That Moment the Lightbulb Goes on Over Your Head...You Need Great Lighting by SocialLights at Your Wedding!

It happens to everyone in the wedding planning process... that feeling in the back of your head that there's one key element missing that, once added, will take your event up a big notch and make things more romantic, more fun, more stylish and, well, more visible! We know what it is!!! You need great lighting by SocialLights at your wedding! Indoor or Outdoor weddings rejoice! SocialLights brightens up your wedding with their super cool lighting options, check them out! 

Says the team at SocialLights "We take your lighting dreams, ideas, and visions and turn them into a reality.  We specialize in outdoor and indoor lighting of all shapes and sizes. Think market lighting, gobo lighting projections, wash lighting, marquee signs,  light walls, uplighting, twinkle lights, Edison lights, star lanterns, light canopies, paper lanterns and whatever your imagination can dream up.  We are here to make this piece of your celebration easy, fun, and above all amazing."

And one more illuminated thing about Social Lights; they give back....a lot. 

All Work with no giving back makes Socialights a sad family...

Part of the SociaLights family mission is to be aware of the impact we make on this planet.  We love that our jobs (and let's be real, our travels) take us to so many unique places with backdrops, often created by mother nature, that we get to enjoy.  We want those backdrops to stay beautiful and help do our part to make sure they do. Over the years we've done a lot of things to see to it that our footprints as individuals, and as a team, were kept low.  From the obvious - recycling, buying mostly used home goods/clothes, creating our own gardens, composting etc. To the not obvious - Ryan's been dumpster diving at grocery stores to raise food waste awareness recently.

All these efforts took a turn for the better when we found an organization that joins businesses that have the same motivations.... and so we joined 1% for the Planet.  We couldn't be more proud we did.

Started by Yvon Chounaird (Patagonia), 1% for the Planet's mission is to unite businesses across the world to band together to keep this planet blue.  Each year we commit to giving a certain amount of our time to volunteer for local enviremental organizations and 1% of our profits to a non profit of our choice.  This year we've chosen the incredible 1to1 Movement.  A local San Diego non profit dedicated to education and awareness.  In addition to being a member of 1% we're also proud to have partnered with organizations like The Ronald McDonald House of San Diego to help them raise funds at their annual gala. 

South of the Border, Down Mexico Way, a Charming Ensenada Wine Country Vow Renewal Celebrates Love

The wine country in Mexico is nothing short of spectacular. The “Rita del Vino” was full of so many beautiful colors and landscapes making it the perfect setting for Jamie & Manny's vow renewal. After 13 years of marriage, Jamie & Manny wanted to get back to the basics and celebrate what was truly important between the two of them. They remember their original wedding day as kind of stressful and that style decisions were somewhat taken over by the opinions of their family members. This time around, Jamie & Manny wanted to be comfortable and have the celebration THEY wanted. So they headed south, leaving their 3 beautiful boys at home, and traveled across the boarder to the stunning Encuentro Guadalupe winery for a weekend escape to renew their vows. They had their ceremony on the balcony of their suite and enjoyed every minute of their celebration this time with just the 2 of them.

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Store:Prevue Bridal//Officiant:Blissfully Yours Weddings//Cake Designer: Mallow Mallow//Floral Designer:Teresa Huerta Flowers//Ceremony Location:Encuentro Guadalupe//

What's a Flip Book Photo Booth Station? I want one! (And you will too!)

In a world gone crazy for photo booths at weddings and events [for good reason!], we think that A Little Scene's super cool flip book station is their most popular product for good reason!

Party goers and guests will forever have a customized keepsake from your event. I want one!! 

A Little Scene's fun experts activate at weddings, music festivals, trade shows, branded events and other parties to make their super cool custom flip books within minutes!

We dig their cool, clean and modern set up that would look great at your wedding reception! 

5 gorgeous photo booth backdrops that will make your images pop

Photo booths are the must-have addition to any wedding reception! They add a fun ice breaker for guests and get you tons of amazing [sometimes silly] photos of your guests at play. But a photo booth's backdrop can make or break the photos. The right backdrop not only matches your style of event, it elevates the photos from a bland 'mugshot' to a feast for the eyes that inspires your guests to new heights of play and fun! Here are a few of our favorite trending photo booth backdrops...

Gold Sequins- the classic photo booth backdrop for 2017! This rich sparkly backdrop by Shadowcatcher Photobooths adds glamour to any event! 

Colored Sequined Backdrops - adding an extra flair to the sequined back drop these fun color palettes of iridescent pink, blush, silver, red, and more, by Indybooth are the perfect on-trend way to frame your guests’ happy faces and antics!

