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!

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!


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