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This is a look at Kevin and Elyssa’s unique and beautiful Scripps La Jolla Wedding at the Martin Johnson House.  On every wedding day things occur that are out of everyones hands.  We see these moments as a test of the Bride and Grooms resolve and determination as well as a reminder to us all that nothing ever truly goes according to our plans no matter how well we may have planned.  That being said choose your wedding vendors wisely because they will be your greatest allies when tests come knocking your wedding day.

When one thinks of having a La Jolla wedding overlooking the ocean having a rain plan isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind.  The Martin Johnson House is a cute little bungalow of a place tucked up in the Scripps Oceanography campus. The view is spectacular and the little historic house is surrounded by big trees.  It lends itself to smaller outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions.

When the rain forecast came in on Kevin and Elyssa’s wedding day their incredible planner was able to move their entire outdoor reception inside the little house, which is really just one small open room.  There was nothing to be done about the outdoor ceremony so umbrellas were found, dug up and purchased through out the day.  When it came time Kevin and Elyssa had a beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking the stormy ocean with their guests snuggled under colorful umbrellas while large rain drops created a natural soundtrack to their union.  Rain was of course not what this couple had in mind for their outdoor ceremony but we were happy to see, as I’m sure Kevin and Elyssa also were, that it in no way deterred any of their friends or family from joining in their day.  With a little luck the rain cleared up during their reception and granted Kevin and Elyssa a beautiful sunset.  We have fallen in love with this rainy day wedding as well as all of the wonderful people that banded together, shared umbrellas with strangers and then let it all loose to dance the night away.  Kevin and Elyssa are two truly special people and we have to say that their wedding was one of our favorites to photograph and be a part of.

 

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links for la jolla weddingPin Imagebest man wearing gray suite and vest and super hero cuff links for la jolla weddingPin ImageAnd if super hero cufflinks weren’t enough these guys each had the socks to match.  Seriously these guys were such a fun group to  be around.groomsmen all showing off their super hero socks at the barPin ImageBride and groom holding hands around a corner before their wedding ceremony but not seeing one anotherPin ImageSo Kevin and Elyssa didn’t want to see one another before their wedding ceremony but they really wanted to have a little personal moment to talk to one another.  So we were able to sneak Kevin in through the back yard and found a quiet spot they could hold hands and whisper without ever laying eyes on one another.Bride and groom holding hands around a corner before their wedding ceremony but not seeing one anotherPin ImageBride and groom holding hands around a corner before their wedding ceremony but not seeing one anotherPin ImageBride and groom 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Kevin and Elyssa and it symbolized how everyone who was there that day was connected and supporting them.  rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin Imageromantic rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin Imagerainy umbrella wedding ceremony san diego californiaPin Imageromantic rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin Imageromantic rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin Imagerainy umbrella wedding ceremony san diego californiaPin Imageromantic rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin Imageromantic rainy san diego wedding with umbrellasPin ImageIt was not how Kevin and Elyssa has always pictured their wedding but we thought all of the umbrellas made it even more beautiful.
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 See we weren’t kidding you about that sunset.

Some Vendor Love

Venue  | Martin Johnson House

Planner | Kristen from White Wedding Day Events

Photographer | Siegel Thurston Photography

 Catering | Buck Board SD

Make up | Thorne Artistry

Pies | Wicked Spoon 

Grooms Getting Ready | Hotel La Jolla

DJ | Mobile Music Plus – Spencer

Rentals & Linens | White Wedding Day Events

Florals | White Wedding Day Events

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We have known Aniket for many years and we were so excited when he told us he was ready to propose to long time girlfriend Melissa.  He wanted it to be a total surprise and enlisted our help in forming a plan.  Many elaborate proposal plans were though up and it finally came down to something simple a beautiful.  They came out for a long weekend over Brett’s Birthday, this way there would be no suspicions about all of our friends gathering together and a perfectly good reason to dress up and go out to a nice dinner.  And I mean photographers always bring their cameras for birthday dinners right?  Well we timed it just perfect on the way to dinner so that Aniket and Melissa were walking under the Gilbert Water Tower right as the sun was setting.  One minute we were all strolling down the street and the next  Aniket was down on one knee proposing.  It was simple yet beautiful and Melissa had no idea it was coming.  Success!  Well you guessed it she said yes and we couldn’t be happier for them!

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We had so much fun with Becky and Marshall photographing their Scottsdale Engagement Session.  They wanted something a little rustic and different so we headed over to Market Street at DC Ranch.  This shopping center is just a photographers dream.  We started under the huge rustic covered bridge that leads into the plaza.  It is all rusty and awesome with tons of wonderful shade for portraits  from there we explored the shopping center and enjoyed the plethora of different textures.  Becky and Marshall are one of those couples that just make your job as a photographer so easy.  They are just so fun and so in love, that you can’t take a bad picture of these two.  After a great session exploring Market Street we picked a cute restaurant and sat down for a bite to eat and some great conversation with Becky and Marshall.  Its always fun getting to spend a little extra time with our couples.

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Well the funny christmas cards have started again.  We took a year off in 2013 after our destination wedding, planning a fun house party reception and opening a new studio in AZ.  But the over the top ridiculous Brett and Liz Christmas cards are back on.    To answer everyones questions yes we wear lederhosens on a daily basis and spend a lot of time standing around petting chickens.  I mean what else do you expect photographers to do in their spare time.  Wonder what craziness is coming next christmas? us too.

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Some have been wondering where the chickens came from in our christmas card this year.  Well we live in an awesome little Agrihood with an organic farm in the middle and happy chickens running around the orchards.  There are some truly wonderful people working on at our neighborhood farm that were happy to laugh at our crazy outfits and wrangle up some chickens for our photos.  A bit thanks to our farm friends! funny christmas cards taken on a farmPin Image

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