San Diego weddings

FOR WEDDINGS TO SAVOR, GROVE PASTRY TAKES THE CAKE

By Miriam Raftery

May 28, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – If you’re looking for a wedding cake that’s personalized, beautiful and delicious,  you’ll find your heart’s desire at Grove Pastry Shop in Lemon Grove. When San Diego Style Wedding magazine held a competition for wedding cake bakers last year, Grove Pastry Shop won six of eight categories (and didn’t enter the other two). 

In business since 1947, the bakery has evolved with the times, now offering an array of options ranging from specialty cake flavorings from mango to margaritas, as well as decorating options from tiered chandeliers to tattoos.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the bakery’s commitment to quality –with all cakes hand-crafted and baked the old-fashioned way, with the finest ingredients using many personal recipes from owner Teresa Johnson.

A COUNTRY GARDEN MARRIAGE WITH A HORSE AND CARRIAGE: HAZY MEADOW IN LAKESIDE

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2015 (Lakeside)—If you’re looking for a romantic special setting, East County has beautiful venues where you don’t have to worry about coastal fog or crowds.  One of our favorites is Hazy Meadow Ranch, nestled at the base of El Capitan Mountain in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley. 

This idyllic wedding venue comes complete with a white horse-drawn carriage ride, gazebo, lawn with expansive shade trees and flowering gardens, outdoor dance floor, plus options for Western or Spanish themed weddings including an entire Western town settingg – to name just a few of the unique amenities here.

COUNTY OFFERS SWEETHEART DEAL FOR VALENTINE'S DAY WEDDINGS

 

February 1, 2011 (San Diego) -- Newly-elected Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. announced that the County Clerk's Office will extend office hours for romantic couples seeking to marry or renew their vows on Valentine's Day. The downtown office at 1600 Pacific Highway will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for licenses and ceremonies.

 

In addition, a special "sweetheart deal” is available for newlyweds on their wedding day.

WEDDING RESOURCES GUIDE

 East County Magazine’s Guide to vendors for your perfect wedding

 

Note: See our full "Weddings in East County" section with lots more info on getting hitched in East County at this link:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/taxonomy/term/3941

GETTING HITCHED IN EAST COUNTY

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative East County Wedding Venues For Your Dream Ceremony

 

 By Richard Darvas

 

May 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- How many childhood fantasies stretch into adulthood, relatively unchanged? For many, wedding day is the holy grail of making dreams come true. Yet how many couples opt for a trendy wedding replete with clichés and high-dollar kitsch, only to later regret not choosing to stroll down an unbeaten aisle?  

 

Romance is not manufactured, nor delivered via assembly line. For memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime, why not select an idyllic setting that isn’t cookie cutter? Many betrothed couples are unaware of the serene mountain retreats, lush wineries, country ranches and exotic savannahs in San Diego’s eastern region. Whether your heart’s desire is a grand affair or an intimate occasion, you’ll find a wealth of unique venues for your dream ceremony in East County.

 

Here are our picks for East County's most romantic wedding venues:

JOIN US SUNDAY AT THE EAST COUNTY BRIDAL & BEAUTY FAIR!

 

FREE!  Bridal fashion show, beauty treatments, vendors, music, & great prizes


Win a honeymoon suite in Julian--or a night on the town with limo, paparazzi, and Johnny Depp look-alike "Sam the Pirate"

 June 5, 2010 (Fletcher Hills) -- We're pulling out all the stops to celebrate--and you're invited to this fun, FREE event:

EAST COUNTY BRIDAL & BEAUTY FAIR 

Sunday, June 6th from 12-4 p.m.

 La Dolce Belladonna Salon & Spa, 596 N. Westwind Drive in El Cajon. 

 

 

*Bridal fashion show: new & vintage bridal gowns & accessories from Sparrow Bridal

* Free beauty treatments, Bueno bakery treats, music, dozens of vendors, and fabulous prizes

Perfect for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, families, party planners, and all who are romantic at heart!

EAST COUNTY’S BRIDAL AND BEAUTY FAIR DEBUTS SUNDAY, JUNE 6

 

Prizes include honeymoon stay at Angel’s Landing and bachelorette party with “Sam the Pirate” Johnny Depp celebrity look-alike

 

May 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Here come the brides! At last, East County has a one-stop-shop for wedding needs—as well as free beauty services, musical entertainment, prize drawings, raffle, auction, bridal gown modeling, and more.

 

East County Magazine and La Dolce Belladonna Spa & Salon have forged a marriage made in heaven to offer this special event on Sunday, June 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. at La Dolce Belladonna Salon & Spa, 596 Westwind Drive in El Cajon (just south of Fletcher Parkway in the Fletcher Hills area.) The event is free to the public and fun for everyone.

SMILE! TIPS FOR IDEAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Story and photos by Rachel Wattson

 

May 18, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Photographers are as plentiful as the sand on the beach. It can be overwhelming to begin your search when there are so many talented people to chose from. How do you know if you are getting the photographer right for you? What do you need to know? Don't give up! Here are a few tips to help you sift through the sand.

 

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW….VINTAGE GOWNS & MORE AT SPARROW BRIDAL



May 13, 2010 (La Mesa) –La Mesa Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting and toasted with champagne this week to celebrate the grand opening of La Mesa’s newest business, Sparrow Bridal Boutique. 

 

But the dazzling wedding gowns, sparkling jewels and pearls aren’t all new. A chic boutique that’s ideal for the bride on a budget, Sparrow carries an array of both new and gently worn gowns, specializing in classic, vintage bridal wear.  The shop carriesdesigner-label dresses, traditional and bird cage veils, vintage and costume jewelry, fashionable purses, garters and other accessories.