Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Friday: Sensational Stripes

The Anne Barge Fall 2015 collection was inspired by Impressionism through artists such as Degas in his Ballet Dancer's painting.  These gorgeous gowns display striped fabrics that draw reference to the interaction of movement and texture found in the paint brush strokes of the Impressionist masters.  For those brides with an artistic soul, these gowns not only create a breathtaking structure but also commemorate the famous 19th century art movement.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Don't Miss Out! Big Show Weekend!

BIG Show Weekend AHEAD —Rain or Shine there is still planning to do for your big day!
We hope to see you at least one of these fun events filled with wedding pros. For the latests shows and event go to
- Your Friends at SD Style Weddings

The Swoon Event
Saturday, February 28
Moniker Warehouse
705 16th Street
San Diego, CA 92101
This is the first annual show for San Diego. The Swoon Event believes that a wedding should not only reflect the personalities of the couple but also be a dang good time! It is from this idea that this boutique wedding show was created. You won't find massive crowds and endless aisles here; just a fresh take on wedding planning with a curated mix of creatives in an entertaining + interactive setting. The show features unique inspiration and is intended for folks who value local businesses long after the honeymoon. It's a chance to connect with vendors on a one-on-one basis in a visually stunning setting. Consider this a live styled shoot!

Starry Night Bridal Soiree
Saturday, February 28th
Wiens Family Cellars
35055 Via Del Ponte
Temecula, CA 92592
Join us for a wedding party in the vines of the Temecula Valley for an evening bridal show as unique as the wine region. Wiens Family Cellars opens the doors to one of the design showcase events of the year and all brides & grooms are invited to share in the experience of trending ceremony & reception design, taste cuisine by some many of the top area chefs, and see what makes a wedding & reception in the Temecula Valley a truly special destination venue.

Shadowridge Estate Bridal Open House
Sunday, March 1
The Shadowridge Estate (North San Diego’s Newest Wedding Venue)
600 Optimist Way
Vista, CA 92081
You are invited to San Diego County's newest wedding and event venue "The Shadowridge Estate" Grand opening California. Meet some of San Diego counties top vendors, enjoy complementary Mimosa or sparkling cider and fabulous tastings from our caterers and sweet treats from our specialty candy cake/cupcake vendors. Enjoy listening to the tunes of the Rockin’ Jazz Big Band, a wonderful pianist and fabulous DJ! There is much more from vintage to farm to ballroom.... beautiful Decor from flowers and more! Don't miss it!There will be great show specials offered to all Guest!

San Diego Wedding Event by All Wed Site
Sunday, March 1
Marina Village Conference Center
1904 Quivera way
San Diego, CA 92109
Over 40 of the areas best wedding services and locations. Flowers, Photographers, Makeup, Fashions, Jewelry, Cake Tasting and much more! Prizes every hour! Fashion Shows twice during the show!

Personalized Touches: Welcome Bags

It is nice to greet your out-of-town guests with a welcome bag when they arrive at their hotel. Wedding welcome bags are the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding weekend and to showcase your personal style. Most of your out-of-town guests will treat your San Diego wedding as a vacation, so a welcome bag is a wonderful place to showcase your favorite local products and places.

You will want to include all of the pertinent information for your wedding weekend - schedules, directions, maps, and any other details your guests need to know. This information is really the only thing that must be in a welcome bag, so it is perfectly acceptable to put all of these details into an envelope with your names and wedding date on the front and check that task off your list.

However, if you want to showcase San Diego, here are some products that your out-of-town guests will love:

Chocolate Bars from Chuao Chocolatier -
Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) is the first Venezuelan chocolatier based in the United States. They are headquartered in San Diego and specialize in unique flavor combinations.

Beer from a San Diego Microbrewery - San Diego is home to 74 microbreweries, making us one of the beer capitals of the world. Pick your favorite brewery (visit for a complete list of local breweries) and include a bottle for each guest.

