Jun 15, 2017

Vanessa and David have the sweetest love story… they were neighbors growing up! Since they met so close to their home in Milwaukee, they decided to plan their wedding in a place a little further away.  After looking for beautiful sunny places that didn’t require international travel, they decided on a Temecula Wedding at  Mt. Palomar Winery, where they could be married outside on a vineyard in the sun. A winery wedding is always beautiful, and as you can see below, Temecula did not disappoint. Their ceremony was held outside on La Bella Vista lawn under expansive blue skies with a 360 degree view of the valley.  The guests enjoyed the view paired with wine (all aged and bottled at Mount Palomar Winery) during the cocktail hour and spent the rest of the evening outside on the Piatza di Arbole for the reception.

Vanessa and David wanted to optimize their time for portraits on this beautiful day, so we spent the early afternoon exploring Old Town Temecula with their wedding party and utilizing the texture on the historic sun kissed buildings for couple portraits and wedding party shots.  We even found a wedding sign at an antique shop that we incorporated into a photo. These guys were ready to have fun, so our time with them felt more like play than work.  The white shades they handed out to their wedding party and guests were a nice touch and made the portraits even more fun. And the wood flowers were so unique and such a great eco-friendly idea for bridal bouquets that will last forever. Checkout their unique recycled bridal bouquets!

lace wedding shoes in window with clouds in background at Temecula winery wedding

Lace shoes and blue skiespink eco flower bridal bouquet at Temecula winery wedding

Bouquets made of wood by Ecoflower
Bride in window with wedding dress and bright light Temecula winery wedding

I just had to stop Vanessa at this window to capture her silhouette before she stepped into the elevator.  I just love the light, the lines on the ground, her hands, and the light fixtures that seem to point to Vanessa.
Classic Groomsmen gift a box of cuban cigars at Pala Resort and Casino

These Cuban cigars were great gifts that the groomsmen were able to enjoy, fireside, at the end of the night with David.

David and the groomsmen really getting into being ‘Out West’ in Old Town Temecula.

Bride laughing with Groom in background standing against brick wall in downtown temecula

Vanessa and David shortly after their first look in Old Town Temecula.Bride and Groom kissing standing against brick wall in downtown temecula

The bride and groom kiss in the alleyway, framed by the treesWedding couple with sunglasses on against rustic wall for creative wedding photos in temecula ca

The shades definitely came in handy for the bride and groom on this sunny day.
the feet of the bride and groom sitting on street for downtown Temecula wedding

His and hers purple wedding shoesReception setup at Palomar Winery wedding venue in TemeculaTablescape on the Piatza di Arbole at Mt. Palomar Winery

The father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress on their wedding day

Vanessa’s father, clearly stunned, sees her in her beautiful lace dress for the first time. As parents, we can imagine how emotional and meaningful a moment like this must be.documentary wedding photo of wedding couples hands in front of antique wedding sign

We had to take a photo with this ‘Our wedding’ sign that just happened to be leaning outside of an antique shop in Old Town Temecula.Outdoor Wedding ceremony at Palomar Winery in Temecula

The wedding ceremony on La Bella Vista lawn at Mt. Palomar Winery. Vanessa and David’s good friend officiated, which made the ceremony especially heartfelt.Candid Photojournalistic portrait of bride with bridesmaids in vineyard at mt. palomar winery

Vanessa and the bridesmaids enjoy the wind out in the vineyard at Mt. Palomar WineryWedding couple embrace in bright sunlight with halter lace bridal gown that has sheer back with beading

The sheer back of Vanessa’s halter dress was just so beautiful!unique green eco flower brides bouquet in dry vineyard field with dried flowers

The bridal  bouquet, made from wood and pages of old library books.Bride glances back at camera holding grooms hand with vineyard in background as wind blows veil Mt. Palomar winery wedding

Vanessa and David in the vineyard. photojournalistic wedding photo of Groom dipping bride at end of first dance at mount Palomar winery wedding reception

David dips his bride during their first dance, surrounded by candlelight, market lights and their closest friends and family.Grand exit of bride and groom after wedding reception at mt palomar winery while guests cheer on married couple

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this winery wedding a success!

