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Leo Carrillo Ranch Barbecue Wedding

Rustic Weddings

“Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?” may be one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard — especially when that barbecue takes place at Leo Carrillo Ranch in California. Artistrie Co., wed (, and Moments in Bloom set to work photographing and designing Amanda and Wences’ wedding day, which was full of great things like over-sized “Love” beach balls floating in the pool, a variety of delicious cakes, and potted succulent favors for the guests.

Leo Carrillo Ranch barbecue wedding - photo by Artistrie Co

From the bride, Amanda: We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable rather than formal. Being from Southern California family barbecues are a staple all year round for each of our families, they are weekend events where everyone gets together to catch up, eat good food, and enjoy each others’ company. So when it came to planning our wedding we thought, “Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?”

peach bouquet - photo by Artistrie Co

Ruffled - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding details - photo by Artistrie Co

bouquet with thistle - photo by Artistrie Co

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Artistrie Co

bridal party - photo by Artistrie Co

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Artistrie Co

ceremony chair flowers - photo by Artistrie Co

ceremony setup - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding ceremony - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding ceremony - photo by Artistrie Co

white rose boutonniere - photo by Artistrie Co

Once we found Leo Carrillo Ranch we could immediately start seeing our wedding vision take shape. Since the site itself used to be actor Leo Carrillo’s home we are getting that literal feel of having a special event at a family member’s house. The site itself is everything that we love, from the hacienda style architecture to the canyon and natural wildlife that surrounds it. We knew that we did not need to do much to the site itself to make it beautiful, so it was going to be in the details that we chose that would make our wedding special and uniquely ours. Having oversized lawn games, a photo booth, and gourmet tacos are fun ways we thought could merge the backyard family barbecue feel into our wedding day.

favor table - photo by Artistrie Co

succulent wedding favors - photo by Artistrie Co

favors - photo by Artistrie Co

rustic wedding sign - photo by Artistrie Co

backyard reception - photo by Artistrie Co

outdoor reception - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding signs - photo by Artistrie Co

sweetheart table chairs - photo by Artistrie Co

centerpiece flowers - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding cake table - photo by Artistrie Co

bundt cake - photo by Artistrie Co

chocolate wedding cake - photo by Artistrie Co

pool balloons - photo by Artistrie Co

cake cutting - photo by Artistrie Co

wedding dance - photo by Artistrie Co

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Wedding Vendors


Artistrie Co.

Event Design

wed (


Moments in Bloom


Leo Carrillo Ranch

Bridal Store

Archive Bridal, Here Comes the Bride

Wedding Shoes

Jimmy Choo


Bauble Bar

Hair and Makeup

Secret Salon

Groom's Attire

The Black Tux


Soho Taco

Wedding Cake

Kuba Kreations

Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes


Farm Tables and More, San Diego Party Rentals

Succulent Favors

Oasis Plants

Photo Booth

Mobile Photo Booth

Wedding Invitations

Paper Source


Campbellicious Video

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

The Melideos

Sometimes our brides just blow us away with their talent, just like bride Hilary in this wedding from The Melideos (formerly Sweet Little Photographs). Hilary wanted to carefully handcraft decorations for the big day with beau Mike in order to have personal stamps for their friends and family to appreciate. Rachael of lace & likes tackled not only the day-of coordination, but also took care of the incredible floral arrangements with her company Siren Floral Co.

Leo Carrillo Ranch wedding - photo by The Melideos

From the bride, Hilary: When we started planning our wedding, the only thing we felt really strongly about was that we wanted the event to represent us as a couple. We also felt that while our wedding was about celebrating our love for each other, it was also about celebrating the love we have for our family and friends who have supported us through our relationship and decision to get married. We wanted the vibe to be romantic and laid back, but still elegant. Deciding on our venue, the Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, California, informed the rest of our design choices — rustic with vintage and handmade details.

floral arrangements - photo by The Melideos

BHLDN wedding gown - photo by The Melideos

bohemian wedding bouquet - photo by The Melideos

groom boutonnieres - photo by The Melideos

vintage inspired bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Melideos

patterned bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Melideos

It was definitely important to me to be able to make some of the decorations, myself, as I knew that this would make the event feel more authentically us. I also spent a lot of time collecting vintage pieces to add character to the event. Because I am getting my Master’s in Library Science, having a few literary details felt necessary, such as the framed literary quotes about love and the vintage books as centerpieces. I spent several Sundays at the used book sale at our local library buying up old hardcover books to make that happen! We are also very lucky in that we have some very talented friends who contributed their skills to our wedding. My mom made my birdcage veil, my sister played guitar for the ceremony, one of my good friends officiated, another friend was our DJ and our videographers were also good friends of ours. Having so many elements done by people we love really made the day feel extra special and uniquely us.

