Tag Archives: San Diego wedding vendors

Then Comes Marriage: Katy and Ben’s Wedding Video Highlight

24 Aug

Just one week ago, Katy and Ben tied the knot at the Sheraton Marina with an intimate celebration for 65 guests.  He’s a Marine, she is a lawyer and together I worked with the couple to plan a candlelit indoor ceremony followed by a lounge style reception.  Instead of a traditional sit down dinner, we brought in lounge furniture, wash lighting and food stations, including a mashed potato bar (yum!), fajita station and more.  From custom lighting to orchids adorning the side of guest champagne glasses, this affair is one we won’t forget!

A HUGE congratulations to Mr and Mrs Conner!!!  Thank you for allowing us to plan your big day!!!


We can’t believe that Rafael Pires turned around a beautiful highlights video in such a short time.  Thanks so much Rafael!


The amazing team that came together to make Katy and Ben’s wedding truly special include:

Wedding Planning and Coordination – Amy of First Comes Love Weddings & Events

Venue – Sheraton Marina

Rentals – Concepts Event Design and Classic Party Rentals

Florist – Blush Botanicals

Photographer – Darryn St. John Photography

Videographer – Rafael Pires (for Luke McCain Videographer)

DJ/Lighting: JMC Events

Officiant: Pastor Mike

Cake: Flour Power


Real Wedding: Jenn and Nate

19 Jan

Mission Bay has many great venues to tie the knot.  Jenn and Nate picked the Bahia garden for their ceremony with a waterfront reception.  They kept with a tropical, beachy theme for their 100 person bay wedding.  Thanks to Sage Taylor Photography for these shots!

Vendors: Venue – Bahia, Wedding Coordinator – First Comes Love Weddings & Events, DJ – Artistic Productions, Photographer – Sage Taylor, Flowers – San Diego Wholesale Flowers, Cake – The French Gourmet

Laura and Brett’s Amazing Wedding

13 Nov

For those of you who know me (or have talked to me in the past 7 days), you know that this past week has been out of the ordinary.  Last Friday, Jerry from Beck’s Entertainment called me with a question “What are you doing next Friday?”  Normally, this simple question leads to coffee or lunch, but on that day, it was much more profound.

It lead to a celebration of pure love, an outpouring of support from the San Diego wedding community and a very whirlwind week, where we planned a wedding in six days.

You see, we were a part of planning a wedding for an incredibly brave young couple.  Brett Fafard and his fiancée of three days, Laura Kemp,  have been together for two years, spending much of their time together battling Brett’s testicular cancer.  Prior to his diagnosis, Brett was an avid biker, runner, and all around athlete.  When he was diagnosed in June 2009, the cancer had already spread to his abdomen, liver, lungs, and neck.  Brett has fought the cancer through many rounds of chemo, surgeries, bone marrow transplants, and radiation; however the aggressive disease has continued to spread to his lungs and brain.  Doctors estimate he now has two months to live. 

Laura has been a tremendous support, and after many months of contemplating marriage, and one very close call when Brett suffered a grand mal seizure from his brain tumors, it became clear to the couple that they had to marry before he passes away. 

As soon as I heard the story, I knew that the San Diego wedding community would come together to help.  And they did.  With one mass email and Facebook post about the story, 22 AMAZING San Diego wedding vendors came together to throw Laura and Brett a wedding.

The wedding happened yesterday evening as the sun set at Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado. 

MANY, MANY thanks to the following wedding vendors who came together so quickly and donated their services and talent to help this couple have a very special and memorable wedding.

Bridal Open House!

18 Oct

At First Comes Love, we like to host open houses so that brides can check out different wedding vendors in a casual environment (and with a cocktail in hand!)  Our last one was a few weeks ago at The Loft at UCSD. 

A special thanks to all of the vendors who participated including:  Our hosts, The Loft at UCSD, Zanzibar Catering, Darryn St. John Photography, Haydee’s Creative Flowers, Beck’s Entertainment, ONEHOPE Wine and Enticing Tables.

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Check out video from Murasaki Media from the event!

Vendor Profile: Ceremonies by Bethel

15 Jun

If you’ve met with us, you know that one of the biggest things I stress with my brides is to find vendors who are a good personality match.  You can have the most talented people in the world working for you, but if your personality clashes with theirs, your entire wedding experience is at risk. 

One of the warmest and most genuine people I have had the pleasure of interacting with in the wedding industry is Bethel from Ceremonies by Bethel.  As an officiant open to all, she works with her couples to handcraft their ceremonies and make the ceremony truly special.

Some of the things that make Bethel different –

  • All the ceremonies she does are custom, creating them with her couples
  • Bethel has a streamlined and effective system that helps her couples along the path of creating the custom ceremony with her – they are not expected to write it themselves and then just give it to her for delivery, but she really spends the time to craft something special
  • She is not religious clergy.  She can include religious words or pieces in the ceremony if desired, but it is only if she is asked to do so.  Her focus is on the couple’s love and their relationship.
  • She provides a variety of creative ideas to her couples for components to include in the ceremony, as many couples tell her they want something that their friends may not have seen before, rather than the standard components.

“I absolutely love playing this unique role in the special day of great couples, and am truly honored to be a part of their relationship in this way.  Together we create something wonderful and perfect for them, and then I deliver it warmly, and professionally.  I also pride myself on making them feel so comfortable and calm during the wedding itself, as well as during the whole period that leads up to it.” – Bethel

Check out Bethel’s blog

Vendor Profile: Haydee’s Creative Flowers

30 May

Starting today, we’ll be introducing you to some of our favorite San Diego wedding vendors.  First off, is Haydee’s Creative Flowers.  We love Haydee’s unique style and creative ideas.  Pair that with a HUGE inventory of vases, ribbons and crystals and her arrangements and bouquets are truly something to talk about.  If you are the type of bride who wants a florist to create something from scratch or if you have the vision and need her to execute it, either way, she can do it.

We’ve chosen some out of the box designs to feature here.  First is a Patron inspired table (did someone say tequila sunrise?) and the second is a bright and cheery design featuring lots of glass and some great color combinations.  Chances are she’s done a wedding at your venue before, so she’ll have great ideas to share with you.

First Comes Love – The Remix

11 May

I have to say that in San Diego, we are lucky to have a wide variety of DJs in town.  And not only are we blessed with DJs who play great music, most of them have amazing personalities.  One of these is DJ Average Joe from JMC Events.  We were thrilled to have him spinning at last week’s open house and today, he has shared a real treat with us… his mix from that night’s party! 

Check out the mix here.  Download it, listen to it, love it!  I’ve been listening to it all evening as I work.  In fact, it’s on right now.