Jen & Sean are married! 9.14.13 {San Diego Wedding Photographer}

This is a special sneak peek for my friends Jen and Sean.  I haven’t been posting any sneak peeks for a while now, because I thought I would be updating my website and blog this year.  So I was going to save all of the new posts for after it was revamped.  It’s proven to be quite busy for me this year though, so the updates are on hold for now!  However, this is a special wedding for me.  So I have to share!

Jen is a friend from – oh my gosh – junior high school?  We go way back!  Jen and Sean met in high school when they both worked at Taco Bell.  In one of the speeches it was even mentioned that Sean had moved her (or had her moved) to cashier because “she was hot”. Sparks were flying back then even!  LOL  They became good friends and then finished high school going their separate ways.

A couple years ago we had a high school reunion in Vegas where I caught up with Jen, and Sean “happened to be there” (keep in mind that Sean was from our rival school – he SO crashed our reunion ;) )   They were able to rekindle those sparks, and Sean finally decided to pursue the hot girl!  Ever since, they’ve been together and if you are a friend of either of them on Facebook you can see how much they enjoy each other and how much their love for each other has developed.

When Jen asked if I could photograph their wedding I was over the moon! A private orchard in our hometown, gorgeous and fun couple, with Jen’s stylish eye? Yes, please!

As expected, it was GORGEOUS!  I’ll save details about the wedding for later, but for now . . . here are a few image that I absolutely love.  I love the way Sean looked at Jennifer even though I could tell she was concentrating on being in front of the camera.  I loved the huge smiles on their faces coming down the aisle after they were pronounced man and wife.  I loved the orchard and the Camarillo mountains in the background . . .  I hope you love these as much as I do!

Enjoy!

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Jones Sisters | San Diego Family Photography

It was such a delight to photograph these 3 sisters!  The eldest, Lindsey, was a wonderful big sister and took great pride in watching over her younger siblings and helping out with the session.  I didn’t recognize her, but it turns out that I had photographed her before at the SEES father daughter dance!  Middle sister, Charlotte, was a riot!  She was playful and so very energetic! We finally got her to sit still by having her count to 10 and then she was off again!  I was able to capture a ton of crazy expressions from her and loved her great big smile!  Baby sister, McKenna, was just happy to be! She too had big smiles and occasionally a tasty hand in mouth. McKenna is still learning to sit upright, so she would fall over slowly as she was watching me … I love those leaning tower of baby poses!  ;)

Ask the Expert | Picking the Perfect Venue with Diana Romero!

We are so excited to announce our newest blog feature “Ask the Expert”!  Wedding coordinators are absolutely incredible and multi-talented, so we are asking them what it takes to make your Wedding Day go off without a hitch!  Every month we’ll be featuring a new wedding coordinator and a specific topic when it comes to planning a wedding.

This month we’re featuring Diana Romero of At Your Side PlanningDiana is not only an experienced coordinator, she is also an experienced bride who tied the knot in August!  We asked this recent bride & coordinator her secrets when picking a great venue that meets the couples style and budget. Here’s what she had to say:

1. Each wedding is so different, where do you look for inspiration in creating a unique style for your clients? 

- I look for inspiration everywhere. I find the most inspiration when traveling.

2. What was your inspiration for your wedding?

- My inspiration was traveling to Hawaii and seeing a perfect venue and a perfect sunset.

3. Once a bride and groom figure out their needs and style, how should they go about finding a venue?

- Finding the perfect venue takes time! The venue will really depend on the client’s taste and style. From that, I know how to refer to venues.

4. What type of questions should they ask when touring the space?

- There are many questions to ask while touring a site such as if the venue has multiple weddings per day, the amount of set up time, the service charge, extra fees such as cake cutting, if there is a room onsite for bride to get ready in, meal amount for kids and vendors, rules, noise ordinances, and many other questions that are vital to know for the wedding day.

5. How many spaces do you recommend your clients see before choosing the location?

- I recommend choosing to visit at least three. 

6. Do you have any pointers on narrowing down the right venue?

- Depending on what is important to a couple, that would be what to focus on. 

7. How did you pick yours?

- For me, the breath taking view and impeccable customer service of a high end venue were really important. I would rather spend more and feel assured and confident in the venue and staff than save money.

8. We know that for most brides and grooms the bulk of the budget goes to food, drink and reception. Do you have any tips on cutting costs at the venue?

- To cut the cost at the venue, I suggest limiting the amount of the bar hosted. I also suggest getting cake for less amount of guests…there is always cake left at the end of every reception!

9. Any suggestions on what the bride and groom should splurge on?

- I suggest if the couple is going to splurge, to splurge on the food itself!

Thank you Diana for your input on finding the perfect location!  We loved hearing from you!

 

Cangley Crossing {Family Portraits San Diego}

The unique personalities of the Cangley kiddos shined all through our fantastic photo session. He may have been shy at first, but the oldest Cangley pulled out some fierce looks by the end of the day :) . Younger brother didn’t hesitate to smile for the camera or climb the nearest tree, and their darling little girl looked fantastic on those railroad tracks (I love love love her photos with dad!). This fabulous family of five (say that five times fast!) looked great individually and all together with their coordinating (but not too matchy) outfits. Thank you, Cangleys, you were an absolute joy to photograph!

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