0001 Balboa Park engagement photosWhat a beautiful afternoon we had exploring Balboa Park with this stylish + fun couple.  We pretty much just walked down the corridors of El Prado until we became inspired, which happened often.  We loved the way Jessica and Ryan looked in front of those beautiful wooden doors in front of the San Diego History Center.  Then we stopped by the iconic Botanical Building to look for Koi fish and turtles hidden amongst the growing lotus…and snap a few photos.  Our wanderings then took us behind the Prado, and we ended up on Cabrillo Bridge just as the sun was setting.  Jessica and Ryan were so stylish and really could have posed for a magazine.  Yet, not only did they look good, but their expressions and interactions were all heart.  So much love was present between these two. We wish them a very beautiful wedding in Chicago, and we’re so happy we were able to tell a little bit of their story through these photos taken in the heart of San Diego where they have spent some formative years together.0002 Balboa Park engagement photos0003 Balboa Park engagement photos0004 Balboa Park engagement photos0005 Balboa Park engagement photos0006 Balboa Park engagement photos0007 Balboa Park engagement photos0008 Balboa Park engagement photos0009 Balboa Park engagement photos0010 Balboa Park engagement photos0011 Balboa Park engagement photos

0001 San Diego family photographer natural documentary-2What an unforgettable shoot. Brooke and Kyle are an amazing couple who we first met in 2010 to photograph their engagement session on their family’s property in Julian.  We went on to shoot their incredible wedding (again on the property) the next year.  Five years later, they contact us to let us know they are expecting a baby girl and would like us to take some pictures. This is one of my favorite things about our job; to get to document numerous milestones in the life of a family.  We are so lucky!

All three shoots took place on family property.  The first shoot was on the grandparents property, the wedding was at the parents home, and this maternity session took place right near Brooke and Kyle’s new property.  All shoots involved a stop at Brooke’s childhood home, and the tree you see above (up on the hill) was a focal point that Rick and I were repeatedly drawn to.  Now, Brooke and Kyle have photos near this beautiful tree over a five year period; spanning their falling in love, getting married, and starting a family. I love the symbolism of the tree.

0002 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryIt rained, and we embraced it! It made for some beautiful, saturated colors and a mystical ambiance.  Thanks for being such a trooper, Brooke! 0003 San Diego family photographer natural documentary0004 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryPeople can get wet. Cameras can’t. Thanks to Kyle and Rick for helping keep my gear dry!0005 San Diego family photographer natural documentary-2So happy.0006 San Diego family photographer natural documentary-2This image is all about Brooke and Kyle’s expressions.0007 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryBeautiful belly!0008 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryAnyone who’s been pregnant can hopefully relate to this image.  The rewards far outweigh the challenges a pregnancy can bring.  I just love this sweet moment.0009 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryThe silhouette of the pregnant form is so beautiful.0010 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryKyle’s old baby shoes next to their baby girl’s new shoes.0011 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryAny day now… this is such a magical time.0012 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryBaby shoes.  Check out that beautiful fog.0013 San Diego family photographer natural documentaryThe family.

0001 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeHere are some of our favorite images from Cameron and Justine’s beautiful wedding at the gorgeous Ranch at Bandy Canyon.  This day was so exciting!  Here’s why. There were some sprinkles of rain in the morning which transformed into incredibly clear blue skies for the ceremony.  Justine and Cameron were filled with so much joy.  The wedding party and guests were super fun.  Many of the guests flew out from Australia (Cameron’s Motherland). And then there was Dakota, Justine’s horse, who was full of personality.  Lastly, this crowd knew how to party.  The reception was amazing.  We can’t think of anything that could have made this a more fun (and beautiful) celebration.  Our favorite image is the one above of Dakota officially welcoming Cameron to the family after they tied the knot.0002 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeCameron getting some help with his tie. 0003 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeJustine’s lovely bouquet.0004 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeSo much love went into the details at the wedding.0005 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeFirst Look – Cameron’s expression.0006 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeFirst look – Justine’s expression.0007 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeCameron, Justine and Dakota. 0008 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeDakota was quite the model.0009 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeA quick kiss after getting Dakota back in his stable.0011 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeA little good luck drizzle in the morning, before the ceremony.0012 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeThe adorable ring bearer.0013 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeThis was such a fun group!0014 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeWhat a great program.  Keeping it simple!0015 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeCameron watches Justine walk down the aisle.0016 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeAn emotional moment during the ceremony. 0017 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeMarried!0018 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wifeHappily ever after.0019 San Diego wedding photographer natural photojournalistic documentary husband wife

Their fun first dance set the tone for an amazing party on the dance floor.

Venue  |  The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Coordinator  |  A Wedding By Di

Hair  |  Picasso’s Hair Design

Makeup  |  Jaclyn Leon

Florist  |  The Flower Shop

Officiant  |  Leeza Villagomez

Cake  |  VG Bakery

DJ  |  Vive Entertainment

Transportation  |  Elite Image Limo

 

 

0001 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerChelsea and Seth’s wedding day at Mt. Woodson Castle was a modern day fairytale.  Below are some of our favorite moments from the day.0002 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerA candid moment with Seth and the guys before getting dressed.  A very different scene than the ladies room, where they had probably been getting ready for 5 hours by now!  Guys have it way too easy.0003 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerSeth headed out to get a first look of his beautiful Chelsea.0004 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerChelsea heading out to get a first glimpse of Seth.

0012 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerSeth and Chelsea…so happy.

0005 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe guys.  Just hanging out by a train downtown before heading to Ramona for the wedding.0006 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe beautiful bride.0007 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe lace. The roses. The castle. Doesn’t get more romantic than this wedding.0008 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerSeth looking quite dapper, sitting by the hearth.0009 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe gorgeous ladies.0010 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThis ring bearer stole the show… and the ladies’ hearts!0011 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerFlower girl getting antsy before her grand entrance down the aisle.0013 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerWalking in the oak grove.  This venue was so gorgeous.0014 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThere’s that handsome little ring bearer again, letting loose before he has to button up and walk down the aisle.0015 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerMount Woodson0016 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThis scene was made for these guys.0017 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe mailbox.  This castle had so many unique nooks and crannies.0018 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerShow time.0019 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerChelsea arrived to the ceremony in style in her family’s Model A0020 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerHer expression here is worth a thousand words.0021 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThis ceremony melted hearts.0022 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerPost ceremony cruise. Again, Chelsea’s gesture is priceless.  Pure joy.

0023 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerStealing a kiss in a fleeting moment during dinner.0024 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerThe ring bearer, again, giving us another amazing photo op.  This guy is hired.0025 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerFirst dance.  This was the start of a BIG party.

We were fortunate to work with some really great professionals at this wedding.  Check ‘em out:

Venue  |  Mt. Woodson Castle

Catering  |  Personal Touch Catering

Florist  |  Whimsey Florals

Hair  |  Hair by Jenn

Makeup  |   Dina Bree

DJ  |  G Sharp Entertainment

Videographer  |  Ross Wedding Films

Transportation  |  Cali Bus

0001 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographerChelsea and Seth chose two of my most favorite locations in San Diego for their engagement session; Balboa Park and Torrey Pines.  This adventurous shoot was filled with all of the things we love; trees, sunsets, ocean, cliffs, laughing, dancing, spinning, climbing. What a blast!  Gorgeous couple, too!0002 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0003 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0004 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0006 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0005 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0007 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0009 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer0010 San Diego editorial photojournalistic natural wedding photographer

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