We Love a Vintage Hollywood Comes to San Diego County Outdoor Wedding!

High school sweethearts, Victoria and Jacob have been together for over a decade of love, laughs and style. They started as high school sweethearts and have been best friends for more than half of their lives. Torrie [as she is known] and Jacob have a very tight knit group of friends and many family members that have been together for decades. Torrie's niece was the charming flower girl who stole everyone's heart when she walked down the aisle! This elegant and romantic wedding was a stunner and the bride looked straight out of a vintage Hollywood movie right in San Diego's beautiful, tree filled North County area! And it looks to us like a very good time was had by all! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photographer: MKL Photography

Wedding Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Bridal Salon for Wedding Gown: The Dresser Bridal

Groom's Tuxedo Fashion: Friar Tux

Florals and Decor: Soiree Designs and Events

Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN

Wedding Crash Wednesday: a fun and festive SanDiego garden wedding

Usually we do Wedding Crush Wednesdays but today is Wedding Crash Wednesday because we wish we had crashed this awesome wedding that was so artfully filmed by our friends at Stockham Media. So please enjoy this video of a charming, fun and festive garden wedding (with its unique and fun soundtrack) that we think you wish you'd crashed too!  

Sara and Bianca: a beautiful estate wedding celebrates a beautiful love

Two beautiful brides celebrate their wedding at a Rancho Santa Fe estate with lots of bubbly, lots of sparkle and lots of love!

Bride:  Sara Swikard   Bride:  Bianca Marino

Sara & Bianca met in 2007 while studying abroad and became instant besties! Two years later they committed themselves to one another on the same glorious day they decided to tie the knot, New Years Eve. This beautiful couple shares a love for bubbles, the San Diego Chargers and Michael Jackson. As Michael would say, these "PYT's" (pretty young things) were made for each other. They inspire each other to be their best self and it shows in every move they make together. To quote Bianca's vows, "we do not complete each other, but complement each other." The love they have is vivid and truly one of a kind.

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography

Venue:  Las Olivas Estate by Estate Weddings And Events, Inc.

Event Planner:  After The Engagement

DJ: Choice Entertainment

Cakes Designer:  Fab Cake Girls

Caterer:  Hodads Hamburgers

Cinema / Video:  Lisa Hadley Studios

Floral Designer:  Mimi Totah Flowers

Makeup Artist:  Chic N' Sophisticated

 ***do yourself a favor and watch this amazing video of Bianca and Sara's wedding we promise you'll fall in love with them like we did! 

A bright and colorful fiesta-styled, Mexico-infused wedding steals the show!

Alison and Matt created one of the most gorgeous wedding we have seen at the very lovely Leo Carrillo Ranch wedding venue in Carlsbad, CA just north of San Diego. The creativity Alison put into her dream wedding was exquisite. Samantha Louise Moments took every idea Alison had and made it all come to life. It was truly an amazing thing to watch and wedding photographer Aaron Willcox captured every moment.

Friends and family members from all over came to help celebrate this festive and exciting wedding with their Mexican Sodas in hand. There were so many special moments during this colorful celebration with tons of Mexican tradition and ambiance everywhere you looked, with delicious food by Personal Touch Dining, the talented Mariachis, the cake cutting with Matt’s Marine Sword, plus the games and the dancing!  DJ Sage created a fun and truly memorable night for the entire group with great music that got everyone up and having the time of their lives. Congratulations Alison and Matt! 

Bride: Alison  Groom: Matt

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Aaron Wilcox Photography

Event Planning: Samantha Louise Moments

Venue: Leo Carillo Ranch

DJ: Sage Productions

Caterer: Personal Touch Dining

Florals: The Dainty Lion  

7 flower and nature-filled San Diego wedding venues that are perfect for a romantic Spring wedding!

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. Helen Keller

It's Spring in San Diego and with the longer days and better [usually] weather our thoughts turn to flowers and gardens and greenery for special outdoor weddings.  We have pulled together a few inspiring garden wedding venues for you to dream of a flower and nature filled wedding day!

Known as The Pink Lady, La Valencia Hotel in downtown La Jolla is a charming, elegant wedding setting with a beautiful garden complete with tiled fountains, blooming flowers and, wait for it... a view that will have your out of town guests moving to San Diego within a year! Intimate, dramatic, timeless and truly unforgettable, La Valencia Hotel has been a destination to remember since its' doors opened in December 1926. The distinctive Mediterranean silhouette with its pink exterior, the lush foliage, the intimate spaces and perfect evenings – all impart an atmosphere of traditional elegance, creating one of the most romantic and sought-after wedding locations in Southern California.

