Coronado Destination Wedding : Sabrina + Thompson : Part 1

April 8, 2020

It’s so exciting to share Sabrina and Thompson’s Coronado destination wedding in at the Hotel Del!

You may remember this lovely couple from their La Jolla engagement photo shoot. This wedding is go great I have to split it into five parts! Part one of this series covers Sabrina and Thompson getting ready and their first look at the Hotel Del Coronado!

Chicago Couple, Coronado Destination Wedding

Sabrina and Thompson’s wedding was held at the famous Hotel Del Coronado!

The Hotel Del is a perfect spot for a Coronado destination wedding. The iconic hotel has five-star amenities, an amazing beach and sits in the heart of downtown Coronado.

For brides and grooms, there are amazing wedding venues at the Hotel Del Coronado. The Windsor Lawn is the perfect spot for a ceremony. The Crown Room and Coronet Room are great for large receptions. I also love the Grand Ballroom, where Sabrina and Thompson had their reception.

Bride Getting Ready at Hotel Del Coronado

Outside the Hanover Room, Sabrina’s gorgeous Lazaro gown and Diane von Furstenberg shoes wait for their big moment.

bride has makeup applied in hanover room at hotel del coronado

Sabrina has her makeup done in the Hanover Room. Her subtle makeup and loose hairstyle complemented her elegant style perfectly.

bridesmaids get dressed behind rolling wooden wall

When I shoot in rooms like this that don’t have a ton of decor, I have to keep an eye out for visual elements that break things up. Here, this rolling wooden screen helps provide a unique composition to this image of two bridesmaids getting ready.

Whenever possible, I like to kill the lights in a bridal suite and reposition the bride so everything happens near window light. Not only is the light more flattering, but moving positions can really change the look of a photograph. Here, the window light helps the texture on Sabrina’s Lazaro gown pop.

bride puts on lazaro gown before coronado destination wedding

Sabrina’s Lazaro gown featured a sequined bodice and a layered tule skirt. Dresses like this can be a challenge to put on so it helps to take everything in stride.

bridesmaid ties bow on back of lazaro wedding gown

The satin bow on Sabrina’s gown is the perfect embellishment!

bridesmaid helps bride put on shoes

And so are her DVF shoes!

bridesmaid puts on earrings while mother holds mirror

Sabrina attaches one of her earrings. I love the light reflected off the mirror onto Sabrina’s face as her mother holds the mirror.

bride and mother laugh as mother helps with necklace

Sabrina and her mother share a laugh as she helps her daughter with her necklace.

Groom Getting Ready Photos at the Hotel Del

groomsman helps groom with shirt before coronado destination wedding

Thompson’s best man helps him with the buttons on his shirt.

groomsmen show custom cufflinks groom's gifts

A groomsmen shows off the custom cufflinks each of them received from Thompson as a groom’s gift. What a fantastic idea!

groom ties bowtie as groomsmen look on

Thompson tightens his bowtie as his groomsmen make sure he’s looking spot-on for his first look!

Bride and Groom First Look Photos at the Hotel Del Coronado Destination Wedding

Sabrina slowly approaches Thompson, who is starting to feel a bit anxious. But they’re all laughs once they see each other for the first time!

bride and groom first look coronado destination wedding hotel del

When I can, I like to show scale in photographs, even for intimate moments like a first look. Here, Sabrina and Thompson share a private moment in The Garden.

bride and father selfie before leaving for church

Sabrina’s dad takes a quick selfie before they head out for the church cermony.

bride and father exit hotel del coronado on way to church ceremony

As Sabrina and her father are led to the car by the coordinator, Liz from White Lace Events, a few of her guests catch a glimpse on the steps of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Be sure to catch the other five parts of this amazing wedding:

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