Light Filled and Light Hearted La Jolla Anniversary Shoot Shines

We've got something a little different for everyone to check out. Ever wonder where all these lovely couples we feature go after the wedding?? Well today's feature is an anniversary! We think this is such a cute and fun idea to keep the good times rolling in your marriage. Brett and Lois Yacko returned to the spot in La Jolla where they got married to have a special anniversary shoot. Scripps Seaside Forum was the location for this one, and we completely understand why. The background of this session is stunning; perfectly matching the light and airy feel of the entire shoot. 

Photographer: Ryann Lindsey Photography // Dress Store: Bella Lily Bridal // Reception Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum//Floral Designer: the wildflower az

San Diego Featured Wedding: Craig + Michelle + Ice Cream Sandwiches by the Bay

We never thought we'd be saying this; but, step aside wedding cake. There's a new wedding dessert in town, and we've got the cutest couple to show us. Craig and Michelle Hothem met while working together in La Jolla. The couple has since prove themselves as loyal San Diego lovers, as they got married at one of our fave bayside wedding venues; Humphrey's by the Bay. Craig said that they picked this location because of the beautiful grounds for the ceremony and reception. Speaking of reception, the two had a couple unique add-ins to theirs. Instead of your traditional guest book, the Hothems asked their guests to sign pieces of beautiful sea glass. They also voted "no" to the traditional wedding cake and decided to go with another local favorite. In lieu of cake, they chose to have a Baked Bear Ice Cream Bar. It doesn't get much better than love, friends and family, a killer view and, of course, an ice cream cookie sandwich on a warm Summer San Diego night. 

Handcrafted cocktails at La Valencia are the perfect way to sit in the sun and sip by the seashore!

So we know handcrafted and signature cocktails are all the rage at wedding receptions (for good reason) so this Summer why not grab your honey and get down to the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla and taste test some of these beautiful handcrafted cocktails, grab a bite to eat and enjoy some of La Valencia's live entertainment! Nobody said doing your wedding planning research had to be hard!


Perched on a bluff in La Jolla, California, lies an enchanting boutique hotel known as La Valencia. Built in 1926, this historic property may only have 114 rooms but its story and its rich history are iconic. It started as a live-in apartment building for San Diego locals to get away from the city. Today, it’s a landmark turned into a coastal retreat and a charming, elegant and popular wedding location. 

Modern La Jolla Engagement

The modern architecture that surrounded Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, was the perfect background for some bold and romantic engagement photos. Of course the couple took advantage of the stunning beach and pier within walking distance as Scripps Pier is a really great location on it’s own for photos, so what a bonus! The variety and color {love that red!} that wedding and engagement photographer Brit Jaye was able to get from these two locations in such a short amount of time, was a stylized dream. No doubt about it, lovely La Jolla is the perfect modern engagement shoot location in San Diego!

Photos By:  Brit Jaye Photography

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Brit Jaye Photography

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum

Makeup Services: KC Witkamp

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort offers the best in style, service and San Diego weddings

The legendary Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort, set atop the cliffs in the Torrey Pines State Reserve between the villages of La Jolla and Del Mar, is a world class resort offering the feeling of seclusion from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, while still being just a step away from all that San Diego has to offer. The hotel overlooks the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean, with stunning views as far as the eye can see. A particular favorite with wedding couples bringing in lots of out of town guests [the ocean! the restaurants! the golfing! the view!] The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort has long  been one our favorites, with an events team who offers a truly remarkable wedding experience for all. 

All wedding photos by  True Photography Weddings

All wedding photos by True Photography Weddings

A coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla and overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course, the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel is a stunning venue to host social functions, local and destination weddings. Boasting 61,350 sq. ft. of gorgeous indoor and breathtaking outdoor event venues, this expansive, while intimate, La Jolla, CA hotel has the space for special events of all types and sizes. A choice of many elegant ballrooms gives you the perfect fit for anything from a grand black tie event with everyone you know and love on down to an intimate patio with Pacific views to celebrate with your small party.

