That Moment the Lightbulb Goes on Over Your Head...You Need Great Lighting by SocialLights at Your Wedding!

It happens to everyone in the wedding planning process... that feeling in the back of your head that there's one key element missing that, once added, will take your event up a big notch and make things more romantic, more fun, more stylish and, well, more visible! We know what it is!!! You need great lighting by SocialLights at your wedding! Indoor or Outdoor weddings rejoice! SocialLights brightens up your wedding with their super cool lighting options, check them out! 

Says the team at SocialLights "We take your lighting dreams, ideas, and visions and turn them into a reality.  We specialize in outdoor and indoor lighting of all shapes and sizes. Think market lighting, gobo lighting projections, wash lighting, marquee signs,  light walls, uplighting, twinkle lights, Edison lights, star lanterns, light canopies, paper lanterns and whatever your imagination can dream up.  We are here to make this piece of your celebration easy, fun, and above all amazing."

And one more illuminated thing about Social Lights; they give back....a lot. 

All Work with no giving back makes Socialights a sad family...

Part of the SociaLights family mission is to be aware of the impact we make on this planet.  We love that our jobs (and let's be real, our travels) take us to so many unique places with backdrops, often created by mother nature, that we get to enjoy.  We want those backdrops to stay beautiful and help do our part to make sure they do. Over the years we've done a lot of things to see to it that our footprints as individuals, and as a team, were kept low.  From the obvious - recycling, buying mostly used home goods/clothes, creating our own gardens, composting etc. To the not obvious - Ryan's been dumpster diving at grocery stores to raise food waste awareness recently.

All these efforts took a turn for the better when we found an organization that joins businesses that have the same motivations.... and so we joined 1% for the Planet.  We couldn't be more proud we did.

Started by Yvon Chounaird (Patagonia), 1% for the Planet's mission is to unite businesses across the world to band together to keep this planet blue.  Each year we commit to giving a certain amount of our time to volunteer for local enviremental organizations and 1% of our profits to a non profit of our choice.  This year we've chosen the incredible 1to1 Movement.  A local San Diego non profit dedicated to education and awareness.  In addition to being a member of 1% we're also proud to have partnered with organizations like The Ronald McDonald House of San Diego to help them raise funds at their annual gala. 

Charting your most special moments in the night sky for love that is written in the stars!

 Custom star maps by The Night Sky for the night your heart skipped a beat are the most exciting gift idea for that couple whose love is written in the stars!  Complete with a time and place signature to chart out the exact moment you said “yes!”, “I do”, or that moment you realized your world had changed. This gift of the stars will have you always remembering that special night.

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Happy Anniversary Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip 70 years strong!

So you say you're ready for another exciting and glamorous royal wedding?!Congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement! Everyone is a buzz about the proposal of our favorite royal ginger [that's redhead to us Yanks] and the American actress and humanitarian.

Here's a look back at the beautiful wedding gown and recessional of Queen Elizabeth as she married her dreamboat Prince Philip in 1947. The couple are, of course, Prince Harry's grandparents and we bet they are very happy for Harry as he heads to the altar with a [gasp!] American bride. 

Bridesmaids who match the Photobus; an adorable combo at any wedding!

So we know you know that the Volkswagon photobus photobooth is the most adorable trend at Weddings and is only getting stronger!  So  what could be better than having this crowd pleaser of a photo booth by So Cal Photobus at your wedding? Why, having your choice of colors of course!  We love this photo of a San Diego area mountaintop wedding by Brett Charles Rose photography of bridesmaids in sweet pastels perfectly matching this vintage VW bus.

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Magic ensues with this Unicorn Wedding Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Oh the magic of unicorns, rainbows, sugar and spice and everything blissful and everything, well.... cake!! We love this sweetly stylized unicorn wedding cake by local bake master Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. and think you will too! Wishing all our engaged couples a fairy tale happy ending in life and in love! 

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First Ever Wine and Spirits Wedding Registry? No, You're Not Dreaming Anymore!

In recent years, studies have shown that more and more couples are getting married later in life. A lot of the time this is because the couple has been dating and living together for years already, so the actual marriage comes a little later. If this is the case for you, you probably have already stocked up on basic bakeware and cookware; and you probably have enough silverware. So, the big question is, "What do you need that can be put on your gift registry?" Well, ThirstyNest is here to answer that question for you! Founder, Jacqueline Strum says, "Home entertaining is an exciting part of a new marriage, with other traditional registries giving couples the option for selecting everything except what they will actually serve.  With several simple “1-Click Registry” collections, from Mixologist Must-Haves to Wine Bar 101, ThirstyNest guides couples on how to create the perfectly appointed home bar for stylish entertaining in one mouse tap. Registrants may also select individual wine and spirits or add unique items from drinkware to bar carts to their registry." As if you're not sold already, they partnered with Wine Enthusiast, so you know you're only getting the best products out there!

