27Jun

Clash at Clairemont with Tony Hawk

By, June 27, 2016

Over the weekend, we attended the Clash at Clairemont fundraiser as a guest of Tony Hawk, where we photographed him and the day’s activities. Along with Tony Hawk, the event featured legendary skateboarders such as Andy MacDonald, Bob Burnquist, and Ryan Sheckler. Guests of the packed event were treated to showcases by these world-class skaters, as well as live music by bands such as Agent Orange.

In addition to being an exciting day, the Clash at Clairemont event was for a great cause. Proceeds went to support the Mission Valley YMCA / Krause Family Bike and Skatepark, an action sports facility here in San Diego. A donation was also presented to Grind for Life, an organization founded by life-long skateboarder Mike Rogers after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. All in all, it was an amazing event, and a fun chance to see skate masters in action.

We have put together a selection of our favorite images from the shoot, below. Enjoy :)

Tony Hawk Skateboarding Half Pipe San Diego Clash at ClairemontMike Rogers Mike Mcgill Skateboarding Grind For Life Charity EventTony Hawk Bob Burnquist Skateboarding Half Pipe San Diego Clash at ClairemontSkateboarding Andy Macdonald Half Pipe San Diego Clash at Clairemont Beaver Fleming Skateboarding San Diego Grind For LifeSkateboarding Charity Event Grind For Life Tony Hawk Andy MacDonald Bob Burnquist Beaver FlemingTony Hawk Aaron Feldman Skateboarding Half Pipe San Diego Clash at Clairemont Grind For Life

This kid is nine years old (below)!

Tony Hawk Skateboarding Half Pipe San Diego 9 Year Old Shredder

This “kid” is 48 years old (below right) and he still shreds :)

Tony Hawk Aaron Feldman at Clash at Clairemont 2016 Grind For Life Event

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19Jun

What a Mighty Good Man | Father’s Day

By, June 19, 2016

It’s Father’s Day! To mark the occasion, we want to say thanks to Dads everywhere :)

In addition to being honored today, many fathers also play a big part during the wedding day. Whether it’s tearfully walking his daughter down the aisle, or showing off some funky moves during parent dances, Dad has definitely earned his moment in the sun.

To celebrate the unconditional love Dads provide, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite photos of “Dads being Dads” on the big day. Enjoy!

Groom standing in vineyard poses while daughter jumps in backgroundCute moment with Bride looking at Dad as she puts on his boutonniere

One special way to honor Dad on the wedding day is with a First Look. By setting aside a little quiet pre-ceremony time together, you can show Dad how important he is to you. For example, at Allison and Justin’s wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch, we captured Allison’s father’s reaction to seeing her for the first time (below).

Father's happy expression during First Look with BrideGrooms pose in silly way with young boys at wedding

During Anjali and Jay’s wedding at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (below), guests surprised Jay’s father with an impromptu outdoor dance. As Jay looked on, we were able to quickly react, and grabbed this fun crowd scene.

Guests lift up Groom's Father during Indian wedding
Bride's Dad uses handkerchief to wipe tears as he gets emotional watching wedding ceremony

We love capturing unguarded expressions of joy and emotion. For example, at Allison and Adam’s ceremony at La Valencia (below), Allison’s father shared his excitement with a huge grin. These moments, endearing and genuine, always leave a soft spot in our hearts.

Dad holds Bride's hand as they walk down aisle during ceremonyParents kiss Groom on cheeks while Bride helps Dad during pre-ceremonyCute moment with Groom play-fighting with young boy before wedding ceremonyBride laughs with Father as they share toast after wedding ceremony Excited Dad cheers and celebrates during wedding ceremony at churchGroom and His Son in matching pink bow tiesFunny photo of Groom holding baby with one handGroom's Father helps put on Cufflinks during Pre-Ceremony

If couples have little ones, we love finding fun and creative ways to include these “mini me’s” into the day’s photos. At Shara and Giovanni’s wedding at Grand Tradition, Giovanni’s son was dressed just as sharp as Dad, and rocked these adorable baby moccasins (below).

Matching Coleman's dress shoes for Groom and SonBride walking down aisle with Father and SonBride's Dad shakes Grooms hand after walking daughter down wedding aisleDad holding hands with Bride as they walk down the aisle at vineyard ceremonyFunny, candid moment of Groomsmen with Dad drinking big bottle of liquor at wedding receptionEmotional reactions from Bride and Father during Parent dances at wedding reception

During Morvarid and Sahand’s reception at the Metropol Banquet (below), Morvarid and her father entertained guests with a lighthearted, traditional dance, which capped off the night’s activities.

