When a crew like Jose Villa, Laurie Arons, Mindy Rice, Elysium Productions, A Day in May, Casa de Perrin, Curlicue Designs and TEAM Hair & Makeup get their hands on a wedding, dreams are bound to come true. And for this couple that looked like an ultra-romantic garden party held at the incredible Lodge at Torrey Pines. Classic brides, this gallery is all the inspiration you’ll ever need.
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From Laurie Arons Special Events…Elise & Sean are one of the kindest, sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of sending down the aisle, and with beautiful taste too. Elise imagined an elegant and romantic day for her hometown San Diego wedding, and the team of vendors loved working with her to bring this vision to life.
The couple were married in a Catholic ceremony at Founders Chapel, before joining guests at their reception at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. We transformed the Lodge’s green lawn into an ethereal garden party, with custom wood structures by Rrivre Works. Mindy Rice Design pulled out all the stops adorning the structure with greenery & flowers, while beautiful light fixtures cast a soft glow over the dinner.
The tabletop was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Elise & Sean’s wedding was the first to use Casa de Perrin’s Sage & gold florentine chargers, which looked beautiful alongside their gold flatware & cut crystal stemware. Following dinner, guests danced away to Encore, one of the incredible bands from West Coast Music.
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Invitations: A Day in May | Ceremony Venue: Founders Chapel | Reception Venue: Lodge at Torrey Pines | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Band: West Coast Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wood Structure: Rrivre Works
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: Laura Christin Photography | 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 Of San Diego | Graphic Design: Love Notes Stationery | Maid Of Honor Dress: Vera Wang | Photo Booth: Starlight Photo Booth | 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)