Modern Garden Wedding Inspiration Shoot at Lux Art Institute

We are so excited to blog about our styled shoot at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas! Three of the Sweet Blossom Weddings lead coordinators live in Encinitas, which motivated us to show everyone the potential this venue has for a beautiful wedding. When the Sweet Blossom Weddings team first toured the art institute, our imaginations took off with different design potentials we could use for this space. One of the best aspects of this venue is the potential to create a space to any style you choose.

This shoot flourished because of all of the awesome vendors we had! We love this shoot even more because of the way we came across all of our vendors to work on this shoot. The first vendor we came in contact with was Jessica Jaccarino Photography. We met her at an industry event and learned that she had recently moved to San Diego from the east coast. She showed us some of her work, and we instantly loved her style and the topic of a styled shoot came up. A few weeks later, we were working together to get this shoot going and started finding more vendors. 

 from Jen Lagedrost Cavender“Chic, modern, and creative-process focused, the Lux Art Institute inspired our modern romance with its clean lines, exposed architecture, and sleek-geometric feel. The Lux offers sturdy metals and industrial concrete lines paired with exposed and sun-filled gardens in outdoor spaces between exhibit buildings that spring with wild desert flowers and gracefully muted Southern California greenery. Our color palette couples dusty rose and pale pinks with slate and shale grays, accented with warm metals and cooled with sage and jade greenery. The florals join starry white, blush cream, and flirty pink roses with bold and delicate magenta ranunculus, airy baby’s breath, and plenty of lush ferns and wild greenery. The ceremony space offered an open-air exhibit hall, a clean and unadorned space filled with warm breezes and soft glow. The ceremony arch was made of copper piping and hung with a clean and elegant macrame and yarn fall design that framed the couple beneath a romantic fern and fresh floral spray and surrounded the bride with blooms. Small buds and greens on the brushed gunmetal ceremony chairs brought a touch of color to the aisle as well.”

Roseville Designs provided all the paper goods for the shoot. We loved how the invitation and calligraphy went perfectly with the aesthetics of the shoot. Belles Lettres Calligraphy couldn't have been more perfect on the envelope for the invitations. 


This dress from D'angelo Couture had intricate details, but was simple and classy at the same time. The Black Tux provided our groom model with a sharp timeless tux.

Great florals are imperative for any styled shoot. One of our brides from last year, Jen Lagedrost Cavender, started her floral design business this last year, Nectar and Bloom. We were so excited to work with one of our brides that we love and adore. It is apparent from watching her work and seeing the pride she takes in her florals that she is in the right industry.

We loved our model's curled, twisted up-do by Christine Hawes Hair. 


A few months prior to the shoot, Lexington Rentals reached out to us to give us a tour of their warehouse. Lexington Rentals is a new rental company to San Diego. We fell in love with the pieces of lounge furniture and industrial chairs Lexington has to offer. When we brought up the styled shoot to Lexington Rentals owner, Erin, she was excited and eager to join our styled shoot team. She spent the whole day at the shoot lending a helping hand wherever she could, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and look of all the rentals she gave us. 

Custom Tobacco reached out to us a few weeks before the shoot showing us how they can offer customized cigars. We loved this idea and knew it would be a great addition for a cigar box around the lounge furniture area. 


 from Jen Lagedrost Cavender“For our reception tablescape, we paired simplicity with glamour: ornate opulence in gold and copper lines and geometric patterns with hushed tones and romantic elegance in crystal glasses and blush-tone napkins held loosely by candlelight-catching geode napkin rings. The dark wood table and brushed gunmetal chairs lent simplicity and stripped modernity to the glowing tablescape. Our models, a real couple and very much in love, bring their sense of glamour and playfulness to the elegance of the scene, sneaking kisses between shots and laughing lightly into the golden-hour air around the museum. Think of Don Draper meeting his elegant California beauty on a walk through the canyon trails after a posh gallery opening. Gold geometric shapes adorn a mirrory moon-like table in the outdoor lounge where the couple sips from ornate glass goblets. Seated on plush love-seats, they enjoy a romantic moment together in the garden to take it all in before enjoying a newlywed stroll through the magic-hour light to wrap up the affair. Overall the shoot aims to bring together a fresh pairing of modern industrial with French parlour luxury to create a smart, chic, romantic wedding inspiration with a touch of wild, industrial, and plenty of pretty.” 

