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Balboa Park Spanish Inspired Prado Wedding

Paulina and Oscar’s wedding was so many things!  Fun, exciting, beautiful, stylish, big and extravagent!  The day was absolutely spectacular! The wedding ceremony was held at the Saint Francis Chapel with the reception at the Prado’s Grand Ballroom at Balboa Park in San Diego. The Saint Francis Chapel is designed with a Spanish Colonial feel, a perfect touch for their Spanish ceremony. Photographer, Tim Hardy, and videographer, Zeke Torres, captured every moment of this couple’s beautiful day. The bride looked just breathtaking. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Prado with fine drinks, delectable hor’dourves, a mariachi band, and a photo booth provided by A Mobile Photo Booth. The reception was truly beautiful! A table filled with indulging cupcakes from Sprinkles, tall floral centerpieces and purple uplighting surrounding the walls provided a very elegant and stylish feel. Family and friends were definitely an important element to make this wedding unforgettable. Guests received custom hand beaded rosaries and personalized slippers (imported from Mexico City) were provided for all the ladies to ensure comfy feet for an endless night of dancing! Paulina and Oscar had the best of both worlds by having a live band and a DJ provide the music for their special event. The couple shared their first dance together to “Baby I Love Your Way” performed by Kalifornia band,with DJ Christian Ruelas, to back them up. Friends and family soon gathered around to party the night away! We are truly delighted to have had this opportunity to be part of the couple’s wedding day. Thank you Paulina and Oscar for this wonderful experience!  We LOVED helping create the wedding of your dreams and we know that you had an amazing honeymoon in Europe!!

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Vendor Thank Yous: The Prado, Mobile Photo Booth, Tim Hardy Photography, Zeke Torres Videography, Mariachi Zapopan, and St. Francis Chapel.

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Special thanks to Tim Hardy Photography who provided all these amazing photos! Tim Hardy is a fabulous photographer in San Diego who is well known in the wedding and event industry.  Tim often shoots for Riviera magazine.  If you need a wedding photographer, we highly recommend Tim Hardy Photography.   His website is


Toss Bouquet

In researching history for wedding receptions in Europe, we discovered some great facts!  One item that we found intersting was the history of the toss bouquet.  Today the toss bouquet is a miniature version of the bridal bouquet and it is tossed to a crowd of single women.  The woman who catches the bouquet is believed to be the next one to marry!  In 14th Century Europe it was believed that no one was luckier than a bride on her wedding day.  In hopes to leave the affair with some type of lucky charm, women would tear at the bride’s wedding dress to take a piece as a keepsake in hopes to capture some of her luck and be the next to marry.  Over a period of time and many torn wedding dresses, the tradition of the bride throwing one of her shoes came about, which then evolved into the traditional bouquet toss that we all know and love. Although the toss bouquet tradition is taking a new form, it is still a memorable part of the reception.  One of our favorite things we have seen at weddings today is the bouquet being presented to someone closest to the bride’s heart such as her mother!  Whichever route you decide to go for your big day, your bouquet toss or presentation should be meaningful to you!

Bouquet by Isari Flower Studio

Photography by Flavio of Leaf Photography

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Visit to Buca Di Beppo

I went to visit Buca Di Beppo last month to meet sales managers, Veronica & Rose for a delicious lunch.  Veronica is the sales manager out of the Carlsbad location and Rose is the sales manager out of the Mira Mesa location.  First of all, this “meeting” felt like more of a get together of good friends.  Veronica and Rose are fabulous ladies that made me feel right at home!  We laughed the entire time and really just got to know one another.  Both these ladies offer outstanding service and it’s no wonder they are so successful at what they do.

The style of Buca Di Beppo is family style so that means everyone gets to share what is placed on the table!  Buca Di Beppo offers so many options for events!  All three restaurants in San Diego county have an abundance of space for birthdays, showers, banquets, celebrations and rehearsal dinners.  Their pricing for groups is pretty awesome too.  I also learned that Buca Di Beppo offers catering for all events including weddings!  We reviewed the pricing options for catering and I can say, that Buca Di Beppo has some of the best prices in town for the quality of food and service they offer!  I had the pleasure of ordering a salad and a vegan pizza that day.  Yes, vegan!  I ordered the vegetarian pizza without cheese and it was so good!  The following week I was able to take a bride in for lunch at Buca Di Beppo.  This bride is getting married in 2013 and happens to love Italian food!  I hope we made a love connection for her.

Thank you Rose and Veronica for making my visit to Buca Di Beppo a fabulous one with great laughs and outstanding food!  I look forward to working with Buca Di Beppo on many future events!

Here are the three locations for Buca Di Beppo in San Diego:

North County: 1921 Calle Barcelona Carlsbad, CA 92009

Downtown:  705 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Mira Mesa:  10749 Westview Parkway  San Diego, CA 92126

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Fun and creative wedding engagement photo shoot!

Balloons, signage, San Diego, the beach and their dog!  What more could a perfect engagement shoot consist of?!  We wanted to share these lovely engagement photos from one of our great couples this year… Caroline and Bart.  These photos were provided by Joshua Word of One Love Photography.  The couple incorporated some creative items into their shoot…including their pug!  We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did.  Courtesy of One Love Photography

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