Bienvenido Baja! This Featured Wedding is Beautiful and The Best Day Ever!

South of the Border down Mexico way, locals know the most amazing spot to take in all the culture, beauty, food, wine and festivities that is Rosarito Beach in Baja California, Mexico!  Tony and Maleni enjoyed such a beautiful, heartfelt and fun ocean front wedding at Villa del Paraiso, an amazing estate wedding venue that brought all their family and friends together for one very good time! Tony was so stylish in his very on trend blue suit and when he saw Maleni in her wedding dress, he was overwhelmed with love and joy! What a joy it must've been to be at this wedding fiesta which overflowed with the beauty of the rugged coastline, the sunsets, the margaritas, the music. And it's obvious that, most importantly, Tony and Maleni were carried through the evening by the love, joy, and hopes for a great future from all their loved ones.  

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Wedding Venue Spotlight: Villa del Paraiso in Baja, Mexico 

Whether it is relaxing by listening the rolling stones that are shifting in the tide on our beach, or the waiting for the flash of green at sunset with 40 of your best friends, or waiting to hear “I do” during a ceremony on our rolling grass lawn - Villa del Paraiso is perfect for whatever story you want to create. This ocean front property boasts private villas, gorgeous views, amazing amenities, and more. Privacy is the key word when entering this lavish estate with a 24 hour security guard and secure parking for all guests. Although you are entering one estate, in essence you are in 15 individual villa retreats to share. The rooms have been beautifully furnished with king size beds, sitting areas, private balconies and unique individually designed bathrooms. A short drive south of San Diego you can indulge in the Baja experience and enjoy authentic Mexican food, wineries, culture, beaches, horseback riding and crafts made by the local artisans. You don't have to tell us twice, vamos

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Reception Venue: Villa del Paraiso//Photographer: CR Photography//

Super Fun Beach Wedding Shows that with True Love Baby You're a Firework!

Have you ever had two friends that in the back of your head you just *know* would be such a good match? Well a few of Brittany and Matt’s friends already knew this. They would keep saying “you really need to meet Matt”, and Brittany got so annoyed with this phrase after awhile, that she really started wondering, “ok, who is this character?”. Well one day, fate would have to step in to get these two to meet. Stagecoach happened. Brittany and Matt were finally to meet. And when they did their were instant sparks. He kept chasing her for the rest of the weekend, and there after. They became inseparable, and seven years later, Matt knew it was time to ask an important question. Brittany retells it from her side below...

“My little sister Ashley shared with us in September, that she would be having her college graduation in December that year! She shared with us how important it was to her that we make it. About a week before our trip I got a phone call from my father with tips on what to pack. And he shared with us that the day after my sister’s graduation day he had a “family fun day surprise” planned for all of us and we were to dress warm but nice. And he kept emphasizing we all pack “nice sweaters”. I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty intuitive person, but when I tried to guess family pictures was on the list of family fun, I never thought I would actually be right! On the morning of “Family Fun Day” and I woke up to find I had slept in and wasn’t going to have time to wash my hair before we left for our day! Panicking of course I jokingly said to my dad “I swear if we take family pictures today with my hair this dirty you’re dead!” I was calmed down and assured that wasn’t what we were doing and we rushed off to our first destination. Now anyone that knows me knows my favorite movie of ALL TIME is of course “The Notebook”. Funny enough, the day before I mentioned to my family it had always been a dream of my mine to hunt down the plantation they filmed part of the movie at right there in Charleston. Well as soon as we pulled in to our first destination and I saw the line of giant beautiful Oak Trees I almost burst out into tears !!! My dream of seeing the Boone Hall Plantation where they filmed many scenes from the movie was RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES! We spent a beautiful day touring the property. And being the Naggy Nancy I am I even made a spiteful comment about how perfect it would be if Matt had decided to propose to me at the place my favorite love story was filmed in front of my whole family. Haha real smooth Brittany!...."

