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Kim & Chris’s Boat Trip Extravaganza

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Kim and Chris invited all of their guests for a whale watching and snorkeling trip to a nearby island. This time of year, there’s hundreds of whales and their babies just off the coast of Maui. It’s impossible not to see some even from the coast.

Just hanging around…

Say hi to Matt. I photographed his wedding to Lindsey - Kim’s sister - a year ago. Don’t let the innocent looks fool you, he came out big at the karaoke bar later that night.

They made me take this picture. Honest.

Kim and Chris go into the water.

Maui’s youngest boat captain doing his job.

This my friends is how to properly use a snorkel as a beer bong.

Or you can just drink out of a can…

Next stop, wedding day!

John

Galya & Derek - Darlington House, La Jolla

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

First, some details…

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This is what I call trouble in a bottle.

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The dress came without a hook at the top. According to the bride, it first came in the wrong size so they had to redo the entire dress. The people at the shop helped her to try it on the second time, but then failed to mention anything about the missing hook. Fortunately, the coordinator, Lynn Schuster with Pure Planning, had some thread. Together we managed to hitch the dress together.

The bottom line for any bride is to always bring a bridesmaid, mom or someone who will be with you when you put on the wedding dress to make sure that every little bit fits together. It’s especially important to bustle the dress completely during the fitting. I can’t count the number of times that nobody knew how to bustle the dress or that some of the strings were discovered missing when it came time to do the bustle.

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The Darlington House is an old Spanish Revival house that’s about 90 years old. It’s filled with architectural details and beautiful window light. As Galya was waiting to walk down the aisle, she rested in this window nook. This was one of those moments when you know you’ve got something special.

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I like to joke that around Christmas you can have any flower you like, so long as it’s a Poinsettia. Venues are all overflowing with them this time of year.

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I was a little tired so I stayed in my car.

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John

Sandra & Neal - Rancho Santa Fe

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

It’s been a long time since I blogged about one of my weddings, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been shooting ‘em. I photographed Sandra & Neal’s wedding back in October but never got around to posting it. I actually tried, but my computer crashed in the middle of it and with all I have going on, I never found the time. So… now that things have started to slow down a little, here it is!  

The wedding took place at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Wedding coordinator extraordinaire Mary Noble of Classic Weddings handled the production. The ever elegant Botanica in San Diego was the florist. 



 

 

Here’s what happens when you have people pose for the camera in the midst of a fabulous party.

John

Paige & Chris - Balboa Park, San Diego

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

The ceremony was held in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. There were about ten other weddings there that day, but we were in our own little bubble and never felt apart of the madness. Here’s the link to the Japanese Friendship Garden

San Diego Style Weddings Magazine

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Every year, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine throws a party when they come out with their new issue. This year, the event was held at Bernard Gardens which is a huge mansion in Fairbanks Ranch. It was fun seeing all the usual suspects at the party. Here’s something from the photo booth with Jessie our studio manager on the left, me in the middle, and Lauren, our marketing manager on the right. Note the new, short haircut that I’ve got. Let me know if you like it or not. (Jen, my wife, doesn’t like it.)

It’s fun to see everyone at the party flipping through the magazine to see their photos and see how their ad looks. Not only did our ad run, but we got a wedding published. To save you the trouble of looking it up, I scanned it and posted it here just for you! (I blogged about Amanda and Alan back on my old blog: >Old Blog Post)

John

Kelly & Mark - Stingaree, Downtown San Diego

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Jessica & Frank - Save the Date

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I’ll be shooting Jessica & Frank’s wedding next spring at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. They needed an image for their save the date card so I invited them into the studio for a quick, but fun little shoot. We’ll be doing an engagement session later on - this was just to hold them over for the time being.

John

Men’s Fashion Spread in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

A few months ago, I was contacted by a new wedding magazine being started up by the folks at San Diego Magazine. Usually, I’m not too excited by startups, but I felt a lot better knowing that Exquisite Weddings (EW) had the backing of a major magazine. Anyhow, they hired me to do their men’s fashion editorial. (My wife Jennifer got the bridesmaid’s dresses and the cover. Yeah!)

Here’s what appeared in print. The idea for the shoot was to tell the story of the groom and his best man on the wedding day. We started with them getting ready. I figured it would be fun to have one of them in the shower. Make it a little interesting…

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I loved these shoes. Instead of paying the small fortune for these (Gucci), I found something similar. Still Italian though and not cheap. My wife jokes that I have more shoes than her. (It’s actually no joke. Come to think of it, she’s not joking when she says it.)

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John