 

April Showers Brings a Romantic Peony Paradise

April is in full swing and so are those showers [well what passes for showers in San Diego!]. What May flowers are we excited to see this season, you ask? We cannot wait to see peonies galore! The peony is such a perfect option for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's so easy to work them into your budget. Whether you have a large budget to have strictly peony arrangements at every table or you have a smaller budget and just want to add accent peonies throughout your bouquets, this flower is a solid choice. Another reason to love the peony is they look great with anything you put them with. A bouquet of similarly colored roses, hydrangeas, etc is a romantic and elegant option. However, more and more couples are using greenery in their decor, and peonies are a great complement to give your wedding that modern and rustic feel. You'll see what we mean in this Southern styled wedding.  

We are so glad that Veils are back in a big way!

The Bridal Veil is such a romantic and powerful accessory to wear only once on your wedding day! We love that veils, whose popularity had diminished for a few decades, are back in a big, bold, beautiful way like this embroidered masterpiece named "The Rose Hip Veil" by Justine M Couture!

Give back as you imbibe with One Hope's delicious wines and charity give backs

Drink and 'Do Good' at the same time! One Hope Wines are an amazing way to celebrate life and give to charities and help others! By selling [fabulous] wines One Hope has given back more than $2 million in donations, providing over 2,600 clinical trials for cancer patients, 13,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.1 million meals for children, 33,000 life-saving vaccines and much more. Learn more about this awesome product at www.OneHopeWine.com

photo by La Vida Creations for SanDiegoWedding.com

Photo by the amazing Betsy McCue of La Vida Creations Photography.

Celebrating Two Years with Their Two Pups

Becca and Jeff have an anniversary photo session every year, since they were married in 2012 [great idea right?!]. This was year 2 of many more to come and took place along the beautiful Del Mar Dog Beach! What a great way to commemorate a lifetime of love together! Check out all our outstanding photographers, and book your annual shoot - bet you get some deals for advance booking too! And as always...how about those doggies!?

Photography by: Tracy vanDam Fotografie

Craft Beers at Weddings - Border X Brewing has the coolest suds for your San Diego wedding reception

So you're marrying a Beer Geek or you are one. Congratulations! Unique, creative, one of a kind Mexican Craft beer is the perfect addition to any San Diego wedding! So here is a mini tutorial on the coolest Mexican inspired craft beer in San Diego: Border X Brewing. Border X creates beer that is not your typical Mexican beer. Oh and did we mention that in addition to their tasting a room, they have an in house kitchen with the best food and beer pairings and the coolest event space too!? Read on beer lover....

A few tips for celebrating a beer focused celebration: Bridal Showers, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Day after Celebrations are a given but can you have your Wedding at a brewery? Of course!! We love the idea of a reception inside a brewery [why should wineries have all the fun??!] We suggest adding a fun beer tasting to your cocktail hour, food and beer pairings at your reception, gift baskets of beer for your out of town guests, custom beer bottle labels with your name and wedding date on them, charming hops in your floral arrangements and more. Keep the beer themed design and decor elements to about 20% to weave them into your wedding style without overwhelming the day.

photo by Shewanders
Photos by  Shewanders

Photos by Shewanders

Adding craft beer to your wedding day? Check out the latest Border X beers made with unique and creative flavors with traditional Mexican culinary elements like cinnamon, figs, clover, bananas, chocolate, malt and of course the most gorgeous hops and brewed with a whole lot of love and passion in the mix. 

Border X's  Abuelita's Chocolate Stout  A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's Abuelita's Chocolate Stout
A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's  Abuelos Pale Ale  Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Abuelos Pale Ale
Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Blood Saison  7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Blood Saison
7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Gran Jefe  6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Gran Jefe
6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout  If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout
If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Border X's Random Hoppiness  American IPA, brewed with crystal malts, a bit of wheat, and 5 kinds of hops on the boil, on a rotating hopping schedule. Golden pale color, light to medium body. Good introductory IPA beer.

Border X's Random Hoppiness
American IPA, brewed with crystal malts, a bit of wheat, and 5 kinds of hops on the boil, on a rotating hopping schedule. Golden pale color, light to medium body. Good introductory IPA beer.

Border X crafts beer the way Mexican beer should be made the old fashioned way where quality, unique flavor and taste as the utmost goal. Get on down to Barrio Logan for a true San Diego experience and bring your friends!

