When your something blue is a beautiful bridal gown by local designer Jaime Elyse

When your something blue is a beautiful confection of a bridal gown by one of our favorite local designers Jaime Elyse then everything is heavenly. We just love it when a local girl makes good like this talented Southern Cal fashion designer and artist. And you can see why she is the toast of Fashion Weeks in Toronto, LA and New York! 

designer @jaimeelyseofficial

agency @rmea_talent

photographer @heatherandersonphotography

muah @christajacobs_hair.makeup

model @laurenjacobs_model @andrewraymondsweeney

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings the trend of gorgeous Brick Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Industrial hard meets pretty is so hot right now in fashion and editorial! And at the exciting Sparks Gallery in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the rough brick and deep wood contrasting with the exciting and bright colors in the artwork make the perfect set up for the dynamism of Justice Photography. This shoot is the perfect blend of strong lines and textures and soft colors and styling. Bonus: it even has a gorgeous geode cake, floral decorated picture frames [love!] and crystal place settings in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2108 Ultra Violet! This super design team is so on trend for weddings and style and we think they've created the perfect blend of the masculine and the feminine with this dramatic and fresh wedding styled shoot! Enjoy!

Melissa Barrad, Owner of I DO Weddings and Events and Lead Stylist in the shoot says, "Once I visited the Sparks Gallery, I knew it was a special place. I loved the lighting, and of course, that they feature California artists. With that in mind, we pooled together California based vendors and San Diego natives, like myself, to create a unique romantic feel with a laid-back vibe. We wanted to work with colors that would enhance the art, not take away from it." 

Beautiful El Cortez Don Room Wedding Celebrates with Love, Adventure and Sparkle

What more could you want from a wedding than love, adventure and sparkle?! This happy and beautiful wedding at the El Cortez Hotel's Don Room in San Diego gives us everything we want and more! We especially love the way the florals [by Studio 2053] work with the bride's amazing sparkly gown to create an adventurous take on classically glamorous wedding style. 

Bride Mia tells us "We were mismatched from the get-go or so we thought based on looks/style alone, however, we could not be more alike. We met online and both went into the date thinking that it would go absolutely no where but decided to give it a go because we had nothing to lose. From there, it was adventure after adventure, with the two of us trying to best one another with the next big idea. I (Mia) used to be a nomad, and would hop on a plane to a mysterious destination without any convincing needed. Two months into dating, Curtis mentioned a downhill mountain biking race in Chile that he dreamed of attending, which was a mistake. Before he knew it I (Mia) had purchased tickets and they we jetting off on a trip that would either break or make them. Obviously things turned out just fine and we still share the same taste for adventure spending Christmas in a rundown trailer on the edge of Area 51 scouting for aliens, hopping around some of the most remote islands in the Philippines or in the center of a Luchadore ring wrestling with the locals. 

Mia and Curtis' favorite memories of the night are from every stage of the dancing.  Says Mia "for the father-daughter dance we started with an 40's jazz ensemble, then 30 seconds into it we came to a screeching halt and KC and the Sunshine Band's "Shake Your Booty" started and my 74-year-old father went nuts- people were laughing instead of crying which was absolutely our intention. This was my favorite song to sing and dance to as a toddler with my parents so it brought back so many great family memories. And when the official dancing kicked off, the dance floor was packed until the very end. I've never seen that happen before! Usually it takes people time to warm up but that was definitely not the case - not one person was sitting down. My 90-year-old grandmother got out of her wheelchair to get down to Too Short's Blow the Whistle and my mother even got low, low, low... oops, too low."  And Grandpa getting down with the Bride is something you will remember forever. We hope you enjoy looking at this wedding as much as we did!

Mia and Curtis added some fun wedding ideas like custom drinking games to loosen up the crowd including "Drink When…" which listed common things that happen at a wedding such as people tearing up, as well as things unique to the wedding party's personalities. Rather than a guest book, the couple used vintage postcards and asked guests to give their best road trip advice for their upcoming honeymoon which was a road trip through the South. There were major breaks with tradition with the groom's 5-year-old nephew serving as the best man and the bride's 90-year-old grandmother serving as the flower girl. The groom also took the bride's last name.

