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Wedding planning has changed a lot over the last decade, so the opportunity to bring to life the first purely digital publication for planning a San Diego area wedding is a gift for which I am truly grateful.

Although styles change, weddings themselves will never really change. A day where beauty, emotions, joy and spirit all combine to create an incredible, memorable celebration of love and the creation of a new life, for you and your loved ones, is a true gift and one of the most powerful life moments we can experience. The process of putting together your ideal wedding: getting inspired, gathering elements that fit your life, reflect your style and communicate your love; and, very importantly, finding the right resources and professionals to bring your vision to life; well that’s the same as its always been. A word on digital publications: they’re a little different experience than websites, brochures or print publications. We’ve purposefully kept NUPTIALS’ layout clean and easy to handle whether you’re enjoying our e publication on a large screen or small.

We truly hope our combination of ideas, inspiration and information helps you find your way to the wedding you envision and truly deserve. Enjoy. Pamela Ann Noxon, Editor in Chief

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of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating : nuptial behavior.

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❃ Pre-register before the show if possible. Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show. ❃ Slow down and take it all in! Ask questions, get to know the experts and really do your research and feel out who is a good fit for your event by spending time with as many vendors as you can. ❃ Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours so you can visit all the vendors, see the fashion shows and find everything you need. ❃ Don’t come alone. Bringing your fiancé, mom and friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and will also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth. ❃ Bring your date book so you can schedule appointments for follow up. Also bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes. When you find a vendor you would like to follow up with, note what struck you as appealing about them in your notebook or on their card or literature. Also, write down any good tips they may have given you on their literature to help you remember who was knowledgeable and helpful. ❃ Bring a digital camera or your smart phone. Taking pictures [include their business sign in the photo!] allows you to easily remember all the great things you saw at the show. ❃ Visit every vendor regardless of whether you need their services or not. Many vendors can tell you other people they work with and who they recommend. Take the literature or brochure they are handing out. Even if you think you have no use for their services, it’s better to have it in hand in the event you change your mind. ❃ Ask lots of questions. The show is filled with wedding professionals, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn as much as you can.

❃ Bring a great attitude and plan to have fun at the next Wedding Party Bridal Show! This stylish show is unlike any other in the country - beloved by national magazines, wedding experts and brides for more than a decade! February 26, 2012 at The Omni Hotel San Diego Click to website for details & advance ticket discounts.


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When Alex Petersen, an ICU nurse at Children’s Hospital, began planning her wedding she had in mind a sweet vintage dream with elements of shabby chic: white distressed garden furniture, mismatched antique chairs and pieces like her grandfather’s suitcase, vintage lace, antique roses and old black and white family photos. And like any good modern day groom, Kyle Lloyd, a Carlsbad Firefighter, had a vision too; a rustic, relaxed, family and friend oriented wedding day with lots of wood and natural elements where the guys could feel welcome too…. the result?

Rustic/Vintage Chic The wedding’s rustic vintage palette included blush pink, champagne, ivory, soft greens and silvery gray plus the white pumpkins which were found scattered throughout the venue, giving a nod to the fall season. Levyland Estates offered a rich, beachside, private setting where the couple and their guests could make themselves at home for days, not just hours. In keeping with the charming, family friendly feeling of the day, lemonade was served in jelly jars, the groom set up the unique and very popular rustic photo booth for guests to capture the fun and the joy, and his own grandmother even made and canned the preserves for favors.

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Ooh la la L’amour! A beautiful vintage Parisian styled wedding transports Tijana and Tyler and their wedding guests to the city of lights circa 1890, without ever having to leave Southern California. Tijana and Tyler, the visionaries behind their own wedding, were able to draw most of their design inspiration for this lovely event from the venue itself. The bride was charmed by the fact that the US Grant Hotel is over a100 years old, and has such a rich history in San Diego-purportedly the ballroom was a speakeasy during prohibition! The old world glamour of the hotel, which underwent a multi-million dollar remodel a few years ago to completely restore and update its turn of the century grandeur, was perfect for Tijana and Tyler’s ‘Vintage Parisian Romance’ theme. Tijana’s choice of a classic Coco Chanel color palette with blacks, grays, pale pinks and gold accents finished the look to perfection. The couple also fell in love with the idea of getting married by candlelight, because it made for a more authentic and intimate event, where everyone was warmed by the love in the room and bathed in the gentle glow of candlelight.

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Next time you’re driving down 4th Avenue in Hillcrest stop and see this amazing salon!

MOOD INDIGO With 22 fully staffed stations, 6 treatment rooms featuring acupuncture, massage, facials and even more beauty-licious treatments to come, Indigo Salon and Spa is a comprehensive hair and beauty salon plus day spa and features numerous hair color experts, makeup gurus and a complete staff trained in cutting edge techniques. Owner Randi Hosking, a well known stylist in San Diego with 30 years of experience, has a client list that reads like a who’s who of San Diego. She is the former owner of A Leap Ahead Salon which assimilated into Indigo upon the renovation’s completion. Indigo Salon and Spa specializes in top of the line products including L’Oreal and Unite for hair and True Makeup products for beauty showcasing co-owner Phyllis Strauss’ expertise from over 30 years in salon supplies and hair care.


he November 2011 grand re-opening soiree for Indigo Salon & Spa was a hip and fabulous fete!

With a retro ‘Mad Men’, early 60’s theme complete with blue martinis, salon staff dressed to the nines with beehive hairdo’s and gloves, it was a standingroom-only night to remember. The swinging affair showcased the salon’s staggering remodel which rendered the space virtually unrecognizable from its former incarnation.

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Indigo’s team loves doing weddings and special events and can accommodate full wedding parties at the salon as well as any size bridal party out on location and their styling talent is a regular on the runway at The Wedding Party Bridal Show.

As a progressive salon, Indigo holds monthly salon educational seminars for all stylists, to keep all staff up to date on the latest hair styles and techniques.

Indigo Spa and Salon’s amazing remodel by Design Interiors, spanned over 9 months, coming in with a price tag just under a half million dollars. Lead designer Julie Benitez, brought co owners’ Randi and Phyliss’ 20th century glam vision to life with moody interiors, a strong palette, modern and retro fixtures, iconic imagery and a rich, Manhattan feel that is at once chic, bold and luxurious yet very inviting.


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The Bride’s Guide to healthy, glowing skin

As your wedding day approaches, more and more photo opportunities will inevitably arise. Parties, engagement portraits, the big day and then your often Skin-baring honeymoon! As the stress builds, every bride-to-be asks themselves the same infamous question “what can I do to make my skin look more camera-friendly?”

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Follow this easy skin care “boot camp” to ensure your skin looks its best when that flash goes off!

