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Luce Loft is a wonderful urban space in down town San Diego.  One of the great things about this space is it’s versatility for events from birthday parties to elaborate weddings.  It’s an open loft style building with a built in kitchen and a sweet up stairs interior balcony.

We partnered up with Sandra from Sandra Nicole Designs and Amanda of Thorne Artistry to create a fun bridal styling photo shoot using the unique aspects of the Luce Loft space.  The concept behind the shoot was to show how different accessories,  jewelry and hair styling can make a single wedding dress look so very different.

Check out what these amazing ladies came up with.

Look one has a modern edge to it between the jewelry and the clean simple hair styling.Look two is a more romantic and vintage esque feelThe third and final look incorporated a veil to show how that changes the look of a wedding dress.

Venu | Luce Loft 

Hair and Makeup | Thorne Artistry 

Accessories | Sandra Nicole Designs

Wedding Gowns | Dahlia Bridal

Model | Brie White

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Stephen and Teresa’s Prado Wedding Reception was the best mixture of elegant and fun.  

Stephen and Teresa were married over at the Carmelite Monastery in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.  After the ceremony everyone popped into their cars or Limos and headed over to Balboa Park for the reception.  We stole off with Stephen, Teresa and an umbrella for some incredible wet and rainy pictures.  The storm clouds were smiling upon us because it poured all the way from the monastery to the park but when it came time for photos we were blessed with the lightest of drizzles.

After some dancing in the rain Stephen and Teresa headed into the ball room at the Prado to get their party started!  And a party it was, they kicked it off with heart felt toasts and once the dancing started it never stopped.  When people weren’t dancing they were jumping into the photo booth with hats and mustaches for some funny photos.  The cake had been cut, the bouquet tossed and when we thought there couldn’t be any more everyone started dancing the polka!  Stephen and Teresa had the party that their friends are all still talking about.


Coordinator | YOUnique Weddings

Reception Venue | The Prado

Rentals and Linens | Concepts Event Design

Cake/Bakery | Flour Power

Florist | Blush Botanicals

Videographer | Taylor Films

Band | The Kicks

Hair Stylist | Liz Sandor

Make-Up Artist | Lipstick and Luster

Transportation | Elite Image Limousine

Photo Booth | The Fotobox

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Teresa and Stephen did an incredible job of putting together their Carmelite Monastery Wedding. The Monastery is a truly enchanting place and when we stepped onto the grounds it felt like we had walked right out of San Diego and into some quiet secluded spot in Europe.  Teresa grew up down the street from the monastery so when we did our walk through, she told us the most wonderful stories of visiting the nuns as a little girl.  The Carmelite Monastery does not hold a lot of weddings so it was extra special to be a part of  Stephen and Teresa’s.  Their ceremony was amazing, with singing, crowns, readings, and a string quartet up in the rafters.

Enjoy the first half of Stephen and Teresa’s Wedding day.  There were just too many wonderful photos for one post so keep your eye out for more to come.

Thanks Stephen and Teresa for including us in your amazing day and a big thanks to all your wonderful vendors!

Great photos and an incredible party were two very important things to Stephen and Teresa on their wedding day so a first look made a lot of sense to them.  We set them up in the back yard at their home and let Teresa take her time before turning Stephen around to see her for the first time.  There were tears, and whispers to one another, twirling around and emotional hugs.  We just love the intimate moment that a first look affords the couple.

 Coordinator | YOUnique Weddings

Venue | Carmelite Monastery

Officiant |  Father Melvin Rybarczyk

Florist | Blush Botanicals

Videographer | Taylor Films

Make-Up Artist | Lipstick and Luster

Transportation | Elite Image Limousine

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The Keating Hotel is the perfect marriage between modern and historic.  The building is a registered historic building full of beautiful brick walls and the original steam powered elevator.  To modernize things Ferrari car designer Pininfarina was brought in during the hotel’s renovation to design the hotel rooms and decor.

We had worked with Sarah from Urban Style Wedding Network on a couple of themed photo shoots so when she came to us saying she wanted something new and different we immediately thought of The Keating.  All of us being based in San Diego were used to working at the beach and shooting in Balboa Park.  But Sarah wanted a location with brick and urban character for her modern wedding dress photo shoot.

Starbucks planning meetings commenced, The Keating was in and excited and vendors were contacted.

Come shoot day  The Keating  was absolutely amazing and gave us full run of  the hotel, from a third floor corner suite, to their vault in the basement.  Sarah pulled a mix of elegant and edgy wedding dresses and the models wore them exceptionally well.  Sandra Nicole Designs came in and styled all the jewelry accessoires.  Disco Toes brought in an array of fun custom  shoes (that I totally wanted to steal and take home).  Thorne Artistry and Melissa Rae & Co , our wonderful hair and makeup ladies, rocked out amazing look after amazing look.  This was a photo shoot that we will not soon forget.  A big THANKS to everyone involved.

LOVE  LOVE LOVE! these Till Death Do Us Part velvet high heels by Disco Toes

Venue | Keating HotelThe Merk

Florals | Untamed Floral

Jewelry Accessories  |  Sandra Nicole Designs

Custom Shoes | Disco Toes

Styling & PR | Urban Style & Mackenzie Marketing

Make Up | Melissa Rae & Co

Hair | Thorne Artistry

The Modern Wedding Dresses were provided by |  Sparrow BridalD’Angelo Couture & Bridals By Susanti

Classic Filmworks  made a video from the day’s shoot.

Models: Alena Goodman, Melissa Graaff, Amanda Thorne-Pritchard, TraeLee Costello & Kelsey Marie Ross

The Keating Hotel Wedding Photographers | Siegel Thurston Photography


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