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106 Donut Bars 19 Honey Bash


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16 Letter from the Publisher


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22 Wed Essentials: Tropical Punch

118 FIRST IMPRESSIONS Make a Statement with Wedding Stationery



70 Ceremony & Reception


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Publisher's PICKS Our Favorite Wedding Venues Around San Diego

New Name and Reinvented

Written by: Publisher, Dena Malasek & Nicole Little

a wedding in America's Finest City. San Diego is home to extensive wedding venue options, and San Diego


Style Weddings is the perfect place to initiate your search for the ideal venue for your special day. Whether

Diego Hilton Mission Bay

you’re hoping for a classic formal wedding, or are opting for a more casual Southern California vibe, San

Diego has amazing wedding venue options that can suit every taste. The popularity and demand to be

The quintessential California

married here means that you should jump right into your venue search and get a deposit down quickly,

resort & retreat has just got

as sometimes places can be booked as far as two years out. This year’s venues especially impressed me

a new name. White sand

with some new standout locations, alongside the consistent classics, so I have compiled my top picks to

beaches, lush greens and

encompass all aspects of venues San Diego has to offer.”

arching tropical palms provide a

“The abundance of stunning venues, beautiful beaches, and pleasant climate make every day a fine day for

number of gorgeous and unique

Best New Venue

backdrops for the special day of your dreams. Sunset cocktail

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Photo: BE Studios

The Guild Hotel


hours are a must before your

elegant reception on a bayside

The Guild Hotel is a re-

garden lawn under large arching

imagination of the iconic

palms, don’t miss the night

historic Armed Services

viewing of the elaborate Sea

YMCA building, in the heart

World fireworks display as it

of Downtown San Diego. The

sparkles in the water of Mission

Hotel draws in a collective of

Bay. Choose from more than

curious, creative people who

seven exceptional locations

seek the most from life. The

for your wedding day on the

hospitality experience, rooted

grounds. Whether your style is

in nostalgia, is invigorated

intimate or a lavish affair, this

by combined elements of

great venue showcasing their

modernism and chic luxury

new name San Diego Mission

design. Whether it’s the

Bay Resort is sure to please.

iconic character of the Grace

Dena’s input: “So excited for

Ballroom, the elegance of

this wonderful venue which

the Society Ballroom, or their

has recently announced that

garden’s urban oasis, your ideal

they are reinventing themselves

venue awaits.

without the Hilton brand. This

Dena’s input: “ I absolutely

venue is a San Diego landmark

love this new gem of a wedding

right off the 5 highway. We

venue, light and airy and

expect great things from then

everything a couple could ask

when it continues to be strong

for in a posh hotel”.

in the wedding market”.



Manchester Grand Hyatt

Photo: Sarah Mack Photography

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

DoubleTree Palm Springs Best Ethnic Venue and Large Celebrations DOUBLETREE PALM SPRINGS

nearly any size. Dena’s input: “With our launch

of venues to make that dream


into the Palm Springs and

a reality.

The DoubleTree is a versatile

Desert Cities market, we love

Dena’s input: “Another beauty


Palm Springs wedding venue

this venue. It truly has so much

of the San Diego skyline. This

Featuring stylish décor and a

offering gorgeous views, an

beautiful space to work with for

property has kept its highly

warm and welcoming ambiance,

attractive location, and expert

your wedding”

acclaimed reputation for grand

plus large flexible event

events for quite some time”

space, including a spectacular

planning services. Located Double Tree provides a very


large and flexible event space featuring several indoor and

near downtown Palm Springs,

ballroom and tent. This venue is tucked away in Mission


Honor your love with the

just minutes from downtown.

outdoor spaces. With lush

grandeur it so richly deserves

With award-winning gardens

From award-winning catering,

green grounds and sky-high

at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

and hacienda-style architecture,

elegant venues, comfortable

palm trees, their outdoor

San Diego. The spectacular

this venue is celebrated for

accommodations, and Marriott

wedding venues provide a

waterfront hotel creates the

its personalized service and

Certified Wedding Planners,

beautiful, romantic backdrop for

perfect ambiance for your

unparalleled beauty. Beautiful

the San Diego Marriott Mission

your vows. Host your ceremony

once-in-a-lifetime celebration,

garden areas for weddings of all

Valley takes the cake when

on the outdoor sundeck

with elegant ballrooms,

sizes, they are a favorite for the

it comes to planning ethnic

overlooking the panoramic

delectable cuisine, and

ethnic and diverse weddings.

weddings and weddings of all

golf course and San Jacinto

personalized attention to detail

Dena’s input: “Really

kind in San Diego.

Mountains. From intimate

that is surpassed by none.

appreciate that Estancia La

Dena’s input: “Truly a gem

gatherings to extravagant affairs,

Imagine a perfect California

Jolla Hotel & Spa is so unique

of Mission Valley with more

DoubleTree Golf Resort Palm

sunset as your wedding

to others in San Diego, more

space than imaginable and

Springs Area can accommodate

backdrop. The Manchester

with their desert style and

are flexible with Ethnic cuisine

a wedding or reception of

Grand Hyatt offers a bouquet

amazing luxe service.”

catering needs.”


Valley and conveniently located

Carmel MountainRanchEstate WEDDINGS



Zelo Photography

Hello Blue Photography

Garrett Richardson Photography

Brian Miller Photography

Ether and Smith




Destination Wedding Look - Feel FunMake it a Weekend Celebration DRAGON POINT VILLA

For weddings and every other

Dragon Point Villa is a family

momentous occasion, choose

owned modern luxury villa

from over 80,000 square feet

and boutique event venue.

of indoor and outdoor space

The 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom,

featuring impeccably-designed

modern style villa is situated

ballrooms, verdant gardens,

atop one of the highest

soothing lagoons, bayfront

elevations of Fallbrook, CA,

lawns and sandy beaches, all

and is set on 8-acres of dragon

designed to set your San Diego

fruit groves and vineyards.

wedding or celebration miles

The property features epic

away from ordinary. Paradise

views of San Diego’s North

Point is your destination for

County agricultural and coastal

all things “I do.” Say your vows


in an unforgettable wedding

Dena’s input: “A must see

location that embodies the

newer North County venue,

quintessential San Diego

offering VRBO with sleep

wedding experience, like

overs- views are spectacular

a beach wedding venue,

and a very modern house.

picturesque waterfront terrace

Great pricing for a weekend

or emerald garden dotted with


Urban Appeal LUCE LOFT


at this gorgeous venue I feel


like I am in Hawaii- such a great

Just a few blocks east of the

Expansive views of the

San Diego wedding hot spot.”

Set amidst tropical palms and

Gaslamp Quarter, a historic

San Diego Harbor, Marina,

the sparkling waters of San

converted Carnation Dairy

Coronado Bridge, and twinkling

Diego Bay, Humphreys Half

Factory, specializes in hosting

city lights, this is perfect if a

Moon Inn offers a majestic

events looking for that Urban

view is what you are looking

setting perfect for garden

Vibe. No need for stuffy

for. It features a wraparound

ceremonies and outdoor

here, open or cocktail style

balcony, rooftop ceremony

receptions and beautiful

receptions seems to fit well

& cocktail hour area and

destination weddings!

with the high arching barrel

panoramic windows, so as the

Waterfront ballrooms offer

ceiling, stained concrete floors,

sun sets you can take in the

breathtaking views of the

large windows, and poured

beauty of America’s finest city.

yacht marina. Beautifully

concrete walls all make for a

Offering all-inclusive menus

appointed guest rooms offer

modern picture perfect venue.

and bar packages, Harbor View

accommodations for out-of

Dena’s input: “Wow this space

Loft makes your urban wedding

town wedding guests.

is wonderful and the sky’s the

planning easy.

Dena’s input: “Overlooking

limit of what you can do with

Dena’s input: “Nice bright and

some of San Diego’s most

this venue. We are excited for

light wonderful venue with

beautiful yachts, a water

the owner to open another

spectacular views from every

wedding experience for sure!

great venue in Little Italy,


palm trees. Dena’s input: “Everytime I am

Photo: Copper Collective

Dragon Point Villa

Humphreys Half Moon Inn


Photo: Meghan Elise Photography


Photo: Meghan True Photography

Luce Loft

Harbor View Loft

opening at the beginning of 2020 ”

33233 Rancho California Rd Temecula CA 92591 909.317.6222

On-Site Ceremony - Reception - In-House Catering - All Inclusive Package Accommodations - Brides Dressing Area - Panoramic Views - Rehearsal Dinners

Photo: Kayley Chelsea Photography

Open Palette for Design

Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate


remember. Their magnificent

clubhouse features an elegant

Built with inspiration for your

main dining room on the

special event this great venue

second level with breathtaking

gives you so much opportunity

views, along with their white

to design the perfect day! Their

gazebo offers an idyllic setting

Event Coordinator, service

for wedding ceremonies, and

staff, and food presentation

only steps away from your

will impress your guests.


Experience dramatic ocean

Dena’s input: “I always love

views and rolling vistas, perfect

when we get to shoot here the

for beautiful pictures. Give your

lighting is magical. Truly their

guests an experience they will

ballroom allows you to design

talk about for years to come.

whatever you dream!”

Make it a Package Deal

Dena’s input: “North County


the lush greens of the golf



course definitely are a plus their

packages makes planning a bit

This scenic mountain setting in

Nestled atop 11 acres of estate

more affordable!”

North County San Diego has


vineyards, the Inn at Churon

Located in Temecula Wine

Winery offers you more than

Country, this venue will amaze you with its stunning blend of

with a view is hard to find and

acres of lush green fairways, lakes, and waterfalls, creating

just a ceremony and reception


site. If you imagined a romantic

your most important day. The

lush green meadows, modern

wedding filled with the rustic

Like a timeless love story

Tuscan inspired ballroom and

amenities, and a dressing suite

countryside, rolling mountains,

a classic wedding setting

panoramic views are the ideal

you'll want to sign a lease

tiered lawns, and a dramatic

never goes out of style. Set

stage for creating the ideal San

on. Enjoy a rustic-yet-sleek

entrance through their vineyard

amidst panoramic views of

Diego wedding experience.

reception in the modernized

arches then you are ready to

the surrounding mountains,

You will find Maderas wedding

barn called "The Carriage

embark on an experience of

Carmel Mountain Ranch is the

location to be an extraordinary

House," featuring a stately

timeless elegance. Only one

picture perfect setting for your

place in an out-of-the-ordinary

built-in bar, a two-way fireplace,

ceremony/reception per day is

much anticipated day. From


and generous room for dancing.

held at their estate to ensure

an intimate ceremony to a gala

Dena’s input: “Who doesn’t

A dreamland that combines

that your wedding receives

event, their talented experts

love a wedding with golf course

sophisticated flare with epic

all the attention it deserves.

will help you plan an affair to

greens, lakes and waterfalls?”

photo opportunities, Galway

The All-Inclusive Package is

Downs will spark your love affair

designed to take the stress out

with equestrian culture.

of planning. This distinctive

Dena’s input: “Hands down

wedding and reception will be

one of my favorite venues in

cherished and remembered for

Temecula and they made it

a lifetime.

easier now that they are a

Dena’s input: “Charming

Wedgewood Wedding Venue-

Inn midway down Rancho

which means great packages

California Rd, the grounds are

and many things are included

stunning and your can stay on

to make it easier on your day!”



Inn at Churon Winery

a memorable backdrop for

Weddings to Swoon Over From intimate gatherings to lavish extravaganzas, tie the knot in style and say “I do” surrounded by panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains. • 23,000 square feet of flexible space • Two stunning ballrooms • 8,000 square feet of outdoor space • Expert event planners and custom catering

TO START PLANNING your dream wedding, contact our Catering Sales Manager Ingela Sidhu at

DOUBLETREEPALMSPRINGS.COM/WEDDINGS 67967 Vista Chino • Cathedral City, CA 92234 • P 760-322-7000

Estate or Unique Venu DRAGON POINT VILLA


Dragon Point Villa is a family

owned modern luxury villa

The Coach House is a vineyard

and boutique event venue.

influenced, rustic cottage,

The 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom,

and event venue located in

modern style villa is situated

the heart of Temecula Wine

atop one of the highest

Country adjacent to Lorimar

elevations of Fallbrook, and

Winery. Known for unique

is set on 8-acres of dragon

fairy tale-style weddings, this

fruit groves and vineyards.

indoor/outdoor venue boasts

The property features epic

an intimate ceremony and

views of San Diego’s North

reception site, overlooking

County agricultural and coastal

a quaint, private lake.


Customizable packages to fit

Dena’s input: “Such a great

the budget, style, and vision of

venue and excited to share

your wedding or private events

them with all of our readers! I

up to 100 guests.

may need a little staycation at

Dena’s input: “We love

this unique wedding venue”

that they are using this

Green Gables Garden Estate Instagram Worthy Venue Picks

venue as a great option for smaller weddings, showers, engagement celebrations and even a few guests can stay!”

Twin Oaks Gardens



Allow yourself to be

Earthy, light, airy and feathery

transported back in time with

describe this venue. In the

lush gardens, twinkling rose

shade of a lush, landmark forest,

arbors, tranquil waterfalls, and

this historic garden estate is

romantic statuary surround a

surrounded by ivy-covered

historic estate nestled among

arbors, blooming rose gardens,

the towering trees of a private,

trickling fountains, picturesque

intimate forest. Dine and dance

statuary, and thousands

the night away with your guests

of bright twinkling lights.

in a grand tented pavilion

Everything that sounds perfect

adorned with elegant peaks

for not only a spectacular

of chiffon, glimmering crystal

wedding but great selfies and

chandeliers, and your own

Instagram posts!

customized arrangements and

Dena’s input: “Love-Love

décor. Lots of twinkling lights

this venue the charming

for sharing the magical night

schoolhouse and just the

through Instagram posts.

wonderful grounds make it one

Dena’s Comments: “Always

of my all time favorites!”

one of my favorites with

hundreds of Real Wedding submissions, this sweet historic landmark is a wedding palace.”


Historic Charm

The US Grant has hosted the


city’s finest events since 1910.

The four distinctive ballrooms

Mt. Woodson Castle is a San

rival Hollywood’s grandest

Diego historical site established

sets capturing the essence of

in 1909. As a wedding venue,

romance in unique architectural

The Castle has eight and a half

details and crystal chandeliers

acres of landscaped grounds,

sparkling from above. The high

both a Bride’s and Groom’s

level of service paired with the

Dressing room, Children’s Play

attention to every last detail

Room and much more. This

serves to set the US Grant a

fairytale venue is the perfect

world apart.

willow tree lined location for

Dena’s input: “I feel like royalty

your special day.

when visiting this venue,

Dena’s input: “Perfect for

something about the old world

the fairytale wedding very

charm and such historic credits.



