29Apr

Life Imitates Art | Photo of the Week

By, April 29, 2016

Here in San Diego, we are fortunate to have a selection of world-class museums within driving distance. Many of these museums also double as eclectic and distinctive wedding venues. For example, the Contemporary Museum of Art in La Jolla is a standout wedding location, with its abundance of artistic backgrounds, modern aesthetic, and edgy design. Whenever we photograph here, we like to incorporate the museum’s vibrance into the wedding day photos as much as possible.

In preparation for Vanessa and Len’s wedding, we discovered this unique, modern wall of the Museum tucked away in a corner of the reception. As you’ll see in the photo below, we framed the lines around our couple, and added a single backlight of flash for contrast. This added drama and intensity to a quiet and intimate moment, and resulted in our Photo of the Week :)

Creative Bride and Groom have a quiet moment in front of colorful wall

Check out more artistic images from Vanessa and Len’s Contemporary Museum of Art wedding.

28Apr

Del Mar Engagement Session | Chelsea and Brandon

By, April 28, 2016

It sounds counter-intuitive, but bad weather conditions often make for the most amazing images. For example, at Chelsea and Brandon’s beach engagement session in Del Mar, the storm clouds were looming, and the sky looked menacing. However, by adding a warm blanket, some champagne, and an adorable dog named Jeter, the clouds were barely noticeable :)

We give props to Chelsea and Brandon for making the most of an overcast beach day. It was a really fun engagement photo shoot, and we are looking forward to their wedding later this year at Luce Loft. Hmm, we kind of hope Jeter will be there!

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For more fun in the sun (and sand), check out our collection of recent beach wedding photos.

26Apr

Let There Be Cake! | Cake Topper Inspiration

By, April 26, 2016

At the wedding, even the smallest details can make a big impression. One unexpected way to showcase your personality as a couple is the cake topper. This fun expression of love can be as outrageous, understated, or glamorous as you want it to be.

Although its origins are shrouded in mystery, legend says the cake topper began over 100 years ago. Engaged to be married, a baker’s daughter came to her father seeking a unique symbol of love for her groom. After multiple attempts, and long consideration, the baker presented the bride-to-be with two figurines atop a cake. This representation of the wedding couple became instantly popular, and still holds to this day.

The ritual of the cake topper has been updated over time, with modern twists. We’ve seen ornate hand-carved designs, customized figurines, sophisticated paper cutouts, and much more. We hope you enjoy these recent cake topper inspiration photos below.

Cute text and sports-inspired wedding cake topper

At Lauren and Stephen’s wedding at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (see below), they cheered on their favorite sports teams with personalized hockey and soccer cake toppers!

Cute hockey-inspired cake topper with wedding coupleRustic, chic wedding cake toppers of birds and wedding coupleMinimal red and yellow cake with gold text cake topper

Cake toppers can be a fun way to get festive and celebrate your ancestry. This Day of the Dead cake from the wedding of Danielle and Michael (below left) and figurines from Jennifer and David (below right) added a pop of color to the day’s activities.

Mexican-inspired, day of dead wedding cake toppersCute, tiger-themed bride and groom cake topper

For April and Vernon’s wedding (below), the couple had an artist capture them in their wedding day attire, depicted as paper cutouts. This resulted in a timeless keepsake that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Modern, chic cake topper customized to look like wedding coupleCute and fun airplane topper with bride and groomFunny and cute dog-inspired wedding cake toppers with wedding coupleCreative navy-themed cake topper with wedding coupleFunny cake topper with groom pulling brideCute, ceramic owl wedding cake topper of wedding couple

If figurines aren’t your style, you can switch things up with a dash of fresh flowers. These two cakes by Sweet Cheeks Baking (see below) added elegance and tropical flair to understated white frosting bases.

Colorful, floral and exotic wedding cake toppers

Another idea is to incorporate streamed banners, adding a whimsical, handmade touch to the dessert table.

Cute, rustic wedding cake toppers with bannered signsClassic wedding cake decorated with sailor wedding cake topperCreative, beach-inspired wedding cake toppers with chairs and sand

No matter how you top it, a personalized wedding cake topper is a fun way to welcome guests to your reception. We leave you with this sexy cake topper from Sisanie and Michael’s wedding at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which really says it all :)

Classic wedding cake with cake topper of bride and groom kissing

Check out more ways to personalize and decorate your wedding cake top.

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