Evan Bishop Photography

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Category Archives: California

San Diego Marina Village Wedding | Holly + Adam

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Holly and Adam went to the same High School in Maine together, but didn’t know each other until they were working together at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe, California.  Among a small gathering of their closest friends and family members, Adam and Holly were married at the Marina Village in Mission Bay, San Diego.  Although they didn’t have a “theme” for their wedding per se, they incorporated purple in their color scheme, not because it’s simply the most popular color to hit the wedding world in the past year, but because Adam is a HUGE Ravens fan! (YAY Adam!!!! … we’re totally hanging at Dirty Birds this year!)

Holly and her girls got ready at Marina Village in Mission Bay, while Adam, and his family were busy setting up the Dockside room for their reception and getting the bar all ready.  Since Adam works in the restaurant industry, he had a firm grip on all the bar needs, as well as organizing the catering and even hand made the cupcakes for their wedding.

One of my favorite moments from Holly and Adam’s wedding was their first look.  After all the stress of getting the entire day together, worrying about how to get the keg hooked up for the reception, decorating the reception hall not to mention all of the little details they handled that I don’t even know about.  The emotion of the day caught up to both of them, and Adam was by far the most emotional groom I’ve ever photographed when he saw his future wife for the first time on their wedding day.  First looks can be so great, and for both Holly and Adam, you could feel the tension just evaporate, you could tell that the details no longer mattered, they were able to be in the moment and truly enjoy their wedding day.

Since the majority of their guests were traveling into town from other parts of the country, they decided to have Mexi-Cal cuisine for their reception including individually made street tacos, guacamole, salsa fresca and some local San Diego microbrews at the bar. During the reception DJ Daniel got and kept the dancefloor going, and even had Holly take the turntables while one of her guests took the mic for a song.

 

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Torrey Pines Engagement Photoshoot | Evi + Jonathan Day 2

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We shot the first half of Evi + Jonathan’s engagement photos at Balboa Park in San Diego and had planned to hit the beach on the same day for the second half of their shoot.  Unfortunately, San Diego traffic had other ideas for them and they got stuck in a standstill heading south on the 5 from Carlsbad … stuck in the traffic at Del Mar as the race season had just begun! We still went to Sunset Cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean for some great twilight shots, but decided to schedule a second session at Torrey Pines State Beach just north of La Jolla in San Diego.  For the second half of their engagement session, we met earlier in the day, and were surprised to see how many people were out enjoying the beautiful weather.  As always in San Diego, we flirted with the marine layer, that was constantly threatening to sock in the entire beach with that bright soft white light.

We took a long walk down Torrey Pines beach along the cliff faces, and to a beautiful set of stairs carved into the sandstone rocks and up to the hiking trails above the ocean.  It was really great having the opportunity to shoot Evi and Jonathan on a second day, especially since they had the opportunity to see the first set of photos, and definitely seemed much more relaxed and to have more fun throughout the second shoot.  Check out a few of my favorite images from the second day by clicking on the large image above or any of the smaller thumbnails below.

Evi + Jonathan, I am so looking forward to your wedding next year at the Twin Oaks House!

 

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Jenna + Duncan’s Mission Bay Wedding at the Catamaran Resort

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I was sitting in my local Starbucks, enjoying a french press and typing out my thoughts for the blog post for Jenna and Duncan’s fantastic afternoon wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego’s Mission Bay when “California Dreaming” came on the radio. It took me a minute to tune into it, but then I smile at the irony. You see, while Jenna grew up in sunny  San Diego, she and Duncan live in Denver, Colorado now. So for her and Duncan as well as many of their out of town friends and family members this was more of a destination wedding than a local wedding.  For this reason the Catamaran Resort was a perfect setting to host not only their ceremony and reception, but many of their guests as well. It’s a beautiful resort at the top of Mission Bay, between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach as well as close to downtown San Diego and everything America’s Finest City has to offer. [continued below]

To see just a few of my favorite images from their wedding day, click on the large image above or any of the thumbnails below.

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Since Jenna and Duncan chose to do a first look and family portraits before the ceremony, I arrived early to see Jenna and her girls as they were getting ready.  My good friend and photographer Kevin met me shortly after I arrived to head over to meet Duncan and his groomsmen who were also getting dressed and ready at the Catamaran. We quickly picked a location that would be away from most guests for their first look.

