The Sweet Table Boutique – Pink and Gray Wedding Dessert Bar

11 Nov


Pink and gray are one of my favorite color combinations, there are many different shades available (think dove, platinum, silver, baby, bubble, shocking, etc.) and they are perfect for every season. When Daniel and Milton asked me to provide a dessert table in those two colors for their reception I couldn’t be happier. Their wedding (read my previous post with their story) was a lot of fun and guests loved the desserts offered at the end of the night!



Displayed over a soft pink linen and an intricate charcoal grey overlay, the dessert spread included macarons, cake shots, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels, and signature chocolate truffles by the US Grant Hotel. I used white and silver vessels, and cake stands embellished with rhinestone bands, all from La Dolce Idea’s collection.




Milton’s sister surprised the couple with a wonderful painting as her wedding gift and we decided to use it as the backdrop. What a difference it made!

Reception Venue: The US Grant Hotel
Styling, Vessels, Decor, Dessert tags: La Dolce Idea
Desserts: Anjolie’s Sweet Treats; Artistic Wedding Cakes By The Grove; La Reine Des Macarons

You can see more pictures on my website. Thanks to Aaron Willcox Photography for capturing all those beautiful details!

The coolest new venue in San Diego – Music Box

6 Nov


Music Box is San Diego’s new premier live music and entertainment venue; it recently opened in a former music site and I love it even more!

A few weeks ago I was invited to the unveiling and, even though the layout remained pretty much the same I was blown away with the new decor.

The tri-level site features unique indoor and outdoor spaces comfortably fitting about 700 people: choose from different lounge areas, VIP and booth seating, two outdoor patios and views of the stage from anywhere in the space.


Music Box is also home to an upscale dining experience (featuring gourmet food and drinks comprised of local ingredients) and, of course, the highest quality in sound and lighting. Think about the possibilities: private party, rehearsal dinner, product launch, corporate event, wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah, and much more!

I will let the pictures do the talking, you will be amazed!










Their slogan is “Let The Music Play” and they have lots of artists lined up for the next few months. For more information about live music performances or to book the space for your special event you can visit their website.

What do you think? Would Music Box be a good fit for your next celebration? Let us know, we will be happy to assist you with the design and planning!

What I liked about Daniel and Milton’s wedding

27 Oct

Daniel+MiltonDaniel and Milton will always have a special place in my heart. Besides being a genuine, brilliant, loving, caring, stylish and fun couple they also created one of the most memorable celebrations in my career. We met by chance at the US Grant Hotel while I was setting up for a photo shoot, and they stopped by to compliment me on the tabletop I styled. I remember Daniel telling me “We are getting married and we want something like this!” while pointing at my tabletop. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship and I think it was meant to be.

I immediately recommended the US Grant Hotel for their reception because it was exactly how I envisioned their wedding. The rest is history… After several meetings to discuss their vision (platinum grey and soft pink in honor of Daniel’s mother who lost her battle with cancer a few months before, understated elegance, an affair to remember), an unforgettable menu tasting with the one and only Ed Kutch (laughter and excitement filled the room for the entire meal), and months of planning, the big day arrived. And it was magical.




The grooms wore matching outfits: black slacks, pink vests and bowties, and white tuxedo jackets. Their two dogs were also dressed up for the occasion and they looked fabulous!






The ceremony took place at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in beautiful Balboa Park. Dozens of visitors joined the couple’s family and friends to witness their union. There were a lot of enthusiastic cheers and handclaps when Rev. Deborah Young introduced Daniel and Milton as a married couple!




Personalized menu cards were displayed at each place setting together with chapstick (what was exchanged on their first date) tied with a custom pink ribbon, and an imprinted silver box with Hershey’s Kisses chocolates.


The fun continued in the Celestial Ballroom at the US Grant where tall centerpieces on platinum silver linens with soft pink napkins welcomed guests. The sweetheart table was a custom square tabletop decorated with floral arrangements on the front sides. The couple’s names were projected on the draping behind their table.




Jerry Beck with Beck’s Entertainment kept the party going until the end, and a mariachi band performed for Milton’s dance with his mother (and Daniel joined the two).



The towering cake was a big focal point in the Ballroom: it featured an elegant pattern accented with rhinestone and flowers.


