Wine Country Meets Tropical Flair in Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot

What do you say to stunning 360° views that allow you to drink in everything that is So Cal wedding beauty at Emerald Peak Venue?! We say yes!  This exciting tropical inspired styled wine country shoot hosted by Alexandra David, Creative Leader for this Styled Shoots Across America event, brought together some fabulous and popular trends: sweetly bright coral tones, joyful floral displays, and a surprising pop of palm leaves playing off the rustic vineyard elements make for a truly unique-to-So-Cal aesthetic. All of this wedding gorgeousness adorned an elevated plateau that overlooks the surrounding vineyards, where beautiful stations awaited their allotted time in the light.  And OH! What light there was!   The models were at their brightest and most polished, reflecting the bright, beautiful and colorful mood of the day.  From unique balloon-scapes, to a vintage three wheeled mini-truck, converted into a mobile craft beer bar, the colors popped, but the balloons did not!  Thanks Alexandra for this pop of freshness and purely perfect style!

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Emerald Peak Venue

Whether you are looking for a rustic country feel, a vintage chic look, or a classic ranch style wedding Emerald Peak is the perfect canvas to create your wedding!

Emerald Peak is tucked away in Temecula, California on a secluded hilltop with 360-degree views of orchards, vineyards, and canyons.

Emerald Peak’s rustic country style venue with a dazzling view of the coastal landscape is the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy a truly So Cal celebration.

Other: Brand Talent//Design and Decor: Rustic Peony Co//Equipment Rentals:Nuage Designs, Inc.//Cake Designer:Sweet & Saucy Shop//Favors and Gifts: My Favorite Sweets//Design and Decor: OC Brides//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Friar Tux Shop//Other: Bubbles and Brews//Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Dress Store: Mary Me Bridal//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Event Planner: ALEXIEVENTS//Other: Mia's Martini//Design and Decor: Touched by Time Vintage Rentals//Favors and Gifts: Everything Done To A T//Design and Decor: Mommy Poppins Balloons//Etsy Designer: Epanoui Grace Hair Pieces//Invitation Designer: Invitation Maven//Calligrapher: Kokomo Creative//Floral Designer: Taste of Honey Co//Event Venue:Emerald Peak Venue//Other:Styled Shoots Across America//Photographer: Lori Phillips Photography//

Beachfront Destination San Diego Wedding Captures all the Love and Fun

We love all the happiness and beachside fun that is apparent in Danielle and Larry’s Point Loma wedding! This engaging couple decided to get married in their hometown of San Diego on the Navy Base at Oceans View of Ballast Point. They wanted a rustic beach theme wedding that was both simple and classic. Their photographer Paul Douda was so impressed with what they delivered especially considering they planned their wedding mostly apart and out of the country! Joined by their friends and family, Danielle & Larry celebrated their love for one another at their stunning beach setting in San Diego. Enjoy!

Danielle & Larry met online unexpectedly while they were both serving their country overseas. Larry was in Kuwait about to return to the U.S. and Danielle was gearing up for her second tour of duty in Spain. According to them, the timing was horrible and neither of them expected to meet their soulmate online while in the service! While on vacation together in Tromso, Norway over New Years 2017, Larry decided to propose to Danielle. Seeing the Northern Lights had always been on their bucket list and Larry couldn't think of a more perfect way to ask Danielle to be his wife. In Danielle's words, "One evening, we drove out of the city into the surrounding fjords to get a better look at the lights. They were stunning, truly breath taking. We stopped to get a picture of us with the lights, he usually sets up the camera as I stand in front of the camera so he can focus it and fix the settings. My back was turned towards him because I was looking up at the lights, I heard him walking up behind me in the snow, but I noticed it was taking him a bit longer than usual. Once he got next to me, he kneeled down, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him." 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Etsy Designer: Creative Amme//Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie//Etsy Designer:AxMen (Grooms Ring)//Ring Designer:Ice Carats//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Express//Dress Store: Nordstrom//Beauty: Lightly Brushed Makeup//Makeup Artist: Lightly Brushed Makeup//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Cake Designer:Shirley the Cake Lady//Cake Designer: The Cake Lady//Event Planner:Dina Ibarra (Friend of Bride)//Ceremony Location:Ocean View at Ballast Point//Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

