Nestled in Mission Valley, Brides of San Diego has continuously served as one of San Diego’s finest bridal salons since 1968. The bride will be surrounded by a beautiful selection of Demetrios gowns with an expert staff that will give every bride the attention and experience she deserves. From conservative to trendy, traditional to contemporary, brides are sure to find the perfect dress for their wedding day.
For their intimate wedding in San Diego, Addie and Patrick had a fun and intimate vibe with beautiful views at the super fun venue Lot 8. Addie and her bridal party carried deep burgundy and ivory bouquets from Blooms by the Box’s Pantone Marsala box, which her mother and aunt arranged.
At their outdoor venue, the couple were wed in front of a wooden wall decorated with succulent plants, and posed for sunset photos at a gorgeous overlook – a perfect touch for the outdoors-loving Patrick and Addie. The date itself was special, too, because it was their 10-year dating anniversary. For couples planning their weddings, newly Addie advises, “Have fun with it! Guests won’t notice most of the details you stress over.”
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Makeup Artist: https://www.kimmdicato.com/index.html
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Event Planner: https://www.facebook.com/SublimeWeddings/
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This session has all the desert vibes! Photographer Liv of Liv in the Moment Photography knew from the beginning of planning this photo shoot that she wanted to capture the natural beauty of the Joshua Tree National Park. Thankfully she knew she didn't need to pack a ton of props and gild the lily with an elaborate set up, because, as you can see, the natural beauty of the California desert provided all the backdrop any styled shoot needs!
Says Live, “My models Hannah and Mikey, who are real-life sweethearts, come out to Joshua Tree regularly to explore and hike together. This ended up translating so much into the images, because you can instantly see how comfortable they are with each other and with the landscape.
We started off about an hour before sunset to get that gorgeous golden hour light, and to start exploring for the perfect spot in Joshua Tree. We moved around a little bit within the park, but found the most perfect spot for photos. Whether you decided to elope, get married, or renew your vows, Joshua Tree is an amazing place to do it. “ We couldn’t agree more! We see a lot of styled shoots and this one is the perfect styled elopement!
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!
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
Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo
Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier
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.
Oh these charming wedding cookies by Kelly Tharp Davin of Mint Weddings and Room for Desserts have us swooning with beautiful and romantic sugary delight! We’re going to start following her on Instagram at @mintmadecookies right now because we can’t wait to see what she creates next!
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.
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.
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!”
Here in San Diego we love Mexican culture! From the focus on family, flair, traditions, [and mariachis!], any wedding that celebrates rich tradition always feels more special and speaks to the heart!
How I meet the love of my life from the bride: “It all started at a reggae bar in Ocean Beach. I was celebrating my Birthday with some close friends. One of my friends invited this handsome stranger to come along and the moment I saw him I thought to myself, who is that & he better not have a girlfriend!! I had never instantly thought that about anyone before. But we didn't see or talk to each other again until 2 months later. We all made plans to go back to that bar again and he was there. I offered my number to him since he was very shy and something in me knew that this was the person I was meant to marry. I didn’t really know what kind of person he was but my heart and God knew. After talking on the phone for a week we went on a picnic date to Mission Bay and the next day he asked me to be his girlfriend. Two weeks later he told me he loved me and we have been together ever since!! I never thought of getting married or EVER settling down with anyone because I didn't see marriage as something I truly wanted. But after dating for a few months we knew we wanted to settle down and grow old together.
One year later on our anniversary he put together a surprise party at his parent’s house. On our way to his “sisters birthday party” he seemed oddly nervous and quite. I kept asking if he was okay but he brushed it off saying he was fine. Everyone was getting the party together and I was inside the house finishing some homework. He called me to go outside and I shocked to see my family there. He held my hand and started telling my how much he loved me. I instantly started freaking out because why would my family be here, it was too early for the party, and why is he randomly telling me these things?? But he then got on one knee and TRIED to ask me to marry him. But my happy tears were preventing him from speaking he was trying to hold back his own tears. But I said Yes! & he proposed in front of our family. Even though we had talked about getting married, I never thought it would actually happen.”
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//
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. “
The very popular Dessy Bridesmaids Collection is now at Brides of San Diego! Shop for your bridesmaid dresses online at Bridesofsandiego.bridesmaid.com Get 15% OFF plus FREE shipping just use coupon code TDG15! Your maids will love you for it!
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!
Wedding Vendor Credits:
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