San Diego Wedding Photographer

Pamela and Matt were wed last weekend at the Sheraton Carlsbad resort on a warm September afternoon, with planning help from Aimee Betz, flowers by Moments in Bloom, makeup by Gale Alexander and hair by Penny Anderson, cake designed by Vi Pham, stationary designs by Fab Unique Designs, and the party whipped into shape by DJ Dennis Jones!dress and flower girl shoesgroomring pictureflower girl hairstylingflower girl feetcalla lilliespeeking out windowseated bridesceneryImage by Mattreclining bridecrazy bridal partyThe mustache is made from "wax candy" and was brought to keep the flower girl occupiedtogetherbridesmaidsgroom and ring bearerThe flower girl decided to empty her basket prior to walking down the aislemarryinggreeting the brideshushbridal party picturegroomsmenPamelaorange county weddingfirst dance, coupleduring the toastsAfter the best man's toastImage by MattBride at the WindowImages by MattBusting out the wax candy for a little dance floor fun!

Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer

Christine and Jess are musicians with the Air Force band, so any official government function you ever see on television with a band or orchestra/quartet performing, look for them!  They live in D.C. but decided to get married on the sunny California coast during an deliciously warm Memorial Day weekend.

bride coutureChristine's hair was styled by Sayde Jammal from Toni & Guy, and her makeup was by one of my favorite artists, Jessica Edwards!

Bride and Groom

ring bearerImage by Matt

bridesmaidsChristine and Jess opted to see each other before the ceremony at their 'home base' for the day: The Shorebreak Hotel.


asian brideLOVE all the color and light at this hotel!

bridal party


bridal fashionChristine's dress is a silk piece from JCrew and her shoes are Aldo "Bradeen"s in gray.

bride at shorebreak hotelCutest flower girl ever.

church ceremonyThe couple were wed at Christine's church from her childhood, Korean First Presbyterian Church in Westminster, CA


mixed couple wedding

mischiefI don't know what's going on, but this kid's face has mischief written all over it.

brass bandChristine and Jess had a brass band for ceremony accompaniment.  Image by Matt.



bowThere was lots of bowing in accordance with Korean tradition


ceremonyDirectly following the ceremony there was a traditional Korean ceremony. (R) Image by Matt

korean ceremonyI think Christine's mother might be a teensy, tiny bit excited about this wedding?



grandmaLOVE this image by Matt!

bridal party crazy


orange county ringsImage by Matt

barFollowing the wedding there was an after-party at one of my favorite restaurants, Twenty-Five Degrees.




hurrahParty all night, ya'll!

Tuesday w/ the Pros: Rachel Coffin

Tuesday with the Pros is an ongoing blog series featuring experts in the wedding and event industry. Today’s authority is Rachel Coffin, catering sales manager at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA.Rachel LI: What is your job like?Rachel: I do corporate and social events and handle many wedding occasions here at Laguna Cliffs.LI: What is it that makes this resort unique among other event venues in Southern California?Rachel: Aside from our fantastic view?  Well, we're a Marriott, for for clientele who want to use their Marriott points, or want the level of comfort that they're accustomed to at a Marriott, they can be assured that they'll receive that here.  At the same time, we are also a franchise and therefore given the authority by Marriott to stretch our legs a little, which allows us to have this beautiful resort atmosphere but still furnish Marriott rewards points and service at a familiar Marriott standard.

