These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted for Best of 2020's Editor Picks.
Best Of 2020: San Diego & Statewide
Find your dream wedding vendor from this discerning list of creatives that are sure to transform dreams into a reality. Featuring the top vendors from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Ventura and San Luis Obispo, as voted upon by California brides, vendors and our staff. And the winners are..
This historic hotel offers natural beauty, wine country style and farm-to-table dining. The elegantly rustic Stone House, surrounded by majestic oaks and provincial bridges, is reminiscent of a medieval manor house.
FINALISTS: Michelle Garibay Events, Thomas Bui Lifestyle, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Best Event Designer and Wedding Planner
Michelle Garibay Events
Passion and attention to detail drive Michelle Garibay’s events team, which takes pride in delivering perfectly orchestrated days with stunning designs that reflect a couple’s unique tastes.
FINALISTS: Amorology, Crowned Events, Kelsey Rae Designs
Soiree Floral Design
Specializing in lush, modern designs that beg to be posted on Instagram, this floral team also offers tablescape styling, full-service design and a rental selection.
FINALISTS: Carla Kayes Floral Design, Layered Vintage, Parker & Posies Design House
BEST FLORIST: Soiree Floral Design (Alicia Mink)
This husband-and-wife team captures dreamy, romantic, light-filled images on medium-format film to achieve a timeless look.
FINALISTS: Allie Lindsey Photography, Emma Hopp Photography, Leah Marie Photography
Le Rêve Films
Married couple Lindsey and Cherish take pride in getting to know each couple to capture their love story.
FINALISTS: Cloudless Weddings, Emma Lynn Cinema, Sam Eng Films
BEST OUTDOOR VENUE
Temecula Creek Inn
FINALISTS: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Scripps Seaside Forum, Vista Valley Country Club
BEST INDOOR VENUE
Rancho Bernardo Inn
This pristine destination resort boasts six outdoor settings, including a gorgeous courtyard with an authentic Italian fountain, a cascading waterfall and hanging lanterns, all surrounded by white roses. In addition, there are four ballroom, all of which have been refreshed in a soft blue and gray palette from top to bottom.
FINALISTS: Building 177, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Carmel Mountain Ranch
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
This elegant Mediterranean-inspired resort offers dramatic views; romantic, Old World–style settings; luxury accommodations; and fine dining.
FINALISTS: Rancho Bernardo Inn, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Temecula Creek Inn
BEST RESORT: Fairmont Grand Del Mar (Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Grand Del Mar)
Whether it’s a buffet-style event or a plated dinner, this catering team cooks all of its meals on-site to ensure a fresh, unforgettable dining experience.
FINALISTS: Coast Catering, MIHO Catering Co., Root Cellar Catering Co.
Jake Duke Studios
FINALISTS: Catalog Atelier, Folklore Rentals, Witty Rentals
BEST CAKES AND DESSERTS
Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
FINALISTS: The Baked Bear; Hey There, Cupcake!; Laura Marie’s Cakes
BEST DRESS SHOP
The Dress Theory
FINALISTS: Archive Bridal, Grace Loves Lace, The White Flower Bridal Boutique
FINALISTS: Erica Elizabeth Designs, Margaret Rowe Couture, Veiled Beauty
BEST ACCESSORIES: Untamed Petals (Kristyn Villars Photography)
A Bride by Samantha
Samantha Popa designs elegant and unique couture-quality gowns in a range of styles to capture any bride’s personality.
FINALISTS: Amanda James Bridal, Rminé, Trish Peng