Everyone’s hard work paid off for this Modern Chic Garden Wedding Shoot, and we were published in the Cake and Lace Blog.

Thanks again to all the vendors for coming together and showing the awesome potential the Lux Art Institute has to offer!


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Vendor Love:

Coordination, Design & Styling: Sweet Blossom Weddings

Photography: Jessica Jaccarino Photography

Venue: Lux Art Institute

Florist: Nectar and Bloom

Rentals: Lexington Rentals

Hair: Christine Hawes Hair

Favors: Custom Tobacco

Bride’s Dress: D'angelo Couture

Suit: The Black Tux

Donuts: Nomad Donuts

Stationary: Roseville Designs

Tammy & Andrew's L'Auberge Destination Wedding

We were so ecstatic when Tammy and Andrew contacted us to help plan their special day! This wedding took place at L’Auberge Del Mar. A beautiful coastal hotel located on the historic site of The Stratford Inn; a sophisticated centerpiece of the Del Mar Village. We were even more excited when we found out this was going to be a destination wedding, with the couples friends and family traveling from all over to get to the beautiful city of Del Mar!

Tammy and Andrew came to us with so many great ideas they wanted to incorporate in their big day! Our collaborative style matched perfectly with this couple that wanted to be actively involved and have fun with the planning process. They wanted to have elements of their wedding make it feel “destination” and nailed it with their invites, sign in table and escort cards.  We loved their pink and red color scheme and all the decor items they chose. 

We knew this wedding was going to go smooth once we dialed in all the vendors! Sharon, with Organic Elements, created some really fun and unique designs for the wedding. And, the bouquets were truly perfect.

Luckily, they had a great photographer, Alex W Photography, and videographer, Blue Tiger Films, that captured this day beautifully!

Check out these amazing photos!

The boarding pass invitation couldn't have been more perfect for this for this destination wedding.

This lush green setting and lighting was perfect for Tammy and Andrew's first look photos. They were both giddy and so excited to see each other and you can definitely tell from these photos. 

Manazita trees were used at the ceremony altar, with added jewels and florals. 

We loved this ombre, red to blush, aisle floral design.

This cute mirror program was placed on the sign in and gift table as an alternative to paper programs. The bride, Tammy, made this herself.

In place of a sign in book, Tammy and Andrew used a personalized wood world map for their guests to sign in on. This was perfect for their destination wedding. The mailbox, pictured behind the sign in was made by Tammy and Andrew for their guests to put cards in. 

Tammy's sister composed music for Angelica Strings to play during the ceremony. The songs were all Disney songs, because Tammy and Andrew love Disney.  All custom versions songs, Tale As Old As Time, Kiss the Girl,  Someday my Prince Will Come, and the Sleeping Beauty Waltz. This was such a special sentimental touch to have for their ceremony. 

The newlyweds pictures after the ceremony turned out adorable! We love these beachside photos!

Another great touch for this destination wedding, paper airplane escort cards.

Each guest got a teacup in this cute little box that Tammy and Andrew got in Taiwan.

The most perfect sunset for their grand entrance and first dance! Nothing beats this L'Auberge coastal view. 


After dinner, the guests were moved down to the Platinum Ballroom for more dancing. The couple provided another favor for guests, sandals for tired feet. 

Tammy did an outfit change for the second half of the reception. This red dress looked phenomenal on her!

Sugar and Scribe desserts always look extremely tasty! 

Alex W with Tammy and Andrew. 

