Top 3 Wedding Destinations of 2015

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Do you ever get lost in a fantasy of sipping Peña Coladas on white sand beaches next to your soon to be spouse? If so, I would say you have a case of wanderlust, or an intense desire to travel. Why wait for your honeymoon when you can say your vows with paradise as your venue?

Destination weddings are rare but not extinct! And, with the proper planning and strategy, you can find yourself jet setting to your I-do’s in no time… even on a budget! It all depends on where you go!

So don’t let distance scare you! There are limitless options of places to choose from! In researching, I found that there really isn’t one place that is “the best”. However, there are particular places listed more frequently than others.  The three most popular destination weddings of 2015 seem to be: Greece, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Apparently people are all about dipping their toes into the salt water and catching a few rays of sunshine on their wedding day. So prepare for take off, because you are going to arrive to the top wedding destinations of your dreams.


Greece is said to be one of the most desired wedding destinations in the world. With its rich culture and beautiful architecture, it brings you a well-rounded venue. There are plenty of sight seeing options and beautiful beaches to explore. You could have your wedding on the sand, or in a beautiful historic Greek building.  Also it is in Europe, so you can honeymoon all over with the proximity of countries.


Costa Rica is a gem offering some of the most magnificent scenery. This is a place for our nature lovers. With ocean, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and exotic animals you will not go a minute without being impressed. Also, this is a location that happens to accommodate weddings quite well and Costa Rica is a more affordable location to travel to compared to some other destinations. So if you are on a budget, but in need of an adventure, you will not be let down by the tropical goodness Costa Rica provides.


I’m sure some of you are thinking a destination wedding would be nice, if you didn’t have to ask your guests to get a passport and go through customs before seeing your ceremony. If so, Hawaii may be the place for you. It is the popular destination wedding for North Americans wanting to travel, without leaving the country.  It is a location rich in Hawaiian culture that is welcoming to tourists with a laid back atmosphere. You and your guests can enjoy a traditional Luau with ukuleles, hula dancing and tikki torches.

Be adventurous and dip your toes into a destination wedding. You know what they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Why not profess your love for one another away from home?

We would love to help you plan your special destination wedding!

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Meet the Interns: Spring 2015

IMG_3484 Kelsey Schwartz

My name is Kelsey and I have had the pleasure of living in San Diego my entire life even though I’m definitely a country girl at heart! There’s just something about the slow paced nature and the idea of lounging on a back porch that has me absolutely hooked. I have also always been considered the “athlete” my entire life, but ever since high school I have had a huge passion for all things related to fashion and I have been working at Nordstrom on and off for the past year in my spare time. I also feel that my interest in fashion will translate into a career in event planning. I currently attend San Diego State University and I’m studying Business marketing.

            I actually stumbled upon Couture Events and I could not believe my eyes. I first looked at the gallery featured on their website, and that’s when I knew that Couture Events was the company of my dreams. Every wedding created by Couture is extravagant, unique, and an absolute flawless presentation of the bride’s vision. I could not be more excited to intern with this fabulous group of girls and gain insight into the wonderful world of weddings!

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Vanilla Bean Frappuccino- I’m not a huge coffee drinker so this drink is the perfect alternative.

Favorite Designer: Vince Camuto- His brand radiates elegance and sophistication. Kate Spade is another designer whose style fits me to a T.

Favorite Book: The Help- This book has such a powerful message and is a staple on my bookshelf.

flower sunday Claire Bakken

            Hi! My name is Claire Bakken and I spent my childhood growing up in the cold state of Minnesota! Once I decided winter wasn’t for me, I decided to find a college out in California where there would be no more snow! I’m a currently a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University studying managerial and organizational communication hoping to pursue a career in event planning once I graduate this upcoming December. Some of my hobbies include traveling, crafting, spending time with friends and family, and reading. I’m so excited to be apart of the Spring 2015 Couture team because my biggest passion in life is people, and to have a job where I get to help make people’s ideas come to life is a dream for me! I can’t wait to help you with your special day!

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Iced coffee with vanilla and crème!

Favorite Designer: For every day clothes I love Alice + Olivia, but for wedding dresses my favorite designs come from BHLDN

Favorite Book: Redeeming Love

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Jennie Ann Imbsen

Hi! My name is Jennie Ann Imbsen and I am a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Business Management. I am more than excited to be a part of the Couture Events team and I am looking forward to putting my skills to the test! I am from Sacramento California but I must say I do love it here in sunny San Diego. I previously rowed for SDSU and have a strong passion for health and fitness. My friend’s say I have a unique sense of style and I am hoping to use this uniqueness to help create unforgettable moments for others.

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Peach Green Tea

Favorite Designer: Free People

Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids/The Proposal

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Haley Jonswold

My name is Haley Jonswold. I am a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University studying Managerial and Organizational Communications. I am passionate about people, travel, fitness and laughter.  I believe laughter is a contagious form of happiness, so why not make the world a happier place and laugh a little? I am beyond excited to embark on this new internship with the phenomenal Couture Events family.  I am ready to learn how to beautifully execute planning a wedding. There is no richer way of learning, than hands on experience provided by the best of the best.

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Skinny Carmel Macchiato

Favorite Designer: Rachel Evans, MINK PINK

Favorite Movie: Crazy Stupid Love


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Czarina & Ray’s Calamigos Ranch Wedding


Czarina & Ray wanted their wedding to be a romantic and playful from the moment they stepped into the ceremony to the moment they left the reception. Their reception was lively and joyful and so incredibly sweet. From lawn games at cocktail hour to the bridal party’s entrance, from the amazing band to the Photo Booth that was popular all night, and top it off with Sprinkles cupcakes and donuts for dessert! We sent them off at the end of the night with a tunnel of glow-in-the-dark balloons and all of a sudden they were married and our year of planning was coming to a close. Every part of the evening was heartfelt and unique to Czarina & Ray. Their creativity and incredibly profound love for one another and for each of their guests was palpable and made me remember why I love this process. They invested in great brands and vendors while still staying budget-friendly. Custom invitations from Minted, portrait illustrations for their guest book, and hand-crafted signage and lawn games are just some of the small details that made their wedding day entirely their own. It was such a joy coordinating their big day!

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Coordinator: Couture Events, Danielle Sidari
Ceremony Venue: Church of Christ
Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch
Hair: The Hair Studio, Jamie
Makeup: Beauty by TK, Trisha
Photographer: One Love Photography, Sara & Jessica
Videographer: Amari Productions, Mariah McQueen
Florist: Stephanie Grace Design, Lisa
Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals, Rainy
Band: Remixified, James
Ice Cream Cart: Sprinkles, Marissa Hanley
Donuts: Dazzling Donuts, Kim Spurkel
Photobooth: Project Photobooth, Richard
Invitations: Minted

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