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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


Outdoor Rancho Valencia Wedding with EverAfter Events | Brittany and Aaron

By, March 05, 2013

Brittany and Aaron are an adorable couple with a genuine joy and love. When planning their wedding at Rancho Valencia, the goal was to create an exquisite event, while allowing guests to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves.


To match the lush and luxurious atmosphere of Rancho Valencia, Blush Botanicals created a stunning bridal bouquet, which was wrapped in burlap, buttons and pearls.  A photo of Brittany’s father was also attached as a special way to honor him on her wedding day.


Birttany was escorted down the aisle by her brothers at The Village Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. She looked stunning in her tapered lace gown from The White Dress.


After the ceremony, guests lined up on either side of the church’s entryway to celebrate the newlyweds!  In this adorable photo, you can see guests waving wands of burgundy and orange ribbon, and ushering the couple to their awaiting Rolls Royce.


The color palette for this gorgeous garden wedding included deep purple, burgundy, orange and touches of ivory.


The Croquet Lawn of the resort, with market lights draped overhead, made for a beautiful outdoor setting.  Guests were able to relax and enjoy live music provided by Wayne Foster Enterainment.


The focal point of this affair was the breathtaking head table, which had a floral runner made of fresh blooms and driftwood. The table was lined with tall-footed candle holders, wrapped with a burlap accent.


In the tree directly behind the head table, rustic lanterns were hung to create a romantic backdrop.


Lighting is always key. Tim Altbaum Productions created the perfect look by carefully stringing the lights above the guest tables. That way, guests could comfortably dine and dance outdoors in a well-lit environment.


Brittany and Aaron’s wedding was stunning, and a great reflection of this couple!


The rain decided to grace our presence at 9:30pm, encouraging guests to move inside! Once in the ballroom, guests found that a DJ, Garrett’s popcorn and other snacks awaited them. It was a fabulous event with a warm and comfortable finale!


Coordinator: EverAfter Events
Venue: Rancho Valencia
Photographer: True Photography
Invitation: Artiface
Jeweler: Blue Nile
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Linens and Rental: Classic Party Rentals
Bakery: Fab Cake
Makeup: Lovestruck Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist: Lovestruck Makeup Artistry
Videographer: Paper Tape Films
Wedding Dress: The White Dress
Lighting and Décor: Tim Altbaum Productions
Officiant: Village Church
Church/Temple: Village Church
Musician: Wayne Foster Entertainment


A Timeless Orfila Winery Wedding in Yellow and Slate, Designed by First Comes Love

By, March 04, 2013

At First Comes Love, we take a team approach. Each wedding we plan is a collaboration of talented event professionals! Our process is to use our design, creativity, and deep industry connections to bring the best of the best together. The end result is a wedding that makes the most of your budget, and reflects your vision as a couple.

Recently, we planned the beautiful Orfila Winery wedding of Christine and Stephen. We started working with this great couple about a year before their wedding. The initial vision was a traditional Catholic ceremony, paired with a fun, bright vineyard reception.

For the wedding, Christine chose a gorgeous cap sleeve lace dress, paired with crystal embellished shoes by Badgley Mischka. She looked beautiful walking down the aisle of The Immaculata.

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Following the ceremony, the wedding couple and their guests made their way to Orfila Vineyards and Winery, an award-winning boutique winery near the Wild Animal Park in Escondido.

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At the reception site, we transformed a blank white tent into a vivid, elegant space. Throughout the tent were golds and yellows, slate gray, and ivory accents. The colors were a perfect balance of contrast for this couple’s cool, modern reception.


Details inside the tent included fresh yellow and white florals by Flora Glamor, mercury candy holders, and Chinese lanterns. The décor complemented the glowing amber market lights draped across the ceiling, and set a romantic and intimate mood for the evening.


The gorgeous buttercream cake, created by Edelweiss Bakery, featured a contemporary pattern to match the ambiance of the reception. The cake was placed in front of the picturesque vineyards, nestled in the San Pasqual Valley, and it became a focal point of the evening.


The reception was set up for friends and family to relax, chat, and enjoy local wine and beer. The entire wedding matched Christine and Stephen’s design style, and the evening was a beautiful reflection of a them as a couple!


Coordinator: First Comes Love Weddding & Events
Venue: Orfila Vineyards
Linens and Rental: Concepts Event Design
Caterer: Crown Point Catering
Bakery: Edelweiss Bakery
Transportation: Elite Image
Florist: Flora Glamor
Disc Jockey: JMC Events
Videographer: Rafael Pires – Artistic Wedding Films
Church/Temple: The Immaculata
Wedding Dress: Bridals by Susanti