Tabletop Photoshoot

This month, I thought it would be fun to feature my most recent tabletop I put together for San Diego Style Weddings Magazine!  For this photo shoot, I wanted to re-create the feeling of one of my favorite summer activities to do with my family — go on picnics!  I thought it would be fun to mix bright colored flowers in pinks and yellows, blue checkered linen, floral china, wood lanterns, and sweet touches of blue mercury glass votives.

 To create this design, I teamed up again with one of my favorite florists, Chris & Kim from Indulge Weddings & Special Events.  Envisioning then orchestrating the concept for an elegant styled “picnic” was so much fun! Selecting the eclectic pieces of glassware, flatware, and adding the mason jars as drinking glasses not only created a whimsical look, but definitely felt like summer!

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Traditionally, banquet tables are round with chivari chairs…however, I thought it would be more picnic-like to bring in a rectangular table and pare it with the Tuscan Café chairs. I think it gives it more of that summer luncheon feel!  From a designer’s stand point, adding in even the simplest details makes a huge difference when creating your concept. From the wooden accents, to the glass water bottles as the table numbers, to the bright colored striped paper straws, all give a picnic feel.  Adding in the beautiful floral designs, just makes it that much more special.

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The always incredible True Photography did an amazing job in capturing all the detailed shots of my tabletop décor! Another one of my favorite and #trending wedding details is the “naked” wedding cake; otherwise known as an unfrosted cake. The contrasting cake layers and filling create a more casual yet elegant feel.  Adding florals and greenery make it stunning!

Steal this idea: This style is perfect for that couple who wants to have an intimate backyard styled wedding, but wants to add a little more oomph! of elegance and still have their theme be bold and fun. If you’re a DIY bride or even an eco-friendly bride this concept may also be perfect for you! Grab your childhood picnic blanket, a couple of mason jars, some of your grandmothers fine china, bright beautiful flowers, some pillar candles and call it a day! Sometimes the best creations are the ones that didn’t have so much thought put into them. Just love.
After I had designed this tabletop, a client of mine actually decided to replicate the look for their outdoor rehearsal dinner at the La Jolla Country Club.  We strung lights over head and it was perfect and gorgeous!

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

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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 […]

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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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