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Cassandra + Jon : Vista Valley Country Club Wedding Photos

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If someone would have told me that a San Diego wedding in mid-May would be threatened by rain, I would have told them they were crazy.  But two days before Cassandra and Jon's Vista Valley Country Club wedding, San Diego was socked by a cold Pacific storm that had nearly everyone involved crossing their fingers for fair weather on the wedding day.  Thankfully, the storm cleared in time to leave Cassandra and Jon's wedding day soaked in nothing but blue skies and sunshine. Cassandra and Jon's Vista Valley Country Club wedding could not have been more beautiful or run more smoothly.  Karina, Sydney and the rest of the Couture Events crew did an amazing job of pulling everything together.  Check out the captions below for my complete commentary on this wonderful day.

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Lara + Nelz : Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

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I was really excited to photograph the Rancho Santa Fe wedding of some old friends of mine, Lara and Nelz.  The lovely couple were married at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, a quaint venue in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe.  In addition to close family and friends, Lara and Nelz were joined by their dog, Cassius, who donned a couture dog tuxedo. [Images photographed on Fuji 400H and Fuji Superia 800 film.]

Grande Colonial La Jolla Wedding

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K and K's intimate Serbian wedding took place last Saturday at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, a hidden gem in the hills above Mission Bay.  Their Grande Colonial La Jolla wedding reception was spectacular. Special thanks to floral and event stylist Aileen Tran, whose aesthetic put a wonderful touch on the reception.  I'd also like to thank Beth from the Grande Colonial Hotel, for being one of the nicest hotel sales directors I've ever met.  Finally, a big shout-out to Jose, for filling in on short notice and doing some kick-ass second shooting.

[Technical data:  Most images photographed on Kodak Portra 400 and 800 film, rated at box speed.]

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Teri + Rand : Twin Peaks Ranch Wedding

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Another weekend, another wedding on the road... I had the distinct pleasure of spending last weekend in Ojai, photographing Teri and Rand's Twin Peaks Ranch wedding.  I remember discussing Teri and Rand's wedding back in April, right after we shot their engagement session in Santa Barbara, and couldn't wait to see what the day would bring.  It did not disappoint.

We began the day at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, the luxurious compound where Teri and Rand got ready.  From there we headed directly to the Ranch, guided through the oak-covered streets by hand-made "Teri and Rand" signs.  Upon stepping out of my car I was greeted by 106 ℉ weather, but thankfully their gorgeous ceremony was held under a canopy of giant oak and eucalyptus trees.

Their reception was beautifully styled by Tonya Szele, who, along with Mindy Rice's over-the-top floral design, pulled out all the stops in helping Teri and Rand design the event.  Guests were treated to delicious apps and dinner by Command Performance Catering, incredible tunes by the Tijuana Dogs, and a killer video by superstar filmmaker/producer Pete Santa Maria.

Special thanks to Ásgeir Bollason for his help in shooting this wedding!

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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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