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It was so fun to photograph this amazing couple in Rick’s hometown of Montclair New Jersey.  Being based in San Diego, it’s such a treat to shoot in a place that is so green!  Yes, we paid for it with some New Jersey heat and humidity, but Jordan and Riz were troopers. Their fun-loving nature made this such a fun outing. There were lots of laughs and beautiful moments where (as you can see) Jordan and Riz were just glowing with happiness and joy.  We started off in Brookdale Park… check out those amazing elm trees and beautiful rose garden!  Then we headed over to Kips Castle, which rests on the highest point in Montclair and offers a beautiful view of New York City as well as incredible architecture that replicates a medieval Norman castle.  Jordan and Riz are both from Montclair and have many childhood memories at these spots.  The evening ended with a shoot on the rooftop of Jordan’s old apartment in Montclair. This was where Jordan lived when he met his future wife.  It was fun to hear them reminisce about the parties they used to have on that roof back when they were dating. We’re so happy that we were able to capture this special time for Riz and Jordan.  These guys are bound to make each other happy for the rest of their lives!

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0001Duong and David spent their wedding day smiling, laughing and surrounded by their family and friends on the bluff at Scripps Beach in La Jolla.  The colors were bright, the mood was fun….the sky was blue, the drinks were flowing.  This is a wedding you would love to be a guest at! But photographing it is even better, because we got to observe and capture all of those in-between moments that we may have missed if we were there as guests.  Beautiful wedding, Duong and David!  It’s very clear that you have a strong community of friends and family, and that combined with the love and admiration you clearly have for each other is going to lead to a lifetime of fun and happiness together.

Check out their amazing highlights video here: https://vimeo.com/129731996. Great work, Omnistories!0002Duong’s other main man checks out the progress of her makeup.0003Duong at the window of her suite at La Valencia, soaking in the expansive view of La Jolla Cove.0004This is my favorite portrait of David from the day.  This image just captures his personality perfectly.0005Many drinks were enjoyed on this day.  Champagne being one of them. Whiskey being another.0006The Groomsmen.0007These socks are just too cool.0008We had fun with Duong’s veil and the wind.0009The lovely bridesmaids.0010Duong and David at UCSD, a place that played a significant role in their story.0011The shoes. The rings.0012All of the guys were superheroes on the day!0013A sweet moment during the ceremony.  Love Duong’s expression here.  It says so much.0014David’s Mom during the ceremony. Again, her expression says it all.0015Exchanging rings.0016A sweet moment under the pier after the ceremony.0017“For richer. For poorer.” Lottery tickets for the guests.0018“In sickness and in health” hangover kits for the guests. 0019Thanks to everyone who helped make this day a success.

Venue  |  Scripps Seaside Forum

Getting Ready Venue  |  La Valencia Hotel

Coordination  |  Love is in the Details Events

Florist  |  Duyen & Trang Nguyen

Hair and Makeup  |   Makeup by Dorie and Jeannette Kienbaum with Trendsetter Salon

Catering  |  Coast Catering

Videographer  |  Omnistories

DJ  |  Mike Kechup with JMC Events

Bakery  |  Twiggs Bakery and Sweet Cheeks (Grooms Cake)

  • Gail Henry (Mom) - I love all the photographs and believe you did an excellent job. While you were at the event, I never sensed you were even there taking pictures or even video taping. I just love the Wedding Highlights video and have watched it so many times. It still gives me goosebumps each time I watch it. I can’t wait to see all the pictures because I know all of them are going to be as outstanding and creative as what I’ve seen so far! Thank you for such a job well done!July 7, 2015 – 3:21 am

  • Duong - You guys are ridiculously talented and purely incredible! Thank you so much for capturing our special day and all the wonderful moments that we will cherish forever. I love that you captured Coti on his hind legs with the superman cape on- so awesome! It was such a pleasure working with you! We LOVE you guys and all your work! We can’t thank you enough! XoxoxoJuly 7, 2015 – 4:02 am

  • Leslie - LOVE the last shot! It so perfectly captures the fun-loving personalities of both Du and David. They are always making each other smile and laugh, they really know how to have fun with each other and that’s something that is going to carry them through life together!July 7, 2015 – 5:39 pm

  • Jinny Min - The details of the decorations caught in the pictures are beautiful. This photographer seems to have a wonderful ability to capture the happiness from everyone’s faces.July 7, 2015 – 8:34 pm

  • Kim - Narrative images… you guys are really great by captures every moments on their wedding day pictures.. Very organized n details.. Love all the pictures..July 8, 2015 – 4:06 am

  • Katie p - My favorite is the one under the pier!!!! I absolutely adore it.July 10, 2015 – 9:20 pm

  • Trang - I love all the pictures taken! So creative and beautifully taken!July 11, 2015 – 4:51 am

  • David Smith - For some reason I assumed that the groom shouldn’t be commenting on the event but my amazing wife has just let me know otherwise. Better half is already teaching me something. So yeah…BEST DAY EVER!!! I loved the laid back vibe that was present throughout the entire day. Normally I’m a hot mess talking in-front of a bunch of people. This was the first time I wasn’t nervous. I can only assume that was because of all the love in the room :-) POPS!!! Thank you for capturing Duong’s beauty for us and doing your best to make me look like I deserve to be with such a lovely woman.July 14, 2015 – 7:33 pm

  • Farid - With pictures like these, question is : why weren’t you two wearing super hero shirts/socks also??
    Amazing job with utmost professionalism (lost count of how many times Rick turned down bourbon shots)!!

