See It Through Their Eyes

Brides – Check this out! Don’t want to pay a ton of money for a videographer? No problem. Take a look at this package by Iron Kite Films called “The Shoestring Film”. What a great idea!

“The Shoestring Film – Your friends & family + a handful of Flip cameras + Iron Kite editing  =  One very unique film!

The Shoestring Film is something totally unique to Iron Kite.  We will mail you either 3 or 6 Flip HD video cameras.  On your big day, hand them out to your most creative (or crazy!) guests.  After the dust has settled, mail the cameras back to us in the included return packaging.  Then, we will put the Iron Kite touch on your totally unique Shoestring Film!

All Shoestring Films are custom edited with our unique style and care.

This package can be added to any of our wedding plans.

Want just the Shoestring Package?  No problem!  You can purchase this package as a stand alone item.

Pricing starts at $475.”

Find out more here:


Great Honeymoon Checklist!

I stole this awesome Honeymoon Packing Check List from The Knot. Great info!

(Written by Lori Seto)


  • Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • Passport/visas/driver’s license
  • Credit cards (take only those you’ll need)
  • Hotel/theater reservation fax confirmations
  • Traveler’s checks
  • Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room)
  • Phone numbers for your doctor, house/cat sitter, and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
  • Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
  • Contraception
  • Travel locks (combination lock recommended — no key to lose!) and ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
  • Camera

Her Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis (for cold airports and the plane)
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 1 nice sundress
  • 1 little black dress
  • 1 cardigan (for chilly restaurants)
  • 4 play shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
  • 1 swimsuit cover-up
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
  • 1 evening purse
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Bras (strapless and otherwise)
  • Accessories (scarves and jewelry to “stretch” your wardrobe)

His Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season):

  • 1 pair jeans or khakis
  • 1 pair nice slacks
  • 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
  • 4 play shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants)
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
  • 1 pair lace-ups
  • Extra socks and underwear

Pack Here — Don’t Buy There:

  • Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Aloe vera
  • Band-Aids
  • Aspirin
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Tampons/pads (they can be hard to find outside the U.S. and are a non-negotiable must-have when you need them!)
  • Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you’ve read)
  • Deck of cards
  • Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
  • Guidebook
  • Electrical converter/adapter

Bathroom Basics:

  • Travel-size toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Cosmetics
  • Make-up remover
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair gel/spray
  • Nail file/clippers
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case
  • Hair accessories

Optional Items (your hotel may provide):

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower cap
  • Alarm clock

Handy Extras:

  • Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
  • Earplugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Shout Wipes (instant stain-treater towelettes)
  • Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion
  • Visine
  • Waist pack (to keep money handy and in sight)
  • Small backpack(s) for day excursions and impromptu picnics
  • 1 pair old sneakers or Keds that can get wet or ruined (if you’re traveling to the tropics)
  • 1 pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort’s gym or jogging on the beach
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Compact umbrella or rain ponchos

Leave Behind With Family or Friends:

  • Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
  • Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler’s check receipts
  • A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

Got enough dishes?

Times are changing. 15-20 years ago the average marriage age was around 20 years old. Now, it seems couples are waiting until their late twenties, early thirties to tie the knot. If you’re not getting married fresh out of high school, then chances are you’ve both already accumulated the needed household goods for your new home. If that’s the case, registering for your wedding can be very difficult and seem a little pointless. Here’s an awesome alternative!


I heard about this idea a few years, and I wish I would have come up with it. It’s brilliant. Honeymoons are expensive! And so many times I’ve seen couples who can’t afford one say that they’ll take one when they can. Truth be told, time flies and you pop out a few kids, and their goes your romantic get away. So here is a fabulous alternative for the couple who already has a toaster and a magic bullet.

The honeymoon registry can be done online. So not only is it great for you, but it’s also so much less of a hassle for your guests. Below are a few sites you can visit to create your registry. You can register for hotel stays, dinners, activities, you name it! Just make sure you put the registry web address on your invitation! 

Don't forget to snap some great photos of you and your man enjoying the activities your guests purchased for you! Then send it to them in a 'Thank You' card.

Music & Dancing – Helpful Tips

-Music played during the cocktail hour should be both celebratory and mellow. Since this period marks the beginning of the party, you’ll want the tunes to be upbeat; at the same time, the music should be on the quieter side so that people can chat without fighting the noise.

-Music played during dinner should be background music. Usually, it takes the form of mellow jazz, classical, or light pop played at a relatively low volume so that people can converse easily as they eat. Most couples and caterers prefer not to have dance music played during the meal service in order to keep everything running smoothly and on schedule.

-Try to select a range of musical genres (from standards to current party hits) to be played during the reception so that all of your guests will enjoy themselves.

-Ask if the bandleader/disc jockey will act as emcee for the evening, announcing important events – such as toasts, the cake-cutting ceremony, and the opening of the dessert bar, to name a few — in order to ensure the smooth flow of your party.

-If you and your groom want to be especially graceful when taking your turn on the dance floor, sign up for dancing lessons. Not only will you get to spend some fun evenings together, you’ll feel more confident in the spotlight on your wedding day. Most couples take ballroom dancing, but salsa and swing are options as well. Many studios offer classes geared specifically to engaged couples.

-Make sure that you know where the band/disc jockey, speakers, and dance floor will be set up before figuring out table assignments; this way you can seat the younger crowd in the middle of the action and situate others where they may be more comfortable.


