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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.

Friends and Family members can register at Pictage to be notified when all of their images are available by clicking here.

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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!

Behind the scenes at San Diego’s Ultimate Wedding

What do you get when you take an awesome event designer and give her virtually free reign to create an amazing wedding?  You get this year’s San Diego’s Ultimate Wedding and I had the awesome opportunity to work as the documenting photographer for this year’s Ultimate Wedding sponsored by Bridal Insider and Star 94.1.

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Above: Courtney Tibbets from After the Engagement was selected by Bridal Insider to be this year’s wedding designer, and she started with the concept of a fun colorful brunch themed wedding.  Incorporating bright colors at with an outdoor ceremony, mimosa and bloody mary bar along with brunch themed appetizers, build your own omelets, french toast, eggs benedict and much more!  The Mt. Woodson Amy Strong Castle served as the single location for this year’s wedding and reception.

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Courtney’s vision for the reception came together with the bright colorful kings tables dressed by Party Production Rentals, beautiful flowers by Exquisite Blooms, and fantastic favors by SoBelle.  The dark wood room in the Amy Strong Castle was bathed in light throughout the day  with the cheerful colors of the table cloths and flowers as well as the bright white and silver chiavari chairs.

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Cinnamon roll skewers, deviled eggs and fruit kabobs were among the hors d’oeuvres that were served during ‘cocktail hour’ after the ceremony.

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OK … seriously!!! How awesome is this cake by Hey There, Cupcake!? The whole time I’ve been working on this post all I can think about is running downstairs and cooking up some pancakes.  I don’t know if I’ll finish this up without shoving some pancake and syrup in my face!

0005 Behind the scenes at San Diegos Ultimate Wedding

 

0006 Behind the scenes at San Diegos Ultimate Wedding

The sweets room continued the brunch theme that Courtney envisioned by including among other things, Mini Mimosa Trifles, and Pancakes and bacon pops! Sprechen Sie YUMMY!!!??  Cake Ball Love, Sumi’s Oven, The Cookie Chew, A Candy Store, and Tailored Sweets all provided treats in the sweet shoppe as well as edible chocolate mustaches and lips for the photobooth!

0007 Behind the scenes at San Diegos Ultimate Wedding

Cameras, cameras and more cameras.  Yes, I was actually a fifth wheel at this particular wedding (not including guest cameras and vendors iphones of course!) Being the documenting photographer, part of the job was actually showing the behind the scenes of the other photographers at work.  Jeff and Betsy as well as Jared and Danielle were the photographers and cinematographers respectively.  It was fun taking the backseat at the wedding and watching these four work, as well as trying to incorporate a feel for what goes on behind the scenes at a wedding.  To get a better perspective, check out Jeff and Betsy’s Ultimate Wedding Post, as well as Danielle and Jared’s video on their blog.

0008 Behind the scenes at San Diegos Ultimate Wedding

Above, Jeff and Betsy setting up Janell and Matt along with their bridal party in front of the Amy Strong Castle.  Note the harsh lighting falling on Betsy, while she has the bridal party in soft even light in front of the wooden doors and beautiful stone castle.  Meanwhile, Jared documents the action as well as the portraits.  Inside, Betsy continues to direct while Janell looks on.

0009 Behind the scenes at San Diegos Ultimate Wedding

Before the ceremony, guitarist Nick Weiss picks his location to set up with Courtney that allows him to provide the processional and ceremony music as well as music throughout the cocktail hour.

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Attending to every detail and making sure the day went off without a hitch, Courtney Tibbets helps send the bridesmaids and Janell down the aisle for the ceremony.  Ensures Matt’s boutinere is on and watches like a mother hen throughout the day.

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OK, I’ve been friends with Bethel Nathan for a long time now, and believe it or not, we had yet to do a wedding together before San Diego’s Ultimate Wedding.  It was really great to see her officiate for Janell and Matthew, to recount their story of what makes them as a couple unique, and truly create a special personalized ceremony for these two.  After the ceremony, Bethel hugs Courtney, and poses for a photo with newlyweds, Matt and Janell.

