Our string & harp trio headed to Mission Bay to play for a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Paradise Point Resort yesterday. The weather was perfect, overcast but still bright out, not hot but not cold, and all of the guests were happy to be there (so were we!)
Our day started off checking out the reception site where we played after the ceremony, and setting up our string trio for the processional. The clients requested a harp/violin/cello trio, which is a beautiful option and provides many options for wedding ceremony music.
During the wedding, the bride and groom had a special glass ceremony where guests when arriving added colored glass beads to a small container. The bride and groom added their own glass as well, which will all be infused to create a unique piece of art for their home. It was a great representation of two families coming together.
Post wedding, our trio moved over to the patio for cocktail hour, where they played a wide variety of classical, light pop covers, and other tunes. The guests had access to a bar, passed h'ordeuvres, and vintage VW photobus. The trio received many compliments from passing guests!
We ended our portion of the event turning everything over to the DJ - Ansom Productions, who provided dinner music and dancing. As we headed off, we got to witness the grand entrance of the new couple, who were surrounded by guests holding sparklers and cheering them on. It was really a beautiful day and we enjoyed being there!
The Pros who put this all together:
Venue- Paradise Point Resort
Planning- Serendipity Events
DJ- Ansom Productions
Rentals- Platinum Event Rentals
Officiant- Ken at SoCal Vows
Photography- Brooke Ziegler
Photobooth- The Traveling Photo Bus
A few other pictures I took while walking around the Paradise Point property prior to the ceremony. This is really a great gem in Mission Bay!
This past weekend was beautiful for outdoor occasions, with cool breezes, mild coastal weather, and clear blue ocean water. The Martin Johnson House, part of UCSD and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, sits atop the beautiful cliffs of La Jolla and looks south toward the Cove and La Jolla Village. The views are perfect for San Diego outdoor weddings, and the grounds are reminiscent of a small cabin in the woods, with really endless possibilities of decorating.
Our couple hired our string duet, which is a great ensemble for this intimate location. The strings are easily heard over a gathering of 50 family and friends, and provided pre-ceremony and processional & recessional music for the bride and her new groom.
Post ceremony- we moved our duet over to a side yard, adorned with belly-tables for cocktails and appetizers. The group played more modern pieces from Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles while guests mingled and congratulated the new couple.
Overall, our thoughts on this secluded San Diego wedding venue are incredibly positive, and we can't wait to play here again! It is just a well maintained, great spot overlooking the ocean and La Jolla, with views that never get old. The day of event planner, Valentina of V Party & Event, was exceptional in setting everything up and her table settings were gorgeous too!
We had the opportunity to return to the beautiful Morgan Run Club and Resort over the weekend, and are always impressed by this Rancho Santa Fe / Del Mar area wedding venue. Beyond the views and welcoming spaces, the staff at Morgan Run are incredibly friendly, outgoing, and helpful- so you really feel like you're part of the family here and that is why it is such a special place.
Morgan Run is, primarily, a golf and tennis club- and they have the facilities to prove it! Gorgeous greens go on for miles, and the courts are top notch. On site, their aquatic and gym facilities leave nothing behind either, and they even offer a kids day camp for wedding parties which is quite reasonable!
The club has numerous outdoor and indoor spaces for weddings and events, and the views from anywhere are just stunning. Whether you are looking for a high end fancy affair, or a laid back, sit by the bonfire event, Morgan Run has many options that will satisfy your needs.
As mentioned before, Morgan Run has an amazing staff, and can set you up with the details you're looking for. Kecia and Sarah are planners, stylists, and just overall friendly people, who can take inspiration from your ideas and make it a reality!
The Left Coast Quintet is a preferred music vendor for events and weddings at Morgan Run, and we would love to talk to you about the site, other professionals, and what we can do to make your wedding a unique and memorable event. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!
