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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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What girl doesn’t want romantic notebook inspired photos with her loved one? The film, “the Notebook” hands down has some truly romantic scenes that almost any girl  (myself included) would love to re-enact with the man of their dreams.  Well San Diego is well know for its amazing beaches but not its rainy lakes.  Finding a rowboat and an appropriate lake for this couple was a challenge, but who doesn’t love a challenge more than Brett. He made a few calls and as it turns out Lake Poway Park has a small fleet of little rowboats and they were more than happy to let us take one out for a spin.

The day was so nice that we thought to start off Pam and Jeremiah’s shoot with a romantic picnic in the park.  Some large eucalyptus trees provided us with shade and a soft rustling from the breeze.  Pam and Jeremiah were so easy to work with, snuggling onto their picnic blanket, laughing at whispered jokes.  As the sun started creeping down we headed down to the little dock to launch our rowboat.  The hills around Lake Poway created a splendid backdrop, nesteling the little boat and it’s passengers in.  We tossed them a few vintage fishing props we found from a neighbor.  The wooden fishing rod got pam and jeremiah chatting and laughing.  We love what came out of this romantic Notebook inspired photos and we had so much fun working with Pam and Jeremiah.

The amazing Stephanie Rae of Pink Chique did Pam’s hair and make up.

A vintage fishing rod made for the perfect prop.
The point of inspiration is not to re-enact it but to let it push you to create.

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We are excited to share Katie and Ryan’s Mission Beach engagement. It took San Diego to bring theses two east coasters together.   A few of their favorite things are their two dogs and Ryan’s beer brewing habits.   They are incorporating Ryan’s beer and their dogs into the wedding so they wanted to come up with something fun and different for their engagement shoot. San Diego is full of great locations but it’s hard to beat the beach, and with how fun and young at heart Katie and Ryan are Belmont Park seemed like a great option.      

We brought along some bicycles for a little morning ride along Mission Beach’s board walk with Katie and Ryan.I was madd impressed with their cycling skills.  Trying to ride and hold hands is no easy feat.I LOVE theses photos on the roller coaster!  Sometimes there is truly nothing scarier than these old wooden beasts.

Mission Beach Engagement

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