26May

Waterfront Park Wedding | Jessica & Nick

By, May 26, 2016

Waterfront Park is a beautiful locale nestled between San Diego’s vibrant downtown and picturesque harbor. It is also part of the San Diego County Administration Center, an Art Deco-styled building that doubles as a beautiful backdrop. There are themed gardens, civic greens, beautiful fountains, and even a massive playground. Also, because it’s so close to the County building, marriage licenses don’t have to travel very far ;)

Jessica and Nick, who now reside in Seattle, wanted their wedding to be held in Jessica’s home town of San Diego. They chose Waterfront Park because it showcased the beautiful cityscape, and matched their fun-loving personalities. They were even able to bring in food trucks for the reception!

While photographing Jessica and Nick’s wedding, we made sure to take full advantage of the scenery and the vibrant location. We hope you enjoy our selection of images from their big day!

Wedding couple sharing a kiss

In the photo above, we framed the couple using the leading lines of the playground, and the background skyscrapers. By using shallow depth of field, we were able to draw added focus to the couple.

Bride and Groom at Waterfront Park Playground

Jessica and Nick were all about having fun, so we used all of our surroundings as props. This resulted in spontaneous fun photos, like the one below. You will see many more examples throughout their entire wedding!

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In the photo below, we actually stepped into the fountain to get a cool angle of this hot couple. We were the only ones with “cold feet” at this wedding :)

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A nearby birthday party happened to offer Jessica and Nick some of their remaining pizza (above). It was a definite crowd pleaser, and made for this unforgettable photo!

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We are always alert, and ready to capture awesome candid moments. For example, check out the photo above of Jessica’s last-minute tequila shot before the ceremony :)

Groom and Officiant on Tandem Biicycle

To surprise the guests, Nick and his officiant rode in on a tandem bicycle. Because we had two photographers, we were able to capture this hilarious moment from a variety of perspectives.

Tandem Bicycle Wedding Fun

If that wasn’t enough, the rest of the bridal party including Jessica, rode in on surrey bicycles.

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Instead of having an elaborate cake, Jessica and Nick decided to put more of their resources towards an open bar for the wedding. They used a lighthearted hashtag as a reminder to their guests.

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For centerpieces, each table was decorated with a colorful fishbowl, which contained actual live fish. One lucky guest from each table got to go home with a new buddy! :)

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Although most of the day was overcast, the sun came out like a champion right at sunset, which resulted in memorable photos by the harbor. To create a nice clean sunset photo, we used just the right amount of fill light.

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Check out more of Jessica and Nick’s wedding in Downtown San Diego.

16Apr

An Elegant Garden Themed Wedding at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay | Becky & Nick

By, April 16, 2013

Although they currently live in Northern California, Becky and Nick originally met in San Diego. This couple knew they wanted to celebrate their wedding here, where it all began. Approximately nine months before their big day, they toured our property, The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, and promptly booked us as their wedding venue. Our tropical, waterfront location fit perfectly with the couple’s desire for an elegant, garden-themed event.

Becky and Nick’s ceremony took place right near the water, at a place known as the Bayside Lawn. This site has sweeping views of the sunset along Mission Bay, and easily accommodated the 180 guests in attendance.

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Right after the ceremony, the guests were in for a surprise, as a huge fire truck pulled up to congratulate the new couple! Because Nick is firefighter in Northern California, he called in some favors, and arranged for a fun experience for everyone. It was also the perfect photo op!

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The reception was held at our very private Banyan Lawn and Court. Our beautifully landscaped outdoor venue features a cluster of spreading banyan trees in the center of a courtyard, surrounded by flowering shrubs and water views.  There was plenty of room on the expansive adjacent lawn for cocktails and dinner, followed by a beautiful Southern California sunset, and dancing under the stars.

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The couple arrived at the reception by way of our Banyan Bridge, which made for a memorable grand entrance! Once they arrived, they danced together for the first time as a married couple.

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Because Becky’s main colors were eggplant and ivory, the hanging floral arrangements and crystal accents were designed to match these gorgeous hues.

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One of our favorite features at the Hyatt is our cuisine. We lead the industry in offering a seasonal and locally inspired menu. In addition to this perk at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, Becky and Nick took advantage of our complimentary suite on the evening of their wedding, and also received bonus points towards any future hotel stays at any Hyatt around the world. Congratulations to this wonderful couple!

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Photography:  True Photography
Bakery: Flour Power
Tuxedo:Friar Tux Shop
Invitation: Invitation Box
Gifts and Favors: My Wedding Favors
Linens and Rental: Pacific Event Productions
Lighting and Decor: Pacific Event Productions
Florist: Pacific Event Productions
Musician: Ryan Hiller Music
Hair Stylist: Salon Pure Perfection
Makeup: Salon Pure Perfection
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions
Wedding Dress: Trudy’s Bridal