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Bill Calhoun is a fantastic DJ and part of every great DJ’s job is ensuring all the moments of the reception go as planned.  One of the times I love photographing the bride and groom as well as the bridal party is while the DJ gets them lined up for the introductions.  While everyone is distracted by Bill making sure everyone is prepared for their introductions, and making sure that he has everyone’s name correct on his notes, the people lined up are distracted and having fun.  Adding to this at the Ultimate wedding was fantastic light!

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Like I said, cameras, cameras, cameras! This gives you an idea of how photographers and cinematographers should work together to document all the special moments without interfering with each other’s vision.  While Betsy, Jared and Danielle document from different angles of the dance floor during the first dance, Jeff hops up into the balcony to get a unique view of the couple.  The last image shows just one image of what’s possible to get even with four other photographers working to get their images.

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Beautiful, fun, bright flowers were provided by Exquisite Blooms throughout the reception and ceremony.

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Courtney poses above with just a few of the fantastic people that made the day possible.  Links to all the wedding professionals involved in this year’s Ultimate Wedding can be found below.

 

Photographers: La Vida Creations Photography • Ceremony Venue: Mt. Woodson Amy Strong Castle • Reception Venue: Mt. Woodson Amy Strong Castle • Event Design and Planning: Courtney with After the Engagement • Catering: Personal Touch Dining • Cinematography: Side by Side Cinema • Rentals and Linens: Party Production Rentals • Officiant- Bethel Nathan, Ceremonies by Bethel • Rehearsal Dinner- Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club • Florist – Exquisite Blooms • DJ- Bill Calhoun Mobile Music DJ • Live musician- Nick Weiss • Stationery and Paperie- Nic.Roc.Designs • Limo service – Elite Image Limo • Tux rentals- Friar Tux Shop • Bridesmaids‘ Necklaces- KChicDesigns • Bride’s and Mother’s Hair and Makeup – Marisa Von Sheere • Bridesmaid’s Makeup- Gerine Coronado Bridesmaid’s Hair- Rebecca Hainline • Bridesmaid’s Dresses- Nordstrom • Documenting Photographer – Evan Bishop • Honeymoon – PS Riviera • Favors- SoBelle • Photobooth : Jasper with After the Engagement • Boudoir – Modern Boudoir by Allie Lindsey Photography • Cake – Hey There, Cupcake • Donuts- Sensational Treats • Cake Balls- Cake Ball Love • Mini trifles- Sumi’s Oven • Cookies- The Cookie Chew • Candy buffet- A Candy Store • Chocolate photobooth props- Tailored Sweets • Paper photobooth props – Fresh Invitation Studio • Sponsored by Bridal Insider and Star 94.1

Robert + Joana’s wedding at Mission Bay Marina Village | Part II

0053 Robert + Joanas wedding at Mission Bay Marina Village | Part II

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Don’t go any further unless you’ve already checked out Part I of Robert and Joana’s San Diego wedding in Mission Bay! 

OK … now that we’ve got that out of the way … on to part II of Robert + Joana’s fantastic wedding!

After the ceremony, Joana and Robert’s families met them back in the chapel of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bonita, California.  We then took them and their entire bridal party behind the church, where there’s a small garden area, but it photographs beautifully.  I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding here before, and although it doesn’t look like much, there’s really a lot of beautiful little nooks around the church that make great images.  Once we wrapped up with the bridal party, we still had nearly an hour before the cocktail hour was starting.  We took that opportunity to head back to the Mission Bay Hyatt to make some images with just Robert and Joana.  We met them in the lobby, and started on one of the cool couches.

Joana had told me at the beginning of the day that she hadn’t been able to sleep at all the night before their wedding, so when I asked her to lay down on the couch, I don’t think she could have been happier.  I was almost afraid she might take a nap right there!  Eder and I left Robert and Joana after making a few more images around the grounds of the Hyatt, and went over to Marina Village where they were holding their reception.  As the guests started to arrive, a mariachi band played and took requests until Robert and Joana got there.

