Real Weddings

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

Real Weddings

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:

Pinwheel Boutonnieres for Ring Bearers
Pinwheel in baseball, grass, camouflage and popcorn paper for boys
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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!