Adoration to Celebration: Valentine’s Day ‘Love Notes’ Seaside San Diego Beach Wedding

A Valentine’s Day La Jolla, San Diego Beach Wedding

With love in the air and the sun shining why not take the romance of the day down to the beach for a vintage style San Diego beach wedding? Last year we created a romantic whimsical seaside Valentine’s day shoot complete with a soft pink wedding dress by the talented Alisa Benay that was featured on the gorgeous Ruffled Blog. We wanted to share these beautiful shots captured by John Schnack with you again on this wonderful and love filled Valentine’s Day.

The Beatles said it best with “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” Whether you are dating, engaged, or getting married, it is all about sending the right message with good old-fashioned love notes. Hit even higher notes by playing on love notes by infusing musical lyrics into your sweet Valentine’s weekend. We created a play on Love ‘notes’ by handwriting actual song lyrics throughout the day.

The Setting: For this Valentines Day Soiree we created a romantically wild seaside garden with overgrown roots, driftwood and birch wood in a forest of twisted trees overlooking the pacific blue. This was truly a sweetheart table for two. The white washed wood and birch leg table was covered in anemones, spray roses and dusty miller leaves. Simple candles, sticks, shells and skeleton keys were placed in the center for a dreamy, romantic effect.

The menu sang it’s own love song with items labeled… To Drink: Love Potion #9 “I didn’t know if it was day or night, I started kissing everything in sight” – The Clovers; To Eat: Cheeseburger in Paradise “Heaven on earth with an actual onion slice” – Jimmy Buffet; For Dessert: Cherry Pie “Tastes so good make a grown man cry, sweet cherry pie” – Warrant

A rustic teak trough on the side of the table was propped on a moss covered frame and served as the wine bucket. A decanter was perched on a sea of beach rocks and filled with strawberry wine with a hand written love ‘note’ tied with twine around the neck that read “My first taste of love oh bittersweet, green on the vine, like strawberry wine” – Deana Carter

A Book of Love was also propped on the sweets table, with another love ‘note’. “I love it when you read to me and you, you can read me anything. I love it when you sing to me And you, You can sing me anything The book of love is long and boring And written very long ago It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes And things we’re all too young to know But I love it when you give me things And you, You ought to give me wedding rings And I, I love it when you give me things And you, You ought to give me wedding rings” – Peter Gabriel, Book Of Love

Cake table – Another love ‘note’ made an appearance with “How sweet it is to be loved by you” – James Taylor. The table was adorned with a peach cake accented with textured flowers and an antique silver pitcher filled with a wild gathering of peach and rose toned blooms. Also making an appearance were sweet little bumps on a log made of gourmet chocolate truffles.

With the gorgeous Southern California coastline as our very own backdrop why not take advantage of it for your own seaside San Diego beach wedding.

Event Coordination, Design & Styling Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations (via Lollipop Event & Design)

Photography by John Schnack

Flowers by Isari Flower Studio

Dress & Hair Accessories by Alisa Benay

Jewelry by Noaki Jewelry

Groom Styling by Stylish Silhouette

Hair by Jamie Quevedo Orange Blossom Salon; Jamie Rosa 760-889-5062

Makeup by Jennifer Budner

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  1. February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    What a beautiful shoot!

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