How Flour Power Cakery brings Love, Style and Flavor to Your Wedding Cake

Flour Power Cakery is one of San Diego’s oldest and most trusted family owned bakeries creating amazing and stylish [and delicious] wedding cakes. Flour Popwer's intimate size has always allowed them the time to give each of their wedding customers a personal and unique experience in designing and deciding on their wedding cake. They take great pride in their loyal customer base and strive to uphold a tradition of creating delicious and beautiful cakes. Using only the finest ingredients Flour Power's bakers, decorators, and designers put their hearts and creative skills into every cake. Here are some of our faves! 

Here are some of Flour Power's delicious flavor and filling ideas for your custom wedding cake:

Almond Poppy – Almond flavored cake dappled with poppy seeds.

Carrot – Traditional spice cake made with pineapple and walnuts.

Champagne – Just like the bubbly delight, this cake is smooth and airy with a hint of champagne flavor.

Chocolate – One of our signature flavors. This is a decadent cake dark as night and just as rich.

Chocolate Peanut Butter – A scrumptious blend of peanut butter and gourmet chocolate guaranteed to please every peanut butter lover.

European Apple – Heavenly spice cake hinted with cinnamon loaded with apples and walnuts.

Funfetti – Vanilla cake with fun and colorful rainbow sprinkles throughout.

Lemon Kiss – Fresh and zesty cake bursting with lemon flavor.

Red Velvet – Smooth traditional southern light chocolate.

Marble – Our Vanilla swirled with our Chocolate to give a moist and fun combination.

Peaches – Vanilla cake laced with peaches and baked to perfection.

Snowflake – A refined take on our Vanilla, replacing the yellow cake with traditional white cake.

Strawberry Parfait – Enjoy summer flavors all year round with this strawberry sensation. Strawberries are pureed throughout the batter to ensure the perfect bite.

Vanilla – Marriage of vanilla pudding and a traditional yellow cake resulting in a light but moist vanilla cake.

White Chocolate Delight – White chocolate, coconut and pecans come together for pure indulgence.

Almond Poppy Seed – Almond Poppy Seed cake filled with Pineapple Mousse.

Black Forest – Chocolate cake filled with Chocolate Mousse and a layer of Cherry, Raspberry or Strawberry jam.

Swiss Black Forest – Chocolate cake filled with Bavarian Cream and a layer of Cherry, Raspberry or Strawberry jam.

Carrot – Carrot cake filled with Regular Cream Cheese.

Champagne with Raspberry – Champagne cake filled with Raspberry Mousse and two layers of Raspberry Jam.

Chocolate Mousse – Chocolate cake filled with Chocolate Mousse.

Classic Combo – Chocolate cake filled with Chocolate Mousse and one layer of Chocolate Fudge.

Chocolate with Fresh Banana – Chocolate cake filled with fresh banana mousse and a layer of Chocolate Fudge.

Chocolate Mint – Chocolate cake filled with Mint Mousse and one layer of Chocolate Dobash.

Chocolate Peanut Butter – Chocolate Peanut Butter cake filled with Peanut Butter Mousse and one layer of Chocolate Fudge.

Cranberry Orange Pecan (seasonal) – Cranberry Orange Pecan cake filled with an Orange Mousse.

European Apple – Apple spice cake filled with Apple Spice Mousse.

Funfetti – Funfetti cake filled with Bavarian Cream.

German Chocolate – Chocolate cake with German filling.

Lemon Kiss – Lemon cake filled with Lemon Mousse and two layers of Lemon Jam.

Marble – Marble cake filled with Chocolate Mousse.

Peaches and Cream – Peach cake filled with Peach Mousse.

Pudding Chiffon – Vanilla cake filled with Bavarian Cream and one layer each of Lemon and Raspberry Jam.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (seasonal) – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cake filled with Bavarian Cream.

Red Velvet – Red velvet cake filled with Cream Cheese Fluff filling.

Strawberry Parfait – Strawberry cake filled with Strawberry Parfait Mousse filling.

White Chocolate Delight – White Chocolate Delight cake filled with Custard. 

Cake Fillings to Make Your Wedding Cake even more Custom! 

Apple Spice Mousse – Spice mousse with chunks of apples throughout.

