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Galya & Derek - Darlington House, La Jolla

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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

8 Responses to “Galya & Derek - Darlington House, La Jolla”

  1. Lynn Says:

    John, Happy New Year! The pictures look great! It was a pleasure working with you, looking forward to more in 2008!

  2. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) Says:

    The shot from inside the car. Pure genius. I would expect nothing less from you, John.
    Happy New Year!
    -E

  3. John Says:

    (Note from John: Galya posted this under another post so I’m reposting it here.)

    John,
    I love love love the wedding photos! I knew from the get-go that you were the photographer for us and it was totally worth it because they came out as I had hoped and more. You and Jenn were a great pleasure to have at our wedding- thanks for helping out with my dress. Also, you can’t even tell I had the burns on my face from the facial which is a great relief. All in all, I look forward to seeing the rest of the photos and in the future will find as many reasons possible to have you take more of our family photos.
    Thanks!
    Galya (and Derek)

  4. Nina Says:

    John…these pictures look great!! I had so much fun at my sisters wedding and I am so happy that you were able to capture all the fun. The beach pictures are beautiful and the color in the color shots is amazing. Whenever I get married, I want you there.

    Happy New Year!!
    Nina

  5. erin kate Says:

    the images are beautiful! i got married at the darlington house 5 years ago…such a beautiful venue to photograph a wedding!

  6. John Says:

    (I’m not sure what’s going on, but some of the comments are appearing under the wrong post.)

    This is from Jeane Laskar:

    John,

    WOW!! I have never seen more creative shots/or beautiful subjects!! Thanx for capturing Derek & Galyas special day so well!!

  7. Dan Fontaine Says:

    Amazing work John. I haven’t visited your blog for a while and now I remember why I have it bookmarked. Each image is a piece of art in it’s own right. An inspiration.

  8. John Mireles » Blog Archive » Bridal Portraits - San Diego Says:

    [...] photographed Galiya and Derek’s wedding at the Darlington House back in December. I guess she didn’t get enough of being in front of the camera so she asked [...]

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