Mia's Bat Mitzvah | San Diego Bat Mitzvah Planner

Every so often, we get inquiries for super special events other than weddings.  Mia's Bat Mitzvah was awesome- Free People meets Anthro bohemian theme, great food, gorgeous decor, and a real live camel!  


Wedding Planner & Coordinator: After the Engagement

Photographer: Aaron & Samantha Photography

Florist: The Lavender Rose

Venue: The Family's Home

Caterer & Bar: MIHO

Rentals/Draping: CC Vintage Rentals and Platinum Party Rentals

Feel free to check out the slideshow below!

estate wedding | san diego wedding planner | caycie + kyle

Wedding Planner- Courtney, After the Engagement

Wedding Coordinator- Ashley, After the Engagement

Photographer- Aaron Shintaku & Ryan Haack, Foxes and Wolves

Videographer- Wade Koch, Sharkpig

DJ- Christian Palugod, Just 4 Fun Entertainment

Hair- Rene Olson, Gold & Braid Salon

Makeup- Raven Giacinto, Vanity Belle

Venue Rep- Angie Metts, Estate Weddings & Events

Officiant- Sean McNeil (friend)

Bakery- Jade, Sugar & Scribe

Florist- Kristen, Petal & Joy, 949-315-5359, petalandjoy@gmail.com

Food - Carolina Santana, SD Taco Company

Bussers - Derek Anderson, Stacy’s Event Bartending Services

Mariachi Band - Fredd Sanchez, Mariachi Continental de San Diego

Stationery- Groom, Kyle Holten, http://kholten.com/

smog shoppe wedding | los angeles wedding planner | cindy + charlton

Cindy and Charlton had the most beautiful, sweet, Pinterest worthy wedding ever.  Love this venue, and love this couple!  Always such a magnificent pleasure working with two of my faves, Sally with Exquisite Blooms, and Chaz with Chaz Cruz Photography. 2015-12-03_00112015-12-03_00122015-12-03_00132015-12-03_00142015-12-03_00152015-12-03_00162015-12-03_00172015-12-03_00182015-12-03_00192015-12-03_00202015-12-03_00212015-12-03_00222015-12-03_00232015-12-03_00242015-12-03_00252015-12-03_00262015-12-03_00272015-12-03_00282015-12-03_00292015-12-03_00302015-12-03_00312015-12-03_00322015-12-03_00332015-12-03_00342015-12-03_00352015-12-03_00362015-12-03_00372015-12-03_00382015-12-03_00392015-12-03_0040


Flowers: Exquisite Blooms

Photographer: Chaz Cruz

Venue: SmogShoppe, Los Angeles

westin mission hills wedding | palm springs wedding planner | aissa and eddie

Aissa and Eddie's wedding was a fun non-stop party in the desert!  They meshed some Panamanian elements (lots of gold, folkloric dancers, and RUM!) with some Rastafarian influences (no cut flowers, only succulents that could be re-planted).  I always enjoy being a part of, and learning about new wedding traditions and cultures. 2015-12-03_00012015-12-03_00022015-12-03_00042015-12-03_00052015-12-03_00062015-12-03_00072015-12-03_00082015-12-03_0009

Florist: Peter Couture

Venue: Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage

Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography

Videographer: Light and Memory Films

Video can be found by clicking here!

Del Mar Country Club Wedding | San Diego Wedding Planner | Gil and Etani

2015-08-27_00012015-08-27_00022015-08-27_00032015-08-27_00042015-08-27_00052015-08-27_00062015-08-27_0007 Del Mar Country Club Weddings are some of our favorite!  It's a hidden gem venue in San Diego with a great garden feel outside and an Old World dark-wood-meets-Del-Mar-horseracing feel inside.  We were thrilled with the photos from Josh at Anika London- we just love working with them.  My very FAVORITE detail from this wedding was the fact that the bride's two grandmothers were the flowergirls!  They were so cute, and just had so much fun with it.  The guests thought it was a riot too, and they got a big reaction.


