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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

05May

Cinco de Mayo!

By, May 05, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! This year we’re kicking off the holiday with a throwback to Anaissa and Paulo’s romantic wedding at the US Grant. Serenaded by the sweet sounds of this 8-person mariachi band, the couple held each other tight, and danced the night away. Wishing everyone a fun (and safe) holiday!

Bride and Groom kiss as mariachi band plays behind them

18Feb

Let it Flow | Rockin’ the Long Bridal Veil

By, February 18, 2016

Debating whether to rock a long veil on your wedding day? For modern brides, a veil is now an optional embellishment, and a matter of personal preference. However, the wearing of a veil is a longstanding bridal custom, dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. After seeing the photos below, you may be inspired to honor this practice, or to put your own spin on it.

As photographers, we are in favor of brides keeping this tradition strong! Veils are accessories that we can play with, and use to take images to new heights. The daintiness and sheerness of veils add texture to wedding photos, and help us to create dramatic and romantic compositions.

Out of the many different veil lengths available, today we are spotlighting chapel and cathedral veils. A chapel veil reaches the ground, while a cathedral veil extends even further, and spreads out beautifully behind the bride. The dramatic length of these particular veils allows us to create striking portraits that would otherwise not have the same effect. What bride wouldn’t want to channel her inner model and totally rock a “veil in the wind” shot?

Check out our collection of long veil portraits and prepare to be “blown away” ;)

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For more beautifully dramatic bridal hairstyles (with and without veils), please click here.