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A marriage of private gardens and picturesque ocean views make the La Jolla Shores Hotel the ideal location for a memorable wedding ceremony or reception.

Located on two beautifully landscaped acres at the edge of the ocean, there is no better setting to say your vows than on the sands of La Jolla Shores. That is why, year after year, La Jolla Shores Hotel continues to be one of the most desirable wedding locations in San Diego.

With the waves crashing just beyond, your guests will witness your ceremony with the sand under their feet and blue Pacific waters as the backdrop. Allow the full-service catering staff to plan your event with the warmth and personal attention you deserve – and discover a variety of endless possibilities.

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JENNIFER & JOSH 04.15.11

Preppy & Posh Beach Wedding

Jennifer and Josh Judman’s wedding included everything I adore – -a bright sunny day at the Hotel Del Coronado, stunning seaside ceremony featuring florals by Kathy Wright and Co. and pretty details at every turn for the guests to delight in.

Their wedding was designed by Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings and included all the special touches Susanne brings to every event.  Using a palette of navy blue, crisp white, magenta and emerald green, the Hotel Del was transformed into a preppy paradise reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Simply Posh Design worked with the couple’s custom monogram and incorporated it into all their reception stationery to include bejeweled program booklets, place cards, menus and table signs.   In addition, we carried  their monogram from the printed page onto the dance floor for a special finishing touch.

Thanks to Luna Photo for capturing their day.

Congratulations Jennifer and Josh!

~ Jennifer

From a lifelong passion for paper, design and all things visual arts Simply Posh Design was born. Jennifer Dailard brings more than a decade of advertising and design talents to the table and now, nearly three years since its inception, Simply Posh Design is a full service paper production company offering extraordinary custom invitations and personal stationery. We believe it is a privilege to share in the happy events that lead clients to Simply Posh Design and are happy to work with you.
Simply Posh Design has aligned itself with several premier companies offering premier invitation components. Current partners include, Envelopments, Waste Not Paper, Green Paper Company and Marsupial Pouches.


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The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club graces 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on one of Southern California’s only private beaches and offers a variety of picturesque venues. The full-service catering staff, under the culinary direction of award-winning Executive Chef, Bernard Guillas will help you plan a wedding that will surpass all of your expectations.

From a casual oceanfront affair to an elegant wedding under the stars, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is the perfect location to begin a lifetime of timeless traditions.

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Hotel Parisi is a beautiful, urban boutique retreat featuring just 29 guest suites ranging from 450 to 700 square feet, several offering partial ocean views. It has been described as having perfect “Zen-elegance”, due to its fusion of ancient cultures and modern contemporary comfort.

Hotel Parisi provides a lavish environment perfect for a private wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or honeymoon stay.

Since Hotel Parisi allows outside catering into the facility, your wedding day can be as unique and customized as its surroundings.

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Graham & Ever decided that their dreams would come to life in beautiful and enchanting Santa Teresa, Costa Rica where the waves are epic for surfing and the relaxed beach atmosphere is ideal for unforgettable wedding celebrations.
Casa Capitan which boasts the largest and most extravagant house in Santa Teresa, and that’s an understatement, makes it the most amazing venue for quaint weddings of 50 guests or less.
The ceremony took place on the beach at sunset, followed by the wedding reception which was a short stroll up the sandy path through the palms to the house and nestled by the infinity pool.
The hanging lights and votives mixed perfectly with the surrounding palm fronds and myriad of strategically arranged Cali lily, orchid, and hydrangea arrangements, all done in the corresponding colors of white and green.

In lieu of wedding favors, guests signed custom made coasters and dropped the coaster into a bowl for the charity of their choice, including a local school, an environmental cause, and an animal shelter. {Which by the way, is just a magnificent idea!}

Congratulations to Graham & Ever, may they have a long and joyous life journey together!!

~ Don

Don Mirra Photography fuses a passionate, artistic eye of composition and light with a photojournalism approach of spontaneity and responsiveness to the “decisive moment”. Don Mirra Weddings’ expansive line of style, confidence, and experience combined with Don’s comfort in capturing formal and informal images ensures all aspects of your wedding experience are documented while providing the exclusive bride and groom with avant-garde photographic memories.

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Having your special day at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa means starting your life together in an absolutely unique and beautiful tropical paradise. You’ll be surrounded by everything you wish for and expect in a world-class resort.

Whether you envision an informal gathering of 30 or an unforgettable reception for 450 guests, The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa can satisfy a variety of tastes with our inventive, fresh style and stunning presentations, we make ever type of wedding a dream come true.

Start with picture perfect outdoor and indoor settings, the utmost in friendly, personalized service, and exquisite cuisine, The Catamaran Resort can accommodate your guests in one of our elegant ballrooms overlooking the bay — or we can accommodate you on the beach!

All thirteen of our Function Rooms are complemented by scenic views, balconies, patios, and most important of all — our unforgettable bay-front.

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Surrounded by scenic Mission Bay, The Bahia Resort Hotel offers spectacular ocean and bay views, lush gardens and beachfront reception rooms to accommodate from 20 to 450 guests. The Victorian wedding gazebo is a tropical paradise with ponds, palm trees and exotic landscaping.

For a truly unique experience, have your wedding aboard one of our vintage Sternwheelers, the Bahia Belle or the William D. Evans. Our boats are adorned with rich woods, etched glass and polished brass fixtures, bringing back an era of fine service and elegance.

The Bahia Resort Hotel offers everything you need to create the special wedding memories you will cherish forever.

We invite you to experience San Diego’s ultimate wedding destination, the Bahia Resort Hotel.