"We finished up our last tour and all sat down together to have a snack which ended quickly due to my dad realizing we were almost late to the next part of the surprise! Next part?! I would have been happy ending with that! We all scramble to the car and I spent the next 20 minutes matter of factually trying to guess that we were on our way to go take family pictures! Again being told I had no idea what I was talking about I decided to give up and enjoy the ride. Finally my dad broke the silence and said “Ok Brittany, here’s a hint. If you need to take the next 10 minutes to spruce yourself up ,you might want to go ahead and do that! You were right, we’re taking family photos.” I KNEW IT !! Panicking I started messing with my now dirty AND windblown hair from being outside all day, globing on the makeup, and getting ready for these pictures. We arrive at a beautiful neighborhood in Charleston that was surrounded by dream like scenery. We pulled into a woody area off the main road and jumped out of the car to meet our photographer! The sun was setting and it was getting chilly so we immediately followed her plan of family photos, daddy daughter, then couples.

We began several different poses together but after being instructed to place my hand on his chest I soon realized Matt’s heart was POUNDING!!!! I looked at him concerned and asked if he was ok because his heart was beating out of his chest!! He played it off like he didn’t know what I was talking about. So I just thought it had to do with the fact that we were kind of on the spot in front of everyone and we’d never taken pictures like this before! In our next pose she asked that Matt turn towards me and place his hands under my chin. We faced each other and he looked at me like I’ve never seen him look at me before and said, “Brittany you are so beautiful.” He seriously said that looking through my soul!! I immediately was taken back and wanted to cry! And for some reason my initial reaction was to pull away as I was sure my face was beat red! And that is the moment he pulled me back and I realized this was it! The moment I’ve been dreaming out since our first dance at stagecoach so many years before. I was so caught off guard I BURST into tears immediately and was overwhelmed with every emotion that could run through my heart and head at once!! The best part of his whole proposal was turning to my family to find out they were in on it the whole time! Here I was thinking I was there to surprise my sister on her big graduation weekend, yet my family had been planning all of this right under my nose! Matt had asked my dad for my hand prior to this weekend on Thanksgiving and they had been planning how to make this all come together long before I came up with surprising Ashley for her graduation! JOKES ON ME! This day was a fairy tale.”

To continue that fairy tale, Brittany and Matt chose the beautiful Serendipity Garden Weddings venue to tie the knot, and they did so on the 4th of July! Now they get to celebrate their anniversary every year with a day off and end it with fireworks across the sky. 

Photographer:  Shelly Anderson Photography//Cinema and Video: Weddings By Lex//Veils and headpieces:Blanca Veils //Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Dress Designer:Haley Paige //Invitation Designer: Jolie & Co//Bakery: Elise Cakes//Cake Designer: Michelles Bakery//Makeup Artist: Prive Beauty Group//Caterer: The Taco Guy//DJ: Musical Phunktions//Design and Decor:Out of the Dust Rentals//Floral Designer: Flowers etc//Event Planner: Perfectly Poised Events//Event Venue: Serendipity Garden Weddings//

Del Mar Wedding Celebrates True Love on the Beach and Those Who Serve in Style

Games, the beach, the ocean, friends, family and fun and our fave the military saber arch (sword salute)! This charming wedding on the beach celebrates true love and those who serve, in style!

Danny is in the Marine Corps and due to, deployments and training it took this gorgeous couple (who are already legally married) tow years to finally have time to have their dream wedding! The wedding theme was beachy natural earthy colors -gray, champagne/ivory, dusty mint, sage, blush and the bride Jacque even did her own flowers! Their romantic and intimate ceremony was on the beach in the sand at the Del Mar Beach Resort in Camp Pendleton. After, the guests enjoyed beach games such as Jenga, Cornhole, Ringtoss at the Cocktail hour. Their lively reception was in a tent on the beach directly behind the ceremony site, where there was lots of dancing, fun party props/hats and S'mores! The fun Bride and Groom had special military themed cookies and donuts instead of a cake!  

