Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings the trend of gorgeous Brick Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Industrial hard meets pretty is so hot right now in fashion and editorial! And at the exciting Sparks Gallery in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the rough brick and deep wood contrasting with the exciting and bright colors in the artwork make the perfect set up for the dynamism of Justice Photography. This shoot is the perfect blend of strong lines and textures and soft colors and styling. Bonus: it even has a gorgeous geode cake, floral decorated picture frames [love!] and crystal place settings in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2108 Ultra Violet! This super design team is so on trend for weddings and style and we think they've created the perfect blend of the masculine and the feminine with this dramatic and fresh wedding styled shoot! Enjoy!

Melissa Barrad, Owner of I DO Weddings and Events and Lead Stylist in the shoot says, "Once I visited the Sparks Gallery, I knew it was a special place. I loved the lighting, and of course, that they feature California artists. With that in mind, we pooled together California based vendors and San Diego natives, like myself, to create a unique romantic feel with a laid-back vibe. We wanted to work with colors that would enhance the art, not take away from it." 

Spring style for the Groom: the floral tie blooms at weddings everywhere

We we are on a Spring roll! And today we show off a super sweet trend for the Groom and his Groomsmen: the floral patterned tie. MY TIE SHOP on Etsy, maker extraordinaire of stylish Groom's Accessories, makes these charmers and we just love them! And we think Percival, one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table and Grail Quest Hero, was on to something when he said "Gather a wreath from the garden bowers,  and tell the wish of thy heart in flowers."  Telling the wish of thy heart, now that's a quest worth taking down the aisle! 


Jewel Toned Temecula Elopement Photo Shoot Brings Rich Colors to Life

Rich colors pop so beautifully in photography like this jewel toned elopement photo session in Temecula, California [a place both rich and beautiful in its own right!). We hope you enjoy this lovely shoot featuring real life couple Tiffany & Keith Jones (whose happy faces say it all!). We are crazy about the styling here especially the tablescapes with those rich florals, that outdoor fireplace mantle and those adorable individually styled little cakes! 

Lorena of Rustic Vintage who generated the shoot says, "When I first started to plan the design for this styled shoot, I knew I needed to include one of my favorite colors,  Marsala.  This rich wine shade adds elegance to any surroundings and to rustic or vintage décor! To soften the color a bit, I incorporated blush pinks, ivory and pops of gold. This color combination is perfect for the brides wishing to have a fall or winter wedding! And for the furniture and prop selection I chose to bring in lots of wood textures mixed color fabrics and vintage décor."

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography

Planning + Design: Rustic Vintage Events 

Venue: Great Oak Estates Temecula, California

Florals: The Flower Story

Videography: Classic Film Works

Wedding dress: Adina’s Bridal

Groom’s attire: Friar Tux Shop

Makeup: Sheila’s Makeup Artistry

Hair: Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

Cakes: Little Hunny Cakery

Macarons: Pennys Custom Cookies  

Stationery: Pirouette Paper 

Specialty details: Jenn and Jules Designs  

Wood signage: Wood If You Could

Vintage china + farm tables: Rustic Vintage Events

Specialty pink glassware: Touch of Glass Rentals

Vintage props: CC Vintage Rentals  

Real Couple Models: Tiffany & Keith Jones  

A Groom's Hipster Essentials by Hey Sir Men's Wedding Accessories

We just love the latest groom's fashions for weddings! Suspenders, bow ties, pocket squares and all! Hey Sir, a great shop we found on Etsy, has all the hipster grooms essentials in one spot! 

How to Tie a Bow Tie for anyone who wants to look good at a wedding

Now that bow ties are considered standard neckwear for a traditional tuxedo as well as many contemporary formalwear styles [suspenders and plaid anyone??] it is a good idea to learn how to tie a bow tie before the day of your special event. If you are a groomsman in a wedding, you will want to avoid fumbling with nervous hands in the dressing room right as your ceremony is about to begin. Learning to tie a proper bow tie can be tricky and will almost always take a little practice before you’ve mastered it. Today Janet and Jerry Klein, the formalwear experts at A Better Deal Tuxedoprovide step-by-step instructions. All images [gorgeous!] by True Photography Weddings. 

How To Tie a Bow Tie so you look like a rock star at your wedding! 

Step 1: Drape the bow tie around your neck, under your collar, so the ends dangle. The end on your right (A) should extend one to two inches lower than the end on your left side (B). Cross A over B and form a simple, loose knot. The loop around your neck should be just large enough to work with but not loose, since you will want your bow tie to rest at your neck and not dangle.

Step 2: Lift side A out of the way, letting it drop over your back. You will use side B to form the horizontal shape of the bow by pulling the center up and to your left and then folding the end over the center (the bottom end will point right). Hold this fold, which will create the front of the completed tie, at your neck on top of the knot.

Step 3: Bring side A back to the front and drop it over the center of horizontally-folded side B.

Step 4: Grab the left and right sides of the horizontal fold (B) and pinch them together with the upper section of side A caught in the center. In front of your mirror, turn to one side and pull the pinched section forward, away from your neck, so you can see the exposed loop behind the section.

Step 5: This is the tricky part. Pull the pinched section to your left and feed the middle of the dangling end (A) back through the loop (left to right) behind the pinched section. As it goes through the loop, it will form a fold.

Step 6: You should now have the approximate shape of a bow at your neck. Perfect the shape of the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously. To loosen, pull the front right and back left ends apart; to tighten, pull the front left and back right apart. Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness. Straighten any crumples or creases in the narrow midsection of the bow tie.

