Vendors We Love

I often get asked by my couple’s what vendors I recommend!  There are some great ones around so here’s a list!  FYI none of these people have paid me to be on this list…they are genuinely great vendors!  I also put an asterisk (*) next to the vendors I used for my own wedding!  I will keep this updated as I find new and fabulous people to work with in the wedding industry:

After the Engagement
Engaged Events

The Crossings at Carlsbad*
The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Marbella Country Club
L’Auberge Del Mar
Grand Tradition Estate

Cary Pennington Photography*
Limelife Photography
Adrian Jon Photography
Janet Wheeland Photography

My Splendid Sentiments*
Designs by Tricia
Three Petals Floral & Event Design

Positive Energy Productions*
San Diego DJ & Video
Sandeep Kumar

Hair and Makeup
Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry (my childhood friend!)
Dolled Up by Lulu
Oscar Makeup
Ting 2 Beauty

Bridal Stores
Mary Me Bridal* (Orange, CA)
2000 Dreams Bridal Shop (San Diego, CA)


How He Asked

Last week something AWESOME happened!  One of the proposals I filmed was featured on!  I have followed this site for quite a while and love reading about the adorable proposal stories.  I swear they always leave you crying….

Well last week I submitted Kenny and Michelle’s proposal story (seen here) and they featured it!  Take a look at the link, which includes full details of how it all happened from Michelle’s point of view…

You can also see their video again here!

“Who Has the Groom?” A Bridal Shower Game

For my friend Dianna’s bridal shower, we wanted to come up with a funny way to incorporate the groom and groomsmen!  This is where I got the original idea from ( but then decided a little step further 🙂

I started by finding a generic photo of a guy in a tux (I think this one was for Men’s Warehouse).  A quick google search and you’ll have plenty to pick from.  Then I found LOTS of celebrities photos.  Whoever I could think of.  I copied and pasted them into a word document and tried to make them all roughly the same size.  The original post used photos from magazines but I didn’t feel like getting a bunch of magazines.  Plus I wanted to make a LOT 🙂 Just start trimming and glue the celebrities faces to the body of the “tux model.”

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It felt like I had my own little “bachelorette” show going on once they were all put together!  Haha.
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You of course need the groom in there 🙂  I created the heart in word with a text box that said “I LOVE DIANNA!”  A perfect touch.

Last but not least I also included the groomsmen on a few of the tuxes!  Just stalk their Facebook photos for a little while and I’m sure you’ll find something.  We also snuck these into the groomsmen gift boxes on the wedding day 🙂  They were quite confused by them.  hah.

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When it was time for the shower, I put each “man” in an envelope and passed them out.  Whoever happened to get the groom won a prize!  It was a simple game that didn’t require a ton of “forced interaction.”  Some games get old after a while 🙂

Michelle + Kenny | The Proposal

Back in September, one of my best friend’s Dianna told me her brother, Kenny, wanted to propose to his girlfriend Michelle!  Dianna was getting married in September, so it would be perfect for Kenny to pop the question 2 days … Continue reading

Retro Summer Bridal Shower

I’m loving the showers and bachelorette parties happening with everyone’s weddings.  My friends Adam and Dianna are getting married in September so we are in the final stretch!  The other bridesmaids and I had so much fun getting ready for this shower…complete with a few DIY projects!  Dianna decided she wanted a Retro Summer Shower.  We did our best and I think everything turned out pretty well.  Here are a few pictures! 🙂Untitled_0065.jpg

















Since Dianna is known as Princess Di to a lot of us, we wanted to make sure she was dressed appropriately for the occasion!  Complete with crown, sash and goblet!



Toilet paper bikini bride contest 🙂

Their first Christmas ornament!




Playing the Newlywed Game!  See how we did it here!





My favorite gift… the Undie Box!  Along with a few other surprises….




Who Has the Groom Game

The bride and her girls!




We gave the groom a chance to open the undie box too 🙂

Their first matching outfit!!!

Grey & Yellow Couples Shower

My brother’s getting married!  This past weekend, a few family and friends hosted a couples shower for my brother and his future wife.  I couldn’t believe how well all the details came together!  Simply beautiful.

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One of the girls made these awesome vases out of old beer and wine bottles by just using spray paint and rubber bands!  We used these as one of our games where guests had to match the type of bottle to the correct beer or wine.  The boys loved it!

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We used Jenga blocks as a way for guests to write words of advice for the bride and groom to help give build a strong “foundation.”

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Can’t have a party without delicious food!

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Probably the best part of the night…. the Shoe Game!  The couple was asked a list of questions and they have to respond by holding up the shoe of either the bride or groom, depending on what they think the answer is.  Click here for a great list of questions.
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The Happy Couple! 🙂
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The whole fam!

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Proposing Like a Boss

Before dress shopping, choosing your bridesmaids and celebrating with friends and family, the one thing that MUST happen is of course, the proposal!  I had the opportunity to film a great friend’s proposal and I felt so privileged to be a part of it.  Adam did such a great job!  Feel free to check it out here.

When it comes to proposing, some guys shy away from anything too “public” because they’re too nervous or just want something more private.  Or possibly they’re afraid she’ll say no!  Here are some very brave guys and some amazing proposals!

Proposal in the Sky
A cruel yet awesome way to ask the woman of your dreams to marry you.

All in the Family
A beautiful, romantic and emotional proposal that incorporates their history as a couple, as well as their friends and family.

Disney Themed Proposal
When Holt realized that it was too late to propose to his girlfriend at Disney World, he decided he had to bring Disney World to her!  Check out this unique and special proposal!

The 25 Awesome Wedding Proposals

Boys, there are of course an INFINITE number of ways to propose but all that matters is something special for the two of you to remember for the rest of your lives.  Oh and hiring someone to film it doesn’t hurt either 😉