Weddings

Downtown San Diego Styled Shoot | The El Cortez Don Room

Hello, gorgeous!!!

This incredible styled shoot at the El Cortez Don Room features vibrant jewel tones and rich golden hues for a truly jaw-dropping, luxury wedding. The outdoor fireplace on the terrace was the perfect setting for a stunning lounge designed by Breezy Day Weddings with rentals from TBD San Diego. Breezy Day Florals created some of the most spectacular arrangements I have ever seen! I'm still reeling over the incredible bridal bouquet!

With dark wood floors and a real 24k gold ceiling, the Don Room is one of the most romantic venues in San Diego. We ran with the romance and the gold theme to create a sweetheart table for the ages! From the floral arrangements to the gold flatware, this table is full of delicious colors and is sure to give you all the warm fuzzies.

In short, this shoot is one for the books! Every single detail created by the incredible team of vendors is perfection! Be sure to check out the entire list of vendors below! Enjoy!

Photography: Weston Bennett Photography

Coordination: Breezy Day Weddings

Florals: Breezy Day Florals

Venue: El Cortez Don Room

Hair: Laura Claire

Rentals: To Be Designed, Tavolo Chaise & Lighting

Linens: Patty's Linens

Cake: Frost Me Gourmet

Calligraphy: Orange and Melrose

Jessica & Eric

Jessica and Eric met when he, a speech therapist, started working with her students in her special-education classroom. As the only young people working at the school, they quickly hit it off. And while Jessica knew very early on that Eric was interested in her, she wasn't quite ready to date. As far as she knew, he would be moving to another city soon enough anyway. But, as seems to be a common trend among the wonderful couples I get to photograph, Eric's persistence paid off. With his sights set on Jessica, Eric decided to stay in Monterey and even had his friends help him find a new job in the area, allowing them to start dating. And just as it didn't take long for these two to become close friends, dating quickly taught them that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

Their wedding in Monterey, CA was a joy to photograph. I loved the way they were able to tie in Eric's Chinese heritage with beautiful red florals and lanterns. And the backdrop for their first look at York School was stunning! Plus, Jessica all of the tables at the reception had musical theatre-themed table marker. Right up my alley, folks! I was humming show tunes all night long! But more than any of that, Jessica and Eric have the sweetest hearts, and that's what made sharing in their day so special. Their love for one another and everyone who shares in their story is palpable.

Jessica and Eric, my deepest congratulations and best wishes for your marriage. I love the way you love others. It's inspirational. Keep doing that and you're sure to have a very happy life together!

Allyson & Shane | Mt. Woodson Castle

I knew I was going to have a blast photographing Allyson and Shane's wedding when I asked what they were most looking forward to about the wedding and they responded, "the food and the dancing". Yes, please!!!

Allyson and Shane met in the freshman dorms at UCSD, and although she instantly thought Shane was cute, it would be a year and a half before they started dating. Allyson's deep love of Disney quickly squeezed its way into the relationship as she convinced Shane to buy an annual pass to Disneyland, where he would later propose on their second anniversary!

During the wedding day, these two were all smiles! Their love for each other is so apparent. As we were photographing portraits after the first look, I asked Shane to look toward the camera. His response? "But want to look at Allyson. She's so beautiful!"

After a beautiful ceremony, officiated by their freshman resident assistant, we went for a stroll under the oak trees where we photographed some seriously swoon-worthy portraits. And, of course, the dinner and dancing that followed did not disappoint!

Jené & Nick | The Avalon Hollywood

I'm a huge fan of black and white photography. For me, black and white images immortalize the intimacy of a moment in a way that colored images cannot. It's as if all of the distractions are removed, and all that remains is raw emotion. Perhaps it's because, as my imagination fills in the colors, it also fills in the story. Questions like "What color lipstick was she wearing?" turn into "How must she have felt as she prepared to see her husband for the first time?". And as I study each image, I become captivated by the story that created it.

I've always wanted to photograph a wedding entirely in black and white. When Jené and Nick told me that their wedding would have a 1920s theme, I knew this was the one! In keeping with the theme of the wedding, I'm sharing the story of their day in classic, timeless black and white! For all of my lovers of color (and those of you who really want to know what color lipstick she was wearing), I'll be blogging the colored images soon, I promise!

Jené and Nick planned the most elegantly-themed wedding I have ever seen. The Old Hollywood style was present in every detail of the day. From Jené's vintage makeup by Besame Cosmetics and Daniela Beckstrom, to her juliet cap veil, she was a black and white movie star come to life. Nick and his dapper groomsmen wore classic black tuxes and bowties. And the venue?!?! A historic nightclub right on the Hollywood walk of fame. So much yes!

I'll be back to share more from Jené and Nick's wedding, including more of their love story. For now, take a trip to the 1920s and enjoy some of my favorite black and white images of their special day.

Tina & Joey | The Lafayette Hotel

Tina and Joey's wedding at The Lafayette Hotel was beyond perfect! First of all, Tina is drop-dead-gorgeous! She rocked a beautiful mermaid wedding dress and had the perfect sparkly details to go with it. Seriously, just wait until you see her shoes!

In her own words, Tina is "not a traditional bride", and Tina and Joey wanted to make sure their wedding uniquely reflected their spunky personalities. Tina lived up to those words when she started rapping during the toasts! Coolest. Bride. Ever. They chose the Lafayette Hotel because they love the North Park neighborhood and liked the unique atmosphere of the hotel. From the eclectic collection of chairs to the umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, this venue had the perfect personality to host their special day! This wedding was a beautiful balance of elegance and downright fun (complete with shots of tequila right after the first kiss).

I was so fortunate to spend the day with these sweet people and their wonderful friends and family! I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I enjoyed creating them! Tina and Joey, I wish you all the best. Thank you for inviting me to play a part in your big day!

Megan & Gage | The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

As family friends, Megan and Gage grew up camping, fishing, and four-wheeling together. Gage fell pretty early on for Megan's adventurous spirit and sweet smile, but it would take 12 years for Gage's crush to pay off! Every Valentine's day, Gage would send Megan a gift, regardless of their relationship statuses at the time. Talk about dedication! I guess it worked, because last year they started dating, and now it's pretty easy to see that these two just belong together! 

Megan and Gage's wedding at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon was everything I love in a wedding day! Beautiful blush and navy details, a gorgeous outdoor venue with market lights, and lots of wonderful family and friends. Most importantly, Megan and Gage's love for one another was so obvious and fun to watch! From beginning to end, this day was all smiles. Enjoy :)