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

Love Marks the Spot in this Gorgeous San Diego Beachside Wedding Styled Shoot

If you love anything beachy or tropical for a wedding then you'll be saying "Mahalo!" for this lush and lovely wedding styled shoot! It starts with The Catamaran Resort in Mission Bay, with its lush tropical surroundings, beachside settings [the bay side of Mission Bay feels like you're on an island it's that peaceful and beautiful!], then add gorgeous floral table decor, boutonniere and fabulous Protea bouquet by the area's foremost floral "Kaha Ki'i" [that's Hawaiian for artist] Haydee of Haydee's Creative Flowers, who hails from the islands of Hawaii and brings so much Aloha to her work. Then add in charming island themed cake pops, wedding cake and desserts [love the pineapple design!] by Jennywenny Cakes, lovely tropical paper goods, light and stylish beachy wedding attire and have it all styled by expert event designer Nicole of Love Marks the Spot. Then, of course, have all this gorgeousness captured by the talented Justice Photo and there you have it: the perfect beachside tropical wedding inspiration! Aloha to all and Happy New Year!

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Downtown Gallery Styled Wedding Shoot Brings the trend of gorgeous Brick Industrial Texture and Rich Watercolor Pastels Together

Industrial hard meets pretty is so hot right now in fashion and editorial! And at the exciting Sparks Gallery in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the rough brick and deep wood contrasting with the exciting and bright colors in the artwork make the perfect set up for the dynamism of Justice Photography. This shoot is the perfect blend of strong lines and textures and soft colors and styling. Bonus: it even has a gorgeous geode cake, floral decorated picture frames [love!] and crystal place settings in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2108 Ultra Violet! This super design team is so on trend for weddings and style and we think they've created the perfect blend of the masculine and the feminine with this dramatic and fresh wedding styled shoot! Enjoy!

Melissa Barrad, Owner of I DO Weddings and Events and Lead Stylist in the shoot says, "Once I visited the Sparks Gallery, I knew it was a special place. I loved the lighting, and of course, that they feature California artists. With that in mind, we pooled together California based vendors and San Diego natives, like myself, to create a unique romantic feel with a laid-back vibe. We wanted to work with colors that would enhance the art, not take away from it." 

Mazel Tov! Danya and Josh's La Jolla wedding is a gorgeous celebration of love, joy and flowergirls!!

Mazel Tov! Danya and Josh had the most amazing wedding at Estancia La Jolla, and were married in the garden courtyard by Josh's best friend. The reception included lots of dancing, a rowdy hora, and their family and friends surprising them with a flash mob dance to "Despacito" where they took over the dance floor with bagels and coffee! They danced until 3am and had a late-night food truck to end the night with burgers and fries!

Josh and Danya met on a dating app, called coffee meets bagel. Their chemistry and connection was so strong after their first date, that Josh called his friend to tell him that he found the girl he was going to marry. Danya was drawn to Josh's kindness, ambition, integrity, sense of humor, confidence and shared value for family and love for dogs. Josh was drawn to her genuine, compassionate, and free-spirited nature, and to the close relationship she holds with family and friends. Danya and Josh both enjoy hiking with their dog Sasha, cooking together, exploring new restaurants (both foodies!), traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  After dating for a year and a half, Josh proposed on the beach where they had shared one of their first few dates. He then surprised her with a celebratory brunch surrounded by both of their families [we love this guy!!]. 

After the wedding, the happy couple went to Greece and Croatia for their honeymoon to start their new life together:) Thanks to San Diego wedding photographer Tim Otto for capturing this amazing wedding and sharing it with us. Mazel Tov Danya and Josh!! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photography by: Tim Otto

Wedding Reception Venue: Estancia La Jolla

Wedding Florals by: Organic Elements

Bridal Hair and Makeup by: XO Beauty

Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Barrad- I do weddings

Wedding Band: Bob Gail Events

Rentals: Betty's Linens

Late Night Snack Truck: Habit Food Truck

Videography by: Russell Johns Films

Walking in a Winter Wedding Wonderland at The Centre Escondido

It's the time of year when the world falls in love! And this wedding styled shoot at The Centre Escondido - the San Diego area's chicest wedding and special event venue - is the perfect way to step into a Winter Wonderland of holiday style! With hues of cool winter blues and bold Christmas reds, the cutest place setting cookies ever, and specialty lighting to set the mood, all enhanced by the bold cuisine of Chef Deborah Scott of Vintana Restaurant, this shoot by Events by Lift rings in the holidays!

Editor's note: The Centre is truly the focal point of North County Inland and is an obvious choice for very chic weddings and special events- but do check their schedule as they host all kinds of exciting events like shopping, dining, art events and more - this place is so cool that even Santa will be there on December 2nd to celebrate in style!!! 

