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By BY DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNAN ;Photo by Eduardo Contreras | midnight Feb. 6, 2016 | Updated, 8:07 a.m.

BY DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNAN

Photo by Eduardo Contreras

For busy brides and grooms-to-be, the wedding planning process can be a dizzying trip to caterers, florists and photo- graphers. Pamela Noxon tries to streamline that process by bringing all the wedding pros under one tent at her Wedding Party EXPO in San Diego.

There, engaged couples can sample cake, sip cocktails and meet some 75 experts who can help them celebrate their marriage in style. The next one is on Valentine’s Day. For all the attention to detail, however, Noxon believes that engaged couples should focus on their unique relationship and create a ceremony that reflects their family history and future life.

Noxon, 53, of South Carlsbad, became involved in the wedding business through her work as an officiator, presiding over unique weddings ranging from multicultural and mixed religious ceremonies to same-sex marriages.

From there, she branched out to throwing expos that pull together the many elements needed for the big day, and blogging about the process on her website SanDiegoWedding.com. In a culture focused on “me,” she views weddings as one of the few rites of passage that join two individuals as “we.”

Q: Please tell us about the Wedding Party Expo.

A: There is a process to effectively planning a wedding. You have to find and hire a wide range of wedding professionals and you have to interview them to make sure they are the right people to have actually creating and attending one of the biggest, most personal days of your life with your entire family and world. Personalities play a big role in hiring wedding pros. You need a really good fit. If you are the laid-back, chill beachy couple, you may not want a very rigid event coordinator at your event directing things, and if you are a very structured, corporate go-getter you will not do well with the super relaxed “hang back and grab some artsy photos” photographer. Like the beginning of any relationship, you need to feel the person out to see if you (and your family and group) will mesh well with them. I found that San Diego desperately needed a wedding planning event that brought all the amazing people and things people wanted together in one gorgeous, stylish and fun day.

Q: What are some of the unique weddings you have officiated?

A: One wedding I did brought together a large family comprised of Christians, Jews and Muslims. Clearly a challenge to create a ceremony that would be sacred, yet respect everyone. Not being affiliated with any religion, I always worked to show that we are all the same and love is all that matters. I used to say that I spoke many languages, all of them “love.” I created a ceremony for that couple that they felt really spoke to everyone present.

Q: How do you see the role of the wedding as a rite of passage in our culture?

A: In our Western culture, we live for a very long time as individuals. We celebrate the individual deeply and have amazing opportunities for becoming empowered persons in our own right. But marriage is a completely different way of operating compared to functioning as an individual. To marry is to partner with another human being – you live differently, you decide things differently, you end up using your brain differently because you change from “I” thinking to “We” thinking and that is a huge transition to make emotionally and psychically. A wedding is a ritual that takes your whole world into account and celebrates the transformation of two individuals becoming one partnership. Of course, in our culture many people partner without marrying. But there’s something deep and in our DNA that makes a wedding a little more.

Q: What are some of the trends you see in wedding styles, customs or ceremonies?

A: Organic catering and locally sourced foods for receptions. Philanthropic catering by companies like Kitchens for Good. Much less DIY (do it yourself) than a few years ago; people are hiring experts to create a wedding day, not spray-painting mason jars for vases like during the recessions! More luxurious “Bohemian Luxe” style. Color, color, color. Elaborate cakes and dessert bars. Antique and vintage lounge furniture. Signature cocktails and unique libations. A lot of things that speak to the guests and keep them entertained. And authentic ceremonies that are very personal.

Q: What are any benefits or fundraisers you participate in?

A: I like to incorporate philanthropy into everything I do. SanDiegoWedding.com will donate to a local charity with every ad sold: everything from animal shelters to Rebuilding Together homes and foster kids.

Q: What are your tips for brides and grooms planning a wedding?

A: Stay calm and focus on the bigger picture. Don’t get too bogged down in stuff. Focus on adding elements to your wedding that will generate emotion or connectedness. I actually feel like the planning process, which may sound grueling, is an important step in the transition. A wedding honors the tradition of your and your people’s past, while it reflects the couple as individuals. A wedding inspires people who attend to remember why they love, and it transforms the whole group into something more connected than they were when they arrived; it creates a new tribe or family. That matters.

Q: What’s the best advice

you ever received?

A: “Fill your own cup up to the brim with love and joy, then when you have enough it will overflow to others.”

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

A: I am one-sixteenth Native American.

Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.

A: Eating a nice lunch at one of the many great local restaurants with my friends or my mom, reading, relaxing, and going for a drive in the mountains.

What I love about South Carlsbad …

It’s so quiet and friendly – I have great neighbors. I love having a yard that backs up to a wild area so I can pretend I am in the country.

