Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the The Grand Del Mar Wedding Experience 2012. For those who haven’t been to the hotel, you have to go! From the moment that you enter the lobby, the hotel transforms you to a whole different world. I just love all the European and Mediterranean architecture. When I got the invitation, I was beyond excited, and needless to say it was above and beyond what I expected! I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work and have weddings at The Grand Del Mar in the past, but coming to the resort as a guest is a completely different experience. When I arrived at the entrance and gave the guard my name and told him I was checking in, he asked for my name, and next thing you know when I pulled up the valet said “Welcome Mrs. Austin” Impressive! Right after when I got up to the desk to check in, they knew who I was instantly when I walked up. I love that, it definitely made me feel special!
After I checked in I had an appointment to get a spray tan with Plush Tan with the owner Danielle. She was a sweetheart and did an amazing job. I’m still nice and tan even though it’s raining outside at the moment. After my tan, I just relaxed and did some work in my hotel room (which was very big & plush) until some of my friends arrived. The first night, the big event was a surprised to all of us, so I didn’t know what to expect. After everyone arrived we had tray passed champagne & hors d’oeuvres while everyone mingled. Then we were all invited over to the Elizabeth Ballroom and the whole entire ballroom was transformed into an amazing carnival! It was amazing, everything from the music, the lighting, the plethora of fun carnival food, candy, & games! The event was put on by Paige Levy the Wedding Director at The Grand Del Mar in collaboration with Kathy Wright from Kathy Wright & Co.
The following day, we had the option to either have breakfast in our rooms or dine at the restaurants. I decided to head over to Amaya and had their Dungenous Crab Cake Eggs Benedict! (pretty much heaven) and then we were shuttled to The San Diego Zoo Safari Park for an adventure! That night we had our farewell dinner at The Grand Del Mar’s Fine Dining Restaurant Addison. It was a gorgeous night with fabulous food!
Thank You to Paige and the team at The Grand Del Mar for such an amazing experience!
Here is the video highlight by the talented Jason Taylor of Taylor Films
All the pictures below were captured by the talented Boyd Harris
Florals, Design and Decor: Kathy Wright & Co
Photography: Boyd Harris Photography
Invitations and Paper Goods: Invitation Factory
Spray Tanning: PLUSH Tan
Custom Dance Floor: Felipe’s Dance Floor
Custom Furniture: Hire Elegance
Candy Station: Candee by Sandee
Linens, Chivari Chairs and Draping: Fusion Linens
Electronic Games & Entertainment: Party Pals
Photo Booth: Epod Talking Photo Booth
Transportation: La Costa Limousine