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We have designed over 100+ events at this beautiful and picturesque gem, and are pleased to share some of these events below.

Because Scripps Forum is a blank space venue, the weddings there range immensely, allowing each couple’s personalities, style, priorities, and backgrounds to shine through.

Our Scripps Seaside Forum weddings have been featured in Exquisite Weddings, The Bride Suite, Wedding Chicks, Love and Lavender, San Diego Style Weddings, Style Me Pretty, and Ruffled.

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Scripps Seaside Forum Weddings

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Kessee & Sumit

Kessee and Sumit were married in August at the Scripps Seaside Forum. To honor both sides of their cultures, we had both a Hindu ceremony and an American ceremony. It was chock full of modern details, and it was a challenge we were thrilled to pull off beautifully! The Bride and Groom also tapped us to design all of their florals. The day began with a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by lunch. At that time, the Bride and Groom changed into more traditional American wedding attire, had an American ceremony and cocktail hour. The reception was so much fun! Check out all of these amazing photos!!!   One of the most fun details of the day was creating different vibes for each portion of the day--the Hindu ceremony, lunch, the American ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We added and deleted details, and repurposed as much as possible! The Bride also wanted to have a color palette that honored the Groom's Hindu background, but was also modern, romantic and bright. The couple collected glassware and cobalt birds over a Year's time, and I designed really fun florals that packed a punch. Here is how the bride described the day: "I would describe our wedding design as vintage lovebird themed with a modern twist and Indian flair. Normally when you think vintage, a softer color palette comes to mind but we love the vibrant colors seen in Indian culture and wanted to add our own take on vintage by picking vibrant fuchsia pink, [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Anne & Dan

Anne and Dan's fall wedding at the Scripps Seaside Forum began as they got ready at the breathaking Pacific Terrace Hotel. They infused tons of great beach elements into their day. Ann and Dan had an absolutely perfect fall day. The weather was amazing, as was the view. All of which was topped off by the couple's adorable doggy walking down the aisle. After their touching ceremony, the couple took photos. We were a little nervous about how the weather would turn out, but the sunglasses the couple planned for were put to good use! Once photos and cocktail hour were complete, it was time to celebrate! We love their inclusion of simple but unique wedding details at the Scripps Seaside Forum. One of the coolest parts of the evening? The casino tables!!! Guests loved this inclusion. This is the very first time we've ever had casino tables at the Scripps Seaside Forum. Anne and Dan, we loved working with you. Thank you for including us on your wedding day!!! Vendors that helped make the day: Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Swain, I Do…Wedding & Events Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum Catering & Rentals: Continental Catering Bar: Giuseppe Officiant: Pastor Jack Hawkins Ceremony and Reception Music: Republic of Music Florist: Allen’s Flowers Casino Tables: Ace High Casino Tables Photographer and Videographer: Sutography  

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Cassie & Rob

Cassie and Rob were married in the spring, and their wedding day was a beautiful Scripps Seaside Forum wedding! How amazing is this dress? We love the inclusion of the classic car. How happy does Rob look to see his beautiful bride? The arch was incredible! We love the refined, beachy and romantic influences infused into Cassie and Rob's ceremony. To top it off, the weather that day at the Scripps Seaside Forum was picture perfect. Their ombre cake was adorable! It was perfect against some of their more traditional decor elements. Cassie and Rob, it was a pleasure working with you! Your wedding day was lovely! Vendors that helped make the day: Consultant: Rachel Finn, I Do...Weddings & Events Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum Photography: True Photography Hair and Make-up: Bride's Amore Caterer and Rentals: Coast Catering    

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Mina & Arian

  Oh how I adore this couple! Mina and Arian were truly a dream to work with, and are so in love! I was so thrilled to work with them for their fall nuptials at the Scripps Seaside Forum! Mina and Arian opted for a traditional palette for their Persian celebration, and it was simply gorgeous! Mina and Arian and I worked hard to find balance between gorgeous elements that represented them, and keeping the day simple and impactful. Their elegant mirrored seating arrangements mirror (yup...that's a pun!) our planning process. Mirrors also play a huge element of symbolism in a Persian ceremony. The day was incredibly warm, but you'd never know it looking at this glowing couple!   This was my favorite moment of the day. Bringing the newlyweds into the air conditioned ballroom at the Scripps Seaside Forum to show them their gorgeous tablescapes designed by Organic Elements. Mina and Arian, you are such a gracious, gorgeous and loving couple. It was an honor to work with you! Wishing you all the best. Thank you to all the vendors who made the day: Coordinator: Melissa Barrad, I Do… Weddings & Events Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum Photographer: Duke Photography Videographer: Campbellicious Music: DJ Mohsen Catering: Coast Catering Rentals: Concepts Event Design Hair & Makeup: White Orchid Salon          

