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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 Shoreham DC


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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Classic Chic Seaside Wedding in La Jolla

I’ve got this gallery on repeat, but really can you blame me? Because not only is this La Jolla celebration the kind of place that you dream about going back to almost every day, it’s also serving up some serious style that’ll send any Bride-to-be into a pinfest. From the Bride’s Monique Lhullier gown to the gallery a la Ashlee Raubach Photography, we’ve got every divine moment waiting in THE VAULT!


From Ashlee Raubach PhotographyThis classic chic seaside wedding takes place at the lovely Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California. The Bride and Groom flew family and friends in from all over the country to celebrate this destination wedding which was in the making for ten years. The simplicity and classic look of the Brides dress and flowers as well as the Grooms navy suit and simple green, white and blush hues creates a timeless destination wedding.

From The Bride…Our wedding was 10 years in the making. We met as freshmen at Babson College in 2004. We lived in the same small dormitory on campus and there was an instant attraction. We started off as friends, but after our first official date sophomore year to dinner and a movie, we knew it was something more. We come from opposite ends of the globe but somehow have so much in common. Dominic is from Hawaii, and I’m from Boston. After graduation in 2008 we lived in Boston for a year, and then made our way to Los Angeles where we now reside – a middle ground for both of us. In 2012 we took our annual trip to Hawaii to visit Dominic’s family, but this time spent a few extra days on the island of Lanai, just the two of us. That is where Dominic proposed, on an intimate sunset horseback ride.

When we began wedding planning there were almost too many options with our families being so spread out. We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding somewhere beautiful and warm, but also accessible for our family and friends. We love living in California and the fact that’s there is so much diversity along its coast. That’s how we landed on La Jolla. About 2 hours south of Los Angeles, La Jolla feels like a little tropical getaway. We put our name on the waiting list for the gorgeous, and very popular, Scripps Seaside Forum. Call it a miracle but Saturday, March 28th opened up and we grabbed it! Dominic’s birthday is the 27th, so we knew this would make for an extra special weekend, and a date he’d never forget!

We did not have a planner and did most of the work ourselves filling this blank slate of a venue. Luckily the clean architecture of Scripps and the location right on the ocean made for a beautiful backdrop. We wanted our wedding to be elegant, welcoming and intimate. The most important thing to us was the music, flowers, and of course a great photographer to capture it all. We had Chris James play guitar during the ceremony and cocktail hour, and Wayne Foster Band kept us dancing all night long. Shannon from Cargo-Creative brought our floral vision to life with floor grazing garlands, unique wreath centerpieces, and soft organic looking bouquets. Ashlee Raubach has a photography style that is just as bright and beautiful as her personality, and made it so much fun to be in front of the camera.

The ceremony was the most amazing part of the day. The sun was shining and warm on our backs. My blush pink bridesmaids’ dresses sparkled against the ocean. Our officiant, Deborah Young, did an amazing job telling our story and evoking smiles and tears of joy. We wrote our own vows which was very important to us – after 10 years we had a lot we wanted to say. Our favorite detail of the day was our favors. A donation was made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in honor of my Father who passed away from melanoma. Other details that we loved were the Hawaiian influences that reminded us of the island we love: mai tais, tropical pineapple coconut wedding cake, and the green maile lei that Dominic’s Father brought for him from Hawaii.

As the sun was setting over the water the Maid of Honor and Best Man knocked their speeches out of the park. We laughed, we cried, and then we took to the dance floor for our first dance with the band playing “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Our guests then joined us as the band kicked off the party with “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of, and definitely worth the wait!

See even more California weddings in THE VAULT! 

Photography: Ashlee Raubach Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Susie's Cakes & Confections | Catering: Culinary Concepts | Hair And Makeup: Ada Murua, Hyde Edwards Salon | Venue: The Martin Johnson House | Beverage Services: Giuseppe Fine Catering | Design + Floral Design: Cargo Creative | Music: Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - San Diego | Rentals: Farm Tables and More | Trees: San Diego Interior Foliage

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