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!

What I liked about Liz and Zac’s wedding

22 May


Liz and Zac are a super cool couple and their wedding was a fun, fun day with a black / white and purple color palette.




Victorian architecture was the perfect backdrop for Liz and Zac’s first look at the Heritage Park in Old Town, and their ceremony took place at the Temple Beth Israel there.



Liz+Zac_10Whimsey Florals decorated the chuppah with orchid garlands and purple and white paper wheels.







Guests moved to beautiful Luce Loft for the reception. A DIY fan, Liz collected beer and wine bottles for several months before the wedding and painted them in white with black patterns, and they were filled with colorful flowers. Linens were a mix of solid and stripes to go with the black & white theme.
Personalized homemade jam was also placed at each place setting.


Curiocity Catering provided a delicious meal, and an assortment of pastries by Corner Bakery was displayed for after dinner.






Liz and Zac celebrated all night long with family and friends, and I was honored to be part of their special day. Congratulations!

Thanks to Holly with Sutography for the great pictures :)

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The US Grant Wedding Show – Part 2: Luncheon and Fashion Show

13 May


I have more pictures from the US Grant Wedding Show to share with you today.

The entire hotel hosted a fantastic wedding show in different ballrooms where brides and grooms explored different themes (French, Spanish, and English) thanks to floral designers, bakeries and talented wedding professionals.

Vario Productions provided outstanding entertainment in the Celestial Ballroom together with David De Alva, Sweet Cheeks Baking Company had an irresistible dessert display in the Crystal Ballroom where Lois Mathews Design set up a charming ceremony and Tea Gallerie served delicious tea, and La Reine Des Macarons gave a lot of sweetness in the Palm Court. Concepts Event Design provided specialty rentals for the entire show including a custom dance floor for the flamenco dancers in the Celestial Ballroom. There was also a wonderful Men’s Room with suits and tuxedos by The Gentlemen’s Tux Club.

A 3-course lunch with wine pairings was served to more than 300 attendees in the majestic Presidential Ballroom, and 10 event designers (including me!) created luxurious tabletops with the same theme in mind: Italian. Republic Of Music entertained us throughout the luncheon with great upbeat rhythms.

I asked my good friend and amazing floral designer Ana Aftahi with Anahita Events to team up with me and I couldn’t make a better decision! Take a look at the pictures below and let me know which tabletop you like the most. The fabulous Cary Pennington captured each detail for me, what a talented photographer! Thank you!

TABLE 1 – An Elegant Affair (Pink / Brown)
Imagine yourself in an Italian villa surrounded by elaborate moldings and frescoes with beautiful balconies overlooking a lake… Understated elegance with timeless charm in soft pink and chocolate brown shades






USGrantShow_Pink09Design; Styling – La Dolce Idea and Anahita Events
Florals – Anahita Events
Linens; Charger plates – Classic Party Rentals
Linen overlays; Chair sashes – Anahita Events
Stationery – La Dolce Idea
Chairs – Concepts Event Design
Photo – Cary Pennington

TABLE 2 – Circle of Tranquility (Gold / Black)
A black and gold tabletop with strong architectural elements inspired by the influence of Italian architecture throughout the centuries, from ancient Rome up to the Modernist movement in the 20th century.






Design; Styling – La Dolce Idea and Anahita Events
Florals – Anahita Events
Linens; Charger plates – Classic Party Rentals
Linen overlays; Chair sashes – Anahita Events
Stationery – La Dolce Idea
Chairs – Concepts Event Design
Favors – SoBelle Favors
Photo – Cary Pennington

TABLE 3 – Tuscan Feast (Green / Ivory)
A rustic chic table with earthy tones and fragrant herbs
You will find yourself in the beautiful Chianti area surrounded with great friends, great food, and nature’s beauty








Design; Styling – La Dolce Idea and Anahita Events
Florals – Anahita Events
Linens; Charger plates – Classic Party Rentals
Stationery; Favors – La Dolce Idea
Chairs – Concepts Event Design
Photo – Cary Pennington

The grand finale was, of course, the Fashion Show produced by Michele Martin of M Bride Salon and with the latest collection by Ines Di Santo. Each gown was absolutely gorgeous! My most favorite one was probably the Salerno gown (video clip below), do you agree?

A huge thank you to the US Grant Hotel for letting me be part of this memorable show, and I look forward to many more!

Happy Mother’s Day!

10 May

2015_Happy Mother's Day

Wishing a wonderful Mother’s Day to all of the moms I had the privilege to meet throughout my career as a wedding planner, I have so many beautiful memories!

The US Grant Wedding Show – Part 1: VIP Reception with Ines Di Santo

14 Apr

The US Grant Luxury Wedding Show took place last month and I was invited to participate as one of the designers for their fabulous luncheon. This is without any doubt the best wedding show in San Diego, and this year it was – once again – a very successful event with more than 300 brides and grooms attending.




The weekend started with a lovely VIP Cocktail Reception in the hotel’s Presidential Suite, a two-story opulent space with luxury amenities, stylish decor and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego. There, the one and only Ines Di Santo and her daughter Veronica welcomed a select group of wedding professionals for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The suite was elegantly adorned with beautiful floral arrangements, and Ines’ wedding gowns were displayed in every room.


With Victoria, Victoria Weddings & Events


With Ed Kutch, Director of Catering at the US Grant

Born in Italy and educated all over Europe and South America, Ines is a celebrated designer of bridal and evening couture, and each couture gown is the perfect combination of chic, glamorous, feminine and sexy. She is amazingly down to earth, sweet and with great sense of humor. Ines and I also chatted in Italian and she still speaks it very well!




At the end of the evening, Ines autographed her sketches and took pictures with each of us.


A huge thank you to Ed Kutch from the US Grant for including me in this event, and to Michele Martin of M Bride Salon who brought fabulous Ines to San Diego!


All the images you see in this post are by the über-talented Paul Barnett (pictured here with Ines). Thank you for sharing them with us!



In Part 2 I will post pictures of my tables designed with Ana Aftahi of Anahita Events. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the fashion show with Ines’ gowns that were presented on Day 2. Stay tuned for lots of inspiration!

Happy Easter and Passover

5 Apr


Wishing you a wonderful Easter and Passover!

Photo by Heidi-O-Photo


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