Fresh Banana* – Light banana flavored mousse with fresh banana pieces throughout.

Bavarian Cream – Light vanilla cream.

Fresh Berry* – Bavarian cream with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries throughout.

Chocolate Mousse – Light chocolate cream.

Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese Fluff – Cream cheese whipped cream combination.

Custard

German – Thick and decadent pecan and coconut combination.

Lemon Mousse

Fresh Mango* – Bavarian cream with fresh mango pieces throughout.

Mint Mousse

Orange Mousse

Peanut Butter Mousse – Bavarian cream with peanut butter swirled throughout.

Peach Mousse – Peach flavored mousse with chunks of peaches throughout.

Pineapple Mousse – Pineapple flavored mousse with chunks of pineapple throughout.

Raspberry Mousse

Spice Mousse – Bavarian cream with cinnamon swirled throughout.

Fresh Strawberry* – Strawberry flavored mousse with fresh sliced strawberries throughout.

Strawberry Parfait – Strawberry flavored mousse with chunks of strawberries pureed throughout.

Sugar Free Whipped Cream

Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

When the Bride Loves Pink: You Get The Most Charming Pink Wedding You've Ever Seen

If you love love love flowers and pink then Annette Gomez, Florist, Artist, Wedding Magician is your gal! Annette says "I thought I had worked with the 'pink bride' until I met Olivia. She is all things pink, and more. Flowers are her everything (if you don't count her husband, her writing and her dogs, those are way up there too!) Lucky for us, she agreed to tell her story about her lusciously pink wedding, so without further adieu meet our pinkest bride yet, Olivia.

Says Bride Olivia, "If you’re reading this that means one of two things are true. You are in once-in-a-lifetime kind of love and have the true privilege of planning your wedding, or you are just a total, fully committed lover of all things floral. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. I’m a flower obsessed newlywed who frankly still hasn’t and hopes to never come down from the cloud nine feeling that comes from living out your fairy tale dream day – during which you partied with your favorite people, had a show stopper bouquet that weighed more than toddler, were surrounding by candles, twinkling lights and flowers galore, ate churros and married the love of your life...

Fairy tale. I know. A little clichéd of a term when it comes to weddings or events in general and yet here I am, one hundred and thirty-one days into marriage and still failing to find a better word for June 17th, 2017. I can come up with a lot of words to describe it – warm, gorgeous, glowing, blissful, jaw-dropping, butterfly-giving, soul warming, bursting with happiness – but really, fairy tale seems to sum all that up in a neat, perfectly pink package. Speaking of pink. I should address this now. I fiercely love pink. Not just pink. All pink. Every single shade of pink – from the hottest of hot to the creamiest of blushes and everything in between. I’ve loved pink long before it was cool to love pink – wait, it’s cool to like pink, right? For me, pink is happiness. It’s warm, it’s bright, it’s cool, it’s loud, it’s the happiest color, and it’s so utterly pink. So it came as no surprise to anyone when we sat down to plan our wedding that the first two words out of my mouth were pink, and flowers. Cake probably, realistically, wasn’t too far behind because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cake? Cake aside, I’ve been dreaming of my wedding flowers since I was a little girl. No, you read that right. I said flowers. I wasn’t the type of little girl who finds herself filling journal pages with sketches of her dream dress or losing herself in visions of intricate, Princess Kate type veils. I didn’t spend my pre-engagement days lusting over a bride’s wedding band or perfect wedding hairstyle. I noticed the flowers, the arches, the bouquets, the floral crowns, the stems, the blooms. My caffeine fueled Pinterest boards will attest to this – every vision I had for my wedding began and ended with the flower arrangements.

