Real Weddings

Timeless Golf Course Wedding

Do you want to transform a golf course into a fairytale wedding venue, complete with white tent, custom wood floor, and flowers for days? Yep, we can do that. Check out this video by Harvest Film Co. of one of our recent weddings. We traveled to Detroit Lakes, MN to make the golf course wedding dream come true for this couple.

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Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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How to Plan a San Diego Beach Wedding

Do you imagine yourself walking barefoot through the sand, your bridal gown flowing in the breeze, to meet your love under a tropical bamboo arch covered in orchids? Can you picture your guests sitting under umbrellas as the sun sets and you say your vows? Beach weddings are ridiculously romantic. Coupled with San Diego’s perfect weather and 70 miles of coastline, a San Diego beach wedding is perfection.

Couples who come to us dreaming of a beach wedding, usually use words like simple, organic, relaxed, effortless, and romantic to describe their perfect day. But the dirty little secret about beach weddings is that they can be anything but simple!how to plan a San Diego beach wedding

First, beaches in San Diego and surrounding cities such as Coronado and Del Mar, are public. There are a handful of hotels and event venues right on the beach that do coordinate beach ceremonies, such as Hotel del Coronado, L’Auberge, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, and the Bahia and Catamaran Hotels in Mission Beach. These are great options if you want to have your ceremony on the sand, followed by a more traditional venue for your reception. These venues will take care of any permitting issues, setting up your ceremony space with chairs, providing a sound system, and keeping your ceremony space as private as possible.

If a traditional beachfront venue is not what you had in mind, you will need to work with the city to obtain a permit for your beach wedding. For San Diego city beaches, call 619-235-1169. The number for the Coronado permit office is 619-522-7342. Some beaches such as Torrey Pines and Silver Strand are run by the State of California and also require permits. The number to State permit office is 619-688-3385. Some cities allow small ceremonies of under 24 guests without a permit, but all cities require permits to set chairs and decor on the beach. And permits are rarely granted on holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day.

Once you obtain your permit, you will be presented with a long list of regulations regarding glass (not allowed on the sand), alcohol (requires a special permit and security), noise (varies by city), and a variety of other issues. Make sure you understand all of the rules before you move forward with your beach wedding planning.

Some other things to consider for your San Diego beach wedding are:

  1. Guest comfort and accessibility – You love the beach and the feeling of sand between your toes. But can grandma walk on the sand to get to the ceremony? Do you have any guests in wheelchairs or that have accessibility issues? Make sure to remind guests to wear shoes appropriate for the beach. Also, bring sunscreen and consider providing market umbrellas for shade.
  2. Rentals – Hosting a wedding on the beach, like any other nontraditional venue, requires lots of coordination. First, you will need to rent everything – chairs, tables, linens, sound systems, a generator to provide power, lighting (if you will be at the beach after sunset), restrooms and possibly a tent.  Most rental companies will charge an extra delivery fee for placing items on the sand.
  3. Weather and tides – Be sure to consult tide schedules for the date and times of your wedding. Some San Diego beaches have extreme low and high tides, which will affect the amount of space you have and where you can set up on the beach.  High tides can also deposit seaweed and kelp on the beach (which attract those annoying little sand gnats) so you may want to rake the area before you set-up your wedding.  The beauty of the beach is its natural and raw nature. But this can also mean windy (sand in your eyes or your drink) and hot or cold temperatures depending on the time of year you are getting married. Have a backup plan in case of uncooperative weather. Yes, you still need a weather plan even in San Diego!
  4. Wind – Plan for wind. Ocean breezes are a daily occurrence. Sometimes the wind is gentle and does not cause any issues. But have a backup plan in case of stronger winds for place cards, programs, signs, and any ceremony decor that could blow away.

Beach weddings are our favorites, and couples come to San Diego from all over the world for a romantic wedding on the sand. Consider hiring a wedding planner with experience planning beach weddings to ensure your wedding is relaxed and romantic. For more San Diego beach wedding tips, sign-up using the form below. We hate spam and pushy people, so we won’t bombard you with stuff. Or if you prefer a consultation, you can use this form too – we always have chocolate and champagne to share!