Wedding Planner After the Engagement Email:courtney.tibbets@gmail.com Phone:858.382.4324 Website:www.aftertheengagement.com

Photographer Josh Green, Anika London 858-218-4799 info@anikalondon.com

Music/Entertainment Tiana Harsten, Republic of Music 619-818-9163 romprod.info@gmail.com

Officiant Rabbi Ian Adler, Pacific Synagogue 858-952-1200 rabbiian@gmail.com

Cake Janette, VG’s 760-753-2400 vgdonut@sbcglobal.net

Hair Salon Edera (Lida) 760-634-9796 salonedera@gmail.com

Makeup Nufaces Day Spa (Jolie) 858-888-3018 jkbangel@gmail.com

Double Decker Bus  (guest transportation) Janice Brown, British Bus Company 619-813-5296 janicebrownbbc@hotmail.com

Green Gables Wedding | San Diego Wedding Planner | Shannon and Danielle

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Wedding Planner- After the Engagement

Photographer- Kambria Fischer;
DJ- DJ Earl
Hair- Andrea Baldwin; 760.420.7391
Makeup- Summer Elliott;
Venue & Bakery- Green Gables
Officiant- friends
Florist- Sally Preston, Exquisite Blooms
Photobooth- Laura and Lauren Horowitz; 909.573.3132
Beer Kegs- Tap That; 760.433.4827, travis@tapthatke
Riviera Palm Springs Wedding | Palm Springs Wedding Planner | Meagan and Brandon

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Wedding Planner- After the Engagement


Photographer- Marin Rosche Marin Rosche Photography Phone: 858.699.5631 Email:  marin@marinroschephotography.com

DJ- Vynce Pham Music Phreek DJ Services Phone: 858-449-2669 Email:  vyncp@yahoo.com

Hair and Makeup- Riviera Palm Springs/ Spa Terre Phone: 760.778-6690

Venue Rep- Darin Sturgill Riviera Palm Springs Phone: 760.778.6611 Emaildsturgill@psriviera.com

Officiant- Sallie Albertina Phone: 760.327.5927 Email:  salliealbertina@gmail.com

Bakery- Roman Blas Over the Rainbow Desserts Phone: 760.322.CAKE (2253) Email:  cakesbyroman@aol.com

Florist & Ceremony draping- Gregory Goodman My Little Flower Shop Phone: 760.778.7111 Email:  mylittleflowershopps@gmail.com

Partner 1 (Bride or Groom)- Meagan 403.615.5049

valley center backyard wedding | san diego wedding planner | toria & jp the video

John Paul & Toria's Wedding | Cinematic Feature Film from Dapper Images on Vimeo.

Music - 'Up North' Cedar Avenue, 'Love Will Be Enough' Joe Moralez, 'Daylight' FeelGood Wedding Planner - After the Engagement Photographer/Videographer - Dapper Images DJ - Bill Calhoun Mobile Music Hair - Beauty By Gerine Makeup - Avian King, Jax & King Florist - Exquisite Blooms Rentals - Platinum Party Rentals

Hotel Palomar Wedding | San Diego Wedding Planner | Lindsay and JD

Thank you to Aaron & Samantha Photography for these wonderful photos from one of our favorite weddings of the year- Lindsay and JD's cocktail party at Hotel Palomar!  They were probably our most laid-back couple yet- wanted really good food, a fun party, and a great guest experience with simple and minimalistic decor.   We actually had no assigned seating, and the only "traditional" tables were for the immediate families.  Otherwise, we did lots of lounge furniture, belly bars, and bar stools.  I think the guests truly enjoyed this extremely non-stuffy affair! Hair and Makeup- Marisa Pinuelas DJ and lighting and GOBO- Kris Valentien Cookies- The Cravory

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parker palm springs wedding | palm springs wedding planner | katie and brian

I really do have a soft spot for Palm Springs weddings, and this beauty was no exception!  Katie and Brian were married on a bright and sunny desert day in May at the gorgeous Parker Palm Springs.  Rebecca/Docuvitae caught the lovely shots below of the details that Katie chose- white flowers with pops of orange and citrus and Moroccan lamps with lots of lovely greenery from The Little Branch, and cupcakes shipped  from Georgetown Cupcake.  I love, and always suggest, the idea of having two signature drinks- one for each of you!  Katie chose a Moscow Mule (my fave!) and Brian chose a classic Manhattan. Enjoy!




