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Wedding Envelopes 101

While many wedding formalities are becoming relaxed, addressing your wedding invitation envelopes is not one of them. Usually your wedding invitations will contain an inner envelope and an outer envelope.

8152447_origThe outer envelope should be addressed formally using guests’ full names and titles. Words in addresses should be spelled out, such as Avenue instead of Ave. The outer envelope should be addressed to both members of a married couple – for example, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. If one of the guests is a doctor, use the Dr. abbreviation for their title – for example, Dr. Anna Haney and Mr. Paul Collins.

When inviting an unmarried couple, living at the same address, use both guests’ names and titles, for example, Ms. Elizabeth Kline and Mr. Paul Tobin.

When inviting children, the outer envelope should be addressed to the parents – children will be listed on the inner envelope. Similarly, if a guest will be inviting a date, the outer envelope should be addressed to your guest only – the date will be added on the inner envelope.

The inner envelope is more casual and should include the names of everyone invited. For example, the inner envelope for Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and their son, Brad, would be addressed as Mr. and Mrs. Smith on the top line and Brad Smith on the next line. For a guest inviting a date, the inner envelope should be addressed to your guest and date, for example, Mr. Richard Ramsey and Guest.

When the inner envelope is inserted into the outer envelope, it should be unsealed with the names of the guests visible when the outer envelope is opened. All of your inserts, such as RSVP cards, will be inside the inner envelope, printed side up in order of size.

Photo and calligraphy by Calligraphy858.

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Romantic Blush Wedding at La Costa Resort

Stephanie and Jeff knew they wanted an outdoor wedding venue with a modern, fresh look. They also wanted a space where their friends and family could spend time together during the wedding weekend. La Costa Resort and Spa fit that description perfectly.

Blush wedding at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The romantic ceremony was held overlooking the golf course under a gorgeous canopy draped in blush and white flowers. The bridesmaids were stunning in matching blush gowns. Coordinator_LR2340

The bride’s gold sparkle shoes and her crystal topped gown set the tone for the black-tie affair.

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During the ceremony, the couple nailed a bottle of wine into a custom wooden box to be opened on their 1st wedding anniversary.

Nailing the wine box shut during ceremony

As guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted with glasses of champagne tied with their seating cards. Champagne Place Cards. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The reception in the Poinsettia Ballroom featured tall blush and white centerpieces on cut glass candelabras with crystals and mercury glass candles, gold chiavari chairs, a pink and white candy station, a donut bar, live music and pale pink uplights.

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Blush and pink candy bar

Blush and white wedding cake. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Wedding at at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Vendors:
Venue: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Flowers: FloralWorks and Events
Charger Plates, Chairs, Dance Floor: Raphaels Party Rentals
Cake & Donuts: VG Donut and Bakery
Hair/Make-up: Audra Rene
Videographer: Donald Martin
Musicians: Soulville California Band
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events

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Romantic Sparkle Wedding Tabletop Photo Shoot at U.S. Grant

This elegant table created for San Diego Style Weddings Magazine sparkled with gold, silver and candlelight. The something blue accents complimented the delicate blue threads found in the table linen. Gold flecked champagne, silver and gold dusted macaroons and glittering white peacocks added bling while keeping the look sophisticated.

Location: US Grant Hotel
Photography: Cean One Photography
Flowers/Linens/Chairs/Rentals: White Wedding Day Events
Stationary: Wendy Ware Calligraphy & Design
Dessert: Le Reine Des Macarons
Coordinator: Stephanie Rose Events, http://stephanieroseevents.com, 858-461-8423

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Our Pretty New Office

I am so excited about the new office space for Stephanie Rose Events! It all started rather innocently with the purchase of the silver Hollywood Swank desk and matching desk chair. It is like sitting behind a gorgeous jewelry box! When the desk was put into place in the office the beige walls suddenly looked drab in comparison. So one wall was painted the happiest wedding color of all, Tiffany blue. Another wall was papered with black and white damask print and the window was framed with pale blue silk drapery panels. The lighting needed updating as well, so the fantastic chandelier was hung in the center of the room. Family wedding photos from the 1960s, 1940s, 1930s and 1906 are hanging on the walls signifying our favorite thing about weddings – the joining of two families to create a new family with shared traditions. Take a look and let me know what you think. And thank you to San Diego DJ & Video for the photos!

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I do! …and then they rode the Roller Coaster!

Steph and Paul claim they have more fun than anyone. And their April wedding in San Diego proved just that! The day started with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. It was a special location, as the bride’s parents were married in the same church 35 years earlier.

