You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot

We believe that true love is the ultimate freedom because when you are fully loved you can be free to be you. We called this the “You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot” for a good reason. Thanks Tom Petty for reminding us to always pursue passion and freedom in all things. [Disclaimer: No poppies were harmed during this photo shoot, the entire shoot team stayed on the trails and Photographer Melissa Fe has some mad Photoshop skills!]

Photographer Melissa Fe says “This year Mother Nature graced us with her presence by bringing the super bloom back to Lake Elsinore. It has been said that the super bloom attracted Disneyland-sized crowds to this poppy bloom spectacular. With valleys filled with beautiful poppy fields this was too good to pass up for a Springtime Bridal Session.

The Bride wore the Izzy gown designed by Minnesota Bridal Gown Designer, Bopha Sar Thomas. This flowy 3-tiered skirt showcased a silk and lace lining and was accompanied by a hand sewn lace top with exquisite lace detail and peep-a-boo back to show off those sexy curves. This flirty 2 piece gown is perfect for a youthful, daring Bride who isn’t afraid to show off some skin.

For the Bride’s Hair and Make up, I teamed up with the talented Juanita Lopez of @Brides_Grooms_by_JLo. I have worked with Juanita on multiple styled shoots in the past and is my go-to Hair and Make up artist for my Brides and boudoir clients.

I wanted an Ethereal vibe and look for this Bridal session so Juanita did an editorial bohemian dutch braid with some fly away pieces to frame the Bride’s face. She also used texturizing product to achieve the dreamy vibe we were going for.

Juanita went for a monochromatic, very clean "no makeup, makeup look" for the Bride. This is something that Juanita feels most brides should go for on their wedding day because it enhances their natural beauty. She used a spot concealer to allow the Bride's skin to look very natural yet maintaining a sun kissed glow. From the Bride's eyes to the blush and lip color the color palette applied was a warm light tint of orange colors to accent the pop of color from the poppies.

To bring the look together, Nancy the creative mind behind Nancy Lobo Designs, created a bouquet that was non-traditional using a combination of spring blooms and a dash of orchids. Knowing that the backdrop would be a field of orange poppies, she chose purple tones to play alongside and be as equally 

vibrant. For a little romance, she topped off the bouquet with a lace ribbon as an ode to the rolling hills. ”

Photographer + Styling: @melissafechapmanphotography

Bride: @brookeethompsonn

Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo

Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier

Florals: @nancylobodesigns

Dress Designer: Bopha Sar LLC//Beauty: Brides + grooms by jLo//Floral Designer: Nancy Lobo Designs//Model: Me//Photographer: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

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//

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

Beach Elopement Styled Shoot is Full of San Diego Sun, Sand, and Real Love!

When a real couple let's you style and shoot an 'elopement into honeymoon' styled shoot at the beach get ready for lots of fun and chemistry!! This couple was happy to show their love and passion at WindandSea Beach in South La Jolla. After their beach elopement, they moved into in a "day after - honeymoon" session celebrating their love for one another and the first day as Mr. and Mrs. All we can say is Wow! The heat is on and it's not the soaring Summer temperatures bringing this heat wave!

Location:WindandSea Beach//Cake Designer:Amanda Rose Cake Designer//Floral Designer:A Flower Chick//Photographer: V&E Photography//

This British Tea Party Themed Wedding Styled Shoot Shows Off a Delicate and Feminine Style

While we are all still recovering from a fabulous British Royal Wedding, here is one last crumb of inspiratiom that celebrates a modern twist on true English style! This talented team of vendors, from all the way across the pond, bring a sweet, Anglo style to a lovely tea time styled shoot. Pass the biscuits! Enjoy! 

Studio Venue:Square Suite//Event Designer:eclat_events//Model:Joyce Evans//Model: antoniath//Makeup Artist: Aaliyah Latif//Dress Designer: audrey ashley couture//Dress Designer: Aneberry//Event Planner: My Wedding Fixer//Photographer: Chomelle photo//

Love Wins Every Time - Especially with This Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot that Celebrates Our LGBTQ Friends. Love is Love.