Wedding Vendor Credits: 

Wedding Photography: Cassy Smith Photography
Wedding Ceremony Venue: El Cortez Don Room and Terrace
Wedding Reception Venue: El Cortez Don Room and Terrace
Event Planner: Jessica Beiriger
Wedding Florals: Studio 2053
Wedding DJ: DJ Dan Peterson
Catering: Continental Catering
Cake: The Cupcake Store
Officiant: Pam Neidert
Hair and Makeup Bridal Beauty: Mirza Batanovic, Ammon Carver Studio NYC
Bridal Gown by: Parker Black
Bride's Second Dress: Marchesa Notte
Private Collection: Antique Snake Brooch, Antique Snake Comb

The well appointed wedding reception dessert table by La Dolce Idea, Wedding Designer and Planner

We love this wedding reception dessert table!

Dessert tables can make your reception festive, fun and engaging for your guests, like this beautiful roaring 20s style dessert table by San Diego luxury event planner Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea. Rich with golden accents, blingy rhinestones, rock candy, metallic gold cake pops, yummy cupcakes, and beautiful colorful Macarons, this dessert table is the cats meow! 

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And check out that rhinestone covered silver wedding cake! 

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Rock candy is so in style for wedding receptions; it's fun, it's glam, and it's sugar!! 

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Seriously... the little bow ties on the gold cake pops!! LOVE!

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This dessert table would have every one of your guests enjoying themselves for hours!

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Unique and beautiful stands and platters to display the desserts add to the drama! 

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And who doesn't love a fun custom cake topper with the couple's fave hobbies?!

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Macarons, say no more. 

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Chocolate and salted caramel are just a few of the guest favored flavors.

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Cupcakes...we just do not want to live in a world without cupcakes... and why should we?

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Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers Change any Spot at Your Wedding into a Work of Art

Looking for gorgeous paper flowers for your wedding? Look no further!! Esmeralda's Luxury Paper Flowers are widely considered to be the finest option for paper floral artistry! Check out some of the gorgeous paper flower backdrops and wedding decor they did at the February Wedding Party EXPO at the US GRANT HOTEL!

A Super Cool Rock n Roll Infused Wedding Decor makes for a Totally Cool Warehouse Wedding

A totally cool warehouse, craft beers, tons of style and love...what else do you need for an amazing wedding?! Scott and Stephanie Schaffhausen made our hearts swoon with their rustically charming wedding decor. The creative and unique invitations (which was actually designed by the groom himself) begin this rustic brigade. Original and unique wedding invitations have become a popular wedding trend which give millennials the opportunity to show their creative side, and as we all know, for millennials, creativity is key. The more original the better! Another new trend is the mix-matching of bridesmaids dresses. More and more brides are picking a color family [versions of white and blush for this wedding!] for their besties to choose from, but allowing them to choose their own style. This allows each girl to pick a dress that fits their own, individual budget.  The bare brick walls with wooden accents in this lovely wedding allow couples to do almost anything their hearts desire in designing a special space at their wedding venue. The strung lights with a rose petal-sprinkled aisle lined with an array of succulents that Stephanie chose were breathtaking. From the wooden table numbers to the pom pom tassels at the dessert table, this reception is the Instagram wedding we all crave. 

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Chris Wojdak Photography// Cinema and Video: Aqua Vivus Productions// Equipment Rentals: CC Vintage Rentals// DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Equipment Rentals:K & J Rentals// Event Planner:Kristin Krahl//Event Venue: Moniker Warehouse//Makeup Artist:Salon Bordeaux// Bakery:Twin Treats//

5 Things You Should Never DIY at Your Wedding

It seems a lot of couples think they need to DIY [Do It Yourself] some parts of their wedding, but is this really such a good idea? Here we offer 5 things you should never DIY at your wedding!

