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Overlooking the Pacific since 1926, La Valencia is a charming boutique hotel offering a tradition of elegance and unparalleled service. Situated atop La Jolla Cove and just steps from miles of stunning coastline, world-class museums, shopping and galleries, La Valencia is a perfect blend of location and recreation.

The Mediterranean inspired architecture and décor, including beautiful courtyards, hand painted murals and exquisite Spanish mosaics, evokes old-world charm. Boasting perfectly appointed accommodations, the 113 luxury guest rooms, suites and Ocean Villas are decorated using warm tropical hues, luxurious textiles, custom furnishings and feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the lush tropical landscaping, or the picturesque La Jolla village.

With three distinctive restaurants including the award winning Sky Room, and full conference, catering, and wedding facilities with both indoor and outdoor banquet space, La Valencia’s extensive menu of services and amenities make it an ideal location to vacation, host a meeting or celebrate a wedding.

The Bridal Bar invites you to experience the beauty of Southern California in one of San Diego’s most elegant and historic hotels, and to become a part of La Valencia’s history.

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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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Creating Memories. Celebrating Traditions. It all begins with the Four Diamond Grande Colonial, a landmark of impeccable hospitality for nearly a century.

Commanding views of La Jolla’s coastline, 93 rooms and suites and elegant ocean-view wedding event facilities beckon those seeking the intimacy and personalized service of a boutique property.

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Sarah Keeter arranged to meet Jason Fontana on New Year’s Eve 2009-2010 at Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy where they  would exchange their vows ceremony. Mr & Mrs Fontana would then head over to the US Grant to celebrate becoming husband & wife in a festive and fun wedding reception. All the while, every single moment of this most spectacular day was being documented by one of San Diego’s top photographers, Tim Otto of Tim Otto Photography.
We are very happy to share with you, Tim’s beautiful images of this amazing event featured in Inside Weddings Magazine – Winter 2011 Issue
Jason & Sarah Fontana ~ 12.31.2009
Tim’s passion and creativity result in unique and contemporary photographs for all occasions, from intimate weddings on the beach to grand elegant celebrations. His enthusiastic, warm and friendly personality creates a comfortable atmosphere of trust, allowing couples to relax and feel confident that every important and beautiful moment will be captured in an instinctive and unobtrusive style. Tim is respected for his outstanding service and high-quality work, his wedding images have been published in numerous publications, including Grace Ormonde, InStyle, Town and Country and People.

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For a truly unique experience, have your wedding aboard one of the vintage Sternwheelers, the Bahia Belle or the William D. Evans.

The Sternwheelers are adorned with rich woods, etched glass and polished brass fixtures, bringing back an era of fine service and elegance.

The Sternwheelers offers everything you need to create the special wedding memories you will cherish forever. You are invited to experience San Diego’s ultimate wedding destination!!

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KC AND GARTH 11.12.10

It was a truly memorable day for KC & Garth at The Pelican Hill Resort

The expectation….

The romance….

The food….

The dancing….
The beginning of a lifetime of unforgettable memories….
And it was all captured by the artistic eyes of  the experts at True Photography

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Nada Adjadj has been working her magic again to bring to your her intricately detailed designs for the perfect addition to your gift giving this holiday season!

SoBelle Chocolate Favors has prepared an array of holiday themed gift boxes and chocolate delicacies to fit everyone on your list! There are many other great designs and combination of gift box ideas that make perfect stocking stuffers and great hostess gifts.

For more information on the designs shown here or to place your orders contact SoBelle Chocolates at: ~ 619.504.2651

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NATALIE & BRIAN 07.01.10

We love to share heartwarming stories……

From our Groom, Brian:

Nat and I owe our first real encounter not to fate, not to serendipity, but to our friends Nicole and Dan. Nicole and Dan were Nat and my respective friends during the first year of law school and who were also roommates. At the end of the first year, Dan and I began looking for places to live for the second year of school, and Nic and Nat did the same. I don’t know if it was Dan or Nic, but one of them came up with the brilliant idea that we should all four live together. Little did Dan and Nic know, but that decision would eventually lead to awkward nights of sitting in the living room while the other two roommates openly flirted on the couch.

Dan and I left California for the summer, thus, Nat and Nic were tasked with the job of finding all four of us a place to live. Dan and I gave them one requirement, the house had to be close to the beach. I remember receiving a call on my 23rd birthday from Nic and Nat (whom I hadn’t really met at this time, except in passing) asking whether I would “live in a living room.” They told me that they had found a three bedroom house close to the beach that had “an extra room that I could totally live in.” Due to the houses proximity to the beach, I readily agreed to live in this mysterious extra room that would eventually become known as Bridey’s “closet.” For some clarity, it was called Bridey’s closet because when I built the fourth wall for the room I used a folding closet door instead of the usual bedroom door. The room was actually quite spacious. Those who were lucky enough to have seen “the wall” will attest that Norm Abram (“This Old House” and “New Yankee Workshop” reference) would have been proud.

So, after moving into my new spacious closet, I rolled out of bed one day and found a fiery redhead that I didn’t know sitting on my living room couch.  Although I could be mistaken, by the time I got out of bed Nat had already ran a mini-marathon, completed all of her homework for the next seven weeks (even though the second year of law school didn’t start for another week) and volunteered at no less than three different charities. Given that it was noon, I hadn’t yet brushed my teeth, had a debilitating hangover, was shirtless and in my boxers, I knew that I could desperately use someone like Nat in my life. It didn’t hurt that she was pretty cute, too. I decided then and there to start laying it on thick. Apparently Nat needed a sarcastic underachiever in her life because, after several months of well-planned encounters in the living room and nights of calculated flirting, Nat eventually succumb to the onslaught of awesomeness that I was dishing her way.

From out Bride, Natalie:

We met with quite a few photographers before we came across True Photography. Actually, Brian’s cousin, who is a photographer herself, found them for us, and, based upon the photography she saw on their website, thought they did amazing work. So we contacted Aaron, and set up an appointment.

Upon meeting with Aaron, it became immediately apparent that we had come to the right place. He was easy to talk to, open to our ideas, and had great suggestions. We were sold. And when he told us that our lead photographer, Michael, had spent years photographing Yosemite National Park, I knew that we had found the only wedding photographer on the planet that Brian would actually be excited to work with.

On our wedding day, Michael and Eddie were relaxed, available, and never intrusive. If one of the bridesmaids had a picture idea, they took it, and, if we didn’t have any ideas, they came up with suggestions. We could not be happier with how our wedding pictures turned out! Michael, Eddie, Aaron, and April have been amazing, easy to work with, and so accommodating… and they have given us a lifetime of memories to enjoy. One of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding was choosing True Photography!

It truly was a memorable day!

Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe ~ Wedding Dress: Mariee ~ Hair Stylist: Brides by Blondie ~ Florist: Nancy Stevens ~ Bakery: For the Love of Cake

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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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