When you’re in a group as special as Weddings of Distinction, there is no better way to start off a new year than with a networking meeting, and when its at the Top of the Hyatt at the Manchester Grand in downtown San Diego, there is no classier and more beautiful way to kick off a new year!
With stunning panoramic views of the bay and of downtown San Diego, the Top of the Hyatt in the Manchester Grand is one of our more urban wedding locations in the group. The location boasts the label as the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast, and as such, offers guests a truly unique and special view of America’s Finest City.
We dined on a four-course meal, which started with appetizers and drinks (on the patio and inside), and ended with a custom dessert made by the Hyatt’s world-renowned chef. We heard from the Hyatt about the packages they offer couples getting married, locations, and more. We also heard from the newest rep from Sensational Treats, Sheri Kapinski.
The afternoon was cheerful, informative, and as always, it was great to reconnect with colleagues. February’s meeting will take place at the Bali Hai Restaurant. Stay tuned!
Photos courtesy of Studio Carre Photographie
San Diego boasts some of the finest wedding venues out there, but for certain couples, the intimacy of a private residence, for example, is more appropriate than a hotel for their “I Dos.”
The wedding of David and Julia was just that, an intimate affair on a private residence in beautiful La Jolla, CA. The wedding was simple, yet screamed elegant. The lighting, provided by WoD vendor, San Diego Events Lighting Co., was romantic, yet simple. The accents of market string lighting lit their outdoor reception area perfectly. The food was catered by one of San Diego’a best wedding caterers, Crown Point Catering, another WoD vendor, offered top-of-the-line wedding food and hors d’oeuvres.
In addition, three other Weddings of Distinction vendors took part in the nuptials: wedding music provided by DJ Daniel Peterson, wedding coordination by Ann’s Plans (wedding planning), and photography by Studio Carre Photographie.
Photos courtesy of Studio Carre Photographie
You don’t hear about it often anymore, but for some, they meet “the one” early on in life. That is exactly how it was for Paulina and Adrian. They met in high school, when they both were in the same biology class. Fast forward 8 years, and the two were married in a classy, elegant wedding at the beautiful Marin Village Conference Center. Nestled right on the San Diego bay, the wedding featured amazing views of the water, custom cocktails and custom lighting in the shade of the wedding colors, purple and white! Paulina and Adrian’s wedding was elegant, yet remained traditional. It matched couple’s style perfectly! With all the special attention to detail, and a DJ that played tunes well into the night, the couple and their guests enjoyed quite a party!
Photos courtesy of Shadi Ameri Photography and Studio Carre Photographie
Romance, romance, romance! That is what the wedding of Teresa and Benny was all about! Uplighting, flowers, tablescapes, and a custom monogram…all featured in pinks and blush tones that would make the most resistant person a romantic!
Their wedding paid respect to both their backgrounds, Italian, and like many traditional Italian weddings, the wedding of Teresa and Benny was big, blingy, and a ton of fun!
The reception was at the luxurious Marriott Coronado, so the couple and their guests had epic views of the San Diego city-line. And inside the venue, opulence that fit the couple’s style perfectly! Truly, all the details of this Italian wedding were perfect. With the help of two Weddings of Distinction members, wedding decor rentals from Concepts Event Design and wedding photography by Studio Carre Photographie, this wedding was so beautiful and elegant that Ceremony Magazine featured it on their blog!
Sometimes you just never know when you’ll meet that special someone, and for Grace and Alex, the stars aligned, and through mutual friends, their paths crossed. At the time, Alex was only in San Diego for a summer internship, and Grace was a local resident. They spent time together with friends, shared in some fun, and by the end of the summer, the two enjoyed their first date alone. The connection was strong, and even though it was now the end of the summer and Alex was returning to school in FL, the couple stayed in touch and maintained a bi-coastal relationship!
Fast forward a year, and the two were finally on the same coast! Their courtship spanned a couple of years after that, and in the city where they first met, they married under the stars at Mt Woodson Castle. The night was perfect. Thanks to the musical talents of wedding DJ, Andy Hagenah of The Groove Wedding DJ, the couple, with their family and friends, enjoyed a night of dancing and photo booth fun. Studio Carre’ Photographie captured the memories, and there were plenty made! The wedding lasted well into the night!
Grace and Alex’s wedding was a grand affair, and to make such a night possible, only the best wedding vendors were used! The bride looked her best thanks to wedding hair and makeup by Meleah Hair & Makeup; the location was classic California; the music was bumping all night; and the photos will last a lifetime!
Photos courtesy of Studio Carré Photographie
This month we got together in the heart of Ramona at the Mt Woodson / Amy Strong Castle. Our site visit included a personalized tour by Tracy…showing us all the work they have put into the castle. From the new ceremony site, to beautifying the remaining structure to keep the history intact. This one of a kind property boasts a natural elegance and hand painted elements by the original owner! Lunch was served up by Personal Touch Dining complete with a bread pudding that was to die for! Vintage florals were the courtesy of Hartworks Floral Design…combining the best of wedding flowers with decor elements chosen from the castle itself!
Along with great networking, we welcomed new members Republic of Music, Coaststyle Events, and First Comes Love. We’re excited to have them as part of the dynamic that makes up Weddings of Distinction!
Photos courtesy of Studio Carre Photographie
Mylene + Ryan’s engagement session, shot by Studio Carre Photographie, was captured at the gorgeous Mission in San Juan Capistrano. The Mission has such a rustic and historic charm that added so much texture and perfect backdrops for their images. The two are getting married this weekend at the Immaculata and Hotel Solamar in downtown San Diego and so excited to start sharing their new life together!
To view more images from their session, be sure to visit their blog post HERE.
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!
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!
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!