Border X Tasting Room - Barrio Logan located at 2181 Logan Ave San Diego CA 92113
Open Tue-Wed 4-9, Thu 2-9, Fri & Sat 2-11, Sun 1-6
Phone - 619-501-0503
Brewery - Barrio Logan Production Brewery - By appointment only! 

4 bridal crowns that will make you feel like a Queen on your wedding day

Many people talk about wanting to feel like a princess on their wedding day but we think it's better to straighten that crown and feel like a queen!  Wearing a crown gets you in touch with the empowered beautiful and regal soul that you are and these four crowns by uber bridal accessory designer Justine M Couture (Kleinfeld New York and Kleinfeld Canada's favorite and best selling accessory designer!) will have you enjoying your wedding day like royalty!

The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown with 13 pieces of large diamond filigree create a full oval crown decorated with Swarovski baguette, princess and navette cut rhinestones in silver, gold , rose gold or white metal silver stones.

The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown, molded filigree encrused with Swarovski rhinestones and mother of pearl flowers in antique silver metal.

The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sitens Crown is a tall, vintage soft silver filigree decorated with rhinestone chain and Swarovski rhinestones.

The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown has an antique base Spanish filigree encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones and chain creating a tall regal crown in soft sillver.

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Born in Southeast England, to a family of French and English lineage, Lead Designer of the Justine M Couture collections, Justine Louise Helena Murray, brings a sophisticated marriage of the romantic, feminine flair of French style and the tradition and regal elegance of English aristocracy, to all her jewelry and veil designs.

Traveling the world collecting ideas and inspiration, Justine made her home in Southern California and in 2002 created The Tiara Room, a charming and popular retail boutique offering her own designs to Southern California brides and event stylists.

From this hands-on beginning with bridal clients, Justine evolved into designing solely for retail boutiques around the world and the Justine M Couture collection was born.

Justine M Couture offers discerning brides a distinct alternative to traditional accessory styling. The collection aims to capture the imagination through extensive use of eclectic materials, raising the level of bridal fashion to that of artistry.

Justine believes Each piece I create is its own unique work of art that hails back to a time when elegance in fashion was more important than a passing trend” 

The 2015/2016 Justine M Couture collection reflects both her English and French heritage.  Her pieces relate both a vintage appeal and a contemporary impact, with a timeless classical foundation that is the key to its appeal and success with brides everywhere. Culling from a wide range of components; from laces to filigree metals, the Justine M Couture line captures attention worldwide.

We are in love with Farms Tables and More rustic wood rentals for your reception

Rustic farm tables (and matching arches, chairs and accoutrements) are the absolute rage in wedding reception decor and these are the best we've seen! Rufina and her team at Farm Tables and More are just the nicest people too - ready to lend a hand in helping you design and celebrate the most gorgeous wedding decor! Check out their stylish pieces and see a bunch of their offerings at the July 31 Wedding Party Bridal Show at NTC Venues at Liberty Station. 

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Picture this....you just said I do to the love of your life and you pass back up the aisle arm in arm through a sea of smiling faces to begin your life together at the party of your life!! What could possibly make this any better you say?? COOKIES!!!! The Cravory [deliverers of cookie ecstacy] now do weddings! BOOM! {that was a 'cookie drop'!) See [and taste] the incredible [yes we tried them] cookies by The Cravory at the July 31 Wedding Party EXPO at the NTC Venues at Liberty Station!! 

Still life with life: a 'day in the life' portrait series captures a humble, intimate beauty in the everyday

You wouldn't think that the day in and day out of living your life; working, getting your kids to school, getting everybody's teeth brushed and the myriad mundane tasks of a normal day would be considered art, but that's exactly what the super talented Red Trolley Studios created when they spent 24 hours with local photographer Holly Ireland and her family at their home. These touching, intimate and loving day-in-the-life images showcase that when you love people and you love what you do you can capture art in the simplest of moments.

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We think this is the most beautiful series of images ( and we see a lot of beautiful images !) the trust that this beautiful family put into their photographer is evident in the amazing quality of honesty and emotion in these photos. 

"napkin diaries" author David Patrone, singer, artist and lover of love, offers singing telegrams and more celebrating love!

There's no denying the man has style! You know him as the primo jazz singer, musical swinger and entertainer for weddings, events, and clubs, but now David Patrone has released "Napkin Diaries" a compilation of 'poetry petite' - typed on an old manual typewriter on their original medium the cocktail napkin. "Napkin Diaries" is a compilation of thoughts, feelings and moments captured on napkins in between a talented jazz musician's gigs. Some thoughts focus on love, some on life, some of challenges... we for one will be ordering the singing telegrams because this boy can SING. Little known fact David Patrone was the voice behind The Wedding Party EXPO's jingle "You Deserve It" thanks David, love your style!! 

