16Mar

La Valencia | Classic Venue with a Modern Twist

By, March 16, 2016

La Valencia is a vintage Spanish-stye San Diego hotel overlooking La Jolla Cove. With a colorful history dating back to 1926, this old-school gem has color flourishes throughout, and stunning panoramic ocean views. The venue’s tropical garden is tranquil and breathtaking, and is an undeniably gorgeous place to exchange wedding vows.

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As photographers, we love finding new, creative ways to put a fresh spin on this old-world venue.

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We have our favorite spots also, such as the hotel’s vibrant pink exterior, gorgeous tiled walls, and hand-painted murals.

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The surrounding La Jolla neighborhood is a treasure trove of photo opportunities. There are colorful buildings, city backdrops, and the famous La Jolla Cove, all within a four minute walk.

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After the ceremony, the nearby beach is an inviting place for couples to relax, have a quick photo session, and refresh before rejoining friends and family. The vivid hues, natural surroundings, and soft light create a sense of timeless intimacy, resulting in beautiful portraits. It is an amazing way to spend the first few moments as a newly married couple :)

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As the day crosses over into evening, it’s time to celebrate at La Valencia’s Verandah Ballroom and Terrace. Sitting high above the property, this room provides magnificent views, and is furnished with crystal chandeliers and stylish checkered floors. This elegant setting is perfect for a dramatic grand entrance, and will enchant guests as they party the night away.

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For more of our favorite weddings photographed at La Valencia Hotel, please visit this link.

29Jan

Swanky 1920’s-Inspired Wedding at The Prado

By, January 29, 2015

The Roaring Twenties was an era bursting with Art Deco style, extravagant couture, and lush ornamentation. Rosalyn and Adam felt like these characteristics would be just perfect for their wedding – and they were so right!  Who wouldn’t want to attend a special celebration full of 1920s glitz and glamour?  To make their vision a reality, they called on the help of Francine Ribeau Events and Isari Flower Studio. Throughout the wedding, guests were transported back to this magical era, like a page out of The Great Gatsby. Check out the photos we captured below, and witness the transformation :)

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The Grand Reveal

Rosalyn and Adam chose to do their first look prior to the ceremony.  Doesn’t she look stunning with her 1920’s finger wave hairstyle and intricate, beaded gown? He thought so too! ;) We loved photographing this moment!

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The Ceremony

The young and adoring couple exchanged their vows at The Immaculata, an ornate church situated on the USD Campus.

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The Party

The reception took place at The Prado, which boasts high ceilings, ornate lighting fixtures, and a grandiose stage. As soon as guests stepped foot in the ballroom, they were greeted by the sights and sounds of the 1920’s. The chairs and chargers were ornamented with gold, as was the art-deco cake. Fresh blooms were in abundance, in classical arrangements. There was even a soundtrack to match, because Rosalyn and Adam had hired The Heroes to entertain in big-band style.

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Guests from young to old had a blast, and even jumped on stage to sing and dance the night away!

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See more of Rosalyn & Adam’s Wedding!