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.
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!