Archive for August, 2008

23
Aug

annie + john

I was at the Hotel Del Coronado again for Annie and John’s wedding. Although I am at the Del shooting weddings regularly, for me, the weddings are so much more about the people than the location. Don’t get me wrong though. The Del is one of my favorite places to shoot in San Diego.

But when I show up to start my day, it always hits me how important this day is to the bride and groom. That’s what pushes me to do the very best I can regardless of the location, the schedule, or anything that’s going wrong. I love seeing the emotions, the interaction with friends and family, etc. Because ultimately that’s what it’s all about.

I could certainly tell how much in love Annie and John are. And you can also tell a lot about the couple when you see them interact with their friends and family. Little did I know how truly amazing they both are.

During the toasts John’s father talked about how John always spent his time off doing relief work instead of going to the best spring break spots. In addition, John is quite the poker player. He won a lot of money playing in the World Series of Poker (in the “Main Event” for those of you in the know). But he took a large percentage of his winnings and used it to build schools in Pakistan! And to top it off, he’s currently a school teacher in South Central Los Angeles. What an amazing guy. It sure is humbling and inspiring to hear about someone who truly does give back in a big way. It sure makes wedding photography seem so much less important… I need to start doing more!

Of course, their day was hardly unimportant. Huge thanks goes to Karen Tran Florals and Emily Smiley- Wedding Consultant for making my job so much easier.

Congratulations to Annie and John!

Click here to see their slideshow.

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21
Aug

say hello to jack

I have been way behind in posting family portraits. I shoot a lot fo them, but never seem to have the time to put all of them on the blog. But I figured it was about time so you can see something else besides weddings…

I shot Beckie and Eric’s wedding back in April 2007, and it’s always great when couples have me back to shoot their family portraits. We just did the portraits in and around their house.

What a cute baby! Congratulations to Beckie and Eric.

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16
Aug

maria + johnny

Maria and Johnny decided to have their big day at the Hotel Del Coronado. They must have called it their “big” day since they had the largest wedding party I have ever seen. I lost count at 16 groomsmen and 16 bridesmaids! What a great group of people.

You can’t get more perfect with the ceremony on the Windsor Lawn and the reception in the Crown Room. Not to mention the fact that Maria and Johnny had EVERYTHING at their wedding. Beautiful flowers by Karen Tran Florals, of course, but they also had an ice sculpture for serving the champagne, another ice sculpture for chilling and serving the apple “Frambotini’s” (in honor of Maria becoming the newest member of the Fambro family, get it?), a “tree” with chocolate covered strawberries, an amazing candy “bar”, a confetti canon, and much more. It was simply amazing!

Needless to say, everyone was blown away by all the details of the day thanks to Maria’s countless hours of planning and designing.
Thanks to Emily Smiley- Wedding Consultant for coordinating the magical day.

Congratulations to Maria and Johnny!

Click here to see their slideshow.

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02
Aug

dawn + jason

What a great day to go sailing on San Diego Bay! Dawn and Jason had a beautiful wedding. The highlight was talking The Orion, a 65ft. sailing yacht, from Harbor Island to the reception at the Bali Ha’i restaurant. As perfect as it was out on the bay, shooting most of the bridal party portraits on the boat was definitely challenging with the limited space. However, as you can see, it all worked out fine.

Another great aspect of the day was that everything ran according to the schedule. This rarely, if ever, happens on the typical wedding, but I think Dawn’s engineering background really came in handy! Also with the help of Mandilee from Just Made Custom Event Services, the whole day ran smoothly without a hitch.

Click here to see their slideshow.

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