Venue  |  Mount Palomar Winery, Temecula Winery and Vineyard

Flowers  |  EcoFlower Wood Flowers

DJ  |  Sure Shot Mobile DJ

Desserts  |  Truly Madly Sweetly Bake Shop

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  1. Kim Ruditys

    June 15th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    All of the photos are beautiful. I think my favorite is when her Dad see’s her for the first time. The look on his face is priceless, and Vanessa’s smile is endless.

  2. Wendy Koser

    June 15th, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    All of the photographs are stunning. But, the one that touches my heart so sweetly is the simplest photo of David and Vanessa holding hands with the old wooden wedding sign.

  3. Jessica Ruditys

    June 15th, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite picture of Vanessa and David would have to be the one of both of them laughing after their first look. This picture truly shows the love and happiness they have for each other.

  4. Vanessa

    June 16th, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I love the picture of my dad seeing me for the first time. You can see the pure astonishment and love in his face! You can also see both mine and my mom’s reactions to his. It truly capture the moment.

  5. David Brody

    June 18th, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Love the picture with Vanessa and the back of the dress. The dress was stunning and truley captures how we feel for one another. Loved them all and had a blast! Hope you had fun too!

  6. Elizabeth

    June 18th, 2017 at 2:35 am

    It was such a beautiful wedding! I love the picture where David is leaning against the brick wall and Vanessa is laughing because they’re always laughing together. I also love the one of them walking through the winery. The photos really capture how beautiful the day was.

  7. Steve Brody

    June 18th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    The one picture that touches my heart is the first dance. Not just from the happiness shown in David’s smile but knowing that my son took the time to show Vanessa the love he has for her by giving her a special first dance.

  8. Susan Oxborough

    June 18th, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    All of the photos are great, hard to pick favorites. I like where you captured the wind in the picture of Vanessa and her bridesmaids. Another favorite is Vanessa and David in the vineyard, captures her pure joy and the back of that stunning dress.

  9. Lisa Brody

    June 19th, 2017 at 12:20 am

    All of the photos are stunning. I love them all. I especially like the one of the bride & groom walking through the vineyard. It captures the essence of their style and interests.

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Dec 31, 2016

We were lucky to get to photograph several beautiful couples in some of the best wedding venues in amazing and unique places throughout 2016.  We pulled out some of our favorite wedding photography moments.  We hope you enjoy! We traveled to Mexico for a destination wedding, as well as Napa for a wedding in wine country. We also shot up in Mt. Shasta, and Los Angeles as well as across San Diego county. It is difficult to say what the best wedding venue of the year is, so we decided to list some photos from a variety of awesome and unique locations for a wedding in San Diego, or elsewhere. In the process it becomes clear the ways in which many of our clients make weddings are a reflection of who they are as a couple, what they find fun, and/or their cultural backgrounds. The best wedding photography should capture the essence of who you are as a couple in order to be authentic, honest, and meaningful.Wedding photo from the grand del marl hotel classic style black tie groomsmen hold cigars and whisky

John and the guys enjoy a little treat before the ceremony a the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The fairmont hotel is a wonderful wedding venue and offers so many great opportunities for wedding photos. The venue is classic and there is so much attention to detail in the architecture of the resort that really anywhere is a good place to shoot.

Bride and groom embrace in California Tower at Balboa Park San DiegoAmanda and Warren enjoy the view from the newly opened California Tower in Balboa Park. If your wedding venue is located in Balboa Park checkout the California Tower and arrange a private tour. It is a unique place for some couple photos on your wedding day. It is located upstairs inside the San Diego Museum of Man.