 

ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT, TOP DESIGNER WEDDING FASHIONS AT THE 37TH WEDDING PARTY BRIDAL SHOW SET FOR SUNDAY, VALENTINE’S DAY FEBRUARY 14, 2016 AT THE HYATT REGENCY MISSION BAY RESORT

 

“The Romance Show” Themed Show Includes Couture Fashion Shows and a
Huge Selection of Top Local Wedding Services, Stylists and Professionals and More

(SAN DIEGO) — The upcoming Sunday, February 14 specially-themed “Romance Show” Wedding Party Bridal Show, Southern California’s largest elegant bridal show, is full to the brim with lots of wedding party fun including incredible couture fashion shows, a special engagement photo shootout contest, and tons of the finest wedding services. The setting for San Diego’s 37th Wedding Party Bridal Show is the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort, 1441 Quivira Road San Diego CA 92109, from 11 am to 3 pm.

There will be ongoing designer bridal gown fashion shows, from 1 to 3, and a special VIP only fashion show at 11:30 am featuring high-end gowns from renowned bridal gown designer Sarah Janks. A second fashion show in the Fashion Show Lounge will feature the latest fashions from Vow to Be Chic [the fabulous bridesmaids dress option seen on Shark Tank!].

The February 14, 2016 Valentine’s Day ‘Romance’ theme show will have a special San Diego Engagement Photo Shoot Prize featuring some of the areas top photographers capturing the love in a FREE engagement session right at the show.

Four lucky couples will get an engagement shoot right at the show. Each couple gets paired with a top area wedding photographer like the incredible Tim Otto Photography. Your photographic artist will spend a little time with you at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort get to know you a little and to see your unique beauty in person and then do a FREE engagement shoot in gorgeous pre-staged areas designed by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals.

Each of the 4 winning couples gets all retouched engagement photos from the shoot plus an 11” x 14” print of their fave photo from the shoot and all images on flash drive — total value $500.

Enter the contest on show website: http://www.sandiegoweddingparty.com/great-san-diego-engagement-shoot/

And the fan favorite Chocolate University at the show will feature Swiss-trained executive pastry Chef Urs Huwler, of Euro Pastry, who will bring eight flavors of chocolate and over 20 dipping items, four different brownies, six types of chocolate Mousse, flourless cake, and chocolate covered strawberries for tastings. Attendees can top it all off with the latest trending wedding must have by hand crafted beverages from the San Diego mixologists at Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

To get two free General Admission tickets to the February 14 Show [a $40 value!], ‘like the Wedding Party EXPO Facebook page and watch for posts. https://www.facebook.com/Wedding-Party-EXPO-152753931427440 [look for the signup button at top]

A Wedding Party Bridal Show VIP ticket option that offers front row access to the runway, a $150 swag bag and valet parking is available for $50 [$50 in advance] at www.sandiegoweddingparty.com

Each Wedding Party Bridal Show brings together engaged couples, coordinators, and professionals to one beautiful location for an amazing bridal show experience totally unlike large, impersonal bridal expos. Creative, stylish and fun, each show is held at one of San Diego’s most beautiful wedding locations. It allows engaged couples and event planners to enjoy cocktails, tasty hors d’ouevres, chocolates and cakes, a couture fashion show, mini-make overs in the Beauty Lounge, wedding design tips by a huge selection of local experts and resources like Classic Blooms Studio Studio: Floral Design, Classy Event Group, The Dress Theory, Classic Blooms Florals, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Tim Otto Photography, JennyWenny Cakes, Cakes to Celebrate, Nicole Miller, Rancho Bernardo Inn, RSVP Weddings, Cory Cakes, Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals, Dahlia Bridal Salon and more.

This special Show will also feature a huge hand-picked selection of the area’s finest wedding services and products including: top designer gowns and vintage gowns, tuxedos, gift registry, fashion accessories, photographers, videographers, honeymoon destinations, musicians, florists, officiants, caterers, coordinators, jewelers, makeup and hair stylists, the absolute finest local ceremony and reception venues and more.

The Wedding Party Bridal Show’s behind-the-scenes show production continues its tradition of going green with an online show program, emailing event tickets, offering brides reusable bags and encouraging attendees to carpool. To register for discounted advance tickets, visit www.SanDiegoWeddingParty.com . Tickets are $20 each at the door. All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, fashion shows, contests and more. Children under 5 are free, 5-12 are half price day-of only. VIP tickets available online with a champagne greeting, VIP swag bag worth over $150 and front row on the runway.

About The Wedding Party Bridal Show:
Founded by Pamela Ann Noxon, a local wedding professional since 1996, SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show were created in 1998 as a fresh new resource for helping brides and grooms plan their San Diego wedding event. From her experience in helping behind-the-scenes with more than 500 weddings, Ms. Noxon saw firsthand how vastly different wedding services and products were in terms of their integrity, style and professionalism.

SanDiegoWedding.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show introduces couples to the right wedding services, products and vendors for their wedding. For more information on SanDiegoWeddingParty.com and The Wedding Party Bridal Show, consult the website at: www.sandiegoweddingparty.com or call 760-635-1120. ##