Al Fresco Ambiance Makes this San Diego Wedding at Green Acres a Must See

For their extra special San Diego wedding, Kate and Bud loved the urban yet green ambiance of Green Acres, and strived for a outdoor and nontraditional reception.  She loves moody colors so the florals range from different shades of red with lots of textures of greenery all of which paired beautifully with the velvet mauve linens. The outcome was an urban, romantic, al fresco ambiance that we just love!

Do you believe in fate? In lovers that were meant to be together no matter what? When we heard about Bud & Kate, we just knew they were meant to be and it gave us goosebumps!  In her early 20's, Kate was in a bad car accident where, thankfully, a good Samaritan [hero!] bystander pulled her out of the car where she was unconscious. Flash forward a couple years to one night when she was out with friends and spotted a guy that she was very attracted to....they ended up chatting, (he felt the attraction too), and they exchanged numbers.  On their first date they discovered it was Bud that had pulled her out of the car!  You can't call that coincidence! Their connection was instant and so powerful, and they've been inseparable ever since.  

Photographer:   Be A Peach Boudoir//Event Planner: Wynn Austin Events//Other:By Design Films//Other:Green Acre, Campus Pointe//Equipment Rentals:Farm Tables and More//Linens and Coverings: Raphael's Party Rentals//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Other:Clara An Photography//Makeup Artist:Makeup by Shelby//Hair Stylist:Riss Hair//Floral Designer: Blush Botanicals//DJ: SGM Events (Sleeping Giant Music)//Musicians: Subito Strings//Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Restaurant:Green Acre Campus Pointe//

Finally! It’s the Alpaca-filled Wedding Styled Shoot We've Been Waiting For

Alpacas!! This adorable, alpaca-filled, wedding shoot is a new favorite [sorry dogs in weddings!] and was shot on an alpaca farm… need we say more? These fluffy, adorable creatures make their appearance next to the bride and groom throughout the entire shoot and we just can’t get enough. For those brides and grooms looking for unique, unconventional wedding ideas for their big day then an alpaca farm wedding might just be for you. This shoot incorporated some amazing rustic decor with a wood table, bright pink florals and some fun orange pillow decor on the white chairs that added great color and some stylish [naturally] wedding cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.. Enjoy these huggable alpacas and all the bright happy colors that foreshadow Spring's imminent arrival, all in this super fun wedding shoot below!

Wedding Vendor Credits: 

Venue: Alpaca Farm
Design + Coordination: Cana Collective
Photography: Ashley Williams Photography
Menswear Style: Navy Notch Lapel Suit
Video: Audrey Alba Films
Florals: Bloom Babes
Hair + Makeup: Head for Change
Rentals: Pow Wow Design Studio
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Dress: Archive Bridal
Jewelry: Simply Kasia
Model: Samantha Louise Moments
Calligraphy: Samantha Louise Designs

The bride wore a simple but beautiful a line wedding gown with a lace bodice and chiffon style. This look works for any wedding style or theme and never goes out of style, perfect for the brides who love their simplicity. The bride also added some personal, rustic touch with some cowboy boots under her dress. The groom is rocking our navy notch lapel suit with no tie and the top button of his dress shirt open for a more casual ensemble. Skipping a tie on your groom’s look is an easy and efficient way to achieve that casual, laid-back look you are searching for.

Love of Nature Inspires an Eco Friendly Safari Wild Animal Park Wedding

For a couple who met at the Circus and wed at the Zoo there just has to be a good story! So get this....Aaron meets Kat while performing in the circus! Kat is stage manager; when the show was done they kept trying to make/find excuses to hang out with each other.  So Kat and Aaron "Met in the Circus, and got married at the Zoo".  And it just keeps getting better!  Another thing we love about this wedding is that Bride Katherine Turkle felt strongly about having an eco friendly wedding, one that did not generate a lot of waste for environmental reasons. Getting married at the Safari Park [the San Diego Safari Wild Animal Park is so eco-conscious and does so much good for endangered species and more] was the perfect fit for a wedding location! The bride wore her mom's dress, that was her grandmother's before that with original Alencon lace on the hem from her grandmother's wedding in the 1940's!