Personalizing your wedding, and saving a buck are a great reason to tackle some DIY wedding tasks. But there are some areas that are always better left to the professionals, no matter how visionary or budget minded you are.

1. Wedding Flowers

Even if attempting the most simple wild-flowers filled mason jar design, creating floral décor is time consuming and time critical. Because blooms are perishable, the delivery and creation timeframe is important. The precious day/hours leading up to your ceremony can be better spent pampering with your bridesmaids and enjoying your family. 

2. Bridal Hair

Regardless of the simplicity of the natural hair style you’re seeking, a professional can do your hair twice as well and twice as fast as you could – no matter how many trials you’ve ran. They will also know which products to use to ensure the look lasts you through your last dance.

3. Wedding Reception Food

Like flowers (above) food is equally perishable and requires a lot of prep work the hours leading up to the event. Professional caterers can better estimate the amount of food required for your event, can uniquely combine the favorite flavors you and your groom are after and can accommodate any dietary or allergy restrictions your guests have. And don't even get us started on attempting to create and deliver a tiered and decorated wedding cake!

4. Wedding Reception Music

Please just don’t DJ your own wedding. On behalf of the sanctity of your day, and your dear wedding guests, it is absolutely necessary to hire a professional to emcee your event, keep the event flowing, make announcements and decipher which song is best in that moment to keep the energy you are going for no matter how savvy you are with your I Tunes!

5. Wedding Event Clean Up

With the increased popularity of rustic barn weddings and exclusive venue rentals, comes the newer demand of cleanup requirements. The last thing you will want to do after joyfully celebrating the best day of your life is tidy up the after-math. Be sure to check your contract to verify the cleanup requirements.  If this is not included in the rental, be sure to source a professional cleaning company to do the job for you.  Worth every penny!

Photos By: Andie Freeman Photography

Beautiful, contemporary white Military wedding wows at MoCA La Jolla

There's nothing quite like a modern white wedding and what better place to have one than overlooking the ocean at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla ?

Meredith and Allen first met in flight school when they were becoming military pilots. Allen was swimming a mile for his survival training and Meredith was counting laps for him. Meredith’s friend Liz totally embarrassed her by telling her friends in Allen’s class that Meredith though he was cute. Luckily, Allen thought Meredith was pretty cute as well and the rest is history.... Allen proposed to Meredith on the beach in Del Mar after dining at the beautiful Jake’s restaurant for dinner. They watched the sunset and when the crowds started to disperse, he thought the time was right and got down on one knee and proposed. Their beautiful white wedding was perfect. They exchanged vows at the All Hallows Catholic Church on top of Soledad mountain which overlooks La Jolla. Guests then met up at the stunning Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla for a unique wedding experience surrounded by contemporary art exhibitions and the beautiful styling of Madmade Designs, with delicious food from local favorite Giuseppe’s Catering.

VENDOR CREDITS:

Photographer:  Shelly Anderson 

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art SD in La Jolla

Church Ceremony Location:  All Hallows Catholic Church

Coordinator and Florist: Madmade Designs

Caterer: Giuseppe's Catering

Cake:  Twiggs Bakery And Coffee House

Hair and Beauty:  Beauty By Stacey

DJ: Party People San Diego

Bridal Gown Designer:  Theia Couture

Bridesmaids Fashions: Amsale

Coasterra Restaurant offers Glam Mexican food and drinks and the best view in San Diego for your wedding celebration

We like to call it 'Glam Mexican' cuisine - we've had delicious classic Mexican dishes elevated to food art at this latest Cohn Group / Chef Deborah Scott success - but Coasterra Restaurant in San Diego offers many Latin American inspired dishes and drinks to please every palette. We think you'll love this beautiful restaurant that has the best view in San Diego hands-down! And they've got breathtaking event space for up to 500 that is both unique and fun.

Coasterra has holiday party specials and great menu and space options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, day after brunches and more. 

Coasterra has holiday party specials and great menu and space options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, day after brunches and more. 

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Churros!!  