This Sweet Safari Park Wedding Proves this Unique Locale is the Ultimate Setting for a Day Full of Wonder

A Sweet Safari Park wedding proves that the breathtaking San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook is the ultimate setting for a day full of wedding wonder (and leopards, giraffes and elephants!!)! Photographed by Brant Bender, this wedding captures so much fun and joie de vivre! Says Brant" For me, what I remember most was just how kind everyone was and how much fun they had. They truly loved everything from the animal presentation the Safari Park provided to the party Vynce the DJ threw them! They also were able to incorporate their own dog in their cake design which was fantastic. I also remember their first look as a very special. It’s not easy to find an intimate spot at the Park but we found the perfect one and they were able to share an emotional moment with each other. And of course, I was happy because they were game for finding new photo spots with me!  The day flowed flawlessly thanks to Kathleen and Safari Park provided the wonderful backdrop (and animals!)." It's obvious from these magical photos that Brant preserved this lovely couple's vision of love and life perfectly. 

Not only was this a day full of wonder but the celebration turned into a night full of fun! Popular San Diego DJ Vynce Pham of Music Phreek tells us “Sam and Stephanie were the absolute dream couple to work for because they not only knew what they wanted their music soundtrack story to be, but also how to present it visually to their family and friends. Having your wedding at the Safari Park in itself is unique, but having the wild animals as part of the backdrop, entertainment and decor is priceless! The entire team of vendors worked amazingly well together to insure that the day ran smoothly and flawlessly. I couldn't have wished for a better team to be a part of. The Sam and Stephanie were always so pleasant and more than willing to share their time taking pics, sitting and chatting with guests.  Once the formalities were over and the dancing started, everything kicked up a notch! The dance floor was full and everyone vibed so well to their song selections. I think it'd be fair to say it truly was the best night of their lives.”  Thanks for sharing your take on this lovely wedding Vynce -  we know from experience that the right DJ really makes an already wonderful wedding all the more memorable! 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook: 

Transport your guests to an African safari and delight in panoramic views of the savanna where giraffes, rhinos, and gazelles roam. This unique venue is reminiscent of a South African lodge, with open rafters, a baobab tree bar and lovely safari-inspired accents. Exchange your vows on the sweeping lawn with the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains around you, dine and dance in safari elegance.  Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's newest gathering spot to mingle with your guests around the fire pit as the sun sets.    

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event Planner: Nicole George Events

Photographer: Brant Bender Photography

Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook

Florist: Simply Adina Florals

Hair and Makeup Stylist: Susie Beyer McCartney

Caterer: San Diego Safari Park

Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

DJ: Music Phreek DJ & Lighting

Extra style bonus: This wedding was on St. Patrick's Day so adding in just the right amount of green made the day extra festive and fun, bringing the couple the luck of the Irish!!  

Magical San Diego Wedding Weathers Rain and Sunshine with Style!

Linda and Edgar had a rainy and cold wedding week – even in Southern California -- but the sun came out for the ceremony and reception. “Everything was so magical,” Linda says. “We were so blessed. We could not ask for anything better!” 

After meeting at work and falling in love quickly, Edgar and Linda dreamed of a rustic and elegant wedding – like a fairy tale. Their favorite memories include their first dance and “just seeing everyone enjoying themselves.” With a color scheme of dusty rose and different shades of pink – including Linda’s reception dress -- as well as wooden details and strings of lights, and lots of magical bubbles to celebrate this magical day, the couple made their vision come true. In a sweet, unique touch, their guests wrote their wishes for Linda and Edgar on small river stones as keepsakes. What a lovely day to celebrate love with family and friends!

For couples getting married soon, Linda advises, “Remember to give yourself time to take everything in, and have your photographers take pictures of everything!”

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: Twin Oaks Weddings:

This secluded vintage venue features artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility.

Nestled among tall forests, vibrant floral, and cascading streams, San Diego’s premiere wedding venue is host to one beautiful wedding per day and currently accepting reservations through 2020.

