Anthony and Ashley wedding celebration at the Pacific Terrace

Anthony and Ashley wedding celebration at the Pacific Terrace

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It’s paradise as long as I’m with you.

L’Auberge was the couple’s place for their wedding spot -both for the ceremony and the reception. Auberge translates to a historical association between an Inn and a restaurant – The venue has different areas that can be used for weddings and other celebrations. Anthony and Ashley utilized all of them!

  • The ceremony took place in the mesmerizing Pacific Terrace -named like that for the majestic view of the ocean.
  • Cocktails were enjoyed in the Sunset Terrace.
  • The reception was held in the Platinum Ballroom.

L’Auberge takes pride in helping to make that special day perfect for you. They have romantic accommodations, Bridal changing rooms, different areas overlooking the Pacific, and helpful staff. Their experience was evident in Anthony and Ashley’s day as it went spotless.

Roses are red

It was impossible not to notice the rose petals along the aisle and in different spots at the wedding. Aside from giving the area a romantic, ethereal look, rose petals have been a symbolic icon of weddings for ages! They represent passion, virtue, and love. 

Speaking about love, many pairs of eyes got moist as Ashley’s dad walked her down the aisle. It was that quintessential moment when the father delivers the bride. In this case, Ashely’s dad literally gave her hand to Anthony -she went from being loved by her father to being loved by her husband. What a moment! 

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It all went uphill from that moment, as the couple chose “It is not unusual” by Tom Jones for their first dance. But here’s the catch: Paul and Pavlina danced a choreography from the show Dance with the Stars. Their moves and steps would’ve made Barbara Mandrell green with envy (for the youngsters out there, replace the reference with Zac Efron and Vanessa from High School Musical). Paul got rid of his jacket, and Pavlina changed into a short dress; glamour is fantastic, but practicality had to be applied for the couple to shine at the dance floor.

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The scenery was breathtaking, the weather was fantastic, and love… L-O-V-E was in the air that day. That Friday, Anthony and Ashley chose to officially become husband and wife. How lucky we got to partake in the fun, the views, and an overall feeling of joy.

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After the officiant declared them husband and wife, Anthony gave a hilarious hop which triggered laughter and a round of applause. That kind of happiness cannot be concealed. The newlyweds marched out with Vivaldi -and his Four Seasons -towards the reception.

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L-O-V-E is Simple

Who cannot feel anything but empowered and exhilarated as Beyonce signs Crazy in Love? That was the hymn the married ones chose for their triumphal entrance -and judging for Ashley’s eyes, you could tell those lyrics applied to her. 

It was terrific watching Anthony and Ashley dancing. The devotion in Anthony’s eyes in their first dance -while he mumbled the lyrics to her. The happiness and good vibes as they “got down” with Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on the dance floor (smoking hot if you ask us.) The complicity as they exchanged looks in their final dance. They wouldn’t let go of the other! It was sweet and 


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Twice as Nice: A Double Wedding Celebration

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 Mark and Stephanie

Mark and Stephanie’s wedding was a true celebration of love. From the moment they got engaged, they knew they wanted their wedding to be a reflection of their love and the life they wanted to build together.

The wedding ceremony was held in a beautiful and serene environment at San Diego Safari Park, with classic decor and a stunning flower arch. Stephanie looked radiant in her gown, and Mark was dashing in his suit.

The reception was held at a picturesque venue overlooking the ocean. The decor was elegant and timeless, with soft pink and white flowers and gold accents. The couple’s first dance was a magical moment, with their loved ones surrounding them on the dance floor.

The food was delicious, with a selection of mouth-watering dishes and decadent desserts. The speeches were heartwarming, with family and friends sharing touching stories about the couple and their journey together.

The wedding favors were personalized jars of honey, which symbolized the sweet beginnings of Mark and Stephanie’s marriage. The dance floor was packed all night, with guests celebrating the love of the newlyweds.

As the night came to an end, Mark and Stephanie shared a kiss under the stars. It was a beautiful wedding, filled with love, laughter, and sweet memories that will last a lifetime.

Brent and Hannah

Brent and Hannah’s wedding was a beautiful and intimate celebration of their love. The couple decided to keep things simple, focusing on the things that were most important to them.

The wedding ceremony took place in a small garden same location with Mark and stephanie, surrounded by their closest family and friends. The bride wore a stunning, love-inspired gown, while the groom looked dapper in his elegant suit.

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The couple exchanged heartfelt vows, promising to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The ceremony was filled with love and emotion, with not a dry eye in the house.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshing drinks. The reception was held in a cozy, candlelit space, with long wooden tables adorned with simple, elegant floral arrangements.

The menu featured classic comfort foods, such as mac and cheese and fried chicken, along with some delicious vegetarian options. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away to the couple’s favorite tunes.

