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Michele and Chris had a beautiful La Jolla Cove Suites Wedding.  The wedding ceremony was held on the venue’s rooftop.  The view from the rooftop is breathtaking, it overlooks the La Jolla cove and out to the cliffs above Scripps.  For Michele and Chirs the view from the La Jolla Cove Suites was particularly special, because the cliffside where Chris proposed would be in view just behind their ceremony archway.  These two love birds decided to be traditional and get ready on opposite ends of the hotel, each having their own suite with a balcony to look out as they primped.  Michele’s Longtime friend is a talented violinist. He began to play when it was time for the wedding ceremony to begin as flocks of pelicans lazily flew by over head.  The weather for their wedding could not have been more perfect with a slight breeze and a few little white puffy clouds in the sky.   Chris and Michele had one of their really good friends officiate the wedding for them, which is always a special touch that rinds close to our hearts.  One of our favorite aspects of their ceremony was their anneversary wine box.  They chose an amazing bottle of Tobin James red wine and placed a letter to sac other and two wine glasses in a beautiful wooden box.  With all the items in they closed it and locked it with a key.  On their fifth wedding anniversary they will finally unlock the box and enjoy the wine together.  So romantic!

We have to say that Michele and Chris are two of the sweetest people we have had the pleasure of working with.  Their families had some truly amazing speeches at their wedding reception and it was clear to us that Michele and Chris go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy and taken care of.  We feel so lucky to be a part of their special day, and it has been wonderful getting to know them and their amazing families better.  This was a group that loved to have fun and the dancing just never seemed to stop.  It was a pleasure capturing their wedding day for them.  Check below for all the Vendor information.

Chris and Michele designed custom wedding bands.The kimonos were a cute idea for her bridesmaid and the mothers.  A great thing to hang out in when all the girls are getting ready, and so colorful.Michele kept her dress hidden from everyone until she finally put it on so that it would be a surprise not only for Chris but for Michele’s Mother and Brother…. we were excited to catch their first look at her beautiful beaded wedding dress.Michele had the cutest custom toe nails with little tuxedos painted on them and one with Chris’s name.We LOVE when the bride and groom exchange a gift and hand written letter before the ceremony.  It is such a special moment.It was sweet to see Chris’s dad helping him with his tie.The La Jolla Cove Suites has a wonderful balcony for wedding ceremonies overlooking The CoveWe could not have asked for a more perfect day for these two.  Thank you La Jolla for bringing us beautiful weather.And Pound it!Michele and Chris had custom shot glasses made for all their guests with their “two peas in a pod” motto.  And to top it all off during the groom’s thank you speech everyone toasted in their new shot glasses with tequila.Vendors

Wedding Venue La Jolla California | La Jolla Cove Suites 

Wedding Planner | The Perfect Knot SD – Lucy Tan

Caterer, Cake and Linens | Indulge Contemporary Catering (Jane Sandri)

Flowers | Camellia Wedding Flowers

Rentals and Lighting | Raphaels

Hair and Makeup | 10.11 Makeup

Videographer | Focused Bliss

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We had a wonderful time taking Phillip and Sidney’s Irvine Park engagement photos.  These two are just too cute and so much fun.  They chose an absolutely beautiful place for their engagement session.  The Irvine Regional Park is so large and has so many attractions that we had to do a couple laps around before deciding on where to start the shoot.    We took Phillip and Sidney for a walk around the lake stopping at picturesque bridges, romantic park benches and enormous old trees. All through the park we found cute little train tracks that ran every which way and ended at a small fake western town that was a highlight or our session.   All in all the four of us had so much fun exploring Irvine park together.

A little back story on this awesome couple, Phillip and Sidney knew one another growing up in Orange County but it wasn’t until Sidney’s Senior year when Phillip asked her out to a dance and sparks flew.  It’s been three years since that first dance and they are as cute as ever!

Thanks you so much Phillip and Sidney for such a fun engagement shoot! You guys were a blast to work with and we cant wait for your wedding next spring!

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Our Del Mar race track styled engagement photo shoot was the result of some truly wonderful wedding vendors coming together and sharing their skills and talents.  Sara Mackenzie of Mackenzie Marketing and Urban Style the Wedding Network headed up this project and brought all the talent together.  We staged this photo shoot in the weeks before the opening day at the race track and we were lucky enough to get to work with one of the beautiful horses.  He was all saddled up in his race attire and on his best behavior.  Everyone involved in the behind the scenes was amazing and our models Bri and Stefan were so much fun to work with.  Amanda from Thorne Artistry worked tirelessly pulling all the cloths for this shoot and putting together some beautiful looks for  Bri and Stefan.  The wardrobe Amanda put together even included a champaign color dress covered in subtle silver horses.  How perfect is that for an Opening Day outfit!  Thank you everyone for all the hard work!  We are so proud of what you put together!  You can find a list of all the amazing vendors just below images with links to everyone’s website.

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Vendors

Location | Del Mar Race Track

Feature |  Urban Style the Wedding Network  

Design/PR  | Sara Mackenzie Creative 

Stylist & Make Up  | Thorne Artistry 

Hair | Hair Ya Go

Floral Design & Props | Leaf It To Lexi

Paper Products | Paper Scissors Print

Table, Chairs, headboard, vintage props | Pow Wow Vintage Rentals

Accessories | Sandra Nicole Designs

Diamonds | Crush Jewelry Design

Clothing | Mia Belle Couture and La Femme Chic Consignment  Boutique

Models | Stefan  & Bri

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We had a lot of fun with Clair and Noel on their La Jolla beach engagement shoot.  These two dated in college when they lived on the east coast, but decided to go their separate ways for a few years.  For most couples that might be the end of their story but not for these love birds.  A few years later, after Clair and Noel had both graduated they each found themselves living and working in San Diego.  They reconnected in this spectacular beach town and picked right back up where they had left off.  It is always amazing when we hear stories like this.  The world is such a big place and there are so many different opportunities and paths we each might end up on but to see two people come back together like this is always so special.

Clair and Noel are one of the cutest couples we have had the pleasure of working with.  On our engagement shoot with them it seemed like they were always smiling or laughing together.  They could be romantic and sweet one moment and totally goofy the next.  We absolutely loved it!  Thanks Clair and Noel for a wonderful afternoon with you both!

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