Three Weddings-One Venue: The Prado, Balboa Park / by Dawn Stone

With its mission style and central location, The Prado is one of San Diego’s most popular wedding venues. Located in San Diego’s well-known Balboa Park, it offers several locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Grand Ballroom can seat up to 320 guests. For more intimate gatherings, the Loggia and Alhambra Rooms, both on the second floor, seat up to 100 and 60 respectively. Outside, the Fountain Courtyard is perfect as a pre-function space while the Casa del Moro Gardens work well for a ceremony.

But just because a space is popular doesn’t mean every wedding and its wedding flowers have to look the same; quite the contrary. One of the hallmarks of Embellishmint’s style is how we take a couples’ personal style and create a wedding floral design that is totally custom and unique. Here are three very distinct wedding designs that bring out the beauty of both the venue and the couple. Three reasons why we love The Prado!

Sweetness: Rustic Beauty

Using the Prado’s Casa del Rey Moro Gardens for their ceremony, Lara and Michael were wed under a rustic wood arbor amid a blaze of burgundy tulips and dahlias and blush roses, perfect for the time of year. Of course, this being San Diego, even a fall wedding has blue skies and temperate weather! The garden feel continued at the placecard table decorated with a vintage bird cage. Inside the Grand Ballroom, the undercurrent of rustic was overlaid with elegant elements. We loved how those gold base plates played off the floral design to create an entirely different design feel.

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Enchanted: A Garden Wedding

The wedding ceremony and reception of Risa and Jaron was all about creating magical moments, naturally. We embellished their chuppah in the Fountain Courtyard with a floral design that included burnt orange, cloud white and greens. As guests made their way into the Grand Ballroom, a placecard table offered guests another magical moment – that of a tree growing from its center in a field of beautiful wild flowers. A card told them to choose the stone with their name. Inside at their tables they found another exotic garden detail – a “tree” of flowers. The glass vases allowed the flowers inside it to be seen while a spray of orchids created a canopy over the table. The evening ended with the splendor of a cake design bathed in golden light and adorned with a swirl of orchids and blooms in deep oranges. 

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STUNNING: Golden Moments

Our final look at weddings that took place at The Prado shows the venue in a completely different light – one that glows with elegance. Everything about Amber and Jason’s ceremony at the Fountain Courtyard and reception in the Grand Ballroom brought out the old-world style of the site. The lobby of the space with its high ceilings and crystal chandeliers was a perfect setting for wedding party photos while the Grand Ballroom itself was washed in warm amber tones. The evening was magical, right down to the sweetheart table flowers embellished with golden touches.

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