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Betty & John

          Betty married John back in April, at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. I had the pleasure of working with both Betty and John from the very beginning of the planning process for the couple. Both lived in Seattle and were excited to have a destination wedding here in San Diego. They were such and easy going couple, and really just wanted to celebrate their union and have fun with their family and friends. From the beginning, I knew that John and Betty were going to be a fun couple. On our monthly calls John would tease Betty that he bought a green suit (Green is his favorite color), and Betty would nervously laugh it off not sure if he was kidding or if he really had one. They were so playful, and genuinely happy with one another that the choosing of vendors, and picking out of colors and details was easy for this couple. It was quite uncomplicated to do all the planning while Betty and John were in Seattle. We made good use of our calls, and scheduled vendor meetings appropriately when they came out to San Diego. The planning process was a cinch. Because Betty and John were so easy going they allowed the vendors to really use their talents and skills to enhance the wedding day. I love this about brides, because if you trust your vendors to do what they are hired to do, know that they are the professionals [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Nicole & Eric

Nicole Married Eric at Scripps Seaside Forum on October 3rd, 2014. I had the privilege of meeting Nicole and Eric over a year before their wedding. This gave us plenty of time to create the perfect wedding for this amazing couple. This couple was from Arizona so San Diego was their destination wedding location. There are so many benefits to holding a destination wedding, along with some challenges. I loved being the glue that helped keep their vision together and make the process as smooth as possible. Here is a recap of their wedding experience:   The day was beautiful. There was literally not a cloud in the sky. The beautiful bride got ready at a home in La Jolla which gave the bridal party plenty of room to get ready. I highly recommend a home to get ready in for the added space, plus the added locations for getting ready photos. The excitement of the day could be felt in the smile of the bride. The couple wanted to have their first time seeing each other be as the bride walked down the aisle. As a coordinator I love watching the grooms face as he sees his bride walk toward him. Eric’s expression held such love and appreciation for his beautiful bride.   All of the little touches for the day made the day special. The beautiful Chuppah was laced with simple sheer draping. It gave a gorgeous covering for their vows. The aisle was sprinkled with petals that [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Amy & Andy

I had the privilege of helping Amy and Andy plan their wedding. I knew Andy from Church. He was a friend of my husband, but I didn’t know him that well, and I didn’t know Amy much at all. But the planning process has a way of making people get to know each other. Although the bride is whom I usually plan with Andy was a planner at heart. Amy got to share her vision, and Andy helped to make it come together with some I Do…Weddings help. Amy and Andy got married at Scripps Seaside Forum on February 28th, 2014. They had people flying in from all over the Midwest, and they wanted to treat their guests to a beautiful San Diego outdoor wedding. There was a small issue with the weather… It was the worst storm of 2014! The Palm trees outside where they were supposed to get married at were bending over from the crazy wind and hail coming down. Rain pelted down making it impossible to hold the wedding outdoors. With some quick thinking and great hands on action we were able to move the whole wedding indoors. Melissa Barrad of I Do…Weddings did the florals and she provided little extras to make everything special. We set up the whole ceremony inside of the 180-degree glass doors. White pillars with large glass vases were adorned with beautiful white and crème florals framed the couple as they said their vows. We made an aisle for the immediate [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Megan & Ryan

Oh how we loved working with Megan and Ryan for their fall wedding at the Scripps Seaside Forum!We love the combination of romantic, beachy and relaxed elements for an effortlessly stunning day.   Megan began the day in the Village with her ladies at La Valencia. Ryan and his men gathered at a rental property. Seriously, how great are these kicks? The pops of red looked incredible in photos. The couple opted to be a bit more traditional not do a first look. But, I always say that September and October are the best months at the Scripps Seaside Forum--amazing sunsets. For the ceremony, the Bride and Groom personalized sunglasses for guests! How adorable are these two? We often say that the best time of year to get married at the Scripps Seaside Forum (photographically speaking!) is fall. We couldn't help but share a boatload of shots of this adorable couple. Once photos were complete, it was time to move inside and celebrate! Loving these romantic details... After an absolutely delicious meal, it was time to party! Megan and Ryan, it was a pleasure to work with you! I loved seeing you radiate happiness the entire day! Vendors that helped make the day: Wedding Consultant: Melissa Barrad, I Do…Weddings & Events Venue: Scripps Forum Officiant: Rev Joseph Moniz Ceremony and Reception Music: Pete Goslow Photographer: Dustin, True Photography                                                    Videography: NR3 Video Productions Caterer and Rentals: Coast Catering White Wedding Day (draping/lighting) Beverage Service: Giuseppe Catering Baker: Sweet Lydia’s [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Mallory & Bobby

  This lovely couple was an absolute delight to work with. Both are genuinely kind, and beautiful…inside and out! They said I Do! at First United Methodist Church– a magnificent and magical church with floor to ceiling glass windows behind the altar and chancel with a beautiful view of the greenery outside, and the 42-foot high stained glass window at the front of the sanctuary, this my friends, was a beautiful and heart-felt ceremony. They continued their celebration at one of my favorite venues, Scripps Seaside Forum! These two wanted to create a romantic and elegant bash with a few DIY details.  They mixed, blush and gold, an array of lush blooms, decadent desserts, Halloween theme candy-bar, lit-up LOVE sign, and a to-die-for view, and you're left with a truly picture-perfect seaside affair These two lovebirds danced their first dance as husband and wife to the song “Nothing Can Change This Love,” by Sam Cooke. The evening continued with a full dance floor and a surprise choreographed dance by Bride, Groom, and Bridal Party that left their guests in complete awe. It was a day filled with so much love, laughter, and tears of joy. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Harden, wishing you two much love, laughter, and Happily Ever After! Vendors that helped make the day: Wedding Coordinator: Jill Hudgins, I Do…Weddings & Events Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church Reception Venue: Scripps Forum Officiant: Pastor Craig Brown Catering/Linen/Flatware Rentals: Culinary Concepts Charger Rentals: Platinum Party Rentals Draping/Uplighting: Positive Energy Productions [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Allison & Aaron

