Happy Independence Day America! A Little Inspo from our Kennedy Styled Wedding Shoot at The Lakehouse

These shots from our exclusive styled shoot at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort celebrate that classic American Kennedy style! Happy Independence Day America! And if you haven’t been to Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Macros we highly recommend you get over to the lake and enjoy an afternoon celebrating life! A few hours at this venue and you’ll remember everything to feel grateful for in life! See the complete Editorial Styled Shoot here.

Our Amazing Creative Team Wedding Professionals and Artists Credits:

Venue: Lakehouse Resort

Photography: Justice Photo

Dishes & Tablescape Items: Williams Sonoma

Video: Stockham Media

Event Decor & Rentals: Chandelier, Boardwalk Aisle Runner, Ceremony Chairs: Platinum Event Rentals

Groom’s Fashions: Friar Tux

Specialty Accessories and Bow Ties: ZB Savoy

Bride’s Fashions [green room]: RIVINI

Bride’s Fashions: Morilee

Bride’s Fashions [boats, deck, cabanas]: Justin Alexander

Bridal Shoes: Hey Lady

Hair Stylist: Nancy Vestal

Makeup Artist: Janice Makes Faces

Wedding Cakes: Cute Cakes

Florals: Sage Sisters

Coordination: Events by Abel

Guest Models: Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue  Gertrude and Archie

Kennedy Lookalike Model: Joe Schwarnweber

Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Modern James Bond Meets His True Love in our Exclusive Wedding Styled Shoot

We love gathering together a group of super talented wedding artists and making something creative and fun and fashionable! First we start with a theme: "Modern James Bond Meets His True Love" think 1960's Sean Connery Bond in an Apple Store - except even better we got to play all day at Tower 23 one of the hippest, most beautifully designed wedding ceremony and reception venues (and hotels) in San Diego! The bridal fashions of Viktor & Rolf and Justin Alexander and the latest men's fashions from Gentlemen's Tux for our modern day Bond, enhanced with a vintage black Jaguar and Pacific Beach's fun and youthful backdrop were the perfect way to celebrate this space.  Enjoy. Please see full credits and gratitude at end of post. 

A big thank you to Tower 23 for inviting us in for the day to see and portray your incredibly special space. Designed by the uber talented architect Graham Downes, who we knew personally and admired tremendously, Tower 23 is alive with vibrant details and light and space like no other venue. The hotel's design is super clean and modern with playful 1960's 'mod vibe' elements infused into fun little areas that surprise and delight at the same time. It's welcoming, with a smooth, defined style that soothes and refreshes like a tall, cool glass of ice water on a hot day, It's so enveloping that we were surprised every time we looked up to see the unobstructed view of the white sand beach, the pier and the incredible sunsets of PB. There's a reason this location is so respected and sought after as a wedding venue!

This is what a perfectly tailored suit looks like on a man, by John Jaques at Gentlemen's Tux.

While art directing a shot in this shoot we were overwhelmed by the feeling that Graham Downes had designed into the space and the lightbulb went on. We got it. Architecture, like other forms of art, is designed to induce a feeling - and this space makes you feel more alive and alight and at peace, it was almost meditative in it's simplicity, yet playful, bold and youthful at the same time.

Spectacular hair by Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora and makeup by Alta DeKoven all topped off with just the right amazing vintage jewelry by Carolyn of Vintage Jewelry Lounge!

And last but not least the man with the eye Justin Hulse of Hulse Photography - thank you for capturing our 'vintage mod' vision so flawlessly. 

Wedding Artists Credits and a Big Thank You to....

Venue: Tower 23
Photographer: Hulse Photography
Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc.
Her Fashions: Justin Alexander, Viktor & Rolf, Nurit Hen
His Fashions: Gentlemen's Tux
Hair Stylist: Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora
Makeup: Alta DeKoven
Her Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge
His Jewelry: BeComb
Her Shoes: "Lady" by Hey Lady 
Vintage Jaguar: Private Collection
British Flag Parasol: Pamela's Parasols
Dog Model: Tony the Wonder Dog

Our Age of Discovery themed Wedding Styled Shoot would make Charles Darwin swoon!

We love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see.  We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas.  A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot.  Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!

With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.   

We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!

And, of course,  the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life.  Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists. 

Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue!  And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!

Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals

Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus

Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven

Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot

Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge 

Crystals and Geodes:  Jessika Davis

Bridal Gown Designer:  Michelle Hebert

Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth

Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Library Style Table:  Classic Party Rentals 

Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry

We Love Lucy in the Bakery - a mid century wedding fashion shoot captures the special style of everyone's favorite redhead

We Love Lucy...and we know you do too! This Styled Shoot imagines our favorite redhead as a beautiful, and proud, 1950's homemaker, baking, looking fabulous in the bakery and with kittens!! This mid century wedding fashion shoot captures the special style of the 1950's bride then housewife in love with her home, her family, with cakes and....did we mention kittens! 