Groom stands next to horse in unexpected wedding moment at family's stablesBrice and his friend pose for a portrait at their family’s stables during their rustic and classy outdoor wedding. The unexpected moments sometimes make for great wedding photography and memories. (We have another shot of the horse eating a boutonnière!) We have shot many weddings around Rancho Santa Fe and some of the best venues are often the family’s own back yard/property/estate.Groom lifts bride in air during first dance at destination wedding in Baja MexicoKate and Lance perform an epic first dance

Casa de los Siete Patios, Baja

A detail shot of Groom and Bride's dress and tux and flowersCourtney and Chris hold on tight in a moment before the ceremony

Flying Cloud Farm, Petaluma

Mariachi jumps in air with guitar at Wedding at NTC ChapelHiring a Mariachi band for your wedding ceremony or reception is a great idea and a wonderful way to include some of the local San Diego culture into your special day. This candid wedding photo was taken at North Chapel, NTC Liberty Station. In recent years Liberty Station has become a premier wedding location filled with all sorts of options for wedding venues. There are a few options including the chapel and also Brick.

Bride and Groom sit in pews after their wedding at the Mission San Diego De AcalaCecily and Derek in the pews after the ceremony at the historic Mission San Diego de Acala.    Grandparents kiss during wedding ceremony with guests not noticingGrandma and Grandpa steal a kiss as the ceremony begins.

Rancho Santa FeRed wedding dress hangs in the woods on a pine tree in Mt. Shasta CA at secluded wedding venueKrista’s Red Dress wedding dress hangs in the woods on a pine tree in Mt. Shasta CA at a secluded wedding venue deep in the woods. This was a true Shasta Wedding.

Flower girl watches longingly as bride puts on bracelet before wedding ceremonyFlower girl and ring bearer look on as Jenn gets into her dress

Fairmont Grand Del MarBridal bouquet with succulents resting on agave plant San Diego ca The Inn at Rancho Santa FeSucculent bouquet

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

long bridal veil catches wind in sunlight as bride walks through hotel lobby at L'auberge wedding venueKatelyn’s veil

L’Auberge Del MarGroomsmen sit in pool chairs dressed in suits in downtown LA before their classic weddingGroomsmen by the pool

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

Groom with bowtie stands in light in Balboa Park against concrete wallNick in the light

Balboa ParkVintage bottle of whisky is poured at the grand del mar weddingThe Pour

Fairmont Grand del Mar

Wedding photo of Bride and Groom hugging after wedding at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, CANatalie and Luis, first look

Green Gables Wedding Estate

Wedding photo of Bride and Groom hugging after wedding at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, CAFlower girl walks into Katie’s portrait

Rancho Santa Fewedding rings on topographical map Mt shasta weddingKrista and Brian’s rings lie on the location of their wedding

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaRustic outdoor Wedding venue in woods with market lightsReception amidst the giant pines

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaBride and Groom hug outside the old school house at a vintage historic wedding venue twin oaksSarah and Eric embrace after their ceremony

Twin Oaks House and Garden Estate, San Marcos

Bride is red wedding dress kisses groom in woods at outdoor wedding surrounded by pine treesKrista and Brian in the afternoon light

Shasta Weddings, Mt. ShastaBride and maid oh honor jump on bed during wedding at Casa De Los Siete Patios in Baja MexicoKate and her Maid of Honor jump the nerves out before the ceremony

Casa de los Siete Patios, BajaRing bearer sleeps at Mission Basilica in San DiegoRing bearer takes a break during the ceremony

Mission Basilica San Diego de AcalaWedding Party laughing outside city hall in Los AngelesRing bearer on the rails

City Hall, Los AngelesRing bearer dances at wedding reception a Green GablesRing bearer clears the floor

Green Gables, San MarcosWedding guests sing and rock out at reception at twin oaks garden estateLast dance of the evening

Twin Oaks Garden Estate, San MarcosGroomsman

Rancho Santa FeBride wearing a satin wedding dress and long veil walks through L'Auberge lobbyKatelyn by the window

L’Auberge, Del MarBridal with simple classy wedding dress in Balboa ParkJackie

Balboa Parkfather of the bride walks his daughter down the isle at outdoor wedding ceremonyKatie pauses to take in the moment before walking down the aisle

Rancho Santa FeBride walks down the isle with her children at the homestead in Oak Glen near riversideChristina is walked down the aisle by her three sons. The emotion on their faces and the face of the mother of the groom (to the right of the frame) really displays the gravity and meaningfulness of this moment in their lives. Their venue was nestled away in the woods up in in the mountains near Riverside.

