Just a few days away from their first wedding anniversary, what a better way to celebrate than with a blog! Amanda & Ray were married in beautiful Coronado, California on a cool, cloudy day (actually my favorite for beach weddings). In a celebration as laid back and fun as the couple, they were married on the beach, then partied at their reception at Miguel’s Cocina, a local Mexican restaurant. In between, we had time for some modern and classic portraits as well as some out of the box ones that are my favorites. Sweet, emotional, and fun, this is a wedding their family and friends (including me) will remember for a lifetime. And shout out to Ray’s family who celebrated with a Nigerian money spraying of the couple during the reception, similar to a money dance in other cultures. I love learning new wedding traditions from families. Happy anniversary Amanda & Ray!

bridal party doing a shot at Coronado wedding in El Cordova Hotel

bride getting ready with mom in El Cordova Hotel room in Coronado

bride getting into dress at Coronado wedding

first look between bride and groom at El Cordova Hotel in Coronado

bride and groom hugging at El Cordova Hotel in Coronado

portrait of bride and groom at El Cordova Hotel during Coronado wedding

bridal portrait at El Cordova Hotel in Coronado

portraits of groom at El Cordova Hotel and Hotel Del in Coronado

groom with groomsmen at Hotel Del Coronado wedding

wedding party portrait on the lawn of the Hotel Del in Coronado

groomsmen and groom laughing on the lawn of Hotel Del in Coronado California

bride with her sister and bridal bouquet at Hotel Del Coronado wedding

bride laughing with bridesmaid and bridesmaids bouquet at Hotel Del Coronado wedding

bride and bridesmaid walking through parking lot of the Hotel Del California

maracas and wedding decoration at Coronado California beach wedding

bride and father walking down aisle at Coronado beach wedding

groom seeing bride for first time at Coronado beach wedding

bride during ceremony of Coronado beach wedding

groom's mother smiling at Coronado beach wedding ceremony

bride and groom's vows during ceremony at Coronado beach wedding

bride's mother during vows of Coronado beach wedding ceremony

Coronado beach wedding ceremony exchange of rings

bride and groom smiling during recessional at Coronado beach ceremony wedding

portrait of newlyweds after wedding ceremony on Coronado beach

portrait of bride and groom on stairs to the beach at Coronado beach wedding

portrait of bride and groom in front of the Hotel Del at Coronado wedding

bride and groom portrait in parking lot of the Hotel Del Coronado California

bride and groom portrait under bougainvillea at Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado wedding

bride and groom crossing street in Coronado California wedding

ring shot with craft beer bottle caps at Coronado beach wedding

Nigerian money dance during a wedding at Miguel's Cocina in Coronado California

Nigerian money spraying at wedding at Miguel's Cocina in Coronado California

bride dancing at wedding reception at Miguel's Cocina in Coronado California

Ceremony venue: Coronado’s South Beach Reception
Reception Venue: Miguel’s Cocina, Coronado

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Caroline & Kevin just said “I do” this past weekend, and I had the pleasure of being their wedding photographer. First we got to know each other at their Balboa Park engagement session where we explored some quieter parts of the park. Caroline and Kevin live in the neighborhood and Caroline can often jogs the park’s miles of gorgeous grounds so it’s not only a beautiful location, it also has a personal connection to this easy going couple. This session reflects the laid back and warm mood that makes this couple such a joy to be around.

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This adorable family has been coming to me annually since Cedar was a wee babe. I love their carefree spirits and their ability to laugh even in the craziest of toddler moments. It really allows their colorful personalities to shine and I am able to capture the fun they have together and their zest for life. Thanks Amber, Joshua, & Cedar for the laughs and allowing me the photograph your beautiful family!

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Engagement sessions are the best when you can capture a slice of a couple’s everyday life. Sydney & Heather visit Dark Horse Coffee in North Park on the weekends, so we started their engagement session there, and then took a walk around the neighborhood to visit the colorful murals that Sydney & Heather love. They brought along their pit bull Mikey, which was the perfect touch to make their session even more meaningful. Mikey put up with us pretty well for the better part of an hour and charmed my pants off. Sydney & Heather’s wedding is less than a week away and I cannot wait to photograph this amazing couple again. Their relaxed and warm personalities are going to make for the best day ever.

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When Tanner contacted me about photographing his senior portraits to mark his college graduation from CSU San Marcos, I was so excited! Tanner had been my photography student and I also had the pleasure of photographing his high school senior portrait session just a few years before. It was wonderful to see the grownup Tanner who is as handsome and sweet as ever. He wanted photos both at CSUSM and a second location, so we chose the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The architecture and strong lines of both spots perfectly accentuated Tanner’s tailored and modern look. Tanner was so easy to photograph and we had a great time chatting and trying out some more unconventional ideas, resulting in what I think are some of my most creative senior portraits. Thanks Tanner! I can’t wait to catch up again.

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