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Jessica + Peter : San Diego Museum of Art Wedding Photos

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On the first day of spring, Jessica and Peter had their wedding ceremony at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. We began their wedding photos at a location near and dear to me:  The US Grant Hotel.  My wife and I were married there a long time ago and we make a point to visit every so often to remind ourselves of our beginnings.  The hotel has long been renovated since our wedding there, but the old-time charm remains.  Jessica was gorgeous in her Amsale gown, while her bridesmaids wore dresses by the same wonderful designer.

We continued their wedding photography at the San Diego Museum of Man, which is one of my favorite places for wedding photography.  The beautiful arches are neutral colored, which lends itself to natural-looking portraits.  The arches create a wonderful gradient on the wall beyond them, making for a studio-like environment.

 

Kate Spade shoes and Amsale Bridal wedding gown at US Grant Hotel

Bride gets into her Amsale Bridal gown and Kate Spade shoes at the US Grant Hotel

Mother of the bride gets emotional seeing her daughter in her wedding gown.

Bride and groom first look at the US Grant Hotel

Bridal party photo in the Grant Grill at US Grant Hotel

Bridal party photo at Museum of Man Balboa Park San Diego

Portrait of groom at US Grant Hotel

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Bride and groom photo at the Museum of Man Balboa Park San Diego

Bride and groom on their wedding day at San Diego Museum of Art Balboa Park.

San Diego Museum of Art wedding ceremony

Father gives away daughter on her wedding day.

Wedding ceremony at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Bridesmaid does a reading at San Diego Museum of Art wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom kiss during San Diego Museum of Art wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom processional at San Diego Museum of Art wedding ceremony.

Bride and groom embrace after wedding ceremony at San Diego Museum of Art

Wedding floral arrangements, centerpieces at San Diego Museum of Art wedding reception.

Bride and groom view their San Diego Museum of Art wedding reception for the first time.

San Diego Museum of Art wedding reception.

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Bride and groom first dance wedding reception

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San diego museum of art wedding reception

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Ashley + Stephen : Balboa Park Engagement Session

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A wonderful Balboa Park engagement session featuring Ashley and Stephen. Ashley and Stephen are getting married later this year at the El Cortez in San Diego.  Balboa Park is so much more than the museums--there are so many nooks and crannies of great light if you're willing to open your eyes a bit. san diego wedding photographer, balboa park engagement session, balboa park, el cortez (8)

 

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Katie + Joe : El Cortez Wedding

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First up from a double-wedding weekend is Katie and Joe.  For Katie and Joe;s El Cortez wedding, they were married at St. Joseph Cathedral and held their reception at the historic El Cortez, both just blocks away from each other in downtown San Diego. Special thanks to Susanne Duffy from Crown Weddings, whose team coordinated the event flawlessly.  It had been a long time since we'd worked together but so great to reconnect.  Also thanks to my good friend Tam and her crew from Isari Flowers--gorgeous work!

Also, hats-off to my longtime teammate, Lindsey Byrnes, who finally returned to me from the clutches of a summer-long schedule covering top bands around the world.

[Images photographed on Fuji Superia 800 and Kodak Portra 400 films.]

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Melissa + Brendan : Balboa Park Engagement Photos

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On Sunday afternoon I met Melissa and Brendan for their Balboa Park engagement photos.  I usually take care of any Save the Date needs when I shoot an engagement session, but due to scheduling conflicts, we needed to shoot the Save the Date ASAP and move the main engagement session to next week. From the moment we met at the carousel at Balboa Park, I knew working with Melissa and Brendan would be awesome.  Melissa was dressed in a killer black dress while Brendan was dressed in a really sharp black suit.  I had no idea they'd be so dolled up for their shoot, but if it's a sign of things to come, the next engagement shoot should be awesome!