YouToo America Interview

I was recently interviewed by Youtoo America to talk about what I do as a wedding and event planner, and all of the amazing services I offer my clients. I love working with my special clients, and it was a great experience talking about all of my favorite details! Thank you, Amy Fuller for having me. Check it out!


Nicholas and Noura’s Wedding

A rich color palette, bold orchids, and deep purple roses, are only just a few phrases to describe the details of Nicholas and Noura’s Manchester Grand Hyatt wedding in Downtown San Diego.The reception was so aesthetically rich, that it was hard for me to choose just a few pictures to share with you! This blog post will focus on a few of my favorite details (I know, I say that word a lot), that made this day unforgettable.

So, let me walk you through the reception…
Imagine being newly married and sitting with the person you love the most at this royal sweetheart table! The romantic sweetheart table was fit for a king and queen. It was surrounded by candles, and was elevated on a platform embellished with damask details. Having an elevated sweetheart table is a nice extra touch to add, giving the couple a great vantage point to see everything that is happening during the reception, as well as creating a focal point for the guests that is visible at all times. Directly behind the sweetheart table were mauve and gold drapes, tied with large floral arrangements. The mirrored sweetheart table added a unique look to the setup, adding a glamorous touch, and tying together the mirrored touches seen throughout the reception.

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Now let’s talk about the ornate and unique guest tables.
The guests tables were decorated with different floral arrangements. Having different centerpieces and decorations add depth and variety to the room, making it much more memorable.


The first of the four guest tables, was a long table decorated with high bridged floral arrangements. Smaller rose floral arrangements in gold square vases lining the table were full of fresh blush, lavender, and white roses. These smaller arrangements accented the larger elevated floral arrangements that were overflowing with orchids, roses, and various accent flowers. Not to forget the candles! As you can see from the pictures, candles were dispersed across the table, creating a romantic element to the table’s design.


The second type of long tables were covered with beige damask table linens and adorned with linear rose floral arrangements. The taller square candle votives added some height to this table variety.


The third style of long tables consisted of candelabras adored with bright white florals. The candle light reflected off the mirrored tables, creating a romantic and comforting glow throughout the night.As you have noticed from the pictures, there were lots of candles. Candles are a great way to create a sense of intimacy in a large space. In addition, the floral arrangements were so detailed and grand, that candles highlight the elements that you want your guests to fixate on.


 The fourth and final table design was circular tables draped with gold table linen. Each circular table displayed large floral centerpieces with pearl accents draping down – contrasting beautifully with the glass vase. Each centerpiece was made of beautiful roses, full hydrangeas, orchids, and accent flowers.

This wedding definitely allowed me to led my creative abilities to my clients. Decorating your wedding reception and event is a way to represent your taste as a couple and I loved helping Nicholas and Noura incorporate their favorite flowers and dreams for their special day, into their decorations!

~ Vendors ~ Photography: Xavier Bailey Photography ~ Florals – Art Quest Flowers ~ Venue: Machester Grand Hyatt ~ Outside Caterer: Harvest Ranch Market ~ Sajj – Little Cedars

Ashley and Matt’s Highlight Video!


Check out Ashley and Matt’s highlight video! Taylor Films did an amazing job highlighting the most important details from their special day!


Mari’s Glamorous Bat Mitzvah

On a beautiful, sunny San Diego day, Mari’s friends and family gathered to celebrate a special milestone, her Bat Mitzvah. Mari was a superstar at her Bat Mitzvah ceremony and reception – take a look at the pictures!

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The party began as soon as the guests entered Mari’s Bat Mitzvah reception at the Ultimate Sky Box in Downtown San Diego.

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Guests were able to grab their escort card, which was decorated with bright blush roses, full fresh green and white hydrangeas, and a variety of accent flowers. Hydrangea and rose centerpieces are always a classic choice of centerpieces, that add a modern element to the event. The centerpieces and color palette chosen for this Bat Mitzvah would work great for a bridal shower, wedding, birthday party, and/or baby shower!

Mari's Bat Mitzvah

Take a look at the pink – glittery “Mari” and Mazel Tov towards the back of the escort card table. The words written in Hebrew- style lettering provide a glittery and glamorous touch to the Bat Mitzvah theme, and display the cultural aspects related to the Bat Mitzvah.

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Once guests grabbed their escort card, there was a, flip-book station! A flip-book station is  a different take on the traditional photo-booth. Participants were able to move, make faces, and participate with different guests, to make their very own-flip book!

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Past the flip-book station ,was a digital caricature station, that provided instant printed versions of the caricature, as well as a digital version that could be emailed to each guest. The flip-book and digital caricature station made a great impression on guests as they entered the Bat Mitzvah reception, and were memorable souvenirs from Mari’s special day.

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Guests could also write special and meaningful messages on a keepsake piece. This keepsake piece was so special – custom made for Mari, who is an avid gymnast. Guests left messages of encouragement and love for Mari to read for the years to come.

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One of my favorite things about calling San Diego home is the beautiful San Diego skyline. The Ultimate Sky Box,  was not only the perfect space for this event, but provided amazing views! The terrace boasted of views of downtown San Diego, Petco Park, and allowed the guests to enjoy the evening fireworks (Thank you Petco Park).