Photographer:   Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Event Venue: MCCS Del Mar Beach Resort//Floral Designer:Jacque Schreiner//Dress Designer:BHLDN//Officiant:James Eason//Bridesmaid Dresses:ShowMeYourMumu//DJ:Nick Weiss Music//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Caterer:Issac's Catering//Musicians:Nick Weiss Music//

Love Marks the Spot in this Gorgeous San Diego Beachside Wedding Styled Shoot

If you love anything beachy or tropical for a wedding then you'll be saying "Mahalo!" for this lush and lovely wedding styled shoot! It starts with The Catamaran Resort in Mission Bay, with its lush tropical surroundings, beachside settings [the bay side of Mission Bay feels like you're on an island it's that peaceful and beautiful!], then add gorgeous floral table decor, boutonniere and fabulous Protea bouquet by the area's foremost floral "Kaha Ki'i" [that's Hawaiian for artist] Haydee of Haydee's Creative Flowers, who hails from the islands of Hawaii and brings so much Aloha to her work. Then add in charming island themed cake pops, wedding cake and desserts [love the pineapple design!] by Jennywenny Cakes, lovely tropical paper goods, light and stylish beachy wedding attire and have it all styled by expert event designer Nicole of Love Marks the Spot. Then, of course, have all this gorgeousness captured by the talented Justice Photo and there you have it: the perfect beachside tropical wedding inspiration! Aloha to all and Happy New Year!

Waves Crashing, Sun Setting, This Toes in the Sand Beach Wedding was the Refreshing Low Key Event Everyone Wanted

Beach weddings! It's one of the main reasons why people love to get married in So Cal! Waves crashing, beautiful sun setting over the water, your toes in the sand and a tear in your eye as your heart fills with love and joy for your loved ones saying "I do!". This low key affair was exactly the stress free affair that Zac and Chelsea wanted. With a love as endless as the sea and as deep as the ocean, these two celebrated with a light hearted day of ease and joy with a close group of friends and family. And as the couple said their vows in front of the crashing waves and sunset it brought everyone to tears in a moment of pure bliss... which was followed, in true Southern California style, by tacos and margaritas! 

Vendor Credits:

Photography by Astray Photography

Bridal Gown by Designer Sottero Midgley

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Bride's hair, makeup, and floral were all DIY

Location Corona Del Mar Beach

Dreamy Beach Wedding Styled Shoot Inspires all Beach going Brides!

We all love the beach in So Cal! And it is especially fun to share a beautiful beachy bride wedding styled shoot with you! This dreamy, romantic meets boho styled shoot by Devyn Leone Photography has the model wearing a lace dress from Dainty Hooligan, and floral crown by Magsea Daisy with gorgeous sunbursts provided by Mother nature! This bridal session took place at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, CA at the iconic tower. 

Photographed by: Devyn Leone Photography
Bridal Gown by:  Dainty Hooligan
Flower Crown by: Magsea Daisy
Location: Laguna Beach Victoria Beach Tower

 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Nate + Natalie's All American Beachside Wedding Day

Men in Uniform. American flags, adorable pups, and..... donuts! It can't get much better than that combination! We love our Marines, (and all servicemen and women, of course) so when we saw Nate and Natalie's wedding, with its traditional crossed saber arch recessional, we jumped on sharing it with you. This north county beachside wedding was truly something red, white and blue, however, it wasn't just the uniforms, or decor and or beachside backdrop that we loved; the patriotic flair throughout was truly inspiring. So enjoy this sweet wedding with gratitude for our armed forces stationed around the world and in here in sunny San Diego. 

Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo Bridal//Event Planner: At Your Side Planning//DJ: Battleson Entertainment//Dress Designer: Brides by Demetrios//DJ:Bruce Battleson//Venue: Camp Pendleton//Caterer: Epic Eatz Food Truck//Jewelry: Justin & Taylor Handcrafted Jewelry//Beauty: Rebel Rebel Salon//Bar Caterer: Schlotzky's Bar Service//Bakery:SMOG (Doughnut Bar) //Floral Designer:Travis Payne

Saber Arch Etiquette at Weddings:
First and foremost the saber arch is a privilege accorded to service members only.

