Boo-tiful Brides: Halloween Wedding Inspiration

By, October 20, 2015

Why do June brides get all the attention? We love being able to photograph weddings all year round, including October. Thanks to San Diego’s moderate climate and world-class indoor venues, “wedding season” can be just about any time. So why not Halloween?

Over the years, courageous wedding couples have embraced the unconventional wedding date of October 31, and have incorporated a bit of spooky fun into the proceedings. We’re talking bold orange hues, jack-o-lanterns, skeleton motifs, and even creepily delicious cakes. We admire the “spirit” of adventure on display in the weddings below.

Take a look, and if you’re so inspired, check our remaining October 2016 dates… if you dare :)

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Italian Romance | Balboa Park Engagement Session

By, October 07, 2015

There are some things in life that you just can’t plan for. As Eric was receiving his Bachelors from the University of Florida, Christina was returning from her deployment in Afghanistan. Each decided their next step was to pursue their dream of attending law school. Coincidentally, they both chose the same university in California, and ended up having every single class together. On top of that, their lockers happened to be right next to each other. Fate was not subtle in matching these two together!

During the first few days of school, Eric strategically sat next to Christina, so he could strike up a conversation. In less than a week, they were in line at the campus bookstore, where they started to talk. They became instant friends. By the time Eric invited Christina out for the evening, there was no question that they would hit it off. In fact, the pair danced until two in the morning. Says Christina: “We had so much fun, and have been inseparable ever since.”

Because Eric and Christina are both proud Italian-American, they decided they wanted an Italia-themed, family inspired wedding. “My grandparents, who were Italian, helped raise me and passed away a few years ago,” says Christina. “I want to honor them and all they sacrificed for me, by celebrating the beautiful heritage that they passed on to me.”

In anticipation of the upcoming event, we went to Balboa Park for a fun and sophisticated engagement photo shoot. Congratulations to this lovely couple, and viva l’Italia!

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Quick Changes: Wedding Style Inspiration

By, September 09, 2015

Occasionally, wedding couples run off during the wedding… and then come back, rocking completely different attire. For example, the bride may switch from a colorful cultural garment to a traditional wedding gown, or from an elaborate ballgown to a cocktail dress suitable for dancing the night away. The guys can get in on the fun too, as you will see below. Whatever the motivation, a dramatic wardrobe change can add variety to the day, surprise the guests, and make for astounding photos :)

If you plan on switching outfits during your wedding day, we suggest considering the time it will take. While a complex transformation may hold you up, a quick, well-executed change will let you rejoin the festivities as soon as possible. Here are some quick changes that have turned heads, and kept all of the guests on their toes.

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For more traditional and modern wedding dress ideas and inspiration, please visit our full wedding dress gallery.


Love Benefit Thanks and a Video

By, September 01, 2015

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been showcasing many of the vendors we love working with, and those who sponsored The Love Benefit event. This event was held on June 2, 2015 at the beautiful Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. There were over 300 in attendance, with a silent auction, live music from The Mar Dels, amazing drinks and cuisine, and a surprise appearance by our company’s founder, Aaron Feldman. It was an incredible evening, and it could never have happened without the love and support of everyone involved.

To enjoy highlights from this event, check out this awesome video by local videographer Taylor D’Apice

We would also like to thank the wonderful contributors and volunteers who helped to make this event so extraordinary.

Silent Auction / Opportunity Drawing Contributors

Alfie Design
Allett (The Original Thin Wallet)
BCA Radio (Mighty 1090AM)
Brie Does Makeup + Hair
Caitlin Pannese – Gymboree Play & Music
City of Del Mar
Classic Filmworks
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
DiningOut Magazine
El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital
Elite Image Limousines
Flowers by Annette Gomez
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
Isari Flower Studio + Event Design
La Valencia
Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals & Design
Manchester Grand Hyatt
Marriott Marquis
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Nick Weiss Music
Orfila Vineyard & Winery
Pamplemousee Grille
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Rancho Valenica Resort & Spa
Rolls Livery
San Diego Marriott Del Mar
Spa Velia
Sweet Cheaks Baking Co.
The Dresser Bridal, Inc.
The Foto Box
The Pearl Hotel
The University Club
Union Kitchen & Tap
Vitagliano Vineyards & Winery at Lake Oak Meadows
Waters Fine Catering
WOW…Your Beauty Concierge
Mayer Studios
A Little Scene Flip Books
Pixster Photo Booths
Caprice Strings
Sound Prodigy
Scott Schindler
Chelsea Bartholow



Amanda McPhail (Creative Affairs, Inc)
Amy Ulkutekin (First Comes Love)
Annette Gomez (Flowers by Annette Gomez)
Anseth Richards
Billy Economou (True Photography)
Chauncey Cannon (Creative Affairs, Inc)
Cheryl Nguyen
Cheyne Whitney
David Cutler (Events By DJ David Cutler)
Dustin Hardin (True Photography)
Hillary Boyd (The Knot)
Jessica Neibauer (Creative Affairs, Inc)
Jill Sanger (True Photography)
Julia Bagunu (Events Inspired)
Kathy Wright (Kathy Wright & Co.
Kristin Garuba (Kristin Garuba Events)
Kristin Quick (Intimate Ceremonies SD € Wedding Officiant)
Laura Lambillotte (I Do….Weddings & Events)
Lindsay Cross (I Do…Weddings & Events)
Lisa Lippe (Details Defined)
Lisa Storey (True Photography)
Lynsey Swiderska (True Photography)
Marisa Lara (Seven Stems)
Meghan Whitney (True Photography)
Melissa Barrad (I Do…Weddings & Events)
Nan Grenier (Classic Filmworks)
Pilialoha Estall (Creative Affairs, Inc)
Quinn Artiaga
Rachel Peniche (Plan It San Diego)
Sabrina Cadini (La Dolce Idea)
Sharyl Hess
Stephanie Muse (Creative Affairs, Inc)
Stephanie VandenBerg (Events Inspired)
Vanessa van Wieren (Alchemy Fine Events)
Voytek Swiderski (True Photography)
Will Chitwood (Dancing DJ Productions)


Vendors We Love – Culinary Concepts

By, August 26, 2015

Vendor Type: Catering and event design
Why We Love Them: The distinctive touches they bring to events, such as bistro-style cuisine, a cold-pressed coffee bar, and after-dinner candy stations.
Did You Know? Talk about experience – this company just celebrated their 25-year anniversary!
Specialties Include: “Simplicity and freshness”
Things They Love:  Chucks (Converse shoes), sugar, spiced food, organization, family

Please enjoy a selection of our favorite images from recent events we’ve worked together. Click here to see more!

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One More Reason to Love This Company

In addition to being a company we love (and love working with!) we can't thank this team enough for their generous support and participation in The Love Benefit. This event was held on 6/2/15 to honor our founder Aaron Feldman, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2014 and is currenlty undergoing intensive treatment. This team worked tirelessly to make the event a reality and an unforgettable evening. Please click here to see photos from the event, which was attended by over 300 wedding industry professionals, friends, family, and the community at large. To learn more about Aaron's story, please visit http://howibeatmycancer.com