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

 

 

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Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding – What You Need To Know

If you have always dreamt of a private, oceanfront wedding in San Diego, you have to see the Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum. This location offers sweeping ocean views, an outdoor ceremony lawn, easy beach access, a spacious indoor reception area, and a catering-friendly kitchen. Plus its La Jolla location is close to hotels for an easy guest commute. The reception building is modern and bright with lots of wood and glass. It can be transformed into a variety of styles to match your wedding personality. This is an extremely popular wedding venue – here are some of the reasons why:Scripps Seaside Forum Pinterest

  1. The oceanfront views
  2. Easy beach access
  3. Fits a variety of styles/decor
  4. Select your own caterer
  5. Provide your own alcohol/beverages
  6. Close proximity to hotels
  7. Private rooms for getting ready
  8. Attractive facility rental price

If you are considering the Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum for your wedding, here are a few insider tips to avoid any surprises:

  1. The parking is awful. There is a small parking lot open to the public for beach access on the weekends. You can (and should) reserve the parking spaces for your event at an additional cost. We also recommend either providing a guest shuttle from a local hotel or hiring a valet service, so your guests don’t have to deal with parking.
  2. Tables, chairs and other rentals are not included in the facility rental cost. Even though the cost to rent the forum is attractive, keep in mind you are only renting the space. This means that you will need to rent chairs, tables, linens, napkins, plates, silverware, glassware, etc from a rental vendor or from your caterer. When calculating your wedding budget, you will want to add those additional rental charges into your total for an accurate cost.
  3. Draping and lighting are extras. The Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum was designed as an educational forum. Most of the photos you see on pinterest show the back wall draped to hide the second story theater seats. Draping the back wall is gorgeous and softens the look of the room – however, this is an extra cost from an outside vendor. The same is true for the market lighting under the patio for cocktail hour and over the ceremony lawn.
  4. Even though you can provide your own alcohol, you are required to use the Forum’s exclusive vendor for bartending. They provide amazing service – you will be happy – but at an additional vendor cost. A quick note on providing your own alcohol – ensure you have someone assigned to deliver the alcohol to the forum on your wedding day. An average 100 guest wedding will require 50 bottles of wine, 150 beers and enough liquor to make 100 cocktails, plus waters, sodas and any garnishes – it can be a labor-intensive job to deliver that amount to the venue.
  5. Plan for wind. Ocean breezes are a daily occurrence at the venue. Most of the time, the wind is gentle and does not cause any issues. But have a backup plan in case of stronger winds for place cards, programs, signs, and any ceremony decor that could blow away.

The Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum is an ideal wedding venue for your beachfront San Diego wedding. It is a one-of-a-kind venue that will awe your guests and provide a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. There will be several vendors to coordinate for your wedding day, so we recommend having a professional planner on your vendor team to ensure every detail is perfect. Want more planning tips for your Scripps Seaside Forum wedding? Say hi using the form below and receive even more planning tips from Stephanie Rose Events.

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. We guarantee your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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Vietnamese Garden Wedding Featured on Borrow & Blue and Brown Sparrow Wedding Blogs

One of our favorite weddings of the year was recently featured on two wedding blogs. Vi and Rick had a colorful multicultural wedding incorporating both Vietnamese and Mexican traditions. The couple selected the Japanese Friendship Garden for its gorgeous grounds, the colorful foliage and the spectacular ornate wooden gate that served as the ceremony backdrop. The bride wore a traditional red ao dai for the ceremony and then changed into the perfect ivory draped neckline gown. See all the colorful details here and hereNguyen_Calvos_photo.

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, Balboa Park and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Vendors:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: bycherry Photography
Hair & Makeup: Glam Dolls
Flowers: Flora Glamor
DJ: Choice Entertainment – Mattt Phipps
Dessert: Nomad Donuts
Caterer: Ranch Events
Venue: Japanese Friendship Garden

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Catholic Weddings – Choosing a Reception Venue

San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Whether your wedding will be held at the ornate Immaculata on the University of San Diego campus, the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, or the gorgeous Our Lady of the Rosary, your ceremony is guaranteed to be picture perfect. Unfortunately most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. You will need to select a different location than the church for your reception.JAYNE-BENSON-365

Most Catholic wedding couples assume they should select a reception location close to their church. If your reception immediately follows your ceremony,  than it is much easier for your guests to travel to a close reception venue. In that case, it makes sense to select a reception venue within a few minutes drive of the church.

But what if you have a time gap of 4 or 5 hours or more between your Catholic wedding ceremony and your reception? If there is a significant amount of time between your wedding ceremony and your reception, you can select any venue you like for your reception. Some guests may elect to only attend the ceremony or the reception. We do recommend selecting a hotel for out of town guests that is close to the reception venue, regardless of where your ceremony venue is located.

Catholic Wedding Planning Tips:

  • Reuse your ceremony decor at your reception. Altar floral arrangements can be placed on either side of your sweetheart table and aisle decor can be reused as centerpieces or to accessorize your cake table.
  • Ask your florist to transport your flowers from the  church to the reception venue after your ce
    remony and church photos are complete.
  • Print the name and address of the reception venue on your ceremony programs or on small cards at the church exit so guests can easily find their next location.