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All of the personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres, were created by the bride’s talented aunt. Steph selected succulents for their cool colors and textures and as a green alternative to cut flowers. All of the bouquets have since been planted in the yards of family and friends as a remembrance of the special day.

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The bride wore dazzling hot pink shoes as all fun-loving, vivacious brides should!mission%20basilica%20wedding%20ceremony%20(42)-L[1]

The photos, captured by Heather Elise of Heather Elise Photography were stunning and really captured the joy and love present that day.

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Once the ceremony was complete, the entire wedding party took to Mission Beach to ride the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster!

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Next, the couple had a special Ceremony of Love on the private beach at the Bahia Hotel. This ceremony celebrated wedding customs from around the world, as Steph and Paul have travelled extensively and lived internationally. Travel-themed decor greeted the 170 guests who had travelled from across the world to celebrate with them.

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A custom petal drop was created so the rose petals were released for the couple’s first kiss.

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After the beach ceremony, the guests were treated to a party on board the William D. Evans sternwheeler. Each dinner table was named for a country the couple had visited and included framed wedding customs from that country. Bottles of wine or beer from the countries held postcard sized flags to indicate the table name.bahia%20wedding%20photography-35-L[1]

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The cake was covered with passport stamps to continue the travel theme. The knife used to cut the cake was a family heirloom and the lace tablecloth on the cake table belonged to the bride’s grandmother.

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The guestbook was a quilt lovingly created by the bride’s mother.

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The guests danced for hours to the music played by San Diego DJ & Video. Truly a fun day filled with family and friends. Congratulations to Steph and Paul!

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Vendors:
Venue: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Bahia Hotel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Photography: Heather Elise Photography
Music, Sound & Lighting: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, ChiavariChairRentals.com
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Rose Events

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Catholic Weddings – Roles for Family & Friends

This is the third video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Roles for Family & Friends. Your family and friends play an important part in your marriage. In a Catholic wedding ceremony there are many opportunities to include them so you can celebrate your marriage together. This video discusses the roles for family and friends in your Catholic wedding ceremony, such as readers, gift bearers, extraordinary ministers, etc.

Thank you again to Cort Peters from St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church for sharing his knowledge and passion about Catholic marriage and Dale Gottschalk, San Diego DJ & Video, David Zumaya, Weddings at California Photography, and  John Riedy, John Riedy Photography, for all of the amazing Catholic wedding images.

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Decorating with Pinwheels

When a bride asked for a fun, child-friendly, casual and colorful wedding, my first thought was pinwheels! The pinwheels of our childhoods have become sophisticated and can be used to bring fun and whimsy to any event. Plus, they are easy to make, inexpensive, and can fit any decor.

To make a pinwheel, you will need to start with a square piece of paper. For aisle decor, I use 12″x12″ double-sided scrapbook paper. At each corner, cut towards the center of the paper stopping about an inch from the center. Then, using a glue gun, secure every other corner to the center of the paper.

Once your 4 corners are secure, you can either use the pinwheel as a single pinwheel, or make smaller pinwheels and glue them into the center of the large pinwheel for a more detailed effect. If you don’t want the pinwheel to spin, you can glue the pinwheel onto a dowel. If you want the pinwheel to spin, secure the pinwheel to a dowel by using a pin or nail. Then you can finish the pinwheel by gluing a decorative piece into the center of the pinwheel or wrapping the dowel with ribbon. (It’s actually easier to wrap the dowel first and then attach the pinwheel).

I am thinking of using Christmas paper to make pinwheel ornaments for our tree this year, or even to use as gift tags.

Here are some pinwheels I am using for an upcoming wedding:

Pinwheel Boutonnieres for Ring Bearers
Pinwheel in baseball, grass, camouflage and popcorn paper for boys
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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

You all know I can’t help but tinker with recipes, and one from Top Chef is no exception. I am a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur and these cookies I made this morning may just be the best yet. I started with the recipe at the link below on Cookie Madness from Top Chef Just Dessert contestant, Eric Wolitzky. http://www.cookiemadness.net/2010/10/top-chef-just-desserts-chocolate-chip-cookies-by-eric/

 
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He melts the butter in his recipe. I severely softened the butter, but did not melt to the point of liquification. I substituted the flour with whole wheat flour and added a teaspoon of cinnamon (because everything tastes better with cinnamon!). For the chocolate, I chopped Ghirardelli dark chocolate (72%) bars and added semi-sweet chocolate chips too. I chilled the dough before baking in an attempt at thicker cookies. The results were heaven! I will definitely be making these again soon. Next time I will try substituting agave nectar (raw & amber) for the sugars to reduce the sugar content. Enjoy!