Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Inspiration: Mad Hatter Bridal Tea Party

If the Mad Hatter hosted a bridal shower, it would look like this.  Imagine tasty cupcakes in spinning teacups  and a giant, yellow manzanita tree with cascading florals of hydrangea, Colombian roses, tulips, craspedia, spray roses, cymbidium orchids and Variegated Aspidistra complimented by hydrangea, miniature roses and button mums delicately arranged in petite hanging teacups. Clear chairs give the theme a lighter-than-air, dreamy quality and bright polka dot linens, tea bag favors and custom teapot place card holders finish the off-beat theme.  You can almost see the Cheshire Cat sleeping up in that manzanita tree.  

Wedding Professionals
Ceremony & Reception Venue
Rancho Bernardo Inn

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Duo

Deko Floral Arts & Design

Coordinator / Wedding Planner
Enticing Tables

Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Sweet Ribbon Events

Hire Elegance

Invitations/ Stationery
Harken Press

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Kimmie & Jon

5/23/2014  | Stone Garden Events

It started off with the groom, groomsmen and future father-in-law palsying a round of golf at Temecula Creek while Kimmie, her maid of honor and her mom got pampered for the big day. She felt like a princess and was ready to walk over the bridge to where the ceremony was to begin. Kimmie's soon-to-be husband, Jon, looked like a prince whith a smile that went on for days. While the bride was walking up the aisle, he whispered, "I love you. You look so beautiful" which took her breath away and she know this was the best day of their lives.

Location: Stone Garden Events
Photographer: Timothy J Photography
Coordinator: Bella Flora Weddings & Events
Videographer: Enjet
Florist: Events by Floral Sensations
Entertainment: Battleson Entertainment
Catering: Southfork BBQ Catering
Cake: Bo Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Salon 29
Gown: Isis Bridal
Menswear: Combatant Gentlemen
S'mores Bar: San Diego Candy Buffets

Wedding Wednesday: Whitney & Philip

9/20/2104  |  Orfila Vineyards

Their wedding was, hands down, the best day of their lives and the best wedding that that have ever been to. Orfila Vineyards was the perfect venue for Whitney and Philip - they had the ceremony on the lawn at 4pm, followed by cocktails on the patio, and the reception in an open air tent looking out over the vineyard. The winery was the perfect back drop for the 'sophisticated rustic' feel that the couple were going for with relatively simple, but tasteful decor, playing to the outdoors and featuring the vineyard. Dinner featured 3 unique food stations- fish tacos, dim sum, and sliders- and was followed by a packed dance floor for the rest of the night. The Trip Band kept everyone from bridesmaids to grandparents dancing until the very end- they didn't want to leave when it came time for their Grand Exit!

Location: Orfila Vineyards
Wedding Reception Location :
Photographer: A Slice of Life Photography
Florist: Avante Gardens,
Linens: Crown Point Catering
Entertainment: The Trip Band
Catering: Crown Point Catering
Cake: Cute Cakes
Hair: Rare Bird Brides
Gown: The Wedding Shoppe
Menswear: Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: Tessa & Sam

7/17/2015  |  The Santaluz Club

Tessa & Sam had a fun filled wedding weekend. They started with bridal portraits in La Jolla by Scripps Pier the day before they got married at the LDS Temple in San Diego. On their wedding day we capture their beautiful tented reception at Santaluz in San Diego. It was a garden setting like not other from their beautiful flowers to the elegant decor we had so much fun celebrating with these two!

Photography: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video
Location: The Santaluz Club
Entertainment: Wayne Foster Entertainment

Ask Abby: How Do I Make the Most of My Budget?

The average wedding in America today costs around $30,000. Now this number is just an average and you can spend as much or as little as you want on your wedding! If you are on a budget, the first step is to figure out what exactly your budget is. Are you set on $15,000? Or do you have wiggle room up to $20,000? Get together with your fiance and your parents if they're helping out with the costs and mutually agree on an overall number.

From there, you can take a look at what you want at your wedding and start making individual budgets for photographers, venues, cakes, your dress, catering, flowers, etc.

Most wedding vendors understand that many brides do have a budget and are more than happy to work with you! You can set up individual meetings and get quotes from multiple vendors in order to figure out who and what best suit your budget!

In the end, you can still have the amazing wedding that you always dreamed of. It takes some extra time but it's worth it for one of the best days of your life!

Photo by Siegel Thurston Photography

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mangia Monday: Going Green

In today's ever changing world, becoming eco friendly has grown more and more important. The Wild Thyme Company is making a change in the catering world by their Green Efforts. From the simple use of biodegradable plates, napkins, cutlery, & cups during events to the bigger effort of recycling cooking oil for bio diesel, they are making changes in the wedding world!

They coordinate a composting program with one of their regular vendors and also have their own recycling program throughout the kitchen & warehouse. On top of these efforts, they shop local produce & seafood as much as possible from Southern California vendors. We applaud their green efforts and check out some of our favorite Wild Thyme dishes below!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dessert of the Week: Sugar Flower Accents

Sugar flowers are made even more gorgeous with a cascading trail of gold glitter.

Cake by Amy Cakes / Photo Credit: Sheradee Hurst Photography

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Inspiration: Love is Brewing

“Love is Brewing” is the perfect inspiration for the beer lover in all of us for, not only for a reception, but how about a rehearsal dinner or couples shower?  We adore the complete look and feel from the décor to the party favors. Who wouldn’t love a craft beer on tap bar?  With all of the microbrews in San Diego and Temecula your options are endless.

Wedding Professionals

Ceremony & Reception Venue
Two Sisters Farms

Tre Fiori Flower Studio

Heirloom Rentals

Crystal Salitore

The Doll Service

Archive Bridal

Soaps: Home Brewed Soaps

Beer: Smokin' Beaver Brew Shop

Models: Rachel & Juan

Blessed Wedding Photography

Coordinator / Wedding Planner
Now That's a Party

Laura Marie's

Invitations/ Stationery
Two Sisters Farms