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5 Questions With a Wedding Vendor!

We are starting a new series on our blog. For the next several Fridays we’ll be debuting a video interview with one of our favorite wedding vendor friends.  Hopefully it is informative and helps you in your planning process. And, perhaps laugh a little at us! We had a lot of fun making these videos!

Our first video is with Courtney from After The Engagement. She is amazing. She makes our life so much easier when it comes to photographing weddings and I am sure her clients feel the same way! And she is a super rad person, which is a major bonus. Although, she probably listens to entirely too much rap, but we’ll let that slide! LOL!

Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding

Leo Carrillo Ranch might be our favorite venue in all of Southern California. However, be careful of the peacocks during mating season, they are super loud! haha! The ranch has been operated by the City of Carlsbad since the late 1970’s. The original owner, Leo Carrillo, was an actor and stared in the 1950’s T.V. series, Cisco Kid.

L and R were a perfect fit for the rustic setting of the ranch. I love the white adobe walls and old ranch style. It feels like you are brought back in time to the 1800’s.

You can tell the guests had a great time! The alcohol was definitely flowing!

Another great aspect of the ranch is it an entirely outdoor venue. We LOVE outdoor only venues.  Not a stuffy ballroom! Yay!

You will probably notice the large blue hands! These were a promo item for the New York Mets and played a crucial part in L and R meeting. L was wearing one after a game  at a stadium bar and gave R the perfect ice breaker. Such a great detail to include! I do believe Samantha wanted to punch me with one, but I can’t remember why!

To contact the Ranch and book your event. Click here.

Wedding Planning by After the Engagement

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Powerhouse Wedding Del Mar

A bride and groom recently had their dream wedding on a Del Mar beach. It was a beautiful sunny California day. 85 degrees in February, I will take it! M & J really were a great match, no doubt. It’s really nice to see couples in love. They recited their own vows, which makes the ceremony more personal and interesting. The ceremony was adjacent to the Powerhouse in Del Mar, one of the great spots along the Pacific  Ocean in San Diego. What makes it unique is that although it is on the beach, they do not have to worry about the sand, as it is on a concrete patio. So, you get all the wonderful views, but without dealing with sand! Yay! The reception is only steps away inside the Powerhouse. The venue is a San Diego landmark, over 80 years old. Built in 1928, the historic Powerhouse is a great wedding venue for couples who want to get married on the beach in San Diego.

If you would like more info on the Powerhouse, click here.

Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees flawlessly coordinated the event.

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Coronado, San Diego Wedding

Tera and Ryan’s wedding was so much fun and the details were absolutely beautiful.  After the Engagement pretty much knocked this one out of the park. Tera made many of the items herself and you can visit her site here. Sally with Exquisite Blooms did all the florals. You can see their incredible video from Side by Side Cinema here. Other vendors: DJ Showtime, Candelas, Von Borstel Cakes, Clara Kim Beauty

Their wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride last week, click here.

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