Spring Weddings…a Look Back

Summer is finally here and our team at La Jolla Cove Suites can’t wait to start another fun filled season! We had a wonderful spring full of gorgeous weddings, and before summer is in full swing we thought it would be fun to look back on all of the fabulous events we hosted this spring.

In March Meggie and Craig hosted a lovely ceremony and reception, with this adorable cake from Eccentric International Chefs. Not only was this cake cute, but it was delicious too!

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Meggie and Craig said their vows under our new bamboo arch, which they decorated themselves.

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In April, Noel and Jordan had a beautiful day on the rooftop. We love the mini-palm trees they used to adorn the ceremony site and we just love the lanterns they set along the aisle and then used later to spruce up the reception area.

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Here’s a close up of the lanterns!

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In May we were honored to host Amanda and Bret’s big day. Their flower arrangements were beautiful, and added a nice tropical touch to our beach-side location!

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Also in May, we had the pleasure of being part of Joe and Will’s big day on the rooftop. They served their guests a family style meal, which sat atop glass lazy suzsans, which were decorated with flower arrangements and table numbers.

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At the end of May Kelsey and Jamison held their wedding and reception on the rooftop.

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We got to see more of the lanterns that we love, adorning the ceremony aisle with rose petals sprinkled next to them.

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They used our white lattice wedding arch and had their florist dress it up with simple, yet elegant white flowers and mini-chandeliers.

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We really loved how their centerpieces incorporated succulents! Warne Flowers

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Kelsey and Jamison welcomed their guests in a very sweet way….

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…and treated them to personalized mints with a “mint to be” message at their seats.

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Congratulations to all of the wonderful couples who were married on the rooftop this spring, and who we have had the pleasure of working with for the last several months. We wish all of you the best and are looking forward to seeing you on each of your anniversaries!

 

Adventures near La Jolla

Craving the great outdoors? Adrenaline junky? Love of nature? La Jolla Cove Suites is fortunate to have the best of all worlds no more than 15 minutes away from our hotel.  Torrey Pines is one of the many places that offer adventure packed memories from paragliding off a cliff to enjoying a day of golf at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Our very own Social Media Manager, Janee Gutierrez, had a chance to experience what Torrey Pines has to offer!

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Want to see the video of this experience? Subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking here and check it out!

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Don’t want to work up a sweat in the outdoors? How about snorkeling at one of Travel & Leisure’s top ten beaches in the United States, La Jolla Cove? La Jolla Cove is known to have some of the best snorkeling in California and it is only a few steps from your hotel room. La Jolla Cove Suites offers a package that includes a guided snorkeling tour of La Jolla Cove and a suite with a balcony overlooking the Cove. Book today and enjoy a suite with a view and an underwater tour of a world famous snorkeling location, just steps from your room! To make reservations call us at 888-LAJOLLA or click the link below to reserve online.

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Bringing in the new while enhancing the old

 As most of our guests know, we are a family owned business and have been since we opened our doors in 1959. For decades our guests have enjoyed our oceanfront accommodations while they explore La Jolla and all it has to offer, and our team is always on hand to ensure they have a great time while they are with us.

With our hotel being 55 years old, we work hard to make improvements to our property while still maintaining its charm. Recently we have been adding various new accommodations to La Jolla Cove Suites to make our guests stay more enjoyable!

While enjoying you complimentary breakfast on the rooftop you can kick your feet up enjoying the view on our new tables. The little ones will surely love our new pint-sized picnic tables with padded seats and matching umbrellas!

 

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After having our made to order waffles you can enjoy a bike ride through the Village at $15 dollars per hour or $45 dollars for the day!

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With upcoming enhancements to our rooms we hope that all of our families and couples enjoy their stay at our retro hotel.

 

 

Mouthwatering Dessert Choices

Mmm, that wonderful point of the wedding planning checklist where you see it’s time to go taste cakes!  One of the few appointments that your fiance is really excited to attend!  But there are so many options when it comes to desserts, you don’t want to head out to bakeries without having an idea of what you’re looking for.  You could absolutely have the traditional wedding cake and save the top layer for your anniversary, or you could have an array of other delicious items…

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“Traditional” does not have to mean boring!  Bakers can do pretty much anything you can imagine with a cake.  Just think of all the reality shows dedicated to cake baking.  Usually though, you’ll attend a cake tasting and be invited to taste their fondant icing, whipped cream icing and butter cream icing.  All three can give you different “looks” to your cake. Typically, the fondant may not taste as good but it’s the one you want to use when you want a cake that looks smooth or intricately decorated.

