Kiss and Tell : Dress to the Nine November

For some reason, every Thanksgiving I choose to get dressed up from head to toe in order to sit around the table and eat a big fat turkey with the fam. In hind sight, this is quite silly! Silly because I change into sweats at the end of the meal due to my skirt feeling a bit more snug. In order to still look stylish in my sweats, I always remember to accessorize. In search of looking for Thanksgiving accessories, I began to think about all the different accessories people wear during weddings. Since working in the wedding industry, it has become normal for my thoughts to be consumed by weddings. Here are some beautiful brides sharing their something blue, something borrowed and something new. Enjoy!Dos Besos, KatieHere is Morgan's Story about her wedding day choices.

Old - my shoes! I wore one of my favorite old pairs of gold strappy sandals because they're pretty and great for dancing. new - My dress! It was custom made for me, making it extra new. Does that count? :) I was going to wear a new jeweled headband, but then went with flowers and succulents in my hair. borrowed - One of my bridesmaids lent me her grandmother's beautiful gold and amethyst earrings. blue - I wore my grandmother's old wedding ring, the centerpiece of which is sapphire. san diego wedding photography, beach wedding, pinata, sunglassessan diego wedding photography, flowers, wedding hairstyle, wedding dresssan diego wedding photography, wedding ring, wedding shoessan diego wedding photography, wedding party, reception, kiss and from our bride Jamie

OLD: My "old" is embarrassing; I have a pair of blue panties that I bought my sophomore year in college. They are clean and very cute! Since almost all the wedding accessories I wore were "new," I had to get creative ;) Also, I have a emerald ring that Adam, my hubby, gave me in 2007 that could be considered "old."

NEW: Adam gave me beautiful chandelier earrings as a wedding present. I proudly wore those earrings as my "new" item. My dress, shoes, veil, wedding ring and garter were all new as well.

BORROWED: I borrowed a tennis bracelet from a dear friend, Shirley. I was delicate and the perfect complement to my attire.

BLUE: Our wedding was decorated in royal blue and sunset colors. Blue was everywhere for our big day, including on my bridesmaids' dresses. The primary blue items I wore were my garter and a white handkerchief with blue decorative knitting my mother-in-law made which was the base of my bridal bouquet. Additionally, I had blue delphiniums in my bridal bouquet which incorporated another blue component. san diego wedding photography, wedding shoes, earringssan diego wedding photography, wedding ring, bouquet, tennis bracelet, kiss, custom handkerchief, blue lace san diego wedding photography, outdoor wedding, wedding canopy

Sweet Treat October : To smash or not to smash?

To smash or not to smash! It wasn't until this October, when all that has been on my mind is Halloween and  consequently sweets, that I contemplated whether it was acceptable to smash cake into your partner's face on your wedding day. I was surprised after researching on google that this question is quite the controversy. Since sweets are still on my mind, I thought it would be fun to see delicious cake and what the shewanders' couples decided to do with it.
I wanted to hear if these couples were sweet on their wedding day, or if their faces tasted sweet from the cake and frosting that decorated their faces! Here's to cake!
Dos Besos,
Katie from the Wanderers
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"Nick and I aren't the type do anything sweetly--especially if there are witnesses--so I knew I had to be on the defensive. We had cannoli instead of cake, though, so it was sharper and not as smash-able. figuring that the best defense was a good offense but not wanting to stab him, I quickly got some filling and wiped it on his face. To this day he complains that I got cannoli in his eye. :)"
-Brooke Taylor
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"I was happy to be tidy in the cake-feeding.  We had cupcakes, so there was ample opportunity for a mess.  To be honest, I don't really remember if we tried to smash and chickened out or what."
-Ashley Fong
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Sweet Treat October : A Sweet Addition

Christina Tolpa can do it all! She is a fabulous coordinator at Bliss Events and owner and creator of  A Sweet Addition, for just that! Check out her delicious talents!san diego wedding photography shewanders,inspired boardevent thank you, san diego photography shewanders, cake, flowerscandy, san diego photography, shewanderssan diego photography, shewanders, candy jar, photobooth1) What should brides/grooms/curious seekers know about you?I don't take myself seriously but I take my work seriously! I'm a wedding and event coordinator, and owner of a favor company, as well as a very recent bride. I’ve seen the wedding industry from different perspectives and understand the emotions and importance each role plays. With such perspective, I feel I am able to interact with my industry co-workers, clients and their families and guests more effectively. For me, the most important thing to be – other than extremely creative and organized – is calm, understanding and flexible in every situation.

2) Why do you love what you are doing? In a word: smiles. :) There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you contributed to someone else’s joy and most cherished day, surrounded by family and friends.

