01Mar

Stealing a Kiss | Wedding at The Grand Del Mar | March 1, 2013

By, March 01, 2013

In this installment of our Photo of the Week, we’re highlighting one of the important details of the big day – the ride! Judging by this photo, we have to agree that being chauffeured in a classic Rolls Royce is a perfect way to travel.

This fun couple stole a kiss from the back seat, and definitely made their grand entrance at The Grand Del Mar in style.

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Check out more photos from Stephanie and James’ wedding.

10Jan

A Jet-Set Wedding at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe

By, January 10, 2013

This week, we bring you a beautiful wedding we photographed for Malissa and Enis at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe.  The bride’s parents have a holiday home at The Crosby, so hosting their wedding at the gorgeous Spanish style golf club was a perfect choice.

Because Malissa and Enis live in Hong Kong, and Enis is originally from Turkey, it was important for them to incorporate travel into the wedding. This jet-set theme also tied nicely into the old world charm of The Crosby. After the wedding, we chatted with the bride to get her rundown on the big day.  Take a look below to see what Malissa had to say!

True Photography did such a beautiful job – I am so grateful. I love the photo of my husband and I standing in front of the vintage Rolls Royce on the bridge at the Crosby.

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We wanted chic elegance.  I love the look of tonal nudes and ivory, so our colors included blush, champagne, ivory and cream, with touches of lace.

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I loved my dress, and the lace fit nicely into the style of the day. It was Alvina Valenta Couture and I bought it at The White Dress in Corona Del Mar.  The minute I tried it on, I starting screaming. It was mine from that minute forward!

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There were so many rich and vivid memories from the day. I think my favorite was when I delivered my vows in Turkish.  That was a surprise to my husband. Even though I ended up being very emotional and crying through my vows, I was happy to share my eternal love to him in his native language. His mom (who doesn’t speak English) was also very touched.

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We loved that there were so many parts of the property that we could use, including the ceremony space, the cocktail reception on the patio, and the grand room for the reception. The gorgeous golf course, the bridges, and architectural details also allowed for so many great photo opportunities.

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My husband is from Turkey and I am from Nevada, and we both love travel. We moved to Hong Kong two years ago after only a few months of dating – we took a big leap of faith! We have taken advantage of our time living in Asia by traveling throughout the continent. The seating map was a reflection of our journey – metaphorically and literally!   In addition to lots of places in Asia, table names included where we met (San Francisco), where we had our first vacation (Maui), and the spots in Turkey when I first met his family (Istanbul and Turunc).

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Each table had a picture of us in the destination the table was named after, and a story about our travel there.

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Guests were also given luggage tags on their place settings as a favor, which tied into the travel theme.

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The reception was a blast!  It started off very elegant. The room was divine, with a beautiful and glamorous feeling.

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We wanted the night to be full of surprises, so we had arranged for Turkish dancers to perform and give a flavor of my husband’s side of the family.  That was a big hit!  They were beautiful and so much fun.

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My dad also surprised me by organizing a mini flash mob to “The Dougie.”  All of the groomsmen, his business partners, and friends came up one by one to do The Dougie dance.  It was a shock for me, and hilarious!

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The team at The Crosby was so wonderful, and made the day so easy and dreamy.

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Venue: The Crosby Club
Photographer: True Photography
Coordinator: Belle Destination Events
Florist: Blush Botanicals
Makeup: Chandra Campos
Hair Stylist: Nancy Vestal Hair Design
Linens and Rental: Concepts Event Design
Officiant: Craig Does Weddings
Disc Jockey: Injoy Entertainment
Bakery: Michele Coulon Dessertier
Videographer: NR3
Wedding Dress: The White Dress