As the night came to a close, the couple shared a sweet first dance, surrounded by their loved ones. It was a beautiful and unforgettable celebration of their love, filled with warmth, joy, and sweetness.


Venue Review: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Dressed to Impress



The double wedding of Mark and Stephanie with Brent and Hannah is a momentous event. Guests from far and wide are expected to grace the occasion, and everyone is expected to dress to impress. The couples have chosen a formal theme for their wedding, and the guests are expected to dress accordingly.

In conclusion, the double wedding of Mark and Stephanie with Brent and Hannah promises to be a memorable and elegant affair. The dress code is formal, and the guests are expected to dress to impress. The couples are sure to look stunning, and the guests will be talking about this wedding for years to come.


The Perfect Soundtrack



The perfect soundtrack for the double wedding was a blend of classic and contemporary love songs. The playlist included upbeat and romantic tracks that kept the energy high throughout the reception. From Paul williams to the cannibal queen, every song was carefully selected to set the tone for a joyous and unforgettable celebration of love.

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Did You Know:

  • The B-52’s formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. The original lineup consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, and Ricky Wilson. They are known for their unique blend of new wave, punk rock, and surf music.
  • The band’s name is inspired by the beehive hairstyles that Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson often wore, which resembled the nose cone of the B-52 bomber plane.

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The ceremony itself was beautifully planned and executed. The bride and groom exchanged vows with each other, as well as with their partners, in a touching and heartfelt display of love and commitment. The officiant did an excellent job of guiding the proceedings, weaving together the unique stories and traditions of both couples into a cohesive and meaningful ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lively reception filled with music, dancing, and plenty of delicious food and drink. The reception space was tastefully decorated with elegant floral arrangements and twinkling lights, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.


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Did You Know:

  • “Isn’t It Romantic” was written by the famous American composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart for the 1932 film “Love Me Tonight”. The song has since become a jazz standard, with many artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, recording their own versions.
  • Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “Isn’t It Romantic” can be found on her 1956 album “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook”, which features her interpretations of many of the duo’s most famous songs. The album is considered a classic and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Devon and Aimee’s wedding at Botanical Oceanside CA

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Forever in Love: Devon and Aimee’s Whimsical Wedding

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Devon and Aimee’s Outdoor Wedding: A Celebration of Love in the Sunshine

Devon and Aimee’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of love and commitment. Held on a sunny day in a picturesque outdoor venue, the wedding was a perfect reflection of the couple’s personality and style.


The ceremony began with the arrival of the bride, who looked stunning in a flowing white dress and delicate veil. As Aimee made her way down the aisle, Devon’s eyes filled with tears of joy and anticipation. The couple exchanged heartfelt vows and rings, promising to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to a lively reception complete with music, dancing, and delicious food. The newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple, surrounded by their loved ones who cheered and applauded.

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Dressed to Impress

Devon and Aimee’s wedding party was a stunning display of fashion and style. The groomsmen looked dapper in their perfectly-tailored black suits and crisp white shirts, complemented by matching black bow ties and polished leather shoes. They exuded confidence and sophistication as they stood by Devon’s side, adding a touch of elegance to the ceremony.

The bridesmaids, on the other hand, were the epitome of grace and beauty. Dressed in flowing, pastel-colored gowns that perfectly complemented Aimee’s own dress, they added a touch of femininity and sophistication to the ceremony. Their hairstyles and accessories perfectly matched the overall theme of the wedding, creating a seamless and beautiful look.

Together, the wedding party was a perfect blend of style and elegance, radiating joy and happiness on this special day. The groomsmen and bridesmaids were a stunning complement to the bride and groom, reflecting their unique personalities and love for each other.

Overall, Devon and Aimee’s wedding party was a true display of fashion and style, showcasing their impeccable taste and attention to detail. They left a lasting impression on all who attended, creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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The Perfect Soundtrack

The wedding day was full of love, laughter, and all the little things that made it unique to David and Tierra. They kicked things off with some classic R&B hits like “Spend My Life” by Eric Benet ft. Tamia and “For the Love of You” by The Isley Brothers, and then Tierra made her grand entrance to the soulful sounds of Snoh Aalegra in “Find Someone Like You.” The whole ceremony was so beautiful, and it was clear that these two were totally meant to be.

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Did You Know:

  • The song was not originally written for the movie “Grease.” The songwriters, John Farrar and Barry Gibb, had actually written the song for a different project, but it was later used in “Grease” when the filmmakers heard it and decided it would be a good fit for the movie.
  • The song was almost cut from the movie. When the filmmakers were putting the final cut of the movie together, they considered cutting the “You’re the One That I Want” scene because they felt that it slowed down the pacing of the movie. However, after some convincing from the choreographer, the scene was kept in and ended up becoming one of the most memorable moments in the movie.