paper streamer backdrops - photo by The Melideos

wedding paper goods - photo by The Melideos

wedding ceremony - photo by The Melideos

wedding ceremony - photo by The Melideos

ceremony recessionals - photo by The Melideos

ceremony recessionals - photo by The Melideos

We decided on a range of colors including some metallic tones — plum, dusty rose, turquoise, sea foam, ivory, silver, gold. My DIY projects included the table numbers and framed signage, the seating chart window, the fan programs, and the streamer backdrop.

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding - photo by The Melideos

printed wedding details - photo by The Melideos

seating charts - photo by The Melideos

table number inspiration - photo by The Melideos

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding - photo by The Melideos

tablescape inspiration - photo by The Melideos

over sized wedding bouquet - photo by The Melideos

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding - photo by The Melideos

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I definitely recommend a long engagement! We took our time to save money and plan and the result was that we had close to zero stress and the wedding of our dreams! Also, hire your vendors carefully. Everyone I chose to work with was after careful consideration (and a lot of price comparisons). Decide what’s important to you to splurge on and what you can stand to save on. More than that, make sure the people you choose to work with are passionate about what they do and that the work they produce is not only high-quality but in line with your style. Also, for DIY brides, I highly recommend having a day-of-event coordinator so you don’t have to enlist family and bridesmaids to set everything up and can instead enjoy a mimosa and get your hair done on the morning of the wedding! Rachael and her team at Lace & Likes were life-savers for me. I had all my decorations boxed up and paired with instructions for where things should go and they executed my vision to perfection, if not better! I am so thankful for that. Lastly, do everything with love because that’s what your day is about. Keeping that attitude even in moments of stress makes a difference and transforms even the most annoying setbacks into a true labor of love.

wedding favor ideas - photo by The Melideos

modern wedding centerpieces - photo by The Melideos

handcrafted wedding ideas - photo by The Melideos

wedding cake tables - photo by The Melideos

wedding cakes - photo by The Melideos

berry toned weddings - photo by The Melideos

wedding receptions - photo by The Melideos

newlyweds first dance - photo by The Melideos

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power (performed by bride’s sister on acoustic guitar)
Bride’s Processional: “I Found a Reason,” Cat Power (performed by bride’s sister on acoustic guitar)
First Dance: “The Suburbs,” Mr. Little Jeans (Arcade Fire cover)
Father/Daughter Dance: “So Far Away,” Carole King

Wedding Location: Carlsbad, CA / Photographer: The Melideos / Day-Of Coordination: lace & likes / Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. / Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Veil: Handmade by bride’s mother / Wedding Shoes: Irregular Choice / Hair and Makeup: Alice Von Simson of Secret Salon / Caterer: Flavor Chef Catering / Wedding Cake: Elizabethan Desserts / Rentals: Anar Party Rentals / DJ: Casper VonDJ / Videographer: Heather Simons & Danny Corey

Levyland Estate Wedding

DIY Weddings

We are oh-so-excited to bring you this wedding from Mandilynn Photography, Salt Creative Co., and CozyPosies, with its abundance of personal touches and DIY details. Oh, and you see that fantastic “you’re my greatest adventure” sign? It’s up for grabs in Recycle Your Wedding, so make sure you check it out!

Levyland Estate wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

From the bride, Lindsey: Tradition, it is something that we thought about with good intentions. When we first got engaged it was all — Which song will we walk down the aisle to? Will we get married in the church his parents did? What will be my something old, something new and something blue? Chris and I gave these traditional thoughts an enormous effort, but just a few weeks in to being engaged we simply gave up. We made a very early decision to throw all “tradition” out the window. In making this decision and speaking it out loud to family and friends, something amazing happened. No one had make or break demands or expectations! We were left to plan a celebration that was utterly and completely us. Fast forward to the week of our wedding. We are in Palm Springs, at my parents house organizing bolts of burlap, DIY table numbers, hand-painted directional signs, crafted paper mobiles and shapes, hand-etched glasses, hand-sewed napkins in different geometric patterns, programs and menus (designed by myself), props we had collected, 100 14″ platters (that we had to buy in order to serve our menu family style), etc into boxes with photographs of their contents, itemized lists and renderings taped to the outside. On top of all that we are packing my parents entire outdoor living room into an 18′ U-Haul and driving 2 hours west to Carlsbad.

