19May

Modern and Sleek El Cortez Wedding

By, May 19, 2015

When Shannon was first introduced to Elliott by her sister, she had no idea she was meeting her future husband!

Although they now reside in Georgia for Elliott’s job, the couple returned to San Diego to plan their wedding. These two Southern California natives prove that San Diego is much more than surf and sun. Their sleek downtown wedding at El Cortez featured black & white décor and just the right amount of bling. These two were married in style! Enjoy the photos below :)

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15Apr

Two Looks, One Wedding | Hair & Makeup by Audra Rene Studio

By, April 15, 2013

Ashley and Bryan’s recent wedding started with a traditional, elegant Catholic ceremony at The Immaculata. This was followed by a reception at the historic El Cortez Hotel, located near downtown San Diego.

Ashley was a wonderful bride to work with, and it helped that she had such a great eye for style! After discussing Ashley’s goals for her wedding day look, we decided to create not one, but two custom styles for her! The goal was to give her the versatility, functionality, and most of all, the glamour that she was after on her big day.

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Look number one featured gorgeous cascading curls. The beautiful hair seen in these images is all Ashley’s, and it’s even her natural color! I was thrilled to have such an incredible canvas to work with. I swept her curls over to one side, ensuring that could show off the beautiful detailing on her bridal bolero or gown.

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The makeup artist for Ashley and her bridal party, Maggie Hansen, created glamorous and flawless finishes for all of the girls. She used a mixture of products, including Temptu and MAC cosmetics.

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When it was time for look number two, we only had 15 minutes to pull off this transformation!  I love that in such a short period of time, we were able to create a completely different feeling in this soft, romantic up-do. The up-style let Ashley eat cake, and dance the night away, without giving her hair a second thought. Isn’t that what every bride wants on her wedding day?

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We love looking at these beautifully captured images.  It was an honor to participate in such an event to remember!

Makeup: Audra Rene Studio
Hair Stylist: Audra Rene Studio
Photography: True Photography
Coordinator: Bliss Events
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Caterer: Coast Catering
Venue: El Cortez
Transportation: Elite Image
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Videographer: Taylor Films
Photo Booth: The Foto Box
Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo
Church/Temple: The Immaculata
Musician: The Vintage Strings
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Lighting and Decor: Tim Altbaum Productions
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas

 

25Mar

A Romantic Wedding from The Immaculata to El Cortez | Coordinated by Bliss Events

By, March 25, 2013

When I first met with Ashley and Bryan, they expressed their desire to have a traditional Catholic ceremony. Ashley recently studied law at the University of San Diego, and she and Bryan fell in love with The Immaculata Church on USD’s campus.

Fortunately, they were able to secure a Saturday in January at The Immaculata where the ceremony would be held.

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Following their beautiful Catholic ceremony, the couple rolled away in a vintage 1951 Rolls Royce Wraith from Elite Image as they sipped celebratory champagne. The next stop was their chosen reception venue – the El Cortez!

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During the cocktail hour, Ashley and Bryan did a traditional German Log Cutting.  This is supposed to be the new husband and wife’s first time to overcome an obstacle together as newlyweds.  They sawed through a log together, which was very entertaining for the guests, who were enthusiastically cheering them on. Ashley and Bryan were a great team, cutting through the log impressively quickly!

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For the reception itself, the couple had reserved El Cortez, an elegant and quintessential San Diego venue that sits atop Cortez Hill in north-east downtown.

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The reception was held in the Don Room, which is one of California’s most exquisitely designed rooms, and can host up to 375 guests.  The gold ceiling and high gloss wood dance floor set an ambiance of sophistication and romance for the reception.

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The room was enhanced by the beautiful decor and floral arrangements by Blush Botanicals, the specialty linens from La Tavola and the mood lighting by Tim Altbaum Productions. All of these details set the tone for a spectacular evening.

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Ashley and Bryan’s three-tiered buttercream cake was created by Sweet Cheaks Baking Co. The cake was dressed with elegant purple satin ribbon edging, designed to match the colors of the wedding. The circular cake design even mirrored the shape of the Don Room!

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Coordinator: Bliss Events
Photography: True Photography
Church/Temple: The Immaculata
Venue: El Cortez
Makeup: Audra Rene Studio
Hair Stylist: Audra Rene Studio
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Caterer: Coast Catering
Transportation: Elite Image
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Videographer: Taylor Films
Photo Booth: The Foto Box
Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo
Musician: The Vintage Strings
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Lighting and Decor: Tim Altbaum Productions
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas

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