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Throughout the day, the couple’s love for each other shone through in every aspect of the wedding. From the heartfelt speeches given by family and friends to the small details that reflected their unique personalities, it was clear that this was a wedding that was truly about celebrating the love between Devon and Aimee.

As the evening drew to a close, the couple shared one last dance together before making their grand exit. They left the wedding hand in hand, ready to start the next chapter of their lives together. It was a beautiful day filled with love, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Did You Know:

  • “The opening drumbeat of the song was actually inspired by the sound of a car engine. According to the Bee Gees’ drummer Dennis Bryon, he was sitting in a car waiting for the traffic light to turn green when he started tapping out the rhythm on the steering wheel. That rhythm eventually became the famous opening beat of “Staying Alive.”
  • The song was originally written for another film before it was used in “Saturday Night Fever.” In 1977, the Bee Gees were asked to write a song for the film “Thank God It’s Friday,” which was also about disco culture. They came up with “Stayin’ Alive,” but ultimately decided to give it to “Saturday Night Fever” instead, where it became one of the most iconic songs of the era.

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David and Tierra at Twin Oaks House and Gardens Wedding Estate

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Love in Bloom: David and Tierra’s Beautiful Wedding Day

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From Enterprise Car Rental to Forever: A Love Story

A Match Made at Enterprise Car Rental David and Tierra’s love story began when they met while working at Enterprise Car Rental in Los Angeles. They quickly realized they had a special connection, and on their first date, they bonded over art at LACMA museum and delicious Mexican food at El Cholo’s.

The ceremony began with the arrival of the bride, who looked stunning in a flowing white dress and delicate veil. As Aimee made her way down the aisle, Devon’s eyes filled with tears of joy and anticipation. The couple exchanged heartfelt vows and rings, promising to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to a lively reception complete with music, dancing, and delicious food. The newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple, surrounded by their loved ones who cheered and applauded.

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Dressed to Impress

David’s groomsmen looked dapper in their champagne and beige tuxes with black lapels and pants, perfectly complementing the elegant and romantic vibe of the wedding. Tierra’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous magenta spaghetti strap dresses that perfectly accentuated the lush greenery and colorful flowers of the wedding venue. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a beautiful complement to Tierra’s stunning white gown, making the whole bridal party look like a picture-perfect vision of love and beauty. The guests also added to the elegance of the day, as many were dressed in shades of beige, champagne, and magenta, creating a cohesive and stylish color scheme throughout the celebration.


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The wedding day was full of love, laughter, and all the little things that made it unique to David and Tierra. They kicked things off with some classic R&B hits like “Spend My Life” by Eric Benet ft. Tamia and “For the Love of You” by The Isley Brothers, and then Tierra made her grand entrance to the soulful sounds of Snoh Aalegra in “Find Someone Like You.” The whole ceremony was so beautiful, and it was clear that these two were totally meant to be.

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Did You Know:

  • “Spend My Life” was written and produced by R&B legend Babyface and was released in 1999.
  • “For the Love of You” was originally recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1975 and has been covered by numerous artists over the years.
  • “Find Someone Like You” by Snoh Aalegra was released in 2019 and was included in her critically acclaimed album “Ugh, Those Feels Again.”

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Once the ceremony was over, it was time to party! The DJ, DJ Mark (also known as DJ CheckMarks), kept the music flowing all night long, and the dance floor was packed. They started things off with some sweet and sultry R&B love songs like “Best of Me” by Anthony Hamilton, which was their most memorable song. But pretty soon, the party really kicked into high gear with some classic funk hits like “Candy” by Cameo and “Before I Let Go” by Beverly and Maze, followed by some of the best 90s and 2000s R&B and hip hop. Everyone was having so much fun, and the energy in the room was amazing.

Did You Know:

  • “Best of Me” by Anthony Hamilton (played during Parent Dances) was released in 2005 and became one of his biggest hits, peaking at number seven on the Billboard R&B chart.
  • “Candy” by Cameo (played during dance) was written by band leader Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins, and features a distinctive synth and bassline that became a signature sound of the band.
  • “Before I Let Go” (Played at the top of dance) by Beverly and Maze has been covered by several artists over the years, including Frankie Beverly and Maze themselves, who re-recorded the song for their 1981 album “Live in New Orleans.”
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Sebastian and Shana’s wedding at Twin Oaks Gardens in San Marcos

Sebastian and Shana’s wedding at Twin Oaks Gardens in San Marcos

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The couple chose Two Oaks Gardens in San Marcos, as their wedding location. The place is dreamy, to say the least. You get transported back to 1891. The place is surrounded by an amazing green landscape with beautiful trees and a feeling of intimacy. The place serves as an ideal wedding location but the spot is also a great choice for fine dining and dancing!

