Beautiful Flowers and A Beautiful Wedding Day at Ranch Valencia Remembered

We love a grand vision for a wedding and we also love when the bride and her artist designer and decor specialists like the amazing Annette Gomez, florist extraordinaire] feel they don't have to make everything match-matchy! This glorious Rancho Valencia wedding feels like a playful circus for the heart and soul!! And we really really love when a bunch of our favorite wedding pros [like Boyd Harris Photography, planner EverAfter Events, our rental heroes Classic Party Rentals, and the lovely Farm Tables and More,] come together to play and make wedding decor magic! 

Photographer: Boyd Harris Photography | Coordinator: EverAfter Events | Venue: Rancho Valencia | Flowers: Flowers Annette Gomez | Music: Tiernan Tunes TrioWest Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party RentalsFarm Tables and MorePlatinum ProRevelry Event DesignArchive Rentals | Lighting: Tim Altbaum Productions | Hair: JDM Salon | Makeup: Vivian Kuriakos | Photobooth: Still Listening Productions | Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier | Videographer: It's Personal Cinema | Transportation: Goldfield StageOld Town Trolley Tours

Charming tea themed place settings for a wedding, bridal shower or party

Having a wedding bridal shower or party for the girls check out these teak themed centerpieces and place setting florals by talented San Diego florist Lois Mathews. These charmers are perfect fur any bridal brunch, luncheon, high tea or wedding reception where you want to show classic taste with a little English flair! 

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Greenery bouquets create a perfect swag of fresh style by Camellia Wedding Flowers

We love the recent trend of tons of greenery added to wedding florals, bouquets and decor! Just see how natural and clean these greenery infused bouquets look, especially when paired with white flowers and these pale, white and soft blue-grey (traditionally known as Winter white) maid's dresses. We really love this photo that brought together these lovely maids with their bouquets to create a perfect long swag of fresh style by Camellia Wedding Flowers

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Featured San Diego Wedding Artist: Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning

Today's Featured San Diego Wedding Artist: Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning!

Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning, takes a great deal of pride in their work [as they should!!] and genuinely enjoys creating distinctive, eye-catching, custom designed events for each of their client's. Marisa and her talented team will work with you on bringing your vision to life. We love their innovative yet classic style in creating amazing wedding florals! 

At Seven Stems, each event is custom designed and tailored to fit their client’s needs. Just as no two blooms are alike, no two events are designed the same either. All designs are uniquely created and constructed to offer the best representation of you. Lead Designer Marisa of Seven Stems wedding florists and event planners strives for originality and to incorporate your personal style and taste into each element. 

check out this exciting gallery of their wedding work: 

Happy May Day! We celebrate this special day with flowers and love!

Happy May Day! An ancient May Day tradition (which we are all for keeping alive!) was to leave an anonymous bouquet at the door of a beloved, neighbor or stranger... we think a current tradition might be to hug a florist for all the beauty they bring to the world, like local wedding and special events florist Danielle of Studio 2053 who created this happy bouquet! 

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April Showers Brings a Romantic Peony Paradise

April is in full swing and so are those showers [well what passes for showers in San Diego!]. What May flowers are we excited to see this season, you ask? We cannot wait to see peonies galore! The peony is such a perfect option for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's so easy to work them into your budget. Whether you have a large budget to have strictly peony arrangements at every table or you have a smaller budget and just want to add accent peonies throughout your bouquets, this flower is a solid choice. Another reason to love the peony is they look great with anything you put them with. A bouquet of similarly colored roses, hydrangeas, etc is a romantic and elegant option. However, more and more couples are using greenery in their decor, and peonies are a great complement to give your wedding that modern and rustic feel. You'll see what we mean in this Southern styled wedding.  

Colorful Ranunculas by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith are the Charmers of the Floral World

Colorful Ranunculas, like these charmers by Wedding Florist Adrianne Smith, are the sweet charmers of the floral world. Ranunculas symbolize some lovely qualities and giving them tells someone they are charming and attractive. Now that's a real nice thing to say, thanks Adrianne!

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)!

16 gorgeous wedding ceremony arches that will beautify your outdoor wedding

Ahhhh the ceremony arch! Your magical temple of florals and design that will be the gateway under which you change from a single person to half of a married couple! Today we celebrate the outdoor wedding arch. Here we show 16 gorgeous versions of this time honored setting for rituals by local wedding arch expert Arc de Belle that you are going to love to stand under to say I do! 

