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It is our pleasure to continue to set the precedence in featuring real Weddings of Distinction. With 37 real weddings in this San Diego issue alone, and almost 200 collectively amongst our four California magazines, we highlight the featured vendors we know you can trust. Throughout the entire magazine, we have listed their web addresses alongside their work as a helpful tool when you are flipping through Ceremony Magazine online. You can link directly from the ceremonymagazine.com digital magazine pages to our featured and respected vendors’ websites. We have also listed other wedding contributors chosen by our featured couples so that you may make your own informed decisions.

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KN OW? How do you know he is…the one? You may have been asked this question by your parents, your friends, even yourself. The answer isn’t always perfectly clear; he may or may not be ‘ideal’ on paper; you may have known him for only two months or perhaps you’ve been hanging in there a good five years; he may be a cowboy while you were visualizing a business man. The so-called ‘signs’ aren’t always there, but somehow…you just know. At Ceremony, we feel the same way about our Great List of vendors that we recommend. We take this vendor collective very seriously, which is why we don’t put arbitrary consideration requirements in an antiquated form. We don’t have a scholastic checklist to help us come up with an ‘A’ grade. We don’t even have a job application type form to fill out. You see, when it comes to choosing our Great List of recommended vendors, we believe there is no specific formula for choosing who we invite to join our family. Probably not unlike you, we take a look-see at Facebook, we inquire with their friends and colleagues and, most importantly, we get to know them by social networking the old-fashioned way (in person). In the end, we go with our gut. We just…know. You will find that some of these recommended vendors have refined their businesses over the past twenty years, while others bring fresh ideas after having recently started their own businesses. Many of our recommended venues are on the AAA Five-Diamond Resort list; others include charming private estates and everything in between. What they all have in common is that we have a mutual respect for each other; we each genuinely want to see the other succeed; we envision a future together. Do those relationship qualities sound familiar with someone you know? We hope that you will find this varied Great List vendor collective to be helpful in finding your wedding day professionals. There is no single vendor that is perfect for everyone, but there are vendors that are perfect for you. And when you meet them, you will just know.

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

FASHION & BEAUTY

INVITATIONS & GIFTS

PLANNING & PRODUCTION

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betty & shawn

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ashley & kyle

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maureen & jonathan TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS

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catherine & brian KUMARA PHOTO CINEMA

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amanda & hector DARIN FONG

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shannon & panu

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nancy & ben

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stephanie & rod

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kimberlee & eric

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janet & kelly

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pranee & mo

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jessica & phillip DAPPER IMAGES

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valerie & joe

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hannah & zach

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sarah & kyle

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charity & david

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kelly & kenny PAM SCOTT PHOTO

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amy & elion

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madeline & john

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francie & ali

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sarah & chad

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mandy & jamie

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erin & wesley

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alyce & matthew PAM SCOTT PHOTO

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sonya & jeffrey

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CEAN ONE PHOTOGRAPHY

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CHRYSTAL CIENFUEGOS PHOTOGRAPHY

JULIE WEAVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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LOVE ART PHOTOGRAPHY People and their relationships are at the heart of our work as we strive to capture their uniqueness and what makes them special. We want our clients to be “wowed” with oneof-a-kind modern art pieces with their lives as inspiration. Our style is contemporary urban imagery that results from a blend of modern photojournalism and lifestyle photography infused with our love of fashion and fine art. We are honored to participate in one of the most important occasions in a couple’s life. It is a day to be treasured and captured in the finest light, from the most creative and pleasing angles. We thank our clients for letting us tell their story.

JENNIFER DERY PHOTOGRAPHY

PAUL BARNETT

Praised for her artistic eye and unique perspective, Jennifer has become one of the most sought after wedding photojournalists in San Diego and beyond. Her documentary-style wedding coverage captures emotionally charged, detail rich images that genuinely capture the spirit and ambiance of the wedding celebration. Jennifer is honored to have her images regularly featured in many wedding publications nationwide.

Paul Barnett’s work is evidence of his unobtrusiveness and spontaneous eye. His photographic intuition allows him to capture images that embrace the concept of both perspective and attitude. Based on a mandate to be truly reactive rather than proactive and a dedication to record events as a historian rather than a director, the final result is a collection of photographs, genuine and unrehearsed, that bring to life the small idiosyncrasies that define us as indiviuduals.

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DAPPER IMAGES Yasmine and Deshun's passion and love for one another is what motivates them to create their beautiful art together. This husband-and-wife-team appreciates how their fashion background influences and fuses with their modern wedding photography. The international award-winning studio is recognized for imagery that evokes emotion, pops with intense color, and high contrast black and whites that look like they came from your favorite fashion magazine. Aiming to capture the unexpected, Deshun and Yasmine frequently travel the nation on wedding photography assignments (and espresso tasting adventures), telling the unique stories of couples and their families. dapperimages.com 760.809.1240

It is the combined images from the Great List of photographers that make up a majority of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail, wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages of Ceremony. The covered “short-list” of Ceremony San Diego's advertisers is kept exclusive to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS True Photography Weddings is a close-knit collaboration among five of San Diego’s acclaimed wedding photographers. Each photographer’s distinct style and personality shows through in the images they capture. When photographing a wedding, True Photography Weddings creates simple, timeless and elegant images that evoke all of the emotions of the wedding day. Brides-to-be are invited to meet with one or all of the photographers at the Solana Beach location.

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PAM SCOTT PHOTO With a background in graphic design and a lifelong passion for all things art, Pam discovered her talent for photography more than ten years ago, following the birth of her son. Known for her relaxed portrait style, artistic perspective, and attention to detail, Pam draws her inspiration from the couple’s connection. “I adore my couples, and their experience with me is as important as the photos. They trust me to be themselves, and that’s when the magic happens.”

BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY Wedding photography is our passion. We capture the chemistry and love of every bride and groom we photograph with a modern, elegant and impactful style. Our easygoing, unobtrusive approach makes the experience fun, allowing everyone to relax and have a great time. Weddings are about love, beauty and celebration; we photograph every cherished moment, and later work with our couples to create a beautiful wedding album that will be treasured for generations. Our devotion to detail and personal customer service limits the number of weddings we photograph each year. We feel honored to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life. barnetphotography.com 800.608.8545

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THE BOUDOIR DIVAS The Boudoir Divas studio is the premier Boudoir Photography studio in Southern California, specializing in making women feel gorgeous! We are so blessed to be able to photograph women and show them that they are just as hot as any model in a magazine. Our adorable 4,500 square foot studio is home to an all-female staff and includes 20 exclusive sets and your own dressing room complete with outfits, accessories and shoes. We will coach you through every bit of the process, from outfit selection to posing and expression. The session is completely private and for ‘his eyes only.’ We believe that every woman was created uniquely beautiful, and we want to celebrate who you are right now! theboudoirdivas.com 858.485.0443

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It is the combined images from the Great List of photographers that make up a majority of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail, wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages of Ceremony. The covered “short-list” of Ceremony San Diego's advertisers is kept exclusive to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

Sarah Zimmer brings a fresh perspective to the photography industry by blending her romantic style with a modern elegance that every bride-tobe craves. Her degree in Studio Art not only gives her an appreciation for creating beautiful works but an eye for crafting timeless imagery that will inspire couples to fall in love all over again, every time they look at their photographs. “My top priority is to make sure every bride feels luxurious and confident on her special day. Experiencing a client’s face illuminate when they first see their memories captured on film is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.” Sarah’s expertise, attention to detail and charming personality makes her one of California’s rising photography stars. sarahzimmerphotography.com 858.412.0964

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Engagement photos are great to have, but the best part is spending time with your photographer; you will be more comfortable with each other and have more fun on your big day. ~ A DIAMOND CELEBRATION adiamondcelebration.com

MEN'S FASHION: Give them patterned pocket squares instead of colored socks! ~ CROWN WEDDINGS crownweddings.com

Entertainment: At cocktail hour, incorporate lawn games or even video games. Rent an old school Pac Man arcade game, bean toss, or ping pong table. ~ JENNIFER RENEE WEDDINGS & EVENTS jenniferrenee.net

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Wedding Color Trend: Deep rich colors with accent hues. ~ A DIAMOND CELEBRATION adiamondcelebration.com

Groomsmen Gifts: Personalize cufflinks with their initials; and argyle socks in fun colors make for fun photos too! ~ MONARCH WEDDINGS monarchweddings.com

Beauty: Natural loose waves or loose braids topped with fresh flowers or a traditional veil are whimsical touches and hot for 2013! ~ MONARCH WEDDINGS monarchweddings.com

DĂŠcor: Don't be afraid to mix patterns and texture for interest.

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The Dress: If you don’t want to preserve your dress for future generations, consider donating it to charitable organizations such as BridesAgainstBreastCancer.com or WishUponAWedding.org. ~ LA DOLCE IDEA ladolceidea.us

Cocktails: At a sophisticated reception, hire a mixologist to create unique cocktails, and don’t forget nonalcoholic alternatives. ~ LA DOLCE IDEA ladolceidea.us

Invitation suites: Theme-y is dreamy!

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Wedding Colors: The color Mint! ~ BIANCA WEDDINGS biancaweddings.com

Invitations: Opt for beautiful details, layered papers and personalized elements. ~ CROWN WEDDINGS crownweddings.com

Favors: Give to charity.

Vows: Good writing doesn’t require big words or long sentences. Aim to successfully communicate particular thoughts, sentiments or ideas. Pare things down to their basics. Keep it simple, direct and honest.

