Friday, November 29, 2013

Blossoming Bouquets: Isari Flower Studio

Isari Flower Studio-

If this isn’t a gorgeous beach inspired bouquet we are not sure what else is—This bouquet has lovely Café Au Lait dahlias and chocolate cosmos and is finished with a dark coral, sea fan, shells, sea stars and succlents. We love it and knew you would too, designed by Isari Flower Studio.  Te matching table was shot at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront

Photos courtesy of Stewart Bertrand Photography (table) and Creative Photography Inc.

Fashion Friday: Chevron Peplum Gown

Today's Fashion Friday is of a trending chevron gown great for the modern bride. This silk, satin sweetheart bodice with a lace peplum skirt has a chevron print placed delicately across the bodice and down the front of the gown. Designed by Jaime Elyse for elyseREUBEN Custom Couture. She carries a spring fresh bouquet filled with yellow button mums and daisies designed by Haydee's Creative Flowers.

Photography Love Art Photography
Location Melrose Ranch
Gown elyseREUBEN
Hair & Makeup Diesel Salon
Bouquets Haydee's Creative Flowers

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Inspiration Thursday: Hollywood in Love

George Hurrell is considered the creator and master of Hollywood Glamour Photography, his client list was among the elite of the Hollywood scene. With an ideal Hollywood set of the U.S. Grant Hotel, we show the natural happenings of a timeless Hollywood romance and a perfect making of a movie from the past. With the talents of creative photographer, Stewart Bertrand, and stylist Catherine Bachelier Smith of CBS Lifestylist, join San Diego Style Weddings in this photo journey.

Gowns Here Comes the Bride & Provence Bride by Allyson Simone
Menswear Friar Tux Shops
Make Up Chandra Campos
Hair Nancy Vestal
Draping & Sets White Wedding Day Events
Props Pow Wow Vintage Rentals and Indulge Weddings & Special Events

Vendor Spotlight: CBS Lifestylist

Coordinator Catherine Bachelier Smith
Phone 760-889-3725
Social Media Twitter Pinterest Facebook

Company Background
CBS Lifestylist has been in business 13 years and has coordinated 350+ events and weddings. CBS plans weddings and events in the greater part of California and internationally.

CBS Lifestylist described in three words
Weddings, Wardrobe, Family

Why wedding and event planning? What about your career makes it worthwhile each day?
Wedding coordinating is more than just giving the couple a task list, it is creating a journey that is fun, loving, and brings the whole family together. I believe very deeply in the institution of marriage and the bringing together of two families. It is worthwhile each day because planning weddings and events requires equal parts managing, creativity, and trouble shooting. It stimulates every part of my brain and keeps me connected to all ages and types of people.

If you weren't in the wedding & event industry, what would you be doing?
Part of CBS Lifestylist is wardrobe and magazine styling. I style photo shoots for every wedding magazine in the San Diego area! If I were not involved in this industry, I would be styling wedding and fashion magazines full time.

What is your favorite part and/ or moment of the wedding, and why?
This is a two part question: Part 1: Most of the "wedding" is the process that leads to the actual wedding day. My favorite part of this process is when I meet the couple and family for the first time. It seems to be the one time that brainstorming and dreaming is fully accepted. I take very careful notes at the initial meeting and refer back to it often. Sometimes the couple wants to go off on tangents which is just fine, but I believe that referring to the original vision and it's fully expression is where the magic lays. Part 2: My favorite part of the wedding day is the moment we begin to line up for the ceremony: all excitement, nervousness, and anticipation reaches its full state. It is happy and terrifying at the same time! I enjoy settling nerves and creating a sense of peace. Once they are down the asile, all the glory of the process has been achieved!

How would you describe the CBS Lifestylist experience?
The CBS Lifestylist experience is carefully walking the couple through the process of managing their wedding, designing, their wedding and troubleshooting details. The art of making all three elements seamless and fun is my forté!

Name one thing that sets CBS Lifestylist apart from its competitors:
I am a great connector. I appreciate my ability to connect my clients with the most perfect vendors. By doing so, I create a fulfilling and joyful experience. The bride and groom achieve their vision by having connections with the best vendors.

What is one important piece of advice you would like to share with brides?

There's a lot of talk about what you "need" to do for your wedding, however there's actually only a few things you need to do. The rest of the superfluous details are just for fun. I'll keep you on the track for the real needs and then we'll have fun with the rest!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Samantha & Tanner

Tanner proposed in Paris on a bridge in front of the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. This set the tone for the rest of the wedding planning, as Samantha had always dreamt of having a 1920's Parisian-themed wedding. The ceremony was held on the top of Seven Degrees, and the reception took place downstairs in the media room. Samantha and Tanner planned the entire wedding themselves. The band and DJ played current tunes along with French music from the 1920s and created an atmosphere that captured the moments in their lives that brought them to that point!

Ceremony and Reception Location Seven Degrees, Laguna Beach
Photographer Ashley Rose Photography
Videographer Scott Moon
Florist Bloom's Corona Del Mar
Entertainment 40 Watt Hype, DJ Nachey at Dash Entertainment
Wedding Cake Bride's Mother
Hair & Makeup Beauty and the Beach
Dress Priscille of Boston
Men's Formalwear A Better Deal Tuxedo

Wedding Wednesday: Christine & Nick

Christine and Nick first met their freshman year in college, then Christine and Nick finally started dating their senior year. In wedding planning, they strived for a big party where everyone could let loose and have fun. They accomplished that, and their wedding was everything they could have asked for and more!

