Photo Shoot : a San Diego Beach Valentine's Day {non-traditional style}

Ending the week of Valentine's Day Wedding Vendor Challenges is a spectacular shoot from Aleah and Nick of Valley & Co. Their inspiration for this Valentine's Day challenge was to create a non-traditional feeling for a sweetheart dining table. In true Valley & Co. fashion, Aleah and Nick staged their teak table and chairs on Mission Beach. It was a beautiful, cloudless day and the sunshine was shining - don't you just wish you could leave everything behind and jump right into these photos? With all the snow we still have to melt up here in upstate NY, this shoot makes me long for summer. Since Aleah and Nick enjoy spending their Valentine's Day relaxing on the beach or riding their beach cruisers, they thought "what better place to shoot our inspiration than on our beach?" I couldn't agree more :)

Joining Aleah and Nick with Team Five {and the last of the Valentine's Day Wedding Vendor Challenge photo shoots} was Elle G. Photography, Ariela of RBK Creations for the stunning fabric button floral bouquet, Samantha of Papermints for the beautiful paper goods, and Lydia of Sweet Lydia's for the yummy mini smores.

For Aleah and Nick, Valentine's Day is subtle and comfortable. And, in their own words I will let them explain their table design . . . "We dressed our teak table wtih a crisp white linen and lined it with a simple satin runner to give it a pop of color. Vintage French plates from Nick's parents and antique spoons from Aleah's grandmother flanked our place settings. Old candlesticks added a touch of glamour to this otherwise coastal table. Our fabric flowers were carefully placed in a simple white vase."

And, just like the other shoots this week, I have another downloadable goodie for your from Samantha of Papermints. She has made her recipe cards available to you. Simply print out the recipes cards from Scribd, trim and you're good to go. {the download link is directly underneath the item title in the right column}

And, as I wrap up this week's AMAZING Valentine Inspired Photo Shoots, I will leave you with Aleah and Nick's advice . . . "When creating your Valentine's Day table, get creative and step away from decor purchased down the Valentine's Day aisle! Look to your own stock of heirloom pieces and create a look that's comfortable and timeless."

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planners: Valley & Co.
Photographer: Elle G. Photography
Fabric Button Bouquet: RBK Creations
Paper Goods: Papermints
Mini Smores: Sweet Lydia's

Words can't express how thankful and appreciative I am of all the vendors that helped make my first Wedding Vendor Challenge such a success. I've had so much fun working with you all on this week's feature and I look forward to working with you all again on future challenges. For all vendors - the March vendor challenge is underway and filling up - so if you'd like to be placed on the list as teams are formed, please complete this form so I can collect your information.