Because the only thing that comes close to my love of pink is my ridiculous over the top love of flowers. I love flowers so much I found a wedding dress that had hand-made petals all over the skirt. No, seriously. To me, flowers are the ultimate embodiment of everything beautiful in our world. They’re magic. They sprout from the ground and bloom into bunches of color and grace that can encapsulate every human emotion. You’re sad? I’m sending you flowers. You’re over-the-moon happy? You’re getting flowers, girl. You’re new to the area, you’re mourning a loss, you’re madly in love, you’re celebrating, you’re brightening up a room – you’re getting flowers. Clearly, my wedding flowers had to bring it. I mean, really bring it. And oh boy, did they ever. In comes Annette Gomez. Flower Queen extraordinaire, master of the magical blooms, tamer of all that grows wild and unruly. Or, you can call her what I now affectionately call her – my flower fairy god mother. Annette was able to hear my obsession with big, bold, wildly fun flowers and my passion for pink to create the most jaw-dropping, heart-bursting, fairy tale worthy flowers for the day we said ‘I Do’. So much so that I burst into tears the moment I saw my bouquet, then again when I started that blissful walk down the aisle to see the most spectacular floral arrangements and arch. Oh yeah, and my future husband! He was there too, woohoo! But those flowers. Those flowers. Everywhere I looked was a burst of blooms – peonies and ivy, mint and roses, big, over the top, swoon-worthy flowers nestled amongst delicate petals...to say that it was breathtaking would be a true understatement. Our sweet Labrador even had the most gorgeous wreath of peonies around his neck. Every single detail was exquisite and more than I could have possibly known to hope for. Annette has a true gift and her ability to share that with us forever made our wedding the most stunning day.

I’ve been a wife to the love of my life for one hundred and thirty-one beautiful days now, and one hundred and thirty-one days later friends and family are still gushing over our big day. It was absolutely everything I could have ever dreamed it could be, and then some. I’m ninety percent sure that day made my heart the happiest it has ever been. One hundred and thirty-one days later, and I am still totally head-over-heels into my husband too, which is a good sign. Oh! And guess what? He’s still bringing me flowers. Pink ones." Thanks Olivia and congratulations! 

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Photography: Honey Photographs / Flowers: Annette Gomez / Wedding Planner: First Comes Love / Bridal Glam: Kissed by A.M.L / Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe / Wedding Cake: Sugar and Scribe / DJ: DJ Phreek / Guitarist: Vario Productions / Desserts: Sensational Treats / Photo Booth: Pixster / Cigar Roller: Cuban Cigar Factory / Bride's Blog: Lionheart

Tim Otto Photography brings Beauty and Drama to your Engagement Photos

We caught up with local wedding photographer Tim Otto to get a little insight into this talented artists' aesthetic and why so many couples rave about working with him for their engagement and wedding photography! 

Q: So Tim how would you define your style?
T: I like to blend a variety of styles when I photograph weddings: everything from a photojournalistic editorial approach to a contemporary fashion edge to classic romantic style.  I am comfortable photographing grand elegant celebrations at large venues and small intimate weddings on the beach. I can give direction to make sure everyone looks great and is in the best light but also can observe and make sure I'm in the right place to capture the spontaneous moments.

Q: Tim tell us a little about you.
T: I have been photographing for over 20 years but the last 15 have been devoted to weddings, engagement sessions and family portraits. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I truly love what I do and I aspire to produce the finest photography I am capable of without compromise. Creating photographs that you love is priceless. I was drawn to wedding photography and telling the story of the day by capturing the personalities, emotions and the desire to create amazing photographs!

Q: You are clearly a creative art photographer, why weddings?
T: I always enjoyed photographing people and capturing their individual spirits; I think this is what drew me to weddings. I love weddings! I love telling the story of the entire day by capturing the many personalities and emotions on display as the events unfold.  I want to capture not only what people look like, but show what they feel like.  I want to give my clients, dynamic and beautiful photographs that they will treasure for a lifetime! I want to create an amazing and fun experience by making my couples feel comfortable in front of the camera without interfering with the flow of the day. A wedding is a celebration of love with family and friends; truly an amazing event.  I am honored and privileged be part of your day.

Q: We know you love to travel, where have you shot? 
T: I have photographed weddings through out the United States and countries around the world including Dominican Republic, Italy and Mexico. 

Q: Anything special you like to do on days off?
T: I love deep sea fishing, camping in the High Sierras, watching the Chargers and Padres, cooking, music, wine, sushi, landscape photography, road trips and traveling to exotic locations... of course with my camera. 

