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San Diego County Administration Center Civil Ceremony | Alana & Issac

Alana & Issac’s San Diego County Administration Center civil ceremony and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse wedding reception was the biggest smallest wedding I think we’ve ever photographed. We met these two just weeks left before their event, and we could tell that both Alana and Issac were a little stressed about what had started out as a little civil ceremony that had suddenly gotten a lot bigger. Planning a wedding is a lot like rolling a bowling ball down a hill. It may start off a little slow, but once it gets going you just have to hope that all of your planning rolls a strike and not a gutter ball. Okay maybe that is the worst possible analogy for the stress of planning a wedding I’ve ever read, but you get the idea. Point is it can be a little uncontrollable and there is an element of trust involved that everything will turn out swimmingly. In the case of these two not only did things turn out well, this small group rivaled some of the biggest most energetic wedding celebrations we’ve experienced. It truly was an amazing, happy day. Despite the Administration Center’s rather formal bureaucratic sounding name, the gorgeous art deco building is a beautiful location, and their courtyard ceremony location is beyond cute. We managed to get an amazing sunset that night at Tom Ham’s, and our favorite DJ Vynce Pham (the Music Phreek) kept the dance floor packed the entire night. We had such a great time! Congratulations you two!

- Josh

Accommodations | Westin Hotel Gaslamp Quarter
Cake | Extraordinary Desserts
Ceremony Location | San Diego County Administration Center
DJ | DJ Music Phreek
Dress | White House Black Market
Floral | Dana Gray
Venue | Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

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Luis Godinez - December 24, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Great wedding, guys. Love the coverage. :)

Los Angeles Photo Session | Jessica Hill

Los Angeles photo sessions are starting to get pretty regular for us. Being only a couple of hours away from San Diego it’s not a big deal to head up for a day or two. We really love the backdrop of LA, but it’s also nice to come back home to mellow San Diego when we’re done. Not so long ago I got an exciting little email in my inbox: “Guess who will be in LA in two weeks… ME” Me = Jessica Hill, 5’1″ in height, 10’1″ in personality. J. Hill, or Hillbo as I like to call her is a Portland based wedding and boudoir photographer who Melissa and I just started to get close to right about the time we were packing our boxes and about to move. Thanks to the digital age J.Hill and I have managed to keep in touch pretty well. GChat, iMessage, Facebook, email, I think we’ve even Skyped as well. It just so happened that this time Jessica was actually flying down to our neck of the woods for an engagement session, and we also happened to have a portrait session in LA the same day. So one day prior to both of our respective gigs, we formed a plan to meet up. There was no doubt in my mind that at some point in time I’d take a photo or two of the ever photogenic redhead, but what I wasn’t expecting was pretty much getting to take headshots in Los Angeles of her for a few hours straight.

Point #1 – Melissa and I recently changed camera platforms and are now shooting Canon. That means learning a new camera, so we needed some practice before our shoot the next day. Perfect chance to practice!

Point #2 – Jessica Hill is a beaut. If you’re going to break in a new system you might as well do it with a pretty face who also happens to know the 5dMKIII inside and out.

We had a fantastic time catching up with our good friend and exploring the Hollywood area for portraits. So great to see you Jessica, hope you come down again soon!

- Josh

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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

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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

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