“Thank You” matters as much as “I Love You”!

We love this hand-lettered easel sign by Lavender and Sea, one of our favorite lettering artists, for many reasons. Of course it’s charming and beautifully done like everything they do, but the message it conveys is everything. Because in all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and celebrating and getting down the aisle, today’s wedding couple needs to makes sure to make time to say thank you in old-fashioned ways to their guests....and that means saying it and showing it. 

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Love of Nature Inspires an Eco Friendly Safari Wild Animal Park Wedding

For a couple who met at the Circus and wed at the Zoo there just has to be a good story! So get this....Aaron meets Kat while performing in the circus! Kat is stage manager; when the show was done they kept trying to make/find excuses to hang out with each other.  So Kat and Aaron "Met in the Circus, and got married at the Zoo".  And it just keeps getting better!  Another thing we love about this wedding is that Bride Katherine Turkle felt strongly about having an eco friendly wedding, one that did not generate a lot of waste for environmental reasons. Getting married at the Safari Park [the San Diego Safari Wild Animal Park is so eco-conscious and does so much good for endangered species and more] was the perfect fit for a wedding location! The bride wore her mom's dress, that was her grandmother's before that with original Alencon lace on the hem from her grandmother's wedding in the 1940's!

Says Katherine "I always make an effort to vote with my dollars so knowing that I was writing a check to an organization with an environmentally conscientious spending record was a relief."

On GREEN-ing up, Kat says.  "We made adjustments like not serving bottled water at the wedding and carefully selecting decorations that would be up-cycled/ re-purposed and not thrown away. We made extensive effort to have as little paper waste as possible. Wedding invitations were on Paperlesspost.com. I designed a google form for our guest RSVP options, I also designed our wedding website, sent email updates, and google documents to coordinate the wedding paper-free." We hope you enjoy looking through this day of sharing love and conscious decisions, all of which made the world a better place.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Venue + Catering:  San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Wedding Photographer:  Lori Serocki Photography
Transportation: Sun Diego Charter
Invitations: Paperless Post
Hand Painted Plank: Creela Villiani
Centerpiece Candles Handmade by Groom
Bridal Gown Private Collection Heirloom Dress
Alterations: Elaines of Palo Alto
Event Decor / Florist: Blooms By The Box
Wedding Cakes:  Susie Cakes
Hair Stylist:  Kelly Scanlan of Salon Soule
Entertainment:  Nicole Gymober
Photo Bus photo booth: The Photobus

Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Ceremony: African Plains Overlook lawn
Reception: Mombasa Island Pavilion

Love is Love! Happy 2nd Anniversary of Marriage Equality & Pride Month from SanDiegoWedding.com!

It's LGBTQ pride month and June 26 celebrates 2 years of full marriage equality in the U.S.!  Here at SanDiegoWedding.com we have always celebrated that love is love. We had a chance to catch up with Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute who reminds us that there are plenty of ways to celebrate and honor our LGBTQ friends and family with love [like sharing this beautiful San Diego wedding shown here]. Bernadette shares a few interesting finds from the world of LGBTQ weddings to accompany these stunning images by San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda Photography....enjoy!

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  • Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons married his longtime partner in a beautiful wedding in NYC in May.
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  • Canada has a beautiful new stamp honoring the passage of their marriage equality law in 2005.
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    Happy Pride! 

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    Happy Father's Day! Enjoy these 'Dad Moments' from 14 Weddings and Give Your Dad [or Dads] a Hug.

    Happy Father's Day San Diego!! We hope you enjoy these lovely, heart-melting 'Dad moments' photos by various amazing  San Diego wedding photographers.  From walking their baby down the aisle, to that special dance, to feeling the love, and beaming with pride and joy; we hope you feel the love from these photos and remember to give your dad [or dads!] a hug and express your love for him today! 

    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 luscious black and gold wedding at Torrey Pines celebrates in classic style

    There's nothing quite like a classic black and gold wedding setting to raise the bar of a celebration! This local La Jolla wedding is a beautiful, rich take on this classic color combo enhanced by the addition of The Lodge at Torrey Pines's outstanding sunset views!! 

