Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Macey & Alex

8/28/2015  |  The Don Room at El Cortez

Macey and Alex wanted an elegant-simple and timeless wedding - on a tight budget. They fell in love with the Don Room at the El Cortez because of just how beautiful and historical the building is...throw in having pictures taken at Balboa Park and voila - AMAZING DAY!

Location: The Don Room at El Cortez
Coordinator: Jessica Beiriger
Photographer: True Photography Weddings
Videographer: Amari Productions
Florist: 1800ROSE BIG
Linens: Continental Catering
Catering: Continental Catering
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Gown: Nicole Miller
Menswear: BLK TUX

Wedding Wednesday: Emily & Brendan

7/12/2014  |  South Coast Winery

Emily and Brendan's wedding was held at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa. They chose this venue because it offered beautiful ceremony and reception locations, delicious food and wine, and amazing wedding coordinators that made their day seamless. The couple loved this location because South Coast was very accommodating to all of their needs and strived in perfecting all their special touches they wanted on their wedding day. When Emily and Brendan planned their wedding they wanted the theme to be "vintage meets glam". They chose the colors purple and ivory to show elegance and a splash of rustic pearls and diamonds to accentuate the old classic vintage feel. The flowers were designed with different shades of purple with diamond tassels to tie in the vintage and glam. To make the wedding even more unique, they added vintage furniture and decorations for their guests to enjoy. There are so many amazing moments to share about their special day but their favorite part was sharing love to all their family and friends. The couple's wedding was exactly what they dreamed of!

Location: South Coast Winery
Photography: Leah Marie Photography
Florist: Soiree Design and Events
Catering: South Coast Winery
Cake: Cakes to Celebrate
Invitations: Carlson Craft
Hair & Make-up: TG Hair and Makeup
Bridal Gown: Kay’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: Dana & Paul

8/21/2015  |  Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Dana and Paul were married at the Hyatt in Mission Bay of San Diego in the Banyan Garden with cocktail hour following under the Banyan tree with views of the bay. Reception was then then moved indoors into the Hyatt's ballroom. It was blessed with perfect weather to go with this perfect couple!

Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Coordinator: Josefina Events
Photographer: Holly Ireland Photography
Florist: Four Season Flowers
Entertainment: Higher Level Sounds
Cake: Babycakes San Diego
Invitations/Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Gown: Demetrios
Menswear: Mens Wearhouse

Ask Abby: Tips for Picking an Officiant for the Ceremony

 Photo from Two Rings and A Kiss

When picking an officiant for your wedding ceremony,  you want to take some time to think about what kind of ceremony you want. Are you and your fiance religious? Different religions? Or do you want it to be a basic civil marriage with no religious undertones? This first question will help determine if your ceremony will be more of a sermon or more of a nice speech.

After deciding what kind of ceremony you'd like, you can then add your own personal touches to it.  More often now, couples are choosing to write their own vows. If you and your fiance aren't the best with words, you can always opt for the traditional "In Sickness and Health" vows.

Another way to personalize your ceremony is to do a Communal Blessing of the Rings. This works better with smaller weddings. During the ceremony, you pass around your rings in a small decorative box and each guest has a chance to say a prayer or send positive vibes to the couple about to get married.

If you're lucky enough to have important family heirlooms, you can always find a way to work those into the ceremony as well to symbolize your two families coming together.

In the end, your wedding can be as traditional and by the book, or as modern as you'd like! Make sure to spend time to find the officiant that's right for you, who will make your wedding day as special as it should be!

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Wedding Wednesday: Eve & David

3/29/2015  |  Leoness Cellars

The inspiration was rustic chic. Even and David knew they wanted to have the wedding at a winery with a beautiful outdoor setting for the ceremony. For them, Leoness was the perfect location. It's not too far from Los Angeles (where we live) and it's perched on top of a hill overlooking vineyards and sprawling mountains. The ceremony was out on the lawn followed by cocktail hour. Guests then walked through the vineyard to the massive barrel room, where the reception took place. David and Eve are young at heart so it was important for them to let their playful personalities shine through during the wedding. The couple have a love of pop culture and 80's memorabilia so in lieu of traditional seating cards, they had luggage tags with images from their favorite 80's movies and television shows. For their guest sign-in book they used "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein (a childhood favorite of theirs) and asked guests to sign their favorite page. The invitation was a cootie catcher (aka fortune teller, if you're from the east coast) that guests unfolded to reveal the wedding details. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses, shoes, jewelery and hairstyles - the bride's only stipulation was to wear a black dress that they feel sexy and comfortable in. The groomsmen wore black tuxes with black & white checkered vans sneakers. Even and David don't like to do things traditionally so instead of a regular wedding cake they opted to get cakes from their favorite bakery down the street from our house, Alcove Cafe & Bakery. They offered guests "David's favorite" (toffee cheesecake), "Eve's favorite" (chocolate peanut butter fudge) and "the compromise" (blondie).

Location: Leoness Cellars
Photography: Leah Marie Photography
Videographer: Kroh Media
Florist: Sweet Petals Florist
Catering: Temecula Catering
Cake: Alcove Bakery
Entertainment: Timmy D Productions
Invitations: One Little M
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Stacey
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mangia Monday: Fiesta Like There's No Mañana

Your wedding is a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than a fiesta? We love the taco bar that Crown Point Catering puts together. It makes a great rehearsal dinner or a casual wedding reception dinner! It's accented by Patron shooters as seating cards. So grab a margarita and get ready to fiesta like there's no mañana!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dessert of the Week: Modern Masterpieces

Pay homage to your beloved pup or feline with a cake in their likeness...just no petting, please!

Cake by Baker's Man // Photo by Julie Ann Photography LLC

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Inspiration: Natural Sophistication Tablescape

The unexpected combination of earthy, hearty florals and decor with elegant crystals, created a yin and yang sweetheart table design that complemented the existing architecture and surroundings at Europa Village Winery.  Romantic candlelight and dramatic hanging florals added understated sophistication to complete the ambiance.

San Diego Style Wedding Preferred Vendors:
Coordinator / Wedding Planner: Michelle Garibay Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Europa Village 

Wedding Professionals
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Europa Village
Photographer: Hulse Photography
Florist: Finicky Flowers
Coordinator / Wedding Planner: Michelle Garibay Events
Linens: Raphael's Party Rentals
Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals
Invitations/ Stationery: Whimsique