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Gratuities: They are always appreciated, and fairly standard for certain categories of vendors; for others, simply a gift card or bottle of wine is a great way to show your appreciation. ~ A DIAMOND CELEBRATION adiamondcelebration.com

floral design: Petite is BIG! ~ CBS LIFESTYLIST cbslifestylist.com

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Catering: A gelato cart is a yummy and different dessert idea for your guests to enjoy.

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WEDDING COLOR TREND: Jewel tones such as amethyst, aubergine, emerald green or sapphire blue. ~ LA DOLCE IDEA ladolceidea.us

Décor: Metallic shimmer, gorgeous patterns, lace and lots of unique candles create a beautiful look.

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Entertainment: Small bands or unknown up-and-comer local bands make for great entertainment! ~ JENNIFER RENEE WEDDINGS & EVENTS jenniferrenee.net

Entertainment: A fusion DJ/band, where talented musicians play seamlessly alongside recorded artist songs, is really hot right now and fun! ~ CROWN WEDDINGS crownweddings.com

Color Trend: Red and gold makes a fashionable color palette.

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Flowers: Anemones are back for 2013! ~ CBS LIFESTYLIST cbslifestylist.com

Photography: What to do with the dress after the big day? Trash the dress photo shoot - in the ocean, food fight with pretty desserts, or paint buckets in an art studio. All make for beautiful and interesting shots!

Décor: Beautiful linens make a huge difference on any budget. They pull in color or texture and even with a simple centerpiece the table can look very beautiful. ~ CROWN WEDDINGS crownweddings.com

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Cocktails: Try a “Spiked Milkshake” for a late night bar menu snack: half a bottle of Guinness Extra Stout and 12 ounces of vanilla ice cream with a chocolate syrup rim! Viola! ~ JENNIFER RENEE WEDDINGS & EVENTS jenniferrenee.net

Rentals: Incorporate furniture and décor rentals to achieve the right look and vibe for your wedding. Be it vintage, glam or modern, hiring the right rental company will make a big difference. ~ CBS LIFESTYLIST cbslifestylist.com

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VOWS: See the future. Your relationship will take you places you cannot even imagine, and the point of professing wedding vows to one another is to face the future together, whatever it might bring. Your vows are promises to be faithful and to enrich each other’s lives not just now, but always. ~ BIANCA WEDDINGS biancaweddings.com

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Witness this vivacious band’s spectacular show, and you will instantly know that they are aptly named. But after meeting them in person, you will wonder if they weren’t named for another reason altogether. I met with Kymm and Andy, the founders of NRG Music and Productions, on a December afternoon at Encinita’s Pannikin Coffee & Tea to discuss music and weddings and the background behind this dynamic duo. Upon arrival, we stepped up to the counter where Andy requested anything made with eggnog. “He has to have his eggnog during the holidays,” Kymm remarked dotingly. He settled on tea, and with three large desserts in our hands, we found seats out on the patio. “Tell me your story. Your love story.” I began. And so the story goes. Andy is a quietly cool guy that grew up “in the sticks” of Ramona. On the contrary, Kymm’s upbringing took place in the bright lights of Las Vegas. And it shows. She has an aura about her that draws you in; she radiates positive energy that is almost mystifying. When talking to Kymm, she listens with every bone in her body; and when Kymm speaks, all eyes are on her, including Andy’s. When Kymm’s family moved from the city that never sleeps to the sleepy town of Ramona, she soon laid eyes on the young handsome high school boy and new immediately that he was the one. “I wrote

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about him in my journal every day,” recalls Kymm, “I knew I was going to marry him.” Just like they are today, she was a singer and he a piano player. When Kymm requested that they pair up for the annual talent show, Andy declined. “I wanted to win,” Andy explains as his reason for going solo. Ironically, Kymm won first place, but it would take her a year to finally win Andy’s heart. They soon formed a band and for their first real gig together, they were hired to play at an RV camp. They laugh about it today, but they have been making energetic music together ever since. They consider themselves lucky; to work together their entire careers, be married, and have a family together is not easy, but it’s all they know and they love and gracefully manage every second of it. Band Notes • Schedule your first dance for right after the grand entrance. This keeps the dancing go all night long, as your guests will not have to worry about being the first ones out on the dance floor. • Remember that a seasoned band is the conductor of the room once the wedding reception begins. While your wedding coordinator may be tending personally to you and your family or putting out fires, the show goes on. An experienced band knows how to compensate for any schedule variances. • Like many bands, NRG will supply a master sound list where you can highlight favorites and cross off others. They urge couples to keep in mind that the band should play for everyone, not only the couple’s personal favorites; trust an experienced band to do what they do! • Years of experience gives a band connections and capabilities to deliver under any circumstance, including lost, stolen or damaged equipment. NRG Music & Productions is a full service entertainment company providing sound and lighting, small bands to full ensembles, strings, ceremony music, an in-house DJ, and the newest trend in live entertainment, a fusion band where the authentic sound of computer tracks are mixed with live voice and instruments. nrgmusicandproductions.com

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Catherine Bachelier-Smith

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Catherine has a full life! She is a mother, friend, business woman, and LOVES love. She has been planning weddings and events for over 11 years. Catherine has mastered the art of working with families, negotiating with vendors, and keeping the couple on track during the wedding planning process. She is a great listener and knows how to find your uniqueness then incorporate it into your special day. She celebrates life and is eager to help celebrate YOUR new life!

Susanne has many years of experience planning weddings in five-star hotels as a special event manager in both London and San Diego. She established Crown Weddings more than 13 years ago and is dedicated to offering her clients a level of service and planning that is unsurpassed (and fun!). She is well known for her bubbly personality and attention to detail. Her passion for design, flowers and beautiful details ensures the creation of a wedding event that is filled with personal touches and unique elements. Her relationship with professional vendors in San Diego and beyond ensures that each couple is matched with a team that will suit their personality and pocket book. Susanne’s goal is to exceed expectations and provide seamless event execution that allows you to be present and enjoy all the wonderful moments of your special day.

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Susanne Duffy

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EMILY SMILEY FINE WEDDINGS & SOIREES

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Beautifully designed! Beautifully planned! A beautiful new beginning! Emily Smiley Fine Weddings & Soirees is a boutique style event planning company with years of experience in hospitality, event production and design. Emily Smiley uses her impeccable style, creativity and charming personality to understand each client’s vision. It is her sincere passion to exceed all expectations…because it’s THE DAY you have been waiting for your whole life!

Jennifer Renee Weddings and Events began with a passion and today now thrives on the knowledge and relationships built with fellow vendors and establishments throughout the years. Jennifer has worked side by side with some of the top coordinators, vendors and venues in Southern California to create intimate as well as extravagant affairs. She is known for being quick witted, detail orientated and giving her couples the ease of knowing that the day that they have waited for will be just as beautiful and memorable as they dreamt and imagined it to be.

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Ceremony is proud to introduce the following Great List of top-notch, highly-respected wedding consultants in San Diego. The wedding consultants featured here are Ceremony advertisers based solely on the very limited and special invitation by Ceremony. Each has a unique touch to plan only the finest weddings and events.

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Bianca Porrino Whitmore

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Bianca Porrino Whitmore is originally from the beautiful region of Alba, Italy and speaks fluent Italian, English and Spanish. Since 2000, she has been coordinating weddings and events of all sizes around the world, and has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, Italy and San Diego. She has worked with many couples as well as worldrenowned organizations: Hyatt Regency, Bath and Body Works, Hotel Barbabuc, and Langa Turismo. Bianca Weddings provide full service wedding planning and production with packages available for day of events to complete coordination. It is Bianca’s deepest passion to design and plan every single detail and follow through the entire process for beautifully executed weddings and memorable experiences.

Andrea has always been captivated by weddings and celebrations. This passion, combined with her knowledge of color, trends, artistic attention to detail, education and extensive experiences are what she brings to each signature event. She feels it’s a privilege to begin the magical journey of making a bride’s dream a reality. Andrea understands the importance of uncovering the unique personality and style of each client as the foundation of the planning process. A Diamond Celebration creates timeless signature events, events that will be cherished forever.

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As founder of Monarch Weddings LLC, Keli is dedicated to transforming dreams into reality. She honed her impeccable event management, organizational and creative skills as a wedding coordinator for Crown Weddings since 2003. With established relationships with best-in-class vendors, she will pair you with people who will help make your wedding remarkable while keeping within your budget goals. As a true professional with a calming confidence, she is always prepared with innovative solutions, while her attention to detail is unparalleled in the industry. She is an energetic, hopeless romantic, who always goes above and beyond to make sure your special day is extraordinary, as well as stress-free. Her goal is to exceed your greatest expectations and create a wedding that will represent your unique vision and style while telling your individual love story!

Sabrina Cadini founded La Dolce Idea in Italy, where she was born. Her mother always loved entertaining at home with big holiday parties, and her extensive collection of linens, china and silverware was the inspiration for La Dolce Idea. With a background in corporate travel and known for her chic style, Sabrina has a passion for the meticulous tasks of organizing and executing events, whether they are an intimate soirée or an elaborate destination wedding. By fusing creativity, Italian style, and professionalism into seamlessly executed celebrations, Sabrina works with the best of Southern California’s locations and professionals to translate her couples’ personality, history and style into all those little details that make their event one-of-a-kind and forever remembered by their guests. Sabrina will create, exclusively for you, a wedding that tells a beautiful story: yours.

