This North County Outdoor White Wedding is a Study in Classic Wedding Style

This gorgeous North County San Diego outdoor wedding, shot by local wedding photographer and artist Maryanne McGuire, is a study in classic wedding style wedding! The green and elegant Twin Oaks Wedding Estate is the perfect venue to bring this bride's vision all together in style.

Says the bride" I had always dreamed of getting married outside in a forest-like setting.  In looking for venues, we wanted a forest-like/ garden-like feel that was close to our California family and easily accessible to our out-of-state family.  Twin Oaks was the perfect combination of greenery and elegance.  The old school house was also perfect for us, as we started our careers teaching across the hall from one another.  We could not have asked for more a perfect venue.  Everyone was extremely helpful and kind. It was the perfect day!" Our favorite touch? The best kept secret, awwww-inducing, moment when the Groom brought out the wedding ring from the Bride's great grandmother (her grandmother snuck it to the Groom without her knowing it even existed :)!] Now that's a really classic touch by a true gentleman in love! 

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)!

This San Diego Couple's Rustic Wedding Reception Is One for the Books

Have you ever left a wedding reception and thought, "That was the best reception I have ever been to!!!"? What about the ones where your feet are twice the size they were starting out the night from dancing too much or your belly is so full from delicious food that you have to roll to the car? Or even the ones where you leave with a list full of ideas for your next get together, whether it was the location or decor that won you over? Well, we have found a reception that we think is a contender for Best Wedding Receptions Ever (if there was such a list)! Christian and Kendall Florido's reception was held at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate, an awesome local outdoor wedding venue. To compliment the foliage rich estate, the couple had a beautiful vintage table ensemble that featured gold chargers complimented by mint green napkins on lace runners with charming greenery and those chair bow, adorable! And to top it all off every guest got a yummy mini apple pie. Pie!! After the pies were eaten, the dance floor was a huge hit after Christian and Kendall christened the dance floor with a fun and upbeat first dance. We have to admit we wish we had crashed the Florido's 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!  

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//

This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Showcases a Quintessential San Diego Wedding

This week, we are featuring the quintessential luxury San Diego wedding! Chris and Marisa Mendivil celebrated their marriage in all the places we love in San Diego, California! From an engagement shoot in San Diego's famous Balboa Park [check!], wedding ceremony at the Immaculata [check!!] all the way through to their gorgeous wedding reception at the incredible US GRANT HOTEL, what we love most about this couple's wedding is their location choices. Marisa is a graduate from the University of San Diego, so the couple wanted to have their ceremony at the Immaculata Church on campus with its breathtaking ceiling and grandeur. Next on the night's agenda was the formal wedding reception in the US GRANT HOTEL's dreamy Crystal Room - a space that has to be seen to be believed! This Victorian era hotel, full of San Diego history and love, just experienced a multi million dollar refurbishing face lift and has never looked better! We invite you to see for yourself!

Photographer: MKL IMAGES// Venue: US GRANT HOTEL // Florals: Adorations Botanical Artistry// Bridesmaid Dresses: Enzoani Bridal// Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Friar Tux// Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Colorful Bali Hai LGBT wedding celebrates love, gratitude and San Diego sunshine!

We wish you a very happy start to 2017 with a fun and colorful wedding on the San Diego Bay that celebrates with a Second Line parade and a lot of delicious cupcakes!! Happy New Year!

One of the most fun elements of Michael and Steve's wedding celebration was their Second Line celebration to, as they said, "Bring the joyful N'awlins spirit to our special day in California." A 'Second Line' is a parade with musicians and umbrellas and is a lively  celebration of life and jazz and is a huge part of New Orleans' [pronounced N'awlins to you Yankees out there] cultural heritage.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography: Photo by Chana and Don

Reception Venue & Catering: Bali Hai

Flowers: Wholesale Flowers

DJ: Dancing DJ Productions

Cake: Baby Cakes

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
 

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.

All Aboard for Love and Marriage! Couple Celebrates Wedding on the Train!

