Monday, March 30, 2015

Mangia Monday: Coconut Sea Cocktail

We're loving this tropical Jamaican wedding themed cocktail by Bevmo! named Coconut Sea! With a color that matches the lush blue-green hues of the ocean, this cocktail is the perfect drink for a beach side destination ceremony or even for a little getaway treat at home.  Let us know what you think!

Coconut Sea
3 ounces Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine
1 ounce Appleton White Rum
1 ounce DeKuyper Island Punch Liqueur
2 ounces coconut water
½ ounce Dole pineapple juice
½ ounce lemon juice
Coconut flake garnish

Combine the rum, island punch liqueur, coconut water pineapple juice, and lemon juice in a champagne flute. Stir gently to mix. Tilt the glass to a 45-degree angle and slowly add the champagne. Garnish with coconut flakes and serve.

PHOTO CREDIT: Bevmo, Glitter Guide

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fashion Friday: Stenciled Floral Prints

Floral prints are new and improved.  This season has brought a new face to the wedding gown staple. These stencil-like prints have a stand-out, futuristic look and we are loving it over here at SDSW.  Whether you're into a bold, three dimensional print or a subtle tattooed design, this modern floral style is just what we have been waiting for.

Angel Sanchez Fall 2015
Carolina Herrera Fall 2015
Angel Sanchez Fall 2015


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Personalized Touches: Coffee Bar

Details with a personalized touch make a wedding more your own. A coffee bar at your wedding reception is perfect for a brunch reception, a fun alternative to alcohol for evening and can stand on its own or as part of a dessert display. There are some fantastic local coffee companies that will bring a gourmet coffee bar to you, complete with baristas who will whip up cappuccinos, lattes and espressos for your guests. But if you're more of a DIY bride, here is a list of things you'll need to create your own coffee bar at your reception:

Coffee - and lots of it. Offer different flavors and types of coffee. These can be your favorites, coffees from countries you have visited, or coffees that pair with your brunch or dessert.

Coffee Dispensers - You can rent fancy dispensers at any party rental company or use your own. If you throw parties, you can register for a coffee dispenser on your gift registry and use it for the first time at your wedding.

Cups - There are two options for coffee cups - coffee mugs or disposable cups. Mugs can be personalized and used as wedding favors. If you use disposable cups, those can be custom printed with your names and wedding date or you can customize cardboard sleeves to put around the cups.

Cream + Sugar - Make sure to have different options and flavors of cream and sugar to mix in the coffee. And don't forget stirrers and a basket or cup for trash.

Mix-ins - This is where you can get really creative. Guests will love the option of adding whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and flavored syrups to their cups.
 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, March 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Jill & Debbie

October 11th 2014  |  Hornblower Cruises and Events  |  Derek Chad Photography

Natives of Arizona, Jill and Deb chose to hit the coast for this nautical wedding. They tied the knot aboard the Emerald Hornblower courtesy of Hornblower Cruises and Events. There to help celebrate their big day was their photographer who also was married on the same vessel! They had an amazing wedding with such a fun group of friends and family. A night they will never forget!

Wedding Wednesday: Audra & Jeremy

11/1/2013  |  Rancho Valencia Resort
Their Story: Audra & Jeremy wanted a no-frills wedding that was centered around the marriage. An elopement was ideal for them and the whole wedding consisted of them, a photographer and a videography duo.

Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Florist: Organic Elements
Hair & Makeup: Judith D Hair and Makeup
Videography: Quixotic Weddings

Wedding Wednesday: Doug & Steve

6/21/14  |  The Prado at Balboa Park
Their Story: Doug & Steve were married at The Prado in Balboa Park! San Diego has a lot of great locations to get married, but this is definitely a local favorite, and I am sure it always will be. I can't tell you how much I loved being their photographer on the big day! These two guys are incredible and have two adorable kids, Emma and Thomas. But here is a look into their wedding day. Thank you, Steve and Doug, for choosing Derek Chad Photography to photograph your big day! I had a blast with you guys and all of your friends and family! I am honored to have been a part of it.

The Ingredients
Photography: Derek Chad Photography
Entertainment: DJ Daniel Peterson
Cake: Flour Pour
Officiant: Pastor Mike Mitschke
Photo Booth: Starlight Photo Booth

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Darlington House wants to see you!

The Darlington House is having an open house for brides to come see one of San Diego's best wedding venues. Go to their website ( or call them at (858) 454-7625.

Location: 7441 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mangia Monday: Chocolate Chip Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Le Parfait Paris put there own spin on the trendy dessert of the season! No one does macarons better than them so why not create a macaron ice cream sandwich? Check out this Chocolate Chip Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich stuffed with gelato. When italian and french cuisine come together, dessert dreams really do come true.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Get Ready For Another Show Packed Weekend!


Sunday March 22nd 2015
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Mount Palomar Winery

Love is in the air at Mount Palomar Winery.
Free admission, RSVP to receive a complimentary wine tasting.
For more information call (951) 331-7261


March 22, 2015
11am - 4pm
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
1505 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., 
Solana Beach, CA 92075

An outstanding venue in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. This fun show will feature the best of local vendors and venues. Two wonderful Couture Fashion Shows will inspire and intrigue your senses. Discover the new and unique for your most special day at the Boutique Bridal Show


March 22, 2015
11am - 3pm

Brook Hills Clubhouse
4999 Brook Hills Road
Fallbrook, Ca 92028

Tour this Beautiful Venue, Speak with Great Vendors & Plan your Dream Wedding.
*RSVP no later than March 19th, 2015.
For a FREE Ticket contact Nelly at 760-734-1400. 
Tickets at the door are $5.00


March 22, 2015
10am - 5pm

Oceanside, California

How would you like to see all of the wedding and event venues available to you in Oceanside in ONE day with NO appointments necessary? To make your wedding and event planning as easy as possible, Visit Oceanside has arranged for you to do just that! Join the Wedding March to put the FUN back into your planning. Is your wedding already booked in Oceanside? We’ll be featuring rehearsal dinner locations and accommodations to round out your Oceanside wedding experience so please join us as well! Prizes include hotel stays so you won’t want to miss out.


March 22, 2015
10am to 2pm

The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Let us take you away for a “Seaside Romance” at this lovely ocean pearl of a resort, where we will enchant you and your sweetheart with a gourmet seafood luncheon, dessert, bubbly beach champagnes, sweet salt water taffy , a custom smores bar and and fluffy cotton candy on the boardwalk.  
There will be big band live music and dance performances for your entertainment, a custom couture fashion show with the most romantic gowns you will ever see and a pampering spa for complimentary makeup and spa treatments. 
Each Bride will receive a free jewelry gift in her Swag Bag.
Complimentary cocktails in the Groom’s Lounge. Parking is free

Fashion Friday: The Deep V

The plunging neckline was a popular choice for this Fall 2015 season.  This red carpet style could could be one that you wear down the aisle.  A deep neckline is a extremely sexy silhouette that takes any gown to the next level.  There is no need for extra details with this style.  A look like this can definitely hold its own.

Carolina Herrera
Caroline Herrera 
Ines di Santo


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Jenna & Taylor

6/1/14  |  Scripps Seaside Forum

The Ingredients:
Photographer: Atelier Pictures
Coord: Creative Affairs Inc.
Rentals: Event Party Rentals
Catering: Peartrees Catering

Entertainment: Sensational Music