Laguna Cliffs resort

LI: How did you become involved with the event team here at the resort?Rachel: I used to work at a trade show technology company and while I loved doing events and tradeshows, I really hated technology.  So it was time for a change...I started revisiting the hotels that I'd worked with as a trade show event specialist and talking with the staff and was eventually fortunate enough to be hired on as an event specialist here!LI: What are some of your favorite things about being a catering manager here?Rachel: Working with people, not being stuck in a cubicle all day...and I get to meet all different types of people and hear all these interesting stories!LI: Do you work exclusively with brides?Rachel: No, we have a pretty fair mixture here.  I work with wedding clientes as well as associations and businesses who host awards, parties, and fundraisers here.LI: What do you think would be a dream event to host here?Rachel: A themed, outdoor dinner party would be fun. Something where we get to exercise our creative idea muscles and stray from traditional concepts about what a party should be like and focus on how different and interesting it could be.LI: What do you recommend to the wedding couples or corporate clientele out there who are looking to save some money on their event?Rachel: Use sites like eBay, Craigslist, and Etsy to your FULL advantage.  You'll want to be careful because some things like photography and wedding attire are probably best left up to thoroughly-researched professionals and NOT uber-cheap Craigslisters, but many details like invitations, jewelry, hairpieces, etc you can buy unique, and high quality items online without totally breaking your bank.  You also don't have to do favors at favors are old-fashioned, unappreciated by most guests, and the money could be put towards so many other things for the event instead.LI: Are there any exciting events coming up here at Laguna Cliffs?Rachel: We're hosting a joint Chamber of Commerce event here soon, and in June we're doing an event for the Ocean Institute of Dana Point.Laguna Cliffs ballroomsLI: What would your professional advice be a festive, stress-free event?Rachel: Just let go and enjoy your day.  You don't have to be SO involved that you're detached from the moments you should really be savoring or enjoying---hire true professionals and let them handle it!  Let go of the reins on the day of the event, and understand that not everything is going to be EXACTLY as planned, either. Just remember that the calmer you are the more smoothly everything will run regardless of what snags we might hit.  It's all about focusing on the importance of the fact that this is the day that you're finally getting married, not how late your ceremony is starting or whether the ring bearer pillow was forgotten at home!  Because that is all trivial in comparison to the big, lifelong step you are about to take with your fiancée!For more on Rachel and the Laguna Cliffs Resort, visit:The Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa official website.Laguna Cliffs' official Facebook pageLaguna Cliffs on Twitter

Wilson Creek Winery wedding

Lindsey & Harvey risked cold February weather getting married out underneath heavy rainclouds in Temecula, but I personally could not be any happier with the photos we got that day.  Amazing light and location.  Special thanks to Su-Lin at Wilson Creek Winery, tunes-master DJ Fast, and Country Splendor Flowers & Gifts.applying makeup and hairshoes

lipslindsey blondeLindsey sadly had a cold, but the good news is you TOTALLY can't tell! She powered some Dayquil and was a real trooper!

lindsey bridegroomsmenHer man Harvey.  Groomsmen photo by Matt, who has shown real talent in groomsmen posing. I think he's even better than I am at it!

first-lookLindsey & Harvey's first glimpse of each other.  I'm so glad they decided to see each other before the ceremony and do as many pictures as possible while there was still daylight!

bridal partyI think this bridal party needs a theme song.

bride and groom


stairway smooch

champagneWilson Creek's signature almond champagne...highly recommend.

ceremonyImage by Matt

wine mixingkissmarriedkissy

light heart

barrel roomThe reception was in the barrel room

receptionLindsey & Harvey shared some petit fours with their guests instead of wedding cake...cuuuuuute!

partyHarvey really loves to party!

Fire update and Museumr!

Thanks to everyone for all their support!!

It's slow but sure progress; many of the fires here in SoCal haven't yet been completely contained, but most of the evacuation orders have been lifted and people are returning home, if their homes are still there. In most cases, they still are. My family and I have not been directly affected, luckily, but I'm still immensely touched by the outpouring of support from other states, especially those that flew in their own firefighters from as far away as North Carolina! I heard that even Mexican firefighters were welcomed in...but they had to leave when some fires whipped up on their side of the border, too! If you'd like to help, here's a great list of organizations that are helping out.

I was so happy to see that the evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego didn't suffer as badly as the Hurricane Katrina victims did in Houston, I know that was a big concern. In fact, I'm impressed all around at the response to these fires, from the dedication of the firefighters to the concern of the rest of the nation...I'm not saying that this whole week went off without a hitch but with the minimal number of casualties, I think we must have been well prepared :)

If you haven't already heard, the Santiago Fire (the one near me) has been determined as one of several arson fires started this week, which is not surprising considering California's current dismal real estate market. Let's hope we catch these sickos!

Personally, I'm getting tired of breathing smoky haze all day, it's beginning to really mess with my allergies. What I wouldn't give for a little rain to clear this air (and maybe put out some fires)!!

On a lighter note, have you seen THIS:

...hahaha, it's Museumr, an awesome little script that can insert your photo into a museum exhibit! I always knew it was a work of art...



Sad to say such a beautiful sunset is being caused by something so destructive.(the texture in the sky is my window screen, I just popped off this shot through my window).I'm not affected, the big fire(s) are north of me, up in Malibu. But we are seeing a lot of smoke from other, less-newsworthy surrounding fires. That's the scene when you live in a desert during fire season...