an exclusive bridal event :: Bridal Soiree in San Diego

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 this 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.

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

Bridal Event in San Diego

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!

Bridal Event in San Diego

Bridal Soiree

 It was a perfect night!  This year’s Bridal Soiree, held at the beautiful Westin Hotel – Gaslamp District, welcomed brides and family and friends for an evening of wedding inspiration.  About 65 attendees enjoyed the night, and many San Diego wedding vendors, including six Weddings of Distinction members, were among those showcasing their amazing talents.  

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Mary Hager of the Westin hosted, and the space was perfect for such an event.  Brandi McMillian, of Beauti-on-the-Go, and Sandra Busczek, of Sandra Nicole Designs, helped plan the events.  Then, Maria Harmon, of San Diego Events Lighting supplied the up-lights that created the gorgeous purple hue that turned the outdoor space into a regal bridal environment.  Concepts Event Design provided beautiful draping to make the space unique, and finally Artistic Productions played the tunes and created the upbeat vibe that kept the guests’ toes tapping and smiling.  

This event was not the typical wedding soiree.  Upon entering, each bride received a shopping bag filled with goodies from every vendor, and inside each were products and incentives that could be used/redeemed for their wedding and/or the planning process. While the opportunity was for talented wedding vendors to showcase their work, it was by no means intended to solicit or pressure.  The intent was to inspire, and that was what it did!  

Hor d’oeuvres, signature drinks.  It was an opportunity for brides to get hands-on experience with the wedding process: from hair and makeup demos, to accessorizing fun, to bridal gowns, decor, photography and video and more!

The event was a huge success, and the feedback we got from brides was so positive.  What we heard most: it was a relaxing event, among beautiful surroundings, and a great opportunity to spend quality time talking with vendors.  All around: a really, really good time.  Talks are already in the works for next year’s soiree!

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Bridal Soirée :: An Exclusive San Diego Bridal Event

 Many Weddings of Distinction vendors will be participating in an upcoming event for local brides: the Bridal Soirée.  Taking place on Thursday, October 24th, from 6:00 – 9:00pm, at the Westin Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, this event will feature some of the top wedding vendors in San Diego.

Six of our amazing wedding vendors will be in attendance: The Westin Hotel (Wedding Venue), San Diego Events Lighting (Lighting + Effects), Artistic Productions (Wedding DJ + Emcee), Beauti-on-the-Go (Hair + Makeup), Sandra Nicole Designs (Bridal Accessories), and Concept Event Design (Event Decor).

Brides-to-be are welcome to join in for an evening of fashion + beauty inspiration.  The evening is sure to be lots of fun!

Register today for your spot to one of San Diego’s exclusive bridal events!

Bridal Event in San Diego

steampunk wedding :: a WOD collaboration


When you combine steam-powered machinery, with the fashion of late 19th century Victorian era, the result is an edgy, fashionable look at history.  That style is known as ‘steampunk.’

Steampunk incorporates elements of fantasy, historical fiction, as well as elements of speculation.  It is dark, bold, and it happens to be trending lately.  Steampunk is a theme that many couples are incorporating into their weddings!

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So, recently, many San Diego wedding vendors came together to assemble their own scene(s) for an amazing photo shoot that captured the best elements of this fascinating genre.  What took a lot of planning and creativity, the shoot came together perfectly.  So perfectly, in fact, that Ceremony Magazine’s Blog featured the shoot in a recent post!

It started, though, like all good things, as an idea, an idea fabricated by Shannon Henry (Studio Carré), Ann Strobel (Ann’s Plans) and Dawn Stone (Embellishmint Floral + Event Design).  They were intrigued by the elements of Steampunk, and they were noticing the growing trend among couples to incorporate Steampunk elements into their weddings.  So, the seed was planted.  They talked; they coordinated; they collaborated and invited others to join.

The result: an amazingly creative collection of images.  Everyone worked together and each contributed his or her specific element of specialty; no detail was left unturned.

Set on location at the historic Mt. Woodson Castle, in Ramona, CA, the castle’s rustic design elements fit perfectly for the shoot that takes you back in time.  The models, thanks to hair and makeup artists, Beauti on the Go, had big, dramatic hair and were embellished with hats and headpieces by Sandra Nicole Designs.   The clothing and dresses from Provence Bride by Allyson Simone were vintage-style and had black accents.  From the antique furniture, to the blackboard design, to the detail of the glasses, florals and ceremony site, every design element coordinated perfectly.

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Vendors Involved:

Photography – Studio Carré

Design + Prop Accessory/Vignette Rentals – Ann’s Plans

Floral + Accessory Design – Embellishmint Floral + Event Design

Hair + Makeup – Beauti on the Go

Head Pieces and Accessories – Sandra Nicole Designs + Ann’s Plans

Bridal Gowns – Provence Bride by Allyson Simone

Furniture Rental – Rashae Taylor

Chalkboard Design – Lucky to be in Love

Cake – Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Custom Bar – Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Buffet Breakfast + Lunch – Personal Touch Dining

Venue – Mt. Woodson Castle

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:: what’s your bridal style?

Are you bold, or are you simple?  Modern or vintage?  Bridal style is as unique as we are as individuals.  Recently, a few of our   Weddings of Distinction vendors collaborated on a styled shoot to capture some of today’s most popular bridal looks: natural, whimsical, romantic, modern, glamorous, and vintage.

What took a lot of preparation and loads of talent, Shannon Henry of Studio Carre´ photographed these stunning looks.  They were so stunning, in fact, that San Diego-based magazine, FINE Magazine, featured the shoot in April 2013’s issue!

