Weddings

Planning Your Wedding With, Events by Gisele

San Diego Wedding Planner

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

Delia and Feras’ Grand Hyatt Wedding!

Everyone deserves to have their dream wedding become a dream come true! And that is why I am so excited to share the details from Delia and Feras’ dream wedding!

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The couple, originally from Arizona, decided to celebrate their love here in San Diego. I enjoyed showing them different places where they could have their ceremony, as well as connecting them with vendors that would best cater to what they dreamed for their big day.

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The ceremony took place at the beautiful Immaculata Catholic Church on the University of San Diego campus. The church itself is breathtaking and was delicately accented with blush and cream florals. Because the church is so ornate and rich, it was important to not over-decorate the space, which would take  away from its pre-existing beauty. Hanging from every other pew was an elegant bouquet of fresh flowers, that coordinated with the bridal party bouquets, as well as the two tall  arrangements framing the altar.

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After the ceremony, the guests made their way over to the Manchester Grand Hyatt while the wedding party took some quick pictures at USD. USD is a beautiful campus and is a great place to take pictures before or after the ceremony.

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The newlyweds were glowing as they took their first pictures as husband and wife! Just look at those smiles!

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The blush bridesmaids dresses are proof that not all bridesmaids dresses have to look the same! They were stylish and the fit and color was flattering on everyone in the party. The groomsmen were stylish as well, in their well-tailored suits and blush bow ties.

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Every single detail in Delia and Feras’ wedding created a cohesive and one-of-a-kind look for their big day. The bridesmaids bouquets perfectly matched their dresses, as well as the brides’ bouquet, which was a mixture of blush and cream florals with rhinestone accents. As you can tell from the pictures, all the floral details went  together perfectly throughout the day.

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I love helping design the sweetheart table a little bit more than the rest of the room. This is the place where the bride and groom get to look at their beautiful party and take a quick break from all of the dancing. But most importantly, it is the place where they get to share their first meal as husband and wife together and admire all of the people that joined them in celebrating them and their new journey.

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The sweetheart table was a elegantly decorated with gorgeous, fresh orchids, cascading from the tabletop. Framing the lucite sweetheart table was a floral arch consisting of a variety of blooms, including orchids, and  white and blush roses. Hanging from the inside of the floral arch were five chandeliers, perfectly lighting up the flower arrangement and framing the newlyweds.

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The rest of the room was beautifully decorated as well. Some tables were covered with ornate gold mica overlay, while others were covered with rich gold blush linen . The round tables were decorated with tall floral arrangements consisting of blush and cream florals, that matched the other arrangements throughout the room. The long tables were assigned for the wedding party and immediate family and  decorated differently with one big flower arrangement towering over the table and smaller arrangements, mixed with the romantic candlelight. Candles on all of the tables added a romantic feel to the already romantic florals.

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Everyone danced the night away on the bright white dance floor with the couple’s initials displayed in gold. They enjoyed the traditional Jordanian zaffe as well as live music by Jamal Kassab and band!

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Last but not least, we have the cake!  The cake sat on a glass top cake riser  hovering on top of a rich gold rosette table linen and a crown like structure made of a fresh, lush, white and blush flower arrangement. It looked great, and tasted great too!

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I am so happy Delia and Feras chose me to help them plan their dream wedding! I loved the cohesiveness of all of the details and design, and wish them a lifetime of health and happiness! Congrats Delia and Feras!

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Vendors
Venue: Grand Hyatt – Florist: ArtQuest – Linens: APR – Dance Floor: HCD Dance Floor – Entertainment: Jamal Kassab and Band – Zaffe: Sa’id Dance Group – Photographer: Emilio Azvedo – Videographer: Taylor Films – Transporation: San Diego Limo Buses – Invitations & Menus: Whimsique – Printing: Artplace

Chelsea and Alexander’s Regal Winter Wedding!

Full of so many personal details, a gorgeous venue, and of course most importantly; love, Chelsea and Alexander’s San Diego winter wedding was quite perfect!

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The couple chose to have their ceremony at St. Therese Catholic Church, with the reception followed  at the, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.

