Our Age of Discovery themed Wedding Styled Shoot would make Charles Darwin swoon!

We love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see.  We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas.  A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot.  Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!

With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.   

We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!

And, of course,  the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life.  Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists. 

Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue!  And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!

Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals

Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus

Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven

Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot

Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge 

Crystals and Geodes:  Jessika Davis

Bridal Gown Designer:  Michelle Hebert

Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth

Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Library Style Table:  Classic Party Rentals 

Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry

University of San Diego Couple Shares Stunning Balboa Park Engagement Shoot

Our beloved Paul Douda has "wowed" us once again with this stunning engagement session. However, it's not just the photographer that makes the pictures. Kelly Sheeran and Daniel Perez have such a bright light shining between the two of them that these pictures truly lit up our screen. The two met in college at the University of San Diego, and they have been together since then! Apparently Daniel had been trying to ask for her parents' approval multiple times last year, but Kelly kept figuring out the surprise. So, he was finally able to get everything approved and set up without her knowledge and proposed in December of last year at Sunset Cliffs! The two plan on having their ceremony at the Immaculata at USD followed by their reception at the US Grant Hotel downtown! This local couple will most definitely have a breathtaking wedding in 2018! 

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding! Today's featured wedding is a magical vintage fairytale celebrated at the US GRANT HOTEL.

Says our bride "I can, truly, say that our wedding day was the happiest, most fun day of my life! Actually, everything leading up to the "big day" was so fun! The planning, the showers, the Bridal luncheon, and even just getting ready- I'd happily do it all again! Having an amazing set of vendors was key in the day being low stress, happy, and fun! The U.S. GRANT is incredibly beautiful on its own. I love that every time I walk in the hotel, I feel like I just stepped into a vintage Hollywood party, complete with chandeliers, lounge furniture, and delicious Manhattans. Truly, that pre-existing decor was the inspiration for our wedding. Along with the beauty of the venue, tables, decor, etc.,  I think everyone had a great time, which was VERY important to us! We served champagne at the ceremony, had the U.S. GRANT's special Centennial Manhattans at the cocktail hour, and we had the most amazing band! They had incredible energy and were such a talented, fun set of performers. Honestly, I couldn't stop smiling, and now, when I look back at the day, I can't stop smiling either! Truly, it was the best day ever!" We couldn't agree more!

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Tim Otto photography//Floral Designer: Flowers Annette Gomez//Linens and Coverings: APR Linen Rental//Favors and Gifts: Candee by Sandee//Cinema and Video: Epic Affair//Cake Designer: Michele Coulon Dessertier//Band: Republic of Music//Event Planner:Trena's Special Occasions//Event Venue:US GRANT HOTEL//Lighting: Vario Productions//

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

Save the Date for one of the top Wedding Planning Fairs in the USA! February 19, 2017 The San Diego Wedding Party EXPO comes to the US Grant Hotel with a special edition extravaganza show!

One of the most incredible Wedding Planning EXPO's in the country was born right here in San Diego 17 years and 40 shows ago, The Wedding Party EXPO started bringing better wedding businesses, ideas, style and planning to San Diego engaged couples and their families. On February 19, 2017 The San Diego Wedding Party EXPO celebrates its 41st show with a Special Edition show at The iconic US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.  Meet Designers Adolfo Sanchez, Michelle Hebert and Jana Ann in Designer Row and catch an amazing multi Designer Fashion Show by M Bride Salon of La Jolla featuring Ines di Santos, Monique Lhuillier, Elizabeth Fillmore, Ellie Saab, Reem Acra and more of the bridal gown designers you love to love! 

Don't miss the largest show they've ever produced with 3 floors and 35,000 square feet of wedding fun, fashion, food, drinks, experts, venues, ideas and style all in one gorgeous place! Advance tickets for both general admission or VIP [get the royal treatment as you plan!] are available on their website. Check the show website and Facebook for more additions to this amazing day of wedding planning and we will see you at the show! 

Don't miss these special holiday celebrations at The US Grant Hotel!

Have some family to celebrate with that's in town or looking for a few special events to add some festiveness to your holiday? Then don't miss these fun celebrations at one of SanDiego's most exquisite properties; The US Grant Hotel. From Christmas theater production "An American Christmas", happy hours and cocktail hours to delicious Grant Grill specialties, a five course Christmas dinner celebration prepared by the 2016 San Diego Wine + Food Festival "Chef of the Fest" - the Grant Grill's Executive Chef, Mark Kropczynski, live entertainment and beautiful decor, The US Grant is a must visit at the holidays!  Happy holidays!