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 full of color and their ideal location would be a big field.  I felt like I was in a “wedding planner challenge” game and it was awesome.  We decided on using Heritage Park, a huge grassy area just south of Old Town that is both private and has historic homes and a temple right on site.  Perfect for this Jewish couple.  Lesley and Doug signed their Ketubah in a private ceremony in the temple and Lesley used that as her place of waiting before the ceremony began.


As guests arrived (above), they were directed by hearts made out of baking flour up the cobblestone pathway to the location of the ceremony and reception.  For the ceremony, Lesley and her friends and family made fabric flowers that we hung from the gazebo (with a prayer shawl so that it would be an official Chuppah) and paper pin-wheels to flank the aisle.  Because she wanted it colorful, Lesley decided on 5 colors that we would layer throughout the event: purple, lavender, bright yellow, fuchsia pink, and apple green.  I instructed Lesley that whatever she purchased, should be in those colors.  Even if it were hula hoops and bubbles, make sure everything was only in those colors and the whole event would be brought together through it’s color scheme.


After the ceremony, guests were directed to the “cocktail area” that was filled with bacci ball courts, bag toss lanes, hula hoops, and other games for big and little kids.  Signature beer was displayed at the bar, made by friends of theirs, and seed packed escort cards were displayed to direct guests to their tables.  The “guest book” was a bingo style turner where guests were instructed to place the customized “mad libs” Lesley created and we set at each place setting.  Check out Lesley’s DIY sign below, as well, that she made from paint cards–in her 5 colors!


For the guest tables, we set long banquet style tables and mixed our 5 colors among them as well.  Each table had a white base linen, a layer of 30″ paper (the exact width of the tables) taped down to it so guests could color throughout the lunch, a bright napkin and a bright runner (we mixed the 5 colors throughout the tables so each had a different combination of runner and napkin), and baskets of candy and games that Lesley and her friends put together.


Concepts Event Design built a dance floor right on the grass and strung paper lanterns in a canopy above it.  Authentic Flavors Custom Catering created a comfort food lunch with sliders, mac’n’cheese, risotto, fries, and salads.


To cap off the afternoon, the bride and groom swung at a pinata and threw candy throughout the crowd, we set up cake pops and a mini cake for the bride and groom to cut, and then finished it all off with an ice cream truck that gave out treats right from its open window.  I told friends of mine that it was pretty much one of the most FUN days ever for everyone who attended.  I would say that Lesley and Doug absolutely created their vision and it was super fun to be part of their special day! Thanks to Jenny Mann Photography for the great photos.


Anna & Marc: La Jolla Country Club Wedding

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 final wedding details but the next time I saw the bride, was at the rehearsal!  I feel like about half my clients are planning somewhat of a destination style wedding here in San Diego.  Everyone loves to come to San Diego for a wedding and I, of course, particularly love La Jolla!  Marc, Anna, and I worked with Alex of Blush Botanicals to plan a stunning decor.  The inspiration was all Anna’s–all white romantic flowers, a beautiful mint-sage green linen I found for her from La Tavola for the guest tables, and purple-grey dresses for the bridesmaids–each custom-made to be similar but have different neck lines.  The overall look, set against the greens and blues of the La Jolla Country Club golf course with the Pacific Ocean in the distance behind and lots of blue sky was amazing!  And the ever incredible Sara of Sara France Photography captured the day!

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Marc rented a beautiful ocean-front house for Anna, her bridesmaids, and her mother.  The staged the getting ready photos there and it was exquisite!  Below, Marc and his groomsmen await the ceremony!

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The ceremony took place on the first green at the La Jolla Country Club golf course.  Anna’s vision of white pedestals with falling white flowers in tall glassware was gorgeous!  Following the ceremony, Sara was prepared with a ladder for a super fun group photo.  Love it!

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Anna’s dress, from M Bride in La Jolla, was amazing!  A tulle train was attached to the dress the wafted in the breeze behind her–it was exquisite!  And I LOVED the bridesmaid’s dresses–a perfect washed out tone to compliment the airy outdoor colors!  The varying necklines made them all unique and made each of the girls look amazing!  Below, the chandelier ceiling at the Club, the simple but stunning escort card display, and the Ukrainian wedding bread, brought on the plane by Anna’s mother.

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Below: the simple and gorgeous cake created by Michele Coulon, the place settings with hand-made chocolate favors brought from Europe, and the head table with the Sunset Room in the background.  For entertainment, we combined a DJ (Andy Hagenah of Disc Go Round) and a band consisting of Marc’s friends.  The band members played when they wanted to and Andy filled the rest of the space.  It was a great way to include musical friends but still have an overarching sound and MC to create a perfect flow for the evening.

It really was a perfect evening!  Anna created a simple and stunning look that was both modern and romantic.  The food was, as always, amazing at the La Jolla Country Club, and the setting was perfect. It was such a pleasure to work with these two amazing people and see their vision, and perfect wedding day, come to life!

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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


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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Neftali & Hector-A Serra Plaza Wedding


Hector & Neftali were one of those couples that when they told me their story, I couldn’t help but want to coordinate their wedding.  Hector was injured in an unfortunate incident in his mid 20′s and is currently in a wheel chair.  He and Neftali met after his injury at the church the two of them were going […]

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A La Valencia Wedding-Debi & Scott


Debi & Scott planned a destination wedding at the La Valencia in La Jolla, CA–one of my absolute favorite venues!  It’s landmark pink color and history of old Hollywood stars vacationing there gives it a warmth and charm that is hard to be matched in San Diego.  I love the nostalgic atmosphere of the hotel […]

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