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In between, the wedding party stopped at the historic Balboa Park for some quick pictures! If thinking about a destination wedding in San Diego, Balboa Park is a picturesque place for a wedding ceremony, reception, or a backdrop for pictures of your special day.

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Now lets talk about the reception! Chelsea and Alexander decided to veer away from having the reception in a banquet hall, and chose instead a luxurious upscale tent complete with elegant draping and warm lighting.

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Guests sat at romantic candle lit tables draped with regal navy blue table linens, and flashy gold chargers and chairs. A variety of lush white floral arrangements were placed on every table, complimenting the richness of the navy and gold details.

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It was important for the couple to incorporate their Middle Eastern culture into their festivities. During cocktail hour, guests munched on delicious freshly made sajj, hummus, as well as other yummy treats.

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A traditional Lebanese Zaffe escorted the lovely couple into their wedding reception, equipped with drums, swords, and elaborate costumes.

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A special dessert table was also featured with a variety of Lebanese sweets made by grooms mother, as well as other sweet treats!

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As if the cake wasn’t already fit for a king and queen, the couple cut their wedding cake with an ornate sword and sipped champagne out of custom made glasses.

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As a fun way to end the night after lots of dancing and celebrating the newlyweds, the couple chose to have a Mexican food truck show up at the end of the night, providing the remaining guests with a delicious midnight snack. 

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 Congratulations Chelsea and Alexander! 

 

 

 

Katie and Kyle’s Santa Barbara Wedding!

The sun was shining and love was in the air at Katie and Kyle’s Santa Barbara wedding!

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Whether the couple chooses to their first look before the ceremony or during, it is one of the most special moments of the day, and certainly exciting for the bride and groom. Katie and Kyle chose to do the first look before the ceremony, which allowed them to experience the special moment in a more private setting.

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The lush green landscape at the Santa Barbara Polo Club served as a great spot for Katie and Kyle’s ceremony, which was held in front of the score board, and reception.

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Even though the day was full of that famous California sunshine, once the sun sets it does get chilly. With that in mind; red, navy blue, and white shawls were placed at the guests tables to keep the guests warm in between dancing.

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Katie and Kyle’s whole day was full of details that had a deeper meaning. Because the couple met while attending college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, they decided to incorporate their alma mater’s colors; navy blue, gold, and red.

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Another personal touch was the different food stations that served different cuisines from around the world. Each cuisine was chosen from a country or region that held a special meaning for the couple. For example, a Cajun food station was present because the bride and groom got engaged in New Orleans!

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  Personalized signs at the open bar added a nice touch to the wedding, reminding their guests to eat, drink and be merry!

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The sweetheart table boasted of a rich gold sequenced table linen and romantic red florals accented by gold mason jars.

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Touches of gold were also present in other details throughout the wedding, like a gold “love” wedding topper that added some pizazz to the wedding cake.

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As a fun way to end the night after lots of dancing and celebrating, guests formed two lines and lit sparklers, forming a walk way that allowed the newlyweds to walk away into wedded bliss surrounded by their family and friends!

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Sommer & Joe’s Fairytale Wedding!

Hello, it’s me again! I am excited to show you Sommer and Joe’s wedding! It was a pleasure working with the lovely couple, and together we pieced together all of the details to make for one BEAUTIFUL wedding.

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The ceremony was held at the church of the Immaculata at USD. After the happy couple said, “I do”, everyone headed over to the Hilton Torrey Pines.

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The ballroom was transformed into a romantic and classic reception area, boasting of a variety of white and lilac colored floral centerpieces of different sizes, elegant white drapery, and soft lavender lighting.

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The cake was white with touches of lilac and silver embellishments, as well as flowers. The metallic sequined table linen was the perfect pop of sparkle, adding just the right amount of glitz to the cake table.

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The couple decided to add a unique touch to their wedding, a customized coffee bar by Eurobar!

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It was such a joy helping Sommer and Joe make every detail of their fairytale wedding come to life!

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Church- Church of the Immaculata — Venue- Hilton Torrey Pines — Chairs- APR — Lighting and Drape- Julius
Photographer- Emilio Azevedo

Rita & Andy’s Elegant Grand Hyatt Wedding

Let’s take a look at Rita and Andy’s royal wedding reception! Rita wanted to make sure that her wedding was different, and that is exactly what we did!

