A Secret Garden Theme and Two People Overflowing with Love Make for a Wedding to Remember

We just love featuring weddings that show this much love! Especially when our favorite wedding pros had the honor in sharing in the love all day too. Check out this perfect sunny day San Diego wedding with two people so in love [love their first peek around the corner images!] it will make you feel it too!

Says San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda, “We cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie & Stormie. Spending the day with them, their family and friends was nothing short of magical. Their love for one another is inspiring and represented so vividly with those who surrounded them. This madly in love couple fully committed to their 'Secret Garden' theme that was carried throughout their whole wedding planning process. From Stormie's proposal to Katie during the 'Garden of Lights' Christmas celebration at the Encinitas Botanical Gardens, to their engagement session we shot at Felicita County Park in Escondido, and finally to their romantic garden inspired wedding by the sea in Oceanside at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Katie & Stormie's day was full of so many special family details. They were married by Stormie's Aunt Liz, Katie's sisters completed her bridal party, they shared a double father-daughter dance and we know they were joined in spirit by Stormie's late mother and Katie's late second mom. The day was perfect and we are so honored to have captured it. They truly showed that love surely WINS in #KatiesPerfectStorm!” Editor’s Note: Paul Douda Photography is one of So Cal’s favorite LGBTQ friendly wedding photographers and you can sure see why! #loveislove

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House//Ring Designer:Weisfield Jewelers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's District//Dress Store:Poppy & Rose Bridal//Dress Designer:Justin Alexander//Makeup Artist: Mobile Beauty Team//Musicians:Celeste Barbier Events//Cake Designer:Kiki's Custom Confections//Caterer:Hello Betty//Floral Designer: Kendra's Floral Design//Cinema and Video:Paul Douda Photography//Reception Venue:SpringHill Suites by Marriott//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography//

Quiet yet powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous So Cal style to a day that celebrates love and family

We are suckers for home weddings! And this quietly powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous style to a day that celebrates love and family overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We hope you enjoy this bright, sunshine and love-celebration on a perfect Southern California day.  And remember one of the most important decisions you make with any wedding (but with a home wedding  in particular) is hiring a professional wedding and event planner like Julie from The Best Wedding for You who pulled this beauty together, allowing the couple and their families to truly enjoy their special day.

 Says Danielle of SidebySide Cinema “Brittany and Dave chose Encinitas for their seaside elopement this past summer. They rented a beautiful house (and we learned that it was actually Shawn White's house that he was selling!) and spent a few days just relaxing with their little family. Dave got the boys and himself ready while Brittany finished her last touches of details. I loved all the dainty sparkly things and her "shoes" were adorable. The boys with their hats were to die for!

Their ceremony was on a landing on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It was the smallest ceremony we've ever filmed. Just the two of them and their two boys! They had amazing personal vows and I just loved that you could hear their kids in the background and they even had to hold the baby during the rings. It just was perfect because the kids were so much a part of the day and sometimes life is just messy and your kids need a snack during the ceremony!

After the ceremony, they had an awesome sunset for photo time. The baby was thrilled with the sand and their other son just wanted to play in the waves. They are such an adorable family. While they were taking photos, the chef was making their meal. They had an intimate dinner that looked absolutely delicious.

Because this was an elopement, there was only a ceremony, no reception events. But once the sun went down, we did some fun night shots with them with sparklers and lanterns. It was a beautiful night and a romantic event. We hope they had an amazing time here in California, congratulations you two!” 

Check out the amazing video by SidebySide Cinema and enjoy this beautiful celebration as if you were there!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event planning: The Best Wedding for You

Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence in Encinitas

Photographer: Tim Otto Photography

Videographer: SidebySide Cinema

Florist: Organic Elements

Hair and Make up: Eye Do's Make-Up & Hair

Officiant: Sandiegoweddingguy.com

Personal Chef:  Meals on Heels