15Dec

U.S. Grant

By, December 15, 2017

Highlights of the U.S. Grant

The U.S. Grant is a San Diego icon that ties together the aesthetics of past and future. A national landmark located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel was built in 1910 by the son of Ulysses S. Grant. The venue’s architecture possesses a Gatsby-esque, Art Deco-style rejuvenated with a modern charm. For weddings, the U.S. Grant offers many options, with couples being able to tie the knot in the venue’s most requested ceremony venue, the Crystal Ballroom. From there, the reception is often held in the Bivouac Ballroom, a known speakeasy during the time of Prohibition.

The building’s interior also exudes a larger-than-life presence with its luxurious crystal chandeliers, empire-style furnishings and regal marble floors decorating the property throughout. With its ornate architecture and bold facade, the US Grant building offers a number of different backgrounds for a classic look.

Bridal party throwing confetti while bride and groom kiss
Solo portrait of bride and groom before wedding ceremony
During Kamisha and Cecil's wedding day (above left) we used the iconic corner of the building to feature the hotel's sign. Framed in between the signs and the lamp posts, we loved the symmetry at play for a fun, stylized portraitu00a0of this duo.
Bride and Groom portraits outside the US Grant Hotel
Bride and groom sit on lounge furniture during wedding reception
Bride and Groom walk across city street in Downtown San Diego
Funny portrait of groom jumping while bride looks on and laughs
Candid portrait of wedding couples walking down streets of Downtown San Diego
Bride and Groom drinking champagne at bar in Downtown San Diego
Bride and Groom lie on checkered tile and smile at one another
Bride putting on shoe before wedding ceremony
Bride looking out over balcony while getting ready for wedding ceremony
Groom and groomsmen sit in modern furniture at US Grant
Wedding couple and bridal party jump in middle of Downtown street
Bride poses for stylish portrait with bridesmaids at the US Grant
Wedding Ceremony at the Crystal Ballroom in the US Grant
Bride and Groom portraits in Downtown San Diego
bride and groom embracing on balcony overlooking US Grant Hotel
Candid portrait of bride and groom laughing by stairway
Bride and groom hold hands and kiss in front of water fountain outside the US Grant Hotel
Groomsmen standing outside the US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego
Wedding couple with Bridal party at the US Grant Hotel
Groom with groomsmen in front of brick wall in downtown San Diego
bride with bridesmaids in downtown san diego california
bride and bridesmaids sitting after getting ready for ceremony
Dramatic, back-lit portrait of bride and groom at the us grant
Noticing an empty boardroom near the ceremony site, we wanted to take advantage of the US Grant's interior architecture on Janna and Nika's wedding day. To separate the couple from the dark walls and create a pop of contrast, we placed a light placed behind them and pointed it upwards to illuminate the rest of the room.
Bride and Groom embrace under luxurious chandelier at US Grant
Groom sits with groomsmen at the US Grant
Bride and Groom kiss on streets of Downtown San Diego
Wedding couple and Bridal Party outside the US grant
Wedding Couple's first look at the us grant
Colorful wedding reception at the US Grant
Bride and Groom kiss under gaslamp sign
creative, slow-shutter portrait of bride and groom kissing
Outside, the Downtown area has plenty to offer those wanting au00a0more complete metropolitan look to their day.
Bride and Groom kiss in water fountain at Horton Plaza
Adjacent to the US Grant sits Horton Plaza which offers a number of fun, playful backgrounds to offset the urban appeal of Downtown. On Bethlene and Brent's wedding day, we placed the couple at the center of the plaza'su00a0water park and framed our composition to give the illusion of water falling all around them for an artistic portrait.
Night portrait of bride and groom kissing outside us grant hotel
Creative night portrait of bride and groom outside US Grant in Downtown
Stylized night portrait of bride and groom at US Grant
Once the sun sets,u00a0the streets areu00a0transformed into a display of neon as the lights illuminate the cityscape. During this time, the U.S. Grant takes on a completely unique look thanu00a0the daytime with its artistic display of color on the building's facade at night.

U.S. Grant Wedding Photography

The U.S. Grant is a great option for those seeking a classic yet urban feel with a dose of luxury. As preferred photographers of the U.S. Grant, we photograph weddings here frequently :) If you are considering a wedding at this venue, we are happy to talk over specific photography questions. We also suggest checking out more of our U.S. Grant wedding photos.

22Nov

Emily and David | Loews Coronado + The Ultimate Skybox Wedding

By, November 22, 2017

Emily and David recently held their wedding at the waterfront Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and celebrated their reception at the Ultimate Skybox. These two locations, and their surroundings, provided a gorgeous variety of contrasting backdrops. We had lots to work with! Enjoy a selection of highlights from this fun Downtown San Diego wedding.

Bride and groom in downtown San Diego
We are always looking for anything out-of-the-ordinary to add a special touch to your photos.
Bride and maid of honor in front of mirror
We love finding unique backgrounds for our brides. In this photo, Emily and her maid-of-honor are seen through a reflection.
Portrait of bride sitting
Cute socks for the groom
Bride portrait and candid of kids at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Candid of kids holding hands
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Bride and groom at the skybox
Bride and groom kissing
Bride and groom at Ultimate Skybox

Take a look at more photos of Emily & David’s downtown wedding!

Venue: Ultimate Skybox
Coordinator: Creative Affairs, Inc.
Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: Eat Your Cake Too
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining

05Nov

Undercover Receptions | Tented Wedding Venues

By, November 05, 2017

Rain or shine, tents for wedding receptions have many benefits. Tents are a way of bringing your reception outdoors, while providing the comforts of an indoor space. Along with being surprisingly spacious, tents can be dressed up with stylish lighting and décor. If it does rain, sides can be easily attached, to keep everyone dry and partying well into the night.

Here in San Diego, there are a wide variety of tented options, with different aesthetics for every preference. Check out these photos from local venues that offer tented spaces:

Grand Tradition – Arbor Terrace

Pala Mesa Resort reception tent
Reception tent at Pala Mesa Resort
Pala Mesa Resort reception tent
Pala Mesa Resort reception tent

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Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa reception tent
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa reception tent
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa reception tent
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa reception tent
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa reception tent

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Pala Mesa Resort

The Arbor Terrace reception tent at the Grand Tradition
The Arbor Terrace reception tent at the Grand Tradition
The Arbor Terrace reception tent at the Grand Tradition

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Green Gables

Green Gables reception tent
Green Gables reception tent
Green Gables reception tent
Green Gables reception tent
Green Gables reception tent

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Temecula Creek Inn

Temecula Creek Inn reception tent
Temecula Creek Inn reception tent
Temecula Creek Inn reception tent
Temecula Creek Inn reception tent

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Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Reception tent at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Reception tent at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Reception tent at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Reception tent at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate

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Check out our full collection of tented wedding photography