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The diversity of Southern California’s countless venues is here at your fingertips. With a myriad of offerings, from historical landmarks to hidden city nooks, you will find the perfect wedding backdrop in this Great List of Southern California and destination venues.

park hyatt aviara Carlsbad

With its airy oceanfront terrace and striking regal ballroom, the resort promises lavishness and romance. { 1000 guests max }

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The Cape Cod style venue overlooks thriving gardens, koi ponds and the Pacific Ocean. { 250 guests max }

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callaway vineyard & winery Temecula

Endless stretches of vineyards create a serene and romantic backdrop. { 250 guests max }

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the riviera country club Pacific Palisades

Positioned in front of the Santa Monica foothills, this internationally renowned golf course offers glamour, beauty and a sense of history. { 500 guests max }

franciscan gardens San Juan Capistrano

Share your first dance as husband and wife under the stars in the rose garden at this charming wedding venue. { 200 guests max }

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montage laguna beach Laguna Beach

A picturesque garden atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific will provide both a secluded and open setting for your wedding. { 450 guests max }

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falkner winery Temecula

Perched above the beautiful Temecula Valley, take in breathtaking views and experience the relaxed elegance of a wine country wedding. { 225 guests max }

falknerwinery.com

luxury estate weddings Southern California

Magnificent private estates of extraordinary grandeur set in Malibu, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego. { max guests varies }

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chuck jones center Costa Mesa

rancho las lomas Silverado

Set amidst manicured botanical and zoological gardens, this California ranch offers a colorful and unique atmosphere. { 400 guests max }

Let your imagination run wild at this brand new event space, which can be tailored to create your perfect wedding day. { 350 guests max }

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grand tradition ~ arbor terrace Fallbrook

Paradise is found at this pavilion, known for its waterfalls, gardens and floral draped arbors. Outside catering permitted. { 220 guests max }

grandtradition.com

` the us grant San Diego

A crowned jewel in the heart of vibrant downtown San Diego. The US Grant sets the standard for modern glamour in a classic setting, boasting unrivaled elegance and grace. { 1200 guests max }

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Dana Point

Breathtaking views of Saddleback Valley, lush greens and boundless rolling hills top off exceptional in-house cuisine and impeccable service. { 300 guests max }

Luxury at its finest describes this resort with stunning oceanfront views and unparalleled facilities that will captivate fortunate guests. { 900 guests max }

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true beach events San Diego County

Dance in the sand and enjoy breathtaking views along the coast, with California State Beaches’ all-inclusive packages for the perfect destination. {300 guests max}

electra cruises Newport Beach

Private and lavish yachts are designed to match your personal style and theme. { 325 guests max }

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shadowridge country club Exchange your vows under a beautiful gazebo in an intimate hilltop garden setting overlooking the luscious green golf course. { 300 guests max}

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pala casino spa resort Pala

Storybook lawns and gardens with views of Palomar Mountain serve as scenic and secluded ceremony settings. { 500 guests max }

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the beachcomber cafe Crystal Cove

Tucked away in the Historic District, The Beachcomber Café’s multiple event sites with panoramic waterfront views present unlimited possibilities. { 200 guests max }

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talega golf club San Clemente

Spanish archways, lush landscaping, courtyard, waterfalls and unique underground tunnels make a picturesque setting for a ceremony and reception. { 200 guests max }

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center club tustin ranch golf club Tustin

Manicured fairways, colorful gardens and sparkling lakes with wellappointed clubhouse facilities grants an uncompromising experience. { 220 guests max }

Costa Mesa

Experience an incredible, unparalleled private club atmosphere that will be the perfect backdrop for the most memorable event of your life. { 250 guests max }

center-club.com

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old ranch country club four seasons westlake village Westlake Village

With its waterfall lawns, stately ballrooms and even a Chinese pagoda, this hotel provides an array of beautiful backdrops. { 900 guests max }

Seal Beach

Nestled among 128 acres of lakes and tree-lined fairways, this golf course is the ideal place for you to say "I do". { 400 guests max }

oldranchweddings.com

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five crowns

Corona Del Mar Inspired by a traditional English country inn, this lovely spot will provide a romantic backdrop for your most important occasion. { 100 guests max }

thefivecrowns.com

hyatt regency huntington beach Huntington Beach

Elegant courtyards and grand ballrooms ďŹ ll the resort, which is encompassed by the dazzling PaciďŹ c. { 400 guests max }

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Beverly Mansion The Grand Tradition Estate is Southern California’s premier private event facility.

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celebration locations coto de caza golf & racquet club Coto de Caza

The country club is host to several romantic backdrops, cascading waterfalls, natural terrains and an endless sea of green golf course. { 300 guests max }

coto-de-caza.com

four seasons resort maui at wailea Maui

The resort captures the true essence of Hawaii with coconut palms and magniďŹ cent views of the Kahalawai Mountains and Wailea Beach. { 500 guests max }

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The beautifully restored 1920s Spanish villa is a historical landmark on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. { 250 guests max }

laventa.com

the crosby at rancho santa fe San Diego

omni san diego hotel San Diego

This venue takes advantage of its prime location in the heart of Downtown San Diego with open-air terraces that take in exciting 360-degree views of the city. { 550 guests max }

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the ebell of los angeles Los Angeles

Indulge in Hollywood decadence at this landmark location, known for its regal courtyard and dining venues. { 300 guests max }

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The lush greenery of the golf course wraps around this venue’s spacious clubhouse. { 180 guests max }

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the dana on mission bay San Diego

This hotel and marina offers waterfront views of Mission Bay in the middle of a tropical setting. { 300 guests max }

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the richard nixon library Yorba Linda

Sculptured gardens and reflecting pools highlight the landscape, while inside you will find a faithful replica of the White House East Room with stunning crystal chandeliers. { 500 guests max }

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aquarium of the pacific Long Beach

The breathtaking Blue Cavern exhibit anchors the Great Hall to create a majestic aura for gatherings large or small. The intimate Café Scuba, with its sunset views, overlooks the Seal and Sea Lion exhibit and Lorikeet Forest. { 550 guests max }

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orfila vineyards

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the balboa bay club & resort Newport Beach

Serving as the only full-service hotel situated on Newport Beach, the California coastal resort provides stunning waterfront views. { 450 guests max }

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San Juan Capistrano The old world meets the new at this open air plaza complete with fountains, clay pots and arches. { 450 guests max }

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aliso viejo country club Aliso Viejo

Nestled in one of the newest coastal hill communities, this country club welcomes a special event setting that serves up memorable celebrations of all kinds. { 130 guests max }

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Escondido

A spacious permanent tent housed on the lush San Pasqual agricultural preserve provides idyllic vistas of a quaint rose garden and grape arbors. { 350 guests max }

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hilton carlsbad oceanfront resort & spa Carlsbad

Recently opened in 2012, this brand new beachfront resort offers lavish wedding accommodations and stunning views. { 370 guests max }

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the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel Huntington Beach

Get a taste of California with endless views of the PaciďŹ c Ocean and serene white sand beaches. { 350 guests max }

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summit house Fullerton

This Old English Tudor Manor fascinates with incredible views of the countryside, impeccable service and masterful cuisine. { 250 guests max }

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taglyan complex Old World charm meets all of the amenities offered with today’s technology in a venue prepared to meet every need in luxurious surroundings. { 500 guests max }

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sheraton cerritos Cerritos

With beautiful ballrooms that can accommodate events of all sizes, this full service hotel provides a perfect place to share your special day. { 120 - 600 guests max }

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padua hills theatre Claremont

Located in the hills of Claremont, this historic theatre sets the stage for your forever to begin. { 350 guests max }

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hotel laguna Laguna Beach

With its own private beach, the Spanishinspired hotel offers an array of oceanfront ceremony sites. { 200 guests max }

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intercontinental los angeles century city Beverly Hills

Our newly renovated ballroom with extensive LED lighting truly transforms the room to ďŹ t your wedding, not the other way around. { 400 guests max }

intercontinentallosangeles.com

ponte family estate winery Temecula

In the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, this location is home to winding vineyards and a 180-degree view of Palomar Mountain. { 300 guests max }

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casino san clemente San Clemente

An iconic event space in the heart of San Clemente with a history of music and dancing is the ultimate location to celebrate your vows. { 375 guests max }

carmel mountain ranch country club San Diego

The hills are alive at this country club, which is home to a spacious terrace room overlooking the mountains. { 220 guests max }

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grand tradition beverly mansion Fallbrook

The Victorian estate is a dream come true with its enchanting heart-shaped lake featuring a waterfall and swans. { 300 guests max }

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There is big news at the beach! You no longer have to go to Cabo, or some far away place, to have an amazing beach wedding. You can now relish in a gorgeous wedding right here, on our local sand. Enjoy cocktails on the beach and play music into the night! In March 2012, California State Beaches created a very special permit process that makes this all possible. Here are a few of the perks that the permit now brings: • Permission to serve alcohol at your event • Unobstructed views of California's coastline • Full-scale events on the sand, including tents • Areas perfect for all size groups, from twenty to three hundred • California State Parks - San Diego Coast District already has a list of exceptional preferred vendors, who are pre-approved, which simplifies your vendor selection • Permitted events may last through sunset and beyond!

They approached Aaron Feldman, founder of True Photography Weddings. With True Photography Weddings on board, an entire team of top San Diego vendors was assembled. The team now includes a preferred vendor for each category, including coordination, specialty linens and event design. “These venues are like having a destination wedding, except you’re minutes away,” said Feldman. “It feels like you transported your guests to Fiji or the Caribbean.” For those already in the know, the opportunity for on-beach weddings has already led to unique and memorable occasions, such as Shoshana and Brian’s wedding at South Ponto State Beach. At this wedding, the first since the new permit process was established, guests lounged in a private cabana created especially for the event, feasted on ultra-gourmet tacos, and delighted in the sunset from the comfort of the tented dance floor. Other highlights included the hosted bar on the sand, stylized lighting and elegant floral design. “There’s something magical about celebrating right on the beach with your closest friends,” said Tim Altbaum, whose company, Tim Altbaum Productions, is a preapproved Beach Event vendor. “It’s one thing to have a view of the ocean, quite another to kick off your shoes and dance in the sand.” In addition to South Ponto in Carlsbad, events can now be booked at Silver Strand State Beach, and more locations are coming soon. State Beach representatives have expressed plans to expand the program to at least five additional beach venues within the coming year, including the popular Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Each venue can also be booked for corporate events, as well as private social functions. “Right now, it feels like a secret that you can actually have your event right on the sand,” says Julia Miura, Special Events Coordinator for California State Parks, who oversees the venues. “But these locations are so breathtaking, I can’t imagine it will be a secret for long.”

