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Modern San Diego Engagement + WIUP

I’m just going to come right about and say it – this San Diego duo is easily one the most stylish couples we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when two creatives (him a photographer, her a producer) fall in love, and the snaps from Studio Castillero pretty much speak for themselves. Have a peek in the gallery and keep scrolling for this week’s lucky winners!

From the Bride-to-be… One of the first things my fiancé, James, and I did when we got engaged was book our photographers. As both of us work in creative fields, he’s a photographer and I’m a producer, it was essential for us to find people who’s work was unique, fun, and interesting. That is why we knew we had to go with the brilliantly talented photographers at Studio Castillero. In planning with them on where we should do our engagement session, we decided to shoot at two locations: our downtown San Diego loft that was converted from a 100-year-old church, and our wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art.

Regarding the locations, we decided to use our loft for a few reasons, the most obvious being that we love our home and it’s where we feel most comfortable. Another reason was that we wanted something unique to us as a couple (who doesn’t?). I mean, how many people live in a converted historical church and have their bedroom in a former confessional booth (complete with heavy 20 ft. tall doors with slats that open and shut in the middle)? It seemed fitting that while we’re not getting married in a church, we could at least include one in something wedding related.

The next reason is that if we shot at home we could include our dog, Whiskey (or as we like to call him, Whiskey Mittens) in the photo shoot. Boy, did he ham it up! When we normally try to take pictures of him he usually finds a way to move right when the shutter goes off, but the moment Megan and Brent start shooting you’d think he was born to be a puppy model. Seemingly, this was his shoot and his humans were just their as supporting cast members. The final reason is that it gave us a (semi) legitimate reason to jump on the bed, because well, why not?

After 30 minutes of shooting in and around our loft we headed over to our soon-to-be wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art. Once we arrived we made a bee-line for entrance. If anyone has ever been to Balboa Park they know that there are about 20 wedding related events going on at any given moment, especially during sunset. On our short walk up to the steps, we passed 3 other couples doing their engagement shoots. Once we made it up to the front entrance, chilled as I was in my slightly ripped dress, I grabbed James’ hand and stared at the sign. It was emotional and exciting and I think that came through in the photos.

I have to say, I think that is what is so great about our photos. While this location is very popular, Megan and Brent did an incredible job making our photos feel distinctive and special. Their images perfectly convey the tone for us as a couple and for what our wedding will be. Every time I look at our pictures, me in a white dress and James in a suit, in front of our venue I can’t help but get a flutter of excitement for our big day and I couldn’t help but want to share our praise for Megan and Brent’s phenomenal photos.

Photography: Megan And Brent With Studio Castillero | Black Suit: Cotton On | Blue Dress: Urban Outfitters | Blue Suit: H&M | Red Skirt: ASOS | Union Jack Pillow: Timothy Oulton | Venue: The San Diego Museum Of Art | White Dress: For Love And Lemons


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Hayley Paige Trunk Show at JLM Couture Boutique

I’m having a serious I-wish-I-was-a-bride moment right now since hearing about the Hayley Paige Designer Trunk Show taking place at West Hollywood, California’s incredible JLM Couture Boutique.  From August 22-24th, brides can feast their eyes — and try on! — gowns from the Spring and Fall 2014 collections. Mark your calendars, my dears!

Known for her fresh, lively and feminine designs featuring incredible detail + texture, each Hayley Paige dress is more stunning than the last. At the upcoming trunk show, brides will get the chance to meet the uber talented designer as she helps brides find the gowns of their dreams!

To make an appointment at JLM Couture Boutique for the Hayley Paige Trunk Show, call 424.249.3909 or head over here. Happy dress shopping, lovelies!


DIY Summer Ranch Wedding

It’s no little secret we’re all about the details. Those personalized moments that make a wedding feel uniquely yours. Like these two animals lovers who opted for donations to their favorite shelter in lieu of “favors” or the ahh-mazing fabric ceremony backdrop handmade by the Bride and her mom. It’s all these little details that add up to something truly special, and you can through the The Hearts Haven’s lens right here.


From the Bride + Groom… Right away Erin and Shaun knew they wanted a casual, laid back wedding that would bring all of their friends and family together from all around the country. Bandy Canyon Ranch was the perfect venue for their weekend of festivities. Their loved ones were able to stay in the cabins on site and enjoy the pool, lawn games and rustic atmosphere all weekend long. This all meant that Erin + Shaun were able to spend more time with all the people who came to celebrate with them.

The couple had personal details scattered all throughout the wedding. For the décor, Erin and her Mom created tons of DIY details like pennant flags, patterned table overlays, wooden signage and a jaw dropping ceremony backdrop made from strips of fabric. The couple, who are major dog-lovers (they’ve even made a hobby out of taking in rescues!), opted to give donations to their favorite animal shelter in honor of their guests as their ‘favors’. They even had their two beloved pups incorporated into the ceremony processional!

More then anything, Erin and Shaun wanted their wedding to be one heck of a party! And despite record high temps….the wedding was truly that. Guests kicked off their shoes and kept the dance floor packed the whole night, the groom performed a karaoke song for the bride and the bridal party stayed up singing along to piano tunes until the wee hours of the morning.

Photography: The Hearts Haven | Videography: McDuff Productions | Floral Design: Leaf It To Lexi | DJ: Injoy Entertainment | Coordination: Sweet Revelry Events | Desserts: The Wicked Spoon | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Keleman | Ranch: Bandy Canyon Ranch