Happy Valentine's day early to all the newly engaged couples in San Diego!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you all the romance and love you deserve! Do you and your honey have something special planned? How about lovely libations like these beautifully romantic red cocktails by local drink experts Snake Oil Cocktail Co! The cocktail experts, and their pin worthy creations, of Snake Oil are the perfect mood setter for any romantic evening or event!

cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Mystical Matrimony Styled Wedding Shoot is Perfect for the Holidays!

Rich burgundy and plums colors, geode cake [wow!], gorgeous winery venue and a team of wedding pros who really love working together make for this lovely Mystical Matrimony wedding styled shoot!

Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography by Rock On Photography

Photography and Videography by Guided by Imagination

Gown by D’Angelo Couture

Venue Location Granite Lion Cellars

Florals by Alpine Garden and Gifts

Cake by Joy Baked

Hair and Makeup by Sparkle by Steph Stephanie Keiser

DJ by

Specialty Linens by Linen Lady

Furnishings by AKT

Invitations by Laniletter Designs

Planning by Weddings by Kris

Beautiful Red Wedding Styled Shoot Celebrates Chinese Weddings and Color!

You know we love red! The color of passion, vibrancy, action and, in China, weddings! The colorful inspiration for this vibrant wedding styled shoot came from photographer Fangting Zuo's Chinese heritage.  With this shoot she celebrates and pays homage to the traditional color of Asian weddings by marrying the feel of rich, ancient traditions with a modern, American aesthetic, with crimson & golden luxury and the elegance of San Diego's mini Versailles; The Westgate Hotel!

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Westgate Hotel
The Westgate is a one-of-a-kind hotel, completed filled with timeless elegance, priceless antiques and appointments one would find in an elegant home. Designed as an incredible re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles, the Grand Lobby is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets. 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Art Director: Fangting Zuo

Photography: Fangting Photography

Hair Styling: Thomas Edward Salon & Dry Bar, Brenda Juckett-Schultz, owner and Mishelle Roberts, stylist

Makeup: Rachel Marie Gallenberger of Rachel Marie Makeup Artistry

Wedding Cake: Little Hunny Cakery 

Videography: Lens Life 

Bride's Fashion: Nolan Dean Le of Nolan Dean Studio  

Groom's Fashion: Friar Tux 

Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods: Ashlei Corlew, Sweet Louise Paper Co.

Jewelry: Love Tatum 

Rental Linens and Furniture: Patty's Linen Rentals

Arch Decor: Unique Rentals by Arc de Belle

Getting Ready to Celebrate America's Birthday with A Red, White and Blue Wedding

We love wedding themes and what with tomorrow being the Fourth of July we thought you'd love these beautiful pics from a classic Americana, red, white and blue wedding photographed by San Diego wedding photographers Bob Hoffman Photo & Video! Happy 4th of July San Diego! 

Finally! A Charming Little Red Riding Hood Wedding Styled Shoot for Fairytale Lovers

SWF seeks Wolf for Marriage and Lifelong Love. We all love a fairytale wedding styled shoot! And obvious Red Riding Hood elements peppered the styling and couture in Game of Thrones costumes! Velvet capes anyone? Fairy tales have become more and more au currant in our culture and we think these timeless themes always resonate with fashion shoots. Oh and we do love red!

The vintage Diamond Chantilly lace wedding gown by Hope Stanley was boldly embellished by a Jim Hjelm sash. The broach and tiara were vintage as well. The cake designer provided a 3-tier red cake which used fondant to create the cake detail. Branch and flower accents were created by hand, and the cake also featured twig embellishments. From the invitation designer: “I wanted to do something rustic to reflect the setting and theme of the wedding, while still keeping it elegant and contemporary. I didn’t want the red to “take over” the invitations, but rather be just an accented pop of color on the different pieces. I used all matte cardstocks…but a combination of wood grain, smooth stock and textured stock to add some depth and dimension to the invitations as well." From floral designer Florals by Jenny: “I was inspired by the theme to use deep red lush flowers with a lot of textures and almost a velvet-like look. When picking out the flowers, I was also looking for various foliages that would have a natural wildflower feel that looked like they grew in the forest…that’s why I even incorporated some real blackberry vines. I also added about 6 other foliages and vines to give it a natural, rustic, garden-like feel.” Says Photographer Courtney McManaway, "this shoot was a lot of fun and so much credit goes to the great team of vendors!"

Photographer:   Courtney McManaway Photography//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Vertegris//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: For Such a Time Designs//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Fawn in the Forest//Cake Designer: Occasions Cookies & Cakes//Makeup Artist: Charmed Beauty//Floral Designer: Florals by Jenny//Dress Designer: Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist//Invitation Designer: Polkadot Weekend Weddings//

Temecula Winery wedding styled shoot brings sweet blush and red together for a big MUAH! of wedding style!

