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Congratulations Laura & Laura! What a beautiful wedding celebration today at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista.

These two amazing women were such a treat, it was an honor to officiate their wedding ceremony.

They created a very unique Unity Ceremony, inspired by their love of chocolate. And during the ceremony, shared with their guests!

A delicious ceremony treat for wedding guests

A delicious ceremony treat for wedding guests

 

There will be times that are sweet,
filled with cream and honey,
and times that are dark and bittersweet.
And probably some times that are really nutty!
But every experience will nourish your body,
heart and soul.

 

It is a great reminder to get creative with your wedding ceremony! Think about what you love (like chocolate!) and incorporate that into your ceremony.

 

PS. Wedding planner extraordinaire Julie Scrivner pulled everything together with ease!

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I give thee this ring . . .

I give thee this ring . . .

PHOTOS BY MARK HILLIS / UNVEILED PHOTOGRAPHY

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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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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Why not create a cupcake tower!  Wedding cakes are beautiful works of art and the cakecutting ceremony represents the time-honored tradition of fertility and unity of the couple.

Dazzling display of gourmet cupcakes by Cupcakes Squared

 

For a twist, a tower of individual gourmet cupcakes offers your guests the opportunity to choose their own personal delight. You can still perform the traditional cakecutting with a small tier or caketop at the top of the cupcake tower. Delish!  Cupcakes provided by Cupcakes Squared. Photo by ChelseaAnn Photograpy

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Treat your guests to harmony on the palate by pairing an assortment of mini desserts & pastries with just the right wines.

Pairing Tips:

*Keep wine sweeter than the food

*Fruity, nutty & chocolaty desserts are easier to pair than creamy temptations

*Some wines do not like dessert

*Some dessert just wants to be alone

~ Elaine Ardizzone of Sweet Cheeks Bakery

One of my new favorites couples, thanks to Elaine’s expertise, is a BANFI, Bracchetto d’Aqui “Rosa Regale” – a sweet light rosy wine- complemented by a light custard fruit tart.

Divine.

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Forget Happy Hour –  kick it up about a thousand notches at the Chocolate Buffet!!  What!?

 

Yes, it’s true. I almost crashed my car when I saw the sign in the window of Mille Feuille announcing the Chocolate Buffet. A full selection of delectable chocolate treats and pastries available Friday and Saturday nights. What a great treat for your bridesmaids.

Or for a daytime outing try the Afternoon Tea.

 m-feuille-chocolate_buffet

Not to mention, Mille Feuille is a great option for your wedding cake or purchase delicate and unique pastries or truffles as favors or takeaways for your wedding guests. YUM!

 

Mille Feuille Chocolates

3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
On the corner of 5th and University

http://www.millefeuillechocolates.com

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In the world of events, it’s the Event of the Year: It’s The Special Event Show!

I’m so excited to share a sneak peek at a celebration and behind the scenes appreciation of the incredible talent and production that goes into every event. 

 

tse-logoThe Special Event Show is an internationally renowned event industry conference that hits a different major city each year. And this year San Diego strutted its stuff! 

As Event Chair for “The Special Event Starts Here” I was excited to produce the first showcase event of this amazing week as more than 8,000 talented wedding and event industry professionals from around the globe descended on San Diego to see the best, brightest and newest to hit the world of event planning and production. 

Photo by Catch the Moment

As Event Chair for the first night of celebrations: TSE Starts Here!, I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to get the party started than one of the hottest nightclubs in San Diego: Stingaree! ~Photo by Catch the Moment

 

 

 

 

“One of the best TSE Starts Here Events. The venue, the flow, the food . . . Tremendous.”  ~David Breen, Principal Designer/Founder VDA Productions

 

 

Photo by Catch the Moment

Photo by Catch the Moment

 

The TSE Starts Here party was a great opportunity for industry professionals to meet and mingle and sample the offerings and services of some of San Diego’s best in the business: Indulge Catering offered up the best brie you’ve ever tasted; delectable breads; sumptuous seafood; some of the finest chocolates with exotic flavoring; and the Dessert Divas to entice! 

Photo by Catch the Moment

Photo by Catch the Moment

 

“I thought the event at Stingaree was just perfect. Plenty of wonderful food, beautifully displayed, and no wait at the bar!

Sometimes outdoor events at night can seem a bit sad, but the event’s use of fire pits, cabanas, lighting and floral made for an exciting urban experience.

Can you tell I had a great time?

THANK YOU!”

~Lisa Hurley, Editor, Special Events Magazine

 

Master DJ, Tim Altbaum kept the house hoppin’ way past closing time

Master DJ, Tim Altbaum kept the house hoppin’ way past closing time

 

Magic Flower’s dramatic pieces perfectly set off the sophisticated ambiance of the club

Magic Flower’s dramatic pieces perfectly set off the sophisticated ambiance of the club

 

the coolest liquid fusion tabletops from Holo-Walls provided a fun edge to the party

the coolest liquid fusion tabletops from Holo-Walls provided a fun edge to the party

 

Everyone loved the ‘green screen’ photo setup courtesy of Catch the Moment – a great takeaway souvenir.

Everyone loved the ‘green screen’ photo setup courtesy of Catch the Moment – a great takeaway souvenir.

 

and Sabrina Cadini & Nahid Farhoud [right]”]With the help of committee members Sabrina Cadini, Sharon Cole, and Nahid Farhoud the event was an amazing success!

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