An Intimate Candlelit Wedding Coordinated by Sweet Blossom Weddings

By, May 28, 2013

Megan and Matt were married at the U.S. Grant, a stunning venue in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Three months before her wedding to Matt, Megan met with Melissa, owner of Sweet Blossom Weddings. There was an instant connection, and Megan asked Melissa and Sweet Blossom Weddings to help with the day-of coordination of her wedding.


Megan began her day getting pampered by her bridesmaids. Meanwhile, Matt got himself looking dapper, and spent quality time hanging out with his guys.


Melissa made sure to include plenty of time for pictures around town, and in the hotel, including a “First Look.” We just love the smile on Matt’s face when he sees his bride for the first time.


Megan and Matt are a fun-loving couple, and they were up for absolutely anything, even playing in traffic!


Megan had over 50 candles placed throughout the Chairman’s Room at the U.S. Grant, where she and Matt exchanged their vows.  Very romantic!


Megan and Matt’s reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom, which glowed with chandeliers, candlelight, and an elegant fireplace. The vibe of the room was intimate and cozy, which is exactly what Megan had initially envisioned.


We thought this custom cake topper was especially cute, and really helped to showcase Megan and Matt’s personalities.


Because Sweet Blossom Weddings was there to take care of all of the details, our happy couple were able to completely relax, and dance the night away!  Thanks Melissa for such a job well done.  We can’t wait to work with you again in the near future!


Sweet Blossom Weddings is a full-service wedding coordination boutique located in San Diego. In addition to day-of service, this company also designs entire wedding experiences for their brides and grooms.  From conception to completion, flowers to linens, videographer to venue selection, they do it all :) To get in touch with Melissa and Sweet Blossom Weddings, please click here.


Exquisite Blooms Florals at US Grant Hotel Wedding | Ryan and Eric

By, June 15, 2012

Here at Exquisite Blooms, we describe our style as exquisitely organic. Instead of specializing in perfectly round or precise arrangements, our arrangements are more loose and free while still maintaining a polished look and style. We like to have fun with the arrangements’ shapes and styles in a way that is stylish and modern.

For example, I was honored to be the florist for Ryan and Eric’s “Big Day.” I worked closely with Ryan, as well as her wonderful mom Liza, to create perfect pieces that fit their contemporary theme. Their florals were designed specifically to accent the jewel-toned ambiance of the Celestial Ballroom at the US Grant Hotel.

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Ryan and her gorgeous bridesmaids posed for some FUN group shots with True Photography while holding their bouquets.

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We also did simple and elegant white rose boutonnieres for Eric and his guys.

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Ryan and Eric are looking picture perfect in this great couple shot outside the hotel.

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Here is a shot of the Celestial Ballroom at the US Grant, all set up with over 100 vases and candles for the wedding ceremony. The floral centerpieces are positioned, the tables are finished, and the lighting is in place for a beautiful reception.

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Here is a close-up shot of the table centerpieces, which were full arrangements of hydrangea, peonies, lisianthus, roses and stock atop a grand trumpet vase.

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One of my favorite moments of the wedding was when the room was completely set up, and the lights were dimmed. You could see  that the uplighting was in full effect – the entire space was breathtaking! Every last detail came together perfectly. Even though I do weddings for a living, I can honestly say it was one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever been a part of. It was absolutely perfect.

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From the escort card display, to the top of the wedding cake, to the bouquet toss, the florals at this wedding worked beautifully together. Everything complemented the chic vibe we were going for. What a grand celebration!

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Florist: Exquisite Blooms
Photographer: True Photography
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Videographer: PES Video Service
Venue: US Grant
Photo Booth: The Foto Box
Musician: Caprice Strings
Makeup: Tiffany Monday
Linens and Rental: A Perfect Table and Chiavari Chair Rentals.com
Lighting and Décor: Elite British DJ
Invitation: Lavender Paperie
Hair Stylist: Tiffany Monday
DJ: Elite British DJ
Coordinator: The Best Wedding For You
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking


Old Hollywood Glam Wedding with Hair and Makeup by Swell Beauty

By, May 17, 2012

When I started this business, I really wanted my brides to stand out, and look exceptional! Since my first day in business, I have made it a point to take part in all aspects of the bride’s hair and makeup needs, right down to making sure that all my client’s hair and skin are prepared for the engagement shoot, bridal trial run and big day. I work hard to differentiate my company by paying attention to the small details, and providing quick customer service!

My stylists and I apply the techniques and skills we have learned as professionals to make our brides look and feel beautiful on their special day. As an on-location hair and makeup company, we recently worked with Allyson at her wedding at the US Grant in downtown San Diego. Allyson and Shay were going for the Hollywood glam look, with a vintage flair and bold colors. Allyson chose the vibrant colors of a peacock bird to incorporate into her overall look.

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We tied the whole look together with a finger wave hairdo and glamorous makeup, paired with bold red lips!

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Here is Dee and Laura at the US Grant, doing what we do best just before Allyson walked down the aisle!

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Our bride’s hair was so much fun to do. I  loved working with her birdcage and feather jeweled hair piece. It was the perfect touch to her overall vintage inspired look.

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This picture really shows how sweet the ladies in the bridal party were. We had a blast doing all their hair and makeup!

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I love how Allyson’s hair and makeup look in this picture. It shows her distinctive finger wave and bold red lips. It all came together on the big day, and her look turned out gorgeous!

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