We couldn't be more happy with how this day turned out! The beautiful weather made this destination wedding even more perfect. Thank you to all of our awesome vendors that made the wedding flow smooth.

We wish Tammy and Andrew years of happiness and love. We had fun planning your wedding! Thank you for letting us be a part of it!


Sweet Blossom Weddings Team

Vendor Love:

Venue: L'auberge Del Mar

Hair and Makeup: Luna Bella Beauty

Desserts: Sugar and Scribe Bakery

Ceremony Musician: Angelica Strings

DJ: Pro Motion Entertainment

Florals: Organic Elements 

Photography: Alex W Photography

Photo Booth: Pixster

Videography: Blue Tiger Films



10 Important Tips for Wedding Invites

In an electronic world, it can be hard to figure out all the etiquette that should be associated with your wedding invitations. It’s essential to have well worded invitations and to be organized during the process of invites, but where do you start? Sweet Blossom Weddings put together the 10 most important invitation tips that you need to know to make sure your wedding invites aren't missing any important details. 

Send the Save the Dates Right Away

It is never to early to send out your Save the Dates! Even if you are a year out, it is still good to send them out so that all the people closest to you can start planning the logistics to be at your wedding. 

Send Out Your Invite 3 Months Before Your Wedding

Three months gives your guests plenty of time to accommodate to their schedules and book flights, hotels and transportation in advance. It also gives you the opportunity to start working on your guest list early so you aren't rushed to put it together. 

Order Extra Invites

It’s always a good idea to have extra invites on stand by. It’s expensive to print more invites after the initial first time printing.  Have enough invites for your guest list,  and 25 extra just in case you need to resend an invite. Also, note that you will want to keep a few for yourself. The photographer usually takes pictures of your invites on your wedding day so bring one with you to the wedding and leave one at home for your scrap book.

Check With The Post Office To See How Much Postage Will Be

The price to mail your invite can widely vary. Wedding invitations sometimes weigh more than the standard postage weight. Make sure you weigh your invite to see if it is going to require more than a normal postage to send out.  

Postage RSVP Cards

Having the RSVP envelope ready to roll is the best way to go! You will have a better and quicker RSVP time by putting a stamp on all your RSVP cards that is already addressed to your home address.

simple wedding invitation with rsvp

Put the Actual Start Time

It’s understandable to want to put the wedding ceremony start time 30 minutes before the actual start time to ensure all your guests are there on time. However, this can be problematic to ceremony set up and can leave the early bird guests upset. You will always have the guests that show up 30 minutes early, so if your invite is 30 minutes before the actual ceremony you will have some guests lingering around an hour before the wedding. This can be ok if there are things for the guest to do ( Photo Booth, games, sign in table). Also make sure there is water and some light snacks if you decide to go the early route. Most people know the wedding etiquette of showing up before the ceremony start time and will be respectful, so you are better off putting the actual ceremony start time on your invite. 

Tell Your Guests to RSVP 6 Weeks Out From Your Wedding Day

Telling your guests to RSVP six weeks out will give you enough time to make seating charts and finalize guest counts for your venue and catering staff. 

Still Send an Invite Even if You Know Someone Can't Attend

After you send out your Save the Date’s you will be informed of all the guests that won’t be able to attend. Proper etiquette is to still send out an invite, to make sure they know they are still included and that you didn’t forget about them. 

Number on the back

When mailing out your invitations, make sure to write a number really small on the back of each RSVP response card that corresponds with each guest. This way, if someone forgets to write they name on the card or if you can’t read their writing, then you will know who has responded. This will keep you extra organized so that if you are missingnumber, you will know who to call to see if they can come to your wedding. 

Photo Credit: Evelyn Clark Weddings

Photo Credit: Evelyn Clark Weddings

Have Your Guests Initial their Entre Selection

Write on your invite to “Please Initial next to the Entre they want” I.E (Steak, chicken, fish, vegetarian). This will keep you organized in knowing what each guest is having. Once you get your RSVP be back and document what each guest is having it will be easy to make sure there are no mistakes on what each guest is getting. Your wedding planner and catering crew will appreciate the organization of this!

