Super Hip Cocktail Reception Seating Area Shows Off Pacific Beach Style

Oh Pacific Beach! You have your own groove don't you and we love you!! The Catamaran Resort in 'PB' has its own groove too - a little beachy, a little tropical, a dose of hip, and a lot of Southern California style makes for a great combo - and so does this cocktail reception arrangement by Witty Rentals photographed by the talented Amy Lynn of By Amy Lynn Photography along the bay at The Catamaran Resort - we think this whole scene is one that you will love! 

A Peek Down the Aisle as it All Comes Together at a Beautiful San Diego Wedding

The ceremony arch is set, the flowers are perfectly placed, and the guests are about to arrive. It's so exciting when it has all come together and the love and joy are about to commence. San Diego event planner Melissa Barrad of I do Weddings snapped this quick photo of the calm before the joy and we love this styling! Retro plastic shell chairs by Witty Rentals, [view by San Diego, California of course] and the talented Organic Flora did the florals and arch. Love everything about this aisle.


Temecula Winery wedding styled shoot brings sweet blush and red together for a big MUAH! of wedding style!

The red rose, as your probably know, is a symbol of passion and true love. And this styled wedding shoot, by the new wedding and events team at Bella Vista Winery in Temecula's wine country, is a classic portrayal of love and romance! The inspiration for this 'in house' styled shoot was color and texture: with the super popular palette of blush, with pops of burgundy, and the drama of some and navy mixed textures from shiny metals to soft sheer fabrics, this styled shoot created a tableau both elegant and rustic. With sheer fabric, embossed fabric, shiny metals, crystals; these beautiful arrangements offered a variety of textures and colors as well as enhancing the delicate china. And the flowers! 

Editor's note: usually a 'Styled Shoot' means a planned shoot using models but here the shoot was personalized by having a real couple (David and Carly) with Carly in a custom designed gown - a lovely silk mermaid silhouette with french lace adorned with scallop trim - made by local designer Jaime Elyse, and the groom in a classic, slim fit, navy peak lapel tuxedo with navy accessories from Class-Act Tuxedo. We think this take on classic romantic, pink and blue is a beautiful expression of true love!  

Photographer:  Matty Fran Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: A Class Act Tuxedo//Event Venue: Bella Vista Winery//Floral Designer: Heather Christan Designs LLC//Dress Designer:Jaime Elyse Official//Makeup Artist:Tamara O'Shell//Hair Stylist:Tamara O'Shell//Design and Decor: Temecula Valley Party and Event Rentals //Coordinator: Dapper & Posh Weddings and Events

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


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  

Let Them Eat Cake! A Fabulous Marie Antoinette Wedding Styled Shoot in Pastels and Michelle Hebert Gowns

"Let them eat cake" she said and this time we agree! We love this pastel colored "Marie Antoinette" wedding styled shoot that showcases some queenly style and delicious and dreamy Michelle Hebert Bridal Gowns! This over the top styled shoot is just the right sweet spot with fun mode styling with pinks and blues and roses and crystals and macarons and beautiful decor that we're sure extravagant Marie would've adored! 

Photographer:  London Light Photography//Cinema and Video: Audrey Alba Films//Jewelry: Excavade //Calligrapher:Kindred Calligraphy//Bakery:Little Hunny Cakery //Apparel: Michelle Hebert//Bakery: Monika's Macarons EaT Marketplace//Makeup Artist:Pro Hair and Make Up Artist //Design and Decor: Rickety Swank//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Salvage Soul//Floral Designer: Soiree Design & Events//Reception Venue: The Humphreys Estate//Other: The Mrs Box//

4 bridal crowns that will make you feel like a Queen on your wedding day

Many people talk about wanting to feel like a princess on their wedding day but we think it's better to straighten that crown and feel like a queen!  Wearing a crown gets you in touch with the empowered beautiful and regal soul that you are and these four crowns by uber bridal accessory designer Justine M Couture (Kleinfeld New York and Kleinfeld Canada's favorite and best selling accessory designer!) will have you enjoying your wedding day like royalty!

The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown by Justine M Couture

The Florence Crown with 13 pieces of large diamond filigree create a full oval crown decorated with Swarovski baguette, princess and navette cut rhinestones in silver, gold , rose gold or white metal silver stones.

The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown by Justine M Couture

The Mermaids Purse Crown, molded filigree encrused with Swarovski rhinestones and mother of pearl flowers in antique silver metal.

The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sirens Crown by Justine M Couture

The Sitens Crown is a tall, vintage soft silver filigree decorated with rhinestone chain and Swarovski rhinestones.

The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown by Justine M Couture  

The Windsor Crown has an antique base Spanish filigree encrusted with Swarovski rhinestones and chain creating a tall regal crown in soft sillver.


Born in Southeast England, to a family of French and English lineage, Lead Designer of the Justine M Couture collections, Justine Louise Helena Murray, brings a sophisticated marriage of the romantic, feminine flair of French style and the tradition and regal elegance of English aristocracy, to all her jewelry and veil designs.

Traveling the world collecting ideas and inspiration, Justine made her home in Southern California and in 2002 created The Tiara Room, a charming and popular retail boutique offering her own designs to Southern California brides and event stylists.

From this hands-on beginning with bridal clients, Justine evolved into designing solely for retail boutiques around the world and the Justine M Couture collection was born.

Justine M Couture offers discerning brides a distinct alternative to traditional accessory styling. The collection aims to capture the imagination through extensive use of eclectic materials, raising the level of bridal fashion to that of artistry.

Justine believes Each piece I create is its own unique work of art that hails back to a time when elegance in fashion was more important than a passing trend” 

The 2015/2016 Justine M Couture collection reflects both her English and French heritage.  Her pieces relate both a vintage appeal and a contemporary impact, with a timeless classical foundation that is the key to its appeal and success with brides everywhere. Culling from a wide range of components; from laces to filigree metals, the Justine M Couture line captures attention worldwide.