Thanks Tim for these lovely engagement photos! See more of Tim's photographic talent on his website and galleries

Bird and Bear Bakehouse Brings a Fresh New Style to San Diego Wedding Cakes and Desserts

"Dessert is our favorite food group!" So says local dessert artists Bird and Bear Bakehouse, who are just so are excited to be a part of your next event.  Bird and Bear is a company created out of the passions of a bread baker and a pastry chef both in love with all things sweet, delicious, and artistic. With years of practical experience, classical training, and an eye for detail, Tyler and Hailey are ready to provide your wedding with a unique and tailored selection of mouth watering desserts. They love to meet their clients personally to fabricate the perfect experience exclusive to their needs. Yummy!! 

Tradition meets innovation in San Diego! Just two passionate bakers bringing our skills to our beautiful city keeping our products as local as we can! Oh and the name? Bird and Bear are Tyler and Hailey's pet names for each other!! LOVE!

Dolce Papier; creating beautiful laser cut invitations, save the dates and paper goods for your wedding!

Announcement Artisan Dolce Papier offers an exciting array of the most beautiful specialty invitations, save the dates and paper goods for your wedding! Lovely Letty creates the most amazing paper goods and announcements that match your wedding's personality and style!

With Laser Cut Invitations [reminiscent of the Mexican art form Papel Picado!] soft and pretty watercolor or floral designs, paper, wood and acrylic designs bring so much originality to your announcement!  Letty can create anything to accent your event. In addition to save the dates and invites you can have your menus, table numbers, signature books, and cake toppers match your invitation's artistic and original style. 

If you're looking for amazing rustic (and beyond) furniture rentals for your wedding....look no further!

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Like many brides today, Jennifer Bean, owner of Rustic Events, wanted a chic rustic style wedding reception. She says "I envisioned a relaxed picnic-in-the-park atmosphere with the family gathered around wooden farm house tables. However, I had a really hard time finding what I was looking for. Then I found the perfect tables –exactly what I wanted! I was floored though when the owner of the business said they were moving and had to sell and **they weren’t booking any more weddings***! I was so deflated thinking my vision wouldn’t come to life." So one thing led to another and thankfully Jennifer and her new hubby stepped up and gave a whole new life to the new and improved Rustic Events! Rustic is now so much more than picnic tables and rustic furniture! Check out some of our fave designs from this talented team of truly dedicated wedding and event decor and rental pros!! And visit Rustic Event rentals at this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station where they will sponsor tons of gorgeous lounges, fashion show seating and more with many of their beautiful pieces on display up close and personal!! 

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Here's what Erin L. had to say about Rustic Events: "I came upon Rustic Events, and fell in love! They had these beautiful rustic farm tables, that were exactly what I had envisioned! I contacted them via website, and was instantly impressed! From start to finish, they were awesome! Nicest people ever! If ever you need tables for an event, start your search here! You won’t regret it!"

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And here's more love from Katie B: "These tables are incredible! I found Rustic Events and got the warmest email from Jenn. She gave me details about the benches, and gave me the pricing. The instant I started talking to Jenn on the phone I was sold! She was so nice and had just gotten married herself. I thought it was the best thing ever. They were right on time and they packed all their tables and benches out without a peep at the end of the night. It was so nice not having to worry about them at all. The tables and benches made the look of the wedding so much more beautiful!

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Featured Wedding Artist: San Diego's Own Continental Catering

Continental Catering has long been known as one of San Diego's top wedding and special event caterers. Founded by the lovely, warm and very personable Denise and Gary, they've been around for nearly three decades creating yummy food for all types of events. As Gary likes to say, they weren’t always rich & famous. What humbly started as a weekend hobby out of a residential kitchen turned into a thriving business in the blink of an eye. Continental Catering now has a team of amazing experts who are proud to say that they've successfully catered over 10,000 events! Enjoy these scrumptious photos and you'll see that the artists at Continental transform food into art, proving that they are a not-so-ordinary caterer composed of not-so-ordinary employees. Get to know more about Continental Catering here....

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Fresh watermelon cubes with creme fraiche and some secret yummy ingredients make a refreshing amouse bouche [bite sized appetizers anyone?] on a warm San Diego wedding evening.

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Appetizers served on croute [on toast] are easy to pick up and eat with one hand during your cocktail hour.