geometric paper goods - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

bouquet wrap ideas - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

spring bouquet - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography
Bouquet recipe: Pink peonies, white ranunculus, blush spray roses, coral dahlias, billy balls, mini succulents, viburnum, green hypericum, dusty miller, and wax flower (pink & white) wrapped with burlap, lace and twine.

spring wedding bouquet - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

ceremony tradition ideas - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

We arrived in Carlsbad with what felt like (and very well might have been) an entire 2 bedroom apartment. Fortunate for us, Levyland Estate was ours for the entire week. We choose Levyland Estate in Carlsbad for two reasons. The first being I wanted a garden wedding and my fiancé a beach wedding. Marriage is about compromise right? The second reason was I wanted to choose my vendors and most importantly not have a 11 pm shut down time. The week at Levyland Estate was a tad un-traditional. We took the “engagement photos” we didn’t deem necessary for anything, but to have some really nice photos of ourselves. We went on a craft beer tour the day before our wedding with 25 of our closest friends and family members, including my 87 year old grandma and great aunt. The week was perfect and the weather was so typically Southern California.

Levyland Estate wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

wedding ceremony - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

wedding recessionals - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

groom looks - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

Levyland Estate wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

We kicked off the night, not with a reception line or a grand entrance, but with my family of 4 and Chris’ family of 4 (bridal party + parents) walking around to each table (8 people) and giving cheers to all of guests. A perfect sentiment for us as all of them were holding the the glasses that we had hand-etched with “cheers” in six different languages, the Thanksgiving before. The cheers brought a roar to each table and an excitement from the ones to come. As we finished the last cheers, the dinner began to be served. The gastro-truck caterer I choose to fulfill my dreams of a family style meal, knocked it out of the park. Guests dug in like they would at home. Holding platters for one another, serving the heavy entrees to each person before themselves with “oohs” and “ahhs” after every bite.

chair back ideas - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

escort card inspiration - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

Carlsbad wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

Levyland Estate wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

With dinner coming to a close the slow motion video booth became an instant hit. We threw decks of cards in the air, pop balloons with hand folded paper, punches were thrown, hair was tossed and kisses were had. We skipped all traditional dances, first dance included, and started the dancing off by inviting our families to hit the dance floor together. Our craft beer was drunk, the dessert table of cupcakes and signature smore’s was devoured and to top the night off guests enjoyed a taco cart complete with hand-made tortillas. The party continued late into the night with absolutely no cut off time and Chris & I went to bed early in the morning — simply glowing. It was ultimately a celebration for the books.

place settings - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

modern wedding tablescapes - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

paper goods - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

dessert bar ideas - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. From the VERY beginning decide on the 3 things that are most important to each of you. For me it was food, venue and freedom — to choose any vendor I wanted. For Chris, it was to write the ceremony & vows ourselves, to have some photos taken on the beach and the alcohol. Then we went to each family and ask if they had any expectations or musts that you should consider when planning. For our families it was that my mother wanted to give me away with my father, my dad wanted to give his speech/toast first. Having these conversations and voicing the things that are most important to you before you get too deep into the planning is crucial. 2. This was a request from my father that I think I will tell every bride that is planning a wedding. Choose 3 words that you want to show up on your wedding day. For me I choose relaxed, organized and flippin’ fun. With those words in mind I planned every minor detail and executed a fantastic wedding.

wedding paper goods - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

wood wedding signs - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

Levyland Estate wedding - photo by Mandi Lynn Photography

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Wedding Music:
I think this was one of the hardest decisions when planning this wedding. I must have listened to 1000 songs and searched, what felt like the entire web, for things that made sense. We didn’t have any first dances or father/daughter dances so I was one hundred percent focused on the ceremony and here is what came out of it…
Guest Seating: “If Not For You,” Bob Dylan; “Better Together,” Jack Johnson; “Yours Forever,” Generationals; “I Found You,” Alabama Shakes; “On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons; “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers; “I Would Do Anything For You,” Foster the People; “Flower in Your Hair,” The Lumineers
Groom’s Processional: “Saw You First,” Givers
Bride’s Processional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Recessional: “You Make Me,” Avicii