3) What makes your business wonderful and stand out from the rest? I’m passionate about what I do. I put all of my heart into each and every event that I’m involved in! I never push ideas or talk a client into something that is not for them... Instead, I try to find what they are looking for and will not rest until I know they are getting exactly what they want. I listen to my clients and do all that I can to make their event successful and a true reflection of who they are.

I also prioritize educational programs and industry events. Trends and rules are always changing, and as planners and business owners, it is our responsibility to stay current. I’ve found that staying current and exposing myself to these industry changes allows me to provide more guidance and insight to my clients.

4) Where do you find your inspiration? Everywhere… buildings, landscaping, art, color, blogs, magazines and fashion!

5) What does the world need right now? Love, sweet love…. No pun intended!:) With everyday stresses, I think it’s important people remember to celebrate the important things and important people in their lives.

6) What advice do you have for brides to be? Advice for Brides to be.... Wow, I may have too much advice!:) First, try not to let the planning consume you, getting married is what matters!! Stay focused on why you are getting married and try to enjoy every moment leading up to the big day. A lot of time, money, thought and energy is put into a wedding... Having a good planner will ensure that your day runs smoothly and all details are executed properly. Planners are amazing for many different reasons but it's comforting to know someone is there making sure you, your family and friends can enjoy the day and not worry about all the details.

7) If you could go to one of the 7 wonders of the world, where would you go and why? Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! It’s a wonder… right!?

peace, briana

September Style : Palka

Good morning,  So let's all put on our imagination hats and pretend I posted this yesterday like I was suppose to for What do you Think about Wednesdays lol.  Palka just sent this to me and even though we are in October now I couldn't resist sharing her story.  Not everyone flies half way around the world to find the perfect dress.  Palka and Hrishi had a beautiful fall wedding spanning several days at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.  I can't decide which gown I like best, they are both so dreamy.Happy Wednesday,

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xoxo Palka

September Style : Christine

Ok Ok, it is still October.  But I have Christine's dress story for you all today!  Matt and Christine had a summer wedding in Coronado.  It was a blast.  I can't wait to post the whole wedding. Here's how she found the one.Happy Sunday, Suzanne

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Having a 7 month engagement I had pretty limited time to find a dress to start with so I started in La Jolla with some girlfriends and found one I liked but wasn't crazy about. Then I headed to another store, fell in love with a dress and bought it on the spot! But the next day I instantly had dress remorse. Well turns out that the shop went out of business and my dress wouldn't be made anyways. We had to go through a lot to get back the deposit and then of course I had to start all over!

That's when, per Suzanne's recommendation, I went to see Courtney at The White Flower. Best experience EVER! Courtney was amazing and her gowns were beautiful. So much that I was completely torn between 2 of them. What to do, what to do?! SO I took a few days then went back with friends in tow and as soon as I put on the dress I got I knew it was it. Just like when I met Matt :) So it is corny and cliche but it's true that you just know, exactly like your man!

Courtney had fab ideas and we did some custom work on the dress along with her miracle worker of a seamstress and viola! I love that dress so much that I now regret that she is preserved and boxed up, if I could, I would watch tv in her!!

September Style : Julie

I had a really really great time in Europe the last two weeks.  That is the official explanation as to why today is Saturday and October.  Both of these things don't have a lot to do with our rad blog post today.  First of all we rarely post on the weekends and Today is October 1st.  So like I said, Europe was really fun.  I just may have gotten a little off track.  None the less, you are in for a treat today.  Julie tells us her dress story!  Actually she has two dress stories.  She wore a beautiful gown most of the day and changed into a traditional Korean wedding dress during the reception. Viva la difference, Suzannebeautiful korean bride, san diego wedding photography, balboa park wedding photography, the pradothe prado, san diego wedding photography, balboa park wedding photography, the pradobride and groom, san diego wedding photography, balboa park wedding photography, the prado, stylish attirehilarious, korean bridal attire, san diego wedding photography, balboa park wedding photography, the pradokorean bridal attire, san diego wedding photography, balboa park wedding photography, the pradoI think most girls have at least some vague idea of what their wedding dress looks like even before they ever set their wedding date... or meet their husband for that matter. :P Growing up, I always saw my wedding dress as very white, very modern, sleek, and with absolutely no lace or beading whatsoever. I also pictured myself getting married barefoot on a remote beach, with a flower in my hair, in a very small ceremony. Ironically enough, everything I ended up with was the antithesis of what I pictured. I originally went dress shopping with my sister and my BFF of 27 years, Jessica. We hit several different boutiques and I tried on several different dresses. My sister encouraged me to try on dresses I never even imagined wearing,  (i.e. a giant Cinderella-type ballroom gown!) so I would be entirely sure when I found the right one that it was the right one. So I tried on dress after dress, and the funny thing is-- the dress I always imagined myself in was beautiful on, but I didn't fall in love with it. The dress I *did* fall in love with, was a very expensive, very ornate, and very antique-y looking Jim Hjelm dress. The dress was made entirely of lace (something I never was a fan of!) and beading (again, something I swore I would never wear!). But when I put it on, and I walked up and down the store in it, I knew that this was the right dress for me. I felt so beautiful and glamorous in it.... until I saw the price tag. While I loved the dress, I definitely did not want to pay so much money for a dress I would be wearing one day of my life. So... I left the store glumly, and hoped to find a similar dress. My sister, Jessica and I went to two more stores that afternoon, and I was sorely disappointed, as I could not replicate the feelings I felt in the Jim Hjelm dress.