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At Continental it's never 'just a salad' as this colorful and delicious deconstructed salad shows! 

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Sauteed scallops are a mouth watering way to show your guests the love right from the start.

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Pureed yam served next to a gorgeous, perfectly cooked entree of fish ups your guests' dinner experience.

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Vegetables never need be boring and you know beautiful brussel sprouts [served with chunks of sweet potato, goat cheese and dried cranberries] are all the rage these days! 

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A salmon entree with potatoes en papillote [cooked wrapped in parchment paper] makes for a lovely presentation and ups the 'fish option' for your reception dinner dramatically.

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Lamb chops are a formal presentation at any wedding reception.

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With main courses like this it may be hard to get people to leave!!  

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Innovative dishes, beautiful style and exciting presentation are Continental Catering's hallmarks.

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Gorgeous lobster will wow even your pickiest of guests at your reception.

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....and who can forget the dessert? Save your fork there's pie a la mode!!! 

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Photography by She Wanders Photography for Continental Catering.

Something Bleu Bridal Boutique Understands Bridal Gown Magic and Wants to Share it with You!

Something Bleu is a bridal and formal wear boutique, located in the coastal city of Oceanside, that specializes in cultivating a truly unforgettable experience for the bride and her bridal party.

Something Bleu Bridal Boutique carries your favorite [and many up and coming] bridal gown designers like Reem Acra, Claire La Faye, Jude Jowilson, Sophia Tolli, Enchanting and Montage by Mon Cheri, and Lillian West plus bridesmaids & formal fashions, flower girls, accessories and more!

The girls at Something Bleu know... it all starts with finding that fabulous dress and then everything else falls into place.

Founder Ginny Lopez and Fashion Director Bebe Lashley bring their valuable expertise and knowledge to So Cal brides, these ladies have traveled extensively, both locally and internationally, to create a collection so amazing all to make sure that their clients have an outstanding and unique selection of bridal fashion. 

 Something Bleu founder Ginny Lopez is an established event stylist and interior designer with an extensive portfolio. Her passion for design and love of fashion was evident at her own Great Gatsby inspired wedding, as well as many other weddings and events she has styled.

Something Bleu founder Ginny Lopez is an established event stylist and interior designer with an extensive portfolio. Her passion for design and love of fashion was evident at her own Great Gatsby inspired wedding, as well as many other weddings and events she has styled.

 Bebe Lashley is a San Diego based personal stylist with a deep love for fashion. In addition to previously owning a retail store, Bebe has an impressive knowledge of fashion trends and styles garnered from years of experience in fashion merchandising and retail management.

Bebe Lashley is a San Diego based personal stylist with a deep love for fashion. In addition to previously owning a retail store, Bebe has an impressive knowledge of fashion trends and styles garnered from years of experience in fashion merchandising and retail management.

Featured Artist: San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh

Meet our featured Artist of the Day, San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh. 

It is my goal, through my photography, to express the emotion of important moments, and tell life stories that will live vividly through time.
— Jay Resh

As a child, Jay spent as much time as he could exploring NYC’s MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Natural History Museum, and Hayden Planetarium. It was easy to see that his interests where deeply rooted in the arts and sciences. It was particularly at the MET where Jay fell in love with the idea of exploring his creative side.

The colors and contrasts of Romanticism painter, J.M.W. Turner, and the naturalism of form and detail in the sculptures of the great, Gian Lorenzo Bernini played a very large part in the formation of Jay’s interpretation of artistic styling.

Nothing seemed as inspiring to Jay as living within a world built upon, and surrounded by art. For Jay, photography was the artistic outlet he was looking for. It continues to provide him with the ability to be creative, and the mechanics and software processing involved with his photography also satisfies his love of sciences. It was the perfect combination.

Find more information on Jay Resh Photography on his website.

Featured San Diego Wedding Artist: Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning

Today's Featured San Diego Wedding Artist: Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning!

Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning, takes a great deal of pride in their work [as they should!!] and genuinely enjoys creating distinctive, eye-catching, custom designed events for each of their client's. Marisa and her talented team will work with you on bringing your vision to life. We love their innovative yet classic style in creating amazing wedding florals! 