Drink Up!

Not sure how much alcohol to buy for your reception? No problem. Here’s a rundown of what to include at the bar. This quantity cheat sheet is based on 100 guests.

Hope you find this helpful!

Beer                              4-5 cases
Sodas                           4-5 cases
Bottled Water               1-2 cases
Vodka                           6 liters
Gin                                2 liters
Whiskey                        2 liters
Scotch                           3 liters
Bourbon                       1-2 liters
Rum                              3 liters
Tequila                          2 liters
Dry Vermouth                2 bottles
Sweet Vermouth           2 bottles
Champagne                  1 case
Red Wine                      1 case
White Wine                   2 cases

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It’s Personal.

Hi everyone! As you can see, it’s been a few days since i’ve blogged. For those of you who care, I apologize for depriving you! But it also means I’m super busy working on weddings…so that’s a plus!

I was just browsing through my ‘Exquisite Weddings by San Diego Magazine’ magazine, and I had to share this article.

I LOVE the top photos. I’m pretty much obsessed with that dress and the whole look and feel of this. Oh my.

If you can’t read the fine print, here is what the article says:

“Engagement Photography has evolved from static, overly-posed portraits to dynamic location shoots with clever elements that reflect a couple’s personality. Cindy Lowe from Orange Turtle Photography explains, “We love capturing the emotions of their interactions. Bringing a prop helps create the setting for a lifestyle engagement session — like with the couple we shot who loves Scrabble. They have been together since age 16, and Scrabble has been a significant part of the relationship. In the picture, they are holding tiles spelling a word that describes the other person. It was quite a sweet moment when they revealed them to each other.” — Ann Wycoff

I continue to be amazed at how creative couples get with their engagement photos. I especially love viewing photos of a couple I know well when it totally reflects their personalities. And your guests will love it too! Although, no matter how creative you are as a person, the outcome of your photos greatly depends on your photographer. So make sure you choose a good one!

When I first got engaged I could not wait to take engagement photos. We took them at “our beach” in Coronado, CA.

Let’s see some of your engagement photos! I may post some on here 🙂 send them to 

Hair/Makeup Money Saving Tips!

Some of these might be no brainers, but I found a lot of them were helpful. I hope you do too!

Photo by 'The Wedding Chicks'

-Instead of having your hair and makeup professionally done for pre-wedding events, attend to your beauty needs yourself and save your money to hire professionals for the main event.

-If you’re comfortable applying your own makeup on your wedding day, do it yourself, but visit a reputable cosmetics counter at a department store ahead of time for a makeover. This way, a professional can help you choose the colors that flatter you most, as well as teach you how to apply them properly. The only cost to you is that of the cosmetics, should you decide to purchase them. You also want to think about purchasing more expensive makeup for the day of the wedding, because they typically last longer. However, if the makeup is out of your budget, it may just end up being cheaper to go with a makeup artist who uses better makeup. See? So you’re just going to have to weigh your options carefully.

-Consider having a makeup artist do your makeup for the wedding, but don’t hire this professional to stay on hand during the wedding. Instead, simply purchase or ask for samples of any cosmetics you with to have on hand, and take care of touch-ups yourself.

-If you have a regular hair stylist, find out if he/she will do your hair for the wedding on a freelance basis. Often, it is less expensive to hire someone working on his/her own time than to go through a salon.

-Find out if you can get a reduced fee for bringing all of your bridesmaids to the same salon for their beauty appointments.

-Where both you hair and makeup are concerned, it’s best not to stray to far from a style that you’re already comfortable with. You don’t want to look like a stranger — to your guests, your groom or yourself — on your wedding day. Moreover, you’ll probably be happier with your photos if you’re sporting a do that’s familiar to you. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to try something you’ve always wanted to. If you can afford a hair stylist and they will create any look you want, take advantage of that. You don’t always have to play it safe, especially on your wedding day. 

-Plan your trial run for hair and makeup on the same day that you have a prenuptial event such as an engagement party, or a family dinner scheduled; no sense in having a good hairstyle and makeup application go to waste.

-Don’t get a dramatic new haircut before your wedding (This is SO something I would do, and then regret it later); instead, get a trim about three to four weeks before your wedding so that your hair will have time to grow in perfectly.

-Don’t have a facial or any other skin treatments within the two weeks before your wedding. Your nerves will be heightened and your skin may be a bit more sensitive; in the event of a less than favorable reaction, you’ll want to have plenty of time to recover.

-When you’re having your hair and makeup done, where a button-down shirt or a dress that can be slipped down over your hips; you don’t want to wear any clothing that will need to be pulled over your head and possibly mess up your hair or smudge your makeup.

-If you’re having cosmetics applied professionally, purchase or obtain a sample of lipstick being used (and any other cosmetics you feel you might need later) so that you’ll be able to reapply during the festivities.

-Stash a supply of blotting tissues in your purse so that you can keep the inevitable  shine off your nose and forehead. (shine has a tendency to show up in photographs) – My opinion is to use toilet seat covers to blot away oil on your face instead of tissue. It takes care of the shine better and doesn’t leave any unwanted tissue fuzz behind. Cut up a toilet seat cover, fold it and stick it in your purse. But of course, your wedding coordinator should hold on to that for you and can blot you if needed.


(Helpful tips brought to you by ‘The Bride’s Essential Wedding Planner’ by Amy Nebens – My comments are in bold)