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Longer days and warm summer nights gets me itching for a camping adventure.  With our wedding in spring and clients coming first there hasn’t been time yet this year for Brett and I to air out our tent and head off on an outdoor adventure.  The closest this year I could come to camping was sharing some of our  star trails and night photography from the epic road trip we took last fall.  We put 6000 miles on the truck starting in San Diego winding up through Colorado to stay in a tipi, into South Dakota for a night in an old grain silo turned bed and breakfast.  We stayed in Minnesota for the changing of the leaves.  Saw lake Superior for the first time where we camped for a couple nights and were awoken by geese every morning.  Popped into Nebraska for a Wedding. Did a couple long driving days to get into the mountains of New Mexico, and cruised into Phoenix for another wedding before making out way back to San Diego.  I became our official tent set up expert and Brett rocked at starting the fire and prepping dinner.  I’m starting to ponder where our next road trip adventure will take us.  star trails over a 16Pin ImageThe amazing 16 foot tipi that we found on Air Bnb in Glenwood Springs Colorado.  We fell asleep looking up at the stars through the smoke trap and listening to the the colorado rivier rush by.
romantic escape in a tee pee a 16Pin Imageair bnb teepee on the colorado river, overlooking the river, with a queen size air mattress, carpeted floor and fully furnishedPin Imagemoon rising over lake superior at LambPin ImageOur first night of camping on Lake Superior at the Lamb’s Resort.  Camp site #55
camp sites on lake superior at LambPin Imagenight photographs of the moon over our camp site at the LambPin ImageThis would be us making dinner with our funny little head lamps on. night photography and star trails at LambPin Imagestar trails at LambPin ImageHistoric Renovated Grain Elevator in Herrick - Airbnb south dakota, grain elevator converted into a gift shop and bed and breakfastPin ImageThe Historic Herrick Grain Elevator.  It has been converted into a cozy place to stay in South Dakota.

long exposures of the moon rising over lake superior, Burlington Bay CampgroundPin ImageBurlington Bay Campground on Lake Superior
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Katie & Ryan’s Scripps Forum Wedding was a truly fun occasion. When looking to have a beach wedding in San Diego the Scripps Seaside Forum stands out as a modern and unique venu with lots of versatility.  We love that the sand and the Scripps pier are just steps away from the ceremony cite allowing everyone to get their toes a little sandy after the i do’s.  A few of our favorite things that Katie and Ryan did to make this place uniquely theirs for the day was hang white globe lanterns around the outdoors, they set up their monogrammed bean bag toss area next to the bar, and place a flower petal design down their aisle.  Ryan even slaved for months crafting an IPA and a Whit beer for their guests to enjoy.  They were complete with custom wedding labels.

As far as summer beach weddings in San Diego go the weather is frequently a mystery to us.  You just have to pray to the sun gods and cross your fingers.  Katie and Ryan’s family must have been crossing a lot of fingers on their way over here from the east coast because the sun happily came out for their wedding day before disappearing into a gray overcast funk for the rest of the weekend.

There was definitely a lot of fun to be had at this wedding and we can’t be happier for Katie and Ryan.

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Katie and Ryan pampered themselves before their wedding, as they should, by staying at Estancia La Jolla.  Katie, her sister and her mom relaxed and got ready in their lovely suite over looking the pool while Ryan cracked a home brewed beer with his best man across the courtyard.

We are always super excited when our couples decide to incorporate  a wedding first look  into their day.  It gives the couple the chance to have a unique and special moment together where the groom gets to see his beautiful bride in her incredible wedding dress for the firs time without having to stand on his tiptoes to see over all their guests heads.  He can whisper to her how beautiful she looks and take a long moment to hug and hold her.  There is always laughing, smiling and sometimes crying during a first look.  Katie and Ryan had their first look infront of one of Estancia’s most iconic wedding ceremony locations.  She walked down the spanish steps, tiptoed up to him and tapped Ryan on the shoulder.  His look of happy surprise was priceless.

We all leisurely  wondered around the grounds of Estancia photographing while Katie and Ryan laughed and chatted enjoying their extra time together.

When it was finally time to leave the paradise of Estancia and head over to the wedding a beautiful vintage white Bentley came to pick up Katie and her Father.  We always recommend traveling vintage and traveling in style!

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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.

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Venu | Luce Loft 

Hair and Makeup | Thorne Artistry 

Accessories | Sandra Nicole Designs

Wedding Gowns | Dahlia Bridal

Model | Brie White

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