When people picture La Jolla, it is typically the quaint downtown with boutique shops, waterfront parks, and gorgeous historic buildings. The Estancia Hotel fits in perfectly with the ideals and natural beauty of the area, but is an absolutely unique property that should be considered on anyone's list of wedding venues in the La Jolla area.
The history of the hotel and gardens is a unique story unto itself. Originally a horse stable, the property has been developed into an urban oasis, filled with stunning succulents and open spaces, and a small campus of historic buildings with rooms of varying sizes for any number of events.
The designers have paid special attention to outdoor event spaces, because who wouldn't want a gorgeous outdoor San Diego wedding? Quaint small gardens and patios dot the campus of the Estancia, providing numerous opportunities for beautiful backdrops!
These are just a few pictures that we had the opportunity to take while on the property, but there are so many other gorgeous spots! Live music added to any of them would make the event or wedding that much more special and unique, so please don't hesitate to contact us to answer any questions about our ensembles, San Diego wedding venues we recommend, and other wedding professionals in the area!
I am by no means a wedding photographer! That being said, I had the opportunity to tour the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay with a group of other great wedding professionals on a gorgeous January afternoon, and wanted to share my experience with soon-to-be brides and grooms or others looking for an amazing space for an all-encompassing event with true San Diego bayside class.
The Hyatt Regency in Mission Bay is a distinct landmark, with a tall tower of hotel rooms and a sprawling front row seat to the bay. But the hotel resort has many hidden gems that might not be obvious just by driving by.
Weddings in the Botanic Gardens of Encinitas:
The San Diego Botanic Gardens are an oasis in the middle of Encinitas, a cute coastal town about 15 minutes north of San Diego. The gardens have a rich history, having been developed since the early 1900s on land overlooking the Pacific Ocean and incorporating a wide variety of different spaces. While you could consider this a museum for plant species, the gardens have evolved and become a spectacular event space, perfect for weddings, parties, engagements, photo shoots, and other happenings.
When you live in San Diego, the outdoors provides year round beautiful wedding settings. This was the case this past Friday in Chula Vista, at the Otay Lakes area in a park called Mountain Hawk.
Rolling hills, a pristine lake, and a beautiful outdoor amphitheater made this December wedding one to write about. There aren't many places in the US that you can do an outdoor wedding like this at the end of the year.
Live Music at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Many people might not know about the hidden gem in Del Mar called the Fairmont Grand. It's somewhat secluded, not on any major roadway, but the resort is an absolutely spectacular site, perfect for weddings, holiday parties, and other events.
Our wind trio has had the opportunity to perform here a few times for different events, and we were just honored to play for a company holiday party in their Elizabeth Capella, a wood adorned chapel with amazing acoustics.
Bringing Royal Customs to Your San Diego Wedding
With the recent announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we thought it would be fun to focus on tips for making your wedding royal-inspired! British royal weddings have always caused quite a stir with brides from all over the world looking for inspiration on how they can bring a bit of the custom and class into their own ceremonies.
Balboa Park is the heart of this city. The sprawling gardens and parkscapes surrounded by urban San Diego provide some incredibly scenic and unique backdrops for weddings and other fun events. The shear size of the park itself has so many different interesting spaces, buildings, and gardens that anyone can easily find their perfect wedding spot, on any budget, with any dream in mind.
Here are a few location ideas in the park, but of course we aren't covering everything. If you have questions about San Diego wedding venues or just want some general tips, we are happy to provide our expertise!
The Prado - Upscale Weddings in Balboa Park
Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the classy and upscale Prado restaurant hosts many weddings and events every month. They have many options for both ceremony and receptions sites, including their grand ballroom, a gorgeous outdoor enclosed patio, garden spaces, and pictured above the patio fountain. Having an all-inclusive upscale Balboa Park wedding ceremony here would be easy, leaving all of the details to the superb event staff and being able to keep guests in one central location.
The Left Coast Quintet has had the privilege of bringing music to a number of different events at the Prado. For more info, check out: Balboa Park - Prado Weddings & Events
Dan is the bassoonist & one of the founders of the LCQ.