For weeks, I obsessed over the dress and scoured websites to find something similar.... and then... et voila! I found one very similar at a different store for about half the price! I was so excited that I wanted to go try it on that day. I called the store, and the woman said that she did not have any appointments that afternoon, but I begged and pleaded and promised her I knew exactly what I wanted. Reluctantly, she agreed to squeeze me in, and I went with my co-worker, Barbara right after work to try the dress on.

The woman at the store zipped the dress up, pinned it tightly to my body, and I knew at that moment that I had found my wedding dress. She encouraged me to try on a few more dresses, which I did, but none of the dresses had the same effect on me. I was mesmerized by the dress. It was simply put, stunning. I tried it on 3 separate times in the span of an hour, and several of the other women (and Barbara too) told me that this was the perfect dress for me. I bought it that day!!

Mike and I wanted to incorporate some Korean traditions into our wedding, as our ceremony was a traditionally Jewish one. I thought it would be great to include the paebek ceremony, which is a traditional Korean bowing ceremony. Part of the ceremony is for the bride to catch dates and chestnuts in her hanbok (Korean traditional dress), so I definitely wanted to wear one. Besides, at what other juncture in my life would I have the chance to wear one?! Hanboks can be very very expensive (roughly the same as a wedding dress), because they are made of sheer silk, and sometimes, real gold is used to embroider designs on the dress. I contemplated a few options. Since my aunt was coming in from Korea, I could have had her buy me one, and bring it with her. But, I wanted to try it on before the wedding, and she would be arriving the day before the wedding, which left me little room for alterations if need be. I could have bought one in Korea Town, but that was another added expense, and I did not really want to spend thousands of dollars on a dress that I would wear for such a brief moment. So I decided to go with my final option, which was to rent one. Tons of stores rent out hanboks in Korea Town, and it only cost me $150! I went with my mom and dad, to pick out not just mine, but also Mike's. I tried on several different ones, and while I could have gone with a traditional paebek ceremony hanbok, I opted for something less traditional, and brighter. The traditional paebek hanbok felt a little too gaudy to me (colors such as bright red, yellow, green and blue are used), and I wanted something softer for the summer. So I chose a light peach gown, with a small navy blue bolero. I chose one for Mike that was yellow and lavender. He looked so cute in it, kind of like Aladdin! :)

xoxo Julie

Kiss and Tell : Bridal Advice with Jordan

Unfortunately SheWanders Photography was booked the day of Jordan and Taylor's Wedding but Suzanne and Mike had the lucky opportunity to shoot their engagement shoot. During their engagement shoot they were rediculously stylish, crafty and  fun. They have known each other for a really long time and it is apparent that they are very comfortable around each other; safe and loved by the other. Jordan and Taylor are Awesome! Suzanne knew that they would have a lot of great advice for anyone! So we contacted Jordan and this is what she had to say!  Suzanne also had the chance to photograph the beautiful couple in their wedding clothes for an inspiration shoot.  Gorgeous!Dos Besos,

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1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

-By being on time. Seriously, I am terrible at leaving on time but I made sure to wake up early and spent some time alone relaxing in a steam sauna. I even had time to eat a light breakfast before the hair and make-up craziness began.

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

-One of my favorite pre-wedding events was our rehearsal. Our wedding was in my parent’s backyard and tables, tents, and ceremony seating were set up several days in advance. The weather was beautiful and took advantage of it all by having a rehearsal brunch. We were able to invite close friends and family that had traveled from out of town. The rehearsal was quick and afterwards we enjoyed mimosas, brunch and some bocce ball and the party continued on into the evening. It was a really relaxing way to spend extra time with family that we might not have had the chance to talk as much with at the wedding. It also set the tone for the next day.

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

-Planning! Have an (accurate) schedule prepared in advance and make sure you have someone on the day of to coordinate it all. Even more important was the support of my family (especially mom and aunts and cousins). They put in so much time and effort to help organize details, purchase diy items, and make me feel special. I think it’s also helpful to pick an overall feeling you want your event to have and make decisions based on that. For example, we wanted to make sure ours was a light-hearted celebration. So we open the cocktail hour to include time before and after the ceremony which allowed our guests to mingle and enjoying the party as soon as they arrived. Knowing that our guests were enjoying themselves made the evening even better.