  Allison and Aaron were our very first wedding couple in 2014! And of course, we began with a bang by beginning the year with a wonderful Scripps Seaside Forum wedding. The forecast called for rain...lots of it. We even had to hold the wedding rehearsal inside the day prior, and I prepped the couple that we'd likely need to move to our plan B. Allison and Aaron are such a warm and loving couple. While they were understandingly disappointed, they decided they wouldn't let it ruin their day no matter what. So, they went about their evening, attended their rehearsal dinner and awoke to Mother Nature who couldn't seem to make her mind up about what she wanted to do. It ended up being absolutely gorgeous, and we had a beautiful sunset--thank goodness. Their ceremony was so meaningful and touching, as it was officiated by their pastor. Allison and Aaron are very active at their church, and they also met there! Allison and Aaron are so fun-loving and warm, and it can definitely be seen in their wedding photos. The absolute highlight of the evening was definitely their first dance. For weeks, they were very secretive about their first dance. But, I knew it was going to be really special and unique, and it was! This is absolutely a couple that can be silly and have fun together--I loved it! Allison and Aaron, thank you for being such a pleasure to work with and putting your trust in me! [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Allison & Pat

  Allison and Pat's fall Scripps Seaside Forum wedding was full of romantic touches. Their details (I mean...look at these shoes--I LOVE these) were all so well-thought out and heartfelt. In lieu of a beach ceremony, their ceremony took place at a neighboring church in Bay Park. Following the ceremony, guests were shuttled back over to the Scripps Seaside Forum and treated to a bourbon bar for cocktail hour. This gave the newlyweds, their bridal party and their talented photographer Allie Lindsey tons of time to get some great shots. One of the things that continues to surprise us is the multitude of backdrops the Forum has. Because we work at the venue so frequently, we know quite a few:) But, new photographers show us different backgrounds and perspectives that we just love! Once the bridal party took their images, the newlyweds headed down to the beach. Then, it was time to celebrate! Organic Elements did a beautiful job with all of the decor. Allison and Pat, thank you so much for everything! It was a pleasure getting to know you and I wish you all the best! Vendors that helped make the day: Wedding Consultant: Melissa Barrad, I Do…Weddings & Events Venue: Scripps Forum  and Church of St. Mary Magdalene Officiant: Father Steve McCall Florist: Organic Elements Reception Music: Positive Energy Productions Photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography Caterer and Beverage Service: Giuseppe Catering Rentals: Platinum Party Rentals Getting Ready Location/ Honeymoon Suite: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Stacey & Danny

  Stacey and Danny were married just a few weeks back at the beautiful Scripps Seaside Forum. They reached out to me almost two years ago. We met for coffee, got along great, and towards the end of the meeting, they let me know that they were still considering a Scripps Seaside Forum wedding--and that nothing had been set in stone. I quickly followed up, and crossed my fingers that this super sweet and awesome couple and I would get to work together. Many months passed. I was THRILLED beyond words Stacey and Danny reached back out, and I am equally thrilled to share their beautiful wedding celebration. Stacey and Danny are from the Bay Area, but San Diego holds a special place in their hearts. The love between them is so genuine and sweet! Though we live in such a beautiful place, I often get nervous for outdoor weddings in the fall at the Scripps Seaside Forum. The morning of the wedding, there was a high likelihood of rain. But, luckily, the sun came out and it was like a summer day!   In addition to assisting Stacey and Danny throughout the process, I also had the pleasure of designing their florals! So fun! Stacey gave me a ton of creative license, and I really enjoyed how things turned out. I just had to share some photos from one of the cutest flower girls on the planet! Isn't she a doll? Doesn't Stacey just glow in every shot? Okay, [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Julia & RJ

  Julia and RJ married on a sunny, hot day at the Scripps Seaside Forum. I just love how natural and flawless Julia is! The wedding took place during the major heatwave we had this summer, but you'd never know it looking at her in the pictures. Because it was such a bright day, the first look took place indoors. How cute are these two? Julia wanted  a classic wedding that balanced romantic and clean elements, and I think we nailed it! Once the First Look and bridal party photos were complete, we began the ceremony....The ceremony was so sweet and heartfelt. The newlyweds also went down to the pier and got some incredible shots. Sigh:) We love our Scripps Seaside Forum weddings! They are always picturesque and beautiful. Then, it was time to relax and enjoy! Julia and her mother Sandy poured a lot of love into the small details. Here are a few of our favorites. Each guest was given a potted succulent. We also wove the couple's love of wine into the day. Wine barrels were used for the ceremony, as well as wine boxes to display desserts. In lieu of a sweetheart or head table, Julia decided upon several farm tables lining the middle of the room for the newlyweds and the entire bridal party. The table was adorned simply, with a lush garland, tons of candles, bud bases and a small olive branch at each place setting. Julia and RJ, I just adored working with [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Kelly & Kailash

