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If you’ve read much of my blog, you have heard Emily Smiley’s name mentioned many times. She is one of the best wedding coordinators in San Diego.

For the last few weddings, she has been very pregnant. In fact, at the last one I thought she might go into labor during the wedding! Fortunately she didn’t. I was still amazed that she was working at all, let alone running around working 12 hour days at her weddings. But since we usually book weddings more than a year in advance, there’s no way to know that she would be 9 months pregnant at all the weddings she booked!

But since the birth of her second son was going to happen soon, she asked me if I could come to the hospital to shoot some portraits of her newborn son. I was honored to do it especially since Emily knows a LOT of photographers!

Well, I got the call on Monday night and went to the hospital the next day for some portraits of Carson.

When I arrived at the hospital, I could hear Emily talking on the phone. But it wasn’t a personal call, she was calling vendors and making arrangements for her upcoming weddings. Less than 24 hours after giving birth, she’s working from her hospital bed! Now that’s dedication. That’s the coordinator I would want to hire to work on my wedding…

Here’s the first scene I saw when I entered her room:
(The baby is in the bassinet sleeping.)


Here’s a few more photos:





Click here to see the slideshow. 

Congratulations Emily, Trent and Wyatt!


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jacky + clarence

When Jacky and Clarence first contacted me regarding their wedding in San Francisco, I initially said I could not shoot it since I had a wedding in San Diego the day before. But when I saw their schedule I knew I would have enough time to fly up to San Francisco first thing in the morning to make it in time for their wedding. So after my wedding on Friday, I went home, downloaded my photos, recharged the batteries and packed my gear. Even though I only got 3 hours of sleep before heading to the airport, I was excited to be shooting a wedding in San Francisco.

Although it was a long day, the energy of such a great wedding kept me going for the whole day and into the night.

When Jacky e-mailed me their schedule, I though it was interesting the the schedule said, “The Biggest Wedding Extravaganza for 2008 Begins!!!!!”  When I first saw the reception room I knew she was not kidding! I believe there were at least 450 guests, the biggest head table I have ever seen, and more lighting gear than you would see at a big concert. What an amazing production. All the video, sound and lighting was done by CV Creations.

Thanks to Jacky and Clarence for letting me experience such an outrageous wedding.

Click here to view their slideshow. 





I think there were more cameras than people at this wedding. I felt like all the extra photographers were following me like “My Verizon Network” in the commercials!




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deborah + william

Debby and Bill are from Arizona, so I never had a chance to meet them before the wedding. Little did I know what a great couple and great family they had. They chose the Hotel Del Coronado for their wedding. I photographed their rehearsal dinner out on the Hotel Del’s beach the night before and had a chance to get to know them and their family a little better.

The wedding day was perfect. The decor and flowers by Karen Tran Florals was amazing! Deborah had seen the wedding photos I shot of Karen Tran’s wedding and wanted a similar design. Of course, Emily Smiley- Wedding Consultant was running the show and she did another great job in spite of being just about ready to have her baby any minute! I felt sorry for her having to walk all over the Del being 9 months pregnant.

As often as I shoot weddings at the Del, I never get tired of it. The hotel has so many great options for photographs.

Click here to view their slideshow.








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molly + adam

Molly and Adam, both attorneys, “negotiated” an incredible wedding day at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. I have photographed many weddings there, but they made their wedding different than others. First, Molly and her bridesmaids got ready in the Garden Suite, a room that I never knew existed at the La Valencia. It is a beautiful suite next to the Verandah Room reception area. It is always great to have a big room to shoot the getting ready shots.

During the ceremony, they had the Ray Gospel Choir as the music for the ceremony. They are the resident choir at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch. It was an amazing sight to see the look on the guests’ faces when they heard the gospel music echoing through the gardens of the hotel.

Thanks to Emily Smiley- Wedding Consultant, for making sure everything ran smoothly. And the decor and flowers from Botanica were lovely as always.

I have to give huge props to the videographers, modern 8 films, for the engagement video they produced for the reception. They shoot on super 8mm film for a really different look. I have seen many engagement videos, and their work is stands out! The best part was that Adam surprised Molly with the videographers at the wedding. Of course, they were very easy to work with which always makes my job a lot easier.

Click here to view Molly and Adam’s wedding slideshow.







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