At Seven Stems, each event is custom designed and tailored to fit their client’s needs. Just as no two blooms are alike, no two events are designed the same either. All designs are uniquely created and constructed to offer the best representation of you. Lead Designer Marisa of Seven Stems wedding florists and event planners strives for originality and to incorporate your personal style and taste into each element. 

check out this exciting gallery of their wedding work: 

The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

1. The Artist Photographer lives and works from their heart.
Think about it. Don't you want someone who lives from a passionate heart photographing one of the most loving, passionate days of your life? A day where you see your Dad cry? And your Aunt and Uncle who have been divorced for a decade laugh and dance together? And your sister's kid gurgling with giggles, eyes wide with wonder, toddling up to each guest as they try to make it down the aisle? That's a big, heartfelt yes. 

"If it's both terrifying and amazing, you should definitely pursue it." - anonymous

Photographic Artists Suzanne and Mike Ofeldt of Shewanders Photography make living their art and their play, they stay open to all experiences and inspiration and sometimes muse:

  • What would you be doing in an alternate reality? 
  • Who would you be? 
  • What would you create?

Suzanne and Mike say "Art and photography are our favorite ways to explore new realities. New realities within ourselves, others and the world around us. This month, we have been experimenting and recreating memories, dreams and other visions with portraits, groups and landscapes. We love being inspired with a wild perspective and making it come to life through photography."

2. The Artist Photographer is looking for beauty in, sometimes, the most unique places. As Suzanne told us "I entered into a photo contest with an entry called, 'The Town'. Our beginnings and endings, trials and errors, questions of identity and worth, dreams and risks can take place on any street. This is my collection of images and wishes that seeing beauty in a space might help others to see beauty in each other." We just love her!!!! 

    3. The Artist Photographer stays in the moment so they can capture your soul. Artists capture spontaneity and joy on one of the most [sometimes overly] planned days of your life. That's because they are staying in the moment, looking for the light and the love and the art in your day.  You must be in the moment to stay in touch with emotion and when that happens and you are a talented photographic artist like Shewanders...we think magic happens.

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    4. The Artist Photographer stays inspired ... because life is magical and there's always some new adventure around the corner.  "Suzanne and I meet to discuss a new chapter of The Artist's Way on a weekly basis. This process has changed who we are as artists and as a couple. There are questions at the end of each chapter with subjects that hit deep and get to the root of our inner child and artist. It's a safe place to explore and be really open with each other, sparking conversations that bring greater connection and vulnerability. It's hard for me to always be super emotional, but this book makes it simple to realize the art that is already inside of you. It reminds you and gives you the confidence to experiment." - Mike

    You may ask what about the tradition wedding shots we need? Of course the artist captures the photos you need like the wedding party, bride with family, groom with family, etc., but they also make sure to fly free to capture the spontaneity and the feels of your wedding so they can gift to you what they do best; images that will evoke the magic of your wedding day and inspire generations to come.   Thank you Suzanne and Mike for always inspiring us too!!  xo

    Thank Your Mom Properly with This Combination Gift

    Do you have a wedding coming up? Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom and/or new mother-in-law? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect gift for you to say both "Thank You" and "Happy Mother's Day!" This year, make it simple and give your mom the perfect day of pampering at the Bella D'ora Spa + Salon. With every massage service from deep tissue to an herbal massage for muscle relaxation, they have it all. Right now, they even have a Mother's Day Special valid through May 31. This special consists of a free relaxing bath and body gift set when you purchase a 60-minute facial or massage. Now your only decision to make is do you book one for yourself as well!

    RSVP Events: San Diego Wedding Planners Extraordinaire Make a Big Job Look Easy!

    Sherrill Kinsler Gilford and Rachel Wood bring over 30 years of experience to the event world. Sherrill and Rachel are both owners of RSVP Events of San Diego, a full service event design company which specializes in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate and non-profit events. Their experience ranges from small intimate events for 10 people to large scale corporate events and expos for over 5,000 people with everything in between. These two can do it all! 

