30May

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.

Military Groom and Bride pose with classic Ford car after wedding in Julian, California Military Groomsmen in uniform pose with classic cars and american flag

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.

Groom with Navy military Groomsmen dressed in Blues Military Wedding Couples get ready for the Wedding Day and pose for portraits in Hotel Bride looks at camera while hugging military groomMilitary Groom poses with group of Bridesmaids before wedding ceremony

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.

Military Couples celebrate after tying the knotMilitary Groom in Uniform kisses Bride as they hold Thank you Sign Military Wedding Couples celebrate with Arch of Swords after ceremony

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 :)

12Apr

Founders Chapel | University of San Diego

By, April 12, 2016

Founders Chapel is a house of worship located on the University of San Diego campus. Dating back to 1953, the chapel was built for what was then the San Diego College for Women. Today, it is a popular ceremony location, and is exclusive to USD students, alumni and staff. We love photographing at this classical and traditional site, and incorporating the venue’s details into memorable ceremony photographs.

Couples takes advantage having two photographers at their wedding

Having two photographers means being able to document ceremony moments from multiple perspectives, as in the photos above.

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The broad and open space of the venue allows us to capture unique vantage points, like the one below.

This Catholic wedding incorporates tradition during their Founders Chapel USD ceremony. This Catholic wedding incorporates tradition during their Founders Chapel USD ceremony. This Catholic wedding incorporates tradition during their USD ceremony.The Father of the bride hugs the groom during a ceremony at Founders Chapel at USDBride and groom seal the deal with a kiss at Founders Chapel in San Diego

To capture unexpected point-of-view images, we look for opportunities such as the balcony, which has railings and gates that can be photographed through.

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The interior and exterior archways add drama and symmetry, which helps to create elegantly composed images, like the ones below.

A backlit portrait taken at the entrance of the Founders Chapel. Founders Chapel USD's most photogenic locations

For creative couple portraits, we love making use of the surrounding campus areas, in addition to the ceremony space.

A groom tilts his new bride back for a fashionable kiss near the gates of Founders chapel.Upholding Military traditions a Founders Chapel USD

Whenever weather permits, the lush green campus lends itself to a nice variety of outdoor photo backdrops.

A Bridal Party laughs it up as they take a group photo at the Founders Chapel. Portrait with the Wedding Party after thier ceremony at Founders Chapel

Check out more beautiful images of Founders Chapel.

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