And speaking about dancing, let me tell you a little bit about the music selection for Sebastian and Shana’s wedding. The lovely couple chose Matt Samuel’s “Now that we found love” as their newlywed song.

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Another proof of that was the song Shana picked for the Bouquet toss moment. The epic “Wannabe” by the Spice girls. If you remember the 1990s, you remember how this song smashed the top list, spreading a message about “girl power” worldwide. The Spice Girls – more than a music group – was a movement that provided a female alternative to boy bands – which were huge at the time.

You recall them as crazy, goofy, and beautiful, but that image was not an accident, and in fact, the concept took a while to get defined. The lyrics of this famous son are about the value of friendship. By the way, the title “wannabe” has nothing to do with the song, but it was catchy! The line “friendship never ends” became the band’s motto, and also a credo for all groups of girls back then. As Shana and her friends took over the dance floor, there was no better companionship than this song. 

Fun fact about Sebastian and Shana’s wedding. Since this was a polish wedding, some polish songs made the request list, among them Balkanica by Piersi. I think it’s super cool when couples find a unique, fun way to honor their heritage, through the food, the décor, or in this case, the music. Now, originally, a polish wedding is a very long event, current wedding guides in Poland advise for a “standard wedding lasting 12 hours, and the bride and groom should serve between four or five hot entrees, as well as pastries, cake, and fruit!” can you imagine? 12 hours!

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Sebastian and Shana

Hi folks! Here’s another great wedding, and another great tale to tell. This time, we were honored to be part of Sebastian and Shana’s union. Let me tell you a little bit about it.

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For their cake-cutting ceremony, the selection was “2 Hearts” by Sam Felt. Now, the original meaning comes from the Dutch language and it doesn’t have an exact translation for English. The talented Sam Felt joined the UK duo Sigma and Gia Koka for this gold piece. The song starts with trumpets and gives the melody a triumphant tone.

The energy is palpable through the tone, and the tropical notes give the song unique happy vibes. And of course, this is a love song, “Two hearts are better than one…” is repeated throughout the song. Happy, vibrant tunes are always a great choice for cutting the cake; although some couples prefer something more solemn. 

But, right from the start, you could tell, that despite all the romantic details, Sebastian and Shana’s celebration was going to be all about the fun. About joyously celebrating life.

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As always, I like to highlight those details or moments that made this specific wedding special. Here is my take on Sebastian and Shana’s wedding:

  • The way Shana and Sebastian shared the dancefloor as they danced with their father and mother respectively. Seemed such an intimate, family moment!
  • When Shana’s friends gathered around a cell phone on the floor and started recording, what I imagine it’s going to be a video they will cherish for a long time.
  • The cake was simply beautiful and surrounded by all kinds of yummy tiny desserts and candles. Behind it was the wedding date and one simple but powerful word: “Endlessly”
  • The way color was present in every aspect of the wedding, the chairs, the flowers, the table cloths… it was amazing to watch. 
  • Last but not least, how Sebastian and Shana’s wedding morphed from being a solemn ceremony to a great, big party where friends and family seemed to have the time of their lives. 

Thank you Shana, and thank you, Sebastian, not only for having us during your special day, but to give us proof that true, everlasting love is as powerful, real, and present as ever!

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Jason And Erin’s wedding celebration at the Bali Hall

Jason And Erin’s wedding celebration at the Bali Hall

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The Ceremony and the reception were held at the Bali Hali. If you haven’t been here, this location has been an all-time favorite in San Diego for over sixty years. They have a friendly efficient staff; but truthfully, hardly anything would stain an event held in a such beautiful spot. Nothing compares to the mesmerizing view of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline.

This place was the canvas where Jason and Erin painted their first brushes as husband and wife. And thankfully, we were invited to witness it and to set some great music.

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Jason and Erin – favorite moments

Every wedding has its memorable events and details. I loved, for example, the sign at the entrance that read “Welcome to our forever.” Those little details, that changes a normal, conventional phrase and turn it into something different make you smile.

The cake was also very cool, with different colors all over it!

But, if I had to pick, it was the vows.

Picture this: you have an amazing sunny day, the ocean and San Diego’s skyline behind it, and a gorgeous couple completely in love. Then the groom starts his vows by reading the lyrics of 500 miles by The Proclaimers, and everyone: bride, minister, and guests bursts into laughter.

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Jason and Erin

Sunny Cali shone in all of its splendor on Jason and Erin’s wedding day.

It was a day of good music, good food, amazing views, best friends, and a young couple commencing their journey as a family.