Mt. Woodson Castle The US Grant

A gorgeous hotel for the more



With abiding charisma and

The Leo Carrillo Ranch builtin

a touch of glam that every

the early 1900’s, the property

bride deserves, not only does

boasts gorgeous agave plants,

The Lafayette Hotel offer an

bougainvillea, birds of paradise,

affordable wedding venue in

an abundance of trees,

San Diego, it is quite romantic.

numerous varieties of colorful

The vintage Mississippi

flowers, and brilliant peacocks,

Ballroom has played host to

sure to get in your photos. This

legendary San Diego parties,

is the perfect venue to really

featuring the famous clam shell

“wow” your guests with a rustic

from 1946. A great backdrop

style wedding or shabby chic

for bands, toasts, or your head

event. Allow your creativity to

table. This event space adds

come alive on the ranch and

old Hollywood glam to your

mix rustic chic with bohemian

special day.

style for a cozy homey feeling

Dena’s input: “Charm to no end

or go for rustic elegance for a

this venue to be checked and

more extravagant affair!

added to your short-list if you

Dena’s input: “Maybe partial

want a little Old Hollywood

as I hear every wedding from


my house in Rancho Carrillo,

The Lafayette Hotel

Photo: Jörg Photography

formal and traditional couples.”

but it really is such a historic wedding venue and managed by Personal Touch Dining where

Leo Carrillo Ranch


all your wedding planning needs are met!”

Photo: Dan Warner

Photo: Amy Millard


Coasterra- Cohn Restaurant Group

The Prado at Balboa Park


The waterfront event space

will be top notch as they are

an unforgettably satisfying

features unique wedding

a part of the Cohn Restaurant

experience. Looking for a beach

venues for your special

Group events.

or water wedding in a unique

Why not take in America’s

ceremony and reception that

Dena’s input: “The Prado is

space check out Waterbar,

Finest City for your wedding

offer breathtaking views of the

so iconic San Diego with the

it’s available for fully private

aboard a Hornblower Yacht.

bay and downtown skyline. As

luxury backdrops and the best

receptions of up to 700 guests.

Your guests will dine on

the Cohn Restaurant Group

location for pictures in all of

Dena’s input: “I am loving that

sumptuous cuisine, see the city

is renowned for personalized

San Diego”

fun restaurants are embracing

like never before, your out of

service and fantastic cuisine,

the wedding market OMG

town guests will cancel their

they will certainly add special

Hospitality has some great

return flights home! Their motto

touches to your celebration.

is “ Your wedding, Your way”

Dena’s input: “Breathtaking

they are all about customizing

views is an understatement”

all the details.

Best Beach or Water Wedding Options

options and Waterbar is just



one of them.”

yacht as simple as that. Also a


Located alongside the vibrant

The Dana on Mission Bay

great option for an engagement

oceanfront boardwalk in Pacific

inspires weddings that

party or activity while family is

Offering the perfect backdrop

Beach, Waterbar offers only

reflect your personality. From

in town!”

for parties, weddings and

the best in tantalizing menus,

ceremonies on the waterfront

See photo on page 40.

special events, The Prado

comfortable seating, panoramic

and intimate tropical courtyard,

features large space indoors

views, and lively entertainment.

to receptions in the outdoor


and out to accommodate

With a “social seafood” menu,

rose garden and marina views

groups up to 2,500 guests.

flavor-forward craft cocktails,

from the ballroom, let The Dana

An on-site professional staff

local micro-brews, national

set the stage for romance in

This modern wedding venue

blends the expertise of special

brand favorites, and a diverse

your perfect setting.

overlooking the scenic San

event planning with a flair for

wine list, Waterbar’s thriving,

Dena’s input: “Vows in the

Diego Bay last year 2018-2019

the unusual, which makes for

energetic environment

sand and coastal California

Top Wedding Venue, could

a unique wedding experience.

captures the passion of San

weddings is there anything

easily take that award again!.

You know the food and service

Diego’s iconic coastline for

more romantic?”

Dena’s input: “You can’t go wrong with a wedding aboard a

See photo on page 40.


Photo:True Photography

Photo: Laura Christin Photography

Hornblower Dining Yachts

The Dana on Mission Bay

Hot Winery Wedding Picks— MT. PALOMAR WINERY


From the first steps up the

Falkner Winery is a family-

grand staircase, to walking

owned winery in Temecula

through the Italian-inspired

Valley Wine Country. Nestled

terraces and gardens, you

on a hilltop overlooking acres

will be transported to an “old

of magnificent vineyards, the

world” destination of true

winery features panoramic

romance at Mt. Palomar. As you

views, painted sunsets and a

continue your journey to the

private location surrounded

hill-top wedding venues, you

by white roses, star jasmine

will find yourself surrounded by

arbors, tall cypress trees, olive

Temecula Valley’s picturesque

trees, trickling Tuscan stone

mountains and lush vineyards,

fountain, and wine vines. This

infusing every moment with

is a premier wedding venue

beauty, charm, and elegance.

with an emphasis on fine wines,

Dena’s input: “Very well

excellent food, and amazing

executed and organized venue

customer service.

for your winery wedding.”

Dena’s input: “Loretta the owner is the best host, as she loves to make sure your day runs perfectly as expected!”




If you appreciate a beautiful

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

vineyard setting, a warm

blends rustic-charm and classic-

atmosphere, handcrafted

elegance. With spectacular

award-winning wine and

vineyard views and flexibility

carefully prepared cuisine

with event spaces, this venue

sourced from local ingredients,

creates intimate settings for any

Wiens Family Cellars is the

guest count. In the heart of the

perfect place for your romantic

Temecula Wine Country, the

vineyard wedding. Located just

Tuscan style winery is nestled

45 minutes north of San Diego,

amongst grape vines and citrus

yet it feels like a world away.

groves. Experience the sunset

You will enjoy your ceremony

over the mountains to the

surrounded by lush vineyards

west and a breathtaking view

and the rich textures of a

of Mount Palomar, with the

winery setting.

sweeping valley vineyards to

Dena’s input: “You gotta

the east.

try their Amour de L’Orange

Dena’s input: “The mountains

sparkling wine, it totally gives

are so beautiful at sunset they

Veuve Clicquot a run for the

too have a great team!”

money, makes me thirsty

thinking about it!”

Mt. Palomar Winery

Ehereal Gardens- Trademark Venues Best Beach or Waterfront Wedding Options

that will last a lifetime. Dena’s input: “You have to have Mai Tai’s at your wedding if this is your favorite choice!”

CATAMARAN RESORT Secluded along sun-drenched

Best ALL AROUND Pick for 2020

Catamaran Resort Hotel and


Spa offers a romantic paradise

set amidst tropical gardens

Set on 40 acres of edible

filled with a koi pond that

gardens, surrounded by old

serpentines the walkways.

growth orchards and 100 acres

Exchange vows overlooking

of organic herb and vegetable

Mission Bay with your toes in

farms. Ethereal Gardens is an

the sand or in a private gazebo

“out of the box” venue that is

surrounded by lush greenery

completely private and not just

and tropical gardens.

another golf course, winery,

Dena’s input: “The Cat is

banquet hall or hotel. They are

always one of my favorites with

completely open to creative

many fond memories.”

ideas and outside vendors

shores of Mission Bay, the

such as florists, photographers,



photo booths, food trucks and

so much more. They do have a

The Bali Hai Restaurant

wonderful list of preferred pros

continues to be a favorite San

to make the planning a breeze.

Diego venue. The spectacular

Dena’s input: “Such a fun

view of San Diego Bay and the

wedding venue-- Please add

downtown skyline make it the

it to your must see wedding

perfect location for any special

sites, I promise you will thank

event. The Bali Hai provides an

me later, that is if they are not

incredible canvas for moments

already booked.”





the dream team

venue: Green Gables- Trademark Venues | photographer: Honey Photographs designers/coordinators: Hayley and Laura of Trademark Venues design assistant styling: Laura Lee Schafer | florals: Studio Fleurish rentals: Witty Rentals and Hostess Haven props: Green Gables collection for Trademark Venues signage/stationery: Peachy & Folk | cake/dessert: Trademark Venues gown: Here Comes the Bride | rings: Raw by Olivia Mar | menswear: Friar Tux Shop | hair and make-up: Peretti Hill Glam Squad | models: Olivia and Peter


about the venue

Located in San Marcos, the Green Gables Estate is surrounded by ivy-covered arbors, blooming rose gardens, trickling fountains, picturesque statuary, and thousands of bright twinkling lights. Featuring a grand bridal parlor and vintage gentlemen’s speakeasy, you are provided the perfect setting for your preparations before reciting your vows in one of the three breathtaking ceremony spaces.


the details

Love and laughter and happily ever after was the true feeling at this sherbet colored Boho styled shoot. The charming venue lends itself perfectly to the style choice of many of todays couples, with the mature trees and landscape. You definitely should incorporate the on property, Chevy truck that serves as a great prop for your wedding and a perfect photobooth opportunity for your guests.




the details

The decadent desserts provided by the incredible culinary team at Green Gables, are part of the many packaging options you will find when putting together your dream wedding at one of Trademark Venues throughout North County.


See more details from this styled shoot at

1404 Vacation Road San Diego, CA 92109

(877) 557-0162


Multiple Loves Multiple Choices to Love

Written by: Publisher, Dena Malasek & Nicole Little

Finding the right wedding venue does take time, research and some good note taking on your site visits. We have come across several companies that take weddings very seriously, realizing couples want options and not every couple have the same wants and desires for their special day. These companies offer Multiple Choices to Love, when it comes to wedding venues, all having a little different offering and vibe. We wanted to highlight these great companies offering couples with many ways to fall in love over with their venue selection. We also asked their onsite coordinators what made their venues so special unique about their venues, it was refreshing to see that they all love to build relationships with their couples through the wedding planning process.

Trademark Venues

Likely one of the most popular venues among Southern California couples with 3 breathtaking venues. Rarely do they have an open weekend, so our advice is to lock in your dates early, as they book out up to two years in advance. All of Trademark venues offer warm and inviting ambiance, wonderful privacy as you have the venue space for the entire day, amazing get ready salons and rooms on the properties with a relaxed atmosphere for both brides and grooms to kick back before their big day. Another very unique element is the Trademark Venue teams first class styling and planning experts as part of your wedding package. Although a knowledgeable professional planner is included, some couples still opt for an additional hired wedding coordinator outside of Trademark that can arrange other outside tasks and details, which they welcome. Their packages include a preferred list of top vetted vendors, that they work with on a weekly basis, to select from for important elements like your entertainment. Need we mention their onsite chefs are incredible, helping make each couple feel very special and so... “You are able to customize your day… your way!” We love that they do allow your own choice of florist and photographers as they are not included in their packages. These elements do still allow that each wedding is unique in it’s own way, but we encourage you to request their recommendations on their favorite wedding pros . Keep an eye out for another great Trademark Venues coming in early 2020. Here are the spectacular venues open now for 2020 and beyond weddings, call for your tours.

Green Gables


GREEN GABLES In the shade of a lush, landmark forest, this historic garden estate is


when only

will do

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From your own private bridal cottage to one wedding per day exclusivity, Maderas Golf Club has created the one-of-a kind setting you deserve for your biggest day. 17750 Old Coach Road Poway, California 92064 • 858.217.2564 •

Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Ethereal Gardens

surrounded by ivy-covered arbors, blooming rose gardens, trickling

Question for the Coordinator:

fountains, picturesque statuary, and thousands of bright twinkling

Q: What is so unique or special about Twin Oaks Garden Estate?

lights. A plethora of earthy, light, airy and feathery accents and

A: “I think for me it’s all about the personal connection with the brides

furnishings, provide the perfect scenery for your preparations before

- the grooms too, but more so the ladies! What they really need is

reciting your vows in one of our three breathtaking ceremony spaces.

someone who understands what they’re going through and can listen

Finish tying the knot under the chiffon draped grand tent pavilion

and let them vent, and be that shoulder they can lean on. We’re

illuminated by sparkling crystal chandeliers overlooking the poetic

constantly reminding them we’re here for you, and that our whole

gardens and beaming starlight.

team is here to support you. Just being able to see the complete finale, the day of the wedding, and seeing how their vision comes to

Question for the Coordinator:

life is really great.” -Chloe

Q: What do you love most about planning weddings at Green Gables? A: “It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of a couples special day;


to be there from the beginning and see them think through all their

Set on 40 acres of edible gardens, surrounded by old growth orchards

ideas and see how it comes to fruition. They’re so happy at the end,

and 100 acres of organic herb and vegetable farms… An “out of the

and we see how their hard work paid off and how the family all comes

box” venue that is completely private and not just another golf course,

together - it’s definitely the best part for me. And our team is so

winery, banquet hall or hotel. Here they are open to creative ideas and

amazing because we really care about our clients and seeing their day

outside vendors such as florists, photographers, photo booths, food

come to life - we all vibe and we’re all a family.” -Hannah

trucks and so much more.


Question for the Coordinator:

Allow yourself to be transported back to 1891 with the ultimate

Q: Is there anything special about why you love your job as a wedding

storybook setting with lush gardens, twinkling rose arbors, tranquil

planner at Trademark Venues- Ethereal Gardens?

waterfalls, and romantic statuary surround a historic estate nestled

A: “For me, there is nothing more special than holding someone’s hand

among the towering trees of a private, intimate forest. The Grand Parlor

through such an exciting time. Because really, that’s what we’re doing!

offers the perfect quarters for your bridal party to prepare for the

We’re there to guide them, reassure them, laugh with them, sometimes

special day and capture memories among classic turn-of-the-century

even cry with them. There are so many emotions that a couple goes

furnishings and artistry. Their traditional Gentlemen’s Clubhouse

through leading up to their wedding day, and I just love that I can be

provides a separate vintage setting for relaxation, celebration, and

their confidante - the one that they call when they need to hear that

those final man-to-man words of wisdom. Dance the night away with

everything about their day is going to be perfect! We’re in their lives

your guests in a grand tented pavilion adorned with elegant peaks

for a brief moment, but knowing that I will forever be someone who

of chiffon, glimmering crystal chandeliers, and your own customized

helped make their day happen is so incredibly rewarding.” - Anne

arrangements and décor.


Wedgewood Weddings

Over 40 Venues nationwide to choose from with a variety of options. This company has truly got the packaging down to a science, where they can virtually be a one-stop for couples who want to simplify the

Carlsbad Windmill by Wedgewood Weddings

planning process and remove some of the extra stress. With over 30 years serving couples and now 41 venues strong nationwide they have taken the wedding market quite seriously. They continue to find new gems to revamp and manage and turn them into first class wedding venues. With over 5,000 5-star reviews Wedgewood has a venue for all tastes and budgets. These venues are quite popular as well, so we encourage you to shop early and let them know we sent you. They work with a preferred vendor options and upgrades, offering a stream-lined system to planning your dream wedding. Here are the local venues in our area we wanted to spotlight.

GALWAY DOWNS BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS Like a Temecula fine wine, Galway Downs has an earthy, sultry, and

Fallbrook by Wedgewood Weddings

elegant taste. So drink it in! Located in Temecula Wine Country, this venue will amaze you with its stunning blend of lush green meadows, modern amenities, and a dressing suite you'll want to sign a lease on. Enjoy a rustic-yet-sleek reception in the modernized barn known as "The Carriage House," featuring a stately built-in bar, a two-way fireplace, and generous room for dancing. A dreamland that combines sophisticated flare with epic photo opportunities, Galway Downs will spark your love affair with equestrian culture.

