Mai and Dale | Darlington House Wedding

By, March 31, 2016

Mai and Dale were married at the illustrious Darlington House in La Jolla, California. This location, a San Diego Historic Landmark dating back to 1925, is a mash-up of sophisticated design characteristics from all over the world. For example, there is a Spanish-influenced library, an Egyptian/Andalusian patio, columns imported from Italy and Greece, and a Moroccan fireplace!

The multicultural theme of this venue was perfect for Mai and Dale, who celebrated a little bit of their own respective cultures throughout the wedding. To commemorate Mai’s Chinese family background, there was a traditional tea ceremony, and customary Chinese favors. To pay tribute to Dale’s Jewish heritage, a glass was broken during the ceremony, and guests danced the Hora during the reception. The wedding was super fun and had many unique elements and details as you will see below….we hope you enjoy!

Wedding at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California Macro ring shot on a reflective surface at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California.

To bring out the brilliance of these rings, we used a macro lens, and photographed them on a reflective surface.

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In the above photo, we brought our camera really close to the rail to create leading lines, and to draw attention to the couple.

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Bride in groom in candid photos in La Jolla, California

We LOVE color! We’re always on the look out for unique colorful backdrops to liven things up.

Bridesmaids at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California Overhead wedding photo at the staircase of the Darlington House in La Jolla, California

Looking at things from different perspectives leads to visually interesting photographs!

Bridesmaids in a fun wedding photo at the Darlington House LibraryFramed wedding photo inside bridal suite at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaFather walking Bride down the aisle during ceremony at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaWedding tea ceremony at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California016M_DMazel Tov at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California 019M_D Big Group Wedding Photo of couple kissing at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California

It’s fun getting guests involved for a large group group photo, and it makes an awesome keepsake for the couple!

Romantic Moment outside of the Darlington House in La Jolla, San Diego, California

As you can imagine, the Darlington House has a number of striking photo locations, both inside and out.

Wedding Photo outside of the Darlington HouseSunset wedding photo in La Jolla, California

Just down the street, there is a beautiful stretch of beach, where we snuck this beautiful couple away for romantic sunset photos.

Wedding couple point at Just Married sign at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaDetail photograph of outdoor wedding venue in La Jolla, California

We understand how much effort goes into the preparation of a wedding, and photograph every intricate detail from a variety of vantage points.

Chopsticks wedding favor at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaSeating Chart Detail Photo at the Darlington HouseWedding cake and venue photograph at the Darlington HouseBride and groom signs and venue photograph at the Darlington House at dusk in La Jolla, California

By setting our exposure just right, we were able to bring out the vibrant colors of the sky, showing the true ambiance of the reception.

Happy Groom during Hava Nagila/Hora Dance at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaHappy bride during Hava Nagila/Hora dance at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaDancing wedding photo with shutter drag at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California


Venue: Darlington House
Disc Jockey: Allen Walker Entertainment
Invitation: Minted.com
Makeup: My Girls on Film Studios
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth
Hair Stylist: RissHair
Florist: The Flower Shop Encinitas
Bakery: The French Gourmet
Coordinator: Weddings by Lisa Nicole

To see more of Mai and Dale’s Darlington House wedding, please click here.


Darlington House Wedding with Music Phreek DJ & Lighting

By, February 04, 2013

Throughout the course of a wedding, there are so many different types of moments. It’s important to be able to recognize each moment as it comes, and pair it appropriately with music, to keep the energy flowing.

I always say that music can make or break an event.  I love providing the music and entertainment for my clients, and making their wedding day better than they could have ever imagined.

Recently, my company provided the musical entertainment for the wedding of Katie and David. This couple was down to earth, and fully prepared to have a good time on their big day. Check out some photos below from their wedding at the Darlington House in La Jolla.


From the start of the big day, everyone in the bridal party was full of energy. Here’s a great shot of the bridal party celebrating the newlyweds.


Even during a “serious photo”, the mood was light. It’s difficult to take someone too seriously when they’re wearing a lamp shade.


From the ceremony on the Egyptian Patio, to a group photo on the Andalusian Patio, to the reception in the Rose Garden, the Darlington House allowed Katie and David’s friends and family to celebrate their marriage in an intimate setting.


Shortly after Katie and David made their grand entrance into the reception, the couple judged an energetic dance-off between close friends and family. It got the crowd laughing, and made guests excited and comfortable from the start. Everyone was having a blast!


Even during the cake cutting, we chose the perfect song as background music to keep the night flowing. Here’s another example of a couple letting loose and enjoying their big day.


When it was David’s turn to remove the garter, Katie “Iced” David. “Icing” is a prank where someone finds an elaborate way of hiding a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, and when uncovered by their target, the target must drink the entire bottle while on one knee. Katie pulled off the prank perfectly!


My favorite moment was when the bride Katie came up to ask for a rap song she could dance to! They were so much fun.


It was a great day with an even greater group of people! Cheers to Katie and David!


Disc Jockey: Music Phreek DJ & Lighting
Venue: Darlington House
Photography: True Photography
Coordinator: Margo Clinkenbeard
Linens and Rental: Concepts Event Design
Florist: Flora Glamor
Makeup: Flora Wade
Hair Stylist: Flora Wade
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Photo Booth: San Diego Photo Booth Rentals
Bakery: Shirley Resnick The Cake Lady
Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique
Event Beverage Service: Bev-Mo

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