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//

Al Fresco Ambiance Makes this San Diego Wedding at Green Acres a Must See

For their extra special San Diego wedding, Kate and Bud loved the urban yet green ambiance of Green Acres, and strived for a outdoor and nontraditional reception.  She loves moody colors so the florals range from different shades of red with lots of textures of greenery all of which paired beautifully with the velvet mauve linens. The outcome was an urban, romantic, al fresco ambiance that we just love!

Do you believe in fate? In lovers that were meant to be together no matter what? When we heard about Bud & Kate, we just knew they were meant to be and it gave us goosebumps!  In her early 20's, Kate was in a bad car accident where, thankfully, a good Samaritan [hero!] bystander pulled her out of the car where she was unconscious. Flash forward a couple years to one night when she was out with friends and spotted a guy that she was very attracted to....they ended up chatting, (he felt the attraction too), and they exchanged numbers.  On their first date they discovered it was Bud that had pulled her out of the car!  You can't call that coincidence! Their connection was instant and so powerful, and they've been inseparable ever since.  

Photographer:   Be A Peach Boudoir//Event Planner: Wynn Austin Events//Other:By Design Films//Other:Green Acre, Campus Pointe//Equipment Rentals:Farm Tables and More//Linens and Coverings: Raphael's Party Rentals//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Other:Clara An Photography//Makeup Artist:Makeup by Shelby//Hair Stylist:Riss Hair//Floral Designer: Blush Botanicals//DJ: SGM Events (Sleeping Giant Music)//Musicians: Subito Strings//Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Restaurant:Green Acre Campus Pointe//

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!  

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

7 flower and nature-filled San Diego wedding venues that are perfect for a romantic Spring wedding!

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. Helen Keller

It's Spring in San Diego and with the longer days and better [usually] weather our thoughts turn to flowers and gardens and greenery for special outdoor weddings.  We have pulled together a few inspiring garden wedding venues for you to dream of a flower and nature filled wedding day!

Known as The Pink Lady, La Valencia Hotel in downtown La Jolla is a charming, elegant wedding setting with a beautiful garden complete with tiled fountains, blooming flowers and, wait for it... a view that will have your out of town guests moving to San Diego within a year! Intimate, dramatic, timeless and truly unforgettable, La Valencia Hotel has been a destination to remember since its' doors opened in December 1926. The distinctive Mediterranean silhouette with its pink exterior, the lush foliage, the intimate spaces and perfect evenings – all impart an atmosphere of traditional elegance, creating one of the most romantic and sought-after wedding locations in Southern California.


Any self respecting article on garden wedding settings in San Diego would have to include the diverse, multi gardened San Diego Botanical Gardens [formerly known as Quail Gardens} in Encinitas. The San Diego Botanical Gardens offers numerous natural settings like a Victorian Gazebo Lawn: a beautiful large lawn framed by natural borders of flowing plants and mature trees with a Victorian Gazebo for a classic garden setting, the Walled Garden; an intimate location enclosed within a lovely original adobe and tile wall and surrounded by lush ferns and trees, The Waterfall View Deck, The Lawn House Garden, The Bamboo Garden, and more natural spots for photos [or kisses!] than you can ever wish for, even a Cactus Garden.


In the village of La Jolla sits an old private home that years ago was converted into a facility for special [truly special] event, The Darlington House is like an elegant grande dame with its pretty pink walls and beautiful garden patios, hand tiled waterfalls and library.  This charming venue is alive with designs and details from many cultures like a foyer with an Italianate chandelier and a romantic sweeping staircase, a warmly decorated living room with French doors leading to a brick-paved Egyptian Patio, which features a beautiful fountain and pool lined with colorful Egyptian tiles.

The Andalusian Patio is adorned with Roman arches and Azulejo tiled benches and floor and the Library, filled with changing sunset shadows and the warmth of a Moroccan fireplace, was inspired by Moorish architecture. Both the Egyptian and Andalusian Patios open to the Rose Garden with its charming summerhouse, surrounded by roses, azaleas, and the sights and sounds of water creating a natural melody for your celebration.


Located in North County you can find Twin Oaks Garden Estate, a secluded estate featuring vintage twinkle-lit English gardens. Nestled among tall forests, vibrant floral, and cascading streams. this vintage venue features artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility. 

This turn of the century historic landmark estate is set in total seclusion with an Old San Marcos Schoolhouse dating back to 1891 nestled among a towering forest that dates back well over 100 years. The unique statuary, flora and fauna encompass every corner of this magnificent garden and it’s totally private garden gazebo are set in the shade of the landmark forest. The grand tented pavilion showcases towering peaks of chiffon gathered over head with crystal chandeliers and intimate lighting, all surrounded by cozy garden nooks. 

The Twin Oaks House (circa 1891) is exclusively restored as a wedding estate. With its Grand Parlor reserved for the bridal party, towering tin ceilings, fainting couches and rich antiquities make this an ideal space to relax before the wedding.


Another North County gem is Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona just east of Rancho Bernardo. This rustic stone castle, once a private home, has been standing in the midst of a beautiful natural setting since 1921. We love trees and Mt. Woodson gives you trees and plants and birds and more. 'The Castle' offers a truly magical setting unlike any other in San Diego for your Special Day. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the photo opportunities are endless, and the venue is private for you and your guests.


One of the best kept secrets in San Diego may be right in front of you in the one of the most popular parks. The Japanese Friendship Gardens offer a timeless elegance in a very private setting. This hidden gem in the heart of San Diego's historic Balboa Park strikes the perfect balance between beauty, tranquility, and romance. At 2.5 acres, the Japanese Friendship Garden provides a uniquely intimate and unforgettable venue for weddings. Surrounded by lush trees and tall bamboo, private events enjoy exclusive private access to the entire garden to explore its winding pathways, waterfall, peaceful koi pond, and authentic Japanese garden features.


Perhaps one of the best known garden settings for wedding in San Diego is the very sweet and lovely La Jolla Woman's Club. At the turn of the 19th century, La Jolla was a simple village sparsely populated by small cottages. In 1894 a small group of women in La Jolla met to talk about current affairs and literature. This group, initially known as the Women’s Literacy Club of La Jolla, evolved into a large and prominent group who hosted speakers such as Helen Keller and Lucy Stone to inspire women of their day to change the world. Today, with its exquisite private gardens, historic Irving Gill building and ocean view, this architectural gem is a magical setting for any special occasion. With a separate parlor on either side of the main auditorium, conversation spots are convenient for just catching up with old friends during the evening. To take advantage of the exceptional San Diego weather, The Club has two lush outdoor gardens on both sides of the building. The South Garden is the ideal location for an intimate family and friends type wedding ceremony and the North Garden is a wonderful area to host a larger outdoor cocktail party, anniversary or reception.

This is by no means a complete list of natural or garden wedding settings in San Diego, just the San Diego County Parks Department alone boasts over a dozen natural settings, so wherever you wed, we wish you a beautiful, love filled day surrounded by the most beautiful setting of all; loving family and friends.

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits. Rumi

Thank you to True Photography for all lovely wedding images.

For a list of many more top notch Venues see our Wedding Venue Directory.