Catherine Bachelier Smith of CBS Weddings was Jenna and Duncan’s event designer and it was my first opportunity to work with her. Now, I’ve known of, and was fortunate enough to get to know Catherine personally serving on the board of directors for San Diego’s Wish Upon A Wedding, but this was the first opportunity we’ve had to work together on a wedding. I already loved here as a person, but fell in love all over again when she came to me as we were supposed to be lining up for the ceremony to ask if I could keep everyone back for another fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes more with Jenna and Duncan shooting portraits!? Yes Please!!!!! I don’t remember the last time I not only was given extra time for portraits, but had a bride that smiled and was so obviously happy as Jenna.

The ceremony on the lawn overlooking Mission Bay continued the awesomeness of the early part of the morning and Jenna’s Uncle performed the ceremony with a beautiful, personalized wedding ceremony including his recollection of the first time he held Jenna in the hospital shortly after she was born. Following the der ceremony, guests stayed on the lawn for cocktail hour before heading into the ballroom for lunch and dancing.  Now, often times, afternoon weddings are not dance fests, but this was my second wedding in a row where people hardly left the dance floor. At one moment Jenna’s mother came up and put her arm around me saying”did I tell you this was a dancing crowd or what!” I had totally forgotten that she had told me that when we had met nearly a year ago.

Needless to say, this was a fantastic wedding and Jenna and Duncan as well as their families were so great to work with. I loved having the opportunity to shoot at the Catamaran resort again as well as to work with Catherine and their Wedding Cinematographer, Joe Park.

Jenna and Duncan, thank you so much for entrusting your wedding day memories to me. I had such a good time spending the day with you both!

Trash the Dress | Coronado Island and Hotel Del Day After Shoot with JJ + Adrian

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Well, you’ve waited long enough! Here it is … JJ + Adrian’s Trash the Dress Session on Coronado Island! The whole time we were doing the shoot, Adrian and JJ were saying to each other … can you believe we’re actually doing it!? Adrian told me that JJ had mentioned wanting to do a trash the dress session even before their wedding date, and it seemed almost as if it was the same conversation I hear couples go through on a wedding day “Can you believe we’re actually getting married today!?” It was as if this session was an opportunity to again celebrate their new marriage.  They were married back in September of 2011, but were waiting until the spring to go on their honeymoon, so just days before leaving for their honeymoon we met to do the Trash the Dress together.

Kristy and I met JJ + Adrian at Star Park, not far from the Hotel Del Coronado.  We started here, because of the special meaning the park has to them as a couple.  Even though they now live north of LA, JJ grew up on Coronado Island and met Adrian while she and her family still lived here.  They actually met at her grandmother’s old home not a block away from Star Park so we definitely wanted to include some of the backdrop of that area which was the place their relationship started.  There’s so much great scenery all around Coronado Island, we could have walked in any direction and had amazing backdrops, but it was so fun to just wander the couple streets making fun casual portraits together before actually ‘Trashing’ her dress.  After a while, we started to make our way down to Coronado beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado.  Slowly working our way towards the water.  JJ + Adrian were brave as I just heard the surf report yesterday say that the water had warmed up to 62° which to me is still REALLY cold!

JJ + Adrian … thank you so much for getting in touch with me about your Trash the Dress photos! I’m so glad to have been a part of this with you guys, and am so happy for you both!  I hope you had a fantastic honeymoon and hope to hear all about it!

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Coronado Island Trash the Dress Sneak Peek | JJ + Adrian

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Here’s a quick peek at the Trash the Dress session I shot with JJ and Adrian on Coronado Island last week.  I promised them I would get something up before they went away on their honeymoon and was thrilled with these two images.  JJ grew up on Coronado Island, and her grandmother lived just down the street from the Hotel Del.  She told me “When I was a little girl, I never really imagined my wedding day, but always thought it would be at the Hotel Del”.  Kristy and I had a fantastic time with these two, and there’s a bunch more images coming from our shoot on Coronado.  So keep tuned in for the full post … coming soon!

 

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Have a great honeymoon JJ + Adrian!