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A Dance down the Aisle + Flash Mob = an Unforgettable Wedding Celebration

To simply say that pair planned one heck of a party would be the understatement of the century. Because not only did their wedding include a dance down the aisle, but it also featured a flash mob. With Jana Williams Photography behind the lens and Love & You Video filming every Found Vintage Rentals vignette, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From The Bride…The most important part of our wedding was creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that focused on bringing two cultures together. For us, it was all about showcasing us as a couple and really paying attention to all the details. We wanted our guest to walk away with a truly unique experience that is now forever imprinted in their hearts and memories. Besides all the personalized details the most important part of the planning process was perfecting the day of timeline; I wanted to ensure the energy was at an all-time high throughout the whole night. With that said, we surprised our guests all night through various ways: a dance down the aisle, flash mob, and incorporating traditions that were exciting for both cultures to experience. Our guests were so curious to participate in all the Jewish and Danish traditions that we included in the wedding; from starting the wedding reception with the Hava Nagila to the Danish Waltz before the clock stroke twelve.

When I first started the wedding process, I was obsessed with finding the best of the best in terms of location and venue. My husband is from Denmark and I from New York; so finding the perfect location was job in itself. Being from two different parts of the world, we knew it was going to be destination wedding. Our first pick was Tuscany, we even went there to scout locations with our families. I had my heart set on Castello di Casole but the weekend we needed wasn’t available; all the other locations we scouted were beautiful but not at the same level. After I received the news, I was on a mission to find a luxe Mediterranean inspired resort state side which brought me to The Grand Del Mar, which is nestled in a canyon preserve in sunny San Diego. The Grand Del Mar exceeded everyone’s expectations; and the dedicated staff really put a magical touch to all our events that we hosted on property. From a Mexican theme pool party to a travel themed rehearsal dinner – the hotel has several event spaces so each event felt unique and intimate.

In terms of picking out the color theme and décor; the most important thing was to compliment the beauty of the location. I didn’t want anything to feel like it wasn’t meant to be. The wedding style was natural, chic, and romantic. I hired a florist that was a botanist by trade; she really was able to create an effortless look with lush greenery accented by a beige/pink tone flowers. The reception had a very romantic feel to it with a lot of candles; the whole room felt warm and inviting. One of my favorite details was the escort card structure we built; our florist created a hanging garden with ribbons and names cards. Guest loved it and interacted with the structure all night; from finding their names to taking pictures under it as it glowed through the night. Another fun detail, we hired a Photo Bus- which was a one of a kind vintage Photo Booth built right into 1960’s VW Buses and it was a big hit among the guests. People had so much fun using it with the props. All the pictures were then put in a book with notes from everyone.

My advice for future brides is the wedding should highlight you as a couple; your guest should walk into the room and feel like they are part of your life. Don’t get caught up on what “you’re supposed to do” – do what you want to do and to be honest you will enjoy the whole planning process even more. The day of the wedding, don’t get caught up in the small things focus on the making memories with your husband and guests!

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Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: Love & You Video | Event Planning: Details Details | Floral Design: Art With Nature | Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Hair: Carmen Tafoya | DJ: DJ Gar Gar | Band: West Coast Music | Officiant: Cantor Kathy Robbins | Venue: Fairmont Grand Del Mar | Chair Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Childcare Services: Marion's Childcare | Draping + Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals | Goblets: Dish Wish | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: The Photo Bus | Tables: Farm Tables And More

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All the Inspiration You’ll Ever Need for Your Nature-Inspired Wedding

One thing we know for certain? Taking your design cues from the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park is never a bad idea.  And neither is stealing every.last.ounce of pretty from this gorgeous inspiration sesh from heidi-o-photo and Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals. It’s nature meets minimalism in the prettiest of settings. Fall in love with every stunning moment in THE VAULT.

From heidi-o-photo… Inspired by the gorgeous grounds of The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, this earthy, modern styled shoot looks to nature and the traditional elements of Japanese design to bring new dimension to a classic motif.

Shibui- Beauty by way of simplicity, Minimalism

Fukinsei- Asymmetrical Balance

Shizen- Naturalness, Organic Spontaneity

Lauren Kimmons, owner of Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals embraced equal parts quiet sophistication and a casual, organic warmth with her concept for the dining and lounge spaces. “Our backdrop was an award winning Japanese garden with cherry trees just coming into bloom- it was amazing. The concept was to create a space that embraced our surroundings and centered around the principles of Shibui, Fukinsei and Shizen- offering each guest their own personal experience of the garden.”

Together with Heidi Orcino of Heidi-O-Photo, they created a concept of balance: between contrasts, elements of design and periods of style. A mix of mid-century modern furniture and natural, almost wild, floral installations honors the minimalism of traditional Japanese design and its fondness for the natural- in the truest sense of the word.

Organic Elements built an amazing floral installation that brought the garden backdrop right to the table- using yellow acacia, jasmine vines and giant air plants (among other gorgeous greens) they created a mini garden that grew up from the table and down from the ceiling.

“With the help of Snake Oil Cocktail Company, we were able to create two custom craft cocktails. We wanted to see this concept through and only Snake Oil’s mindful approach to garden-fresh ingredients and innovative recipes would do,” said Lauren.

They created two cocktails for the shoot, the New Moon (Yamuzaki 12 Year Whiskey, Green Tea, Fresh Mint, Pressed Blood Orange and A Touch of Honey) and the Sun + Sky (Nigori sake, North Shore Aquavit, Pressed Lime, Elderflower and Sea Salt). 

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Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: M Bride Salon | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Jewelry: LOA Designs | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Japanese Friendship Garden | Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Concept + Fashion Concept: heidi-o-photo | Event Design, Furniture Rentals + Concept Collaboration: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals | Invitations, Menus + Table Numbers: Four Things Paper

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An Ethereal Garden Party Wedding We Can’t Believe Is Real

When a crew like Jose VillaLaurie AronsMindy RiceElysium ProductionsA Day in MayCasa de PerrinCurlicue 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 EventsElise & 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.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Invitations: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Ceremony Venue: The Immaculata At USD | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Band: West Coast Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wood Structure: Rrivre Works

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