This Year in Review Part I: San Diego Wedding

We can not believe 2013 is almost over!

As we wind down and reflect on our weddings past, we are so grateful for the many friends we have made and the lessons we’ve learned this year. No wedding was the same, yet they were all SO fabulous and full of special little details that may only stay in the hearts of the couple and ourselves…

In our industry, we are given the opportunity to meet many incredible people and learn new things every day.  Not many can say they love what they do, but we can!  We are so fortunate for the vendors and venues we’ve had the pleasure to work with, thank you all for your passion and commitment for our Swannys!  Our weddings this year were a success because of your cooperation and flexibility.

To our Swannys, we are so honored to have been included in such a momentous day in your lives, through the laughs, tears, breakdowns, triumphs, and epiphanies…  Thank you for inspiring us to keep doing what we love to do.  We are so excited to get 2014 started, and we sure have a full year ahead of us!

Enjoy the sneak peak of what our gorgeous couples looked like on their wedding days!

Happy Holidays!


Brenda & the Swann Squad

Katie + Travis | Scripps Seaside Forum

Image by: Acqua Photo

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Tricia + Kris | New Children’s Museum

Image by: SheWanders Photography

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Tara+ Dan | New Children’s Museum

Image by Blair Nicole Photography

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Brittainy + Ramiro | Private Del Mar Estate

Image by: Studio 512

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Pamela + Justin | Paradise Point Resort

Image by: Bauman Photography

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Jessica + John | Spanish Village Art Center Balboa Park

Image by: Bauman Photography

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Katie + Rich | Admiral Kidd Clubhouse

Image by: Allie Lindsay Photography

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Amanda + Jon | Bali Hai

Image by: We Heart Photography

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Ashley + John | Temecula Creek Inn

Image by: Sean Walker Photography

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Marc + Rachel | Carlsbad Hilton Resort & Spa

Image by: Studio 64 Photography

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Mary + Matt | Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Image by: True Photography

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Heather + Bobby | Bali Hai

Image by: Studios of Joseph Guidi

Thursday Thoughts: Wedding design & details

One of the things we love most about planning weddings is the small details which make a wedding unique, not unique in the common understanding of ‘never seen before’ but in the sense of personalization to make it yours, to showcase what is important to you, or what brought you together. We love doing this because all of the guests who are going to celebrate with you would have likely been by your side as your relationship developed… through these experiences… and watched you grow as a couple. It is really quite romantic!

When we start the design process, first, we take some time to talk with you (together) and have you share what you love to do.  For example, you may love to go rock climbing together, or your first date movie was Disney’s Up. So we will find a way to represent those things that you hold near and dear in your wedding design. Be it  by accessorizing the groom’s boutonniere or  the bride’s bouquet with little trinkets from the movie, using photos of your favorite climbing spots as the table numbers, or perhaps just creating simple decor vignettes throughout the venue with representations of you… think of the wedding as being a little museum giving an ode to your relationship.

For the couples who may not have a “thing” we find out what aspects of their  lives mean the most… such as family, trust, each other, etc., (by the way, those are “things”)- in order to incorporate simple yet meaningful touches into their decor. Maybe there is a family heirloom cake cutting set or cake topper…the best part of  this simplicity in design, is that those pieces are usually passed down in families or they can become the future treasured piece! As a closet sentimentalist, I love the idea of having momentos from such a big day in our home to someday pass on.

Below are photos from some of our Swanny’s weddings to illustrate what we’ve shared. Remember, no matter the size of your budget or what “things” you like,  personalizing your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated.

Happy Planning.



Real San Diego Wedding Planner Swann SoireesImage by Aaron and Samantha Photography

Doxie Cake TopperImage by Gabrielle Fox Photography

Real San Diego Wedding Planner Swann SoireesImages by Blair Nicole Photography

Real San Diego Wedding Planner Swann SoireesImage by Matthew Morgan Photography

Fab Friday: {Wedding Gift Inspiration}

We’ve been asked by RedEnvelope  to gather Swann Soiree’s Empire State Building Wedding Picks and showcase them for you.  The items below are perfect for occasions like engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding gifts – the list goes on and on.  And this isn’t all, there are many more items to choose from their website, but with the holidays quickly approaching, what better time to provide some adorable silver & gold gift  ideas!




