member spotlight :: calicards

Invitations, announcements, personal note cards…are much more than just paper and ink, they tell a story – your story. Cali Cards is a custom design company with the vision to bring your personal style to life. Through the use of creative medians, colors and original designs, they will set the stage for your wedding and have your guest buzzing about the event. Like a well done movie trailer or creative book cover, invitations are a glimpse of what is to come.  Let them help you set that stage with hand crafted original Cali Card designs… Please contact Tiffany Lord Arnaldo to get things started. 858.688.2230 or

news :: inaugural bridal forum ~ a huge success!

images courtesy of kristina chartier photography

Our October luncheon meeting was little short of magnificent!  In the pleasant surroundings of the lovely Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club (858-756-1554;, we enjoyed a superb meal, attractively and cleverly presented, by Continental Catering.  Frankie Hartwell provided flowers from Hartworks FloralPhotographer Kristina Chartier shot lots of photos. Andy Hagenah from DiscGoRound DJ & Video provided sound and mics.

A special bridal forum took place with five recent brides sharing their planning, shopping and event experiences very candidly. They fielded questions for nearly an hour from our moderator, DJ/Emcee Merrylin Brichmann from Artistic Productions and several of our members. A special shout out to the brides ~ Elaine, Sara, Kimberly, Tammy and Dawn for participating and really opening up with us. It was very insightful and informative!

A special thank you to Vice-President Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans for organizing our special bridal forum and for all her hard work throughout the year planning all of the logistics and scheduling for our monthly luncheons. Ann ~ you’re an unsung hero for the group!

Everyone enjoyed networking and great food. It was super meeting the Board from The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and viewing their facility. We’ll see everyone on Nov. 23rd as two of our members take great care of us. Haydee Alderete’s Concepts Event Design facility hosts our November luncheon. Authentic Flavors Catering tantalizes us with a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

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: Marketing, 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.

real weddings :: kevin & crystal

images courtesy of theorie

Crystal and Kevin celebrated their lovely summer wedding at the Hilton San Diego in Del Mar, adjacent to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and centrally located in San Diego County. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they were married by Crystal’s grandfather and father in a very special ceremony on the outdoor ceremony venue, which was creatively decorated with beautiful purple drapery and purple flower vases. Other purple touches included the groom’s purple tie, and the purple ribbons encircling the bouquets. San Diego wedding photographer and San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, Amy and Maurice Wright of Theorie captured the couple’s wedding day celebration. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, while the bride and groom had their photos taken with their wedding party. Following their entrance to the reception the bride and danced their first dance. The bride wore a second, adorable, shorter cocktail dress to the reception that was perfect for dancing! Kevin’s SDSU hockey buddies toasted the couple and they all shared a hockey chant during the toasts. Everyone danced the night away before the couple cut their gorgeous wedding cake. Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets and table centerpieces were decorated with a wedding inspired words like friendship, love, or cherish, inspired by Crystal’s love of words as a writer.