Melanie and Dan: A Christmas La Valencia Wedding

Melanie came to me last September and was so excited because she had just gotten engaged to the love of her life and they wanted to get married that upcoming December!  Can we plan a wedding in four months? was her question.  And my answer: Absolutely!  Melanie was from La Jolla and, though she currently lives outside San Francisco, wanted to plan a La Jolla wedding.  She chose our quintessential perfect (and pink) wedding venue, the La Valencia Hotel.  And though Melanie wanted to create a Christmas style wedding, she didn’t want a traditional green and red color scheme.  We decided to opt for rich purples and plums contrasted against ivory and gold.  Check out the gorgeous bouquet that Chris from Indulge Weddings created for her.  And look at her gorgeous lace dress!  I died when I saw it!

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Melanie really wanted a church wedding, and since she had a smaller guest count (approx. 70), she chose the chapel at La Jolla Presbyterian Church for the wedding ceremony.  We decided we would do all green and white for our ceremony décor, to create a very clean look.

spread 3Following the ceremony, Sara of France Photography captured these gorgeous beach moments.  I adore the sunset silhouette! spread 5Following the ceremony, it was on to the La Valencia for the party!  I was so excited about our ballroom décor!  We started with ivory linens and gold chivari chairs then added these super rich deep purples and pinks in the centerpieces.  As guests entered, they were met by a huge ornament tree, crafted out of wood and accented with flowers.  Suspended from the tree were gorgeous ornaments in purple, burgundy, gold, and ivory with tags listing each guest’s name and indicating their table assignment.  It was a perfect Christmas touch!  Melanie adores literature so we also came up with the idea of doing book mark table numbers and found these Christmas Carol books in burgundy and gold–so perfect!  Guests were encouraged to take them home at the end of the night!spread 4

It was a perfect night!  JP Hunten Music entertained guests and kept them dancing all evening!  Michele Coulon crafted a scrumptious cake and also made Scandinavian cookie favors, a nod to Melanie’s family roots.  It was such a blessing to be part of such an amazing event and I loved every minute I got to hang out with this fabulous family!  spread 6

Laura & Greg: A La Jolla Destination Wedding at the Martin Johnson House

Laura and Greg met with me about a year before their hoped for wedding date and told me they wanted to plan a destination wedding in La Jolla and were looking for a venue with an ocean view that could hold up to 125 people and would be fully customizable, meaning they could bring in their own caterer and alcohol.  I showed them the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Forum, and the Martin Johnson House–a little gem on the cliffs of Scripps.  They fell in love with the Martin Johnson House and felt it’s rustic vibe would lend perfectly to the style of wedding they wanted to create.  Laura also wanted a church wedding and was hoping for a smaller, chapel-like feel.  I recommended the chapel at La Jolla Presbyterian Church.  For a décor starting point, Laura told me that she and Greg had actually met in a library (studying during college they told me!) and I felt like we HAD to incorporate a touch of a library motif.  Since Laura wanted a vintage look, we felt the two would correspond perfectly!

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I love these gorgeous pictures of Laura, above, getting ready!  And the pictures below of the chapel and Greg with his groomsmen are so sweet!

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For colors, Laura really liked teal, as she thought it would blend with the ocean backdrop, and wanted a mixture of wildflowers in yellows, pinks, and oranges with whites and ivories mixed in.  Chris from Indulge Weddings and Events did all the floral décor.  I love the La Jolla Cove pictures below, especially love the dresses and bouquets with the ocean-scape.

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Since Laura’s whole décor scheme followed a vintage, retro-feel, when it came to transporting wedding party and guests, we thought a yellow school bus would be perfect!  Guests all stayed in downtown La Jolla so they walked to the church and were then transported up to the Martin Johnson and back to their hotels at the end of the night via the yellow school bus!  Check out the wedding party below and the gorgeous view from the Martin Johnson House!

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For reception décor, we started with rectangular banquet tables with white linens and burlap runners and a natural wood chair.  Chris added mixed glassware, including teal candle holders, and added wildflowers in Laura’s tones.  It was so pretty and so perfect! Laura loved the idea of these wine bottle table numbers pictured below.  She collected the bottles then we ordered the table numbers from Etsy.  Her cute idea was that each table number would correspond to the year they would be married.  Laura and Greg asked guests at each table to write a note and stuff it in the bottle.  The plan was that they would then break the bottle and read the notes on the corresponding anniversary.  So for year 7, they would smash bottle number 7.  Such a cute DIY touch!  Greg is a big beer guy and brews his own.  It was super important to him to bring in great craft beer.  His personal touch for the wedding was customized beer koozies.  Also, as a nod to the whole “meeting in the library” thing, we had library card escort cards created and Chris brought this great card box as a way to display them (bottom right).  And our menus were also bookmarks (more library theme)!

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The night was perfect!  Dancing under the strung lights beneath the starts was so fun!  And check out the beer cask groom’s cake!  Thanks to Vallentyne Photography for all the beautiful photos!

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Doug & Victoria: A La Valencia Destination Wedding

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Doug and Victoria live in Las Vegas but wanted to plan a beach wedding somewhere in Southern California. As soon as they walked into the La Valencia Hotel, they fell in love!  Victoria loved it’s old world charm, it’s early California Spanish architecture, it’s interior old Hollywood feel, and of course, that it’s pink.  I happen […]

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Rob & Liz: A La Valencia Destination Wedding

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     The La Valencia Hotel is truly one of my most favorite destination wedding venues!  I love that it is located in the heart of downtown La Jolla (and being a native La Jolla gal, there pretty much isn’t a better place to be!) because not only is it in a gorgeous location, but it creates […]

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Michelle & Hyatt-An Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

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Michelle and her mom Liz met with me probably 18 months before their proposed wedding date.  Though Michelle is from Rancho Santa Fe, she met Hyatt while at Yale and was living in the south while the two of them worked on graduate degrees.  Michelle wanted to find a venue that could accommodate up to […]

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Allison & Adam: A La Valencia Wedding


Alison and Adam are both from the South but they fell in love with the La Valencia and La Jolla in general (who doesn’t?) and decided they needed to throw their wedding here!  Since the ceremony and reception locations at the La V (as we natives call it) overlook the Pacific Ocean, Alison and Adam drew their inspiration […]

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Amy & Mina

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I met Amy and Mina after they were referred to me by my previous fantastic clients, Tad and Tammy (big thanks to Tammy and Tad)! Amy and Mina wanted to throw an outdoor wedding in a venue with a vintage vibe somewhere in San Diego and preferably in La Jolla.  I immediately thought of the […]

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Lindsay and Steven: An Immaculada and Prado Wedding

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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 […]

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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! John Reidy […]

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Lesley & Doug-A Heritage Park Wedding


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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