Elegant Temecula Winery Wedding Styled Shoot with 3 Couples is Rich in Black Tie Style

This gorgeous shoot styled by Katie Hammond Photography was a photographer's dream! Three amazing and very different couples, an elegant bridal party, over-the-top florals, beautiful roses, and even tablescapes with kale...every detail was bold and classically elegant. Each area of this expansive property gave a different feel to the shoot, yet managed to weave together to create one glorious finished product. From the pond with waterfall, to the Mediterranean inspired alfresco dining area, to the low hanging trees that feel as though you've been transported to Savannah Georgia, this day had everything! 

Couple #1 Black Tie Wedding Style; black tie all the way with beautiful wedding cake, bold invitation portfolio, kale centerpieces, and stunning bridesmaids dresses.

Couple #2 Black Tie Wedding Style; clean and simple bridal gown, a classic tux and some pretty nice moves!

Couple #3 Black Tie Wedding Style; a dreamy gown, a gorgeous full bouquet of ivory roses and sweet love.

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Stitch & Tie//Dress Designer:Mac Duggal//Dress Designer: Enzoani//Dress Store: Essence of Australia //Dress Designer:Essence of Australia//Design and Decor: Enticing Tables//Paper Props:Madison Stationary//Beauty: Wonderpin Studio//Bakery: Eat your Cake too//Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design//Event Venue: Lake Oak Meadows//Caterer: Lake Oak Meadows and Catering//Reception Venue: Lake Oak Meadows//Event Venue: Lake Oak Meadows Wedding Venue at Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery//Photographer: Marisa McDonald Photography//

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight:

Lake Oak Meadows Winery gives you a luxurious feel while still letting you enjoy our amazing Southern California weather in the beautiful outdoors. Each area of the expansive property gives you a different feel that yet they all manage to work together seamlessly to create one glorious venue. 

VENUES Liberty Station: So Many Amazing San Diego Wedding Locations in One Place!

There’s no denying that San Diego has a lot of really beautiful wedding ceremony and reception venues but did you know there’s that VENUES Liberty Station has tons of wedding locations all in one place?! VENUES Liberty Station offers 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego. Their unique location encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes, ideal for weddings of all style!

Sweeping lawns and trees in open parks make for great photo opps and extra large weddings. 

We just love all the historic buildings [they make fabulous photo backdrops!] sprinkled around Liberty Station! 

The people at VENUES Liberty Station really love what they do and want you to have an amazing day full of memories, family and friends, as you step forward into your new life! 

Rich Burgundy Toned Wedding Styled Shoot Celebrates with a Hint of Medieval Magic

This Wedding Styled Shoot celebrates bold style and outdoor wedding glamour with a hint of Medieval charm and the MOST stunning florals! If this ultra rich and regal burgundy-toned Wedding Styled Shoot doesn't inspire you to add a little medieval flair to your wedding day we don't know what will! And oh my goodness that circular floral swing has us in deep crush mode! 

For gifted floral designers and stylists inspiration can come at any place and at any time and from any era! This modern take on royal medieval style for a wedding magically appeared while visiting the Milagro Winery Cave. The beautiful winery cave’s interior is covered with large stone pieces and immediately transports one to an era of iron and clay, candles, and over the top lush weddings with long and hearty celebrations.
The talented wedding photographer Sergey from Red Trolley Studio captured the imagined newlyweds as if in a time machine. The majestic tree at Milagro Winery was decorated with a romantic vintage floral swing with rich Darcey garden roses and eucalyptus, harkening a never ending love story. The Bridal bouquets [all fit for a queen!] embodied true magic with a variety of textures and color tones: burgundy garden roses, Privet and Hypericum berries with a blush of anemones and seeded eucalyptus. The florals in this shoot are fab-u-lous and we see a lot of wedding florals! These living works of art were created and styled by the floral designer artist Tatyana Mironova Jamora of Unforgettable Florals. To create a medieval royal experience, Gold and Burgundy textured linens were provided by Patricia Patty’s Linen Rentals. We loved the heavy iron key chains and candelabras, it just takes you back in time. The delicious dessert Cream Puff tower [Croquembouche anyone?] and cupcake feast were designed and provided by Joanna Page of The London Bakery. The bridal beauty makeup artist Tanya Tello and wedding hairstylist Audrey Borunda created a soft and delicate look for the beautiful bride and grooming for the dashing groom. 
This talented team was thrilled to showcase this theme inspired ceremony at Milagro Winery - the perfect romantic setting.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photography by Red Trolley Photography

Wedding Venue Milagro Winery

Wedding Design and Planning by Unforgettable Florals

Wedding Florals by Unforgettable Florals

Wedding Rentals by Patty's Linen

Bridal Beauty Hair by Audrey B Hair

Bridal Beauty Makeup by Tanya Tello Makeup

Wedding Cake by The London Bakery

 

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. 

Winter Wonderland Wedding Inspiration Wows even in Sunny San Diego!

The luxurious and refreshing scent of pine trees, traditional Winter colors of silver, burgundy and white with forest green, charming pinecones styled into the paper goods, and evergreen sprigs all come together to celebrate that all Mother Earth does not diminish in Winter! And when you add in real life couple Bryan and Megan, the beautiful rustic furnishings, what has to be Megan's favorite sweater, sparkly Christmas ornament bauble, cookies [for Santa perhaps?] and a puppy, well you can see why we love this Winter Wonderland shoot!  Happy Holidays to all! 

