24Jan

Bahia Hotel Wedding | Alaina and Stephen

By, January 24, 2017

Alaina and Stephen recently held their wedding at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay. We loved Alaina and Stephen’s fun personalities, and had a blast scouting locations that complemented their playful spirits. We hope you enjoy our selection of images from their special day!

Bride and Groom look at one another in marina

Alaina was stylish in her stunning two-piece dress from Here Comes the Bride, while Stephen sported a classic Navy suit.

Bridesmaids in two-piece dresses with Bride Groomsmen walking in marina at Bahia Resort wearing sunglasses Bride smiles with bouquetBridesmaids in Robes Celebrate with Champagne Toast Bridesmaid helps Bride put on shoesBridesmaids laugh and smile Groom prepares for wedding dayGroomsmen Standing with Matching blue suits and brown shoes Groom Reacts to Bride's First Look Groom reacts to seeing Bride during First Look at Bahia Resort

Arch made of eucalyptus garlands at unplugged wedding

The couple opted for an “unplugged” ceremony, requesting that guests put away phones and cameras. That way, everyone was able relax and enjoy the occasion :)

Cute flowergirls throw flowers down aisle at weddingGroom smiles as he sees Bride walk down aisle in dress designed by Here Comes the Bride Bride places wedding ring on groom's hand

Bride and Groom share first kiss during wedding ceremony

Alaina and Stephen exchanged vows under an arch of eucalyptus garlands, which was decorated by Moments in Bloom.

Bride and Groom cheer as they walk down aisle after wedding ceremonyBride and Groom hold hands on bridge at Bahia ResortWedding Couple and their DogFunny Bride and Groom hold tropical flowers in front of facesGroom wraps arms around Bride

Bride and Groom with cute dog on wedding day

Because Bahia Hotel is a pet friendly venue, we were able to incorporate the couple’s furry sidekick Khloe for a cameo appearance :) 

Bride and Groom have fun at marina in Bahia ResortWedding bridal party cheer in front of sign at Bahia ResortWedding Couple PortraitBride with bridesmaids in 2-piece dresses at marinaGroomsmen hug groom for funny photoBride and Groom face opposite directions and look into camera Creative and colorful reception lighting at sunset Grand chandelier below sweetheart table at reception in Bahia ResortGroom twirls Bride during couple's first dance at receptionGrooms embraces Bride as they smile during First DanceMr. and Mrs. signs with flowers decorate sweetheart table chairFather smiles while dancing during father and daughter dance at wedding reception Groom and Mother smile during Mother and Son dance at wedding reception 4-tier wedding cake and cupcakes by Flour Power Bride and Groom hold hands and cut cake together during reception in Mission Ballroom at Bahia Resort Bride and Groom's gold band and yellow diamond wedding rings

Check out more romantic memories from Alaina and Stephen’s Bahia Hotel wedding.

Venue: Bahia Resort
Coordinator: Bahia Hotel

Officiant: 2Wed4Life – Pastor Carlos
Hair/Make-up Stylist: Belli Belli Hair & Skin Salon
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Wedding Shoes: BP Shoes
Florist: Moments in Bloom

Arch and Arbor: Moments in Bloom
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Bahia Hotel
Bakery: Flour Power
Disc Jockey: So Cal Wedding Music

08Dec

Chic Hard Rock Hotel Wedding: Jessica & Gregory

By, December 08, 2015

Gregory is a recent import from London, England, and a resident of Los Angeles. So it made perfect sense that he and Jessica hold their wedding in San Diego :) In fact, this destination was chosen because San Diego is a favorite travel location for the couple. The pair was thrilled for their guests to experience this beautiful city as well.

Jessica has an infectious smile, and was a natural in front of the camera. She got ready in the Multi-Platinum Suite at The Hard Rock Hotel, an impeccably styled room with sweeping views of the city. With its rockin’ décor, enviable location, and sleek ambiance, The Hard Rock was the perfect choice for this ultra modern couple.

Jessica and Gregory’s romantic ceremony took place in the Imagine Room, which was well lit and intimately presented. Gregory was dressed immaculately, with a tuxedo suited for James Bond himself. The room was stylishly decorated by Blush Botanicals, who embellished their staging area with an astounding floral wall. This wall was later resurrected behind the sweetheart table for maximum effect.

Because the Hard Rock Hotel is in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, we had a variety of urban-chic backdrops only steps away. So after the ceremony, we took to the streets with the jubilent wedding party, and captured some epic photos :) We also took full shooting advantage of the hotel itself, which has countless stunning photo locales.

The grand finale of the event, the reception, took place in the Hard Rock’s renowned event space, ‘The Edge.’ This loft-style room overlooks downtown San Diego, and feeds off of the energy of 5th Street (the Gaslamp Quarter sign is so close you can practically touch it!) The room was perfectly decorated, and provided unbeatable photo opportunities.

Along with their guests, Gregory and Jessica danced the night away and reveled in all the festivities. Congrats to this sweet couple!!

couple kissing by Gaslamp Quarter sign
Successfully creating the image above involved finding the perfect balance of ambient (natural light) and artificial light (flash). We achieved this using slower shutter speeds and off-camera flash, which enabled the sign to be visible and the couple to be well lit.

downtown san diego wedding couple bride getting ready at hard rock hotel groom and groomsman getting ready bride putting on earring bride and groom kissing in front of blue door
To ensure the photos are visually engaging and dramatic, we are always scouting for unique textures and color to use in our backgrounds.

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We love to think outside of the box and showcase a variety of angles. In this image we had Jessica and Greg become more of a graphic element in the existing scene. This created a nice juxtaposition of tropical palm trees and and downtown cityscape.

wedding guests on dance floor bride and groom dancing with guests bride and groom kissing in front of gaslamp quarter sign

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Coordinator: First Comes Love Weddings & Events
Cupcakes: Cute Cakes
Florals: Blush Botanicals

To see more of Jessica & Gregory’s wedding, please click here.