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Black Rosette - this dark and rich backdrop makes any event more formal! Did you know that a textured backdrop like these beautiful black fabric rosettes by Shadowcatcher Photobooths, adds dimension to your photos and avoids that 'we just hung a bed sheet for a backdrop’ look! 

The Garden Hedge - 2017 has been the year of the garden hedge prop at weddings and event and for good reason! These versatile, bright green, outdoors comes inside hedges - like this one by Indybooth make the perfect complimentary photo backdrop. 

Giant White Roses - talk about dimension! These huge bold paper flowers will have your guests looking as amazing as flowers in a garden! Shadowcatcher Photobooths offers this incredible backdrop that will have your guests lining up to bloom!  

Black and White Damask - in case you hadn't noticed black and white [always a classic] is having a major renaissance in weddings! This classic damask pattern in contrasting black and white by Shadowcatcher Photobooths adds excitement to your photo booth photos! Their damask pattern is also available in purple and black and red and black - awesome for holiday parties!

San Diego Featured Wedding: Jeff and Stephanie's Rainy Day Wedding

We all know that an unexpected rain shower isn't exactly ideal. It's especially unwelcome on your wedding day! However, Jeff and Stephanie Yue got a little rain on their big day [the song is wrong it can rain in California!] , and they completely owned it, embracing the rain, which is really all anyone can do. They had the bridal party all buy clear umbrellas and the results are amazing-- their pictures are so fun and exciting! The rain definitely didn't stop this crew from making it the best day ever. 

This Magical Wedding Is One for the Fairytales (and apparently the Jurassic Period)

Ciara and Shane Miller certainly know how to think outside of the box. That's what we loved most about this couple's magical wedding! The two actually met when they were in high school and started dating a few years later. Three years later Shane proposed on New Year's Eve. The couple decided to get married on the beautiful Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos. A very special addition to this couple's photo gallery is a rare sighting of a wedding crashing T-Rex! 

The well appointed wedding reception dessert table by La Dolce Idea, Wedding Designer and Planner

We love this wedding reception dessert table!

Dessert tables can make your reception festive, fun and engaging for your guests, like this beautiful roaring 20s style dessert table by San Diego luxury event planner Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea. Rich with golden accents, blingy rhinestones, rock candy, metallic gold cake pops, yummy cupcakes, and beautiful colorful Macarons, this dessert table is the cats meow! 

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And check out that rhinestone covered silver wedding cake! 

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Rock candy is so in style for wedding receptions; it's fun, it's glam, and it's sugar!! 

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Seriously... the little bow ties on the gold cake pops!! LOVE!

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This dessert table would have every one of your guests enjoying themselves for hours!

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Unique and beautiful stands and platters to display the desserts add to the drama! 

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And who doesn't love a fun custom cake topper with the couple's fave hobbies?!

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Macarons, say no more. 

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Chocolate and salted caramel are just a few of the guest favored flavors.

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Cupcakes...we just do not want to live in a world without cupcakes... and why should we?

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Tap Truck Brings Craft Beer Right to Your Wedding Reception with a Friendly, Fun Style

One of the coolest wedding catering ideas to hit San Diego is Tap Truck, a gorgeous vintage 1952 Chevy Panel truck modified to serve craft beer on tap right at your reception! This is such a fun and unique wedding reception idea especially for craft beer savvy San Diego!  We had the pleasure of catching up with Co Founder Corbin who served up beer to hundreds of brides and grooms with a smile. From Grandpa to Groomsmen, you'll be your craft-beer-loving guests' hero with super friendly, fun and engaging Tap Truck at your event!

Co Founder Corbin doing what he does best - making people happy with great beer and a great attitude! All photos above by Paul Douda for The Wedding Party EXPO.

Tap Truck enjoys being the big hit at any [over 21!] Their wedding packages are a great guide to develop what you picture for your event. Each package includes a bartender(s) for safety and insurance purposes. Tap Truck is fully licensed and able to provide certificates to venues. Owners Corbin or Taylor are always ready to create your custom quote but here are a few faves: 

The Showcase Package (A Wedding Favorite) 
House Blonde and IPA Beers,  House Red and White Wine, served in style with a Tap Truck and bartender(s)

The Keg Convoy Package
House Cider, House Kegged Wine, and two custom beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Custom Chrome Package
Pick your top 4 beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s)

The Rally Package
House Blonde, IPA, and Stout beers, served in style with a truck and bartender(s) 

Nuts and Bolts (Truck Rental)
Put simply, we can rent our trucks by the hour and delivery milage, if the truck you desire is not booked!

Mechanic (Bartending Service)
We are able to supply additional bartenders, or just simply a Bartender for your gathering. This is based on start and stop time, Location and number needed.

