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welcome to san diego weddings of distinction!

Weddings of Distinction is a select group of San Diego area wedding vendors who are dedicated to providing excellent quality services for the discriminating bride and groom. As individual companies, we are committed to serving each client to the best of our abilities in the area of our particular skill or expertise. We strive to work together or with other wedding professionals you may have already chosen to make your special day live up to and surpass what you have envisioned. As you plan for your wedding, surround yourself with local professionals with impeccable reputations and skills that will compliment your special day. Experience, professionalism, creativity and excellent service will lead to peace of mind for you and your family and a spectacular, memorable and fun wedding day!

We want to take a moment to welcome you to our website. There are a lot of features we hope you will enjoy. Make sure to search for your favorite vendor under MEET THE PROS, and you can find out more about them by searching under the MEMBER SPOTLIGHT section. If you had a great experience with one of our members, please feel free to leave a comment. Also be sure to subscribe to our RSS Feed, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook group. The site will be updated frequently. We hope you visit often!

Thanks for stopping by!!!! 

real wedding :: jason and lyndsey

definitive-eventsimages courtesy of Bethany Murphy

Jason and Lyndsey were introduced while living on completely opposite sides of the country. Lyndsey in San Diego, and Jason in New Jersey. After a long-distance relationship for nine months, Jason popped the question on Coronado Island and they decided to begin their life together in San Diego after the wedding.

The rustic yet charming Rancho Bernardo Winery was chosen as the perfect location for the wedding ceremony and reception. Weddings of Distinction members, Definitive Events was selected as their full service wedding planners to bring the bride’s vintage and classic elegant vision together. With crystal chandeliers and lanterns hung throughout the trees the perfect ambiance was created. The elegant florals completed the look with the wrought iron candelabras and vintage white floral arrangements provided by Lois Mathews. Bob Brichmann, from Artistic Productions, then kept the dance floor hopping as they closed the evening with the bride and groom’s favorite selections.

tips from the pros :: engagement pictures

images courtesy of elle.g photography

Once seen as just an option on the wedding/engagement must-do menu, engagement photographs are fast becoming an essential piece of the action. Brides and grooms like to use these photos in their save-the-dates, on their wedding websites, or for hometown-newspaper wedding announcements. In fact, engagement shots are so popular nowadays, many wedding photographers will include engagement shots in their wedding photography packages. The shots, often taken in natural settings like parks, beaches, or backyards– ah, the magic of natural lighting!– can be a great way to announce your upcoming wedding. Some couples like to get cute and don matching or coordinating outfits. As more candid, journalistic-style photography grows in popularity, some couples will have a photographer take action photos of them doing things they enjoy, like running side-by-side, walking on the beach, having coffee, or riding bicycles. Some hopeful and confident grooms are even clever enough to hire a photographer to shoot the proposal. (Fellas, just be pretty sure she’s gonna say “yes.”)

After the engagement session is over, you can put you pictures to many uses! Many couples decide to enlarge their favorite image into canvas and prominently display it in their home. Some couples decide to have a guest sign-in book, using all of the session images, at the wedding. You can also publish engagement photographs in your local newspaper, use them for save-the-date cards, magnets, table setting centerpieces, and wedding invitations.

Don’t forget to smile and more importantly HAVE FUN with it!

san diego weddings of distinction rocks out to close 2010!

Weddings of Distinction members gathered December 8th to close 2010 with a bang! The annual holiday party was staged at member hotel Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. Catering Manager Tiffany Cooper and her crew took great care of us.

Rocking music and beautiful food stations surrounded the group all night ~ from a dazzling mashed potato bar to some tasty carved tri-tip and a fresh salad station. We also enjoyed delicious hors d’oeurves of asparagus wrapped in ham, skewered fruit dollops with prosciutto and a medley of veggies and dressing. Topping the evening (beyond the wine and champagne, of course) were incredible desserts provided by fellow members Authentic Flavors/St.Tropez Specialty Cakes & Desserts, Sweet Cheeks Baking Company and The French Gourmet.

The outgoing 2010 Board was saluted. Outgoing President Bob Brichmann from Artistic Productions was toasted/roasted. The new 2011 Board was introduced ~ welcome Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans as the 2011 President for WoD. A spirited Chinese gift exchange took place with the hot items being the naughty elf apron, the Bailey’s Irish Cream and the Cohn group gift certificate.