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Venue- Grand Hyatt — Cake- Fab Cakes — Chairs and Linens- American Party Rental — Lighting- Encore Event Technologies — Photo booth- San Diego Photo Booth Rental  

Heather & Sasha’s Modern University Club Wedding

Heather and Sasha’s day was so special. Their vibrant colors, personal touches, and venue made it a wedding to remember! They had the entire downtown San Diego as backdrop, a view that only University Club, atop the Symphony Towers could truly provide.

Siegel Thurston Photography took the incredible images for the day. They are so talented at what they do, and we are so excited to share their images with you from this beautiful city wedding.

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Adele from Flowers on 56 provided the florals for this event.The use of green is so on trend and provided color to the urban backdrop. Focusing on those pops of green and tons of texture, she added Kale and green Mums, and plenty of leafy foliage to the maid of honor bouquet. She continued that green color in the reception.

For the bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, and flower crown, she kept it to white and cream colors. This was truly a combination of modern and fresh, with touches of sweet feminine accents. Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-75heather3Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-91Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-95Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-143Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-144Sasha & Heather Wedding Web-306

The ceremony was held on the dance floor, which made for an easy transition to the reception area for the guests. The venue, The University Club atop Symphony Towers, was a perfect choice for this wedding. It added it’s upscale and modern city feel- and prevented need for added transportation. With all accounted for, this beautiful wedding went without a hitch!

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The florals, brought simple elegance to each table at the reception. Each table held a centerpiece of green or burgundy orchids in a vase. Surrounding the vases were rings of more color: green orchids, or burgundy orchids mixed with similarly colored roses, and Scabiosa for added texture.

The city at times can provide a lot of grey tones, the use of bright pinks and greens brought the room to life.  When using bright colors we suggest simple arrangements and decor options to keep the decor looking upscale and modern.  This was a truly unique wedding that stands out with an urban feel with plenty of color.

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The cake, made by BabyCakes San Diego, was a perfect compliment to the decor of this wedding. Florals topped the cake instead of a traditional cake topper, and the cake table had simple decor and reflected the feel of the classic city lines with the bright contrast of color. Simple, yet beautiful orchids were used to bring life and more color to the room. And of course, what is a wedding without plenty of candles adding to the romantic scenery.

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We were so honored to help plan Heather and Sasha’s San Diego City Wedding. We love customizing the colors and look to reflect the couple, and this one was truly off the charts in it’s artistry. Best of wishes to the happy couple.

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Photographer: Brett from Seigal Thurston Photography | Venue: University Club atop Symphony Towers | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Events By Gisele 

Floral Designer: Adele from Flowers on 56 | Cake: BabyCakes San Diego | Rentals: APR Fine Linens

Hair & Makeup: Casey Brook | Emcee/Conductor: Eugene Kaminsky | Band: Sasha Green Music

Alexis & Jamil’s Marriott Marquis Wedding

Alexis and Jamil’s San Diego Wedding can be described as: luxe, elegant, light & beautiful! Events By Gisele had the amazing opportunity to plan and coordinate this incredibly special occasion.

The ceremony was held at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego. It was a beautiful ceremony, complete with fun end of aisle flower arrangements of Dusty Miller, peach Garden Roses and Stock, from Lois Matthews Design.  Thanks to Emilio Azevedo Photography for capturing the day so spectacularly!

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Alexis wanted touches of femininity- we achieved that with light pink bridesmaid gowns, a beautifully textured sweetheart table linen in pink rose pattern, and with light colored pink, white, and peach colored blooms: roses, orchids, hydrangea and dusty miller. We especially LOVE this escort card table with the elegant orchids and glass accents!

The room at the San Diego Marriott Marquis was brightly lit thanks to the use of tealight candles everywhere, and the beautiful illumination of lighting expert Tim Altbaum (now Vario Productions). 

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The cake table was another spectacular sight: made by San Diego’s BabyCakes, and wrapped with blooms all the way to the top. More blooms clustered at the bottom, and a similarly elegant table linen graced the candlelit table. The epitome of lovely, just like the rest of this wedding! Alexis and Jamil, thanks for allowing Events by Gisele to plan your wedding!

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Photographer: Emilio Azevedo Photography | Venue: St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Marriott Marquis San Diego | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Events By Gisele 

Floral Designer: Lois Matthews Design | Cake: BabyCakes San Diego | DJ: DJ Tony Shamoun

Rentals: APR Fine Linens | Lighting & Draping: Tim Altbaum Productions

Invitations: Whimsique Designer Invitations & Stationary | Videographer: John B Productions

Rayya & Gabe’s Grand Hyatt Wedding

I had the pleasure of helping Rayya and Gabe bring their visions to life for their wedding at the amazing Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego on a lovely July day. This San Diego venue was a perfect location, the ballroom glistened with orchids, crystals, and candles everywhere. The photographs are breathtaking and truly show the magical elegance of the day- thanks to Cean One Studios.

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Rayya wanted the color scheme to be blush, so we added accents of Amnesia and Silverton Roses provided by ArtQuest Flowers to the decor. They really help add a feminine and soft aspect to the elegance and shine from the linens and trees.

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We decided to use two different shaped tables- each with different centerpieces. The long tables were decorated with a long runner full of blush-colored flowers Rayya envisioned, and tons of dreamy floating candles. The oversized round tables were hallow in the middle, with a shimmering linens and a Manzanita Tree adorned with crystal and more blush colored roses to tie the tables and color scheme together. Special-made linens were used for family tables. It was this attention to detail that really made the whole wedding come together perfectly.
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The sweetheart table was one of my favorite aspects about this wedding. Orchids spilled off the side of the clear table, housing more blush rose petals and more orchids. Truly a statement piece. All these lovely decorations came together beautifully. The end result? An exquisite and magical reception, and a very happy couple. So much love to you both!
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Photographer & Videographer: Cean One Studios | Venue: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, First United Methodist Church San Diego

Floral Designer: ArtQuest Flowers | Caterer: Harvest Ranch | DJ: Premiere Events Group

Rentals: Bridal & Event Lounge, APR Fine Linens, Monico Decor, Fusion Decor | Singer: Farah Ibrahim Farah

Second Photobooth: A Little Scene | Transportation: Spectrum Limousine

Ashley and Joe’s Coronado Wedding

Ashley and Joe’s wedding can be described as “simple elegance”. Attention to detail was key, and adding upscale elements to bring the brides vision to life truly brought this wedding together.  They were married at Mary Star of the Sea Parish and held the reception at Coronado Golf Course– the perfect backdrop for this bright bloomed wedding.

P.s. How cute are her Kate Spade hot pink pumps? We’re in love with the shot of them and the pink bougainvillea petals. DNA Wylie Photography did an incredible job capturing the day.

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Every bride dreams of peonies at her wedding, if you don’t believe us go look at every bride-to-be’s Pinterest page!  This bride’s bouquet from Root 75 was the epitome of glam with it’s huge, show-stopper peonies, and touches of garden roses and dusty miller.

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 When contemplating an outdoor cocktail hour or reception you have to take into consideration elements you can’t control, such as the wind.  By repurposing a wooden champagne case into a flower box , we were able to place escort cards inside and account for the unpredictable. Centerpieces and other small arrangements were used in the space to add color and texture. The use of quality flowers, in moderation, allowed us to achieve the look of class without overdoing it. And because of that- funds were put into all the other important details that truly made this day what it was.

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Sweet Cheeks Baking Company provided the beautiful one-tiered cake (adorned with a sweet ribbon and more peonies and garden roses), as well as the many bite size delectables on the lovely dessert table. We couldn’t be more happy with how this one turned out- congratulations Ashley & Joe!

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Photographer: DNA Wylie Photography | Venue: Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Coronado Golf Course

Floral Designer: Root 75 | Videographer: Roldan Productions  | DJ: San Diego Event Dj David Cutler

  Cake & Sweets: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene 

Paper Goods: Brightly Designed | Transportation: Top Dog Limo Bus | After Wedding Flower Donation: Heliotrope for Hospice