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Cleanse – I like to use a gentle cleanser for all skin types because this can cut out reaction time. Use your cleanser twice a day – once in the morning before you apply your makeup and once in the evening right before bed to eliminate the debris from the day. You’d be amazed at what your skin picks up each day! Exfoliate - Find that perfect exfoliant; something light but harsh enough to get rid of those dead skin cells. Everyone’s skin is different, so you’ll have to work with your skincare professional to find the right one for your skin type. The most common mistake people make is over exfoliating. Once a week is usually enough to remove dead skin cells and invigorate your pores. Tone- Toning the skin brings the skins natural PH back to normal. Use a toner once a day in

the evening, immediately after cleansing. Mask- A mask should be applied once every 1-2 weeks. Consult your esthetician or makeup artist for a recommendation on the right mask for your skin type. Moisturize- Make sure you moisturize as dry skin is hard to work with. You want your skin looking bright and refreshed. Hydrate - Last but not least, always drink plenty of water. Help your skin maintain its natural elasticity by staying well hydrated throughout the day. If you find yourself straying from the regimen, at the very least always cleanse and moisturize daily as those are the two most important steps to ensuring you maintain a well balanced complexion.

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SKIN CARE TIPS Jessica suggests starting very gently and easing your skin into its rejuvenation process. Introducing too many harsh or foreign products too quickly can do more harm than good. In an ideal world the best time to start your skin care “boot camp” would be about 6 months out before getting your photos taken. If you’re not looking for a drastic change you can start as few as two weeks before the shoot, which will still give your skin time to adjust and improve, so you can glow!

Keep up a healthy pre-wedding skin care regimen starting now. You’ll be glad you did!

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Now that you’ve got that perfectly glowing skin and the confidence to match, it’s time to get ready for the shoot. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth photo session: Choose The Right Team – Make sure you have the best make-up artist, the best hair stylist and the best photographer – all of which should know your style. Put the work in early and surround yourself with great people. They are your team, your line of support, and their expertise will be pivotal in bringing everything together perfectly. Have a plan – Preplanning gives you the ability to relax and focus on being yourself on the day of. Spend the time with your photographer and beauty team to organize the shoot, locations, and styles you’ll be using throughout. Watch your tone – A professional makeup artist can help you choose the appropriate colors to match your specific skin tone. Bright tones read well on camera. You might feel like you are wearing a bit more makeup than usual, but you should have a little more than your daily application since you’ll be on camera. Actors wear quite a bit of makeup just to look ‘natural!’ 80

Use the right product - Professionally applied camera-ready makeup can make a huge difference in the way you look and feel. Make sure your artist and stylist is certified or licensed and has some experience working with photographers and camera ready or HD products. Show confidence – Your confidence reflects in your photos. Looking beautiful starts with confidence and feeling good on the inside. Having that extra team of professionals helping you achieve the best version of yourself contributes to that photogenic self you are looking for. Embrace that extra attention and let your personality shine. Look the part - Always remember that the first point of contact when looking at photos is the eyes. Practice smiling with your eyes and this will help create an amazing shot. How do you do that? I like to think of it as flirting with the camera; have that relaxed, happy look without having to say anything. Make Sure to Relax and Have FUN! – We all know how stressful it can be to organize a wedding. Take a few breaths and enjoy this special day and the many more to come! NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1


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As fast forward as photography has become over the past decade, it’s subject matter recently has taken a blast to the past. Pinup and Calendar girl style photography is suddenly the cat’s meow, and local Boudoir expert Heather Middleton of Shadow Boudoir is leading the way back with retro-style, modern day pinup photography!

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Shadow Boudoir is a local boutique photography studio run by an all female staff headed by Heather Middleton, owner and lead photographer.

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92 Shadow Boudoir’s classic pinup work is recognized worldwide; Middleton and her studio were recently selected out of hundreds of photographers to be featured in “The Modern Pinup“; a book on the art of pin up by Flo Publishing.

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First in an ongoing series where we send out 1 photographer + 1 real life couple to seek San Diego’s sweet spots.

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A soft glow warmed the room as guests enjoyed a candy bar, signature cocktails and the warmth of the couple’s love, it wasn’t long before the celebration worked its magic and the raindrops became just a distant memory.

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Ceremony Venue: Jolla Presbyterian

Reception Venue: Photography: Rancho Bernardo Inn Shirock Photography Florist for Ceremony & Bridal Party: Kathy Wright & Co.

Florist for Reception: Inn Florals of Rancho Bernardo Inn Linens: APR Fine Linen Rental

DJ & Lighting: Cake / Desserts:

& Wildflower Linen Mike Hogan, Entertainment at Large Babycakes

Invitations & Programs: Where’s the Party? Candy Flashing Panda & Candy Warehouse

Videography: Hair: Blue Pearl in San Diego Julie Wright of Bouffant Hair

Makeup: Mischa Nesselrod of Holiday Salon Bridal Raincoat: RainyDay Bridalwear

Rubber Boots: Bridesmaids' leopard print rain Target Bride's leopard /rose rain boots: Nomad Yippy

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swatches? PANTONE® swatches are a complete library to Allow perfect color reproduction and are the language that designers use to communicate color Accurately. In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format. See Pantone’s website for the full scoop.

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A Family Affair

Event Planning by Lisa Lippe, Details Defined Photographic Images by Paul Barnett

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Brooke Avoyer Geordy Strong, III May 30, 2010

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To Brooke and Geordy, family was the single most important aspect of their wedding. Made up of only family members, even the bridal party was a reflection of their commitment and connection to their loved ones; Brooke’s sister was maid of honor and Geordy’s 92 year old grandfather was best man, repaying the favor for when Geordy had stood up for him when he remarried years ago. Their Officiant, Judge Michael Anello had married Brooke’s parents. Brooke’s Mother, a local artist, painted a rendition of Brooke’s gown for display and the day took on even more meaning as Brooke’s ailing Grandmother was able to see her beloved granddaughter marry. Poppy’s toast at the reception stole the show, bringing a laugh and tear to everyone’s eye. All in all, the event was a rich and heartfelt celebration, and a reminder, of the things that truly matter: love and family, all brought together for an amazing and perfect day.

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“Metallics add a sense of drama and fun. In Italy we work with many different textures,

This metallic blue Hawaiian flower adds flair to an outside daytime tropical setting.

A glittery white rose gives to the table design an accent of light and depth.

Previous: Bianca Silvia Porrino showcases the latest in metallic event stylings and dĂŠcor at The Bianca Weddings International Design Studio at the October 2011 Wedding Party Bridal Show.

The Italian Carnival masks ads mystery and secrecy when you want a hint of extravagance.

The platinum joined hearts are classic and elegant and I personally recommend them for an intimate Valentine's wedding.


fabrics and feelings to create an event that is a work of art.� - Bianca Silvia Porrino

Diamond patterned stitching adds dimension to soft mauve linens.

