Jenna and Kaj Darlington House Wedding, La Jolla


From Jenna and Kaj's first encounter at a Frat formal, to a proposal in Spain at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid; this couple topped it all off with yesterdays stunning Darlington House wedding. The Darlington House is a great representation of these two and their adventurous spirits, with the inspiration for their weddings' theme coming from their travels in Spain.  With accent colors of Pinks, Corals, Sage Green and Gold , that all perfectly reflected the colors of the Venue.

I love how weddings bring families and friends together and collectively we all are there to witness and help create a new family. From sweet loving speeches, to tender moments with parents, and dancing and celebrating with friends, it's all a whirlwind of over-whelming and happy memories. And I get to be the one to help record and create an heirloom.

This wedding was beyond lovely, and for me it was even more special because I was able to return not only as a photographer but a past Darlington House bride. It was so sweet to live and record this day with Jenna and Kaj, and have it in every moment remind me of my own wedding. 

Jenna and Kaj, I hope you are relaxing today and enjoying your first day as Husband and Wife. And Hopefully these images bring some extra joy to this already joyous weekend. 




Big shout out to all the amazing vendor for putting together this stunning event:

Photographer: Great Woodland Photography

2nd Shooter: Brittanee Taylor Photography

Photography Assistant: Jax Connolly Photography

Day of Coordinator: Jessica Mattly Blue Stocking Events

Venue: Darlington House

Dress Shop: Tour of Elegance

Dress Designer: Stella York

Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

Groom's Suit: Macy's - Calvin Klein

Bride's Shoes: INC

Caterer: 24 Carrots Catering

Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals

Florist: Lois Mathews - Lois Mathews Design

Baker: Debbie McLaughlin - Cakes to Celebrate

DJ: DeeJay Swiss

PhotoBooth: Instant Memories Photobooths

Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting

Hair and Makeup: Haydee - Bridal by Haydee


Gold and Jewel toned Galentine's Brunch 2017 in Cardiff by the Sea

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On February 13 (today) women across the world (hopefully) are gathering together to celebrate Galentine's Day. First introduced in 2010 by my favorite TV character Leslie Knope, on the show Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is about "ladies celebrating ladies,".  Be they new or old friends, co-workers, family members, or personal heroes. What began as a fictional holiday for women to honor other women, has turned into a real life celebration as every year more women learn about and celebrate this happy day. SOOOO In honor of Galentine's Day, I decided to host the most lovely Gold and Jewel toned Galentines Brunch with some of my most loved girl friends (new and old). 

And I enlisted all of them to bring something delicious and pretty, since I thought it would be fun to document our love and admiration for each other. So everyone stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. We had an outstanding cheese plate, fruit and berry salad with a beet tinted cashew cream (ask Teague @teague.syreen for the recipe), roasted garlic herb bacon parmesan potatoes, and a truly outstanding quiches (we got to try 3 kinds, thanks Hilary!), Dark chocolate raspberry heart-shaped cheesecakes and dark chocolate covered strawberries from Elizabethan Desserts. My amazing friends all brought delicious treats, but my #1 brought the most delicious and beautiful Gluten Free (for me!) almond Orange Cake (again message Stephanie Guinnane for the recipe). 

Originally I wanted to have it outside, but with the weather not cooperating we moved it all in doors for a cozy pretty  party! So I went to Franco's Flowers here in Encinitas and decided to go ornate Jewel toned tea party-ish feel since we were inside.  It did stop raining for a minute and we took the puppy outside and the cake and got a few pretty pictures. I had the best time, so thank you to all the ladies who came, and let me be in your face for the majority of the party. I also just appreciate the opportunity to be able to spend some quality lady time together. I'm definitely going to do this again, and maybe even more than just one time a year. So keep your eyes open for my next lady get together!