Officers and enlisted personnel in the bridal party wear formal dress uniforms in accordance with seasonal regulations of the services. White gloves are required for all saber or sword bearers, who are normally officers or NCOs. Military guests usually have the option to attend the wedding in uniform or appropriate civilian attire, but none may carry a saber or sword unless attired in a formal dress uniform.

Immediately after the marriage ceremony is officiated, the saber team positions itself in formation just outside the doorway, with typically six or eight saber bearers taking part. 

On the command, the saber team raises their sabers into a high arch, with tips nearly touching and the blades facing up and away from the bride and groom. As the newly married couple exits the building, the senior usher announces, "Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you (Rank) and Mr/s. (insert name)" This is modified when both parties are in the military.

The newlyweds proceed into the arch, and as the couple passes through, the last two saber bearers usually lower the sabers in front of the couple, detaining them momentarily. Before releasing the couple, the saber bearer to the couple's left gives the bride a gentle swat on her backside with his saber, announcing "Welcome to the (insert branch) Ma'am!" If the bride is in the military, this step is omitted. In some ceremonies, every pair of saber bearers may lower their sabers, stopping the couple from proceeding each time. One of the pair may say something along the lines of, "Kiss required to pass," and the bearers will not raise their sabers until the bride and groom share a kiss. After the couple leaves the arch, the saber team recovers on command and dissolves formation.

Only the bride and groom pass under the arch. It is also traditional at the wedding reception for the wedding cake to be cut with a saber or sword.

This La Jolla wedding video has us crying happy tears!

From drone footage of the La Jolla coastline to charming details, and perfectly timed editing with all the right moments, this La Jolla wedding highlight video definitely has as crying happy tears (and wishing we had crashed this one)!! Well done Stockham Media!!  

The couple shares their story: "We met at Joey’s house, the surf house in North PB, at the very end of college. We both went to UCSD, though he did a 5th year. We had hung out another time or 2, but always with a large group of people. Then a year later we ran into each other at Outside Lands in San Francisco. We hung out a lot that day, and I was the one that asked him for his number. He was the first one to wish me happy birthday at midnight that night (besides my sister and friend I was with).  Joey then had an “extra ticket” to a show in San Diego a couple weeks later, and I happened to be down there that same weekend. So our first “date” was the Handsome Furs at the Casbah. Then he had another ticket to another show, and by the third, he finally kissed me, and we’ve been together ever since, even when I moved to Hawaii for almost a year right as we started dating."

Kelly and Joseph were married at the Martin Johnson House in La Jolla, where the two attended college together.

Wedding Vendors:
Coordinator – Hailey Brew
Dress- Fleurish
Makeup Artist- Beauty by Elizabeth Root
Venue – Martin Johnson House
Hair Artist – The Hair & Makeup Box
Floral Design – Lora Allison
Photographer – Amy Bjornson
DJ – VOX DJs
Cake – Twiggs Bakery
Catering – Culinary Concepts

Laguna Beach Wedding Brings Two Cultures and One Family Together on Wedding Crush Wednesday

With Korean elements to honor the Groom's family this wedding celebrates love and unity and a perfect beach wedding day at the incredible oceanfront Seven4one in Laguna Beach! 

We asked Soompi for the scoop on Korean wedding traditions:  After the wedding is a short Korean ceremony called pyebaek, which is for family members only. The bride and groom will wear special wedding hanbok and will bow to their parents who are seated behind a low table stocked with traditional and symbolic wedding foods such as chestnuts, jujubes, and dried persimmons. The parents will bless the newlywed couple, and there will be an entertaining round of “catch the jujubes and chestnuts” to predict how many daughters and sons the couple will have! The mother of the bride will typically wear a pink or purple hanbok, and the mother of the groom will wear a blue hanbok. The rest of the female relatives may or may not wear hanbok, according to preference.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photography: Michelle Peterson Photography

Wedding Venue: Seven 4 One

Event Planner: Events by Robin

Wedding Video: High Tide Visuals

Wedding Florals: Inland Wholesale Flowers

Bridal Beauty: Mane Street Hair

Wedding Reception DJ: VOX DJs

Bridal Gown by Designer Vera Wang

Celebrate Summer with This New San Diego Beach Wedding Venue!

