La Jolla

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


Jackie and Cesar's Maternity Session at WindanSea Beach, La Jolla

This afternoon in La Jolla was crisp, but in the best way. It's been raining a lot and the sky is super clear, which you can see in all of these pictures.  It kept us all on edge with a chill in the air and it kept me on my toes and sharp. This maternity session is for Jackie and Cesar's first sweet babe, and they were all stars. These photos, in a word, are stunning. 

Jackie, darling you were shinning love and light into the world and Cesar you reflected that perfectly back to your sweet lady.  I am so excited for this next journey for you and these are the moments that make my heart sing. Bringing a new person into the world is such a precious gift, and I hope that you love the way I captured your pure joy! 



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Moody Mermaid Wedding Style Shoot at La Jolla, WindanSea

I am so excited to share this Moody Mermaid style shoot I did a few weeks ago with some amazingly talented San Diego Vendors. I had the idea a long time ago, when I was getting married in La Jolla and discovered the Shack at WindanSea. The location just begs to be photographed. We all got our individual pieces together and made something beautiful and I am so proud!

So instead of trying to write about all the awesome things we did and how awesome they are,  I was so grateful that they all wrote a little blurb about what they did for our shoot. :) Enjoy! 



Cherished Rentals - The muted colors of the Terrain Collection from Cherished Rentals was an easy choice for this seaside tablescape. Each setting was adorned with intricate vintage silverware and chargers, then paired with an eclectic mix of mid-century glassware.  

Sweet Emma Lou - Sweet Emma Lou cooked up a dark chocolate semi naked cake adorned with beautiful florals and edible gold leaf. In addition, we created a intimate cake table set up with the help of amazing rentals with a macrame backdrop.

Black Lotus Design - Black Lotus Design provided the bridal bouquet, boutonniere, table centerpieces, arch flowers, garlands, flowers for the cake display and custom-dyed ocean-inspired azure ombre textiles. 

Dapper Vintage Rentals - Dapper Vintage Rentals providing speciality vintage rentals in San Diego, CA for weddings, soirees, photoshoots and events. Husband & Wife team, Josh & Maheli founded Dapper after planning their own wedding and giving it that vintage touch. Dapper vintage rentals provided unique chairs for the table setting set-up, mint blue settle for the lounge, and cake display table.

theMINTERY, founded by Angela Fowler, is a creative studio specializing in event styling + furniture revival - creating, building, and refurbishing personalized pieces to bring out the unique face of each project. She constructed a 12' arch from found branches courtesy of a local ranch in Alpine, refurbished and styled the Queen Anne table used in the tablescape and created the bride's shell crown.

Made by Meer - Nikki Meer, owner of Made by Meer, created a watercolor invitation suite with a blue wash to mimic the ocean. She hand painted place cards and a table number to match. A wooden "Cheers" sign adorned the cake table and a fabric love quote was painted for the bride and groom to hold. 


Photography: Great Woodland Photography

Calligraphy: Made by Meer

Styling and Design:  theMintery

Decor and Furniture Rentals: Dapper Vintage Rentals

Floral Design: Black Lotus Design

Cake Designer: Sweet Emma Lou

Hair and Makeup: Natalie Pittman

Bridal Gown: Elle Bridal Boutique

Female Model: Arta from The Arta Facts

Male Model: Ramsey