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Contemporary La Jolla Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

When you’ve got a bride who’s heavily engrossed in the art world, it’s a safe bet her wedding is going to be a thing of beauty. Such is the case with this lovely day from Jacqueline Schlossman / READYLUCK, HauteFêtes Fine Weddings & Events, and The Dainty Lion. There was no shortage of modern decor and jewel toned accents, all coming together for a look that’s fresh and stylish.

contemporary La Jolla wedding - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

From the event designers, HauteFêtes Fine Weddings & Events: Nicole and Davey are probably the most low maintenance couple I’ve ever worked with. When we met, their only request was to help create a colorful, contemporary wedding, filled with purples, oranges and pinks. It’s not surprising given their background. Nicole’s family is from England and heavily involved in the La Jolla, CA art world – Nicole owns an art gallery; her mother, Margaret Jackson, is an avid art collector and serves on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla; and, her father owns Cavallo Vintage Motorsports. Getting to work with such an artistic family as well as so many different gem-tones was brilliant, and really inspired the rest of the décor for their wedding.

wedding ring - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

wedding dress detail - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

pink hydrangea bouquet - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

ring bearers - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

La Jolla church - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

wedding ceremony - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

golf cart wedding portrait - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

fuchsia bouquet with succulents - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

Being right on the Pacific ocean, the couple wanted to make sure their guests could enjoy the beautiful view and get a real sense of the breathtaking downtown La Jolla (aptly named since it means ‘jewel’ in Spanish). The ceremony was held at St. James by the Sea and the 300+ person reception followed at the La Jolla Country Club. While the Club has beautiful Spanish bones, we wanted to offset the more traditional feel. So, we created a modern vibe through custom Osborne & Little table runners, black and white La Tavola linens accented with gold sequins, bright pops of floral, specialty Casa de Perrin flatware, brightly colored butterfly name cards at each of the place settings, and a family-style food service, all while paying homage to the character of the venue with vintage wood tables and mirrors.

wedding reception - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

wedding favors - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

succulent favors - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

LOVE marquee sign - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

flatware details - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

Ruffled - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

Ruffled - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

colorful centerpiece - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

Following dinner, we laid out the spectacular display of Michele Coulon sweet treats – each bonbon a little jewel itself! And finally, guests bid the couple goodbye with sparklers as Nicole and Davey sped away in their sky blue vintage Aston Martin getaway car. Color was infused all throughout the decor and kept the space feeling light and bright. With so many people in attendance, the colorful palette also helped to keep the event wonderfully intimate and fun. Being a part of this wedding was so special, and getting to witness the love that these two have for each other and their families, was so meaningful. Their personalities were spotlighted throughout, my favorite being the illuminated “LOVE” marquee sign on the mantelpiece above the head table, which for me added the cherry on top of this perfectly, colorful day!

La Jolla beach wedding - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

framed wedding menu - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

dessert table - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

wedding cake - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

Ruffled - photo by Jacqueline Schlossman for Readyluck

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Wedding Vendors


Jacqueline Schlossman / READYLUCK

Event Design and Planning

HauteFêtes Fine Weddings & Events

Floral Design

The Dainty Lion

Ceremony Venue

St. James by the Sea

Reception Venue

La Jolla Country Club

Wedding Dress

Ines Di Santo

Bridal Store

M Bride La Jolla


Michele Coulon Dessertier

Wedding Music

Republic of Music


Vario Productions


Classic Party Rentals San Diego

Table Rentals

Allies Party Rentals


Casa de Perrin


La Tavola Linen


Often Wander

Marquee Sign

My Marquee SD


Ampersand Collections

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Kara Anne Paper

Kara Anne Paper specializes in luxe, illustrated wedding invitation suites and custom calligraphy. Her one-of-a-kind designs are tailored to reflect her clients personality and wedding vision. Kara Anne provides a personable experience from the first introduction and throughout the entire wedding planning process! To see what is going on in the studio, visit and @karaanne_paper on instagram.

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Herbarium Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

I spy with my little eye… flowers. EVERYWHERE. From the sweets to the stationery (and even to the jewelry!), this charming shoot from Roberta Facchini Photography and Snowdrops Weddings and Events is pure romantic chaos. We love the harmonious randomness of the succulents that line the aisle and the thin botanics that decorate the tablescape. Give a bundle of stems to Palais and they’ll bring you pure art! And that cake display with 7 cakes and more sugar than we could ever hope for? We are floored. Now go enjoy this English garden as much as we did!

Herbarium Inspired Wedding Ideas - photo by Roberta Facchini Photography
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Roberta Facchini Photography

Event Styling

Snowdrops Weddings and Events

Floral Design



Number 16

Wedding Dresses

Ellis Bridal

Wedding Veil

Federica Bruno Couture

Bridal Accessories

Wild Rose Accessories

Earrings and Cufflinks

Sea Meadow Designs


FEU Diamonds

Wedding Shoes

Emmy London


Lauren at The Bridal Base


Erin Makeup

Flower Girl Dress and Accessories

Little Bevan

Wedding Cakes

Elizabeth's Cake Emporium

Tabletop Rentals

Classic Crockery Event Hire

Plaster Tiles

Tactile studio


Eagle Eyed Bride

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Clarence Chan Photography

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

Featured in: Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, Be Minked, District Weddings, Artfully Wed, Bridal Musings, Intimate Weddings, United with Love

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Eco-friendly Engagement Rings with Arctic Ice Diamonds

Fashion & Beauty

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Today we’re excited to talk about one of our favorite things – diamonds! We are in full engagement season swing, and we know you you are too – you’re probably wondering what more there is to these gems than the famous 4 C’s. That’s why we invited Arctic Ice Diamonds to help explain the difference between lab grown diamonds and naturally mined diamonds. This way, you and your significant other can make an informed decision as you shop for your sparkly bridal bling.


Fact 1: Regardless of how they’re grown, no two diamonds are the same. Each gem has its own unique recipe of cut, clarity, color and carat that are combined to create a stone with a brilliant, sparkly finish.

Fact 2: Lab grown diamonds have the same dazzling appearance as mined diamonds, and even expert gemologists cannot tell the difference when comparing them side by side.

Fact 3: The only difference between a lab grown diamond and a mined diamond is that one grows above the ground while the other grows below the ground.

Fact 4: Lab grown diamonds will cost 30-40% less than mined diamonds, though they still use the highest standards of diamond grading.

Fact 5: Lab grown diamonds are not synthetic like diamond simulants (think cubic zirconia or moissanite). Rather than being created to imitate a natural product, lab grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds.


The “New Diamond” has been gaining some major traction with environmentally-concious couples, and Arctic Ice Diamonds is the proof in the pudding that beauty never has to be sacrificed for a good cause. Their company began with a mission of protecting the earth while simultaneously providing wedding and engagement rings that have 100% of the characteristics of the naturally mined diamonds we’ve always known. We encourage all our soon-to-be brides to try a few of these gems on for size, and we can’t wait to see how your eyes gleam. Peruse our top 10 picks below!

This post is sponsored by Arctic Ice Diamonds. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations. We love documenting emotion across the globe, family and best friends, yummy food and delicious wine!

As romantics at heart, we really strive to capture a romantic and timeless look in all of our photographs. We think when you look at your images now, or 20 years from now, they should evoke a sense of romance, real life, real love and who you are at this stage of your relationship. We also realize the details that go into making your wedding unique and reflective of your personalities are important too. You can rely on us to capture those details as story-telling elements on your wedding day. Our style can best be described as classically modern.

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