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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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Bright Family-Friendly Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel


I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kathryn and Rob on a family friendly destination wedding. Living in Chicago, the couple wanted to bring their 5 children to Southern California for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of close family and friends. Their request was to make the event child-friendly and “non-weddingy”. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was the perfect venue for a combination family vacation and wedding ceremony. We were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day that showcased the sweeping ocean views.The flowers, by Isari Flower Studio, were colorful and bright and featured elements true to our California themed wedding with sea shells, coral and sea stars. The couple’s children were adorable and served as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls carried candy pomanders made from Dum-Dum lollipops, while the boys wore pinwheel boutonnieres with their own candy centers.
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Officiant: Dale Gottschalk
Entertainment/DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Photography: Ian Grant Photography
Wedding Design & Planning: Stephanie Rose Events

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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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Rancho Santa Fe Wedding at The Crosby Club

Meghan and Clint were married at a sunset ceremony at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The bride selected romantic blush colors to compliment the watermelon colored bridesmaid dresses.

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The ceremony was decorated with delicate baby’s breath – it was hung in the ivy above the ceremony, featured in vases on either side of the ceremony and in dainty glass jars hung from shepherds hooks lining the aisle.

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The cocktail hour was held in the clubhouse courtyard. Willow branches, flowers and candles created a rustic backdrop for the guest book and escort card tables.

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The reception was inside the ballroom glowing with candle light and amber uplights. A dirt bike groom’s cake surprised the groom! Tables were dressed with two different centerpieces – one featured lanterns and blush flowers and the other had the same flowers on drift wood branches.

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Flowers by: FloralWorks & Events
Chiavari Chairs by: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Ceremony and Cocktail Music by: George Svoboda
DJ, Sound and Lighting by: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cakes by: V.G.’s Donuts & Bakery
Photography by: Stephanie Dana Photography
Planning & Coordination by: Stephanie Rose Events

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Exquisitely Beautiful Wedding in Del Mar

Seeing this April wedding come together was pure joy. The couple envisioned a sophisticated, romantic and exquisitely beautiful wedding. I think Adorations Botanical Artistry, Concepts Event Design and Thomas Bui worked magic to transform a lovely backyard into a truly stunning wedding venue. The bride walked down the candlelit aisle framed by trees swaying with strands of orchids and crystals and floral chandeliers.walkway at night    ceremony tree detail

A silver and white afternoon reception was held at The Grand Del Mar with a wonderful variety of seating options for the guests – from cocktail tables and belly bars to pearl leather conversation areas.

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The reception was followed by an evening cocktail party complete with chandeliers, candles, gourmet food and of course, dancing!

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Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios
Flowers and Candles: Adorations Botanical Artistry
Furniture, Linens and Chandeliers: Concepts Event Design
Ceremony and Reception Music: Caprice Strings
Cocktail Party Music, Lighting, Sound Production: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Reception Venue: The Grand Del Mar
Catering and Wine: Terra American Bistro
Coffee Bar: Joe’s on the Nose
Stylist: Thomas Bui Lifestyle
Wedding Coordination: Kristin Watkins, Stephanie Rose Events

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Intimate and Gorgeous Wedding in Del Mar, CA

Tosti Studios captured one of our weddings from last month. Jill and David wanted an intimate wedding ceremony, a sophisticated yet casual reception, and an energetic, So-Cal cocktail party to round out the celebration. Check out the video that spans all three events:

Flowers and Candles: Adorations Botanical Artistry
Furniture, Linens and Chandeliers: Concepts Event Design
Ceremony and Reception Music: Caprice Strings
Cocktail Party Music, Lighting, Sound Production: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Reception Venue: The Grand Del Mar
Catering and Wine: Terra American Bistro
Coffee Bar: Joe’s on the Nose
Stylist: Thomas Bui Lifestyle
Wedding Coordination: Kristin Watkins, Stephanie Rose Events

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Catholic Weddings – Can I Get Married Outside?


This is the second video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Marriage Inside the Church. It discusses why Catholic marriage takes place in the church and not outside or at a reception site and the role of the church community in your marriage.

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  Ian Grant, Distinct Weddings for all of the amazing Catholic wedding images.

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Catholic Weddings – Marriage as a Sacrament

As a wedding planner, I am often asked how to get married in the Catholic Church. I created this video series about Catholic marriage to help you understand Catholic marriage and plan your wedding. This is the first video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Marriage as a Sacrament. It discusses what a Catholic sacrament is and how marriage is celebrated as a sacrament in the Catholic Church.

Thank you to Cort Peters from St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church for sharing his knowledge and passion about Catholic marriage and to Dale Gottschalk, San Diego DJ & Video, http://SanDiegoDJ.biz, David Zumaya, Weddings at California, http://weddingsatcalifornia.com, and Ian Grant, Distinct Weddings, http://distinctweddings.com for the amazing Catholic wedding photos taken in San Diego and Orange Counties.

If you’re planning a Catholic wedding in San Diego, I’d love to help!