Mar 17, 2017

Meet Ciara and Eugene.  These two spunky kids know how to have fun…in style.  They love to enjoy a night on the town, so the Gaslamp Quarter was the perfect setting for their personalized 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. Their shoot was full of so many great engagement shoot ideas!

As you can see, this fun-loving couple is equal parts laughter, sweetness and stunning style.  It was a blast exploring the streets of downtown with them, and we are excited to be able to document this precious time in their lives together. Engagement shoots are a great opportunity to document who you are as a couple.  Thanks for braving the rain and San Diego Convention Center steps in your heels, Ciara.  And thank you to Nason’s Beer Hall, a part of the new Pendry Hotel, for letting us use your beautiful urban space for some creative shots.

As a wedding photographer, 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 tells the story of a place that’s really important to Ciara and Eugene. The photo was taken at The Pendry Hotel in San Diego, which looks like a great wedding venue by the way.  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. All in all this downtown engagement shoot at the Pendry hotel and Gaslamp provided many options to shoot in a documentary wedding photographer’s style and reflect something unique about our newly engaged couple!

engaged couple in front of the fire station downtown san diego

Couple sit on wooden park bench in Pocket Park Gaslamp Quarter San Diego

Candid wedding photo of couple laughing in front on red door at fire station downtown Wedding couple dressed in black formal clothes link arms at the park at the park downtown PETCO PARK groom lifts bride in middle of street downtown wedding photography couple sitting at nasons beer hall at the pendry hotel in san diego Classy pre wedding photo of couple at Pendry Boutique hotel Downtown wedding venue Couple about to cross street under the gaslamp sign downtown San DiegoDowntown San Diego Wedding Photography Classic, traditional candid stylecouple's hands embrace showing classic diamond engagement ring

photojournalistic style engagement photo of couple leaning on brick wall with heads together downtown san diego



  1. Linda

    March 18th, 2017 at 1:41 am

    The window reflection picture is just beautiful!

  2. Traci Holley

    March 18th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    These pics are just incredible. You can see the love between these two. I luv the way they glow just being together. So special!

  3. Traci Holley

    March 18th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    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.

  4. Linda

    March 19th, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Umbrella photos is perfection!


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May 26, 2016

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



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Apr 28, 2016

001We had a beautiful afternoon with this gorgeous couple in the back roads of Jamul.  As we strolled down the Sweetwater River Bridge, Derek reminisced on his childhood memories driving down this bridge, which no longer has access to cars.  Then, we headed to Derek’s childhood home, where he and Cecily met for this first time at his sister’s wedding.  The session ended with a sweet ride in the car that Derek and Cecily drove on their first date.  So many sweet memories! How cool that these guys were able to create new ones that they can now look back on for years to come. Congrats Derek and Cecily! 002003004005006007008009010011



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Apr 12, 2016

001Here are a few of our favorites from a recent shoot in two of our favorite spots in San Diego: Mission Trails and La Jolla Cove…two very different expressions of beautiful San Diego landscapes.  It was so nice to photograph Katie and Jason in their element, in nature.  Even their pups felt at home on the trails!  We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day and sweeter couple.  We hope you enjoy that sweetness as it shines through in these images…002003004005006007008009



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Oct 21, 2015

0001Enjoy these images from Sara and Eric’s shoot at Belmont Park in Mission Beach.  These guys were up to have a good time!  In going on rides, playing games, riding their bikes, and watching the sunset, their love shown so bright!  The shoot was effortless fun, and if this is any indication of how their marriage will be, they’re in for a sweet ride!


  1. Christine Dahlke

    October 21st, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I love all of these – it’s too hard to pick a favorite!

  2. Kelly

    October 21st, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    So gorgeous! Can’t wait to see these two tie the knot!

  3. Katelyn Lau

    October 21st, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Loving these photos of this gorgeous duo! Love the silhouette in the bike spoke! So cute!

  4. Megs

    October 21st, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    SO cute! And super unique. I love these!

  5. Anna

    October 21st, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    So beautiful! Looks like you guys had a great time! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  6. Tracy Reynolds

    October 21st, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Love the one of you two walking the bikes! Those smiles!

  7. Cathy

    October 21st, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Love these!! Such a cute couple. Great photographer.

  8. Megan Harnal

    October 22nd, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I love them all!!! So great!

  9. Sara

    October 22nd, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Lovely pictures! My favorite is the carousel behind you guys!!

  10. Lurker

    October 22nd, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Great photos

  11. Alison

    October 22nd, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful Couple!!!

  12. Owen

    October 22nd, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Awesome, pics effortlessly reveal the love between these 2 lovely people

  13. jen

    October 23rd, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    What a beautiful and handsome couple!

  14. Peter Buttolph

    October 25th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. Happy for you together.


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