Beautiful Aisle Doorway is a Heavenly Way to Start Your Walk to Your True Love

Stepping into your new life as a married couple is like walking through a beautiful door! And isn't this decorated aisle entry door set a heavenly way to start your walk to your true love?!  Thanks to Concepts Event Design who rent these beauties and florist Adorations Botanical Artistry at ocean view wedding venue L'Auberge Del Mar, planned and coordinated by Merilee of Ever After Events, and photographed by Garrett Richardson Photography. Your lifetime of love awaits!

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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! 

Gorgeous green hedge walls are all the rage for wedding decor

Gorgeous green hedge walls are all the rage with wedding decor and these beautiful, bright decor elements by Concepts Event Design make for a fun and fabulous decor element for any wedding or special event like this exhibit space by the US GRANT HOTEL at last Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO. 

Photo by Paul Douda Photography  

Photo by Paul Douda Photography  

Park your Peepers on this Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot that Puts on the Ritz in an old Speak Easy

Roll your stockings down and grab your flask it's a swanky wedding styled shoot in an old Speakeasy that we think is just swell! Inside this story-filled venue take a gander at the pocket door leading into The Ballroom you’ll find two holes, the upper hole was utilized to visualize anyone seeking access, the lower of the two holes was utilized for the weapon that helped ensure there was no trouble. 

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography: Uriel Photography    
Venue:  Speakeasy on State
Florist: Sweet Stems Florist
Bakery: Muffin Top Bakery
Design: Laurenish Design    
Production: Gonzalez Productions    
Makeup Artist: Makeup artistry by Mirna
Hair Stylist: Anna Bianca Hair    
Bridal Gown: Adina’s Bridal    
Groom's Fashion: Friars Tux Shop
Table: Modern Table Company    

The History of Speakeasy on State:

Finished in 1899, the Columbia building was the last building built on the first block of E. State Street and has been utilized for gatherings both large and small. Located on Redland's iconic State Street, this historic gem has been closed for use since 1948. Speakeasy on State offers 4000 square feet of elegance, mixed with beautiful hard woods, raw exposed brick, and the
finest period specific details - found nowhere else in tow. Proudly representing the heartbeat of downtown Redlands, Speakeasy on State boasts two large gathering rooms, each with their own distinct feel, a bridal suite, restrooms, and a preparation kitchen. Opposite the entrance, Speakeasy on State lets out into the charming City of Redlands Alley Park, perfect for outdoor socializing. Karl C. Wells was an astute businessman and banker in Redlands during the mid to late 1800s. Mr. Wells was responsible for donating the original land to found the University of Redlands in 1907. Wells had for a long time dreamed of owning a downtown business building but was unable until 1899. The majority of East State St. had been built up during the late 1880s; however the only structure standing at 10 E. State St. was the home of M. F. Pierce which was removed by force due to a fire ordinance enforced by the city. In 1899, Wells christened his “Columbia” building and it was first occupied by Meserve’s Clothing Store the following year. Only a few years later in 1902 the Redlands City Directory shows the upstairs of 10 E. State St. was utilized as a meeting lodge for a fraternal organization founded during the American Civil War named The Knights of Pythias.

By the late 1930s, the building was home to a chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The City of Redlands leased the VFW hall to host community dances and as a recreation center. The city continued its usage of the building through the 1940s. Following the end of World War II (1945) the VFW moved to a different location. According to the City of Redlands Archives usage of the second floor of the Columbia building during this time is lacking.
The building was most recently purchased in 2012 and the second floor has been completely restored with some modern updates. It is understood that the upstairs portion of 10 E. State St. was utilized during the Prohibition Era (1922-1933) as a speakeasy (aka. illegal drinking spots).
Speakeasy on State is still equipped with its red light which helped indicate to customers the need to hide all alcohol. 

Upbeat San Diego wedding shines in Multi Colorful Spanish Village

Jasmine & Daniel's compatibility was undeniable from the beginning. They met online and after their first date they both told their best friends that they'd found 'the one'! The colorful nature of San Diego's Spanish Village at Balboa Park complimented this wedding couple and their guests so well. Their bright personalities shined through and since the Groom is a brew master at a local San Diego brewery everyone enjoyed the 'pour it yourself' beer taps and a wine station. Daniel's best friend Ben became ordained and performed the ceremony and his personal experiences with the couple made this bright and happy day of love all the more special. 

Wedding Vendor Credits: 

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography
Makeup Artist: Alyssa Medeiros
DJ: Arthur Djartistic Mitchell
Cake Designer: Azucar
Etsy Designer: BridalRings Designed by Irina
Dress Store: Demetrios Bridal
Floral Designer: Green Fresh Florals
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Warehouse
Caterer: Paella Valenciana
Linens and Coverings: PATTY'S LINEN RENTALS
Reception Venue: Spanish Village at Balboa Park


Floral Artist Anna Nguyen of Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs on Outdoor Wedding Decor

Floral Artist Anna Nguyen of Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs  gives us some fabulous inspiration on San Diego Outdoor Wedding Decor... with beautiful arch structures by Concepts Event Design laden with flowers, to arrangements just for chairs, to aisle defining designs, altars and chupahs, this girl knows her outdoor floral design! These two very different decor settings offer a glimpse of this talented florist's range. The first setting shows Anna's expert use of monochromatic design; the white on white flowers with white arch, white chairs, white columns create a clean yet classic wedding ceremony set up, note the petals have hints of blush pink to add depth and interest to all the white. Anna's knack for eye popping color is clearly visible in the purple and orange designs. Her mix of forest greens and a hint of bright pink enhances the rich sheer purple drapes and variegated bamboo chairs to create a tropical and modern style chupah. 

