An Old School Spanish Haceinda and Vineyard for Your Wedding is Right in San Diego's Backyard!

How did we not know about Hacienda Vineyards wedding venue before now??! All this time we've been sitting here on the coast, thinking about driving to Temecula for a fun winery experience, not realizing that there was a gorgeous, old school, Spanish styled hacienda and vineyard just twenty minutes from downtown San Diego! It's like stepping back in time to a beautiful, relaxing, abundant era of riches and style. Take a peek at this gorgeous styled shoot by Photographer Amy Millard on site at Hacienda Vineyard and tell us you don't want run down there for a glass of wine and a relaxing day of soaking up the trees, with the surrounding hillsides lush with 9 acres of foliage framing a never ending sky that watches over their vast lawns 1930's era Spanish House.

The grand Vineyard Hacienda-style residence at Vineyard Hacienda wedding ceremony and reception venue was carefully constructed in the 1930s in true old-style Spanish tradition; adobe, red Spanish tile, and authentic hardwoods add an element of history and tradition. Vineyard Hacienda offers an extensive variety of locations, both indoor and outdoor, to meet the needs of even the most discriminating guest, and is above all fabulous secluded, private, secure, and peaceful gated property in a unique and beautiful event setting.

Wow Your Wedding Guests at Your Reception with indybooth Photo Booths!

indybooth photo booths are San Diego's newest modern photo booth. The North Park based photo booth company was founded Nicole and Paul Herzog while they were planning their own engagement party!

For their event, Nicole and Paul created a DIY photo booth using their DSLR camera, floodlights, a PVC backdrop frame, and some wrapping paper. Surprisingly, the jerry-rigged photo booth set-up was a huge hit! After seeing the enjoyment their guests got out of the homemade booth, Nicole and Paul decided that their new mission in life was to offer a top of the line photo booth to everyone they could in San Diego. 

So, riding the wave of inspiration, they started their own photo booth rental company. They decided on the name indybooth, as they felt that captured some of the North Park style they loved. The indybooth photo booth set up is a far cry from the old DIY booth from their engagement. They now offer a social media integrated, video, and GIF booth with professional lighting equipment and one of the best printers on the market. 

The two soon-to-be-married business owners claim that the best part of each event they do is watching people let loose in the booth.  Nothing brings a smile to their face more than seeing the bride’s solemn father hopping into the frame with a huge smile rocking a sweet prop mustache and cowboy hat. They know that those pictures will be cherished.  Every event is crazy in its own way, at that’s exactly what they hope indybooth helps capture- those silly moments that will make you smile for years to come. And yes, they will be bringing the indybooth photo booth with them to their own wedding this October.

There's a lady in the DJ that is!

Let's hear it for ... the girls! In a world dominated by male DJ's, "Lady DJ" Merrylin Brichmann of Artistic Productions and DJ Party Pam stand out as the 'ladies in the house' in the San Diego wedding field and trust us when we say these girls are not afraid to 'mix it up'!!

the lovely Merrylin Brichmann "Lady DJ" of Artistic Productions

the lovely Merrylin Brichmann "Lady DJ" of Artistic Productions

Lady DJ Merrylin of Artistic Productions is an award winning, highly referred and recommended disc jockey and emcee. She knows music, knows how to read a crowd, keep an event flowing while creating the perfect ambiance and energy.  With the client's guidelines, Lady DJ will create a customized, romantic reception that turns into a fun, rockin' party!  Artistic Productions also offers uplighting, photobooth and custom monograms. Let’s work together toward a mutual goal ~~ a stress free, unforgettable celebration.  Lady DJ Merrylin wants to set your love to music!!!! Merrylin has received numerous accolades from The Knot, WeddingWire, Channel 10's A List, Celebration Media, is a true LGBT advocate and has worked with the best in the industry for over a decade and a half.

The ever positive, energetic and fun DJ Party Pam

The ever positive, energetic and fun DJ Party Pam

We spoke with DJ Party Pam who told us "As a female DJ, I see weddings from both the bride's perspective and the entertainer's perspective.  I care for each wedding as if it were my own and coordinate with your other vendors for a smooth running event.  I want to give couples the reception they've dreamed of." Meeting this dynamo in person you can absolutely feel her passion for her work! 

DJ Party Pam is a 5 Star business on Yelp, 5 Star on Google, Channel 10’s “A” List and BBB  A+ Rating.

Both ladies are members of the San Diego DJ Association.


Celebrating your reception dinner with specialty catering... Monsoon style!

Mango Tiki, Coconut Shrimp, Ginger Masala, Madras Chicken, Goa Fish, Kebab Curry, Tandoori and Biryanis.... we get hungry just thinking about all the yummy possibilities for catering a special event [wedding, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, or even just a big family get together] with delicious food from Bombay Restaurant and Monsoon Catering! Known for their modern take on Indian dining and their fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Senior Catering Manager Rakesh Popat is forging new territory with 'cultural catering' for all and winning a lot of fans from East and West. 

In our opinion, there are a few key things that help one's special occasion stand out from the rest, food definitely being at the top of that list. Which is why after meeting with Rakesh during our food tasting we knew we had to have him cater our engagement party. We received 5 star service from beginning to end. To this day, our family and friends talk about how tasty the food was. Our parents specifically said, outside of the home, it was the best Indian food they have ever had. And that means a lot coming from Indian parents! ~ Kajal & Chris

Modern Indian Dining


Buttery, creamy, soft, and luscious…each bite of Sugar Mamma Caramel is a gift made with love.

