19Nov

Romantic Wedding Candles

By, November 19, 2017

When candles are incorporated into the wedding day, it can really set the mood! The soft flickering light of a candle adds visual interest, and enhances any room. Suddenly, a ceremony aisle feels more dramatic, a table centerpiece more regal, and a reception more romantic :)

Check out different ways candles have been used at weddings we’ve captured, and the techniques we used to photograph them.

Candlelit Ceremony Aisle
Candlelit centerpieces for a wedding
Candles light up the ceiling and tables
Floating candles in a large vase
Candles light up the display
At this wedding reception, candles were used to softly light engagement photos on a feature wall.
A row of candles as a centerpiece
Grand Candlelit Reception
Floating candles in vases with flowers
Aisle lined with candlelight
Hanging candles in glass balls
Candles in hanging lanterns
Candles with color add visual interest
Cluster of candles on a table
Hanging candle votives
Candles in Fruit Centerpiece
Votives hanging on branches for a wedding ceremony
Large candles on a sweetheart table
Elegant Candle Centerpieces
Walls of hanging candles
To create division between the ceremony and reception room, a wall of hanging candles in glass balls is a unique and elegant solution (right).
Beach themed candles set in orchids
Surrounded by candles on the aisle
Reception room with candle centerpieces
Candle habras add elegance to reception table

For more “bright” ideas, check out our full gallery of wedding market lighting

07Nov

Crystal Pier Wedding | Emily and Blake

By, November 07, 2017

Emily and Blake held their dream destination wedding here in San Diego, at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. These Colorado sweethearts were married in an emotional outdoor ceremony at the Crystal Pier Hotel, surrounded by a close-knit group of family and friends. It was a beautiful occasion, full of San Diego charm and beach ambiance. Here is a selection of our favorite photos!

Unique two piece, lace wedding dress.
Emily wore a really fun two piece dress from A and Be Bridal Shop.
Bridesmaid places headpiece on bride.
Emily's super cute flower crown was created by Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design.
Groom gets dressed before ceremony.
Flower girl holds brides bracelet up.
Bride takes portraits while getting ready.
Groom tying his shoes.
Bride sitting on stairs
Ceremony on the beach
The exclusive ceremony was held at the Crystal Pier Hotel.
Groom watches his bride come down the aisle.
Couple blend sand during their beach front wedding.
In lieu of a unity candle, Emily and Blake has a sand ceremony, symbolizing the joining of their two families.
Mother of the bride wipes tears from her eyes.
Wedding couple kisses after vows
Ring bearer cries with joy.
Bride and groom kiss beneath cloud cloudy sky.
Groom gazes at his bride.
Newlyweds chatting on stairs.
Bride and her bridesmaids admire view of ocean.
Each bridesmaid dressed to her individual style, with a personal selection made from Lulus.
Groom and groomsmen portrait sitting on rail.
Bride and groom hold hands under pier.
Bride and groom hug on pier.
We made sure to take full advantage of the pier, with romantic portraits taken just before sunset, when the light was quite stunning.
Bride and groom enjoy a treat in front of desert stand.
Groom's solo portrait on Crystal Pier.
Groomsmen play under beach shower.
Emily and Blake's wedding party and one mission in mind... Have a great time!
Reception room walled with wine bottles.
Tower 23 Hotel, an intimate venue near the pier, was the perfect fit for a fun, modern reception.
Fun reception at Tower 21.
Newly married couple laugh and dance.
Bride and groom laugh during toasts.
Baby makes cute faces at wedding.
Bride and groom smile for photos at by their cake.
Bride gives groom a kiss on the cheek.
Bride poses near beautifully textured wall.
Newlyweds night portrait on pier stairs.

