Meet Ciara and Eugene.  These two spunky kids know how to have fun…in style.  They love to dress up and enjoy a night on the town, so the Gaslamp Quarter was the perfect setting for their engagement session.  Also their wedding will take place at the historic US Grant, and they will have a lot of guests coming in from out of town. So, they thought it would be fun to give their guests a taste of Downtown San Diego when they share the engagement photos…to get them excited for the wedding weekend.

As you can see, this fun-loving couple is equal parts laughter, sweetness and stunning style.  We had so much fun exploring the streets of downtown with them, and we are so excited to be able to document this precious time in their lives together.  Thanks for braving the rain and San Diego Convention Center steps in your heels, Ciara.  And thank you to Nason’s Beer Hall for letting us use your beautiful space.

It was REALLY hard to choose just a handful of images to share here, since these two are so photogenic!  Let us know which image resonates most with you in the comments below and why.  For me (Bernadette), it’s the shot above.  This image came about when I saw the reflection of the street scene in the window as they were walking inside to check out an interior space with Rick.  The ‘San Diego’ in the vintage yet timeless typeface seemed to fit their wedding vibe and with the downtown street scene, it perfectly tells the story of a place that’s really important to Ciara and Eugene. I asked them to hang out inside by the window, and I was able to capture them sharing a sweet, intimate moment that is a juxtaposition to the busy streets outside.  Ultimately, what I get from this image is that Ciara and Eugene find peace and contentment in each other as they exist together in a busy, fast moving world.  It’s a moment of silence amidst the noise.


  • Linda - The window reflection picture is just beautiful!March 18, 2017 – 1:41 am

  • Traci Holley - These pics are just incredible. You can see the love between these two. I luv the way they glow just being together. So special!March 18, 2017 – 2:09 pm

  • Traci Holley - I luv all the pics. #3 displays the beauty of their relationship from the inside out. They are each other’s air. That pic says our heart beats as one.
    #4 is the story of their relationship. They make each other feel like they are on a cloud.March 18, 2017 – 2:24 pm

  • Linda - Umbrella photos is perfection!March 19, 2017 – 11:59 pm

We were lucky to get to photograph several beautiful couples in some amazing places in 2016.  We pulled out some of our favorite wedding moments.  We hope you enjoy!

John and the guys enjoy a little treat before the ceremony

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Amanda and Warren enjoy the view from the California Tower

San Diego Museum of Man

Brice and his friend pose for a portrait

Rancho Santa FeKate and Lance perform an epic first dance

Casa de los Siete Patios, Baja

Courtney and Chris hold on tight in a moment before the ceremony

Flying Cloud Farm, Petaluma


North Chapel, Liberty Station

Cecily and Derek in the pews after the ceremony

Mission San Diego de AcalaGrandma and Grandpa steal a kiss before the ceremony begins

Rancho Santa FeKrista’s Red Dress

Shasta Weddings, Mt. Shasta

Flower girl and ring bearer look on as Jenn gets into her dress

Fairmont Grand Del MarSucculent bouquet

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Katelyn’s veil

L’Auberge Del MarGroomsmen by the pool

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

Nick in the light

Balboa ParkThe Pour

Fairmont Grand del Mar

Natalie and Luis, first look

Green Gables Wedding Estate

Flower girl walks into Katie’s portrait

Rancho Santa FeKrista and Brian’s rings lie on the location of their wedding

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaReception amidst the giant pines

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaSarah and Eric embrace after their ceremony

Twin Oaks House and Garden Estate, San Marcos

Krista and Brian in the afternoon light

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaKate and her Maid of Honor jump the nerves out before the ceremony

Casa de los Siete Patios, BajaRing bearer takes a break during the ceremony

Mission Basilica San Diego de AcalaRing bearer on the rails

City Hall, Los AngelesRing bearer clears the floor

Green Gables, San MarcosLast dance of the evening

Twin Oaks Garden Estate, San MarcosGroomsman

Rancho Santa FeKatelyn by the window

L’Auberge, Del MarJackie

Balboa ParkKatie pauses to take in the moment before walking down the aisle

Rancho Santa FeChristina is walked down the aisle by her three sons

The Homestead, Oak Glen

Warren face says it all.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa ParkJenn wipes a tear during her sister’s toast

Fairmont Grand Del MarJudy and David take a rooftop break to let their dog run

Studio 11, Los Angeles

Jackie and the bridesmaids

Balboa ParkMacaroons

Studio 11, Los AngelesJudy and David, surrounded by their friends

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los AngelesTahna and Kyle

San Diego Convention CenterJudy and David in the alley

Studio 11, Los AngelesBlue skies and moon for Brianna and Jon

First United Methodist Church of San Diego

0001We’ve been photographing this beautiful family for the last four years. It’s been so amazing to get to document the growth and development of their family.  We were there to capture the excitement Trish and Will were beaming with when they were expecting their son and we were there to photograph him during his first few weeks of life, followed by each annual milestone.  It just warms our hearts to get to see little Liam become a loving big brother to sweet Adyson.  So wonderful, sigh.  We are so lucky.0002Meet Adyson. She’s all smiles.0003Beaming Mama.0004A sweet moment with Mom and Dad0005The proud big brother0006Mother and Son0007The way Will is holding Trish’s hand on his heart…so sweet.0008No better place to be than between Mommy and Daddy0009

0001If I could sum up Alia and Jose’s wedding with one image, it would be the one above.  High energy, lots of laughter, cheering and dancing while being surrounded by their friends and family.  We had so much fun photographing this multicultural wedding that brought together the music, dance and food and people of two beautifully festive cultures.  After Alia and Jose walked down the aisle, the mariachi’s started playing. And the music didn’t stop until 1am.  With a rotation of mariachis, Palestinean musicians, belly dancers and dj, this party was a non-stop celebration accompanied by delicious mezza and kabob and ending with a taco station, jamaica and horchata.  What a beautiful way to kick off your marriage, Alia and Jose. Many congratulations to you!000200030004000500060007000800090010001100120013Coordination  | First Comes Love

Ceremony Venue  |  The North Chapel

Reception Venue  |  The Royal Palace

Florist  |  Flowers by Azhar

DJ  |  DJ Maze

Mariachi  |  Mariachi Perla

0001Kate and Lance have such a great story.  They have climbed mountains and traveled the world together.  You could make postcards of all of the places they have been together…and they did! They made postcards from their travels for their guests to sign at their engagement party!  They are in amazing shape (as you must be to climb mountains) and also are madly in love.  These two can make every outing into an adventure.  We hope these photos of their adventures in Balboa Park and at Sunset Cliffs capture some of that adventurous spirit and sweet love.  This wedding is going to be so much fun!0003000400050006000700080009001000110012