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

-We had a “first look” and it was a great decision. We were able to get the nerves out of the way (although we both still cried at the ceremony!). I think I was able to enjoy the ceremony more since we had the chance to spend time together prior. We also had more time to enjoy the reception since we were able to get many of our portraits and bridal party photos out of the way early.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

-Standing across the yard in the dusk and watching a dance floor packed with our families and best friends--everyone was happy and celebrating. It was a great feeling.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

-There were so many memorable moments on the dance floor but of course the three major dances were memorable—first dance (Poison Cup by M. Ward), father-daughter (Oh Very Young by Cat Stevens) and mother-son (Family Tree by Ben Kweller). I made a playlist on my computer of some of the more memorable songs from dinner and dancing that I love to go back to.

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

-Just because an idea looks cute and easy online does not mean it’s going to be easy for you! Like the collage of cute stamps (5 on each postcard, each with a different value and images) I decided to place on our save the date postcards – it took me weeks! I could have skipped on that detail and nothing major would have changed, except a little less frustration and a lot more free time.

8 ) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

-Have fun and spend time together.

September Style : Salina

Real Bride Salina is on the blog today to tell us her dress story.  Her dress is so beautiful and what a beautiful girl.  Hair up or down, veil on or off, Salina was a knock out.

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break. The owner Michelle was great and I told her about my dilemma- I had another dress (that’s a
whole other story, but to sum it up, the first dress was just not right) and I was running out of time. She
told me to take a look at what she had and we’d go from there. I chose a few dresses to try on and after
the first one, which wasn’t doing much for me, Michelle said, “I think I have just what you are looking
for- give me a minute.”
A few minutes later she came back with a dress that hadn’t been on the boutique floor. It was literally
in a FedEx box ready to be shipped back to the designer Junko Yoshioka in NYC. Michelle had the
sample on loan for another bride who saw it online and had tried it on over the weekend. Fortunately
for me it was still in the boutique, and the second I had it on I knew it was the dress I wanted to get
married in! I didn’t cry, but I felt very happy and confident in my choice. I loved it so much I kept it on
for a good 40 minutes. In fact, I actually had it on when the FedEx delivery man came into the shop to
pick up outgoing packages (aka my dress). Thankfully Michelle asked him to come back in 15 minutes
(thus I was forced to take off my dress), and thankfully I decided to stop by M Bride during my lunch
break rather than after work or else I may never have seen my dress. I am so happy I followed my heart
and found a wedding dress that I loved and was uniquely me!

xoxo Salina

What's your dress story?

Kiss and Tell : Style September

Since the September issue of Vogue (the most important issue of the year) is out, we thought it appropriate to focus September on Style. Walking down the aisle champions any cat walk. In order to prepare brides-to-be for their big spectacle, we wanted to share seven great Wedding Dress styles that would make them shine on their wedding day! What's your dress story?  Enjoy!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderersshewanders photography, darlington house, la jolla wedding photographyshewanders photography, the prado, balboa park, wishing wellla valencia hotel, la jolla weddings, shewanders photography, melissa sweet dressrancho bernardo inn, san diego wedding photograph, shewanders photography, indian weddingmuseum of contemporary art la jolla, la jolla wedding photography, shewanders photography, indian and chinese weddingvancouver wedding photography, shewanders photography, indian bride the japanese friendship garden wedding, san diego wedding photography, wedding reception, lanternsWedding Locations Descending from Top: 1) Kelly, Darlington House, I 2) Julie, The Prado, 3) Erica, La Valencia, Melissa Sweet 4) Palka,  Rancho Bernardo Inn, India 5) Rehana, Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, India 6) Saira, Vancouver, Vancouver 7) Selena, Japanese Friendship Garden

Kiss and Tell : Bridal Advice with Julie

Julie and Mike are a multi cultual couple who embraced their ethnic traditions. Their wedding consisted of a Jewish ceremony as well as a Korean ceremony. Their wedding was modern, stylish and sophisticated. When Julie and Mike first saw each other, it was an emotionally charged moment. Suzanne said she felt her heart in her throat. They are a quirky couple with a wicked sense of humor. Meet the calm, relaxed and stunning Julie and hear what words of wisdom she has to offer!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wandererssan diego wedding photography, prado wedding photography, balboa park weddings, korean bride, hotel solamarsan diego wedding photography, prado wedding photography, balboa park weddings, sepia romantic photograph of bride and groomsan diego wedding photography, prado wedding photography, balboa park weddings, san diego wedding photography, prado wedding photography, balboa park weddings,  julie and mike are hotsan diego wedding photography, prado wedding photography, balboa park weddings,  prado ballroom, shewanders photography

1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

-When I was in grad school (a long and tedious six year process), my adviser often told me to "keep [my] eyes on the prize, and to never lose sight of the big picture." I think this was a great life lesson, because it is easy to get overwhelmed in the minutiae. Mike and I had a ton of details to be worried about, and the last three weeks leading up to the wedding were especially stressful. But I tried to remain focused on the big picture and all of the love I felt for the man I was about to be married to!