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding.

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Watercolor Wedding Photo Shoot

It all started with the shoes. I spied these glorious Kate Spade watercolor pumps and knew I had to use them in my next wedding inspiration photo shoot. A watercolor wedding has limitless possibilities for color and texture and movement. I decided to focus on watercolor as art and incorporated frames into the design. Flowers by Coley installed the centerpiece bridge that allowed us to hang several vintage frames that created a living art gallery at the table. cliftonphotography-12cliftonphotography-47cliftonphotography-43cliftonphotography-22cliftonphotography-74Each place setting featured a white or gold frame with vintage white and blush plates. The perfect watercolor  table linen was provided by La Tavola. Colorful menus also carried the watercolor theme.

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The place card table held gorgeous framed flowers – truly a work of art! The place cards were painted with water colors and hung from paint brushes that topped champagne glasses. To keep with the watercolor theme, each champagne glass was topped with a colorful swirl of cotton candy.cliftonphotography-90cliftonphotography-95

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most creative wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Our amazing vendor team:

Photography: Clifton Photography

Flowers: Flowers by Coley

Chairs: Raphael’s Party Rentals

Linens: La Tavola

Frames, Plates and Glassware: Archive Vintage Rentals

Menus and Stationary: Take Note! Creations

Macarons: La Reine des Macarons

Venue: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Design and Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

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Garden Wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad

This garden wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad was filled with sweet little details. The bridal bouquet, boutonniere and centerpieces, created by Franco’s Flowers, all contained a mixture of seasonal blooms and succulents.

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The ceremony aisle in the garden was lined with photos of the bride and groom in chronological order from childhood to adults to depict their journey to their wedding day. 170_0628_ejb171_0629_ejb

The huppah was handmade by the groom’s brother and lovingly delivered from Colorado. The eucalyptus décor was the perfect addition. 198_0735_ejb003_0922_ejb

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking a stunning San Diego sunset and ocean views.253_1271_ejb

Guests’ seating cards were displayed in potted succulents adorned with Scrabble pieces, to signify the couple’s favorite game.258_1266_ejb

Keeping with the San Diego theme, tables were named for the couple’s favorite local hangouts. 256_1256_ejb

Guests went home with handmade sweet treats, lovingly made by the groom’s family. 263_1289_ejb264_1290_ejbThe cake was simple and elegant decorated with purple roses and a custom cake topper.

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All of the memories were captured by the amazing team from Sutography Weddings. 304_1501_ejb

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s best wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Vendors:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Sutography Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Secret Salon
Flowers: Franco’s Flowers
DJ: Cloud 9 Entertainment
Cake: VG Donut & Bakery
Officiant: Rabbi Ian
Venue: Cape Rey Carlsbad

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St. Patrick’s Day Wedding In Ireland

This St. Patrick’s Day week, we are thinking ahead – one year ahead to be exact. March 2016 we will be celebrating the marriage of one of our newest client couples at the Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland! This amazing castle dates back to 1014 and is surrounded by more than 400 acres of pristine woods and gardens including a lake and championship golf course. The castle itself has been transformed into a 5 star hotel with gorgeous event space – perfect for weddings and special events. dromoland castleDecember29th3

The walled garden can be used as an outdoor ceremony space and the surrounding grounds are a photographer’s dream! walled-garden WeddGall10Stay tuned for more details as we plan this destination wedding in Ireland!

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Sweet Catholic Wedding at St. Therese of Carmel and The Santaluz Club

St. Therese of Carmel is a gorgeous Catholic church, so I am always giddy when couples choose me to help plan their weddings there. Ed and Melissa were visibly in love when I met them and I watched their love and devotion to each other grow throughout the wedding planning process.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included several family members of the bride and groom and celebrated their strong tradition of Catholic faith.

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After the ceremony, guests traveled a few miles East to The Santaluz Club for a lunch reception in their white wedding tent.Salas_0500

The couple wanted a simple, classic and elegant white wedding with calla lilies and navy blue accents. FloralWorks and Events provided the navy table linens and created the tall centerpieces featuring the gracefulness of the flowers.

Salas_0491Chandeliers added a touch of elegance over the dance floor as guests danced to the music of Republic of Music. Salas_0498 Salas_0540 We were blessed with a dramatic sky – perfect for capturing photos of the newlyweds! Thank you to ABM Photography for sharing these amazing photos!Salas_0828 Salas_0862Vendors:
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events
Photography: ABM Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Therese of Carmel
Reception Venue: The Santaluz Club
Flowers and Rentals: FloralWorks & Events
Band: Republic of Music
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Videographer: Side by Side Cinema
Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene
Cake: Cute Cakes