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Jason and Erin – the tunes, the beats, and the sounds

For the recessional song, Erin and Jason picked the classic “Signed, sealed and delivered” by superstar Stevie Wonder. The song speaks about getting back to your loved one and putting yourself to their mercy. A fun fact, there are four names under the song’s credits: Stevie, Lee Garret, and Syreeta Wright, and the fourth one is? Steve’s momma!

The famous song is featured in the films Crooklyn (1994), Now And Then (1996), You’ve Got Mail (1998), and Laws Of Attraction (2004).

The Mother and Son song was another great one. No matter how many times you hear “I’ll be there” by the Jackson Five, your heart still skips a beat when young Michael Jackson reaches those high final notes. The song is a statement of unconditional love, even if your loved one parts ways with you. What better example than a mother wishing all the happiness in the world to her son, as he gets married?

Can you believe Michael Jackson was only 11 years old when he recorded it? Of course, Mariah Carey’s version is also a great one. But the original version transmits that unique sentiment; innocent, pure, and truthful.

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The First Dance – Jason and Erin

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The song Jason and Erin chose for this special moment was “Make you Feel my Love” by Adele. This is a cover, as the original one was recorded by Bob Dylan in 1997, and included in his album Time Out Of Mind. There’s a reason why the British singer decided to make her own version, in an interview she said: “I wrote 9 songs in a short space of time, I was really feeling in those songs, though.

I was bitterly upset and then my manager played me this Bob Dylan song ‘Make You Feel My Love.’ The lyrics are just amazing and summed up exactly what I’d been trying to say in my songs. It’s about regretting not being with someone, and it’s beautiful.”

And as beautiful as the melody and lyrics are, what was really emotional, was how the guests reacted to Jason and Erin dancing together. The couple, of course, were immersed in their own world, looking intently into each other’s eyes. But their friends and family couldn’t hide their happiness, as they all stare in awe. How could you not? With such a beautiful bride?

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Jason began with a powerful phrase, he said: “Erin, I know you and I love you.” Stating that he knew they were both going to be tearful by then, and decided to cheer his bride up. I just loved it!

Erin also moved everyone with her words, as she said that those 4.5 together had turned her into a better version of herself.

It was a fun, exciting, beautiful day, and we only wish this is only the first of many happy milestones in their lives as a couple. Enjoy your “forever”, Jason and Erin!

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Alex and Sam at the beautiful Pine Hill Twin Oaks

Alex and Sam at the beautiful Pine Hill Twin Oaks

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Here’s a small taste of what I’m talking about:

The location

The bride and groom chose beautiful Pine Hill Twin Oaks as their wedding location. The venue advertises itself as an experience that will transport you to late 1800! Like a page ripped off a storybook. The location is surrounded by tranquil waterfalls, bushy gardens, and a romantic vibe that gave the ceremony a touch of intimacy and charm.

This private mountaintop retreat is filled with the most amazing trees; there were some native California Live Oaks, Cedar Pines, and lovely Manzanitas.

The décor inside the venue matches that earthy feeling with wood everywhere and brown tones. It all felt really close to Mother Earth – but not in a rustic way, more like a fairy tale feeling.

Of course, such a setting provided the perfect spots for the photoshoot.

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The original meaning of the song, as lead signer Mattew Ramsey said was to talk about the importance of being in a band. How he cannot fathom experiencing his fame, and the crazy ride he’s living in all by himself. The band helps him celebrate his success but also get through life challenges.

And I can only imagine brides experience something similar. The wedding preparation, all the must be ready, and organized – it’s an overwhelming process. Including the big day! But having your family, your bridesmaids, and your friends by your side makes everything easier, and happier. I guess Alex and Sam feel their happiness is multiplied by sharing their joy with their “bands.”

The last song I want to mention about this wedding, (and continuing on the subject of thanking the guests for their presence), is the song Alex and Sam selected for the cutting the cake part, which is HOLY by Justin Bieber.

A controversial figure, no doubt, Bieber wrote this song reflecting on how he acknowledges he went off the rails for some years but rededicates his life to God. And this new way of feeling spiritual, Bieber attributes to the moment he got married.

The song was a lovely set for that wedding moment; a reminder that couples are reborn when they get married. And a new, spiritual bow, links them together.

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Another day, another wedding. Even when the media is trying to engulf us in a wave of pessimistic news, here comes a great event, and a lovely couple to prove to us life is actually pretty good. I don’t know if it was the historical place, the views, the music, or the way Alex and Sam gazed at each other during their wedding, that uplifted my entire mood.

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Let’s talk some music…

I just love when the whole wedding vibe matches. The music selection was spotless for this one. For the 1st song, Alex and Same chose Latch by Disclosure & Sam Smith. Now, let me tell you I’m a big fan of Sam Smith. His “Dancing with a Stranger” is one of those songs that when it pops out, will inevitably make me sing, whether it is in the car or wherever. This song, however, was originally created by Disclosure, they wrote the song in a funky, very distinct beat from other dance tunes you hear out there.

