Looking for a Private Outdoor Wedding Venue? Check out Willow Creek Estate in North Country San Diego

Looking for a beautiful and lush outdoor wedding venue with lots of privacy? Willow Creek Ranch is a gorgeous private-estate style, outdoor wedding site for ceremonies and receptions located in Valley Center. At Willow Creek they offer a personalized wedding experience and love to work with clients to create a wedding design that reflects their style & personality.  Check it out!

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This San Diego City Skyline View Makes for a Perfect Waterfront Wedding Backdrop!

San Diego is home to some pretty amazing views but we think the waterfront city skyline view at Coasterra Restaurant and Wedding & Special Event Space takes the cake! Check out this super fun wedding at Coasterra! 

Kelsey & Marlon’s relationship started as a beautiful friendship which quickly grew romantic after a few months. Both Kelsey & Marlon are very into sports and lead healthy and active life styles together and separately. One of their favorite games to play together is a basketball game called “Knock Out”, a game Kelsey & her father came up with and used to play throughout her life. He passed away in 2011 and this special activity lives on through Kelsey & Marlon. While in Las Vegas for a volleyball tournament, Marlon decided to bring Kelsey’s father’s basketballs for a destination game of knock out where he proposed in the middle of the court! Fast forward to their Summer wedding in San Diego…

Kelsey & Marlon live in Northern California but have many roots in San Diego so decided to plan their destination wedding on the harbor. The day started with an early morning wedding workout at their La Jolla AirBNB where they also had their first look! Their wedding was held at Coasterra overlooking the San Diego skyline (one of the best views of the city, in my opinion). It was important to celebrate their families so Kelsey & Marlon kept their wedding party very simple and had their mothers (and Marlon’s grandmother) walk them down the aisle and their sisters as bridesmaids. Not to mention their adorable nieces and nephews as the ring bearer and flower girls! A table was also set up for Kelsey’s deceased father to attend in spirit. Their wedding was full of lots of personal details and DIY projects, including the seating chart done by the bride, the cake was designed and made by the brides sister, Karen Stiles and their guest book was a Wilson basketball.

What a gorgeous couples and what a perfect San Diego wedding day. Congratulations to the Wilson’s!! 

Photographer:   Paul Douda Photography//Cake Designer:Karen Stiles (Brides Sister)//Dress Designer: Dean and Willow//Floral Designer:Flower Box Creative Agency//DJ:Arthur Djartistic Mitchell//Cinema and Video: Focused Bliss Productions//Restaurant: Coasterra//

Lakehouse Hotel and Resort: the Most Charming Multi Faceted Wedding Venue You Can Imagine

Choosing a wedding venue is the most important wedding planning decision you will make. Your venue is the home, the very foundation, upon which you build your entire celebration of love, marriage and family. And if you're like most San Diego area couples planning a wedding, you will have guests coming in from afar, family to please, days of events to plan beyond just the wedding day and it can be a lot. That's why with four restaurants on property, two golf courses, a full marina with boating activities, and a complete hotel, all in addition to utterly charming wedding ceremony and reception locations, The Lakehouse Resort is a true wedding find! Not only will you want to hold your wedding ceremony and reception here, and entertain all your family and guests, we think with so many awesome amenities, you're going to want to live here! 

Check out all the incredible options and amenities The Lakehouse Resort has to offer you and your guests: 

Do yourself a favor and if you're still looking for the right venue, check out The Lakehouse Resort and be sure to ask for Taylor, the sweetest wedding manager you could want to meet! 

 

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." 

Darlington House wedding is pastel perfect celebration of love, family and multi cultural wedding style in San Diego!

From Jenna and Kaj's proposal in Spain at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid to the beautiful European like village of La Jolla, California, this couple celebrated their love and family with a lovely, and love-filled, wedding. The historical Darlington House with its beautiful and rich, multi cultural decor [Andalusian Patio modeled after the style of Southern Spain with Roman arches, and benches and flooring made with Azulejo tile, Egyptian Patio with a fountain and colorful classic Egyptian tile lining the pool, classical English style Rose Garden and our favorite the Library with its dark wooden bookcases, Moroccan fireplace and a gorgeous staircase that invokes Moorish architecture] was the perfect wedding venue to represent these two and their adventurous spirits, with the inspiration for their weddings' theme coming from their travels in Spain. And to top it off, Jenna and Kai's accent of pastel colors of Pinks, Corals, Sage Green and Gold perfectly reflected the colors of the Venue.

Of course we all love how weddings bring families and friends together and collectively we all are there to witness and help create a new family. From sweet loving speeches, to tender moments with parents, and dancing and celebrating with friends, it's all a whirlwind of over-whelming and happy memories. And with extra special touches like the beautiful DIY items like hand made pottery, made by the groom's mom planted with succulents for guests gifts, and heirloom items like Jenna wearing her grandmother's bracelet, this wedding was one of kind and chock full of moments to last a life time! Enjoy and congrats to Jenna and Kai!! 

