sjb-1The very first wedding I ever photographed was for a “Shelby and Jon” so it seems fitting that one of my last weddings as a San Diego resident would also be a “Shelby and Jon” wedding.

Shelby and Jon had a very simple wedding back in early June that they dubbed as a “Jewish lite” event. They asked that we take a photojournalistic approach (minimize the portraits guys) as they tied the knot in a very relaxed and family-filled way. It was a very sweet and joyous day with a lot of personal moments, a really adorable dog named “Squirrel” and some surprising snafus that made it seriously hard to choose just a few snaps for their preview.

A lot of their day was comprised of around-the-corner private moments and simple group shots that have no place in a blog like this one, so I’ve left them out. They didn’t really have a “first look” per-se and they didn’t really have any of the traditional reception events, so this blog post consists mostly of the shots I really loved in order of time they were taken… Why post a blog like this one? Because it made me smile.

Friends and Family,

Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel’s Parents

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I have to say that I’m going to miss photographing weddings in So. Cal… It’s not that I’m going to stop photographing weddings but that California weddings have an extra sense of fun and excitement in them that I rarely find anywhere else. I’m going to miss couples looking at me and saying, “just document the day as you see it, there’s no timeline.” That truly relaxed and vehemently San Diego way of being, I’m really going to miss it all.

So, aside from that I am desperately plugging away at bits and pieces here and there. It’s been super hard getting it all done but I hope the random blog posts and sincere gratitude help with the whole being-patient-with-me thing. Know that I am grateful <3

Much love to you!

Kelley

Shelby and Jon were married at The Martin Johnson House on the campus of UCSD

Dress: BHLDN

Photobooth: Pixster

aawb-1It’s been a minute since we’ve posted a blog, it’s been a little busy around these parts. Happy busy, but still a little too busy to keep up with the blog. So, because we’ve been so MIA, we wanted to share this gorgeous Heritage Park wedding as our return to the blog-o-verse! One of our absolute favorites so far, Alicia and Andy had the perfect little quaint outdoor event in Old Town San Diego full to the brim with emotional moments and adorable details.

Please enjoy Mr. and Mrs. Wood’s wedding

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Best Maid of Honor EVER!

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The girls made their own bouquets for this wedding!

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It was just a really beautiful day with lots of really beautiful moments. A huge thank you to everyone that welcomed us into the family, we really enjoyed spending the day with all of you…

But especially Alicia and Andy.

Congratulations lovebirds.

Kelley & Brian

Venue: Heritage Park in Old Town San Diego, CA

Dress: Nicole Miller

Sweater: J.Crew

Dress bustle: Bridal MD

Video: Tony Rey Films

Catering: La Taquiza

  • Alicia Wood

    Kelley and her 2nd photographer (and brother) Brian are absolutely amazing, so professional and incredibly fun!! I can’t imagine our day without you two!! I will be recommending studio sequoia to everyone!!ReplyCancel

cewb-1This couple wanted a smaller, more affordable wedding in their hometown of San Diego, California. So they opted for a lovely garden wedding at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, California where the beer flowed freely and the hugs were just as genuine.

Perfectly coordinated by Day of Love; dazzlingly adorned by their sister company, Branches. This gorgeous wedding shines as one of the best Stone Brewery weddings we’ve ever photographed.

Friends, please enjoy this beautiful brewery wedding.

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I hope this finds all of you happy and ready for the week!

ssb-1So… funny story. Saba and Sirak were sent to me by some of my favorite clients, Jenna and Cameron; but I didn’t know it.

So we’re tooling around Balboa Park together, it’s our first time actually hanging out… and I’m just having a blast! We’re dancing and joking and talking about the park (because, little known fact, I have my degree in Art History and used to work in Balboa Park before I traded that job for the one I have now), all the things I really just love about my job…. and the pictures were wonderful and genuine and I’m just thanking the universe for such an awesome couple.

Later I post a sneak to Instagram and, low and behold who should comment? Jenna! This is how I found out out Saba and Sirak found me! Now I’m even MORE excited!!! Wedding is on April 7th friends!!!! I just cannot wait.

Until then, here’s their magical engagement session at Balboa Park.

Enjoy!

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Thank you Saba and Sirak for a really lovely afternoon, I can’t wait for your wedding day!!!

