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Rachel + Colin : Westgate Hotel Wedding

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This past Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of photographing Rachel and Colin's Westgate Hotel wedding in downtown San Diego.  The Westgate Hotel is a real gem, a little slice of classic European styling right smack-dab in the middle of America's Finest City.  It's subtleties were perfectly suited for Rachel and Colin's elegant affair. And the light--ohhh, the light--was incredible, unlike anything I've seen inside a venue in San Diego.  Soft, creamy, like ice cream on a hot summer evening.

Rachel and Colin's ceremony was held on the hotel's rooftop terrace, with stunning views of downtown.  The reception was held in the gorgeous Versailles Ballroom, where Rachel and Colin's design tastes melded perfectly with the room's decor.  That is to say, let the environment do the work; Rachel and Colin did just that.

A huge thanks to Cara from Luxe Special Events for coordinating the evening.  She did a marvelous job pulling together all the pieces and making sure the night ran smoothly.  And thanks as always to my associate photographer, Mike, for his fantastic work and steady demeanor.

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Heather + Monty : San Diego Botanical Garden Ultimate Skybox Wedding

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This San Diego Botanical Garden Ultimate Skybox wedding, on the 4th of July no less, oozes inspiration! Heather and Monty were a great change of pace from the get-go! First off, they each wanted to meet with me separately so their own feelings and opinions about what they wanted in their wedding photography could come to the surface, without running the risk of one's judgement being influenced by the other's presence.  Monty and I met for a beer in La Jolla Shores, while Heather and I met at my house.  During each meeting I was able to get a great sense of who they were, what they liked, and how I could record in the most beautiful way possible their fantastic wedding!

Heather works at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as specialist for, among other things, several breeds of birds!  Pay special attention to the feathers used in Heather's headpiece and bouquet, as well as Monty's boutonniere--they incorporate feathers that were dropped from some of Heather's animal friends at the Park!

Special thanks to Michael for his fantastic help photographing this wedding!  Also a shout-out to Amanda from Creative Affairs, Inc., for a great job of designing and coordinating this wonderful event!

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Allison + Evan : San Diego Engagement Photos

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On Sunday I spent an amazing afternoon photographing Allison and Evan's San Diego engagement photos in downtown San Diego and Coronado.  Allison is an old college friend of mine (go Toreros!) and I'm thrilled to be working with her and Evan on their amazing journey.  We began the shoot downtown, working the afternoon light in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Towards sunset we headed to Coronado and wrapped the shoot on the beach.