Local Event Designer Celebrates Her Own Beautiful Wedding Day with Style and Heart

Local Event Designer Christine Ong of Lavish Wed knows weddings! This sweet and savvy girl celebrated her own wedding day with beauty, style, heart and a happily ever after! To celebrate her 1 year anniversary [already!!?] we showcase her swoon-worthy, dreamy white wedding. <3!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Cinematography | ENCOR STUDIO

Photography | Arina B Photograph

Wedding Planner | Lavish Wedding

Bridal Prep Venue | The Westgate Hote

Ceremony Venue | USD Immaculata Catholic Church

Reception Venue | Harbor Island Drive Park

Bridal Makeup | Love P Beaut

Bridal Hair |  SoCal Hair & Makeu

Priest | Father Gary Sanders

Organ | Leslie K. Gereghty

Harpist | Mary Shurtleff

Violinist | Spags Jennifer Spingol

Caterer | HS Catering & Event

Appetizer Bar Display| Mimi Totah

Sushi Bar | Sushi Affair

Rentals | Chiavari Chairs of San Diego, Platinum Event Rentals, Rustic Events, Concepts Event Design

Bar Service | The Traveling Tavern

Coffee Bar | Euro Bar

Floral Decor | ArtQuest Flower

Cake | Cute Cakes 

Band | Republic of Music

Uplighting | Party People SD

Videographer | Encor Studio

Transportation | Rolls Livery Featuring Rolls-Royce Wedding Car, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego

Painter | Miles Pelk/ Tom H Faga

Photobooth | Nine10 Photobooth Image

Champagne Popper | Premiere Sabrage Champagne

Stationery | Take Note! Creation

Back Bridal Jewelry | De La Luna

Bridal Dress | Michael Costello

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Friar Tux Sho

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus

 

Bringing the garden inside with a styled shoot at one of San Diego's loveliest wedding venues

An indoor wedding venue feels like a beautiful outdoor garden ceremony location with a styled shoot that brings the beauty of nature inside.

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." wrote Author Frances Hodgson Burnett in the classic story 'The Secret Garden'.

We are starting the month of December with a warm indoors secret garden styled shoot feature! The amazing team that styled this wedding shoot wanted to turn the beautiful Luce Loft wedding venue into a forgotten garden dreamscape both industrial and overgrown with a touch of whimsical. With its white-washed brick, concrete and copper elements this shoot brings a beautiful contrast of industrial against naturally wild botany like ferns and ivy. Most San Diego wedding vendors see their fair share of outdoor weddings, but Luce Loft has amazing indoor venues as well that was captured here by Fog and Dawn Photography. Creating a theme that brought the garden inside brings inspiration for couples who are getting married in San Diego's cooler Winter months.

Vendor Credits:  

Photography:  Fog and Dawn Photography

Locale: Luce Loft


Event Design:  Always Flawless Productions

Bridal Fashion: BHLDN

Florals: Blue Ladder Botany

Furnishings:  Folklore Vintage Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Jessica Tyransky Hair & Makeup

Paper Props: Sunkissed Paper

Cake Designer: Sweet As Bliss

Event Designer: The Lion House

Giant flowers for a giant impact on your wedding decor celebrate Spring!

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Handmade giant flowers are all the rage for weddings this year! Check out some of our favorite artists online and have your own romantic garden at your wedding, in a photo booth, or at home on your wall, anytime of year, indoor or out! 

Papers to Petals (above 4 images) makes lovely, work-of-art, paper flower backdrops for weddings and events.

And we are just starry eyed over local San Diegan Starry Eyed Events who not only does gorgeous flowers (above) but can do charming butterflies and giant lettering for personalized backdrops! 

Dela Design Studio (above) in England makes jeweled  flowers from fabric and a lot more!

And sweet Etsy entrepreneur Rachel Quinonez of Lavish Inspirations (above) makes dynamic floral walls that we love for special events, home decor (hello baby's room!) and anytime you want to feel happy! Imagine getting a bouquet of these on Valentine's Day!

And then there's the bold and brilliant The Bleu Dahlia (above) stopping people in their tracks with her floral walls and obvious eye for design.

Happy Spring from all of us at SanDiegoWedding.com and #lovetotallyplanlocally !

