Ted & Jerry: Island theme Wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado

It’s that time of the year when couples are gearing up with their wedding planning.   As San Diego destination wedding planner, I am so fortunate to meet the most amazing people traveling afar to  San Diego to plan their spectacular wedding.  Ted and Jerry were one of those couple  I thoroughly enjoy working with.  They are  from New York City.  Their vision for their nuptial was ‘Hawaii in Coronado’.  The Wedding took place at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado on the Windsor lawn, where couples flock to for the ultimate San Diego Beach Wedding. Thanks to Catering Manager Stephanie Zaren, the venue took excellent care of this wonderful couple.  The details are absolutely gorgeous and meticulously thought out.  From greeting the guests with leis to personalize parasols.  {Karen Tran Florals} took their vision and brought the Island theme to life.  With the beautiful Pacific ocean backdrop, thousands of exotic orchids were used and more than 1200 ft of orchid orchids hung from the canopy and umbrellas that shield the guests during the reception. I can go on and on about fireworks, s’mores on the beach, authentic hula dancers, live event artist and lounge furniture by {Platinumpro}, but I think photographer {Darin Fong} has done an exceptional job capture these fantastic images.

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A Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

One of my favorite Venue this past year has got to be {Rancho Las Lomas} in Orange County.  It’s hard to believe that it is located only 40 minutes from San Diego.  This beautiful property sits behind the heavy wooden entrance gate featuring mature and lush  landscape.  It provides a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos.  Thi and Nhat wedding’s was one of the featured wedding on the Rancho las lomas website and I can see why.  The strikingly beautiful bride was stunning in her Vera Wang gown.  The flowers chosen for their wedding was designed by {Karen Tran Florals} and they were absolutely breath taken.   Joe and Mirta of {Barnett photos} captured these gorgeous images.

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Maria and Johnny: Wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado

Maria and Johnny were married last summer at the beautiful {Hotel Del Coronado}.(Catering Manager: Michelle Larson)  The wedding ceremony took place at the Windsor lawn overlooking the pacific ocean.  Maria chose the softer pink palette for her ceremony and moving towards a more dramatic pink fuchsia in the Crown Ballroom for her reception.  The gorgeous flowers were designed by {Karen Tran Florals}.  Incredible details were involved with this fantastic wedding, Custom hand painted aisle runner, martini luge, candy station, chocolate strawberries hanging from Manzanita trees adorned with crystals.  Not to mention the dramatic effect of the chocolate custom seamless dance floor from {platinumpro}. San Diego Wedding photographer {Darin Fong} provided this beautiful images.

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Kicking off 2009! New Trends for the New Year

Well 2009 is here and underway. The holidays have brought new beaming brides and grooms that are ready and eager to begin their wedding planning process. As a Wedding and Event Planner, I have many different hats to wear. Not only am I the Brides new best friend, but also it’s my job to put on my thinking cap and help her create the wedding of her dreams. This is one main reason Brides hire wedding coordinators; to make them aware of what’s new, what’s hot, and what are the latest trends. So I decided to make my own list for January 2009 of what I predict we will see more of and what could be the new “IT” thing this year.

1. Bouquet Wraps: (See photos) The Bridal Bouquet has always been such a cherished piece to the bride’s attire. Some brides like it to be subtle and elegant; while others prefer it to be bold and edgy. The Bridal Bouquet is such an import accessory , and should be treated as such! Whether you’re planning a subtle white bouquet or a vibrant Fuchsia- MAKE A STATEMENT and make it your Own!

Some ideas:

-Turn your Satin Ribbon on your stem into a Keepsake; have a calligrapher print your vows or a special quote on it prior to your wedding. Make sure that you use a high quality ribbon (Midori). If you don’t want to purchase the ribbon yourself, ask your florist. (Calligraphy: Wendy Ware Designer)

-Add a beautiful Broach: Does your grandmother have something in her jewelry that you can use? An antique can make holding your bouquet more sentimental and important.

-Add different fabrics around the stems to match or accent the dresses.

-Trailing Ribbons: great for kids and bridesmaids.


2. Personalizing: (see photos) This trend seemed to really start to come alive in 2008! I really think that we will continue to see this popularity for a while. It’s so “personal” and really does make each wedding so unique. (unless of course you share the same initials with someone else or the same name!) Cool things to make your own:

Cake Toppers (www.topperswithglitz.com)

Parasols (www.karentran.com)

Matching the Stationary (Calligrapher Wendy Ware Designer): Programs, Placecards, and menus. Then later with the Thank You cards and even personal stationary.

Custom Dance floor with Decal (www.Platiumpro.com)

This year, make it your own, put your name on it!

3. Favors: In 2008; the Candy Station became a HUGE hit! Why not, everyone loves how it makes him or her feel like a Kid in a Candy store. And really, favors are so out dated. (unless of course it’s Godiva Chocolate, yum!) At the end of the night, I’m always collecting the left-over favors that The Bride spent good money on (Usually $3-6 each!) and either giving them back to the Bride or to the Housemen/women that are cleaning up. Its crazy! So in my searches I am eager to find what else we can do and how we can make it another Great Giveaway. So here it is (!): Turning your Big centerpiece into little Take-Away Gifts. Your guests will love that they get some beautiful, fresh cut flowers to take home and enjoy for the next week! You can buy small vases and have your florist (or assistant) return toward the end of the evening to cut the centerpieces apart! This is also a great way to have a Green Wedding!

As we kick off what we hope is another great year- l look forward to seeing what wonderful new trends come about!

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