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#weddingphotography Bun in the Oven | Maternity Session Inspiration

We love maintaining a personal connection with our wedding couples, and seeing where life takes them. When a baby is on the way, we really enjoy going back and photographing the onetime newlyweds as parents-to-be. It is so much fun to get creative together, and the joy and excitement shows in the resulting photos :) As inspiration, we’ve collected a few of our favorite recent maternity photos, showing soon-to-be moms rockin’ the baby bump. Enjoy!

During her maternity session, Callie (above) looked stunning in her flowy white gown. With relaxing waves in the distance, it was a beautiful and tranquil moment.
 We love showing soon-to-be-moms looking their best!

Pets are part of the family too! Let your pooch welcome their new sibling to the family in style :)

During Christine’s maternity session (above), we captured a candid moment with these adorable footies.

For more inspiration from recent maternity sessions, check out our maternity photo gallery.
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#weddingphotography Clash at Clairemont with Tony Hawk

Over the weekend, we attended the Clash at Clairemont fundraiser as a guest of Tony Hawk, where we photographed him and the day’s activities. Along with Tony Hawk, the event featured legendary skateboarders such as Andy MacDonald, Bob Burnquist, and Ryan Sheckler. Guests of the packed event were treated to showcases by these world-class skaters, as well as live music by bands such as Agent Orange.
In addition to being an exciting day, the Clash at Clairemont event was for a great cause. Proceeds went to support the Mission Valley YMCA / Krause Family Bike and Skatepark, an action sports facility here in San Diego. A donation was also presented to Grind for Life, an organization founded by life-long skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. All in all, it was an amazing event, and a fun chance to see skate masters in action.
We have put together a selection of our favorite images from the shoot, below. Enjoy :)

This kid is nine years old (below)!

This “kid” is 48 years old (below right) and he still shreds :)

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#weddingphotography What a Mighty Good Man | Father's Day

It’s Father’s Day! To mark the occasion, we want to say thanks to Dads everywhere :)
In addition to being honored today, many fathers also play a big part during the wedding day. Whether it’s tearfully walking his daughter down the aisle, or showing off some funky moves during parent dances, Dad has definitely earned his moment in the sun.
To celebrate the unconditional love Dads provide, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite photos of “Dads being Dads” on the big day. Enjoy!

One special way to honor Dad on the wedding day is with a First Look. By setting aside a little quiet pre-ceremony time together, you can show Dad how important he is to you. For example, at Allison and Justin’s wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch, we captured Allison’s father’s reaction to seeing her for the first time (below).

During Anjali and Jay’s wedding at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (below), guests surprised Jay’s father with an impromptu outdoor dance. As Jay looked on, we were able to quickly react, and grabbed this fun crowd scene.

We love capturing unguarded expressions of joy and emotion. For example, at Allison and Adam’s ceremony at La Valencia (below), Allison’s father shared his excitement with a huge grin. These moments, endearing and genuine, always leave a soft spot in our hearts.
If couples have little ones, we love finding fun and creative ways to include these “mini me’s” into the day’s photos. At Shara and Giovanni’s wedding at Grand Tradition, Giovanni’s son was dressed just as sharp as Dad, and rocked these adorable baby moccasins (below).

During Morvarid and Sahand’s reception at the Metropol Banquet (below), Morvarid and her father entertained guests with a lighthearted, traditional dance, which capped off the night’s activities.

Check out more great Father of the bride / Father of the groom moments :)
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#weddingphotography Condor's Nest Ranch | Allison and Justin

Recently, Allison and Justin celebrated their lovely outdoor wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, California. This working ranch is tucked away deep in the mountains, and has an authentic rustic style. The property features an assortment of authentic barns, tractors and farm animals, which completes the rural aesthetic.

Before the ceremony, Allison prepared in the Ranch House, which is located on the property (see below). The room’s country vibe, amplified by the wood tones and antique props, created the perfect contrast to her modern high-neck halter dress from Casablanca Bridal.

The ranch spreads out over 20 acres of property, giving us lots of opportunity to play with the natural landscape. We also made good use of the structures onsite, like in the photo below.

Later on, these cattle stole the spotlight with a classic photobomb of Justin.

The intimate property sits 1800 ft. above sea level, and overlooks a picturesque valley. To exchange vows, the couple chose the romantic outdoor ceremony site below, featuring breathtaking scenic views.

Allison made her entrance down an aisle of flower petals with Dad by her side (below).

After the ceremony, we walked with Allison and Justin around the ranch’s vast property. By taking advantage of the rural environment and vintage charm, we were able to showcase a variety of backgrounds in the portrait photos.

Allison’s bridesmaids chose alternating dress colors, which added a personalized flair, as well as a vibrant pop of color.

