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 as well as the more modern interior and high emphasis on first class food and wine.  I love these opening photos of Debi and Scott, captured by True Photography.  The La V (as we locals call it) sits atop the famous La Jolla Cove and these fantastic green huts line the ocean walkway.Debi & Scott, both being from Jewish families, wove many elements of their faith into their wedding day.  They created their chuppah by combining the prayer shawls they each received at their respective bat and bar mitzvas.  They also did a traditional Ketubah signing before the ceremony and in the ceremony incorporated the elements of the wine, broken glass, and circling each other (they both circled each other as a modern take on the older tradition).  Following the ceremony, they spent a few minutes alone together before they jaunted off for more photos and to join the party.  Since my own father and his family are Jewish, I love coordinating Jewish weddings and really enjoy seeing the traditions woven in.
The ceremony took place in the Garden Terrace (with views of the pacific), cocktails in the front patio, and dinner and dancing in the Verandah Ballroom (also with views of the ocean).  Since the wedding was a destination event, Debi and Scott planned a simple decor.  They used the La V’s own white linens and brought in gold Chivari chairs and chargers, custom menus, lots of votive candles, and simple white centerpieces.  The food and alcohol and the location were their highest priorities.  I thought their look was simple but formal and lovely and they did a really nice job creating their vision.  Debi and Scott also added in some fun elements of a gorgeous dessert display created by the amazing Michele Coulon, a sundae bar with baseball hat bowls from their favorite teams, and to-go boxes with little sweets as a parting favor. The party itself was also a ton of fun with lots of dancing (thanks to Tim Altbaum Productions) and a huge hora to start off the night.  It was a wonderful wedding and we at CZ Events were thrilled to be involved with it. 

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