Once the permit process was created, the next step for California State Beaches was to meet up with a wedding expert that could lend a hand.

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For couples looking for a wedding venue, the process of booking a beach wedding is easy and straightforward. Details can be found at the official website for True Beach Events, which contains a list of approved vendors, as well as information about each venue. There are all-inclusive packages, which are completely customizable based on the services needed. The website even features a package estimator, so that wedding couples can receive an estimated budget recommendation in real-time. Visit www.truebeachevents.com to begin planning your beach wedding!

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Lo Amo L’ Italia

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atop of a mountain overlooking one of Italy’s famous lakes, in a cozy town or a large city, or even in a secluded site that many do not even realize exists. The city of Alba, in the Cuneo Province, boasts numerous castles and vineyards and delivers some of the most distinctive, highquality wine in Italy. Consider the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Palatine Gallery, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna or one of the seventy museums of Florence for an idyllic ceremony or reception venue. Venice is also attractive with its unparalleled character and classic, breathtaking towns. With these alternatives and others like Sorrento, Capri or Lakes Como, Garda and Maggiore, your options are infinite.

If you are considering a destination wedding, envision celebrating with friends and family in one of the many diverse regions of Italy. The most arduous part of your planning will be deciding between locations such as Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, or Venice, the setting of Casanova’s pursuits. A country of romance, passion and history, Italy will leave you questioning why everyone doesn’t get married here.

There are some important details that should be taken up before your travels. Italy, the home of the Roman Catholic Church, is the perfect location for a traditional religious ceremony but sometimes a Catholic wedding can be a challenge. Churches require both the bride and groom be baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith, that they complete marriage counseling and, should the bride or the groom have previously been married, churches require that at least five years pass before you remarry. To avoid such hurdles, couples may consider a civil ceremony where anything is possible.

cities such as Alassio in the Province Savona where the Italian shoreline far exceeds any expectations. Unwind by taking a drive along the coast and you can be in the French Riviera within a few hours, or simply take in the remarkable architecture and picturesque ocean views. Italy is much more than relaxing beaches and clandestine islands. Celebrate your marriage in a castle, on an ornate bridge, high

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An Italian wedding offers unending options for venues and landscape. Venture past typical beach locations and discover

For either ceremony, you will need to obtain a marriage license while in the United States. Once you have your license, take it to the Italian Consulate nearest you and complete all necessary paperwork. Many couples also visit the American Consulate once they arrive in Italy to confirm they complied with all necessary conditions. To be on the safe side, as with many destination weddings outside of the United States, some couples prefer to get married at a local courthouse, and then travel to Italy for their dream ceremony and celebration with loved ones. Once you’ve taken care of the procedural issues, you can focus

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on the fun part: styling your wedding! Hiring a coordinator who is well versed in the Italian culture will relieve much pressure, especially if you hire the right coordinator. Someone who knows the area, language and culture will help you easily navigate the country and its specific customs.

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In addition to creating a unique and original wedding experience, the right coordinator can also fully immerse you in Italian style. Italy leads the world in fashion and design, and wedding trends are no exception. Classic Italian details include elaborate bouquets filled with seasonal flowers, distinct Italian shoe design, traditional veils and crocheted detail in everything from the wedding dress to the favors and hairpieces. However you choose to design your wedding, know that you cannot go wrong with any style that is you.

By choosing to celebrate your wedding in this country of passion and love, hospitality and culture, food, wine and fashion, you are building unforgettable memories. It’s important to be able to look back and love the wedding you created. You may have such an amazing experience that you will return again and again to renew your vows and celebrate anniversaries. Now that’s amore!

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CATERING & CAKES Better a meal of vegetables where there is love, than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:17, New International Version, 1984

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Dishing with San Diego’s Culinary Connoisseur

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HOW CAN YOU CATER TO THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS, VEGAN, OR GLUTEN-FREE?

As the health movement continues to gain momentum, catering to guests with special dietary requirements is becoming easier and easier. Today it only takes a few modifications to serve the same menus. There is no longer a need to sacrifice flavor for health.

WHAT IS THE PERFECT PAIRING FOR A FOOD AND SPECIALTY COCKTAIL?

C’mon, we live in the nation’s beer capital! Why not do something unexpected and pair meals with beer cocktails? A perfect pairing is one that complements and doesn’t overpower flavors. The drink should expose new flavors in the dish and vice versa. DESCRIBE AN INNOVATIVE FOOD DISPLAY STATION TO WOW GUESTS?

We love the idea of guests interacting with their food. We’ve created the “spice tree” which is composed of glass orbs filled with varying spices or sauces suspended from a grape vine ‘tree;’ it is both aesthetically pleasing and fun. Also we’ve introduced the “cooking counter” which is a single station framing a chef who cooks course by course in front of your guests. PAM SCOTT PHOTO

LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES FOR THE RIDE HOME?

Sometimes things that have already been ‘tried and true’ are the best. This doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with the same, old boring milk and donuts or make-your-ownS’mores kit. Inject some personality into these classic and comforting items with out-of-the-box topping for donuts (maybe savory?) and a twist on ingredients for the S’mores (i.e. chili chocolate and spiced marshmallows). ADVICE TO COUPLES INFUSING ETHNIC FOOD INTO THE MENU?

An ethnic menu doesn’t have to be so exotic that your guests are afraid to sample it. A simple way to infuse a little ethnic flair is to utilize the spices or ingredients prevalent in whatever cuisine the couple is trying to recreate for an exotic flair on mainstream dishes. INTRIGUING WEDDING MENU ITEMS YOU CREATED THIS YEAR?

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Reheasal Dinner Haute Spot Kelvin at W San Diego

If you can stand the heat, get into Kelvin, San Diego’s hottest new upscale dining experience located within the W Hotel.

As the name implies, temperatures are sizzling with Latin-influenced cuisine by Executive Chef Kevin Harry in a contemporary cool setting, perfect for trendsetting foodie-enthusiasts. Igniting the scene, Kelvin will impress guests for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or just a great date night with your love. Their eclectic menu of locally sourced ingredients range from hot to cold palette tempters, like the compressed watermelon with blue cheese, cilantro and saba drizzle;

the rustic poblano corn soup with spiced popcorn; to the mojita spiked shrimp with grilled pineapple and avocado salsa. Your taste buds will salivate with intense flavors that savor all senses. Favorite sharing plates include the ever-so-popular duck confit quesadilla (secret ingredient – BRIE cheese) and peppered bacon wrapped jalapenos. The delish dishes don’t stop there with excellent entrees like the grilled pork chop served with jalapeno apple sauce, brussel sprouts with bacon and goat cheese bread pudding; and the scallop sliders with spicy mango jicama slaw and sweet potato fries. Cool down with a crafted cocktail confection, created by award-winning mixologist Charlotte Voisey. These signature drinks are quite intense like the ginger, blackberry and chili margarita to the ‘paloma verde’ made of Milagro Silver, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, cucumber, mint and a grapefruit salt rim. For parties going for the ‘share’ enjoy a perfect pitcher of the Thai basil sangria or cinnamon mule. You’ll definitely be in the haute seat at Kelvin, with impeccable customer service and a killer vibe, thoughts of going anywhere else will surely go up in flames.

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sea fare sweets TREAT YOUR GUESTS TO A DESSERT BAR FULL OF DELECTABLE BITES LIKE BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES, CHEESECAKE POPS, CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES AND STRAWBERRY MACAROONS.

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THEMED CANDY BAR FAVORS ARE NOT ONLY FUN, BUT SWEET TREATS FOR THE RIDE HOME.

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I'll stop loving you when diamonds never sparkle and flowers cease to grow, when thunder doesn’t echo and rivers don't flow. When hearts no longer wonder and hands are never held, when smiles are only memories and hope is never felt. When trees no longer blossom and the stars refuse to shine, when autumn has no falling leaves and winter no longer dies. When time has no more tomorrows when rainbows have no color, and when the world itself stops turning, then and only then, I'll stop loving you. ~ “I'll Never Stop Loving You” Lyrics, Anasasis

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owner and creative director of Adorations Botanical Artistry, LaVonne is not only an artist, but a mentor and educator who believes that the pace of everyday life has disconnected us from knowing ourselves. Outside influences are constantly clouding our thoughts and when you don’t feel comfortable or confident, there is an expectation of what you should like. Remember, it is your wedding and you have the power to make it everything that you’ve always imagined it can be. So how do you will all the elements together to create a timeless day you’ll look back on in 20 years and want to do all over again? The goal is to find yourself before you start the design process. There is a goddess within you --you may just have to do a little soul searching to find her.

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Kym and Danny went together as a couple to visit LaVonne for their design consultation. They were immediately inspired by their visual surroundings at Adorations’s studio and were drawn to a glavanized bathtub within the space. They both had an appreciation for craftsmanship, aesthetics and originality. By connecting with LaVonne and opening up about what was important to them, their décor became the setting for their magical day!

PERSONALIZED TOUCH

Kym’s bouquet consisted of ten plum calla lilies, but she asked for one additional calla lily to be pressed and preserved since Danny’s favorite number was eleven. This preserved lily would be a part of their “love chest” which they will open on their 10th anniversary.