Kelly and Kailash were married on a beautiful day last fall at the Scripps Seaside Forum. Kelly wanted an organic and eclectic look for her wedding day, focusing on simple, impactful design elements and a great party. Their spiritual and unique ceremony was amazing! The sun peeked out right when they kissed as husband and wife. How incredible is Kelly's dress? So unique, and so perfect for Kelly! We also adore her boho headpiece! We enlisted Paula, of Rae Florae to design organic, and earthy florals, and she really hit the nail on the head! There are so many great photos of floral details...we feel so lucky to be able to share them! We just adore the horseshoe King's Table! This is an excellent head table alternative, particularly when you want to include significant others of the bridal party! After the ceremony, guests mingled and nejoyed a surprise Mariachi band, as the father of the Bride is a huge Mariachi fan. Guests were welcomed with bags of tea, which doubled as a placecard and favor! Then, it was party time! The DJ was a friend of the bride, and he did an excellent job of keeping the dance floor at the Scripps Seaside Forum packed! Kelly and Kailash, it was such a pleasure working with you and your families! Thank for having me be a part of your wedding day! Vendors that helped make the day: Wedding Consultant: Melissa Barrad, I Do...Weddings & Events Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum Officiant: Holly [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Teryn and Evan featured on Style Me Pretty!

Due to work, and Evan’s service in the Air Force, Evan and Teryn have lived in multiple cities throughout their relationship. Since travel was so prominent in their lives, and since their family members and closest friends lived all over the world, they thought it only fitting to have a destination wedding, with wonderful accents and design based on travel.  They both decided on the magnification venue, Scripps Seaside Forum, in La Jolla. The Forum has spectacular views of he ocean and is such a magnificent blank canvas for a wedding. When designing the florals and details of the wedding, we drew from The Forum’s use of natural materials, such as the wood lining the inside of the dining area, to the native plants that surrounded the venue. We went with elegant farm style wood tables that were custom made for Evan & Teryn by Concepts, and dressed them with succulents, and vintage stationary menus. Tapping into the destination wedding, the table names were airport codes; the groom’s cake was designed with a world map and an old-fashioned airplane. The escort cards were on luggage tags, and the guest book was a vintage typewriter. The dessert table used old-fashioned suite cases as pedestals for the tasty treats, but this was only to be out done by the hanging hot air balloons that hovered above them.  No detail was left unnoticed on this special day. Evan and Teryn’s seaside vintage travel wedding was spectacular, in ever sense of the word! To see [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Amy & John

About seven months prior to their wedding, Amy and John contacted us for help with the key details of their big day. From the beginning, they wanted a beach wedding with an elegant feel. When they discovered the Scripps Seaside Forum, they knew it was a perfect fit! We immediately began working closely with the couple, as well as and Amy’s mom, Nancy. Throughout the process, we provided planning assistance, vendor recommendations, design support, time and budget management, and layout development for this gorgeous wedding. When the day finally arrived, John looked dapper in his bow-tie. Amy was breathtaking in her floral embellished wedding gown. One of our favorite moments of Amy and John’s day was seeing them meet for their “First Look.” There’s always so much anticipation leading up to this happy moment, and we were honored to be a part of it. John’s groomsmen had such a fun (and irreverent) sense of humor!  Each member of the wedding party added to the comfortable feel of the day! A beautiful canopy,  gave a romantic beach flow to the ceremony. The overhead market lighting added a cool, outdoorsy vibe. Inside the Forum, we draped the back wall and added uplights, giving a soft romantic feel to the room. For an extra personal touch, guests were presented with mini picture frames, which served as their table place card holders. Guests were encouraged to take these frames home to help remember the special day. Once the sun set, we turned on special spotlights [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Paula & Doug featured on Wedding Chicks

Where do I start with this amazingly fun wedding? Doug was the Best Man at one of our weddings several years back, and we were stoked when he and the lovely Paula reached out. Paula and Doug had a trifecta of amazingness when it came to their wedding--One, beauty all around...the venue...the decor...the couple. Two, two of the coolest mothers a wedding planner could ever ask to work with. And three, a couple that knows how to work it. And when we say work it, we mean pose in the best possible way for the camera. I am doing the happy dance in my chair as I share these images with you. Paula and Doug rented an amazing home within walking distance from the hotel for the Ladies to get ready in. It also served as the rehearsal dinner location. Their wedding day was beautiful, but oh so windy! But, looking at the photos, you'd never know it. The altar arrangements were placed on belly bars as a precautionary measure. We find that the Scripps Seaside Forum weddings have a certain time each day where the wind really kicks up, then magically winds down. When is that? Shoot us a line, and we'll let you know! (it depends on time of year) See what I mean about picture perfect? We love how Paula wears her heart on her (one!) sleeve all day. Once the ceremony was over, the party began! But, not before a few bridal party and beach pictures... [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Marissa & Tony