The fantastic chill track features the warm, catchy vocals from Smith. The band had the track ready. In just one day, Sam Smith had the vocals ready. The singer recorded his own acoustic version, and his candid about it. He says the Disclosure version makes you so euphoric, that you just need to start dancing! And that’s exactly the effect that caused during Alex and Sam’s union – it was a euphoric moment when you know something amazing is about to start.

Now, moving on… when we talk about wedding songs, of course, the 1st dance comes to mind, the mother and father dance, those are your typical. But this couple was detailed enough to carefully select meaningful songs for every part of their wedding. For example, the Bride’s song was: One Man by Old Dominion.

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Favorite moments – Alex and Sam

A very fun fact I learned when I met them, was that Alex and Sam are big fans of Disney. So, it was no surprise when I entered the salon, and there were certain details and décor that resembled Disney’s unique princess effect. The honor table might as well have been featured in one of the princesses’ weddings!

At the top of the reception. The bride and groom gave it all by singing and dancing “Don’t stop me know” by Queen, and the crowd was on fire. Funny thing, in this reception I saw a lot of singing along; usually, guests limit themselves to dance, and a few cheers here and there. This group of people sang with all their strength. It was fun! Another moment was when all the ladies toasted on the dance floor, singing “I wanna dance with somebody” by the late Whitney Houston.

In all truthfulness, my very favorite moment of the day was during the ceremony. The Minister looked deeply into Sam and Alex’s eyes and gave a simple request: “Love each other the best you can, with all of your hearts.”

Wouldn’t the world be happier and better if we all did that? One thing I am sure, Alex and Sam started with the right foot. We wish you all the happiness in the world and thank you for making me part of your special day.

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Dylan & Maia wedding ceremony at the University Club Tower

Dylan & Maia wedding ceremony at the University Club Tower

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Dylan and Maia picked the Main Ballroom at the University Club as their wedding location. If you’re not familiarized with it, the University Club Tower is one of San Diego’s premier social and business spots. The tower is one of downtown’s tallest buildings (which paid off at the ceremony, but we will cover that further). The club proudly displays luxurious facilities, including private rooms business meetings areas. Still, nothing compares to the 360-degree view of beautiful San Diego at the top, making it perfect for weddings. 

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Such a heavenly view, You’re such a heavenly view

Every couple is different, and therefore, every wedding is also different. I like to remember and point out what makes each celebration memorable and unique. In Maia’s and Dylan’s union, what struck me was the intimacy. Everything seemed close, intimate, and cozy from the ceremony through the reception. And of course, that view!

I cannot think of a more stunning way to appreciate San Diego’s gorgeous view than from atop the building. The timing was also spot on. As groom and bride officially became Mr. and Mrs., the sunset accompanied them from a 360-view -spotless! And that same feeling of intimacy -even during the dance party, where the guests nailed those dance steps -permeated the event.

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Another weekend, another spectacular union! Dylan and Maia sealed their destinies together, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.

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’Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars

I’ve been to my share of weddings, both as a guest and as a deejay. And tons of them use Pachelbel’s Canon as the processional song. Along with “Here comes the bride” is the traditional choice. Nonetheless, the song has some interesting beginnings and history.  

The song starts with an 8-note bass line, with more instruments joining as the bass repeats (hence the word canon, which means music that repeats). This is why it is ideal for weddings because it can be timed to the length of the procession (no one wants to be speeding through the aisle). Pachelbel, a German composer wrote this song among many other pieces of church music.

Interestingly enough, the song was received by tepid critics and was not even considered for weddings. When and why, he decided to compose the song is still unknown. In 1980, the movie “Ordinary People,” starring Mary Tyler Moor, featured the music. If you remember, the film won tons of accolades, including Best Picture, but still, the song wasn’t that famous.

What made brides and grooms then fall in love with the piece? Ah! How we love royalty! Because when Prince Charles and late Princess Diana had their fairy-tale wedding, the royal couple used another baroque composition. Then, Pachelbel, and other baroque composers, received much-deserved attention. Of course, nowadays, people may choose Ed Sheeran or other modern artists, but Pachelbel’s Canon has a perennial charm. 

With these beautiful notes with no lyrics, Maia walked to the aisle to change her future into an even brighter one as she exchanged vows with Dylan. 

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I’m gonna give you my heart, oh

Let’s get back to the music a little bit. The couple opted for “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay for the recessional song. The song has everything to get a crowd inspired, fantastic lyrics, and a catchy melody. This song was recorded during the sessions for Ghost Stories with Avicii. Chris Martin, Coldplay’s leading man, invited Swedish EDM talented artist Avicii to contribute to the song.

