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Destination Wedding vs. Local Wedding

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

One of the biggest decisions you will make as a couple is to decide if you want a local or destination wedding. There are so many reasons why you may want to stay in your hometown with an abundant group of friends and family, but you may also enjoy the adventurous and idyllic location of a destination wedding.

Since California is home to us, we wanted to share some of our favorite venues and the pros and cons of a local wedding. If you are from San Diego, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, is an amazing venue in which you can view first hand to make sure it is everything you want for your wedding day! One of the best things about a local wedding is that you can do walk throughs which allows you to then have better control of your wedding planning.


Parker Palm Springs

Another favorite venue of ours is the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. For those couples that want a large guest list, we have discovered that more people will attend when there is a wedding hosted locally rather than at a destination.


Fairmont San Francisco

Hosting a local wedding is ultimately up to the bride and groom. There are so many benefits to having a local wedding but it is important to remember that being in California, does not mean it is always sunny. The weather will play an important role in this decision. The Fairmont in San Francisco, allows you to have the wedding you always dreamed of inside their magical venue safe from any weather concern.


Ritz Paris

Destination weddings are really popular by most couples because you are able to create a wedding experience that is so unique anywhere you choose. You and all your guests can feel like they are all on vacation. One of the most unforgettable venues at the Ritz in Paris, France is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get all of your closest friends and family to join you. This venue and all of Paris is the most perfect wedding package. You are able to celebrate love days later in the most romantic city in the world.



Venice Wedding Castles

Venice, Italy is one of the most elegant cities that is the perfect location for your destination wedding. There are castles, old vineyards, and rustic villas to choose from for your venue. This breathtaking city has everything you need to create a memorable wedding. One of the best things about having a destination wedding is that you are also on your dream honeymoon. Since your closest family and friends will be with you, always remember to take time with your new spouse and spend time seeing the city as a new married couple. It might not be a bad idea to arrive a few days before the rest of your guests get there to enjoy and spend some time alone.



Esperanza Cabo San Lucas

The most important thing we can suggest for the bride and groom is to stay relaxed and let everyone else do the work for you. Sometimes with a destination wedding there are flight delays, and troubles with traveling amongst your guests. We want you to enjoy your wedding and who can have a bad time in Cabo San Lucas. This destination location offers the most amazing beach views. Aire will be opening this fall and is the perfect venue in which you will exchange vows looking out onto the ocean. You will be able to enjoy your time on the sandy shores of Mexico and have a wedding you’ll never forget.





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Over The Top Celebrity Weddings

Leave it to the celebrities to wow us with some extraordinary wedding ideas. These are a few over the top inside looks that we can’t help but love. Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas out did themselves with their woodsy and enchanting wedding in Big Sur, CA. All 364 guests were dressed by costume designer from Lord of the Rings. The couple’s love for nature was magically transformed into one amazing venue that priced at $10 million. Between the towering wedding cake, the pen of bunnies to snuggle and the hanging garlands, this wedding was nothing short of a true fairy tale.


Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello win celebrity wedding of the year. Their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida was magnificent. The flowers alone will blow you away and take you into a winter wonderland. The soft colors of purple and white are so enchanting. Their over the top florals are one thing you’ll never forget. There is something so royal and elegant about the ceremony aisle and lavish centerpieces that it stands out from any other celebrity wedding.


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Natalie and Isaac’s Wedding at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Words can not even begin to describe the meaning of love at first sight for this beautiful couple. For Natalie and Isaac, it truly was love at first sight. These two met when they were 11 and 12 years old at a youth group in San Diego. Their love developed and bloomed into this stunning romance, and years later they decided to devote themselves to each other forever. The wedding was set in a gorgeous grass field, in a lovely venue called The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. The aisle ways for the ceremony were lined with baskets of vegetables and bright florals all while being surrounded by the natural scenery of the ranch. The reception was held beneath an open wooden structure, encompassed with natural earth tones of champagne and green. The dessert table was heavenly, containing multiple cakes and delicious treats almost as sweet as Natalie and Isaac’s love. This day will forever remain as one filled with bliss and devotion.


Event Planning: Couture Events 

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bandy Canyon Ranch

Catering: Bellamy’s

Photography: Erica Schneider Photography 

Cinematography: Aqua Vivus

Florist and Décor: Adorations 

Band: The Westsiders

Rentals: Farm Tables & More

Rentals: Platinum Pro

Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth

Linens: La Tavola

Day of Paper: Posh Paperie

Transportation: Shuttle Service by Radisson Hotel 

Hair and Make-Up: Katie

Officiant: Charlie Alcock 


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