Twin Oaks Weddings Blog

Welcome to the Twin Oaks Weddings Blog!  Visit this page often to find highlights of real weddings at Twin Oaks, reviews of San Diego’s best vendors and specials from North County’s finest golf course wedding venue.

Best Friends, Partners and Soul Mates

Our Story

Lauren and Ismael met back in 7th Grade at Woodland Park Middle School. For two years they had random classes together; Science with Mrs. Marks, History with Mr. Crawford and PE with Mr. Logan. Ismael was always that friendly face and funny personality, cracking jokes while maintaining a sincere friendship. When they went to high school, they did what most Middle School friends do… separate and find your new group. High school was a beast. Ismael played Football his freshmen year and discovered his love for art, computers and cars. Lauren continued her love of Volleyball and followed her passion with school. Senior year Lauren’s Dad passed away, and life was never the same.

Graduation came and once again everyone separates to find their callings.  A few years later Lauren and Ismael reconnected through a random mutual friend, Jason. One day Lauren came home to find a message from Ismael on Myspace with the line “Remember me?” Instantly the two picked up their friendship right where they had left off.

Initially they had no intention of dating or any romantic connection, but that’s how some of the strongest relationships start. They began spending more and more time together and what was once a fun friendship blossomed into something much more. A love for the ages, an undeniable passion, and an unwavering respect for one another.  Best Friends, Partners and Soul Mates. The rest… is history <3

Why did we choose Twin Oaks Golf Course?

“I had my heart set on finding a venue that supported an outdoor area that we could hang market lights from. I always envisioned our wedding in the evening with soft romantic details- lighting being a huge part of that. When I toured Twin Oaks I fell in love… The venue had EVERYTHING we wanted. I love the ability to mix it up, and have different parts of the wedding in different rooms. The Patio area with the large fireplace and market lights was the icing on the cake- perfection. Not to mention – It was one of more reasonably priced venues.” – Laura Hennessey

All About the Action

Part 7 of Lights, Camera, Action! 


Smooch Booth Action

Action Stations are quickly gaining popularity at weddings. Why? Because they make for great ice breakers if your guests don’t know everyone at your wedding! Action stations get your guests up and mingling while you’re taking pictures or a moment for yourselves. Some fun stations to think about for your wedding should include, Photo booths, Adult Snow Cones and a favorite of ours since we’re lucky enough to have our own fireplace is roast your own S’mores. Recently a couple had a build your own ice cream sandwich station, Ice cream cookie sandwiches as an extra dessert. A sweet treat for an extra sweet event, it is fair to say everyone screamed for ice cream!DIY Ice cream sandwiches Action Station

Games for everyone!

Having various games at weddings such as mini-golf, bat mitten and Corn-hole, lead to some fun candid shots. Besides getting guests out of their seats and mingling, games get your guests away from the just hanging out by the bar, which will inevitably help keep your tab down. Really it’s a win-win 🙂

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Consider having various games for all ages such as mini-golf, croquet, bat mitten and Corn-hole. These games lead to some fun candid shots and help keep the kiddos entertained.


Lighting, fun and right photographer lead to some great pictures! Come up with a clever hashtag so all your friends and family can see the photo’s when you post and so you can see some of the shots from your guests. Not good at creating clever hashtags? I know I’m not. Make it a game at your bridal shower, best hashtag wins a bottle of wine, a pedicure or maybe just the bragging rights of knowing they came up with your special hashtag.

Thank you for joining us for our 7 part mini blog series “Lights, Camera, Action!”. If you have any questions or comments about our venue and vendors please contact us, we would love to answer your questions!


Photo Rights, Part 6 of Lights, Camera, Action!

We’re not done yet! The price is right and their personality is bright, but hold on tight, you might not have the rights to your photos after tonight!

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign the photo contract.  Here are some key discussion points to remember:

– Discuss your rights over your photos, do you have unlimited rights to do as you wish with your pictures?

– Who can print and post the photos? Typically photographers will only give you permission to post photos if they are water marked or give credit to them. In some cases the only way you can print your photos is by ordering them through your photographer or their company.

Rights – Future Photo Usage

Just because they are your photos and photos of you, does not necessarily mean you use them. Not big on the idea of anyone being able to view your photos? Have it stated in the contract that the images are only for a private shopping cart. The photographer can still own the copyright, but they will have the ability to post the photos so your family can view and purchase them. Unlimited usage is typically more convenient to you as a client. Unlimited usage means you’re not in charge of getting the photos out to Aunt Wilma in Nebraska. Most couples want the pictures online for family to order. If you own the copyright, the photo studio doesn’t have the right to put them on the shopping cart to show or sell online.

UNLIMITED usage is key!

True Photography made sure to mention that “What is most important is that you have unlimited usage of the images. This gives you the freedom to print the images, share them, give them away, etc…”. Basically, you can do whatever you want except sell your photos for profit.

Lastly, you’ll want to know how long it will take to receive them. While some photographers have assistants that can edit your photos on the spot and post them instantly, it may take another individual months to get your photos back to you. Turnaround time largely depends on your package, how many pictures you are expecting and what pictures need retouching. We know your wedding is the most important one on their to-do list. But be patient, there may be other happy couples also awaiting their photos because you all picked an amazing photographer.

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*Impressed and interested with our wedding photos here at Twin Oaks Golf Course? We are more than happy to share our vendors with you and discuss your wedding ideas!*