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

- Our wedding was somewhat of a mini-destination wedding, as we are from LA, Mike's family is from Philly, and our wedding was in SD. So our wedding day actually became a wedding weekend. We a tour of Petco Park, a morning run, a rehearsal dinner, an after party at the Solamar, and a post-wedding breakfast! It was so much fun, and I was so grateful that I had an amazing mother and father in law that planned all of these events! My bachelorette party was a cruise to Mexico that my girlfriends planned, it was so much fun!

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

-The best part of the wedding day was the sheer emotions in the air. I didn't think I would feel so happy and emotional, but I couldn't stop crying (happy tears) and laughing all day. I never felt so happy in my life.

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

-Suzanne staged our first sighting at the Solamar. She had Mike face the wall and told me to call his name when I was ready. I didn't expect to feel so nervous, but I did! When I called out "Schaaarfy" (my nickname for Mike), our eyes met from across the room and we both teared up, because we were both so happy and excited. He cried and said, "you look so beautiful," and I never felt so beautiful in my life.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

-I will never ever forget Mike's vows to me. They were simply put, brilliant. He had all of our guests laughing and crying! My favorite line is: "For the last 2 and half years, all the best parts of my days have involved you: watching your morning stretch which is invariably accompanied by sounds that can only be described as a cross between the cries of a teething toddler and the mating call of some tropical bird..." When Mike said his vows to me, there was not even the slightest doubt in my mind how much this man loved me and how much I loved him.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

-Our first dance! "Fake Empire" by the National.

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

-Someone told me to "enjoy the moment," and I really tried to enjoy every second of it, but there were definitely some meltdown moments, and I really wish I didn't have those specific moments, and was able to really enjoy every minute of the day. (But it was really stressful!)

8 ) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

-Always be your partner's best friend, and try to always be the best person you can be. Never forget how you felt on the day you married your partner. :)

Kiss and Tell : Acumen August with Jamie

Jamie and Scott celebrated their November wedding in the wondrous surroundings of Yosemite. The weather was spectacular and allowed Jamie to be comfortable and look stunning in her wedding dress. Suzanne stated how incredible the location was and had made for even more amazing portraits than imagined. Their wedding included bright flares of red which accurately attested the abundance of love they share for each other and all of their friends and family.Both being in the Navy, Jamie and Scott had a beautiful arch of swords that they walked under as they exited the church's doors. Their family's and friends' laughter, merriment, and love greeted the newlyweds outside the church. Suzanne remembers the celebratory feeling after the ceremony as one of her favorite moments, especially their friends and family being "ridiculously hilarious." The amusement continued into the night where another highlight occurred as the groomsmen sang to Jamie like a scene out of Top Gun. Although weddings can be stressful at times, it is important to remember that it is your day and you should be nothing but blissful. Jamie was calm and happy throughout the entire day and that happiness skyrocketed whenever Scott was around. Here is some loving advice from the happy bride, Jamie...

Wishing you nothing but smiles, Olivia :)

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1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

Weddings are such a personal event that in my mind there is no ‘right’ way to prepare. My big day was seriously the most fun I have had at any one event. The ability to let the day flow with it’s natural rhythm and know that stuff is going to go wrong but everyone that is in attendance loves you and will figure it out. I think the best thing you can do is relax and enjoy experience. I relax by a little alone time my now husband relaxes by being around people. We each relaxed in our own way and then when things went wrong we found the best solution but didn’t dwell on the fact.

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

-Our wedding (in my opinion) was in the MOST beautiful place in the world! Yosemite National Park in November it doesn’t get much better!!!! So just being in the park was an event. We rented bikes and rode around the valley floor with our closest friends who were able to arrive a bit early. Took pictures with the deer in the meadow and ate pizza at the pizza shop in Curry Village. Wedding guests took advantage of the park all weekend. We had some friends that stayed up all night the night of the wedding then at about 3am started climbing to Upper Yosemite Falls and made it to the top just in time for sunrise! We also has a rehearsal dinner that everyone was invited to it was great getting to see all the guests when they got to the valley and share one of my favorite places with them.

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

-The people you love being there with you. I don’t care how much your dress costs or if you hair is exactly perfect. Your day will be perfect because the people that are most important to you are all there to celebrate with you!

