Life Imitates Art | Photo of the Week

By, April 29, 2016

Here in San Diego, we are fortunate to have a selection of world-class museums within driving distance. Many of these museums also double as eclectic and distinctive wedding venues. For example, the Contemporary Museum of Art in La Jolla is a standout wedding location, with its abundance of artistic backgrounds, modern aesthetic, and edgy design. Whenever we photograph here, we like to incorporate the museum’s vibrance into the wedding day photos as much as possible.

In preparation for Vanessa and Len’s wedding, we discovered this unique, modern wall of the Museum tucked away in a corner of the reception. As you’ll see in the photo below, we framed the lines around our couple, and added a single backlight of flash for contrast. This added drama and intensity to a quiet and intimate moment, and resulted in our Photo of the Week :)

Creative Bride and Groom have a quiet moment in front of colorful wall

Check out more artistic images from Vanessa and Len’s Contemporary Museum of Art wedding.


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.

Photograph of bride holding bouquet at the Darlington House in La Jolla, Califronia.Leading lines drawing focus to Bride and Groom at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California.

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

Bridesmaids Candid Group Hug at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CalifornaBeautiful Bride in a stylized portrait at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California
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.


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.

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