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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


Trashy Chic

We’ve all heard of toilet paper wedding dresses, but what about dresses made of trash?

My 7-year-old niece Anya turned trash into fashion for a recent school project—a perfect assignment for a self-proclaimed fashion hound who changes her clothes 4 times a day! Starting with some netting and a bow from her mother’s old wedding dress, Anya took this outfit to the next level by making plastic grocery bag flowers for the bodice, hem and crown. The petite designer also gave a nod to the colorful wedding gown trend, adding a brightly painted elastic belt and finishing off the look with a crushed soda can-top belt buckle.

What are you going to do with your wedding dress when the day is done? Mine is still just hanging in my closet. Hmmm, I wonder if plastic bags would bring it back in style?

My niece, Anya

Allison Posted by Allison on Dec 26, 2008.
Filed under FashionOff BeatWedding Dresses


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