Wedding Planner/Coordinator- Planner- Courtney, Coordinator-Ashley & Briana

Photographer- Rebecca/Docutivae

DJ- Abby, Play Something Good

Venue Rep- Melanie McMillan, The Parker

Officiant-Tom Williamson (Groom's Father)

Florist- Meg, The Little Branch

Makeup- Keturah Chisholm 

Hair- Holly Farley

waterfront beach resort | huntington beach, ca | wedding venue, honeymoon, or party location

Briana and I had a major mid-week treat last week when we visited the Waterfront Beach Resort (a Hilton Hotel) in Huntington Beach for their "Wedding Planner's Pillow Party".  We had no idea what we were in for, and it is now one of my new favorite hotels in all of Southern California.  I can't wait to show you why! Because I am a planner by nature and not just profession, I got there a little early.  I made my way up to my room to find the view below.  Moments later, a knock on my door revealed the Concierge with a glass of champagne and fresh strawberry- badass VIP treatment all the way.

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Every single room at the Waterfront Beach Resort has a water view!

Not bad, right?!  I simply had to enjoy the glass of champs while sitting out on my patio and taking that in for a little while before our fun night started.  The beach is an easy walk across the street, and the hotel offers mandatory valet parking for guests, which I love- just pull up and start your vacation/staycation.  Below is a glimpse of the pool area during the day, also from my room, which was on the 12th floor.  See the table in the upper right?  It was lavishly and beautifully decorated, and it is where we enjoyed an awesome dinner and drinks later in the evening.

I think brides, grooms, mini-mooners, and bachelorette parties alike could easily enjoy a day by this pool in the SoCal sunshine.  Next time I get the chance, I think I will take a day to bring my laptop and work out there- or not, forget the laptop part!


The pool area at night is equally inviting...

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Because everyone loves a good food pic (what are cell phones for, if not to take pictures of your food), here is one half of our delicious dinner.  I am a harsh critic when it comes to shrimp, and Briana thinks that every good restaurant can be judged on their Ceasar salad; so we decided to split this one.  It was awesome!  The best part of our dinner, though, was a straight up peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  It was served on Amish bread, grilled, and included house-made bourbon peanut butter and jalapeno jelly.  It was so good, we gobbled it down and mysteriously forgot to take a photo.  You can take my word for it- I would probably drive to Huntington Beach just for that sandwich.  Go get one!  Calories don't count during parties, weddings, or honeymoons.


Our special night continued with a scavenger hunt, personalized pajamas (SO COOL!  And yes, Keep Calm and ASK US!), Uggs slippers, fancy drinks, mini-spa treatments by Carina at Flawless Faces, and of course, all the best snacks.  The Catering Managers Kathy, Bridget, and Vanessa had the room decorated so cute with "clouds" and stars, sparkly linens, and ice blue uplighting (you know I always tell you how important lighting and linens are to a wedding design!).


I can't wait to go back and tour their wedding spaces soon, and to find a perfect couple for this venue, because with service like that, you know they put on a good wedding!

For more information, call 714.845.8000 and ask for Kathy, Bridget, or Vanessa!  Let them know I sent you.  Oh, and grab me one of those PB&J's.


xo, Courtney


hotel palomar wedding | san diego wedding planner | iris and marcel's wedding

There is no bigger compliment than when I am hired to coordinate a wedding for a colleague.  That was the case here for Iris and Marcel, photographers behind Studio 64 Photography.  We were so thrilled to help make a fellow wedding industry professional's wedding day go super smoothly, and it was super fun to watch all the awesome dancers they had at their wedding!! Photographer- Lin & Jirsa Videographer- Side by Side Cinema Officiant- Bethel, Ceremonies by Bethel Florist- Tess Fresh Flowers DJ- DJ Flexander MC- Arlo Magpantay


