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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

History and Romance in San Diego

If you’re on the lookout for a San Diego wedding location that has a history as special as the one you and your fiancé share, you’re in luck: Many of the San Diego venues we feature have historical significance that is only surpassed by their impressive architecture. Here are a few of my faves:The Prado at Balboa Park

  • The Prado at Balboa Park was chosen as the site of the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition for it’s “flamboyant group of Spanish Renaissance-style structures.” Ceremonies are performed in the Casa del Rey Moro Gardens, and receptions take place in the Prado’s on-site restaurant, whose award-winning food will knock the socks off your guests. If you’re trying to make a lasting impression, this is the place.
  • La Valencia Hotel has always been one of my favorite stops in downtown La Jolla. Our writers sum it up, saying, “despite her venerable age, this grande dame of luxury hotels has hung onto her youthful charm.” She’s a beauty that brings life to her city.The Abbey
  • The Abbey, a renovated 1910 church-turned-restaurant, seems perfect for a Renaissance wedding. Its two enormous, domed stained-glass skylights bathe the space in a pale yellow glow, while the twelve luminous stained-glass windows cast their own celestial light. Its extremely high ceilings leave no doubt that The Abbey was built with the goal of directing worldly minds to the heavens.
  • And you just can’t take in San Diego without a trip to the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. Situated along 28 oceanfront acres, the dramatic Victorian landmark is famous for one love story in particular: The Hotel Del is presumed to be where England’s Prince of Wales began his courtship of Wallis Simpson in 1920, costing him his throne. Now that’s crazy love! As you and your beloved stroll around the hotel and its beautiful grounds, you, too, may succumb to its romantic spell.Hotel Del Coronado

Allison Posted by Allison on Jan 05, 2009.
Filed under CeremonyHoneymoons and TravelLocationsReceptionsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants

Wedding Registry Idea: Pet Photo Sessions

Mark Rogers PhotographyHow about adding some puppy (or kitty) love to your wedding gift registry?

Thanks to photographer Mark Rogers for sharing this great idea with us: “My theory is that a lot of couples have been together for ages and have a lot of the traditional houseware-type and standard registry gifts. They’re either asking for unique, off-list type gifts or for donations in their name towards a charity they like.”

Couples can set up a photo shoot with their furry friends and guests can choose the photos and albums they want to purchase.

Mark Rogers Photography

Allison Posted by Allison on Dec 31, 2008.
Filed under Off BeatWedding Registries and Gifts