Kelley

enb-1Last May we had the absolute honor to photograph this truly beautiful wedding day held at Heritage Park in Old Town San Diego. The Jacarandas were in full bloom, our favorite coordinator was on duty with us, the sky was as clear as crystal… And with the most blissfully in love couple at the helm, we really could not have asked for a better wedding to photograph.

Friends, enjoy your Monday with this amazing love story.

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I hope this post finds everyone enjoy the start to this week and for everyone on spring break, have an exciting time off!

Kelley

Dressing Venue for bride: The Layfayette Hotel

Wedding Venue: Heritage Park in Old Town San Diego

Coordinated by the fabulous Robyn at Holly Kalkin Weddings

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The Moller Family is another one of the many families we had book us for our Holiday Special this past December and their photos came out so good, I had to share them. Their adorable children were so incredibly well behaved, mom came out in the most perfect pink skirt (I really want one), the weather was wonderfully diffused and we all just had a great time on the cliffs. The results were as excellent as the afternoon! Hopefully I get to photograph this beautiful family again this year.

Friends and family,

The Mollers

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Have a happy Hump Day everyone!

Kelley

new-34Nicole and Earnest were married on a fairly gray Saturday afternoon in late May of last year at the Marina Village. The air was cool and the company was truly excited to see these two tie the knot, tears were welling up long before Nicole even left for the Marina.

Married on the South Lawn and received in the Spinnaker Room, Nicole and Earnest decorated the space with lovely pastels and lots of wild flowers. A very lovely wedding for a truly lovely couple!

Coming up on their first wedding anniversary soon, let’s all throw some joy and happiness at these beautiful humans.

Friends,

Nicole and Earnest.

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Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Kelley

Getting ready site: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Wedding Venue: San Diego’s Marina Village

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Ceremony: Bayview Park

Reception: Il Fornaio

Dress: David’s Bridal

Cake, flowers, favors, and pretty much anything else you see here was made with love by Geoff’s very talented mother and aunt.

Happy Wedding Wednesday to all those planning couples out there!

Kelley

tsfb-2I met Lindsay and her lovely family (of three back then!) through my parent’s church group in Rancho Penasquitos. My parents thought it would be good for us to meet because our daughters are about the same age and are both in the Rady Children’s Hospital Network. Well, the girls enjoyed their time together immensely and Lindsay and I made all these plans to get them back together for another playdate… Sadly our schedules are so insanely different that it wasn’t until The Smiths had their second baby, Christopher, we were able to meet up again for this family photoshoot in Old Town San Diego.

It was a perfectly gorgeous day with a fantastically fun family! The sun was warm but not too hot, the kids were happy and the courtyard outside the Whaley House was absolutely bare. It was a lovely little morning with my friends! I miss you guys! We need to hang out again soon.

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Well it’s off to another week in the sun for me! I hope you are all happy and healthy as you make your way through today.

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

eab-6Esther and Alphonso were married on a Thursday at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club in Coronado, Ca. It was a bright and sunny day filled with clear skies and happy faces, a wonderful day to just sit and enjoy two people profess their love for each other. Lots and lots of laughter… I can’t really emphasize this enough, but I’m sure the photos will tell that story on their own.

We had the awesome opportunity to work this wedding with the lovely Selina Rose Wedding Coordination, a superbly supportive coordinator that I highly recommend checking out if you still haven’t found one yet.

Friends,

Esther and Alphonso

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Esther wore her mother’s wedding dress for the ceremony

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Gondola ride provide by the Gondola Company of Coronado

eab-100The whole day was just a whirlwind of activity, I don’t think I sat for the entire 8 hours! It was such fun and Esther was the most beautiful bride… What a day! Can we do it again?

Just a few more dates left in our 2017 calendar!!! Hopefully we will have the chance to photograph your wedding next <3

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone!

Kelley

mmb-4Almost 2 years ago now I met Molly and Greg at Justin and Sara’s wedding and immediately I was practically stuffing business cards in her pockets hoping that, when the time eventually came, we could photograph their engagement. So imagine the level of happy screaming that came on the day Molly told me they got engaged and we were being hired for the photography and videography… I think for a few moments, only dogs could hear me.

Now, here we are, 6 months away from the big day and I just had to share a few snaps from their absolutely lovely Downtown Orange engagement session…

Ladies and Gents,

Molly & Greg

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I hope this is finding everyone out there happy and healthy and ready for the steady roll back down the hill towards the weekend.

Happy Hump Day all!!!

Kelley