SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
Elegant Garden Wedding in San Diego

What happens when long-distance sweeties plan a destination ‘I Do’ in San Diego? I’ll tell you – whole lot of lovely.  Coastyle Events made sure California dreams were a regal reality with this Estancia Hotel affair. A picture perfect garden ceremony bursting with Sugar Rose Flowers and warm southern sunshine, every image from Heidi-o-photo lens is unforgettable including the Side By Side film below!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Styles
Elegant

From Heidi-o-photoMonika grew up in Poland and moved to the United States with her family, while Robert grew up in Michigan. Despite growing up so far apart and in different countries, they found each other and were a perfect match. After meeting, they were in a long distance relationship and traveled on many trips together. It was during a trip to Thailand that Robert proposed to Monika on a beach.

Since everyone would be traveling for their wedding they wanted to find somewhere in the United States that would have fantastic weather and lots of beautiful sights to see. So, San Diego it was! They were looking for a smaller boutique hotel, and the Estancia proved to be the perfect place. For the theme they went for a mix of vintage (in the architecture and gardens) and modern (in their clothing and centerpieces). Everything came together beautifully for their eclectic wedding day.

Brazilian Dancers: Brazilian Productions | Cupcakes: Babycakes | DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson | Event Planner: Coastyle Events | Floral Design: Sugar Rose Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Clairestyle | Invitations: Write Impressions | Officiant: Pastor Jeremy At Seven SD Church | Photography: Heidi-o-photo | Videography: Side By Side | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Wedding Venue: Estancia Hotel

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here

You'll love these vendors in San Diego

Jen Simpson Design
View Portfolio
John Schnack Photography
View Portfolio
L’Auberge Del Mar
View Portfolio
Coastyle Events
View Portfolio
heidi-o-photo
View Portfolio
Rock Paper Scissors Events
View Portfolio
Breakfast on the Lake Engagement

This darling couple spent a quiet morning cozied up at San Marcos Lake for their oh-so-adorable e-sesh. Complete with donuts and J. Crew pajamas, the talented Carmen Santorelli Photography was behind the lens and snapped up plenty of romance. From lakeside kisses to a formal attire stroll in the desert, every picture is dreamier than the last. Cozy on up to the full gallery for more!

Colors
Seasons
Spring
Settings
Lake

From The Bride… Jason and I are San Francisco residents, but our love story began in San Diego. It only made sense for us to incorporate it in a special way, which is why we chose to do our wedding / engagement shoot there. We wanted the shoot to feel fun, playful, and maybe even surprising; thus, pajamas and donuts outdoors was something that was easily agreed on! Carmen, our photographer, is owed the credit for suggesting the dock by the lake. Per her suggestion we chose San Marcos Lake as our location. We also wanted to do something with formal-wear in a contrasting setting and the San Marcos Lake area kindly obliged with its desert-like surroundings. We’re not an overly “cutesy” couple, so I loved the way Carmen was able to capture our not-so-mushy personalities and the less traditional nature of the shoot while still giving them a romantic vibe!

Mugs: Anthropologie | Pajamas: J. Crew | Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Venue: San Marcos Lake

Urban Zen Wedding Inspiration

M’dears, get ready to feast your eyes on urban zen desert love like no other. It’s organic elements turned wedding perfection, from the lettered name rocks to the watercolored rock-pattern paper goods to the air plants breathing life to the gorgeous pale viridian tablescape topped with blooms by Isari Flower Studio. There’s no question that Francine Ribeau Events killed it with her cohesive design vision. Get your Pin on in the gallery from Joshua Aull Photography and Sarah Kate Photography!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Restaurant
Styles
Rustic

From Francine Ribeau EventsI (Danielle of Francine Ribeau Events) had the pleasure of planning and designing the wedding of a couple very near and dear to my heart. During their ceremony the officiant spent a little time educating all the guests on the political victories of the past year, also stating that it was probably everyone’s first gay wedding. It was mine, too. He said that not only did the couple not know what to expect but neither did we. That was the truth. What is the protocol? Well, the best part of it – is there is none and we get to create it!