Wine from Temecula - If wine is more your style, include a bottle from your favorite local winery. Visit for a list of Temecula wineries.

Organic, locally grown fruit - San Diego's perfect weather makes it home to nearly 600 organic farms. Visit a local organic farm, such as Chino Farms or Suzie's Farm and pick fresh strawberries or whatever local fruit is in season to share with your guests.

Whatever you choose to put in your welcome bag, make sure it is something that can be used while in San Diego - sunscreen, bottled waters, etc - your guests won't want to pack extra things home with them. And the bags can be generic - does any guest except your mom want a tote bag with you name and wedding date on it? - it's the stuff inside that counts.

Submitted from our guest blogger-Kristin of Stephanie Rose Events, Fine Wedding Planning & Design, 858-461-8423. We appreciate the contribution to our San Diego Style Weddings Blog. Follow us for her weekly new craft or insight on ways to personalize your wedding!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Allison & Noah

March 3, 2013 |  The University Club Atop Symphony Towers
Their Story: Just a block away from where Noah proposed to Allison, this glitter and sequins inspired wedding in Centennial Park was balanced out with white flowers and aqua blue accents. Noah and Allison’s wedding was glittered with personal touches like a signature drink called the “Shark Attack” in honor of Noah’s favorite team, the San Jose Sharks, and personalized table numbers and goodie bags.

Photography Sara France Wedding Photographer  
Florist/Linens Sweet Ribbon Events  
Cake Sprinkles Cupcakes 
Entertainment Miles Moynier / Positive Energy Productions  
Invitations Whimsique  

Wedding Wednesday: Katie & Christine

6/9/13  |  Twin Oaks Estate  |  ABM Wedding Photography
Their Story: Twin Oaks Gardens is a secluded venue featuring artistic and poetic gardens inspired by love, imagination and tranquility. Once you stroll through the garden gates you will be surrounded by twinkling rose arbors, soothing waterfalls with lush established landscape that take you back to a time of the elegant English garden. This turn of the century historic landmark estate is set in total seclusion, nestled among a towering forest that dates back well over 100 years. The details and the floral arrangements that were showcased at this wedding, will literally take your breathe away. Every detail was carefully planned and executed immaculately.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Table Design Tuesday: Salute to the Military

This military-inspired tablescape gets its style from the United States Marines dress blue uniform. Its clean lines and patriotic colors let you know this couple is proud of their service while still expressing a bride’s personality with the fun feathers, gorgeous florals and dainty accents. The gold sequins, caramel macarons and accents on the Marine uniform. Every one of the gold uniform buttons used for this shoot were donated by military families. SDSW salutes a job well done with the unique table design.

The Dream Team
Location: Unconditional Surrender Statue at Tuna Harbor Park  
Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography  
Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals  
Linen/Napkins: Raphael’s Party Rentals   
Chair Covers/Runner: Thimbleana Wedding & Special Event Decor  
Sequin Cake Table/Placemats: Wildflower Linen  
Cake: Cute Cakes & Heavenly Cupcakes  
Stationery/Favor Boxes: Take Note! Creations 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mangia Monday: Apple Coconut Martini

Get classy with this fruity Apple Coconut Martini recipe from Bevmo! Get ready to send your self to paradise right from you own home.  If you fin yourself falling in love with it, give the recipe to your bartender and have it as a signature reception drink.

.75oz CIROC Coconut 
2oz Apple Juice 
Dash of Simple Syrup 
Combine all ingredients into martini shaker with ice. 
Shake and strain into martini glass. 
Glass: Martini 



Friday, February 20, 2015

Fashion Friday: #GiveBack Wedding Giveaway

Great news! Celia Grace is taking part in a #GiveBack Wedding Giveaway.  One lucky bride could win a fair trade wedding gown along with jewelry and shoes for herself and her bridesmaids.  The contest ends on March 2 and all you have to do is work those Pinterest skills! Check out the contest details and more HERE and take a look at some of the gorgeous, handcrafted Celia Grace gowns and accesories below.  Who knows? One of these could soon be yours!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Personalized Touches: Cake Backdrop

Details with a personalized touch make a wedding more your own. Creating a backdrop for your cake display helps to define its space and makes cake photos even more special. There are lots of materials you can use to create a backdrop - photos, flowers, wood, ribbon. One of the easiest and most impactful is an elegant pipe and drape backdrop.

