Stephanie & Ting Begin Their Great Adventure, The Martin Johnson House

October 20th, 2014

They locked eyes across their work desks and fate was sealed; Stephanie & Ting began their adventure in the same office as co-workers, then grew to be friends, and later, loves.  They traversed the globe and traveled the world together, always comforted by the feeling of home they found in each other. Ting’s infectious laughter and kindness, Stephanie’s magnetic charm and groundedness, they fit together like a hand in glove.

Their wedding day marked the start of another adventure where they became husband and wife, and soon another adventure will begin… parenthood, perhaps Stephanie & Timg’s greatest adventure of all.

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A huge thanks to my second photographer, Sheri, who captured these incredible shots of Ting, as well as many other photos from this wedding.
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Stephanie is such a beauty:
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The Martin Johnson House, always a gorgeous venue, was marked with blue skies and incredible weather on Stephanie & Ting’s wedding day.
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A ceremony filled with so many happy faces. With wistful gazes, laughter, a tear or two, and (my favorite) a little wiggle and a wink, Stephanie & Ting said “I do!”
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Probably one of my personal favorite sets of bride & grooms portraits of all time. When the stars line up perfectly, magic can happen.
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Classic reception details with a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure:
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And a perfect day punctuated by perfect timing: Stephanie & Ting’s grand entrance coincided with a an epic sunset.
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Um, the cutest:
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A little twist on tradition that was just right: the bride & groom both dance with their moms. Super sweet.
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Stephanie & Ting’s tender first dance was a kickoff to an epic dance party. They’ve got some moves!
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Stephanie & Ting, thank you so much for inviting me into your lives and giving me the honor of photographing your wedding. You are one of the kindest, most welcoming, and spirited couples I have had the pleasure to know. A gigantic congratulations on your baby, and your journey together. May your adventures never end. I am sure they never will.

Vendors:
Coordination: Joy Culture Events / Venue: Martin Johnson House / Catering: Carriage Trade Catering & Company / DJ: Irwin Alcantara / Florist: La Belle Bloom / Floral Arch: Arch de Belle / Officiant: Reginald Partlow / Makeup Artist & Hair: Shonna Armonio / Cake: Alannah Estrada / Cupcakes: Sprinkles / Transportation: Coastal Transportation / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

Just One Look: Stephanie & Ting at The Martin Johnson House

September 23rd, 2014

Stephanie and Ting said “I do!” (with enthusiasm and a cute wiggle) this weekend at the Martin Johnson House this weekend. Congratulations to my newest newlyweds!

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Stephanie & Ting at San Diego’s Central Library

September 17th, 2014

Stephanie & Ting are getting married this weekend at the beautiful Martin Johnson House, so I am excited to share their engagement session today. Stephanie & Ting are lovers of travel; they’ve been to far away places together and when they aren’t traveling, they enjoy planning their next adventure, so when Stephanie suggest we meet at San Diego’s Central Library where she and Ting often peruse the travel section, I was immediately on board.

I love how these images really tell an authentic story about Stephanie & Ting, as well as capture their sweet and silly dynamic.

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Ting is a pro at making Stephanie laugh.

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A tender moment in the library’s lobby:

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In addition to a great collection of books, the Central Library also a ton of unique architectural features that we capitalized on.

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Stephanie couldn’t be more gorgeous (and some friendly passerby’s made sure that Stephanie knew they thought so too).

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Much of our session was spent with Ting getting the party started, and Stephanie happily obliging. These two are so much fun together.

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Sweet, tender, and a generous helping of silly, pretty well sums up Stephanie & Ting’s engagement session. Thanks you two; I really had a blast and enjoyed capturing you together. Can’t wait for the wedding!

Celeste & Ommar Make it Official at Quail Haven Farm

September 10th, 2014

They met as kids many moons ago and patiently waited for the right moment to become husband and wife. Soul mates, best friends, long-time loves, Celeste and Ommar’s wedding was a sweet celebration of two lives indelibly entwined. It’s easy to imagine these two growing old together, dancing in their living room, among mementos and memories from their endless adventures together. Or at their 50th wedding anniversary, a party thrown by multiple generations of their close-knit family, with laughter and tear-filled toasts to “Lola and Abuelito”.

Ommar and Celeste started their  day surrounded by their families and wedding party as they made their preparations.

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Thanks to my stellar assistant photographer, Rachel, for capturing this set of photos, featuring Ommar:
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Celeste dressed with not only the help of her own mom, but with Ommar’s mom as well. It was sweet to see how these two families were so closely bonded.
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A first look and a bride who who seemed to get prettier by the second. Celeste’s super power just might be managing to look gorgeous even while crying.
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A beautiful bride escorted down the aisle by her dashing father: the stage was set for an emotionally moving ceremony. The gorgeous backdrop of Quail Haven Farm didn’t hurt either.
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Maybe my favorite photo of the day:
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I don’t always (read: I hardly ever) post formals but Ommar and Celeste’s wedding party was so full of personality and color that I am just going to do it.
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Sometimes when the wedding day timeline goes a bit off track, it can be a blessing. In this case, it gave me the chance to take Celeste & Ommar’s portraits throughout the day rather than in one set. Quail Haven Farm had so many incredible backdrops to choose from, and we had a chance to explore so many of them. These lovebirds, who have known each other a lifetime, are so natural and at ease with each other, that I mostly had to just stand back and let them be them. Some serious magic ensued.
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Ommar & Celeste’s reception was filled with personal hand crafted details. And even more importantly it was filled with laughter, tears of joy, and so much fun.
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Also cute babies, lots of cute babies…
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I’m officially awarding Celeste the Best Performance by a Bride in a Musical Number (i.e. best dancer) award, but she definitely had some stiff competetion.
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A huge thanks to Celeste & Ommar for inviting me to capture this special day. Your wedding was the stuff memories are made of, and I am positive you will have many, many years together to relive each and every moment of it.

Vendors:
Venue: Quail Haven Farm / Catering: Curiocity Catering / Cake: It’s A Piece A Cake / Donuts: Papa G’s Vegan Donuts / Florist: Hot House Flower Shop / Photobooth: LOL Foto Booth / Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang White / Groom’s Suit: Zara / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Cedar Conquers Balboa Park and Turns 1! (Part 2)

August 30th, 2014

Cedar was so charming we did it twice. (Check out part 1 of Cedar’s 1 -year session.) For her full 1-year family session, I met mom, dad, and Cedar in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park where we adventured around and kept the little lady entertained. Charming to the extreme, Cedar had us all in stitches. Crawling across the Spanish Village bright tiles, some fun hand clapping games, nursing time, and an adorable cloth diaper butt kept the party going. I love this family and hope you do too.

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