06Dec

Grand Tradition Wedding | Cicely and Brad

By, December 06, 2016

Recently, Cicely and Brad tied the knot at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens. This storybook venue, located in the countryside town of Fallbrook, features a heart-shaped lake and a charming wedding gazebo. It was the perfect backdrop for a beautiful outdoor ceremony!

Afterward, the reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom at Beverly Mansion, which is also on the Grand Tradition property. The Ballroom features massive crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and a stunning grand staircase. The view is amazing, and looks out to 30 acres of gently rolling hills and sparkling waters.

Cicely and Brad’s energetic personalities were on full display during the reception. Cicely and her bridesmaids held a dance-off with Brad and his groomsmen, which was immediately followed by an extravagantly choreographed first dance! The couple also prepared games to play throughout the evening, keeping the party going late into the night.

The wedding was a fun and unique experience for guests, making great use of all Grand Tradition has to offer :) Enjoy the highlights below!

Bridesmaid look at her ring and swoon
Bride and groom getting ready Bride sits casually in her dress Groom with his groomsmen take some time to play some pool. Bridemaids toast the Bride to celebrate her special day. Bride anxious to see her groom for the first time. Bride and groom's first look outside the mansion Kissing under the Sunset Bride and Groom looking perfect for their wedding. Taking a stroll holding hands around Grand Tradition Estate. The mansion porch is a perfect place to take a bridal party photo. The groom and his groomsmen taking a walk Bride and her bridesmaid celebrate and show their excitement Grand Tradition ceremony site by the water Big laughs during a funny ring exchange Bride and groom celebrate officially husband and wife Bride and groom smiling at each other Bride and groom kissing on a bridge Bride and groom sharing a tender moment The Mansion at Grand Tradition Estate Grand Tradition Mansion Reception Groom dips his bride for their first dance Bride and groom share a tender moment slow dancing. Wedding reception games create a unique experience for guest During the reception, Cicely and Brad encouraged guests to participate in a dance competition. The bridal party even weighed in with score cards! The signature dance moves, like the one above, created boisterous laughter and had everyone cheering.

Macarons for the Wedding Dessert Table Bride and groom cut their wedding cake Groom gets the garter for the garter toss

Check out more of Cicely and Brad’s wedding, and our entire Grand Tradition wedding photography gallery!

03May

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 dress Bride 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.

Bride drives her bridesmaids in golf cart Bridesmaids throw rose petals around Bride after ceremony Bridesmaids Eat Apples in Old Town Bridesmaids share mirror with bride on wedding day Bridesmaids hold up mirror for Bride to reveal herself

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 boots Bridesmaids 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 socks Bridesmaids make it rain as they toss money in the air before wedding ceremony Things 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 circle Bridesmaids blow kiss towards bride Bride 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 :)

27Feb

Sitting Pretty (In a Tree)

By, February 27, 2015

As if waking up on your wedding day wasn’t exciting enough, try adding seven of your best friends, plus the cutest little pooch. Mix in one climbing tree, and you’re set for a very memorable morning :)

While getting pampered for the big day, these pretty ladies spent the pre-ceremony hours bonding at The Beverly Mansion. Before the bride stepped into her dress, we took the girls on a stroll around Grand Tradition‘s property, where an enormous tree with low sprawling branches served as an impromptu bench. The fun and unexpected setting resulted in cute portraits of the bride and her entourage, who were decked out in matching personalized robes. This adorable outdoor BFF photo is sure to be treasured for years! :)

Bridesmaids on Tree

See more of Sally & Joel’s Wedding!