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//
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.
Did you know you can wed at the Sleeping Beauty Castle!?
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.
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
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!
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!
Makeup Artist: Sabrina Lizalde
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 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!
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!
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//
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!
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.
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
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.
5GREAT reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding by ShadowCatcher Photo Booths
From black-tie VIP settings to rustic barn and outdoor settings, a photo booth can fit with every theme. If you’re debating whether a photo booth is a good fit for your wedding, here are 5 great reasons your guests will be thanking you for investing in one!
1. Entertain Them!
DJ? Check. Open bar? Check. Sounds like you’re on your way to planning a good time! But chances are, everyone isn’t going to dance for the entire reception. One of the best reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding is to entertain your guests. It’s important to remember that weddings have down times, and you have to think of a way to keep your guests entertained during those times. For example, at the majority of weddings, normally the formal wedding photos are taken right after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, so sometimes guests can get a little antsy waiting for the cocktail hour to end and the reception to start. Photo booths are perfect for this part of your wedding day! Guests can be goofy and stay entertained while they wait for you to return and for the reception to start. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun and time will be flying for your guests if you choose to have a photo booth.
2. Most F U N and memorable wedding favors ever! Do them a favor!
You want your wedding to be the most talked about wedding in your circle, something everyone will be talking about for years to come! Instead of investing in white wedding Jordan almonds or spending hours on DIY candle mason jars, gift your guests with something special, fun and interactive. A personalized photo strip that captures how much fun they had at your wedding in your photo booth! The strips include your custom logo, names and dates, it’s all right there to make sure they remember where they were when they had so much fun! Want to elevate the experience even more? Treat your guests to a photo strip holder that is placed in their napkin at their table setting and is personalized to your special day!
3. Socializing for them, a Memory Book for you! Get them socializing!
While your photo booth is working as a great ice breaker, giving your guests a chance to let their hair down and get to know each other, they are also creating fun photo strips that will be going into your memory book that also doubles a guest book that will give you a super fun look back on the day for the two of you for years to come! Each guest writes a personalized message to you next to their photo strip.
4.Because Photo Booths are Classic F U N! Show them the F U N
Classic fun is the best kind of fun – and a photo booth will bring smiles and memories to your wedding without even trying. The best thing about them is that they are great for all ages! A photo booth provides endless entertainment from the beginning of the night, all the way until the grand exit!
5. The Quality and Overall Experience we bring to each event!
Not only does ShadowCatcher Photo Booths provide a photo strip for each guest in every grouping, they also provide a link to a digital download so you and your guests can download their favorite pic to use on social media or even enlarge to a HUGE poster size!
San Diego’s restaurant week starts today! This tasting and dining festival, spread out all over town, has evolved into an incredible event featuring numerous restaurants and deals that cannot be believed, like this one at the iconic Marine Room on the shores in La Jolla. Join Chef Bernard Guillas (who will be honored with a career capping award as he is inducted into the Disciples Escoffier International next month) as he offers a tempting menu of his gorgeous French cuisine with its fresh California influence (featuring main courses like a fillet mignon, lobster tail and Ahi tuna) for only $50! Kick off the First Day of Restaurant Week with a $50 3 course menu at The Marine Room and much more. We think this will be the best $50 you’ve ever spent in a restaurant! Reservations 858-459-7222 highly recommended.
Experience the Joys of “Surfside Sophistication.”
Since 1941, one symbol has stood for the most exquisite dining experience in San Diego. The Seahorse symbol of The Marine Room. During this time, The Marine Room has earned countless accolades. Renown critics have described its privileged setting on La Jolla’s finest beach and the thrill of being “eye-level” with the crashing surf at high tide. The culinary artistry of Executive Chef Bernard Guillas has been called “world-class” for its devotion to fresh seafood, seasonal variety, hand-selected local ingredients and award-winning desserts. Others have defined the experience as “sophistication with a sense of delight.” But their greatest satisfaction comes simply from serving their guests – who come to celebrate the joy of life with good company, a perfectly-prepared meal, and a golden Pacific sunset to call their own.
Here comes the slight sweet clear feeling in the air that say Fall is coming! This is the time where San Diegans’ hearts and minds travel east to Julian for crispy evenings, beautiful mountain vistas, and, of course, pie! Today to celebrate the beginning of Fall you need not make the trek to the mountains as we show off this utterly charming Julian wedding! Allee and Taylor met at college orientation when they were freshmen at California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, and as graduation neared, the couple knew they were meant to be together. So when they married in April, they chose a location in the mountains east of San Diego, reminiscent of the mountainous Lake Tahoe area where Allee grew up. Among their favorite memories of their wedding day were reading their vows, which ended up being almost the same in wording even though the couple didn’t discuss them beforehand, and when Taylor got a little flustered after cutting the wedding pie, Allee shares that he ate her piece by mistake! They also loved their circle arch, beautifully decorated by their florist.
Wedding experts will tell you that although San Diego has an amazing year long ‘wedding season’ of fabulous weather and options, September, October and November are the most popular wedding months for good reason. Happy Fall San Diego!
San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Sacred Mountain Julian
Sacred Mountain is located in the quaint historical town of Julian in Southern California and is a short drive from San Diego. Sacred Mountain consists of two unique ranches; Sacred Mountain Retreat and Sacred Mountain Private Ranch. Each of these two private ranches have distinct rustic elegance and charm. Our property is “awnatural” in beauty, extremely private and with a dreamy atmosphere of character and tranquility. This country estate celebrates four seasons with distinct natural beauty creating perfect spaces for your wedding vision!