As the day progressed, Allison and Justin invited guests to the ranch’s pool area, which served as the reception site. As you’ll see in the photo below, the festivities were kicked off with a romantic first dance :)

During dinner, tables were decorated with mason jars, as well as floral centerpieces mixed with succulents.

Throughout the night, Allison and Justin incorporated a bohemian twist to their details, and entertained guests with old-school popcorn machines.

In addition, there was a delicious dessert table designed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Venue: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals
Wedding Rings: Adiamor (Bride Engagement Band) Its A Little Thing (Bride Wedding Band) & Ben Bridge (Groom)
Makeup: Sunshine Hair Design
Hair Stylist: Sunshine Hair Design
Coordinator: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Officiant: Pastor Glenn Hirashiki

Catering: Dalena’s Catering 2 U

Disc Jockey: Universal Weddings and Events
Check out more romantic moments from Allison and Justin’s rustic outdoor wedding
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#weddingphotography Sunset Cliffs Engagement Session | Andrea and George

George is from Hawaii, and he and bride-to be Andrea requested a tropical beach engagement shoot. We ultimately decided on Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, which is famous for its sweeping oceanfront view. We timed the shoot around the gorgeous sunset, also made use of the surrounding neighborhood for extra variety in the photos. It was a fun shoot with this happy and personable couple, and we hope you enjoy the highlights below :)

Check out more recommended San Diego engagement photo shoot locations, including more of our favorite spots for beach engagement photos.
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#weddingphotography Coronado Community Center Wedding | Carmellee and Alvin

We recently photographed the Coronado Community Center wedding of Carmellee and Alvin. According to Carmellee, Alvin is a quiet but silly guy, and the perfect compliment to her free spirit. When they first met at work, it was instant butterflies, and love at first sight. This perfectly paired couple chose San Diego as a destination wedding spot, and we were excited to capture amazing images for their big day.

The purple blooming flowers at The Coronado Community Center went along beautifully with this purple-themed wedding.

Because most of the bridal party and guests were also from Sacramento, the event was a little extra special for everyone.

Flower crowns were made available for the guests, which added a playful hippie vibe (below).

During the wedding, Carmellee and Alvin held a coin ceremony, which is an old Filipino tradition. The coins represent prosperity and financial security in each other. For added significance, Carmellee used the coins from her mother’s wedding in the Philippines.

Getting Ready Location: Glorietta Bay Inn (Penthouse Suite)

Wedding Venue: Coronado Community Center
Check out more of Carmellee and Alvin’s Coronado wedding photography.
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#weddingphotography Details Make the Difference | Carolynn and Jon

Today, it’s all about the details :) We were impressed by the sophisticated and meticulous details on Carolynn and Jon’s big day, and decided to highlight them here. This dreamy Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club wedding was put together by Monarch Weddings, who helped turn the initial vision into reality. You can definitely see the love and care that went into to every little aspect of this day.
Carolynn and Jon’s wedding is a beautiful example of how the small touches can really make the difference. We hope you enjoy our image selections below :)

There’s nothing quite like a special live appearance by the USC Marching Band (below).

Sweet and Saucy Shop made this amazing personalized groom’s cake, below. Go Winterhawks!

Check out more of Carolyn and Jon’s Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club wedding.
Wedding Venue: Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
Wedding Planner and Designer: Monarch Weddings
Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Macaroon Favors / Escort Cards: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Dancefloor, Head Table, Draping, and Chairs: Hire Elegance
Gold Flatware: Classic Party Rentals
Plates: Abbey Party Rentals
Menu: Brightly Designed
Linen: APR Fine Linens
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#weddingphotography Memorial Day | Love and Valor

The military presence runs deep here in San Diego, and many of us come from families with military backgrounds. We greatly appreciate all the hard work and sacrifice made by the brave men and women who serve our country, and love photographing weddings for active and retired service members. To pay tribute to our local servicemen from the Army, Airforce, Navy and Marines, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite moments from military weddings throughout the year.

During Boo and Michael’s wedding at The Westin San Diego (above left), our photographers arrived early, and discovered this American flag mural on a nearby building. We were amazed by the striking visual of Michael’s clean white uniform set against the patriotic hues of the flag.

You have to love a guy in uniform (above). Before Ashley and Andrew tied the knot at Founder’s Chapel at USD, the bridesmaids pulled Andrew in for one last photo. By having two photographers documenting the day, we were able to capture this moment while Ashley remained hidden from guests.

After Ayami and Bryan’s ceremony (above left), the new couple made their way through the Arch of Swords. As a comical “welcome to the military” gesture, officers gently swatted at Ayami’s behind. Her candid reaction to the moment speaks volumes! We love freezing moments like these filled with genuine emotion.