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

-Scotty and I did see each other before the ceremony and it was very special. Personally, I did not care if he saw me in the dress before we were married in the church we had been legally married (in Guam no less!) over a year prior. It was such a beautiful day Yosemite in November I was expecting snow but somehow we managed such a warm wedding day I did not even have to wear a coat! He was as handsome as I had expected and it makes me smile every time I think of that moment.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

-The church mouse! We seriously had a mouse running the church during and after the ceremony. It was too perfect for the setting and so funny! We saw him right as we rung the church bell to signify our marriage. A close second was that everyone started singing as we were walking back down the aisle after our marriage was announced. We had am awesome pianist and he played ‘anything goes’ as we exited and it was totally unexpected but everyone started singing as we left it was so cool.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

-Easy question…the first song Scott and I danced to it was called ‘Lucky’ sung by Colby Caillat and Jason Mraz. The lyrics talk about being around across the ocean and finally being together. Scott and I had a very similar journey. He lived in a Japan while I was in San Diego for 3 and a half years and when he finally moved to San Diego I was on deployment with the Navy so didn’t get to see him until I got home about 1 month before our wedding. So this song selection had a very special meaning to us.

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

-Don’t worry about keeping everyone happy . Both of our parents admit that they went a little crazy about our wedding. At one point we created two separate invitations (seriously!) because each of our set of parents had opposing ideas on invitation verbiage. In the end it all worked out but if we had gone with just one invitation it would have been just fine.

8) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

-Enjoy the time you have together and try not to take things so seriously (which is always a constant battle). Life is so uncertain, enjoy the time you spend with each other it makes life just a little bit sweeter.

Kiss and Tell : Acumen August with Meg

Meg and Ty had a beautiful wedding ceremony at Sea Grove Park in Del Mar and then kept the party going at Estancia in La Jolla.  Inclusive is the word Suzanne used to describe Meg. In fact Suzanne's cheeks hurt at the end of the day from smiling so much. The joint laughter among everyone at the wedding was contageous.The whole day Meg and Ty were uncertain whether they could have their ceremony outside because it was raining. But when it actually came time for the ceremony, it stopped raining and the sun came out shining bright on the couple. Their wedding was orange and green as well as paper elements well before they were in style. They are quite the trend setters. When I asked Suzanne what three words she would use to describe the couple she simply stated "Made to Last!" Here is Meg, sharing her words of wisdom!

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1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

The year of planning leading up to the big day was all excitement and fun. However, by Friday afternoon, just prior to the rehearsal dinner, I was a little nervous (probably an understatement) that everything was coming up so quickly- our wedding, moving in with my husband in our new apartment, our honeymoon- that I started to panic. I was even nervous that I hadn't packed well for our honeymoon. After a sweet talk with my husband-to-be, a deep breath and a big hug, I was mentally prepared for all the big changes. I had wanted everything to be perfect, and I knew it would be as long as I was able to enjoy it.

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

We did! The Thursday prior to our big day was our "Karaoke Kick Off Jam," which was so much fun. My husband and I shared our first date at the Lamplighter in Mission Hills so it only felt right to work some karaoke at the Lamplighter into our festivities. Luckily, many of our guests are always game for a fun night out! On Friday the fellas in the wedding party and our family had a day of golfing and the ladies had their nails done and tied up loose ends (yep, once a type A personality, always a type A personality) and then it was off to our Mexican themed rehearsal dinner at El Callejon, complete with a mariachi band. So fun!

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

Once the festivities start, put any of the "need to do" list behind you and just have fun! The more you enjoy yourself, the more all of your guests will and you'll have the best day ever!

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

We chose to see each other before the wedding and I loved it! Shewanders set up a special moment that we were able to have all to ourselves. I think it help me avoid too many butterflies and left us plenty of time to have fun with our wedding party and take pictures ahead of time.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

I have to pick one? That's almost impossible but... I'll say seeing my husband's face when he turned around and saw me for the first time. Each time I see the picture of that moment my heart melts.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

Our first dance (choreography= terrifying but awesome) of "Kiss to Build A Dream On" by Louis Armstong and our last dance "Wonderwall" covered by Ryan Adams. It was never a favorite before but I love it now!

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

The little things that you stress out about leading up to the wedding are the things you never remember when you think back about such a great event. Just enjoy it!

8) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

Enjoy your time together because it all happens so quickly. It feels like our wedding was just yesterday but it was almost five years ago! Days that we spend together, just the two of us with no plans, are some of my absolute favorites.