Any self respecting article on garden wedding settings in San Diego would have to include the diverse, multi gardened San Diego Botanical Gardens [formerly known as Quail Gardens} in Encinitas. The San Diego Botanical Gardens offers numerous natural settings like a Victorian Gazebo Lawn: a beautiful large lawn framed by natural borders of flowing plants and mature trees with a Victorian Gazebo for a classic garden setting, the Walled Garden; an intimate location enclosed within a lovely original adobe and tile wall and surrounded by lush ferns and trees, The Waterfall View Deck, The Lawn House Garden, The Bamboo Garden, and more natural spots for photos [or kisses!] than you can ever wish for, even a Cactus Garden.

In the village of La Jolla sits an old private home that years ago was converted into a facility for special [truly special] event, The Darlington House is like an elegant grande dame with its pretty pink walls and beautiful garden patios, hand tiled waterfalls and library.  This charming venue is alive with designs and details from many cultures like a foyer with an Italianate chandelier and a romantic sweeping staircase, a warmly decorated living room with French doors leading to a brick-paved Egyptian Patio, which features a beautiful fountain and pool lined with colorful Egyptian tiles.

The Andalusian Patio is adorned with Roman arches and Azulejo tiled benches and floor and the Library, filled with changing sunset shadows and the warmth of a Moroccan fireplace, was inspired by Moorish architecture. Both the Egyptian and Andalusian Patios open to the Rose Garden with its charming summerhouse, surrounded by roses, azaleas, and the sights and sounds of water creating a natural melody for your celebration.

Located in North County you can find Twin Oaks Garden Estate, a secluded estate featuring vintage twinkle-lit English gardens. Nestled among tall forests, vibrant floral, and cascading streams. this vintage venue features artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility. 

This turn of the century historic landmark estate is set in total seclusion with an Old San Marcos Schoolhouse dating back to 1891 nestled among a towering forest that dates back well over 100 years. The unique statuary, flora and fauna encompass every corner of this magnificent garden and it’s totally private garden gazebo are set in the shade of the landmark forest. The grand tented pavilion showcases towering peaks of chiffon gathered over head with crystal chandeliers and intimate lighting, all surrounded by cozy garden nooks. 

The Twin Oaks House (circa 1891) is exclusively restored as a wedding estate. With its Grand Parlor reserved for the bridal party, towering tin ceilings, fainting couches and rich antiquities make this an ideal space to relax before the wedding.

Another North County gem is Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona just east of Rancho Bernardo. This rustic stone castle, once a private home, has been standing in the midst of a beautiful natural setting since 1921. We love trees and Mt. Woodson gives you trees and plants and birds and more. 'The Castle' offers a truly magical setting unlike any other in San Diego for your Special Day. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the photo opportunities are endless, and the venue is private for you and your guests.

One of the best kept secrets in San Diego may be right in front of you in the one of the most popular parks. The Japanese Friendship Gardens offer a timeless elegance in a very private setting. This hidden gem in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park strikes the perfect balance between beauty, tranquility, and romance. At 2.5 acres, the Japanese Friendship Garden provides a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for weddings. Surrounded by lush trees and tall bamboo, private events enjoy exclusive private access to the entire garden to explore its winding pathways, waterfall, peaceful koi pond, and authentic Japanese garden features.

Perhaps one of the best known garden settings for wedding in San Diego is the very sweet and lovely La Jolla Woman's Club. At the turn of the 19th century, La Jolla was a simple village sparsely populated by small cottages. In 1894 a small group of women in La Jolla met to talk about current affairs and literature. This group, initially known as the Women’s Literacy Club of La Jolla, evolved into a large and prominent group who hosted speakers such as Helen Keller and Lucy Stone to inspire women of their day to change the world. Today, with its exquisite private gardens, historic Irving Gill building and ocean view, this architectural gem is a magical setting for any special occasion. With a separate parlor on either side of the main auditorium, conversation spots are convenient for just catching up with old friends during the evening. To take advantage of the exceptional San Diego weather, The Club has two lush outdoor gardens on both sides of the building. The South Garden is the ideal location for an intimate family and friends type wedding ceremony and the North Garden is a wonderful area to host a larger outdoor cocktail party, anniversary or reception.

This is by no means a complete list of natural or garden wedding settings in San Diego, just the San Diego County Parks Department alone boasts over a dozen natural settings, so wherever you wed, we wish you a beautiful, love filled day surrounded by the most beautiful setting of all; loving family and friends.

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits. Rumi

Thank you to True Photography for all lovely wedding images.

For a list of many more top notch Venues see our Wedding Venue Directory.

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.