Beautiful Hair and Make-Up by Meleah

Meleah is a hair and make-up artist here in San Diego and she does beautiful work, she had this to say about a recent wedding she served.  “This bride was Emily and she had the most amazing hair!  I created a long thick braid with overlays of curls and then we added flowers.  For makeup she wanted a soft look accenting her beautiful eyes. ”

See more of her work at meleah.com

Photos by True Photography

happy new year!

new year 2016

2015 was a time to rebuild, and after some misfortunes and losses that the group faced in the 12-24 months prior, the members of Weddings of Distinction were ready to start fresh.  2015 was the perfect year to do so!

With a fresh new Board in place in 2015, we rebuilt the group by streamlining our processes, and perfecting our procedures.  In turn, we were able to focus on what was important for our members, and in the end, we ended the year extremely well!  Plus, in the process, we explored some truly wonderful San Diego wedding reception areas/hotels.

In 2015, we got some new members; we lost some others.  Yet, that is the nature of the business, and of our unique group.  We understand that circumstances are always evolving for all our members… in their businesses and in their personal lives.

Weddings of Distinction is more than just a group of San Diego wedding professionals; we are family.  We network with one another because we trust not only the quality of the work he/she performs, but we trust the integrity of the person involved.  To be a member is an honor, so we know that now, in 2016, with some minor shifts to our board, this could be our best year yet!

2016 Board Members

President – Elaine Ardizzone (Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.)
VP (co-chaired position) – Frankie Hartwell (Hartworks Florals) & Renee Hirsch (French Gourmet Catering)
Treasurer – Tracy Zemke (Personal Touch Dining)
Marketing – Shannon Henry (Studio Carre’ Photography)
Membership – Merrylin Brichmann (Lady DJ Merrylin/Artistic Productions)
Secretary – Andy Haganah (The Groove DJs/ Starlight Photo Booth)
Education (co-chaired position) – Ashley Noack & Jillian Ziska, (Coastyle Events)

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

featured wedding vendor :: ‘the groove’ {formerly disc go round DJ}

New name; same business; fresh look.  That is what is present for Andy Hagenah.  Andy started and successfully operated a leading San Diego-based DJ company, Disc Go Round DJ.  Yet, for 2014, a new approach was needed.  So, with the help of a former client of his, Andy has re-named and merged ‘Disc Go Round DJ’ into ‘The Groove,‘  rebranding an already successful DJ business into one that is more modern, hip, and above-all, experienced.

Andy, along with his partner Tim English, have been doing so much in the past year, connecting not only to his clients, but also transforming himself, so it is only appropriate that this rebranding personify the good that has come.  The Groove will continue to serve weddings, corporate events, private parties, and more, so if you know of someone, or some event, that needs good tunes, contact Andy today!

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photos courtesy of E3 Photography

The new Del Mar…

The Del Mar Hilton, that is.  April’s Weddings of Distinction luncheon took place at the new and improved Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.  The hotel, which underwent millions in renovations, is now a posh, modern gem of a hotel, boasting the convenience of a chain hotel with the modern luxuries that those visiting Del Mar will appreciate.

We are so pleased to have the hotel as a member of our group, and being as this was the first meeting held there since their renovations were completed, this luncheon was the perfect opportunity to see the upgrades, savor our senses, and connect with one another.  We had many guests join us, and we also heard from a few of our seasoned members.  The lunch was delicious, and the hotel truly looks spectacular.  With the hotel’s convenient and prime Del Mar/Fairgrounds location, the history of the area, coupled with the modern touches inside a great hotel, make the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar an amazing wedding venue in San Diego.

Photos courtesy of Betwixt Studio

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WoD Features in Ceremony Magazine

 

Our vendors truly at top of the line, and when their respective work gets featured in a high-end bridal magazine, we’re impressively proud.  For a few of our amazing wedding vendors, their work has been featured in the latest issues of Ceremony Magazine.  Ceremony is an exclusive magazine publication, and to have so many features in the final print, which are distributed all over California, is impressive.

If you’re not able to pick up a hard copy of the magazine, we’ve done the work for you!  Enjoy a slideshow of images from the most recent issue, in which: Lois Mathews Design, Kristina Chartier Photography, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., Betwixt Studio, Concepts Event Design, and Studio Carre’ Photographie are featured!

You’re Invited…to a Bridal Soiree!

For the best and most fashionable bridal event in San Diego, the Bridal Soiree is sure to be on the top of the list!  Taking place Sunday, April 6th, from 3:00-6:00pm, at the Westin Hotel in the Gaslamp District, this year’s soiree will offer plenty of bridal fashion and beauty inspiration. Many Weddings of Distinction vendors have teamed up: Beauti-on-the-Go, a mobile makeup and hairstyling company, stylists Sandra Nicole Design, and Studio Carre Photographie. These vendors, along with other remarkable San Diego wedding vendors, will bring you an event that is both informative, inspirational, and fun.

So, get your tickets today!  Bring your family and friends, and enjoy an afternoon of luxury!

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AFR Event Furnishings Networking Tour

October is the month of wedding inspiration!  This Thursday, October 24th, from 5:30-8:30pm, AFR Event Furnishings will host its San Diego leg of its touring design showcase!

Taking place at the San Diego Central Library, the event will showcase some of AFR’s stunning new designs for event decor, and it will have great food and treats from of San Diego’s finest, including our own Continental Catering + Sweet Cheeks Baking Company!

Register today for this evening of fun, food, and inspiration!  For photos from previous tours, visit AFR’s Facebook page, or for more tour dates for AFR’s design showcase, visit the main page!

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Exquisite Weddings in San Diego…

Planning an exquisite wedding?  Then you should definitely be a part of Exquisite Weddings Magazine’s Fall Launch Party!

Taking place on Thursday, October 24th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, this party will celebrate the new release of the magazine’s Fall issue, and it will give engaged couples the chance to meet premier San Diego wedding vendors!

Come to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, who happens to be a Weddings of Distinction member, for great food, drinks, inspiration and the chance to win some great prizes!  Our own, Studio Carre’ Photographie will be there promoting bridal boudoir, so if you’re looking for a sexy gift for that special person in your life, be sure to stop by and say hi!

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If you’re an engaged couple, attend free!  For others, purchase tickets here!