30May

Memorial Day | Love and Valor

By, May 30, 2016

The military presence runs deep here in San Diego, and many of us come from families with military backgrounds. We greatly appreciate all the hard work and sacrifice made by the brave men and women who serve our country, and love photographing weddings for active and retired service members. To pay tribute to our local servicemen from the Army, Airforce, Navy and Marines, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite moments from military weddings throughout the year.

Military Groom and Bride pose with classic Ford car after wedding in Julian, California Military Groomsmen in uniform pose with classic cars and american flag

During Boo and Michael’s wedding at The Westin San Diego (above left), our photographers arrived early, and discovered this American flag mural on a nearby building. We were amazed by the striking visual of Michael’s clean white uniform set against the patriotic hues of the flag.

Groom with Navy military Groomsmen dressed in Blues Military Wedding Couples get ready for the Wedding Day and pose for portraits in Hotel Bride looks at camera while hugging military groomMilitary Groom poses with group of Bridesmaids before wedding ceremony

You have to love a guy in uniform (above). Before Ashley and Andrew tied the knot at Founder’s Chapel at USD, the bridesmaids pulled Andrew in for one last photo. By having two photographers documenting the day, we were able to capture this moment while Ashley remained hidden from guests.

Military Couples celebrate after tying the knotMilitary Groom in Uniform kisses Bride as they hold Thank you Sign Military Wedding Couples celebrate with Arch of Swords after ceremony

After Ayami and Bryan’s ceremony (above left), the new couple made their way through the Arch of Swords. As a comical “welcome to the military” gesture, officers gently swatted at Ayami’s behind. Her candid reaction to the moment speaks volumes! We love freezing moments like these filled with genuine emotion.

Bride and Navy military Groom exit ceremony laughingMilitary Groom and Bride hold hands and lean in for kiss by red paintingMilitary Wedding Couples enjoy intimate moments during wedding day ceremony in San DiegoBride and Military Groom dip for kiss in front of white fence and beach after wedding in Coronado, CaliforniaClose-up of military bride's yellow bouquetBride poses with wedding guests as they laugh while wearing navy military hats

To show our respect and give back in a small way, our studio offers an ongoing 10% discount for all active and retired military couples. To inquire about your own wedding, please visit our Package Customizer for details, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

Military Groom picks up Bride for fun wedding couple portrait under white gazebo

Check out more inspiration from recent San Diego military weddings :)

05May

Cinco de Mayo!

By, May 05, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! This year we’re kicking off the holiday with a throwback to Anaissa and Paulo’s romantic wedding at the US Grant. Serenaded by the sweet sounds of this 8-person mariachi band, the couple held each other tight, and danced the night away. Wishing everyone a fun (and safe) holiday!

Bride and Groom kiss as mariachi band plays behind them

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.

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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.