Marissa married Tony in July at Scripps Seaside Forum. The wedding was set on the lawn at Scripps facing the La Jolla Cove! It was a beautiful day, sunny and bright for their wedding. The bride and groom decided not to see each other before the wedding and when they finally did at the altar it was amazing! This was such a joyful wedding. You could tell that this couple was definitely in love!     The wedding had a beachy feel to it. Marissa even had the place cards in a box of sand so that guests would get into the beachy setting. The Scripps Forum layout a great location for brides and grooms to play with wedding details, and Marissa and Tony did just that. There were soft accents of orange at each guest table. As favors guests were treated to individual bottles of mini champagne, and almonds wrapped in white and ivory. Everyone loved it! Once the reception started no one left the dance floor. It was definitely a wedding that everyone enjoyed. At one point the bride even asked me to dance with her 19-year-old cousin. I felt like part of the family. This is how everyone felt in the warmth of Marissa and Tony’s wedding. The glowing up lights on the building and palm trees invited guests to enjoy the summer beach just steps from the reception. This wedding was a great representation of the bride and groom.  Thank you to Marissa and Tony for [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Lauren & Eric

    Oh, Scripps Forum weddings, how we love you... This time, we are featuring the wedding of Lauren and Eric! They got ready at the newly remodeled Hotel La Jolla... Lauren is one of the sweetest, most photogenic brides we've ever had. She glows in every single picture! How incredible is this bouquet, made by our friends at Organic Elements? It was MASSIVE, and could really only be pulled off by our very tall bride. There are so many easier, low stress ways to pull off a first look. Seth and Desiree of Zelo Photography utilized our second favorite aspect in first look shots (first favorite of Scripps Seaside Forum weddings is of course the view!), which is the wood paneling. See how tall these two are? When we did the wedding rehearsal, I was standing in between them in flats (I'm only 5'6") thinking...."They are going to have beautiful, tall babies!" Their ceremony was so touching and sweet. Lauren's brother officiated, and he really did a great job. Cocktails took place on the upper terrace...near Caroline's Cafe. We then moved inside for dinner and dancing. I always say that fall is the best time in San Diego. Look at all of the gorgeous fall colors we had that day. One question we always get about Scripps Seaside Forum weddings has to do with lighting and draping. Is it really necessary? Do guests really notice? In our opinion, yes! Though Lauren opted for very clean lines for rentals and [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Lydia & Olin

  Lydia and Olin got married on May 5th, 2013 at Scripps Seaside Forum. We started planning for this wedding only four months prior to the wedding! We had a big job ahead of us, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Lydia and Olin wanted a fun, beautiful wedding and I was blessed to get to be part of their wedding experience. To start the day off the weather was looking a little rainy. But we pushed forward and set everything outside on the Scripps lawn, only to have to move everything inside only 30 minutes prior to the wedding when it began to pour. Thank goodness for an amazing I Do…Weddings Team! This was our first Scripps Seaside Forum wedding in the rain. This was not going to keep Lydia and Olin from their dream wedding.   We loved how the couple really rolled with the punches with their photos! The upper area of the Scripps Seaside Forum made for a unique spot to take some couple's portraits as we waited for the weather to clear. We used umbrellas, and kept them dry for their first look photos. It was beautiful. By the end of the ceremony the sky dried up and they had a beautiful sunset as their backdrop! Lydia and Olin even had their dog as the ring bearer! Melissa Barrad of I Do…Weddings provided beautiful florals in purple and blue. The décor was perfect for the Scripps wedding even if it was raining. The guests enjoyed the [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Nickisa and Kaveh featured on Style Me Pretty!

  Sit back and stay a while.....I have a ton of amazing images to share, shot by the lovely Fawn Christiansen of Sequins and Candy. Nickisa and Kaveh's beautiful spring Scripps Seaside Forum wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty! Nickisa and Kaveh started their day at the Estancia La Jolla. As you may know if you've read our blog previously, we think the Scripps Seaside Forum is close to perfect. However, many couples opt to get ready elsewhere as the options at Scripps are very simplistic--and without hotel amenities. I love the spanish touches of Estancia! Such as nice contrast against the beach.   I love what Nickisa opted to do with the bridal party. Instead of traditional bridesmaids, she asked her closest friends to get ready with her. She had a group of adorable flower girls accompany her. How ridiculously amazing is this dress? I love the classic feel of lace! Another couple of ours that opted for a first look! Nickisa and Kaveh were so sweet and even a little shy with each other! And now, to one of my favorite parts...the florals! Tam of Isari Floral Studio did an incredible job of achieving Nickisa's vision of classic and romantic! The couple hopped into the car, and headed down to the Forum to get married! I just love the significance of the sofreh in a Persian wedding ceremony! There are numerous items that are included, as well as a large host of optional items. Below is a [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Melissa & Ryan