The grand finale was a dessert table that I styled with the wedding colors in mind (gray and pink), and the backdrop was a fabulous painting from one of Milton’s sisters. I will share more details in my next blog post :)

Congratulations to Daniel and Milton on their wedding, and I wish them many, many happy anniversaries!

You can see more pictures on my website. Thanks to Aaron Willcox Photography for capturing those moments!

Ceremony Venue: Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Officiant: Rev. Deborah Young
Ceremony Music: Eliana Strings; Dr. Carol Williams
Reception Venue: The US Grant Hotel
Cocktail Hour Music: Sam Hosking
Reception DJ / MC, Lighting: Beck’s Entertainment
Mariachi Band: Mariachi Del Mar
Flowers: Wholesale Flowers
Linens: Sweet Ribbon Events
Sweetheart Table: Hire Elegance
Stationery: Dolldine Designs
Bakery: Cake
Transportation: Epic Limo
Photography: Aaron Willcox Photography


My favorites from New York Bridal Week

22 Oct

If you are getting married sometime soon or you live and dream weddings (like me!) then you followed the New York International Bridal Week presenting the Fall 2016 Collections about a week ago. I didn’t go to New York but thanks to my newest love (Periscope, a live streaming app that you can download on your mobile device to interact with people and influencers from all over the world) I was able to watch most of the shows from the comfort of my studio. If you haven’t already, please FOLLOW ME for (almost) daily scopes :)

There were a lot of different looks that included a return of the slip dresses, whimsical jumpsuits (yes!), long sleeves, deep V necklines. The common trend was sexy, feminine, and modern.

Below are four of my favorite designers:


I loved the all-over floral embroidery on Inbal Dror‘s gown


Angel Sanchez – Yes to pants for your celebration!


For the bride who doesn’t want to wear a traditional long gown but still wants to look formal – The soft ruffles and lace on this creation by Marchesa are the perfect combination


Monique Lhuillier never disappoints – This ethereal gown with flowery appliques and sheer chiffon is to die for!

What was your favorite gown?


La Dolce Idea is on Periscope!

9 Oct


I have never been this excited for an app before! Periscope is a live video streaming app that is revolutionizing the way you connect with others and I’m totally addicted! You can broadcast live from wherever you are (as long as you’re connected to the internet) and just share anything you like with anybody you want, whether it’s special moments in your personal life or announcements and tips related to your professional life. Viewers can join live and comment, ask questions and leave hearts as a form of appreciation by tapping on their phone screen. If you are not able to watch live you can have access to the replay for 24 hours on Periscope or forever on Katch.
I use it mainly for my business: while designing and organizing events and weddings I have many different topics that I can talk about and details that I can show you, and it’s so much fun!

Click on the button on the right column to watch my live broadcasts (weddingscopes) about behind-the-scenes, real weddings and events, which apps I use for work, how I organize my work, and much more.

Download the app today, follow me @ladolceidea and let’s have fun together!

Find La Dolce Idea on San Diego Style Weddings

1 Oct

I”m very excited to be featured on the latest issue of San Diego Style Weddings: Patricia and Ivan’s wedding is featured in the magazine :)



I will post more pictures of their celebration soon, stay tuned for all the details!

What I liked about Alex and Isaac’s wedding

23 Sep

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Besides glamorous weddings with lots of decor, lighting, flowers, and that “wow” factor, I love being part of DIY celebrations surrounded by nature. One of my favorite locations for this is the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Once a private residence, it is now a 37-acre botanical garden that includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rain forest, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden in addition to California native plants.

The Garden has a special place in my heart: I volunteer there as the Event Producer for their Annual Gala In The Garden: every year in September hundreds of guests explore garden trails, enjoy fine wine, craft beer, and the best dishes from local restaurants, as well as listen to live entertainment, and admire exquisite floral designs.

The San Diego Botanic Garden offers many choices for ceremonies, receptions and pictures, and Alex and Isaac were one of those couples who decided to have Mother Nature as their witness. They exchanged their vows in the Walled Garden in front of about 140 people, and the celebration followed in the Lawn Garden under strings of paper lanterns and market lighting.

Alex worked on several DIY projects including all the directional signs, seating chart display, and place cards. She also provided the flowers and all the jars she collected to create the delicate table centerpieces.

Congratulations to Alex and Isaac, and thank you to my fabulous Adrienne for a flawless coordination!

Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Catering: Villa Capri
Bakery: Flour Power
Photography: Photography By Paul


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