Wedding Location: Carlsbad, CA / Photographer: Mandilynn Photography / Event Design and Planning: Bride / Day-Of Coordination: Salt Creative Co. / Flowers: CozyPosies / Venue: Levyland Estate / Wedding Dress: BHLDN “Laverne” / Bride’s Earrings and Hairpiece: BHLDN / Bride and Maid of Honor’s Shoes: Rainbow Factory / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Two Birds / Maid of Honor’s Jewelry: BaubleBar / Hair and Makeup: Swell Beauty / Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Bamboo Sunglasses: Shades of Bamboo / Caterer: The Vetted Table, A MIHO Experience / Taco Cart: San Diego Taco Company / Cupcakes: Pure Cupcakes / Bartending: ForReal Bartenders / Tables, Arch, Bar, Belly Bars: Farm Tables & More / Chair Rentals: Abbey Rentals / Slow Motion Video: Footprint Films / Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Bride / VW Bus: Family Friend’s Restored VW Bus

Aqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Color Me Rad

Any time Color Me Rad signs on to photograph a wedding, I’ll be jumping at the bit to see the result. Add in styling by lace and likes and handmade decor by the bride, and how could I not be giddy? This California wedding is packed with teal, gold, and pink, and everything our wedding dreams are made of.

teal wedding shoes

From the bride, Taryn: Justin and I grew up in the same neighborhood in San Diego and our parents have been friends our whole lives. We really became close right when I graduated high school; unfortunately that was when I moved away to Colorado. When I moved home seven years later, we both found ourselves single and reconnected – the rest was history. Needless to say, our parents were thrilled. Plus with the four of them already being buddies, it made the planning process so easy!

teal wedding shoes

Aqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

fluffy eclectic bouquets

fluffy eclectic bouquets

unique bridal nails

We really wanted to incorporate the feeling of family, including everyone, our community and neighborhood we grew up in. We asked a former neighbor (a friend of our parents and a dad two our friends who were in the wedding party) to get ordained and officiate. We also had our parents join us during the vows and take a vow to support our relationship too. Justin and I had been to a lot of weddings and I have also worked for a wedding coordinator in the past. We know what gets over done and what we love at weddings. We wanted a laid back, super-awesome party than reflected us. We threw everything out the window and started from the ground up. We had a food truck serve sliders and parmesan truffle fries (that everyone raved about) and opted for a churro stand instead of a dessert table (Justin’s favorite dessert).

teal gold weddings

modern cascading bouquet

Aqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

outdoor wedding processionals

Aqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

unique wedding backdrops

Aqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

teal gold escort cards

My BHLDN *dream dress* was everything I could have hoped for – it felt more like a gorgeous evening gown than a typical wedding dress. And my gals got to pick their own dresses (one of them even snagged hers on clearance for $20) in a mint scheme. They all felt comfortable and looked gorgeous. As an Art History major in college, I’ve always been a huge fan of color and texture. The Ranch had about 40 peacocks walking around so I wanted to reflect their colors but not too literally. I used mint as an overall umbrella and threw in a punch of blues, teals, pinks, greens and purples and pulled everything together with glittery golds. I also used fringe, metallic and mismatched fabrics (seen in the table runners and groomsmen ties my mom sewed).

teal gold weddings

aAqua + Pink Carlsbad Wedding

teal pink weddings

teal gold numbers

teal reception ideas

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would tell couples planning now that it’s all worth it. I would have past brides tell me, “Oh, relax and don’t stress out,” which would irk me since I distinctly remember them pulling their hair out and refilling their Xanax prescriptions just one year ago. Yes, you will fight, you’ll wonder why you’re not eloping and you might (okay, definitely will) cry. But that moment I turned the corner with my dad to walk down to my new husband and saw all my friends and family who travelled to come support us all smiling at me – I just let out a huge sigh of relief. All our hard work paid off and nothing could get me down now. We were ready to soak it all in and enjoy ourselves. Also: get glowsticks. Highlight of my night was jump roping (in my wedding dress) to a string of glowsticks. Moral of the story is the night is what you make of it – have fun!

teal gold decor

bride and peacocks


wedding reception toasts


single cake tables
dance floor outside

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzales
Recessional: “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels),” Arcade Fire
First Dance: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie
Father/Daughter Dance: “It Won’t Be Like This for Long,” Darius Rucker
Mother/Son Dance: “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams),” Dixie Chicks

