Bustle Blog by Liz Beck

Natalie and Curtis featured on BHLDN

Anthropologie’s BHLDN has featured Natalie and Curtis within their Real Wedding section.  The newlyweds were married at L’auberge Del Mar this past October and Natalie wore a charming tea length gown from BHLDN.  It was the perfect choice for their dual coast nuptials.

Keep your eyes peeled for their full length post on the Bustle Blog!



Welcome Back Rancho Valencia!

The wait is over!  Today, I had the great opportunity of visiting Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, following a much anticipated 30 million dollar renovation.  They have been closed since January of 2012 and are planning to re-open their doors to the public in October of 2012 with a transformed atmosphere. As the only Relais & Châteaux property in San Diego, Rancho Valencia has maintained their 5 C’s (character, calm, charm, courtesy and cuisine) and has added a sixth: “chic!”

I did snap a few photographs from my handy iPhone to share but I certainly suggest an in person visit to the property to truly embrace all that they have to offer.

The authentic hacienda style has been maintained throughout the design and the integrity of the resort has not been compromised.  New additions include the cowboy chic Pony Bar and decadently private Wine Cave.  From a venue standpoint, there are quite a few upgrades and changes made resulting in a more open and spacious setting for your wedding or event.  Great consideration was given to weddings during the renovation including an expansive Bridal Ready Room complete with a salon style sink.  This is truly a five star experience for brides, grooms and guests alike.

One of my favorite parts of Rancho Valenica is the Hacienda. This 5,000-square-foot adobe home is a perfectly private setting offering an intimate back garden,  private pool and hot tub, a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplaces in almost every room and three separate bedroom suites, each with a deluxe private bath.  We are talking about a private home with an exclusive poolside event space set in the middle of paradise.  Yes please!  I have included some pictures below.

On a personal note, I (we) chose to have our wedding at Rancho Valencia six years ago and it will always have a very special place in my heart.  I am very much looking forward to sharing “my” venue with couples looking for a location that offers privacy, charm, service, cuisine and comfort in a lush intimate setting.


Taking The Plunge

Some couples choose to do their engagement pictures along a white, sandy beach; some select an cool urban setting; and others may opt for an open field of wildflowers.  Not Genevieve and Jonathan.  They prepped for their big day by, well, by TAKING THE PLUNGE…

Our “bride and groom to be” dressed in their wedding day finest for this unique engagement shoot.  Bob of True Photography captured the fun-filled  underwater afternoon.  The wedding was planned to take place at Estancia La Jolla, so what better way to test the waters than in their pool?   I can only imagine what the hotel guests were thinking!

Gen and Jon’s kindred spirit and unconventional nature is just another one of the qualities that makes them a perfect pair.  As individuals, they live their lives working for what they believe in on a daily basis.  As a married couple, they are going to have a blast taking on the world together!

You know what they say…  A bride and groom that plunge into a pool together, Stay together!  Well, it is something like that.

Genevieve and Jonathan have since taken the actual plunge and are husband and wife.  These images were shared with guests and proved to be quite the topic of conversation.

Keep your eyes open for the wedding images.  We will be posting them soon!


On The Horizon for 2012

I apologize my delayed start to the blog in 2012.  Thanks for waiting for me!  We are cruising right along in a year that is already moving and shaking.  We have many exciting things lined up here at LBE that are rolling out in the upcoming weeks and months.  I thought I would use my first post of the year to tell a little about some of the things I am looking forward to in 2012.

Cheers 2012!

1. “EVENTing the iPad” at The Special Event: The Special Event is the largest international event industry convention in the world and this year it will be in Tampa, Florida.  I have the great honor to teach a classroom session incorporating the iPad into the event industry.   Sara France of Sara France Photography and I are collaborating on a presentation for  small business owners in the event industry on how to advance their efficiency and productivity by integrating the iPad into their daily work flow.  Those who know me know that I LOVE my iPad and use it for everything I can. It has truly transformed my company and I am so excited to share my experience with others.

2. Destination:   This year we have a growing number of traveling couples bringing their guests out to one of the top wedding destination cities, San Diego!  Our destination couples are often looking for coordinating events and activities to engage their family and friends before and after the big day.  Once I get to know my couples, I love working with them to customize their entire experience in San Diego.  It truly is the Finest City and I’m proud to share it.

We not only have destination weddings coming to San Diego, we are also traveling more this year.  Working with my San Diego couples that are planning a destination wedding outside of Southern California is such a treat.  New venues and new cities inspire me!

3. Website Revive:  Everyone has been busy at work dusting off the old and bringing in the new on the LBE Website and the Bustle Blog.  It has taken a lot of time (as it always does) but I am starting to fall in love with it and I am excited to share it with you.

4. New Spaces and Place: We have been spending a lot of time sourcing new venues for ceremonies, receptions and intimate parties.  A lot of these locations are very unique and offer a new perspective on the standard setting.  The Bustle Blog will keep you posted on our findings…

5. Tangerine Tango: According to Pantone, the color of the year is Tangerine Tango and I love it!  This perfect blend of red and yellow is associated with warmth, excitement and fun times.  Sounds like a wedding to me.

6. Gowns:  Catherine’s gown brought a new meaning to princess last year at the Royal wedding.   We are starting to see a lot of lace as well as many variations of the neckline and sleeve length.  For those of you Twilight fans, I have to say that I fell in love with Bella’s Carolina Herrera gown (shown above) which also dons long sleeves.  Both examples show that a modest gown can still be very sexy!

There are far more things to share but that is what the Bustle Blog is for.  In the meantime, we are almost finished gathering images from our 2011 weddings which we will be posting soon.