Ivory with gold metallic threading take a classic a notch up.

Fresh aqua brightens a room and evokes the water and beach.

Bold orange linens surprise and invigorate your dĂŠcor.

Deep rich reds add drama especially when combined with metallics- very regal!

Animal print works with anything.

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Brilliant metallic purple favor bags for guests accent the gold furnishings perfectly and show off Bianca Weddings’ signature color.

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visit Bianca Weddings Images by Stewart Bertrand Photography

Bianca Silva Porrino of Bianca Weddings detailing the craftsmanship of one of the many specialty metallic linens she uses in her designs.

Metallic gold place setting with golden square chargers, gold foiled menu and gold threaded napkins make a glamorous place setting for guests.

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PHOTOS: Beautiful Flower Girl at left by Kristina Kazares Top two images of boys by Suzanne Hansen 159 Red headed brothers on steps by Kristina Kazares

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Children can change their minds and feelings rapidly: a “yes” from a small child three months before the event may change to an emphatic “no” [and vice versa!] on the big day.

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Older children [10-14] will need junior bridesmaid or groomsmen positions as the traditionally younger role of Flower Girl and Ring Bearer may insult their feelings.

If a small child balks at the last minute, honor their fear! Forcing a child to do something they are uncomfortable with will leave all of you scarred. Offer a less scary alternate: waving ‘bye bye’ or blowing kisses or bubbles as bridal party walks back up the aisle after ceremony ends. 161

Invite children who are special to you in some way; your nieces, nephews, special friends, students, god-children or your own little ones are connected to you emotionally and will respond well to your emotion and excitement. Be advised: kids you know and love will create a far more charming day than those you added in just to have a cuter bridal party and photos.

PHOTOS: Top Flower Girls with parasols Pamela’s Parasols Flower Girl dress twirl by Suzanne Hansen of She Wanders Pretty in pink Flower Girls by Robert Marcos Photography



! Even if you don’t opt for professional childcare or a hotel room for kids, consider appointing a responsible adult guest or family member as a ‘child – wrangler’ [okay designated kid - watcher] in advance if you plan on having a lot of children in attendance. Just knowing one person is keeping an eye on whether they need more ketchup or if they are staying occupied with treats and toys helps everyone enjoy the day!

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Everyone has fond memories of the adorable flower girl and ring bearer coming down the aisle with smiles and nervousness and occasionally a few tears. But depending on the child, even the smallest role in a wedding ceremony can be frightening and a little overwhelming and trying to keep kids happy getting to and down the aisle may be more work than you think. Knowing the how to deal with kids in a high pressure wedding environment is crucial to insuring that everyone makes it through unscathed. If you want to have children in your wedding, here are some tips to allow everyone to enjoy the big day and create happy memories for all.

Ways to incorporate children into your Ceremony: • Have Flower girl ring a bell and say “the bride is coming, the bride is coming!" • Have children be pages and carry the bride's train. • Have your Flower Girl pull a wagon decorated with flowers or candles to hand out to guests. • Have Flower Girl carry a parasol to match event. • For babies; decorate a baby stroller to have a junior attendant push down aisle. Helping children enjoy your Reception: • Children and even preteens [usually found sulking in the corner] will be more prone to hitting the dance floor if they hear familiar music. Ask kids in advance for their fave pop songs to be sure your DJ has them. • Play the kid friendly music earlier in the evening before kids run out of steam. • Occupy kids when they’re not dancing with a crafts table with crayons, paper and supplies. • Hire a professional babysitting service to monitor children at reception or in a nearby hotel room. Reception mealtime tips to keep kids happy: Food is a highly charged issue for children. Having easy and familiar foods available for children at your reception will alleviate problems and allow parents to enjoy the event too! • Have a kid’s buffet - keep it low to the ground but grown up with chafing dishes [no sterno!] and condiments etc. • Always remember: Kids love ketchup! • Ask your caterer to create a special kid friendly menu with favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers, French fries and mac 'n cheese. Be sure to ask parents about food allergies in advance. • Mini wedding cakes or personalized cupcakes make a fun kid-friendly finish to the meal. One of the greatest secrets to enjoying anything in life is to retain a childlike perspective, so enjoy planning your wedding with children involved and all the surprises that unfold with childlike wonder and abandon.



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Hello Josie, Having simple and sensational is absolutely possible! Take a look at your location and the space it has to offer. Then consider time of day (sunset), and the ways to impact your guests through their “senses”. For example, maybe you are on a patio overlooking a vineyard for dinner with a rose garden, or barrel room nearby. Set a table for 40 by pushing multiple small square tables together, with linen over the entire table hiding where the tables separate. After dinner is served, invite your guests to walk to the rose garden for sunset, pour a glass of champagne and serve a chocolate dipped strawberry, encourage a little conversation, thereby giving the wait staff time to clear the large table, change out the linen, separate the multiple tables to individual tables for four people at each set up cabaret style for the dancing to begin. Roll in a specialty coffee bar, maybe a cigar bar and change the color of the LED lights. In a short 20 minutes, the environment they left has now changed and you now have gone, as you wanted, from Simple to Sensational! With gratitude,

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From the start Jamie Menna and Jay Sanders knew exactly what they wanted of their wedding day: an intimate, love-filled, happy and easy day with their son and closest family and friends at their side, in the places that meant the most to them. As parents of 3 year old Max, and with their own families spread out over both coasts, they didn’t exactly have much time to pull it all off. But since they had met in San Diego where Jay had grown up, had enjoyed their first date at San Diego’s famous Tractor Room and were still living in Southern California, it was the obvious choice for bringing everyone together to celebrate. Their wedding came off like it was charmed, with everything falling perfectly into place. And lo and behold their ‘keep it simple’ wedding turned out exactly as they wanted it to: sweet, cozy, and easy, yet abundantly rich in all the things that matter.

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Ceremony Venue: San Diego Court House

Reception Venue: The Tractor Room Photographer: Aaron Huniu Photography

Florist: Adelaides La Jolla DĂŠcor: Etsy Etsy.Com Cake / Desserts: Extraordinary Desserts Invitations, Favors, Details: Wedding Paper Divas WeddingpaperDivas.Com & Etsy.Com Etsy.Com Hair / Makeup: Tara (Armonia La Jolla) & Mac

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A couple brings the warmth and sweet memories of the Caribbean to an elegant wedding overlooking the blue Pacific. Deborah Sauter and Bryant Mendelson

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Deborah and Bryant Mendelson knew they wanted to create a special occasion reflective of Deb's mother's childhood home of the West Indies for their warm weather wedding celebration on the shores of La Jolla at the beautiful Scripps Forum. Every element planned brought the warm trade winds and the British Colonial elegance of the tropics to life. Lush greens with orchids were resplendent everywhere. English hem-stitched linens gave the guests tables an elegant feel, while the silver candelabras added a look of refinement against the more casual lush greens and orchids of the Caribbean.