FALLBROOK BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS If you’re looking to blend cultural sophistication with a relaxed intimate vibe, Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook is calling to you. Tucked away in the hills of northern San Diego county, the location offers easy

Gateway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings

access to ocean views, city lights and wine country. Tie the knot under palm trees, mingle with guests in the spacious courtyard, and dance the night away under the ambient lighting of the grand ballroom.

CARLSBAD WINDMILL BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS San Diego’s newest 5-star wedding venue, this Iconic Carlsbad landmark has been completely reimagined. With flower fields on one side and the ocean waves on the other, The Carlsbad Windmill by Wedgewood Weddings combines a quirky Danish-style building with luxe modern amenities and a trendy locale. It's all topped off with spectacular event spaces, expert staff, ravedabout service, a dressing suite fit to spoil you, and standout decor that feels both grand and grounded. The white beam ceiling scream Instagram photos and this new renovation is sure to be a new favorite.

Manifee Lakes by Wedgewood Weddings



STYLISH & STUNNING Say ‘I do’ under a blanket of stars in our new outdoor wedding location featuring a stunning lawn and stylish pavilion. From custom gourmet catering to expert wedding planning, our staff’s focus is ensuring your big day is a flawless success.


SAN DIEGO 619-209-6609 8757 Rio San Diego Drive San Diego, CA 92108


Coronado's Finest - WATERFRONT WEDDIN GS-

The Orchard by Wedgewood Weddings

Best Scenic View”, 2019 OpenTable Diners Choice Outdoor Ceremony & Cocktail Terrace Spectacular Bay & Skyline Views Eclectic Menu with Seafood, Steaks and Prime Rib

MENIFEE LAKES BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS Lavish greenery, an alluring fountain, and glimmering lakes welcome you to their grand yet casually welcoming escape. Located in the upand-coming city of Menifee, this classic venue is one of the originals. Paired with popular amenities like high vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and expansive windows, the reception room is your sanctuary to wine, dine, and let loose. And with the centrally-located dance floor, your guests won't be able to help but get in on the memory-making.

THE ORCHARD BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS You don't have to kiss a frog to get the ultimate love story experience (in fact, it'd be better if you didn't) because, in this secret garden oasis, Wedgewood Weddings Orchard feels like a true fairytale escape. It will be all eyes on you as you say your vows at the enchanting lily pond and dance the night away under the stars and twinkling lights of this dreamy outdoor pavilion! No need to pinch yourself because this locale is a fairytale come to life. Question for the Coordinator: Q: What are some unique qualities about why planning weddings at Wedgewood weddings is so enjoyable? A: “The all-inclusive packages at a Wedgewood Weddings venue make the planning process incredibly easy and stress-free. More than half of your wedding services are included in our packages, which means you save a ton of time, work, and effort. You even get a step-by-step planning binder to guide you! Our planners are available every day to answer your questions and give you advice. And on your wedding day, you get to relax and take in the day, knowing that our expert wedding coordinator and trusted vendors will execute a flawless wedding for you. We’ve been perfecting the planning process for over 30 years, so we’ve got this down to a science!”


-Kaylyn Campbell, Marketing Coordinator


The Prado at Balboa Park

Cohn Restaurants Group (CRG)

With unique spaces from historic Balboa Park, to the one of a kind

Question for the Coordinator:

Harbor Float overlooking the spectacular San Diego skyline, to a

Q: What do you love about your job and helping couples plan

beach front venue where you can get expansive and space in inland

weddings at Coasterra?

north county. Cohn was one of the first restaurant companies to

A:“We love taking a couple's vision and helping them make it all

realize the potential of the event market and how it could be a great

come together perfectly. Helping create happiness and joy is what

additional to their already popular and busy restaurants through out

makes it all worth it for us. Being a part of one of the most important

the county. They hired a true event pro, Tracey Amernick as the VP

moments of their life is perfect is a huge responsibility and we realize

of Event Sales in 2013, she knows the event industry well and has

the importance of this. Seeing the smiles and knowing that we were a

helped unify great teams, automate their sales systems to maximize

part of the success is extremely rewarding. Often during the planning

growth within the brand, and implemented the highest of standards.

process lifetime friendships are formed and we love when we work

The restaurant business is one of re-creation time and time again and

with couples on other occasions, that is a full circle for us.”

Tracey has an innovative approach to doing business and continuing

- Tracey Amernick, VP of Event Sales, Cohn Restaurant Group

to stay ahead of the pack. Along with their award winning chefs, CRG have created some spectacular menus for couples to make their


events more customized and special. The Cohn entities that have

With many options to choose from, this gem of Balboa Park is elegant

great event space are listed below.

with beautiful hardwood floors, a 27-foot high hand-stenciled ceiling, chandeliers, skylights, a theatrical stage and bride’s dressing room.


Located adjacent to the Fountain Courtyard, the large ballroom can

This coastal venue combines the breathtaking views of the San

seat up to 320 guests.

Diego skyline with exquisite cuisine. Opened in 2016, Coasterra is

The Spanish Colonial styled Fountain Courtyard is perfect pre-

a customized mid-century modern space. It features an expansive

function space or cocktails while you finish photos in the park. Another

indoor ballroom and patio terrace, as well as the new floating event

two smaller rooms Loggia and Alhambra are located on the second

deck. The Bayview Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and a large

floor overlooking Balboa Park’s Plaza and gardens, these spaces are

interior space. The Skyline Terrace holds up to 300 guests for a seated

great for smaller more intimate events or rehearsal dinners. The multi-

dinner of reception. The Harbor Float accommodates 250 guests all

level terraces, which feature historic fountains, reflecting pool, wishing

while offering incredible views of San Diego’s skyline. Take a look for

well and beautifully landscaped gardens, are all intricate details have

yourself and you will see why I couldn’t help but have Coasterra as a

made this venue the premier wedding site for generations of San

TOP venue choice for your wedding.




Question for the Coordinator: Q: What makes CRG Events so Special/Unique? A: Each one of the Cohn Restaurants has their own unique touch, The Prado specifically would be our synchronized service that guests absolutely love. We pride ourselves in a family like culture with personalized service and fantastic cuisine. The core of our culture comes down to the owners who you see personally bussing tables and greeting guests as they frequent most of their restaurants on an almost daily routine. - Rachael Wilkerson, Catering Sales Manager

VINTANA WINE + DINE Allow award-winning Chef/Partner Deborah Scott to use her culinary creations to create a menu that is a reflection of your event's style and theme. Exchange your vows on one of the many outdoor terraces; enjoy cocktails overlooking the rolling hills of Escondido and dance the night away while enjoying The Center's signature Fountain of Living Water. Help from an event manager will help your wedding be stress free. Question for the Coordinator: Q: What seems to be the most unique quality about Vintana? A:“We have great clients at Vintana. The Centre Lexus Escondido is such a unique location. When guests come in, they always comment on how crazy it is to have a restaurant on top of a dealership and all the extra venues for events, but we are blessed as it works and we have amazing events!” - Krista Romberg, Director of Events at Vintana Wine + Dine

SEA180 This beautiful South Bay venue is beachfront and draws couples who rate getting married, with your toes in the sand, as a top priority. With a large request for weddings of 100 guests or less, it is an ideal fit to experience top quality food and service known from the Cohn Restaurant Group. Destination weddings have been their specialty for couples coming from Arizona, Central California and the East Coast to taken in the California sunshine at its best. Coordinator Quotes: “Our beachside location is very beautiful (and one of the few places in San Diego you can actually get married in the sand). With this unique venue as part of a hotel, it is very easy for brides and grooms to have their ceremony, reception, and overnight accommodations all in one place.” -Meg Vinton, Catering Sales Manager



Photo: ABM Photography

Question for the Coordinator: Q: Why are weddings at the Catamaran so special? A: “Having your wedding at the Catamaran is unique because it truly feels like a Polynesian escape. Our resort offers casual elegance with palm trees, tiki torches, koi pods and waterfalls along with the option for toes in the sand or lush grass ceremony venue options. Guests will be swept away with the tropical breezes and stunning views of Mission Bay and the sparkling city skyline.” -Amber Lighty, Catering Sales Manager

BAHIA RESORT HOTEL The Bahia offers intimate ceremony sites including a romantic gazebo surrounded by lush tropical gardens and trickling streams. Or, embrace the beachside locale and exchange your vows on the sandy shores of Mission Bay. Choose from a variety of indoor or outdoor settings including their versatile ballrooms and historic sternwheeler banquet facilities. Each venue can be styled to cater to your personal preferences. Bahia offers very iconic SoCal weddings.

WILLIAM D EVANS & BAHIA BELLE If you're looking for something a little different than the traditional

The BahiaWilliam D.Evans Sternweeler

ballroom, look no further than the fun and timeless William D. Evans sternwheeler. The majestic boat is Bahia Resort Hotel's most popular wedding venue and its elaborate design details make a statement

Evans Hotels

without the need for many additional decorations Another great

option is the charming Bahia Belle which provides the ultimate venue

Respectfully established in the wedding industry, Evans Hotels with

style paddlewheel boat, the smaller of the two Bahia sternwheeler

top resort style hotels, plus two sternwheeler boats and affordable

boats, maintains an air of 19th century grace with hand-carved oak,

accommodations are just steps to the sand. Both venues have a

polished brass, etched glass and winding staircases. Your wedding will

beachy and relaxed vibe and offer customized wedding packages

be smooth sailing with the Sternwheeler or Bahia Belle.

for an unforgettable wedding celebration on the water. This Victorian-

for your guests. Another plus is the ease of access to the favorite of Mission and Pacific Beach for the after wedding fun and nightlife.

Question for the Coordinator:

The sternwheelers offer beautiful bay views for your guests to realize

Q: What makes being an event planner at Bahia Hotel so unique?

why you all live in and chose San Diego, America’s Finest City for your

A: “The best thing about planning weddings at the Bahia is that we


have a variety of venue options. Whether couples are looking for a private, toes in sand beach or a secluded garden pond, we really have


something for everyone. At the Bahia we have multiple beachfront

Embrace San Diego’s warm climate and treat your wedding guests

ballrooms so you can have your wedding adjacent to the water. But

to upfront views of the sparkling waters of Mission Bay. Create an

if beach-front is not close enough, you can have your wedding on the

unforgettable outdoor experience and host your reception on the

water aboard one of our sternwheeler boats cruising the waters of

Catamaran's lawn for a customizable cocktail hour and dinner. Another

Mission Bay. Our two Victorian-style sternwheeler boats are perfect

option is the breathtaking views you’ll get from the Aviary Ballroom,

for those who want something unique and less traditional. I love

stay outside on the bayfront outdoor lawns, or dance the night away

walking couples up to the second floor of the William D. Evans. Their

in their unique Polynesian Kon Tiki Ballroom. The Catamaran offers

faces light up as they gaze upon the custom stained glass skylight. It’s

reception venues to fit every taste.

a priceless moment!” – Monique Milan, Catering Sales Manager



OMG Hospitality

Baumann Family Restaurants |

We welcome newcomer OMG Hospitality to the wedding market, as the are focusing more on rehearsal dinners, engagement parties,

Arguably offering two of the most amazing venues with views on the

showers, and bachelor/ette parties. With five venues that are open for

water, with a comfortable vibe for your SoCal wedding. If water is a

these types of joyful celebrations. They have added the events side to

must for you, definitely check out these landmark restaurants offering

their business as a growing request from some of their favorite patrons.

well thought out event space for weddings. Opened in 1955 by Tom

The type of couple who is drawn to their restaurants are couples

Ham a history lover and San Diego local, today the restaurants are

looking for a fun party vibe. The OMG Hospitality brand is “devoted to

operated by his daughter Suzi and her sons.

the craft” focusing on delicious food and drinks using local and seasonal ingredients in a casual San Diego atmosphere. Check them out for


yourselves they all offer a little something unique for events.

Who needs Hawaii when we have the Bali Hai? Rich in history, this 65 year old San Diego landmark restaurant has been hosting


weddings and parties of all types for decades. Highlights include their

Located in downtown Encinitas they offer a heated outdoor patio and

Polynesian influenced menus and complete covered venue space

private dining room.

which overlooks the San Diego skyline and beautiful Pacific Ocean. They have couples whose parents got married at Bali Hai or families


that have celebrated many special events as it is exciting to book

Located right on 5th Avenue in the heart

space including their very own Hawaiian Village, is a covered outdoor

of the Gaslamp, offering a covered and

pavilion located directly behind the restaurant. If you’re looking for a

heated patio along with three bars.

destination wedding in San Diego, look no further.

multiple generations of new memories each year. The versatile event

Question for the Coordinator:


Q: What sets Bali Hai apart from others venues couples can choose

Rooftop patio with private bar, lower

from in San Diego?

outdoor patio with a bar and lava rock

A: “We're our own little island with an aloha vibe and an amazing view

fire pit, only one block to the beach.

of the bay and downtown. It's like going to Hawaii without the 6-hour plane ride or travel expense.” -Jenny Benitez, CMP, Catering and Events Sales Manager

WATERBAR Amazing direct views of the Pacific


Ocean and the beach/boardwalk, two

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is a historic wedding venue located in San Diego,

full bars- take in the Pacific and Mission

California. Weddings here feature panoramic views of San Diego Bay

Beach fun.

and the city skyline. Nestled on Harbor Island just five minutes from San Diego International Airport, the venue is both picturesque and convenient for guests traveling to the wedding. This venue offers


multiple private event space with views from every window. Tom Hams

Let them bring the party to you with the

is also known as a hotspot for wedding proposals, stop in and make

great food and drinks of Union Kitchen

your reservation today!

& Tap. Question for the Coordinator: Question for the Coordinator:

Q: What do you like best about planning Tom Hams Weddings?

Q: What makes your venues so desirable for the event market?

A: “Working so personally with each couple to make one of the most

A: “Definitely the proximity to the beach for Waterbar and PB Ale

important days of their lives magical and run smoothly. No one couple

House. The food and fun atmosphere at Union Kitchen & Tap is likely

is alike, so it is really great to see the many different dynamics and

a big draw, both being in the center of action in the Gaslamp are and

personalities of each couple. We are wedding obsessed ourselves, so

the other one in the chill beach town of Encinitas.”

this just feels like a hobby to us more than just a job! “

–Jennifer Wooddy, Event Sales Manager

-Brooke Otto, Event Sales Coordinator




Camille didn’t want what was popular or traditional for their wedding, she envisioned a beautiful blend of Bohemian chic with Moroccan touches. The ceremony under a canopy of deep orange, brown and copper vines gave a sepia effect for the unique arch with hanging lanterns providing an ideal backdrop. The bridesmaids were dressed in a deep rust gowns and their bouquets in dark, rich fall colors added to the ambience.

