member spotlight :: the prado at balboa park

Discover why there is nothing else like The Prado at Balboa Park! Historic charm blends with contemporary elegance to create a memorable backdrop. The most discriminating brides will fall in love with this stunning venue, offering the finest combination of natural beauty and stylish settings. For a venue that is both romantic and entertaining, The Prado provides a unique atmosphere for your once-in-a-lifetime event. The renovated House of Hospitality features lush historical gardens and a courtyard, elegant banquet rooms, romantic terraces and the outdoor grandeur of the historic Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens. The Prado at Balboa Park offers more than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and can accommodate groups of 20-20,000 guests. Please contact Andrea Pena to receive more information about this one-of-a-kind venue. Phone: (619) 557-9441 x213
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news :: monthly luncheon at the hard rock hotel and resort

wedding photographerimages courtesy of theorie

San Diego’s longest running wedding networking group ~ Weddings of Distinction, rocks the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel & Resort!

Our Weddings of Distinction crew paid a delightful visit to the rockin’ Hard Rock Hotel San Diego this past month for our monthly luncheon meeting. Hats off to our Hard Rock hostesses ~ Barbara Berning, Rebecca Zweig and Lisa Bennun, Director of Catering, for a spectacular presentation of their hotel, service and food. What a fantastic luncheon and a great venue for special events and weddings!

Special thanks to our two key showcasers on the day ~ Tiffany Arnaldo from Cali Cards and Shannon Henry from Studio Carre. Both gave excellent presentations of their services.

Congratulations to fellow member David Wasserman from Joes On The Nose Organic Espresso Catering on his newly found wedded bliss!

Loads of referrals were shared. Lots of networking was conducted. Raffle prizes were doled out. A good time was had by all. We’ll see you September 28th at member property Hilton San Diego Del Mar!

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: Markeing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special event. 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 spotlight :: studio carre’

img_2344_web Shannon’s experience with photography first began in high school in Lake Tahoe. What originally began as a new hobby quickly became a full-time passion in which she felt at at home with and found exciting to share with the world.

Now, based in San Diego for about 7 years, she is able to share her passion for photography (in many aspects), and meet great people who entrust her to capture the sweetest of moments in their lives. Shannon believes that photography is not just an art form, but an extension of herself and her interpretation of the relationship and experience together with the client(s). Her style could be described as modern, eclectic, distinctive, feminine, stylish, yet simple and timeless.

Feel free to check out her website at or give her a call at 619.670.6183 to chat about your event!

real weddings :: neal and lillian

images courtesy of theorie

Lillian and Neal’s celebrated their destination wedding in two of Del Mar’s most popular wedding spots, the beautiful Seagrove Park and the adjacent Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, Amy and Maurice Wright of Theorie, were there to the document the couple’s special day. Theorie’s artistic and modern wedding photography perfectly complimented Lillian and Neal’s contemporary style. Fellow San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, Rae Florae, was on hand to provide the floral accents; clean and classic in shades of pink and white. As well, San Diego Weddings of Distinction member Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. provided the lovely cake.

member spotlight :: patricia coleman

As a non-denominational wedding celebrant with a calling and passion for what she does, Patricia can assist you in composing a joyful, meaningful and personalized wedding celebration at any of the beautiful locations in the San Diego area. Together you will create a wedding ceremony that will capture your essence and symbolize your commitment to each other marking the beginning of your journey together. She can assure you that your wedding ceremony will be a memorable one!

Please stop by Patricia’s website at or give her a call at 760.744.2760 today.