Kiss and Tell : Acumen August with Palka

Palka, Hrishi and their families opened their hearts for three days to Suzanne and Mike. They never got caught up in the festivities and always knew why and what they were celebrating. Suzanne loved how warm, inclusive and involved both families were. Palka's incredible amount of energy cannot be described in words but her sincerity and emotional availableness shine through the pictures. Mike's favorite part of the day was the groom's procession to the ceremony. It was full of excitement, laughter and music. He loved all the outfits, colors and enjoyed shooting the care-free members of the family. Meet Palka and hear what she has to share! Feel free to voice your thoughts!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderers

Palka and husband, San Diego Wedding Photography, SheWanders Wedding Photography

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palka and husband close up at alter, San Diego Wedding Photography, SheWanders Wedding Photography

1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

-I am honestly not sure. I guess I would say that I focused on the small things. Kept my mind focused on what mattered and didnt get boggled down with the stress. I had a great support group in my family and my husband so I always leaned on them. But towards the last few days/weeks...I think I focused on the excitement..you can feel it building...and when you start seeing your friends and family coming into town for the day...it just makes you feel warm inside and just so darn happy!

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

-Yes we had plenty! Events started on Thursday evening with a mendhi party/bridal shower (henna party with all my girlfriends and family). Friday morning we had a religious ceremony at my parents home (to summarize its like a purification and blessing done for the bride before she starts a new chapter of her life). Friday evening we had a cocktail party (sangeet party). All our close friends and family were invited (200 guests) and we had an outdoor venue set up...dancing, drinking and just spending time with all the people that came to San Diego to celebrate the big day with us. Probably the most fun evening. Saturday we had both the wedding and reception and Sunday we had a brunch for both families at our house. We were EXHAUSTED after all that! (not sure how much detail you want for this..let me know I can always add more?!)

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

-A great day...hmmm...I think to just remember the focus of the day. Its about you and him. And you want to share that with your close family and friends. All the details of the wedding are not important. Just be happy and focused on the love you share...and the love of all your friends and family. That is what honestly got me through. Seeing everyone around you celebrating and having a good time is just priceless.

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

-I saw my husband before the ceremony for pictures. It was exciting...little nervous...as it hit me then that we were really getting married...the big day was here!! I was scared/nervous/excited...all and every emotion was going through me.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

-One of my favorite memories...was when my husband and I got a few moments to ourselves after the ceremony and before the wedding. I think that was when it really hit the both of us...we were married...holding hands...and we just looked at each other and our eyes were smiling.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

-"It wasnt me" by Shaggy. LOL. That is one of my husband's favorite songs...and he was going wild on the dance floor when it was playing. So fun to watch him.

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

- That people want to help. I always thought that planning a wedding and asking for help would be a bother to those around me. So I tried to do a lot of it on my own...but I didnt have to do that at all...there were friends and family all around that wanted to help. And I should have asked. Its would have helped me out..and it would have made them feel good too. Lesson learned!

8 ) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

-Marriage tips...so many different things: But most importantly, to help each other be a better human being. To work as a team towards your goals in life and in the relationship. And to remember to laugh and have fun always! I think I love my husband more today than I did the day we got married.

Kiss and Tell : Acumen August with Erin

Romantic and Stylish are two words that Suzanne used to describe Erin and Greg's wedding. They got married at night, inside the El Cortez, which suited them perfectly. The atmosphere was warm and love was in the air. What made their wedding that much more special was that their friend officiated the ceremony. The ceremony was emotional and beautiful, as the bride shed tears of joy. This was Suzanne's favorite memory of the night! Brides-to-be, here is Erin sharing her love. Hear what she has to say and let us know what you have to say!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderers

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1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

I don't think I did anything special. As calm as I was throughout the 15 months of planning, I started to panic a little in the week leading up to the wedding. But, I just had to convince myself that I trusted my vendors and everything would work out. The day before, I had a spa day with my mother, sister in law, and bridal party for a day of relaxation.

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party? Tell us about it.

Greg had a bachelor party up in Santa Barbara. Not the Vegas type, he rented a house and had about 7 guys drive up together in his parents' RV for a weekend of barbecuing, surfing and football on the beach. I also opted for something low key for my bachelorette and got a hotel room up in Santa Monica with a few friends. We had a great dinner and went out for drinks afterward, and brunch the next morning. The night before we had our rehearsal dinner at Ortega's, a restaurant we love. Because our wedding was small to begin with (80 people) the rehearsal dinner was limited to family and the bridal party, so after dinner we met up with our friends from out of town at Basic for a few drinks.

3) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

I think just realizing that everyone at your wedding is there to celebrate you and your significant other. Because the wedding was small, we knew everyone really well, so it felt really special. Also, just letting little things go, if some things aren't quite "perfect" or exactly the way you envisioned them. It's still your wedding day (and no one else will notice!).

4) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony? How did you feel?

I did see my spouse prior to the ceremony, thanks to Suzanne! I had originally wanted the first time he saw me to be walking down the aisle, but I am so GLAD we did pictures before hand! That way we were able to actually attend our cocktail hour (and eat the amazing food by Guiseppe) and walking down the aisle was still really special and emotional.

5) What is one of your favorite memories?