Photographer:  Great Woodland Photography//Reception Venue: Darlington House//Caterer: 24 Carrots Catering//Event Planner: Blue Stocking Events//Makeup Artist: Bridalbyhaydee//Lighting: Brilliant event lighting//Second Shooter: Brittanee Taylor Photography//Cake Designer: Cakes to Celebrate!//Reception Venue: Darlington House//Shoes:INC International Concepts//Bridesmaid Dresses:J. Crew//Floral Designer: Lois Mathews Design//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Dress Designer:Stella York//Dress Store: Tour of Elegance//

San Diego Featured Wedding: Kevin + Marissa's Lifelong Friendship

Kevin and Marissa Corbett are the ultimate example of being able to move past the "friend zone." These two have actually been lifelong friend through their mothers. They grew up together. It wasn't until high school that the two started to see more potential between the two of them; and after they graduated, they attempted their first date. Obviously, it was a success. Kevin decided he wanted to join the military, and Marissa wasn't going to wait to get married until he got back from boot camp. So, a courthouse marriage [with Kevin in our personal favorite the gorgeous blue groom's suit a la Friar Tux!] performed by their best friend was arranged, and the rest is in the photos.  

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ring Designer: Diamonds Forever San Diego// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux Shop// Dress Designer: Lulu's// Makeup Artist: Make-Up by Hien// DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Marissa Maraan (Bride) - Paper Flowers// Ring Designer: MARS Fine Jewelry// Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse

Park Hyatt Aviara: a world class resort and wedding venue in North County San Diego

The Park Hyatt Aviara is a world class resort,  wedding ceremony and reception location, golf club and spa right in North County San Diego! Set in sunny Southern California, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features 78,000 square feet of beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding and reception space and impeccable service.

Enjoy the perfect blend of modern décor, sophistication and outdoor elegance at their wedding venues in North San Diego. To honor this memorable day of your life, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is devoted to designing a wedding that perfectly reflects your heart and imagination. With amazing wedding specialists who will ensure that sumptuous cuisine, exquisite décor, and elegant floral arrangements light up your celebration and delight your loved ones.

Create lasting memories in their elegant Grand Ballrooms, sophisticated Aviara Salon or Golf Clubhouse overlooking the spectacular golf course.

Situated on Southern California’s sun-drenched Pacific Coast, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is a luxurious Carlsbad hotel where you are inspired to relax and indulge. From atop a high ridge on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Park Hyatt Aviara is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort near San Diego, California that’s far from ordinary.

Secluded amid 200 acres of verdant hillsides and rolling valleys, within the planned community of Aviara, our luxurious Carlsbad resort golf club and spa provides a spectacular setting for your next vacation, weekend escape or business retreat. The resort’s Spanish colonial architecture welcomes you with a sense of casual elegance. The lush landscape, edged by one of the top golf courses in San Diego, surrounds you in natural beauty and tranquility.

An Old School Spanish Haceinda and Vineyard for Your Wedding is Right in San Diego's Backyard!

How did we not know about Hacienda Vineyards wedding venue before now??! All this time we've been sitting here on the coast, thinking about driving to Temecula for a fun winery experience, not realizing that there was a gorgeous, old school, Spanish styled hacienda and vineyard just twenty minutes from downtown San Diego! It's like stepping back in time to a beautiful, relaxing, abundant era of riches and style. Take a peek at this gorgeous styled shoot by Photographer Amy Millard on site at Hacienda Vineyard and tell us you don't want run down there for a glass of wine and a relaxing day of soaking up the trees, with the surrounding hillsides lush with 9 acres of foliage framing a never ending sky that watches over their vast lawns 1930's era Spanish House.

The grand Vineyard Hacienda-style residence at Vineyard Hacienda wedding ceremony and reception venue was carefully constructed in the 1930s in true old-style Spanish tradition; adobe, red Spanish tile, and authentic hardwoods add an element of history and tradition. Vineyard Hacienda offers an extensive variety of locations, both indoor and outdoor, to meet the needs of even the most discriminating guest, and is above all fabulous secluded, private, secure, and peaceful gated property in a unique and beautiful event setting.

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding

Love and Laughter Fills Up a Beautiful Old Hollywood Styled San Diego Wedding! Today's featured wedding is a magical vintage fairytale celebrated at the US GRANT HOTEL.

Says our bride "I can, truly, say that our wedding day was the happiest, most fun day of my life! Actually, everything leading up to the "big day" was so fun! The planning, the showers, the Bridal luncheon, and even just getting ready- I'd happily do it all again! Having an amazing set of vendors was key in the day being low stress, happy, and fun! The U.S. GRANT is incredibly beautiful on its own. I love that every time I walk in the hotel, I feel like I just stepped into a vintage Hollywood party, complete with chandeliers, lounge furniture, and delicious Manhattans. Truly, that pre-existing decor was the inspiration for our wedding. Along with the beauty of the venue, tables, decor, etc.,  I think everyone had a great time, which was VERY important to us! We served champagne at the ceremony, had the U.S. GRANT's special Centennial Manhattans at the cocktail hour, and we had the most amazing band! They had incredible energy and were such a talented, fun set of performers. Honestly, I couldn't stop smiling, and now, when I look back at the day, I can't stop smiling either! Truly, it was the best day ever!" We couldn't agree more!

Featured Wedding Vendor Credits:

Photographer:  Tim Otto photography//Floral Designer: Flowers Annette Gomez//Linens and Coverings: APR Linen Rental//Favors and Gifts: Candee by Sandee//Cinema and Video: Epic Affair//Cake Designer: Michele Coulon Dessertier//Band: Republic of Music//Event Planner:Trena's Special Occasions//Event Venue:US GRANT HOTEL//Lighting: Vario Productions//

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//