanthropic wine company!

We met with amazing local ONEHOPE representative April Martin [self branded “cause entrepreneur”] who is so passionate about ONEHOPE’s incredible ethics and ‘do good drink good’ philosophy!

Says April, “Who knew that doing good could be so much fun? As a proud member of the ONEHOPE family, I love that ONEHOPE allows me to help raise awareness and funds for multiple causes near and dear to my heart. I have always wanted to find a career path that is flexible, engaging, and fun while also allowing me to make a difference in my community. Working with ONEHOPE helps me achieve my goals and more. So whether you’re looking for a casual night out, a fundraising party, or a wine social, I welcome the opportunity to help organize a great and memorable event with you!”

We couldn’t agree more! Contact April for your ONEHOPE wines and bubbly for your wedding!

Celebrate your Sexy with professional Boudoir Photographs for your Valentine!

Celebrate Your Sexy is an all female team of professional photographers, digital artists, image consultants, and customer service representatives who are all committed to helping women see their true beauty through the lens of boudoir photography. They are passionate about ensuring that each woman leaves her total experience with us feeling beautiful, empowered, and absolutely sexy in her own skin.

Whether it be for the perfect groom’s gift at your wedding or to celebrate a milestone in your life, Celebrate Your Sexy makes sure to exceed all expectations and create an amazing and personal boudoir experience for each and every one of their clients. What a great way to celebrate live and romance!

Happy Valentine's day early to all the newly engaged couples in San Diego!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you all the romance and love you deserve! Do you and your honey have something special planned? How about lovely libations like these beautifully romantic red cocktails by local drink experts Snake Oil Cocktail Co! The cocktail experts, and their pin worthy creations, of Snake Oil are the perfect mood setter for any romantic evening or event!

cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Statuesque four tiered, gold painted wedding cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. is everything!

This beautiful and statuesque, four tiered wedding cake with gold painted decoration is just so everything, prompting the happy bride to take the time to tell her talented baker how happy she was!  Make sure you hire wedding professionals that make you so satisfied that you can’t wait to gush about their work! 

"Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. did our wedding cake and not only was it heavenly and delicious, but it looked so beautiful as well. They were wonderful to work with and we already ordered our 1 year anniversary cupcakes with them! Thanks to this team for the cake of our dreams (yum)." - Alexis M.

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Ready Player 1!!? Virtual reality is coming to super fabulous weddings near you! Why not yours!?

Deploy VR are the experts in this exciting new technology that brings the magical world of Virtual Reality to your special event to wow your guests! Come meet the Deploy VR team and experience VR right at the February 3rd Wedding Party EXPO!

Deploy VR ‘s events managers work closely with your event coordinator to amp up your event by harnessing the power of virtual reality. Focusing exclusively on events, Deploy VR uses their extensive experience in events production and technology to make sure your guests have the time of their life! On top of providing the latest VR technology, they rec­ognize that the key lies in providing a memorable event experi­ence that your guests won’t soon forget with a unique Virtual Reality experience. And the best part is you don’t need to learn code or travel to a different dimension- they handle it all - planning, setup, implementation, and breakdown, all taken care of by their pro deployment team, so you and your guests can focus on having an epic time on your big day… in all realities!

AZ Dueling Pianos will add music, magic and mojo to your wedding day!

Unique players, endless song choices, and incredible live music entertainment! That’s AZ Dueling pianos!!

AZ Dueling pianos is hands down the most fun you can have at your cocktail or dinner reception!  Just wait until you see how great it feels to have all generations at your wedding can request songs they love and this amazing act brings it to life at your wedding with energy and talent! Sinatra for Grandma? that’s a yes ‘all the way’! Elton John for your Dad? Pops say ‘hello yellow brick road’! Your gal pals want Lady Gaga? they can ‘just dance’ cuz they were ‘born this way’!

AZ Dueling pianos wedding entertainment and wedding reception music has brought wedding music, magic and mojo to so many satisfied couples, and their great reviews, and tons of experience and joy for life, love and music will have your guests engaging with each other and, most importantly, having the time of their life!

Red, Wine and Blue! A Mr. and Mrs. America Styled Real Wedding!

What do you get when you wed a DIY Queen to a 3rd generation veteran with an affinity for Captain America at a super cool aviation themed Temecula Vineyard ?? You get an awesome wedding day full of fun, life and lots of red, wine and blue [can you say custom American flag dance floor!!?]!! Marquie and Ryan wed in front of their closest family and friends at a private estate vineyard in Temecula, CA. combining their passions into a wedding day that was perfectly tailored to their lives together. Together, Mr. and Mrs. America made their special day one that they will never forget, and neither will we!

The Orange County couple chose to have their wedding far in the hills of Temecula, away from the main roads. They chose a muted but patriotic red, white, and blue color palette that worked perfectly in the surrounding hills and the warm fall weather. All centerpieces were created out of wine bottles, string lights, and their engagement photos by Marquie that accompanied the gorgeous florals. Marquie hand-made every decoration at the reception, including a free-standing marquee wall for table assignments. 

Earlier this year, Marquie and Ryan appeared on TLC’s new show called “I want THAT wedding” and Ryan became enamored with the idea of a light up dancefloor. He eventually settled with the idea of saving some money and skipping the extra dancefloor. However, about a month before they said “I Do” Ryan’s uncle contacted Marquie and told her that he would get them a light up dancefloor if she kept it a secret until the reception. Needless to say, Ryan was speechless when he saw the dancefloor boasting an American flag pattern. 

The guests were dancing all night long with Marquie and Ryan and ended the wedding with a sparkler sendoff and an after party!