The amount of love, admiration and support from their guests inspired the purpose behind this shoot. We also want gay couples out there to have more outlets to find inspiration for their wedding, something a little more masculine, but still celebrating the beauty of their bond.

While the backdrop of Green Acres in San Diego is very urban and industrial, we were inspired by the multitude of colors in the rocks and in the cacti. The colors reminded us of the soft white sand and the circular patterns of a zen garden. Our goal was to take these two very different landscapes and make them work together, sort of a celebration of the unexpected.

With our color palette and vision in mind, Taryn of Twinkle and Toast created her rock-inspired invitations. The watercolor paper goods from Taryn set the scene for the ceremony backdrop we built – acrylic sheets that we spray painted to mimic the design. The design was carried throughout, as Nichole of Nic.Roc.Designs also used this pattern to laser cut coasters out of wood.

We also watercolored rocks with blues, greens, citrus yellows and lavender purples to bring our their natural colors, and used them throughout the space, as escort cards and table decor. For deserts, we stuck to the desert theme and decided to DIY some popsicles. We wanted to keep with the desert sand patterns and was able to layer various flavors to achieve the look.

Tam at Isari Floral Studio is always patient with our crazy ideas. She was eager to do a shoot with us and we thought this was a great shoot to collaborate on. Tam brought in elements of stone, glass and wood, bridging that gap between urban and zen with adding clematis and soft white flowers juxtaposed to various succulents and cactus flowers.

We were lucky enough to be set up by Tam with Joshua Aull Photography and Sarah Kate Photography – both film photographers. Natural light was the perfect complement to this shoot; Joshua and Sarah’s talents gave the photos their own sense of serenity.

Looking back at the last several years and all the progress for same sex couples we have made, we feel honored and excited to be a part of building new traditions and celebrating love of any kind.

Bar Ware / Coasters: Nic.Roc.Designs | Event Design: Francine Ribeau Events | Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio | Hair And Makeup: Kelsey Doonan | Invitations / Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast | Men's Dress Shirts: Salon De Marcus | Photography: Sarah Kate Photography | Photography: Joshua Aull Photography | Venue: Green Acre Campus Pointe

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
(once like a spark) photography + A Discount!

Here at SMP, we get a little bit giddy when we run across a vendor that takes our breath away. Case in point? (once like a spark) photography. Based in San Diego, Los Angeles + Northern California, this boutique-style photography company creates photos that are truly different — timelessly beautiful with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of charm.

When you work with (once like a spark) photography, you’re not only signing on with an amazing photographer, but also with a team of wedding experts (in-house planner, editor, etc.) that will seamlessly guide you through the process. Knowing that your wedding photos will be some of your most treasured memories, (once like a spark) photography not only captures you and your honey to perfection, but makes sure you’re totally comfortable on your big day, knows how to schedule everything to get the perfect light and edits beautifully to make sure the final product is picture perfect.

For a ton more information and to book your big day with (once like a spark) photography, head over to their website. OH, there’s more! Just for our SMP readers, (once like a spark) photography is offering either $200 off your package or a free engagement session for the month of November! Be sure to mention SMP California when filling out the contact form to redeem discount. 

Sponsored-Post

Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

I’ve long been obsessed with the stunning robes from California-based Doie Lounge, which make sure you and your ladies look amazing from start to finish on wedding day! Not only do I love that they’re eco-friendly, locally produced and seriously gorgeous, but they make the most perfect — and practical — gifts for your bridesmaids.

Made of natural + sustainable fabrics, Doie Lounge robes look adorable in “getting ready” photos  and are super flattering on both tall and short frames! Available in sizes xxs to x-large, these comfortable robes seriously stay put with a permanently attached outer silk tie and an interior tie! Available in a beautiful assortment of colors and combinations — including the newest blush robe called Betty as well as to new pastel robes, the Paige and Shirley, which will ship in 2015 — Doie Lounge also offers discounts for buying in bulk (see more here).

