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San Diego Beach Engagement Session

Oh, am I craving the beach.  The wind in my hair, the sand in my toes and those gorgeous sunny skies as far as the eye can see… that’s what I call magical.  Also magical?  This glorious engagement session captured by Day 7 Photography, which just so happens to combine all of the aforementioned with an adorable duo you will NOT be able to get enough of.  See it all here.

From Day 7 Photography… Here’s an engagement session from San Diego at Torrey Pines Beach! Josh and Pam will be celebrating their wedding in Hawaii in June of 2014, and the beach has a special place in their hearts. The bridge that is usually full of cars happened to be closed on the day we were there, so we got to grab a few shots in the empty streets. The large empty streets were beautiful, and to me, it made the session all the more magical. We also had a blast on the empty life guard tower! I hope you enjoy this session as much as I do.

Photographer: Day 7 Photography | Beach: Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Winter Industrial Inspiration Shoot

Well, I love this shoot with all my being. That about sums up my feelings right now. As the snow slowly falls outside my window, this stunning shoot from Folklore Vintage RentalsSweet Marie DesignsThorne Artistry and Ashley Kelemen reminds me why I have always felt that winter was such an enchanting season. And this team of talents proved it’s a stylish one too. See even more here.

And don’t miss the a peek at the behind the scenes pretty from  Cloudless Weddings

From Folklore Vintage RentalsThere is something captivating about filling a cold and hard industrial space with warm candlelight and rich texture. The pairing of vintage details and modern styling makes this shoot at Luce Loft in downtown San Diego the perfect balance of hard and soft, old and new, & masculine and feminine.

Our neutral color palette of cool gray, stone blue, and mixed tarnished metals was derived naturally from the mix of raw and polished concrete, exposed metal piping, and heavily distressed wood flooring. A classic and simple wood farm table fit the bill splendidly for our dining table. We softened the table with a crinkled gauzy tulle runner and brought a little femininity with vintage park lane faceted goblets and layered vintage white china. Brass candlesticks brought in our mixed metal. The formal stunning centerpiece arrangement mixed with the branch was just the right dose of organic elegance.

For the ceremony, vintage church pews gave the space the continuity it needed. The warm candlelight on a hard cement floor was the perfect union leading up to a lace draped console in front of a planked wood back drop. Industrial spaces like this one can be dark in their finishing detail so the more candlelight the better. The lounge area consisted of a simple drop cloth canvas settee with a beautifully dainty French frame, old crates, and antlers. Antlers add texture and interest, and well let’s face it, are just really cool. The combination resulted in lounge pretty enough for our beautiful bride in her ethereal and gorgeous dress and still felt perfectly in sync with the spaces clean lines and deconstructed feel.

The piano was an over the top and alluring detail that was a must. Its heavy wood frame and subtle carved details were exactly the right unexpected mix. Styled with industrial stools and yes…more candlelight…. It added a whole new element to the shoots already rich texture. We come across so many brides who think they have to choose only one style and stick with it otherwise their wedding will look scattered or disconnected. This shoot is proof that you can incorporate all the things you love for your big day and be all the better for it.

From Thorne ArtistryThe dress I had in mind was very specific and something that I knew I wouldn’t find in a bridal salon. The look I imagined was very feminine and glamorous with a little bit of an edge. The textured rosette fabric, combined with the multi-layer chain necklace brought to life both of those elements. This dress was designed to have an old world feel, but also meant to have a modern and timeless look.
Our handsome groom needed something modern that also had a bit of a twist. I love a tailored gray suit with pops of black to add just the right amount of sophistication and interest. The suspenders are just the right amount of classic charm that compliment, but don’t overshadow, the gorgeous bride”

From Lovely Paper Things… The Lovely Paper Things were inspired by the juxtaposition of the venues industrial textures & the delicate nature of the gorgeous gown & florals. The intricate floral designs on each piece, inspired by the lush bouquets & center pieces, were hand painted with gauche on a textured watercolor paper. Then the invitation & menu were carefully mounted on real metal & finally each piece of the suite was hand painted with gold metallic accents, to achieve a subtle glamorous effect.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Stevi Auble | Jewelry: Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers | Catering & Cocktails: Cucina Coronado | Concept, Design & Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Coordination: WED Weddings. Events. Design. | Headpieces: Three Little Owls | Invitations & Menus: Lovely Paper Things | Model: Bride: Brooke Arlington | Model: Groom: Anthony Mance | Serving Pieces: Vietri | Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup: Thorne Artistry | Wedding Venue: Luce Loft