Tada!!!!!! You're gorgeous! Thanks A Better Deal for all your expertise and style! Now we know why all the local celebs and professional athletes come to you for advice and fashions! 

To Paris with Love: a beautiful San Diego wedding creates the romance of the City of Lights

As the famous 1930's Parisian songbird Edith Piaf sang "Hold me close and hold me fast, The magic spell you cast, This is la vie en rose, When you kiss me heaven sighs, And tho I close my eyes, I see la vie en rose." La Vie en Rose is the blissful, rosy way we view life in love and Stephanie and Matthew's beautiful Parisian themed wedding truly celebrated La Vie en Rose! The gorgeous pink roses, the pink champagne,  that beautiful cake and the bridesmaids dresses, the custom dance floor and of course, the Westgate Hotel's gorgeous interior brought together a rosy day of love and joy.  From the beginning when Matthew proposed to Stephanie at the top of Las Vegas' version of the Eiffel Tower to their selection of the gorgeous [and very French styled] Westgate Hotel they envisioned a very elegant, Parisian wedding reception theme that led right up to their honeymoon, which, Stephanie and Matthew will, you guessed it... spend in Paris, France! 

Photography:  Clearlight Studios
Ceremony Venue: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Reception Venue: The Westgate Hotel
Event Planner: Carmin Cermak
Decor & Florals: Carmin Cermak
Musicians / Band:    Colin Bullock    
DJ: The Groove
Catering: The Westgate Hotel
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.    
Dessert Macarons:    La Reine des Macarons    
Invitations: Wouldn't It Be Lovely    
Rentals: linens & chairs APR Fine Linen Rental    
Rentals: throne chairs Concepts Event Design, Inc    
Videography:    Taylor Films
Officiant:    Malachi Mitchell    
Makeup: Mandy Freye    
Hair: Nadia Bullock   
Bride’s Gown Designer:    Vera Wang - Los Angeles    
Other Fashion Info:  Shoes    Christian Louboutin    
Unique Elements: Custom Floor  Platinum Pro, Inc.

A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos & Suits elevates men's wedding fashion with designer Joseph Abboud

Designer Joseph Abboud is well known in the fashion industry for his cutting-edge men's fashions, sharp clean lines and gorgeous fabrics. From chic classic tuxedos to on-trend suits and jackets, he's one of the hottest designers bringing style to groomsmen's fashions.

Local men's styling experts Jerry and Janet Klein, owners of A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos in Bird Rock La Jolla, are one of the largest and most experienced tuxedo rental companies in Southern California. Most importantly (and often overlooked these days) they are true men's fashion fitting experts. Nothing looks worse than an ill fitting formal suit on a man! And they even sell suits and tuxes for the man who goes formal on more than his wedding day. We love this inspiration gallery of Joseph Abboud tuxedos in some of today's hottest men's wedding fashions. If your groom and groomsmen really want to look their best on their wedding day give Jerry and Janet a call!


The A Better Deal Tuxedo experience includes expert guidance. Jerry and Janet are menswear professionals with over 40 years in the fashion business. They really know traditional black tie, including every refinement and detail that creates this sophisticated look, and are always on trend with the most current, contemporary formal fashions as well. Your ultimate choice depends upon your personal style, the type of event you are attending, and the cuts that best complement your physique. Grooms are invited to schedule a personalized complimentary "try on" of their desired wedding day look. Jerry and Janet will never rush you (editors note: we know we work with them on styled shoot and fashion shows and they really know their stuff!) and provide a comfortable, unhurried environment to explore. They happily offer complimentary on-site tailoring to ensure an optimal fit. No matter how fabulous the clothing, it won’t be flattering or comfortable if it doesn’t fit you right! 


Love is timeless... and so is this hot style of jewelry by becomb

When you’re dedicated to what you love, time becomes irrelevant...introducing becomb.

Founder and Designer Levi Maestro says "Growing up, the only “jewelry" I ever felt comfortable wearing was a watch. It was the one item that I put on to feel dressed up as opposed to utilizing it for function because I always got impatient with how long it took me to register what the actual time was. When it occurred to me one day to create my own version of a watch, I knew I would prefer the piece aesthetically if it had no parts or markings. I took into consideration how much money our world spends on jewelry that for the majority has no significant meaning. I combined my love for minimalism with my love for symbolism and the Infinity Piece was created to serve as a reminder that when you’re dedicated to what you love, time becomes irrelevant." 

don't worry ladies  becomb  has you covered too! 

don't worry ladies becomb has you covered too! 

We love it and think this hot style of 'not a watch' jewelry will soon be the talk of the town! 

Exclusive Editorial: Age of Innocence - retro 60's style at The Pearl Hotel

Jack in the White House, Jackie in pearls and a man walking on the moon....In case you haven't noticed we love to do strong editorial fashion shoots to up the game with wedding related images and styling for fun and inspiration for all categories: venues, gowns, men's fashions, accessories, photography, florals, lighting and more... here's one of our fave we created with the incredible talent of Adam Baruh Photography. With a retro 1960's feel at the uber hip Pearl Hotel in Pt. Loma, a vintage property that was remodeled into one of the coolest hotels in town, we had a blast showcasing classic styles and young love! Enjoy...

Participating Vendors and Artists Credit:

Photography: Adam Baruh Photography

Venue: The Pearl Hotel

Bridal Fashion: The Little White Dress

Men's Fashions: A Better Deal Tuxedos

Hair and Makeup: Abby Jones for Indigo Salon and Spa

Florals: The Flower Child

Veils: Justine M Couture

Styling: Tiffani Chanel and Love Your Show, Inc.

Vintage Props: Love Your Show, Inc.

Models: Waverly Richards and Joseph Filter