VENDORS venue:Ethereal Gardens | photographer: Laurie Ashley Photography florist: A Flower Chick | bridal Gown: Bridal & Tuxedo Galleria menswear: Bridal & Tuxedo Galleria | jewelry: Heidi Gibson bridal beauty: Hair by Kayti; Alexis Nicholas Makeup Artist | invitations: Minted | entertainment: Pacific Entertainment; Mariachi Serenata videography: Praise Media




Vanessa and Johnny’s wedding was romantic and fall inspired in the garden at Twin Oaks. With the tall trees and twinkle lights, they were able to really feel all the fall vibes. They even had a pumpkin patch for guests to pick out one and take home! Surrounded by multiple generations of love, they felt the romance in the air as they celebrated at their reception as husband and wife.

VENDORS venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate photographer: Honey Photographs | florist: Ruby Bloom Floral Design bridal gown: Here Comes the Bride | menswear: Friar Tux Shop jewelry: Jared; Kay Jewelers | bridal beauty: ChinneyAmour cake/dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements entertainment: Sage Productions



Shawna & Jaideep GREEN GABLES

Since Shawna is from San Diego and Jaideep is from India, this is the first wedding they had here. Later they were able to celebrate with a second wedding in India. They embraced all the traditional American wedding traditions and incorporated a travel theme since they have traveled to 25 countries together. Even their cake topper was a mini Shawna and Jaideep sitting on a globe.

VENDORS venue: Green Gables | photographer/video & photo booth: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video | florist: A Wedding & Event Flower Company bridal gown: Bridal Elegance | menswear: Men’s Wearhouse jewelry: Blue Nile; Jared bridal beauty: Joelle’s Salon & Day Spa; Lipstick & Luster cake/dessert: VG Donut & Bakery | entertainment: San Diego Partytime DJs



Brittney & Alfred MT. WOODSON CASTLE

Guests were greeted with a cold apple cider sparkler before the ceremony that was set under giant oak trees. Afterwards, they enjoyed cocktail hour on the upper lawn and a magical dinner outside with Mt. Woodson Castle as an enchanting backdrop. With champagne in hand, everyone moved inside to the Great Hall for toasts, dancing and cake cutting to finish off their dream-like wedding.



venue: Mt. Woodson Castle | photographer: Fleeting Fox Photography florist: Nancy Stevens Wedding Flowers rentals: Abbey Party Rentals; To Be Designed; Platinum Pro, Inc.; Event Party Rentals | linens: GBS Linens | bridal gown: BHLDN menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Del Rancho Jewelers bridal beauty: Patricia Norvell Makeup Artistry and Hair catering: Personal Touch Dining | cake/dessert: Flour Power invitations: LetterBoxInk on Etsy entertainment & photo booth: Sound Prodigy videography: The Emotion Picture Studio



Anna & Jimmy live in Germany and chose Dragon Point Villa for their modern romantic destination wedding. Not only was it the perfect wedding venue with it’s incredible hilltop views, it also provided a luxurious lodging location that allowed them to spend more quality time with their family and friends.

VENDORS venue: Dragon Point Villa | photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography coordinator: Sublime Weddings & Events florist: Lovely Peonies Floral Design | rentals: Big AZ Letters bridal gown: Hochzeitsrausch Brautmoden | menswear: XUITS jewelry: Revolution Jewelry Design | bridal beauty: Thomas Edward Salon catering: Temecula Catering; Hops & Grains Mobile Bartending cake/dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes | invitations: die kartenmacherei entertainment: Tang Instrumentals; Thomas Giglio Events photo booth: Wall of Fame Photo Booth other: Temecula Valley Valet; Prestige Golf Cars


SDSW reference guide

Southern California's TOP CELEBRATION LOCATIONS This directory will provide you with information on some of the finest SAN DIEGO, TEMECULA and THE DESERT CITIES FINEST ceremony and reception facilities. All information is subject to change without notice. Some features and venues may be available on a limited, seasonal, or by request only basis.


Telephone / Website

The Abbey 2825 5th Avenue • San Diego Bahia Resort Hotel/Sternwheelers 998 W. Mission Bay Drive • San Diego Bali Hai Restaurant 2230 Shelter Island Dr • San Diego

619.686.8700 858.539.7720 619.222.1181

Banzai Bar/Dyno Bar 3048 Midway Dr • San Diego The Carlsbad Windmill by Wedgewood Weddings 890 Palomar Airport Rd • Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate 14050 Carmel Ridge Road • San Diego Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa 3999 Mission Boulevard • San Diego Churon Inn Winery 33233 Rancho California Road • Temecula Coasterra 880 Harbor Island Drive • San Diego Continental Room/Continental Catering 8238 Parkway Drive • La Mesa The Crossings at Carlsbad 5800 The Crossings Dr • Carlsbad

619. 501.5458 866.966.3009 858.487.9224 ext. 3 858.539.8702

Reception Price Range Ceremony Outdoor or Per Person Site Garden Size Range excl. Alcohol Available Area 2-475 25-550 up to 200

909.317.6222 Up to 400 619.814.1300 Up to 250 619.698.3500 25-50 760.444.1885 15-220

Guest Rooms Available



$159 $135 and Up $35.95 and Up $90-135

$79 and Up $95-$130 $65-$115

Up to 99 Package Rate $3,500 Up to 250 300 2-350

Outside Caterer OK

Package Pricing $95 and Up $40 -$196







Dragon Point Villa Private Estate • Fallbrook




Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa 9700 N Torrey Pines Road • La Jolla



$50 and Up


The Dana on Mission Bay 1710 W. Mission Bay Dr. • San Diego DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs 67967 Vista Chino • Cathedral City

Ethereal Gardens 8561 W Lilac Road • Escondido Falkner Winery 40620 Calle Contento • Temecula

760.510.1606 951.676.8231 ext 102

Up to 500 Package Pricing Up to 175 (in) $90-$110 Up to 230( out)

Fallbrook by Wedgewood Weddings 40620 Calle Contento • Temecula


Up to 215

Package Pricing

Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings 38801 Los Corralitos Rd • Temecula


Up to 300

Package Pricing


Up to 400

Package Pricing

The Guild San Diego, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel 500 West Broadway • San Diego




Harbor View Loft 1880 Harbor Island Dr. • San Diego




Hornblower Cruises & Events 1800 N. Harbor Drive • San Diego



$99 and Up

Humphreys Half Moon Inn 2303 Shelter Island Dr • San Diego




Green Gables 134 Woodland Parkway • San Marcos



Telephone / Website

Reception Price Range Ceremony Per Person Site Size Range excl. Alcohol Available

Outdoor or Garden Areav

Outside Caterer OK

Guest Rooms Available


Up to 300

Venue Fee










951.694.6699 x4




Up to 150

Venue Fee

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 1 Market Place • San Diego



$120 and Up

Menifee Lakes by Wedgewood Weddings 29875 Menifee Lakes Dr • Menifee


Up to 200

Package Pricing

Mount Palomar Winery 33820 Rancho California Road • Temecula



$92 and Up





Up to 300

Package Pricing

Paradise Point Resort and Spa 1404 Vacation Road • San Diego




PB AleHouse Kitchen & Brewery 721 Grand Avenue • San Diego





50 - 100


619.557.9441 x 206

Up to 320

$114 and Up






$114 and Up

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road • Escondido



$120 and Up

San Clemente by Wedgewood Weddings 150 E Avenida Magdalena • San Clemente


Up to 250

Package Pricing



$65 and Up

Plus Venue Fee

619.795.9563 / 760.230.2337

30 - 350 30 - 300


The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel 326 Broadway • San Diego




Tom Ham’s Lighthouse 2150 Harbor Island Drive. • San Diego


Up to 230


Twin Oaks House and Gardens 236 Deer Springs Road • San Marcos


Up to 200

Package Pricing

Vintana Wine + Dine at the Centre 1205 Auto ParkWay • Escondido


50 and Up



Up to 350


Waterbar 4325 Ocean Blvd. • San Diego




Wien’s Family Cellars 35055 Via Del Ponte • Temecula




International House at UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive #0550• La Jolla The Lafayette Hotel 2223 El Cajon Blvd • San Diego Leo Carrillo Ranch 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln. • Carlsbad Lorimar Coach House 39900 Berenda Road • Temecula Lorimar Vineyards 39990 Anza Road • Temecula Luce Loft 1037 J Street • San Diego

Mt. Woodson Castle 16302 N Woodson Drive • Ramona The Orchard by Wedgewood Weddings 29015 Garland Ln • Menifee

Peohe's 1201 1st St. • Coronado The Prado at Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, Suite 12 • San Diego San Diego Marriott Mission Valley 8757 Rio San Diego Drive • San Diego San Diego Mission Bay Resort 1775 East Mission Bay Drive • San Diego

Sea 180° Coastal Tavern 800 Seacoast Drive • Imperial Beach Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp Quarter & Encinitas 333 5th Avenue • SD / 1108 South Coast Hwy 101 • Encinitas

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WEDDING SCAPES A Frenchies Affair at The Abby on Fifth Once Upon A Wedding at Inn at Churon Winery Infused in Culture at Estancia La Jolla Desert Bound Nuptuals at La Quinta Resort & Club A Chance Meeting to Fall in Love at The Prado at Balboa Park




Planning • Design • Coordination •

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A FRENCHIES AFFAIR venue: The Abbey on Fifth photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography design & coordination: Peachy Keen Weddings & Events florist: Heather Palenscar Designs cake: 1914 Bakery rentals: Enticing Tables tabletop, chairs and glassware: Catalog Atelier Rentals stationery: Dolldine Design gowns: Here Comes the Bride bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo menswear: Friar Tux Shop rings: Raw by Olivia Mar hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad models: Denise, Catherine, Montonio, Selina, Alexandra and Erika pup models: Stella and Buddy Boy

About the Venue The Abbey is a full-service facility offering events for up to 300 guests. Your special day will be accompanied by a full-time wedding coordinator and gourmet cuisine prepared on-site. As a cherished San Diego landmark, it is sure to appeal to any couple with an affinity of tradition and romance. The Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the cathedral boasts two enormous domed stained-glass skylights and windows that capture the gleaming San Diego sun.



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Wedding Coordination + Design 619.252.1058

& : @blissevent : @blisseventsd







INFUSED IN CULTURE venue: Estancia La Jolla photographer: Braja Mandala design & coordination: Nahid Global Events florist: Jennifer Cole Florals cake: Sugar & Scribe rentals: APR Rentals mendap: Folklore invitation and paper goods: Dolline Designs clothing: Gopi Skirts by Radhika jewelry: Jas and Pa hair and makeup: Salon 1220 and Shear Artistry Salon models: Priya and Anuj Bhalla

About the Venue Featuring award-winning gardens and hacienda-style architecture, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is celebrated for its personalized service and exceptional splendor. Recognized as one of San Diego’s best outdoor and indoor wedding venues nestled in the heart of Torrey Pines,the brilliant bougainvillea and olive trees, winding pathways, and water fountains set an enchanting stage for romantic outdoor wedding ceremonies.



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ONCE UPON A WINERY WEDDING venue: The Inn at Churon Winery photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography design & coordination: Peachy Keen Weddings & Events florist: Lovely Peonies cake/dessert: 1914 Bakery dĂŠcor: All Propt Up backdrop/dessert cart & flatware: Something Special Backdrops goblets: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals SDSW


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farm house table: Rustic Events invitation suite & calligraphy: Shelby Creative Design bridal gown: Embrace Bridal Boutique menswear: Friar Tux Shop hair and makeup: Bre Payton Designs rings: Raw By Olivia Mar models: Hope and Tyler

About the Venue

For an elegant European wedding without the 12 hour flight, look no further than The Inn at Churon Winery in Temecula. Sitting on an 11 acre estate, the beautiful chateau has 24 guest rooms, all facing the vineyards featuring private balconies. The large grounds feature a long driveway, tiered lawns, and an elevated gazebo that has waterfalls and a moat surrounding it. Mid-April or September and October provide dates with the most colorful grapevines for your wine country wedding.







DESERT BOUND NUPTIALS venue: La Quinta Resort & Club photographer: Honey Photographs design & coordination: Winner Circle Events florist: Los Angeles Floral Couture cake/dessert: Exquisite Desserts donuts: Krispy Kreme catering/signature drinks: La Quinta Resort & Club rentals: Modern Relics escort wall: Something Special Backdrops tabletop rentals: Catalog Atelier Rentals paper goods: Dulce Muse Designs signage: Janet Morrin Designs linens: Anar Party Rentals menswear: Friar Tux Shop rings: Raw by Olivia Mar Designs hair/makeup: Nolan Robert Studio models: Weston & Nolan

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For a ceremony by a waterfall, an intimate reception, or extravagant banquet, the stunning layout at La Quinta Resort & Club offers amazing locations for your wedding. The palm tree framed property is accentuated by colorful flowers, fragrant citrus trees, and sparkling pools. The spectacle of the Santa Rosa Mountains will offer the perfect backdrop to your romantic gathering.


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NEED A TITLE venue: The Prado at Balboa Park photographer: BE Studios stylist: Kelly Dalisa florist & coordinator: Artistic Florals cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. rentals: TBD San Diego stationery: Paper Scissors Print linens: Napa Valley Linens gown: Luv Bridal menswear: Hugo Boss SDSW


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hair & makeup: Bridal By Haydee models: Lena and Patrick

About the Venue Located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, The Prado will blend the grace and splendor of yesterday with the traditions of today to create the wedding of your dreams. The Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens are picturesque terraces for a wedding ceremony. There are multi-level terraces which feature historic fountains, reflecting p ool, wishing well, and beautifully landscaped gardens have made this a premier wedding site for generations of San Diegans.



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This wedding was a blend of Sarah’s Persian culture and Benjamin’s Jewish background. They were able to find a great rabbi, who not only performed the Jewish ceremony, but incorporated aspects of the Persian wedding ceremony. It's a true testament to the diversity of Southern California and the fact that two cultures can coexist and complement one another. The blending continued at the reception where they danced until the early hours to American hits, Persian pop, in addition to Jewish music such as the hora.

VENDORS venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa photographer: Lauren Scotti Photography | coordinator: Bliss Events florist: Layered Vintage | rentals: Folklore; Samira Weddings and Events bridal gown: The Dress Theory | menswear: Men’s Wearhouse jewelry: 33 Jewels at El Paseo | bridal beauty: Genevieve Garner cake/dessert: Kuba Kreations Bakery | invitations: Minted entertainment: Dashing Events | videography: Taylor Films




Christina and Andy booked Bali Hai thinking it was the ideal place to get married, since that was where they had met. Unfortunately, they were going to have to wait longer than they wanted for an available date. Fortunately, they got a call a few days later to let them know there was a cancellation date, but only three months away. After a lot of scrambling and hard work, they were able to pull together a wedding that was everything they had dreamed of.



ceremony venue: Sacred Heart Church of Ocean Beach reception venue: Bali Hai Restaurant photographer: BE Studios | florist: Tessfresh Flowers bridal gown: Bridal & Veil | menswear: JoS. A. Bank; Brackish Bowties jewelry: Blue Nile | bridal beauty: Model Call Salon; Priv catering: Bali Hai Restaurant cake/dessert: Shirley the Cake Lady; Churros El Tigre entertainment: Left Coast Quintet; Music by Desi; Sleeping Giant Music photo booth: Wilbur Studios | lighting: Brilliant Event LightingÂ



The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was an adventurous location for Karan and Trenton’s destination wedding. They exchanged their vows with exotic birds in the background, took pictures with a slew of animals and enjoyed a “party animal” themed reception. Afterwards, their guests were treated to a safari ride through the park.

