Simi Valley, CALIFORNIA :: Road To Perrydise // Real LGBT Engagement

:: Road To Perrydise ::

Submitted by :: Shauna {Fiancée}

Our engagement shoot took place less than a mile from our home in the hills that we stare out at everyday. We wanted it very timeless, laid back and classy with some fun pictures to get all aspects of us. It was harder than we thought to “be natural” on camera but we LOVE the pictures, so I guess we did better than we thought.

Our personalized hashtag :: #roadtoperrydise


Nature. Intimate. Engagement.


Photographer :: KCD Photography


Simi Valley, California.

San Diego, CALIFORNIA :: Beautiful In Blush // Daniel & Milton // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Beautiful In Blush ::

Submitted by :: Sabrina of La Dolce Idea {MRSter Approved – La Dolce Idea}

From Daniel (Groom) ::

Love starts with a kiss…. And so the story begins…  April 19, 2014 was the most magical day of our lives.

I would assume most of us have always dreamed of the perfect wedding, the perfect soul mate, and a love that will last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, being a gay man, we could only dream of a fairytale wedding.  At the time, society, religion, and political government forbid marriage between same sex. You can only imagine, the overwhelming joy in our hearts, the day we stood before God, our family and friends, as we exchanged our wedding vows. The love of a beautiful wedding, along with honoring and respecting the traditional meaning of a marriage, is one of life’s greatest gifts.

The love and dedication we have for each other certainly made our wedding special, however, it was the details, the planning, the commitment from others, and the support of many vendors that made our wedding a success. For those who think help isn’t needed to plan a magical wedding, think again. As much as my husband and I, take credit for our beautiful wedding, the reality is… Our wedding planner Sabrina of La Dolce Idea made our dream a magical day. She has a special relationship with the very best vendors in the industry, From wedding cakes,  to white leather diamond custom made  chairs. And let’s not forget, her ability to calmly maintain her professional grace and style, under pressure when she is dealing with a perfectionist with a temper. Sabrina delivered a perfect magical wedding… I wish I could relive our wedding day, everyday.

From Sabrina (planner):

It was truly a wonderful day filled with love and happiness, and I was honored to be part of Daniel and Milton’s wedding. The ceremony took place at the spectacular Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The two grooms were impeccably dressed with white jacket, black trousers and pink accents (pink was selected in honor of Daniel’s mother who died of breast cancer some years ago, and Daniel had a little silver heart tied to his boutonniere, as pictured). Bridesmaids wore pink dresses and groomsmen wore light grey suits with pink accents. Daniel and Milton’s two dogs (fully dressed!) were also part of the celebration.

For the reception at the US Grant Hotel, the Celestial Ballroom was set with round tabletops embellished with silver crushed taffeta linens, pink satin napkins, and tall glass centerpieces with cascading flowers and crystal gems. Daniel and Milton had fun making some DIY projects such as the table number holders: plain silver sign holders were decorated with a white feather and a pink ribbon bow. They looked great on the tables! Menu cards were personalized with guest names, and favors were placed next to them: they were a box of chocolates and custom imprinted lip balm sticks (what Daniel and Milton exchanged when they first met).

The couple’s impressive square table was custom made with a white fabric pattern and two rhinestone and leather chairs finished the look on stage where their names were projected onto a white chiffon backdrop. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner, and La Dolce Idea also provided a dessert table matching the color palette. Milton’s sister painted a beautiful blossom tree as a wedding gift and we used it as the table backdrop to enhance the display with macarons, cake shots, chocolate pretzels and truffles. The cake was a fabulous 6-tiered creation with buttercream petals and crystal accents, Daniel and Milton were very involved with the design and the results were incredible.

A mariachi band accompanied Milton and his mother, then Daniel joined them during family dances. The dance floor was packed all night thanks to our incredible DJ!


Blush. Wedding Day Dogs. Delicious Desserts.


Photography :: Aaron Willcox Photography
Planning, Coordination & Dessert Table :: MRSter Approved // La Dolce Idea
Ceremony Venue :: Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
Reception Venue :: US Grant Hotel
Catering & Chocolate Truffles :: US Grant Hotel
Stationery :: Dolldine Designs
Linens :: Sweet Ribbon Events
Floral :: Wholesale Flowers
Grooms’ Custom Table :: Hire Elegance 
Officiant :: A Ceremony Of Elegance – Rev. Deborah Young
Ceremony Music :: Eliana Strings
Cocktail Hour Music :: Sam Hosking
DJ & Lighting :: Beck’s Entertainment
Mariachi Band :: Mariachi Del Mar
Cake :: CAKE
Cake Pops & Cake Shots :: Grove Pastry Shop
Macarons :: La Reine Des Macarons
Chocolate Pretzels :: Anjolie’s Sweet Treats
Transportation :: Epic Limo


San Diego, California



San Marcos, CALIFORNIA :: Vintage Love // Real Wedding

:: Vintage Love ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Kristel Collins Photography

With soft white vintage style, filled with blush flowers and gold accents, the reception felt like a romantic getaway; a rose filled place with old world love and vintage lust.

