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Stephanie Rose Events was asked to participate in an article on SHEFinds.com article about mistakes brides make when planning a casual wedding. You can read about the common mistakes we see and how to avoid them here.

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most respected wedding planning companies. 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!

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Fall Military Wedding at North Chapel and Admiral Kidd Club

I just loved Megan and Ben’s fairy tale love story. Megan flew across the country to meet Ben on a blind date and the rest is history. Their Fall wedding reflected the colors of the season and highlighted San Diego for their out-of-town guests.016010

The altar of the North Chapel was filled with candle light and the aisle was lined with rose petals and candles hanging from shepherd’s hooks. 087 094

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The ceremony was followed by a traditional military sword arch welcoming the bride to the military.

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Guests enjoyed a photo booth, delicious food, fun music and our amazing San Diego skyline view. Thank you to Brett Hickman Photographers for sharing all of these beautiful images!

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Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Brett Hickman Photographers
Hair & Makeup: My Secret Salon
Personal Flowers: Tess Fresh Flowers
Reception Flowers: JLH Blooms
Linens: Event Supplier, Inc.
DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Cake: Grove Pastry Shop
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Transportation: Big Woody Limos, XM Limo
Ceremony Venue: The North Chapel at Liberty Station
Reception Venue: Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center

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Traditional Catholic Wedding at Founders Chapel, University of San Diego

I was very excited to work with Jay and Veronica as they were married at one of my favorite places, Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego. As a USD alumna myself, this chapel holds a special place in my heart. The couple hired Stephanie Rose Events to coordinate all of their wedding details about 2 months before their wedding day.

The bride was radiant in her gown and was surrounded by her family and closest friends as she was getting ready.

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The groom was calm and happy waiting for his turn to walk down the aisle.

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Founder’s Chapel is so beautiful that it doesn’t require much additional decor. The couple added two alter displays and flowers to line the aisle.

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The bridesmaids wore a vibrant red and the groomsmen matched with their ties and red rose bouts. The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable and practiced their walk all morning so they would be perfect for the wedding. Such committment!

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The wedding Mass included traditions from the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Filipino family. The couple also presented flowers to Mary.

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Mariachi Real de San Diego provided the ceremony music as well as the cocktail music after Mass.

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Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Founder’s Chapel, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Bayview Restaurant, MCRD
Photography: DeSerra Photography
Music: Mariachi Real de San Diego
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

Real Weddings

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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Colorful Garden Wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe


It was an honor to witness the love and devotion this couple has for each other as well as their faith. It was a perfect day at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for a garden wedding. The groom’s father was a pastor and officiated the ceremony. The couple included a prayer together before the ceremony and an act of service of washing each others feet during the ceremony. The ceremony took place under the historic pepper tree followed by dinner on the lawn and dancing in the ballroom.
Vendors:
Flowers: Mae Chan
Photographer: Ian Grant Photography
DJ: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: V.G.’s Donuts
Planning & Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events, Kristin Watkins

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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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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:

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Pinwheel in baseball, grass, camouflage and popcorn paper for boys