To show our respect and give back in a small way, our studio offers an ongoing 10% discount for all active and retired military couples. To inquire about your own wedding, please visit our Package Customizer for details, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

Check out more inspiration from recent San Diego military weddings :)
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#weddingphotography Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding | Angela & Kyle

Angela and Kyle were married at the Scripps Seaside Forum, a beautiful venue that hugs the shores of La Jolla, California. They chose this location because they are die-hard San Diego fans, and wanted to give their guests (especially the out-of-towners) a great feel for ‘America’s Finest City’. As you can imagine, there were some pretty amazing backdrops throughout the wedding day.

While photographing, we captured a nice variety of photos with Scripps Seaside Forum in the composition, helping to tell the story of the day. We always make sure to incorporate the venue in an artistic way, like the photo above.

In the photo below, we placed Angela’s Jimmy Choo shoes in the bright sun, which brought out their maximum brilliance. The blue sky and leading lines in the background gave extra attention to these amazing kicks :)

Kyle has a fun-loving personality and a great smile. It was important for us to bring out these qualities in the photos… as well as his love for the San Diego Padres (below).

Before the ceremony, the couple got ready at the nearby Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, an upscale resort overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course. Scouting this location beforehand allowed us to find this epic spot for the first look. We photographed from a distance so Angela and Kyle could have a quiet moment together.

Angela and Kyle had a huge bridal party, which is not surprising, considering how fun-loving and inviting they are. It was very important for them to have ALL of their closest friends stand by them on their big day. We were more than ready to direct traffic and come up with many configurations for this large group!

Angela and Kyle’s ceremony was officiated by their Pastor, Shawn Kennedy of Existence Church.

For the photo below, we placed our camera on an extended tripod, resulting in this cool angle.

We know how much thought and effort goes into the wedding details, and look for ways to incorporate them into the photos.
Baseball has been a big part of Kyle’s life for a long time. When he and Angela first started talking about getting married, Kyle mentioned that he envisioned a full-on sports themed wedding. Angela pretended to be ok with it until they got engaged, when she extinguished those plans…or so Kyle thought! As a surprise, Angela managed to sneak in fun baseball touches throughout the day.

Congratulations to Angela & Kyle :) Check out more of their Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding.
Coordinator: Luxe Special Events

Linens and Rental: Best Rentals , Farm Tables and More

Disc Jockey: DJ Mikey Beats

Event Beverage Service: Giuseppe Fine Catering


Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth

Videographer: Pure Cinema

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum

Bakery: The French Gourmet

Caterer: The French Gourmet

Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique

Hair Stylist: Three Ways Beautiful

Transportation: Top Dog Limo Bus

Florist: Whimsey Florals
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#weddingphotography Waterfront Park Wedding| Jessica & Nick

Waterfront Park is a beautiful locale nestled between San Diego’s vibrant downtown and picturesque harbor. It is also part of the San Diego County Administration Center, an Art Deco-styled building that doubles as a beautiful backdrop. There are themed gardens, civic greens, beautiful fountains, and even a massive playground. Also, because it’s so close to the County building, marriage licenses don’t have to travel very far ;)
Jessica and Nick, who now reside in Seattle, wanted their wedding to be held in Jessica’s home town of San Diego. They chose Waterfront Park because it showcased the beautiful cityscape, and matched their fun-loving personalities. They were even able to bring in food trucks for the reception!
While photographing Jessica and Nick’s wedding, we made sure to take full advantage of the scenery and the vibrant location. We hope you enjoy our selection of images from their big day!

In the photo above, we framed the couple using the leading lines of the playground, and the background skyscrapers. By using shallow depth of field, we were able to draw added focus to the couple.

Jessica and Nick were all about having fun, so we used all of our surroundings as props. This resulted in spontaneous fun photos, like the one below. You will see many more examples throughout their entire wedding!

In the photo below, we actually stepped into the fountain to get a cool angle of this hot couple. We were the only ones with “cold feet” at this wedding :)

A nearby birthday party happened to offer Jessica and Nick some of their remaining pizza (above). It was a definite crowd pleaser, and made for this unforgettable photo!

We are always alert, and ready to capture awesome candid moments. For example, check out the photo above of Jessica’s last-minute tequila shot before the ceremony :)

To surprise the guests, Nick and his officiant rode in on a tandem bicycle. Because we had two photographers, we were able to capture this hilarious moment from a variety of perspectives.

If that wasn’t enough, the rest of the bridal party including Jessica, rode in on surrey bicycles.

Instead of having an elaborate cake, Jessica and Nick decided to put more of their resources towards an open bar for the wedding. They used a lighthearted hashtag as a reminder to their guests.

For centerpieces, each table was decorated with a colorful fishbowl, which contained actual live fish. One lucky guest from each table got to go home with a new buddy! :)

Although most of the day was overcast, the sun came out like a champion right at sunset, which resulted in memorable photos by the harbor. To create a nice clean sunset photo, we used just the right amount of fill light.

Check out more of Jessica and Nick’s wedding in Downtown San Diego.
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