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//

This San Diego City Skyline View Makes for a Perfect Waterfront Wedding Backdrop!

San Diego is home to some pretty amazing views but we think the waterfront city skyline view at Coasterra Restaurant and Wedding & Special Event Space takes the cake! Check out this super fun wedding at Coasterra! 

Kelsey & Marlon’s relationship started as a beautiful friendship which quickly grew romantic after a few months. Both Kelsey & Marlon are very into sports and lead healthy and active life styles together and separately. One of their favorite games to play together is a basketball game called “Knock Out”, a game Kelsey & her father came up with and used to play throughout her life. He passed away in 2011 and this special activity lives on through Kelsey & Marlon. While in Las Vegas for a volleyball tournament, Marlon decided to bring Kelsey’s father’s basketballs for a destination game of knock out where he proposed in the middle of the court! Fast forward to their Summer wedding in San Diego…

Kelsey & Marlon live in Northern California but have many roots in San Diego so decided to plan their destination wedding on the harbor. The day started with an early morning wedding workout at their La Jolla AirBNB where they also had their first look! Their wedding was held at Coasterra overlooking the San Diego skyline (one of the best views of the city, in my opinion). It was important to celebrate their families so Kelsey & Marlon kept their wedding party very simple and had their mothers (and Marlon’s grandmother) walk them down the aisle and their sisters as bridesmaids. Not to mention their adorable nieces and nephews as the ring bearer and flower girls! A table was also set up for Kelsey’s deceased father to attend in spirit. Their wedding was full of lots of personal details and DIY projects, including the seating chart done by the bride, the cake was designed and made by the brides sister, Karen Stiles and their guest book was a Wilson basketball.

What a gorgeous couples and what a perfect San Diego wedding day. Congratulations to the Wilson’s!! 

Photographer:   Paul Douda Photography//Cake Designer:Karen Stiles (Brides Sister)//Dress Designer: Dean and Willow//Floral Designer:Flower Box Creative Agency//DJ:Arthur Djartistic Mitchell//Cinema and Video: Focused Bliss Productions//Restaurant: Coasterra//

Romantic Wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar Brings Classic Elegance with Touches of Pink and Blue

A Del Mar wedding always delivers beauty, charm and style! With sweeping views of the ocean from the picturesque ceremony at L'Auberge Del Mar, to the bride's dramatically long train, this couple's special day was romantic with a touch of flair.  Every little detail was elegant and intimate, with hand sewn handkerchiefs for "happy tears" at the ceremony, personalized robes for the bridal party [trending this year!], and a beautifully embroidered artwork of the couple kissing in front of the Eiffel tower as a centerpiece to the decor. The color palette was sophisticated with shades of navy blue in various textures, blush pink, and a splash of gold. The reception continued on the ocean view rooftop, as the sunset on the ocean, the string of lights hanging above the tables creating a cozy and romantic vibe and then led to world famous VG donuts! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//DJ:Vario Weddings//Reception Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar//Cake Designer: VG Donut & Bakery//Beauty:Cara Mia Make Up Artistry & Hair Designs//Design and Decor:AFR Event Furnishings //Floral Designer: J Design Floral//Event Planner: K2K Events//

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! 

Romance Ahoy! Check out this Charming Nautical Themed Wedding Styled Shoot

An oceanfront nautical theme wedding styled shoot navigates maritime elements into one lovely day by the sea!

We love seashells by the seashore and when you add in two people in love with their love for the ocean you get a truly nautical affair. Sophia and Rado met on a cruise line where they both worked, fell in love and traveled the world together so this real couple's styled shoot had to reflect their love of the sea. With natural elements of seashells and sea life with globes and colored glass, this wedding styled shoot has these two ocean lovers floating away in a vessel of love like the fabled Owl and the Pussycat! 

Photographer:  allison claire photography//Apparel:Enchanted Bridal Boutique//Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company//Florals: Cherry Blossom Bouquets //Bakery: GhilaDolci Bakery//

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! 

Each participant in this shoot wrote a little bit of their vision into creating this moody ocean shoot's style:

Cherished Rentals - The muted colors of the Terrain Collection from Cherished Rentals was an easy choice for this seaside tablescape. Each setting was adorned with intricate vintage silverware and chargers, then paired with an eclectic mix of mid-century glassware.

Sweet Emma Lou - Sweet Emma Lou cooked up a dark chocolate semi naked cake adorned with beautiful florals and edible gold leaf. In addition, we created a intimate cake table set up with the help of amazing rentals with a macrame backdrop.

Black Lotus Design - Black Lotus Design provided the bridal bouquet, boutonniere, table centerpieces, arch flowers, garlands, flowers for the cake display and custom-dyed ocean-inspired azure ombre textiles.

Dapper Vintage Rentals - Dapper Vintage Rentals providing speciality vintage rentals in San Diego, CA for weddings, soirees, photoshoots and events. Husband & Wife team, Josh & Maheli founded Dapper after planning their own wedding and giving it that vintage touch. Dapper vintage rentals provided unique chairs for the table setting set-up, mint blue settle for the lounge, and cake display table.

TheMINTERY, founded by Angela Fowler, is a creative studio specializing in event styling + furniture revival - creating, building, and refurbishing personalized pieces to bring out the unique face of each project. She constructed a 12' arch from found branches courtesy of a local ranch in Alpine, refurbished and styled the Queen Anne table used in the tablescape and created the bride's shell crown.

Made by Meer - Nikki Meer, owner of Made by Meer, created a watercolor invitation suite with a blue wash to mimic the ocean. She hand painted place cards and a table number to match. A wooden "Cheers" sign adorned the cake table and a fabric love quote was painted for the bride and groom to hold.

Photographer:  Great Woodland Photography//Floral Designer:black lotus design//Design and Decor:Cherished Rentals//Equipment Rentals: Dapper Vintage Rentals//Calligrapher: Made by Meer//Hair Stylist: Studio Native//Cake Designer: Sweet Emma Lou//Design and Decor: the Mintery//Event Venue:Windansea Beach La Jolla//



Gold and Bubblegum Pink Dessert table wedding decor idea by La Dolce Idea... how sweet it is!!

Super lovely and talented Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea turns lucky brides' and grooms' dreams into reality. With her excellent eye for wedding decor ideas and her very good taste, this wedding expert has an artist's knack for beautiful wedding settings. Check out this Gold and Bubblegum Pink Dessert Table styled by Sabrina at the lovely La Valenica Hotel.  Known affectionately as 'The Pink Lady' this table set is a perfect fit for La Valencia!] 

Says Sabrina, "I styled this dessert table for a fabulous wedding couple; Yajhaira and Ricardo, who got married at La Valencia. The bride wanted to give sweet wedding favors to their guests and what could be better than a dessert bar? A mix of candy and desserts matching the glam and vibrant color palette (gold and bubble gum pink) were displayed on a majestic wooden table provided by La Valencia against a beautiful mirrored wall adding more depth to the final effect." Enjoy! 


The gorgeous cake pops and chocolate covered Oreos (yum!!) were created by the delicious wedding favor experts at Anjolie's Sweet Treats - the cake pops were finished with gold edible glitter and the sticks were covered with gold crystals to make them sparkle. The chocolate-dipped Oreos looked amazing with the sugar paste roses and gold edible glitter and were gone in five minutes. Sabrini offers a smart wedding planning tip for displaying dessert items: "Use ornate picture frames and insert a nice paper as background. Your desserts will look great in pictures!" Gorgeous photos by True Photography Weddings.  And check out Sabrina's blog here.