11Apr

A Grand Del Mar Wedding Coordinated by Details Defined | Anna and David

By, April 11, 2013

When we started planning Anna and David’s gorgeous September wedding, we knew it would be well-suited for a venue such as The Grand Del Mar. This couple is simply brimming with style, as you can see from their showstopper wedding.

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After months of planning and preparation, tastings and fittings, and plane rides and phone calls, this was their moment. Following a sentimental ceremony that included family and friends from all parts of the world, Anna and David finally shared a kiss as husband and wife.

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Before all of the guests arrived, we gave Anna and David a quick peek of their reception room. They were simply thrilled with the results!  Check out some of the amazing details that represented their elegant and glamorous style.

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One of the best parts of working with Anna and David was getting to know their family and friends. Many of the attendees traveled long distances to be there, including Anna’s father and sister, who flew in from Russia! It was fun to be surrounded by such a lively and energetic group. With all the laughing and smiling, there was never a dull moment!

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Anna and David’s cake was as dazzling as they were!

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Here at Details Defined, we work with brides and grooms from all walks of life, all with a unique vision and style. Together, we were able to create the most magnificent celebration for Anna and David, and we loved doing it!

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Coordinator: Details Defined
Photography: True Photography
Venue: The Grand Del Mar
Linens and Rental: Kathy Wright & Co.
Florist: Kathy Wright & Co.
Disc Jockey: DJ Noel 2033
Musician: Haute Chile
Invitation: Invitation Factory
Wedding Dress: M Bride
Videographer: NR3
Transportation: Preferred Valet Parking
Officiant: Rabbi Ian
Photo Booth: Recorded Memories

20Oct

“Cheery” Temecula Winery Wedding at Lake Oak Meadows

By, October 20, 2011

We photographed Kelsey and Kyle’s engagement shoot in Pacific Beach back in June, and ever since we’ve been excited for this fun and energetic couple to tie the knot!  Their Temecula wine country wedding was full of brightly colored Gerber Daisies, clever wine themed escort cards, and plenty of their own unique flair!  With Kelsey being a competitive cheerleading coach, and Kyle, an avid skateboarder, there’s no doubt where the “cheery” but “laid back” vibe came from.  Kelsey shared with us a few details from their celebration at Lake Oak Meadows private estate and winery. Check it out!

All outdoors, beautiful flowers and thriving landscape, lots of space for guests to roam —  the venue was ours for the entire day!  No other parties or onlookers that you usually get with the other wineries.  Temecula isn’t far from my hometown of San Diego, but far enough to make it a retreat, and I love wine!  Most of all, the fire pits and heaters, ambient lighting (candles, twinkle, paper lanterns, etc), and a variety of flowers,  it reminds me of my parent’s backyard, but can fit hundreds of people! 

San Diego Wedding Photography: Paper lanterns, candles, firepits and nature at Lake Oak Meadows Winnery in Temecula, California

My two favorite shots of Kyle and I are our first dance when we’re grinning ear to ear and look so ecstatic and in love, and the one where he’s kneeling and kissing my hand – it shows my typical sass!

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Since the men’s attire wasn’t the typical suit or tux I figured the boutonniere shouldn’t be typical either.  We used mini skateboards instead!  Looped ribbon as the leaves were topped off with the skateboard wheels as flower buds. 

San Diego Wedding Photographers: Laid back wedding with skateboard boutonnières and black and white checkered ties

The vibe was  fun, laid back, “cheery” and unexpected, just like me.  It wasn’t so much a wedding reception I wanted to have, but a typical “Rahn party!”.  When I heard guests saying the event was “totally you!”, I knew I had done it right!

San Diego Wedding Photographer: Laid back and cheery wedding at Lake Oak Meadows private estate and winery

Just before the ceremony began, the guests were greeted and asked to choose a beverage of their choice for the pre-ceremony toast to my father, Ted, who passed away just about a year ago.  He made the most amazing margaritas, which we call Ted-aritas, and we all know of his love for Jimmy Buffet tunes.  The toast happened at exactly 5 o’clock, because it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!  This photo shows my two sisters/matrons of honor, my mom and myself during the toast just after they finished walking me down the aisle to give me away – ALL 3 of them, with the help of my dad from above too!

San Diego Wedding Photography: Toast for father before the ceremony at Lake Oak Meadows private estate and winery wedding

I needed a fun entrance and this I what I thought of.  My sister and I had a teal 57 Chevy Barbie car when we were younger and that is what I envisioned.  The cars turned out perfect and every male at the wedding couldn’t stop talking about them. My mom always made the team banner for my softball teams when I was younger, so when I had the idea of my two nieces carrying a “here comes the bride” sign down the aisle she immediately started the process.  We took it one step further and had a second banner rolled up behind the first that was revealed at the end of the ceremony…it said “Mr. & Mrs. Varonfakis!”.

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I’ve grown up spending my summer vacation at my favorite spot in the world – Balboa Island.  They have an ice cream treat called a Balboa Bar, which is chocolate dipped ice cream on a stick coated with your choice of topping.  I wasn’t going to have a cake in the first place so this was a perfect idea as dessert, and reminds me of those vacations growing up!

San Diego Wedding Photography: Wedding dessert of old fashioned hand dipped ice cream at Temecula Winery Wedding

There are so many wine labels out there and I thought it’d be fun to give each table an unusual or quirky wine label in place of the typical table numbers.  I matched the labels to the people sitting at that table too, it was great.  Mine & Kyle’s was “Monogamy”, very fitting!  A few other examples…“Jargon!”, “Barefoot”, “Insatiable” and “It’s a Headsnapper”. The ladder display came straight from a favorite store – Pottery Barn.  We took the idea and ran with it. It came out even more spectacular than I thought.

San Diego Wedding Photographer: Unique escort card display and reception tables named after wine labels

Our experience with True was amazing!  From the engagement shoot to planning the timeline of the big day it went smooth and painless.  After seeing my engagement pictures I knew the wedding shots would be absolutely stunning, and they are!  Every member of the True staff I have dealt with has been welcoming and helpful and had a genuine interest in our event.  I’ve already told girlfriends to go to True for their upcoming weddings!

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29Mar

Congratulations to our new raffle winner!

By, March 29, 2011

Thank you to all who entered our raffle at the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday, March 27. We are excited to announce our grand prize winner:

Congratulations to TRINA & GIO
September 3, 2011 wedding

You are the winners of $1,000 off any of our 6-hour+ photography packages!
You have 24 hours to contact us and claim your prize! If there is no response, a new winner will be announced the following day. We hope to hear from you soon!

OUR NEW CONTEST: Become a free “True VIP” to be automatically entered in our $500 Drawing

For those who aren’t Trina and Gio :) You’re not out of the runnings yet. We will be drawing a handful of $500 prizes for those who sign up for our free VIP Program within the next 24 hours. Please enter today, and we hope you win! Although it is a great venue, you don’t have to be getting married at the Hard Rock Hotel to qualify. Winners to be announced via email tomorrow.