The Homestead, Oak Glen

Groom looks lovingly at his bride during ceremony on stage at Spreckels Organ Pavilion Warren face says it all.

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa ParkBride wipes tear during toasts at Fairmont Grand Del Mar weddingJenn wipes a tear during her sister’s toast

Fairmont Grand Del MarOut back at Studio 11 los angeles CAJudy and David take a rooftop break to let their dog run

Studio 11, Los Angeles

Balboa Park hallway photo of wedding party and bride laughingJackie and the bridesmaids

Balboa ParkMacaroons served as late night snack in Los Angeles at Studio 11 Macaroons

Studio 11, Los AngelesBride and groom with wedding party laughing outside disney concert hall los angeles Judy and David, surrounded by their friends

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los AngelesMarried couple kissing with view of downtown san diego in backgroundTahna and Kyle

San Diego Convention CenterBride and Groom in alleyway  between brick walls looking into eachothers eyesJudy and David in the alley

Studio 11, Los AngelesCouple kiss at top of outdoor staircase with sky and clouds at First Methodist Church in San DiegoBlue skies and moon for Brianna and Jon

First United Methodist Church of San Diego

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Jul 21, 2015

0001 International Destination Wedding PhotographerAnd here are some of our favorites from Riz and Jordan’s beautiful wedding in Montclair…0002 International Destination Wedding PhotographerThat dress! So unique and beautiful.0003 International Destination Wedding PhotographerThe beautiful Riz, emanating joy.
0004 International Destination Wedding PhotographerFamily heirloom cufflinks.0005 International Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan owning it.
0006 International Destination Wedding PhotographerRiz by the window.0007 International Destination Wedding Photographer Riz’s dancing shoes with their last names combined into a new name.  Pretty awesome.0008 International Destination Wedding PhotographerLOVE this girl’s smile. She has the most genuine smile I’ve ever seen…and it’s contageous.0009 International Destination Wedding PhotographerFirst look.
0011 International Destination Wedding Photographer0012 International Destination Wedding PhotographerShe can’t contain her joy!  Love it.0013 International Destination Wedding PhotographerEven Gaga, the dog, couldn’t help but smile.
0014 International Destination Wedding PhotographerAnyone who lives in Montclair will recognize this epic street art that’s become a landmark for over 30 years.0015 International Destination Wedding PhotographerThe Bride and Groom in our open air photo booth, Snapshot Studios.
0016 International Destination Wedding PhotographerA really sweet moment after Riz’s brother gave a heartfelt toast.

0018 International Destination Wedding PhotographerThe legendary after party.

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  1. Kati

    July 21st, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Absolutely stunning – bride and groom! Beautiful photos

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Dec 17, 2014

0001 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialIf I could describe this wedding day with one image, it would be the one above.  The love and bliss emanating from Remy and Travis,  the happy family and friends gathered around to support this love, the gorgeous building, the sun and blue skies… this was Remy and Travis’ wedding.  And below are some more moments that tell the story of this perfect day.  Enjoy.0002 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialPortrait of the Groom0003 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialCheck out those socks.0004 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialCheck out those shoes.0005 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialRemy is not just beautiful. She’s also extremely kind and authentic.  Travis, too (substitute handsome for beautiful)! We were so lucky to work with them.  0006 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialThe Spanish style architecture and succulents perfectly characterize this romantic and quintessentially So Cal venue.  This is one of my favorite venues.0007 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialFirst look.  I love the excitement on their faces.0008 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialHappiness looks like this.0009 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialLove looks like this.0010 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialThis venue had so many amazing architectural details, like this rad door!0011 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialSee that tiny window on the image above this one? We are shooting through it.0012 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialTravis taking it all in before getting in place for the ceremony.0013 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialThe view! I love the juxtaposition of the cozy, quaint venue against this expansive backdrop of the ocean and sky.0014 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialMarried!0015 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialThe legendary VW bus that was at Remy and Travis’ engagement session made an appearance at the wedding.0017 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialSunset down by the water.0018 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialDefinitely one of the most incredible toasts I’ve ever heard a father give to his daughter and son in law.0019 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorialThe reactions to the toast.0020 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorial-2Sunset.0021 Narrative Images San Diego candid natural wedding photography photojournalism editorial

Congratulations Remy and Travis. Your future is bright.

