24Jan

Bahia Hotel Wedding | Alaina and Stephen

By, January 24, 2017

Alaina and Stephen recently held their wedding at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay. We loved Alaina and Stephen’s fun personalities, and had a blast scouting locations that complemented their playful spirits. We hope you enjoy our selection of images from their special day!

Bride and Groom look at one another in marina

Alaina was stylish in her stunning two-piece dress from Here Comes the Bride, while Stephen sported a classic Navy suit.

Bridesmaids in two-piece dresses with Bride Groomsmen walking in marina at Bahia Resort wearing sunglasses Bride smiles with bouquetBridesmaids in Robes Celebrate with Champagne Toast Bridesmaid helps Bride put on shoesBridesmaids laugh and smile Groom prepares for wedding dayGroomsmen Standing with Matching blue suits and brown shoes Groom Reacts to Bride's First Look Groom reacts to seeing Bride during First Look at Bahia Resort

Arch made of eucalyptus garlands at unplugged wedding

The couple opted for an “unplugged” ceremony, requesting that guests put away phones and cameras. That way, everyone was able relax and enjoy the occasion :)

Cute flowergirls throw flowers down aisle at weddingGroom smiles as he sees Bride walk down aisle in dress designed by Here Comes the Bride Bride places wedding ring on groom's hand

Bride and Groom share first kiss during wedding ceremony

Alaina and Stephen exchanged vows under an arch of eucalyptus garlands, which was decorated by Moments in Bloom.

Bride and Groom cheer as they walk down aisle after wedding ceremonyBride and Groom hold hands on bridge at Bahia ResortWedding Couple and their DogFunny Bride and Groom hold tropical flowers in front of facesGroom wraps arms around Bride

Bride and Groom with cute dog on wedding day

Because Bahia Hotel is a pet friendly venue, we were able to incorporate the couple’s furry sidekick Khloe for a cameo appearance :) 

Bride and Groom have fun at marina in Bahia ResortWedding bridal party cheer in front of sign at Bahia ResortWedding Couple PortraitBride with bridesmaids in 2-piece dresses at marinaGroomsmen hug groom for funny photoBride and Groom face opposite directions and look into camera Creative and colorful reception lighting at sunset Grand chandelier below sweetheart table at reception in Bahia ResortGroom twirls Bride during couple's first dance at receptionGrooms embraces Bride as they smile during First DanceMr. and Mrs. signs with flowers decorate sweetheart table chairFather smiles while dancing during father and daughter dance at wedding reception Groom and Mother smile during Mother and Son dance at wedding reception 4-tier wedding cake and cupcakes by Flour Power Bride and Groom hold hands and cut cake together during reception in Mission Ballroom at Bahia Resort Bride and Groom's gold band and yellow diamond wedding rings

Check out more romantic memories from Alaina and Stephen’s Bahia Hotel wedding.

Venue: Bahia Resort
Coordinator: Bahia Hotel

Officiant: 2Wed4Life – Pastor Carlos
Hair/Make-up Stylist: Belli Belli Hair & Skin Salon
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Wedding Shoes: BP Shoes
Florist: Moments in Bloom

Arch and Arbor: Moments in Bloom
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Bahia Hotel
Bakery: Flour Power
Disc Jockey: So Cal Wedding Music

26Apr

Let There Be Cake! | Cake Topper Inspiration

By, April 26, 2016

At the wedding, even the smallest details can make a big impression. One unexpected way to showcase your personality as a couple is the cake topper. This fun expression of love can be as outrageous, understated, or glamorous as you want it to be.

Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, legend says the cake topper began over 100 years ago. Engaged to be married, a baker’s daughter came to her father seeking a unique symbol of love for her groom. After multiple attempts, and long consideration, the baker presented the bride-to-be with two figurines atop a cake. This representation of the wedding couple became instantly popular, and still holds to this day.

The ritual of the cake topper has been updated over time, with modern twists. We’ve seen ornate hand-carved designs, customized figurines, sophisticated paper cutouts, and much more. We hope you enjoy these recent cake topper inspiration photos below.

Cute text and sports-inspired wedding cake topper

At Lauren and Stephen’s wedding at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (see below), they cheered on their favorite sports teams with personalized hockey and soccer cake toppers!