Wedding Location: Carlsbad, CA / Photographer: Color Me Rad / Second Shooter: Katie Gardner / Event and Floral Design: lace and likes / Wedding Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Veil and Hairpiece: veiledbeauty / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Hair and Makeup: Paperdoll Salon / Bride’s Nails: Lush Wax Boutique (hand painted by Martha) / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Ties: Mother of the Bride / Wedding Caterer: Curiocity Catering / Wedding Cake: Elizabethan Desserts / Churros: Churros El Tigre / DJ: GarDouble Productions / Rentals: Allie’s Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Videographer: Josh Hamilton / Wedding Invitations and Decor: Bride, Twinkle and Toast

Eco-Friendly California Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Katrina Louise

This California wedding is right up our alley — creative centerpieces, gorgeous photography from Katrina Louise, and a happy couple that’s as cute as can be. Danielle and Shawn filled their wedding day with succulents (a perennial fave) contained in colanders and strainers pulled from secondhand shops and garage sales. We love this eco-friendly and low-cost approach to reception decor!

Eco-friendly wedding

From the bride, Danielle: I envisioned a simple/elegant/beautiful day filled with small unique details. I have always done things my own way and I wanted to have artist freedom. The best way to explain the process is to think of an oil painting, all the thousands of tiny strokes of color that eventually surfaced the most magical beautiful day we would ever experience. We wanted the whole day to feel like we felt when we listened to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Eco-friendly wedding

succulent boutonnieres

Eco-friendly wedding

blue tan bridal parties

Our wedding was the most magical, romantic and simple vintage feel. We built it to our custom needs and created a whimsical week of love. We created and designed all most everything ourselves (fiance and I). We were on a year-and-a-half-long treasure hunt for items to be re-purposed for the wedding. We hit up second hand shops, garage sales, craigslist, some new items and friends donations to build the day.

Eco-friendly wedding

ringbearers holding signs

Eco-friendly wedding

bride groom recessional

Eco-friendly wedding

vintage typewriter decor

Eco-friendly wedding

succulent wedding ideas

Eco-friendly wedding

We cloned and grew most of the succulents that we used as centerpieces and planted in the old random items I scored. We created the cool dessert pedestals that were merely spray painted candlesticks that we siliconed to plates/trays. We trekked up to the garment district in LA and bought table linens/napkins cheaper than the cost of renting linens. How could I forget about the table names that my hubby sewed lace on the card stock name tags. We had all original wacky names that meant something to us.

Eco-friendly wedding
succulent wedding centerpieces

Eco-friendly wedding

sunlight wedding portrait

Eco-friendly wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My main advice is do not be scared to go against the grain and do what truly inspires you. Everyone will give you their opinion and strong suggestions of what you SHOULD do, follow your heart. My advice is to use craigslist and thrift stores to save a ton of money. Remember that the guests will not remember the silverware you used or other things you may think you need to pay too much money for. I would also advise people to take the help that your friends/family offer, there are so many details and it all helps. Create a funny line, or a “happy place” that you and your partner can think of when you want to pull your hair out. Too Blessed to be Stressed was our motto!

Eco-friendly wedding
bride first dances

Eco-friendly wedding

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Wedding Music:
Groomsmen’s Processional: “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
Bridesmaids’ Processional: “Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Bridal Processional: “Buckets of Rain,” Bob Dylan
Recessional: “My Love is Your Love,” Terry Linen
First Dance: “Make Me Feel Your Love,” Adele

Wedding Location: Carlsbad, CA / Wedding Photographer: Katrina Louise / Wedding Venue: Levyland Estate / Wedding Flowers: Bride and family + friends / Wedding Dress: Igigi / Bride’s Hair: Diana Dawning / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Wedding Caterer: Smokehouse Catering / Wedding Cake: Andrew’s Creative Confections / Desserts: Cake Invasion / Wedding Music: DJ Don Juan / Officiant: Bride’s Uncle / Wedding Invitations: Printing Center USA

Creative Carlsbad Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Today’s wedding from Megan Ann Photography has the cheeriness of bright blues and yellows with a little pop of gold sparkle in the bride’s Christian Louboutin pumps. The newlyweds designated each table with a different state that holds special meaning to them — just the kind of personal touch we love!

newlyweds on the beach

From the bride, Elizabeth: I grew up in Southern California, but Jeremy and I live in Boston and had more out of town guests than local friends and family. We really wanted to give our out of town guests a feel for Southern California. The location was the first thing we chose – Levyland gave our guests the Southern California beach atmosphere, but was a pretty blank slate for us to work with!

