Lindsay and Steven: An Immaculada and Prado Wedding

Being USD grads, gave Lindsay and Steven one of the coveted opportunities to be married in the Immaculada Church–something only available to graduates and faculty.  Check out the pictures below and you’ll see why it’s so coveted!  Lindsay and Steven started the day getting ready at the US Grant Hotel which was a perfect place for photos to begin.  The hotel even upgraded Lindsay to a 2-story Presidential Suite!

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The Ceremony was a full Catholic Mass.  Since the drama of the church is magnificent in itself, we kept the floral decor simple, with beautiful florals tied to the pews going down the aisle and 2 large pieces on columns in the front.  We actually repurposed those focal point pieces in the reception and used them for centerpieces on two of the guest tables.  Steal this idea for sure!  The amazing Alex of Blush Botanicals did all of the decor.

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Following the ceremony, Lindsay and Steven did a round of photos with bridesmaids and groomsmen at the Immaculada and then bordered their super fun party bus for transport to the Prado.

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Lindsay’s vision for her wedding was a mixture of teal, ivory, and gold with a romantic and somewhat garden-like feel. At the cocktail hour in the Prado courtyard, we created an escort card display with vintage shutters in a teal tone and cards slid into the shutters themselves.  We also added pots of flowers at the base to add to the garden decor.  With a nod to the Mexican heritage in Lindsay’s family tree, guests were serenaded by mariachis during the cocktail hour.  We lined them along the upper balcony, in the archways, to keep the music at a lower decibel level and create a beautiful visual overhead.

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The bridesmaid’s dresses were teal and we had teal elements in the cocktail hour area but the ballroom was all gold!  We used an amazing snake-skin gold linen, gold napkins, glass chargers with a gold rim, and a mixture of gold and glass bases for the floral centerpieces.  Blush created 3 different floral centerpieces that we dispersed among the tables.  We brought the teal into the decor only in our paper products, with the table numbers and menus being a combination of gold text and teal foil lettering (created by the always creative Nic Roc Designs)  And to bring in Lindsay’s philanthropic spirit, the family offered “Truffles for a Cause” favors with a chocolate at each place setting and a donation offered on behalf of each.

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The evening rounded out with dancing to a full band and cutting a beautiful gold and ivory cake!  Funny story: when the cake showed up, the ribbon on it was actually light blue.  The pastry chef had mistakenly made the cake exactly according to the picture Lindsay had sent, which had a light blue ribbon on it, forgetting that the cake was supposed to be the exactly like the picture EXCEPT that the ribbon was supposed to be gold.  After we discovered the mistake, the pastry chef sent 2 worker bees over to paint the ribbon gold on site.  Since guests were supposed to be entering the ballroom shortly, an assistant and I jumped in to help so that there were now FOUR of us painting the cake.  We let guests in 5 minutes late and I didn’t tell the mother of the bride until the Tuesday AFTER the wedding!  But by the time guests came in, the cake was gold.  I was thinking I would just tell guests it was our “something blue” for the wedding, but an actual gold ribbon looked much better!!!

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Thank you to Cole Joseph Photography for the amazing pictures!

Noelle and David-A Park Hyatt Aviara Wedding

Noelle and David, together with Noelle’s family, planned an amazing affair of a wedding at the Park Hyatt Aviara, just north of San Diego.  Noelle and David opted not to see each other before the ceremony and spent the day at the Park Hyatt with their friends and family getting ready and anticipating!

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John Reidy Photography captured these beautiful moments and Blush Botanicals arranged all the flowers.  Look at the girl’s adorable animal print shoes they wore under their formal navy dresses!

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Because Noelle and David are Orthodox Christian, they were married off site at Saints Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church.  I had never been in the church and it was stunning.  We had four ring bearers, that each held elements of the Orthodox ceremony, and one perfect little 18-month old flower girl who flew down the aisle with her flower wand.  Notice the beautiful floral and greenery swag down the aisle and the large floral pieces that were then transferred to the reception as centerpieces on some of the tables (a great little trick for multi-use flowers)!

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Because David is an avid surfer, we created an escort card display around a surfing theme.  Behind the display, we exhibited a surf map that shows surfing destinations around the world.  Then each escort card was attached to a miniature real wood surf board by it’s “leash” and displayed in a box of sand.  It was a fun, whimsical touch, to our otherwise very formal affair.  Below, see the display (for 300 guests!) and the vintage car that carried Noelle and David from the church to the Park Hyatt.

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Inside the ballroom, it was pure magic!  The look was a mixture of gold and ivory/white with layers of texture and tone.  Our linens were a textured gold and ivory shimmer and a gold snake-skin, our napkins were a 3rd color of gold, the menus were customized gold and ivory, and the centerpieces were layers of ivory.  Crystals strung together the centerpieces on the long head table.  We employed the Park Hyatt to focus a pin spot light from the ceiling on each centerpiece so that they glowed, as guests entered the room.  We also rented a white dance floor and gold Chivari chairs from Classic Party Rentals and white lounge furniture, gold bride and groom chairs, and a custom white bar from Hire Elegance.  Add the abundance of candles and it was pure “wow.”

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And for the party: amazing!  Noelle’s family is Palestinian, so after heartfelt toasts and first dances to That Vibe, a great variety band, we set the stage for a little cultural fun.  As soon as Noelle and David cut their cake and kissed, a thunderous boom began from behind them and in paraded a Middle Eastern live drummer with accompanying music.  David was carried on the shoulders of friends to the dance floor and everyone joined in the fun.  We also set up a beautiful display of Middle Eastern pastries in the foyer to add another personal family touch.

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The band was hired until 10:30pm and then we had another fun transition.  I had one of my favorite DJ’s, J Soul, set up and waiting in the wings.  As soon as the band finished their last song and waved goodbye, we dropped the lights, and J turned on his electric display of dance floor lighting.  He kept the dance floor full for two more hours in a great “after party” type atmosphere.  We of course then had to add mini fish tacos and pizzas for a late night munchie display.

This wedding, with its authentic religious ceremony, gorgeous decor, and crazy fun crowd, was truly a momentous affair and I was honored and thrilled to be its coordinator and to get to know two amazing and lovely people in Noelle and David.

Lesley & Doug-A Heritage Park Wedding

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When Lesley and Doug first met with me, they told me they wanted to plan a super fun, casual, outdoor wedding that would be filled with lawn games and local beer and amazing food and oh yay, they didn’t want to spend any money on flowers but they wanted it to be super bright and […]

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Anna & Marc: La Jolla Country Club Wedding

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I met Anna and Marc through Skype as they both currently live in Europe.  Marc grew up in La Jolla and always envisioned a home town wedding.  He and Anna only flew out once together for a full week of wedding planning activities.  Marc flew out one other time for business and worked in some […]

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Sara & Brian: A Nautical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort, San Diego

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Sara and Brian planned a beautiful nautical-themed wedding at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego, CA. I actually knew the bride, Sara, when we were in grade school (La Jolla Bobby Socks!) so it was super fun to reconnect with her and make her wedding day amazing! The Catamaran Resort is situated on the […]

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San Diego Style Weddings Magazine Photo Shoot 2013

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Each year San Diego Style Weddings Magazine asks a number of coordinators to put together a table display to showcase current wedding design trends that they then feature in their yearly magazine.  This is one of my favorite tasks because I get to create according to my own whimsy!  I love creating for my clients but […]

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Will and Laura

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For Laura and Will, they had me at bagpipes!  Will’s family is Scottish and that meant full kilts and yes, a bagpipe.  Laura and Will had their ceremony at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, where Will’s grandparents have been long time attendees.  I will never forget the moment we sent the gentlemen down the aisle.  We […]

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Kelly and Strider-Hilton Torrey Pines Wedding

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Kelly and Strider were so much fun!  They had their wedding ceremony at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, where their family attended, and their reception at the Hilton Torrey Pines–just a short jaunt away in the Hills of La Jolla.  To get the bride and groom and wedding party to and from the church (with separate […]

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Ann & David-A MCASD La Jolla Wedding!

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Ann and David created a wedding in La Jolla with a wonderful mixture of tradition and modernity.  They held their ceremony at the gorgeous La Jolla Presbyterian Church (think super long aisle, organ booming, stained glass windows) and held their reception at the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.  Cocktails began on the […]

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Wedding Tabletop Photoshoot at the Hilton Torrey Pines

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Each year San Diego Style Weddings magazine asks a bunch of us planners to put together our own tabletop for a photo shoot.  The idea is to let each planner dream up their own look and feature current wedding trends in the process.  By request, I was paired with Chris and Kim from Indulge Flowers as I […]

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