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Elegant and Classic La Jolla Wedding

There is no question, California knows how to host a wedding. And this beautiful soiree hosted at the stunning La Valencia Hotel and captured by Alex Warschauer Photography proves that point in the prettiest of ways. With the unmistakeable California light shining brightly over this couple’s gorgeous day, we are left with one stunning gallery of images. See even more in the VAULT.


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From Alex Warschauer PhotographySara + Austin’s love for one another is nothing short of pure and blissful – and their wedding was a perfect display of just that. When Alex Warschauer was asked to photograph Austin’s beachside proposal to Sara, is where he witnessed their love for the first time. After taking their engagement photos and seeing that once more, it was more than an honor to be asked to capture their day. For a photographer, there’s nothing more special and memorable that being a part of such incredible moments in ones life.

It was a gorgeous and misty morning alongside the coast of La Jolla, California on the day of Sara and Austin’s wedding, which took place at the historical La Valencia Hotel. Dawned with black and white checker marble floors, Spanish architecture, and an epic ocean view, guests and vendors a like knew that this wedding was going to be nothing short of spectacular.

The ceremony took place overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at one of the finer hours of the day – during sunset. An intimate ceremony of about 125 friends and family members gathered to watch Sara + Austin’s nuptials. Before the ceremony began, the officiant took a moment for the bride and groom to take one last look around before at their guests before they were wed. The officiant announced that this would be an unplugged ceremony which was wonderful news for photographer Alex Warschauer Photography.

The reception was elegantly dressed in white linens with accents of black and midnight blue. A dimly-lit room was the perfect setting for bright pops of white and candle lighting.

The dessert table was filled with white and midnight blue assortments of classical desserts with a modern twist. Beautifully decorated blackberries dusted in shimmery sugar sat atop miniature cheesecake bites. In coordination with the primary colors of the wedding, midnight blue, were also blackberry French macaroons filled with raspberry filing – and a floral cake to drool over.

At the end of the evening Sara + Austin were escorted outside by all of their guests to formally end their night on a sparkly note.

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Photography: Alex Warschauer Photography | Cinematography: The Raconteur Collective | Floral Design: Indulge Flowers | Cake: Sugar And Scribe | Hair + Makeup: Pure Beauty By Danielle | DJ: Mikey Beats | Venue: La Valencia Hotel | Furniture Rentals: AFR

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, North San Diego + A Giveaway!

The search for a perfect venue is over, because Omni La Costa is it. Not only do you get a dedicated wedding specialist who’ll partner with your coordinator to plan your dream day, but the North San Diego location is sure to add sunshine to your ceremony. Add in a chance to see an array of setups and meet their specialists, we think it’s easy to see why Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is perfect!

Offering a variety of venues and atmospheres to choose from, Omni La Costa has every type of accommodation to fit your festivity. Be it your rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, or celebratory wedding brunch, Omni La Costa has it all accessible leading up to your big day (and beyond).

In addition to luxurious accommodations, Omni La Costa offers the #1 wellness spa, two championship golf courses, five on premise restaurants and limitless options for leisure and fun. From Omni La Costa’s dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces to stunning scenery complete with panoramic views, it’s impossible not to fall in love with every single detail.

Also, did you know that when you book your wedding at any Omni Hotels & resorts property you will receive a complimentary honeymoon stay at one of 14 premier resort destinations (!!) amazing right?! It’s easy to see why Omni La Costa is the ideal destination for guests and getaways alike and with a variety of venues to accommodate every need, we ask you – what are you waiting for?! Get booking!


Celebrate your engagement and preview the perfect venue with a weekend getaway to Omni La Costa Resort & Spa!

Ten couples will win two nights of world-class accommodations at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Package includes:
*Two nights at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
*Customized amenities
*Welcome cocktails and appetizers
*Dinner in one of the luxury ballrooms
*Your choice of spa/golf/tennis/yoga activity

You will have the opportunity to see a variety of inspirational wedding setups, and meet our wedding specialists and see if Omni La Costa Resort & Spa could be the right venue for your special day!

Leave a comment below by January 31, 2016 and let us know why Omni La Costa is your ideal wedding location for a chance to win!

Please note transportation to and from the resort will not be provided

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Venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa


Pink + Gold La Jolla Wedding

I feel pretty confident saying that I bet there isn’t a SMP lady out there that doesn’t love all things pink and gold. And so on that note, this multi-cultural celebration is already winning awards. With a sparkling gold beaded gown for the ceremony and a bright pink sari to end the evening, our Bride was the definition of beauty, with heidi-o-photo capturing every look and everything in between. See them both in our VAULT right this way and more pink and gold goodness while you’re at it!


From Heidi-o-photo… Sharmini and Patrick met 10 years ago in the dorms on move-in day at UC Berkeley. Since then they’ve moved together and both gone through a lot more schooling – Patrick from MIT and Sharmini from Cornell. Now that they’re done with school they spend their time together traveling and trying new restaurants.

They chose scenic La Jolla as the destination for their wedding since many of the guests were coming in from out of town. It’s coastal views and great weather was perfect.

The wedding’s color scheme was pink with sparkles. Their venue, La Valencia, was the perfect background for their celebrations with it’s pink walls and elegant reception room. The bride started the day with a gold beaded dress and changed into a beautiful pink sari during the reception.

From the Bride… Patrick and I met in freshman year at UC Berkeley. He proposed 10 years later by a waterfall in Ithaca, NY, where I was attending graduate school. We decided to have the wedding in La Jolla, as Patrick’s family lives in San Diego. Because many of our guests were going to be traveling from Asia and the East Coast, we wanted to have our wedding somewhere beautiful that our guests would love. La Valencia is both beautiful and historic, and the service is excellent. We knew all our guests would have a fantastic time.

I wanted the wedding to be colorful and vibrant, but also glamorous and elegant. I grew up in Singapore, and I wanted the flowers to have a tropical island feel to remind me of home. Pink is my favorite color, so there were plenty of hot pink roses in my bouquet and the centerpieces. I also wanted to wear something that reflected my Indian heritage. Indian brides typically wear red and gold. I chose a gold beaded gown for the ceremony, and a pink sari for the reception. I also wore my grandmother’s antique gold necklace for the ceremony. For our favors, we put candy in little silk bags from Taiwan that were printed with the Chinese “Double Happiness” symbol.

My favorite memory from the day was the feeling of us being together with all our family, and everyone having a fantastic time. The DJ was excellent, and the food and wine were amazing. I also loved our first dance, which was to the Ramones song “Baby I Love You.” Patrick and I took ballroom dancing lessons and had a swing/foxtrot routine prepared.

My advice to brides-to-be is not to sweat the small stuff. Not everything will go as planned, and that is ok! Remember to enjoy the day, because it goes by very fast.

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Photography: heidi-o-photo | Coordination: Aquilone Events | Floral Design: Moments In Bloom | Cake: Twiggs Bakery | Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements | Hair + Makeup: Beauti On The Go | DJ: MyDJs | Officiant: Ceremonies By Bethel | Venue: La Valencia Hotel

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