gold glitter louboutins
levyland weddings sign

black bridesmaids dresses

Instead of choosing a color scheme, my mom and I picked out a fabric line that we incorporated into many of the wedding’s elements. I picked Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow as I loved the colors and felt like it really would bring out the best in the setting (plus, Jeremy’s favorite color – and eyes – are blue).

dusty miller wedding bouquets

newlyweds at altar
ribbon boutonnieres

blue wedding decor
clothespin seating chart

blue wedding decor

My mom and I are very crafty, and, as a result, the DIY projects were plentiful: I designed all of our invitations, Jeremy screen printed them, and a whole bunch of friends helped with assembly. I made all of the escort cards, table numbers, and signage, along with the guest book, my mom quilted gorgeous table runners for each of the tables, made the ring bearer pillow, and we made chocolate dipped pretzels as seating cards, all of the guys’ boutonnieres and ties. Friends of ours transformed the cinder block garage into a beautiful, soft dance floor covered in ribbons, with custom lighting.

framed seating chart

blue wedding decor

1950s wedding cake topper
blue wedding decor
ribbon wedding chair

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? One of my favorite things was the small ways I incorporated our parents and grandparents special days into ours – we used my parents’ toasting flutes, my grandparents’ (and aunt/uncle; mom/dad) cake toppers; his grandparents’ cake servers. I also wore my grandmother’s ring and carried a hankie from his grandmother. Those small things meant the world to me, and to our families and added a wonderful family touch to the wedding.

patterned wedding table runner
blue table decor
patterned wedding table runner
blue wedding decor
ribbon wedding chair
blue wedding decor

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Marry Me,” Train; “When I Fall In Love”
Ceremony Music: “I Have You,” Susan Egan; “Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait
Recessional: “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” Natalie Cole
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble
Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel

Wedding Location: Carlsbad, CA / Wedding Photographer: Megan Ann Photography / Wedding Venue: Levyland Estates / Day-Of Coordination: Joyful Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Rae Florae / Wedding Dress: Jorge Manuel “Phoenix” / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom / Hair: Family friend / Makeup: Flawless Faces / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: DanaCastle / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos A Bank / Wedding Caterer: Ranch Events / Cupcakes: Bride’s sister / Wedding Invitations: DIY by bride — paper via Cards and Pockets, fabric by Joel Dewberry

Spa Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

Photos by:

With tables full of corals and sea shell elements, Amber Karson Events and team planned a spa day to remember for bride Teresa and her important ladies in her wedding. We love how this could translate into the chicest of bridal showers for a much deserved rest and relaxation before the wedding. All captured by Abby Jiu, whose images left us daydreaming of mimosas by the pool.

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From the event designer, Amber of Amber Karson Events: There is nothing we quite enjoy more than a relaxing day at the spa with friends. Pampering oneself before your big day is recommended to release pre-wedding stress, jitters and to re-energize for the long days ahead! A spa service is also always a great bridesmaid gift! To kick off a three day weekend of San Diego wedding festivities, our bride Teresa asked us to organize a very special spa day and luncheon for the VIP ladies in her bridal party and family. La Costa Resort & Spa was a perfect venue for the relaxing afternoon.

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bridesmaids luncheon spa day

pink flower arrangementsbridal shower ideas

bridesmaids luncheon spa day

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Personalized tote bags were waiting in each bridesmaid’s locker when they checked in. After services, Teresa’s VIP ladies were invited to the beautiful spa patio for a private luncheon. A seashell wreath adorned the bride’s chair. Vintage shell stamps on the invitation introduced the party’s theme and color palette.

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bridesmaids luncheon spa day

pink flower arrangementsbridal shower ideas

bridesmaids luncheon spa day

pink flower arrangementsbridal shower ideas

Studio Fiore’s gorgeous centerpiece include lush florals and starfish & coral accents. Spa-inspired cocktails were dressed up with monogrammed paper coasters & sea shell picks to hold fruit garnishes.

pink flower arrangementsbridal shower ideas

bridesmaids luncheon spa day

pink flower arrangementsbridal shower ideas

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Shoot Location: Carlsbad, CA / Event Design and Planning: Amber Karson Events / Wedding Photographer: Abby Jiu / Venue and Caterer: La Costa Resort and Spa / Flowers: Studio Fiore / Linens: La Tavola / Monogram Paper Coasters: Preppy Plates / Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy / Tote Bags: iomoi / Swim Cap: