San Diego Wedding Style Shoot

Celestial Tarot Wedding Style Shoot at Quail Haven Farm, Vista CA

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This Celestial Tarot inspired shoot was all about the balance of light and dark. Just as in life or in love, nothing is all light or all dark. We wanted to show the magic of falling in love, the spell and wild feeling that love can cause within us all. I was absolutely inspired by the Tarot deck "The Wild Unknown" by Kim Krans.

Her deck says "Welcome to the Wild Unknown Tarot. You'll find no wrongs or rights in this deck, only mirrors of reflection. And that's what I really wanted to show in this shoot, the light and dark of a true and magical love. 

We kept the celestial magic theme in all the place settings with Tarot cards, and moon place cards. Our dark  plates balanced with our light candles. The Tarot cards all calling back to love and their future together being fated in the stars. Our seating charts, signage and invitation suite all call back to this theme. The dark with light always coming through.  

All the calligraphy items were hand made by Loren from Four Things Paper, and call back to the celestial theme of the shoot. 

Our flowers, with themes of the celestial in the deep reds, purples and blues, but again touches of lightness to keep things balanced. I particularly love the halo hoops above our table scape. If you practice magic or know anything about magic, a magic circle is a circle of space marked out by practitioners of many branches of ritual magic. Those who practice magic generally believe these circles will contain energy and form a sacred space, or will provide them a form of magical protection. Perfect for the bringing of two lives together as one. 

We spread the theme of magic, and the contrast of dark and light through out the shoot.  Our cake was dark and moody, like a stormy starry night but with touches of light. In the dark navy dripps where celestial sprinkles, calling back to the stars at the heart of our theme. 

And finally just a huge thank you to the team who pulled this together! It was an honor and a pleasure!


Photography: Great Woodland Photography

Venue: Quail Haven Farm

Planning: Events by Lift

Flowers: Urban Marigold

Calligraphy/signage/custom jacket: Four Thing Paper

Wedding Cake: Sweet Emma Lou

Rentals: Cedar and Pine

Tableware: Events by Lift

Beauty Concierge: Elwynn & Cass

Makeup: CocoNicole Artistry

Tarot Cars: The Wild Unknown

Vintage Car: Old Timers Classic Cars

Rings: Marrow Fine

Wedding Dress: BHLDN


Crystal Crown: Crowns and Wreaths

Grooms Outfit: Friar Tux

The Big Fake Wedding San Diego at The New Children's Museum


I am so thrilled to finally be sharing pictures from The Big Fake Wedding in San Diego, from early in January. The Big Fake Wedding is such fun event, we get to put on a real wedding for a real couple and show of the talents of some amazing San Diego Wedding Vendors. SOOO there is a lot to share so I'm going to apologize in advance for the crazy long post. I've broken it into 3 sections so hopefully that helps. Each section focuses on a different part of the day. 

For Section 1 I focused on the details of the bride and her bridesmaids. The style inspiration was light airy and fun with a focus on shape form. Because of the space we really focus on architecture and industrial design, but the bride and groom were so light and fun that The New Children's museum was a perfect fit! 

I hope you love all these pictures, and the amazing fun we had with this real life couple!

Vendors for section 1: 

 Photography : Great Woodland Photography Stationary : Lovely Little Letters 

 Venue : The New Children’s Museum 

Floral & Event Design (Tables 7, 8, Bouquets + Boutonnieres) : Urban Marigold Floral Design 

 Hair + Makeup : Dapper Dolly 

Chalk Artist : The Lettered J 

 Invitations : Rosy Avenue Calligraphy 

 Paper Goods and Decor : Soiree by Ria 

 Invitations : Bijou Creative 

 Jewelry : Bijourocks by Reine Krief

Section  2 is all about the TABLESCAPES. SO much beauty here that I'll stop yapping and just let you take in all the amazing work!


Alcohol : SOCIAL sparkling wine 

Calligraphy + Table Accents : Raquel Khula 

Day-of Coordinator + Tables 3,4 : K2K Events 

 Event Rentals : Raphael’s Party Rentals 

Farm Table Rentals: Stecklair Event Company 

Floral & Event Design: Tables 1, 2 + Head Table : Thumbprint Weddings & Events 

Floral & Event Design (Tables 5, 6 + Ceremony Backdrop) : Mustard Seed Floral Design 

 Paper Goods and Decor : Soiree by Ria 

 Signage : Creative Amme 

 Section 3 is all about the Bride and Groom, Bridal Party and the party itself. You can tell how much fun everyone is having by the big smiles on their faces. :)

Wedding Vow Art : The Standard Canvas

 Desserts : Ámame Desserts 

 DJ : SGM Events 

 Wedding Cake : Lemon Grove Bakery 

 Wedding Dress and Menswear : Something Bleu 

Catering : Chef Joann Customized Catering 

Grooms Cake : Daniela’s Kitchen 

Hotel : Porto Vista Hotel 

 Ice Cream : Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream 

 Marquee Letters : Big AZ Letters 

 Photo Booth : indybooth 

 Signage : Creative Amme 

Mexican Bridal Shower Style Shoot at Barrels & Branches, Encinitas CA

This weekend I had the privilege of working with some of the greater San Diego area's best and brightest small business owners. We collaborated on a colorful mexican bridal shower style shoot, and it came out bright and beautiful and I am so proud of everyones contributions. We started with a pretty simple idea, a big bright joyful Mexican bridal shower and incorporated all our own interpretations of that, and came away with this outrageous shoot.

