D & J’s oceanside wedding at the Martin Johnson House was the culmination of two lives that have been lovingly entwined for years despite the obstacle of physical distance. Celebrating in J’s hometown of San Diego was the perfect choice for these cosmopolitan romantics. Despite currently living many miles away, J’s laid back personality is a reflection of a true San Diegan- at-heart.
D was a vision in white as she prepared for her first look with J.
First looks are such a special moment between a bride and groom where they can step away from everything for a few minutes and have everything be just about them and their connection. The smile on D’s face when she saw J was contagious.
A taste of some of the gorgeous views and special touches guest were treated to:
Under a soft blanket of clouds and next to the blue, blue sea, D & J gave their vows to each other amongst family and friends who had traveled far and wide for them on their wedding day. The touching ceremony incorporated many of their close friend’s participation, including bouquet holders, readings, and even the officiant was a dear friend.
A gorgeous and ecstatic bride and groom post-ceremony is pretty much the best.
Ah, the portraits. Simply put, D & J killed it. I was (and am) in awe of how natural and at ease these two were with each other in front of the camera, and showed such an honest view into their warm and joyful connection.
One of the coolest aspects of D & J’s wedding day was the incorporation of Paebaek, a Korean wedding ceremony, during their reception. Honoring D’s culture and both of their families, this tradition was such a unique and personal facet of their celebration.
D’s incredible attention to detail was reflected in every reception detail. The beach vibe, the colors, the cute messages…everything came together perfectly.
The reception took place under the canopy of cypress trees and twinkling lights.
Speeches by the groom’s brother and the bride’s brother and sister illuminated D & J’s tight bonds to their families. A highlight of the speeches was hearing about D’s caring nature, and how she is always to give freely of her time and attention to her loved ones.
D & J’s desert spread was filled with more personal and well-though out details, and their thank you speech to their family and friends was a lovely high point of the evening.
Gorgeous rings and a few more portraits, taken as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean:
After the sun set, D put on her dancing shoes (and a second, fabulous dress). This was one bride who knew how to shake it, and she was amongst good company on the dance floor.
D & J, thank you for allowing me to capture your incredible wedding. The day was filled with so much beauty, happiness, and joy, and was a unique, special reflection of your love for each other and all those around you. Congratulations!
Venue: Martin Johnson House / Coordination: Events Inspired / Rentals: Allie’s Party Rentals / Catering: Buckboard Catering / Bakery: VG Donuts & Bakery / DJ: Absolute Events DJs / Makeup: Beauty by Gerine / Charter Bus: Grand Pacific Charter / Videographer: Stephen Alberts Videography / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley