Memorial Day | Love and Valor

By, May 30, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Military Groom picks up Bride for fun wedding couple portrait under white gazebo

Check out more inspiration from recent San Diego military weddings :)


Classic Cars at Weddings | Roll on Down the Aisle

By, May 02, 2014

Classic cars are a great addition to any wedding! Whenever our wedding couple arrives in a vintage vehicle, we make sure to incorporate it into number of unique photos. There is something timeless and elegant about a classic car, especially when it doubles as a gleaming wedding chariot.

The couples below definitely knew how to ride in style on their wedding day. Here are some classic car wedding images to get your motor running :)

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If you enjoyed these images, the road continues with more of our recent classic car wedding photos.


A Redondo Beach Wedding at the Library | Coordinated by Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events

By, May 20, 2013

When Larisa and Greg were first engaged in October of 2012, they knew they wanted Natalie Sofer to assist them in planning the wedding of their dreams.  Natalie runs a full-service event planning company in the Los Angeles area, and also provides month-of and day-of packages. By putting their trust in Natalie and her team, Larisa and Greg were able to relax and celebrate their wedding!


The afternoon started at the beach, an hour before the ceremony, where Larisa and Greg saw each other for the first time that day.


For the ceremony, Larisa and Greg shared their vows at St. Cross Episcopal Church, followed by a grand reception at the Redondo Beach Historic Library.


The reception was an elegant and intimate affair, filled with many personal touches. In the rear of the reception, bookshelves prominently displayed family photos, and a beautifully handmade marriage certificate was presented for all of the guests to sign.


Since both Larisa and Greg are huge movie buffs, the reception featured an “at the movies” theme. Each table was named after a favorite film, and unique and fun table placeholders helped guests find their dinner destination.


On their first date, Larisa and Greg had eaten at Canters Deli in Los Angeles, and shared a black and white cookie. To incorporate this fun fact into the wedding, there were individually handmade cookies for each guest to take home. We love that Larisa and Greg really infused their personalities and lives into their wedding day!


Larisa and Greg had expressed a desire to dance a lot during the reception, and to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  Natalie was able to come up with a wedding day timeline that enabled them to do just that.

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What a beautiful end to a perfectly coordinated day.  Thanks Natalie for taking such great care of our wedding couples!


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