Ready Player 1!!? Virtual reality is coming to super fabulous weddings near you! Why not yours!?

Deploy VR are the experts in this exciting new technology that brings the magical world of Virtual Reality to your special event to wow your guests! Come meet the Deploy VR team and experience VR right at the February 3rd Wedding Party EXPO!

Deploy VR ‘s events managers work closely with your event coordinator to amp up your event by harnessing the power of virtual reality. Focusing exclusively on events, Deploy VR uses their extensive experience in events production and technology to make sure your guests have the time of their life! On top of providing the latest VR technology, they rec­ognize that the key lies in providing a memorable event experi­ence that your guests won’t soon forget with a unique Virtual Reality experience. And the best part is you don’t need to learn code or travel to a different dimension- they handle it all - planning, setup, implementation, and breakdown, all taken care of by their pro deployment team, so you and your guests can focus on having an epic time on your big day… in all realities!

This Sweet Safari Park Wedding Proves this Unique Locale is the Ultimate Setting for a Day Full of Wonder

A Sweet Safari Park wedding proves that the breathtaking San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook is the ultimate setting for a day full of wedding wonder (and leopards, giraffes and elephants!!)! Photographed by Brant Bender, this wedding captures so much fun and joie de vivre! Says Brant" For me, what I remember most was just how kind everyone was and how much fun they had. They truly loved everything from the animal presentation the Safari Park provided to the party Vynce the DJ threw them! They also were able to incorporate their own dog in their cake design which was fantastic. I also remember their first look as a very special. It’s not easy to find an intimate spot at the Park but we found the perfect one and they were able to share an emotional moment with each other. And of course, I was happy because they were game for finding new photo spots with me!  The day flowed flawlessly thanks to Kathleen and Safari Park provided the wonderful backdrop (and animals!)." It's obvious from these magical photos that Brant preserved this lovely couple's vision of love and life perfectly. 

Not only was this a day full of wonder but the celebration turned into a night full of fun! Popular San Diego DJ Vynce Pham of Music Phreek tells us “Sam and Stephanie were the absolute dream couple to work for because they not only knew what they wanted their music soundtrack story to be, but also how to present it visually to their family and friends. Having your wedding at the Safari Park in itself is unique, but having the wild animals as part of the backdrop, entertainment and decor is priceless! The entire team of vendors worked amazingly well together to insure that the day ran smoothly and flawlessly. I couldn't have wished for a better team to be a part of. The Sam and Stephanie were always so pleasant and more than willing to share their time taking pics, sitting and chatting with guests.  Once the formalities were over and the dancing started, everything kicked up a notch! The dance floor was full and everyone vibed so well to their song selections. I think it'd be fair to say it truly was the best night of their lives.”  Thanks for sharing your take on this lovely wedding Vynce -  we know from experience that the right DJ really makes an already wonderful wedding all the more memorable! 

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook: 

Transport your guests to an African safari and delight in panoramic views of the savanna where giraffes, rhinos, and gazelles roam. This unique venue is reminiscent of a South African lodge, with open rafters, a baobab tree bar and lovely safari-inspired accents. Exchange your vows on the sweeping lawn with the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains around you, dine and dance in safari elegance.  Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's newest gathering spot to mingle with your guests around the fire pit as the sun sets.    

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event Planner: Nicole George Events

Photographer: Brant Bender Photography

Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Kijamii Overlook

Florist: Simply Adina Florals

Hair and Makeup Stylist: Susie Beyer McCartney

Caterer: San Diego Safari Park

Cake & Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

DJ: Music Phreek DJ & Lighting

Extra style bonus: This wedding was on St. Patrick's Day so adding in just the right amount of green made the day extra festive and fun, bringing the couple the luck of the Irish!!  

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

 

Ready to Celebrate the Lunar New Year? This Gorgeous Asian Wedding Shoot Will Get You Excited for the Year of the Dog!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We love Lunar New Year and are getting excited for the Year of the Dog! 

The Lunar [or Asian] New year is tomorrow February 16! So we will let this gorgeous Styled Shoot by Asian Fusion Weddings speak for itself [or bark for itself] but one thing we love is finding out that in China, it's still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财), meaning “prosperous wealth” and comes from dogs’ barking sounds (旺旺—wàng wàng). Enjoy! Watch for another spectacular styled shoot celebrating Lunar New Year and Year of the Dog tomorrow on the day of this colorful and ancient celebration...! 