I think my favorite memory was the vows. I LOVED our ceremony and was something we labored over for months, since we wrote it ourselves (and I am DEVASTATED we don't have a copy of it). We also wrote our own vows and I think Greg's vows were so sweet and humorous, just like him, but I was crying so much after hearing them I could hardly read my own.

6) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

I remember our first dance the most -- There is a light that never goes out, by The Smiths -- mostly because I got a killer foot cramp and could hardly move. It wasn't quite the romantic moment I had been hoping for. I also remember dancing with all my college friends to Whitney Houston's I wanna dance with somebody. Mick was really hesitant when I asked him to put that on our playlist, but when it came on everyone loved it, dancing and singing every word.

7) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

I don't think there's anything I wished I would have known...

8 ) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

My two wedding tips are not terribly romantic but... 1) Go to bed angry. If you're fighting, a good night's sleep can give you such different perspective and clarity. 2) Remember you guys are in it for the long haul -- till death do us part! There will be bad days, maybe even bad weeks, but the bottom line is you love each other and it gets better. Marriage is work... and just wait till a baby gets thrown in the mix! ;)

Kiss and Tell : Acumen August with Elizabeth Hannah

“The moment I wake up, Before I put on my makeup, I say a little prayer for you!” Although I am no Rupert Everot lending words of wisdom as he does to Julia Roberts in My Best Friends Wedding, I was able to acquire the beautiful Elizabeth Hannah to share her thoughts to wandering brides to be! Enjoy!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderers

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bride and groom in front of brick building, San Diego Wedding Photography, Shewanders wedding photography

bride and groom kissing in brick doorway, San Diego Wedding Photography, Shewanders wedding photography

1) How did you mentally prepare for the big day?

-A lot of talking with my hubby to be, and less talking to our families. It helped us keep focus on what the day was really about. It gave us a chance to get any nerves out ahead of time and simply enjoy our day.

2) Did you have any events surrounding the wedding. I.E baseball game, rehearsal dinner, brunch, bachelorette party?

-Our rehearsal dinner was handled completely by my husband’s parents. It allowed us to see all of our out of town guests who had come from across the country. It was a great way to set aside some intimate time apart from the big day.

2) What is something that makes for a great wedding day?

-A WEDDING PLANNER! And a splurge on your favorite things. For me that meant flowers and photos : )

3) Did you see your spouse for the first time before the ceremony or during the ceremony?

-How did you feel? We first saw each other at the ceremony and both had one thought, “don’t cry, keep it together, keep it together”. So this is the one and only thing I’d change about our day. All superstitions aside, I believe a little quiet time together before the big moment would have grounded us and gotten some tears out before the makeup was applied : )

4) What is one of your favorite memories?

-Our time alone taking photos after the ceremony and before the reception. It was such a sincere moment where we really were able to soak up all of the emotion.

5) What song do you most remember on the dance floor?

-Our song of course! It meant so much to share such a personal song, that has been with us through so many special times.

6) What is a piece of advice you wish you had known before the big day?

That if you are given a choice between red and white sangria and your dress is white, choose the obvious!!!! We had a momentary disaster ; )

7) Weddings are wonderful, but share some marriage tips please!

This comes from personal experience of course and also what I teach others through my job as a counselor:

-Your spouse can not read your mind, no matter how well you think know each other, so do yourself a favor and take the time to let them know what you are really thinking. It will clear up so many misunderstandings.

-No matter how silly you think they are being, never dismiss your partner’s feelings. Validate your partner as much as you can to show you are listening and you care!

Kiss and Tell : Summer Sight Seeing July

It’s officially summer time and it’s time for a mini vacation! No need to book a flight, hotel, or car, because we are bringing the fun to you! Sit back and relax and explore seven fabulous wedding locations in your very living room! Enjoy!Dos Besos, Katie from the Wanderers

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back of bride and groom, Coronado Hotel, San Diego Wedding Photography, SheWanders Wedding Photography

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Wedding Locations Descending from Top:

1) Hassler Roma, Rome, Italy

2) Harbor Island Park, San Diego

3) Mount Shasta, California

4) Private Residence, Bankers Hill, San Diego

5) Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado Island, San Diego

6) Omni Hotel, Gaslamp, Downtown San Diego

7) Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California

Kiss and Tell : June Bloom

Kiss and Tell is our way of lending a helping hand to wandering brides. By highlighting various aspects of wedding planning every month, we hope to make the wedding process a delightful experience- what a wedding ought to be!This month is June Bloom! This June we decided to highlight seven flower arrangements from previous weddings. We can be your busy bees and make your flowers bloom! Enjoy! xoxo The Wanderers -Katie

Flower Vendors descending from top:

1) Vancouver, Canada

2) Organic Elements

3) Botanica

4) Rae Florae

5) Blast-Off Blooms

6) Tend Living

7) Classic Creations