Cupcakes

A nice alternative to the wedding cake that has gained popularity over the Cupcake Towerpast few years are cupcakes.  You can rent a cupcake tower or build your own and decorate it to match your wedding theme.  Choose a few different flavors of cupcakes so your guests can try them all.  Cupcake bakeries pride themselves on having a long list of flavors to choose from.  Our neighbor here in La Jolla, Sprinkles Bakery, offers flavors such as peanut butter chip, lemon coconut, salty caramel and chocolate marshmallow just to name a few.  With options like that your guests will be begging for dessert all day long!  if you still want the traditional cake cutting, order a small cut cake just for you and your honey to place on top, or to the side of, the cupcake tower.

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Maybe you don’t like cake.  Maybe you want something different.  Ditch the cakes altogether and cut into a warm apple pie!  Nothing says “family” like pie.  Blueberry, apple, pecan… have them all!  Set up a table with vintage pie stands or a cute cabinet like this one with all the pies on display.  Be sure to make labels for the pies so your guests know what they’re cutting into.  Then, get your caterer on board and have them dish up some vanilla bean or cinnamon ice cream to accompany the pie.

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And when you just can’t decide, have a dessert buffet!  Set up a table with your favorite pies, a cut cake, a tray or two of cupcakes, grandma’s famous cookies, your favorite candies in apothecary jars, and some tasty whoopie pies for your East Coast guests.  No one will complain that you have too many desserts.

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Happy Planning from La Jolla Cove Suites!

 

 

A Wedding to Remember

Last year our team was approached by the folks at Good News Etc. Newspaper who were organizing a Military Wedding Giveaway contest in which one lucky Military couple would win a free wedding valued at over $15,000. We immediately knew that we wanted to be a part of this special event and offered to provide our gorgeous rooftop venue. Finally, in January, we proudly hosted Pati and Luis’ ceremony and reception at La Jolla Cove Suites. It was a beautiful sunny day, like most days on the rooftop, and we could not have been happier to host this couple’s wedding.

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They chose mocha linens with simple centerpieces showcasing hydrangeas, roses, and daisies. The centerpieces, which were donated by Flowers of Point Loma, were beautiful and classic. The flowers were arranged in mason jars wrapped with lace covered burlap. This tied in nicely with the linen colors and the rustic feel of their event.

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Image Courtesy of Taylor Abeel Photography

Indulge Contemporary Catering was on hand to make sure the couple and their guests had a delicious dinner, and for dessert Cupcakes Squared donated a gorgeous (and delicious we’re sure) cupcake display. Yum! Pati and Luis really made sure guests would be able to indulge their sweet tooth by placing an adorable candy station not too far from the cupcake table! JL Roofing was kind enough to donate the candy station for this wonderful event.

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Image Courtesy of Taylor Abeel Photography

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Photographer Taylor Abeel was busy all day taking pictures of the couple. Some of our favorite photos are included here…

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Image Courtesy of Taylor Abeel Photography

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Image Courtesy of Taylor Abeel Photography

 

DJ Merrylin Brichmann of Artistic Productions also donated her time and services and had just the right selection of music to create the perfect soundtrack for such a special evening. She made sure the music was timed perfectly for the bride’s walk down the aisle and kept the party lively throughout the night. Also helping to make sure things went smoothly from start to finish, Jeanne Cesena from Vision of the Veil was on hand overseeing each detail of the event.

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Image Courtesy of Taylor Abeel Photography

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Holiday Inspired Weddings in any Season

Holiday Inspired Weddings in Any Season

As the holidays are coming to an end and many engagements are made; brides-to-be are eager to start their wedding plans. Here are some must-haves to create a cozy holiday winter wedding in the warm summer months, perfect for the bride who loves the holiday spirit, but wants a summer wedding. Let’s count down the 6 must-have items you need to create your holiday inspired wedding in the summer.

 

1) Apple cider bar               aple

can      2) Candles

3) S’mores, please! smore

winter     4) A bouquet filled with Fall/Winter floras

5) Decorative escort cards     tablenames

center    6) Centerpieces with wood accents

La Jolla Cove Suites, a Family Legacy

As the year comes to a close we find ourselves thinking back to the events that occurred in the past that allow us the opportunity to be where we are today. With the holidays approaching our team spent some time reflecting on the story of Max Heimburge, the founder of La Jolla Cove Suites. Max’s story is an incredible one, as you will see:

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Max Heimburge, the original owner and developer of La Jolla Cove Suites grew up in Stadtilm, Germany in the late 1800′s and immigrated to the United States in 1910 through Ellis Island.