What I wanted to do differently about this shoot was that many times you set up this beautiful elaborate set up, but as vendors you don't really get a chance to enjoy that, and this time I wanted everyone to participate and be involved. So we started our set up, directed by the insanely talented Liz at WED (Weddings. Events.Design), who by the way was my wedding planner and one of my favorite people. She completely nailed the style and look of the shoot, as you can see from all these wildly colorful  images. And after we completed our set up the party began!

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    Photography: Great Woodland Photography
    Second Shooter: Jax Connolly Photography
    Event Planner: WED (Weddings. Events.Design
    Decor and Tablescape: Events by Lift
    Venue and activity: Barrels & Branches
    Food: Smoke & Brine Co.
    Cake & Cookies: VG Donut & Bakery
    Alcohol/Beverage: Misadventure & co. 
    Hair and Makeup: Southwestern Styling
    Furniture/Fabrics/Rugs: Folk Project
    Stationery and signage design: Epoch Design
    Flowers: Moments in Bloom
    Bride's Dress: Jen's Pirate Booty 

    We started our shoot day with Zoey from Barrels & Branches conducting an amazing succulent building course. My Husband Eddie and I did a little DIY project, bought terra cotta pots at Barrels and Branches and painted them all with fun cute designs. Barrels and Branches teaches different types of courses multiple times a month, in varying themes.  Located in Encinitas this spot is well worth a look, for your next event or activity or even to pick up plants to freshen up your yard. Check out their event calendar HERE.

    After our activity it was time to unwind by coveting the beautiful hand bags by Folk Project, and indulging with some seriously tasty Drunken Horchata, Vodka and recipe provided by local business Misadventure & co.  This delicious traditional Mexican beverage is creamy and sweet, and honestly I think if I made this at home I would blend it. It tastes like a cinnamon vanilla shake, and could be super dangerous. Not only is this vodka delicious, but you're doing Mother Nature a solid. They utilize baked goods that would other wise end up in a landfill. To learn more check out their site HERE. AND they provided a delicious recipe at the end of this blog post. 

    At this point our gorgeous "bride" Mallory arrived, with glamorous hair and makeup by Southwestern Styling. The white lace and soft curls, were a perfect counter point to the bright and energetic colors at the shoot.  Mallory, who is not currently a bride, was a pro. She's not a professional model but she totally killed it! 

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    After our delicious Drunken Horchata, we moved on to the feast! If you have never checked out the spreads by Smoke & Brine Co., do your self a favor and check out their Instagram to see what you are missing. In particular I loved all the signage Not only are their platters stunning, but fresh and delicious.  They also make an unstoppable Sangria, with fresh fruit that will knock your socks off! And the set up collaboration with Folk Project, was in a word breath taking. Merijam, owner of Folk Project is a serious talent. She creates one of a kind pieces, furniture, rugs, blankets, poms and purses. AGAIN do yourself a favor and head over to her Instagram. Your jaw will liter drop. 

    The lush environment of the Venue perfectly accented all the bright colors in the stunning blooms by Moments in BloomMoments in Bloom is a north county all star, in fact I had them do the florals for my wedding 4 years ago and I felt so lucky to include them in this shoot. The table scape was created by the talented team at Events by Lift . She tied in the bright blues, reds, greens, and whites in all Mexican textiles and reflected that back with the place settings, stemware and platters. 

    Another amazing detail of the day was the delightful invitation suite and signage provided by Epoch Design. It was soft and romantic, but again perfectly exuded the style and culture of our style shoot. I loved all of these details next to the bright and bold treats from VG Donut & Bakery . They are right down the hill from where I live, in Cardiff by the Sea and are a north county staple. Not only do they have donuts that will blow your mind, but the cake and cookies from the shoot were stand out! I (literally) could not stop eating the cookies. In fact I'm eating the last of them as I write this post, and still savoring every bite. They took my instructions for the cake design and went about and beyond.  The intricate design was gorgeous and we were all blown away!

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      THANK YOU to the team who pulled this off, and a special thank you to my side kick Jax Connolly Photography ! With out all of you, none of this would have been possible.  ESPECIALLY all my girls, Mallory, Allie, Megan, Sarah, Hilary, and Teague. I appreciate you showing up and being willing to be our models. Shoot out to my husband Eddie, who uncomplainingly got dragged in to be our work horse.  :)

      Horchata Recipe:


      • 1 cup of white rice
      • 1 1/3 cup sugar (adjust depending on how sweet you want - 2/3 cup of sugar if you want it less sweet).
      • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
      • 1 cinnamon stick
      • 8 ounces of Misadventure Vodka
      • 1 T vanilla
      • 1 Can (12 ounces) Evaporated milk
      • 1 1/2 cup of milk or almond milk
      • 1 Liter of water
      • Ice


      • Start by soaking the rice, cinnamon, and almonds in a bowl of water all night, or at least for 5 hours so that the rice softens slightly.
      • Strain the water from the cinnamon, rice, and almond mixture that were soaking, disposing of water.
      • Blend the cinnamon, rice, and almond mixture with evaporated milk until a smoother mix is formed and the grains of rice are completely ground.
      • Strain the resulting liquid into a pitcher, and add the sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix well until everything is well combined.
      • Add 8 ounces of Vodka
      • Add a liter of water, and serve with ice. 
      • Sprinkle cinnamon on top as garnish in each glass.