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Nurses pretty much rock my world. Until I actually had some experiences at hospitals I never gave it a ton of thought. After going through a death in the family, and experiencing a birth with some friends I was convinced that the real heroes in the medical industry are nurses. The other plus for photographing nurses is if you are seriously injured your odds of survival are much higher. Not that I take things that far to the extreme, but I did have a broken toe at one session this year. Krystal and Curt would have been able to amputate and surgically implant a bionic replacement had it happened again. To give you an idea about how awesome and fun these two were, I offer you some quotes from their original email to us:

“My super awesome man friend and I are getting hitched.”

“We’re both nurses (ER and Trauma ICU) so, naturally, we talk about bodily functions a lot.”

“We are masters of the movie quote and never pass up the opportunity for a “That’s what she said” moment.”

Another bonus for photographing nurses, you can crack a joke about romantic catheterizations and someone will giggle.

Hair and makeup by the ridiculously awesome and incredibly short Cheriene!

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D&D. What can I say about these two? Melissa and I have a goal to be very open to forming bonds of friendship with all of our couples. It may not always work out logistically, or from a scheduling standpoint to get to hang out with everyone – but that option is always there. I’m not saying that hanging out with us is going to improve your social standing in the community, but we’re not bad company – and getting to go on hikes with the Double D Unit as I call them really gave us the opportunity to be super involved in the photography planning part of the wedding. And let me tell you, Danielle is quite the planner. This event was so well orchestrated that I was almost expecting her to be a bundle of nerves on the actual day. She as calm as Iceman in Top Gun, even when we discovered her dress was missing the back lacing. A couple of phone calls and an ingenious move by her maids to MacGuyver a purple ribbon in the back to temporarily keep her clothed we moved forward without skipping a beat. The rest of a day was honestly a blur of fun. Weddings just go by so fast! It was another perfect day at Orfila – the venue in San Diego where we shot our first California wedding a few years ago. Such a good spot, and a fantastic staff. Anyways time to relive this day in photos:

Catering | Coast Catering
DJ | Unique Mobile Sounds
Floral | Bouquets by Bonnie
Venue | Orfila Winery

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  • Cheriene Galley - August 22, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    What a good looking & fun group. Must have been a blast to shoot!ReplyCancel

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