Max worked two years as an army boot repairman in the German army after which he joined the German Shoemakers Union working in a small shoe shop in Munich.

Shortly after entering the United States, Max obtained a job with a New York shoe repair shop where he continued to practice his trade. He saved his earnings and worked his way to the west coast in 1912.

Once established in San Diego, California, Max gained employment in a very small shoe repair shop in downtown San Diego on Broadway. Not long after, he purchased the business, expanding the scope of his business by offering the sale of shoes. This led to the opening of another shoe store with shoe repair on 5th Avenue named Shoe Craft.

By 1941, the small business Max struggled to create had grown into 17 shoe stores throughout San Diego County, under the name Universal Boot Shop. Once well established in the shoe market, Mr. Heimburge invested his capital in various land acquisitions, which eventually led to the purchase of some land on Coast Boulevard in 1946.

By the late fifties, Max had accumulated a portfolio of oceanfront property in La Jolla upon which he built the La Jolla Cove Motel, now known as La Jolla Cove Suites.

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Max Heimburge was truly a man of great vision, and the family business he spent a lifetime developing has continued to grow and thrive under the management of Max´s three children, then passed on to his grandchildren.

In keeping with their grandfather´s philosophy of growth and development, in 2001 La Jolla Cove Suites converted its rooftop into a unique oceanfront venue which has hosted hundreds of weddings and other special events over the course of the last twelve years.

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Today our team works diligently to maintain the legacy Max left for his family and make improvements to the property so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Burlap & Lace

6 ways to bring these beautiful textures into your wedding

Who would have ever thought these two would make such a beautiful couple (no pun intended). Maybe opposites really do attract! The rough texture of burlap and the soft feminine touch of lace can truly transform your special day into a classic rustic, yet chic, wedding. You can accent your wedding with these small details to capture the rustic outdoors in any venue…preferably La Jolla Cove Suites.

 1. Wedding Invitations

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Use actual burlap & lace on your Invitations to play with your guests’ senses. Or for a more casual, less expensive approach there is always photo printed invitations.

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 2. Centerpieces Simplicity at its best… masons jars, burlap & lace strips glued on, and your flower arrangement placed inside.

 3. Ceremony Aisle Accents Talk about an inexpensive and adorable way to decorate your ceremony aisle.  As you walk down to say your “I do’s” to the person of your dreams, you will be able to catch a glimpse of these beautiful bows and you will most certainly appreciate the simplicity it brings to your day.

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4. Table Runners If you don’t plan on having a communal style reception dinner, no worries, this table runner can be used to make the head table for you and your future partner one that stands out.

5. Cake Décor  Piece of cake.

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6. Your Bridal Bouquet  The flower arrangement would be up to you, but with a little piece of burlap and a lace accent on top, it will definitely look rustic chic against your wedding dress as you walk down the aisle to the next step in your life.

To see more ideas for your wedding follow us on Pintrest!

Congratulations and happy planning!

Congratulations Brittany and Mike!

This month La Jolla Cove Suites had the honor of hosting Brittany and Mike’s wedding reception. They chose ivory linens and made wooden boxes for their centerpieces. The floral arrangements, provided by White Lotus Productions, beautifully accented the table tops. We especially loved the centerpiece for Brittany and Mike’s head table!

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Brittany handmade napkin rings for all of the guests, and each one was unique.  The napkin rings tied into the vintage theme of the reception, which could also be seen in the antique bird cage that was used for cards.

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Congratulations Brittany and Mike!

Introducing La Jolla Cove Suites’ New HD Webcam

We are really excited to share our new toy with the world! We recently installed an HD webcam that shows you exactly what our views are like, in real time. Follow this link http://www.lajollacove.com/index.php?page=webcam and see why we love this new camera so much. By clicking the “Control Now” button you can move the camera to different locations along the shoreline. You can also tilt the camera up and down, and zoom in or out. Check out the “Select Preset” option to direct the camera to some of our favorite views. You can also use the “Snapshot” function to take a still image of the view and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are some of the screenshots we have taken:

It is already gorgeous here today!

It is already gorgeous here today!

Last night’s sunset was beautiful, we never get tired of this view!

Last night’s sunset was beautiful, we never get tired of this view!

A close up of the Cove and its serene waters.

A close up of the Cove and its serene waters.