Wedding Vendor Credits:
Photography: Classic Photographers
Wedding Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian
Catering: Jeremy’s on the Hill
Pie: Candied Apple Café
Flowers: Florals by Maher Haroun
Signage: Yuki Ishii
Hair and Makeup: Say I Do Updos
The utmost in daintiness and femininity can no doubt be in expressed with lace, applique and embroidery and oh how we love seeing it on a beautiful wedding dress! It’s truly like wearable art in motion! Developed in Europe in the 1600’s, the intricacies of lace have never failed to astound. Needle (single thread) or bobbin (the plaiting of many threads), these complex designs spell beauty! Often named after the towns or villages they were made in, the preeminent lace making centers eventually became Italy and France. They were painstakingly created (not to mention time consuming) and were considered true luxury items and reserved for sophisticates, social elites and the aristocracy. Embroidery and applique, however, date back even further and were actually first use as artful techniques used to cover up and extend the life of blankets, quilts and finally clothing. As time progressed, they were eventually used to decorate clothing and became status symbols denoting wealth and style. All three of these “attentions to detail” have become things of style and beauty and never fail to impress. They are truly the focal points on a wedding dresses - like these beauties by Berta - today!
We just love featuring weddings that show this much love! Especially when our favorite wedding pros had the honor in sharing in the love all day too. Check out this perfect sunny day San Diego wedding with two people so in love [love their first peek around the corner images!] it will make you feel it too!
Says San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda, “We cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie & Stormie. Spending the day with them, their family and friends was nothing short of magical. Their love for one another is inspiring and represented so vividly with those who surrounded them. This madly in love couple fully committed to their 'Secret Garden' theme that was carried throughout their whole wedding planning process. From Stormie's proposal to Katie during the 'Garden of Lights' Christmas celebration at the Encinitas Botanical Gardens, to their engagement session we shot at Felicita County Park in Escondido, and finally to their romantic garden inspired wedding by the sea in Oceanside at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Katie & Stormie's day was full of so many special family details. They were married by Stormie's Aunt Liz, Katie's sisters completed her bridal party, they shared a double father-daughter dance and we know they were joined in spirit by Stormie's late mother and Katie's late second mom. The day was perfect and we are so honored to have captured it. They truly showed that love surely WINS in #KatiesPerfectStorm!” Editor’s Note: Paul Douda Photography is one of So Cal’s favorite LGBTQ friendly wedding photographers and you can sure see why! #loveislove
Wedding Vendor Credits:
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House//Ring Designer:Weisfield Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's District//Dress Store:Poppy & Rose Bridal//Dress Designer:Justin Alexander//Makeup Artist: Mobile Beauty Team//Musicians:Celeste Barbier Events//Cake Designer:Kiki's Custom Confections//Caterer:Hello Betty//Floral Designer: Kendra's Floral Design//Cinema and Video:Paul Douda Photography//Reception Venue:SpringHill Suites by Marriott//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//
We love all the happiness and beachside fun that is apparent in Danielle and Larry’s Point Loma wedding! This engaging couple decided to get married in their hometown of San Diego on the Navy Base at Oceans View of Ballast Point. They wanted a rustic beach theme wedding that was both simple and classic. Their photographer Paul Douda was so impressed with what they delivered especially considering they planned their wedding mostly apart and out of the country! Joined by their friends and family, Danielle & Larry celebrated their love for one another at their stunning beach setting in San Diego. Enjoy!
Danielle & Larry met online unexpectedly while they were both serving their country overseas. Larry was in Kuwait about to return to the U.S. and Danielle was gearing up for her second tour of duty in Spain. According to them, the timing was horrible and neither of them expected to meet their soulmate online while in the service! While on vacation together in Tromso, Norway over New Years 2017, Larry decided to propose to Danielle. Seeing the Northern Lights had always been on their bucket list and Larry couldn't think of a more perfect way to ask Danielle to be his wife. In Danielle's words, "One evening, we drove out of the city into the surrounding fjords to get a better look at the lights. They were stunning, truly breath taking. We stopped to get a picture of us with the lights, he usually sets up the camera as I stand in front of the camera so he can focus it and fix the settings. My back was turned towards him because I was looking up at the lights, I heard him walking up behind me in the snow, but I noticed it was taking him a bit longer than usual. Once he got next to me, he kneeled down, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him."
Wedding Vendor Credits:
Etsy Designer: Creative Amme//Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie//Etsy Designer:AxMen (Grooms Ring)//Ring Designer:Ice Carats//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Express//Dress Store: Nordstrom//Beauty: Lightly Brushed Makeup//Makeup Artist: Lightly Brushed Makeup//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Cake Designer:Shirley the Cake Lady//Cake Designer: The Cake Lady//Event Planner:Dina Ibarra (Friend of Bride)//Ceremony Location:Ocean View at Ballast Point//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography
Table setting details in gold, white and crystal are enhanced with fernlike greens at this stunningly fresh wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines designed by Crown Weddings & Events. From the custom painted menus [keepsake works of art!] to a pretty leaf on a perfectly folded napkin - these details assembled with an artists’s eye; sparkly crystal catching the light, gorgeous brush painted gold charger plate and stunning florals, bring together a classic meets modern vibe.
Event Planner: Crown Weddings and Events
Invitations and Paper Goods: Wendy Ware Designer
Florals: Jennifer Cole Florals
Linens: La Tavola
Furniture Rentals: Farm Tables and More
Vintage Rentals: Cheri’s Vintage Table
Specialty Rentals: APR
Photography: We Are Half Full
Wedding Venue: Lodge at Torrey Pines
San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Situated on La Jolla’s coastline with panoramic views of the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a wedding setting unlike any other. Historical Craftsman architecture complements an elegant selection of wedding venues to accommodate everything from intimate dinners for 10 to lavish celebrations for 220 guests. Exquisite dining and their legendary AAA Five Diamond service ensure your wedding day will be unforgettable.