All aboard for the sweetest reception idea on wheels! Adam and Theresa are not your ordinary couple! They knew they wanted their wedding to be something different - something that offered a very fun and unique experience for their guests. So the groom, being the train lover that he is, decided he would share his love for trains with everyone. After their wedding ceremony in the beautiful LA Cathedral, everyone hopped on a train at famous Union Station and headed along the Pacific shoreline to beautiful San Diego [of course!] with champagne in hand. After a little leg break in San Diego everyone stepped back up onto the train, and enjoyed a fabulous dinner with a one-of-a-kind view none would ever forget! 

Photographer:  Becca Liz Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:men's wearhouse//Dress Designer: Brides by Demetrios//Reception Venue: California Zephyr Railcar Charters//Ceremony Location: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels//Dress Store: David's Bridal//Floral Designer: Flowers by Leah//Beauty:Parlor of Three//


Add a little of La Dolce Vita to your wedding with delicious Italian delicacies

uber wedding designer and planner Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea loves getting creative with wedding style and wedding favors. Sabrina says "Limoncello in a mini jar and cantuccio (Italian almond cookie) are perfect for a Tuscan-themed tabletop. Add fragrant rosemary for a memorable experience!" We say 'mille grazie Sabrina!'

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Styling by La Dolce Idea Weddings @ladolceideaweddings
Charger plates by Classic Party Rentals San Diego @classicpartysd
Linens by Concepts Event Design  @conceptseventdesign
Photo by Cary Pennington Photography @carypenningtonphotography

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!

Craft Beers at Weddings - Border X Brewing has the coolest suds for your San Diego wedding reception

So you're marrying a Beer Geek or you are one. Congratulations! Unique, creative, one of a kind Mexican Craft beer is the perfect addition to any San Diego wedding! So here is a mini tutorial on the coolest Mexican inspired craft beer in San Diego: Border X Brewing. Border X creates beer that is not your typical Mexican beer. Oh and did we mention that in addition to their tasting a room, they have an in house kitchen with the best food and beer pairings and the coolest event space too!? Read on beer lover....

A few tips for celebrating a beer focused celebration: Bridal Showers, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Day after Celebrations are a given but can you have your Wedding at a brewery? Of course!! We love the idea of a reception inside a brewery [why should wineries have all the fun??!] We suggest adding a fun beer tasting to your cocktail hour, food and beer pairings at your reception, gift baskets of beer for your out of town guests, custom beer bottle labels with your name and wedding date on them, charming hops in your floral arrangements and more. Keep the beer themed design and decor elements to about 20% to weave them into your wedding style without overwhelming the day.

photo by Shewanders
Photos by  Shewanders

Photos by Shewanders

Adding craft beer to your wedding day? Check out the latest Border X beers made with unique and creative flavors with traditional Mexican culinary elements like cinnamon, figs, clover, bananas, chocolate, malt and of course the most gorgeous hops and brewed with a whole lot of love and passion in the mix. 

Border X's  Abuelita's Chocolate Stout  A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's Abuelita's Chocolate Stout
A sweet stout, made with Chocolate Abuelita bars, lactose sugar, bitter black malt, 7.2-7.5% alcohol. English yeast fermented. Cinnamon & chocolate aroma, with a medium to heavy body, dark chocolatey color and smooth taste.

Border X's  Abuelos Pale Ale  Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Abuelos Pale Ale
Brewed with English malts, darker pale color, hopped with home-grown cascade hops and home-grown dehydrated figs. Fermented with English yeast, refreshing full flavor. *Seasonal, brewed in September and available while supplies last only.*

Border X's Blood Saison  7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Blood Saison
7% alcohol. 3rd Place Award winner at the Del Mar International Beer Festival, under "Specialty Beer" Category. Beer inspired by the traditional Mexican drink Jamaica. Tart and red hue made with real hibiscus, agave, and crystal malts. A saison style beer with low bitterness, delicious after taste, and notes that hint to a sour.

Border X's Gran Jefe  6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Gran Jefe
6% alcohol, slightly higher alcohol percentage than this style usually has. Wheat 60%, and 40% Pilsner malts. Yellowish color, banana and clover esters, slight yeast taste, fermented with Bavarian style yeast. Most popular house brew, good for a hot day. Good introduction to craft beer.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout  If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.

Border X's Horchata Golden Stout
If you love the Home made original flavor of the classic mexican drink Horchata, then you will love this beer that captures the essence of tradition and taste. Golden California in color, this 9% alcohol full body beer is made with notes of vanilla bean and whole cinnamon sticks.