Kirsten and James's Casual Cardiff by the Sea Wedding

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When Kirsten described her wedding to me when we first met, she said “Simple and casual romantic beach wedding”. And that is exactly what yesterday was. Stunningly beautiful in it’s simplicity, right on the beach in my little town. These two made their day all about what really mattered to them, their friends and family. And being able to spend an intimate day with them.

Their non traditional wedding, was performed right on the beach with a circle of friends and family surrounding them. We even were able to cruise over to Swami’s to take their first look and family pictures. And an amazing surfer lended them their board for the couple to pose with. (Kirsten surfs and was so stoked!). I love my little town and how friendly and kind strangers can be. Everywhere we went people gave them their space but also gave big smiles and congratulations.

A big congratulations to Kirsten and James! Your day was amazing but your friendship and love really outshined everything else. And it shows in all these sweet pictures. I’m so lucky I got to be there for your day and I hope you love these pictures! The best is yet to come. :)




Photography: Great Woodland Photography

First Look Venue: Swami’s

Wedding Venue and Dinner: Pacific Coast Grill

Table Flowers: Franco’s Flowers

Bouquet: Leucadia Floral and Plant

Rings: Brilliant Earth and Ken and Dana Design

Makeup: Kimm DiCato

Hair: Jullian Rae

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Shoes: Vince Camuto


Groom’s Suit:

Maribel and James's Downtown San Diego Elopement

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This past Thursday I had the honor of capturing images for James and Maribel. These two love birds have some amazing children (ranging from 19 all the way down to 3) and a lifetime of love, so it was amazing being able to share this day with their sweet family. Maribel's original wedding plans were for something more traditional, but when her eldest babe went into the Navy she knew she might need to do something different to make sure her whole family was there for their special day.  

So to ensure James jr. made it to their big day, this sweet couple decided to move their wedding from Oklahoma, to San Diego, where James Jr. is currently stationed. Having a son in the military may have complicated this couples wedding day, but they wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Congratulations guys! I can't wait to share the rest of the images with you but hopefully you love these sneak peaks!




Flowers: La Belle Bloom

Dress: David's Bridal

Groom's Outfit: Dillard's

Hair and Makeup: CP Wedding Artistry Cinthya Preclaro

Bride's Shoes: Antonio Melani

Bride's Veil: Bella Styles


Brianna and Peter's San Diego Elopement in Little Italy

I am soo thankful for Instagram and Hashtags. It led these two amazing people my way and I could not be more grateful.  Meet Brianna and Peter!  They are not from San Diego, so it must have been a bit unnerving to come to a city, invite a stranger to witness and document their elopement. But I am so glad they did!

We had a great morning in Little Italy. I was a little worried cause when I arrived there was plenty of fog since we were right up against the water but the sun came out and warmed us all up. We had the first appointment of the day, and it was quiet and peaceful at the San Diego County Administration Center. Peter is such a jokester, he woke us all up and kept us all energized the whole time! And Brianna was sweet and loving, and just so excited to be marrying the man of her dreams. They were a perfect balance of each other and you can see that in all these sweet images. 

We had a tasty breakfast over at Lofty Coffee (seriously go check their new spot out so cool) in little Italy. And then they set off to start the new day as husband and wife! I am so excited for you both and I hope you love this teaser! I had the best time, as you could tell from all my bouncing around that day! 

Congratulations and love to you both!