Shine on America – Patriotic Wedding Inspiration

Red, white, and blue, and a whole lot of love! I recently had the privilege of working with some of my favorite vendors in order to create a patriotic inspired wedding photoshoot at, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. This styled photoshoot is bound to give you lots of ideas on how to incorporate your military service or love for your country into your special day. Let me walk you through the day and show you some of my favorite details that will be perfect for your military or patriotic inspired wedding!

Patriotic Wedding Inspiration

My good friend, Beata, of BZM Photography, was there to capture the whole day from start to finish. We started our day off at Nicole Miller, which has a beautiful selection chic and classy wedding dresses. Our bride Meghan, was fitted into a form fitting wedding gown, with simple details and a high neckline.

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Her classic and preppy wedding dress went perfectly with the rich and lush grounds of, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, and pops of colors seen throughout the shoot.  Our groom, Nathaniel, wore a tailored suit with a bright red-bow tie. The groom’s fitted navy blue suit, crisp white shirt, and vibrant red bow-tie paid tribute to his career as a Marine in a trendy way.

Nicole Miller Wedding Dress

The rustic props and florals were styled by, Floral Design by Ari. The bridal bouquet featured a hint of burlap, full white peonies, and tiny hints of red and blue, to complement the patriotic themed wedding. The simple bouquet played well with the natural textures of the surroundings, and would be perfect for a bride or bridal party any season.

Patriotic Wedding Bouquet

Over by the cake (which we will talk about next), were pieces of antique furniture and accents that tied together the photoshoot. The sturdy details were complemented by fresh flowers. My favorite part of this photoshoot was the sign that read, “always & forever”, surrounded by fresh tulips and a lace accent. Using signs is a way to incorporate sweet sayings into your wedding, and can be easily used to accent a variety of themes.  

Patriotic Wedding

Now onto the cake! The cake created by, Sweet Cheeks Bakery, was a masterpiece! The four-tiered cake had subdued red and blue hints, with bold red dahlias cascading down the cake. The sweet treat sat atop a cake stand adorned with flowers with lush greens under it. The wine barrel was an addition that added to the rustic and patriotic charm of the shoot.

Patriotic Wedding Cake

Patriotic Wedding

Finally, we can’t forget about a man’s best friend! It would be hard not to include this cute not-so-little fur ball in our photoshoot, completing his wedding look with an American flag bandanna tied around his neck. Incorporating your pet in your special day is another way to add a personal touch to your special day, and include your four legged family member(s). 

Patriotic Wedding

I loved working with the different vendors on this creative shoot! It is a reminder that there are chic and trendy ways to incorporate the most important elements of your life into your wedding, and also display the things and details that are the closest to your heart.

Vendors – Location: – The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe – Coordinator: Events by Gisele –  Photographer:  BZM Photography – Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery – Flowers & Props: Floral Design by Ari – Linen: APR Boutique Event Rentals – Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller – Makeup: Liz Margin – Hair: Victoria Sexsmith of Studio Savvy – Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedos and Suits


A Very Stylish Garden Party – L’Auberge Hotel Styled Photo Shoot

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” – Peter Pan

Garden Party Inspired Shoot

Tea first please! I am so excited to share with you this styled shoot. This Shabby Chic inspired photoshoot can serve as your inspiration for your next charity event, bridal shower, or birthday party!

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Garden Party Inspired Shoot

The shoot took place at, L’Auberge Hotel in Del Mar, California, which was recently rated as the #1 hotel in Southern California. After this photoshoot, I know why! The grounds were breathtaking, lush greens, English Countryside style cottages, and lots of room to soak up the Southern California sun which we are known for. Beata, of BZM Photography, photographed all of the perfect props provided by Events by Gisele, rentals by APR Rentals, and florals by Jolie Fluer (who did an exceptional job).

Garden Party Inspired Styled Shoot

A pastel damask table linen draped the large table, which featured cushioned the Louis XIV Oak Wood Rattan Chair. On the table were floral tea pots and cups, overflowing with fresh florals. Bright pink flowers made a statement in between the pastel roses and white florals. One of the reasons why I loved this shoot so much, was that if you are looking for some ideas for your Shabby Chic bridal shower or charity tea event, you can pick and choose each detail and you will still have a complete and full look for your tablescape. Each tea accessory adds to the overall look, rather than crowding it, same with the florals. I would love to see this look adapted for an elegant and chic bridal shower, which I guarantee will transform a normal bridal shower into a unique experience.

