Incredible Rock-Star Styled Pink and Black Wedding at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel – Ricci and Joel

January 22, 2010 | editorial team

San Diego Hard Rock Hotel real wedding, images by Sarah Yates Photography

Today’s real wedding of Ricci and Joel is so much fun! Partly because the above image of the happy couple was chosen as one of our 2009 Best from the Best Fashion Report images and I love seeing the rest of this wedding, and also because it looks like it was simply a flat out, kick-a$$, rock-star style party at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel that must have been a blast to be a part of. Photographed by the lovely Sarah Yates, these wedding images and ideas are sure to start your weekend off in style! 

San Diego Hard Rock Hotel real wedding, alternative, fun pink and black wedding fashion, images by Sarah Yates Photography

The super stylish bride Ricci searched high and low for the perfect fashion for her wedding party, and after many months of creativity, she put together looks that were the perfect match to their wedding’s rock n’ roll theme. The girls wore little black dresses and fabulous black platform heels, and the guys wore black pants, shirts, ties and vests from Express and sneakers from Vans, but it’s Ricci’s bridal look that truly wins my heart. She wore a ruffled dress from Betsey Johnson, layers and layers of funky necklaces, a birdcage veil from YJ Design and (a girl after my own heart) sparkly red shoes from Christian Louboutin. Love it!

San Diego Hard Rock Hotel real wedding ceremony, pink and black wedding color palette, images by Sarah Yates Photography

After a ceremony on the Hard Rock Hotel rooftop, guests headed inside for a reception filled with edgy yet feminine pink and black decor details. Cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcake were displayed on fiberglass cakes stands, the tables were set with black and pink linens, bold pink flowers and centerpieces dripping with crystals from Affairs Party Rental and Botanica, and the room was lit with hot-pink lights. Ricci and Joel loved the way it all came together,  and they enjoyed every minute of it. Ricci says, “My biggest piece of advice that I can offer is to take a moment during your reception to just sit back and take it all in. As the bride you are being pulled every which way for most of the evening, so grab your glass of champagne, your glass of wine, or, your shot of tequila, and toast yourself for making it all happen. And as always, rock on!”

San Diego Hard Rock Hotel real wedding reception, pink and black wedding color palette and decor, images by Sarah Yates Photography

Thank you Ricci and Joel for sharing your wedding with us!

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  1. So fun and festive! Love it!

  2. LOVE this wedding! What a hip couple. It’s fun to see her shoot at a San Diego venue!

  3. Christian Loubatin in hot pink, swoon!

  4. I absolutely love designing custom wedding accessories for Ricci and her bridal party. She has such a good taste and love of anything and everything vibrant and colorful. It has been a pleasure working with her and I wish many more brides dare to be different yet stylish like her! ;-) YJ

  5. what in incredible wedding! those bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous and i love the crystals at the reception

  6. OMG can anyone PLEASE tell me where the BM dresses are from? Pretty Please!?!?!?

  7. Hi Kristen, Aren’t the dresses fantastic?! The bridesmaids dresses are from Bebe and Morgan & Co., and the maid of honor’s dress is from Betsey Johnson. You can see all of the vendors who worked on this wedding in our Real Wedding Library, http://junebugweddings.com/real-weddings/RicciJoel.aspx

  8. I love this wedding! The bride’s shoes, her hair, her headpiece. It all just comes together perfectly!

  9. Such a gorgeous wedding!

  10. This wedding is looks like it was amazing! Kind of like my dream wedding, in the city where I’d love to have my wedding in someday! It has all my favorites, hot pink flowers, a ruffled Betsey Johnson dress, hot pink lights, really cute bridesmaid dresses, cupcakes, and it was in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel! Where I actually got to go this summer, and got the most rockin’ hoodie ever!

  11. this bride’s outfit is so awesome! thanks for sharing!

  12. Who made the bride’s dress?

  13. her shoes!!!!!! *swoon*

  14. Hi ladies, The bride’s dress and the maid of honor’s dress are from Betsey Johnson. Here are links to all of the vendors and resources… http://junebugweddings.com/real-weddings/RicciJoel.aspx

  15. I cannot find that dress anywhere and it is the exact one I want! I know it’s Betsey Johnson but I really can’t find it online new/used anything! Can anyone help me!!! Please Please Please!

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