Guests entered into a pre-ceremony cocktail party where rum punches were being served - a signature drink and family recipe of Deb's mom using a handmade simple sugar and specialty Mount Gay rum. The ceremony overlooked the gorgeous Pacific ocean as warm breezes carried the sounds of a harp playing traditional ceremony music as Deb walked down the aisle. After the ceremony more cocktails were enjoyed with an authentic steel drum duo entertaining guests while they were treated to a tantalizing array of authentic West Indies delicacies. The warm ambient lighting filtering through the tall foliage, both indoors and out, provided a magical setting while guests grazed on island style delights until the wee hours. Fabulous details throughout the reception provided guests thoughtful touches making them feel transported to the West Indies! Deb reflected her vision in even the smallest elements, like the custom made Tea Towel favors, which were displayed on her mother's large silver platters. Each towel had been silk screened with the families Rum Punch secret recipe that everyone got to take home with them to remind them of this very special celebration! It was truly an affair to remember! NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1 184

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Overlooking the ocean the event started with an Artisan Cheese Display Chef attended Raw Bar with Fresh Oysters and Mexican Wild Shrimp, served with Lemon and Lime Wedges, Celery Sticks, Tomato Juice, Red Wine Vinegar and Shallot Mignonette, Cocktail Sauce, Horseradish, and Tabasco Sauce, all made to order for ‘Shrimp As You Like It’ and Oyster Shooters! Sumptuous Three Salad Station: Watermelon, Feta, Basil, Kalamata Olive, Light Red Onion and Heavy Mint Salad. Shrimp Salad with Hearts of Palm, Asparagus, Green Beans, and White Roasted Corn Cucumbers, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, Spinach and drizzled with Rice-Wine Vinaigrette. Roasted Pear Salad with Baby Greens, Romaine, Roasted Pears, Candied Pecans and Gorgonzola Cheese and caterer’s Signature Balsamic Vinaigrette. Herb Encrusted Beef Tenderloin island style carving station with Onion Jam. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Balsamic Grilled Vegetables, Fresh Asparagus with Portobello Mushrooms, and Summer Squash, Zucchini & Onions. Seafood Station of the grooms favorite - Seared Sea Scallops with Tropical Passion Fruit Sauce and Cumin Scented Basmati Rice, served on a Banana Leaf Square and Garnished with an Edible Flower... And for Dessert: a show stopping wedding cake!

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Event Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla Planning: Anseth Richards, Creative Occasions

Photography: Tim Otto Photography Caterer: Continental Catering Florist: Indulge Floral and Event Design Guitarist: David de Alva guitarist Linens: Classic Party Rentals Lighting: San Diego Stage & Lighting Harp, Steel Drums & Band: NRG Entertainment Bar Catering: Barworks Transportation: Rolls Livery Video: Jason Taylor Wedding Cake: Michele Coulon Rehearsal Dinner: La Jolla Country Club Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Foliage rentals: San Diego Interior Foliage Hair & Make up: Paula Mayer with Mayer Studios

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Once upon a time, three very different brides came to see head designer and renowned florist of All three had ‘visions’ of what their weddings would look like. Kathy knew it was her job to bring these diverse visions and ideas to life for celebrations that were not just ‘parties’ [although they were great parties!] but days unlike any other that would stand out as the most profound, meaningful and beautiful of a lifetime. Kathy Wright is an event designer. She has been since long before anyone knew what an event designer was…there was even a time when she had to explain to people what she did. Kathy started life as a florist. But as she went along the path, client and after client, event planners, venue managers, person after person told her that what she was doing was different. Kathy also had an affinity for combining different textures and colors in linens to bring a ballroom or a terrace to life. She loved using theatrical lighting to make any party pop with excitement…and mainly through this incredible talent and medium of florals and event design, she loved making people happy. And still what drives her today is just the: making people happy. As an icon in the Southern California event field –and beyond – Kathy has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, and no matter the request, people are always amazed and impressed that Kathy can literally bring their boldest dreams to life for their special days. In this NUPTIALS exclusive we showcase 3 different weddings all designed and created by the amazing Kathy Wright…turn the page to see how those three weddings turned out from the bride’s initial vision to incredible wedding day reality!

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A fabulous party in a tent, located in a Spanish Villa, quietly tucked away in an exclusive area. The ceremony setting is a small lawn bathed in the late summer sunshine. 150/175 Party starts in the day time and ends in the evening. A non traditional reception, with lots of seating areas and a true party atmosphere, more club like than reception. $22,000 | all florals, floral supplies, centerpieces, vases, candles, rented Lucite glowing tables, rented furniture, rented linens, rented dance floor, interior tent lighting, and rented umbrellas for ceremony.

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Kathy says “As a designer, when a bride comes to me with a party in a tent, I know I need to focus most of my efforts in bringing ambience to that big white structure! I wanted to make that big temporary structure warm and inviting, and provide a rockin’ party space for this hip bride & groom! I drew a floor plan that incorporated some amazing furniture that glowed with LED lights that became the ‘head tables.’ The bride told me she wanted not only her wedding party, but about 60 of her friends, all together at these tables. We didn’t want them to ‘get too comfortable’ sitting at those tables, so we brought in long white backless benches for seating. We wanted them on the dance floor! For the rest of this crowd, we wanted them to feel comfortable at a more traditionally seated table.

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I designed the space so that most of those tables encircled the dance floor with only 4 tables set farther away from the ‘action.’ These tables were perfect for the folks that truly wanted to chat, more than being party animals. Many times I will use the beautifully decorated cake table as first thing that that is seen as guests enter the room. I did just this and I made sure that each guest saw not only the wedding cake, but the unique groom’s cake! Then, directly ahead of the cake, were the glowing head tables, with the dance floor and DJ. On each of the four corners of the dance floor, were 16’ towers of fabric that were lighted from within. The tent glowed with colorful beams of light, and we splurged on a holographic dance floor that we lighted with pulsating lights to create the look of a disco!”

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An elegant dinner reception, in a vintage Spanish themed ballroom with enormous ceilings in the heart of a park; the ceremony took place in a tiny chapel across the courtyard from the ballroom.

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Kathy says “The two words that I hear brides use to describe their perfect day are ‘romantic’ and ‘elegant’. This bride meant it! She must have said the word ‘blush’ to me at least 100 times, as the descriptive color accent for the wedding, and she used the word ‘lush’ at least that many times as she described the styling she loved in floral design! Her budget was ‘do-able’ to create a breathtaking wedding with gorgeous floral, but we needed to be careful not to go wild with rentals. We were very fortunate! She chose a venue that provided an upscale chair for guest seating. Also included were charger plates that could be tied to her ‘look.’ And, to top it off, a lot of the room lighting was already in place, and for a nominal fee, could be accessed for a fraction of the cost that brides generally have to pay.