The red rose, as your probably know, is a symbol of passion and true love. And this styled wedding shoot, by the new wedding and events team at Bella Vista Winery in Temecula's wine country, is a classic portrayal of love and romance! The inspiration for this 'in house' styled shoot was color and texture: with the super popular palette of blush, with pops of burgundy, and the drama of some and navy mixed textures from shiny metals to soft sheer fabrics, this styled shoot created a tableau both elegant and rustic. With sheer fabric, embossed fabric, shiny metals, crystals; these beautiful arrangements offered a variety of textures and colors as well as enhancing the delicate china. And the flowers! 

Editor's note: usually a 'Styled Shoot' means a planned shoot using models but here the shoot was personalized by having a real couple (David and Carly) with Carly in a custom designed gown - a lovely silk mermaid silhouette with french lace adorned with scallop trim - made by local designer Jaime Elyse, and the groom in a classic, slim fit, navy peak lapel tuxedo with navy accessories from Class-Act Tuxedo. We think this take on classic romantic, pink and blue is a beautiful expression of true love!  

Photographer:  Matty Fran Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: A Class Act Tuxedo//Event Venue: Bella Vista Winery//Floral Designer: Heather Christan Designs LLC//Dress Designer:Jaime Elyse Official//Makeup Artist:Tamara O'Shell//Hair Stylist:Tamara O'Shell//Design and Decor: Temecula Valley Party and Event Rentals //Coordinator: Dapper & Posh Weddings and Events

This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Says a Fashion-Forward "I Do"

This week's Wedding Crush Wednesday features Alex and Ljubov Ovtsinnikovas from Russia/Estonia! These two said their vows in Centennial Park on Coronado with some of the best views of San Diego! While we already think these two are gorgeous, we love their winter ensembles too. With the coastal breeze and cool San Diego nights a night on the waterfronts can get a little chilly.  Ljubov's cropped jacket, and bright red  bouquet combined with Alex's stunning royal blue suit [very European!] makes the couple pop from their backgrounds. The Ovtsinnikovas' statement pieces are show-stoppingly perfect and showcase their style, their attitude and their love. Südamlikud õnnesoovid pulmapäevaks! (Congratulations from the heart on your wedding)!

Today's Wedding Color Palette Board Celebrates Mexican Campasina Princess Styled Shoot

One of our all time favorite {of our very own exclusive Styled Wedding Shoots} photo shoots was this Mexican Campasina Princess styled shoot with the lovely and talented Betsy McCue of La Vida Creations Photography. The bold and true colors celebrate Mexican art and culture beautifully and working with Betsy was a joy! 

Victorian Drama Wedding Color Palette Board Makes us Dream of Downton Abbey

Deep burgundy, rich real reds, purples so dark they are almost black contrasted by creamy ivories, this is what we love about this dramatic Victorian themed styled shoot with a floral centerpiece as the start of today's Color Palette Board photographed by Tande DiLanatta Photography.

A Red and White Christmas Styled Wedding to make your Christmas Eve a Little Merrier

And we heard them exclaim as they danced out of sight, Merry Christmas to all and to all a great wedding night!! Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday season with this sweet white [and red!] Christmas themed wedding at Mt. Woodson Amy Strong Castle - yes San Diego has a rustic beautiful castle that hosts gorgeous weddings! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Venue: Amy Strong Castle at Mount Woodson

Photographer: Photo by Chana and Don 

Florist:  1800-ROSEBIG

Caterer: Personal Touch Dining 

Coordinator: Affairz Event Consulting 

Hair and Make-up: Amanda Thorne 

Cake: Twiggs Bakery

Photo Booth: Miskipops Photo Booth 

D.J.: Nicholas Witzler 

Transportation: Five Star Transportation Services 

Gorgeous Winter Wonderland Styled Wedding Shoot Celebrates the Season

It's December 22 and Winter is officially here and it warms our hearts to celebrate the season with a beautiful styled shoot that brings fashion, evergreen wreaths, pine cones and glittering gold elements. This shoot inspires even the coldest Dickensian heart to warm with love! Happy Winter Solstice!

This stylized shoot brings to life the classic elegance of the holiday season. Incorporating winter details and classic holiday colors of green, red, and an elegant gold. Enjoy!

 

Photographer: C. Zolman Photography
Apparel:Mr. Tux
Floral Designer:Jocelyn's Floral
Dress Designer:Sassy Chic Bridal and Formal Rentals
Hair Stylist: Tracy's Makeup

Modern La Jolla Engagement

The modern architecture that surrounded Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, was the perfect background for some bold and romantic engagement photos. Of course the couple took advantage of the stunning beach and pier within walking distance as Scripps Pier is a really great location on it’s own for photos, so what a bonus! The variety and color {love that red!} that wedding and engagement photographer Brit Jaye was able to get from these two locations in such a short amount of time, was a stylized dream. No doubt about it, lovely La Jolla is the perfect modern engagement shoot location in San Diego!

Photos By:  Brit Jaye Photography

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Brit Jaye Photography

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum

Makeup Services: KC Witkamp