A delicious treat for wedding favors, dessert bars or candy bars, Sugar Mamma Caramels are the yummiest caramel you've ever tasted! Give them out to your guests individually or at a dessert buffet, send them as thank you's to your friends and family post wedding or just take them on your honeymoon to indulge on the beach! 

Using only the highest quality ingredients with no additives or preservatives, Sugar Mamma Caramels.  All their caramels are made in small batches, entirely hand-crafted in their kitchen in San Diego, California.

Don't forget about our designer cocktail guide by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. to help you whet your whistle in style!

Leaders of Libations, the Dukes of Drink, The Kaisers of Cocktails, the Princes of Pouring, the Emperors of Imbibing....we can't say enough good things about Snake Oil Cocktail Company's talent and passion for creating amazing cocktails for weddings and events! 

Click through to see a lot more cocktails in our new Guide to Cool Cocktails sponsored by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and get inspired to excite your guests at your cocktail reception! 


Save the date February 14, 2016 for the romance themed wedding party expo

San Diego's great big beautiful wedding planning show for all engaged couples is back at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on Sunday, February 14 of next year and we can't wait! 

Brides, grooms, maids, groomsmen, moms, dads...everyone loves the Wedding Party! 

The Wedding Party has the most stylis, on trend wedding fashion shows in the country.

With fabulous food and fashion you'll love this show famous for its open and stylish format. 

Gorgeous displays from top wedding resources are like a living Pinterest board!  

Meet top caterers, florists, rental companies, photographers, videographers, DJs, musicians, bands, event planners and some of the finest reception and ceremony venues in the country

Featured Venue: The quintessential beach wedding location brought to you by Tower 23 by eat.drink.sleep

Located right on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach Tower 23 is modern, hip and gorgeous! Your wedding  guests will know they are in California for sure as they play in the sand, watch a sunset from the pier and dine on the the fresh and delicious California cuisine that Tower 23's restaurant does superbly.

Editor's Note: we have actually held a private social event at this venue and we had the best experience and were so well taken care of and the food was really, really good! Tower 23 is right on the boardwalk yet our event had all the privacy we needed and plenty of different spaces to handle all our needs. Love!!

Make a wish and send it off...we're obsessed with Flying Wish Paper

We just LOVE Flying Wish Paper by - you write your wish on this special paper, light it and watch is float up to the heavens. So sweet and very romantic and perfect for your reception tables to get your guests wishing upon your forever together! 

looks like we're not alone in our obsession...the talented artists at i art u even made a film about it!

Featured VENUE: Humphrey's by the Bay

We just love Humphrey's Half Moon Inn by the Bay! Sure you know them as a stellar concert venue and home of one of San Diego's best brunches ever, but did you know they are an amazing wedding location too?

Set amidst tropical palms and the sparkling waters of San Diego bay, Humphreys offers a truly unique setting to begin your forever after. And even better this spot is one great place to do an "in town destination wedding" that will keep your guests happy and entertained the whole time!

Humphreys makes beautiful [very San Diego!] weddings right on the bay!

Humphreys makes beautiful [very San Diego!] weddings right on the bay!

your out of town guests will love as Humphreys is about as San Diego postcard as it gets!

your out of town guests will love as Humphreys is about as San Diego postcard as it gets!

Humphreys offers Guest Rooms and Suites for your out of town guests, Waterfront banquet rooms, Outdoor reception venues, Garden ceremony locations,  space for as intimate as a 30 guest wedding and as over the top as a 450 guest event, Pool side events, Award winning culinary team, Rehearsal Dinners, Farewell Brunches and more!

From an intimate garden ceremony site and outdoor reception location to waterfront banquet rooms offering  views of the yacht marina, Darla and the very friendly and professional team at Humphreys will handle every detail to ensure your special day is everything you dreamed it would be. 

Today's featured venue: the Hyatt Mission Bay Resort Spa & Marina

One of our favorite venues in San Diego has to be the Hyatt Mission Bay Resort; it's got it all! It's right on the water, it has its own marina, it boasts an incredible restaurant (The Red Marlin) there's a world class spa right on site, you can enjoy the surrounding palm trees in a tropical setting or head up to the sleek penthouse suite for breathtaking views of the gorgeous lawns and all of San Diego! This site has everything you (and your out of town guests!) could want for the perfect San Diego wedding!

Give Hillary Cincotta in the events department a call 619-224-1234 if you'd like a private tour.  

Did we mention the gorgeous sunsets?

Did we mention the gorgeous sunsets?

  Located in the center of Mission Bay with tons of fun and sun and excitement!

 Located in the center of Mission Bay with tons of fun and sun and excitement!

The perfect place to fall even more in love! 

The perfect place to fall even more in love! 

Another beautiful day in America's #1 wedding spot!

It's true!! The statistics are in and San Diego is the the #1 wedding city in the USA! We do more weddings than any other city each and every year! And (drum roll please....) San Diego is the 10th most popular destination wedding spot in the world! But you're not surprised are you? And here's why....Sure San Diego is a navy town, but it's also a laid back So Cal hippie town, it's a gay town and a straight town, a black, white, Latino, Asian, Native, immigrant and locals town. We are an ocean-fronted, bay-sided, desert and winery-surrounded city situated right on an International border with another country who is no stranger to great hospitality. Know why we're called America's finest city? Because from the wineries to the waves we've got it all. We represent every type of people, style and ideas in the world and we do everything with style. San Diego is all thing wonderful mixed together in one beautiful and special place. So thanks for using to plan your most beautiful and special day in San Diego. And as we say 'love totally, plan locally'. 

Thanks to She Wanders (one our fav local photogs) for the pic xo