12May

Carlsbad Beach Wedding | Julie and Chad

By, May 12, 2016

Julie and Chad were married at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort in coastal North County, just outside of San Diego. The resort is located only 150 feet from the beach, which allows couples to enjoy beautiful outdoor ceremonies. The site has an amazing backdrop also  – the Pacific Ocean :) Here are some of our favorite photos from this coastal California wedding celebration.

Bride getting ready with her dress hanging artistically at Hilton Resort Cape Rey Carlsbad

As Julie got ready for the big day, a fresh sea breeze came in through the windows. We made use of the room’s natural light, giving the photos a bright and airy feel (above).

Carlsbad Beach Resort Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort wedding ceremony venue

The ceremony site at Cape Rey is so close to the beach that you can smell the ocean. Since the site is located in a private part of the resort, it is nice and secluded.

Cape Rey Hilton Resort bride walking down the aisle with her father A Hilton resort Cape Rey Carlsbad wedding couple sharing an intimate moment during their wedding ceremony

Julie and Chad paid tribute to Chad’s Jewish heritage by signing a ketubah (marriage contract), and the officiant sang beautiful traditional Jewish songs under the chuppah (wedding canopy).

Carlsbad Beach Resort Wedding couple's first kiss during ceremony Wedding couple celebrating tying the knot at Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach resort during sunset

To photograph romantic couples portraits, we took full advantage of the resort’s proximity to the beach. For example, the stairs at Carlsbad Beach are directly across the street!

Cape Rey Hilton couple kissing on the stairs at Carlsbad beach Cape Rey a Hilton Resort wedding couple on the beach during sunset pictures Carlsbad, California beach resort Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort wedding couple walking to beach Cape Rey Carlsbad wedding couple on the beach during sunset Creative beach portraits of newlyweds at Carlsbad beach

While capturing beach photos with Julie and Chad, we also photographed the cocktail hour, the reception dinner table, and all the beautiful details. This is why two photographers are so essential, because even the most talented shooter can’t be in two places at once :)

Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort wedding reception dinner table Carlsbad, California Hilton Resort Cape Rey Carlsbad reception flower Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort wedding reception dinner

During dinner, guests relaxed and enjoyed a sumptuous meal, which was created by Cape Rey’s talented chefs.

Cape Rey Carlsbad wedding couple at dinner reception table overlooking the ocean Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort wedding cake during sunset

In the photo below, we used a long exposure with a high aperture, which allowing the lights in the picture to create a starburst.

Night shot of Cape Rey Carlsbad a Hilton Resort Wedding reception

Check out more of Julie and Chad’s coastal Carlsbad beach hotel wedding.

30Mar

Sweet Inspiration | Wedding Cakes Remixed

By, March 30, 2016

The wedding cake is a worldwide tradition that spans across many cultures. Starting with a delicious blank canvas, skilled bakeries and caterers use craftsmanship and a bit of magic to create tantalizing works of art. We are always impressed when the wedding cake is specific and personalized to the couple, or when it ties in expertly with the wedding theme. The artistry involved never ceases to amaze.

For a delicious serving of inspiration, we decided to remix some of our favorite photos from throughout the years with cake styles we love. Sweet!

Classic Wedding Couple and Gold Cake at US Grant

There are a variety of ways to match your cake to the overall theme of the day. For example, a sleek downtown wedding may call for a minimal, modern cake design with understated accents. At a more colorful wedding, the cake style may be more vibrant, such as the example below by Crimson Cake.

Fun and tropical wedding couple and cake

This romantic cake (below) by the Fairmont Grand Del Mar left us stunned. With its beautiful, ruffled ombre of chocolate-to-vanilla frosting, it is a visual treat! Throw a sexy vintage Corvette into the mix, and you’re in for one glamorous evening!

Modern couple in red sport car with ruffled wedding cake

We love how the geometric lines of Christy and Sterling’s venue, Vin De Syrah, juxtaposed with this cake (below) by 24 Carrots Catering and Events. The cake’s minimal sleekness, topped off with a burst of ruffles, is the perfect counterbalance to this venue’s marble interior.

Modern Ruffled Wedding Cake Rustic inspired wedding with aloe vera cake

At a themed or exotic wedding, a touch of the environment helps to immerse guests in the experience. For example, when we laid eyes on these cakes by Temecula Creek Inn (above) and Sweet Cheeks Baking (below) we instantly fell in love with their incorporation of the natural surroundings.

Tropical Beach Wedding with Blue Cake Couple with horse and rustic wedding cake Patriotic Military Wedding Cake Traditional Couple in spiral staircase with gold crusted wedding cake Wedding Couple and vibrant sunflower cake

These cakes by Twiggs Bakery (above) and Twin Oaks Garden Estate (below) added a touch of vibrance to their surroundings.

Couple with firetruck and white with red flowers wedding cake Dramatic orange and blue wedding couple and cake Pink accents on wedding cake and details Modern wedding couple with dramatic purple background and purple wedding cake

For more creative ways to dress up your cake, click here :)