Monday, March 15, 2010

What To Do Before I Do - All Things Creative

The 2nd installment of "What To Do Before 'I Do'" is coming!  Join us on Sunday, March 28th at the Palm Restaurant for this month's installment of the Wedding Workshop Series.  This time around, we are talking about all things creative in wedding planning.

Our friends at Tangerine Tree Photography will be there to give tips on how to hire a wedding day photographer and will be giving away a complimentary engagement session to one lucky bride.

The Palm Restaurant will be providing a signature cocktail, hors d'ouevres and will share ideas on how to make your pre-wedding events unique.  This is definitely one event you won't want to miss!

Click here to register!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Warm & Cozy Winter Inspiration Boards

With the cold, rainy weather we've been having in San Diego, I am loving cuddling up with a blanket and searching for wintery-wedding inspiration boards. 

Here is the first one I created myself!

I found this 'Homemade Christmas Elegance' on Style Me Pretty, created by Style member, Chiara:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Erin & Ryan

We recently did day-of coordination for am amazing couple, Erin & Ryan and were so thrilled to be a part of their special day.  Their wedding started out as low-key backyard bbq at a family member's house, but as it evolved over the months of planning, turned into an elegant, but fun-loving, family-style celebration.
They were married in October in Old Town, San Diego and held the ceremony and reception in the beautiful backyard of a family member's home.  It had an amazing view of the city, and was big enough to hold over 120 people but was small enough to create an intimate atmosphere.  Everything about the wedding was family and friend-centered.  The father of one of the groom's friends officiated the wedding, the dj was a family friend, two friends of the bride were the chalkboard 'artists' for all of the chalkboard signs and displays, another friend designed and printed the invitations and menus, and yet another made the table runners. 
It was important to Erin and Ryan to have these personal elements as a part of their wedding day.  Not only did they choose to have close friends help with the certain aspects of the day, they also included personlized touches throughout the reception to make each person feel special. The menus were printed to welcome each individual guest. They provided a photo booth and small chalkboard for everyone to use to write a message to the bride and groom and asked them to put a copy of the pictures in the guest book.  My favorite 'personal' touch was asking the caterer, Eco Caters, to make a favorite family recipe, 'Aunt Deb's Peach Cobbler' instead of serving cake.

Another theme that was very important to the bride and groom was to have a 'green' wedding.  They decided to use the very talented Eco Caters not only because of the delicious food they make, but also because of their mission: to protect both the earth, which is the source of their cuisine, as well as the people who populate the planet. They do so primarily through the use of biodegradable products and by providing the best locally grown, organic and seasonal produce.  The food was not the only thing that was kept 'local'.  Ryan and Erin also made sure all of the beer was provided by a local San Diego brewery and all of the wine and sparkling wine was from California.

To reduce the use of extra paper, they decided to use chalkboards for the table display, drink menu, and seating charts.  Printing each guest's name to their menu was also thoughtfully planned out to eliminate the need for separate menus and escort cards.
They are a beautiful couple, inside and out and were an absolute blast to work with! 


Day-of Coordination - Simply Solis Weddings & Events
Catering - Eco Caters

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vendor Profile - Rhapsody in Bloom

I love fall weddings because of the 'warm' color palets that are often chosen for the flowers and decorations.  I recently went to a wedding as a guest and was so impressed with the floral arrangements.  I was not surprised to find out the bride (who has really refined and lovely taste) had chosen Melissa Johnson of Rhapsody in Bloom for her wedding.  Melissa always creates amazing bouquets, arrangements, centerpieces, etc.  Check out a few of the pics - beautiful!

These are pictures from some of the guests, so as soon as we see the photos from the professionals (our favorite - Tangerine Tree Photography!), we'll post more.

Rhapsody in Bloom also did one of our weddings a few years ago - Pete & Sabrina's spanish-themed wedding.  More about that on our next post...stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Organic and Good

In the past few years with the popularity of the food network, many brides are spending more time choosing caterers that represent their likes and beliefs.

The days of only having a choice between Chicken Marsala and Beef Tenderloin  have been replaced with dishes like Chicken Roulade with Jamon Iberico and Spinach  and Grilled Salmon with Smoked Chili and Brown sugar.

The dishes noted above are just two of the many offered by ECO Caters in San Diego. Their mission is dedicated to protecting both the earth, which is the source of our cuisine, as well as the people who populate the planet.

 It comes through in their dishes and service.

We recently worked with Eco Caters on  Erin and Ryan's wedding.  Adam and his staff were generous beyond all expectations.  The presentation of the family-style meal was as impressive and it was good.  After the first setting, the servers went back to the tables to personally ask each guest if they were enjoying their meal and if they would like more.   The attention to detail was obvious in everything from the Hors D'oeuvres to the organic coffee served at the end of the night.

One more favorite touch I have to highlight - they agreed to make the Bride and Groom's favorite family dessert recipe- Aunt Deb's Peach Cobbler.  That extra touch completely personalized the service for Erin and Ryan.

Go green, go organic, go Eco Caters.

Here are just a few of the delicious and beautifully-plated dishes Eco Caters offers.

Grilled Polenta with Olive, Tomato, Preserve Lemon, Yello Squash, Garlic and Marjoram
Roasted Spaghetti Squash Checca with Basil and Garlic Flower

Friday, September 11, 2009

Vendor Profile: Tangerine Tree Photography

Capturing the personality of a couple while also creating an artistic shot is so important to great wedding photography.  Tangerine Tree Photography is exceptional at this and I love their approach to their work.  On their website they say:
"Our passion is to create hip, urban, modern imagery that reflects your individual personalities; capture moments and create memories that will last long after the bouquet is tossed, cake is eaten and dress is boxed up. We take a very personal approach to our photography, and aim to really get to know our clients. In fact, there's a good chance we'll cry during your ceremony and maybe even dance at your reception."
Who wouldn't want them at their wedding?!  And, their pictures speak for is a look at one of their engagement sessions.  So amazing!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Creative 'Save the Date' Cards

At Simply Solis, we are always looking for the unique, creative twists on the traditional elements of weddings. I found this great idea on InStyle Weddings magazine for fun 'Save the Date' cards. Here is what they have to say:

Use Recycled Cards

Send postcards that evoke the theme or locale of your wedding, instead of save-the-date cards, planner Yifat Oren says. If you're getting married at a resort or historic inn, inquire whether there are postcards of the site that you could buy or have for free. (Blank vintage cards, available online and at flea markets, make especially charming choices but cost a bit more.) Either handwrite the essentials on the back or use a laser printer.

I love this idea!