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We love the tenderness and intimacy evident in this gorgeous Joshua Tree engagement sess! Photos like these really show more than the subject’s emotion- they capture the artists’ heart as well. Scroll down to get to know Parallel 33’s Artist photographer Bree Hulan.
And the couple? Says Photographer Bree: “Dave plays like 15 instruments or something and even has recorded with some bands for their albums! He also has battled some gnarly things and is still ridiculously positive and upbeat.
Tully has a super adventurous spirit and has moved all over the place. Wisconsin to Nashville to San Diego and now to Virginia. I love her no-fear attitude and go with the flow style. She has a peace about her I can’t describe!”
Bree, we think you described both of them perfectly with your artist’s eye and your camera lens.
Hey! I'm Bree Hulan, a born and raised San Diegan photographing adventurers and people down for a freaking awesome time. I’ve got a country and wanderlust spirit, and I’m not afraid to get a little dust on my jeans. Traveling and photographing people out in nature is my jam. I am especially in love with the ocean, warm light, the mountains, and running around in meadows with my shoes off. Also, hammocking and burritos, duh.
My purpose is to stay true to the world and people I photograph. I want the real YOU and your relationships to shine. I want to facilitate and capture the incredible outpouring of joy that happens when you’re just being you with the ones you love!
Those candid, fun, running/dancing, laughter-filled moments. Don’t worry, I’ll give ya some posing guidance too!
What do you say to stunning 360° views that allow you to drink in everything that is So Cal wedding beauty at Emerald Peak Venue?! We say yes! This exciting tropical inspired styled wine country shoot hosted by Alexandra David, Creative Leader for this Styled Shoots Across America event, brought together some fabulous and popular trends: sweetly bright coral tones, joyful floral displays, and a surprising pop of palm leaves playing off the rustic vineyard elements make for a truly unique-to-So-Cal aesthetic. All of this wedding gorgeousness adorned an elevated plateau that overlooks the surrounding vineyards, where beautiful stations awaited their allotted time in the light. And OH! What light there was! The models were at their brightest and most polished, reflecting the bright, beautiful and colorful mood of the day. From unique balloon-scapes, to a vintage three wheeled mini-truck, converted into a mobile craft beer bar, the colors popped, but the balloons did not! Thanks Alexandra for this pop of freshness and purely perfect style!
Wedding Venue Spotlight: Emerald Peak Venue
Whether you are looking for a rustic country feel, a vintage chic look, or a classic ranch style wedding Emerald Peak is the perfect canvas to create your wedding!
Emerald Peak is tucked away in Temecula, California on a secluded hilltop with 360-degree views of orchards, vineyards, and canyons.
Emerald Peak’s rustic country style venue with a dazzling view of the coastal landscape is the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy a truly So Cal celebration.
Other: Brand Talent//Design and Decor: Rustic Peony Co//Equipment Rentals:Nuage Designs, Inc.//Cake Designer:Sweet & Saucy Shop//Favors and Gifts: My Favorite Sweets//Design and Decor: OC Brides//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Friar Tux Shop//Other: Bubbles and Brews//Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Dress Store: Mary Me Bridal//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Event Planner: ALEXIEVENTS//Other: Mia's Martini//Design and Decor: Touched by Time Vintage Rentals//Favors and Gifts: Everything Done To A T//Design and Decor: Mommy Poppins Balloons//Etsy Designer: Epanoui Grace Hair Pieces//Invitation Designer: Invitation Maven//Calligrapher: Kokomo Creative//Floral Designer: Taste of Honey Co//Event Venue:Emerald Peak Venue//Other:Styled Shoots Across America//Photographer: Lori Phillips Photography//
You know you have that one girlfriend who is a maid in your wedding and who absolutely positively needs to wear this sequined jumpsuit at your wedding!! This rocking sequin jumpsuit is super flattery on lots of body types [love] and is available at Brides of San Diego! Shine on special bridesmaid shine on!
Michelle and Ross met several years ago after being set up by their two best friends, Karisa (the Maid of Honor) and Nathaniel (the Best Man) at Mother Earth brewery in Vista, CA. Neither of them had any idea of what was transpiring but roll with the punches and it’s a good thing they did! Michelle and Ross share a love for all things outdoors (especially the desert), good beer, their dog Dash, and icing their friends every chance they get. Little did they know the “icing” was going to come back at them during the toasts and they’d both be chugging a Smirnoff Ice on their wedding day. Michelle & Ross got engaged at their friend’s property and make-shift “Owl Bar” in the middle of Ocotillo Wells, CA. What better place to host their wedding than the place they had spent so many desert trips, and both said yes to! When asked how they envisioned their wedding, Michelle & Ross said, “elegant and casual surrounded by all of our family and friends”. Not only did they achieve this seamlessly, but they did so on a great budget! Michelle & Ross had friendshelping out with many tasks and host the event and also bringing the homemade BBQ, and the mother of the groom and mother of the bride baked their custom FUN-FETTI wedding cake and dear friend, Rick officiated. It was truly a family affair and an honor to capture! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Jones!
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DJ:Powers of Sound//Makeup Artist:Kayla J Pelbath//Hair Stylist:Slate Hair Studio//Ring Designer:Blue Nile//Bridesmaid Dresses:ShowMeYourMumu//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Macy’s//Dress Store: Something Bleu//Floral Designer: Kendra's Floral Design//Cinema and Video:Paul Douda Photography//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//>
Wedding signage is all the rage - and for good reason! Professional wedding photographer Paul Douda captured this charming wedding moment when the bridal party carried signs one by one down the aisle to spell out a message of love from the bride to the groom. Now we happen to know that it take a pro photographer to make sure they communicate with their couples to be aware of every single one of these kinds of yummy special details before the wedding so that they can be in the right place at the right time to capture all the memories you want! Great work Paul!!! #bestuseofsignsever
JMC SALE! 💙 Justine M Couture (Kleinfeld New York and Kleinfeld Canada’s favorite and best selling accessory and veil designer!) is making room for their latest Spring Collection and has some beautiful pieces on sale online at their "Bespoke Shop". But don’t wait too long - sale ends April 30!