Orange is the new White with this fun, festive and fabulous San Diego wedding!

Orange is the new white for this fun loving couple. Bright colors featuring shades of corral, orange and shades of blue, highlight the radiant love this couple has for each other. The very popular [a Japanese garden themed private wedding venue in the heart of San Diego] Karl Strauss Brewery was the perfect back drop for this lively group. The bridal party was nonstop smiling and goofing around, the groomsmen played a game of corn-hole while getting ready, the bride pulling a smart trick of balancing her bouquet on her hand just before the ceremony? Now that's a calm, cool bride! It was a carefree fun filled day, as it should be when you are marrying your soulmate! Enjoy!

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Cake Designer:French Gourmet Bakery//Floral Designer:I DO Flowers//Location:Karl Strauss//Reception Venue: Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens//Dress Store:Panache Bridal//DJ:Sunset Mobile Music//

Quiet yet powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous So Cal style to a day that celebrates love and family

We are suckers for home weddings! And this quietly powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous style to a day that celebrates love and family overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We hope you enjoy this bright, sunshine and love-celebration on a perfect Southern California day.  And remember one of the most important decisions you make with any wedding (but with a home wedding  in particular) is hiring a professional wedding and event planner like Julie from The Best Wedding for You who pulled this beauty together, allowing the couple and their families to truly enjoy their special day.

 Says Danielle of SidebySide Cinema “Brittany and Dave chose Encinitas for their seaside elopement this past summer. They rented a beautiful house (and we learned that it was actually Shawn White's house that he was selling!) and spent a few days just relaxing with their little family. Dave got the boys and himself ready while Brittany finished her last touches of details. I loved all the dainty sparkly things and her "shoes" were adorable. The boys with their hats were to die for!

Their ceremony was on a landing on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It was the smallest ceremony we've ever filmed. Just the two of them and their two boys! They had amazing personal vows and I just loved that you could hear their kids in the background and they even had to hold the baby during the rings. It just was perfect because the kids were so much a part of the day and sometimes life is just messy and your kids need a snack during the ceremony!

After the ceremony, they had an awesome sunset for photo time. The baby was thrilled with the sand and their other son just wanted to play in the waves. They are such an adorable family. While they were taking photos, the chef was making their meal. They had an intimate dinner that looked absolutely delicious.

Because this was an elopement, there was only a ceremony, no reception events. But once the sun went down, we did some fun night shots with them with sparklers and lanterns. It was a beautiful night and a romantic event. We hope they had an amazing time here in California, congratulations you two!” 

Check out the amazing video by SidebySide Cinema and enjoy this beautiful celebration as if you were there!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event planning: The Best Wedding for You

Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence in Encinitas

Photographer: Tim Otto Photography

Videographer: SidebySide Cinema

Florist: Organic Elements

Hair and Make up: Eye Do's Make-Up & Hair

Officiant: Sandiegoweddingguy.com

Personal Chef:  Meals on Heels

Exotic Moroccan Bohemian Wedding Styled Shoot from Australia Just Sends Us Into Heavenly Lavender Bliss

We love our So Cal style but always have one eye on the talented and creative artists and stylists around the globe- just take a gander at this gorgeous styled shoot by out pals 'down under' from Adorn Invites! We love how you inspired us with your Bohemian-Moroccan-lavender-bliss!! 

Here's what this shoot's talented stylist had to say about her inspiration: “It’s amazing to witness how this theme and style organically developed into something so different from our early idea. I still can’t believe that our original palette involved oxblood and navy and our lavender Spring time setting was actually a brooding forest with an alternative-tatted up gypsy bride!

Scrolling through our digital mood board – you can clearly see how the progression evolved. Ominous fashion editorials developed into ethereal models and fairy like details, and vivid lilacs and shades of gold slowly made their way in. Despite the ever changing theme – at the core of our shoot, was the desire to craft something completely different and accessible to a number of brides......read more below...

"...Although our theme was heavily influenced by Bohemian and Moroccan styles, we didn’t want to limit the décor to only one look, which is why we included more romantic and elegant details. You’ll find this harmony throughout the whole editorial, for example our indoor dining table features an installation of wild flowers, lush unstructured greenery and an entire set of semi-precious stones and crystals. We balanced this organic look with more minimal pieces such as art deco inspired vases, elegant gold cutlery and whimsical satin ribbon.