Temecula Wine Country Vineyard Wedding Shines with lots of Love and Bright Colors

From bright orange florals and bridesmaids, to indigo suits and paisley ties, add in a darling mint green VW bus, gorgeous vintage rental elements and an eye popping view and you get this Wine Country Wedding in Southern California's Temecula Valley that really stands out for its style and color! 

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Photographer:  Leah Marie Photography//Ring Designer:Ernesto Rassi Design//Musicians: OC String Ensemble//Bakery: TRULY MADLY SWEETLY BAKE SHOP//Officiant: Your Custom Ceremony//Bridesmaid Dresses:Zara//Hair Stylist: Beach Bridal Beauty//DJ: DJ Ross with Ross Creations//Floral Designer: Soiree Design & Events//Dress Designer:Stella York//Caterer: villa de amore//Reception Venue: villa de amore//

Bright Pink Wedding Floral Centerpiece Makes the Perfect Subject for this Beautiful Color Pallate Board

Classic still life floral centerpieces reminiscent of paintings by the Masters are all the rage on weddings and we love this bold and bright study in pinks captured by SheWanders Photography for today's wedding color pallate board..."Bold Pink Still Life".

Park your Peepers on this Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot that Puts on the Ritz in an old Speak Easy

Roll your stockings down and grab your flask it's a swanky wedding styled shoot in an old Speakeasy that we think is just swell! Inside this story-filled venue take a gander at the pocket door leading into The Ballroom you’ll find two holes, the upper hole was utilized to visualize anyone seeking access, the lower of the two holes was utilized for the weapon that helped ensure there was no trouble. 

Wedding Styled Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography: Uriel Photography    
Venue:  Speakeasy on State
Florist: Sweet Stems Florist
Bakery: Muffin Top Bakery
Design: Laurenish Design    
Production: Gonzalez Productions    
Makeup Artist: Makeup artistry by Mirna
Hair Stylist: Anna Bianca Hair    
Bridal Gown: Adina’s Bridal    
Groom's Fashion: Friars Tux Shop
Table: Modern Table Company    

The History of Speakeasy on State:

Finished in 1899, the Columbia building was the last building built on the first block of E. State Street and has been utilized for gatherings both large and small. Located on Redland's iconic State Street, this historic gem has been closed for use since 1948. Speakeasy on State offers 4000 square feet of elegance, mixed with beautiful hard woods, raw exposed brick, and the
finest period specific details - found nowhere else in tow. Proudly representing the heartbeat of downtown Redlands, Speakeasy on State boasts two large gathering rooms, each with their own distinct feel, a bridal suite, restrooms, and a preparation kitchen. Opposite the entrance, Speakeasy on State lets out into the charming City of Redlands Alley Park, perfect for outdoor socializing. Karl C. Wells was an astute businessman and banker in Redlands during the mid to late 1800s. Mr. Wells was responsible for donating the original land to found the University of Redlands in 1907. Wells had for a long time dreamed of owning a downtown business building but was unable until 1899. The majority of East State St. had been built up during the late 1880s; however the only structure standing at 10 E. State St. was the home of M. F. Pierce which was removed by force due to a fire ordinance enforced by the city. In 1899, Wells christened his “Columbia” building and it was first occupied by Meserve’s Clothing Store the following year. Only a few years later in 1902 the Redlands City Directory shows the upstairs of 10 E. State St. was utilized as a meeting lodge for a fraternal organization founded during the American Civil War named The Knights of Pythias.

By the late 1930s, the building was home to a chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The City of Redlands leased the VFW hall to host community dances and as a recreation center. The city continued its usage of the building through the 1940s. Following the end of World War II (1945) the VFW moved to a different location. According to the City of Redlands Archives usage of the second floor of the Columbia building during this time is lacking.
The building was most recently purchased in 2012 and the second floor has been completely restored with some modern updates. It is understood that the upstairs portion of 10 E. State St. was utilized during the Prohibition Era (1922-1933) as a speakeasy (aka. illegal drinking spots).
Speakeasy on State is still equipped with its red light which helped indicate to customers the need to hide all alcohol. 

Fresh and bright styled wedding shoot at Sunset Cliffs just makes us happy!

