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Whimsical La Jolla Wedding by We Heart Photography

We heart We Heart Photography in a big way. Why? Because they send us beauties like this wedding at the crazy gorgeous Estancia La Jolla. Planned to to perfection by the beautiful Bride and Joyful Weddings and Events, it’s literally overflowing with all the things that make my heart beat a little faster. And you can see just what I mean here

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From The Bride…Kevin and I met through my sister and brother-in-law on New Year’s Eve 2010. After talking all night, we had our first kiss at midnight. Kevin is very methodical and rational; I’m a bit more emotional and creative. We just work.

From the start we had two different visions. Kevin wanted classic and I wanted some whimsy. It was important to me that we started our marriage by combining our two aesthetics as they speak so much to who we are as people. Our wedding slowly evolved to be what I like to think of as an indoor garden party. From the farm tables, to the soft color palette, we were able to create the perfect atmosphere. I never felt like I was compromising. By combining our different ideas, our wedding became more than either of us could have imagined on our own.

Initially I wasn’t planning on doing much DIY. I had done a lot for my sister’s wedding, and wanted to simplify. Of course, I ended up adding an extra stamp of us to everything and, in some cases, probably obsessed a little too much over the details. Etsy of course became my best friend. One of my biggest DIY projects was the cake topper. Kevin really wanted a custom topper of us and our dog, Patrick. I looked into getting one made, but found them extremely expensive. So instead, I bought a plain laser woodcut of a bride, groom and dog (off of Etsy), and painted it to look like us.

Other things I did were all about creating the atmosphere we imagined. I bought very classic wedding invitations and ended up die cutting a floral design around the edges to give it a little bit of romance. I did the same thing on the programs I created. For our escort cards, I ordered these beautiful paper flowers off of Etsy in different colors and glued them to Avery business cards. (This let me print them off of my computer after I realized my calligraphy wasn’t the best).

Favorite Moments: This is hard. Kevin and I differ on this. Kevin’s favorite moment was our first look. As he says, “it really blew away any preconceptions I had had. It made everything real.” For me, it was after the ceremony, and after we finished taking all the photos. The photographers left us to go shoot details and we weren’t sure if we were supposed to go towards the cocktail area or wait for someone to come get us. Instead we just decided to take a minute and to sit on a bench and view the cocktail area from afar. It gave us a chance to take it all in. It gave us a chance to joke around. It was really our first moment alone as a married couple.

Advice for other Brides: Also hard. I would say the best advice I got and took, was that as much work as I put into the planning and prepping (over 15 months) I made sure to have a cut-off point and just be a part of the wedding. My sister came to stay with us the Thursday before the wedding and was very insistent that everything be packed and ready to go before we went to bed. Friday was to relax. I felt rushed Thursday, I won’t lie. But Friday came and I was just able to enjoy. Even when little things happened (I forgot the ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal; candles weren’t lit at the reception) I just enjoyed it all.

Musical Choices – Processional and Recessional: My brother, Alex, and his old music teacher played acoustic guitar. | Grand Entrance: Huey Lewis “The Power of Love” – We wanted an 80s rock anthem to set the tone for the night. | First Dance: Jack Johnson “Better Together” – It’s a lovely song. And if you listen to the words it’s the perfect balance of silly and serious. Just like us. | Father/Daughter Dance: Tom Petty “Wildflowers” – This was perfect. I actually remember my dad playing it for me when I was a child. | Mother/Son Dance: Fleetwood Mac “Landslide” – You have to pull at the heartstrings a little.

Kevin’s favorite photo is where I am losing it during the ceremony. He loved the moment it captured.

My favorite photo is the one where we are about to be lifted in the chairs during the horah and Kevin is whispering in my ear. I don’t remember what he said but I love that it’s a special moment just the two of us in the midst of all of our family and friends.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Event Design: Joyful Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Cake: Babycakes | Bridesmaids : Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: Angela Smith | Groom's Attire: Rocky's Custom Clothes | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Victory Mori | Wedding Venue: Estancia La Jolla | Bride's Gown: Pronovias | Live Band: Groove Factory | Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals

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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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Dusty Blue + Lavender Spring Garden Wedding

Every now and then you come across a wedding that stops you dead in your tracks. A wedding that gets it right in Every. Single. Way. - and thanks to design by Meadowsweet Events and florals from Plenty Of Petals, this is that wedding. It’s a mashup of quiet, seaside romance with a decidedly rustic flair (hello, gorgeous farm tables) and Carmen Santorelli and Campbellicious Video are giving us the inside look.