Cute hockey-inspired cake topper with wedding couple Rustic, chic wedding cake toppers of birds and wedding couple Minimal red and yellow cake with gold text cake topper

Cake toppers can be a fun way to get festive and celebrate your ancestry. This Day of the Dead cake from the wedding of Danielle and Michael (below left) and figurines from Jennifer and David (below right) added a pop of color to the day’s activities.

Mexican-inspired, day of dead wedding cake toppersCute, tiger-themed bride and groom cake topper

For April and Vernon’s wedding (below), the couple had an artist capture them in their wedding day attire, depicted as paper cutouts. This resulted in a timeless keepsake that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Modern, chic cake topper customized to look like wedding coupleCute and fun airplane topper with bride and groom Funny and cute dog-inspired wedding cake toppers with wedding couple Creative navy-themed cake topper with wedding coupleFunny cake topper with groom pulling brideCute, ceramic owl wedding cake topper of wedding couple

If figurines aren’t your style, you can switch things up with a dash of fresh flowers. These two cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking (see below) added elegance and tropical flair to understated white frosting bases.

Colorful, floral and exotic wedding cake toppers

Another idea is to incorporate streamed banners, adding a whimsical, handmade touch to the dessert table.

Cute, rustic wedding cake toppers with bannered signsClassic wedding cake decorated with sailor wedding cake topper Creative, beach-inspired wedding cake toppers with chairs and sand

No matter how you top it, a personalized wedding cake topper is a fun way to welcome guests to your reception. We leave you with this sexy cake topper from Sisanie and Michael’s wedding at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which really says it all :)

Classic wedding cake with cake topper of bride and groom kissing

Check out more ways to personalize and decorate your wedding cake top.

07Apr

Coronado Beach Wedding | Christy and Stephen

By, April 07, 2016

Christy and Stephen both love the ocean, and decided to hold their ceremony right on the beach. The vow exchange took place in Coronado, on the sand, with a reception at the nearby Coronado Community Center. Since the locations were close together, the couple had not only a fun indoor celebration, but also a gorgeous oceanfront sunset. It really was the best of both worlds.

Sunset newlyweds portrait on the beach at Coronado Island

Christy’s bold and colorful bouquet was by InStyle Event Planning, and she rocked an intricate lace wedding dress from D’Angelo Couture.

Coronado's Grand Historical Mansion Bride with bridal flower and dressThe “Getting Ready” photos took place at The Grand Historical Mansion, one of Coronado’s premiere estates. In the photos of Christy, below, we took advantage of the soft natural light coming through the window, and used it to highlight this lovely bride.

Coronado Island wedding bride getting ready at Grand Historical Mansion

In portraits like the one of Stephen, below, we made sure to include details of the manor, such as these old-world carved wooden doors.

Grand Historical Mansion portrait of groom inside archwayCoronado beach groom portrait with flask in limo and on beach

Pictured below is the backyard of The Grand Historical Mansion, with its lush plants and mature trees. Goofy photos are always fun to create, and these bridal parties definitely “jumped” at the opportunity:)

Grand Historical Mansion bridal wedding partyCoronado Island Groom and groomsmen at Grand Historical MansionCoronado beach bride and groom portrait in black and whiteCoronado beach bride and groom closeup portrait

Who can resist a ceremony featuring a beloved yellow lab?

Coronado wedding ceremony with dog walking down the aisleCoronado Wedding Ceremony with flower girl walking down the aisleCoronado wedding ceremony with bride and father walking the processionalCoronado beach wedding ceremony

By anticipating important photo opportunities, we were able to switch quickly from wide-angle to zoom, and capture the ring exchange moment in close-up detail.

Coronado beach closeup of ring shotWedding couple kissing on beach at CoronadoCoronado, California wedding couple kissing at beach wedding ceremonyBridal party cheers while wedding couple dip and kiss on Coronado beachYellow lab with wedding outfit and newlywedsCoronado beach sunset portrait of bride and groom

A carefully crafted ring shot helps to tell the story of the day, and can also hold personal meaning. For example, in the photo below, we used Christy and Stephen’s bible to create a heart, which was then framed around their rings.

Wedding ring shot inside bible

Congratulations to this happy couple! For more, check out our gallery of Christy and Steven’s Coronado Beach wedding.

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