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Garden Party Inspired Shoot

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Each place setting was as full of delicate details as the centerpieces. Gold silverware sat elegantly by each gold and white charger plate. A burlap napkin with a lace border was placed on top, which went well with the wooden and rustic wicker chairs. Each place setting had a unique tea cup and saucer, which can speak to each guest’s personality and serve as a topic of conversation. And let us not forget, a single orchid for each guest. Again, each detail is pretty on its own, and even prettier all together. If you are not able to complete this exact look, pick and choose the details you like, in order to create your own shabby chic or rustic inspired event!

Garden Party Inspired Shoot

Styled photoshoots provide me with so much inspiration that I cannot wait to give my clients. It allows me to work and build relationships with vendors, and exchange ideas. I hope this photoshoot serves as inspiration for your next event. Tag #eventsbygisele on Facebook and Instagram and show me your Events by Gisele inspired look!

Vendors: Location – L’Auberge Hotel – Magazine Publisher – Heather Winfield of Fine Magazine – Photographer & Art Director – Beata Pevny of BZM Studio Photography – Event Stylist & Coordinator – Events by Gisele – Hat Designer – Aimee Fuller of Aimee’s Boutique – Dress Designer – Giti of GK Le Fashion – Boutiques – Tre Boutique and Peaches en Regalia – Wardobe Stylist – Christine Valdez – Makeup – Liz Margin of Sedona Beauty Team – Hair – Victoria Sexsmith of Studio Savvy – Florist – Alyta Milana of Jolie Fleur – Linen and Props – APR Boutique Event Rentals – Models – Sophia Alsadek, Aimee Meals, Michelle Mirandon, Sarah Z. Sleeper, Carrie D. Woodland



Planning Your Wedding With, Events by Gisele

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It’s hard to explain exactly what my clients receive when they hire Events by Gisele to plan their special events. Spending time with my clients allows me to better understand their expectations for me as an event planner, as well as their expectations for their event. When first meeting with my clients, I ask them to close their eyes and envision themselves walking into their event. I have them describe to me the details, the reactions from their guests, and most importantly, how they imagine themselves feeling as they see everything come together.

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Often times, clients do not believe that I’m with them EVERY step of the way. I accompany them to various venues, in order to ensure that the venue meets exactly what they have in mind. Many years in the business has allowed me to work with a variety of vendors, and I insist on introducing my clients to only the best; those who respect their ideas, time, and budget.

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After finding me online, Ashley and Matt contacted me to plan their dream destination wedding here in San Diego. I assured them that although they are living in Northern California, I will make the process of planning their wedding a breeze, even from many miles away.Ashley and Matt then traveled to San Diego, to meet with me and get the planning process started. Beata Pevny, of BZM Studio, followed myself, as well as Ashley and Matt, while we spent the day meeting with different vendors. These pictures provide a behind the scenes look of how an event by Event by Gisele comes to be.

San Diego Wedding PlannerWe began our day by meeting with two local rental companies. Each rental company was able to provide us with different options for our rental needs. We browsed through Milano chair, Chivari chair and lots of other options, different lounges, linens and charger plates – just to name a few! My job is not only to make sure you are working with the best vendors, but to keep you focused on your design vision, and make sure your event is aesthetically cohesive. As you can see by these pictures, we worked with different linens, chairs, and table settings to create Ashley and Matt’s ideal table for their reception.

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After visiting the event companies, we headed to two bakeries for some cake tasting! Wedding cake tasting involves tasting all of the different flavors, choosing a design, and making sure it goes with the event. It sure is a delicious bonus when planning an event!

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I always try and suggest new ideas for events, in order to make your special occasions unique and the most memorable. After we finished cake tasting, Ashley, Matt, and I headed over to a unique dessert tasting. We sampled mini ice cream sandwiches for their reception! They were delicious and definitely going to be a great addition that guests will love!

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Despite Ashley and Matt’s short trip to San Diego, we were able to visit some of the vendors they will be using for their big day. It was a productive day, and I was able to get to know the lovely couple even more before their wedding in July.I am excited to share these photos with you, in order to give you a more detailed glimpse of what exactly I can do for you! As you can tell, I will be there for you every step of the way, and will help you create the vendor dream team that will make sure your event fulfills all of your expectations!

Vendors: APR Boutique Event Rentals, Hire Elegance Event Rentals, Sweet Cheeks Bakery, Cake, Cream Ice Cream Shop

Spirt of Syria – Helping Those Who Need It Most

For the past five years, Syria has been plagued with a brutal civil war, forcing many to leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. Many individuals and families make the long and arduous journey to countries around the world, escaping the violence and desolation back home. In an effort to help the Syrian refugees, many have been allowed to settle in the United States. In fact, numerous families have recently been resettled in El Cajon, CA. Due to their situation and status, many do not have the necessary resources or opportunities to provide for themselves and families.

