16Mar

La Valencia | Classic Venue with a Modern Twist

By, March 16, 2016

La Valencia is a vintage Spanish-stye San Diego hotel overlooking La Jolla Cove. With a colorful history dating back to 1926, this old-school gem has color flourishes throughout, and stunning panoramic ocean views. The venue’s tropical garden is tranquil and breathtaking, and is an undeniably gorgeous place to exchange wedding vows.

Couple lean in for kiss overlooking ocean at La ValenciaBeautiful Brides in at La ValenciaBride poses with blue wedding shoes at La Valencia

As photographers, we love finding new, creative ways to put a fresh spin on this old-world venue.

Bride looks out from balcony during pre ceremonyGroomsmen walk down city street near La Valencia

We have our favorite spots also, such as the hotel’s vibrant pink exterior, gorgeous tiled walls, and hand-painted murals.

Groom standing in front of textile wall at La Valencia Aerial view of couple's wedding ceremony at La Valencia HotelCollaged image of ceremony details at La Valencia HotelBride and Groom lean in for kiss out on balcony at La ValenciaModern Couples pose in front of colorful textile walls at La Valencia HotelBride and Groom lean in for an artistic photo of them kissing down stairwell Bride and Groom lean in for kiss with dramatic back lightCouples explore the artistic, urban neighborhood next to La Valencia Hotel for creative backgrounds

The surrounding La Jolla neighborhood is a treasure trove of photo opportunities. There are colorful buildings, city backdrops, and the famous La Jolla Cove, all within a four minute walk.

Bridal Party dressed in grey and pink walk across street in La Jolla Bride posed with fun groomsmen bridal party at La Jolla Cove

After the ceremony, the nearby beach is an inviting place for couples to relax, have a quick photo session, and refresh before rejoining friends and family. The vivid hues, natural surroundings, and soft light create a sense of timeless intimacy, resulting in beautiful portraits. It is an amazing way to spend the first few moments as a newly married couple :)

Couple pose in front of sunset sky at La Jolla CoveCollage of classic wedding receptions at the Verandah Ball Room and Terrace in La Valencia Hotel

As the day crosses over into evening, it’s time to celebrate at La Valencia’s Verandah Ballroom and Terrace. Sitting high above the property, this room provides magnificent views, and is furnished with crystal chandeliers and stylish checkered floors. This elegant setting is perfect for a dramatic grand entrance, and will enchant guests as they party the night away.

Elegant room photo of couple's wedding reception at La Valencia HotelBride and Groom share first dance at La Valencia HotelGuests at wedding reception have fun with photoboothUrban night photo from the outside of La Valencia HotelBride and Groom kiss and toast champagne

For more of our favorite weddings photographed at La Valencia Hotel, please visit this link.

09Mar

Dressing a Tiny Princess | Flower Girl Fashion

By, March 09, 2016

You did it… you said yes to the dress. Now it’s time to pick out a dress that will go perfect with flying petals – the dress for your flower girl! As photographers, we find that little ones love to show off their fancy outfits when a camera is nearby. Bonus points for anything that promotes a good twirl!

Excited Flower Girl coming down isle

A mini version of everything is always adorable. For this reason, many brides will choose a dress for their flower girl that mimics their own.

Flower girl walks down the aisle in neutral tonesFlower girls look sweet in neutral tones.

Adding a pop of color to the flower girl’s ensemble can tie in the colors of the wedding, and complement the bridesmaids dresses.

Flower girls in different colored tutus and flower crownsFlower girls wear colorful dresses Flower girls in white tulle dresses with orange accents

A tiny glimmering dress wins our hearts pretty quickly. Glitter will definitely help your little lady shine down the aisle!

flower girls in glittery dresses

Patterned bridal party dresses are definitely becoming a huge trend, and we highly support it! Patterns are fun to photograph, and add great detail to both color and black and white images.

Flower girls in patterned dresses on a wedding day

Every princess deserves a crown. There are endless options for flower crowns these days, and you can easily find one to match your floral arrangements.

A flower girl walks down the aisle in a rose flower crownFlowergirl 13-3Flowergirl 13-2Flower girls in ivy flower crowns

You can also opt for something even more princess-like, and make the youngest member of your bridal party feel like real royalty. We also think cupcakes are always a perfect accessory.

Flower girls in jewled headbands

Choosing the biggest little performer you know will keep your day fun!

Flower girls being goofy

For more unforgettable flower girl photos from recent weddings, please click here.

22Feb

Sana & Pedro – The Best of Both Worlds

By, February 22, 2016

Sana and Pedro were married at the Arbor Terrace of the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook, California. Sana is of Pakistani descent, and Pedro’s heritage is Mexican. Each commemorated their respective cultures with traditional attire, ethnic music and special customs. As you’ll see in the photos below, the result was a wedding bursting with life and color.

During the wedding, Sana wore a colorful gharara by Nomi Ansari . She was decorated with lavish embellishments and intricate henna tatoos by Henna Trendz. Oh ya, and some Jimmy Choo shoes ;)

Pedro wore a traditional Pakistani sherwani for the ceremony, and surprised the guests when he switched into a Mariachi outfit for the reception. They were even accompanied by a Mariachi band for the grand entrance… Ole!

The ceremony and reception sites were decked out to the max, featuring beautiful red roses and elaborate décor by Finishing Touch Wedding Design. To ensure a lively reception, the band stuck around throughout dinner, and even took special requests. We hope you enjoy these highlights from this special day.

002Wedding couple walking by waterfall at the Orchid Bar at the Grand Tradition Estate, Fallbrook, California.
We love it when couples are adventurous, and are up for unusual photo ideas! San and Pedro were a ton of fun!
004 Detail photographs of Henna Tatoos and Jimmy Choo Shoes
Mexican and Pakistani cultures coming together in this fun photograph
As we crossed the bridge, we happened to see a rose lying on the ground. We thought it was the perfect prop to depict these two cultures coming together. What a fun shot!
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We’re always using our surroundings to help tell the story of the day. The members of the Mariachi Band were more than willing to step in for this photo.
Close-ups of cultural bride and groom at the Grand Tradition Estate 011 012 Cultural bridesmaids at the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook Red Roses at ceremony site at the Grand Tradition
This low-angle shot shows the abundance of red roses, which were present throughout the wedding.
Ceremony Site at the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, California draped with red roses. 016 Wedding Kiss at the Grand Tradition with red rose petals flying in th air
By staying as alert as possible for any photographic opportunity, we are able to anticipate the action, and capture instantaneous moments that are over in a flash.
020 021 023 Luxurious Reception setup at the Arbor Terrace at the Grand Tradition Estate 026 First Dance at the Grand Tradition Arbor Terrace. Groom in Traditional Mariachi holding a red rose. 028 Happy Bride and Groom at Sparkler Exit at the Grand Tradition Estate

Big congratulations to this fun and happy couple!

Vendors

Bakery: Cakes to Celebrate!
Bridal Stylist: Dress Your Face
Arch and Arbor: Finishing Touch Wedding Design
Bridesmaids Dresses: Frontier Heritage
Venue: Grand Tradition
Henna Artist: Henna Trendz
Invitation: Love Paper Paint
Wedding Dress: Nomi Ansari
Transportation: Sunset Limo

To see more of Sana & Pedro’s vibrant cross-cultural wedding, please click here

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