Tender Couples Joshua Tree Engagement Session by Parallel 33 Photography

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.

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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!

Wine Country Meets Tropical Flair in Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot

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//

Sending a Message of Love All the Way Down the Aisle! #bestuseofsignsever!

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

Kleinfeld’s favorite bridal accessory designer is having a clearance sale!!

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!

Click here👉🏻 to shop: https://www.justinemcouture.com/bespoke-shop

Beautiful blue and white engagement party with rentals by Bright!

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!

Beautiful wedding cake with Luster Dust flowers by CAKE is like a painting come to life!

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!

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!