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 I had the honor of planning the Spirit of Syria fundraising event, which raised funds to directly help the individuals and families in San Diego. It was an educational and beneficial event that shed light on the ongoing tragedies taking place in Syria, as well as the hardships that refugees face when immigrating to a new place. The night was full of activities and events, that helped attendees greater understand the Syrian culture and participate in a great cause. As guests arrived to the Grand Hyatt Del Mar, they were able to place their bids on a variety of different donated items. These items included traditional Syrian clothing and musical instruments, services donated by San Diego professionals, paintings, and more. Attendees were also able to purchase homemade sweets made by the Syrian refugees themselves! And boy, were they delicious!

Spirit of Syria

Guests enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food made by Amerdeen, including kibbeh, hummus, and manakeesh! Before guests made their way into the grand ballroom, they enjoyed dabke performances by the young parishioners of St. George’s Dabke Group! This was just one of the first of many performances that happened throughout the night!

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Following this, guests enjoyed a performance by Tarciana the Belly Dancer, and a zaffe which performed traditional dabke! In addition, a traditional dance was performed in which the performer spins in a circle for a long period of time. This dance is a traditional Sufi dance that is hypnotizing, as the performer spins round and round without getting dizzy.

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After the performances, there was a silent auction, in which guests bid on numerous items. The night was a great night which raised money and awareness for the Syrian refugees, not only in San Diego, but around the world. Share this post to raise awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis!

Love in Palm Desert – Julie and Neil’s Modern Chic Wedding

A desert tableau, modern chic decor, and a stylish and very in love couple, makes for one beautiful wedding! As I look back at all of the beautiful pictures taken by Alicia Chandler Photography, I am reminded of all the personal details and special moments from Julie and Neil’s Palm Springs wedding.

Julie and Neil Palm Springs Wedding

La Quinta Resort will always hold a special place in Julie’s heart, as she spent many vacations and created unforgettable memories with her family growing up. So there was no question to where she wanted to celebrate the most important day of her and Neil’s lives.

Julie and Neil Palm Springs Wedding


Julie and Neil decided to go with a first look before the ceremony. This allowed them to have some private time together before having to take pictures with their bridal party.


The bridesmaids wore chic emerald green dresses, which were complimented by their white bridesmaid bouquets. The blushing bride wore a stunning lace wedding gown, that went perfectly with the modern desert theme of the wedding. Her bridal bouquet was lush and had pops of dark hues and succulent accents.



Adding initials to your wedding decor are a great way to add personal touches! On the gates that led to the ceremony and reception area were Neil and Julie’s initials. The crisp letters were surrounded by rich succulents that boded well with the warm weather. At night, the letters were delicately lit up and went perfectly with the strings of light that lit up the reception area.


The ceremony area was the perfect combination of modern and dessert details. The gold backdrop was accessorized with mirrors, and clear ornaments containing delicate succulents.Surrounding the gold backdrop were different ferns of different textures and heights. Julie and Neil knew it was going to be a warm afternoon, so they had personalized fans placed on each seat.

Julie and Neil's Palm Springs Wedding

Julie and Neil's Palm Springs Wedding

Julie and Neil's Palm Springs Wedding


After Julie and Neil exchanged vows and said yes on forever, they left with their bridal party to take some post ceremony pictures, while their guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Julie and Neil were able to take some breathtaking pictures with the mountains of Palm Desert in the background!



During cocktail hour, guests signed this adorable Kate Spade guest book, and picked up their escort card! The escort cards, which also served as the wedding favor, were dainty little planters that held the cutest succulent! This escort card and favor tied in perfectly with the succulents in the florals throughout the day.


Now onto the reception! The bridal party table was a dark stained table that had a sophisticated rustic charm to it. Wicker charger plates were placed on the table, as well as personalized sugar cookies for the bridal party to enjoy.

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Modern accents, succulents, and fresh hydrangeas decorated the long table, as well as romantic candles. What I loved about the decor from the Hick’s wedding is the variety of shapes! It allowed every decoration to have a certain unique element, while cohesively decorating the special day.

Julie and Neil's Palm Springs Wedding


On each of the guest table, modern accents mixed with succulents served as the centerpieces, and were accompanied by glass gold-rimmed chargers and vases.

Julie and Neil's Palm Springs Wedding

Everyone enjoyed celebrating Julie and Neil’s special day under the desert sky, dancing the night away with a live band and having fun in the photobooth! After the festivities were done, guests got a little more cozy at the after party and had fun the rest of the night! It was a pleasure planning Julie and Neil’s destination Palm Springs wedding, and I wish you nothing but love and happiness!