There’s nothing greater than the union of love, especially when we live in a world where LOVE WINS. This styled shoot is set to emphasize the love that exists, the power of collaboration and the power of LOVE. Shattering the glass ceiling was just one of the motives behind this new age shoot. Love is Love. Styled by Fairy Godmother, a Wedding & Event Company, with deep blues, rich reds [check out her gorgeous burgundy tux jacket!] and metallic gold, this powerful, vintage inspired shoot wins too!

"ren-dez-vous": noun: a meeting at an agreed time and place, typically between two people.

This pop up wedding styled shoot was set in the loft of an antique store in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, CA. Vintage vibes illustrated with dark, deep maroons and touches of gold were juxtaposed by the natural light from the industrial windows and bright colored stones handcrafted into the décor. Mis-matched candlesticks, antique dishes and sugar crystal name cards completed the tablescape. Handmade-coin rings symbolize the labor of lasting love and soft, airy touches remind us of true love’s kiss! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Cinema and Video:Our Legacy Photo & Cinema//Equipment Rentals:20th Street Cottage//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:70 Knots//Cake Designer: Gimme Some Sugar//Floral Designer: House of Flowers Bakersfield//Design and Decor:Right Coast Design Studio//Invitation Designer: Matinae Design Studio//Apparel:Fino's Menswear and Tuxedo//Dress Store: Ladies and Gents Bridal//Beauty:Atomic Kitten//Linens and Coverings: Walker Lewis Rents//Event Venue:In Your Wildest Dreams Consignment//Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company//Photographer: Left Coast Design Studio//

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

Romance is Not Dead in this Stunningly Beautiful Styled Shoot

Romance is so so important not just when you're dating and leading up to a wedding - but for the rest of your life! Keeping your spark alive should be a top priority in your marriage. We just adore this beautiful styled shoot by our friends down under! San Diego and Australia have a lot in common, sunshine, beaches and stunning, on-trend, wedding style! 

Wedding Vendor Credits

Wedding Invitations: @invitationbweddings www.bweddinginvitations.com/                          

Photography & Concept: @sephoryphotography sephoryphotography.com.au/

Hair & Make up: @suzyselamakeup www.suzysela.com/

Menu & Place Cards: @adorninvitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk/

Stationery Design: Catsy Creative www.catsycreative.com.au

Printing: Inktank Printing www.inktankprinting.com

Flowers: @chloelashay_florist www.chloelashay.com/

Dresses: @raffaeleciucabridal www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/ and by @heleneconstancebride | @berta

Cakes: @maryeatscake www.maryeatscake.com.au

Jewellery: @loveonjewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au/

Model: @oliviaa.williams from @giant_mgmt

Venue: @montdusoleil

Happy Pride Month San Diego! Hope You Had a Rainbow Colored Celebration of Love and Respect

To all our LGBTQ friends and family; we hope you enjoyed a beautiful and love filled Pride Month! We at SanDiegoWedding.com and #lovetotallyplanlocally celebrate with you that Love is Love every single day of the year. 

Cinema and Video:Our Legacy Photo & Cinema//Equipment Rentals:20th Street Cottage//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:70 Knots//Cake Designer: Gimme Some Sugar//Floral Designer: House of Flowers Bakersfield//Design and Decor:Right Coast Design Studio//Invitation Designer: Matinae Design Studio//Apparel:Fino's Menswear and Tuxedo//Dress Store: Ladies and Gents Bridal//Beauty:Atomic Kitten//Linens and Coverings: Walker Lewis Rents//Event Venue:In Your Wildest Dreams Consignment//Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company//Photographer: Left Coast Design Studio//

Wine Country Wedding and Styled Shoot Gives an All New Meaning to White Wedding!

This elegant rustic-chic themed styled shoot utilizes a neutral color palette with a bespoke dress from top So Cal bridal gown designer Madeleine Fig. The opulent villa with details like handmade furnishings, stonework, rich wood furnishings and pool, complete with private helicopter naturally, is nestled in the heart of Southern California's incredible wine country. This is sure to inspire couples planning their own intimate destination wine country wedding! 

