Fall Military Wedding at North Chapel and Admiral Kidd Club

I just loved Megan and Ben’s fairy tale love story. Megan flew across the country to meet Ben on a blind date and the rest is history. Their Fall wedding reflected the colors of the season and highlighted San Diego for their out-of-town guests.016010

The altar of the North Chapel was filled with candle light and the aisle was lined with rose petals and candles hanging from shepherd’s hooks. 087 094

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The ceremony was followed by a traditional military sword arch welcoming the bride to the military.

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Guests enjoyed a photo booth, delicious food, fun music and our amazing San Diego skyline view. Thank you to Brett Hickman Photographers for sharing all of these beautiful images!

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Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Brett Hickman Photographers
Hair & Makeup: My Secret Salon
Personal Flowers: Tess Fresh Flowers
Reception Flowers: JLH Blooms
Linens: Event Supplier, Inc.
DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Cake: Grove Pastry Shop
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Transportation: Big Woody Limos, XM Limo
Ceremony Venue: The North Chapel at Liberty Station
Reception Venue: Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center

Wedding Envelopes 101

While many wedding formalities are becoming relaxed, addressing your wedding invitation envelopes is not one of them. Usually your wedding invitations will contain an inner envelope and an outer envelope.

8152447_origThe outer envelope should be addressed formally using guests’ full names and titles. Words in addresses should be spelled out, such as Avenue instead of Ave. The outer envelope should be addressed to both members of a married couple – for example, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. If one of the guests is a doctor, use the Dr. abbreviation for their title – for example, Dr. Anna Haney and Mr. Paul Collins.

When inviting an unmarried couple, living at the same address, use both guests’ names and titles, for example, Ms. Elizabeth Kline and Mr. Paul Tobin.

When inviting children, the outer envelope should be addressed to the parents – children will be listed on the inner envelope. Similarly, if a guest will be inviting a date, the outer envelope should be addressed to your guest only – the date will be added on the inner envelope.

The inner envelope is more casual and should include the names of everyone invited. For example, the inner envelope for Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and their son, Brad, would be addressed as Mr. and Mrs. Smith on the top line and Brad Smith on the next line. For a guest inviting a date, the inner envelope should be addressed to your guest and date, for example, Mr. Richard Ramsey and Guest.

When the inner envelope is inserted into the outer envelope, it should be unsealed with the names of the guests visible when the outer envelope is opened. All of your inserts, such as RSVP cards, will be inside the inner envelope, printed side up in order of size.

Photo and calligraphy by Calligraphy858.

Colorful Cambodian Wedding Celebration at Bahia Resort

If you are planning two wedding ceremonies and a reception for one day, you definitely want your couple to be as sweet and easy-going as Marlina and Richard. This gorgeous couple wanted a traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony to honor the bride’s heritage as well as a Christian ceremony. San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-17

The day started with the Cambodian ceremony. The couple looked like royalty in their colorful and detailed silk clothing. In the Cambodian tradition, the groom processed with his family and friends to meet his bride with an offering of platters of fruits and desserts. Once the offering was accepted by the bride and her family, the ceremony continued with a ring exchange, multiple blessings and music. There were multiple outfit changes, each more elaborate and beautiful than the next. San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-22San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-14  San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-18San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-21San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-24 San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-33 San-Diego-Wedding-Photography-50After the Cambodian wedding ceremony, the couple began preparing for their Christian ceremony to take place at the pond and gazebo at the Bahia Resort. The ceremony included a unity sand ceremony along with the traditional vows and exchange of rings. The couple’s adorable dog served as ring bearer.San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-4 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-26 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-27 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-29 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-32 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-34 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-35The wedding day ended with a dinner reception aboard the William D. Evans stern-wheeler. Guests enjoyed the amazing views as the boat sailed along the Bay and danced well into the night. San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-3 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-38 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-40 San-Diego-Wedding-Photographer-49Vendors:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: JR Francisco Photography
Flowers and Rentals: FloralWorks & Events
Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Matt Commerce
DJ: San Diego DJ & Video, Dale Gottschalk
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Photobooth – ShutterHappy Photography
Venue: Bahia Resort Hotel

Sweet Catholic Wedding at St. Therese of Carmel and The Santaluz Club

St. Therese of Carmel is a gorgeous Catholic church, so I am always giddy when couples choose me to help plan their weddings there. Ed and Melissa were visibly in love when I met them and I watched their love and devotion to each other grow throughout the wedding planning process.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included several family members of the bride and groom and celebrated their strong tradition of Catholic faith.

