Happy 4th Of July!

4 Jul

My best wishes to all the engaged and married couples out there celebrating in red-white-blue today and for many years to come!


(Christina & Bret’s wedding at the Paradise Point Resort, San Diego- Photo by Laura Christin Photography)

Desserts In Style – Romantic Glam

26 Jun


Blush pink and gold with a vintage touch are still a huge trend, and today I’m sharing pictures from a guest dessert table that I designed with these elements in mind.

The table itself was made with two serpentine tables creating a long S with place settings on both sides.



Sweets included cupcakes by Grove Pastry Shop and a lovely 2-tier cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Company.



Colorful candy such as Champagne jelly bubbles, peach gummies, meringues, gold foil chocolate balls,  coffee rock candy, strawberry-covered pretzels were displayed among authentic vintage place settings provided by Cheri’s Vintage Table.



The fabulous embroidered gold overlays and sequin chair covers were by Sweet Ribbon Events, they brought a big sparkle to the table :)



Beautiful menu cards and the dessert sign on the table were designed by Dolldine Designs.


And, for the final touch, La Reine Des Macarons made these wonderful favor cups with heart-shaped macarons in rosy pink shades with shimmer dust.

You can see more from this dessert table and more  on my website, Something Dolce. Thanks to Film Foto Fusion, Siegel Thurston and Studio 512 for the fantastic images!

What I liked about… Lisa and Koa’s wedding

2 Jun


Lisa and Koa chose the Hotel Del Coronado as their wedding destination.



Both outstanding athletes (Lisa is a tennis player and Koa plays professional American football), bride and groom worked with me on a beautiful palette of yellow-cream-platinum gray with lace accents, and we incorporated some Polynesian traditions in honor of Koa’s heritage.



Dawn with Embellishmint created fantastic bouquets and centerpieces with phalaenopsis and cymbidium orchids, embellished with lots of candles to create a magical atmosphere in the Ballroom.



We chose shimmering ivory linens for guests tables and a gorgeous lace overlay for the head table by Sweet Ribbon Events.


Nada with SoBelle hand crafted chocolate favors wrapped with lace and finished with a cute yellow bow for guests to take home.


Geraldine with Dolldine Designs created matching programs, escort cards and table numbers, she even included the lace pattern that Lisa loved so much :)


The reception included some traditional dances performed by Koa’s family, and Spencer Bezy with Mobile Music Plus kept the guests entertained all night long.


The final touches were a cake by Tower Bakery and a sweet table with irresistible goodies by Wicked Spoon.


Ceremony Magazine recently featured the wedding on their San Diego issue: thank you for including this amazing couple!



Thank you to Cary Pennington Photography for the wonderful pictures!

You can see more pictures on my website, and enjoy the fabulous video clip by Quixotic Pictures.

Lisa + Koa // Hotel Del Coronado Wedding // San Diego, CA from Quixotic Pictures on Vimeo.

The sweetest cake flavors for 2014

27 Apr

When it comes to dessert I’m always very interested! According to Special Events Magazine, wedding couples are looking for different and new flavors, and I see this happening more and more among my own clients. Let’s see what the biggest trend for this year are…

Maggie Austin Cake (Alexandria, VA) – Ms. Austin is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to suggesting cakes to my brides and grooms, browse her website and you will understand why. Her hand-painted designs are to die for :)

1) White velvet cake with peach-apricot preserves and milk chocolate Earl Grey buttercream
2) Double chocolate cake with salted caramel and Irish cream buttercream
3) Pear cake with blackberry and white chocolate buttercream

Beaux Gateaux (San Francisco, CA)

1) Vanilla bean Italian cream cake filled either with apricot jam and mascarpone mousse, or chocolate and raspberry mousse
2) Toasted almond cake filled with pastry cream and apricot jam
3) Milk chocolate cake filled with caramel cream cheese and caramel mousse

Elegantly Iced (Brooklyn, NY)

1) White cake with pistachio cream and dulce de leche
2) Lemon-framboise cake (lemon pound cake with a framboise soak, fresh raspberry preserves and lemon buttercream)

Jay Qualls Cakes (Nashville, TN)

1) Southern lemon cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla American buttercream
2) Vanilla almond cake with raspberry buttercream filling
3) Chocolate cake with raspberry jam filling
4) Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting

You can read the article by Susan Cuadrado online or in the May-June 2014 issue of Special Events.

Create your custom fragrance with Pastiche

10 Apr

Every girl loves perfume, doesn’t she? And what could be better than having a custom perfume created just for her special day – her birthday party, her bridal shower, her wedding? Or, how about a present for someone special in her family or a dear friend? If you are one of those girls who would LOVE to have a custom fragrance made for such an important occasion, then Pastiche Custom Perfume is the place to go :)

My friend Dana Knees started her career in the fragrance world and she met Master Perfumer Vito Lenoci who inspired her to leave the corporate world and start her own company. Together with her husband Bill, Dana founded Pastiche here in San Diego; today the team includes fragrance designers across the United States and they’re working on a national distribution.

Their products are made with the highest quality ingredients, and they only offer Eau de Parfum which contains 18% perfume oil versus the most common Eau de Toilettes which contains only 5 – 7% perfume oil. 

Dana was recently featured on Fox 5 where news anchors Shally Zomorodi and Brad Wills created their own fragrance. Watch the segment below:

Ready for some fun and inspiration? Contact Dana at Pastiche today and be part of the fragrance revolution today!

Spring is almost here with BHLDN

1 Mar

BHLDN’s new Spring Collection features fabulous gowns embellished with lace, embroidery, crystals and beading, and I love them all!

BHLDN_Leila2014.03Leila Gown
Paired with Kafta Open-Toe Platform Sandal by Jimmy Choo

BHLDN_Candence2014.03Candence Gown
Paired with Margherita Metallic Ankle Strap Sandal by Charlotte Olympia

BHLDN_Leyna2014.03Leyna Gown
Paired with Strass and Geometric Stones Sandal by Rene’ Caovilla

BHLDN_Tallulah2014.03Tallulah Gown
Paired with Strass Platform Slingback Evening Sandal by Valentino

Which one is your favorite?

They’re Engaged! Trish and Christina

24 Feb


Getting married in San Diego is always a beautiful thing, and having the ocean as a background is even better :)


Trish and Christina will get married at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa at the end of March and they hired Laura Christin as their photographer extraordinaire! Laura captured their love in this beautiful engagement session at Windansea in La Jolla.


I can’t wait to be part of Trish and Christina’s  wedding day, stay tuned for the images!

See more pictures from their engagement session HERE.


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