Once you stroll through the garden gates you will be surrounded by twinkling rose arbors, soothing waterfalls with lush established landscape that take you back to a time of the elegant English garden.

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. Surrounding it are cozy garden nooks and soothing sounds of the waterfalls setting a tone of peace and tranquility.

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.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Classic Photographers | https://classicphotographers.com/
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | https://twinoaksweddings.com/
Florist: Flowers by Erin | https://www.flowersbyerin.com/
Musician/DJ: Pete Goslow | https://www.petegoslow.com/
Dessert: Churros El Tigre | http://www.churroseltigre.com/
Makeup: Lyly and Stephanie Velazquez
Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal | https://www.panachebridals.com/
Officiant: Chad Richards | http://www.socalweddingofficiant.org/

Two Hearts Beat as One in this Lovely Romantic Hacienda Wedding

Rich colors, fabulous taste in styling and florals, a gorgeous outdoor setting with so much character and history and a couple madly in love! What's not to love about this featured wedding!! Brad & Erica are a beautiful, loving couple with [obviously] fantastic style and tons of personality that come through in their wedding photos. Their wedding in Santa Ana at The Hacienda was intimate, incredibly romantic, and a joy to behold.  

DJ: Extreme DJ Service//Event Designer: Christin Wilson Events//Location: The Hacienda//Apparel: Dreamers & Lovers//Floral Designer: Penelope Pots//Photographer: Aaron Monroe//

A Decade Long Engagement Leads to a Decidedly Lovely Wedding in San Diego's Countryside

Itzela and Juan Enrique celebrated their ten year anniversary by tying the knot at the Hacienda venue on a beautiful day in countryside of East San Diego California. We love it when couples bring this much love, depth and connection to their wedding day to make a special celebration with loved ones just like this one! 

Guests celebrated with a cocktail hour after the ceremony and then welcomed the new couple who danced the night away as they face forward to celebrate any more decades of love and happiness. 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: La Hacienda

La Hacienda is a beautiful rustic outdoor, farm-house venue perfect for memorable weddings, quinceañera, and private parties. Paris Hall is a classic indoor venue suitable for banquets and birthday celebrations. Last but not least, La Casa Bonita is a smaller venue ideal for intimate social gatherings such as bridal showers, baby showers, and pool parties! Check them out!

Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Hair Stylist:Michael Ducreux//Ceremony Location:La Hacienda//Caterer: La Hacienda Catering//Reception Venue: La Hacienda//Photographer: CR Photography

High School Sweethearts Celebrate with a Sweet Blush and Blue Rustic Ranch Wedding

Megan and Chaska have always known they would be together. Their love story began several years ago while still in high school.  Chaska was the star football player and she was the adorable cheerleader.  High school sweethearts, these two were married in the Spring on a beautiful day full of joy, love, and just plain good ol' fun.  Set on the beautiful Heart S Ranch in Cottonwood, Ca., with the sun shining, and a light breeze, Megan, and Chaska entered into their bond in front of their closest friends and family.  Having just graduated from the Citadel right before their wedding day, Chaska will be reporting to active military service very soon.  Their new adventure is just beginning!

Bakery: Cake is the Best Part//Cake Designer: Cake is the Best Part//Shoes:Betsy Johnson//Jewelry:Kay Jewelers//Dress Designer:Maggie Sattero//Second Shooter: Mr N2U Photography//Ceremony Location: Heart S Ranch//Photographer: Kara Hoffman 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//

California Outdoor Wedding with Subtle Boho Vibe Shows the Best of the West Style

This lovely outdoor wedding showcases California wedding dreaming at it's finest! Local San Diego wedding photographer Bob Hoffman travels to Walnut Creek for a gorgeous outdoor wedding with a sweet ranch wedding with a chic boho vibe.

This special day was filled with pure bliss, just like the groom's last name! There were lavender bridesmaids dresses, the wildflower/succulent bouquets, and the Bride's two beautiful dresses (simple fitted for ceremony, lace roses with long sleeves for the party). The details of this wedding were dreamy, boho-chic and subtle so that the focus was on this beautiful couple's love for each other, as well as the amazing surroundings of Walnut Grove.