Hello Summer in San Diego and hello to the Cohn Restaurant Group's [the people that bring you The Prado, Coasterra, Vintana, BoBeau, Island Prime, C Level, and many more of the most fabulous places to celebrate your wedding in San Diego!] latest gem; the oceanfront SEA180°!

SEA180° Coastal Tavern is located in the Pier South Resort and features sweeping 180 degree views of the Coronado Islands, South Bay and Mexico.  With over 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space this venue is the perfect setting for meetings, receptions or any oceanside social affair.

Indoor Event Spaces at SEA180°include: 

  • Boca Rio Ballroom for up to 125 Guests
  • Boca Room & Rio Room: up to 50 Guests
  • Shore Break Boardroom: up to 15 Guests
  • Equipped 55” LED flat screen television 

Outdoor Event Spaces at SEA180° include: 

  • Pier View Terrace: up to 300 Guests
  • Alta Mar Rooftop: up to 100 Guests
  • Pool Side Terrace: up to 300 Guests 

The Surf Social (Semi Private): up to 16 Guests offers Indoor & Outdoor space combined.

As you can see this gorgeous venue offers the quintessential Southern California feeling for brides and grooms who want a beach wedding with all the amenities right on hand! 

Boho Styled Beach Wedding Inspiration Shoot Wows with Bright Palette and Style

This beautiful Boho Wedding Inspiration styled shoot starts our day off right with a bright color palette and elements of gold making a bold contrast to the lovely blue ocean, sky, and sand on a So Cal beach. 

The custom made parachute dress, bomber jacket, and kimono pillows were created by eco designer Deborah Lindquist. And we really like that the style and beauty team gave their lovely African American bride an enhanced, natural look, perfect for a beachside day of love and Boho wedding style. Welcome to the 'new boho'; bright, beautiful and fun! 

Photographer:  Raelyn Elizabeth Photography//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Bakery:Charly's Cakes//Model:David Shepherd//Dress Designer: Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture//Floral Designer: Flowersy by Alicia//Etsy Designer: Foswick Collectibles //Makeup Artist: Mimi The Hairstylist//

Bayfront Catamaran Wedding Celebrates with Summer Sunshine and Tropical Citrus Colors

The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in the beachside community of Pacific Beach, San Diego is the perfect spot for a couple looking for a sunny, vacation feeling, tropical style wedding. The resort's two-story waterfall in the lobby make for an inviting start to a fun filled day for guests and wedding party alike, not to mention their lush gardens that even include live parrots. Tasha and Mike had a beautiful first look which was followed by a sunset ceremony on the beach and their happy guests loved the tropical [grapefruits!!] theme that was carried all the way into the ballroom for the reception.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Amy Millard Creative Studio

Venue: Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

Photographer:  Amy Millard: Creative Studio //Event Planner: Adore Wedding Design//Floral Designer: Exquisite Designs by DLS//Cinema and Video:Lux Media//DJ:Party People San Diego//Makeup Artist: The Hair and Makeup Box//Cake Designer:Twiggs Bakery and Coffee House //Event Venue: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa//

Beautiful moody blue ocean wedding styled shoot brings mermaid style to life

A long time ago when Taryn Nagy Holland, lead photographer of Great Woodland Photography, was getting married, she discovered the Shack at Windansea in La Jolla and knew the location just begged to be properly styled and photographed. This Moody Ocean wedding styled shoot is a beautiful reflection of the subtle colors and energies of the ocean at La Jolla and of some beautiful wedding decor and elements brought together by one talented team!