Lisa & Mark’s La Valencia Wedding

Nothing Bundt CakesI loved Lisa and Mark from the moment I met them!  They were just so excited to get married!  And I was so excited that they had chosen the La Valencia Hotel for their wedding.  For those of you who follow me, you know I adore the La V!  Check out these gorgeous getting ready shots of Lisa by True Photography.Lisa and Mark1a.jpg

No matter where a wedding occurs, I love finding a gorgeous hotel for the girls to get ready and for photography to begin.  These anticipation photos are always some of my favorites.  Mark and Lisa did a first look, so that they could get the majority of their photography done before the wedding actually begins (and therefore immerse themselves in their wedding!).  I love these first look photos!  Lisa and Mark could have gotten married in a field and still had these amazing getting ready and first look photos!

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But of course they didn’t get married in a field, they got married in the La Valencia’s gorgeous outdoor garden.  The background of the pink building and the blue sky and ocean surrounding is exquisite!


After the ceremony, guests moved up to the Mediterranean Patio for cocktail hour and then progressed to the Verandah Ballroom for dinner and dancing.  Lisa wanted to create a clean yet romantic look with silvers, whites, and greens and I love how it turned out!  She used a silver linen, silver chivari chair, a silver bead-rimmed clear glass charger, white napkins and menus, and white and green florals by Indulge Weddings & Events in the center.  They accented each napkin with a sweet favor bag of white Jordan Almonds.


And for dessert, they choose Bundt cakes, from Nothing Bundt Cakes since it’s their favorite dessert.  Check out the cute individual-sized ones on their sweet display.  It was such a please to work with Mark & Lisa and to have CZ Events assist them with their beautiful La Valencia wedding!

Tommy & Hilary: A La Jolla Country Club Wedding

For those of you who know me, you know I clearly have a list of my favorite wedding venues.  And at the top of that list is the La Jolla Country Club.  I love it’s green space for the ceremony, it’s indoor-outdoor areas for cocktail hour, and the smaller ballrooms that allow intimate weddings or a fun way to change up the feel through the progression of the evening.  So when Hilary and her mom, Marsha, came to me for assistance in planning a wedding at the Country Club, I was excited to jump in!

Hilary explained that she wanted to create a very classy wedding that had a touch of a rustic vibe.  We decided to use a palate of pale pinks, purples, and greens mixed with ivory, gold (for some elegance), and wood (for the rustic).  I felt like florists Chris & Kim of Indulge Flowers would be the perfect partner for Hilary.  Check out the beautiful bride and bridesmaids below with their gorgeous bouquets.

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For attire, Hilary wanted a pale pink dress for the bridesmaids.  We found this pink ombre one, pictured below, at Bella Bridesmaid.  It was gorgeous!  We paired it with a rhinestone slim belt and sparkly shoes!  For the gentlemen, Hilary wanted a grey suit.  I love the selection at A Better Deal Tuxedo because they have both standard and slim fits, to cater to a variety of body types.  We picked out a black gingham necktie and pocket square to complete the look of the groomsmen.

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For the ceremony, Chris of Indulge Weddings actually built the wood structure pictured above and below.  Then he added the full floral topper and sheer fabric draping to soften it.  We decided to adorn the aisle with wood pedestals, draped in lace, and topped with floral urns.  A rustic wood table, complete with a wheelbarrow full of flowers and an old mail box to hold cards for the couple, greeted guests as they arrived.  For the ceremony, the couple’s adorable puppy (below) acted as the ring bearer and was walked down the aisle by our sweet flower girl.

New H&T 1Cocktail hour occurred on the outside terrace.  We decided to create an escort card wall made of wood.  Chris added frames in various shapes and colors to the front of the wall and strung the frames with wire.  We attached the escort cards to the wire using colorful clothespins and anchored both sides with wood ladders.  It looked amazing.  After cocktails, guests progressed into the Sunset Ballroom (with views down to the ocean and yes, of the sunset!) for dinner.  For our décor, we chose a gorgeous La Tavola rosette pattern linen, wood crossback chairs and gold-rimmed chargers from Classic Party Rentals, and Chris created these amazing full floral candelabra pieces.  It looked gorgeous and worked so well with the natural colors and interior of the Sunset Ballroom.

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After dinner, we invited guests into the Living Room where JP Hunten Music had a huge band in full swing!  Our cake, created by Michele Coulon, was the significant feature of the Living Room, with it’s full floral carpet underneath (created by a round piece of glass, the same size as the table, elevated by votive candles and filled with florals) and cascading rose pattern down it’s side.  Guests danced the night away and were thoroughly entertained by JP Hunten Music, including the bride having some moments on the stage as well (see below)!  Big thanks to photographer Susan Magre for the beautiful photos!

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Sarah and Alex-An Estancia La Jolla Wedding

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When Sarah and her mom Barbara met with me for the first time, they explained that they needed a venue that could hold around 200 guests, where all of their out of town guests could stay on property (and with the groom’s family and many of the bride and groom’s friends being from New York […]

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Melanie and Dan: A Christmas La Valencia Wedding

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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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