Wedding Vendor Styled Shoot Credits:

Photography: Shadowcatcher Imagery

Location: Cute Cakes Bakery

Lucy's Bridal Fashions: Justin Alexander, Something Blue & Dolly Couture

Ricky's and Little Ricky's Men's Fashions: A Better Deal Design Tuxedos

Florals and Staging: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design

Furnishings: Rustic Vintage Events

Hats: Pinup Culture Alexandra

Hair Styling: Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

Makeup: Desperately Seeking SueAnn

Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom

Kittens: San Diego Humane Society

Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc. SanDiegoWedding.com 

Bridal fashion editorial Hipster Eco Feminine Style

We loved this shoot done at Green Acre Restaurant one of San Diego's coolest and greenest eateries, where we featured beautiful greenery by Sugar Rose Flowers and decor by Lauren Sharon and gorgeous crocheted couture fashions by Sicilian Gypsy. Credit and links at end.

Photography:  All Days Wonder

Florist:  Sugar Rose Flowers

Event decor & styling:   Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design w/ Jillian Ziska

Make up artist & Hair:   Jennifer Bueno

Stoneware/ table settings:   not my dish

Venue:   Green Acre Campus Point

Clothing & Accessories:   Sicilian Gypsy

Models:  Katya Beatty & Rebecka Palter

Celebrating Life and The Day of the Dead - our Mexican Campasina Princess Editorial Shoot

The Day of the Dead is a celebration of all those we love who have passed over and blurs the line between those we love who are still with us and those we love on the other side. Honoring our loved ones past and present is such an important part of any wedding celebration. This exclusive editorial work of art celebrates this colorful and powerful day of remembering all whom we have loved [human non human] and keeping them close. With incredible photography by Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations, styling by Love Your Show, Inc./SanDiegoWedding.com and gowns by Pas de Deux, we hope you love our celebration of life everlasting on this day that celebrates Dia de los Muertos with color, altars, an ode to Our Lady of Guadalupe, a little Frida Kahlo, and of course, adorable rescued perros.

Venue: Marriott Marquis San Diego 
Photographer: Betsy McCue of LaVida Creations
Staging Furnishings: Lauren Sharon
Custom Staging and Altars:  Love Your Show, Inc.
Gowns:  Pas de Deux                  
Hair & Makeup: Studio Savvy
Florals: Studio B          
Crown: Justine M Couture
Other Jewelry: Private Collection
Guest Star Dog Models Dozer and Muncha: San Diego Humane Society

Looking to honor your loved ones who have passed at your wedding in a tasteful and meaningful way? Be sure to keep it respectful but yet not maudlin - your loved ones wouldn't want you to be sad on your wedding day! Try these tips:

  1.  create a nice decorated table with framed images of your loved ones - add some quotes that they were known for to help people smile in memory of them 
  2. create an altar of candles for guests to light in honor of previous generations and family members
  3. family tree decor is a popular trend for good reason - check with your calligrapher to create a beautiful family tree masterpiece to display at your reception 
  4. have your officiant talk about the qualities that loved ones past have brought to you and your family - the more specific you get the better; "Sara brings to her marriage the loyalty and kindness that her Grandmother Maria showed her every single day by telling her how much she loved her and believed in her."
  5. have a special song played during ceremony if the person who you are honoring is recently passed or if the loss is not as recent, play the song during your reception for all to join in in honor of all family - make sure your DJ clearly announces the meaning of the song and gets everyone up to join in and move to celebrate life in the oldest traditions; dance
  6. wear a keepsake or photo of them on you bouquet or for the guys on your lapel
  7. lighting a candle in honor of all family during your ceremony is a discreet and classic way to honor those who are not at the wedding
  8. offer a big happy toast to loved ones and name them specifically to celebrate their spirit and joie de vivre "Here's to you Grandpa Dave!!"

Exclusive Editorial: Age of Innocence - retro 60's style at The Pearl Hotel

Jack in the White House, Jackie in pearls and a man walking on the moon....In case you haven't noticed we love to do strong editorial fashion shoots to up the game with wedding related images and styling for fun and inspiration for all categories: venues, gowns, men's fashions, accessories, photography, florals, lighting and more... here's one of our fave we created with the incredible talent of Adam Baruh Photography. With a retro 1960's feel at the uber hip Pearl Hotel in Pt. Loma, a vintage property that was remodeled into one of the coolest hotels in town, we had a blast showcasing classic styles and young love! Enjoy...

Participating Vendors and Artists Credit:


Photography: Adam Baruh Photography

Venue: The Pearl Hotel

Bridal Fashion: The Little White Dress

Men's Fashions: A Better Deal Tuxedos

Hair and Makeup: Abby Jones for Indigo Salon and Spa

Florals: The Flower Child

Veils: Justine M Couture

Styling: Tiffani Chanel and Love Your Show, Inc.

Vintage Props: Love Your Show, Inc.

Models: Waverly Richards and Joseph Filter