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Event designers know what is best to do within a given space. This is why you hired them. You want to impact the setting and make a WOW! statement without going overboard. Volume does not mean it will be beautiful. It’s all in the styling.

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1. Have a date with yourself.

When was the last time you spent some time alone and just enjoyed what you love? This can jump start the inspiration process and bring you closer to finding what’s important to you.

2. Pinpoint your three adjectives.

What are those three words that make you feel the safest and best describe YOU?

3. Reflect on a day in your life.

Where do you shop? What art hangs on your walls? What do you do all day? Your everyday life is a great reflection of you.

4. Find your special place.

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5. Include the groom.

After all, this is a marriage between two people, a union of identities. Make sure you bring him to the design meetings and throughout the process you’ll learn about each other. Figuring out how you will decorate your home together can help pull an equal influence of both bride and groom into the special day.

6. Determine the color palette.

There’s a rainbow out there, but just look at your personality and what hangs in your closet. Are you bold and vivacious or more shy and subdued? Do you wear red all the time or pastels? Your designer can use your favorite color to play with hues within that palette to balance the décor.

7. Explore your alter-ego.

Don’t be afraid of her. There is nothing wrong with exploring that side of yourself that you never get to express. Perhaps that’s what your dream day should reflect.

8. Consider the value of the numbers game.

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9. Trust your instincts.

You know what you like and dislike. But just in case, bring the person who knows you best and won’t be afraid to call you out if you say you want sunflowers in your décor but you’ve never picked one up in your entire life.

10. Stop and smell the roses.

There’s no reason to rush through the planning and design process. Go at your own pace. Take your time. You’ve waited this long to tie the knot, don’t feel the need to make every decision all at once! Enjoy those details that are part of YOU!

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CM: How can a bride differentiate between the types of invitations she has the power to create? JJ: The printing process dictates the desired look and aesthetic of the stationery. If the bride wants a soft, romantic, vintage feel, then letterpress or offset printing will achieve that. If a more modern, bold and contemporary style is desired, thermography and engraving can lend itself to a very distinctive look with the way that the ink prints on the paper. Fonts, ink colors, use of design and embellishments also can be used to achieve a desired look. CM: What are the custom invitation services that you offer? JJ: From save-the-dates to day-of items, we offer a variety of en suite wedding stationery vendors at different price points, as well as many printing processes, in-house design, custom illustrations, monogram design services and assembly. We guide the client through the font selections, ink colors, design elements and help with wording for all necessary pieces. CM: With such a range in paper stock and printing possibilities, how can a couple be best informed to make their choice? JJ: The most informed couple is the best client. Each printing process has its beauty and limitations, so it will dictate the paper used, ink colors and overall tone of the finished stationery. A visit to our shop to touch and feel the samples helps in understanding why certain invitations cost what they do. CM: How can you embellish an invitation to make it unique to the couple while maintaining a luxury feel? JJ: Custom artwork that reflects a personal detail about the couple can add a dimension to the stationery that is unique. This year, foil stamping has a strong presence in the printing world. When done right, the elegance and sophistication can make a wonderful statement. CM: Is there “etiquette” when creating the verbiage on your invitation? JJ: Yes. The wording for invitations depends on whether the couple, the parents of the bride, or both sets of parents are going to financially contribute to the wedding. Religion and where the wedding will take place also dictate the verbiage. If the bride

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and groom are in the military then their title should be included with their names. Ladies’ names always go first in the wording, and date, time and place are always included. If the ceremony and reception are taking place at different locations, an additional insert or reception card is included. A reply set (RSVP card and return envelope) is also part of the stationery suite. CM: What are the top font styles for 2013? What do you think of the creation of personalized “handwriting” fonts? JJ: Exclusive calligraphy fonts are very popular and are a nod to the old world, but can be very modern at the same time. Classic fonts such as same size caps or standard upper/lower case are always a mainstay. We love the popularity of “handwritten” fonts. It adds the touch of a handmade look to your stationery without it looking too homespun, yet still maintaining a sophisticated feel. CM: Do you suggest all paper goods match? JJ: No. Within the suite, it is nice to carry parts of the design elements from the invitation through to the day-of pieces so that they all complement each other but are not identical and repetitive. CM: The invitation is the first impression your guests have on the wedding. What is your best advice to create this lasting impression? JJ: The stationery should reflect the uniqueness of the couple. We encourage them to pick what they are most excited about. The invitation sets the tone for the event, so if the couple wants to focus on the venue, or their personalities, or their culture this can all be presented in the invitation.

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PRISTINE linda marie & douglas

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It was a black tie affair with colorful flair focused on family and friends.

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LOVE STORY

After dating for fifteen years, Douglas chose to ring in the New Year by asking Linda Marie to be his wife and she was so happy to agree.

They took their time planning their

special day, changing their minds often along the way. In the end, their wedding turned out exactly they way they wanted it to as they said their vows surrounded by friends and family.

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ROOTED ashley & kyle

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Adding clocks and watches to the style of their wedding took a casual vintage theme and transformed it with touches of personality.

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LOVE STORY

Ashley and Kyle met at a friend’s wedding and three years later, Kyle gave Ashley a reason to plan their own special day. Ashley’s favorite memory was waiting with her stepdaughter for the wedding to begin. They were peeking out the door and saw the gorgeous décor and everyone present. For Ashley, it was the perfect moment.

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CAPTIVATING

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This couple knew exactly what they wanted and completely designed their wedding plan to include only what they love, like occupying the entire Hotel Parisi and treating guests to a French spread of charcuterie, cheeses, fruit and dessert.

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VENDOR LOVE cbs lifestylist

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LOVE STORY

Their meeting was a casual coffee shop conversation, but the proposal was magical. Brian and Catherine took a trip to Paris and Brian asked her to marry him at midnight on the Pont Neuf with the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the distance. Their wedding was completely unique and designed by Catherine, the owner of CBS Lifestylist.

Brian and Catherine chose what

they adore most about weddings and cut out all the rest knowing that whatever they chose, friends and family would be surrounding them.

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Married on the ten-year anniversary of their first meeting, this couple enjoyed their stars and space themed wedding for everything that it was and more.

shannon & panu

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carmel mountain ranch country club clubcmr.com [venue | linens | catering]

[ceremony location] st. therese of carmel [wedding consultant] behind the bride [floral design] cherry blossom floral designs [lighting | entertainment] sound prodigy mobile disc jockey service [stationery] mygatsby.com and paper source [cake] edelweiss bakery [gown design] maggie sottero [bridal salon] the wedding wearhouse [veil] bel aire bridal [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini [hair | makeup] beautiful brides san diego [formal wear] black tie tuxedos and men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] kevin’s gems [registries] crate and barrel, williams-sonoma and target [honeymoon] thailand

LOVE STORY

Shannon and Panu met on their first day of orientation at UC San Diego and purchased their first home together soon after.

Panu

wanted to make this moment even more special so he proposed on the very first day in their new home and Shannon couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was such a happy celebration, that all of the guests, even those they never imagined, danced the night away!

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LOVE NOTE

Romance was in bloom with lovely florals and a classic ride to sweep this couple off their feet.

DETAILED stephanie & rod

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taylor films

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friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

Stephanie and Rod are a modern day match made online. They met in April 2010 and it only took a little over a year before Rod proposed to Stephanie in Mission Beach. After the excitement of the proposal, Rod took his bride-to-be and her parents sailing on the bay to celebrate their future with champagne, love and laughter.

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ORNATE janet & kelly

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A beautifully orchestrated vintage glam wedding sealed with purple hues, antique furniture and a theme truly uniting husband and wife.

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LOVE STORY

Janet and Kelly love their jobs but love at their jobs led them to each other. Once they met, they introduced each other to their favorite hobbies such as basketball, marathon running, yoga, and dance. It only seemed fitting that during their reception they performed a special ballroom combination of a waltz and rumba for their many lifelong friends that attended, turning their wedding into an upbeat reunion.

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LOVE NOTE

This fall wedding was full of southern romance with the vintage furniture, trunks and tables and personal wedding vows, all topped off with a southern belle Barbie cake.

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CHARMING

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LOVE STORY

It took a while for the stars to align, but two years after their first date Jessica and Phillip tried again and went on another first date. Instead of feeling shy and full of nerves, Phillip made Jessica laugh and they have been laughing together ever since. Phillip knew he wanted to marry Jessica and arranged a sweet evening for the proposal. When the events of the evening did not go as imagined, Phillip persevered with his plans and Jessica was amazed.

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PERSONAL

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LOVE NOTE

It was a typical starry night celebration complete with blue skies, lighting and bridesmaid dresses perfect for welcoming each other into their families.

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LOVE STORY

It was never a secret that Hannah and Zach would eventually get married, but Zach did his best to keep the proposal a surprise. He let Hannah believe that it was just another Christmas morning and when it came time to open presents he gave her many boxes that did not contain an engagement ring. When it finally came to the last box, Hannah took her time opening it and finally saw her beautiful gift. She was so happy that she couldn’t even let Zach finish asking her to marry him before she told him yes.

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LOVE NOTE

This magical, formal affair was made modern and fun with pops of pink flowers, dĂŠcor, lighting and trendy shoes.

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nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

It all began with a bumpy flight from London to Los Angeles. David’s job brought him to California temporarily but once he met Charity, he made the move for good. Approximately a year after they met, Charity was visiting David in London and he took her to a beautiful dinner with a view of the London skyline and the Thames River and asked her to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

A glamorous cake covered in rhinestones was the thread that pulled their rustic, elegant wedding together.

amy & elion

GRACEFUL

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LOVE STORY

Amy and Elion met in New York, so it was only fitting that the proposal take place in that very spot. Elion found the perfect ring and asked Amy to be his bride in a restaurant in the West Village. Their wedding was full of memorable moments but for Amy, who is a professional dancer, the best was the traditional Albanian dances where guests join in a circle and toss money in the air.

