real weddings :: rodger and karen

images courtesy of theorie

Karen and Rodger’s commitment to supporting local artists and including personal artistic elements touched nearly every aspect of their San Diego wedding. The couple commissioned San Diego Weddings of Distinction wedding photographers and artists Amy and Maurice Wright of Theorie to capture the wedding day in their well-known colorful and modern fashion. The couple also brought in local flamenco guitarist and fellow San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, Anthony Garcia, to entertain guests before the ceremony and throughout the cocktail hour. A talented musician, Garcia’s playing perfectly matched the European inspired atmosphere of the wedding location, Azul Restaurant in La Jolla. The bride and groom chose additional local and non-local artists to provide hair and makeup, custom jewelry design for their engagement and wedding rings, the bride’s wedding dress, the hand died groomsmen’s silk ties and boutonnieres, the silk flower corsages and hair accents for the bride and bridesmaids, and wedding invitations. The bride, an artist herself, created the place settings as well as the little flower petal boxes place on chairs at the ceremony. She even painted a portrait of the couple for the guests to sign at the reception. The images created by Theorie perfectly reflect the vibrant colors and artistic details of Karen and Rodger’s San Diego wedding.

member spotlight :: definitive events

As you take your first step down the aisle toward the beginning of your new lives together, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that Definitive Events will execute your vision perfectly. With many years of experience, they specialize in full service, day of, and month of wedding coordination. Their constant personalized dedication throughout the entire wedding planning process allows you to enjoy a unique and stress-free event. Contact them today for a consultation.

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Phone: 619.990.4999 or 619.565.8274

real weddings :: robert and larissa

images courtesy of theorie

Larissa and Robert celebrated their classically modern wedding in true Southern California fashion at the adorable Darlington House in La Jolla. San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, Amy and Maurice Wright of Theorie, were there to capture all of the colorful details and enjoyable moments of the beautiful day. Theorie’s artistic and modern wedding photography was the perfect fit for Larissa and Robert, who were very happy with Amy and Maurice’s easy-going personalities and creativity. With the beach just a block away from the wedding venue, the couple had the best of both worlds … beach wedding pictures and a lovely outdoor ceremony in an intimate setting. Fellow San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, Rae Florae, provided the bright and beautiful floral design. As you can see from the wedding photos, Rae Florae’s lovely and creative floral creations brightened every aspect of the wedding day.

news:: luncheon at the doubletree golf resort

images courtesy of studio carre’

The Doubletree Golf Resort in Rancho Penasquitos dazzles and sizzles for our July Weddings of Distinction luncheon/meeting!

Special thanks go out to Ashley Famalette and Amy Hungerford and their crew from the Doubletree Golf Resort for hosting us for our July luncheon meeting. Our greeting was spectacular as we entered to action stations offering a variety of scrumptious appetizers like flambé of lemon pepper scallops, bruschetta and gazpacho shooters! Lunch and service continued to impress…what a wonderful venue!

A special thank you to WoD members officiant Patricia Coleman and coordinators Krista Murphy and Karen Schulman from Definitive Events for showcasing their services for our meeting. A special shout-out to our guests on the day: David Martiarena from San Diego Paella , Frankie Hartwell from Hartworks Floral, and photographer Bryan N. Miller.

We welcome John Stearns from Plush Lounge to the WoD team as he steps in for the soon to depart Karen Kluchonic. Also moving on and to be dearly missed is Cheli Madrid with St. Tropez Specialty Cakes and Desserts.

Loads of group business was shared, raffle prizes were doled out, referrals were passed about amongst members…a talkative, friendly time was had by all. A special thank-you to photographer Shannon Henry from Studio Carre, Cheli Madrid from St. Tropez Specialty Cakes and Desserts and Paula Rae Anderson from Rae Florae for their contributions to the luncheon meeting.

We’ll see you all next month for another exciting and productive Weddings of Distinction meeting!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Committee Members: Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

member spolight :: anthony garcia, flamenco guitarist

Although very common at weddings in southern Spain, flamenco is less common here in the US. Weddings of Distinction member, Anthony, plays a contemporary flamenco style, taking elements of jazz and classical and fusing them into traditional flamenco. The result is a music that spans the spectrum of textures from relaxed, easy going music that puts guests at ease, to fun, warm rhythmic music that gets people tapping their feet or fingers…. to much faster, more intense music that gets guests in the mood for dancing.

Anthony is available for weddings and special events. If you haven’t heard this beautiful art form before, please stop by Caffe Carpe Diem today Aug 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location 3401 1st Avenue, San Diego, 92101

OR visit Anthony’s website.
He can also be reached by phone 858.882.7152

member spotlight :: gloria paris, violinist

Gloria Paris Strings is led by Gloria Paris and includes a group of professional musicians who provide high quality music as individuals or as ensembles. Lush string soloists, trios, or quartets, as well as strolling musicians can enliven your event.

Gloria says,”Music has always been a means of sharing my deepest thoughts and emotions since I first picked up the violin at ten years old. It is a passionate way of communicating “life” that every culture understands. I’ve had the privilege of playing in some of the most prestigious venues in San Diego and Mexico, which allowed me to participate in countless events over the past 40 years.

Contact Gloria by phone 619.232.3364 or visit her website at