member spotlight :: sweet cheeks baking co.

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. is a local, all-woman team, owned & operated by Elaine Ardizzone & Chef Donna Cellere, creating super yummy cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and treats for wholesale and retail.  They bake using all natural ingredients: locally farmed chicken eggs, flax seed, and organic farmers market fruits.  They create custom designed cakes and personalized cookies for parties of all kinds.  Our Weddings of Distinction member, Elaine pictured here, has studied food & wine since she was 16 and has been promoting eating only “true” and pure flavors ever since.  She is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, a Certified Sommelier, and a sea kayak fanatic!  She & her business partner Donna Cellere (formerly working for both Presidents Clinton and GW Bush, Jr.) operate in a fun and creative setting, encouraging growth in their employees and their ever-evolving style and taste.   If you are having a special event, call Sweet Cheeks today! (619) 285-1220

real weddings:: elisabeth + brad

Brad and Elisabeth met on E-Harmony in 2007 and felt an immediate connection!  Their wedding at the Powerhouse in Del Mar showed off the gorgeous Pacific Ocean to the many out of town friends and family who joined them from New York and Washington.

Here is part of their beautiful story from Elisabeth:

“Brad proposed on the night before a big trip to Italy (he was going to do it in Italy but was nervous about carrying the ring around).  I was completely surprised, and it made an already romantic trip to Italy feel like a honeymoon!  I am from Syracuse, New York and Brad is from Tacoma, Washington, so San Diego really felt like a vacation wedding to our guests.  All of our vendors did such a great job and EVERYTHING was perfect – including an amazing sunset over the Pacific.  I can honestly say that our wedding was the best day of my life.  We are now so excited to be married and feel closer than ever.  It’s amazing to know that we each get to spend our future with our best friend.”

Some of the fine Weddings of Distinction members shared in this gorgeous day: Studio Carre’ Photographie took some fantastic photos, seen here – all shot by Shannon Henry. Concepts Event Design created an indoor oceanic landscape with beautiful silk linens in shades of aqua and teal.  Sweet Cheeks Baking Company created an ocean-inspired cake of this delicious combination:  blackout chocolate cake filled with peanut butter mousse and Belgian chocolate whipped cream, tiered with red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, all frosted with Italian Butter Cream under the final layer of fondant, sugar bubbles, and white chocolate shells.

real weddings :: ben and tricia

images courtesy of cary pennington photography

A classic, vintage wedding is what Tricia and Ben envisioned for their wedding day and with the help of Weddings of Distinction members, their expectations were exceeded.
Definitive Events was selected as their wedding coordinators and worked closely with all of the vendors to provide flawless execution on the wedding day. Their reception was in the historic Grand Ballroom of The Prado, who also catered the event with exquisite dishes and provided exceptional service. Lois Mathews lavished the room with her creative floral designs. She completed the vintage look with her elegant pearl draped candelabras and vibrant florals. The wedding was more than Tricia & Ben imagined and the perfect send off to their new life in Italy.

real weddings :: tyler and michelle

images from Studio Z

Michelle and Tyler exchanged wedding vows at the Wishing Well at The Prado at Balboa Park. It was an awesome display of Weddings of Distinction members on the night. Wedding Coordinator Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans kept the night moving along in style from ceremony through reception. Ladies dazzled and tables shown with incredible floral bouquets & arrangements from Lois Mathews Designs. Variations of Spanish guitar wafted throughout the courtyard for the cocktail hour courtesy of Bob Brichmann, DJ from Artistic Productions. The party continued to rock throughout the reception with a mix of retro, old school and modern classics.