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LOVE NOTE

For her, the best moment of their wedding day was seeing Ali for the first time standing at the end of the aisle. His favorite moment was right after the ceremony when he and Francie were alone together for the first time as husband and wife.

FAITHFUL francie & al

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VENDOR LOVE la dolce idea

ladolceidea.us [wedding consultant]

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seaside papery seasidepapery.com [invitations]

lugano diamonds

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LOVE STORY

Their love for horses brought Francie and Ali together while both were competing at an equestrian event nine years ago. In September 2011, Ali asked Francie to join him for a walk on the beach and they came upon a white sheet with roses and champagne. Francie was thrilled when she saw Ali get down on one knee and was even more surprised when she saw friends and family running down the beach toward them. Ali wanted to share their special moment, so he arranged for their loved ones to be there and witness the proposal.

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DELICATE mandy & jamie

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LOVE NOTE

This 1920's in Paris inspired wedding was rich in romance and details from the first impression of the invitation to the last bite of the decadent dessert table.

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TRUE LOVE mandy & jamie

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true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [rentals]

j. grace luxurious event stationery jgrace.com [stationery]

nordstrom

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platinum pro platinumpro.com [dance floor]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [mothers’ dresses]

[venue| catering] westgate hotel [lighting | caricature | reception entertainment] tim altbaum productions [cake] flour power [ceremony entertainment] tasha smith godinez [videographer] side by side cinema [floral design] karen tran floral designs [gown design] st. pucchi [bridal salon] m bride [hairpiece | veil] rachel larraine [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] garidey [makeup] lovestruck [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] amsale

LOVE STORY

Although Mandy and Jamie were born in the same hospital, grew up near each other and attended the same schools, they did not meet until after graduation. It took a mutual friend to bring these two Harry Potter and Chihuahua fanatics together, but once they met, they knew it was meant to be.

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LOVE NOTE

A vineyard ceremony set the tone for a rustic and shabby chic reception complete with vintage books with their original covers and mason jars with burlap runners.

ORGANIC alyce & matthew

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emily smiley fine weddings and soirees emilysmiley.com [wedding consultant]

adorations botanical artistry adorations.com [floral design]

[venue| linens] hannah nicole vineyards [linens] la tavola [lighting | entertainment] amos productions [stationery] etsy [caterer] willowstone catering [cake] sue faina cakes [transportation] a and h limousine services [gown design] casa blanca [bridal salon] here comes the bride [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini [hair] ryan romano [makeup] autumn hunter [formal wear] jos. a. bank [bridesmaid dresses] j.crew [mothers’ dresses] gesinee’s bridal [wedding rings] la diamond factory [registries] pottery barn, crate and barrel and macy’s [honeymoon] maui, hawaii

LOVE STORY

Being able to introduce all of their family and friends was the best part of the wedding for Alyce and Matthew. Watching them laugh and dance together was magical and they both truly took in this rare moment where family and friends came together from all over the country.

Not

wanting the evening to end too soon, Alyce and Matthew went non-traditional and rented out a bowling alley for post-wedding fun. It was the perfect way to bring everyone they love closer.

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sonya & jeffrey

COMPLETE

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LOVE NOTE

A flawlessly intertwined Jewish and Mexican celebration complete with yarmulke and sombrero cake pops was brought together with the natural beauty of their beachside venue.

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VENDOR LOVE adrianne smith floral design asmithfloral.com [floral design]

true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [registry]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[venue] scripps seaside forum [wedding consultant] creative affairs [linens] stefanie muse [rentals] event party rentals [lighting] kenneth day weddings [stationery] paola ross and stacy himmel stationery [catering] giuseppe catering [cake] flour power [entertainment] jukebox productions and steel the band [gown design | bridesmaid dresses] amsale [bridal salon] the white dress [bridal jewelry] kristie kelly [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] brittany gharring

LOVE STORY

After meeting Sonya through friends, Jeffrey knew she was the one and couldn’t wait to propose. He wanted to be creative, so he coordinated the proposal with the principal of the kindergarten school where Sonya was teaching. He even got the kindergarten students involved and asked Sonya to marry him in front of the entire school and Sonya’s parents.

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HEARTFELT

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LOVE NOTE

A traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on the morning of their wedding day added bright, vibrant colors and allowed this couple time with family, friends and a unique first look before they said their vows.

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VENDOR LOVE white lotus productions whitelotuspro.com [floral & event design] [linens | lighting | rentals]

la dolce idea

ladolceidea.us [wedding consultant | candy bar]

taylor films

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LOVE STORY

Michael could not wait for KaYan to return from visiting her family in Hong Kong.

He was so

happy and excited to pick her up that he dressed in a tuxedo for a surprise midnight proposal. KaYan had just taken a thirteen-hour flight and was comfortable in her pajamas, not expecting to see Michael so formal that time of night. She was confused as she stepped outside to meet him but it made perfect sense when he dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

Simplicity reigned during this September wedding as the simple Italian countryside, fresh vineyards and elegant ceremony venue perfectly complemented the bride’s flawlessly flowing gown.

elisa & marco

EVERMORE

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VENDOR LOVE bianca weddings biancaweddings.com [wedding consultant]

[ceremony location] piana biglini alba [reception location] monte oliveto and di casa monticello [photography] idea foto

LOVE STORY

Elisa and Marco met at a birthday celebration in San Remo, a city located on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in northwestern Italy. Before long, Marco whisked Elisa off to the Italian Alps for a weekend of skiing where he suddenly stopped, threw his ski mask to the ground and asked Elisa to marry him. Watching Elisa walk down the aisle with her father, it was clear that this is a union ďŹ lled with love, devotion and respect.

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MODERN carey & steve

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LOVE NOTE

All their friends and family were there to share in this flawless, modern and contemporary wedding.

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VENDOR LOVE emily smiley fine weddings and soirees emilysmiley.com [wedding consultant]

adorations botanical artistry adorations.com [floral design]

park hyatt aviara aviaraweddings.com [venue | cake]

platinum pro

platinumpro.com [rentals | dance floor]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [lighting]

mon amie

monamie.com [bridal salon]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[photography] tim otto [hair | makeup] a new twist [entertainment] wayne foster entertainment [paper goods] wendy ware [gown design] jim hjelm [bridal shoes] betsy johnson [bridesmaid dresses] leila rose [wedding rings] del edwards

LOVE STORY

An online dating service brought Cary and Steve together but their common interests have kept them together. After they finally met, they realized that they share a love for music with Carey singing and Steve playing the drums in their spare time. Steve knew Carey was meant for him and surprised her by proposing during a casual moment together at home.

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OCEANIC nathalie & conrad

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LOVE NOTE

From walking out onto the sand to the sounds of a sitar player to releasing monarch butterflies into the ocean air, they remembered to relax and take in each special moment.

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VENDOR LOVE adorations botanical artistry adorations.com [oral & event design]

j. grace luxurious event stationery jgrace.com [stationery]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[wedding consultant] mint weddings [venue] hotel del coronado [photography] luna photo [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] rosalie corona [makeup] antonella annibale [bridesmaid dresses] j. crew [lounge furniture] afr event furnishings [cake] cake [dessert] room for dessert [entertainment] dave hansen and west coast music [sitar] ronobir lahiri [guitar] dan libertino [photobooth] red cheese [registry] anthropologie [honeymoon] bali

LOVE STORY

Conrad took Nathalie to the top of a hill behind their home and began strumming his guitar and singing a song he wrote especially for her. Nathalie took in their special moment without expecting more than the view and the music, but Conrad had a surprise in mind. The ďŹ nal lyrics were Conrad asking Nathalie to marry him.

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LOVE NOTE

Their theme was natural and organic while remaining classic and elegant.

LOVELY adrienne & matthew

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VENDOR LOVE jennifer renee weddings and events www.jenniferrenee.net [wedding consultant]

aliso viejo country club alisogolf.com [venue | catering | linens]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridesmaid dresses]

mon amie

monamie.com [mothers’ dresses] [oral design | rentals] green leaf designs [lighting] de-lighted [stationery] fabulously unique designs [cake] cinderella cakes [entertainment] mike and brian vocalists [videographer] viken productions [photographer] julie weaver photography [gown design | hairpiece | veil] mori lee

LOVE STORY

Adrienne had no idea when Matthew asked her to be his partner for a group project in college that they would end up being partners for life. But, like she did in college, when Matthew took her boating a few years later and asked Adrienne to marry him, she was more than willing to say yes.

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CERTAIN betty & shawn

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LOVE NOTE

Because of their science backgrounds, the couple added a scholarly touch with their cocktail hour centerpiece that naturally flowed with the classic, organic themed wedding.

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VENDOR LOVE jennifer dery photography www.jenniferdery.com [photography]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses] [venue | linens | catering] the prado [floral design] lotus flowers shop [lighting] brian nguyen [cake] flour power [ceremony entertainment] stonesteps guitar and flute duo [reception entertainment] mobile djs and entertainment [gown design] pronovias barcelona [bridal salon] 2000 dreams bridal [bridal jewelry] swarovski [bridal shoes] joan & david [hair] mish mucho [makeup] july chanthamart [formal wear] bcbg maxazria [bridesmaid dresses] david's bridal [photo booth] memory box photobooth [wedding rings] ben bridge [officiant] ceremony de vie [registries] honeymoon fund [destination] Italy

LOVE STORY

Betty and Shawn have known each other since high school, but were simply friends and never dated. It wasn’t until Betty saw Shawn walk into her college physics class, with his motorcycle gear, that he got her attention. Betty then pursued Shawn as a study partner so she could see him more often and before long they realized they were meant for each other.

