Monday, August 21, 2017

Stationery of the Week: Themed Wedding

If you've been considering a themed wedding, go for it!! These Beauty and the Beast inspired wedding and menu has a classic touch to it that will bring nostalgia to your reception!

Menu by Soirees & Showers Stationery /// Photo by Honey Photographs /// Rentals by Anar Party Rentals /// Florist: Ruby Bloom Floral Design

Mangia Monday: Solar Eclipse

This sweet and sparkling Patron beverage will brighten your world like nothing else ever has!!

Recipe courtesy of BevMo and Patron

1.5 oz PatrĂ³n XO Cafe
.75 oz  Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Simple syrup
4 oz Aranciata (Italian orange) soda
Half slice blood or Valencia orange for garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice and add all liquid ingredients. Garnish with half a slice of blood orange or Valencia orange.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dessert of the Week: Macaron Tower

Not everyone loves cake, and that's okay!! An alternative to wedding cake is the french delicacy of macarons! Different than the American macaroon, these tasty cookies are light and fluffy, like biting into a delicious little cloud. With multiple flavors and colors, you can customize a macaron tower, like the one below from J'Adore Macaron Bakery, and make your dessert its own decoration!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Miranda & Robert

11/1/2014  |  Barona Resort

Miranda & Robert had an absolutely stunning wedding day at Barona Resort. From their intimate ceremony in the Barona Chapel to there elegant reception in the Casino Ballroom their day was as amazing as they are.

Location/Catering: Barona Resort
Gown: Here Comes the Bride
Cake: Twiggs Bakery

Ask Abby: Do I Need a Gift for the Bachelorette Party?

Photo by The Boudoir Divas /// Hair by Feathers and Fax ///  Makeup by Heather Miinch

When agreeing to be in a bridal party, you are agreeing to the financial responsibility that comes with the fun. Bachelorette parties are a fun time to let a little loose and celebrate the bride! Traditionally, the bridal party covers the expenses for the bride at the bachelorette party (hotel, meals, drinks, etc).

If you want to take a gift to the bachelorette party, then go for it but know that it's not required. The bachelorette is a good time to give gag gifts. You can also go in with another bridesmaid for a nicer set of lingerie since moms and grandmothers normally don't participate in the bachelorette. If you're still questioning it, you can always ask the Maid of Honor what the bride wants and let her take it from there!

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Wedding Wednesday: Jany & Blake

2/4/2017  |  Green Gables Wedding Estate
Janey and Blake met in college in Iowa and made their way out to California once graduated. They got engaged there, and decided to fly out all of their friends and family to the place they call home; San Diego. They wed and then danced the night away at Green Gables Wedding Estate, and finished with a morning after session at the beach in Del Mar. 

Location:  Green Gables Wedding Estate
Photography: Grace T. Photography
Florist: Sweet Stems Florist
Catering/Stationery/Cake: SD Special Events
Gown: White Flower Bridal Boutique 

Wedding Wednesday: Sarah & Russ

9/2/2015  |  US Grant
From the photographer: "We photographed an exquisite wedding at the US Grant with a striking couple, Sarah and Russ. Even with their large wedding party their dog Charlie stole the show! We got to created some amazing wedding photos with Downtown San Diego as their background.They had their ceremony in the Crystal Ballroom at the US Grant which was filled with candles to create a romantic ambiance as Sarah and Russ exchanged vows. The ceremony was filled with emotions from tears to laughter. Sarah and Russ looked truly overjoyed to be husband and wife. The reception was held in the Celestial Ballroom. We enjoyed photographing Sarah and Russ and their enthusiastic guests as they tore it up on the dance floor. Thanks Effren from Vario productions who kept the party going late into the night. Sarah and Russ had one last surprise for their guests as they ended the night with the Habit burger food truck. It was a wonderful celebration to be a part of.

Location: US Grant
Photography: Tim Otto Photography
Makeup: Beauty by Melina
Coordinator: The Best Wedding For You
Florist: Whimsey Florals
Coordinator: Best Wedding 4 You.
Entertainment: Vario Productions
Hair: Hair by Brenda
Make up: Beauty by Melina Ruiz
Cake/Desserts: Heavenly Cupcakes
Chairs/Linens/Chargers/Napkins: Concepts Event Design
Magician: Jacques
Pianist: Ken Late Night
Snack: Habit Burger Truck