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I give thee this ring . . .

I give thee this ring . . .


Lisa and Garrett’s August wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado combined the sophistication of that beautiful venue infused with celebrating Aussie-style.
The Australian bride’s family traveled all the way to San Diego. Except for Dad, who wasn’t able to make it, but was hooked in via Skype!

I loved working with this couple, and had a blast with Lisa, who taught me the correct pronunciation of “Aussie.” and introduced me to Australian treat – TimTams. yum!

Laptop was set up on a bellyhigh table so that the bride's father in Australia could hear his daughter say, "I do"

Laptop was set up on a bellyhigh table so that the bride’s father in Australia could hear his daughter say, “I do”

Hilary Medovich with the Del was fantastic to work with – she made everything so easy.
As did DJ Kelley. From the moment the music started, the dance floor was never empty.
And great as always to work with Mark Hillis – once again records it all beautifully with incredible and creative photography.

Photos by Mark Hillis of Unveiled Photography

I now pronounce you Husband and Wife

I now pronounce you Husband and Wife

You may kiss the bride!

You may kiss the bride!

Haydee with Haydee’s Creative Flowers brought out the soft and romantic side with her stunning creations.
Beauty stylist Audra Rene was a pro getting the bride and maid of honor camera- and ceremony-ready!
SweetCheeks Bakery provided a sophisticated and charming wedding cake.

Under the Hotel Del chandelier - perfect setting for a first dance

Under the Hotel Del chandelier – perfect setting for a first dance

Iconic backdrop in the Hotel Del lobby

Iconic backdrop in the Hotel Del lobby

SweetCheeks bakery's sophisticated wedding cake adorned with starfish

SweetCheeks bakery’s sophisticated wedding cake adorned with starfish

DJ Gary Kelley keeps the party going

DJ Gary Kelley keeps the party going

Perfect parting gift wedding favor. The couple's favorite popcorn not only was delicious but shared the groom's name--Garrett's popcorn!

Perfect parting gift wedding favor. The couple’s favorite popcorn not only was delicious but shared the groom’s name–Garrett’s popcorn!

Sassy bride

Sassy bride


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Congratulations Dana and Jeff!

A charming celebration with unparalleled views at the Martin Johnson House in La Jolla, UCSD.

Thank you to ChelseaAnn Photography for the amazing photos!!!

Natural elegant florals and sweet little succulents as giveaway favors, provided by Magic Flower

A mouthwatering display and fun selection for the guests, from Michele Coulon

Kristie and amazing staff at Continental Catering – offered spectacular presentation and even better food!

Happily Married!! Isn’t the bride stunning? Hair and Makeup by the incomparable Sheila O’Kelly of Bridal Beauty

Gorgeous stationery by Jenn at Pink Star Design incorporates the rare and beautiful Torrey Pine of our San Diego coastline

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For their April 1 wedding celebration at Grand Pacific Palisades in Carlsbad, this couple playfully executed a fun springtime event with grace and whimsy.
From pinwheels in the arbor to argyle socks reflecting their gray & yellow theme, Katy and Troy were so fun and fun-loving!

Argyle socks reflect the fun spring-time wedding theme of yellow and gray

Cutest funnest blingiest bridal shoes ever!

Their creative execution of playful surprises throughout the wedding made this such a memorable event, and fun for their guests as well.
Friends and family got in on the act as well – Mother of the Bride created all of the centerpieces with florals from a wholesaler, and friends put set up a fun interactive Candy Bar for guests to take home goodies.

Katy & Troy: fun-loving and in love

“Gayle did everything we hoped she said she would and more. . . . it was absolutely the best choice we made in the entire wedding process. The fact that I could relax and enjoy my day with my new husband, family and friends knowing that everything was taken care of was invaluable.”

Wedding guests can make their own to-go bag favor of goodies from the candy bar!

Congratulations you two!

Wedding professionals:
Natalia Cruz

The bride's bouquet beautifully displays her grandmother's jewelry

Bouquets & Boutonnieres
Robyn Foreman

Mother of the Bride created these sweet whimsical centerpieces. Yummy Cupcakes provided by SweetCheeks Bakery


Hair & Makeup
Cassie Talamantez


Kenny Romans

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Fluxx did it again!

What do you get when you combine sweets, cocktails and chocolate? Very happy girls 🙂

Fluxx continues to showcase their space in new and exciting ways, and last night’s New Theme Launch Party was no exception.

The Fluxx Sweet Shoppe offered different stations of cupcakes, rice krispie treats, chocolate fountains, and savories, and specialty coffees.

I tried not to hover over the cupcake table and had to restrain myself from eating more than the THREE I devoured. One was a deceptively simple chocolate with no icing – but bite into it and your mouth bursts with a little pop of pure liquid chocolate. Divine.

There was such attention to detail throughout the club, with giant lollipops hanging from the ceiling, a cotton candy station, and even magnified pics of confections on giant panels. I had to stifle the urge to go up and lick the wall a la Willy Wonka.

Congratulations to Emily Goldman, event manager, and Team Fluxx for another great showcase and for reminding us that a cutting edge club like Fluxx can be a great spot to create whatever you can dream up for your special event. www.fluxxsd.com/private-events

SideNote: Have to give a shout-out to my hardworking friend Nada Adjadj of SoBelle Favors who attend the Sweet Shoppe event as just a guest (for once!) She creates amazing confections for special events as well – check her out! www.sobellefavors.com

OK, my souvenir candy necklace keeps distracting me. Time for a treat . . . 

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What a treat I experienced at the NACE [National Association of Catering Executives] event last night at the W Hotel downtown San Diego.

It’s always great to meet new people in the event industry and discover new services / products / designs.  As a wedding planner it’s what I thrive on and what my clients deserve.

And last night was no disappointment when my mouth was introduced to a cookie courtesy of 410Degrees. Owners Derek and Adam presented themselves to the NACE group with an amazing display and impressive variety of cookies to share.

lemonbasilI sampled the Lemon Basil, the Rosemary Balsamic, as well as the Intense Espresso, and yes, it was.


rosemary-balsamicAmazing, knee-weakening.  I know – it’s never a good idea to play it up too much. But really, I don’t think it’s possible.


Get your hands on some. If you don’t live in San Diego, no worries. They ship.

These are great for a little treat in Welcome Baskets for your out-of-town guests. Or you can even set up a Cookie Bar for your wedding guests as they’re departing your party at the end of the night.

What’s even better? You can even customize your cookie! More than 25 varieties of dough to choose from and THEN you add your mix-ins! – 60 possibilities of yummy things to include!  Wow. It’s too good.

Not only are the cookies amazing, the guys behind the dough have a great story and are passionate about what they do. Check it out.

 Now I’ve got to get my hands on a Tropical Mojito . . cookie that is!

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