07Apr

Coronado Beach Wedding | Christy and Stephen

By, April 07, 2016

Christy and Stephen both love the ocean, and decided to hold their ceremony right on the beach. The vow exchange took place in Coronado, on the sand, with a reception at the nearby Coronado Community Center. Since the locations were close together, the couple had not only a fun indoor celebration, but also a gorgeous oceanfront sunset. It really was the best of both worlds.

Sunset newlyweds portrait on the beach at Coronado Island

Christy’s bold and colorful bouquet was by InStyle Event Planning, and she rocked an intricate lace wedding dress from D’Angelo Couture.

Coronado's Grand Historical Mansion Bride with bridal flower and dressThe “Getting Ready” photos took place at The Grand Historical Mansion, one of Coronado’s premiere estates. In the photos of Christy, below, we took advantage of the soft natural light coming through the window, and used it to highlight this lovely bride.

Coronado Island wedding bride getting ready at Grand Historical Mansion

In portraits like the one of Stephen, below, we made sure to include details of the manor, such as these old-world carved wooden doors.

Grand Historical Mansion portrait of groom inside archwayCoronado beach groom portrait with flask in limo and on beach

Pictured below is the backyard of The Grand Historical Mansion, with its lush plants and mature trees. Goofy photos are always fun to create, and these bridal parties definitely “jumped” at the opportunity:)

Grand Historical Mansion bridal wedding partyCoronado Island Groom and groomsmen at Grand Historical MansionCoronado beach bride and groom portrait in black and whiteCoronado beach bride and groom closeup portrait

Who can resist a ceremony featuring a beloved yellow lab?

Coronado wedding ceremony with dog walking down the aisleCoronado Wedding Ceremony with flower girl walking down the aisleCoronado wedding ceremony with bride and father walking the processionalCoronado beach wedding ceremony

By anticipating important photo opportunities, we were able to switch quickly from wide-angle to zoom, and capture the ring exchange moment in close-up detail.

Coronado beach closeup of ring shotWedding couple kissing on beach at CoronadoCoronado, California wedding couple kissing at beach wedding ceremonyBridal party cheers while wedding couple dip and kiss on Coronado beachYellow lab with wedding outfit and newlywedsCoronado beach sunset portrait of bride and groom

A carefully crafted ring shot helps to tell the story of the day, and can also hold personal meaning. For example, in the photo below, we used Christy and Stephen’s bible to create a heart, which was then framed around their rings.

Wedding ring shot inside bible

Congratulations to this happy couple! For more, check out our gallery of Christy and Steven’s Coronado Beach wedding.

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.

17May

Sunflowers, champagne and a sunset make a romantic engagement shoot

By, May 17, 2011

We had an awesome time photographing Jhovanna and Jak around the beach in Del Mar.  This Laguna Beach couple fit in beautifully with nature’s cool colors along the cliff overlooking the ocean. The progression of the engagement shoot was almost like a great date: a nature walk with sunflowers, a bottle of champagne in the park, a gorgeous sunset, and a night on the town on 15th Street in Del Mar!

We are looking forward to photographing these two USD alums as they tie the knot at the University of San Diego Founder’s Chapel, and celebrate at the Estancia Resort and Spa in La Jolla this fall.  Go Toreros!

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