A pipe and drape wall is simply fabric with a pocket sewn into the top hung from a pole like a drapery to create a fabric wall. They are simple and light weight to construct from PVC pipe. To construct your frame, decide on the height and length dimensions you will need. To serve as a backdrop for a cake table, you will most likely want it to be 6'-8' high and 6'-8' wide. For your PVC pipe frame, you will need 2 sides of the same height, one top bar the length you desire, 4 shorter pieces of PVC pipe - each about 1 foot long, 2 "T" shaped connectors and 2 elbow connectors. Any home improvement store can cut PVC pipe in the length you need.

I order to construct your frame, use the elbow connectors to connect the long pieces of your PVC pipe into a "U" shape. To create the base for your frame, insert the shorter PVC pieces into the opposite sides of the T shaped connectors and attached those to the sides of your U frame.

Select your fabric and cut the length to be 4" longer than the height of your frame. Fold the top of the fabric to create a 2" pocket for the PVC pipe along the entire length of the fabric and pin or sew the pocket closed.

To construct the pipe and drape, simply insert the top part of your frame into the fabric pocket. The fabric will hang like a drapery. You can then attach flowers, photos or any décor you like to fabric or leave it plain for a simple backdrop. For the wedding pictured, we pinned paper puff balls in the wedding colors to the backdrop.

Photo by Melissa McClure. Cake by VG Donut & Bakery.

Submitted from our guest blogger-Kristin of Stephanie Rose Events, Fine Wedding Planning & Design, 858-461-8423. We appreciate the contribution to our San Diego Style Weddings Blog. Follow us for her weekly new craft or insight on ways to personalize your wedding!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Sara & Luke

May 3, 2014 |  Orfila Winery
their story: Sara & Luke met while they were both serving in the Navy.  San Diego was Sara's last duty station so they decided to choose a venue close by. Her brother, Cpt. Michael, who was stationed in Okinawa, made a surprise visit by arriving in full uniform just in time for the ceremony. Hues of blue were selected to highlight Sara's collection of Blue Willow China and the winery theme was tied in with handmade cork placards.

Photography Resolsean Photography
Coordinator Ann's Plan
Catering Crown Point Catering
Entertainment The Groove
Hair & Makeup Beauti On The Go
Menswear US Navy Uniform

Wedding Wednesday: Kiley & Brian

9/21/14  |  Bernardo Winery
Their Story: Kiley & Brian tied the knot this past Sunday afternoon at the Bernardo Winery in San Diego. This adorable couple has been together since 2009, and Brian popped the question last year while they were at the San Diego Airport!

On their big day, Kiley’s mom did an amazing job decorating this rustic San Diego wedding venue with chic pink and gold decorations. The gorgeous antique glam look was made even better, with twinkle lights covering the entire venue!

The venue provided quite a bit, including a really awesome staff and great food! As guests entered the reception, they signed a rather unique wedding guest book- Kiley & Brian had a customized poster made for everyone to sign! It was really adorable! They also used old photographs of the couple to decorate, which fit perfectly with their vintage-inspired theme!

Cute Cakes made the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen in my life for the desert bar! They also made a really gorgeous multi-textured cake with a shiny gold layer! Their cake-topper was the perfect finishing touch to such a beautiful cake- a personalized pink banner!

The couple put together a simple DIY photobooth that was an absolute hit! Party People San Diego did an amazing job as the event DJ, keeping the party going all night long! Everyone danced and had a great time at this fun wedding!

Photography: Brit Jaye Photography
Catering: Cafe Merlot
Cake: Cute Cakes
Entertainment: Party People Entertainment