Wedding Wednesday: Raul and Christine's Coastal Peruvian Bash!

What a special wedding this was for me! Over the past year I have grown in a friendship with both Raul and Christine! Let me first tell you a little bit about them...

Raul and Christine live in DC, but secretly (well its not a huge secret) want to live in San Diego.  The sunny city has a very special place in their hearts.  It was the perfect destination for the wedding as Raul's family were all flying in from Peru, and there was no better place for a wedding/vacation then La Jolla!

The ceremony was held at the wedding bowl, with the reception to follow at Darlington House.  Raul and Christine wanted to bring in the coastal charm of La Jolla with a small nod to Peru! We achieved just that.  

The ceremony was set up in such a simple and stunning way. We served 2 different Peruvian drinks for refreshments and had the views of the stunning coastline in the backdrop. The cocktail hour had a lounge area set up with Peruvian trinkets and authentic pillows.  The striking custom bar in the center of the courtyard served a Pisco Sour, which is the signature drink of Peru and had Cancha (roasted corn) as one of the appetizers to nibble on.  Then to set the mood we had a Spanish guitarist serenading everyone!

From there you walked into the reception, and WOW! Annette Gomez once again out did herself. It was simply stunning.  We had descanso wood tables with soft blush runner, an incredible scape of mixed metals and clay vases with ruffled floral blooms and a personal bread, pink sea salt and olive oil tray. It was the perfect compliment to there Peruvian Coastal theme.  Christine was all about the details, which you know I love.  There was not an empty space that did not have a personal and sweet touch to it.  

My ultimate favorite area of the reception was the cake table!  Christine's father passed away last year, so we wanted to honor him, as she was so very close to her father.  Throughout our year of planning I found out that his favorite dessert was strawberry shortcake. So we thought there was no better dessert to serve then just that! To top that off, I had asked if they had pictures of the two of them together from the past. Not only did they have that, but he loved the dessert so much that they had pictures of him eating it every year on his birthday.  

So Annette and myself teamed up to pay tribute to him.  The cake table was a complete surprise to Christine. You can imagine and joy, love and emotion she had when she saw the spread of old pictures with his favorite sayings and quotes scribed onto them hanging above the gorgeous layout of mini strawberry shortcakes! 

The rest of the night was a complete success. Raul and Christine had the most incredible fun and spunky first dance.  To top that off Raul surprised Christine with a serenade.  Which we all know is a girls dream, especially when the man has a sexy accent! Coast catering once again delivered out of this world food and the BBC made sure everyone's glasses were full.

I loved every minute of this day. :) Thank you for letting me share in your dream wedding. 
I will miss you both.

San Diego Wedding Vendors:
Photography: Josh Elliott
Floral: Annette Gomez
Caterer: Coast Catering
Bar: BBC
Dessert: Sweet Cheeks
Print Shop: Worboys Design

Finishing Touches Tuesday: Bakers Twine

I am working on the cutest welcome favors for a Tahoe Beach BBQ welcome dinner! This thick, chunky, and fabulous twine found on Etsy, may or may not be part of the favor! :)

When I received the twine I could not help but blog about her fun packaging!


Finishing Touches Tuesday: Kaelin's Wedding Shower

"It does not get much better then a sunny day, a champagne bar and presents!" That was the feedback my sweet bride gave me after her May bridal shower. Her mom and I went behind her back to plan the shower. We had a blast, were sneaky and well... successful!

TK&A catered the event and did the most amazing spread! The food was really incredible and the staff was so helpful. They were very quick to see an empty champagne flute and give a topper! The girls were pampered for a day with delicious food, and treats. The dessert table hosted mini pies and bundtini's from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Annette Gomez did the florals and the linens were from La Tavola! Don't you just love the stripes and polka dots. :) The favor which also paired as plate decor was a personalized batch of red velvet mix.

Kaelin, I can't wait for the big day. Until then enjoy being engaged....


Wedding Wednesday: Julie and Jon's Wedding

Get ready to be in AWE of this couple! I can say from the bottom of my heart that they are one of the sweetest and most in love couples.  I had such a great time working with them both.  They adore each other and it could not be more apparent.  I am excited to share with you their March 24th, Darlington House- La Jolla wedding.

The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception was all held at the Darlington House.  It was so quaint as the space is intimate and romantic.  The rose bushes were in full bloom and the guitarist (family friend) was getting everyone in the groove.  When you walked into the reception the overwhelming smell of flowers was straight from a fairy tale.  Between the rose bushes and Annette Gomez's flowers, all the senses were aroused!

I have two favorite parts of the night, the kind that makes me fall in love with what I do all over again.  Jon has a daughter and son from a previous marriage- Hana and Calvin. Hana sang the most beautiful song to them during the ceremony.  She is 11 years old and as fearless as they come.  Later in the night, when it came time for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance they brought in a special twist.  Jon's little girl, Hana and Jon joined in for the Father/Daughter dance and Julie and Calvin joined in for the Mother/Son dance.  It was so incredible to see to kids so excited to welcome Julie into the family.

Thanks to the amazing Stone Crandall we have some stunning images to look through.  He did such a great job of capturing the feel and emotion from the night. 

Thank you to the amazing team of vendors:
San Diego Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Stone Crandall
Floral: Annette Gomez
Caterer: Coast Catering
Bar: BBC
Dessert: Pink Berry

Finishing Touches: Welcome Box

As you probably know by now, I have a thing for "welcome bags".  I think they are so fun, much appreciated by the receiver and an excuse to get even more creative on the wedding day.  I have been wanting to make a welcome "box" for a client, and was so thrilled when I went to my local Micheal's to find the cutest boxes ever.  I then decided to run a Google search to see if there was any past inspiration for a box favor and came across this too sweet welcome box from Pretty Domestic.  

I just love the items included and the presentation. Print work can go a long way and make a major statement and this proves it. The simple touches of the tags etc make the whole piece stand out.  From what I can see and estimate this box is affordable too. I would guess $8 per box. :)


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