SDW - As a wedding planner, you participate in style shoots on various themes.  So why one about the Lunar New Year?

Wendy - Chinese New Year is always celebrated with friends and family at home, and eating together is always part of the 15 day celebrations.  Although food is a very important element at these get-togethers, often times the visual and aesthetic experience for our guests may be overlooked.  For this very reason, our team wanted to showcase two very distinct looks that anyone can do at home.  These decorative ideas are really simple to execute, but they really do enhance the dining table tremendously.

What was designed can be featured at various other events such as a wedding, birthday party, anniversary dinner, and more.  It isn't necessarily just for Lunar New Year dinners.  This is what makes our table designs fabulous - they are transferrable for other occasions.     

SDW - What was the inspiration for this style shoot?

Wendy - Thinking about all those Lunar New Year family dinners over the years, personally, I was ultimately inspired by two specific things.  First, Pantone's colour of year for 2017; greenery.  This was the reason green was selected in the colour palette.  Secondly, the question was - would it be possible to have a Chinese inspired shoot without featuring traditional red?  I believe our team was successful in demonstrating a modern interpretation of Asian decor and styling when you look at the video and pictures.

The other design feature that our team encapsulated was the Yin and Yang concept.  One table featured a bold approach with the use of Bonsai trees.  It translated into a more sophisticated masculine feel.  The second table donated a more feminine touch with an abundance of flowers in shades of soft pinks and purples.  

SDW - What is the one key piece of advice that you can offer to couples looking to design their own event?

Wendy - My continuous inspiration is derived from my clients' cultural backgrounds, their individual tastes and impeccable styles. Hence the company name "Asian Fusion Weddings".  However, there are also clients that want a very visually detailed rich celebration where the cultural aspects are not the main focus.  Hence "Formosa Events".  'Formosus' in Latin means beautifully formed.  Therefore, when couples consult with this company, they desire more visual eye candy at their events.   

In either case, it brings me great joy to be able to infuse their wishes into one creatively detailed and cohesive design; whether it be a gathering at home, an intimate affair and/or an extravagant wedding.  The key for designing any celebrations is to maintain the colour scheme, use a variety of textures and remember what the purpose of the event is all about.

SDW - Thank you very much for sharing your team's editorial shoot with us.

Wendy - Thank you for sharing our images and video.  Gung Hay Fat Choy!  I wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and prosperous new year.

Creative Director, Green theme Producer & Wedding Planner - Asian Fusion Weddings

Creative Director and Photography - Pepper and Light

Cinematography - Images Life Media

Floral and Decor - Jackie O Floral Events Affair

Bonsai Trees - Tropical Expressions

Cake and Sweets Table - Nadia and Co.

Stationery Design and Flat Lay Stylist - Maison Maquette

Backdrop and Table Vinyl - Designer Dance Floor | Exotik Wrapz 

Wedding Gowns - Dina Alonzi 

Asian Jewellery - H & F Jewellery

Men's Bowtie and Male Model Stylist - TYTAN Ties

Hair Stylist  - Medulla & Co.

Make-up Artist - Vinny Artistry & Co.

Canine Couture - El Cachorrocouture

Table top rentals - Chairman Mills

Table and Chair Rentals - Detailz Couture

Paper Lanterns - Toronto Paper Lanterns

Website - http://torontopaperlanterns.com/

Female and Male Models - Elite Model (Crystal and Gabriel)

Canine Models - Merlin's Hope Resc

Venue - Aga Khan Museum

Venue – Shangri-La Hotel - Toronto

What's a Flip Book Photo Booth Station? I want one! (And you will too!)

In a world gone crazy for photo booths at weddings and events [for good reason!], we think that A Little Scene's super cool flip book station is their most popular product for good reason!

Party goers and guests will forever have a customized keepsake from your event. I want one!! 

A Little Scene's fun experts activate at weddings, music festivals, trade shows, branded events and other parties to make their super cool custom flip books within minutes!

We dig their cool, clean and modern set up that would look great at your wedding reception! 

