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Alexis & Iván’s Martin Johnson House, La Jolla Wedding

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! One of the things I am grateful for today is clients like Alexis & Iván who give me the opportunity to do what I love–photograph authentic moments between people who love each other. Alexis & Iván now live in Washington D.C., but San Diego holds a special place in their hearts, so they ventured to the Martin Johnson House in La Jolla in order to solidify their commitment to each other in front of their families and friends.  It was only appropriate, as the course of their love crisscrossed the map more than once–from meeting in Baja as scientists, to Iván’s commitment to pursuing Alexis in any city she landed, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and back again.

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There was such an abundant love between these two, that literally the only direction I had to give them was to occasionally look at the camera, rather than each other.

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A very magical mix of light and a tender embrace…

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Alexis & Iván’s wedding had lots of neat details marking their shared love of the ocean and Iván’s Mexican culture.

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A ceremony next to the sea, under a canopy of trees…

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Some of the coolest custom rings I have ever seen…

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As Alexis & Iván’s family and friends were coming together from all over the world for this celebration, and many of them had never met each other, they wanted to bring their loved ones together with some party games…

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..and tequila (a fabulous idea, if you ask me).

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More pretty details, all crafted by the beautiful couple…

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There was an amazing sunset on their wedding date, and I couldn’t resist borrowing Alexis & Iván for a few more portraits. It was also a nice moment for them to step away and spent a moment alone.

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The reception was filled with twinkling lights, more gorgeousness in the La Jolla sky, handsome guests, toasts, musical performances…

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…and a very special (read: hilarious) toast/performance by Alexis’ sister and friend. I think Alexis’ expressions say it all.

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A bit of dancing…

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…and an incredibly special celebration came to its end.

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Alexis & Iván, thank you again for giving me the chance to document your special bond and for being such gracious hosts!

Vendors:
Venue: Martin Johnson House / Coordination: Erica Rife / Officiant: David Diener / Band: Otro Mundo / Catering & Rentals: Continental Catering / Lighting: Event Party Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Naturale Beauty Bar / Assistant Photographer: Jasmine Fitzwilliam

Just One Look: Alexis & Iván’s Martin Johnson House, La Jolla Wedding

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Magic of love and light transpired on this evening…

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Visit my Facebook page for more previews of Alexis & Iván.

Erika & Chris’ San Diego Rowing Club Wedding

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Happy fall! A combination of baby+day job+(and most recently)the flu, has kept me from blogging this sweet summer wedding, but I am happy to be able to share it with you now. Erika & Chris were married in an intimate wedding st the San Diego Rowing Club, but with the abundance of love and and good old fashioned partying that surrounded this beautiful couple, you would have thought there were 300+ guests in attendance.

The afternoon on the bay started with a beach cruiser, some pops of yellow, and a first look.

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Followed shortly thereafter by a gorgeous set of portraits. You might remember from their engagement session that these two are absolute naturals in front of the camera.

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When it was time for the ceremony, that beach cruiser made another appearance. This time Chris and his officiant/friend Martin on a matching bike rode in on their trusty steeds.

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Such a tender ceremony with so many beautiful and tear-jerking moments…

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Erika & Chris’ wedding coordinator Melissa of I do Weddings also did all of the florals and cute custom “bike” details.

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In a creative touch, the reception started with a Viking-inspired ceremony in which Erika bid adieu to her maiden name.

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And when evening approach, the reception continued with a touching first dance and toasts.

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Just some cute guest in fun colors, because I always like to take some of these shots:

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Yummy cake:

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Oh, and then the partying started with some serious dancing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride & groom more full of life, energy, enthusiasm, and fun than these two on the dance floor. It was beyond amazing. (And their guests gave them a pretty good run for their money too.)

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Erika & Chris, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration through your wedding photos. It was really a privilege to see two people united in marriage who clearly adore each other. You are like a ying and a yang that compliment each other so well that you make each other complete. It is obvious seeing you together, that your lives will be filled with many more tender moments, sweet tears, and awesome dance moves.

Vendors:
Venue: San Diego Rowing Club—The Garty Pavilion/ Coordination, florals, and design: Melissa Barrad, I Do…Weddings / Ceremony and Reception Music: Matt Commerce / Catering: Waters Catering / Cake: Bouchee Cake / Rentals: Platinum Party Rentals / Hair: Nannete / Makeup: Maria Weiss, Bootleg Rouge  / Assistant Photographer: Aimee Westcott

Melissa & Roman’s Grand Del Mar, San Diego Wedding

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

If you’ve ever had a favorite novel, and then saw a trailer for the movie adaptation and thought, “How could they possibly condense this beautiful story into two short hours?” you know how I felt when I was selecting the photos for Melissa & Roma’s wedding blog. This day was filled with so much beautiful laughter, a few tears (my favorite grooms always seem to cry), mischievous grins, looks of knowing, looks of longing, tenderness, so many emotions, so many moments–not to mention some amazing dance moves, that the challenge was in choosing the images that would tell Melissa & Roman’s story without leaving any of that out.

That these two met at the perfect moment in life for the both of them, that they brought gifts to each other lives that the other fully and lovingly embraces, that their appreciation for each other seems endless, these are important parts of Melissa & Roman’s story, but ones that do not necessarily need to be explained in detail when you see them together. The light that sparks in Roman’s eyes, the laughter that lights up Melissa’s face, those are explanation enough. And so here is Melissa & Roman’s wedding story (and I will do my best to zip my mouth shut and let their light and love shine through on their own):

A beautiful bride prepares for her day…
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…with infectious laughter.
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A beyond beautiful mother and daughter:
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A suave groom toast with his groomsmen and prepares to see his bride:
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The perfect setting…
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…for an emotional ceremony that was a true reflection of Melissa & Roman–honest,  open, and loving.
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Portraits of the beautiful just-marrieds:
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Gorgeous reception details:
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A bride & groom who know how to get the party started:
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Did I mention the awesome dancing?
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Melissa & Roman, I love you two bunches and bunches, and I miss you already! (Can you get back from your honeymoon already-geez!) I am more than honored to have been your photographer for the most important day of your lives; I am blessed to be your friend and a part of your lives. I hope that these photos help you relive this beautiful day over and over, and bring these memories back to you time and time again.

Vendors:
Venue/Catering: The Grand Del Mar / Design & Coordination: Francine Ribeau Events / Florist: Cherry Blossom Floral Design / Officiant: Nathan Joudry  / Lighting: PSAV Presentation Services / Band: NRG Music & Productions / Wedding Gown Alterations: Roxie Poynor of Roxie Couture / Vintage Rental: Found Vintage Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Calligraphy: Wendy Ware Calligraphy / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Just One Look (or Two): Melissa & Roman’s Grand Del Mar, San Diego Wedding

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Melissa & Roman, my friends and my newest newlyweds; it was amazing to see these two tie the knot because they are a perfect match in every way.

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Visit my Facebook page for a couple more previews of Melissa & Roman.

 

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