  Melissa and Ryan were married this past spring. When we sat down to meet for the first time, I brought along some photos from past Scripps Seaside Forum weddings. They loved the space, and we were off and running! Melissa and Ryan wanted a simple, romantic day honoring Ryan's California roots as well as Melissa's North Carolina roots. Since they are new to San Diego, the wedding was some of their friends and family's introduction to the area.     I just swoon every time I look at these photos of Melissa! Tall, gorgeous, smart and funny? Ryan is one lucky guy! Melissa's effortless hair style got even better as the day progressed. How sweet are these first look shots? Our clients are doing a first look more and more, and I can honestly say that I fall more and more in love with the idea each time my clients take this private time. Melissa gave me the opportunity to design her florals in addition to helping plan the day. We used blush spray roses, hydrangeas, dusty miller, full, open peonies and succulents, from my very own garden! We tied in Melissa's "Carolina blue" by wrapping bouquets in this gorgeous color and also dressing the bridesmaids in it. Even though we are at the Forum quite often, it's easy to forget all of the amazing picture taking opportunities there are! Brett and Emily were scheduled to take shots of the big day, but their new baby decided to make [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Amelia & Adam, featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine and Ruffled Blog!

  I can honestly say that I am dancing in my seat about blogging this wedding! Amelia and Adam's Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding took place waaaaaayyyyy back in June of 2012. I waited to so long to blog this because it was featured in the print version (and online version) of Exquisite Weddings Magazine! I fell in love with Amelia during our very first meeting, and was so excited to work with her and Adam. From the Bride, Amelia: We knew we wanted to get married in San Diego and the only requirement Adam requested when choosing a venue for our wedding was that it be at a beach location. He is a surfer and grew up in San Diego. Plus, we met, fell in love, lived together and got engaged all near the beach, so it was an important representation of our lives together. The Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla was the perfect venue. The relaxed setting and the breathtaking beach view was where we could envision getting married to each other and celebrating with our family and friends. When it came to the overall vision and planning of our wedding, I wanted each detail to be perfect and meaningful. We wanted to stay within our budget, which meant prioritizing was important and had to remember to keep things simple. We chose not to add much detail to the ceremony because the setting of the beach with the colors of our bridal party (suits, dresses, flowers, etc.) was [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Carol & Andy

Carol and Andy were married last fall at the Scripps Seaside Forum. I just love these two! They really are the perfect yin and yang to each other. Carol is sweet, vibrant and cheery. Andy is serious, extremely thoughtful and in love with his beautiful bride. Throughout the entire planning process, they worked as a team. Because most of our conversations took place over the phone due to the couple living out of town, I always got such a happiness out of our conversations and knew their wedding wouldn't disappoint. I enjoyed their color palette very much. It was an excellent combination of classic and modern, with pops of sunny color that remind me of the Bride.   How great is the lighting in these photos? I always say that September and October are the best months in San Diego. I really find this to definitely be the case for Scripps Seaside Forum weddings.   One of the modern elements that was in the day were the string balls. Carol and Andy created these, which were placed within centerpieces as well as hung from the awning and lighting outside. So easy and fun to create! The couple made their cake topper--pretty awesome, huh? Regardless of venue, a contract caveat I almost always see is that couples cannot adhere anything to walls, doors, etc. At the Scripps Seaside Forum, this is definitely true. How do we get around this? Suction cups, fishing wire and mini clothing pins! Carol and Andy had [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Lindsey and Aaron (Featured in San Diego Style Weddings and The Bride Suite)

Lindsey and Aaron were married exactly a year ago today! They married on a Thursday, and had a perfect Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding. And truly, it was love at first site for me. I left the consultation thinking, "These guys HAVE to hire me!" I simply adore the way they interact, and it was a pleasure from end to end. Lindsey and Aaron opted to have their honeymoon suite down the street at the Estancia, La Jolla. Bar none, my favorite hotel in all of San Diego. They had a simple ketubah signing atop the Scripps Seaside Forum. I just love to cut out details of their ketubah. How great is Lindsey's hair? I was actually helping a bride brainstorm hairstyles, and found Lindsey's images all over Pinterest. They had their first look at the small building just adjacent to the Forum. It is a sweet and simple garden, but a nice private area. Back behind the Forum lies a number of buildings in various styles. You literally don't have to leave the property and can have a ton of looks! It makes me heart melt to see this picture. They truly love each other! I just love the way Aaron dotes on Lindsey. Aaron and Lindsey went to the same high school, and reconnected several years later. Concidentally, they also went to the same high school as my husband Brett. Brett and Lindsey's sister knew each other way back when. Also, the photographer, Aaron Feldman--owner at True Photography also [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Melissa and Eric featured on Style Me Pretty!

Melissa and Eric's indescribable Scripps Seaside Forum wedding was held in beautiful La Jolla, California last July. They were incredible to work with, and I can honestly say, I have never ever been so moved by a wedding and a Bride and Groom before. I was brought on for design, full-service planning and coordination, as well as to support them throughout the entire planning process. Their wedding celebration was centered on the idea of Tall and Small. Melissa, being “Small” and Eric, being “Tall.” This theme was carried out from their adorable Save the Date flip book (can be seen in their video seen at this link:, throughout the entire celebration to their adorable cake where the topper is simply the bride, showing the groom’s long legs. Everywhere you turned, there were special touches of Melissa and Eric. They both have such warm and sunny personalities, and I believe their color palette matched them perfectly. We were inspired by sorbet colors. Specifically, strawberry, watermelon, warm oranges, buttery yellows and neutrals. Both the Bride's family and I grew succulents for the occasion, and we accented the modern clean decor, with chevron patterned runners and grapewood. Guests were greeted with donut holes and infused drinks such as Rosemary Lemonade. Two of Melissa and Eric's friends sung during the ceremony, which was officiated by Melissa's brother. Post ceremony, guests were treated to a show-stopping champagne bar and a beautiful view. In lieu of traditional place cards, paper hearts were pinned to cork [...]

Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding: Katie and Jesse

Katie and Jesse were married last fall at the Scripps Seaside Forum. The bride and groom wanted to focus on great food, great music and classic and simple decor elements. Because the bride and groom both work a significant number of hours each week, I worked closely with the Mother of the Bride, Kim. We worked together on decorative elements, and Kim put together one of the best slideshow's I've ever seen! We were concerned about the weather, and the possibility of seating some of the large guest list outside, but Mother Nature was on our side and she created a beautiful afternoon and evening. The ceremony was really meaningful. Their officiant also married several other family members. The photo of newlyweds walking out of the ceremony is always a favorite. You can feel the excitement and love in this picture. One of my favorite aspects of the Forum is the number of photo opportunities. Of course, there is the background of the ocean and the pier. But, the wood paneling surrounding the building is a great and neutral backdrop. There is also a beautiful rose garden just adjacent to the Forum, and behind the Forum sits grassy area that has an amphitheater feel. One of the most meaningful and touching parts of the evening was the slideshow and toasts. Katie's sister Kristen was unable to make it to the wedding, so the family talked about the bond that Katie and Kristen have. She has a devastating progressive neurodegenerative disorder [...]

Your Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding by I Do…Weddings & Events

You may have heard us talk about the Scripps Seaside Forum, located on the University of San Diego California's campus, overlooking La Jolla Shores. We talk about it so often because it is truly one of our favorite venues on the planet. In fact, I Do...Weddings & Events' headquarters are just about a mile away! We get over there as often as possible, and love talking weddings over coffee at Caroline's upstairs. We love this venue so much that we created this very simple slideshow of some of our past work. Check it out! Are you getting married at the Scripps Seaside Forum? Contact us! We'd love to share our portfolio of the venue, as well as insights and how we can make your event uniquely yours.     '

Erica Loves Jeff: Scripps Forum Wedding Featured on Wedding Chicks

Erica and Jeff's wedding was featured on Wedding Chicks!While we previously blogged the event here, we wanted to thank Atrero Photography and the bride and groom for a stunning day! Congrats to Rachel for her beautiful work at the Scripps Forum! Congrats to Erica and Jeff on their stunning day! View our blog and Wedding Chicks' blog for more great images.

Erica loves Jeff

Erica married Jeff on June 25th, 2011 at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. At first we were worried about the weather for the day, but it ended up being an amazing day for this couples wedding!The Forum is an amazing place to have a wedding. The grassy ceremony area was perfectly set up for the beautiful wedding. Guests enjoyed great food and drinks at the cocktail hour located right outside the reception doors. Everything was so conveniently located so guests would be able to enjoy them selves. Scripps is the ideal location to have a ceremony and reception because of the great logistics of the venue.When the reception doors opened the room was covered in beautiful flowers provided by Holly Hill Florals. Not too over the top, but perfectly sized for the Forum. With tall ceilings and natural wood walls any floral looks good in there, but the ladies from Holly Hill Florals did an amazing job. One of the best treats of the wedding was that Little Scene Flip Books was there to provide guest favors! They are such a fun alternative to photobooths. Guests walked away with a huge smile on their faces and flip books in hand.Thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this day possible:Wedding Consultant: Rachel Leber from I Do WeddingsPhotographer: Artero Photography(Ed/Karen)Ceremony & Reception Music: Glenn Henry EntertainmentCake: The French CourmetCatering: Coast Catering(Jennifer)Rentals: A Little Scene Slip BookConcepts Event DesignRehearsal Dinner: Azul SteakhouseGetting Ready/Honeymoon Suite: Grande Colonial HotelHair and Make-up: Salon SageTransportation: Village [...]

Pinky loves Martin

We absolutely adore everything about this wedding! The photography...the incredible food (inspired by authentic Indian dishes)....the florals....and the beautiful lighting. The wedding took place in January at the Scripps Forum, and it was one of those beautiful winter days we've been blessed with lately. While the ceremony was traditional, the remainder of the party was anything but. Pinky and Martin had a packed dance floor all night, and it was a blast to see so many ladies in their saris rockin' it on the dance floor! One of Melissa's favorite details of the day was the PINKy MARTINi, which was a hit all around. Pinky and Martin, thank you for allowing us to help plan your wedding celebration. It was truly unique and amazing!Here are the vendors that helped make the day:Catering: Waters CateringPhotography: Justin Lee PhotographyRentals: Concepts Event DesignDJ and Lighting: Tim AltbaumFlorals: Organic ElementsBaker: Sweet Cheeks