Romantic Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn

For two people who are so obviously soul mates (seriously – read their sweet story below), I can’t think of a more fitting way to say “I do” than this stunning Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding.  Because this is a wedding that mixes romance with breathtaking details at every turn, and happens to be the perfect way to celebrate “meant to be.”  See it all captured beautifully by We Heart Photography right here.


From the Bride… I would have to say that our love story in even less than a sentence is “meant to be.” Keith and I were introduced by a mutual friend while I was visiting Northern California and, from that day on, we didn’t go a single day without talking. We built our relationship through FaceTime chats, texts, looooong phone conversations, and short weekend visits, which I think has helped to shape the relationship we have today. When a position opened up in the San Diego office of the company Keith works for, he immediately applied, and got it! Exactly six months later, he proposed, and the rest is history. Everything from our immediate feelings for each other, to our love, to his job have fallen into place so seamlessly that “meant to be” is the perfect description of our love story.

Our inspiration for the wedding day was romance. Romance is something that every person in love wants to feel, and our special day was the epitome of just that. All of our colors were soft and inviting, there was a candlelight glow throughout the whole ballroom which not only made it feel romantic, but also warm and homey.

We knew there were a few personal touches we wanted to have at the wedding, one of which was a DIY project, and two of which came in human form.  For our guestbook, Keith and I wanted to do something a little different. Rather than have the typical book of blank pages for people to write their advice and well wishes in, we wanted to have something that would allow us to see those pieces of knowledge on a daily basis. So we had a large wooden monogram of our new initials made, mounted it on some matting, and framed it. Our guests then were able to write all around the monogram, and it now hangs over our bed, a constant reminder of the advice we received from the people who mean the most to us!

Keith’s uncle and his late wife of just under a year had an admirable, loving marriage that was an excellent example of how two people should treat each other, so when it came time to choose our officiant, we knew we would be honored to have Uncle Tom do it. We are also blessed with some incredibly musically talented friends, and were able to incorporate one of them into our ceremony. Jon, one of Keith’s long-time friends sang and played our ceremony music, one song of which was his own original song! It really meant a lot to have both Tom and Jon as a part of our special day, and I think it gave our wedding a sweet, intimate feel, which was exactly what we were going for!

I actually have two favorite moments of the day. The first one was waiting outside the room that we got ready in with my Dad, waiting for it to be time to walk down the aisle. The moment that sticks out in my mind was the moment Jon stopped playing his song “When No One is Around” that the bridesmaids and groomsmen were walking down to, and transitioned into the song that I walked down the aisle to. I was flooded with emotion, and couldnt help cry some tears of joy! But the one that obviously shatters the rest was the moment that I reached the end of the aisle with my Dad and was standing in front of Keith. He was in awe looking at me, and I at him, and I will never forget him mouthing the words “You are so beautiful” to me, and I responded with “I love you” to him. That was such a special, intimate moment that was one of the highlights of the day for both of us.

My advice to other brides is not to sweat the small stuff. There are going to be little bumps in the road along the way, but they are nothing you can’t handle, and if something isn’t exactly how you originally thought it was going to be, it is still beautiful and NOBODY else will know! We need to force ourselves not to lose sight on what this day is actually about. It doesn’t matter if you are getting married at the Ritz Carlton or in your neighbor’s living room, this day is about making a lifetime commitment to the one person you love, which is WAY more important than any venue, cake, or flower arrangement.

Coordinator: Molly Stark With Tres Chic Affairs | Floral Design: Splendid Sentiments | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Cake: The Crimson Cake | Hair & Makeup: Natalie Filler | DJ: Mobile Music Plus - Spencer Bezy | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: San Diego Wedding Music - Ryan Hiller | Linens: White Wedding Day Events | Photography : We Heart Photography | Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn

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