07Apr

Coronado Beach Wedding | Christy and Stephen

By, April 07, 2016

Christy and Stephen both love the ocean, and decided to hold their ceremony right on the beach. The vow exchange took place in Coronado, on the sand, with a reception at the nearby Coronado Community Center. Since the locations were close together, the couple had not only a fun indoor celebration, but also a gorgeous oceanfront sunset. It really was the best of both worlds.

Sunset newlyweds portrait on the beach at Coronado Island

Christy’s bold and colorful bouquet was by InStyle Event Planning, and she rocked an intricate lace wedding dress from D’Angelo Couture.

Coronado's Grand Historical Mansion Bride with bridal flower and dressThe “Getting Ready” photos took place at The Grand Historical Mansion, one of Coronado’s premiere estates. In the photos of Christy, below, we took advantage of the soft natural light coming through the window, and used it to highlight this lovely bride.

Coronado Island wedding bride getting ready at Grand Historical Mansion

In portraits like the one of Stephen, below, we made sure to include details of the manor, such as these old-world carved wooden doors.

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Pictured below is the backyard of The Grand Historical Mansion, with its lush plants and mature trees. Goofy photos are always fun to create, and these bridal parties definitely “jumped” at the opportunity:)

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Who can resist a ceremony featuring a beloved yellow lab?

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By anticipating important photo opportunities, we were able to switch quickly from wide-angle to zoom, and capture the ring exchange moment in close-up detail.

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A carefully crafted ring shot helps to tell the story of the day, and can also hold personal meaning. For example, in the photo below, we used Christy and Stephen’s bible to create a heart, which was then framed around their rings.

Wedding ring shot inside bible

Congratulations to this happy couple! For more, check out our gallery of Christy and Steven’s Coronado Beach wedding.

10Jun

Guess the Dress #3 | The White Flower Bridal Boutique

By, June 10, 2015

Our “Guess the Dress” challenge continues with this week’s beautiful wedding gown from The White Flower Bridal Boutique. Located in Bankers Hill /Uptown San Diego, this cute boutique has been attracting fashion-minded brides since 2009!

In this photo, our lovely bride Courtney is showcasing a stunning fit and flare gown made of beautiful tiered French Alençon lace and English net tulle. Featured at the natural waist is a Swarovski beaded sash, which is embellished with a delicate floral motif. It is a stunner for sure. Let’s see if you can identify the designer :)

Guess the wedding dress designer of this White Flower Bridal Boutique gown

Who is the designer of the wedding dress shown here?

Answer: The White Flower Bridal Boutique still offers this spectacular Eve of Milady wedding dress by special order :)

According to Kathy Hughes at The White Flower, this year has felt like a transitional year in wedding gown design. In the past, singular trends were very clear (ex: lace, bohemian, etc). But in 2015, anything different is in. “Brides seem to be comfortable branching out from the traditional, and are embracing styles such as intricate beading, a dramatic low back, or a stunningly sleek silhouette,” says Kathy. “Brides want to wear something that they haven’t seen before, and they are willing to step outside of the box a bit to achieve that.”

When shopping for a dress, Kathy advises to trust yourself and your own instincts. “Don’t let a consultant or a store persuade you into a dress that you don’t love,” she says. “It really should be so much fun! You will try on many gorgeous dresses, but one will simply feel far more special than the others.”

The White Flower is located at the Park Laurel building across from San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park. The chic urban setting and proximity to the Gaslamp Quarter makes this boutique a favorite destination of many brides to be.

“Our consultants absolutely love their jobs and truly are the most genuine and lovely women. On top of all that, we have some gorgeous gowns too!”

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See more of Courtney & Adam’s Wedding!