The bride, such a stunning and perfect woman for her handsome groom! As they entered the reception in style with their bridal party rocking to the harlem shake, it was a party for sure!

These two love birds and their baby, Lola the pit bull, became one…something they have dreamt about since high school!


Vintage. Puppy Love. Fairytale. Blush.


Photography :: Kristel Collins Photography
Venue :: Green Gables Wedding Estate


San Marcos, California


Jamul, CALIFORNIA :: Freedom To Love // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Freedom To Love ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Creative Weddings by Amy

It doesn’t rain in southern California often (especially in the past few years), but when it does – we embrace it as best we know how.

We spent several months working on the details for the Freedom to Love photo shoot and when the gray skies and rain clouds rolled in, it surprisingly gave us an element of enchantment that we weren’t expecting.

See how these two brides embraced not only the weather this day, but each other. You’ll also see a beautifully denim decorated sweetheart table, featuring specialty flatware, a unique ladder alter with love and touch in every detail and a one of a kind dress from Archive Bridal.


Beautiful Brides. Enchantment. Freedom to Love.

The Professionals

Photography :: Creative Weddings by Amy
Apparel (Denim striped gown and white lace fit/flare) :: Archive Bridal 
Apparel (Blue dress and white dress) :: D’Marie Couture
Tablescape & Coordination of Shoot :: Simply Elegant Weddings
Rentals :: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design
Rentals (Marquee Letters) :: SociaLights
Venue :: The Bradford Ranch
Beauty :: The Doll Service


Jamul, California.



Beaumont, CALIFORNIA :: Susana & Skye :: Intimate Backyard Wedding // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Intimate Backyard Wedding ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Milisa of Love with Flare Photography

Susana and Skye wanted a very intimate and cozy wedding to celebrate their love.  Close family and friends gathered in their very own backyard to witness these two amazing ladies say I do… they even FaceTimed in Skye’s brother during the ceremony! The reception was held inside their home and guests dined amongst candlelight and indulged on hot soup to warm them from the chill outside.  Each soup was homemade by the couple and family members and there were homemade treats to munch on throughout the reception.

The evening could not have been cozier or more filled with love.


Converse. Floral Crown. Female Suit. Backyard.

The Professionals

Photographer :: Love with Flare Photography


Beaumont, California.



San Diego, CALIFORNIA :: Woodsy Engagement Shoot // Real LGBT Engagement

:: Woodsy Engagement Shoot ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Jenavieve of Jenavieve Belair Photography

Megan and Katie are madly in love and couldn’t be any more adorable.

The three of us ventured into the woods of San Diego and found ourselves along a river and deep in a forest. We spent the day shooting and running around as happy as could be.

I had so much fun watching and capturing the two being crazy in love. We ended the day in the streets of Julian with a hot coffee and apple pie!


Woods. River. Forest. Crazy in Love.

The Professionals

Photography :: Jenavieve Belair Photography
Ladies in Love :: Katie Johnson and Megan Christofferson


San Diego, California, USA.

Wedding Vendor Wednesday :: Vendor Highlight // Pour Masters Bartending Service

:: Vendor Highlight // Pour Masters ::

“Professional. Knowledgeable. Image Conscious. Skilled. Honest. Responsible. State Certified”

This is exactly how Pour Masters Bartending Service describe themselves. And we believe that description fits them with accuracy!


MRSter Approved vendor Pour Masters is a professional bartending service that has been serving in the bartending industry for over twenty-two years! Such experience has led them to be the bartending service of choice for many locations, including FABuLIST vendor Desert Botanical Garden!

Not only this, but they work with many of the Valley’s top public relations, catering, and wedding and corporate planning companies (you will often notice their services listed in ‘The Professionals’ section on our Brag Mag. With this in mind, you can be confident that they will provide the service you desire at your wedding or event.


Ranging from a basic ‘Beer & Wine Package’ to a ‘Super Supreme Package’, they are sure to have the perfect bar package that you are looking for. You can hire bartenders only, or you can go all out with the ‘Complete Beverage Service’; including everything from the portable bar itself, to napkins and stir sticks! Whatever bartending services you desire for your special event, the staff at Pour Masters will go the extra mile to make sure that your event is stress-free and enjoyable!

Pour Masters believe that bartending is not just preparing drinks, but also about the customer service given. And service is most definitely their forte; something they continuously ensure by holding monthly training sessions for their staff. Furthermore, every member of the Pour Masters team has also been awarded the Arizona Title 4 training, and/or TIPS Alcohol Certification.


Serving both Arizona and California, if you are looking for a bartending company for your wedding or event in either of these states, then be sure to check out Pour Masters!

For more information, click here to view their website.

Don’t forget to check out their FABuLIST listing by clicking here.