Says Katherine "I always make an effort to vote with my dollars so knowing that I was writing a check to an organization with an environmentally conscientious spending record was a relief."

On GREEN-ing up, Kat says.  "We made adjustments like not serving bottled water at the wedding and carefully selecting decorations that would be up-cycled/ re-purposed and not thrown away. We made extensive effort to have as little paper waste as possible. Wedding invitations were on Paperlesspost.com. I designed a google form for our guest RSVP options, I also designed our wedding website, sent email updates, and google documents to coordinate the wedding paper-free." We hope you enjoy looking through this day of sharing love and conscious decisions, all of which made the world a better place.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Venue + Catering:  San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Wedding Photographer:  Lori Serocki Photography
Transportation: Sun Diego Charter
Invitations: Paperless Post
Hand Painted Plank: Creela Villiani
Centerpiece Candles Handmade by Groom
Bridal Gown Private Collection Heirloom Dress
Alterations: Elaines of Palo Alto
Event Decor / Florist: Blooms By The Box
Wedding Cakes:  Susie Cakes
Hair Stylist:  Kelly Scanlan of Salon Soule
Entertainment:  Nicole Gymober
Photo Bus photo booth: The Photobus

Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Ceremony: African Plains Overlook lawn
Reception: Mombasa Island Pavilion

16 gorgeous wedding ceremony arches that will beautify your outdoor wedding

Ahhhh the ceremony arch! Your magical temple of florals and design that will be the gateway under which you change from a single person to half of a married couple! Today we celebrate the outdoor wedding arch. Here we show 16 gorgeous versions of this time honored setting for rituals by local wedding arch expert Arc de Belle that you are going to love to stand under to say I do! 

Horses, Trees and Verdant Views: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the Ultimate in Outdoor Wedding Venues

When a piece of land is cared for for over 140 years it develops a soul and a richness from its history and from all the love that has gone into it. The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has been loved since 1870 when it was first settled on 144 acres by a family creating a new life in the San Pasqual Valley [home to wineries, rolling hills and lovely views - note: part of the Ranch's original parcel of land is now The Wild Animal Safari Park!]. And unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years rustic outdoor, barn and farm weddings are the absolute biggest trend in weddings. Having recently undergone a multi million dollar remodel, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the perfect wedding venue setting to create a love filled, joyous celebration with trees, horses, gorgeous views, and generations of love in every stone. 

Set deep in Bandy Canyon, this Southern California ranch is adorned with rustic cabins, a dramatic pool for lounging and entertaining and an authentic 1930’s adobe lodge with two kitchens, antique stoves, and multiple fireplaces. A charming terrace and wedding ceremony site are also available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and special events. We just love the on site cottages too for an intimate getaway!

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! 

More trending wedding style from Classic Party Rentals - the Casual Elegance Series

Rustic weddings are all the rage still! And the Casual Elegance Series from Classic Party Rentals San Diego is the perfect way to add charm and style to any indoor or outdoor San Diego wedding. Whether you are at a vineyard, in a barn, having a ranch or farm wedding or are celebrating your love in the back yard, these gorgeous pieces add an earthy style to your celebration! Incorporate picnic tables, bright floral arrangements, and eco-friendly materials for relaxed yet classy entertaining. 

 

Be sure to call our girl Cris at Classic Party Rentals San Diego [858-496-9700] for all the help and style expertise you need! 

Camera Camper the coolest retro trailer photo booth yet!

Tish and Paul are a couple who love restoring old things. They brought back to life a 1965 Shasta Trailer and have converted it into a photo booth. You are going to love love love this gorgeous restored trailer now photo booth! 


Grab a prop and climb on into Lola the 12 ft trailer. She is freshly remodeled with new paint, upholstery, even flooring.  Push the start button on the screen and within seconds it will print two 2 x 6 classic film strips. We use professional photography equipment and lighting to ensure the highest quality experience. Check out this video of the remodel in action. Go Lola!! 

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  

Darling Vintage Wedding Warms Hearts at Equestrian Center

Sweet pink roses, baby's breath, cacti and eucalyptus, handmade decor and details at an Equestrian Center in rural Murietta, California all added up to an effortless and very personal day full of sunshine that mirrored the warmth of Amy and Jeff's love. See the complete wedding here....

Source: http://www.sandiegowedding.com/darling-vintage-equestrian-center

Rentals and decor and chairs...oh my! Classic Party Rentals to the rescue!

Where do you go when you need a big impact from your rentals, decor and furnishings? Oh and your big day is on the line and you want to make sure you're working with a supplier that has everything you need: like a huge inventory, incredible staff, real delivery windows, a showroom that will knock your socks off and stylists who can make any vision come to life? As Ghostbusters would say..." Who you gonna call? Classic Party Rentals! " That's who we recommended when a client of ours had a traditional rental supplier no show at their event [yup!] so trust us when we say you can trust the people at Classic Party Rentals to take care of you! Shout out to the amazing San Diego rep Cris Joseph!! Contact the Classic Party Rentals team for your wedding or event here. And check out just a little slice of the amazing options CPR has available to you!

Don't forget about our designer cocktail guide by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. to help you whet your whistle in style!

Leaders of Libations, the Dukes of Drink, The Kaisers of Cocktails, the Princes of Pouring, the Emperors of Imbibing....we can't say enough good things about Snake Oil Cocktail Company's talent and passion for creating amazing cocktails for weddings and events! 

Click through to see a lot more cocktails in our new Guide to Cool Cocktails sponsored by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and get inspired to excite your guests at your cocktail reception! 

Source: http://www.sandiegowedding.com/cocktails-guide/

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.

Get your Bridal Magazine fix at the Wedding Party Bridal Show

So yes we know we are a website:) But we just love the look and feel of a real bridal magazine and feel strongly that the tradition of perusing through real print will never go away. Sure today you've got your digital boards and all but there's nothing like a bound collection of printed ideas, people, advice and inspiration to woo you. With each turn of the page a new gorgeous photo awaits: a gown, a table setting, a venue, a bouquet.... is a romantic process to spend hours with a magazine as you layout by the beach or fall asleep in bed reading about weddings that fill your dreams with beauty and style.

get your free copy of San Diego Style Wedding Magazine at The Wedding Party February 14, 

get your free copy of San Diego Style Wedding Magazine at The Wedding Party February 14, 

One of the many totally cool things about attending a bridal show with all the food, fashion and fun right there in front of you like a giant Pinterest Board come to life, is getting access to free bridal magazines! February 14, 2016 at The Wedding Party Bridal Show at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay you can get the magazines you really want like San Diego Style Weddings Magazine (a local fave for years!) for free! And their staff (and sometimes even their publisher) is on hand to chat about all those lovely shoots and styles and pros featured in the magazine too!

Save the date February 14, 2016 for the romance themed wedding party expo

San Diego's great big beautiful wedding planning show for all engaged couples is back at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on Sunday, February 14 of next year and we can't wait! 

Brides, grooms, maids, groomsmen, moms, dads...everyone loves the Wedding Party! 

The Wedding Party has the most stylis, on trend wedding fashion shows in the country.

With fabulous food and fashion you'll love this show famous for its open and stylish format. 

Gorgeous displays from top wedding resources are like a living Pinterest board!  

Meet top caterers, florists, rental companies, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, bands, event planners and some of the finest reception and ceremony venues in the country

Staying cool at your San Diego wedding

 

San Diego hosts over 30,000 weddings a year for a good reason. It is usually sunny and gorgeous. But it can get quite hot here, especially inland, and contrary to popular songs, it does rain here.

Outdoor events must have adequate shade for guests, children, older folks and bridal party. Consider water, lemonade or iced tea for guests who will arrive early and parasols, fans, rented market umbrellas or tenting to provide reduced temperature and UV protection. No one likes to sweat in formalwear and full makeup - not you, your guests or your wedding professionals for that matter.

Also be sure to keep an eye on children and the elderly who may be especially susceptible to warm temperatures on such an exciting day! Keep them shaded and hydrated with healthy beverages. And as for guests remember alcoholic drinks may seem refreshing but actually end up causing dehydration so have plenty of water stations available.

Thanks to Zelo Photography for these beautiful images of a San Diego wedding. See more by top wedding photographers Zelo on their site.

Photos by Zelo Photography  

Photos by Zelo Photography  

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