The 41st San Diego Wedding Party Expo was presented at the US Grant Hotel on February 19th. This Luxury Collection Hotel is newly restyled and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There were three floors in this historic building where this upscale event took place. Prospective couples were able to see products and services for their upcoming wedding such as photographers, videographers, caterer’s, honeymoon destinations and florists. Pamela Ann Noxon is the founder of this event and has been helping brides out since 1996.
There were 100 wedding experts on hand to discuss your special day with you. Booths were set up with tasty hors d’ouevres, appetizers and delicious desserts. A contest was going on to vote for your favorite cakes in the Ultimate Cake Taste Test Challenge. Why not have a Signature Cocktail for your event? Bella Beverage Catering sponsored a cocktail lounge to sample these. Everyone could enjoy wine tasting and the US GRANT Hotel in the Chairman’s Court gave a grand tasting. A Gentlemen’s Lounge was set up with craft beers and mead tasting for the men and included grooming and fashion. There also was a Gentlemen’s Fashion Show in the Bivouac Ballroom.
Designer Michelle Hebert presented an exclusive tea style fashion show in the Lobby. Hebert’s style is very romantic and heavily influenced by nature. One of her standout creations for the crowd were distressed couture shown in her finale. Attendees could meet Hebert in the Wedding Gown ‘Designer Row.” Jana Ann Couture was there to discuss her designs that she creates to bring out the inner princess in you. One of her specialties is Puppy Couture. She creates matching gowns for your dog on your special day using the same fabric as your gown. Adolfo Sanchez was also on hand in ‘Designer Row’ to discuss his high-end creations with a touch of edgy. Sanchez creates sophisticated must have gowns.
The afternoon culminated with the much-anticipated Fashion Show by La Jolla’s M Bride. Michelle Martin is the owner of this upscale boutique known for its couture gowns. Martin has been a mainstream on Pearl Street in La Jolla for the past 13 years. The runway sizzled with designs by Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Sachin & Babi, and Elli Saab. The creations were breathtaking. Check out M Bride’s upcoming trunk shows. The next one will feature Sachin & Babi on February 24th-25th.
Photos /Diana CavagnaroUpcoming Events
Sunday, February 26 at 4PM-9PM The 2017 Oscars Party at THE LOT La Jolla. Fashionistas walk the Red Carpet in Formal attire, enjoy special menu, great atmosphere, and view the awards ceremony at the Lots big screen. Reservations required. Tickets at: www.thelotent.com
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit Soroptimist International of San Diego. Gretchen Productions at the Sheraton Harbor Island East Tower will present this event, “Women Stronger Together”. For information call: (858) 569- 6260.
This Article originally appeared in La Jolla Today, Feb 24th, 2017. Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned Couture Milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our Hat Designer, Teacher & Blogger at www.DianaCavagnaro.com