With the help of hair and makeup stylist, Brandi McMillan, of Beauti-on-the-Go; stylist, Sandra Buczek, of Sandra Nicole Designs; flowers by Isari Floral + Design Studio, and bridal couture from Elyse Reuben Couture, Studio Carre´got some amazing images that really showcased these distinct bridal styles.

Which one best fits you?

news + press :: november meeting at humphreys half moon inn


Photos courtesy of ABI Photography

Wedding of Distinction’s November meeting took place at Humphreys Half Moon Inn + Suites.  Taking place just after the Thanksgiving holiday, November’s meeting was was our traditional sit-down meet and eat.  We heard speeches by Sandra of Sandra Nicole, we met some new faces and potential new-members, and we enjoyed a delicious meal and dessert.  All that, and we had an amazing view of the pier and boats on Shelter Island.

Humphreys Half Moon Inn + Suites is known for their fantastic concerts by the bay, and with its ample outdoor space and views of the “colorful marina,” if you haven’t been there yet, we highly recommend a trip there!

member spotlight :: sandra nicole

Sandra Nicole occupies a special niche in the wedding industry.  Not only do they offer styling services for brides and members of their wedding party, they craft and design one-of-a-kind wedding accessories.  Their products and services are truly unique.   Weddings of Distinction is honored to have Sandra Nicole part of our group.  Our next new-member interview shares their story.  I spoke with Sandra and learned how this mother (Sandra) | daughter (Nicole) duo found their place in the industry.

> Tell us about your business background?  How did Sandra Nicole come into existence?

I am a very creative person.  I have always painted, designed, and crafted.  Yet, it was actually my daughter’s idea to start Sandra Nicole.   Nicole is a graduate from UC Davis (Managerial + Economics degree), but when she graduated, she, like many, couldn’t find a career in her field.

What’s interesting, as a little girl Nicole had always said she wanted to be in the wedding industry, so when she left school, she got a job in a prestigious bridal boutique in Beverly Hills.  That job revived her childhood interest.  Also, around the same time, my sister, her aunt, got engaged, and Nicole began helping her plan.  When her aunt purchased a headpiece, Nicole got the idea that we, too, could make and design bridal headpieces.  Just like that; the seed was planted.

That was just about 2 years ago.  We started making bridal headpieces on my kitchen table.  We started small, and the rest is history.


> What services or products do you now offer?

Sandra Nicole satisfies a special niche in the wedding industry: accessories and styling.  Our focus is helping brides complete their look, as well as the look of those in the bridal party (if they so desire).   We want to make everyone (brides, bridesmaids, etc.) completely shine, and the accessories and styling we offer compliment, rather than detract from, the total look.

Many of our pieces are custom-made; we sew everything ourselves.  We also offer brides pieces from other vendors.  Whatever the bride chooses, we can then add and/or take away detail to turn the piece into their liking.  Whether it is a headpiece, a sash, or a veil, Sandra Nicole can help brides with any detail(s).  We ask for at least 30 days to make our custom pieces, but we can rush, if need be!


> What is your business “mantra” or philosophy?

Nicole and I realize that everybody’s budget is different, and for those brides whose budget is limited, we offer the same quality and service.  Our approach is to make all brides feel beautiful, regardless of budget.  Each bride deserves to have that exquisite look she wishes for; it’s her red-carpet day!

We believe that we have been given a gift when it comes to styling and accessorizing, so we operate our business by sharing our knowledge with our brides and their families.  If they’re willing, we encourage brides to try new and different looks.  We’re always sensitive to what they want, and no matter what, the focus is always the client and the look she’s trying to achieve.


> How do brides meet with you?

Depending on what is easiest for the bride, we can come to them, or they can come to us.  We do business all over southern California, so we are very flexible.  All of our materials and samples travel easily, so all we need is for the bride to have her dress handy.  No matter where the meetings take place, they’re like an accessories party where the bride gets to play “dress up!”

Brides can also meet us at various bridal fairs in Southern California.  This avenue may pose a problem.  Brides sometimes like to buy accessory items on the spot, but we always encourage them to wait, to let us meet with them, with their dress, and a mirror; this way we can put stuff on and sample all things together.


>Do you sell on-line?

We’re contemplating this option, but again, like the bridal fairs, we prefer that a bride see the material and piece in person.  You just never know how an item will look with a dress until you put them next to one another.


> What separates Sandra Nicole from competitors in the industry?

We are not just an accessories company; we’re stylists as well.  We love accessorizing; we love fashion and trends, and it is our belief that the accessories one chooses can make (or break) an outfit.  So, we work with our clients; we use our gift to help them.  Our pieces are not one-size-fits-all.  They’re unique, a reflection of the bride’s taste and personality.


>Have any of your pieces been featured anywhere?

Yes!  We have been so blessed with the growth we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.  We have taken part in several special events as well as many editorial/T.V. features (all over southern California)! A handful of stores also carry our pieces. Please visit our press page as well as our blog for detailed information on each event/showcase.


> What does being a member of Weddings of Distinction mean to you?

Nicole and I want to create the right reputation, and in being a member of this group, we’re doing just that.  We work very hard and take a lot of pride in our work, so it’s great to be a part of group of like-minded people.

Also, being a WOD member means that Sandra Nicole is validated.  All the members in the group have been in business for some time, and it was an honor to be asked to join.  It means, to us, that the group sees our potential, our value, and we’re so appreciative of that!  Sandra Nicole is a newer company, so it is a great feeling to be a part of the real thing, so to speak.  We’re very excited about the direction we’re heading.


> What advice would you give those planning a wedding?

Use vendors that are reliable and a pleasure to work with; that’s when the magic happens.  Do not be around people that are negative or not open to suggestions.  That will only make your process stressful and unmemorable.

Also, and most importantly, give yourself plenty of time. The process can seem stressful, but it really is so much fun and exciting.  Take the time to enjoy the entire process!