I knew exactly the linen to suggest so I headed to one of my favorite linen sources and picked my favorite ‘budget friendly’ linen that is abloom with roses! It gave me an instant ‘home run’ design element at the same price as a non textured linen. Using the venue’s chairs and charger plates, along with these linens, gave us a great head start in the romance department! Decorating the church for the ceremony was very important to the bride’s mom, so we filled the church with flowers, but, I used each and every piece following the ceremony, to enhance the reception, right down to the many attendant’s bouquets, which I clustered in small fabric covered vases, that I placed on the head table. I used bouquets from the altar in huge iron candelabra to create a background for the cake and the large planters that bordered the front of the communion railing at the church, outlined the stage in the ballroom and the head table.

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I created a second style centerpiece for the tables that focused on more romantic branches set in tall vases, to help fill all the vast openness of the ballroom, that sparkled with hanging candles and crystals, and saved our budget. The bride dreamed of a bouquet loaded with peonies and roses, and so being the fairy godmother, I created that dream. I added seating areas inside the ballroom, near the dance floor, set with coffee tables, so guests could be part of the action around the dance floor, and yet enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail while still enjoying the energy of the party! With the budget nearly spent, we opted to pop a bit of lighting on the stage, and place a romantic monogram ‘gobo’ light on the drape across the front of the stage!”

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Wedding in the park, overlooking the Pacific, followed by a reception in a ballroom with low ceilings. : 120/130 Ceremony is in the afternoon, and dinner and dancing into the evening. : Create a wedding that reflected their family’s personality, and lifestyle. $3600 | candles and containers.

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Kathy says “The bride was marrying a man with two young daughters. She wanted to make it a memorable day for not only she and her groom, but also to include her new daughters in the process as well. She told me she loved gerber daisies (gerbera) and hydrangea. I love the combo too, and knew it could be a colorful and pretty look for this family centered marriage. The bride and I decided on simple bouquets of gerbera for the bridesmaids to help save a few dollars for other needed items! Their faith required a structure during the ceremony, called a ‘chuppah’ (that acts as a canopy and is an important part of Judaic tradition) and that took a large part of the budget for décor.

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The bride envisioned a fabric covered frame for her chupah and in order to do that, a solid frame had to be built first.

The bride knew she wasn’t able to have tall elaborate centerpieces, and given the style of the wedding, a low simple piece was more appropriate. We added tall footed candle holders, with a floating candle in each, to add a little more sparkle to the table tops. Clusters of votive candles also added light close to the table tops. Fortunately, again, the bride selected a venue that provided an upgraded charger plate and Chiavarre chairs. And again, it helped supplement the look of the event!�

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Marriage, a happy family & bright memories of a beautiful day!

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San Diego area veil, jewelry and accessory designer Justine Murray of Justine M Couture explains how to select the perfect veil for your style!

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women have a fresh approach when it comes to thinking about a wedding veil which is now considered a bridal accessory, rather than a tool worn for modesty. With this in mind, many brides are opting to wear a veil without the blusher which shades the face and shoulders. A veil is not something we wear everyday, and selecting one that suits our own style can be a daunting task. Below are some tried and tested “veil facts” to help you in this task. The rule for tulle is to keep it soft and light…. Tulle comes in varying qualities and trust me when I say this, the cheap tulle looks cheap. Ask your stylist how old the store sample is you are trying on. A little known fact is that tulle softens with age, and a frequently handled veil will be very different from the tulle stiffness (and color) of the actual veil you receive. This tends to happen with lower end mass produced cheaper veils, so be sure you know what you are getting. Ask the sales associate to show you the quality of a veil that has just arrived for another bride so you can see what the tulle quality is before you commit. A bargain is only a bargain if you know what you are getting and it’s what you really want! 6 key things to consider… Veil length, cut (shape), gather/thickness (on the comb), layers, trim (edge) , beading and comb type. A good design house will have the capacity to cut any veil in a variety of different thicknesses and lengths. This allows any veil to be appealing to all brides, given that some brides love the “full on poufy” look or multiple layers and some the more simple “fine gather” look with a simple trim. Ask if a veil you like comes in a different gather. This single change in a veil design can make or break a veil sale so most high end stores choose designers that offer their veil collections with different thicknesses and as many design choices as possible. Also try to avoid the plastic oversized combs that lesser quality veil manufacturers use; opt for a metal comb that will be comfortable and easy on your hair. Gown meet Veil - Veil meet Gown… Your gown is the best tool to use when selecting a veil and accessories. This single item so intimately highlights the outline of your personality. A simple gown with clean lines is a clean canvas to paint on it what you will …..add a lace veil for a romantic vintage touch, a heavily beaded or embroidered veil for classic elegance or keep it simple with a raw cut (no trim) for effortless sophistication. Make your veil work for you: Other fun tips to consider is that most cathedral veils can we double up as a wrap for an evening reception by placing the veil over the shoulders, for a multi purpose look. Long veils can also be bustled into the skirt of the gown so that you get to wear them for longer and highlight any embroidery or detail…… be sure to make the veil work for you!


Length, Cut and Details The veil’s length, cut, styling and details are easier to select if you consider the style of your bridal gown. Consideration should be given to the back of the gown to ensure that any particular pattern or cut, bow or waist band, bustle, belt or beading on the back of your gown isn’t compromised by adding a veil with competing trim or mainly in the wrong length. Elaborate and flamboyant gowns can be enhanced by dramatic or simple veils, depending on the wearer’s personality. Gown Shape and Width When choosing a veil your bridal gown’s shape and width should be considered. For instance a gown with a lot of movement works well with a wavy or “waterfall” cut veil; a full-skirted ballroom gown works well with a wide cut or “teardrop” shape veil to encompass the width of the skirt. A gown with very straight or clean lines works well with any veil, as you can either mirror the line of the dress or create more volume with shape. You can create a more dramatic silhouette with any veil by adding layers, thereby adding volume and character. Consider a circular cut veil where the comb is in the center of a circle or oval so that the trimmed edge sits around the base of the veil (i.e. away from the face) allowing you to wear a more elaborately trimmed veil. Where do I fit in!? Women with dramatic features can pull off a more dramatic detailed look, lighter complexions suit softer fabrics, embroidery and lighter laces. Face Shape and hair style is important…. correct placement of a veil is crucial to your overall look so consider how you are wearing your hair when selecting a veil. If the veil feels overwhelming close to your face, try placing it further back towards your crown. Ask yourself when wearing your potential veil… does this veil compete with or add something to my gown and look? How does the veil suit my personality? Do you feel like you are wearing the veil or is it wearing you? One of the most important pieces of styling advice I give to brides is:“A badly chosen accessory, however beautiful in its own right, will take the attention away from its wearers, and thus fail to do its job by becoming “the focus” rather than an complementing “accessory” which is it’s purpose. Most importantly; you should still feel like you!” Let the stylist or designer help you. We’ve all seen the reality shows and know that opinions of your family and friends matter, but most good quality bridal stores truly know how to style brides, and so take advantage of this skill and where possible attend a “designer present veil trunk show” – designers are qualified to select the perfect veil for brides based on all your needs and considerations:- “it’s what we do best aside from design” so use this tool where possible and be honest about your likes and dislikes, it will help achieve your goal to find the perfect veil.

