Romantic styled shoot by Arina B Photography on Ruffled Blog

14 Aug

Be prepared for some fantastic images by Arina B Photography. She and I put together a team of talented professionals for a romantic styled shoot at Bheau View Ranch complete with horses and a pony, and the results were amazing! See the pictures below and the full gallery on Ruffled Blog.

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Photography and styling: Arina B Photography
Assistant: Tina Chiou Photography
Event planning: La Dolce Idea
Florist (bouquet and reception flowers): Haydee’s Creative Flowers
Florist (ceremony, horses’ flowers): Trendee Flowers
Venue: Bheau View Ranch
Wedding Dress: Enzoani
Hair and Makeup: Bijou Beautiful
Tuxedo: The Gentleman’s Tux Club
Furniture Rentals: Farm Tables and More
China Rentals: Cherished Rentals
Stationery: Four Things Paper


What I liked about… Maureen and Adam’s Wedding at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

6 Aug


I’m very excited to share these pictures with you today, they are from an intimate destination wedding that took place at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. The colorful palette was bright, happy, energetic and it went very well with the vibrant personality of bride and groom.







Maureen and Adam exchanged vows with the beautiful blue ocean in the background and surrounded by the love of their family and close friends.






After the delicious cake, guests were invited to fill their goodie bags at our colorful and vibrant candy station, and outside on the Terrace a tempting s’mores station was the grand finale.


Congratulations on Maureen and Adam on their wedding!

Venue: Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Officiant: Pastor Mike Mitschke
Hair and Makeup: Big Day Hair & Makeup
Flowers: Bouquets By Bonnie
DJ: Allen Walker Entertainment
Bakery: Babycakes
Photo: Stephina Photography

The Sweet Table Boutique – A Glam Gatsby Dessert Station

26 Jul



This dessert table is still one of my favorites! Besides the glamorous color palette (blush pink, Champagne, ivory, gold and black) it also featured irresistible sweets that bride and groom (and their guests) enjoyed all night.

Fabulous Keli Christenson of Monarch Weddings hired us to provide a sumptuous dessert station as a focal point for Jennifer and Chad’s reception at The Prado. I worked closely with the bride to select the best selections and flavors to complement the vintage glam Gatsby-inspired theme.








Cake pops, macarons, assorted candy, glitter chocolate balls, cake shooters, and rock candy sticks were displayed on a 16-foot long table with a beautiful three-tiered cake finished with rosettes.

You can find more pictures about this dessert table and more inspiration on my website.

Thanks to True Photography for the wonderful images!

Until the next sweet temptation :)

What I liked about… Sabrina and Martin’s Wedding

19 Jul


Don’t they look stunning together? As soon as I met Sabrina and Martin I was attracted by their style and glamour, and the fact that Sabrina and I share the same name made it a perfect match :)





They exchanged their vows at the beautiful Church of the Immaculata at USD with a beautiful ceremony, then cocktail hour and reception took place at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel.



A marvelous palette of purple, white, silver and pink accents came to life in the Grand Ballroom thanks to Ana Aftahi with Floral Works and Events (rentals, florals), Excellent Entertainment International (draping) and Laura Paglia with Sweet Ribbon Events (linens).




A platinum sequin linen accented the towering cake with a sparkling monogram and white hydrangeas.


Rico De Largo elevated the guests’ mood with excellent trumpet sounds alongside DJ Matthew and Moayed’s Band.


You can see more pictures on my website, and read Sabrina’s testimonial on my fan blog.

Thanks to 828 Studios for the amazing pictures!

Ceremony venue: Church of the Immaculata
Reception venue: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
Rentals, Florals: Floral Works and Events
Linens: Sweet Ribbon Events
Draping, Lighting: Excellent Entertainment International
Entertainment: Rico De Largo
Photography: 828 Studios


Happy 4th Of July from La Dolce Idea

4 Jul


Wishing you a marvelous red, white and blue holiday!

A historic day for love and marriage equality

26 Jun


In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry. This was called a victory for America but I see it as a victory for love, equality, and human rights.

As a wedding planner, I help several same-sex couples say “I Do” to one another. I love their strong feelings for one another, their passion and their desire to form a family, and those weddings have always been very dear to me. Today I’m celebrating with them and with those couples who will get married in the near future.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision, and he wrote:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. 
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.”


Get Inspired – Mint Green

14 Jun

Mint green is a happy color that you can match pretty much with anything and it can be used for different styles.

Here are two of my favorite Tavolozze that included mint green:


1) A Mint Celebration – Using mint green as the primary color, I created a rustic outdoor vision with brown accents


2) Golden Blush – Mint green was used as an accent color to enhance a chic blush pink and gold palette

Which one do you like most?

Do you want to be inspired with an inspiration board? Not sure how to combine your favorite colors for your wedding? Contact La Dolce Idea at 858.688.5724 or e-mail me and I will customize a Tavolozza exclusively for you!


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