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Bright Event Rentals has done it again! Look at this fresh and exciting blue and white backyard engagement party set up [so perfect for Spring!] designed by LA Party Stylists! We love engagement parties and weddings in your own space and believe us, unless you happen to live at a resort with a full time staff of event experts, you want and need the people at Bright if you’re doing anything on your home turf!
This beautiful work of art wedding cake by San Diego bakery artists The Fabulous Cake Girls is like a painting come to life. All the flowers were lovingly hand made and touched in shimmery, magical Luster Dust! That’s a Fabulous Cake Girls’ touch for sure!
The couple who celebrated their wedding with this cake -who clearly knows what they’re doing taste wise - chose carrot cake with cream cheese butter cream and a chocolate wedding cake with caramel butter cream. Our only question how do you have the heart to cut into this beauty!!? But saving the top for your first anniversary allows you to peek at it in the freezer for a year!
This Temecula, California engagement session at Wilson Creek Winery had Ryan & I wanting to hop a flight back to Italy. We never lose inspiration being Temecula wedding and engagement photographers, the scenic inspiration never ends. Michelle & Nick enlisted the expertise of Touched By Time Vintage Rentals to help pull together this Tuscan inspired engagement session at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, California. The mother & daughter team of Touched By Time curated a beautiful collection of rentals and put their styling to work to create a picnic in the middle of the winery, followed by a vintage bike ride through the vines.
Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, California was the perfect location to stage this Tuscan engagement session. The vines were in bloom, the birds were chirping and the sun shining on row after row of grape vines just waiting to become wine! The architecture, landscape and neutral color palette at Wilson Creek Winery lent a romantic, Italian vibe. And for newly engaged couples in Southern California, the Temecula wine country is just a hop, skip & a jump away, which is a lot faster and easier than getting to Italy!
Emry Photography loves capturing engagement sessions with props and rentals. Adding in a few details like the bike, the picnic basket, florals, (and of course Wilson Creek’s awesome Almond Sparkling Wine!), adds interest to the composition and your engagement photos. Props and rentals also help tell a story for your engagement session and if you are at all nervous for posing in an engagement session, props helps alleviate some of that “I don’t know what to do with my hands” syndrome which is totally natural to have when you’re in front of the camera for the first time. Great advice from an experienced engagement photographer!
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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!
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!
Check out more about this charming winery right in our backyard in Temecula wine country!
Cosmobella by Demetrios the 2019 collection has arrived in San Diego and you can try them now!
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When chocolate is your life you absolutely need this beautiful chocolate truffle cake covered in chocolate candies by the girls at Fabulous Cake Girls in San Diego! So how many of your favorite chocolate candies do you see?
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!
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!
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.
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...
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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!
Snake Oil Cocktail Company announces the grand opening of its newest venture, the exclusive food and beverage management of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Working in partnership with the La Jolla Music Society, the San Diego-based event beverage catering and mixology experts will bring their event experience and cocktail prowess to this world-class music hall and event space.
The Conrad, as it is more informally called, is a 49,000 square foot, 78.5 million dollar state-of-the-art event facility that has been conceived and designed from the ground up. Located in the heart of The Village of La Jolla, the property is comprised of an acoustically exceptional 513 seat concert hall, a contemporary performance space, a central courtyard and entertaining area, as well as an elegant open air terrace. In addition to concert performances from A-list musical artists and classical performers, the space is perfectly equipped for hosting medium to large scale corporate events, galas and exclusive weddings.
Michael Esposito, Snake Oil Co-Founder and Managing Partner, says “The Conrad represents a historic cultural achievement for San Diego and the vision for the space is nothing short of world-class. The La Jolla Music Society has been an incredible partner and we are excited to bring cutting-edge cocktails and an elevated concession experience to such an extraordinary space.”
During concerts in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall, guests will be able to take advantage of the concession service, open before and during performances. In addition to thematic craft cocktails and unique beverage experiences, the beverage offerings will include wine and champagne by the bottle, local craft beers, a curated list of fine spirits, and gourmet snacks, highlighting some of San Diego’s best artisans and confectionaries.
In the JAI, an intimate and stylish 2,000 square foot flexible performance space across the courtyard from the Baker-Baum Concert Hall, Snake Oil will offer modern bistro-style bites and full bar service with signature twists on classic cocktails. Patrons can enjoy seasonal selections from the craft cocktail menu or share a bottle of wine with an artisan cheese and charcuterie plate amongst friends.
Between the performance halls, you will find the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd and Belanich Terrace, an outdoor gathering space bordered by beautiful mature olive trees. Boasting an expansive 4,000 square feet, the courtyard is a beautiful outdoor area where guests can enjoy a craft cocktail or quick bite before or during a performance. On warm summer nights, Snake Oil will offer frozen cocktail options and introduce its latest cocktail innovation, Cocktail Graffiti, for select special events.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 · 8:00 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall @ The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
In a remarkable career that spans more than two decades, London-born multi-platinum singer-songwriter and four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Seal performs an evening of his greatest hits like “Crazy” and “Kiss from a Rose”, as well as timeless classics originated by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone from his recent GRAMMY® nominated album Standards. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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!