1. Family Tree Wood Sign | 2. Twist Candlesticks | 3. Whiskey Lover’s Set | 4. Personalized “There’s no place like home” wall art
5. Hootch-Owl™ Corkscrew | 6. Locket Cuff Links | 7. Personalized Chateau Wine Bucket


Inspire Me Monday: Healthy Ever After!

We like to encourage our Swanny couples to take care of themselves by staying active and reducing stress.  Let’s face it, planning can get pretty stressful.  To better facilitate an active lifestyle and healthy habits, we have partnered with Yoga Six to help you feel your best!

Yoga Six in Liberty Station, Point Loma, is an upscale studio offering a wide variety of yoga and fitness classes for all levels.  We recently had the pleasure of joining in on a Y60 Slow Flow session with Kristi.  Our experience at this studio was pretty incred from the moment we walked through the door, it was nothing but welcoming smiles.

This studio is impeccably clean, just the right temperature, and have we mentioned the GORGEOUS bathrooms?!  That’s right, bathrooms. Lockers, clean showers, hair dryers, razors, mouthwash – OH MY!!  Ever forget to bring your shampoo or bobby pins from home?  No problem! Toiletries are available for anyone’s use.

As incredible as the amenities are, let’s get to the more important aspect, the practice itself.  If you have little to no experience with yoga, don’t fret!  Each position is executed at your own pace and explained thoroughly by the expert instructors.  The sessions last about an hour, but time seems to go quickly while concentrating on your energy and breathing.

If you are interested in checking out Yoga Six, click here to visit their website and get a little more info about pricing and classes.  We absolutely loved our visit and practice session, thank you ladies for a wonderful experience.



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 Images courtesy of: Yoga Six

FAB Friday: The Recessional

Hello beautiful Swannys!

After completing my internship with Swann Soirées earlier this year and coming back home to Lyon (France), it has been quite difficult to get my mind off weddings.

Now that I have been exposed to so many weddings, I have come to realize most trends are universal. It is just a matter of when they arrive to a particular place and how long they stay, mix that with some of the timeless traditions (or a couple adding a personal twist) and we have a “hybrid” trend that spreads all over!

Today we  explore the recessional send-off trend. In France, most couples get married in a church. In fact, it was a real surprise for me being part of the squad and seeing so many weddings that were not in a church.

In the U.S. most guests are used to tossing flower petals, eco-confetti, maybe some yarn poms or other “non destructive” gentle and pretty item as the couple walks by them during the recessional. That is, if the church allows you to have any sort of festive send-off, the reality is that many don’t for it isn’t easy or practical to clean-up after and sometimes it can pose a safety hazard.

But in France, we can do a lot of things, because our recessional cheering happens outside the building itself. After the couple shares their first married kiss, they proceed to walk-out through a side door of the church, then all of the bridal party and guests exit through the main entry and gather out front to wait for them. Then, in a very dramatic exit, the doors open and the couple comes out to a crowd of joyous family and friends, cheering, clapping, and tossing any one of the the little bits of visible cheer! It really is a fun experience for everyone!

Never the less, someone still has to clean up after… nobody likes to be the one to do that. So my favorite exit cheer and perhaps the most popular out here is definitely bubbles!  Every  single guest loves them, adults and children alike have so much fun blowing bubbles. And you know what? The visual effect on photos is just sublime!! I

Do you think you’d like to have a recessional cheer like this?




san diego wedding planner | send-off trendsImages by Nadine Court Photographe {France}

Guest post by former Swann Squad intern, Elodie Sainte-Marie, who spent the first six months of 2013 adding nothing but delight to our firm. Learning about all things weddings as they are in the US. She returned home to France in July to finish her studies in Business & Finance. Currently, she’s working on her business plan and  hopes to have her own Wedding Planning firm after graduation.