Venue  |  Casa Romantica

Coordinator  |  Beach Girl Weddings

Makeup/Hair  |  Lettie Mix

Florist  |  Colleen Decker

DJ  |   Essential Mobile Music

Open Air Photo Booth  |  Snapshot Studios by Narrative Images

Bakery  |  Heidelberg Pastry Shop

Caterer  |  Iva Lee’s

 

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  1. Kelly Gough

    December 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    It was THE perfect wedding! All the pictures are beautiful but when I saw the very first picture it brought a tear. So much joy and love. We love you Travis & Remy…and our new Keel in laws.

  2. Remy

    December 17th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you for doing such a great job capturing our special day!

  3. Carla Keel

    December 18th, 2014 at 4:43 am

    You captured this beautiful, full of love day so well! It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for all of us.

  4. Travis Gough

    January 6th, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Wow… These turned out amazing! This will surely be a day that we never forget.

  5. Luke Keel

    January 6th, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I love the photos, but I loved the wedding even more. So happy for you two!

  6. Trey Keel

    January 6th, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Loved the pictures, I can’t believe how perfect everything turned out 🙂

  7. Anna Raymond

    January 6th, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Wow! this literally looks like a magazine photo shoot.

  8. Charlie Mirando

    January 6th, 2015 at 7:10 am

    So this is Orange County? Big fan of the show for years. I never knew it was named after a real county! Looks great!

  9. Gerilyn Denny

    January 6th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Wow..Wow..Wow! The pictures perfectly captured the magic of the day. Kudos to the photographer and much love to Remy and Travis! So happy for you!! 🙂

  10. Tom

    January 6th, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Story-book wedding. The photos are wonderful, and truly captured the essence of the day. Brings tears to my eyes, again.

  11. Dorothy Downes

    January 6th, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    This is amazing. I could not attend the wedding but you have given me the sense of Remy at 2-200, her endless joy and being and have captured the look of joyful commitment. Thank You!

  12. Hayley Gough

    February 13th, 2015 at 12:55 am

    All the photos from that day are amazing. They capture the magic of the day as well as the joy and love Travis and Remy share for one another.

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Oct 9, 2014

0001 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticRick and I were so excited when we got the news that these two were engaged.  Meghan is a dear college friend of ten years, and we first met Patrick at our own wedding seven years ago.  We knew after seeing Meghan and Patrick together that this was the real deal.  They are such wonderful people individually and it only gets more wonderful when you put them together.  What an honor it was to photograph their wedding. Not only was is incredible to experience the days emotions through the camera…we were so thrilled to get to shoot in such a beautiful place!  Arlington is just a few miles outside of Boston, and Fall colors were in full effect.  The lighting was perfect.  The people were so lovely. What an amazing day! 0002 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticThe Dress0003 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticPatrick getting ready in their home.0004 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticThis woman is so beautiful!  0005 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticGoing over his vows…0006 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticThe dress is just stunning on her.0007 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticThe guys.  LOVE this environmental shot, Rick.0008 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticHeading out to meet her Groom.0009 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticFirst look.  I’d say he’s in awe.0011 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticLove this moment. Her hands remind me of a ballerina’s.0012 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticSo happy.0013 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticMother of the bride sees her daughter with her (almost) husband.0014 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticCeltic harp music was played for the ceremony.0015 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticThe Grooms mom ‘giving him away.’  A shot you rarely see.0016 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticHere comes the bride.0017 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticI think he’s mustering up all of his strength to hold back the tears.0018 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticMarried! And feeling pretty jolly.0019 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticMore happiness.0020 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticI don’t think it gets any happier than this!0021 International Destination Wedding Photographer PhotojournalisticFirst dance in the historic town hall.

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