Highlighted Vendor
Photography Equinox Photo

Location Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Photography Equinox Photo
Coordinator In the Now Weddings
Florist Floral Designs by Christy Rose
Linens La Tavola
Catering Amalfi Pizza, Lucille's BBQ
Cake VG Donuts & Bakery
Entertainment LSM Entertainment
Bridal Gown Blush Bridal

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tabletop Inspiration: Seaside Elegance

This underwater theme was designed through minimal use of flowers, relying instead on props and colors to evoke the desired aesthetic. The color tones were black and white offset with blush touches of the café au lait dahlias. Seaside chic accents of sea urchins and starfish beautifully complimented the large bubble vases and collections of lanterns and candles added in a modern, elegant feel. The hanging chandeliers provided an overall luxury to elegant seaside dinner table at this oceanfront property.

Location Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront
Photographer Stewart Bertrand Photography
Florist Isari Flower Studio & Event Design
Coordinator/ Stationery Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Chandeliers/ Overhead Concepts Event Design
Table Farm Tables & More

Vendor Spotlight: NTC Venues

Venue NTC Venues
Location 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego CA 92106 (Pt. Loma, Liberty Station)
Person to Contact Rebecca Duckworth
Phone 619-573-9312
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Venue Background: 
The historic NTC Venues is one of San Diego’s premier event destinations and is conveniently located near downtown at the decommissioned, historical Naval Training Center at Liberty Station.  NTC Venues offer a slice of San Diego’s rich history coupled with spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and surrounding bay that will make any gathering, party or wedding an event to remember.

How would you describe the atmosphere of NTC Venues in three words?
Historic, Peaceful, Scenic

What makes NTC Venues stand out as a wedding venue?
NTC Venues offer the choice of holding an event in one of our stunning Spanish Revival era event halls, or outdoors in one of our lushly landscaped promenades.  Parking is free and convenient and the curfew is 12am.  Furniture is included in the venue rate.

What spaces are available for ceremonies/ receptions? How many people can you accommodate?
The McMillin Event Center, our largest event hall, accommodates up to 700 for reception style events or 300 for a seated dinner.  Our smaller event hall, Barracks 17, accommodates up to 100 for a seated dinner with dance floor.  The adjoining Plaza can accommodate up to 200 for cocktails and dancing under the stars.  The beautiful Luce and Legacy Plaza accommodate up to 2000.  The Rose Garden with its terrace and fountain is delightful for smaller weddings and receptions up to 100. The North Chapel, our non-denominational chapel can accommodate up to 300 guests for a ceremony. 

Is there in-house catering? 
We have 12 Approved Caterers for you to choose from. Each of our vendors are fully vetted and experienced with our venues.  They are a wonderful one-stop resource for all your event needs and will be happy to support you in putting together your one-of-a-kind event.

Is there a day-of coordinator?
We do not offer onsite event coordinators, however we do provide an onsite facilities coordinator who will be at your event to make sure your event goes as smoothly as you would want it to.

How would you describe the NTC Venues experience?
From the first call you make, to the end of your event, NTC Venues provides the support you need to make your event stress free and successful.  You will find our staff to be friendly and caring.  You aren’t just a “number” at NTC Venues!

What is one important piece of advice you would like to share with couples in choosing a wedding venue? 
Let your heart lead you.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mangia Monday: Leave the top off!

Open-faced dishes are just amazing when it comes to presentation value. Leaving the top off allows for all those wonderful colors, textures and layers to shine. Culinary Concepts Catering shows an amazing combination of taste with their piment d'espelette crusted albacore tuna with petite greens, pressed cucumbers, pistoline olives, heirloom tomatoes and seasoned crostini. Yum!

Photos courtesy of Studio Del Mar Photography

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blossoming Bouquets: Indulge Weddings & Special Events

Indulge Flowers & Special Events-

We love this unique combination of flowers used in this breathtaking bouquet. Hot Pink Peonies, colorful dahlias, deep plum hydrangea and Gloriosa Lily filled with Gardenia Greens we think it is stunning and hope you do too!  A simple yellow Billy Balls and Leaf boutonniere will be perfect for the groom or groomsmen. This bouquet and boutonniere were designed by Indulge Flowers Weddings & Special Events.  See more beautiful bouquets in San Diego Style Weddings to have and to Hold Floral Feature page 162! CLICK HERE!

Photos courtesy of Creative Photography Inc.

Fashion Friday: All Suited Up

It's Fashion Friday, and today we're showing some of our favorite outfits for the younger generation! Getting the little boys all suited up for a special event can sometimes be challenging, and to keep the clothes looking nice is an even bigger obstacle, but oh, how dapper they look when it is accomplished! Depending on the dress code for the wedding, these little ones can be dressed up in a suit or wear the vest without the suit jacket (which is just as handsome!).

Photographer Mr. & Mrs. - A Video & Photography Duo
Location Bernando Winery
Attire Little Kids Wear
Stylist Shayna San Nicolas
Accessories The Belle and the Beau
Hair & Make Up Bella Mia Salon & Spa