07Nov

Crystal Pier Wedding | Emily and Blake

By, November 07, 2017

Emily and Blake held their dream destination wedding here in San Diego, at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. These Colorado sweethearts were married in an emotional outdoor ceremony at the Crystal Pier Hotel, surrounded by a close-knit group of family and friends. It was a beautiful occasion, full of San Diego charm and beach ambiance. Here is a selection of our favorite photos!

Unique two piece, lace wedding dress.
Emily wore a really fun two piece dress from A and Be Bridal Shop.
Bridesmaid places headpiece on bride.
Emily's super cute flower crown was created by Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design.
Groom gets dressed before ceremony.
Flower girl holds brides bracelet up.
Bride takes portraits while getting ready.
Groom tying his shoes.
Bride sitting on stairs
Ceremony on the beach
The exclusive ceremony was held at the Crystal Pier Hotel.
Groom watches his bride come down the aisle.
Couple blend sand during their beach front wedding.
In lieu of a unity candle, Emily and Blake has a sand ceremony, symbolizing the joining of their two families.
Mother of the bride wipes tears from her eyes.
Wedding couple kisses after vows
Ring bearer cries with joy.
Bride and groom kiss beneath cloud cloudy sky.
Groom gazes at his bride.
Newlyweds chatting on stairs.
Bride and her bridesmaids admire view of ocean.
Each bridesmaid dressed to her individual style, with a personal selection made from Lulus.
Groom and groomsmen portrait sitting on rail.
Bride and groom hold hands under pier.
Bride and groom hug on pier.
We made sure to take full advantage of the pier, with romantic portraits taken just before sunset, when the light was quite stunning.
Bride and groom enjoy a treat in front of desert stand.
Groom's solo portrait on Crystal Pier.
Groomsmen play under beach shower.
Emily and Blake's wedding party and one mission in mind... Have a great time!
Reception room walled with wine bottles.
Tower 23 Hotel, an intimate venue near the pier, was the perfect fit for a fun, modern reception.
Fun reception at Tower 21.
Newly married couple laugh and dance.
Bride and groom laugh during toasts.
Baby makes cute faces at wedding.
Bride and groom smile for photos at by their cake.
Bride gives groom a kiss on the cheek.
Bride poses near beautifully textured wall.
Newlyweds night portrait on pier stairs.

Check out more of the fun from Emily and Blake’s Crystal Pier Wedding

Venue: Tower 23 Hotel  
Hair/Make-up Stylist: Belli Belli Hair & Skin Salon
Wedding Dress: A and Be Bridal Shop
Bridesmaid Dresses:Lulus
Florist: Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design 

Arch and Arbor:Thistle and Dew Floral and Event Design 
Disc Jockey: Sound Prodigy

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.

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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!

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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 :)

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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.

13Mar

Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast | Breathtaking Beach Wedding Highlights

By, March 13, 2014

With some of the most stunning coastlines in the world, the sandy beaches of California provide the perfect setting for matrimonial bliss. There are lots of options for seasonal beachside weddings, including outdoor venues and beautiful coastal properties. As you’ll see below, these breathtaking oceanfront ceremonies, magical sunsets and endless shorelines provide countless photo opportunities. We’re dreaming of summer already! We hope you enjoy our selection of beach nuptials :)

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Want to see more? Check out more images from recent Beach Weddings!