news + press :: September’s meeting at the prado

Located in the heart of Balboa Park, The Prado Restaurant is one of San Diego’s historic dining experiences. Featuring stunning indoor and outdoor seating, The Prado offers guests a first-class dining experience, coupled with the history and charm that defines San Diego’s Balboa Park.

We are so fortunate to have this historic restaurant in our group, and when the opportunity presented itself to host our September meeting there, let’s just say it was a ‘slam dunk.’ It was an intimate setting, perfect for our select-group.  The vibrancy of teal colors and exposed wood beams captured the charm that San Diego/Balboa Park are known for!  Edible Arrangements catered the “appetizers” of delicious fruit, and we heard from a local agent who spoke to the group about the importance of planning for life’s ups and downs, especially for small business.

All in all, it was great to get back to The Prado.  The restaurant is an icon in San Diego, and especially so for a San Diego wedding.  There is nothing more quintessential San Diego!

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Photos courtesy of Laura Christin Photography

photos courtesy of Laura Christin Photography

a wedding is just one kind of party


The holiday season is in full swing, and as November draws to a close and December rapidly approaches, many people start thinking party celebrations and holiday shindigs.  Why not?  The six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years are a joyous time, and joyous times should be celebrated!

Starlight Photo Booth

Weddings of Distinction is group made up of amazing vendors.  Yes, as the name of our group suggests, we all may focus on weddings, but that does not mean the services of a DJ, a florist, a photographer, etc. could not be used for other occasions.  After all, aren’t weddings just one kind of party?   We love parties!   So whether you’re getting married, or you want to add a special touch to a holiday get-together of your closest friends, one or more of the Weddings of Distinction vendors could help turn your ideas into a reality!

Want festive invitations? ………. We’ve got vendors for that!

Need family holiday photos? Or, want a sexy gift for your special someone? ………. We’ve got photographers for that!

Want a top-rated holiday party venue, as rated by Cvent? ………. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is ready for action!

Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.


I think you see the point.  Together, we make up Weddings of Distinction, but at the end of the day, the group is made up of individual companies that offer amazing work and/or services, both in the wedding industry and BEYOND!

Starlight Photo Booth


Want to read more?  Here are just a few links that showcase our vendors’ work!

Starlight Photo Booth

Pink Star Design Custom Invitations 

The French Gourmet Holiday Wine Party

San Diego Events Lighting

member spotlight :: W.O.D vendors participate in S.D. restaurant week

Restaurant Week starts today here in San Diego, and a couple of Weddings of Distinction vendors will be participating!

Check them out for not only wonderful cuisine, but for an even more wonderful fixed-price!

San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) runs from Sunday, 9/16 through Saturday, 9/21!




Catering|bakery vendor, The French Gourmet, will be featured in this year’s restaurant week!


An amazing assortment of French cuisine, including lunch and/or dinner options, is available.


To see the restaurant week menus, visit:


Bon appetit!





The Prado at Balboa Park is also participating in the Restaurant Week festivities.  They’ll be offering a $15 lunch and $30 dinner menu for San Diego, California’s most delicious week. Check out the menus below, and make sure you call 619-557-9441 to make reservations.


real weddings :: Katy+ Dan

Images courtesy of Betwixt Studio

 The Prado Balboa Park is truly San Diego’s guiltiest pleasure for wedding venues. The beautiful history which enriches the architecture of the museums and the botanical gardens, is a wonderful backdrop for any wedding. The famous San Diego Park, is enriched with art and culture; it offers seventeen museums and multiple gardens that not only attract tourists from all over the world, but it has become a hot spot during wedding season.

 Katy and Dan expressed their warm love for each other in the late summer, and used Balboa Park to their advantage. Shades of purple and splashes of yellow, were the color scheme for this romantic wedding; having it all tie in with the Prado’s blue doors and wood floors, all photographed beautifully by Betwixt Studio and coordinated by CZ Events

Showered with candles, packed with vintage suitcases and the brass covered decor all contributed to the romantic setting. A sweet detail that the bride added was the remembrance of her little flower girls; giving them each a little suitcase of their own, beholding crayons, stickers, and other treats. This sweet idea is always fun for the invited children to keep them entertained meanwhile the adults are at play.

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
Mark Twain

This quote truly fit in with the theme for Katy and Dan’s celebration. Before tying the knot, the love birds traveled around the world; everywhere from the evergreen Seattle, WA to the buzz worthy streets of Hong Kong in China. Traveling with your loved one is sincerely practiced in this couple’s hearts. If you notice how adorable their cake-topper is; the bride stands on vintage suitcases as she smooches her other half.

news + press :: may’s meeting at continental catering

photos courtesy of ABI Photography

Weddings of Distinction paid a visit to fellow member Continental Catering‘s facility in La Mesa for the most recent WoD meeting/luncheon. Decor, service, food, beverage… they rocked it! Kristie Emmons & company took great care of us. Their kitchen remodel is fantastic. Officiant Patricia Coleman showcased and shared some of her talents and stories with us, as well. Many guest wedding vendors attended to check out our offerings as one of San Diego’s oldest & most successful wedding networking groups (17 years). Welcome to our newest members ~ Darla Mercer and Humphrey’s on the Bay and the collection of The US Grant, Westin Gaslamp Quarter & W San Diego, represented by Kimberley Winninger. Good networking was had by all!

news + press :: april’s meeting at the prado

photos courtesy of Kristina Chartier Photography and Janine Whittaker for Studio Carré Photographie

The Prado at Balboa Park was our location for April’s all-industry networking event…and it was a hit! This month we opened the doors to everyone to have lunch and all around great networking. Live entertainment was provided by arguably one of the more versatile and talented bands on the West Coast ~ Sensation Show Band with their array of music from 80’s pop, jazz, rock, and disco…which kept the crowd lively and chatty. This was our first open door meet & greet and we were excited about the turn out and hope to do it again! Kudos to all of the members who worked hard to put this huge event together. Thank you to all of the fabulous area industry peeps for turning out.

member spotlight :: the prado at balboa park

Discover why there is nothing else like The Prado at Balboa Park! Historic charm blends with contemporary elegance to create a memorable backdrop. The most discriminating brides will fall in love with this stunning venue, offering the finest combination of natural beauty and stylish settings. For a venue that is both romantic and entertaining, The Prado provides a unique atmosphere for your once-in-a-lifetime event. The renovated House of Hospitality features lush historical gardens and a courtyard, elegant banquet rooms, romantic terraces and the outdoor grandeur of the historic Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens. The Prado at Balboa Park offers more than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and can accommodate groups of 20-20,000 guests. Please contact Andrea Pena to receive more information about this one-of-a-kind venue. Phone: (619) 557-9441 x213
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news :: weddings of distinction visits the westin gaslamp quarter

images courtesy of ABI photo

The Westin treated our members and guests to a fabulous luncheon meeting to close April. Kudos to Sheri Karpinski and her banquet staff for fantastic service and a delicious lunch. The Westin is a fabulous choice for your next business meeting, corporate holiday party or that perfect, rocking, urban wedding.

WoD drifted this month from its normal monthly meeting agenda. WoD staged an informative and highly group engaging forum focusing on marketing, creative advertising and, basically, ideas on what to do when the phone is not ringing as much as it should be. Keynote speakers were President Bob Brichmann & Treasurer Merrylin Brichmann, Artistic Productions, Vice-President Ann Strobel, Ann’s Plans, David Wasserman from Joes On The Nose, and photographer Kristina Chartier. Member participation was very spirited and creative advice was flying about the room. Everyone surely took home at least one good idea from this meeting to help themselves and their business.

Typical monthly Board business was shared. New member coordinator Krista Murphy from Definitive Events was welcomed into the group. Raffles prizes were awarded. New member brochures are ready to go to print. We’ll see you next month (5/25) at the Sheraton Carlsbad!

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:
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 :: ben and tricia

images courtesy of cary pennington photography

A classic, vintage wedding is what Tricia and Ben envisioned for their wedding day and with the help of Weddings of Distinction members, their expectations were exceeded.
Definitive Events was selected as their wedding coordinators and worked closely with all of the vendors to provide flawless execution on the wedding day. Their reception was in the historic Grand Ballroom of The Prado, who also catered the event with exquisite dishes and provided exceptional service. Lois Mathews lavished the room with her creative floral designs. She completed the vintage look with her elegant pearl draped candelabras and vibrant florals. The wedding was more than Tricia & Ben imagined and the perfect send off to their new life in Italy.