Check out more of the fun from Emily and Blake’s Crystal Pier Wedding

Venue: Tower 23 Hotel  
Hair/Make-up Stylist: Belli Belli Hair & Skin Salon
Wedding Dress: A and Be Bridal Shop
Bridesmaid Dresses:Lulus
Florist: Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design 

Arch and Arbor:Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design 
Disc Jockey: Sound Prodigy

30Oct

Rustic Mountain Wedding | Dalen and Dave

By, October 30, 2017

Dalen and Dave held their rustic outdoor wedding at the historic Bailey’s Palomar Resort. This 60-acre venue, established in 1888, sits high up in the Palomar mountains. The property is lined with century-old walnut trees and vintage details, and doubles as a lush campground. It was an amazing location for a weekend wedding getaway!

Throughout the weekend, friends and family were invited to partake in games, craft beer and nature. We loved Dalen and Dave’s fun, outgoing personalities, and enjoyed photographing at such a unique venue. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the occasion!

Night photo of bride and groom at Bailey's Palomar Resort
For the image above, we wanted to bring out the warm, romantic glow of the cabin in the background. To accomplish this, we first placed an LED light on Dalen and Dave. We then added a backlight, which created separation between them and the dark wood cabin.
Exterior photo of rustic cabin
Father of Bride helps Bride getting ready
As Dalen wrapped up her final touches, we had her dad hold up a mirror while we photographed over her shoulder. This allowed us to capture both Dalen and her dad's reactions at once.
Love note on Bride's shoes
We noticed Dave had left this sweet hand-written note on Dalen's shoes as a surprise. This detail spoke volumes as a heartwarming and subtle gesture. We wanted to preserve the moment with a timeless photo.
Bride putting on earrings before wedding ceremony
Funny photo of Bride with Flowergirl after rustic wedding ceremony
Night photo of bride and groom at rustic venue
Rustic bride with vintage truck on wedding day
Rustic details at wedding ceremony
Paying homage to the property's rustic qualities, Dalen and Dave incorporated a variety of wildflowers, along with this antique gate from the Architecture Salvage in Little Italy. For an extra pop of color, the couple added florals by Rosemary Duff for a creative DIY wedding arch.
Rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at bailey's palomar resort
Bride and Groom reactions during rustic outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride laughing candidly during vows during outdoor wedding ceremony
Rustic bride and Groom before outdoor wedding
We love playing off different sides of a couple's personalities!
Bride and Groom kiss under wedding veil after rustic wedding ceremony
Bride pretends to hit groom with bouquet
Rustic Bouquet designed by Rosemary Duff
This stunning bouquet, designed by Rosemary Duff paired beautifully with the day's rustic overtones. Decorated with an array of wildflowers, the King Protea served as the bouquetu2019s main focal piece.
Funny photo of bride kissing Groom on Cheek
Individual portraits of bride and groom before wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom kissing on flatbed truck after their rustic wedding ceremony
Rustic wedding reception in mountains
Rustic wedding reception in mountains The reception was held on the site's dance hall, which provided a classic wood cabin feel.
Rustic flowers and framed poster details at wedding reception
The reception's interior was lined with farmhouse tables and burlap linens, provided by Rustic Events. The hanging string lights added to the warm, romantic look.
Indoor wedding reception inside wood cabin at bailey's palomar resort
Bride and Groom share first dance during rustic wedding reception
Rustic Wedding Details
Bride and groom's funny reactions while holding beer glass during reception
Beer Glass wedding favor
Joined by their love for San Diego craft beer, Dalen and Dave gifted guests with customized snifter glasses.
Drinking themed details at rustic reception
Later, the couple shared a drink from the German Wedding Cup (left) as a way to honor tradition, and have fun celebrating their love.
Bride and Groom laughing during toasts at reception
Custom Bear wedding cake topper

Check out more memories from Dalen and Dave’s rustic mountain wedding!

Venue: Bailey’s Palomar Resort
Florist: Rosemary Duff
Make-up: Skin Care Studio
Musician: Mike Officer
Custom Furniture: Rustic Events
Linens and Rental: Rustic Events
Caterer: Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
Event Beverage Service: Stacy’s Event Bartending Service

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