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BALANCED maureen & jonathan

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LOVE NOTE

From their vows, to the cocktail hour on the green, and their first dance, this was truly a perfect day.

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VENDOR LOVE crown weddings crownweddings.com [wedding consultant]

true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

[ceremony location] sacred heart church [venue | catering] the lodge at torrey pintes [rentals] la tavola [floral design] splendid sentiments [stationery] direct buy [cake] sweet cheeks bakery [favors] vermont maple syrup [ceremony entertainment] caprice strings [reception entertainment] omar garza and ted mason [videographer] evan smith [gown design] jim hjelm [bridal salon] here comes the bride [bridesmaid jewelry] etsy [bridal shoes] benjamin adams [hair] canvas a hair studio [makeup] erin salvastad [bridesmaid dresses] j.crew [mothers’ dresses] calvin klein [engagement ring | wedding rings] tacori [registries] macy’s and crate and barrel [honeymoon] costa rica [honeymoon resort] casa chameleon

LOVE STORY

Maureen was introduced to Jonathan at a party after she moved to California from the East Coast. Once she saw Jonathan’s corduroy shorts and noticed that he had brought a tent to stay in after the party, she knew he was the one for her. During Thanksgiving celebrations, Jonathan took Maureen his favorite childhood spot on top of a nearby mountain and asked her to marry him under the stars.

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LOVE NOTE

The beach was transformed specifically for their ceremony with cascades of orchids, lanterns and sea grass.

INSPIRED amanda & hector

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VENDOR LOVE emily smiley fine weddings and soirees emilysmiley.com [wedding consultant]

adorations botanical artistry adorations.com [floral design]

platinum pro

platinumpro.com [rentals | lighting | dance floor] [venue] hotel del coronado [photography] darin fong [hair | makeup] a new twist [linens] a perfect table and la tavola [videographer] blue pearl [reception entertainment] wayne foster and justin kanoya [ceremony entertainment] sam bybee [cake] sweet cheeks baking company [stationery] wendy ware

LOVE STORY

On New Year’s Day 2011, Hector asked Amanda to choose a hike for them to take. He inspired her to reach the summit of Koko Head by telling her that he had a surprise at the top. As she caught her breath and enjoyed the view, she turned toward Hector and saw that he was down on one knee holding a ring.

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nancy & ben

CHERISHED

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LOVE NOTE

From the infused water and chalkboard signs to the live entertainment and gold and red highlights, it was the simple touches that made this summer wedding perfect.

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TRUE LOVE nancy & ben

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VENDOR LOVE kathy wright & co. kathywrightandco.com [floral design]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [linens | rentals]

[venue | catering] the santaluz club [photography] mandala weddings [wedding consultant] wynn austin fine weddings & events [stationery] betsy white stationery [cake] edelweiss bakery [entertainment] still listening productions [videographer] cloudbreak films [transportation] la costa limousine [gown design] anne barge [bridal salon] bliss bride [bridal shoes] prada [hair | makeup] couture hair bar [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid shoes] chinese laundry [engagement ring] serengeti estate [wedding night] l’auberge del mar [honeymoon] carribean [travel agency] sandals

LOVE STORY

When these high school sweethearts met, they instantly hit it off. Nancy recognized that Ben’s book smarts and her social skills complemented and balanced each other completely.

Both

were confident in their relationship even as they separated during college to attend schools on opposite ends of the county.

They are a

true testament that cross-country flights and technology can keep love alive even when there are thousands of miles between you.

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LOVE NOTE

This fall, Washington wedding was perfected with personalized touches and handmade details designed by the bride herself.

NATURAL kimberlee & eric

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VENDOR LOVE the boudoir divas theboudoirdivas.com [boudoir photography]

[photography] jackie wonders photography [ceremony location] anacortes outdoor amphitheater [reception location] anacortes eagle’s hall [caterer] whidbey golf and country club [videographer] thomson images [gown design] vera wang white collection [bridal salon] david’s bridal [honeymoon] paris and france

LOVE STORY

Kimberlee, one of the fabulous owners of the Boudoir Divas photography studio, was in the middle of a photo shoot when she received a call from Eric surprising her with a massage at the Hotel Del Coronado later that day. It was a nice gesture since Eric was in Washington and Kimberlee was working in San Diego. After her massage, the therapist led Kimberlee to a private lounge with a fireplace, a pool and Eric waiting with roses, champagne and of course, the ring.

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pranee & mo

CAREFREE

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LOVE NOTE

As the bride and groom were introduced, they were greeted by their beautifully effortless wedding design that allowed guests to feel free to relax and have fun.

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VENDOR LOVE a diamond celebration adiamondcelebration.com [wedding consultant]

true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

blush botanicals blushbotanicals.com [floral design]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [rentals]

briarmist cakes briarmist.com [cake]

the white flower bridal boutique thewhiteflower.com [bridal salon]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [registry] [venue | catering] la costa resort and spa [linens] la tavola [lighting | entertainment] tim altbaum productions

LOVE STORY

Pranee and Mo knew each other for years and remained friends, but eventually realized they wanted to be so much more. When Mo decided he was ready to propose, he went to Pranee’s father (who just happened to be a jeweler) for help picking out the ring. The evening he proposed, he turned on music and began dancing then got on one knee without realizing the song never began. Pranee did not realize what Mo was doing until he finally asked her to marry him and then she accepted wholeheartedly.

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valerie & joe

COMMITTED

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LOVE NOTE

This mountain modern wedding celebration was accentuated with contemporary dĂŠcor elements and floral styling set against an open and expansive backdrop.

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embellishmint.com [floral design | hairpiece]

enticing tables enticingtables.com [metal décor]

white lotus productions whitelotuspro.com [lounge furniture]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals | linens]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[venue] secluded gardens estate [photography] studio 512 [wedding consultant] anthony griffin & associates [linens] la tavola [rentals] hire elegance [lighting] event a vision [stationery] formal impressions [caterer] tk&a custom catering [cake] sweet cheeks baking company [entertainment] mike farmer [bridal salon] brides by demetrios [bridal jewelry | shoes] jcpenney [hair | makeup] glam doll studio [wedding rings] bridal ring company [bartender] acrobat staffing [registries] bed bath and beyond and home depot

LOVE STORY

Joe’s proposal was very special to Valerie, but more so to Valerie’s mother because it happened to take place on her birthday. To this day, Valerie’s mother is convinced that Joe’s proposal was a birthday present to her, which makes Joe the favorite of her five son-in-laws.

The wedding

ceremony took place in the middle of a bank of trees and boulders.

It took some creative

designing to pull together, but when Valerie saw the finished product with all her family and friends she was in love…in more ways than one!

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LOVE NOTE

The most magical moment of this elegant wedding was seeing each other for the first time that day surrounded by candles, flowers and rich shades of purple and lavender.

sarah & kyle

FORTUNATE

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VENDOR LOVE monarch weddings monarchweddings.com [wedding consultant]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [linens | rentals]

whimsique

whimsique.com [stationery] [venue| catering] the prado [photography] cole joseph photography [floral design] bethany’s designs and splendid sentiments [linens | rentals] platinum party rentals [lighting] san diego event lighting [cake] flour power [ceremony entertainment] collin elliott [reception entertainment] jukebox productions [videographer] luke mccain videography [transportation] san diego charter, inc. and simple elegant limousine [gown design | bridesmaid dresses] allure bridal [bridal salon] bridal and veil [ hairpiece | veil | bridal jewelry] etsy [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair | makeup] team nicole [mothers’ dresses] jcpenny

LOVE STORY

Kyle surprised Sarah by bringing her on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and even set it up so that Sarah was able to speak with Ellen about how she is a huge Ellen fan. As Sarah was speaking with her, Ellen rolled a tape of Kyle talking about how they met and their love story and when the tape was done, Kyle came onstage and proposed to Sarah. To top it off, Match.com, where Kyle and Sarah met, gave them $50,000 so that they could have their dream wedding!

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BLOOMING

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LOVE NOTE

It was more than a day to remember perfectly complementing their love of earthy, natural, clean dĂŠcor with green accents everywhere.

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VENDOR LOVE pam scott photo pamscottphoto.com [photography]

crown weddings crownweddings.com [wedding consultant]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [rentals]

quixotic weddings quixoticweddings.com [videography]

[venue] scripps seaside forum [oral design] splendid sentiments [linens] la tavola [reception entertainment | lighting] mobile music plus [caterer] guiseppe [cake] sweet cheeks baking company [ceremony entertainment] michael gonzales [hair | makeup] lovestruck makeup [stationery] white orchid graphics [transportation] lj transportation [gown design] alyne bridal [bridal salon] exquisite bride

LOVE STORY

When Kenny watched Kelly leave for California in 2007, he realized he was losing someone special. Within the year, Kenny went to visit Kelly and their friendship began blooming into something more. They went back and forth between California and New Jersey until Kelly realized her heart was home on the East Coast. Knowing Kelly loves the West, Kenny proposed during a snowboarding trip, at the top of a mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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AUTHENTIC

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LOVE NOTE

After four years of living apart, this couple embraced a travel themed wedding and complemented the atmosphere of the ceremony and reception venues with a rustic, casual elegance.

