03Nov

Now That’s a First Dance | Photo of the Week

By, November 03, 2017

For our Photo of the Week, we’re heading over to the Bahamas! During the destination wedding of Beatrice and Charles, the couple and guests were treated to the Junkanoo tradition, including dazzling dance routines, hypnotic rhythms and imaginative costume designs. It was a truly unforgettable first dance :) Bang on your goatskin drum and enjoy our Photo of the Week!Colorful Destination Wedding

See more of Beatrice and Charles’ beautiful destination wedding photography

02Mar

Modern Chaldean Wedding | Amelia & Alvin

By, March 02, 2016

Amelia and Alvin were married at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a luxurious Mediterranean-style estate located just north of San Diego. They are both of Chaldean heritage, and wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their shared cultural traditions. When we arrived to photograph Amelia, and saw her sporting this stunning lace-satin dress, we knew we had to find an equally stunning backdrop to show it off.

Couple kiss by fountain at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

By using creative shoot-through techniques and arches, we used our environment to create frames around this amazing bride. This highlighted Amelia’s dress in the image compositions, while drawing focus to her.

Beautiful bride stands in doorway at home as she prepares for wedding ceremonyBride holds up personalized hanger for wedding dress

As is customary, the bride and groom began the day in separate locations, and waited until the ceremony to see each other.

Bride has help from bridesmaid as she prepares for wedding ceremonyBride's bouquet photographed on books

Once she was ready to show off her final look, guests gathered at Amelia’s home for a special Chaldean ceremony. Amelia was escorted out, and was greeted with music and cheers.

Guests celebrate Bride getting married with music and singing before she joins Groom

Meanwhile, our groom Alvin was getting ready at a location nearby with his groomsmen.

Modern Groom sits by Pool

With pocket aces hidden up his sleeve, our groom took home the gold. We love adding playful ideas like this fun set up shot of Alvin beating his buddies. Adding a bit of humor throughout the day helps to keep things light-hearted, and adds laughter to the wedding gallery.

Groomsmen pose for fun photo playing poker before ceremony

Amelia and Alvin chose to exchange vows at their local church, St. Peter Chaldean Church in El Cajon.

Couple stand at altar of Chaldean church after bride walks down aisleEmotional moments during couple's ceremony captured in black and white.Guests cheers and congratulate couple as they walk down aisle after first kiss

Following the ceremony, Amelia and Alvin invited guests to the alluring Fairmont Grand Del Mar for a ballroom reception. Just before the couple’s grand entrance, we walked the property together, and made good use of the diverse backdrops all around. The venue’s grand staircases and Mediterranean-inspired archways beautifully complimented the pair’s modern glamor.

Elegant wedding couple take romantic photos before their reception at Grand Del MarIntimate, black-and-white photo of bride and groom kissing on balcony at Grand Del MarModern, classy couple at Grand Del Mar pose for photosCouple share kiss at Grand Del Mar with Bridal Party celebrating

We loved using Amelia’s long veil in a variety of fun ways (extending it out, shooting through it) to add a whimsical sense of awe and drama.

Intimate photos of classy, modern couple at Grand Del Mar

At the reception, Amelia and Alvin joined friends and family for a festive zeffa dance, which is a Chaldean wedding tradition. The zeffa dance invites everyone onto the dance floor, and encourages all to congratulate and dance with the bride and groom.

Couple walk into reception for Grand Entrance at Grand Del MarGuests celebrate with Couple during their Chaldean first dance

The room was full of energy and love for the newly married couple, making for an unforgettable evening!

Groomsmen lift groom off ground during reception at Grand Del Mar

For more amazing moments from Amelia and Alvin’s modern wedding, please click here.

22Feb

Sana & Pedro – The Best of Both Worlds

By, February 22, 2016

Sana and Pedro were married at the Arbor Terrace of the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook, California. Sana is of Pakistani descent, and Pedro’s heritage is Mexican. Each commemorated their respective cultures with traditional attire, ethnic music and special customs. As you’ll see in the photos below, the result was a wedding bursting with life and color.

During the wedding, Sana wore a colorful gharara by Nomi Ansari . She was decorated with lavish embellishments and intricate henna tatoos by Henna Trendz. Oh ya, and some Jimmy Choo shoes ;)

Pedro wore a traditional Pakistani sherwani for the ceremony, and surprised the guests when he switched into a Mariachi outfit for the reception. They were even accompanied by a Mariachi band for the grand entrance… Ole!

The ceremony and reception sites were decked out to the max, featuring beautiful red roses and elaborate décor by Finishing Touch Wedding Design. To ensure a lively reception, the band stuck around throughout dinner, and even took special requests. We hope you enjoy these highlights from this special day.

002Wedding couple walking by waterfall at the Orchid Bar at the Grand Tradition Estate, Fallbrook, California.
We love it when couples are adventurous, and are up for unusual photo ideas! San and Pedro were a ton of fun!
004 Detail photographs of Henna Tatoos and Jimmy Choo Shoes
Mexican and Pakistani cultures coming together in this fun photograph
As we crossed the bridge, we happened to see a rose lying on the ground. We thought it was the perfect prop to depict these two cultures coming together. What a fun shot!
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We’re always using our surroundings to help tell the story of the day. The members of the Mariachi Band were more than willing to step in for this photo.
Close-ups of cultural bride and groom at the Grand Tradition Estate 011 012 Cultural bridesmaids at the Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook Red Roses at ceremony site at the Grand Tradition
This low-angle shot shows the abundance of red roses, which were present throughout the wedding.
Ceremony Site at the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, California draped with red roses. 016 Wedding Kiss at the Grand Tradition with red rose petals flying in th air
By staying as alert as possible for any photographic opportunity, we are able to anticipate the action, and capture instantaneous moments that are over in a flash.
020 021 023 Luxurious Reception setup at the Arbor Terrace at the Grand Tradition Estate 026 First Dance at the Grand Tradition Arbor Terrace. Groom in Traditional Mariachi holding a red rose. 028 Happy Bride and Groom at Sparkler Exit at the Grand Tradition Estate

Big congratulations to this fun and happy couple!

Vendors

Bakery: Cakes to Celebrate!
Bridal Stylist: Dress Your Face
Arch and Arbor: Finishing Touch Wedding Design
Bridesmaids Dresses: Frontier Heritage
Venue: Grand Tradition
Henna Artist: Henna Trendz
Invitation: Love Paper Paint
Wedding Dress: Nomi Ansari
Transportation: Sunset Limo

To see more of Sana & Pedro’s vibrant cross-cultural wedding, please click here