South of the Border, Down Mexico Way, a Charming Ensenada Wine Country Vow Renewal Celebrates Love

The wine country in Mexico is nothing short of spectacular. The “Rita del Vino” was full of so many beautiful colors and landscapes making it the perfect setting for Jamie & Manny's vow renewal. After 13 years of marriage, Jamie & Manny wanted to get back to the basics and celebrate what was truly important between the two of them. They remember their original wedding day as kind of stressful and that style decisions were somewhat taken over by the opinions of their family members. This time around, Jamie & Manny wanted to be comfortable and have the celebration THEY wanted. So they headed south, leaving their 3 beautiful boys at home, and traveled across the boarder to the stunning Encuentro Guadalupe winery for a weekend escape to renew their vows. They had their ceremony on the balcony of their suite and enjoyed every minute of their celebration this time with just the 2 of them.

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Store:Prevue Bridal//Officiant:Blissfully Yours Weddings//Cake Designer: Mallow Mallow//Floral Designer:Teresa Huerta Flowers//Ceremony Location:Encuentro Guadalupe//

Travel Themed Wedding at Thursday Club in Point Loma Shows Off Fabulous View with Ivory & Rich Navy Blue

This travel themed wedding was inspired by the groom's job as a corporate pilot. The dusty rose, navy blue, ivory, gold colors highlighted the great decor of suitcases and handwritten signs of destinations around the world. The bride and groom decided to have a very romantic "non" first look where they held hands and prayed through a curtain before the ceremony. They had a special cord ceremony during the wedding where they tied a rope together to symbolize their union as a couple.

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Dress Salon: The Bustle Del Mar//DJ:Visiphonic Entertainment//Event Planner:Maynila Cabrera//Caterer:Epic Catering//Cake Designer:Incredible Cheesecake Company//Reception Venue: The Thursday Club

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! 

Featured Artist: San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh

Meet our featured Artist of the Day, San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh. 

It is my goal, through my photography, to express the emotion of important moments, and tell life stories that will live vividly through time.
— Jay Resh

As a child, Jay spent as much time as he could exploring NYC’s MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Natural History Museum, and Hayden Planetarium. It was easy to see that his interests where deeply rooted in the arts and sciences. It was particularly at the MET where Jay fell in love with the idea of exploring his creative side.

The colors and contrasts of Romanticism painter, J.M.W. Turner, and the naturalism of form and detail in the sculptures of the great, Gian Lorenzo Bernini played a very large part in the formation of Jay’s interpretation of artistic styling.

Nothing seemed as inspiring to Jay as living within a world built upon, and surrounded by art. For Jay, photography was the artistic outlet he was looking for. It continues to provide him with the ability to be creative, and the mechanics and software processing involved with his photography also satisfies his love of sciences. It was the perfect combination.

Find more information on Jay Resh Photography on his website.

Boho Styled Beach Wedding Inspiration Shoot Wows with Bright Palette and Style

This beautiful Boho Wedding Inspiration styled shoot starts our day off right with a bright color palette and elements of gold making a bold contrast to the lovely blue ocean, sky, and sand on a So Cal beach. 

The custom made parachute dress, bomber jacket, and kimono pillows were created by eco designer Deborah Lindquist. And we really like that the style and beauty team gave their lovely African American bride an enhanced, natural look, perfect for a beachside day of love and Boho wedding style. Welcome to the 'new boho'; bright, beautiful and fun! 

Photographer:  Raelyn Elizabeth Photography//Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Bakery:Charly's Cakes//Model:David Shepherd//Dress Designer: Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture//Floral Designer: Flowersy by Alicia//Etsy Designer: Foswick Collectibles //Makeup Artist: Mimi The Hairstylist//

This Joshua Tree Engagement Session is Just What We Needed Today!

This stunning Joshua Tree engagement photography session with San Diego wedding and engagement photographer Paul Douda is just what we needed today! This shoot clearly went the extra mile [literally since Joshua Tree National Park is over 150 miles from San Diego!] resulting in breathtaking engagement photos, with lots of breathing room and nature's gifts of amazing light and views for miles... well done Paul! 

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Designer:Abyss by Abby//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Other Location:Joshua Tree National Park//

A Library Wedding First Look Photo Shoot is Literally One for the Books

We are crushing hard on this Kentucky wedding for Wedding Crush Wednesday! This featured wedding showcases Nathan and Chelsea Burton who won our hearts instantly after viewing some of their wedding photos - we love book and libraries too! Chelsea's love for shades of purples and pinks made a debut throughout her bridesmaids' dresses and florals. The couple wanted to make sure they included not just colors, but all of the things that they love. Apparently, so did Mother Nature. These two love rainy days, and sure enough, a rainy day is what they got. Along with their love for cuddling up during these storms, Nathan and Chelsea share a love for books, so much so that the two had their first kiss surrounded by them, they even returned to that same library to do their first look. That is certainly one for the books!

Photography: Talaro Jo Weddings

Spring Showers May Be Just What Your Wedding Photos Need

Your wedding day is full of constant worry like 'what about inclement weather?' A few tips for your big day...

Whether you choose to let someone else do the worrying for you, or you are prone to being the biggest worrywart, there are many things that can go wrong. So, fact is, worry is a big part of any wedding. Some of these concerns can be controlled, but some of these are way out of our control, like the weather. We can all agree that the weather has the potential to either make or break an event. What is important to remember, is that even if the weather does not work out in your favor, (even in San Diego!) you have the opportunity to make something spectacular out of it.  Chelsea and Courey Marshall's wedding happened to take place during a massive rainstorm.  But this couple managed to not only keep their cool, but also flourish during what could have been a major downer [beside being a downpour!] So, with May showers tickling the part of your brain that catalogs worries, don't have a melt down if your perfect day is accompanied by a little shower. Instead, take a deep breath, make whatever changes you need to make to adjust, and just have fun! If you keep your cool, and focus on the love, no matter the weather, we know that you'll end up with some awesome wedding photographs and memories like these! Scroll down for some tips on what to do if your outdoor wedding is facing possible rain....

Wedding Photography: Patrick Ibarra at Kramer Events

What to do if your outdoor wedding day forecast is rain....

1. Call a reliable rental company and rent a tent we recommend Classic Party Rentals or Intent Productions and have worked with both with incredible results. 

2. Ask your wedding venue what they recommend. A professional reception venue should have an idea or a contingency plan in place.

3. If you are on your own or DIY'd at a park or home reach out to local indoor venues near your reception location {even restaurants) that may be able to accommodate you at the last minute. 

3. Stay calm - and if you didn't hire a wedding planner already see if you can get one now! These people really know their stuff and a professional wedding planner will have handled emergencies far worse than this many times over and will know how to save your day! Plus they may have a few connections with venues to get you warm and dry! 

4. Review the odds....It seems like the local weather services often forecast more precipitation than ever actually occurs... On average San Diego, California sees 21 days with some precipitation while the rest of the country sees about 110. The national average for mostly sunny days is 213 while San Diego's is 267.  

4. Rent gorgeous rain umbrellas from Bella Umbrella and go for it anyway!  It's just rain it won't kill you and you may just have the time of your life! 

Look What We Did There! Loving our Wedding Styled Shoot Grid on Our Instagram Profile

We had a lot of fun today creating an exciting grid for our Instagram Profile Page...check it out and please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/lovetotallyplanlocally/ #lookwhatwedidthere ... Click through to see the gorgeous photo by London Light Photography all put together in the correct order! 

And see the whole gorgeous. modern, Marie Antoinette-themed wedding styled shoot here!