You are officially set up for success if you follow these 10 invitation tips! And remember, you don't have to lick all your envelopes. The most efficient way is using a wet sponge or glue stick. 


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SBW February 2017 Featured Wedding

Great vendors and loving family members can make any wedding perfect, and Michelle and Nathan luckily had both for their big day! Michelle and Nathan’s wedding was our first Estancia La Jolla wedding of 2017, and we were lucky enough to be the first wedding in the newly remodeled Grande Room! We love this quaint room and can’t be more thrilled on how it turned out. Their ceremony took place at the beautiful church, St. Therese of Carmel. This church has stunning views of the green mountains which created a truly majestic ceremony. We adored the personal touches in this wedding. It was a wedding where you could truly see two families becoming one. This wedding went incredibly smooth with the help of all our awesome vendors!


These flower girls were so sweet and cooperative. Urban Garden Floral did a great job on their flower crowns and mini bouquets. 

Michelle looked absolutely stunning. Her hair and make up were done by Salon Bordeaux and she bought her dress from Bridal Showcase

Michelle couldn't have picked a better floral arrangement for a February wedding. Once again, Urban Garden Floral nailed it. 

We loved the maroon bridesmaids dresses! Michelle gave her bridesmaids the option of picking any style dress they wanted from Show Me Your Mumu. We love their bridesmaids dresses!

How gorgeous is St. Therese of Carmel! The green mountains in the background were stunning. SBW loves this Catholic church for Catholic ceremonies. 


Michelle and Nathan got to ride in style to the reception in a Rolls Royce.

The dark grey tux with the maroon tie was a perfect suit for the groomsmen. Nathan and his groomsmen rented their tux from Men's Warehouse

Instead of a standard guest sign in book, Michelle provided us with this custom wood sign in for guests. It has their names and wedding date on it as well as all their guests loving comments. This is going to look amazing hung in their new home!

A simple, yet classic, "Wish You Were Here" table, to honor loved ones that would have been at their wedding. 

Michelle and Nathan moved to Georgia after their wedding, so for their favors they gave each guest a custom Georgia peach Jam. 

Sugar and Scribe did the desserts and they looked so delicious. We love working with Sugar and Scribe because they are always on time and set up efficiently, not to mention the guests always rave about how good the dessert was. 

This cake topper was an antique that Michelle's grandparents used in their wedding in the 1920's. We had never seen this type of personalized cake touch before and absolutely adored it!

Michelle surprised Nathan with this special grooms cake. Nathan had done volunteer work in Africa and has a huge heart for Africa. This what such a sweet personal touch to add to the dessert table!

These mini glazed chocolate donuts look too good to resist!

We are in love with new flooring and lighting fixtures in the Grande Room at Estancia La Jolla. Michelle and Nathan went with Estancia's in house linens and chairs to give a more simplistic rustic look to their wedding, which went perfectly with their style. 

Michelle's Maid of Honor made Michelle and Nathan a personalized wedding slide show in lieu of giving a speech. It was so special and the newlyweds loved the surprise!

The SBW team can't rave enough about DJ Frank Pompeo. He got in a minor car accident on the way to set up for Michelle and Nathan's wedding. He somehow still managed to arrive on time and demonstrate upscale professionalism despite the car accident prior. He was a great MC that qued all the songs on time and he got all the guests on the dance floor. A wedding planners dream for a DJ!


This wedding was filled with love and we wouldn't be able to share how awesome this wedding was without the awesome photography of Amy Lynn. We love the trending style of Amy Lynn Photography. She captures every special moment perfectly and we have never been disappointed with her photos. 

We couldn't have been happier to be apart of Michelle and Nathan's wedding. Working at two awesome venues, St. Therese of Carmel and Estancia, as well as all of the amazing vendors made this February wedding one for the books. 