When not dancing at your reception you and your guests can sip on cocktails and socialize on a patio overlooking the 18th Fairway. Challenge the boys to a round on the championship Torrey Pines Golf Course or organize a family friendly tennis tournament. Guests seeking adventure take advantage of world-class beaches and watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. Wedding couples, family and guests, top meeting planners and outdoor enthusiasts can take full advantage of the Southern California's sunny climate right out the hotel's back doors.


Couples seeking a romantic, yet relaxed destination for their nuptials flock to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Stunning venues with picturesque views provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings at this captivating La Jolla wedding locale. Tie the knot in a simple ceremony under a San Diego sunset surrounded by lush gardens and panoramic ocean views, then invite guests to enjoy canapés and a champagne toast under a starry sky. The hotel's sprawling grounds make it a favorite for traditional Indian weddings and larger celebrations. Gather together family and friends from near and far to celebrate in spectacular style in one of two elegant grand ballrooms. Lavish guests with decadent menus designed to delight the palate. From hot hors d'oeuvres to a customized wedding cake, the culinary team's expansive knowledge of international cuisine will add a special touch to your big day.

All wedding photos by True Photography Weddings | Photos below courtesy Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

All that glitters is a golden, sophisticated, globe-spanning, love-filled wedding!

Natasha and Calvin’s romance has taken them from London to Southern California. It started years ago in England; where Natasha grew up and Calvin played basketball for a London team. Natasha and Calvin's love story was filled with gold, flowers, amazing views that only La Jolla's own La Valencia Hotel [known locally as the Pink Lady] can offer. Click here to see the full wedding in all its golden and glittery beauty...

Their day was rich with love -check out how wedding and event designer SD Weddings by Gina and wedding florist Flowers by Azhar collaborated to create a blushing pink and gold theme that fits the venue perfectly!] and celebrated in a special language that only they understands, but even a stranger can understand their sophisticated and romantic wedding style captured expertly by local wedding photographer ABM Photography.

A bright and beautiful wedding full of color (and superheroes) lights up the day!

Have you ever walked into a wedding and instantly felt like it reflected the couple you know and love perfectly? That each element shined with the style and energy of your friends who are about to embark on their exciting journey down the aisle?

This super fun [and super in love!] couple’s wedding, planned by local favorite Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and Events and shot by the ever popular Tim Otto Photography completely captured this dynamic couples, well...dynamism! 

This bright and happy wedding at the gorgeous and world class Estancia La Jolla was the perfect blend of beautiful bold colors which reflected the bride’s personality, all infused with the undeniable love between these two soul mates. 

With a gorgeous outdoor La Jolla [there's a reason it is called 'the jewel'] ceremony this wedding was nothing short of a modern day fairytale.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed a evening of great food from this world famous resort, great company and music that lasted till the wee hours of the night. 

Oh and one minor thing....apparently the groom and his groomsmen were all super heroes in disguise! It was, by all accounts, a day full of beauty, power, elegance, and, of course, true love!

See the full wedding  and vendor credits here

Get down to the Pink Lady December 9 and celebrate at their Yappy Hour charity event for overseas K9's

Join the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla for a special Holiday K-9 Care Package Yappy Hour from 4:30 to 7 pm at Café La Rue on December 9th, 2015... Enjoy half off apps, beer & wine - plus plenty of complimentary doggie treats! We just love 'La V' or 'The Pink Lady' as this iconic hotel is affectionately known to locals and anyone who has enjoyed her hospitality! Please consider sharing this post :) 

As La Valencia kicks off their Holiday K9 Care Package Drive - they are asking friends and guests to show their support for our US Military Working Dogs. The organization they are supporting is The United States War Dogs Association. They have specific items that they send overseas to support our loyal military working dogs. La V will be donating care packages in bundles of 5-7 lbs... Click this link to event page for more info! 

Every Santa needs Elves! How can you contribute? Drop by La Valencia Hotel on Prospect Street during Dec.1st - 31st with a donation from the list below. The donation doggie “crate” will be located outside of Café La Rue at La Valencia Hotel. Please see event page for items most needed.