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La Valencia Hotel and Cuvier Park La Jolla Wedding | Jennifer & Ryan

Jennifer and Ryan’s La Valencia Hotel and Cuvier Park La Jolla wedding provided us with an opportunity to shoot at three great spots around La Jolla. We started first at the La Valencia Hotel, which is an amazing boutique hotel that’s been around since 1926. If you love ocean front views and Spanish inspired architecture (or the color pink), this is your haven. Since their wedding was earlier in the day one of the big concerns was the harsh noon light. Luckily the hotel’s courtyard was tailor made for even shade. Perfect first look spot! Their ceremony was at Cuvier Park, a small bluff that overlooks the ocean. It actually reminded me a lot of spot Melissa and I got married in Port Gamble, WA – minus San Diego’s own Father Joe Carroll as officiant. We also lucked out that the marine layer vacated for the ceremony. The weather was perfect. I mean really perfect. I guess that usually goes without saying here, but even a year into it I’m still pretty amazed by it. Things just continued to align. Their reception at the Azul Steakhouse just down the street was warm and intimate, and the food was spectacular. And once we left for our final portraits of the day we had some clouds, but they were awesome clouds. We really couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple, more fun group, or perfect day! Congrats guys!

- Josh

Tom - December 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Love the getting ready shots. The last one is quite romantic too:)

Balboa Park & Pacific Beach Engagement Session | Christin & Russ

One of the interesting things about San Diego that I never quite realized growing up here is that we’re a Mecca for people. These two Phoenixites Phoenixians people from Phoenix love San Diego, and made it both their wedding and engagement destination.  Bonus for us!  As a city we do offer a few things that are hard to come by in other cities.  Notably a famous park stuffed with Spanish architecture that Nurse Christin loves, beaches with insanely awesome sunsets even on overcast-y days, and photographers with the last name Mitchell.  We had such a good time goofing off and being creative with these two.  I would like to merge those words to gooeative or creatoof but it just doesn’t quite work.  Russ and Christin merged do however sound awesome = Rustin!  I guess I will stop messing with language and get to the photos…

- Josh


Venice Beach Engagement Session | Jessica & Sam

Ahh the eclectic Venice Beach. Even though I am from San Diego and spent my fair share of days in Los Angeles, I had never set foot in Venice. Virtually all I knew about it comes from episodes of Hunter and TJ Hooker. While these shows can teach one a lot about life, they sadly only touched on the character of Venice. It’s like… I’m not even sure what it’s like, you just sort of have to experience it for yourself. The other thing I want to point out is that Venice actually has canals. Just like the Venice in Italy! So if you live in Southern California and were contemplating a visit to Italy to see Venice, don’t bother. We’ve got it all right here.

I suppose I should go into how Jessica and Sam found us. In August of 2010 Melissa and I traveled to Charleston, SC to photograph Lindsay and Eric’s wedding. To this day it’s one of your favorites, an all around outstanding group of people and an amazing day. So when we got an email from Eric’s cousin Jessica about doing her wedding we were thrilled. After all we sort of consider ourselves family. Okay not sort of- we actually consider ourselves family.  It turns out the only thing more fun than Venice Beach is hanging out with Sam and Jessica on Venice Beach.  A perfect post for our one year anniversary of being in California as photographers!

- Josh

Jessica - December 3, 2012 - 9:41 am

Love them so much- They are amazing!! Thank you!!!

Coronado Island Engagement Session | Brianna & Steven

If there are any awards for engagement session patience, Brianna ought to get one. I’m not sure how many times Steven’s deployment got pushed back, but with him finally home we had a green light on scheduling their session. It was nice to get to finally meet him, and we always feel a little bad for our guys who are out of the state (or overseas) who don’t get to be part of the initial booking process. Brianna already had the joy of seeing us in our hiking clothes on a Torrey Pines excursion, complete with post burrito Roberto’s dining afterwards. They say once you’ve seen your photographers stuff their faces full of taco shop food that you are at a distinct advantage when it comes to posing for portraits. Steven on the other hand meets us and immediately just gets the camera in the face. I’d have to say he was a pretty good sport about it. Of course engagement sessions aren’t really that hard… dress up a little, hug, makeout… Maybe not the true definition of strenuous, but it’s definitely enough to work up an appetite. I’m not going to lie and say we didn’t visit at least one taco shop afterwards.

- Josh

shelly ferrari - November 15, 2012 - 6:18 am

I love them all. These so capture both your fun personality and live for one another. You both look so happy! They ate terrific! Love you both, Mom

shelly ferrari - November 15, 2012 - 6:21 am

I love them all. These so capture both your fun personality and love for one another. You both look so happy! They are terrific! Love you both, Mom

Cristina Mireles - November 15, 2012 - 6:53 am

Very beautiful pictures!!! Congrats again!! :D