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VENDOR LOVE a diamond celebration adiamondcelebration.com [wedding consultant]

true photography weddings truephotography weddings.com [photography]

concepts event design conceptseventdesign.com [linens]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal shoes | bridesmaid | flower girl dresses]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [mothers’ dresses]

[ceremony location] mary, star of the sea [venue | catering] rancho bernardo inn [floral design | favors] organic elements [lighting] san diego stage and lighting [stationery] pink star design [cake] heidi rogers

LOVE STORY

Madeline and John spent their college years close together planning sorority and fraternity events but had to settle for long distance after graduation. Although Madeline thought she was not willing to live apart for more than one year, they somehow made it through almost four years and are now finally traveling down the aisle and kissing long distance goodbye.

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LOVE NOTE

The impressionist palette of color and the bride’s own artwork decorated and personalized this stunning affair.

ARTISTIC sarah & chad

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VENDOR LOVE sarah zimmer photography sarahzimmerphotography.com [photography]

[ceremony location] rosary chapel, santa catalina school [venue | catering | linens | lighting] carmel valley ranch [ceremony floral design] flourish floral design [reception floral design] sheila callahan floral design [wedding consultant] amy’s wedding & events [entertainment] busta-groove band [gown design] alvina valenta [bridal salon] wedding atelier [hairpiece | veil] zoe twit [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [bridesmaid dresses] alice and olivia [mothers’ dresses] alison luna and carolyn duffy [flower girl dresses] j.crew [hair] raquel fernandez, rosie meza and cielo hair studio [makeup] the beauty bar [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [rentals] especially yours [cake] just cake [favors] the laugh box and ani and bob okun [videographer] major diamond productions [transportation] the santa cruz experience [wedding rings] angeles diamonds international [officiant] father michael marini [registries] crate and barrel, amazon and donorschoose.org [honeymoon] hawaii

LOVE STORY

A casual Lake Tahoe barbeque brought Sarah and Chad together, but their lives temporarily took them apart. Sarah was in school in San Francisco while Chad returned to Australia. They spent every chance they could together and after living in different countries for over a year, Chad proposed to Sarah on a hike at Eagle Rock near to where they first met.

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EXQUISITE erin & wesley

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LOVE NOTE

From the dimmed lighting in the reception tent to the chandeliers and votive candles lighting the stairways, every detail was classic and romantic.

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TRUE LOVE erin & wesley

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

nisie’s enchanted florist nisiesenchanted.com [floral & event design]

kimberly bradford event planning and design kimberlybradfordevents.com [wedding consultant]

mon amie

monamie.com [bridal salon] [cake] sprinkles cupcakes [entertainment] carcano dj and debois entertainment [ceremony location] immaculate parish, university of san diego [reception location | caterer] santaluz country club [evening snack] red oven pizza [stationery] take note creations [favors] old navy and bread and cie [transportation] la class transportation [gown design] lazaro [bridal shoes] london soles

LOVE STORY

Erin and Wesley met during their last year of school at the University of San Diego and could not think of a better place than this to have their wedding celebration. When they were finally announced as husband and wife and walked into their reception, everything looked and felt perfect. Erin was overwhelmed with happiness when she saw the personal details, including their puppy themed signature cocktail.

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LOVE NOTE

This simple wedding was filled with twinkling lights and love with bright pink accents and a personal, musical moment.

MELODY brian & mindy

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kathy wright & co. kathywrightandco.com [floral design]

orfila vineyards and winery orfila.com [venue]

wedding paper divas weddingpaperdivas.com [stationery]

nrg music & productions nrgmusicandproductions.com [entertainment]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[linens | catering] culinary concepts [cake] flour power [gown design] maggie sottero [hairpiece | veil] etsy [bridal shoes] kate spade

LOVE STORY

To ask the most important question of his life, Brian knew the location had to be special. He took Mindy to the banks of the Russian River, near to where his family owns a one hundred year old cabin, and asked Mindy to spend the rest of her life with him.

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LOVE NOTE

Subtle floral arrangements and intricate chandelier centerpieces complete with burning candles were brought together with a sparkling send off that marked the beginning of friendship and love that neither could live without.

DESTINED liz & bianco

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VENDOR LOVE dapper images dapperimages.com [photography]

grand tradition grandtradition.com [venue | catering]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal jewelry] [wedding consultant] your event by erin [cake] jodee’s bakery [bridal salon] brides by demetrios [bridal shoes] benjamin adams [hair | makeup] brides by brittany [formal wear] better deal tuxedo [bridesmaid | mothers’ dresses] mary me bridal [wedding rings] zales [engagement ring] anthony drown [transportation] elite images limousines [videographer] nr3 video productions [entertainment] dj phreek [stationery] jen simpson designs & invitations [favors] myweddingfavors.com [registries] macy’s and pottery barn [honeymoon] sandals royal bahamian, bahamas [travel agency] all about honeymoons

LOVE STORY

Bianco received the best present of his life when he met Liz the evening of his twenty-ninth birthday. Liz was out for a girl’s night but lost all thoughts of her friends once she felt the strong connection between her and Bianco. Bianco was so certain of his feelings that night that he told Liz that he was going to marry her. True to his word, Bianco proposed to Liz on Christmas Eve surrounded by family.

For Liz, time stood still as she

watched tearful Bianco get down on one knee.

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LOVE NOTE

Their wedding day turned out to be everything they dreamed of and more. It was beautifully coordinated, but personal with many details created by the bride, family and friends.

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VENDOR LOVE paul barnett

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taylor films

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classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

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LOVE STORY

Family means everything to Kathryn and Jason, so it was important to them that they were married in the same church Kathryn’s parents were married in and that Jason would wear Kathryn’s grandfather’s wedding band. They wanted family to be the primary focus throughout the wedding and succeeded in creating the perfect blend of classic meets backyard, comfortable fun.

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PLAYFUL summer & graham

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LOVE NOTE

A seaside ceremony and a vintage reception treated guests to sophisticated dĂŠcor with a hint of playfulness.

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VENDOR LOVE love art photography loveartphotography.com [photography]

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nrg music & productions nrgmusicandproductions.com [entertainment]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [registry] [wedding consultant] joie de vivre wedding and events [venue] scripps seaside forum [catering] coast catering [hair | makeup] brides by brittany [stationery] brightly designed [cake] cake [bridal salon] here comes the bride [gown design] lazaro [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [bridal jewelry] henri bendel [formal wear] tom james and jos. a. bank [mothers’ dresses] adrianna papell [photo booth] san diego photo booth rentals [videographer] epic affair [ceremony entertainment] phil carrillo [transportation] the big woody [wedding rings] incendia diamonds [officiant] devan marshall [formal wear] jos. a. bank [registry] crate and barrel [honeymoon] bora bora and moorea

LOVE STORY

When Graham proposed in New York City in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Summer already knew what she wanted for her wedding day.

She followed her intuition, had

fun with the planning and remembered to never take herself too seriously.

The best decision

they made was to keep with tradition and not see each other before the ceremony.

This

tradition made the moment where they saw each other for the first time more than memorable.

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They wanted their wedding to be intimate and romantic and achieved this with soft lighting and lovely dĂŠcor.

INTIMATE brianna & brandon

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VENDOR LOVE sarah zimmer photography sarahzimmerphotography.com [photography]

nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

Brandon and Brianna have known each other since they were thirteen years old and have been sweethearts since they were in the eighth grade. It wasn’t a surprise that Brandon knew Brianna’s ideal proposal so he got down on one knee in front of Brianna’s favorite Disneyland castle and asked her to be his wife.

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This wedding was timeless. It was elegant with unique centerpieces and warm linens that carried the color trend from the ceremony to reception.

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VENDOR LOVE kathy wright & co. kathywrightandco.com [floral & event design]

true photography weddings truephotographyweddings.com [photography]

bloomingdale’s

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LOVE STORY

When Steve and Meaghan met, they instantly sensed that there was something special between them and became best friends. Steve played professional baseball for nineteen years, so the eve of the Arizona Diamondbacks 10th anniversary World Series win was a special occasion for him. moment

even

He wanted to make the

more

magical,

and

chose

this time to ask Meaghan to be his wife.

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Ceremony Vendor Love Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa [Venue & Catering] hiltoncarlsbadoceanfront.com Crown Weddings [Event Coordinator] crownweddings.com Frank Salas [Photography] franksalas.com Pam Scott Photo [Photography] pamscottphoto.com Darin Fong [Photography] darinfong.com Adrianne Smith Floral Design [Floral Design] asmithfloral.com Embellishmint [Floral Design] embellishmint.com Kathy Wright & Co. [Floral Design] kathywrightandco.com Square Root [Floral Design] squarerootdesigns.com White Lotus Productions [Floral Design] whitelotuspro.com

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INVITATIONS

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Rentals

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NRG Music & Productions 888.849.6417 nrgmusicandproductions.com

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Adrianne Smith Floral Design 760.505.1229 asmithfloral.com 17

Embellishmint Floral & Event Design Studio 619.322.9568 embellishmint.com 37

gowns | fashion

321

Kathy Wright & Co. 619.299.2520 kathywrightandco.com gowns | fashion

floral design

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White Lotus Productions 858.751.0408 whitelotuspro.com 41

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floral design

Blush Botanicals 858.342.0480 blushbotanicals.com

Nicole Miller 760.632.7000 nicolemillersd.com 177

invitations

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invitations

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Love Art Photography 877.653.1269 loveartphotography.com

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Jennifer Dery Photography 619.284.8875 jenniferdery.com 194

Pam Scott Photo 760.744.1125 pamscottphoto.com 200

Sarah Zimmer Photography 858.412.0964 sarahzimmerphotography.com

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photography

photography

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11

Paul Barnett 619.285.1207 barnettphoto.com 202

services - destination weddings

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Greater Palms Springs Wedding Association 760.341.1717 weddingspalmsprings.com

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photography venues

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venues

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