luxury dining at vintana restaurant :: september meeting was all about style

North County San Diego is not a area where Weddings of Distinction members venture too often, so when the opportunity to visit Vintana Wine + Dine in Escondido presented itself for our September meeting, it was a welcome experience into a restaurant that is one of San Diego’s finest!

Located in a rather unconventional location, above the Lexus car dealership in Escondido, CA, Vintana Wine + Dine  is not affiliated with Lexus, but rather The Centre.  The Centre is a space that hosts the restaurant on top, the Lexus dealership on the bottom, and in-between, professional offices, galleries and shops.  It is quite a unique space!

Lunch was served in one of the private banquet rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows that gave us a stunning view of life below.  With the mountains in the backdrop, yet the conveniences of commercial life close by, it is easy to forget where you are for a moment.  Plus, with the exquisite taste of the food (surf & turf) and dessert, all we can say is WOW!

In our “Tips from the Pros” segment, we heard from two members representing our wedding venues, and they shared some insight with the group about what it is like representing the actual wedding location.  Big responsibilities!

The afternoon ended with a tour of the space.  For many who had been to this location before, it was further proof that this restaurant is special; and for those who first time was then, going back is a must!!

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Happy 10th Birthday to Ceremony Magazine

Happy 10th Birthday to one of the special wedding magazines in San Diego, Ceremony Magazine!

Weddings of Distinction as a group, as well as many of our wedding vendors individually, advertise with Ceremony Magazine, and as such, an invitation was extended to celebrate the magazine’s 10th birthday.

The event took place at Rancho Las Lomas, up in the Orange County area, but that did not stop Weddings of Distinction vendors, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.Sensational Treats, and Kristina Chartier Photography from being directly involved.  Sensational Treats brought their mini donuts and snack for the attendees, and Sweet Cheeks Baking offered cake displays to incorporate onto the tablescapes and staging area.

Watch the video below to see just how special the night was, and notice all the work that went into planning and executing such an event.  Vendors from San Diego and beyond came together and worked together, not only to network and share ideas, but to honor a magazine that has made a profound name for itself among brides and wedding professionals alike in Southern California!

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old Hollywood bridal style | vintage wedding inspiration

It’s ‘Wedding Wednesday,’ and in honor of bridal inspiration, here is a look that never will go out of style: Old Hollywood Glam!   Recently, many of the Weddings of Distinction vendors came together for a styled shoot in honor of time long gone.  With vintage-inspired gowns from Elyse Reuben; accessories and hair pieces by Sandra Nicole Designs; and hair and makeup styling by Beauti On the Go, photographer, Studio Carré Photographie, captured some amazing images that both honor the look of Old Hollywood and the vibrancy of modern-day photography.

The looks are romantic, but the details are bold, whether through jewelry, headpieces, and/or makeup.  The Westin Hotel Gaslamp San Diego, a Weddings of Distinction venue, was the backdrop for the shoot, and with the hotel’s simple architecture yet modern feel, the beauty of the photos really stand out.

Old Hollywood style and grace truly is iconic.  The work these these vendors put into this shoot captures the era perfectly.  So, while the time may have come and gone, but the ability to incorporate such glamour into modern looks is possible!  Let the photos be your proof!

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For more great photos from the Old Hollywood shoot, visit the Studio Carré Blog!

Gowns :: Elyse Reuben

Accessories :: Sandra Nicole Designs

Photographer :: Studio Carré Photographie

Venue :: Westin Gaslamp SD

Hair + Makeup :: Beauti On the Go