12Jan

Hot (and Cool) Wedding Colors | Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

By, January 12, 2016

Pantone 2016 Color of the YearAlong with the New Year comes the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year! For 2016, Pantone broke from tradition for the first time in history, and made not one but two selections: Rose Quartz and Serenity. These colors combine aspects of warm and cool tones, creating a perfect sense of fresh balance and calm. We decided to show how Pantone’s winners can add to the wedding day fun, and create new possibilities this wedding season.

As you will see in the photos below, both Rose Quartz and Serenity make for dynamic and memorable wedding accent colors. The subtle, muted blues of Serenity are cool and tranquil, while Rose Quartz complements with its punch of pink vibrance. When paired together, the romantic, sunset effect will leave your guests enchanted. Both colors are great any time of year, and can be augmented by a variety of greens and purples, or splashes of silver and yellow. In addition, these hues can be found in the natural environment, creating a dramatic and artistic backdrop for wedding day images.

If you’re looking to add an elegant twist to your big day, we’ve gathered the perfect inspiration for incorporating these trending colors. Scroll through the images below highlighting Rose Quartz and Serenity, and make sure to pin your favorites :)

Couples incorporating dramatic modern blue and pink lighting into wedding day photosModern Bride putting on jewelry and looking in mirror preparing for wedding dayColorful French-Victorian lounge furniture at modern wedding in San Diego, CaliforniaCreative colorful wedding details using Pantone colors of 2016Modern Bride and Groom kissing in front of Urban Blue and Pink BackdropCreative ways to feature 2016 Pantone colors using fun props on your wedding dayColorfully designed blue and pink save the dates for Bride and Groom wedding dayBeautiful Brides wearing 2016 Pantone colors rose quartz and serenityBeautiful Macro Ring photographed on blue reflective backgroundColorful bridal party wearing blue and pink at Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CaliforniaWedding Ceremony and Wedding Cake featuring 2016 Pantone colors, rose quarz and serenityFunny Bridal Party celebrate bride and groom wedding with cheersBride and Groom pose in modern location with creative blue and pink backlightRustic-inspired blue and pink table holders using keysCreative photo with Bride's pink dress and Groom's grey suitCreative blue and pink wedding sign with couple's name and wedding dateBride and Groom pose and kiss in front of modern romantic backdrop with dramatic lightingColorful wedding reception with modern blue and pink lightingRomantic Evening Photo of bride and groom kissing by pool on their wedding day

08Dec

Chic Hard Rock Hotel Wedding: Jessica & Gregory

By, December 08, 2015

Gregory is a recent import from London, England, and a resident of Los Angeles. So it made perfect sense that he and Jessica hold their wedding in San Diego :) In fact, this destination was chosen because San Diego is a favorite travel location for the couple. The pair was thrilled for their guests to experience this beautiful city as well.

Jessica has an infectious smile, and was a natural in front of the camera. She got ready in the Multi-Platinum Suite at The Hard Rock Hotel, an impeccably styled room with sweeping views of the city. With its rockin’ décor, enviable location, and sleek ambiance, The Hard Rock was the perfect choice for this ultra modern couple.

Jessica and Gregory’s romantic ceremony took place in the Imagine Room, which was well lit and intimately presented. Gregory was dressed immaculately, with a tuxedo suited for James Bond himself. The room was stylishly decorated by Blush Botanicals, who embellished their staging area with an astounding floral wall. This wall was later resurrected behind the sweetheart table for maximum effect.

Because the Hard Rock Hotel is in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, we had a variety of urban-chic backdrops only steps away. So after the ceremony, we took to the streets with the jubilent wedding party, and captured some epic photos :) We also took full shooting advantage of the hotel itself, which has countless stunning photo locales.

The grand finale of the event, the reception, took place in the Hard Rock’s renowned event space, ‘The Edge.’ This loft-style room overlooks downtown San Diego, and feeds off of the energy of 5th Street (the Gaslamp Quarter sign is so close you can practically touch it!) The room was perfectly decorated, and provided unbeatable photo opportunities.

Along with their guests, Gregory and Jessica danced the night away and reveled in all the festivities. Congrats to this sweet couple!!

couple kissing by Gaslamp Quarter sign
Successfully creating the image above involved finding the perfect balance of ambient (natural light) and artificial light (flash). We achieved this using slower shutter speeds and off-camera flash, which enabled the sign to be visible and the couple to be well lit.

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To ensure the photos are visually engaging and dramatic, we are always scouting for unique textures and color to use in our backgrounds.

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We love to think outside of the box and showcase a variety of angles. In this image we had Jessica and Greg become more of a graphic element in the existing scene. This created a nice juxtaposition of tropical palm trees and and downtown cityscape.

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Venue: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Coordinator: First Comes Love Weddings & Events
Cupcakes: Cute Cakes
Florals: Blush Botanicals

To see more of Jessica & Gregory’s wedding, please click here.

26Mar

Urban Wedding Photos that Stop Traffic

By, March 26, 2015

Instinctively, many urbanite couples flock to the city center to celebrate their big day. This makes sense, because metropolitan city centers have an abundance of wonderful wedding locations. These venues boast first-class hospitality professionals, the region’s culinary masters, and pristine cityscapes from every window.

In addition to the breathtaking views inside, the surrounding skyscrapers, busy cross-sections, and graffiti are ideal for wedding photos with an edge. So whenever we photograph a downtown wedding, we love taking it to the streets! If time (and weather) allows, we borrow the wedding party, and venture outdoors for memorable urban-chic photos.

Take a trip downtown as we look back at some of our favorite municipal moments.

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