These robes hit the pretty jackpot every time. If you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at}doielounge.com and she’ll help you come up with the perfect robe for you and your ladies! Also, ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as sometimes there are a few styles hiding behind the scenes. For more inspiration, check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties, right here!

the-giveaway

The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Lilian Rob from Doie Lounge in any size!

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, November 7, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  Hair: Trace Hennigsen  Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Calloway Gable Photography | BLF Studios | ES Creations Photography | Katie Hall

Sponsored-Post

Sailboat Engagement Session in San Diego

This sweet little love sesh right here? It’s my happy place this afternoon. A breezy gallery snapped up by Carmen Santorelli with not one, but three gorgeous dresses in blush, turquoise and gold, a floppy beach hat, a cozy sailboat, rays of warm sunshine and loads of nautical lovin’. Come kick back with me in the gallery.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Seaside
Styles
Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…Dean and I met in San Diego in 2012. After convincing myself that I could move all of my furniture on my own, moving day came and I realized that I was in some serious need of help. I called my nearby friend Phil and asked that he bring as many friends as he could to help. Turns out, most of these friends were not in any condition to help the morning after an “all nighter”. The only person willing to help was Phil’s friend, Dean.

Dean showed up with the biggest smile on his face and I specifically remember thinking to myself; now, this is the kind of man that I want to marry. I actually remember being upset after meeting him because I was under the impression that he was already taken. I guess I just assumed that someone this incredible and kind had to already be taken off the market. Turns out, he wasn’t and I couldn’t be more grateful. The week after we met, I went to my home state of Colorado to visit. Upon returning, I learned that Dean had been trying to get a hold of me, but was (without his knowledge) given the wrong number by our mutual friends. The next time I saw him, he was overly apologetic thinking that I hadn’t returned his calls or texts because he was too forward. After assuring him that he just had the wrong number we finally went on our first date and have spent almost every single day together since.

Together for nearly two years, I was more than ready to become his wife but with no indication from him, figured an engagement was still a long time away. When I woke up one Sunday morning, Dean handed me a cup of coffee and a note explaining that he was taking me away for a couple of days on a surprise trip for our “birthdays”. The note was complete with a packing list and the reassurance that he had already called my boss to tell him I wouldn’t be at work Monday morning. I had no idea where we were going until we arrived at the Dana point marina. I then knew we were headed to Catalina Island, a place I had been longing to visit since we started dating.

Once we finally set foot on Catalina we enjoyed an amazing day of exploring the island, eating to our hearts content and just enjoying one another’s company. After lunch, Dean mentioned that we needed to start getting ready for dinner and told me that he rented a sailboat and wanted to have a sunset cruise before our dinner reservations that night. I thought this was a little suspicious (and over the top) for our birthday but refused to let my mind wander to the thoughts of our engagement in fear of being let down if it didn’t happen.

After spending about an hour on the boat we came to a point where we were literally surrounded by hundreds of dolphins and sea lions all swimming together surrounding the boat. Even the captain of the boat mentioned that he had never seen anything like it. At this point I was so distracted with trying to capture pictures of the circus happening in the water around us, that getting engaged was the furthest thing from my mind. Not even a minute later, Dean got down on one wobbly knee and asked me to be his fiancée. Turns out, this weekend was to celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together. That moment is one that I wish I could relive a million times over because I don’t think I have ever been so overwhelmed with joy in my life.

When the incredible Carmen Santorelli and I started to brainstorm where we should take our engagement photos it seemed only fateful that a sailboat engagement session was something she too had been dreaming of and gathering inspiration for, for quite some time. When she told me about this, I knew that this would be the perfect backdrop to tell the story of where this chapter in our story began.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography