What I liked about… Christina and Trish’s wedding

14 Sep


The love between these two girls was evident in every single moment. Christina and Trish were holding hands when I first met them and their excitement to get married was incredible.


They selected the beautiful Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa for their wedding.


The ceremony took place outdoors and Kiyoko from Cherry Blossom Floral Designs created an inviting area with whites, reds and silver accents.


During the ceremony, Christina and Trish offered cookies to their guests and invited them to share them while Rev. Deborah Young explained the beauty of their union.


The reception was all about a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


There was a lot of dancing and DJ Chris with Tim Altbaum Productions kept guests entertained all night long!



Passion red and silver was carried throughout the decor: linens and napkins by Sweet Ribbon Events




… Cake…


And personalized favors: delicious pretzel rods, among Trish and Christina’s favorite treats! These were made by Anjolie’s Sweet Treats.


Congratulations to these two amazing women who are sharing a life together filled with happiness and true love, I was honored to be part of their special day!

Thanks to Laura Christin Photography for the fabulous pictures :)

You can read Trish’s thank you note on my Fan Blog.

What I liked about… Sheryl and Scott’s wedding

11 Aug


Sheryl and Scott selected the beautiful oceanfront Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for their traditional Jewish wedding.




The color palette with silver and purple shades created the perfect contrast against the blue sky and the sandy beach during the ceremony where the couple said “I do” under a white chuppah embellished with flowers and ribbon by Fascinare.



I made the cheering flags for their guests spelling “Mazel Tov” and the couple’s monogram exclusively created for their invitations. We decided to use the same monogram for the programs, menu cards and a florist in the area (Mister B’s Flowers) even created a floral monogram matching the palette!


During cocktail hour, while guests enjoyed drinks on the Terrace, the Ferris Wheel on the nearby Santa Monica Pier displayed Sheryl and Scott’s monogram – What an incredible photo op!


Sheryl was very involved during the planning and she incorporated a lot of creative ideas such as the escort cards (she had them printed by I Do Concepts, then added a DIY touch with wax seals in colors corresponding to the guest’s entrée choice).




The ballroom was enhanced with purple lighting, amethyst lamour linens and silver napkins.
Centerpieces were a mix of manzanita trees embellished with orchids and crystals, and glass cylinders with submerged blooms and crystal gems.




Tom Nolan and his band entertained guests all night long, and after cake cutting an irresistible sorbet was served (in the dark) inside ice-carved bowls by Millennium Ice with the couple’s monogram and an LED light. It was a big surprise for everybody!

A huge thank you to Albert Postel – Art Of Photography for the great images!

Enjoy the video clip by HopeBoat Productions below :)

Sheryl Scott Highlights from Hope Boat Films on Vimeo.

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!


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