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The San Diego Wedding community unites in one huge effort to make a very special couples wedding dreams come true!!

WEDDING: Til (Impending) Death Do They Part

Couple Get Hitched While Groom May Just Have Weeks To Live
by Dave Good  ~

In the photographs, Laura Kemp and Brett Fafard are goofing on the beach for the camera, he in a tux and she in a satin gown. Their smiles say it all: wedding. And if the groom’s laughter and the bride’s joy are underscored on this day by the sobering knowledge that Fafard has only a precious handful of weeks left to live, it does not show. This is a happy day. For a moment, the newlyweds have stopped the clock.

In June of 2009 Fafard, 24, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplants failed to stop the progression of the disease. When it finally reached his brain, doctors told him there was nothing left they could do.

Fafard wrestled with whether or not to marry Laura. After dating for a year or so, they’d talked about it. “I didn’t think it was fair to her, to put her through that. But if I’d been selfish, I’d have asked her to marry me four months ago.” He wavered until his condition took a turn for the worse.

“He had a seizure,” Kemp says, “and then he had another one.” This was two weeks ago. They had been eating dinner in Provo where they are both undergrads at Brigham Young University. That was the moment she realized they didn’t have much time left.

“And depending on how much time we did have,” she says, “I didn’t want to spend it apart.” Fafard proposed. Kemp accepted. Now, all they had to do was pull off a wedding with virtually zero resources between them. And, time was of the essence.

The couple chose Coronado’s Silver Strand, set a November dateand called Fafard’s sister Dominique Molina in San Diego with the news.

“When they decided to get married,” says Molina, “we sprung into action.” With less than 10 days to prepare Molina called on Amy Vargas, a San Diego-based wedding planner.

“I don’t think I’ve had a dry eye all week,” Vargas says.

Emotions were running on high not just because of the event’s Job-like circumstances but also because the entire wedding day, including the flowers, the food, live music, even the bride’s gown was gifted to the couple through the kindness of area businesses and community members.

“We reached out,” Molina says, “and everyone’s been so generous.”

Naturally, the last-minute timetable demanded creative solutions. When Abbey Event and Catering donated the use of their 40 foot-long sleek Explorer limo but couldn’t find an available chauffeur, company owner Zapher Dajani drove it himself.

“This is only my second time,” he says.

Dominique Molina’s husband Tony, a Chula Vista policeman was called on to officiate the wedding. Likewise, this was only his second time as well.

After today, how will Mr. and Mrs. Fafard spend their time in the coming weeks?

“I envision us cherishing every single moment being together,” Laura says, “and not taking for granted what we have and how special it is.” The newlyweds will leave for a Mexican Riviera cruise on November 28.

“It’s a tragic but amazing story,” says Amy Vargas, her eyes pink after the wedding. The setting sun turns everything, waves and guests alike, a shade of blood-orange. “I hope the doctors are wrong,” she says. And then the tears start, again.

Dave Good is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and restless San Diegan. He writes about pop music and culture at large for a number of publications including the San Diego Reader. His stories have appeared in San Diego Magazine, Los Angeles Journal, Goldmine, BluesWax, SignonSanDiego,, and more.

Here are some pictures of their love story before and after their wish come true wedding!!

Their Pre-Wedding Photos by Carrie Butler Photography

Their Special Day Photos by Kristina Chartier Photography

We are so excited to share this amazing story of love and strength with all of you, we heard about this heart-touching story through some of our members who participated with their services, time and talents to make sure Brett & Laura would enjoy their wedding day and the beautiful memories of their unbelievable journey! The Bridal Bar is proud to mention that Pink Star Design, Continental Catering, Dining Details, Plush Lounge Furniture & La Valencia where a part os the 22 amazing vendors that collaborated in the realization of their wedding day celebration!

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The Bridal Bar is so thrilled to share with you the very special day of one of our very own members of our shutterbug family….True Photographer, Michael Svoboda!!

Mr & Mrs Svoboda!!

The couple was pleasantly delighted with an amazing day backdrop to accompany their Hotel Del Coronado Wedding Day Shoot by none other than their comrades at True Photography Weddings.

We are so excited for this beautiful couple and their amazing future ahead!!

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Beachside Rehearsal Dinner… 05.21.10

The bridesmaids had just enough time to change before they were due at Torrey Pines Christian church for the rehearsal. After the rehearsal Sienna’s Grandmother Betty McLean hosted an incredible dinner in the Walnut Lounge at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. DJ Spencer Bezy of Mobil Music Plus was Master of Ceremony in charge of music and introducing all the toasts and running a surprise video montage shone on huge flat screen TV’s. The montage was created by Sienna’s sister Avalon, who is an aspiring photographer and designer! Chris of Indulge Flowers mastered a creative seascape of driftwood, lanterns, seashells, beach rocks, orchids and succulents. Incredible table accents were designed by Jennifer of Simply Posh. The place cards were made of calligraphy sand dollars. The amazing menus, which were also embellished with shells and sand, had a touching poem about a sand dollar on the back. The La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club’s chef prepared a fantastic multi-course Mexican menu. The first course started with a served Trio of Soup Shooters: Pozole, Albondigas, and Tortilla. It was followed with a second course served in martini glasses filled with classic Baja White Sea Bass Ceviche, Tomato, Cilantro, Lime and Pepita . The Entrée was served Family Style on large platters steaming with CARNE ASADA and CHILI-LIME

House Made Salsa Roja, Lime Crema Refried Black Beans, Spanish Rice, and Warm Flour Tortillas. Dessert was KAHLUA FLAN with Churros , Tres Leches Chocolate Cake complete with Mexican Coffee!

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