Check out this fresh, bright and uplifting wedding styled shoot at Sunset Cliffs that will have you feeling instantly grateful you're alive and live in San Diego.

Want to lighten up your mood on a stressful day of wedding planning? Check out this totally fresh, bright and uplifting wedding styled shoot by Timeless Weddings and Events. We think spending a few minutes drinking in this charming day of fresh sea air and warm sunshine kissing the beautiful florals is just the ticket to add a cheery smile to your face and melt your cares away. Happy Thanksgiving from San Diego California! We hope you spend this day being grateful for all the love and sunshine in your life. Enjoy!

Vendor Credits:

Styled by: Timeless Weddings and Events

Photographed by: Ashley Strong Photography

Florals:  Kendra's Floral Design

Table Settings:  Crate and Barrel

Details, Invitations:  Love Notes Stationary 

Location: Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach / Pt. Loma

Savoring the Wedding Day with a Mid Century Style Wedding Reception

John and Katie met through something they both truly love; dancing Argentine tango. Taking tango classes from the same teacher in San Diego over many months they began to feel a deep connection until one day they knew it was love!  After the proposal, both Katie and John knew of the San Diego Woman's Club from tango dances held there. In the evening light, it's easy to envision the ambiance of an elegant late 40's/early 50's dinner and dance club when looking at this grand old building and since Katie had already selected a dress in an early mid-Century style, [the Woman's Club was built in 1948] a vintage wedding theme was born! This sweet, lovely lady of a venue had everything they were looking for: a large, beautiful dance floor [of course!], space for 200 guests, an accessible location, and a tango connection. We think you will love this charming featured wedding shot by Derek Chad Photography.... Having both been married before and experiencing all that a wedding can entail, both Katie and John wanted to be sure really savor and remember all the details and hired wedding coordinator At Your Side Planning, which sure helped! Mainly they both truly cared about their people being happy, taking a moment to really celebrate life, hope and love. Looks like they absolutely got their wish!

Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Derek Chad Photography

Venue:  San Diego Woman's Club

Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Caterer: Dinners By David

Florist: Artistic Floral

DJ:  Allen Walker Entertainment

Bakery: Sweet Cheeks

Ceremony Videographer + Photobooth: David Zumaya

Makeup: Maggie

Hair: Celestina

Officiant: Craig Sargent

Transportation:  Hire Old Cars

Floral Artist Anna Nguyen of Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs on Outdoor Wedding Decor

Floral Artist Anna Nguyen of Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs  gives us some fabulous inspiration on San Diego Outdoor Wedding Decor... with beautiful arch structures by Concepts Event Design laden with flowers, to arrangements just for chairs, to aisle defining designs, altars and chupahs, this girl knows her outdoor floral design! These two very different decor settings offer a glimpse of this talented florist's range. The first setting shows Anna's expert use of monochromatic design; the white on white flowers with white arch, white chairs, white columns create a clean yet classic wedding ceremony set up, note the petals have hints of blush pink to add depth and interest to all the white. Anna's knack for eye popping color is clearly visible in the purple and orange designs. Her mix of forest greens and a hint of bright pink enhances the rich sheer purple drapes and variegated bamboo chairs to create a tropical and modern style chupah. 

Giant flowers for a giant impact on your wedding decor celebrate Spring!

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

Handmade giant flowers are all the rage for weddings this year! Check out some of our favorite artists online and have your own romantic garden at your wedding, in a photo booth, or at home on your wall, anytime of year, indoor or out! 

Papers to Petals (above 4 images) makes lovely, work-of-art, paper flower backdrops for weddings and events.

And we are just starry eyed over local San Diegan Starry Eyed Events who not only does gorgeous flowers (above) but can do charming butterflies and giant lettering for personalized backdrops! 

Dela Design Studio (above) in England makes jeweled  flowers from fabric and a lot more!

And sweet Etsy entrepreneur Rachel Quinonez of Lavish Inspirations (above) makes dynamic floral walls that we love for special events, home decor (hello baby's room!) and anytime you want to feel happy! Imagine getting a bouquet of these on Valentine's Day!

And then there's the bold and brilliant The Bleu Dahlia (above) stopping people in their tracks with her floral walls and obvious eye for design.

Happy Spring from all of us at SanDiegoWedding.com and #lovetotallyplanlocally !