The rest of the night was filled with emotion with toasts given by Joana’s sister and father and Robert’s brother, as well as Robert and of course … dancing.

Click on the large  image above, or any of the smaller thumbnails below to see photos from the second half of Joana and Roberts wedding in San Diego!

Friends and family members can register at Pictage to view all the images from their day by clicking here. 

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Vendors:

Photographers: Evan Bishop Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Lindsy

Church: Corpus Christi Catholic Church

Reception: Marina Village

Preparations and Accomodations: Hyatt Mission Bay

Florist: Flowers by Erin

DJ: Mike Farmer

Cake: Flour Power

Makeup and Hair: Making Faces

San Diego Wedding of Joana + Robert | Marina Village | Part 1

0045 San Diego Wedding of Joana + Robert | Marina Village | Part 1

 I have been so looking forward to Robert and Joana’s wedding since we met up for drinks before their engagement shoot in Balboa Park.  We met initially through their wedding planner Lindsy Hines who did an amazing job helping them to organize their entire day.  When I arrived at the Mission Bay Hyatt, Joana was getting the final touches to her make-up done, while club music played on her iPad, and her ring bearer and flower girl watched cartoons.  Just like the Saturday mornings I remember as a kid! icon smile San Diego Wedding of Joana + Robert | Marina Village | Part 1  While I was photographing with the girls, Eder who was second shooting with me, was with Robert and his guys getting ready. After everyone was dressed, we spent some time at the Hyatt taking pictures around the grounds.  There’s some great tropical landscaping at the Hyatt and we took advantage of that backdrop both before their ceremony as well as before their reception which happened right next door at the Marina Village.

After getting ready, and portraits at the Hyatt, we all drove over to Bonita to Corpus Christi Catholic Church for Robert and Joana’s wedding.  Arriving early before guests, Joana and her girls as well as Robert’s mother were able to spend some time in the bridal suite at the church for last minute touch ups, and for Joana, mostly just to sit quietly and relax while everyone whirred around her.  After the mothers had been walked down the aisle, and the bridesmaids and flower girls, Joana and her father stood in the hall just off of the sanctuary awaiting their cue.  It was a quiet moment where Joana and as they walked down the aisle together, and Robert stood smiling Joanna found it difficult not to shed a tear as her father gave her away.

This was such an amazing wedding to be a part of, and one that I had a very difficult time selecting images to share on the blog since there were so many to choose from.  To see a sample of some images from the first part of the day, click on the large image above, or any of the smaller thumbnails below.  I will be posting part 2 of Robert and Joana’s wedding tomorrow, so check back to see their portraits and photos from their reception.

Friends and family members can register at Pictage to view all the images from their day by clicking here. 

 

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Vendors:

Photographers: Evan Bishop Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings by Lindsy

Church: Corpus Christi Catholic Church

Reception: Marina Village

Preparations and Accomodations: Hyatt Mission Bay

Florist: Flowers by Erin

DJ: Mike Farmer

Cake: Flour Power

Makeup and Hair: Making Faces

Interview with Wedding Planner Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees

HEAD Interview with Wedding Planner Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet with and interview Brenda Swann, wedding planner extraordinaire of Swann Soirees for my second vendor interview.

I found out about Brenda via her frequent twitter updates at the weddings she plans and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph Brad & Josel’s to see her in action.  She has such an attention to detail, and really knows how to manage a wedding to keep the day on schedule without stressing out anyone, most importantly the bride and groom then second of course, the photographers! icon smile Interview with Wedding Planner Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees   In talking to her before, but especially in this interview, Brenda has a truly infectious energy and gets really excited anytime you get her talking about weddings. I know this translates to her couples, and regardless of the type or size of wedding she’s helping plan, she can envision what the couple wants, and not only how to make that happen, but how amazing it can be.

Want to hear Brenda talk about Swann Soirees, wedding planning, why she loves being involved in weddings, San Diego, the Navy, and my shoes? Check out the audio clips below:

San Diego’s Brenda Swann Wedding Planner

Some of my favorite out takes from the day!

Introduction Outtake

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