Mireille loves Allan

Mireille and Allan got married on November 13th, 2011 at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. Since Mireille was a doctor at UCSD, and Allan was in Canada most of the wedding planning process, I got to enjoy piecing together some fun ideas for this couple. The whole theme of this wedding was fun! They wanted their guests to feel like they were invited to a big party, and not just a wedding. Well thanks to Mireille's great openinness, and some amazing vendors, we made this a reality. Some of the items that made this wedding the Party it was meant to be was a great lounge space, an Awesome band, a photo booth, mini desserts, a private room for football watching, and Champagne giveaways! Come on who sets up a room just so that guests don't miss the football games??? Mireille and Allan really made this wedding an event that guests did not want to leave. The only thing that was missing was a magician!(just kidding). At the end of the night guests even got to enjoy some In and Out before heading on their way. If every party detail was not thought of here, I would be surprised. Thank you to Mireille and Allan for including me in their amazing adventure.Thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made this day possible.Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum (Brady McFarlan)Photographer: Michael of True PhotographyVideographer: Shawn Lloyd of Lloyd FilmsFlorals: BotanicaDesserts: Michele CoulonBand: The Heroes Rentals: Concepts Event DesignClassic Party RentalsSan Diego Party RentalsCatering: Giuseppe [...]

Bridgett loves Bill

When Bridgett and Bill reached out to my over a year before their big day, they already had a strong vision in mind. A beautiful, traditional day that was a ton of fun. They are so sweet together, and I was so excited to be on board! When the married last fall, Bridgett and Bill had peeked into several of my other Forum weddings earlier last year. The weather seemed to change each time--cold, hot, overcast, we were holding out hope for their wedding. And guess what? They literally got the perfect day. I feel very blessed to have a part of it. Bill and Bridgett, thank you for everything--Lindsay and I had a blast working on the details of your big day!Vendors that helped make the day:Coordination: Melissa Barrad and Lindsay CrossCatering: Giuseppe CateringRentals: Concepts Event Design and Classic Party RentalsBakery: VG BakeryPhotography: Photo by Chana and DonVideography: Jeff RoldanGuitarist and DJ: Dennis Bergstrom, B Entertained

Rochelle loves Rob

Rochelle and Rob married this past September at the Scripps Forum on one of those magical fall days where the sunset is just perfect. And, a perfect day it was! It made me so happy to see the bride and groom beaming all day. Although, it was the flower girl that stole the show--their beautiful daughter Gia is the cutest thing ever!Rochelle and Rob wanted a fun, semi-formal day, with bright colors and decor. Though shells, starfish and sand dollars made an appearance, we worked together to ensure the details were fun, and not too beachy!Rochelle and Rob, you throw a great party! I so enjoyed seeing you both out on the dance floor, and your reactions to the slideshow. Thank you for your trust, humor, patience and communication throughout the planning process!Vendors that helped make up the day:Photography: Kristina ChartierVideography: Jeff RoldanCoordination and Florals: Melissa, I Do...Weddings!Music: Earl HenryCatering and Baker: The French Gourmet

Jennifer loves John (Featured in San Diego Style Weddings!)

This wedding is definitely not like any other wedding I have ever done. It was AMAZING, and a show stopper.It's got style, personality, and most importantly--Jennifer and John, two of the nicest and most creative people I've ever met. So, when I sat down with them for coffee nine months before the big day, I was super excited to work with them. I really enjoy when couples take what is really important to them, and run with it. It may not necessarily be a "themed" wedding, but when you can create the perfect vibe, people really do love it and respond to it. In this case, the groom was an architect and the couple love to dance, both of which are certainly reflected in this celebration. How cool are these tables? I love being able to say that Jen and John didn't use a single table cloth the entire day. But, they did include Jen Cole's rockin' arrangements, a really sweet slideshow, a dove release and a really creative send off (they gave me glow sticks, which I passed out during the last hour of dance where Kris Valentien really kicked it up a notch!). Tables were named after night clubs the couple have been to, and we switched to electronic music for the last hour.Jen and John, it was a pleasure and and truly an amazing day. Thank you so much for the opportunity!Itching for more of this wedding? Well, look no further than.....Jen and John's feature in San [...]

Jenny loves Drew

Jenny and Drew’s wedding is very near and dear to me. I first met her mom Faye at the Scripps Seaside Forum at the beginning of the planning process, and I instantly fell in love with this great family! Jenny and Drew moved from back east to La Jolla a few months before their wedding, giving us a lot of time to get to know each other over email, phone and best of all in person.4th of July can be a really tricky time to marry. Do you go full out red, white and blue, or simply pay homage to the day in small nods? Also, how do you give a group of out-of-towners the full San Diego Independence Day experience? Well, first, you start with an incredible venue. We tied in Giuseppe’s incredible eats and gelato (my personal fave), Concepts rentals and florals by yours truly, for a unique, yet traditional day. I especially loved the inclusion of Sadie—Jenny and Drew’s dog. My dear friend Diana brought Sadie for photos and the ceremony, and she is the best behaved pet to date at an I Do…Weddings! wedding. I am also very thankful for the help of the ever talented Rachel Leber and Mike Finn for their tireless help that day. The night was topped off with a beautiful fireworks show, all captured by the talented Kristina Chartier. Jenny and Drew, thank you for everything and Mazel Tov to you both!Jenny and Drew’s wedding is definitely a show-stopper. Please check [...]

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