30Nov

Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the Hora!

By, November 30, 2017

The Hora is a customary Jewish wedding celebration dance. Once the song Hava-Nagila starts playing, guests instinctively rush to the dance floor, and hold hands to form a circle around the bride and groom. The crowd then lifts the newly married couple up in chairs, to honor and celebrate their union. It is a fun and cardio-centric tradition that will get you off your feet, and get your heart rate up!

The tradition of the Hora started long ago, during the time of arranged marriages. The purpose was to bring the community together in celebration, and put the (presumably nervous) young couple at ease. These days, the Hora remains a highlight of Jewish weddings, and remains a way to honor a Jewish heritage.

As wedding photographers, when we capture the energy and the joy of this moment, we make sure to place ourselves at the perfect perspective. Whether we’re unobtrusively in the middle of the action, or shooting from the sidelines, we make sure to capture the energy and excitement of the moment. Check out the fun photos we’ve captured of some real life “Hora Stories” :)

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Family and friends fill the dance floor for the hora
Bride and grooms looks on to their guest for the hora
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Bride and groom hold hands for the hora
Excited groom lifted up in a chair
Groom is lifted by family and friends for the hora
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Groom huddles with friends
Bride and groom have fun with the hora
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Guest surround bride and groom for the hora
Groom barely holds on as he's lifted for the hora
Mom gets lifted for the hora
Bride and groom enjoying the hora at their wedding
Bride and groom celebrate traditional hora
22Nov

Emily and David | Loews Coronado + The Ultimate Skybox Wedding

By, November 22, 2017

Emily and David recently held their wedding at the waterfront Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and celebrated their reception at the Ultimate Skybox. These two locations, and their surroundings, provided a gorgeous variety of contrasting backdrops. We had lots to work with! Enjoy a selection of highlights from this fun Downtown San Diego wedding.

Bride and groom in downtown San Diego
We are always looking for anything out-of-the-ordinary to add a special touch to your photos.
Bride and maid of honor in front of mirror
We love finding unique backgrounds for our brides. In this photo, Emily and her maid-of-honor are seen through a reflection.
Portrait of bride sitting
Cute socks for the groom
Bride portrait and candid of kids at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Candid of kids holding hands
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at the skybox
Bride and groom kissing
Bride and groom at Ultimate Skybox

Take a look at more photos of Emily & David’s downtown wedding!

Venue: Ultimate Skybox
Coordinator: Creative Affairs, Inc.
Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Eat Your Cake Too
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining

19Nov

Romantic Wedding Candles

By, November 19, 2017

When candles are incorporated into the wedding day, it can really set the mood! The soft flickering light of a candle adds visual interest, and enhances any room. Suddenly, a ceremony aisle feels more dramatic, a table centerpiece more regal, and a reception more romantic :)

Check out different ways candles have been used at weddings we’ve captured, and the techniques we used to photograph them.

Candlelit Ceremony Aisle
Candlelit centerpieces for a wedding
Candles light up the ceiling and tables
Floating candles in a large vase
Candles light up the display
At this wedding reception, candles were used to softly light engagement photos on a feature wall.
A row of candles as a centerpiece
Grand Candlelit Reception
Floating candles in vases with flowers
Aisle lined with candlelight
Hanging candles in glass balls
Candles in hanging lanterns
Candles with color add visual interest
Cluster of candles on a table
Hanging candle votives
Candles in Fruit Centerpiece
Votives hanging on branches for a wedding ceremony
Large candles on a sweetheart table
Elegant Candle Centerpieces
Walls of hanging candles
To create division between the ceremony and reception room, a wall of hanging candles in glass balls is a unique and elegant solution (right).
Beach themed candles set in orchids
Surrounded by candles on the aisle
Reception room with candle centerpieces
Candle habras add elegance to reception table

For more “bright” ideas, check out our full gallery of wedding market lighting