Ribbons, ribbons and more ribbons: a bevy of beautiful backdrops for your photos!

Ribbon backdrops are all the rage and one look tells you why - they add dimension and depth to your background (well made backdrops have strips that are hand torn and tied with frayed edges adding to its movement and character ) yet do not fight with the subject of a photo [you!]

Handmade ribbon backdrops by With Love Event Decor are perfect for a photoshoot or event back drop [hide that ugly wall]. And design bonus: you can re purpose them post event as adorable curtains [hello baby's room!].  

(sorry adorable baby not included!)

(sorry adorable baby not included!)

Hand made ribbon backdrops are perfect for many wedding staged areas like:

  1. dessert table
  2. photo booth
  3. cake smash
  4. doorways
  5. photography prop
  6. bridal showers
  7. and more! 

Need a matching highchair skirt? With Love Event Decor has got you covered!  

With Love Event Decor makes each backdrop to order so you get exactly what you want!

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!

Design, Decor and Stylings by Artist and Designer Lauren Sharon

Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design is San Diego’s oldest and largest vintage rentals company- they specialize in vintage and antique furniture rentals for weddings. We stopped in to get owner, Lauren Kimmons’ take on how to build the perfect lounge. “You don’t need a lot of furniture to make an impact as long as it’s styled appropriately.” Check out the full Design & Decor Gallery by Lauren here...

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

Adorable ring pillows with a vintage feel and lots of sweetness

Take a peek at how sweet these handmade ring pillows are for your ring bearer! Created by  Cultivar and sold on Esty we think these are just the cutest things! 

Cultivar started as an accident and opened with no plan or expectations. While recovering and bedridden after brain surgery in 2009, Katie Jeanne Reim began experimenting with making fabric flowers for her new short haircut. With so much time on her hands, a few flowers quickly turned into a living room full. 

As Katie grew stronger and was able to spend more time off the couch, she started a small online shop and posted a few flowers which quickly sold and motivated her to keep going and make more pieces. In the years that followed, Cultivar evolved into a real business and a very full time job.

All of Cultivar creations flowers start with reclaimed or new fabric and are hand cut, hand molded and hand sewn. Owner Katie Jeanne Reim says "I am addicted to searching for vintage jewelry, antique lace and romantic supplies to add to my creations. I just love being able to create the perfectly unique piece for a bride to show off on her wedding day and to treasure forever after....


...I have been overwhelmed with the love and support I’ve received from my customers. I may work long hours but I find joy in every minute of it. I am incredibly grateful to have my health and to spend every day doing what I love."

Candlelight's glow and Autumn's richest colors make for one gorgeous styled shoot!

This beautiful styled shoot called "Fig & Fawn" was inspired by Autumn's deep, rich colors and the warmth and glow of candlelight. What could be more romantic?! We love the richness of deep plum, combined with the softness of rustic grey, contrasted with the metallic copper. 

Bringing mixed metals and unique materials together created an amazing dimension of effects through pattern, color and texture. From the vintage furniture to the tablescapes, the couture wedding dress to the vibrant jewelry, nothing speaks more to rustic elegance than this eclectic mix. The tables were designed with vintage black china, gold silverware and handpicked goblets along with deep plum napkins and hand calligraphy wooden place cards. Adding incredible depth were the florals of amnesia and lavender roses, thistle, Queen Anne's lace, silver dollar eucalyptus and copper painted succulents draping down from above and across the table. The table was finished with gorgeous high-backed vintage chairs and the glow from numerous tiered brass candle sticks. Romantic and charming, we hope that this inspires all couples who are currently planning a vintage fall wedding! Please click any image to see the whole styled shoot feature...enjoy!

and the artists who brought you this gorgeous shoot are....

Photographer: Stegela Photography
Venue:  The Bash Boutique
Designer:  Couture Events
Gown/ Fashion: Elle Bridal Boutique
Floral:  Dinah's Floral Studio
Makeup/hair:  Unveiled Bridal Beauty
Calligrapher: Four Things Paper
Rentals:   CC Vintage Rentals
Cake:  Jenny Wenny Cakes
Baker: Le Parfait Paris
Tablescape Rentals:  Not My Dish
Model: Camilla Thurman

Keeping cool at outdoor events the Intent Way

Intent Productions is the most fabulous outdoor shade in the world! Chosen by London's Fashion Week and other top event producers the Intent collection of specialty tents and canopies are like no others! 

Unlike traditional old school tenting Intent Productions creates maximum shade with minimum set up and obstruction.

Intent's stretch tents are rigged at festivals all over the world. Used for stage covers, bar tents, 2000 capacity venues, VIP areas and trader tents as well as private retreats away from the throngs.

They also produce unique structures catered to your specific needs, with the ability to utilize trussing for extra height and install over platforms to create a multi-level venue.

Source: http://www.intentproductions.com/