Doug & Victoria: A La Valencia Destination Wedding

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 to share all of her thoughts and adore it as well!

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Both Victoria and Doug are Jewish so a gorgeous Chuppah was among the most important elements.  I died when I saw what Blush created!  I adore the super thick garland of roses and hanging blooms across the top.  Victoria and Doug chose to just have their siblings in the wedding, which consisted of Victoria’s adorably pregnant sister and spouse and Doug’s brother and his wife.  Victoria chose different full length gowns for each of the ladies, in soft pale colors.  It looked amazing.  Below, also see pictures of the Ketubah signing and Victoria circling Doug seven times at the start of the ceremony.

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After the ceremony in the garden and cocktails on the restaurant patio, the guests proceeded into the Verandah Ballroom for dinner and dancing.  We ordered a snakeskin printed ivory linen from La Tavola for the guest tables (plus this gorgeous gold circled one for the escort card table), gold-rimmed chargers and glassware plus gold chivari chairs from Classic Party Rentals, this perfect cake from Michele Coulon, and of course these amazing florals from Blush Botanicals.  Each plate setting also had a personalized menu with each guest’s name and entrée selection featured, and a large blush pink rose bloom.  It was perfection!

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Not only was Doug and Victoria’s wedding a gorgeous affair, it was a super fun party!  They included the Jewish elements of the Motzi over the bread and a fun-filled Hora, and Wayne Foster kept the dance floor full all evening!  For Doug and Victoria, it was the best day ever! And for me, such fun: lovely clients, fantastic vendors, and a super fun time for all who attended!

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Rob & Liz: A La Valencia Destination Wedding

     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 a great guest experience. 

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    Liz was sure that not more than 50 guests would come, but in typical La Jolla style, 85 made the trip.  It’s hard to turn down a trip to La Jolla!  Liz wanted to create an event that would just be a super fun family gathering with simple but elegant décor.  With the help of her cousin and aunt (the planning team!), she decided to use tones of ivory, blush pink, and gold, and brought in a touch of a beach motif with the starfish escort cards.  And for a nostalgic whim, they felt like The Beatles “All You Need is Love” would be the theme of the day.  Check out the adorable ring bearer below, the nephew of the groom.

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Ice cold Pellegrino greeted the guests as they arrived for the ceremony on the hot August afternoon (above).  Liz created two focal points of bright white flowers on clear pedestals for the ceremony.  The backdrop of the Pacific Ocean provided the rest of the ceremony décor! Below, the starfish escort cards welcomed the guests into the ballroom for cocktail hour.   Then for the dining room, a simple yet stunning décor of ivory and blush pink linens and flowers, complimented by the gold chivari chairs, created a clean and romantic look.  Love this sweet cake by Michele Coulon!  We put blush pink linens on the cocktail tables and belly bars and ivory dotted linens on the guest tables.  I love using a look of white on white as long as you create interest with variation of tone and texture.

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Liz and Rob were such a wonderful couple and the whole family was so fun that it was truly a treat to work with all of them!

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Use the location of your venue to create the décor for your wedding!  Pink tones, as well as ocean and beach colors (since you pretty much stare at the beach during the wedding) work really well at the La Valencia.  As do romantic, nostalgic, and particularly Old Hollywood nuances.  If you use the sense the venue exudes, you can actually get away with less décor as you are simply accenting what is already there.  I wouldn’t do “rustic” at the La Valencia and I wouldn’t do “beachy” at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  Perfect décor compliments it’s space.


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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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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