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3 Amor en Mexico

a San Diego couple celebrates their love at the tip of Baja

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Brooks Jacobsen & Nate Melchior Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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wed on ‘la playa’ [translation: the beach]. Nate had proposed to Brooks on a beach and the shared vision of a sun and surf-filled day, [many days if they had their way!] filled their dreams.



…….……………………… Ahhhh ‘la playa’. Nate and Brooks always knew they wanted to After a thorough tour of local options with expert event planner Lisa Lippe of Details Defined, they selected the Hilton Los Cabos for the setting. Of all the possibilities they explored, this venue gave them their most important wish; all their guests staying together to revel in more than just one evening’s celebration. More than anything Nate and Brooks wanted all their loved ones to enjoy the wedding and relax in the sun with all the celebrating, laughter, poolside socializing, great weather and yes, margaritas that a great Mexican vacation would offer.

And so the fiestas in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the very end of the Baja peninsula, began…. From the start guests knew they were in for a good time. Upon arrival each received personalized welcome bags by The Invitation Factory, and at night a note was delivered at turn down service complete with a souvenir gift.

The rehearsal dinner brought together the families and then added in all the guests for a quesadilla bar, margaritas, beer, and a lively Mariachi band. Every detail was designed to enhance the connection and fun of having all their loved ones in Mexico, right down to the father / daughter dance. The father of the bride, a composer and singer, wrote a special song for his daughter, recorded it with an orchestra without her knowledge and even learned to waltz, all to surprise Brooks.

Post reception guests continued the party with a bon fire, s’mores, guitarist, and open bar, all on the beach. When it was over these sun kissed and happy guests bid a fond, yet surely reticent, adiós to lovely Los Cabos, Mexico.


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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Los Cabos {Beach & Whale Watch Terrace} Event Planner: Lisa Lippe – Details Defined Photography: Alec & T Photography Florist, Décor & Production: Elena Damy Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design Musicians / Band: Cabo Max Catering & Cake: Hilton Los Cabos




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Meet world-class event designer & planner

Lisa Lippe of Details Defined

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What did you want to be when you grew up? A Journalist.

What was your first job ever? Paper Route & Babysitting.

Pleased to meet you!

Who inspires you? Ellen Degeneres – funny and keeps it real and for a classic Coco Chanel.

Why do you love what you do? I love to learn about people, what moves and motivates them, then think of ideas and ways to help them tell their story through a celebration.

Did you have a mentor or hero? Jaclyn Smith – Charlie’s Angel, Model, Actress, Business Woman, Confident, True to Self. I admired her when I was 8 years old and still do today

What is your specialty? Destination Weddings and the details that go into them. Also creating celebrations that impact the senses, yes brining Feng Shui elements into the set up and timing.

What do you like most about doing weddings? Meeting people, finding out what makes them tick. I love the wedding day. It’s like opening night of a production.

If you are married what was your wedding like? My wedding was in the 80s. 6 bridesmaids in peach, yikes! Charger’s Chef setting up a buffet, yes buffet not stations, and simplicity at its finest. – ha ha.

What is your most memorable [professional] wedding moment? A Cabo Wedding where the Father of the Bride wrote a song for his daughter, had it recorded with an orchestra while he played piano and sang, played it for Father Daughter dance after learning the waltz so he could lead her in the dance. All a surprise! Amazing!

What is the place in the world [where you haven’t been] that you would want to visit the most? Spain & Italy.

How do you come up with inspiration for your work?

If you could have 6 people to dinner from any time or place in the world who would they be and where would you dine [and on what]? My Grandmother & Grandfather who traveled the world as entertainers with Gypsy Rose, My distant Uncle Henry Longfellow the poet, Oprah, President Abraham Lincoln, and Julia Roberts. We would be under a canopy made of cheese cloth and canvas on a beach in Greece, sitting on benches on a beautifully adorned table with candles and orchids.

What’s your best advice to couples from your field? Don’t rush through a “To Do” list, enjoy each step of the planning process and schedule what I call stolen moments into your wedding day. The most important moments of your wedding day can be a few stolen moments; that 1015 minutes to yourselves as your guests find their seats. I find that another powerful time for the couple is right after the ceremony, take 2-3 minutes to take in the all that is happening between you before celebrating with anyone else.

What should brides/grooms/people know about you? I will always be calm cool and collected. I will make you feel like you are my only client and will tell you what you need to know during the planning stages. I do not pacify my clients. My clients hire me to consult with them on important decisions. The insight and honest feedback I give to my clients helps them to make informed decisions.

What makes your business wonderful and stand out from the rest? A sense of calm, fresh creative ideas, clear communication, and sincere respect for my clients and colleagues.

Morning walks on the beach are quiet times I can think about the people I am working with and the conversation we have had. It is truly my clients who inspire me and my ideas.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

What’s your favorite “old wives” tale?

Always trust your instincts and put sentiment first.

You bring about what you think about.

The ability to read people’s minds.

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First Class Ticket: PART ONE: Before you embark

A guide to having a truly amazing Destination Wedding by expert event planner Lisa Lippe, Details Defined

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Where do you begin when you decide to plan not just a wedding, but a DESTINATION WEDDING? A wedding which involves travel, overnight accommodations, rental cars, traveling guests, itineraries and luggage! You start right here...

ASK YOURSELVES: What is our dream spot? Are you tropical island people or Parisian flea market people or do visions of remote islands visited by sailboat fill your dreams? Do you see yourselves swooshing down the slopes of a snow covered mountain and right onto the aisle or floating around on a raft drifting towards the pool bar? What is our budget? This may need to be the first question or be decided on simultaneously as the more remote you get the more expensive it may become.

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Who do we really want to share our wedding/vacation with? determine just how far or remotely you want to travel and will need to accommodate. Picture your Grandmother trying with you or perhaps your brother’s 3 unruly kids on an 11 your week at a resort, and your remote island destination bit.

This will help you how many guest your venue to hike up Machu Picchu hour flight on the way to wedding plans may change a

What time of year do we want to be married? Do you envision a classical Christmas wedding in Vienna with the strains of Mozart in the air or a mid-summer day in Mexico with the sun warming your day, your toes covered in sand? Also important to consider are the weather patterns of your selected destination. The Caribbean and Southeastern US seaboard are beautiful, but not recommended during the late Summer hurricane season!

Where do our hearts lead us? Above all, pick a place that is meaningful to you and your fiancé to share with your friends and family. One of the best things about a destination wedding is the amount of quality time you get to spend with those you care about, all in a beautiful and special place you enjoy.

With the answer to these questions you are ready to talk to a wedding planner who can begin presenting you with suitable locations, travel, accommodations, trusted vendors. Starting with a wedding planner is proactive and wise. Hire a planner who is willing to be onsite for your event.

On to the key elements in destination wedding planning…

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PASSPORTS: Have your passports current in plenty of time. U.S. citizens are required to have a passport for visiting any destination outside of the United States. This includes Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, by land, sea or by air. Existing passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your return date to the U.S. For more information U.S. citizens may visit

TO RECON OR NOT TO RECON Depending on your comfort level of selecting a place sight unseen, most planning can be done remotely with your planner. But if you have the time and budget, visiting your chosen wedding destination-even for a couple of business days- to accomplish the foundation of your event like securing the ideal spot, meeting key vendors (maybe the person who will perform the ceremony) trying out a hair stylist, tasting the menu, will be a huge plus in your planning. Be sure to create [or have your planner do it] advance appointments for as many details as possible. Hire a planner who will be available to do this advance trip with you. Back at home, selecting invitations, music and working out the details can all be done from your computer and cell phone with the help of a qualified wedding planning expert. 254

SAVE THE DATE [and LOCATION!] Once you’ve settled on your exciting destination and booked the venue and reserved some accommodations, send your save the dates with as much information as possible to help your friends and family plan their travel.

WEDDING WEBSITE A wedding [we love] is invaluable for allowing guests to retrieve all information and check for updates and post comments. A wedding website with weather, things to do, best places to stay if not staying at the same location as the wedding, helpful travel tips, contact information to a travel agent and your wedding planner, and the only place to note your registry information.

DON’T FORGET THE LAW Passports currently take 3 to 4 weeks to issue so don’t delay. And remember international laws are different and could require you to arrive far in advance to complete blood work for a marriage license. Do your homework here.

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LET YOUR PLANNER DO THEIR JOB The easiest way to plan a destination wedding is to simply push speed dial and connect to your planner and allow them to handle all the details for you! That’s what they’re there for and they love what they do! A wedding planner is your ticket to confidence and calm. An experienced wedding planner always knows more possible scenarios based on their past experiences and therefore will know how to direct meetings and walk-throughs, and will know exactly what questions to ask. You don't know what you don't know. An experienced and knowledgeable wedding planner will know how to gracefully hold and keep the entire team accountable for their contracted services including the upgrades or modifications agreed on post contract. And getting the incredible destination wedding you wanted, where you wanted it, with a great time had by all is always a good deal – and who doesn’t want to go there?

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works of NUPTIALS went on site to a charmingly intimate downtown gallery to capture the art of La Jolla bridal gown designer VaLena Valentina in still life poses.

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Gown: drop waist French Chantilly lace corset with draped tulle on bodice. Floral tulle embellished skirt in Blush by VaLena Valentina. Necklace: Perri & Elli Double Happiness

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Gown: VaLena Valentina Necklaces: Perri & Elli Double Happiness Ring: private collection

Gown: Savannah - Silk Satin fitted with pleats at empire waist. Embellished corded lace neckline and train by VaLena Valentina.

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Gown: Noelle – Ivory silk charmeuse halter gown, hand embroidered with a flowing draped side skirt by VaLena Valentina

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Gown: Jessica - silk satin fit to flare gown with soft scoop neck line and draped bodice with flower strap by VaLena Valentina

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Left Gown: Kristy CBM Silk Satin sweetheart neckline draped bodice with a pick-up skirt and pleated/ bustled chapel train by VaLena Valentina Necklaces and Bracelets: Elli Double Happiness Ring: Private Collection

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wedding? A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet - and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money. Every part of a wedding has ecofriendly options worth considering, and, there's a shade of green for everyone. Whether you incorporate just one or two earth-friendly elements, or go completely organic from the silk of your dress to the food you serve, remember that every green choice makes a difference.

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Going green on your wedding day has environmental, social, and economic benefits. The environmental benefits: Each one of the 2.5 million weddings this year in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs of garbage. That's a lot of waste! Consider all of the stuff that goes into conventional weddings: single-use bleached white dresses, chemically treated imported flowers, toxic makeup and skin care products, mined gem-based jewelry, and individual packets of rice, to name a few. It adds up quickly! Picture this: if every wedding this year used a disposable aisle runner and they were laid end to end, they would circle the globe twice. Similarly, the amount of paper used for invitations could cover the entire island of Manhattan. If every engaged couple made just one small green choice, that would be 2.5 million greener choices a year, and that is an amazing impact. The social benefits: The average wedding costs almost $40,000 and weddings are a $60+ billion industry. Having a green wedding is an opportunity to make a difference by supporting companies that actively incorporate social and environmental responsibility into the way they do business. When you start talking to vendors about green choices, and explain your choices to your guests, you support the green economy and change the way people in your community think. You can showcase how easy it is to be eco-chic and share your favorite eco-friendly products with your guests.

Each one of the 2.5 million weddings this year in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs of garbage.

The economic benefits: Being green usually saves you money, and in today's economy this is probably reason enough to do it! By making simple substitutions and ecoconscious decisions, like choosing a location central to the majority of your guests, you can easily decrease your impact on the planet and the cost of your event simultaneously. NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1 278

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Incorporating earth-friendly choices takes little, if any, additional effort when you have the right resources. Use our tips below to begin planning your eco-chic wedding:

No matter what your Jewelry The average American couple spends over $7,000 style or on their engagement and wedding rings. This puts $16 billion a year into the jewelry market that could be tastes, infused into the green economy through the purchase of socially and environmentally responsible jewelry. Ecothere are conscious jewelers use recycled stones and metals, as well as ethically sourced diamonds, gems and metals to countless create breathtaking and unique items. Family heirlooms, ways to vintage or antique pieces, or handmade items are also sustainable, and often less expensive options to consider. make your Attire The problems: Single-use bleached wedding wedding gowns. One-time wear bridesmaids' gowns. But how does a bride with an environmental conscience and a attire, stylish eye still get what she wants on her wedding day? It's not so hard when there are so many designers out jewelry there now offering eco-couture gowns made from sustainable materials. An eco-chic bride and her wedding and style party can also incorporate items that have been previously used and/or can be used again. Buy vintage, greener: have a family gown altered to fit your taste, or donate your gown after the big day. No matter what your style or from using tastes, there are countless ways to make your wedding a family attire greener. heirloom Beauty and Make-Up The body's largest organ is the skin, acting as a protective barrier that allows some substances to finding in while keeping others out. Still, the Environmental Working Group estimates 4 lbs of lipstick is absorbed into organic the body over the lifetime of the average lipstick wearer. Because many conventional cosmetics contain toxic beauty chemicals, using all-natural beauty and hair products or seeking out a green salon for your wedding day will be products . much better for your health. NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1 280