Napkin Diaries is currently in the Crowd Sourcing phase. To be a part of this campaign here via crowd funding site Indiegogo


Napkin Diaries is a collection of ideas that began as observations, poems, sketches and lyrical ideas scrawled in haste on Cocktail Napkins; the most readily available medium for a gigging Jazz Musician as he ran from stage to bar, before the notion was lost forever in the haze of the next moment, the next improvisation, the next song. Somehow these napkins were stashed away and survived five moves, two expeditions, a divorce, two earthquakes and even a resuscitation.

Artist and author David Patrone says, “One day, as I was moving some boxes, a few of the old napkins flew out inspiring an idea than soon began to gain momentum. I dug through more old boxes and suitcases filled with unexplored inventions, song ideas, movie ideas, comedy ideas and rants. I pored over them and began to rework my thoughts, honing them down to the purest essence of thought, eventually deciding to use an old manual typewriter to put them back on my medium of choice: The Cocktail Napkin.”

Napkin Diaries began appearing on instagram and facebook in April of 2015 under the anonymous username dbwii. it can now be found atwww.instagram.com/napkindiary
In February of 2016 the first volume of Napkin Diaries was published; but, there's more than just the stories to this story…. Read on!

Roses are red... Violets are blue... We love the Melrose Poetry Bureau...and think you will too!

What!? Could it be? Is custom event poetry a thing now? Yup consider yourself among the few, the proud, the hip...you lived to see the day something this cool was available for weddings and events. 

The Melrose Poetry Bureau (MPB) creates interactive poetry experiences on typewriters. We blur the boundaries between poetry, theatre, and improvisation to create connection through ink in a wired-in world. 

Melrose Poetry Bureau brings a team of performance poets with typewriters to your event. Patrons give us a word, and we write original poems on-the-spot based on that word. Patrons keep the 3x5 frameable piece as a memento of the event.

Great for weddings, parties, festivals, etc. MPB also creates pre-written pieces tailored to any event. 

 

 

Mexico on our mind.... get pampered in style at the Cabo Azul resort!

The new standard of luxury resort living has been established. Cabo Azul Resort & Spa, in exotic Los Cabos, Mexico, is an all-villa masterpiece and the epitome of sophistication and indulgence. Scant few can equal the comfort, affordable luxury and shear spectacle of this architectural gem.

A stay at Cabo Azul will take your mind and soul on a journey to places and times that only your wildest imagination can find. Passionate fire sculptures, creative and playful waterscapes, dramatic lighting effects and the harmony of elements—fire, earth, water and wind—work together in concert providing an unforgettable vacation experience.

Dream of the ultimate wedding or vacation destination. This is it. 

At Cabo Azul Resort, there are a myriad of choices to meet your wedding perfection wants and needs. The variety of venues for not only the wedding ceremony, but for rehearsal dinners, receptions and other family gatherings is unsurpassed. With so many venue options available, selecting one just may be the toughest decision you’ll face.

At Cabo Azul Resort, if your dream wedding conjures thoughts of a beachfront ceremony with the Sea of Cortez as your backdrop, it can be done.

If you’d like an oceanfront patio setting or an intimate event on the balcony of a luxurious penthouse villa, your wish will be granted. Whichever venue meets your needs, our wedding coordinator and dedicated staff will ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

For the ultimate formal affair, your plans must include "El Corazon". It would be hard to top (literally) the five-story high El Corazon whose view over looks the center of the resort, over the infinity pools and out to the sea. Stretching toward the warm Los Cabos sunshine, El Corazon is the resort’s purpose built, open-air wedding chapel complete with travertine tiles and recessed candlelit walls with waterfalls behind them. El Corazon features the choice of a cross, star of David, or no religious symbol at the mouth of the chapel. It provides the perfect, most romantic locale for exchanging vows with the sapphire surf of the Sea of Cortez as your witness, you can’t imagine a more special venue in all of Mexico.

Soft, Silky and Sweet Bridal Ready Robes...the cutest trend for brides and maids!

Looking for the perfect gift for your bridesmaids and for you all to enjoy your wedding day ready room in style?! Look no farther Silk n More kimonos are here! We just love these adorable silk robes that make it so easy to be comfy [champagne while you get ready anyone?] and then slip into your gown without messing up the gorgeous wedding day hair and makeup you just spent an hour and a half having perfectly applied! 

The latest trend for these vintage patterned cotton robes for you boho gals is mismatched but we like them all!! Silk n More says "All robes are made of cotton. We have very strict standards about the quality of cotton that are sourced. We use very soft fabric which keeps getting softer and more "breathy" with every wash." And they come in every color and size imaginable!

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