Sweet Blossom Weddings Team


Vendor Love:

Photographer: By Amy Lynn Photography

Florals: Urban Garden Floral Design

Dessert: Sugar and Scribe

DJ/MC: DJ Frank Pompeo

Ceremony Site: St. Therese of Carmel

Officiant: Father Nicholas Dempsey

Cocktail Hour and Reception: Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Resort

Brides Hair and Makeup: Salon Bordeaux

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Attire: Show Me Your Mumu

Bride Attire: Bridal Showcase


10 Essential Questions to Ask a Florist Before Hiring

Wedding florals are a big factor when choosing how you want your wedding design to appear.  Hiring a florist is one of the most crucial parts of the planning process for your wedding.  If you don't have a wedding planner or if you are a "Day-Of" or "Month-Of" coordination couple that has to do the florist hiring process on their own, it can be overwhelming thinking of the most important questions to ask. You want to make sure you are getting good quality florals, the attention your wedding needs and the most bang for your buck depending on what your vision is.

Sweet Blossom Weddings has listed the essential questions to ask your florist so that you are able to leave your florist meeting feeling confident that you got all the information needed to have flawless florals on your wedding day. 

1.    Do you have a minimum? What type of deposit do you require to secure your services? How do you do your pricing? 

Budget and how your florist prices their items are some of  the first things that should be brought up for discussion when having your first correspondence. There is no need to even meet with a florist if their minimum is higher than what you are budgeting for florals. Some florists do their prices in packages, some do their prices individually on each piece(arch,bouquet,centerpiece etc.) and some individually price by each flower you want. No matter what their pricing style is, make sure that you have the money accessible in your budget in order to put down the deposit to secure your date.

2.    How long have you been a wedding florist and when did you start your business?

Experience is important with a florist! Doing florals for a corporate event or birthday party can be a big jump from doing florals for weddings. Ask to see pictures of the florists work that you are considering hiring. Hopefully they have done florals similar to what you are envisioning so you can get a better look of what your flowers on your wedding day will look like

3.    How many weddings do you typically do over a weekend?

A florist is a vendor that can do more than one wedding in a day. This is an important question to ask because if a florist is doing more than four weddings in a weekend, your wedding might not be getting the attention it should be getting. If your florist has more availabitlity in their day on the day of your wedding they can be more accessible in troubleshooting situations, just in case you realize you forgot something last minute; i.e a boutineer for Grandpa.

4.    Is it going to be you or your associate designing the centerpieces?

If you are paying high dollar for your florals, then you should make sure that the owner or a lead for the business will be the one doing your florals. If you are getting a good deal on the flowers and the owner will be overseeing an associates work then that can be an option for you, it’s more your preference.

5.    Do you typically set-up the florals or does your team handle that for you?

Some florists have their team setting up everything on the day of and won’t be at your venue on the day of your wedding. This small yet important detail can be easily forgotten to be disclosed during the hiring process.

6.    What design styles do you work with?

Do they do tight bouquets or loose bouquets or both? Is there any types of floral styles they don't do? Do they offer aisle petal designs? Do they work with succulents in their arrangements? Are they open to working with other items besides florals? (I.E Artichoke pictured below)

Just like any vendor, a florist will have different styles. There can be types of styled florals they don't feel comfortable doing. Go on Pinterest before meeting with a florist so that you can show them your vision of design ideas. Show specific pictures and ask if they are capable of replicating it. 