Flowers Over half of the florists in the U.S. use imported flowers that are sprayed with pesticides and fungicides. These chemicals can be harmful to your health and contaminate waterways and drinking supplies. Using local, seasonal and organic flowers, which are never sprayed with toxic chemicals, lowers fuel consumption and is often less costly than ordering exotic species, which must be shipped. You can also work with your florist to design simple arrangements that use less flowers, or consider using faux flowers that won't get thrown away. Photography More and more photographers are going digital. Digital photography offers a paperless and chemical-free way to capture your event, including being able to view online proofs before deciding which ones to print. Green photographers go steps further by using rechargeable batteries, non-toxic inks, 100% post-consumer waste paper, LED and CFL bulbs, and recycling. Ask potential photographers about their green practices to see if they are the right fit for your values. Decor No matter what your budget or theme, putting a little extra thought into both ceremony and reception decor will reduce one-time-use items. Something as simple as reusing ceremony floral arrangements at your reception will eliminate the need to purchase as many flowers. Using your location and the season for inspiration will provide you with a number of natural, cost-saving decor ideas such as collecting sea glass or shells from a nearby beach for a summer celebration. Centerpieces made from vintage items or pieces collected from friends and family will add unique personality to your tables, and give your wallet a break, too. Favors Favors for all your guests can cost you hundreds of dollars, and often wedding favors are small trinkets destined for the trash can. Making a small donation for each guest to a cause that is important to you is a thoughtful alternative to a tangible, potentially wasteful favor. If you are set on giving a small gift, there are tons of nonwasteful favor ideas like edibles, small potted plants, seedlings or soy candles that will echo the values behind your wedding. Travel Many honeymoon hotspots, such as tropical reefs or national parks, are also ecologically sensitive areas. Ecotourism options, green hotels/accommodations, and carbon offsetting all help conserve resources and ensure the money that you are spending makes its way into the local economy. Sometimes a simple destination wedding can actually have a smaller environmental footprint than a large lavish affair at home. To even further lessen the impact of your honeymoon, explore local or volunteer vacation options. NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1 281

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Transportation The EPA estimates that cars, trucks, and buses are the leading producers of air pollution, yet about 75% of couples travel to and from their wedding in a limousine. Holding your ceremony and reception at the same venue, or close by one another is one way to limit travel for your guests. If possible, make this a centralized location so that most of your friends and family will not have to travel far. Carpooling, renting an alternative energy bus or trolley, or talking public transit if available will not only make things easier for your guests, but it will also get them to and from your celebration while minimizing emissions. Invitations Throughout the wedding planning cycle, paper is used for save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards, seating programs, menu cards, seating cards, thank you cards, and more. Traditional papermaking is an energyintensive process that creates a large amount of waste and uses harsh chemicals such as bleach. Recycled and post-consumer waste paper, tree-free paper, soy inks, and digital correspondence options all offer beautiful and elegant ways to reduce resource consumption. Many modern couples are finding ways to simply cut down the use of paper in their invitation suites. Instead of including separate papers for reception cards and maps and directions to the wedding, house all pertinent information on a wedding website. A number of chic invitation companies are now creating one-page invitations with a detachable response card. Most couples find the middle ground that best suits their style and their guests' needs.

Carpooling, renting an alternative energy bus or trolley, will not only make things easier for your guests, but it will also get them to and from your celebration while minimizing emissions.

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And last but not least one of the easiest and most impactful ways you can go green at your wedding- healthy locally grown food and beverages – this choice is an especially easy endeavor in San Diego where we have so much local produce and great wineries! Food and Beverage The average American meal travels 1,500 miles. No matter how you choose to design your menu, using in-season local and/or organic foods will decrease the carbon footprint of your meal while supporting the local economy. Organic caterers and green restaurants create menus bursting with fresh, seasonal foods, but any company you choose should be able to work with you to add seasonal and/or organic elements where possible. When available, providing wine, beer, and other beverages made in the area adds some local flavor.

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Invitation, matching reply card and charming guest book ‌

I create illustrations for various companies and designs include gift wrap, logos, greeting cards and editorial illustrations. Wedding projects are by far my favorite to design. I enjoy the challenge of creating an illustrated ring pillow that coordinates with a brides theme and color scheme. I just recently created a beautiful rustic sunflower pillow for a couple having an outdoor wedding. I enjoy using pastel colors, textured papers and creating chic illustrations.� NUPTIALS Edition 2012:1 286

This sweet ‘love you today, tomorrow and always’ ring pillow feels vintage and modern at the same time.

Says Colleen: “I've been drawing since my Mom gave me my first crayon set in grade school. In high school I became interested in graphic design and fine arts. After graduation I attended Auburn University where I earned a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration. That's where Freshline Illustration was conceived. After college I worked as a graphic designer for a few magazines and secretly hoped to work for myself one day. I have accomplished that dream and am working for myself as the art director of Freshline Illustration.

A custom ring pillow makes a memorable keepsake or a great gift for a bride! The ring ribbon is available in any color scheme. Colleen also creates matching Guest Books and favors that pair well with your ring pillow. We love the adorable chair sign for the groom and all key guests or bridal party members. Each handmade ring pillow features Freshline Illustrated eco-friendly fabric and the back of the pillow is a coordinating chenille fabric and can be customized to your wedding's theme and color scheme. So cute!

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In closing… NUPTIALS

We at & e publication don’t believe in the ‘perfect’ wedding, only the perfect wedding for YOU. So although we offer you a bounty of beautiful images of weddings, décor, fashion, trends and ideas to inspire and delight you, we remind you that it is by staying true to your own style and focusing on how you feel that you will create a wedding which resonates with true beauty, meaning and power. Because the most important message we can impart to you is that you and your version of love are beautiful just as you are.

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NUPTIALS San Diego Wedding e publication | edition 1  

Trends, ideas, inspiration, expert advice and featured weddings for Brides, Grooms and families planning a San Diego area event wedding.

NUPTIALS San Diego Wedding e publication | edition 1  

Trends, ideas, inspiration, expert advice and featured weddings for Brides, Grooms and families planning a San Diego area event wedding.