A Jet-Set Wedding at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe

By, January 10, 2013

This week, we bring you a beautiful wedding we photographed for Malissa and Enis at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe.  The bride’s parents have a holiday home at The Crosby, so hosting their wedding at the gorgeous Spanish style golf club was a perfect choice.

Because Malissa and Enis live in Hong Kong, and Enis is originally from Turkey, it was important for them to incorporate travel into the wedding. This jet-set theme also tied nicely into the old world charm of The Crosby. After the wedding, we chatted with the bride to get her rundown on the big day.  Take a look below to see what Malissa had to say!

True Photography did such a beautiful job – I am so grateful. I love the photo of my husband and I standing in front of the vintage Rolls Royce on the bridge at the Crosby.


We wanted chic elegance.  I love the look of tonal nudes and ivory, so our colors included blush, champagne, ivory and cream, with touches of lace.


I loved my dress, and the lace fit nicely into the style of the day. It was Alvina Valenta Couture and I bought it at The White Dress in Corona Del Mar.  The minute I tried it on, I starting screaming. It was mine from that minute forward!


There were so many rich and vivid memories from the day. I think my favorite was when I delivered my vows in Turkish.  That was a surprise to my husband. Even though I ended up being very emotional and crying through my vows, I was happy to share my eternal love to him in his native language. His mom (who doesn’t speak English) was also very touched.


We loved that there were so many parts of the property that we could use, including the ceremony space, the cocktail reception on the patio, and the grand room for the reception. The gorgeous golf course, the bridges, and architectural details also allowed for so many great photo opportunities.


My husband is from Turkey and I am from Nevada, and we both love travel. We moved to Hong Kong two years ago after only a few months of dating – we took a big leap of faith! We have taken advantage of our time living in Asia by traveling throughout the continent. The seating map was a reflection of our journey – metaphorically and literally!   In addition to lots of places in Asia, table names included where we met (San Francisco), where we had our first vacation (Maui), and the spots in Turkey when I first met his family (Istanbul and Turunc).


Each table had a picture of us in the destination the table was named after, and a story about our travel there.


Guests were also given luggage tags on their place settings as a favor, which tied into the travel theme.


The reception was a blast!  It started off very elegant. The room was divine, with a beautiful and glamorous feeling.

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We wanted the night to be full of surprises, so we had arranged for Turkish dancers to perform and give a flavor of my husband’s side of the family.  That was a big hit!  They were beautiful and so much fun.


My dad also surprised me by organizing a mini flash mob to “The Dougie.”  All of the groomsmen, his business partners, and friends came up one by one to do The Dougie dance.  It was a shock for me, and hilarious!


The team at The Crosby was so wonderful, and made the day so easy and dreamy.


Venue: The Crosby Club
Photographer: True Photography
Coordinator: Belle Destination Events
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Makeup: Chandra Campos
Hair Stylist: Nancy Vestal Hair Design
Linens and Rental: Concepts Event Design
Officiant: Craig Does Weddings
Disc Jockey: Injoy Entertainment
Bakery: Michele Coulon Dessertier
Videographer: NR3
Wedding Dress: The White Dress


‘Gingham and Lace’ Wedding at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe

By, November 11, 2011

Jennifer and Brandon’s September wedding played off of the classic and sophisticated feel of The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe, while incorporating a DIY (Do It Yourself) vintage flair. Jennifer and her sister Jessica had a blast coming up with unique and intricate details for the wedding, which truly was a labor of love! In fact, the the crafty pair of sisters are now planning to launch a decor company / blog called “Linen, Lace, and Love.” We stopped to chat with Jennifer to get the dish on the details, and the special moments that we captured through our lens. Take a look at what she had to say!

I’m shabby-chic, and Brandon is more traditional and clean. So we met in the middle with a “Gingham and Lace” theme.  He’s gingham and I’m lace and we tied it in throughout.  We wanted it to be clean, classic, and beautiful with a little vintage feel thrown in.  The table numbers took three days because we hand stenciled numbers on them, glued doilies, attached buttons up the backs of all of them, and tied them with a gingham bow. The signs were made by my artist sister as a cute way to direct the crowd across the Crosby to the reception. 

San Diego's Top Wedding Photographer: San Diego wedding had gingham and lace theme with lace runners, candles, centerpieces, gingham pocket squares and lace weddings dress

The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe is not only beautiful, but it is where my parents live. For many years, The Crosby has felt like a second home.  The location is sentimental to me, as well as breathtaking, so it was an easy choice for our wedding venue.

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My favorite moment was when my dad saw me for the first time.  Our photographer had me wait in the dressing room and brought my dad into the lobby.  Then I came out and we both almost started crying.  It was really special.

San Diego Wedding Photographer photographs bride and father-of-the-bride before beautiful wedding at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe

Brandon’s most memorable moment was when the car pulled up and I stepped out and he saw me for the first time. The car is a 1930 Packard that my dad and his father, Donald Wheeler, restored together.  My grandfather passed away three years ago, and it was our way of including him in the ceremony. The Packard was also in my parents’ wedding, and my sister’s, so it’s become a family tradition.

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The scripture on the flowers was from my Auntie Mae, who gave me the page of my favorite Bible verse. The page was pulled out of my Great Aunt’s Bible, which she carried down the aisle when she got married. The passage is Ephesians’ 3:20…The cross necklace wrapped around my bouquet was Brandon’s wedding gift to me, and I now wear it every day.

San Diego Wedding Photographer photographs bridal bouquet wrapped with scripture and a cross at a Wedding at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe

We also had a “frames” theme – the photos, escort card display, and the flower boxes in the reception were all empty frames. We even gave out frames as a wedding favor. We liked the idea of empty frames symbolizing all of our memories yet to come.

San Diego Wedding Photographer: Wedding had a picture frame theme at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe

We made the guestbook table by wrapping books with navy paper and then gluing doilies and stamping them with letters. I think it turned out really well. With help from our wedding planners at Amorology and graphic design by Peanut Press, we also created an amazing escort card display. Our original concept was to do a canopy of ribbon with the escort tags woven through the ends that were coming down.  Amorology came up with the giant frame idea and I loved how it tied into our theme.

San Diego Wedding Photographers photograph wedding details inlcuding guestbook table and escort card display

Our experience with True Photography was GREAT! They were very professional, kind (we have both been in weddings where the photographer was yelling at people the whole time), helpful, and prepared. They totally captured our wedding day. Here are a few of our favorite images for the day:

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