The mascot/embodiment of the day was no doubt our stunning cow skull motif that was used as the key centerpiece in the outdoor shoot. This guy was clearly from our initial theme – embodying the darker style that we initially wanted, however we brought him into our lilac fairytale by DIY-ing him with more feminine details. We spray painted him white and gold and found pearls and diamantes from a costume jewelry store. We hoped that by transforming him into a less avant-garde detail, we could inspire other brides to include more eccentric elements into their own wedding. After all, it is only one day – brides don’t be afraid to embody your unique personality and style! Cow skulls and all.”  

Photographer:  Sephory Photography     
Sault Daylesford
Katerina Vermes    
Florals and Decor:  Babylon Flowers    
Wedding Cake: Mary Eats Cake    
Invitations: Adorn Invitations     
Hair Makeup: Nicole Highfield     
Bridal Gowns:  Raffaele Ciuca     
Prinzi Collections     
Jewelry:  LOVEON Jewellery     
Crystals:  Crystal World Brunswick     

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

Beautiful El Cortez Don Room Wedding Celebrates with Love, Adventure and Sparkle

What more could you want from a wedding than love, adventure and sparkle?! This happy and beautiful wedding at the El Cortez Hotel's Don Room in San Diego gives us everything we want and more! We especially love the way the florals [by Studio 2053] work with the bride's amazing sparkly gown to create an adventurous take on classically glamorous wedding style. 

Bride Mia tells us "We were mismatched from the get-go or so we thought based on looks/style alone, however, we could not be more alike. We met online and both went into the date thinking that it would go absolutely no where but decided to give it a go because we had nothing to lose. From there, it was adventure after adventure, with the two of us trying to best one another with the next big idea. I (Mia) used to be a nomad, and would hop on a plane to a mysterious destination without any convincing needed. Two months into dating, Curtis mentioned a downhill mountain biking race in Chile that he dreamed of attending, which was a mistake. Before he knew it I (Mia) had purchased tickets and they we jetting off on a trip that would either break or make them. Obviously things turned out just fine and we still share the same taste for adventure spending Christmas in a rundown trailer on the edge of Area 51 scouting for aliens, hopping around some of the most remote islands in the Philippines or in the center of a Luchadore ring wrestling with the locals. 

Mia and Curtis' favorite memories of the night are from every stage of the dancing.  Says Mia "for the father-daughter dance we started with an 40's jazz ensemble, then 30 seconds into it we came to a screeching halt and KC and the Sunshine Band's "Shake Your Booty" started and my 74-year-old father went nuts- people were laughing instead of crying which was absolutely our intention. This was my favorite song to sing and dance to as a toddler with my parents so it brought back so many great family memories. And when the official dancing kicked off, the dance floor was packed until the very end. I've never seen that happen before! Usually it takes people time to warm up but that was definitely not the case - not one person was sitting down. My 90-year-old grandmother got out of her wheelchair to get down to Too Short's Blow the Whistle and my mother even got low, low, low... oops, too low."  And Grandpa getting down with the Bride is something you will remember forever. We hope you enjoy looking at this wedding as much as we did!

Mia and Curtis added some fun wedding ideas like custom drinking games to loosen up the crowd including "Drink When…" which listed common things that happen at a wedding such as people tearing up, as well as things unique to the wedding party's personalities. Rather than a guest book, the couple used vintage postcards and asked guests to give their best road trip advice for their upcoming honeymoon which was a road trip through the South. There were major breaks with tradition with the groom's 5-year-old nephew serving as the best man and the bride's 90-year-old grandmother serving as the flower girl. The groom also took the bride's last name.

Wedding Vendor Credits: 

Wedding Photography: Cassy Smith Photography
Wedding Ceremony Venue: El Cortez Don Room and Terrace
Wedding Reception Venue: El Cortez Don Room and Terrace
Event Planner: Jessica Beiriger
Wedding Florals: Studio 2053
Wedding DJ: DJ Dan Peterson
Catering: Continental Catering
Cake: The Cupcake Store
Officiant: Pam Neidert
Hair and Makeup Bridal Beauty: Mirza Batanovic, Ammon Carver Studio NYC
Bridal Gown by: Parker Black
Bride's Second Dress: Marchesa Notte
Private Collection: Antique Snake Brooch, Antique Snake Comb

Wizard of Oz styled wedding cakes by the Baking Artists at CAKE

Those talented girls at CAKE San Diego have done it again! We all know that fun, uniquely designed, and themed wedding cakes are the rage, so of course Kimberly (the wiz behind these gorgeous cakes) has come up with Wizard of Oz themed wedding cakes! Why yes Dorothy, that's just an Emerald City tiered wedding cake and two cakes with poppies...poppies....These beauties will have you tapping those gorgeous ruby red slippers three times and saying "there's no place like home!"

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