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Wedding Venues with a Wild Side

Would you like to have a giraffe crash your wedding? It’s possible, and for animal lovers it would make a jaw-dropping story to tell for years to come. If you want to get wild at your wedding, consider these animal-friendly wedding locations in Southern California:

San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal ParkSan Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park: Exchange your vows while herds of giraffes, rhinos, gazelles, and oryx roam nearby, or maybe say “I do” at a lagoon surrounded by rare birds and plants. The staff at the San Diego Zoo can design your own customized wedding “habitat,” complete with animal print linens and whimsical leopard-dotted and zebra-striped cakes.

The Condor’s Nest Ranch: With pot-bellied pigs, goats and horses, The Condor’s Nest Ranch outside of San Diego won my heart with their gorgeous skyline views and serene poolside reception area. Their on-site wedding coordinator encourages animal encounters for visitors—which would be a great way to keep children entertained at a wedding!The Condor's Nest Ranch

Allison Posted by Allison on May 25, 2009.
Filed under CeremonyLocationsOff BeatReceptions


Chocolate Changes The World

In case you’re wondering how to express your love on Valentine’s Day: Love is chocolate. Just ask the Buddhist monks who make Intentional Chocolate™.

Infused with the intention of health and well-being by experienced meditators—some of whom trained with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Intentional Chocolate nourishes both body and spirit.

Valentine Raspberry Hearts by Intentional ChocolateNeed Justification to Indulge?
Through rigorous scientific testing, researchers found that one ounce of Intentional Chocolate per day for three days increased subjects’ well-being, vigor and energy by an average of 67 percent and, in some cases, up to 1,000 percent. Besides being a great treat for your significant other, it’s also the perfect pick-me-up for couples exhausted from spending all their free time planning a wedding (including yourselves!), and it makes a thoughtful wedding favor.

Share the Love.

Allison Posted by Allison on Feb 11, 2009.
Filed under Stuff We LoveWedding Registries and Gifts


Girl’s Night Out

If you’re going through party withdrawal after the holidays, grab your girlfriends and head to the Central California wine region’s Cellar360 Paso Robles for their Girl’s Night Out event Friday, January 23.

Meridian VineyardsThey’ve got the works: eye make-up application techniques, organic cooking demonstrations, massage therapy, reflexology, oxygen bar samples. You’ll even get a private shopping experience in their retail store with wine club discounts—and of course, plenty of wine tasting and bubbly!

While you’re sipping and shopping, do yourself a favor and take a moment to imagine your wedding at this breathtaking winery.

Girl’s Night Out cost: $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. RSVP today: 805/226-7133.

Looking for Central California wedding inspiration? Check out Jolene Rae Harrington’s new Central Coast Wedding article for wedding location ideas.

Allison Posted by Allison on Jan 16, 2009.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocations


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