The Fuel Pump (Cash Bar)
We love playing a part in festivals! Whether you need a provide whatever is needed to make your event successful. Ranging from simple cash bar at your wedding, party or event to full scale sales at a festival. Keep in mind we hold minimums.

Be our Guest and Enjoy this Beauty and the Beast Wedding Styled Shoot!

We ask you to "Be Our Guest" and enjoy this adorable Beauty and the Beast styled Wedding Shoot! 

Bonjour!! Today's featured wedding styled shoot is a fabulous and fun take on a tale as old as time, so the song says... yes indeed Belle, it's a Disney inspired Beauty and the Beast styled wedding shoot! This team of Southern California wedding experts updated Belle's look by dip dying a dress in golden yellow and orange dye for a super current ombre look. The wedding styled shoot showcases brass and antique details like the couch, clock and candlesticks [Lumiere!] that look like they wandered straight out of Beast's castle. **Editors note: As far as we know no pieces came to life during this shoot!**

With extra special new additions of charm jewelry, sparkly shoes, rich blue florals, star led lights, and painted wooden signs, you can tell this group had so much fun creating this styled shoot! For our part we loved this ode to one of our favorite fairy tales. Now back in the cupboard with you Chip!

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Raelyn Elizabeth Photography//Event Planner: Baldwin Bridal and Events//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Bakery:Charly's Cakes//Makeup Artist: Domenica Beauty//Model:Fabian Lopez//Floral Designer: Flowersy by Alicia//Etsy Designer: Foswick Collectibles //Model: KaitLynn Markley//Jewelry: Keep Collective//Reception Venue: Pala Mesa Resort//Event Designer: Sylver Weddings & Events//

Local San Diego Wedding Dessert Favorite Coming to a Wedding near You!

Milk and Cookies are no longer just for the kids. As strong believers that cookies are the gateway to the heart (sort of kidding, but not really), we could not be more excited that you can now have Cravory Cookies at your wedding reception! Cravory has been a continuous exhibitor at our San Diego Wedding Party Expos and has been a San Diego fan favorite even longer. They recently announced their new line of Milk and Cookie Bars for weddings where they include everything from favors to personalized name tags, all of which can be made to match your wedding colors. They also make great additions to groomsmen and/or bridesmaids gifts, as you can customize your individual boxes with almost any cookie flavor you can imagine. Check out The Cravory Facebook page, and you'll see what we mean! 


Wow Your Wedding Guests at Your Reception with indybooth Photo Booths!

indybooth photo booths are San Diego's newest modern photo booth. The North Park based photo booth company was founded Nicole and Paul Herzog while they were planning their own engagement party!

For their event, Nicole and Paul created a DIY photo booth using their DSLR camera, floodlights, a PVC backdrop frame, and some wrapping paper. Surprisingly, the jerry-rigged photo booth set-up was a huge hit! After seeing the enjoyment their guests got out of the homemade booth, Nicole and Paul decided that their new mission in life was to offer a top of the line photo booth to everyone they could in San Diego. 

So, riding the wave of inspiration, they started their own photo booth rental company. They decided on the name indybooth, as they felt that captured some of the North Park style they loved. The indybooth photo booth set up is a far cry from the old DIY booth from their engagement. They now offer a social media integrated, video, and GIF booth with professional lighting equipment and one of the best printers on the market. 

The two soon-to-be-married business owners claim that the best part of each event they do is watching people let loose in the booth.  Nothing brings a smile to their face more than seeing the bride’s solemn father hopping into the frame with a huge smile rocking a sweet prop mustache and cowboy hat. They know that those pictures will be cherished.  Every event is crazy in its own way, at that’s exactly what they hope indybooth helps capture- those silly moments that will make you smile for years to come. And yes, they will be bringing the indybooth photo booth with them to their own wedding this October.

Colorful Bali Hai LGBT wedding celebrates love, gratitude and San Diego sunshine!

We wish you a very happy start to 2017 with a fun and colorful wedding on the San Diego Bay that celebrates with a Second Line parade and a lot of delicious cupcakes!! Happy New Year!

One of the most fun elements of Michael and Steve's wedding celebration was their Second Line celebration to, as they said, "Bring the joyful N'awlins spirit to our special day in California." A 'Second Line' is a parade with musicians and umbrellas and is a lively  celebration of life and jazz and is a huge part of New Orleans' [pronounced N'awlins to you Yankees out there] cultural heritage.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography: Photo by Chana and Don

Reception Venue & Catering: Bali Hai

Flowers: Wholesale Flowers

DJ: Dancing DJ Productions

Cake: Baby Cakes

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
 

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

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