Wedding: Nate And Allison

Before I get going on this blog post, about a couple that I absolutely want to be long time friends with, let me tell you this … I knew right away I liked Nate and Allison.  Why?  Because the sister of the bride looked like Taylor Swift’s twin?  NO!  Because they enjoy good beer, and they brew it themselves too.  In fact, the wedding favors were homebrew beverages (for the adults) and root beer for the kiddos.  My two favorites.  And we all know I’m more kid, than adult these days.

This refreshingly early morning wedding was in a cute chapel in San Diego, mid December, in between two crazy storms that rolled through town.  It rained on my way to the wedding, and it rained shortly after the wedding.  But the skies opened just in time!

I know you all like stories a little, because you put up with my gabbing all the time.  But photos are better, so enjoy.  This is a long one (no chuckles from the peanut gallery), so sit back and enjoy!

Thanks to the incredibly talented Beki of Beki Dawn Photography for shooting this with me.  She’s a joy to work with, and SUPER GOOD at what she does. I have a feeling we’ll be shooting a ton of weddings together in the next year.  It’s hard to imagine shooting without her.  And thank you to all my kick ass couples who made 2012 a successful year.  You all had a choice when it came to photographers, and you (for some strange reason) chose this big white bearded dude.  THANK YOU.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the choice you made.  Here’s to 2013 doing it’s best to one-up 2012.


Groomsmen: How To

The following is an excerpt from my friend Ryan (currently in Afghanistan), PROFESSIONAL groomsman:

“I’ve been a groomsman nine times and a Best Man twice (everything but the groom or pastor. . . .I know, right?) . Being a groomsman is a big responsibility and not one to take lightly. You are standing up there to say, “Yes, I stand by my friend and I will help defend this marriage.” And man do not get me started when bride picks both the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. You got to be kidding me. 

And accepting the role of being a groomsman is saying, “I’m willing to work my butt off for this wedding.” If you say yes, be willing to be the greatest groomsman in the history of groomsmen.

Here’s how:”

See the rest HERE.

Wedding: Brad And Rose

This awesome couple came all the way from Albacar-key … albequirky …. umm, New Mexico to get married on the gorgeous beach in San Diego.  Nothing like fall in San Diego to welcome mid-eighty degree weather for their special day!  Brad and Rose are a party and a half, and I wish they lived in California so I could see them more!  We already have a date to hang next time they are in town.

Their small beach wedding was set up in a spiral formation so all could see, wish-lanterns were let go at the end of the evening, and the police even showed up!  I’ll stay away from that part of it, but take a look at how much fun these kids had on their wedding day!

Wedding: John And Kelly

This gorgeous vineyard wedding in the middle of October was picture perfect from start to finish.  The groom brewed a beer for the big day, appropriately called “Veil Ale” and the bride had her stylish boots on ready to take on the world.

I could write for days on this couple, but you’re here for photos, so I’ll make this short.

I have never seen a more genuine love between two families.  Both fathers were groomsmen (and both made FANTASTIC speeches), both families partied together on the dancefloor, and took each person in as if they had always been one big group all along.  When the caterers and bar tenders are wiping the tears away all evening, you know it’s a special night.  Here’s just a small sampling of how gorgeous the day was.

Wedding: Danny And Rebecca

I have known Rebecca for a long time. Her family is one of the most fun groups of people I have ever had the opportunity to know. In fact, the bright blue shoes I wear to shoot every wedding were purchased when I needed shoes to wear in the wedding party of brother’s wedding.  And that wedding is also where I met Danny, the lucky groom. I knew that this wedding would be non-stop awesome, with big amounts of emotion. From the first glance, to the sparkling exit, an unspeakable joy filled the air. Beyond blessed to know Danny and Rebecca, and excited to watch them share this magnificent life together!

Oh, and if you were there to enjoy this party, you would know that the hit of the night was an incredible photobooth! SmilePopParty have been on my FRIENDORS list since day one, and they truly belong there. Click on the photo below to see the whole gallery of photobooth images from Danny and Rebecca’s wedding day!

Wedding: Clint And Connie

This couple was amazing.  I was the 2nd shooter for Anjuli on this wedding.  These are the shots I got from the day.  Clint and Connie had their wedding at the Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego, which made for some awesome scenery in the venue.  One of Anjuli’s photos actually made it to the cover of a magazine from this day!  That’s how absolutely gorgeous the wedding was.  The amazing couple welcomed us into their day as if we weren’t there to work.  Thanks Clint and Connie for bringing the party like nobody’s business!

Wedding: Phillip And Tricia

New Years Eve in San Diego has never looked so good. What more can I say? Phillip and Tricia partied the night away with a live band and all of their friends and family!

This wedding was 95% DIY. From the decorations, to the Kahlua, to the ceremony site.  It was gorgeous and the best New Years Eve party I could have ever attended!

This collection of photos wouldn’t be complete without giving proper credit to my amazing 2nd photographer, Matt Snelson, who single-handedly blew me away with his talent.

Wedding: Nate And Katie

These two are long-time friends of mine, and I had to hold back my super manly tears the whole time.  Couldn’t be happier for them!  The sweet part about this wedding was that it was made up of all of my friends.  The bridal party, the vendors (Friendors!), the pastor and even the owner of the venue.  Congratulations Nate And Katie!