Sian Clark // Social Media Manager

Saratoga, CALIFORNIA :: Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious // Styled Shoot

:: Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious. ::

Submitted by :: Chanda Daniels of MRSter ApprovedA Monique Affair

Villa Montalvo is an Italian Mediterranean style mansion nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Saratoga, California. The mansion has beautiful manicured landscaping, and it makes you feel as if you are in a romantic fairytale.  It’s why we chose it to stage a gorgeous, classic, feminine, glamorous and luxurious inspired shoot. My creative partners and I created the scene for a glamorous lesbian wedding, but staging to unique vignettes, a sweetheart table and cake display. We achieved this effect using a romantic combination of pinks, yellows, greens and gold. Of course it helps to be beautifully captured, and Christine Glebov of Christine Glebov Photography does exactly that.

To incorporate the glam we paired elements of ivory and pearl linens by Napa Valley Linens with ordinate menus and place cards by Lepenn Designs who also created the invitation suite. The lovely details of the brides’ wedding gowns from the fabulous Kinsley James Couture Bridal also added the glam and romance to this shoot. The hair and make-up team of Stella Stevens Hair Designs and Kristen Calderaro completed the “glamour” look for our couple

Our sweetheart table was arranged using the perfect vintage china by Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals and paired with a few key items from A Monique Affair’s rental division, Chloe’s Closet. McCallum Designs beautiful lush romantic centerpiece incorporated the luxurious theme of the shoot.  A highlight of the shoot stars the gorgeous three tiered gold dusted, floral cascading cake by Marla Erojo of Cakes Made by M.E.

Our favorite part of the day was finding out during the shoot that our models (a real couple) got married at San Francisco City Hall in jeans! So this shoot took on a whole new meaning and a few tears from all. We hope you’ll take a minute to enjoy our styled shoot. I have to say this was the most creative shoot we have accomplished at A Monique Affair that truly takes on our signature style. On behalf of my creative partners, we would like to share this shoot as inspiration for all Same Sex couples!


Classic. Feminine. Glamorous. Luxurious. Styled Shoot. Gay Wedding.

The Professionals

Event Coordinator & Design :: MRSter Approved –  A Monique Affair
Vintage Nightstand & Cake Plate Rental :: Chloe’s Closet (A Monique Affair)
Photographer :: Christine Glebov Photography
Venue :: Montalvo Arts Center
Florist :: McCallum Designs
Cake :: Cakes Made By Me
Bridal Gowns :: Kinsley James Couture Bridal
Invitation Suite & Day of Stationery :: Lepenn Designs
Vintage Tableware :: Le Vintage Milk Glass Rentals
Hairstylist :: Stella Stevens Hair Designs
Makeup Artist :: Kristen Calderaro
Linens :: Napa Valley Linens
Chiavari Chair Rentals :: Miranda St John Party Rentals


Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga, California


Boho Chic Wedding :: Santa Barbara, California // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Boho Chic Wedding ::

Submitted by :: Molly Hauge of MRSter Approved – Molly + Co

From the wedding creative team of Wild Heart Events, Molly + Co, and Rowan Oak Events:

The beautiful BoHo Chic inspiration of this day started with the amazing venue in Santa Barbara, CA.  An old Orchid Farm along the Gaviota Coast consisting of a series of old greenhouses with sweeping ocean views and ancient fig trees was the site for the festivities. We wanted to showcase the natural rustic beauty of the land and pay homage to the thousands of orchids that once grew there. The tablescape consisted of items that could be found on the property from everything from reclaimed wood, fresh vegetables, orchids, and cheesecloth to create a farm to table aesthetic.

Our florist created the most amazing installation above our sweetheart table using an iron rod and bare orchids, brushing off the roots for a very raw look and finished it off with hanging terrariums. Jaime of Wild Heart Events, the wedding planner, completed the design by placing radish napkin treatments, colored glassware and farm animal menu indicators. We even took plants out of their pots for the centerpiece, leaving the dirt on the roots to achieve a very organic farm feel.

The bride’s bouquets took queue from the wealth of natural elements and textures abundant along the Gaviota Coast. Our venue called for something rustic but we also wanted to honor the feminine as well. A grapevine crescent, tillandsia, cymbidium orchids, and bear grass gave one bouquet an architectural bent, while the other was more a traditional composition both in shape and content. We added drama to the natural setting by hanging bare root phaleanopsis orchid plants, iron lanterns, and large tillandsia above the table. Fresh produce finished the look and brought the intention of the greenhouse into the moment itself creating a richly organic experience.

We wanted to ensure our invitation represented the overall theme of the wedding, so the invitation suite was done all by hand on 100% recycled kraft paper. We also watercolored a floral pattern using greens and yellows to go with the greenhouse theme. We then mounted the invitation suite on a leather background to juxtapose the soft florals and cursive calligraphy to flow with the modern take on a greenhouse wedding.


Boho Chic, Natural Rustic Beauty, Feminine

The Professionals

Event Coordinator :: Wild Heart Events
Graphic Design // Signs :: Wild Heart Events
Venue :: The Orchid Greenhouses
Photography :: MRSter Approved – Molly + Co
Rentals :: Milk & Honey Farm
Hair & Makeup :: LunaBella Makeup & Hair
Jewelery // Accessories :: Clothesline Home Boutique
Napkins :: La Tavola
Florals :: Rowan Oak Events
Wedding Cake :: Sugar Cat Studio


Santa Barbara, California