    RSVP Events creates gorgeous table tops and cake tables [like this beauty at a La Valencia Hotel wedding!] and works directly with your florist and cake artists to bring it all together

    This is absolutely the the only thing the Bride and her friends should be doing before a wedding - enjoying their time together and relaxing - hiring the right wedding planners like RSVP Events will allow you this gift of time and peace of mind! 

    wedding photos of RSVP Events planned wedding by Kathleen Geiberger Photography

    More about the RSVP Events team: Sherrill holds a certificate in Meeting and Special Event Planning, is a certified Bridal Consultant and Co-Founder of BESA, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Event Services Association. Sherrill is also Co-owner of Charming Expressions, a unique party entertainment company. She started her career working for a Fortune 500 Company, planning meetings, special events, and expos, and has been awing clients with her events ever since. When she is not busy planning awesome events, she’s working on new and innovative event ideas. She is the creator and original producer of San Diego’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Expo and Showcase. Sherrill and her husband (Scott) enjoy  spending time together with their dog (Spencer) and traveling the globe.
     
    Rachel was a student at San Diego State University in 2004 when she began interning with Sherrill. While in college, Sherrill mentored Rachel and taught the business to her, inside and out. Rachel graduated from SDSU in 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Special Event & Convention Management. Rachel worked at an upscale, boutique hotel in the seaside town of La Jolla and managed all of the hotel's wedding and social events. Events are Rachel's passion -- but so is helping others -- so she left the hotel world and entered into the non-profit world and planned major fundraising events. She now serves as a Gala Committee Member for Home of Guiding Hands, which raises money for infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. When Rachel isn't planning events, you can find her hanging out with her two daughters (Madelyn & Emily) and husband (Jesse) at a local park or San Diego attraction.

    Sherrill and Rachel stay quite active in the Special Events industry. Sherrill has taught Hospitality classes at a local community college and is an annual speaker at the Special Event Convention. Both frequently attend seminars and workshops to stay current in the industry and ahead of the trends, and belong to multiple special event associations. Sherrill and Rachel have been working with each other for over a decade so it was a natural transition to become come partners and thus, RSVP Events was created.

    Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers Change any Spot at Your Wedding into a Work of Art

    Looking for gorgeous paper flowers for your wedding? Look no further!! Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers are widely considered to be the finest option for paper floral artistry! Check out some of the gorgeous paper flower backdrops and wedding decor they did at the February Wedding Party EXPO at the US GRANT HOTEL!

    Featured Wedding Artist: Singer Celeste Barbier, a Vintage Styled Chanteuse for Our Times

    Move over Adam Sandler, today's Featured Wedding Artist Celeste Barbier gives a whole new meaning to the term "The Wedding Singer"!  This vintage-styled [and very talented] chanteuse is a real life songbird who moves all generations to feel the love at weddings, special events, concerts, nightclubs, senior care facilities [what a gift that is!], in fact any place where she can share her gift. We've seen Celeste in action and can attest to the fact that she adds life and style to everything she does.

     Says Celeste ""As long as I have a voice I will sing. As long as I have legs I will dance. As long as I have eyes I will stargaze. As long as I have ears I will hear music. As long as I have arms I will embrace others with love. As long as I have a brain I will contemplate and when I have shed all of those things I will be a liberated soul that has experienced being human as part of my journey and existence as an infinite being of divine love."

    Says Celeste ""As long as I have a voice I will sing. As long as I have legs I will dance. As long as I have eyes I will stargaze. As long as I have ears I will hear music. As long as I have arms I will embrace others with love. As long as I have a brain I will contemplate and when I have shed all of those things I will be a liberated soul that has experienced being human as part of my journey and existence as an infinite being of divine love."

    Celeste Barbier, San Diego based wedding singer, is a proud member of the prestigious Weddings of Distinction and has performed for NACE, SDABC, MPI, EWI, NOW, South Bay Pride, North County Pride, Lola Demure's Burlesque Variety Show, the MCASD Monte Carlo Gala, and numerous prestigious organizations and events. Celeste is an entertainer for Epic Entertainment, Innovative Entertainment and Bollotta Entertainment Companies and a preferred vendor for the Marriott Marquis & Marina, Grand Pacific Resorts, Flagship Cruises & Events, Cohn Restaurant Group and more. She is a regular monthly entertainer for Flagship Cruises & Events, Grand Pacific Resorts, Pardon My French, Wine Steals Hillcrest & Cardiff, Mr. Peabody's Bar & Grill and 2 dozen senior living communities.

