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The Park Aviara Hyatt in Carlsbad is an amazing wedding venue. Ever since I first visited the hotel last summer, I have been dying to shoot a wedding there. Having a great wedding venue just makes our jobs so much easier, we can’t help getting inspired with so much to work with. At every corner there is a rad backdrop just begging for a stylish bride & groom to pose in front of for our cameras. So when Melissa reached out to us to be her photographers we jumped at the opportunity. Melissa & Jon had the tall task of planning their entire wedding from half way around the country where they lived in Oklahoma. It’s always a big honor when any bride & groom trust us with the task of documenting their special day but even more so when they choose us with out even meeting in person before the wedding. Luckily we clicked and they made our jobs that much easier when they were so cool & eager to take some creative portraits with us.

Their day was filled with warm summer breezes and lots of love… not to mention killer wedding vendors who made the day run smoothly. We had the pleasure of working with Jillian Ziska, wedding planner extraordinaire, for the first time and I’m here to proclaim that she is worth every penny and more. Jillian was everywhere and put out so many “would-be” fires through out the day. I was amazed by her style & grace. We definitely hope we get to work with her more in the future!

Without further ado… the photos of Melissa & Jon’s wedding at the Hyatt Park Aviara in Carlsbad, CA. Hope you enjoy!
-Melissa

Accommodations – Catering – Venue | Park Hyatt Aviara
Cake | Twiggs Adams Avenue
Coordinator | Celebration by Jillian
DJ | Russ Messick
Floral | CC Gilmore
Hair & Makeup | Claire Young
Officiant | Mike Mitschke

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  • Kathleen Lawrence lancaster - July 29, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    Great photos!!! A beautiful wedding!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jonathan Melissa Lawrence - July 30, 2013 - 1:54 am

    Omg I love them!ReplyCancel

  • Marie Settle - July 30, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

Today we are in the midst of packing up for Lindsay and Ryan’s destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, I thought I’d post what we’ve been calling their “mini wedding” in Santa Monica. Since we’re we’ll be covering the full experience in Mexico we just made a quick trip up to Santa Monica to photograph their small ceremony and do some portraits afterwards. With our roots in Chicago weddings we have covered a lot of Catholic ceremonies. Most of the churches in Chicago are massive cathedral like structures, ornate and beautiful, and typically have pretty restrictive rules when it comes to photography. With the guest count at about ten (might have been one less since they almost forgot to bring Lindsay’s dad) for this mini ceremony the priest actually welcomed us to get closer and shoot on the alter itself. This is not a normal move, and it presented us the opportunity to capture some angles that we’ve never been able to capture in a Catholic ceremony. After the ceremony at St. Monica we headed over to nearby Palisades Park for some portraits, and then the gorgeous Viceroy Hotel. Pretty awesome stuff! Alright, back to packing!

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  • Matt - Brisbane Photographer - July 18, 2013 - 2:45 am

    Nice coverage including the exterior of the church!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Smith - July 20, 2013 - 9:09 am

    What a cool location! These photos are wonderful. I absolutely LOVE the room with the tilted bookshelves, that is so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Edgerton - July 23, 2013 - 3:02 am

    These photos are breathtaking and catch the specialness of the ceremony at the church! Sooooo beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Rubsamen - July 23, 2013 - 5:29 am

    Awesome event and photos. What a week!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Lynn - July 23, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    What are remarkably poignant ceremony. Beautiful work guys.ReplyCancel

  • Jim Forenza - July 30, 2013 - 10:25 pm

    WOW! Stunning, She is a beautifu, l stunning, younger version of your wife! lucky man Beautful family! Congratulations! 2 more to go! lolReplyCancel

Jessica and Sam. Two laid back mid-westerners with a penchant for laughter and fun can sure throw an amazing wedding. Chocked full of old world charm and beauty describe the details – packed full of love and hilarity describe the people. It’s just one of those days you will never forget. We also have some photos to help jog the memories.

Accommodations | Sheraton Delfina
Cake | Jamaica Cakes
Coordinator | Christina Logan
DJ | Good Times Entertainment
Florist | Kissing Bees
Hair & Makeup | Katie Kidman
Venue | The Victorian

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  • Jay Yanke - June 28, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    What a great day so happy for you love you bothReplyCancel

  • Cheriene Galley - June 28, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the colours! I love the flowers! I love the centrepieces! Dress! Cake! Vases! Ring! They did everything right, right down to the photographer! Great shots!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Brakulis - June 28, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Beautiful bride and groom and beautiful, wonderful friends and family. We thank you for making this day so special!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Brakulis - June 28, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    Thank you for making this day so special! Beautiful bride and groom, wonderful friends and family!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Kristoff - June 28, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Jess, You look beautiful! The pictures are awesome! Congrads to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Logan Design - June 29, 2013 - 2:57 am

    Beautiful beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to share more!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Polito - June 29, 2013 - 5:20 am

    Jess, I knew you and Sam would be married some day. What a fabulous wedding, Awesome pictures of a beautiful couple and wedding Be happy always.ReplyCancel

  • Bartlett Pair Photography - June 29, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    These reception photos are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Matt the Brisbane Photographer - June 30, 2013 - 3:18 am

    Beautiful dress and beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi Ninkovich - June 28, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Very pretty photos. Great day, June 1, 2013. And the party will continue………….ReplyCancel

  • Continuum Photography - June 28, 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Thanks Cheriene!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DeYoung Triemstra - June 28, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Congratulations!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Christine Fagan Swisher - June 28, 2013 - 11:20 pm

    Beautiful pics. Jessica you are a beautiful bride. XoxoReplyCancel