Happy 2012…  Can’t wait to see what is in store!


Launch Day has arrived… Welcome WUW!

Gosh, it feels as if it has been four decades since I have written!  I apologize for my absence but it has been for a GREAT cause…

We have the Wish Upon A Wedding Launch Party this evening at the Destination Event Center and LBE has had the great opportunity of coordinating.  As with every single event we do, it is only as good as the team we work with and I have to say that the Industry Professionals that have come together in support of Wish Upon a Wedding is AMAZING!!!

I will definitely be sharing the event, but for today I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone that came together to make this happen.  It is going to be fabulous!

For more information on Wish Upon a Wedding, visit the national website!



Welcoming Wish Upon a Wedding to San Diego

Mark your calendars…  WUW is LAUNCHING!!!  Time to Celebrate.

Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit organization granting weddings to couples facing life altering circumstances, often related to an illness. There are a multitude of chapters across the country doing these great works and we’re so excited to be launching a chapter here in San Diego.
We are so honored and excited to be part of this amazing organization and hope you will join us…

Learn more about this event and RSVP here.


Destination I Do: NYC Mini-Moon

There are some familiar faces in the fall 2010 issue of Destination I Do magazine. Our very first Bride Unveiled, Lindsay and her fiance David! Lindsay and David, along with their fantastic photographer, Parris Whittingham highlighted some wonderful honeymoon hideaways in New York City.  Be sure to pick up the magazine for fantastic ideas on destination weddings. A great big Congrats to Lindsay and David on such a beautiful feature.


Friday Five

Summer may be ending on the calendar, but Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of the best weather in in Southern California.  San Diego actually ranks as the No. 2 destination (behind Las Vegas) among So Cal travelers looking to get away over the next few days.  It is going to be bustling around town and there is plenty to keep you busy!  Enjoy…

Friday Five- Laborless Labor Day Activities

1. Peddle and Paddle-

Enjoy the best of San Diego by biking the scenic coast and by paddling the calm waters of La Jolla Shores.

2. Californian Cruising-

Set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner Californian over Memorial weekend. Sailing aboard the Californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience the romance of tall ship sailing.

4.  Intervention-

The Hard Rock joins in on the Labor Day fun by hosting an event each day. Party straight through Sunday night with the monster line-up.  Events include appearances by Flo Rida, Brent Bartel, Theron, Chris Cutz, and closes out with the Special Intervention Pool Party with Paul Oakenfold at Float on Monday.

4. Where The Surf meets the Turf -

The horses are only around for a few more days so  place your bets.  Concerts are free with paid racetrack admission.  Enjoy the infield show with ZZ Top while sampling over 75 different flavors of cold brews during the Del Mar Beer Fest!

5. Festival of Sail 2010

The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. Cannon fire salutes the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay.   The five day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres as well.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!  We’ll be working hard with a lot to share…

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Newlyweds: Kari and Randy

Kari and Randy came to LBE to put the finishing touches on their San Diego destination wedding. The Colorado couple chose the stunning Lodge at Torrey Pines for their venue. It was simply the perfect setting for this sweet outdoorsy couple. We had a great time working with Kari and Randy along with their wonderful families on their wedding. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Colley!

Kari’s gorgeous lace gown was handmade by a family friend

The couple’s adorable pups, Red and Tillman carried the rings to the alter…

Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors!

Venue- The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Photographer- Ventana Photography

Videographer- Roldan Productions

DJ- Tim Altbaum Productions

Florals- Kendall Floral Supply

Stationery- Noon Designs

Bakery- V.G. Donut & Bakery

Linens- Concepts Event Designs

Rentals- Chiavari Chair Rentals

Tuxedo Rentals- A Better Deal Tuxedo

Bridesmaids Dresses- J. Crew

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Friday Five

It is not a surprise that Southern California is one of the top destination locations for couples getting married in the US.  Whether your travel plans have you tying the knot in sunny San Diego or somewhere else, destination weddings require some unique planning.  I recently came across some great advice from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier regarding gowns for destination weddings and thought I would share!

5 Wedding Gown Tips for a Destination Wedding:

A Destination Wedding no longer strictly means low key and casual. You can go as opulent and glam as you like on your big day on the beach or in the mountains. But here are some wedding gown tips that I would recommend following:

  1. Choose a gown that is packable or able to be stored easily on a plane or mode of transportation to your ultimate destination. You may choose to ship your gown, but that can be very risky unless you are certain of what awaits it on the receiving end.
  2. Consider the climate of your destination when choosing your gown. For a warm tropical climate consider humidity and insects. Certain fabrics don’t hold up well in humid climates and insects love to find a home in a tulle skirt!
  3. If you do chose a ball gown or full skirted dress, can the under layers of tulle or lining be removed during the reception to insure your maximum comfort and agility. You’ll have to consult your seamstress during your alterations on this one! Remember that removing underlayers will ultimately change the length of your gown, so you may need a different heel height for partying!
  4. Make certain that you inquire about someone at your destination who can help you on the ‘day of’ in terms of steaming, professionally ironing or repairing your gown should there be any mishaps. Just a FYI, unless your gown is made of plastic or lycra, I guarantee that some touch ups with an iron or steamer will be necessary especially if the gown has been transported in a box or tight garment bag.
  5. As with any wedding, choose a gown that ‘looks’ appropriate at your destination venue. Sheer, lightweight, organic fabrics and lace always look good in the tropics, gardens or vineyards. Heavier satins, velvets & brocades may be a better choice for a Winter Resort. Accessorize accordingly as well.

Have a lovely weekend!  We are so excited to be working a fabulous wedding with a great couple.  Details to be shared later of course…