Churros!!  

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At Coasterra you'll notice some old favorites like fish tacos and some exciting twists!

At Coasterra you'll notice some old favorites like fish tacos and some exciting twists!

Their savory dishes are hearty and generous to please all generations of wedding guests.

Their savory dishes are hearty and generous to please all generations of wedding guests.

We call it Glam Mexican but Coasterra's menu is full of Latin American dishes that you will swoon over. 

We call it Glam Mexican but Coasterra's menu is full of Latin American dishes that you will swoon over. 

Delicious seafood and gorgeous presentation make Coasterra a great fit for your out of town guests too! 

Delicious seafood and gorgeous presentation make Coasterra a great fit for your out of town guests too! 

Says Coasterra owner David Cohn of the Cohn Group,  " People celebrate their lives in restaurants.  It is our job to create an experience worth remembering." 

Says Coasterra owner David Cohn of the Cohn Group,  "People celebrate their lives in restaurants.  It is our job to create an experience worth remembering." 

The incredibly talented Chef Deborah Scott of Coasterra has a real gift for creating food that people come back for over and over.

The incredibly talented Chef Deborah Scott of Coasterra has a real gift for creating food that people come back for over and over.

Starting your San Diego wedding planning off right: wedding planning 101

Weddings, in some ways, will never change. The beauty, the emotions, the joy and spirit of love and new beginnings, all combining to create an incredible, memorable event for you and for your guests. Wow!

Wedding planning on the other hand, has changed a lot! Weddings are no longer a matter of inviting your guests from across town to drive over to the church or temple and convene at a nearby club or home for a reception. Southern California weddings in particular involve many more activities, agendas and travel arrangements and don’t forget to add in the stress of unique relationship dynamics involving divorced or step parents and the myriad of other issues among families and friends that we must contend with in our time.

Your wedding is most likely going to be the only time in your life that you will gather your entire world together for a celebration of life. This can be very top heavy, pressure filled, and possibly chaotic, however it also offers you the opportunity for greatness. A haphazardly planned wedding; an event without focus, feels stressful and sloppy. It never takes off into a higher realm because it too disjointed.

Photo by Paul Douda Photography

Photo by Paul Douda Photography

We don’t believe in Bridezillas. But we do know just how colossal an undertaking producing a wedding usually is and that being unprepared and having unrealistic expectations is a recipe for a meltdown. So the more you know and the more you get the right the help the better experience you will have at your own wedding!

Your decisions on everything from location, flowers, music, tablecloths, and dress need to work together to create a cohesive feeling. In other words; a wedding is more than the sum of its parts. By the way the ability to make decisions together is one of the key elements to a healthy, successful relationship so don't shy away from working together.

And that is where effective planning comes in. The first step in planning a powerful and cohesive wedding event is getting focused on what you want; this can be challenging because there are so many wonderful things to choose from!

It’s an Instagram and Pinterest world baby! Begin collecting images and see how your style and taste manifest into the wedding for you, see our expert advice planning articles and tips and our budget help section to find the right price range for your event and then start with location searching! Follow us on Instagram and Pinterest and all other social media platforms for constant inspiration and ideas.

A Coordinator is truly the one event resource that you should book right from the start as they can assist you with so many details and save you countless hours and money. Let's face it even Brain Surgeons won't do a DIY procedure and unless you are a professional planner for a living [then you REALLY shouldn't plan your own event!]  you just won't know all the tips and tricks and work and elements to handle. And shouldn't your job be to show up and enjoy one of the most powerful and profound days of your life with all of your focus on the ones you love and the magic of the day?

Some people choose a date with meaning and they’re off and running, first others wait to find out the available dates at their venue of choice, either way, after you have a set date you then begin interviewing and booking the perfect professionals who will listen to your needs and ideas and manifest them. Oh and be sure to visit the top wedding expo in town The Wedding Party EXPO to meet a ton of great wedding professionals and experts in person! Register with us for ticket giveaways... And remember to have fun!

Ps. Can we crash your wedding?