    Coti asked me to blog this “please photo shop the leash out of the picture so it looks like I’m ready to take off and fly, and not like I’m being hung instead.”July 14, 2015 – 7:35 pm

  • Kirstine W - The captured moments are great! Had a great time with the wedding party and Narrative Images played a key role in making things roll smoothly during the day. They made the wedding that much more fun to be a part of.July 14, 2015 – 7:40 pm

0001  San Diego athletic portrait photographerRick and I are so fortunate to get to work with this incredibly talented and knowledgeable personal trainer/movement guru, Daniel Chavez with Roots Strength and Conditioning.  Here are some of our favorite images from a recent shoot with Dan.

Dan has a unique, inspiring and revolutionarily simple philosophy to movement. You can’t pin him to any specific category of “fitness” because what he has developed is a truly unique and seamless approach that combines movement from many different genres, including but not limited to: gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, yoga, strength and mobility training. Workouts with Dan don’t rely on fancy gym equipment.  We do work out in the gym, but mostly on the floor and in the park…kids play structures and trees are often our equipment.  Check out Dan’s Instagram page @rootsfit and his Facebook page Roots Strength and Conditioning.  He works with people at all levels.  You just need to come with an open mind, and if you schedule some sessions with Dan, just be prepared to squat!

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  • Christian Rodriguez - This is an awesome article! Daniel is GREAT! I have watched him for years and He really knows his stuff!June 11, 2015 – 9:15 pm

0001 San Diego natural wedding photographyHere are some of our favorite moments from Natalie and Matt’s Wedding Day.  They tied the knot at Founder’s Chapel at USD and the wedding trolley took us downtown near Petco Park.  The streets were blocked off for a game, but it worked in our favor. We were able to take over the street without stopping traffic or endangering anyone, which is always a plus.   The reception was at the Bali Hai where the music was pumping, the drinks were flowing, the view was incredible and love was all around.  What an awesome wedding!0002 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe dress.0003 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe shoes.0004 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe (gorgeous) bride.0005 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe (gorgeous) bouquet.0006 San Diego natural wedding photographyShe’s stunning.0007 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe groom.0008 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe groom’s gift from the bride.0009 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe guys.0010 San Diego natural wedding photographyMatt, looking dapper.0011 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather of the bride. He loved his Go Pro!0012 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather of Groom embraces his son before the bride walks down the aisle.0013 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe ring bearer entertains himself during the ceremony.0014 San Diego natural wedding photographyThe look after the kiss.0015 San Diego natural wedding photographyWedding party group selfie.0016 San Diego natural wedding photographyNatalie and Matt steal a kiss while in transit.0017 San Diego natural wedding photographyHomemade Polish Moonshine. Best favor ever!0018 San Diego natural wedding photography0019 San Diego natural wedding photographyFirst dance.0020 San Diego natural wedding photographyGuestbook.0021 San Diego natural wedding photographyFather daughter dance. This one really pulls at your heart strings.0022 San Diego natural wedding photographyDJs Natalie and Matt (above).  Snapshot Studios, our open air photo booth, was a big hit (below).0023 San Diego natural wedding photography

The professionals that helped make this day happen were all top notch.  Great work, everyone!

Ceremony Venue  |  Founder Chapel, USD

Reception Venue  |  Bali Hai

Coordination  |  Swann Soirees

Florist  |  Organic Flora

Live Music  |  Thomas Giglio Events

DJ  |  JMC Events

Baker  |  Nothing Bundt Cake

Transportation  |  Old Town Trolley

Open Air Photo Booth  |  Snapshot Studios

  • tiffany - Wow, these are perfection and Natalie you are stunning!!!June 9, 2015 – 8:55 pm

  • Pam Reibert - Beautiful and fun pictures. Great memories for the bride and groom!!! Love them all!!!!!June 9, 2015 – 9:00 pm

  • The Andersons - Great pics of a great wedding! Hard to choose a favorite!June 9, 2015 – 10:01 pm

  • Ashley - Such a special day! Loved being a part of it. The photos are stunning!!June 10, 2015 – 12:49 am

  • Mona & Gary - An incredible look into a gorgeous Wedding Day! We were so happy to be a part of this awesome couple’s beginnings, as Mr. & Mrs. ~ we had a blast! Love, Mona/BearJune 13, 2015 – 10:04 pm

  • Carlos Nieto - Amazing pictures, loved being apart of this wonderful day!June 15, 2015 – 3:49 am