With a fabulous art deco vibe and superb planning by Bliss Events, this glamorous US Grant Hotel wedding is an affair that would make Gatsby proud. Layer in all the delicious desserts from Sweet Lydia’s Of San Diego, sweet signage from Love Notes Stationery and artful photography by Laura Christin Photograph, and this gallery is one fabulous nod to the roaring 20s. More in the VAULT.
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From Bliss Events…The historic US Grant Hotel located in the heart of Downtown San Diego is the essence of romance. When Leah and Jacob first walked into the hotel, their wedding vision fell into place. The venue boasts of history and class in the bustling downtown of their favorite city. Leah was all about style in her art deco 1920’s inspiration complete with black and gold colors with feathers and sparkle throughout every element. The US Grant lit up the city skyline that night with gold lighting around the perimeter of the property in honor of the bride and groom.
Special consideration was given to Leah and Jacob to be photographed on the otherwise exclusive and private terrace for their first look which made for a dramatic background for Laura Christin Photography to capture the romance perfectly beneath the San Diego skyline.
The late afternoon intimate ceremony of 65 guests inside the gold and black-checkered floor lobby was held under the hotel’s magnificent chandelier. With draping elements provided by Concepts Event Design and adorned with candlelight and florals from Organic Elements, the ceremony was intimate and warm.
The dazzling reception was held in the spectacular Crystal Ballroom filled with white feathers and florals among gold-beaded charger plates and crystals. The centerpieces by Organic Elements brought out the theme on the tables perfectly with low gold vases holding a lush array of ivory roses, ivory dahlias, ivory spray roses, gold succulents and ivory hydrangeas. Sweet Lydia’s designed a cake fitting for a roaring 20’s dancing queen made up of almond cake with sweetened mascarpone and belgian milk chocolate ganache. The mother of the bride made edible flowers for the cake and the bride and her mom placed the flowers on together as a favorite childhood past time. The cake was surrounded with exquisite desserts displayed on beautiful black stands such as salted caramel French macarons, flourless chocolate cake bites, snickerdoodle cookies, mini devils food cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream in gold liners, vanilla panna cotta verrines with mini passionfruit macaron and mini whisky cake cupcakes with cinnamon caramel buttercream. JD Musik kept the dance floor packed and the couple danced the night away. Starlight Photo Booth captured the event’s playfulness filled with props and feather boas.
This dazzling wedding was a unique and memorable celebration of Leah and Jacob’s love!
Photography: Dove & Blake's Home | Coordination: Bliss Events | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: Cristiano Lucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Clairestyle | DJ: JD Musik | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: The US Grant Hotel | Cake + Desserts: Sweet Lydia's | Graphic Design: Love Notes Stationery | Maid Of Honor Dress: Vera Wang | Photo Booth: Starlight Photobooth | Rentals: Concepts Event Design
Design, Styling, Parties
We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued. Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.
We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer. I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail. It’s awesome.
So what are you waiting for, loves? Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101. You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words? You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all. Contact them NOW to get your party on.
What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)
How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!
Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo
Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)
Four words: ombré petal lined aisle. If that doesn’t get you clicking into this gallery then I don’t know what will. Maybe the fact that Bliss Events coordinated this special day? Or how about that Petula Pea Photography was on hand to capture it all. That’s right, it’s a day perfect for sharing and we’ve got it all waiting for you to see in The Vault!
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Full of charm and romance, La Jolla, California was the ideal destination for Kyle and Emily’s September 25th 2015 wedding at La Valencia Hotel. The property boasts amazing unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as well as a boutique warm feel for an intimate occasion. Traveling from New York with 70 guests and booking the property “site unseen”, Kyle and Emily celebrated their marriage overlooking La Jolla Cove surrounded by the ones they love. Guests arrived to the hotel and were greeted with a welcome bag full of San Diego must-haves including beautiful intricately designed mosaic tiles with their names and date on them.
Contrary to the normally cool and crisp ocean air day in La Jolla, their wedding day had a heat wave that graced San Diego that weekend, but Kyle and Emily stayed cool and enjoyed every moment. Their romantic first look on the verandah terrace overlooking their wedding ceremony site was magical and Petula Pea Photography captured the emotion of that moment perfectly.
The inspiration behind their day was organic winery-inspired colorful elegance. The ceremony was adorned with vibrant ombre colors in an aisle rose petal scroll… from burgundy to fuchsia, and orange to mustard, then finally gold encircling the couple. Intricate floral vases of all sizes and shapes intermixed with antique lanterns provided the background to their nuptials. Parasols were used to shade the guests from the intense sun and the vibe from live music filled the salty sea air.
Following the ceremony, guests savored the views of La Jolla Cove on the verandah while enjoying live music and La Valencia cuisine such as watermelon cups with goat cheese and big eye tuna tartare with a won ton chip. Tandoori Lollipop lamb chops were tray passed along with kobe beef sliders with truffle aioli with caramelized onions.
Birchwood logs filled the reception tables intermixed with colored florals and antique votive candles in copper, gold, orange and pink to create a natural, eclectic look. The three-tiered naked cake by Sweet Lydia’s was almond mascarpone cake with passion fruit, adorned with fresh berries and florals.
Photography: Petula Pea Photography | Coordinator: Bliss Events | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: Adrienne's | Cake: Sweet Lydia's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup Artist: Couture Makeup | Hair Stylist: Audra Rene Studio | Venue: La Valencia Hotel | Bride's Belt: Helena Noelle | Groom's Tuxedo: Trunk Club | Linens: APR Fine Linens | Musician/DJ: Still Listening Productions