Amy & Mina

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 Darlington House.  It’s definitely vintage California in style and a true gem.

Amy wanted to create a garden style wedding with vibrant colors, mixing turquoise and pink and yellow.  We started working with florists Chris and Kim of Indulge Weddings and quickly decided that all of the turquoise should be in our glassware and accents and that our flowers should be a mixture of yellows and pinks.  We also chose a fuchsia pink for the bridesmaids dresses and accented with a turquoise hutch.  The hutch first held our luggage tag escort cards (created by the ever fabulous Nic Roc Designs, mixing yellow, pink, and turquoise font on the white tags) and later held our Middle Eastern dessert display (a nod to Mina’s heritage). 

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Above and below: we mixed fuchsia and turquoise into the attire and the flowers and everyone looked so beautiful!

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Below, the ceremony at the Darlington House.  We draped the gate and adorned it with flowers to make it a focal point for the ceremony.

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Below, some of our vintage travel details.  The wedding was considered a destination wedding as only the groom and some of his friends live in San Diego.  Both of their families and the bride and the majority of their friends all descended on La Jolla for the wedding week.  The bride and groom have also done a significant amount of traveling together and we felt a few vintage travel details were a great accent!

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Since we were going “garden” in our motif, I thought we should bring in vibrant patterned linens and of course went to La Tavola to make that happen.  We used a striped linen on the head table and a floral linen,  in similar colors,  on the guest tables.  It’s rare to be able to use a linen that is this “busy” but it was perfect for outdoors. Notice below how the two different linens compliment each other perfectly.  Then we added a yellow napkins and turquoise glassware and it was perfect.  We also mixed the fuchsia and turquoise throughout our paper products in the menus, table numbers, and escort cards.

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Continental Catering provided the amazing food and beverages, Classic Party Rentals the chairs, tables, and market lights, and the always impressive True Photography captured the day.  As the day faded to night, the market lights added a perfect twinkle. And of course, then there was dancing!

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Steal this idea:

If you are throwing an outdoor wedding, don’t be afraid to use lots of color–especially in a vibrant garden atmosphere.  Also, not every color has to be used in the florals. Maybe it works to use one color in your glassware and another in your flowers.  and maybe your linens mix all the colors or just pick up the tones from the flowers.  And don’t be afraid to mix your patterns and textures, as long as they are all the same color scheme.  We used different linens for the cocktail hour, for the guest tables, for the head table, and for the cake table in just variations of the same colors and it looked amazing!  Happy planning!

 

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

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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

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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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