San Diego's Own Horton Plaza Park Now Hosting Local Outdoor Weddings

Your dreams can now finally become a reality. The historic Horton Plaza Park is now available to rent for weddings!

Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, Horton Plaza would be the perfect spot for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's close proximity to countless hotels for out-of-town guests is beyond perfect. You and/or your guests can simply walk to the hotel after the festivities are over and not think twice about it. Another big reason we love the idea of the Horton Plaza is its location in relation to other entertainment options. Once the wedding is over, the party doesn't have to stop! With 16 city blocks of more than 60 bars and nightclubs to choose from, you are never left wandering, "What should we do now?" And finally, we love the customizable options that are provided. Whether you think the lush garden lawn is more "you" or the more modern cityscape is what your heart desires, Horton Plaza can accommodate whatever it may be. Don't take our word for it! Check out this exciting and unique San Diego wedding venue for yourself! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photographer: Willmus Weddings

Event Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Wedding Florals: Huntress Florals

This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Says a Fashion-Forward "I Do"

This week's Wedding Crush Wednesday features Alex and Ljubov Ovtsinnikovas from Russia/Estonia! These two said their vows in Centennial Park on Coronado with some of the best views of San Diego! While we already think these two are gorgeous, we love their winter ensembles too. With the coastal breeze and cool San Diego nights a night on the waterfronts can get a little chilly.  Ljubov's cropped jacket, and bright red  bouquet combined with Alex's stunning royal blue suit [very European!] makes the couple pop from their backgrounds. The Ovtsinnikovas' statement pieces are show-stoppingly perfect and showcase their style, their attitude and their love. Südamlikud õnnesoovid pulmapäevaks! (Congratulations from the heart on your wedding)!

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!  

Star of India Wedding Points the Way Home to Love

The Star of India, built in 1863, is a magnificent atmosphere to celebrate life and love in San Diego! This iron-hulled beauty is the oldest active ship in the world (and a state and national historic landmark) and is the coolest nautical wedding venue ever (especially for these two San Diego natives!)  with the best views in town as it is right on the water! Jessica and Gregory's charming wedding photographed by Pink Light Images puts your right in the heart of this day of sun, sea and San Diego as you set sail for love and marriage! 


After their amazing wedding on water Jessica and Gregory, both foodies, headed to an intimate reception on land. They held their dinner at The Wine Vault & Bistro - one of San Diego's best kept culinary secrets! Insiders know this is the place to go for great food and wine pairings. The reception guests enjoyed a second cocktail hour with tray passed appetizers and then we moved onto a 5 course menu that was paired with wine and spirits. The ambiance was very simple yet romantic with an all white theme and two acoustic guitarists playing English and Spanish cover songs throughout the night. It really was a Bon Voyage! 

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Pink Light Images 

Ceremony Venue: The Star of India 

Reception Venue: The Wine Vault & Bistro 

Flowers: La Bell Bloom & Allen’s Flowers 

Stationery: Zazzle 

DJ: Cutlos Supreme 

Transportation: Uber 

Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini via David’s Bridal 

Jewelry: Icing Jewelry Store 

Shoes: Aldo 

Groom’s Attire: Macy’s 

Men’s Shoes: Steve Madden

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Selecting your San Diego wedding date for the best day of celebrating love ever!!

A wedding date is the day you and your spouse make your very own and it should symbolize a special day shared between you and your loved ones. Here’s how to pick your perfect date.

photo by Suzanne Hansen of  Shewanders

photo by Suzanne Hansen of Shewanders

Selecting your wedding date can be a bit of a challenge. You need everything to be just right for you, your family, relatives and guests. You want to be sure that the weather is perfect [check weather information] if you are going to be outside, that your day will be a convenient one for anyone traveling and you will, no doubt, have personal reasons for selecting a date- (like choosing your parents’ anniversary or the date you and your true love met years ago).

To be sure that you do not pick a date that is extra challenging for foreign guests or guests from other religions or cultures - use this really neat non-profit website called “Earth Calendar" that we found. Earth Calendar lists all holidays by date, country and religion -it even lists lunar phases in case you want to light the evening sky with a full moon, all to help you plan the perfect wedding date. 

And don't forget to send out save the date cards!

Vintage Luxe Wedding at the glorious El Cortez Bursts with Love and Color

There are few venues as quintessentially San Diegan as the El Cortez Hotel. Towering above everything else in 'uptown San Diego', this landmark Art Deco building, with its memorable neon titled rooftop, first opened its doors in 1927 to rave reviews and a loyal clientele of dancers, diners and revelers. Shuttered for years then opened by a couple of visionary developers, The El Cortez's ambiance, with its richly designed and upgraded gold gilded Don Room, is a beautiful place to celebrate love. And that's just what Christina and Ryan did! 

With pops of bright color and gold accents to match the Don Room and plenty of delicious food, tons of fun, and loving family, this event was truly a night to remember!

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

Venue: El Cortez

Event Planner: At Your Side Planning

Florist:  Sweet Ribbon Events

DJ: Battleson Entertainment

Caterer: Continental Catering, Inc.

Bridal Gown: David's Bridal

Wedding Cake: Grove Pastry Shop

Black and White Decor a la Classic Party Rentals

Classic Party Rentals brings so many amazing things to the table for your wedding; dishware, linens, tables, glassware, tenting, carpet, dance floors and so much more! And they also know their design and decor check out this Black and White wedding style board from the experts at Classic Party Rentals!