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From the Bride… I had always dreamed of getting married at my Grandparents Ranch in Lodi, CA but my fiancé wanted to get married near our home in San Diego. When we first saw the Darlington House we knew it was the perfect compromise .. a beautiful white house that resembled my grandparents and was also near the beach.

We wanted our wedding day to be unique and a day that resembled who we are. I had been following Plenty of Petals work and fell in love with her gorgeous arrangements and organic style. The Darlington House has so much natural beauty that the rose garden inspired us to go with a secret garden theme .. simple, romantic, and just a touch of vintage. Carmen & Kasia at Meadowsweet Events were able to create and flawlessly execute our dream wedding.

My Dad is an amazing craftsman and I wanted to include a few personal elements at our wedding. My dad built an awesome dessert wall to display our favorite sweets and cut log slices for each place setting. Twinkle & Toast brought both elements to life with her lovely hand calligraphy.

Our wedding day wouldn’t have been possible without all of our amazing vendors! :)

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Videographer: Campbellicious Video | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: The French Gourmet | Makeup Artist: Jessica | Hair Stylist: Unveiled Bridal Beauty | DJ: SongStruck SD | Wedding Venue: The Darlington House | Baker: The French Gourmet | Caricaturist: Art By West | Chair Rentals: Event Party Rentals | Equipment Rentals: Farm Tables And More | Getting Ready: Crystal Pier Hotel | Invitations & Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast | Minister: Craig Knudsen | Photo Booth: Miskipops | Ribbon & Table Runners: Bellame Ribbon | Second Shooter: Joey Kennedy Photography | Wedding Planning And Design: Meadowsweet Events

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Glamorous La Jolla Ballroom Wedding

Before she was even engaged, this gorgeous bride was browsing SMP for inspiration (obviously!). Now, it’s her turn to inspire brides-to-be with her glamorous wedding at Estancia La Jolla. Coordinated by Bliss Events, every aspect of this wedding is dripping in pretty, from the glittery La Tavola Linens to the Brightly Designed invitation suite. See all the beauty, captured by B. Miller Photography, in the gallery.

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From the Bride… From the beginning, Rich and I both established that our guests having a good time was our #1 wedding priority! For him, that meant a top-shelf open bar all night and an abundance of tasty food. For me, it meant good music and an awesome space that really allowed our guests to move around, mingle, dance, and enjoy each other and the night.

Visually, I wanted grandeur that wasn’t overstated; glamorous and elegant, but not over the top. My vision was lots of golds and creams with pops of color. I love jade and mint, but also wanted to add a softness and femininity with light pinks. I looked at LOTS of pictures (many from SMP) and tried to identify what the ones I loved had in common. I took inspiration from a lot of different places, and accumulated various ideas before I was even engaged…

I saw the flipbook booth at a corporate event I attended and knew I wanted it at our wedding.

Rich and I saw a cigar roller on a “Four Weddings” episode when we first dating, and I promised him then it would be in our wedding if we made it that far. I am always starving by the end of the night at weddings, so I knew I wanted late night snacks for our guests. I have an insatiable sweet tooth so the dessert bar was a no-brainer. (This was an obvious priority as we ended up using three different vendors just for desserts!) And Paper- I LOVE PAPER so that was literally the first vendor we met with and it was a match from the get-go. Every little detail was discussed, colors compared and it was so important to me to have coordinating paper goods throughout the entire process from Save the Dates to the Wedding Day.

We wanted an amazing experience for our guests that hit all the important small details we had hoped for and it was definitely achieved. The color palette we had which was guided a lot by our Coordinator, Paige, still gets me excited!

Photography: B. Miller Photography | Videography: Aqua Vivus | Floral Design: Blush Botanicals | Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup Artist: Melissa Rae & Co. | Hair Stylist: Hair Ya Go | Lighting: Five Star AV | DJ: JD Musik | Band: N'Demand | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Pastor Mike Mitschke | Venue: Estancia La Jolla | Cigar Rolling: Cuban Cigar Factory | Cocktail Hour Music: AV Rent San Diego | Dessert Bar: Wicked Spoon | Event Coordination: Bliss Events | Flipbook Booth: A Little Scene | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Brightly Designed | Rentals: Allure Events | Rentals: White Wedding Day Events | Rentals: Hostess Haven | Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Desserts: Sweet Lydia's

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