2010 was a great year for Weddings of Distinction. Here’s to a great 2011 for all our members, our colleagues within the industry and all of our past and future weddings and special event clients!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

member spotlight :: hilton del mar

Whether it’s a stunning sunset ceremony or a dazzling ballroom gala, the Hilton San Diego Del Mar sets the stage for elegance. Declare your love during an intimate ceremony in our breathtaking, lush Courtyard. Lose yourself in the rustic yet romantic Del Mar Ballroom, which is outfitted in warm colors and wrought-iron chandeliers. Discover an inspired setting for an event of your lifetime! Contact Tiffany Cooper to learn more. (858) 764-6044 or email tiffany.cooper@delmarhilton.com

news :: november meeting at concepts event design

images courtesy of elle.g photography

November cool brings loads of warmth from Concepts Event Design and Authentic Flavors as they hosted our November Weddings of Distinction luncheon.

A truly total member effort came through for our November networking luncheon in National City as Haydee and Frederico Alderete from Concepts Event Design invited us to their spacious showroom. What a gorgeous set-up they have. The day’s décor was spectacular!

Special thanks go out to Carrie Esparza from Authentic Flavors for providing a scrumptious lunch. Owners Mark Vogel and Justin Fitzgerald and the catering team outdid themselves. From the appetizers of Portobello sliders to the mini coq au vin pot pies and from the wonderful fall salad through the roasted butternut squash bisque and truffle ravioli, this meal shown. The topper was the crème brulee cheesecake with fresh berries. Wow ~ is all we can say!

Thank you to Lois Mathews from Lois Mathews Design for the florals. Thank you to those that donated raffle prizes. Much networking and socializing took place at our final meeting of 2010.  Happy holidays to all!

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, elle.g photography. Committee Members: Marketing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre‘.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

news and press :: sweet cheeks featured on “fabulous cakes” on tlc


We are so proud of our Weddings of Distinction members Sweet Cheeks for their appearance on FABULOUS CAKES on TLC. The show airs Monday night, Nov. 29th at 10pm! Don’t miss it!

December 6, 2010 - 11:45 am Dennis Way - Way to go Sweet Cheeks

member spotlight :: calicards

Invitations, announcements, personal note cards…are much more than just paper and ink, they tell a story – your story. Cali Cards is a custom design company with the vision to bring your personal style to life. Through the use of creative medians, colors and original designs, they will set the stage for your wedding and have your guest buzzing about the event. Like a well done movie trailer or creative book cover, invitations are a glimpse of what is to come.  Let them help you set that stage with hand crafted original Cali Card designs… Please contact Tiffany Lord Arnaldo to get things started. 858.688.2230 or tiffany@calicards.com

news :: inaugural bridal forum ~ a huge success!

images courtesy of kristina chartier photography

Our October luncheon meeting was little short of magnificent!  In the pleasant surroundings of the lovely Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club (858-756-1554; office@rsfgardenclub.org), we enjoyed a superb meal, attractively and cleverly presented, by Continental Catering.  Frankie Hartwell provided flowers from Hartworks FloralPhotographer Kristina Chartier shot lots of photos. Andy Hagenah from DiscGoRound DJ & Video provided sound and mics.

A special bridal forum took place with five recent brides sharing their planning, shopping and event experiences very candidly. They fielded questions for nearly an hour from our moderator, DJ/Emcee Merrylin Brichmann from Artistic Productions and several of our members. A special shout out to the brides ~ Elaine, Sara, Kimberly, Tammy and Dawn for participating and really opening up with us. It was very insightful and informative!

A special thank you to Vice-President Ann Strobel from Ann’s Plans for organizing our special bridal forum and for all her hard work throughout the year planning all of the logistics and scheduling for our monthly luncheons. Ann ~ you’re an unsung hero for the group!