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!

Lavender Blue dilly dilly, a charming outdoor wedding at Quail Haven Farm in Bonsall

An olde English song from the late 17th century goes:

"Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly, lavender's green, When I am king, dilly, dilly, You shall be queen. Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so? 'Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so."  

With satchels of Lavender lending a delicate element to the day, The Battaglia's wedding unfolded on a warm October day, with moody skies and turned into a love-filled celebration of lavender and gold worthy of a modern day king and queen. Lovingly photographed by Great Woodland Photography you can see the whole wedding here...

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!

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

Our Editor speaks to The Union Tribune about wedding cake....grab a slice!

We love wedding cake and Editor Pamela Ann Noxon was happy to share her thoughts about this lovely (and delicious) tradition with the Union Tribune newspaper today. Check out some awesome Cake Bakers in our Resources section. 

&nbsp;And thanks a bunch to  True Photography  for the gorgeous cake photo for the article!

 And thanks a bunch to True Photography for the gorgeous cake photo for the article!

You can taste lots of yummy wedding cake at the February 14 Wedding Party EXPO!

Bring your honey, your mom or your best friend to this exciting wedding fair, but get your tickets now.  

Save 10% on any parasols with Pamela's Parasols hot Summer special. Plan ahead to keep your cool at your outdoor wedding and order now!

Now Is the perfect time to take advantage of this Summer special. Beat the heat in style at your wedding with a beautiful Designer Parasol that complements your gown and event style. Special applies to bulk Parasols for guests too! 

As seen in German VOGUE, The Anna parasol has Chantilly lace overlay, Alencon lace border, scattered pearl detail and a blusher veil. Detachable full length veil available.&nbsp;

As seen in German VOGUE, The Anna parasol has Chantilly lace overlay, Alencon lace border, scattered pearl detail and a blusher veil. Detachable full length veil available. 

Pamela's Parasols uses the finest fabrics and laces (Alencon lace shown here is imported by the crafters who made the lace for Kate Middleton's wedding gown)  to create beautiful accessories for outdoor weddings and events.

Pamela's Parasols uses the finest fabrics and laces (Alencon lace shown here is imported by the crafters who made the lace for Kate Middleton's wedding gown)  to create beautiful accessories for outdoor weddings and events.

Make a wish and send it off...we're obsessed with Flying Wish Paper

We just LOVE Flying Wish Paper by http://www.flyingwishpaper.com - you write your wish on this special paper, light it and watch is float up to the heavens. So sweet and very romantic and perfect for your reception tables to get your guests wishing upon your forever together! 

looks like we're not alone in our obsession...the talented artists at i art u even made a film about it!

Staying cool at your San Diego wedding

 

San Diego hosts over 30,000 weddings a year for a good reason. It is usually sunny and gorgeous. But it can get quite hot here, especially inland, and contrary to popular songs, it does rain here.

Outdoor events must have adequate shade for guests, children, older folks and bridal party. Consider water, lemonade or iced tea for guests who will arrive early and parasols, fans, rented market umbrellas or tenting to provide reduced temperature and UV protection. No one likes to sweat in formalwear and full makeup - not you, your guests or your wedding professionals for that matter.

Also be sure to keep an eye on children and the elderly who may be especially susceptible to warm temperatures on such an exciting day! Keep them shaded and hydrated with healthy beverages. And as for guests remember alcoholic drinks may seem refreshing but actually end up causing dehydration so have plenty of water stations available.

Thanks to Zelo Photography for these beautiful images of a San Diego wedding. See more by top wedding photographers Zelo on their site.

Photos by Zelo Photography  

Photos by Zelo Photography  

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Let everyone eat cake!

Did you know we have an awesome section on our site just for cake and dessert vendors like the amazing gluten-free 2good2b, Artistic Wedding cakes by the Grove, Kuba Kreations,  Jennywennycakes and more... check it out! 

Jennywennycakes does great cake!

Jennywennycakes does great cake!

  Artistic wedding cakes the the Grove

 Artistic wedding cakes the the Grove

2good2b gluten free delicious wedding cake &nbsp;  

2good2b gluten free delicious wedding cake    

Kuba Kreations

Kuba Kreations