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Wedding: Sandra and Tito Gutierrez

For most of the guests attending the nuptials of Tito and Sandra Gutierrez, theirs was a destination wedding in San Diego. But the couple has lived in Bonita for the last year and a half.

“We only had three people from San Diego,” said Sandra, who was born and raised in Calexico. “It was a nice getaway for our guests, who came from Imperial Valley, San Francisco, New York City, Mexico and Europe. We have family and friends in all those places. We’re glad they came to celebrate with us.

“I was worried about the weather, because people were saying February’s a rainy month in San Diego. But we had really nice weather. No rain. Perfect.”


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Tito, who is from El Centro, and Sandra met in Calexico. They moved to San Diego for his job, Private Client Advisor at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Sandra quickly secured a position as an administrative clerk at the Charter School of San Diego.

“We wanted an intimate wedding,” Tito said. “We both come from big families and wanted everything to be more personal than most big, formal weddings. We only chose 100 people — people we truly communicate with, not just Facebook friends.”

Tito also wanted his proposal to Sandra to be intimate. In late December 2014, the couple planned to spend the holidays with family in Imperial Valley. Instead of popping the question then, he arranged a gondola ride in Coronado right before their trip.

“Sandra is very analytical and likes to know about everything that’s going on,” Tito explained.” I had to kind of misguide her. She thought she would be meeting my boss. She got all dolled up. I told her we’d won a gondola ride so we’d do that before going to dinner. On the gondola, we had a violinist, and I gave her roses. She figured it out then.

“I got down on one knee — kind of — because I didn’t want to fall in the water. I still tease her that she didn’t say yes until she saw the ring.”

Sandra admitted hesitating, but she had a good reason.

“He’s making me sound bad!” she exclaimed with a laugh. “I didn’t respond fast because I was actually scared he’d fall into the water.”

Because of the elaborate proposal’s location, the couple chose Coronado Community Center on the peninsula’s Glorietta Bay for the wedding. For another romantic touch, they picked Valentine’s Day. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held outside, but the reception was in the center’s event room. San Diego Linens decorated the venue.

“It was beautiful,” Sandra said. “My cousin did the flowers. We had hydrangeas, roses and orchids. Because it was Valentine’s Day, I used purple, red and hot pink for the wedding colors.

“I had worried about the bridesmaid dresses being different colors and styles. I had seen it on Pinterest, but translating a Pinterest idea to reality sometimes doesn’t work. I told them any style as long as the dress was floor-length, and I gave them each an exact color of dress. When they came together, it created a beautiful color palette.”

During the cocktail hour on the patio, Mariachi Real de San Diego performed while guests munched on bruschetta. The reception was catered by Bekker’s Catering, which offered a buffet of southwestern cuisine. To save money on the cake-cutting fee, they asked Daisy Manzanero Cakes to provide individual cake-cups, arranged in tiers.

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7 things to remember when searching for the perfect wedding dress

The first time I decided to go and try on wedding dresses I wasn’t even technically engaged.

My boyfriend had asked my father for his blessing, I knew he had the ring, and we even had a tentative date, so I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Also I was going back to school and probably wouldn’t have the chance to look at dresses with my mom, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.

This was my very first time ever shopping for this type of bridesmaid dresses online, and I was as excited and nervous as a professional football player before a big game.

I had my team with me, and we were ready to go.

However that first experience definitely did not go as planned, but I did learn some very important things that would have been good to know beforehand.

So here are some of my takeaways, and things that eventually led me to find my dream dress; and hopefully it will help you find yours.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is not all fun and games. Read my list of 7 things I wish I had known when finding my dream dress. (DepositPhotos)

1. Come well rested, groomed and fed

Finding the perfect dress takes a lot of time and energy.

For most people it involves trying on multiple heavy, but lovely giant gowns.

Looking your best and feeling your best will definitely help with the overall experience, and make you feel as gorgeous as you should in your beautiful gown.

2. Do your research, but have an open mind

I was definitely one of those brides who knew EXACTLY what I wanted my dress to be like, and I let the saleswoman know.

At the same time, when I tried on what I thought I wanted, I realized it might now work with my height and body shape.

So definitely know what you like, but also be open to try new things that might surprise you.

3. You might get frustrated

Because I had an idea of what I wanted, I got pretty frustrated when I realized that I might have to change that idea.

Also when the people you bring are giving you their thoughts and ideas, it might become frustrating as well.

But take a deep breath, understand that you can always come back another day, and just have fun with it.

4. Take your time

Most bridal places will let you make appointments lasting an hour or even longer, so don’t feel rushed in finding a dress.

Finding your dream dress can take time and effort, and it is time and effort that will be well worth it on that special day.

If you don’t find a dress that you are totally in love with that first time you go dress shopping, it’s totally ok. Go back as many times as you want, go to different shops, and do some more research.

