Jordyn & Taylor // Idyllwild
When we first met Jordyn and Taylor, they shared the details of how they met, began dating and ultimately got engaged. The story of their engagement had us picking our jaws up off the floor. Taylor is an incredibly talented sketch artist so it was no big deal when he brought his sketching pads and pens on a family trip to Idyllwild (an annual family tradition). One afternoon, he asked Jordyn to head out for a hike to get some fresh air and spend some time sketching landscapes. Little did Jordyn know, he had more than just pens and paper in his sketch kit. On top of a mountain, all alone, they looked out at the beautiful landscape as he sketched the scene in front of them. After he was finished, he got down on one knee and asked Jordyn to marry him. She said yes (of course) and they now have this amazing piece of art to to remind them of where it all began. Flash forward six months, and here we are, back at Idyllwild for their engagement session. It was an amazing weekend for all of us, getting away from the hustle and bustle and enjoying some quiet time in the mountains. They stayed at their favorite spot in Idyllwild, Silver Pines Lodge (an awesome little cozy hotel) for a little weekend getaway and we were lucky enough to be there to shoot their engagement session. These two have our hearts in more ways than one and we are so excited to be a part of their wedding this fall. Love you guys. xo.
Kelly & Matt // Ultimate Skybox
Remember when we shot this insanely awesome urban, downtown engagement session last year? Over the past few months we have had a chance to get to know these two even more and we cannot say enough wonderful things about them. Their wedding day was filled with an incredible group of family and friends, not to mention a dream team of vendors that included their coordinator Louisa Llanes with Creative Affairs, Floral design by Lulamae Flowers and DJ Chris Mowery with Just Dance Events that was turning out tunes and keeping the dance floor moving all night! With amazing views of downtown and Petco Park, The Ultimate Skybox is one of our all time favorite venues and that made the day that much more amazing. Thanks Kelly and Matt for sharing your special day with us. Coordinator: Louisa Llanes Creative Affairs (619) 925-6113 www.creativeaffairsinc.com Ceremony Location: The Ultimate Skybox WWW.theultimateskybox.com DJ: Chris Mowery Just Dance Events (661) 993-2920 www.justdanceevents.com Florist: Kat Kelly Lulumae Flowers (760) 707-3616 www.lulamaeflowers.com Caterer: Jennifer Layne Coast Catering (877) 577-1718 cateringbybarry.com
Nicole & Jason // The Condor’s Nest Ranch
Last year, we had the good fortune of being able to shoot for some insanely talented and creative couples. Nicole and Jason are a prime example and all of their efforts that went into styling this incredible bohemian wedding at The Condor's Nest Ranch paid off in spades. Their wedding was unique for us in that we were working with an entirely new team of wedding professionals, all of whom blew our minds. Thank you to everyone that came together to help make Nicole and Jason's wedding the amazing day that it was.
Exquisite Weddings Launch Party
This past week, we were asked by the team at Exquisite Weddings Magazine to photograph their 2014 Fall Launch Party. This party (which always draws an amazing crowd of vendors and brides) was flawless across the board. Held at the gorgeous Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, the event brought out some awesome vendors like My Girls on Film Studios, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., Couture Events and Mobile Photobooth just to name a few. It was an honor to be there to cover the event and party with some of our most favorite people in the industry.
The modern groom
April's Bride Guide
This one is for the guys. Yes, I'll admit it, when I started writing these blog posts, I wanted them to be focused solely on advice for brides. However, we have so many devilishly handsome grooms, with impeccable taste, that we thought we would (with Joey's help) offer up some advice for you grooms out there.
With the evolution of terms like "modern fit" and "slim fit" there is no reason that any groom should be faced with a baggy suiting scenario on his wedding day. Although there are many options to rent suits or tuxedos for your big day, we highly recommend splurging to purchase whatever it is that you plan to wear on your wedding day. You'll be hard pressed to find a better excuse to look dapper than your own wedding. There are plenty of affordable options to buy vs. rent right now. Websites like Combatant Gentlemen offer insanely affordable options for purchasing high quality suits and tuxedos at rental prices. Most grooms pretend not to care about things like fashion, but our grooms do and we are grateful for that. Here are a few recent groom suiting options that were outside the box and flawless across the board.
Also, if you want some all around awesome manly wedding advice like "how to make a toast" or "how to fold a pocket square", hop on over to the Combatant Gentlemen blog and get schooled. It will serve you well. Promise.