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


A Wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with Crown Weddings

By, February 11, 2013

What appeals to us most is meeting couples in love, and designing a wedding that is the perfect reflection of who they are.

Throughout the wedding process, there are a lot of decisions to be made, and money to be spent. Our role is to help guide you effortlessly through the whole process, and connect you with vendors to suit your taste and pocketbook. Together, we put together a team of professionals who ensure that your wedding day is one to remember. We make sure that you are looked after, every detail is covered, and everyone is taken care of.

For the recent wedding of Maureen and Jon, we worked with Maureen to create a spectacular event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.


Maureen really wanted to create a lush, stylish, fresh and vintage inspired wedding.


As part of her bridesmaids gifts, Maureen gave each of the ladies a cute custom wrap to lounge in while getting ready for the big day. What a great gift!


While getting ready at her parents’ beautiful home, the bride was very relaxed on the wedding day. Maureen looked absolutely stunning.


Meanwhile, the guys were also getting prepped for the big day. Really, how many men can tie a bow tie?  Luckily, all the groomsmen figured it out with a little help from the instructions manual. We love this photo!


The wedding party and guests headed over to the the gorgeous wedding ceremony, which was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. Everyone celebrated Mr. and Mrs. Buckley as they walked hand in hand down the aisle!


Following the ceremony, the wedding party made their way to La Jolla to take colorful beach photos. It was a warm and perfect San Diego day!

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Being escorted in an Old Town Trolley was such a fun form of transportation to and from the ceremony. The Trolley also brought the bridal party to the beach, and to The Lodge at Torrey Pines.


On the lawn at The Lodge, guests enjoyed appetizers and delicious drinks during the cocktail hour. Maureen and Jon joined the guests after taking photos with the wedding party.


Gorgeous linens from La Tavola and lush florals from Splendid Sentiments made the ballroom at the Lodge feel cozy and inviting!


A planned surprise during the reception is always a highlight at a wedding. Maureen and the father of the bride surprised everyone by doing a hip hop routine in the middle of the father daughter dance, while sporting their Boston Red Sox hats!


The wedding was beautiful, and the couple had such a great time from start to finish, which was so evident in the images!


Coordinator: Crown Weddings
Photography: True Photography
Venue: Lodge at Torrey Pines
Makeup: Erin Svalstad
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Linens and Rental: La Tavola
Photo Booth: Party Shot Photo Booth
Church/Temple: Sacred Heart Church
Florist: Splendid Sentiments
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Hair Stylist: Canvas A Hair Studio
Musician: Caprice Strings

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