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Scratch Off Save-the-Dates from Martha Stewart Weddings

21 Jul

We saw this super cute save-the-date idea and had to share!  Check out this how-to guide from Martha Stewart Weddings.

You won the lottery when you found each other, so send this cheeky save-the-date card to let guests share in your luck. After scraping off the paint with a penny, they’ll hit the jackpot: your wedding date!

Tools and Supplies

  • Ink-jet and laser printer
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock in white or cream (you will print 2 cards per sheet)
  • Craft knife and metal ruler
  • Metallic acrylic paint (we used Golden Artist Colors acrylic paint in iridescent silver, $4.75, utrechtart.com)
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 1/4-inch-wide watercolor brush
  • A7 envelopes (5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches)
  • Pennies

Basic How-To

1. Download our PDF file, and open it using Adobe Acrobat Reader (if you are using a Mac, use Reader instead of Apple’s Preview application). Most browsers already include this program, but if you have trouble downloading the file or would like to upgrade Acrobat Reader, you can obtain the latest version of the software for free from Adobe’s website.

2. Replace the placeholder text with your own (you only need to do this in one box; the form will automatically fill in the rest), and print onto card stock.

3. Use the craft knife and metal ruler to cut between the crop marks (do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper; this will leave the crop marks intact around all the edges to guide subsequent cuts).

4. Combine one part dish soap with two parts metallic acrylic paint. Paint neatly over the number in the center of the hearts with a thin layer. Let it dry thoroughly, about 1 hour, and then add a second layer. Let second coat dry thoroughly (about 1 more hour) before putting the cards in the envelopes.

5. Mail the card with a “lucky” penny for scratching (you will need extra postage for this).

From Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2011

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Scratch-Off Save-the-Date How-To


It’s Amy and Brian’s Wedding Day!!!

4 Jun

Amy and Brian are getting married today, at the intimate and beautiful Thursday Club in Point Loma. Overlooking the water, this amazing couple will exchange vows followed by a quintessentially San Diego reception with family and friends.  Since most of their guests are from out-of-town, we’ve worked with the couple to incorporate elements of San Diego that they love to personalize their wedding.  From escorting their guests to the venue in an Old Town Trolley to serving local craft beers this celebration is going to be fabulous.

We are in love with the vendors we get to work with on this wedding too! Ceremonies by Bethel will be marrying them, Photos by Chana and Don will be capturing the day, Coast Catering will be serving delectable delights, Concepts Event Design and Classic Party Rentals will make the space pop, Sumi’s Oven is creating cakes for each table, Blush Botanicals is providing beautiful flowers, Pete Goslow will be serenading the crowd and AC Makeup will be highlighting the beauty of the bridal party.  And of course, the ladies of First Comes Love will be there to bring everything together.

CONGRATULATIONS AMY AND BRIAN and thank you for including us in your big day!

A special thank you to Photos by Chana and Don for sharing their engagement pictures.

US Grant Royal Wedding Showcase

28 Feb

Yesterday was my absolute favorite bridal show of the year, the US Grant Royal Wedding Showcase.  This is the show where event designers, wedding planners, florists and more bring out their A game to showcase fresh designs for San Diego brides and grooms.  We were thrilled to to be invited to participate and put together a tablescape inspired by modern romance.

A special thanks to Blush Botanicals for their amazing floral design, JMC Events for lighting the space with uplighting and pinspotting, Concepts Event Design for the linens and chairs and Classic Party Rentals for the settings. Photo by Bryan N. Miller.

Choosing Wine for Your Wedding

4 Feb

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wedding wine tasting parties.  It is a great way to have your friends help you to select the perfect wine to serve for your big day.

In fact, recently, we attending a wedding wine tasting party for one of our September brides.  Surprisingly, some of the less expensive wines were winners.  It’s amazing how much pretty labels and brand names influence our perception of products.  The BEST time to do the party (in our opinion) is during BevMo’s 5 Cent Sale.

Here’s Martha Strewart Weddings’ take on planning a wine tasting party:

Home in on the perfect vino for your cocktail hour or reception by inviting friends over to sample a few selections with you at least six weeks ahead of time. Offer them the three best options, but cover the labels with blank sheets of paper that have been numbered to ID each one (this way, testers can’t be swayed by brand names or cool packaging). Then swirl, sniff, swish, swallow, and have each person jot his or her thoughts on the bottles — until you’ve tasted a winner.

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Get Wedding Inspiration – Martha Stewart Weddings

February Events for Brides and Grooms

1 Feb

San Diego has TONS of fun events for brides and grooms.  There is so much going on in February that we compiled a few of the events to keep you in the loop on cool things to check out for your wedding:


WHEN: February 24, 2011 from 7-9pm

WHERE: Lounge SD


Put on by First Comes Love (that’s us!), we’ve created these bridal cocktail mixers as a way for you to check out some of San Diego’s top wedding vendors in a casual and laid back setting. This isn’t a tradeshow, it’s a cocktail party!  So bring your groom, the girls or your mom and meet First Comes Love, Darryn St. John Photography, Haydee’s Creative Flowers and JMC Events for a fun evening. RSVP to amy@firstcomeslovesd.com.



WHEN: February 6, 13, 2o and 27 – 9am-11am

WHERE: Crate & Barrel UTC or Fashion Valley


Crate&Barrel does a good job of throwing a registry party.  Here’s a great opportunity to register, enjoy free food and drinks and mingle with other brides and grooms.  RSVP here.



WHEN: February 27 from 11am-4pm

WHERE: US Grant Hotel, downtown San Diego

COST: $20



A Royal Affair will feature stunning bridal gowns by M Bride Couture Wedding Gowns, inspired mens and womens fashions, and a tiara and jewel collection from Tiffany & Co. to rival royal treasures. Spanning the entire hotel, from the Crystal Ballroom adorned with hand-painted ceilings, to the magnificent Presidential Ballroom, THE US GRANT’s multiple event ballrooms will be open for guests to tour and marvel. Over 50 of the most sought-after Southern California wedding vendors, including photographers, florists, event planners, designers and cake creators will be on hand showcasing their talents and meeting with guests face-to-face. 

$20 Admission to A Royal Affair includes:

 *First-hand experience with San Diego’s finest wedding vendors and the nation’s hottest fashion retailers

*Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wedding tastings, and cake concepts

*Champagne and signature cocktails

*Opportunity to win a romantic honeymoon vacation to the landmark “Pink Palace of the Pacific” – The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort in Waikiki.   


WHEN: February 27, March 5, 19, 27

WHERE: 2802 Juan Street, San Diego (upstairs)

COST: Free                         

Looking for a hot wedding dress for a small price?  Sad news is that one of our favorite bridal consignment shops (and our neighbor) Something Blue closed their doors last week, but they still have some dresses.  So they will be blowing out the remaining dresses for a flash sale.  Come and check it out!

Laura and Brett’s Wedding Video

7 Dec

Check out the highlights video for Laura and Brett Fafard’s wedding.  A special thanks to Bob Hoffman Video Productions for putting this together.

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!