5. Compromise, but also don’t give up on your vision

Like I said before, I had an exact vision of what I wanted my dress to look like, and I wasn’t willing to give up on it completely.

The good news was that although it took more time and a lot of looking, I was able to find something that fit my dream as well as having it look and feel fabulous on me.

So although your dream dress might have to be tweaked slightly, don’t give up on what you want completely.

6. Don’t be afraid to look online

The online world of wedding dresses is getting incredibly larger and more beautiful, so don’t be afraid to look online for dress options.

I would definitely recommend going and trying on dresses in real life as well, just to see what fits and what you like. But I have had many friends who have successfully ordered gorgeous dresses online, and at super great prices.

7. Your mom might not be there

I know every girl has the dream of having their mother there when they finally find “the dress,” but honestly because of work, distance, or school there might be a chance she’s not there. But don’t let that hold you back!

Because of technology your mom can always be there in spirit, and you will still be able to find the perfect wedding dress.

As I found, finding the perfect wedding dresses australia can be quite a quest, but one that is worth the struggle. When you see the face of the man you love light up at the sight of seeing how amazing you look, you will know every second was worth it.

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6 Things to AVOID When DIY’ing Wedding Flowers

You are here, so that means you’re probably considering doing your own wedding flowers. I am sure you have heard a million opinions but we are here to help you make the right decision for you. We can educate you from experience. Like most people, throwing a Kardashian wedding is not really in the cards, so let’s talk about some things you should DEFINITELY AVOID when you decide to create your own arrangements.

1. Biting off more than you can chew.

You’re not a Kardashian…and you’re not a super hero either. You may have a couple helping hands, but please do not try to build a 9ft flower wall. Realistic DIY wedding flowers usually include bouquets, centerpieces, and a select few accent pieces. Try to make arrangements you can use for your wedding ceremony and reception. Keep in mind that you are probably going to make the arrangements the night before or the day of. Sometimes, brides choose to do all of the bridal party bouquets, groom and groomsmen boutonnieres, and the centerpieces, but leave the bridal bouquet to the florist. Give yourself enough time to create arrangements and still enjoy the rest of the wedding process.

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2. Picking a bad delivery address.

Luckily, shipping services let you track a package’s every move. However, picking an address with a difficult drop off process will really complicate things. If you can select a location that you know you will be at for delivery that is ALWAYS best. If not, pick a place someone reliable can receive the package. AVOID addresses with a gate or locked entry that could result in your package being taken back to the carrier facility. Remember, you have ordered LIVE flowers for your wedding, if they end up back at a hot warehouse for a night, you are risking the vase life of the flowers. If you are planning a destination wedding, call the hotel and get the correct delivery address and location before you place your order!

3. Planning storage last minute.

Okay great, you successfully received your flowers! Now, it’s time to cut, hydrate, and store the flowers until they are ready for arranging. If you are home, you can do this in a cool (not freezing!) room or garage or basement. You might make a mess of your kitchen but at least you know your own space and can plan for storage. If you are having your wedding at a hotel or destination, call ahead of time to discuss delivery and storage of the flowers. Planning this out ahead of time will make things much easier. (BTW check out How to Unpack and Prepare Fresh Flowers + How to Transport Flower Arrangements for some great tips!)

4. Picking “exact match” colors for wedding flowers.

All flowers can vary based on growing conditions, so there could be color variations throughout the year. Instead of matching colors exactly and risking some color clashing, select complementary colors or work within a range of shades. This is a very popular tip from very experienced party planners and wedding flower designers that typically make your arrangement flow much better. We have a really fun article about pairing flower colorstogether for you. Shop wholesale flowers by color when planning!

5. Buying “just enough.”

Although we provide you with the help you need to figure out how much to order for your wedding flowers, we want to stress that you always need to leave room for error and experimentation. A couple of stems may break while you work, a couple of blooms may have imperfections, or you may decide that you want to add a little more to your arrangement or bouquets. Always round up when calculating flower quantities – especially for your focal flowers. If you think you need 8 stems of hydrangea, order 10. Think you need 3 bunches of red ranunculus? Get 4 bunches, just in case. This will make the process much less stressful and you’ll know you have what you need from the start.

6. Being inflexible.

Just one more Kardashian reference, I promise! You are not a Kardashian, so don’t expect to have an out-of-season flower genetically modified and grown to your specifications especially for your wedding …just don’t – you’ll be disappointed! Flowers are a product of nature, and there WILL be color, shape and size variations during different times of the year for most types of flowers. If you are trying to replicate a gorgeous bouquet you found online, you don’t have to use the identical flowers which may not be available for your wedding. You can get the same “look” and “feel” with similar color and texture substitutes. That can also help your budget, because many of the arrangements you see online use some of the most expensive flowers out there! Our flower experts can help you recreate a stunning bouquet using flowers that will be in season for your wedding, and not break your budget.

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