Love is the Spice of Life – Shakira and Nevada Tie the Knot

It was love at first click for Shakira and Nevada, who met online and found themselves set to tie the knot after five years together. On their drive home from a Palm Springs getaway, Nevada made a pit stop in Julian where he proposed (she said yes!)

As a self-described laid back couple, Shakira and Nevada knew that they wanted their wedding day to be a simple, sweet, romantic reflection of their relationship. They also knew they wanted to involve their close friends and loving family. The wedding was held in Nevada’s sister’s backyard in an intimate and beautiful ceremony surrounded by all of the people that they love. Nevada’s brother officiated the ceremony, and Shakira’s sister-in-law, Veronica (who happens to be an event planner) orchestrated every last detail.

As you can see from the photos of the day taken by Paul Douda Photography, love truly is the spice of life.

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Contributing Vendors (based in San Diego, CA)

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography
Decor: Etsy-Lovelydayprintshop
Rentals: Cruise Party Rentals
Dress: David’s Bridal
Makeup Artist: Ulta-Denise Nuno
Cake: Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes
Caterer: he Pita Guys
Florals: The Gilded Rose Weddings
Event Planner: The Gilded Rose Weddings

Glitz and Glamour at San Diego’s Iconic US Grant Hotel

E.R. and Melanie’s US Grant wedding was one filled with glitz and glamour. Setting the stage was the breathtaking Crystal ballroom at the US Grant and matching it crystal-for-crystal was Melanie from head to toe. She and E.R. knew they had found the perfect spot for their special day when they saw the Crystal and Presidential ballrooms at the US Grant. The elegance and decor was exactly what they had been searching for. Melanie’s wedding advice to other couples is “don’t sweat the small stuff.” She encourages couples to be clear on what they want for their wedding day and to stick to those plans no matter what input you get from friends and family. Thanks to Eder Photo for sharing their glamorous wedding day with us.

Wedding Inspiration Gallery

Contributing Vendors (based in San Diego, CA)

Photographer: Eder Photo
Wedding Coordinator: One Fabulous Event
Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes
Video and Cinematography: The Wedding Entertainment Collective
Reception Venue: US Grant Hotel
Makeup Artist: Flora Makeup
Decor: Concepts Event Design
Florals: Excellent Designs
Photo Booth Equipment: Pixster Photo Booth
Attire – Suits and Tuxedos: Mens Warehouse

The Ultimate San Diego Wedding 2012 – A Brilliantly Beautiful Brunch

Imagine the Ultimate San Diego Wedding 2012 – A Brilliantly Beautiful Brunch. Trade in your martini for a mimosa and your filet mignon for a filling plate of fresh omelet, eggs benedict and thick sliced cinnamon swirl french toast – all made to order. It is the ultimate daytime wedding – the Brunch wedding – using crisp clean colors of yellow, blue, red and hot pink, it won’t be your ordinary Sunday brunch. Imagine an intimate wedding ceremony and reception at a historic San Diego castle hidden in the hills of North County.  A designer gown from a local private boutique, a reception filled with special touches from the city’s finest vendors. A gourmet made to order brunch featuring foods to comfort your guests, a designer wedding cake with a fun twist, and an afternoon filled with amazing local entertainment to complete an unforgettable day.

This dream wedding became a reality for Janell and Matt who were the winners of the Ultimate San Diego Wedding Giveaway of 2012. Our thanks go to the team of San Diego wedding vendors that donated their time, creativity, and services to make this day unforgettable for the happy couple Take a peak into this special day by viewing their wedding photos and video below.

The Ceremony and Reception

The Details

The Engagement

Contributing Vendors

Venue: Mt. Woodson Amy Strong Castle
Catering: Personal Touch Dining
Photography: La Vida Creations, Evan Bishop Photography
Decor & Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals
Rehearsal Dinner: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Video & Cinematography: Side by Side Cinema
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake
Florals: Exquisite Blooms
DJ: Bill Calhoun Mobile Music
Invitations & Decor: Nic Roc Designs
Boudoir Photography: Allie Lindsey Bridal & Boudoir
Ceremony Music: Nick Weiss Music
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Tuxedos: Friar Tux Shop
Desserts: Cake Ball Love, Sumi’s Oven, Tailored Sweets, Sensational Treats, SoBelle Favors, A Candy Store, Cookie Chew
Jewelry: K Chic Designs
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Honeymoon: Riviera Palm Springs
Hair & Makeup: Marisa Von Sheere
Media Partners: Star 94.1 Radio, Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Participating Vendors

The Ultimate San Diego Wedding 2011 – A Golden Winter Romance

Imagine the Ultimate San Diego Wedding, A Golden Winter Romance. The ultimate in luxury, glamour and style – using color trends such as metallics and blues that are perfect for a winter wedding, timeless in photographs and representative of San Diego’s ocean, skies and golden sunsets. Imagine a gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception at a historic San Diego location, a designer gown from a local private boutique, a reception filled with special touches from the city’s finest vendors. A gourmet farm-to table dinner featuring foods from local markets, a designer wedding cake that is one to never forget, and an evening filled with amazing local entertainment to complete an unforgettable evening. This dream wedding became a reality for Rachel & Matthew who were the winners of the Ultimate San Diego Wedding Giveaway of 2011. Take a peak into their special day by viewing their wedding highlights video and images from their wedding day below.

Pre-Ceremony

Ceremony

The Details

The Engagement

Contributing Vendors

Event Designer: Bliss Events
Wedding Coordinator: Bliss Events
Venue: El Cortez
Catering: Giuseppe Fine Catering
Photography: Carrie McCluskey Photography
Assistant Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Decor & Rentals: Concepts Event Design, Abbey Party Rents
Flowers: Kathy Wright & Co.
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Officiant: Reverend Christopher Tuttle
Live Music: David Patrone
Video & Cinematography: NR3 Video Productions
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
DJ: Elite British DJ
Assistant DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Invitations & Decor: Love at First Invite
Boudoir Photography: The Boudoir Divas
Hair: Audra Rene Studio
Photo Booth: Starlight Photo Booth
Rehearsal Dinner: Eden
Rehearsal Dinner Decor and Flowers: Embellishmint Floral & Event Design
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Tuxedos: A Better Deal Tuxedos
Desserts: Sensational Treats
Beverages: Best Beverage Catering, Joes on the Nose
Event Staff: Service Staff
Reception Painting: Live Event Artist
Ceremony Music: Anthony Garcia
Makeup: AC Makeup
Media Partners: Magic 92.5 Radio, Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Participating Vendors