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On the terrace, there were foosball tables, and Dance Dance Revolution stations. Adding games for the younger attendees is a great way for them to interact with other children, especially if they are on the shyer side. It allows them to make friends and find their dancing partners! Not only are party activities a hit with the younger crowd, but they are an adult favorite too! No one is too old for Dance Dance Revolution.

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After cocktail hour was officially over, guests were invited to sit at their tables. The table decorations  for each individual table were breathtaking and so elegant!

Mari's Bat Mitzvah

Mari invited some of her closest friends to sit at her special table which overlooked the skyline of, Downtown San Diego. The long table was draped with a blush sequined table cloth, with elevated centerpieces. From the elevated centerpieces hung delicate flower vases, with a fresh flower in each one. Blush and white floral bunches lined the table, accenting the elevated flower arrangements – making for a beautiful Bat Mitzvah table.

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The remaining tables consisted of high centerpieces with the same bright blush roses and full white and green hydrangeas, as well as clear vases. Each table consisted of smaller floral bunches as well, similar to those on Mari’s table. The clear vase and elevated arrangement allowed guests to converse across the table, without blocking their view. All guests sat on clear chiavary chairs, which tied the girly and glamorous theme together.  

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Another cool detail worth mentioning is the table numbers! Each table number was unique – displaying different pictures of Mari at a different age. This was a personal touch that can be used on many occasions.

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The night was full of fun activities such as a cotton candy station, and a hat & mask decorating station that allowed guests to decorate their own hat or mask to keep with them while they danced the night away during the rest of the celebration.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at the different Bat Mitzvah details for this particular Bat Mitzvah theme. I hope they provide some beautiful inspiration for your next event!
A big Mazel Tov to Mari and her family!

~ Vendors ~
Venue: The Ultimate Skye Box ~ DJ: Classy Events ~ Photographer: Brant Bender Photography ~ Photobooth: A Little Scene ~ Catering: The Wild Thyme Company ~ Arcade Games: Arcade Amusement ~ Invitations: Whimsique ~ Cotton Candy: Sensational Treats ~ Caricature: Digital Artist ~ Rentals: APR Rentals ~ Florist: Blue Petal ~ Espresso: Joe’s on the Nose ~ Party Hats: Party Hats Entertainment ~ Event Insurance: Castle Park Insurance ~ Printer: Art Place

Matt and Ashley’s Destination Coronado Wedding

Take a look at this dream San Diego destination wedding. The weather was perfect – bright blue skies, the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge in the background, and lots and lots of love!

Matt and Ashley's Coronado Wedding

Matt and Ashley are originally from Northern California, but the bride has always dreams of having her wedding in San Diego. A couple months back, I featured a behind-the-scenes of their wedding planning experience with me. When the time finally came for them to get married, I could not help but look back on those “before” pictures, and smile when I saw the final result.

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The ceremony and reception took place at The Marriot Coronado.  During the ceremony,a string quartet played music for the guests while the bridal party walked down the aisle.

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The couple decided to add a special element – to have an artist paint their ceremony. She was able to capture the San Diego scenery, as well as Ashley walking down the aisle towards Matt.

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At the ceremony site, large floral centerpieces consisted of bright pink and blush roses, with bright white rose petals framing the isle. The altar was draped in a sheer white fabric, with a glamorous chandelier hanging in the middle, and more blush floral arrangements all across the top.

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After the ceremony, the couple took a peek at their reception venue, while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. During cocktail hour, guests could choose between an etched wine glass or whisky class with their name or initials on it. This is a unique souvenirs to feature at any event that guests will surely keep. The couple took some fun pictures by their wedding cake, which was elegant, and added a touch to the rest of their reception decor.

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The reception took place in a tent at the same venue, with open walls. This allowed the crisp San Diego breeze to blow through, as well as display the skyline lit up at night as guests enjoyed the fireworks.  Outside of the tent, there was silver and white lounge seating, that coordinated with the weddings theme, so guests could enjoy the view of the Coronado Bridge.

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Now, let’s talk about those gorgeous centerpieces! The large bright centerpieces consisted of a variety of flowers, including roses, dahlias, and hydrangeas! They were so bright, but not as bright as the bride’s smile.

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Matt and Ashley Coronado Wedding
Lightweight white fabric draped the tent, and was lit up by chandeliers as well as accent lighting.

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The two love birds sat on a comfy white love seat at their sweetheart table, with the Coronado bridge in the background. It was lined with the same bright floral arrangements as the centerpieces. Each table setting consisted of a clear charger plate, so that guests could enjoy the details of the silver sequin damask linen.

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I loved working with this special couple – and was so happy that I could make their dream San Diego destination wedding come true. Destination weddings are some of my favorite events to plan, especially since San Diego is the #1 desired spot with lots of beautiful venues to choose from. As a San Diego wedding planner, I can show my clients the best venues in San Diego, that meet all of their requirements. Ashley and Matt, it was a pleasure working with you and wish you all of the happiness and love in the world!

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Ashley and Matt, it was a pleasure working with you and wish you all of the happiness and love in the world!

~ Vendors ~
Venue: Marriott Coronado Coordinator: Events by Gisele Photographer: Brant Bender Photographer Videographer: Taylor Films Florist: Blush Botanica Rentals: All Star Rentals Linens: APR Linens Lounge Chairs: Hire Elegance Trio & Harp: Caprice