VENDORS venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park | photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography | florist: Allen’s Flowers | bridal gown: David’s Bridal menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Kay Jewelers; Happy Laulea bridal beauty: Knight & Veil; Elwynn + Cass | cake/dessert: Cute Cakes entertainment: Bay Area DJ & Karaoke Event Services transportation: Luxx Limos



Courtney & Kelsey LUCE LOFT

Courtney & Kelsey’s wedding was the perfect blend of simplicity and natural beauty. Their main focus was creating an atmosphere where all felt welcomed and comfortable while still honoring the seriousness and momentousness of the occasion. Working with Luce Loft’s intrinsically intimate setting and adding the magic of greenery and lights was the ideal spot. Using live plants and lighting juxtaposed against an industrial setting really brought together the essence of their relationship.

VENDORS venue: Luce Loft | photographer: Carmen Lopez Photography coordinator: Pebble Red Events | florist: Flowers Annette Gomez rentals & linens: Rustic Events bridal gown: Almond Tree Wedding Boutique jewelry: Charles Koll Jewellers bridal beauty: Bijou Beautiful; Meleah Makeup, Hair & Dance catering: Curiocity Catering | cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. entertainment: DJ Hersch | officiant: Just Imagine




The wedding was classic and romantic, but had elements that made it modern day like the white washed chiavari chairs to the luxurious floral boxes and gold tapered candles. From the white, crisp, delicate blooms, blush pink bridesmaid dresses and the classic tux this sophisticated wedding style was timeless. The bride loved these geode bookends so much that she went to multiple stores to find enough to turn them into her table numbers.

VENDORS venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate | photographer: Devon Donnahoo Photography | coordinator: Nicole Manalo Events florist: Moments in Bloom | rentals: The Chiavari Guys linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals | bridal gown: Boca Raton Bridal menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Costco bridal beauty: HD Beauty; Taylor Haupt Makeup cake/dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes | invitations: Minted entertainment: Battleson Entertainment


tips from the pros San Diego Wedding Pros give us their best wedding planning advice

"Make sure to work a day-of wedding coordinator into your budget. There are so many

"As you plan, you are going to get pulled in a thousand directions as different family

things that happen on the day of, and you do NOT want to be worrying about the little

members and friends ask you to make accommodations. We always recommend consid-

stuff when you should be enjoying your day! "

ering each request, while keeping in mind that this is your event."

Jennifer Wooddy

Melody Ponce

OMG Hospitality

Winner Circle Event Planning

"At the start of your wedding planning, arrange your vendors in terms of priority. That way

"Book your hotel room for your guests before you send out your Save the Dates.

you know how to allot your wedding budget towards what is most important to you. Then

Complimentary room blocks generally expire a full month prior to the stay dates so by

book your vendors in order of priority, so you can be sure to have the most options for

the time you send your invitations out, it might be too late."

vendors that are at the top of your priority list and you can re-allot budget and money for

Michelle Martini-Brown

the lower-priority vendors, if needed due to spending more on the top priorities."

Visit Oceanside

Rachel Welland Bliss Events

"Make sure you are comparing your package prices and what is included. You may think you are getting a great package deal at $80.00 a person when it’s only including

"When comparing wedding caterers, make sure that what they provide is apples to apples.

your meal and set up! Meanwhile, the venue you turned down for $112.00 a person is

Not every caterer is the same when it comes to quality of food, service and attention to

including everything you need from bar, wine service, champagne toast, chair covers,

detail. Some caterers also include complimentary items and services like china, glassware,

linens, dinner, appetizers, and your wedding cake!"

linens and assistance throughout the planning process. It is important to consider whether

Monique Milan

companies are comparable to one another when comparing proposals."

Bahia Resort Hotel

Lauren Navalle Personal Touch Dining

"During your wedding reception take a few minutes to just soak in the activity in the room. Observe how your family and friends are celebrating this amazing day. It is a

"If you’re waffling between inviting someone or not, use the 5 year rule! Do you have a

memory that you will hold onto forever."

photo with them from the last 5 years with the both of you? "

Erica Ryberg and Samantha Loveless

Adrienne Hur

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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SDSW spotlight

business spotlight POSH PRIVY When we find something we love, we can’t wait to share it with our

and more. Posh Privy is redefining the portable potty experience, with

couples! With so many outdoor venues offered these days, this is a

distinct style and amenities both inside and out.

business you’ll want to have on your list to book early! We absolutely

They own the units and take very good care of them, servicing them

love the concept of keeping everything first class and that includes

to keep them like new. When booking them you are speaking directly

your bathroom options. We came across Posh Privy earlier this year

with the owners, who take great pride in what they offer to the event

and loved the concept and the owners are first class and love the ser-

industry. They know their reputation and success as a business are on

vice they can provide. Ron and Yolanda have worked hard to build the

the line. Posh Privy is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm and you may con-

reputation and expand the services offered by Posh Privy.

tact them via email anytime. They are solar powered and can service

Their goals was simple, change the way people think about using a portable restroom. It no longer needs to be a cringe worthy moment! Their vision came to life when they started offering transportable toilets, incorporating flowers, music, artwork, air conditioning, hot water

remote areas. Their services include delivery and set-up. They can also provide personal attendants, at an additional fee. They care about you, your event and your guests. Give Posh Privy a call today for pricing for your wedding or special event.



Dream Day Rentals Find everything for your dream celebration at a party rental company A PROFESSIONAL PARTY RENTAL FIRM CAN HELP YOU CREATE AND COORDINATE the wedding atmosphere you’ve always dreamed of from beginning to end. With your vision and budget in hand, let them help you plan the perfect wedding celebration.


There are many companies that specialize

Before you try and select a party rental firm

in finding those hard-to-find items, and they

online, you’ll want to sit down with your

will go out of their way to locate everything

wedding coordinator or the event planners.

your heart desires.

Venues often offer linens and tableware, so you’ll want to be certain of what you’ll be


receiving from your wedding venues.

What’s the cost for making dreams come

PHOTOGRAPHER: Honey Photographs

Once you determine what you already

true? That depends on the quantity, quality,

have, you’ll then know what you’ll still

and exactly what items you are renting.

need to make your celebration complete.

However, before you hand over a check to

No matter how big or small, it’s likely a

the rental firm, make sure you have a signed

party rental firm can help you find it. From

contract outlining every item you’re renting.

contemporary lounge furniture or rustic

You will also want to make sure the contract

items to elegant portable restrooms, and

contains a section detailing how, when, and

photo booths, specialty rental firms can

where the items will be delivered, along

provide just about anything – all you have

with who will be setting up, tearing down,

to do is ask. And if the firm you’ve selected

and returning the rental items following the

can’t find something, they may be able to

event. Remember that delivery and set up

refer you to someone who does.

can often add to the cost, so if you’re only renting a few small items such as silk plants,

"Rental companies can provide just about anything – all you have to do is ask."



glassware, or cloth napkins, you might be

After determining what you’re looking for,

able to save money by picking up these

along with your guest list, it’s time to shop.

items yourself. But when it comes to tents,

To find a reputable party rental company,

glassware, china, and other specialty rentals,

see great options provide in rental seervices

you’d be better off to let the rental company

in the following pages. Once you’ve

deliver these items themselves.

narrowed your selections to a few rental

Party rental companies can provide

firms, make appointments so you can check

so many different items, if you can dream

out each company’s inventory. If you can’t

it – they are the ones who can help make it

find what you want in their portfolios or

happen. They’ll provide everything you need

showrooms, feel free to ask if they might be

to create a memorable celebration from

able to obtain the items you’re looking for.

beginning to end.

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TREND REPORT trending now I R AT I O


Feast your eyes upon the sweetest new wedding craze: donut walls! We're absolutely loving the latest trend that's taking over Instagram and Pinterest. Donut walls are a fun and creative way to break the expectations of traditional dessert tables as a delicious backdrop for your perfect day. Brides everywhere are obsessed with this creative and fun idea of a wall of hanging treats, which can be fully customized depending on your wedding theme and color scheme. Whether you prefer elegant white confections or bright and colorful sprinkled donuts, your donut decor will win over the hearts and tummies of your guests. We can’t think of anything sweeter!

Janet Morrin Designs, available for rental

“Do-nut miss out on this trend” Donut walls on these pages are available to rent through Duck Donuts


Janet Morrin Designs, available for rental

Something Special Backdrops, available for rental

the credits venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa photographer: Katherine Beth Photography donuts & donut walls (unless specified): Duck Donuts - Encinitas styling & signage: Janet Morrin Designs florals & greens: Flowers Forever linens: Anar Party Rental





the dream team

venue: The US Grant- A Luxury Collection Hotel | photographer: BE Studios coordinator & designer: The White Planning Company | florals: Flowers Forever rentals: APR Rentals and BBJ Linens | stationery: Dolldine Designs | cake/dessert: Elegance on Display signage: Janet Morrin Designs | gown: Here Comes the Bride | rings: Marrow Designs menswear: Zeglio Custom Clothiers | hair and make-up: Bre Payton Designs | models: Karenn and Garrett








Rachel and Robbie envisioned a romantic, relaxed, stunning and most importantly fun wedding. Lots of white and green fragrant flowers were a focal point and helped set the garden like setting for the ceremony. The outdoor reception was dazzling under a twinkling white tent as a continuation of the garden vibe.



venue: The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe | photographer: Half Full Photography event design & coordinator: Bliss Events | florist: Flowers Annette Gomez rentals: To Be Designed; Bright Event Rentals; Archive Rentals linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | bridal gown: The White Dress menswear: Barneys New York | bridal beauty: The Hair & Makeup Box | cake/dessert: VG Donut & Bakery; Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. invitations: Whimsique | entertainment: Serrano Musica, Encore Event Entertainment, JD Musik | videography: Anthology Films transportation: San Diego Van Service


Danielle & Matthew COASTERRA

Danielle and Matthew chose Coasterra since it is on the water, has the most breathtaking view of downtown San Diego, and was most unique venue they saw in San Diego. It was the perfect setting for the sleek and modern wedding they had envisioned. The color palette for the wedding was a mix of shades of blues to go with the overall look of the venue and incorporate a romantic and soft look for a coastal wedding..

VENDORS venue: Coasterra | photographer: Aga Jones Photography coordinator: Très Chic Affairs | florist: Modern Bouquet. rentals: Crown Rentals | linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals bridal gown: The Bustle Bridal Boutique | menswear: Friar Tux Shop jewelry: Bridal Rings Company | bridal beauty: Blush & Adore cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. | invitations: Minted entertainment: Choice Entertainment | videography: Amari ProductionsÂ




This wedding was a tribute to San Diego's history and was a whimsical tribute to the San Diego 1916 World’s Fair. The grooms wore period appropriate tuxedos with coattails, top hat & cane. They were married by the Prado Wishing Well by their very dear best friend who had introduced them. They used an old Gaelic tradition of 'tying the knot,' using a rainbow cord with charms on each end.

VENDORS venue: The Prado at Balboa Park rehearsal dinner/guest accommodations: The Lafayette Hotel photographer: Brant Bender Photography coordinator: Breezy Day Weddings florist: J Design Floral Design | cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. menswear: The Gentlemen's Tux Club | jewelry: Robbins Brothers bridal beauty: Mobile Beauty Team | cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. invitations: Take Note! Creations | entertainment: The Groove




Olivia and Drew are high school sweethearts that had been together for years and their love truly radiated on their wedding day. The kept the decor simple, clean and classic. After a short ceremony, they celebrated with family and friends and managed to keep an intimate feeling reception, even with a larger guest list..

VENDORS venue: Bernardo Winery | photographer: ColemanShots florist: I Rosemary-Duff Florist | bridal gown: Luv Bridal menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Shane Co. bridal beauty: Poppy Salon | catering: Encore Catering & Events cake/dessert: SusieCakes; Nothing Bundt Cakes invitations: Minted | entertainment: Party People



PHOTOGRAPHER: Blessed Wedding Photography

The First Impression Make a Statement with Wedding Stationery Written by: Kristen Castillo

Everything about your wedding showcases who you are as a couple. Wedding stationary is no different. So make a statement with your color choices, your fonts and your wording, and leave a lasting impression with all of your guests!


can select pens, magnets

(or maybe even a whole day!)

elegance. Embellishments like

or cards to announce your

at the papery checking out

rhinestones or feathers can

Save the dates are a guest’s first

wedding. No matter which style

invitation styles, themes and

be added to invitations too.

impression of your wedding,

you choose, be sure to send

colors. Pick an invitation

Any non-traditional sizes or

so you definitely want to make

out your save the dates about

approach that works for you

extras will likely cost more

a powerful statement. These

six months before the wedding.

and be sure to include all the

to mail. Consider having

pre-invitation notices may seem

If you’re planning a destination

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your invitations’ stamps hand

simple and straightforward, but

wedding, give your guests

full names, the wedding date,

cancelled at the post office to

remember that they will set the

even more notice, if possible.

time and location, as well as

preserve the look and quality

tone for your big event. Choose

Be sure to include important

when and how to RSVP, who to

of the invitations.

save the dates that send the

information like a wedding Web

call with questions and in some

style message you want to

site and hotel details on your

cases menu options for guests.

share with your would-be

save the dates so your guests

guests. Ask yourself, “Are they

can make plans to attend your

shapes and sizes. For example,

your mailing schedule. Plan

the right color? Font? Theme?”

big day.

you can get square cards

to have your invitations ready

or rectangular cards. The

about three months before the wedding.

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invitations are layered too, with

information that helps guests plan ahead, and they should

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Enclosures can include a

invitations at least two months

include key details like your

stationery, invitations are the

response card, information

before the big day. That

wedding date, time and place.

main event. They express your

cards telling guests about

way, guests are likely able to

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style and convey important

travel and hotel arrangements,

determine whether or not

names and mention that a

information. Invitations can be

a map and directions.

they will be able to attend,

formal invitation will follow.

formal and elegant; fun and

choose should give specific

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lots of inserts and envelopes.

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Mail your wedding

plus it gives you enough time

unfussy; or simple and timeless.

with coordinating patterns

to prepare for a final guest

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or colors to add a touch of


TASTEFUL THANK YOU NOTES Your wedding day will go by

free to include a wedding photo as part of the announcement. Keep the font and the

in a blur, but the memories

wording simple as you

will linger forever. Show your

announce the basics about your

appreciation to the people

day, such as your full names,

who made the day so special

your wedding date and the

by sending hand-written thank

wedding location. Aim to send

you notes to each guest. Thank

these notes out in a timely

them for wedding gifts, wedding

manner—within a month of the

advice, support, love and even

big day—so the people receiving

laughter. A few handwritten

them feel in the loop.

lines will go along way to show your gratitude. Thank you notes tend to

Announcements can also work very well following an elopement. Sure, family and

be simple cards because the

friends may feel excluded from

real heart of the note is in the

the fun, but a nicely worded

handwritten message.

announcement will make them

Send thank you notes as

feel better. Consider a message

soon as you can during the days

such as, “We’re married!

or weeks after the wedding.

Katie and William got hitched

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tackle the project a few notes


at a time. And don’t forget to

“No matter which stationery

include your guy when writing

you choose, be sure to order

thank you notes. Divide up the

early and always proofread

pile of notes to be written, hand

your purchases. One typo and

your hubby a pen and tell him

you could be out a lot of money

to write something heartfelt in

to re-do your order. Another

each note. You can handle note

tip? Order a few extra pieces of

writing together which means

everything from save the dates

the job will get done quickly.

to invitations. You may want to keep a few for sentimental


reasons, but more likely you’ll

You’re married and it’s time to

invite several extra guests.

need them if you decide to

share the big news with friends and colleagues who didn’t get

Stocking up on wedding

invited to the ceremony or

stationery can be a lot of work,

reception. Spread the word

but it can also be a lot of fun.

with announcements that are

Let your inner designer go to

informative and elegant. Feel






CREATIONS venue: Luce Loft | photographer: Hoffman Photo & Video | props & styling: Something Special Backdrops florals and greens: Detailed Floral Design | signage: Janet Morrin Designs

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for LOVE

the dream team

venue: La Jolla Woman’s Club | photographer: Allison Davis Photography | coordinator, design & styling: Southern House Events + Design | florals: Heather Palenscar Designs | rentals: More Rentals | dessert/cake: Sugar and Scribe | favors: Perfectly Salty signage/paper goods: Love Notes Stationery | signage: Janet Morrin Designs | calligraphy: The Lettered J gown: Here Comes the Bride | menswear: Friar Tux | hair: Beauty by Tara Lynn makeup: Sana Sayed Makeup ; Elwynn and Cass Beauty Concierge | models: Crystal & Joey




the inspiration

Todays couples are about personalization and experiences. Crystal and Joey love cooking, so we created the kitchen or Herb Garden to bring a sense of story-telling to this wedding styled shoot. With various shades of green to reflect the colors found in home garden herbs, a pop of femininity with blush pinks, mauve, and a statement blue to provide a touch of masculinity. A modern, delicate and romantic aesthetic featuring multiple varieties of herbs and plant life with a soft balance of color and tactile textures help provide a feeling of love.




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Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, just one block from the ocean, La Jolla Woman's Club provides a serene and luxurious setting for weddings. The exquisite private grounds, historic Irving Gill building, two ceremony gardens, and ocean views are just a few of the magical features of the club. Couples frequently wander to the ocean for photos while guests are enjoying their cocktail hour. Enjoy the exclusive use of the entire clubhouse and grounds for your event.





Devon and Josh wanted a wedding that was unique to them and Devon researched every detail. She believes in this world of social media and comparisons “you can create your wedding of your dreams on your own terms and be 100% satisfied”. She loves that she had to get creative and enjoyed designing the details of their wedding.



venue: Mount Palomar Winery photographer: Heather Anderson Photography coordinator: Très Chic Affairs | florist: Joy of Bloom Florals bridal gown: Mia Bella Couture | menswear: Friar Tux Shop jewelry: Simone & Son; WedgeWood Rings bridal beauty: Andrea Villa Hair; 805 Makeup catering: Temecula Catering | cake/dessert: The Sweet Apron entertainment: Elevated Pulse Productions | invitations: Minted videography: Ashley Bee Photography



Saloomeh and Jarrod’s Persian-American wedding was timeless and elegant in a beautiful soft blush palette. The ceremony showcased an exquisite Sofreh spread, that contained items each symbolizing beautiful meanings. The reception was transformed into a magical evening with incredible floral arrangements and soft candle light. Then the live band kept hips moving on the dance floor the rest of the night.

VENDORS venue: The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel photographer: Armen Asadorian Photography event design & coordinator: First Comes Love Weddings & Events sofreh: Elegant Sofreh Design | florist: Blush Botanicals linens: BBJ Linen Rental | bridal gown: The White Flower Bridal Boutique menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo | jewelry: Diamond Exchange Dallas bridal beauty: Victoria G Hair Design. | cake/dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes invitations: Minted | entertainment: Yara Bahonar Violin; Soul Station videography: byDesign Films




Disa and Amit had a traditional ceremony outside using the hotel’s landscape as a beautiful backdrop for a colorful celebration with amazing details including elephants for good luck. The elegant and breathtaking reception had stunning raised red and white floral centerpieces that were the focal point of the stylish tables. The evening was filled with amazing food, excellent music and lots of dancing..

VENDORS venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs photographer: Gary Coelho Photography coordinator: Lavish Weddings | florits: 2 Lips Flowers rentals: Enticing Tables; Kumba Entertainment & Events linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals | bridal gown: Aishwarya menswear: Dreams Collections | jewelry: J & J Diamond Jewelry bridal beauty: Dolled Up by Lulu catering: Jay Bharat; Dilliwala Indian Kitchen cake/dessert: Pastry Swan Bakery; Nini Pop invitations: Take Note! Creations | entertainment: 3D Sounds photo booth: Halo Photo Booth | videography: Avec Lumière Productions




Michelle and Mike had an outdoor ceremony and reception under a tented pavilion filled with twinkling lights. Ethereal Gardens had the ideal laid back vibe they were going for. Michelle describes their wedding as the perfect day and “an effortlessly beautiful celebration of love and llamas”!

VENDORS venue: Ethereal Gardens | photographer: Brad Hart Co. florits: CraftBlooms Flowers | bridal gown: The Dress Theory menswear: Zeglio Custom Clothiers; Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Robbins Brothers; Kasia Jewelry | invitations: Minted bridal beauty: Alexis Nicholas Makeup Artist; Svglamour entertainment: Pacific Entertainmenth | llamas: Sugar Sweet Farm




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clink & CHEERS

the dream team venue: Luce Loft | photographer: Allison Davis Photography | coordinator, design & styling: Lindsey & Rob rentals: Anar Party Rentals | signage/paper goods: Janet Morrin Designs



El Caliente Milagro

Skeletor's Revenge

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Moms Garen

Maui Sunrise

Bartenders On Demand the recipes 1. Cafe Du Soleil

Glassware: Cocktail Glass 2 oz Bartenders On Demand Infused Espresso Vodka 2 oz Amarula 1/2 oz Dark Creme De Cocao Shake & Strain Top w/ cinnamon & 3 espresso beans.

2. El Caliente Milagro

Glassware: Highball Glass. (Rimmed with Tajin) Muddle a jalapeño wheel, lime wedge, & 1/2 oz simple syrup. 2 oz Milagro Tequila 1/2 oz Contreau 2.5 oz Passion Puree Shake (double strain), pour over fresh ice. Top off w/ club soda. Garnish: jalapeño wheel & lime wheel

3. Skeletor’s Revenge

Glassware: Skull Glass Rim Skull glass w/ Red Sugar Topping Put small amount of dry ice in bottom of skull glass Put 2oz Absolute Citron, 1oz Midori, & 1 oz Sour Apple Pucker in a glass. Pour into the skull glass

4. Maui Sunrise

Glassware: Pineapple 2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum Slice of Banana 1 oz Cran-Rasberry Juice 2 oz Coco Lopez 1/2 oz Orange Juice 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Passion Fruit Puree 1 oz Blue Curacao

Blend all ingredients & pour into hollowed out pineapple. * If you like a float on top of blended cocktails add 1/2 oz - 1 oz spiced rum on top Garnish: Cut a Banana into a dolphin head, place a cherry in dolphins mouth. Cut a notch in bottom of dolphin banana and place on side of pineapple. Put edible flowers at base of dolphins head.

5. The Crows Flip

Glassware: Cocktail Glass 1 Egg 2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon 1/4 - 1/2 oz (depends how creamy you like it) Amarula .75 oz simple syrup Shake no ice, shake again with light ice for 1 - 2 minutes 2 dashes orange bitters Garnish: Sprinkle Nutmeg on top.

6. Mom’s Garden

Glassware: Collins Glass Muddle 1 oz cucumber simple syrup, 4 slices of cucumber, lime wedge, sprig of Rosemary & 4 mint leaves 1/2 oz ST-Germain Elderflower Liqueur 2 oz Prairie Cucumber Organic Vodka Shake (double strain) pour over fresh glass of ice Top w/ club soda Garnish: lime wheel, Rosemary sprig, mint, edible flower & cucumber wheel


Passion on the Tiki

Clover Club

Prickly Pear Margarita

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Peachy Keen

Smoke on the Water

Snake Oil Cocktail Company the recipes 1. Peachy Keen

Bourbon, smashed peaches, muddled orange peel, fresh ginger, cinnamon bitters. Garnish with thin orange slice, edible flower and a cinnamon stick.

2. Smoke on the Water

Scotch, Moroccan mint tea, pressed orange, a touch of honey, misted smoke. Garnish with a sprig of Thyme and an edible flower.

3. Clover Club

5. Go Green

Vodka, Smashed Cucumber, Pressed Lime, Agave Nectar, Muddled Basil. Garnish with an edible flower and a sprig of Rosemary.

6. Snake In The Grass

Tequila, Smashed Cucumber, Pressed Lime, Agave Nectar, Muddled Mint, Pasteurized Egg White. Garnished with an edible sugar, cocktail graffitti.

7. Prickly Pear Margarita

Gin, Smashed raspberry, vanilla + clove reduction, pressed lemon , pasteurized egg. Garnish with an edible flower and lemon twist.

Glassware: Tequila, pressed orange, smashed prickly pear, grapefruit-cinnamon Don’s mix, pressed lime and smoked salt rim. Garnished with thin lemon slice and mint leaves.

4. Passion on the Tiki

8. Hummingbird Sour

Rum, smashed passion fruit & pomegranate, almond, orange flower water, pressed citrus, island spice reduction, Angostura bitters. Garnish with a raspberry, edible flower and mint leaves.

Mezcal, Smashed Pineapple, Pressed Lemon, BlackPepper-Spiced Brown Sugar, Pasteurized Egg White, Aromatic Bitters. Garnished with an edible sugar, cocktail graffitti.


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Tap Truck Serve your favorite craft beers from personalized taps

about the venue

Once the historic 1928 Carnation Dairy Factory, Luce Loft is now a beautiful urban event space located in Downtown San Diego. Luce Loft is a one-of-a-kind location with high arching ceilings, stained concrete floors and large windows. The venue can accommodate up to150 people, and will provide cleanup services, lighting and sound services at your event as a part of the rental. Personalize your event to your liking with your own vendors and creative touches.


ENCINITAS 1452 Encinitas Blvd | Encinitas, CA • (814) 233-7651



questions to ask your entertainers BAND OR DJ PROSPECTS n Are you performing locally

ceremonies at the reception? n How many breaks do you

any time soon? May we

take and for how long? Do

attend the performance?

you require a break room

n Can we see a song list? Can you perform particular songs we want that are not on the list? n How will you be dressed? n Do you provide lighting/ special effects? n How far in advance must we book? n Will you be the master of

and/or food to be provided? n How many sets do you play and how long is each set? n Do you charge a total rate or by the hour? n When do you start overtime rates? How much? n What are your payment terms? n What is your cancellation policy?





the dream team venue: TBD Warehouse photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography and Allison Davis Photography


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Jana Williams Photography

Your next journey starts here.

JCF Jennifer Cole Florals


760.815.8719 707.501.8445 WWW.JENNIFERCOLEFLORALS.COM



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the fine art of flowers 858.793.1123

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the dapper


CALL ME OLD FASHION, BUT I LOVE NOTHING more than to see a man in a nicely tailored suit. We sat down with John Park, CEO and Founder of Zeglio Custom Clothiers, and talked about my love for a dapper gentleman. I feel as does he, a nicely dressed man exudes confidence, strength and power when wearing a suit. Take a look for yourself, his posture is a little taller and his smirk a bit larger when your guy dresses up, especially when wearing a fine suit. You don’t necessarily need a dozen but a few of top quality suits would be a wise investment and always a great gift idea. I know many businesses have gone to a more casual look, but be your own person, give yourself a daily boost of confidence and style with a more professional look. Not all suits are created equally- Zeglio is known for their classy and top of the line designs, fabrics and tailoring.

the dream team venue: Ethereal Gardens | photographer: Honey Photographs | coordinator, designer & stylist: Angel Tan menswear: Zeglio Custom Clothier | hair: 1904 Men's Refinery | models: Todd, Ward, Martin, Parker



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The four most important elements of a custom suit. The Fit Brand doesn’t matter whatsoever if the garment doesn’t fit you perfectly The Proportions Part of the aesthetics and science of design, is giving your face and body a balanced look.( i.e. lapel width, 1st button location, length etc.) Quality of Construction This speaks for itself and what makes it custom and unique. The Design This element should make a statement about you, and make you feel confident wearing it. Look at personalizing the lining and selecting fabrics that talk to you. How to Purchase A Custom Suit n Call and Book an Appointment n Decide on the different design elements, fabrics, type, details desired. n 1 st Fitting where you are measured, assess your posture and proportions, and try on several styles to see what looks best on your frame. Listen to the experts! n B aste Fitting, where the suit is unfinished and adjusted on your body. n F inal Fitting where final adjustments are made to assure the perfect fit. Consider getting a custom suit for your wedding, not only will you be walking down the aisle in style, it will have a very special place in your heart each time you get to wear it. Expect to pay for a custom suit $1500$5000, but in my book, worth every penny. I would love to see more handsome men wearing their confidence in a suit on a daily basis.



formalwear 101 CHOOSING A TUX MIGHT JUST BE THE EASIEST weddingrelated decision you’ll make. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with a suit that has changed so modestly in the past 120 years. In fact, if you compare today’s tuxedo with the one your father wore at his wedding, you’ll likely see only slight variations (provided dad didn’t wear a ruffled shirt). The single-breasted notch lapel tuxedo, is a classic look that never goes out of style. Searching for your own take on the traditional tux? From ties and vests to buttons and shoes, here’s the straight talk on your options, along with styles that best suit your groom’s silhouette.

Tie one on When it comes to ties there’s standard, and then there’s spectacular. While the classic bow tie will always be a perennial favorite, there are other options for grooms who choose to venture outside the norm. One of the most popular styles, the four-in-hand, is similar to

a standard business tie. Paired with a matching full-backed vest in a subtle pattern, a four-in-hand is the top choice.

Jacket required The key to a flattering tuxedo often lies in the jacket. The right one can whittle the waist, lengthen the torso, or add the appearance of broader shoulders. The most common jacket is single breasted with a shawl lapel. This look is perfect for both short and tall men with more of a stocky or husky appearance. The same jacket with a notched lapel would flatter a short, thin groom because the notch in the lapel gives the appearance of broader shoulders. A double-breasted jacket is great for thinner men because the eyes are drawn to the two rows of buttons at the midsection and gives the illusion of girth. With a double-breasted jacket, the shoulders can also be padded a bit to give the wearer the appearance of broader shoulders while still retaining the look of his trim waistline.

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The color of your groom’s tuxedo is up to the two of you. Take into account the formality of your celebration, along with the time of day. If you’re planning an afternoon ceremony, a gray tuxedo with a stroller jacket is the standard look. A more casual celebration closer to evening might call for a white dinner jacket with black trousers and tie. A formal evening affair warrants the classic black tuxedo. Keep in mind, however, that traditions are just that and the two of you should choose the style and color that you want, no matter the time of day or the formality of the occasion.

Finish the look Finally, complete the formal look with matching socks and shoes. The guys’ socks should either be the same color as their shoes, or show some personality and match the colors in your wedding, which make for some great photo ops. Nowadays men are choosing less formal shoes and also showing personality with matching “Chucks” or “Toms.” But if needed, formal shoes can be rented from your formalwear company. Styles vary from slip-on versions with a parade shine to mock wingtips in classic black.


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the dream team

stylist: Angel Tan | set designs & location: TBD San Diego Warehouse photographer: Kyla Santillano | gowns: Here Comes the Bride and Luv Bridal hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad | florals: Varied models: Thanda, Hannah, Adrianna, Jennine, and Bree.


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Exquisite low back lace details is surely a head turner for this sultry bride, Thanda in a mermaid silhouette wedding dress with dramatic train to go for her walk down the aisle. Dress & accessories from Here Comes the Bride. Flower TBD San Diego.

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The perfect old Hollywood Glam is all about this beautiful bride Hannah with the modern flare of blush champagne tones, a strapless fit and flare with floral lace appliquĂŠs. The perfect mix of something old and new! Dress & accessories from Here Comes the Bride.




Here’s to the angelic bride Adrianna, with this mermaid Victorian lace cap sleeves with a little tease of deep plunging just enough skin that’s really tasteful, still giving that bridal feel. Gown from Here Comes the Bride.

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Adriana in fit in flare with peek a boo lace panels is the playful way left: Timeless bride Jenine in Classic sweetheart A-line with lace appliqués on the bodice and volume of tulle with lace details on the train.


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Hannah embodies the timeless bridal look, in her mermaid wedding dress with stunning details and beading, sexy neckline and generous tulle definitely adds drama when you walk down that aisle. Gown from Here Comes the Bride.

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Classic yet chic is the perfect gown, fit for the brides wanting to go with this modern Chic silk satin sweetheart strapless ball gown, with pockets. Simple yet stunning. Gown from Luv Bridal.




Adriana in A-line sleeveless illusion straps with lace details in deep plunging neckline with illusion mesh finishes. Gown from Luv Bridal.


Bree gown is chic and flirty with lace bodice with details, spaghetti straps with tiered layered volume of A-line tulle skirt bottom with floral lace appliquĂŠs. Gown from Luv Bridal.

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Thanda showcases the perfect sweetheart neckline with mermaid silhouette in deep plunging mesh with lace chiffon straps, details matching all the way down to the train. Gown from Luv Bridal.


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LEFT Bree ina deep plunging spaghetti straps with high slits that surely elongates the body, and shows off the legs. Gown from Luv Bridal. She carries a bouquet from Studio Fleurish RIGHT Hannah in a lace bodice with spaghetti strap, A-line chiffon voluminous skirts, she carries a spring bouquet from Jolie Fleur. Her gown is from Here Comes the Bride.

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Jenine in sweetheart fit and flare, mesh neckline with Victorian lace in a champagne color with horse hire trim. She is wearing a gown from Here Comes the Bride.


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Thanda is in a sweetheart neckline strapless sheath silhouette covered in lace with long dramatic train. Her gown is from Here Comes the Bride


Jenine in structured bodice with spaghetti straps, A-line cut with deep plunging illusion mesh neckline, a very sophisticated look. Gown from Luv Bridal


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TREND REPORT trending now I R AT I O


Alyss, owner of Honey Photographs, throws an annual party for her past brides to all come together and meet each other at her annual Honey Bash. Fun and fast friends with similar lives coming together, she loves to stay connected with her couples from the past year. We want to encourage everyone else to start their own Honey Bashes, they can be done similarly with friends you have made and great people you have connected with over the past year. We love the concept and think its perfect time to remind everyone to put down your phones and devices and take time to reconnect. A trend we can happily get behind, stay connected the old fashion way with laughter and food, maybe some fun adult beverages and just a good conversations

Here are a few ideas we are putting on our calendars and we hope you will too! Boujee PJ Party, Laughter Picnic, Wine and Cheese Night, Pizza and Beer Pool Bash, Star Gazers Summer Fun, and Halloween Carvers. Feel free to write-us and share your ideas as well!


the credits venue: Private Estate | photographer: Honey Photographs coordinator / designer: Ivy Lane Events florist: Kendra’s Floral Design | decor: Target



fall in love at THE GUILD

the dream team venue: The Guild Hotel | photographer: BE Studios | coordinator, planning & design: Winner Circle Events florals & rentals: Pacific Event Productions | rentals: APR Rentals | linens & chargers: Nuage Designs | stationery & calligraphy: Dulce Muse Designs | cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. | gown: Here Comes the Bride bridesmaid dresses: The Dressing Room San Diego | menswear: Friar Tux Shop | hair & makeup: Bridal by Haydee rings: MarrowFine by Jillian Sassone | ring box: Esselle models: Bride and Groom:Â Nani & Dan, Wedding Party: Camryn, Lauren, Joseph and Derek






about the venue

In the heart of Downtown San Diego, The Guild Hotel is a re-imagination of the iconic historic Armed Services YMCA building. Undeniably unique in design, the luxurious ballrooms are transformed from the original 1924 basketball court and pool. Whether it’s the classic character of the Grace Ballroom, the elegance of the Society Ballroom, or the urban oasis of the garden, your ideal venue awaits. For the modern couple with a taste for the traditional, you’ll make history in this historic locale.



photographer q & a


Q. Who is part of your photography team? Chris Murphy, Rodel Valdez, Ralph Corpuz, Joanne Corpuz, Sheryl Librojo Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Creative, entrepreneur, friendly, dedicated, hustler Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? Over 10 years Q. How would you describe your style? Clean, Contemporary, Creative Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? We love being able to see our couples marry each other, experiencing their day with their family, and providing our couples a lifetime of memories through our lens. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? We book between 150 and 225 weddings a year. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? We want our couples to feel like we’ve joined their family, since they have joined ours! We create a special bond with our couples and provide 15+ years of coordination and photography experience. Q. Do you still offer albums? Small or other types of books? Why or why not? We do! Our leather bound albums are top of the line! We believe albums are helpful in remembering their beautiful and special day! Q. Can couples buy all of the images on an electronic download and print themselves? Why or why not? Our images are free to download. We provide around 100 images


per hour for their special day. Our website provides a way to purchase prints if they want, but they are not forced to. Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? We do! Our sneak peaks are sent out within a week of their wedding/engagement session! Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? We do! Which is why all photo packages come with a complimentary 1-2 hour session! We believe an engagement session is not only helpful for our couples to get to know our shooters, but also important to understand our couples! Plus, hello! Extra romantic images! Q. Do you offer video or any additional service as options with your packages? Our video team and packages are just as popular as our photo packages! 80% of our weddings and couples book both! Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? All of our packages start at $1600 Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? A Touch of Soul Production has been built through fate and family. The entire team has a special connection with each other, where we extend ourselves to our clients. We’ve experienced life, and know how to connect with our clients. Our main goal isn’t to book a wedding, but secure a connection and dedicate our time to help capture our client’s biggest day of their life. I can’t live without: FAMILY/LOVE/LAUGHTER

951.414.9613 Southern California & Beyond


photographer q & a

ALLISON DAVIS PHOTOGRAPH Q. Who is part of your photography team? Me Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Thoughtful, caring, fun-loving, intentional, fun-loving

create memories for you to reflect upon throughout your life so you remember the love you have in life, the people that matter to you and the experience of being loved and celebrated so you have that hope in each day moving forward.

Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? I’ve been photographing weddings for more than 10 years. Photographed nearly 400 weddings.

Q. How long is considered “ normal” in turning around photo proofs for clients? I deliver online galleries and printed wedding albums within four weeks of the wedding day.

Q. How would you describe your style? My style is vibrant, beautiful, timeless, and meaningful – my work is a mix of directed portraiture and unscripted moments and I seek to document the connections, intimacy and emotions of your celebration.

Q. Can couples buy all of the images on an electronic download and print themselves? Why or why not? My clients have access & personal ownership to the high resolution images from their wedding day. They can print the files for themselves or order prints and products from me.

Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? I love the connections that come together for this once in a lifetime event. It’s a rare moment in history to have both of your worlds come together and be in one space. I love all the moments that led to the moment you say “I do,” and learning the stories that led to this moment and to each person being there for you both.

Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? I work quickly in delivering all of the images and their wedding album, so I just post a few sneak peeks after the wedding on instagram & facebook. But my goal is a speedy and consistent turn around in their images, so I work towards the final product and not just an instagram post.

Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? 28-32 Weddings is a sweet spot. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? I photograph from the heart and i find meaning in what I am created to do for others. I have been a personal historian for others since I was in middle school friend with a camera, to the yearbook editor, to the community journalist and I fell in love with telling the stories of love & families coming together & the celebration that is a wedding. I am consistent in what I create & what I deliver to my clients. I am caring and I am a source of peace on a wedding day. And I consider what I do to be an honor and a joy and my hope is to


Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? $3250 Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? That i’m an introvert. I’m an outgoing, adventurous person, but I recharge with time to myself. I can’t live without: I can’t live without sunshine.


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BE STUDIOS Q. Who is part of your photography team? We have a dream team of eight which includes photographers, videographers and editors in both departments. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Positive, fun, creative, driven, energetic Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? 15 Years Q. How would you describe your style? Our shooting style is laid back and fun. We’re always trying to bring out peoples personalities and tell a love story. Although we are laid back and fun, we understand the urgency of capturing all of those special moments. Our work is colorful, crisp, creative and timeless Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? Meeting awesome people and telling their love story. Q. What are other types of photography that you enjoy? Commercial photography for advertisers. I have been a contributor to getty images for over ten years and my work has appeared in major publications, billboards, etc. All over the world. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? 30-40 Weddings per year Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? If the couple can relate to our body of work and can picture themselves in our photos then that’s a good start! Our photos are timeless. We don’t use trendy filters that may look out of place in a few years. Our experience serves us well, we know the flow and intricacies of a wedding and can anticipate key moments as they happen. We thrive under pressure and produce amazing results even


when things don’t go as planned, as is often the case. Q. How long is considered “ normal” in turning around photo proofs for clients? The entire wedding is delivered within one month of the wedding. Clients also receive a sneak peek within one week of their wedding. Q. Can couples buy all of the images on an electronic download and print themselves? Why or why not? Couples receive all of their images and are free to print them at their own will...Although we recommend choosing a high quality printer. We offer amazing printing services through our online gallery, at a very reasonable price. Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? Yes, within the same week of the wedding. This is one of our favorite parts of the process. This includes 100 photos that tell the entire story of the day. Q. Do you offer video or any additional service as options with your packages? Yes, we offer cinematic video production. There is a 10% discount on the video portion when you also book photography. There are lots of samples on our site. Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? $2,950 For our starter 6 hour package Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I was a pe teacher for ten years in canada. I can’t live without: My wife adriana and kids, leo and zoe ... And pizza!




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Q. Who is part of your photography team? All of our weddings are run and photographed by owners Johanna & Anna. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Kind, Energetic, Passionate, Dreamers & Travelers Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? We both have shot weddings for over five years now with several hundred weddings each under our belts. It’s what we love doing and something we’ll always have a passion for. Q. How would you describe your style? We strive for authenticity in our pictures. We say we are journalistic portrait photographers – that is, we mix a journalistic approach capturing the candid moments that can’t be staged with a high fashion portrait style giving couples those awe-inspiring wedding portraits they want to display on their walls at home. Q. What are other types of photography that you enjoy? We pride ourselves in running an all-female portrait studio here in San Diego. With a physical studio location we have people come in for all types of photography needs. Besides weddings we also offer boudoir photography through Boudoir Ego which is perfect for those brides looking to do something special for themselves and their partner. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? We only book 15 weddings each year. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? When hiring Blessed Weddings we give you a promise, a promise to


show up, lend a guiding hand during the wedding planning process, and to give you the very best experience during your wedding day. We have an actual corporation with an established business giving you the security to know you can trust us. Since we’ve merged, we shoot all of our weddings together ensuring you only get the very best on your wedding day. For our destination couples we do Zoom meetings to reveal their images. While they will see their images for the first time on a computer, we ensure they set aside at least an hour, maybe pour themselves their favorite drinks, and sit back to make sure they actually have time to enjoy and relive their wedding memories. Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? Absolutely. You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari without test driving it would you? Why would you spend thousands of dollars on a photographer without ensuring that your personalities match? All of our wedding packages include a complimentary engagement session as we think it is just as important for the couple as it is for us to shoot together before the wedding. Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? Our wedding packages start at around $3000, but most people spend around $5000 on their entire experience including the wedding day, albums and wall art. Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? Not only do Anna and I look like sisters, but we also share very similar names. As if Johanna and Anna weren’t close enough, my middle name is Maria and Anna’s middle name is Marie. I can’t live without: We can’t live without our dogs, coffee and travel!


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BOB HOFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO Q. Who is part of your photography team? All weddings are personally photographed by Bob Hoffman as the primary photographer. And we always have an additional second shooter available if needed. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Happy, thoughtful, hardworking, fun, creative & professional. Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? I have been a full time professional wedding photographer/ videographer for over 25 years. I am happily one of the most experienced wedding professionals in southern California. Q. How would you describe your style? I love combining natural, spontaneous photojournalism with timeless creative fine art portraits. Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? I love getting to know all the amazing couples and working with them to make creative images that will become a part of their family story. It is an honor to have the responsibility of artistically capturing the days romance. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? For me the sweet spot is about 40. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? I truly love being a wedding photographer and I think it shows in my work. I am very, very experienced and have well over 100 fivestar online reviews. I enjoy every event. I take very seriously the responsibility I have with each & every wedding that I am honored to photograph. I’m told my pricing is surprisingly reasonable.


Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? We love to share sneak peeks, we know couples are excited about their wedding photos and we are too! We just need a few days to choose the highlights! Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? As couples plan their weddings they love having beautiful, amazing professional images to share with their friends and family as the excitement builds. BONUS, it's a great way for the couple and photographer to get to know each other a little better and ease any photography jitters. Q. Do you offer video or any additional service as options with your packages? I love the art of photography but sometimes it can’t tell the whole story so we offer cinematic style wedding videos as an option. Ask about our customized packages and low-key unobtrusive style. We also have fun and entertaining photo booths. Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? Small, intimate wedding can cost a few hundred dollars. Full ceremony and reception packages start at less than $2000 depending on the time required. Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I love traveling, camping and taking photos around our diverse and beautiful country. I’ve been to almost every state and national park. I can’t live without: Being creative with fun cool people while they experience one of the most memorable days of their lives.



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HONEY PHOTOGRAPHS Q. Who is part of your photography team? We’ve got a team of three bad ass ladies with cameras: Alyss (myself), Blair, and Cate. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Warm, passionate, accepting, intentional, candid. Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? My first wedding on my own was in 2013! I was scared shitless that entire year, but thankfully didn’t give up on the dream of doing this for a living. And here we are today! Q. How would you describe your style? Our style is vibrant, eccentric, and sassy. We’re down for capturing the spontaneous, unique, and REAL moments in the day. Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? It’s not often that all of your favorite people from all corners of your life are all together in one room, but weddings do that. They bring people together and we get to be there to capture the reunions, the tears, the hugs, and the hardcore celebrations. That’s why we choose to capture weddings. Because we’re about the bringing together of people and showing you what your big love together looks like. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? We cap at 20 weddings for the year. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? We want to know you. Like, really KNOW you. We want to be legit friends. Like, attend your bridal shower and go on trips together type friendships (true’s happened). We’re here to be a third wheel


on your wedding day, capturing all those stolen kisses, sneaky smiles, and epic dance moves. And like a true friend, we’ll be right there doing all those things with you… and probably leading the crowd in the Cupid Shuffle. We don’t want to be just a vendor. Instead, just call us your badass friends with cameras and a killer timeline. Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? Hell yeah we do! You get NEXT FREAKIN’ DAY sneaks. And not just one or two. Nearly 50 from throughout the entire day. I want you to relive bits of your day right away. Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? They’re clutch. Some peeps get funky feelings about a camera in their face all day long, and engagement sessions are a great way to get warmed up to the paparazzi-related fears. Best part? Literally everyone has walked away saying that it was actually a lot more fun than they’d realized! Q. Do you offer video or any additional service as options with your packages? We just added video to our services! Rolling out for 2020 is Honey Video. Keep your eyeballs peeled. Our dude is legit. Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? Our package pricing begins at $3500. Slide into my email for a real pretty booking guide! Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I was an elementary teacher before starting my photography biz.


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JAMIELYN CRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY Q. Who is part of your photography team? Jamielyn Craft, as well as, a few additional second photographers that I work closely with. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Professional, creative, passionate, friendly, artistic. Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? I have been shooting weddings since 2006 and started Jamielyn Craft Photographer back in 2008. Q. How would you describe your style? Light and airy photography, blending both photojournalism with a modern style and artistic imagery. Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? Being able to tell every couple’s love story through artistic imagery for them to be able to relive the moment for years to come.

to share, I will give my clients a sneak peak. This will usually happen within a couple of weeks from their wedding day. Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? Definitely. Engagement sessions are a great way to practice being comfortable in front of the camera, so that whether you are posing or trying to be candid, you look natural. A lot of my clients love it because by the time we shoot their portraits on the day of their wedding, they already know most of the poses I am going to do. Also, it’s a great way for my couples and I to get to know each other before their big day. Q. Do you offer video or any additional service as options with your packages? Having a videographer and photographer that work together as a team is important in being able to capture all the special moments of a couple’s wedding day without being in each other’s way. For that reason, I have an amazing videographer that I have teamed up with and list in my investment guide with her packages.

Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? I only shoot about 20 weddings a year so that I can provide the best, individualized service to my clients.

Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? My starting point for my most basic package is $1900 (plus tax).

Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? Getting to know my clients is very important to me. I want to make sure we are a perfect fit for one another. I shoot my weddings based on my couple’s needs and personalities. I also believe in natural light, a simple setting, and being able to capture the real emotions as they unfold on their wedding day, while keeping it as stress-free as possible.

Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I have an identical twin sister, married my high school sweetheart, whom I have been married to for over 11 years but together with for going on 21 years. We have two beautiful girls. I love to travel and vacation, which most of the time I plan my vacations based on activities for my kids and the food for me, because I LOVE GOOD FOOD.

Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? Only once in a while, if my clients request it or I’m just too excited

I can’t live without: I can’t live without my family.




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Q. Who is part of your photography team? At the moment I work alone Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? honest, considerate, hard-working, goofy and unique. Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? I have been working with couples and shooting weddings for about 1 and a half years. It has been a fast and fun ride! Q. How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as sincere, intimate, and fun. I try to bring out multiple sides of you so that your images describe the real YOU. Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? I love the rawness of weddings the most. The whole day is you being yourself and me being a stalker with a camera capturing that. Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? I strive for 35 weddings a year. Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? I feel a couple should choose the photographer that speaks to them. I am very honest and upfront about how I run my whole business. I love what I do and put all my couples before myself. I strive to give them the best day. I am a very passionate person and it shows. I get very attached to my couples, sometimes staying up talking about random things, learning their quirks and saying involved. I don’t want a “hey my sessions are X dollars, please pay up and let’s never talk again” relationship. I want to be a friend that constantly talk and


never makes you feel like you were just another check in my pocket. It is important to me to take clients who also want this relationship. Trust is the foundation of my business Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? Of course, I love sneak peaks! I have a serious hate for iPhone wedding pics haha. I send 50-80 edited images within 24 hours of your wedding day that way you have gorgeous images to post announcing your big milestone. Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? 100%, they are so important to me, so I include them in every wedding package. We need to get you comfortable around the camera and what better way than engagement photos. Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? $2800 Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I am a full-time student studying sociology and business. I find this helps tremendously with my business because I am able to better understand and communicate with my couples. I have been married for over 5 years now to my husband, Josh. We met in high school and got married shortly after graduating. I am addicted to anything potatoes! Literally! I can’t live without: I can’t live without my family.

Just B.E. | @BoudoirEgo | 619-518-4857



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TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY Q. Who is part of your photography team? We represent San Diego’s top elite wedding photographers, designers and enhancers to ensure you have a specialized team. Q. I would describe myself with these 5 words? Hard-working, Detailed, Genuine, Caring, Determined Q. How long have you worked with couples? Or shot weddings? We have been in business for 19 years. Q. How would you describe your style? Colorful, Candid, Stylized, Timeless, True

Q. Do you still offer Albums? Small or other types of books? We do offer albums. This is something we suggest to consider adding once you see all of your images. It is a lot more fun to choose a book when you know how many pictures you love. Q. Do you like to give your clients a sneak peek? How quickly is this usually given to the couple? We can provide a sneak peek within a couple of days if requested.

Q. What do you like most about wedding photography? There are very few investments that people have in their lives forever and then it passes through future generations. As wedding photographers we get to be part of that and it is very full-filling.

Q. Do you think engagement shoots are important? As professionals it is our job to get people comfortable being photographed within seconds. It shouldn’t take an hour to get warmed up. So we ourselves don’t need to do an engagement shoot in order to be successful for our clients on their wedding day. However it may provide more peace of mind for the clients and is a nice ice breaker to get to know each other more.

Q. How many weddings do you shoot to book each year? Each photographer averages 30-35 weddings a year.

Q. What is the starting point of your wedding photo packages? $2,500

Q. Why should a couple choose your company over the many other wedding photographers out there? We are very streamlined. You aren’t just hiring a photographer for their talents, but are also hiring a business. If the business is run well, the only surprises you will receive are good ones. We don’t follow trends that look good for a year or two. We stay true to what we feel confident will look good now and 50 years from now.

Q. List something very few would know about you when they meet you, that they may find of interest? I grew 8 inches in 8 months in high school, wound up being 6’6". I have driven to every state (had to fly to Hawaii), I went to every MLB baseball game in the country in 46 days. I eat 3 tomatoes and one avocado everyday.

Q. How long is considered “ normal” in turning around photo proofs for clients? Within the month. We can provide you with sneak peeks sooner.


I can’t live without: I can’t live without my Family, Baseball and Avocado, in that order.



Emma and Matthew envisioned an intimate, yet fun fairy tale wedding and the outcome was above and beyond what they had hoped for. Family is very important and they really wanted to honor Matthew’s father and Emma’s grandmother who had recently passed away. They change their flowers to roses in order to honor her Grandmother Rose. Emma had Matt’s father’s name embroidered on her veil as a remembrance.

VENDORS venue: The Westgate Hotel photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video coordinator: Confetti Skies | florist: Petals & Lace Floral & Event Design bridal gown: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | menswear: The Gentlemen's Tux Club jewelry: Diamond Daughters | bridal beauty: Makeup by Shelby; Beach’n Hair men's hair: Black Market Barbershop | cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. invitations: Paper Source | entertainment: Elite British DJ officiant: Rabbi Ian




A “Gatsby” theme with tropical floral influence was used to create different experiences in the ceremony site, cocktail hour, and reception. Paying particular attention to the lighting, they focused on creating as many separate, eye catching details as possible so that when guests entered into the grand ballroom it was so stunning it took your breath away!



venue: The Prado at Balboa Park | photographer: Di-Lanatta’s Photography coordinator: I Stylish Weddings & Events | florist: Rae Florae rentals: Enticing Tables; Hire Elegance; Chiavari Chairs Rental of San Diego; Hostess Haven | linens & rentals: Concepts Event Design bridal gown: Archive Bridal; Rose DeSimone menswear: Hugo Boss; The Blak Tux | jewelry: Vanessa Nicole Jewels bridal beauty: Jason Hair Studio; Makeup by Christina cake/dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. | invitations: RSVP by Cirque Social entertainment: Republic of Music | photo booth: SoCal Green Screen transportation: Royalty Limousine | videography: Focused Bliss Productions other: World Audio Services; Full Spectrum Events


Kimberly & Kristoffer THE DANA ON MISSION BAY

The day Kimberly & Kristoffer finally tied the knot was not only a dream come true, but a culmination of their lives together thus far. Starting off as high school sweethearts, going to college together, getting their first apartment and dog, moving back to San Diego, and getting their first professional jobs. This wedding was a symbol of their growth through over a decade and a celebration of what is yet to come.

VENDORS ceremony venue: The Immaculata | venue: The Dana on Mission Bay photographer: Natalie Bray Photography | florist: MR floral&events ccoordinator: Lavish Weddings | linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals bridal gown: Luv Bridal | menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | jewelry: Royal Maui Jewelers | bridal beauty: Angela Danielle Artistry | cake/dessert: Cute Cakes entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music | videography: RUFFMEDIA


SDSW REAL COUPLES Alexandra & David October 20

Venue: Founders Chape & La Valencia Hotel photographer: ABM Photography

Pontaah & Tony December 28

Venue: San Diego Mission Bay Resort photographer: True Photography bridal beauty: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Janelle & Shaver July 27

Venue: Southwestern Yacht Club photographer: Allison Davis Photography

April & Nicole September 14

Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel photographer: Wilmar Flores Photography coordinator: Bliss Events jewelry: Robbins Brothers

Kristine & Norman March 9

Venue: The Immaculata & The Westgate Hotel photographer: True Photography

Christine & Matt June 1

Venue: The Loma Club photographer: Honey Photographs coordinator: Bliss Events cake: Sugar and Scribe

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SDSW REAL COUPLES Lisa & Ami April 12

Alie & Betsy April 12

Maureen & Jeffrey August 10

Venue: Skybox at Diamondview photographer: BE Studios

Venue: Ethereal Gardens photographer: Sarah Zimmerman Photo

Venue: Falkner Winery photographer: Hulse Photo

Jennifer & Cameron

Lydia & Gene

Ashley & Alan

Venue: Moorten Botanical Garden & The Saguaro Palm Springs photographer: Aimlee Photography coordinator: Peachy Keen Wedding & Event Design menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Venue: Luce Loft photographer: Justin Critz Photography menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

March 9

August 31

July 7

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SDSW REAL COUPLES Leslie & Justin November 10

Venue: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa photographer: True Photography

Brooke & Chris September 21

Venue: Temecula Creek Inn photographer: France Photographers coordinator: Bliss Events menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Kelly & Clint July 4

Venue: Private Residence photographer: Spark the Heart Photography

Danielle & Jacob August 26

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Ivone & Mike August 10

Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park photographer: Amy Millard Creative Studio

Jessica & Rafael January 12

Venue: The Immaculata & THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel photographer: True Photography - Billy Economou Photographer

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tips from the pros San Diego Wedding Photography Pros Give Us Their Best Wedding Planning Advice

"Here is my tip about tips. Is it nice to get a tip at the end of a hard days work? Yes. But

"Research your photographers carefully! Read their reviews & check multiple photos

honestly there is nothing more valuable to a photographer than the power of a referral.

from a single wedding as opposed to single photos that are featured on their website

If we put this theory into dollars and cents, let's say we get a $100 tip at the end of the

or Instagram. Once you find a photographer that you love and connect with, put your

night. That is great and very appreciated. But… If instead of the tip you tell 2 or 3 of

faith in them! Most photographers produce the best results when they have creative

your friends that are getting married, how thrilled you were with your pictures, and they

freedom as opposed to working off shot lists or trying to replicate photos."

wind up booking with us, you actually just gave us a $6,000 tip. A tip is never expected

Billy Economou

on the day and is a bonus. Taking the time to write a heartfelt review and sharing your

BE Studios

experiences with your friends, will be far more beneficial for any photographers business. I say if it comes down to one or the other, keep your money and instead spread the word about your amazing experience! " Aaron Feldman True Photography

"Incorporate something meaningful into your engagement session. Whether you have your engagement photographer document something you two love doing together (hiking, cooking, wine tasting, surfing, grabbing cocktails, playing games) or chose a location that has meaning to you (your first date, where he proposed, your home or somewhere special for you together). Doing something together can create more intimate photographs that hold

"Make a list of family members and friends you would like a picture with. This makes it so

more meaning for you than simply following current portrait location trends."

much faster to go through family pictures thus, leaving you with more time for bridals! " Lizabeth Greer LzG Photography

Allison Davis

"Have your photographer create a timeline for your wedding day, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. This ensures the photographer knows what is supposed to happen during the day and when. It allows them to make sure they are where they need to be for important moments. As well as help your photographer guide you through the day."

Allison Davis Photography "The best time to take pictures is one hour before sunset to capture that golden hour light which makes for fantastic photos!" Rodel Valdez A Touch of Soul Productions

Johanna Kitzman & Anna Johnson Blessed Wedding Inc.


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OMG Hospitality Group.............................................37

Winner Circle Events...................................................75

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa...................................59

Pacific Beach Ale House.............................................37

Zeglio Custom Clothiers............................................173

Peachy Keen Weddings & Event Design..............79 Peohe's .............................................................................57 Peretti Hill Glam Squad............................................189 Personal Touch Dining.................................................53 Posh Privy.......................................................................103 Prado (The).......................................................................18

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US Grant Hotel San Diego..........................................61 Vintana Wine + Dine......................................................18 Visit Oceanside V&C Bureau....................................63 Waterbar...........................................................................37 Wedding Party Show....................................................73 Wedgewood Weddings...............................................35


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