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After the ceremony, guests traveled a few miles East to The Santaluz Club for a lunch reception in their white wedding tent.Salas_0500

The couple wanted a simple, classic and elegant white wedding with calla lilies and navy blue accents. FloralWorks and Events provided the navy table linens and created the tall centerpieces featuring the gracefulness of the flowers.

Salas_0491Chandeliers added a touch of elegance over the dance floor as guests danced to the music of Republic of Music. Salas_0498 Salas_0540 We were blessed with a dramatic sky – perfect for capturing photos of the newlyweds! Thank you to ABM Photography for sharing these amazing photos!Salas_0828 Salas_0862Vendors:
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events
Photography: ABM Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Therese of Carmel
Reception Venue: The Santaluz Club
Flowers and Rentals: FloralWorks & Events
Band: Republic of Music
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Videographer: Side by Side Cinema
Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene
Cake: Cute Cakes

Romantic Blush Wedding at La Costa Resort

Stephanie and Jeff knew they wanted an outdoor wedding venue with a modern, fresh look. They also wanted a space where their friends and family could spend time together during the wedding weekend. La Costa Resort and Spa fit that description perfectly.

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The romantic ceremony was held overlooking the golf course under a gorgeous canopy draped in blush and white flowers. The bridesmaids were stunning in matching blush gowns. Coordinator_LR2340

The bride’s gold sparkle shoes and her crystal topped gown set the tone for the black-tie affair.

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During the ceremony, the couple nailed a bottle of wine into a custom wooden box to be opened on their 1st wedding anniversary.

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As guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted with glasses of champagne tied with their seating cards. Champagne Place Cards. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The reception in the Poinsettia Ballroom featured tall blush and white centerpieces on cut glass candelabras with crystals and mercury glass candles, gold chiavari chairs, a pink and white candy station, a donut bar, live music and pale pink uplights.

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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Blush and white wedding cake. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Wedding at at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Vendors:
Venue: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Flowers: FloralWorks and Events
Charger Plates, Chairs, Dance Floor: Raphaels Party Rentals
Cake & Donuts: VG Donut and Bakery
Hair/Make-up: Audra Rene
Videographer: Donald Martin
Musicians: Soulville California Band
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events

Military Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, cake by Cute Cakes, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

This military-inspired wedding photo shoot gets its style from the United States Marines dress blue uniform. It’s clean lines and patriotic colors let you know this couple is proud of their service while still expressing the bride’s personality with the fun feathers, gorgeous florals and dainty accents. The gold sequins and caramel macarons mimic the gold uniform buttons. And speaking of buttons, hundreds were donated by military families to use as decor for this very special table.

We shot this tablescape at the Unconditional Surrender statue at Tuna Harbor Park in San Diego. The cake, created by Cute Cakes, we just perfect for a military wedding! The buttons on the cake were all made of chocolate.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, cake by Cute Cakes, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

The sword used to cut the cake as well as the bride and groom cake topper were used in my parents military wedding nearly 50 years ago.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, sequin table linen by Wildflower Linen, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

The bridal bouquet and all of the flowers were created by Flower by Coley. I loved how they incorporated the gold military buttons onto the bouquet.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

The table was decorated with a crisp white linen topped with a navy and white striped runner. The chairs were covered with linens created by Thimbleana as a playful salute to the military uniforms.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, rentals by Raphaels Party Rentals, chair covers by Thimbleana, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

Each place setting wore a gold sequined placemat, a gold charger plate, a dinner plate from a private US Navy collection and a navy blue napkin tied with a gold tassel and red rose.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Stationary by Take Note! Creations, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

The table numbers, menus, favor boxes and invitations were all created by Take Note! Creations.

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

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Salute to the Military themed wedding photo shoot in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography, invitations by Take Note! Creations, Flowers by Flowers by Coley, Style & Coordination by Stephanie Rose Events

StephanieRose_Militarytableshoot_099 Melissa McClure did an amazing job capturing these gorgeous photos! You can see more photos of this San Diego Military Wedding Photo Shoot in the new 2014/2015 edition of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.

Vendors:
Venue: Unconditional Surrender Statue, Tuna Harbor Park
Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Flowers: Flowers by Coley
Rentals & Linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Sequin Linen/Placemats: Wildflower Linen
Stationary: Take Note! Creations
Cake: Cute Cakes & Heavenly Cupcakes
Chair covers & Runner: Thimbleana
Macarons: ‘Lette Macarons
Coordination and Stylist: Stephanie Rose Events

San Diego Bayside Black Tie Photo Shoot

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot. Styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

I have always loved the San Diego skyline. And therefore I have always loved Bayside Park in Coronado. The views of our city from this cozy, quiet park are spectacular. I could sit under a tree here watching sailboats float by for hours. So I knew it would be the perfect location for a San Diego themed wedding photo shoot for San Diego Style Weddings Magazine. I wanted to incorporate everything I love about San Diego. But I’m not a casual kind of girl, so I took all of those San Diego elements and created a San Diego Style Black Tie Wedding.