    Colorful Ranunculas by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith are the Charmers of the Floral World

    Colorful Ranunculas, like these charmers by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith, are the sweet charmers of the floral world. Ranunculas symbolize some lovely qualities and giving them tells someone they are charming and attractive. Now that's a real nice thing to say, thanks Adrianne!

    One of our favorite Wedding photographer's favorite photographs from 2016

    Tim Otto is one of our favorite San Diego wedding photographers and it is easy to see why!

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    Tim Otto [one of the nicest people you will ever meet!] is the kind of guy who at the end of the year can't wait to sit back and review all the weddings and engagements he photographed to reminisce about all the love, fun and memories he made with his couples. Here are Tim Otto's favorite wedding photos from 2016: they clearly show the heart and soul he puts into the weddings he photographs.  

    When you look at his work you can see that Tim likes to blend a variety of styles when he photographs people in love and weddings:  Tim works with everything from a photo-journalistic editorial approach, to a contemporary fashion edge, to classic romantic style.  Says Tim "I always enjoy photographing people and capturing their individual spirits; I think this is what drew me to weddings. I love weddings! I love telling the story of the entire day by capturing the many personalities and emotions on display as the events unfold.  I want to capture not only what people look like, but show what they feel like.  I want to give the bride and groom real, dynamic and beautiful photographs that they will treasure for a lifetime! I want to create an amazing and fun experience by making my couples feel comfortable in front of the camera without interfering with the flow of the day. A wedding is a celebration of love with family and friends; truly an amazing event.  I am honored and privileged be part of your day."  Yes Tim, we can tell! Please enjoy Tim Otto's favorite photos from 2016!

    Wow Your Wedding Guests at Your Reception with indybooth Photo Booths!

    indybooth photo booths are San Diego's newest modern photo booth. The North Park based photo booth company was founded Nicole and Paul Herzog while they were planning their own engagement party!

    For their event, Nicole and Paul created a DIY photo booth using their DSLR camera, floodlights, a PVC backdrop frame, and some wrapping paper. Surprisingly, the jerry-rigged photo booth set-up was a huge hit! After seeing the enjoyment their guests got out of the homemade booth, Nicole and Paul decided that their new mission in life was to offer a top of the line photo booth to everyone they could in San Diego. 

    So, riding the wave of inspiration, they started their own photo booth rental company. They decided on the name indybooth, as they felt that captured some of the North Park style they loved. The indybooth photo booth set up is a far cry from the old DIY booth from their engagement. They now offer a social media integrated, video, and GIF booth with professional lighting equipment and one of the best printers on the market. 

    The two soon-to-be-married business owners claim that the best part of each event they do is watching people let loose in the booth.  Nothing brings a smile to their face more than seeing the bride’s solemn father hopping into the frame with a huge smile rocking a sweet prop mustache and cowboy hat. They know that those pictures will be cherished.  Every event is crazy in its own way, at that’s exactly what they hope indybooth helps capture- those silly moments that will make you smile for years to come. And yes, they will be bringing the indybooth photo booth with them to their own wedding this October.

    Infinitee Travel Network Offers Unique and Exciting Honeymoon Options

    Infinitee Travel Network is building the most exclusive travel program available by providing our members with the best deals on luxury vacations and high quality travel services. Whether you’re an experienced jetsetter or just looking to book your next vacation, they guarantee to save you time and money. They offer the lowest prices and superior customer service to ensure your vacation planning is as convenient and most cost effective as possible. 

    Infinitee Travel Network is all about bringing the best value to its members through an easy to use members only website. They offer featured daily deals, vacation preference matching, and mobile applications to keep you up to date while on the go. 

    Infinitee Travel Network has put together an innovative and highly qualified staff; a staff that will ensure vacations are well planned and as personalized to our members as possible. Their staff is committed to keeping Infinitee Travel Network truly unique by consistently adding new member benefits. Meet their team in person at the February 19, 2017 Special Edition Wedding Party EXPO at The US GRANT HOTEL in downtown San Diego, CA