Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! | Bridesmaid Inspiration

By, May 03, 2016

Ladies, let’s be honest – the wedding day is a great excuse to hang out with your BFFs. With champagne flowing, music playing, and your girls decked out in their finest, there is nothing left to do but celebrate. It’s a perfect occasion to let loose, share a laugh, and enjoy the results of your planning.

As a bonus, there’s also that whole “getting married” thing :) Right now, though, it’s all about the ladies.

On the wedding day, we suggest starting the photography coverage early, before you change into your wedding dress. It’s fun to have images captured while you are relaxing with your bridal party, with the final touches of make-up being applied. This is a time for us to get creative, shoot details and candids, and capture the excitement in the room. Whether your crew is sophisticated, boisterous, or all-out silly, we’ll be there to create unforgettable images.

We hope you enjoy these recent bride and bridesmaid inspiration photos :)

Bridesmaids and Bride toss wedding bouquets up in air

While getting ready, Courtney’s bridesmaids surprised her with impromptu pillow fight (below), and we captured her priceless reaction.

Bridesmaids have fun pillow fight with bride in room

Before getting dressed up, Jaclyn and her ladies couldn’t resist a little taste of Del Taco (below). Still in her pre-bridal wardrobe, Jaclyn made sure to not get any hot sauce on her dress for her wedding day at Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery.

Bride and bridesmaids grab a bite of del taco before putting on the wedding dressBride and bridesmaids toast with craft beers

During Brooke and Matt’s wedding at Rancho Valencia, we noticed an empty golf cart near Brooke’s room, and had the ladies hop in for a fun cruise around the venue (below). We are constantly keeping an eye out for unique photo opportunities, and ways to to transform everyday items into creative props.

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Another great benefit to having your ladies helping out before the ceremony are fun moments like the one above, taken during Katie and Gene’s wedding at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. As Katie stepped into her dress, we had her bridesmaids hold up a mirror for a grand reveal. We love the ecstatic, candid smiles of Katie and her girls, and the genuine reactions all around.

Bridesmaids and Bride show off fun rustic cowboy bootsBridesmaids toast with a shot of tequila before wedding ceremony Bridesmaids blow bubbles at camera before wedding ceremony Bridesmaids pose with bride and show off fun striped socksBridesmaids make it rain as they toss money in the air before wedding ceremonyThings got a little “en fuego” before Rachel and Jason’s wedding at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa (above), as the ladies brought out the cash and made it rain dollar bills.

Bridesmaids lay with Bride on bed in circleBridesmaids blow kiss towards brideBride and bridesmaids pose with pink robes before wedding ceremony

Let guests know who your bridesmaids are!  At Mariam and Farhad’s Wedding at Maderas Golf Club, Mariam’s bridesmaids rocked yellow sunglasses, which were gifted to them to match their wedding attire (below). By gifting your ladies with colorful robes or matching glasses, your squad will rule the day in style.

Bridesmaids pose with Bride and wear yellow sunglasses Bride and bridesmaids eat burgers from In N' Out during reception Bridesmaids make fun grand entrance and dance during wedding reception

For their grand entrance during Shannan and Mathias’ wedding at Beverly Mansion (above left), the bridesmaids had a little surprise up their sleeves. Serenading the crowd with air guitar skills, the ladies brought out their inner rock stars, and kicked off the party in high gear.

Bridesmaids pose with Bride as they wear Harry Potter props Bridesmaids pose with props in photobooth

Check out more ways to have fun with your bridesmaid photos :)


Thursday Club Wedding | Christina and Donald

By, April 20, 2016

Christina and Donald tied the knot at The Thursday Club, a Spanish-style clubhouse located in Point Loma. This venue, originally built in 1927, features historic details inside, such as stained glass windows and immaculate hardwood floors. Outside, there are rolling green lawns, immaculate gardens, and pristine ocean views. The location was made even more amazing by Seven Stems, who filled the day with greens, blues, succulents, and splashes of pink flowers. It was a beautiful wedding for this fun couple, who planned the entire event from out of town.

As you can tell from the photos below, Donald is a Military man. For our clients serving in the armed forces, our studio offers a special discount. It is important to know why we are offering this discount. It is 100% to show our thanks and support for the sacrifices that they make to ensure our safety. It is for their loyalty, dedication and commitment to this country, giving us the ability and freedom to do what we love. We all ‘True’-ly thank you for your service. It means so much.

Here are some highlights from the day…

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We love the various styles and shades of these bridesmaids dresses, especially when paired with these elegant florals.

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Christina’s talented sister actually hand-made this wedding cake topper with wire (below left).

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Be sure to check out more of Christina and Donald’s Thursday Club wedding.


Mai and Dale | Darlington House Wedding

By, March 31, 2016

Mai and Dale were married at the illustrious Darlington House in La Jolla, California. This location, a San Diego Historic Landmark dating back to 1925, is a mash-up of sophisticated design characteristics from all over the world. For example, there is a Spanish-influenced library, an Egyptian/Andalusian patio, columns imported from Italy and Greece, and a Moroccan fireplace!

The multicultural theme of this venue was perfect for Mai and Dale, who celebrated a little bit of their own respective cultures throughout the wedding. To commemorate Mai’s Chinese family background, there was a traditional tea ceremony, and customary Chinese favors. To pay tribute to Dale’s Jewish heritage, a glass was broken during the ceremony, and guests danced the Hora during the reception. The wedding was super fun and had many unique elements and details as you will see below….we hope you enjoy!

Wedding at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California Macro ring shot on a reflective surface at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California.

To bring out the brilliance of these rings, we used a macro lens, and photographed them on a reflective surface.

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In the above photo, we brought our camera really close to the rail to create leading lines, and to draw attention to the couple.

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Bride in groom in candid photos in La Jolla, California

We LOVE color! We’re always on the look out for unique colorful backdrops to liven things up.

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Looking at things from different perspectives leads to visually interesting photographs!

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It’s fun getting guests involved for a large group group photo, and it makes an awesome keepsake for the couple!

Romantic Moment outside of the Darlington House in La Jolla, San Diego, California

As you can imagine, the Darlington House has a number of striking photo locations, both inside and out.

Wedding Photo outside of the Darlington HouseSunset wedding photo in La Jolla, California

Just down the street, there is a beautiful stretch of beach, where we snuck this beautiful couple away for romantic sunset photos.

Wedding couple point at Just Married sign at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaDetail photograph of outdoor wedding venue in La Jolla, California

We understand how much effort goes into the preparation of a wedding, and photograph every intricate detail from a variety of vantage points.

Chopsticks wedding favor at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaSeating Chart Detail Photo at the Darlington HouseWedding cake and venue photograph at the Darlington HouseBride and groom signs and venue photograph at the Darlington House at dusk in La Jolla, California

By setting our exposure just right, we were able to bring out the vibrant colors of the sky, showing the true ambiance of the reception.

Happy Groom during Hava Nagila/Hora Dance at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaHappy bride during Hava Nagila/Hora dance at the Darlington House in La Jolla, CaliforniaDancing wedding photo with shutter drag at the Darlington House in La Jolla, California


Venue: Darlington House
Disc Jockey: Allen Walker Entertainment
Invitation: Minted.com
Makeup: My Girls on Film Studios
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth
Hair Stylist: RissHair
Florist: The Flower Shop Encinitas
Bakery: The French Gourmet
Coordinator: Weddings by Lisa Nicole

To see more of Mai and Dale’s Darlington House wedding, please click here.