 If you follow Coldplay, you know that it is usually Martin himself who plays the piano, but in this case, he asked the Swedish artist to add his majesty to the piano contribution. Martin confessed he felt he was “cheating” on his band, but the result was worth it.

Chris Martin said: “What that song represents on Ghost Stories is the release after you’ve climbed the mountain – after you’ve done anything challenging. That’s why that song is so unashamedly happy and danceable: because that’s what it needed to be. I love singing it. I know we didn’t break the mold, but it’s just so fun to play.”

A touching piece of trivia here, this song was Joe Biden’s late son Beau’s favorite song. The music played after the acceptance speeches of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris following their victory in the US 2020 presidential election. Even more touching, Chris Martin and the band performed the song at Beau’s funeral back in 2015. 

With such a fantastic music selection, the party officially began. For their first dance, the couple chose Ed Sheeran’s and his unmistakable velvety voice. Dylan and Maia even did a little choreography during their first dance; it was very fairy-tale-like! 

Friends and family gathered at the floor, and they traveled the decades dancing and singing, from the Beatles’ Twist and Shout to the final song, “A thousand years” by Christina Perri. 

The bride looked beautiful; the view was stunning; the event was marvelous. Dylan and Maia, I hope the future is bright for you and your loved ones. Let us be grateful to witness such sunsets, such fun, and such love. 

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Chris And Vanessa wedding ceremony at the the Westgate Hotel Ballroom

Chris And Vanessa wedding ceremony at the the Westgate Hotel Ballroom

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Let me start by talking a bit about the location. You see? Christopher and Vanessa chose The Westgate Hotel -precisely the Versailles Ballroom -for their union. However, the ceremony took place outside of the premises. If you’ve lived enough in San Diego, you must know this place is a jewel lavished with mesmerizing crystal chandeliers and artwork that depicts valuable heritage, tradition, luxury, and elegance. Opening its doors for the first time more than 50 years ago, the event was called a “contribution to San Diego’s steps toward a metropolitan city.” 

Just as fun trivia, let me share that the building (considered ultra-modern back in the 70s) cost $14.5 million. The complex has many amenities, including Roll Royce limousine service back then). It is understandable why it was dubbed “America’s most beautiful hotel.”

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I feel at home when I’m around you.

You know how I’ve been mentioning the elegance and lavishing details about this wedding? Well, let’s add something to this note. Despite the luxurious location, the chandeliers, the roses, the interaction between groom and bride couldn’t be more natural, fluid, and charming. I love to witness that at weddings. There was no façade, no rehearsed movements; Christopher and Vanessa went with the flow, enjoying every single moment of their day, from the most solemn to the “leave-everything-in-the-dance-floor” part. 

For instance, during the cake ceremony, it turns out the cake was hard to cut! Which is not that uncommon. Instead of showing a worried face or stress about such a menial detail, Vanessa and Chris had tons of fun, laughing, and putting their whole bodies into it, until that stubborn first slice came out. 

Isn’t what weddings are supposed to look like? Two people who enjoy each other’s company so much want to share their happiness with their beloved ones. 

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And we’re on our way to glory.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that no matter what, love always prevails. Through the peaks and valleys of our lives, our existence carries on. And with those thoughts in mind, I wrapped up Christopher and Vanessa’s magnificent wedding. What better way to start fresh this 2022 than being part of such a fun, charming event?

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With that preamble, you can imagine what kind of event was Vanessa and Chris’s wedding. The ceremony -held outside -featured rose petals everywhere, including the aisle where Vanessa walked looking stunning, but most of all, looking like a woman in love. And speaking about love, it was such a cute, fun moment, when Chris (as he was saying his vows) repeated the part of “I promise to love you.” The crowd laughed as the officiant pointed out how much he liked that part.

After the ceremony, Vanessa and Christopher were officially pronounced husband and wife; the crowd moved inside for the reception. 

There, the royalty-vibe continued, not only because the ballroom is stunning itself but also the tasteful decoration that adorned it. The sweetheart table was one of my favorite parts, with lots of white roses, candles, and breathtaking details. 

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Now there’s time for us to spend

Let’s talk music.

The newlyweds chose the song “Pluto Projector” by Rex Orange County for their first dance. In this song, the author confesses his love for his significant other. He also is hopeful these feelings will last forever. The second verse of the song actually talks about marriage because Rex -in his own words -said he imagined himself in wedlock with his partner.

He calls for an encore on this life again. He also does not shy away from admitting his mistakes and failures while admitting that he can be a ‘boy’ in his thoughts at times. The song reaffirms that where there is understanding, compromise, and communication, “forever” is possible. And with such amazing lyrics, Christopher and Vanessa swayed, looking into each other’s eyes. 