Tight Bouquet - Florist: Organic Elements Photo by: Alex W Photography

Tight Bouquet - Florist: Organic Elements

Photo by: Alex W Photography

Loose Bouquet - Florist: Native Poppy Photo By: Amy Lynn Photography

Loose Bouquet - Florist: Native Poppy

Photo By: Amy Lynn Photography

Loose Aisle Petal Florals - Florist: Native Poppy Photo By: Amy Lynn Photography

Loose Aisle Petal Florals - Florist: Native Poppy

Photo By: Amy Lynn Photography

Flower Petal Aisle Design - Florist: Organic Elements Photo By: Alex W Photography

Flower Petal Aisle Design - Florist: Organic Elements

Photo By: Alex W Photography

Purple Artichoke inside table centerpieces - Florist: Organic Elements Photo by: Ashley Williams Photography

Purple Artichoke inside table centerpieces - Florist: Organic Elements

Photo by: Ashley Williams Photography

Artichoke in a display done by the florist - Florist: Organic Elements Photo by: Ashley Williams Photography

Artichoke in a display done by the florist - Florist: Organic Elements

Photo by: Ashley Williams Photography

7.    Do you offer rentals?  Candles, vases, arch, chuppah, aisle runner, etc?

Many florists offer rentals. Votives are the most common rental to get from a florist. Unless you are buying the votives for your wedding or the venue you are at has in house votives you like, then you definitely need to ask the florist if they have votives they can throw in with your florals that go with the theme/design of your wedding. Since they will already be setting up centerpieces it makes it easy for them to throw in the votives.

Archs are another thing most florists have easily available for brides to rent. If your venue doesn’t have an arch or pretty ceremony backgroung then you should strongly consider going through your florist to get this important piece.

Florist: Native Poppy Photo by: Amy Lynn Photography
The florist, Organic Elements, provided these two tree branches instead of an arch Photo by: Alex W. Photography

The florist, Organic Elements, provided these two tree branches instead of an arch

Photo by: Alex W. Photography

8.    Are you able to pick up at after the wedding is over?  Is there an additional charge for this?

Some florists do not come back at the end of the night when the wedding is over to get their items. If they don't come back at the end of the night they are either gifting you all the floral items used or you will have to return them at a later time. 

There are pros and cons to if they do not come back at the end of your wedding. One of the pros is you and your family/friends can leave with beautiful flowers at the end of the night. The greatest con of this would be the planner bringing all the remainding vases/votives/items to a place where you will have to deal with doing something with them later,  which sometimes isn’t ideal for the newlywed couple. As a planner, we like when the florist comes back at the end of the night to make sure their portion of what they set-up was cleaned up properly insuring the couple doesn't get any additional cleanup fees from the venue. Ultimately, it is the decision the couple.

9.    Do you charge an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?

Moving florals from ceremony to reception can definitely save you a lot of money. Just see if the pros of saving the money outweigh the price you are charged for the florals to be moved from ceremony to reception. Some florists charge for this, and some do not.

We have seen many couples use the florals on their archmoved to their sweetheart table as decor. Check with your planner to see if they would feel comfortable doing this. If your planner feels comfortable moving florals with the package you hired them for, then this could be a way to save money instead of paying your florist to stay longer to move the flowers.

Make sure if you are doing florals down the aisle that the florist or venue will be responsible for cleaning this up. Some venues charge expensive fees if flowers are left on the ground of the ceremony site. 

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Sweet Blossom Weddings Team moved this garland from the arch to the Sweetheart Table Florist: Native Poppy Photographer: Amy Lynn Photography

Sweet Blossom Weddings Team moved this garland from the arch to the Sweetheart Table

Florist: Native Poppy Photographer: Amy Lynn Photography

10. Are you able to provide a centerpiece mock-up prior to the wedding?  If so, how much do you charge?

If you want to be guaranteed that you are getting exactly what you envision for your wedding florals, then it is a good idea to set up a floral moc up meeting. Most florists do charge a fee for this.  However, if you saw that this florist already did wedding florals similar to what you are wanting for your wedding then the moc up might not be necessary for you. 


Make sure you take good notes when interviewing florists so that you can look back and differentiate between the florists you talk to. Now you have all the essential questions to ask the florist you are potentially thinking of hiring. You can rest assured that you are not forgetting any important questions! 


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