The small-wedding / elopement trend with several unique elements served as the inspiration behind this shoot. The venue boasts amazing views of the wine country and also has a dedicated helicopter pad on site to offer guests private tours! The muted hues of bronze, gold, silver, copper, combined with plenty of greenery reflect the outdoor Southern California vibe and blend flawlessly into the rugged landscape extending into the distance. Overall, the scene conveys a simple purity that relaxes the senses. The handmade furniture such as the palette bar, the desert table with back drop, and the mismatched table settings lend a custom DIY element to the theme. The beauty of the scenes, the models, the make-up, the hair, and the dresses were expertly captured and edited by a talented photographer from Monterey. The videographer from Los Angeles worked alongside providing both drone and handheld coverage that documented the full process.

This was a truly collaborative effort that brought talented vendors from across California. It turned out to be much bigger than originally intended and consisted of a full crew included: photographer, videographer with drone, models, couture bridal designer, makeup and hair, florist, catering, calligraphy, accessories, rentals, and graphic design. Behind the scenes, the chemistry between the models and the crew added to the energetic and fun vibe on set!

Wedding Professionals LOVE:

Photographer:   paulinar.photography//Calligrapher: Miller Photography Creations//Other: Upper Limit Aviation//Caterer: Parilla 84 Mexican Grill//Floral Designer: Petals of Poetry//Model:Anthony Gonzalez//Model: Paige Spagnoletti//Equipment Rentals: AKT Party Rentals & Custom Furniture//Cinema and Video: Black Tie Media Production//Invitation Designer:Brown Fox Creative//Design and Decor: Villa Del Enzo//Event Venue: Villa Del Enzo//Hair Stylist: Blush//Dress Designer: Madeleine Fig//Beauty: Blush//

Romantic Winter Wedding Styled Shoot in Our Fave Little Mountain Town Outside San Diego; Julian!

Nestled away in the mountains of Southern California is the cozy little country town of Julian. Sacred Mountain Julian is the perfect venue for nuptials at any time of year, but it will truly steal your heart as the perfect setting for a Wintry themed, mountain wedding, with, of course a gorgeous couple and a beautiful Black Beauty horse model! 

Lesli and Spencer, have been married for six years, but took advantage of this opportunity to relive their newlywed days and remember exactly what it was like when they first said "I do". Being that Spencer serves in the US Marine Corps, photographer Katie Hammond couldn't think of a more deserving couple to feature in her styled wedding shoot. It's lovely to see the love and fire are alive and well (and going strong!) after six years of marriage! 

Drenched in rich tones of burgundy and gold, my shoot featured stunning details like two pairs of Badgley Mischka heels dripping in jewels, vast views of mountains and fields, gorgeous black horses, and black bridesmaid dresses (and they TOTALLY pulled it off!). 

Photographer:   Katie Hammond Photography//Model: Groom//Model: Bridesmaid//Model: Kaila Cotler//Model: Bride//Other: Wine Tasting Jen//Groomsman Attire: Stitch and Tie//Calligrapher: Sam Allen Creates//Invitation Designer: Bloom Stationery Co//Beauty: Bridal by Haydee//Dress Designer: d'angelo couture//Cake Designer: Sweet Maples Creations//Floral Designer: Studio 2053 Floral and Event Design//Event Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian//

Holy Matrimony Batman! It's a Gotham Themed Wedding Styled Photo Shoot!

As home to Comic Con, San Diego knows a little something about super heroes and cosplay! And let's face it wether serious or fantasy, Wedding Styled Shoots are all about playing with creativity and ideas. So Batman meet Catwoman in a dark and moody styled shoot that celebrates Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in all their alter [or should we say altar!] egos! We hope you enjoy this carefully thought out, and very playful, photo shoot, which shows beautiful photography, staging, lighting, florals, invitations and really great hair and makeup, all styled to celebrate Gotham!