Leo Carillo Ranch Wedding | San Diego Wedding Planner | Rory and Lennis' Wedding

We so love working at Leo Carillo Ranch, or as we call it, "Leo"!  It's a great and flexible place for the couple looking to do a rustic ranch wedding (perhaps with a latin flair), and of course, for anyone who loves peacocks- it is a legit peacock ranch!!  We LOVE you Aaron and Samantha Photography! Photography- Aaron & Samantha Photography DJ- DJ Showtime Florist- Branches Floral Studio Hair and Makeup- Say I Do Updos  Cupcakes- Sumi's Oven Rentals- Allie's Caterer- MIHO/The Vetted Table Mariachi- Los Salazar



Inn at the Park wedding | San Diego wedding planner |natalie and ashley's wedding

Ashley and Natalie's awesome wedding was over a year ago, and I can't believe I forgot to blog it because they were one of our favorite couples EVER EVER EVER.  You could feel the love that day, almost tangibly.  I've long been using their photos on my main website header, and in various places, but here they are in all their glory! La Vida Creations' photos speak for themselves, as always.

Photographer- La Vida Creations Photography

Officiant- Bethel, Ceremonies by Bethel

Florist- Embellishmint

Videographer- Jason Taylor Films


tom ham's lighthouse wedding | san diego wedding planner | aimee and jon's wedding

Aimee and Jon's garden themed wedding at Tom Ham's turned out perfectly.  One thing I love about the venue is that you can arrange to pay a bit more and go as late as 1am (which we did here!).  It really keeps the party going! Vendors:

Photography- Narrative Images

Florist- Exquisite Blooms

Hair and Makeup- Beauti on the Go

Cake- Sumi's Oven

DJ- Bill Calhoun Mobile Music



bali hai wedding | san diego wedding planner | kate and jaime's wedding

I love, love, love working at the Bali Hai for weddings.  1) Because their staff is ON TOP OF IT, and 2) Because I was married there, and it is awesomely nostalgic :)  I was thrilled to be contacted about the wedding by Kate's interior designer brother, based on my website!  This couple was so much fun and so loving, and can you tell HOW MANY FLOWERS THERE WERE?!???  It was overflowing with gorgeous flowers by my gal Sally at Exquisite Blooms. Vendors:

Photographer- XOXO wedding studio

Videographers- Side by Side Cinema

Officiant- Bethel, Ceremonies by Bethel

Flowers- Exquisite Blooms

Linens- A Perfect Table

Cake- Sumi's Oven

Candy bar- Candy Me Up

DJ- David Cutler


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Kate + Jaime - Highlight Film from SidebySide Cinema on Vimeo.

We had a great time with this sweet couple! They had so much fun dancing the night away and I loved the beautiful candy bar. I love that Jaime had a black diamond ring, what a unique detail! The poem being read throughout the highlight was written by Jaime to Kate which was also so sweet :) Congratulations!


Vendors: Music - Write Your Story by Sara Masterson, licensed through Songfreedom Venue - Bali Hai Planner - After the Engagement Photographer - XOXO Wedding Studio Film - SidebySide Cinema DJ - Hit it Music Productions Officiant - Ceremonies by Bethel Ceremony Music - Magical Harps Bakery - Sumi's Oven Flowers - Exquisite Blooms Candy Buffet - Candy Me Up


I am super happy to share more wonderful photos from Amy and Bryan's wedding in May!  

Photography- Melissa McClure Photography
Videography- Jake Blalock Films
Florist- Exquisite Blooms
Officiant- Jason Nathan, Ceremonies by Bethel
Signage- Twinkle & Toast
Venue- San Diego Botanical Gardens (Quail Botanical Gardens)
Cake and donuts- VG’s Hair and Makeup- Gerine Coronado DJ- Richie Rich, Mexisurf Catering- MIHO Gastrotruck