Father kneels and claps during Father and Daughter Parent DanceBride makes funny face while dancing with dad during wedding reception

Check out more great Father of the bride / Father of the groom moments :)

14Jun

Condor’s Nest Ranch | Allison and Justin

By, June 14, 2016

Recently, Allison and Justin celebrated their lovely outdoor wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, California. This working ranch is tucked away deep in the mountains, and has an authentic rustic style. The property features an assortment of authentic barns, tractors and farm animals, which completes the rural aesthetic.

Bride and Groom kissing in rustic barn on wedding day

Before the ceremony, Allison prepared in the Ranch House, which is located on the property (see below). The room’s country vibe, amplified by the wood tones and antique props, created the perfect contrast to her modern high-neck halter dress from Casablanca Bridal.

Modern bohemian bride in wedding dress by Casablanca Bridal while holding rustic bouquetBride shows off ring to bridesmaids for funny reactionModern Hipster Groom wearing tux from Men's Warehouse poses for photos

The ranch spreads out over 20 acres of property, giving us lots of opportunity to play with the natural landscape. We also made good use of the structures onsite, like in the photo below.

Groom and Groomsmen outside rustic barn

Later on, these cattle stole the spotlight with a classic photobomb of Justin.

Groom poses in front of cattle at rustic outdoor ranch on wedding day

The intimate property sits 1800 ft. above sea level, and overlooks a picturesque valley. To exchange vows, the couple chose the romantic outdoor ceremony site below, featuring breathtaking scenic views.

Wide-angle perspective of bride and groom tying the knot during rustic outdoor wedding ceremony

Allison made her entrance down an aisle of flower petals with Dad by her side (below).

Father walks Bride down flower aisle during wedding ceremonyGroom looks on and smiles after seeing Bride come down aisle during weddingGroom dips Bride during First Kiss at outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking mountains

After the ceremony, we walked with Allison and Justin around the ranch’s vast property. By taking advantage of the rural environment and vintage charm, we were able to showcase a variety of backgrounds in the portrait photos.

Bride and Groom embrace one another after rustic outdoor wedding ceremony during beautiful california sunset on ranchModern Bohemian Bride and Groom pose for photos at rustic ranchRomantic bride and groom look into each other's eyes and touch nosesBride and Groom hold hands and romantically look at one another in rustic greenhouse shed at ranch weddingBride and Groom stand in front of rustic barn door after outdoor ceremonyModern bohemian wedding couple embrace one another before rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at Condor's Nest Ranch in Pala, California.

Allison’s bridesmaids chose alternating dress colors, which added a personalized flair, as well as a vibrant pop of color.

Bohemian modern wedding bridal party outside vintage 76 gas stationBlack and white photo of wedding couple walk with bridal party at rustic ranch

As the day progressed, Allison and Justin invited guests to the ranch’s pool area, which served as the reception site. As you’ll see in the photo below, the festivities were kicked off with a romantic first dance :)

Bride and Groom share romantic First Dance during rustic outdoor wedding reception

During dinner, tables were decorated with mason jars, as well as floral centerpieces mixed with succulents.

Colorful pink, green and white centerpieces during rustic outdoor wedding reception on ranchCustom rustic wicker chairs for bride and groom during outdoor reception

Throughout the night, Allison and Justin incorporated a bohemian twist to their details, and entertained guests with old-school popcorn machines.

Fun and creative vintage popcorn machine during rustic outdoor wedding reception

In addition, there was a delicious dessert table designed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Dessert table with wedding cake, cookies and candy during rustic wedding receptionBride and Groom hold knife and begin to cut cake as guests watch during outdoor wedding receptionBride prepares to toss bouquet during outdoor receptionBride and Groom's ornate diamond rings placed on vintage typewriter at rustic ranch weddingCreative long-exposure of outdoor rustic wedding reception on ranch at night

Vendors

Venue: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals
Wedding Rings: Adiamor (Bride Engagement Band) Its A Little Thing (Bride Wedding Band) & Ben Bridge (Groom)
Makeup: Sunshine Hair Design
Hair Stylist: Sunshine Hair Design
Coordinator: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Officiant: Pastor Glenn Hirashiki
Catering: Dalena’s Catering 2 U
Disc Jockey: Universal Weddings and Events

Check out more romantic moments from Allison and Justin’s rustic outdoor wedding