Everyone enjoyed networking and great food. It was super meeting the Board from The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and viewing their facility. We’ll see everyone on Nov. 23rd as two of our members take great care of us. Haydee Alderete’s Concepts Event Design facility hosts our November luncheon. Authentic Flavors Catering tantalizes us with a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

The Weddings of Distinction 2010 Board:

President, Bob Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Vice-President, Ann Strobel, Coordinator from Ann’s Plans; Treasurer, Merrylin Brichmann, DJ & Emcee from Artistic Productions; Founding President, Susan Ashley from Romantic Honeymoons; Membership, Andrea Pena from The Prado at Balboa Park; Secretary, Diane Wilson from Silverwood Music Ensemble; Marketing, Lisa Gisczinski, Elle G Photography. Committee Members: Marketing, Shannon Henry, photographer from Studio Carre.

Weddings of Distinction is a non-profit networking group specializing in weddings and special events. They meet monthly at various San Diego County hotels, resorts and special event facilities. The group’s goal is building professional relationships and networking to give clients the best advice and services to choose from.

real weddings :: kevin & crystal

images courtesy of theorie

Crystal and Kevin celebrated their lovely summer wedding at the Hilton San Diego in Del Mar, adjacent to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and centrally located in San Diego County. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they were married by Crystal’s grandfather and father in a very special ceremony on the outdoor ceremony venue, which was creatively decorated with beautiful purple drapery and purple flower vases. Other purple touches included the groom’s purple tie, and the purple ribbons encircling the bouquets. San Diego wedding photographer and San Diego Weddings of Distinction members, Amy and Maurice Wright of Theorie captured the couple’s wedding day celebration. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, while the bride and groom had their photos taken with their wedding party. Following their entrance to the reception the bride and danced their first dance. The bride wore a second, adorable, shorter cocktail dress to the reception that was perfect for dancing! Kevin’s SDSU hockey buddies toasted the couple and they all shared a hockey chant during the toasts. Everyone danced the night away before the couple cut their gorgeous wedding cake. Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets and table centerpieces were decorated with a wedding inspired words like friendship, love, or cherish, inspired by Crystal’s love of words as a writer.

tips from the pros :: honeymoon advice

San Diego Weddings of Distinction member, Romantic Honeymoons & Holiday Travel will make the honeymoon planning process fun, informative and worry-free for you with their complimentary services. They have 15 years of broad travel experience to help you decide on the perfect honeymoon destination of your dreams.

They have put together a few essential tips to help you begin planning:

· Don’t delay: You should confirm your trip at least 6-8 months prior to departing. In most cases deposits can be a minimum of only $200 per person to secure your trip. This will ensure the best availability for your accommodations (the most popular room categories sell out first!) if you book early you will also be eligible for early booking discounts and special promotions.

· Discuss a budget for your trip beforehand: Just like you will need to budget for the wedding details and vendors, you will also need to factor in the cost of your honeymoon INTO your overall budget. Honeymoons are a trip of a lifetime and a trip you will remember for the rest of your life! So make sure you indulge in the amenities’ that are the most important to you.

· Travel Dates: be sure to sync both of your calendars and check with your employers to ensure you have the same vacation dates guaranteed off. How much time you can be away from the real world highly determines where you should or could go.
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· Activities: What do you see yourself doing on your trip? Besides the obvious, romance, would you like to try out scuba diving, maybe go hiking, horseback riding, golfing, or simply relax on the beach while your personal butler serves you cocktails? Or are you adventurous and want to go explore a rain forest or Mayan ruins?
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· Consult a specialist: Not every travel agent has seen the world, so ask to speak with someone that has been to the destination you are thinking of going to. The internet has a lot of information and tons pretty pictures of different resorts but remember there is no perfect place. As experienced consultants, we are very particular as to where we send our clients. A true specialist will tell you the good, the bad and the beautiful.

· Do your research early: It’s important that you check out your top 3 destination choices to familiarize yourself with what the different locations have to offer you. The internet is the most valuable source of information at your fingertips. However, don’t book online. Your computer can’t VIP you as honeymooners or upgrade you for free. We are here to make sure you know what you are paying for as well as doing our best to make your dreams come true!

· Dream Big…anything is possible! Are you considering an “over water bungalow in Tahiti?” Or perhaps a “One-bedroom Villa with your very own private plunge pool in St Lucia”? Maybe you want to go yachting in the South of France or explore the Ancient villages of Italy?

It’s all possible when you register through their HONEYMOON GIFT REGISTRY. The honeymoon gift registry enables your family and friends to help pay for your honeymoon as a wedding gift!

So dare to dream big and reach for the stars….Romantic Honeymoons will be there for you every step of the way.