    Photography: Great Woodland Photography

    Venue: The Lodge At Torrey Pines

    Event Planner:  Victoria Wedding & Events

    Bridal Gown Designer: Anne Barge Bridal

    Florals: Virginia Holt Flowers

    DJ:  Injoy Entertainment

    Cake:  Flour Power

    Second Shooter Photographer:  Lovely You Photography

    Dress Salon: The Bustle Bridal Boutique

    The exciting and thoughtful designs of designer Gemy Maalouf

    Are you looking for something genuinely unique for your big walk down the aisle? Well look no further than the exciting design from brilliant Lebanese designer, Gemy Maalof.

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    Gemy Maalouf was born and raised in Lebanon, where she grew up surrounded by the colorful materials at her father’s fabric factory. Little did she know at such a young age that she was about to embark on a life-long journey into the world of fashion, despite her parents’ wish that she study law. Further motivating her choice of career was her captivation with the designer gowns she saw on models gracing catwalks and on celebrities walking the red carpet during her adolescence. As a result, she decided that she would bring a novel approach to the industry by making haute couture more accessible to women. 

    Building on her desire to create simple yet intricate formal wear for sexy, modern, young and active woman with attitude, Gemy quickly developed an exceptional eye for fashion. Cultivating her innate artistic talent, she first began designing gowns for friends and neighbors at just 17 years old and gradually increased her acumen for design, working in small workshops to bring her beautiful creations to life. 

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    By 1996, Gemy was ready to open her first atelier in Beirut, making her dream of becoming a globally recognized designer a reality. From the onset of her career, she stayed true to her initial vision and launched her first line of clothing under her name, embodying all the high-end qualities and luxury of the haute couture. The release of the collection met with much acclaim and only four years after starting her label, she reached the fashion world’s center stage when she became one of the first Lebanese designers to show at the Salon du “Prêt a Porter” in Paris. 

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    Not one to remain satisfied with the status quo, Gemy soon sought other avenues through which she could expand her innovative designs and took an ambitious step by bringing her unique flair to the fashion-conscious bride in 2004 with the GEMY MAALOUF Bridal line. In 2006, she once again embraced progress and change with her GEMY “Le Prêt” line, which provides a complete range of formal attire, from tops and skirts to short dresses. Finally in 2007, feeling the increasing demand for her designs from a niche of clientele with lower budgets, Gemy launched her 2nd line Beside Couture by GEMY providing the style at more affordable prices.

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    Darling Vintage Wedding Warms Hearts at Equestrian Center

    Sweet pink roses, baby's breath, cacti and eucalyptus, handmade decor and details at an Equestrian Center in rural Murietta, California all added up to an effortless and very personal day full of sunshine that mirrored the warmth of Amy and Jeff's love. See the complete wedding here....

    Source: http://www.sandiegowedding.com/darling-vintage-equestrian-center

    Buttery, creamy, soft, and luscious…each bite of Sugar Mamma Caramel is a gift made with love.

    A delicious treat for wedding favors, dessert bars or candy bars, Sugar Mamma Caramels are the yummiest caramel you've ever tasted! Give them out to your guests individually or at a dessert buffet, send them as thank you's to your friends and family post wedding or just take them on your honeymoon to indulge on the beach! 

    Using only the highest quality ingredients with no additives or preservatives, Sugar Mamma Caramels.  All their caramels are made in small batches, entirely hand-crafted in their kitchen in San Diego, California.

    Consider your life complete ... the award winning Donut Bar does weddings!

    Whatever your day may have brought you that was less than pleasant it matters not now... Donut Bar is here to revive your spirit and help you remember that life in San Diego is good...and tasty...and warm....and sweet! Just like, yes, a delicious fresh donut from Donut Bar.

    Can't say any more - must get in car and go to Donut Bar - fresh donuts are calling. 

    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. 

     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.