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As in, zoo and safari animals. (Very Life of Pi.) Elephant rental from Have Trunk Will Travel; Location: Grand Del Mar.
Photo by Braja Mandala



Vintage cars

We’ve noticed a huge percentage of San Diego couples rolling up to the church or the reception in classic wheels. Here, Kristina (a.k.a. Mrs. Jeff Dominguez) borrowed a 1939 Plymouth Business Coupe from her aunt and uncle.
Photo by The Youngrens



Personal training outside the gym.

There’s an app for that, but we just can’t get motivated without a live, actual person. So we were happy to hear that San Diego-based trainer and nutrition guru Dara Shahraki of makes house calls! She will come to your home for a 30 or 60-minute sweat sesh and nutrition pep talk.



Patterns on table linens!

Now that wallpaper is “in” again, patterns are showing up not just on walls, but on linens as well.
Styling by Amorology.
Photo by Acqua Photo.



Bright, even florescent invitations: so hot.

Two mod designs from



Tea-length hemlines

They’re romantic, dreamy, and not just for fashion models. Check out UCSD alum Nancy Qian, 28, wearing “The Florence” by Dolly Couture.
Photo by SheWanders



Make it a family affair!

Include your kids in your engagement shoot. ‘Cause bonus parents and step kiddies are the new normal!
Photo by Kumari Productions



Dancing before dinner.

A few rounds on the dance floor jump-starts the party, sets a lively tone, and burns some calories before the bisque is served.



Incorporating sports teams in vows.

From this day forward, you’ll be rivals no more. Repeat after us: “I promise to always root for USC, except when they play UCLA.”



Print Dresses

Bride Erin Preston, who was married at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, chose BCBG Jacquard cocktail dresses for her bridesmaids. We think the short, printed frocks offset the woman in white quite nicely.
Photo by Helene Cornell



Farm furniture.

Go rustic! Farm Tables & More, a new San Diego company, rents out wooden benches, tables, belly bars, cake stands and, well, more. They love everything rustic and organic—after all, the founders first opened shop when they were furnishing their daughter’s wedding.
Photo by Arina B. Photography



Bachelorette parties not involving plastic youknowwhats

How about something civilized? Take the gals to a perfume-making class at Tijon parfumerie and make a signature wedding-day scent.
7853 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla,



August weddings

June wedding, Schmune wedding. For the past two years, the most marriage licenses in San Diego County were given out in August.



Photo booths 2.0

Amigo Booth is a photo booth without the ugly booth. Take a pic and immediately save or mobile-upload or tweet or instagram or, okay, order prints for your mom.


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