We Give a Fond Look at Fall with This Beautiful Wedding Styled Shoot Video

We give a fond farewell to Fall soon as Winter approaches. And with with rich burgundy, plum and gold accented by deep brown, tree branches, gorgeous florals, candlelight and a fireplace, this wedding styled shoot is the perfect ode to Fall! Watch the video and enjoy! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Stegela Photography
Venue:  The Bash Boutique
Designer:  Couture Events
Gown/ Fashion: Elle Bridal Boutique
Floral:  Dinah's Floral Studio
Makeup/hair:  Unveiled Bridal Beauty
Calligrapher: Four Things Paper
Rentals:   CC Vintage Rentals
Cake:  Jenny Wenny Cakes
Baker: Le Parfait Paris
Tablescape Rentals:  Not My Dish

Our Age of Discovery themed Wedding Styled Shoot would make Charles Darwin swoon!

We love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see.  We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas.  A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot.  Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!

With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.   

We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!

And, of course,  the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life.  Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists. 

Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue!  And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!

Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals

Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus

Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven

Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot

Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge 

Crystals and Geodes:  Jessika Davis

Bridal Gown Designer:  Michelle Hebert

Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth

Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Library Style Table:  Classic Party Rentals 

Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry

If you're looking for amazing rustic (and beyond) furniture rentals for your wedding....look no further!

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Like many brides today, Jennifer Bean, owner of Rustic Events, wanted a chic rustic style wedding reception. She says "I envisioned a relaxed picnic-in-the-park atmosphere with the family gathered around wooden farm house tables. However, I had a really hard time finding what I was looking for. Then I found the perfect tables –exactly what I wanted! I was floored though when the owner of the business said they were moving and had to sell and **they weren’t booking any more weddings***! I was so deflated thinking my vision wouldn’t come to life." So one thing led to another and thankfully Jennifer and her new hubby stepped up and gave a whole new life to the new and improved Rustic Events! Rustic is now so much more than picnic tables and rustic furniture! Check out some of our fave designs from this talented team of truly dedicated wedding and event decor and rental pros!! And visit Rustic Event rentals at this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station where they will sponsor tons of gorgeous lounges, fashion show seating and more with many of their beautiful pieces on display up close and personal!! 

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Here's what Erin L. had to say about Rustic Events: "I came upon Rustic Events, and fell in love! They had these beautiful rustic farm tables, that were exactly what I had envisioned! I contacted them via website, and was instantly impressed! From start to finish, they were awesome! Nicest people ever! If ever you need tables for an event, start your search here! You won’t regret it!"

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And here's more love from Katie B: "These tables are incredible! I found Rustic Events and got the warmest email from Jenn. She gave me details about the benches, and gave me the pricing. The instant I started talking to Jenn on the phone I was sold! She was so nice and had just gotten married herself. I thought it was the best thing ever. They were right on time and they packed all their tables and benches out without a peep at the end of the night. It was so nice not having to worry about them at all. The tables and benches made the look of the wedding so much more beautiful!

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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

This Magical Wedding Is One for the Fairytales (and apparently the Jurassic Period)

Ciara and Shane Miller certainly know how to think outside of the box. That's what we loved most about this couple's magical wedding! The two actually met when they were in high school and started dating a few years later. Three years later Shane proposed on New Year's Eve. The couple decided to get married on the beautiful Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos. A very special addition to this couple's photo gallery is a rare sighting of a wedding crashing T-Rex! 

The Top 10 Wedding Photos You Just Can't Live Without!

Epic, must-have Wedding photos! Everyone wants and needs them, but sometimes certain wedding day photos stand out above and beyond all the others... here San Diego wedding photographer Greg Nelson offers us his 10 wedding photos you just cannot live without!

Thanks Greg for sharing your gift and these memorable essential photos from weddings with us! Check out our directory of amazing San Diego wedding photographers.

Yo ho ho hooooo my goodness!! It's the Pirates of the Caribbean Wedding Styled Shoot!!

What do you get when you take a really creative team of wedding vendors and put them together with a classic tale of love and pirates?  You get an amazing and fun Pirates of the Caribbean wedding styled shoot!  It's a pirate's life for us....

Today's wedding couple wants to have fun and get creative we think this Disney inspired shoot is just the ticket to inspire you to do you! We are obsessed with the faux ship sail as backdrop!  That's just great and imaginative staging folks! Scroll down for complete credits. Bravo!!