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Leyla and Jarred found a beautiful way to combine their faiths in their August wedding ceremony. It was such a privilege to officiate at their wedding- Leyla is Persian and of Baha’i faith, and Jarred wanted to honor his Christian beliefs.

Stunning backdrop at the Hilton Torrey Pines Hotel

Stunning backdrop at the Hilton Torrey Pines Hotel

The stage was set at the Hilton Torrey Pines with all of the offerings of the sofreh- a colorful, decorative spread of symbolic items.

With this ring . . . The sofreh was beautifully adorned with symbolic items for the ceremony. I officiated the the vows and ring exchange from off to the side.

With this ring . . . The sofreh was beautifully adorned with symbolic items for the ceremony. I officiated the the vows and ring exchange from off to the side.

Wedding planner Fransiska with Burgundy Events made it all easy and 8twenty8 Studios captured the day with stellar photography!


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One of the most beautiful spots for a wedding ceremony is offered by Candelas on Coronado. Toes in the sand, lapping waves and a backdrop of America’s Finest City – downtown San Diego.

Even better was officiating the wedding ceremony for Jen and Jon on October 5. What a sweet couple!!

“Jon and I cannot thank you enough for officiating our wedding. The ceremony was so beautiful because of you. We will always remember your kind words and how comfortable you made us feel on a day when we were already excited and anxious. Thank you for helping us personalize our ceremony. It was perfect and we loved it. Thank you! Jen & Jon”

Always impressive photography by Philip DeFalco.

The couple borrowed from her family’s love of the ocean and sailing. For their unity ceremony they “tied the knot”.

Just Married! Jon and Jen really played up their oceanfront ceremony, with starfish hanging from the arch.

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Kate and Duncan held their wedding ceremony and celebration Sept. 29 at one of my absolute favorite venues for a wedding – San Diego Botanical Gardens (formerly known as Quail Gardens) in Encinitas.

Just Married!

It was a pleasure to work with Kate and Duncan in planning their wedding. Kate had such a clear and thorough vision, and Duncan was happy to see Kate happy! What a great duo.

“We wanted to thank you again for making our wedding so incredibly
special! It was a dream come true, and it would not have come together
without your professionalism, support, and patience. All our friends
and family complimented us on how magical everything was, and we owe so much of that to you. .”– Kate & Duncan

These gorgeous manzanita branches served to display the placecard “leaves” as table assignments for the guests.

The Gardens offer such a magical environment, and string market lights as well as an abundance of votive candles and twinkly lights complete the fairyland vision.

With the groom’s scottish background it was a perfect touch to have a bagpiper play after the ceremony and lead the guests through the gardens and down to the cocktail hour!

Good Time Photo Booth added some fun during the cocktail hour and at the reception

Kate’s unique touches such as burlap table runners, wooden chalkboard station menus, and mason jars wove together a complete vision of rustic whimsy.

What an incredible team to create this celebration!:

The brilliant artistic creations of Kiyoko at CherryBlossom Floral Designs http://www.cherryblossomfloraldesigns.com

The team at Culinary Concepts put in an incredible effort as well as amazingly delicious bites!

The crowd danced the night away thanks to the always-impressive talents of DJ Jerry Beck

And thank you to Heidi of A Slice of Life for capturing it all!


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Continental Catering knows how to throw a party!   Last night at their Fall Fete they shared some great ideas for fall events:

Continental is always so talented by combining innovation with the tried-and-true:

Tasty fluffy miniscones get the full treatment – from chocolate to whip cream, and berries in between!

Delicious mini scones with a huge selection of toppings – berries and smooth chocolate with a top of fresh whip cream.

For a refreshing fall libation, fruit and cloves soaked for days in vodka then poured into Martinelli’s – sweet!

Light and refreshing fall cider infused with fruit and cloves

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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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