A Prado wedding inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement for Susan & Matt

Susan is kind and loving and multi faceted and a perfect fit for Matt. These two care so deeply about their community and making sure they are adding to it. I loved getting to know them and can’t wait to photograph their friends wedding next month. I had such a great time on our engagement session in the snow and every planning meeting we had. I learned about the Arts and Crafts movement and about Susan and Matt. I already miss hanging out and talking all things weddings. Take a look at this gorgeous day.

The rad team!!!

Coordination & Design: First Comes Love
Photography: She Wanders Photography
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Prado at Balboa Park
Florals: Organic Elements
Rentals: Classic Party RentalsBBJ Linens, & La Tavola
Cupcakes: Sweet Cheeks
Paper Elements: The Brides Grandfather
Hair & Makeup: Lovestruck
Car: Rolls Livery

A Del Mar Powerhouse Wedding for Angie and Nils

Oh these two. Weddings are magic. I wish I could post their vows right here for all of you. I wish I could have memorized every word. I was so struck by the idea that last year I didn't know these two, and yet I had the opportunity to hear their love story and be there for the beautiful merging of their families. I love how open to magic and wonder Angie and Nihls are. They live on separate continents and some how this Norwegian woodsy man fell for this American southern belle. I want to be a part of a life that wonderful. Between them they have 5 kids who feel the magic too. Now it's just the 7 of them.

I wasn't at all surprised to see the thoughtful touch of personalized menus. Angie and Nihls are exceptional people. Every menu was personalized with a guest's name. Doesn't that make you want to throw a party and create something as personal as this for your loved ones? What a way to make your crew feel welcome. As if drinking cocktails by the sea on a warm day wasn’t welcoming enough. I’m full of gratitude for getting to be a part of it all.

Photography: Shewanders Photography
Location and Catering: Del Mar Powerhouse
Event planning: Luxe Events
Stationery: Brightly Designed
Cake: Cake
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Rentals: TBD Rentals

A san diego wedding for Angelica and darrel

Color! Hello friends look at all this color.  Angelica and Darrel have such a vibrant sense of style.  Maybe Angelica with her gorgeous red hair was just made to make an impression in the world.  
Personalizing your wedding day by tying in some things that you love is so wonderful. 
There’s love, magic, friends, personalized cat portraits, gorgeous crystals and a heck of a get a way car.
Enjoy thins charmer friends!
Xoxo suzanne

Venue: Bali Hai
Coordinater: Le’ Marie Events
Florist: Anette Gomez
Photographer: Shewanders
Video: Quixotic Weddings
Cake: Getting Caked
Hair: Debbie Ballow
Makeup: Brian Bond
Ceremony Music: Eliana Strings
DJ: DJ Daniel
Rentals: Concepts Event Design
Officiant: Jeffery Price


The Underground Elephant: A Wedding for Jen & Tyler

Downtown San Diego is so rad. I love Jen and Tyler’s vibe and I was looking forward to this wedding all year.

It's so hard not to become completely obsessed with how cool our clients are.  Especially when you get to see them surrounded by people they love and watched them dance the night away.  I don't even know where to start.  I definitely have to tell you that Jen had a piñata of Tyler.  If anyone wants to make my dreams come true send me a piñata of Mike.  =) . 

What you don't see in these images is that there was a death metal concert a few feet away from the ceremony reception space.  It was a surprise to all of us and unsettlingly loud.  What you do see in these images is the amount of grace that Jen and Tyler had in dealing with all of this.  Imagine it's your perfect beautiful day and someone turns up hundreds of speakers as loud as it goes.  The only reason I mention this is that Jen and Tyler wanted this day to be amazing for them and everyone more than holding on to the idea that it had to be perfect.  I think most people would have been stressed and in tears - but not this crew.  And not their super talented vendors.  We all had the times of our lives and felt honored to be among Jen and Tyler's crew.  Big picture the day is perfect and being loved and loving back was louder than all the craziness just a couple of steps away.

When I think about making the most of things I think about Jen having a piñata of Tyler and their huge commitment to making it a beautiful day for everyone.

Venue: Underground Elephant
Planner: Luxe Events
Photographer: SheWanders
Hair + Makeup: Kissed by AML
Rentals: The Chiavari Guys, Wild Thymes
Florist: The Lavender Rose
Videographer: Black Shutter
Caterer: Wild Thymes
Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail
Music: DJ Hersh
Pie: Pop Pie Co
Officiate: Pam Washburn
After Party: Half Door Brewing

A Callaway Vineyard Wedding for Natalie & Chris

Natalie and Chris were married at Callaway Vineyard. I am so in love with the circle arch ceremony. I love love this wedding. Mike really captured the joy of these two. Also how amazing is Natalie’s train. Mike came home with the biggest smile on his face Saturday night. Natalie and Chris had such an easy going vibe to them and they were able to get so many photographs that just flowed easily through out the day. Can it be summer again? Can every wedding have a sweet Kate Spade theme?

A L'Auberge wedding for Alyssa and Drew

Hello friends,
Prepare yourself for some sweetness. I want to keep Alyssa in my pocket. She is someone you just love to be around and Drew is head over heels. They just fit together. Alyssa told me she wanted the wedding to feel like a romantic candle lit dinner where everyone felt welcome. Her designers made her dreams come true. I love how Cara designed this wedding and let each collaborator shine. I couldn’t pick a favorite part, I just loved how dreamy it was as a whole day. I felt really lucky to get to be a part of such a talented crew and loving family. Congrats to the beautiful couple!!

Wedding Venue: L’Auberge
Coordinator: Luxe Events
Photographer: SheWanders
Makeup: Ashely Fierro
Hair: Katie L’Heureux
Rentals: Archive Rentals, Hire Elegance
Linens: La Tavola
Paper amazingness: Brightly Designed
Florist: Annette Gomez
Videographer: Audrey Alba Films
Music: Bonnie Foster Production
Cake + Desserts: Dessertier
Specialty Coffee: Eurobar
Officiate: Vance Tester