The gold, black and glass brought a formality to the scene while the beachy details, like the surfboard menu brought the San Diego fun.

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography, flowers by Flowers by Coley

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography, Piano & Music by Brian Stodart

The colorful centerpieces and flowers, provided by Flowers by Coley, incorporated sand and drift wood to carry the San Diego theme To salute San Diego’s thriving microbrewery scene, we served Fyodor’s Classic 2013 Imperial Russian Stout from Stone Brewing Company, instead of wine.Nothing says elegance more than a grand piano, so Brian Stodart from Mike and Brian Productions brought his piano to the Bay. We used it as a unique dessert table.

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography Churros by Churros El Tigre

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography Flowers by Flowers by Coley

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography Churros by Churros El Tigre

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography Stationary by Take Note! Creations

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San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Stephanie Rose Events, photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The dessert table was filled with delicious churros from Churros El Tigre.    The place cards, table numbers and invitations, created by Take Note! Creations, reflected our San Diego style. Melissa McClure did an amazing job capturing these gorgeous photos! You can see more photos of this San Diego Black Tie Wedding Photo Shoot in the new 2014/2015 edition of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.

Vendors:
Venue: Bayview Park, Coronado
Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Flowers & Chandelier: Flowers by Coley
Rentals & Linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Churros: Churros El Tigre
Stationary: Take Note! Creations
Piano and Music: Brian Stodart, Mike & Brian Productions
Beer: Stone Brewing Company, Fyodor’s Classic 2013 Imperial Russian Stout
Chalkboard Design & Lettering: Calligraphy858
Coordination and Stylist: Stephanie Rose Events

Tiffany Blue Sparkle Wedding at Immaculata and Westin San Diego

When Chio told me her wedding colors were Tiffany blue and silver, I knew we would get along. As you know, my silver desk is surrounded by Tiffany blue walls in my office. And when the couple selected the Immaculata parish on the USD campus for their ceremony, I was in love with them!

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The parish is so beautiful and grand that it doesn’t require much decor. The couple selected two all white floral arrangements to display on pedestals on either side of the altar.

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The church pews were decorated with small white floral bouquets to line the main aisle.This parish truly is one of the most beautiful venues in our city.

After the traditional Catholic ceremony, the couple and their guests traveled downtown for their reception at the Westin San Diego.Perez_0570

At the Westin, guests were greeted with a “Something Blue” cocktail and silver wedding bell place cards, to keep with the color theme.Perez_0588Perez_0590

The ballroom sparkled with silver chiavari chairs, crushed taffeta linens in snow and silver rimmed charger plates. Pale blue uplights added pops of color along with the Tiffany blue napkins.Perez_0587Perez_0623

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The couple selected two centerpieces for the tables. My favorites were these tall lily and orchid arrangements.

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The sweetheart table wore a lavish silver sequin linen and a small bowl of white roses.Perez_0569

The all white wedding cake was adorned with silver sparkles and rhinestones and was topped by a silver carriage. Perez_0563         Perez_0709 Perez_1003

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Immaculata Parish, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Westin San Diego
Photography: ABM Photography
Flowers: Flowers by Coley
Linens, Charger Plates, Chairs, Dance Floor: Concepts Event Design
Cake: Twiggs Bakery
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

Intimate Sunset Marriage Proposal at Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA

A division of our company, The Proposal, is devoted to helping plan unique and memorable marriage proposals. Our client called us and asked for a sunset proposal overlooking the ocean. He wanted this to be a private affair even though he was proposing in a public space. So we enlisted the help of Lauren Sharon Rentals to bring an intimate table for two along with a gorgeous iron gate and arch to define the proposal space. The table was decorated with candles and vintage tableware. On the gate and arch hung candlelit lanterns and a chandelier. We finsihed the proposal space with a basket of blankets, a bouquet of pink roses (the soon-to-be-bride’s favorite) and framed sign with the couple’s names. As the couple walked along the cliffs they “found” the proposal spot. Our groom-to-be dropped to one knee and asked his girl to marry him. Of course she said yes! The couple then enjoyed a perfect San Diego sunset while sharing dessert and a bottle of champagne. Congratulations! We are so happy the proposal was exactly what they wanted!