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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ LA VALENCIA 04.12.11

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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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ HOTEL PARISI 03.25.11

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 ~ DESTINATION: COSTA RICA 03.18.11
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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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ THE GRANDE COLONIAL 03.17.11

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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VENDOR FEATURE: TIM OTTO PHOTOGRAPHY ~ INSIDE WEDDINGS MAGAZINE WINTER 2011 03.03.11

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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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ THE STERNWHEELERS 03.01.11

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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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ THE SAINT FRANCIS CHAPEL & SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN 02.24.11

SAINT FRANCIS CHAPEL is located in scenic Balboa Park on the south side of the California Plaza, across the street from the main entrance to the Museum of Man. Designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue as an example of a Spanish Colonial church, the Chapel was built to add a religious note to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915.

The interior decoration was executed by Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow. The Chapel is a blend of stark mission simplicity with tile floor, ceiling of heavy beams, and bench seating with an elaborately decorated gold leaf altar. The altar includes elegant modeled figures of the Virgin and Child, flanked on the left by Saint Francis Xavier and on the right by San Diego de Alcalá

The Saint Francis Chapel is one of San Diego’s favorite choices for wedding and commitment ceremonies. This dignified sanctuary is non-denominational, welcoming the services of all faiths.

The Saint Francis Chapel is one of San Diego’s favorite choices for wedding and commitment ceremonies. This non-denominational sanctuary welcomes the services of all faiths. The Saint Francis Chapel is available for weddings, subject to availability.

 

Set your sights on the landmark California Building, with its majestic tower and tiled dome. Your guests can assemble among the distincive exhibits of the spacious Museum Rotunda, or enjoy the beautiful façade of the Museum in our Spanish-style outdoor courtyard. Stunning and historic, the San Diego Museum of Man is the ideal venue for any event!

 

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LOUNGE APPEAL EVENT DEALS!! 02.17.11

Lounge Appeal is offering 25% off of all San Diego-based events on all inventory for events in March through July 2011.

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CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS GOES GREEN WITH CLASSIC BAMBOO! 02.15.11

The Bridal Bar is delighted to announce the news about the exciting new partnership between Classic Party Rentals and Bamboo Studio.

Classic Bamboo is a revolutionary all-occasion disposable bamboo dinnerware for foodservice. Handcrafted from the sheath of the emerging bamboo plant, these dynamic new serving pieces are elegant, strong, and environmentally friendly.

• Sturdy, strong and durable

• Leak resistance

• Microwavable

• Handcrafted from Bamboo sheath

• No harsh chemicals or bleaches used

• Requires little energy to make and 100% biodegradable

“Our intention is to do what we can to ensure our environmental impact is as low as it can be. This, we have decided, is a cornerstone of our mission in the upcoming years. We are committed to looking back with pride at having done what we can, spread what we learn, and participate in our industry’s goals of becoming sustainable. We welcome all partners in this mission.”
- Mike Bjornstad, COO Classic Party Rentals

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WEDDING VISION: VENUE ~ THE OMNI HOTEL SAN DIEGO 02.04.11

A San Diego Wedding Location That Will Make Your Dreams Come True

Yours is the ideal romance. To celebrate, make your San Diego wedding reception an event to remember.

The Omni San Diego Hotel is the ideal wedding site for all of your wedding celebration needs: from engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, to the perfect wedding reception and farewell brunch.

So now that you’ve fallen in love with each other, come fall in love with the Omni San Diego Hotel. We’ll make your wedding dreams come true.

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