Love is Love! Happy 2nd Anniversary of Marriage Equality & Pride Month from SanDiegoWedding.com!

It's LGBTQ pride month and June 26 celebrates 2 years of full marriage equality in the U.S.!  Here at SanDiegoWedding.com we have always celebrated that love is love. We had a chance to catch up with Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute who reminds us that there are plenty of ways to celebrate and honor our LGBTQ friends and family with love [like sharing this beautiful San Diego wedding shown here]. Bernadette shares a few interesting finds from the world of LGBTQ weddings to accompany these stunning images by San Diego wedding photographer Paul Douda Photography....enjoy!

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  • Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons married his longtime partner in a beautiful wedding in NYC in May.
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  • Canada has a beautiful new stamp honoring the passage of their marriage equality law in 2005.
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    Happy Pride! 

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    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!

    Sara and Bianca: a beautiful estate wedding celebrates a beautiful love

    Two beautiful brides celebrate their wedding at a Rancho Santa Fe estate with lots of bubbly, lots of sparkle and lots of love!


    Bride:  Sara Swikard   Bride:  Bianca Marino

    Sara & Bianca met in 2007 while studying abroad and became instant besties! Two years later they committed themselves to one another on the same glorious day they decided to tie the knot, New Years Eve. This beautiful couple shares a love for bubbles, the San Diego Chargers and Michael Jackson. As Michael would say, these "PYT's" (pretty young things) were made for each other. They inspire each other to be their best self and it shows in every move they make together. To quote Bianca's vows, "we do not complete each other, but complement each other." The love they have is vivid and truly one of a kind.

    Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography

    Venue:  Las Olivas Estate by Estate Weddings And Events, Inc.

    Event Planner:  After The Engagement

    DJ: Choice Entertainment

    Cakes Designer:  Fab Cake Girls

    Caterer:  Hodads Hamburgers

    Cinema / Video:  Lisa Hadley Studios

    Floral Designer:  Mimi Totah Flowers

    Makeup Artist:  Chic N' Sophisticated

     ***do yourself a favor and watch this amazing video of Bianca and Sara's wedding we promise you'll fall in love with them like we did!