Waves Crashing, Sun Setting, This Toes in the Sand Beach Wedding was the Refreshing Low Key Event Everyone Wanted

Beach weddings! It's one of the main reasons why people love to get married in So Cal! Waves crashing, beautiful sun setting over the water, your toes in the sand and a tear in your eye as your heart fills with love and joy for your loved ones saying "I do!". This low key affair was exactly the stress free affair that Zac and Chelsea wanted. With a love as endless as the sea and as deep as the ocean, these two celebrated with a light hearted day of ease and joy with a close group of friends and family. And as the couple said their vows in front of the crashing waves and sunset it brought everyone to tears in a moment of pure bliss... which was followed, in true Southern California style, by tacos and margaritas! 

Vendor Credits:

Photography by Astray Photography

Bridal Gown by Designer Sottero Midgley

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Bride's hair, makeup, and floral were all DIY

Location Corona Del Mar Beach

Love of Nature Inspires an Eco Friendly Safari Wild Animal Park Wedding

For a couple who met at the Circus and wed at the Zoo there just has to be a good story! So get this....Aaron meets Kat while performing in the circus! Kat is stage manager; when the show was done they kept trying to make/find excuses to hang out with each other.  So Kat and Aaron "Met in the Circus, and got married at the Zoo".  And it just keeps getting better!  Another thing we love about this wedding is that Bride Katherine Turkle felt strongly about having an eco friendly wedding, one that did not generate a lot of waste for environmental reasons. Getting married at the Safari Park [the San Diego Safari Wild Animal Park is so eco-conscious and does so much good for endangered species and more] was the perfect fit for a wedding location! The bride wore her mom's dress, that was her grandmother's before that with original Alencon lace on the hem from her grandmother's wedding in the 1940's!

Says Katherine "I always make an effort to vote with my dollars so knowing that I was writing a check to an organization with an environmentally conscientious spending record was a relief."

On GREEN-ing up, Kat says.  "We made adjustments like not serving bottled water at the wedding and carefully selecting decorations that would be up-cycled/ re-purposed and not thrown away. We made extensive effort to have as little paper waste as possible. Wedding invitations were on Paperlesspost.com. I designed a google form for our guest RSVP options, I also designed our wedding website, sent email updates, and google documents to coordinate the wedding paper-free." We hope you enjoy looking through this day of sharing love and conscious decisions, all of which made the world a better place.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Venue + Catering:  San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Wedding Photographer:  Lori Serocki Photography
Transportation: Sun Diego Charter
Invitations: Paperless Post
Hand Painted Plank: Creela Villiani
Centerpiece Candles Handmade by Groom
Bridal Gown Private Collection Heirloom Dress
Alterations: Elaines of Palo Alto
Event Decor / Florist: Blooms By The Box
Wedding Cakes:  Susie Cakes
Hair Stylist:  Kelly Scanlan of Salon Soule
Entertainment:  Nicole Gymober
Photo Bus photo booth: The Photobus

Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Ceremony: African Plains Overlook lawn
Reception: Mombasa Island Pavilion

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! 

16 gorgeous wedding ceremony arches that will beautify your outdoor wedding

Ahhhh the ceremony arch! Your magical temple of florals and design that will be the gateway under which you change from a single person to half of a married couple! Today we celebrate the outdoor wedding arch. Here we show 16 gorgeous versions of this time honored setting for rituals by local wedding arch expert Arc de Belle that you are going to love to stand under to say I do! 

Destination Mountain Wedding Shines with Gentle, Down Home Style

Just looking through this lovely, down home West Virginia [as the song says 'almost heaven'!] wedding can makes a San Diego girl want to throw off her shoes and run up the mountain like Julie Andrews! With a beautiful, historic carriage house as the setting, sweet and simple florals and lots of cookies baked by family, the sun dappled mountain vistas provide the perfect backdrop for the culmination of two families to come together for life. 

Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography//Event Venue:Adaland Mansion//Bakery:Bake and Memories//Dress Designer: Carrie's Bridal Collection//Floral Designer:Country Blooms//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Olivario's Bridal//

Horses, Trees and Verdant Views: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the Ultimate in Outdoor Wedding Venues

When a piece of land is cared for for over 140 years it develops a soul and a richness from its history and from all the love that has gone into it. The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has been loved since 1870 when it was first settled on 144 acres by a family creating a new life in the San Pasqual Valley [home to wineries, rolling hills and lovely views - note: part of the Ranch's original parcel of land is now The Wild Animal Safari Park!]. And unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years rustic outdoor, barn and farm weddings are the absolute biggest trend in weddings. Having recently undergone a multi million dollar remodel, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the perfect wedding venue setting to create a love filled, joyous celebration with trees, horses, gorgeous views, and generations of love in every stone. 

Set deep in Bandy Canyon, this Southern California ranch is adorned with rustic cabins, a dramatic pool for lounging and entertaining and an authentic 1930’s adobe lodge with two kitchens, antique stoves, and multiple fireplaces. A charming terrace and wedding ceremony site are also available for wedding ceremonies, receptions, and special events. We just love the on site cottages too for an intimate getaway!