Gotham is a dark, mysterious, scary, and moody place. Although there is a lot of crime, there are also those characters that make a difference for the betterment of the city. Enter Batman. Batman is well known to keep the streets clean of crooks. He is like Gotham´s protector. But, who protects Batman? Enter Catwoman. At first these two were rivals. Catwoman was a villain and was known as a thief that prowled the night while Batman is a superhero that prowls the night. These two have had their differences but their love for each other grew immensely after many bad and good encounters. They are connected by their similar tragic backgrounds and by their love for their city of Gotham. They are intertwined as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.

The Story Setting: They decided to get away from Gotham for their wedding and only invited close friends and family. A small beach town was perfect for them as long as it included a gothic church to marry in and a reception venue that resembled Bruce Wayne´s mansion. The ceremony took place in the evening as it is what Batman and Catwoman would do. They are night prowlers, after all! The reception venue was small but perfect for their intimate wedding. Its many furniture pieces resembled the ones in Bruce´s mansion from the grand piano to the bookcase to the curtains and to the paintings on the wall. When you stepped inside you felt like you were in his mansion and that is why Bruce and Selina chose this venue, Gatherings in Pacific Grove.

Batman and Catwoman's "First Look" photos took place on the water near the ceremony and reception sites and inside the reception venue itself. Usually First Look means that the bride and groom see each other in their wedding attire before the ceremony but they changed things up! They still wanted to keep their attire a surprise so they took photos in their usual Batman and Catwoman disguises. The chemistry between these two are apparent as they took photos at the reception venue and near the beach.

And who better to invite than their superhero and Gotham family. The entire Justice League were among the guests in attendance and this included Clark Kent and Diana Prince. Of course, Commissioner Jim Gordon and, Bruce´s butler and father figure, Alfred Pennyworth were in attendance as well.

The Music: Amy Hung Films created an amazing video for this unique styled wedding shoot. The music “Apex" by Kevin Graham fits in perfectly. It’s dark, dramatic, and mysterious yet romantic in a way that gives the audience a feeling of the intense love between Batman and Catwoman.

How You Can Mimic the Comic Books On Your Wedding Day!

If you're a true fan of all things superhero and comic books and want to feel powerful on your wedding day, then you'll want to get behind this Small Beach Town Meets Gotham styled wedding shoot. 

The theme for this shoot was dark in color and moody in feeling, to keep true to the Batman and Catwoman personas, but has class for days as you will see in the design elements chosen. Although not all elements are for the DIY couple, there are fun ways to customize aspects of this comic book wedding. The vendors were also hand selected specifically to fit the style of this shoot since we believe it is so important to support fellow creatives to bring your design and vision to fruition.

The elements for the shoot were carefully planned by Cristina Galvan of Hermosa Weddings and Events to keep true to the comic books Batman and Catwoman originated from. Many elements were DIY or easy to find at a low cost. Planning ahead and looking for deals at local stores and online is a must. From finding the Justice League figurines to finding the authentic Batman cape to finding the comic books to finding the Clark Kent glasses and to finding the large black frame for the DIY seating chart. Catwoman´s black mask is another DIY element that can be easily recreated by any DIY couple. Also, the Holy Matrimony! and Meowwww! taglines were created using a printer and paper. These and more low cost and DIY items were among the design elements that perfectly fit the theme.

The black sequin dress was a showstopper and paired well with Catwoman´s accessories. The dress is a design from the bridal shop, Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique and Bridals. Catwoman wouldn't be complete without her gold accessories and this is a great opportunity to get creative and find unique pieces at local thrift stores to fit the theme.

Hermosa Weddings and Events opted for black linens. They were used at the reception to create a dark and moody feeling to this comic book affair. To spice it up, you can incorporate specialty linens such as black sequin linens as seen on the reception table. This is where a specialty linen company like Party Crush Studio can come in.

Photographer:   Michelle Robertson Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Stitch & Tie//Jewelry: Nikscandi//Linens and Coverings: Party Crush Studio//Cinema and Video: Amy Hung Films//Dress Store: Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique & Bridals//Beauty:Powers Beauty//Cake Designer: Blue Aces Bake Shoppe//Reception Venue: Gatherings//Floral Designer:Studio Dizon//Other: Michelle Robertson Photography//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Event Planner: Hermosa Weddings and Events//