The father and daughter’s song was no less emotional. Vanessa and her father danced Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. Carlisle, a contemporary Christian singer and author wrote this song for his daughter. He was looking at some family photos and suddenly realized his daughter Brooke was bound to leave the household in a few years. Bob Carlisle said the lyrics just “poured out” of him, and he immediately recorded the song. The melody and lyrics are not only about fatherhood but reflection and gratitude. Like when we look back and see we’ve done pretty good, despite all odds. It also triggers appreciation for time well spent. 

And if someone spent their time very well, were the guests at the wedding. Because once the lights were dimmed and the hip hop began, the dancefloor became a stage. 

A remarkable way to start my year. Christopher and Vanessa, I wish your journey together be as your wedding day did: filled with laughter, joy, and tons of love.

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Grant And Shyanne wedding at beautiful Sacred Mountain at Julian, California.

Grant And Shyanne wedding at beautiful Sacred Mountain at Julian, California.

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There goes my baby

Shyanne and Grant opted to have their wedding at beautiful Sacred Mountain at Julian. California. The whimsical place provides several spaces for weddings, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and the reception, celebrations are guaranteed to be beautiful. Romance and nature blend through these 61 acres of untouched land. Sacred Mountain is a preferred spot for elopements, family reunions, retreats, and weddings. 

The place looked fantastic with a great selection of lighting, chairs, tables, and décor. Family and friends arrived at the location, but beforehand the photoshoots happened. Grant and Shyanne decided not to see each other before the ceremony, preserving a little mystery for the big moment. 

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By far, Presley’s most famous song is about love even though in the movie he doesn’t sign it to his love interest, but to his grandmother on her birthday. The movie soundtrack topped the US charts in #1 and stayed there for 20 weeks! Until Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours reached #1. George Weiss -the song’s author -was a military bandleader in WWII; he also wrote other iconic hits such as “What a Wonderful World.”

It was indeed a wonderful day for Grant and Shyanne, as the ceremony ended, and they officially became husband and wife.

Until I’m ready… Crazy Little Thing called Love.


After the ceremony, the reception area was all groomed and ready to receive the guests. The details in cream, light pink, and tropical flowers matched the ambiance and the relaxed vibe of the groom and bride. Dinner was served in a taco buffet -which the guests much appreciated! And every single of them was ready to enjoy and celebrate. Grant and Shyanne decided to skip the sweetheart table and, instead, sit among their loved ones. The whole area felt cozy and comfortable. 

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Once I stepped into the ceremony area, with the magnificent circular arch and the beautiful wooden and green deco, I knew Grant’s and Shyanne’s wedding would be fantastic -I was not wrong.

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This thing called love.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was that the officiant was the father of the groom. How immensely cool is that? Every single word uttered by Dad was said with deep emotion and the highest sense of love. It was a fantastic experience. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The wedding procession walked down the gorgeous aisle, when suddenly! Oh! The family dog walked as well! I am a firm believer that a wedding should be the reflection of a couple’s personality -not following a script designed by a stranger. Grand and Shyanne nailed this part; everything about the wedding said a bit of them as a couple and as two people very much in love. 

Shyanne appeared, looking stunning beyond words, arm, and arm with her father. The song they chose for the grand entrance was “Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley’s King of Rock. This song was included in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii. The funny thing is that no one of the movie producers wanted to include it; Elvis insisted on recording the melody for the motion picture. Since then, the song has been featured in many movies, such as Coyote Ugly, Only Fools Rush In, and Disney’s Lilo & Stitch. 

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It was time for Shyanne and Grant to take the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple. The song they chose was a lovely tune called “Butterflies” by Macey Musgraves. Macey was inspired to write this song when she met her future husband, Ruston Kelly. Macey confessed: “Everything from the lyrics down to the production really represents this floaty, dreamy feeling that I got as soon as he came into my life. I had just met Ruston, so my world had been completely flipped upside down, so this is a great sonic representation of that.” Ruston Kelly must’ve felt the same way as he proposed to Musgraves on Christmas eve.

I loved the way the songwriter expressed it because it was the same type of experience one got from watching Grant and Shyanne as they looked at each other’s eyes while dancing. As if they couldn’t wait for the rest of their lives to begin, but at the say, they wished to stop time and enjoy this dreamy feeling. And guess what?… the family dog was present at their first dance as well!

It was 6:30 pm, and the husband and bride took advantage of the golden hour to take some fantastic photos together. From that moment on, everyone dedicated themselves to having fun! The dance floor was packed and alive until the wedding day reached its ending. Family and friends said goodbye to the newlyweds as they marched away with Freddy Mercury singing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” 

Grant and Shyanne, we loved being part of your wedding -may all the blessings and happiness accompany your journey as a couple.

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