Robin and Melissa’s wedding was planned at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbook, CA. I had not photographed a wedding there before so we decided to walk the property a couple of weeks before their ceremony. The moment I drove on the property my head was filled with ideas and I knew photographing this wedding was going to be a blast. We walked around the property picking all the best spots for formal photography on their wedding day. With so many beautiful locations on the property we knew we needed a plan to capture the essence of this fun loving couple.
My day started n Melissa’s rooms gathering her wedding dress, jewelry and shoes to take them onsite to photograph. I love finding a beautiful place outside to hang the wedding dress. Then I photographed Melissa and her party finishing getting hair and make-up done. After that was done, Melissa and party walked around checking out the ceremony site so Robin could go into the same room to finish hair and make-up. We had to make sure it was all planned so they wouldn’t see each other. After Robin was done, everyone headed back to the rooms to finish getting ready.
Prior to the wedding we blindfolded both Melissa and Robin and put them back to back on set of stairs to hold hands for a few moments feel their love in their hands one more time before saying I-Do. It was a perfect moment.
Melissa and Robin decided to go with a style/theme that was nerd chic with the colors dark purple and grey. Melissa and her bridesmaids had bouquets made of purple and white Cali lilies. They wanted to incorporate their love for, “nerdy things” as Robin says, like Star Wars, Harry Potter and other “Nerd Fandoms”.
The ceremony began at the unique Antique Bell Tower with a picturesque Rose garden and 30-foot waterfall. Robin walked down an aisle laid with rose petals with her brother as her escort. Robin, the wedding party, and the ringbearer walked down to music from Lord of the Rings. Melissa walked down by her father as escort to music from Pirates of the Caribbean. Officiate Bob was a close friend of theirs, who had a personalized message that also had nerd references in the ceremony. They read their own vows, and after they kissed to being wife and wife they rang the bell in celebration. They exited to music from Star Wars. To keep it classy, this music was all from String quartets. The ceremony was very special because everything that was in it felt like it was Robin and Melissa.
After the ceremony we took family photos at the Antique Bell Tower and then we started working our way through the property for the wedding party photos. I was excited when we were done and I was able to spend time with Melissa and Robin photographing just them two of them as they talked, laughed, kissed and played during their formal photos.
The reception was in a huge tent like area that was very open and had LED lighting which offered the option to add a purple to give it a flare from Melissa and Robin’s color themes. The tables were named after couples in different nerdom, like Leia and Han; and Wesley and Buttercup. Some of the table centerpieces had purple and white rose petals around lanterns; and the others had tall water pieces with branches, white carnations/baby's breath and candles floating in water at the base.
The sweetheart table, guest setting cards, and the cake topper had a Harry Potter theme. The sweetheart table had the words 'Always" in front which is a reference from Harry Potter; and a word that Melissa and Robin frequently use to each other for their love for one another. Even the champagne and wine glasses had Harry Potter quotes on theme.
The cake topper was made to look Robin and Melissa dressed as their Hogwarts assigned houses. The cake table had pictures of Robin and Melissa from the many years of Robin smashing cake in Melissa's face during her birthday. The reception was truly unique and special because every detail that was added was reflecting Robin and Melissa and the things they both love. Robin and Melissa love Bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cake. Therefore decided to go with Buntinis, to allow their guests to pick whatever flavor they wanted through the night.
The gift to guests was Baggies filled with purple, white and grey soaps to represent the color scheme in star wars shapes. The shapes were Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and R2D2. The baggy also had a note that said, "May the force be with you. Thank you for attending our wedding October 22, 2016.” They also got free pictured in the photo booth, offered by Accent Weddings; my favorite company to work with for DJ and Photobooth.
This wedding was truly unique and special because every detail that was added to the ceremony and the reception was reflecting Robin and Melissa, and the things they both love. They are, indeed, a perfect match, and I am just bursting with joy that I get to document their love.
Robin and Melissa, I just love the way you light one another up and make one another shine. You are truly adorable and wonderful, and I a so thrilled that Rob and I were able to be apart of this journey with you! Cheers to many decades of love and happiness!
RECEPTION/CEREMONY VENUE: Pala Mesa Resort
FLORIST: Denise Shadle from Flowers Over Time
CAKE ARTIST: Nothing Bundt Cake
DJ: Accent Weddings
HAIR ARTIST: Lisa Ramirez
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: David's bridal
DESIGNER WOMEN’S SUIT: Express
TUXES: Men's Warehouse
BRIDAL GOWN: Brides by Demetrio
I first met Robin and Melissa while I was photographing the welcome table at Lisa and Angel’s wedding. They were so bubbly and happy when I met them; therefore I was thrilled when Lisa referred them to me to be their wedding photographer.
Robin and Melissa first met in Santa Cruz, California in the Capitola mall. This was in 2005 when Robin was 18 and Melissa was 17. Robin worked at No Fear and Melissa worked in the Disney Store. One of Robin's friends and then co-workers introduced her to Melissa. That night they went to a midnight movie and saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail. From there they became friends. In 2008 Robin moved to San Diego to live with Melissa and some friends. Their friendship continued to get closer until they realized they had feelings that were more than friendship and started dating.
In August 2015, Robin proposed to Melissa in their house privately. Robin bought two-dozen roses. The first dozen she cut up petals and scattered them throughout the house. The second dozen she attached pictures of their relationship starting from their friendship to their budding relationship. She laid the flowers in a timeline to the room; and placed candles through out the house. In the room she put rose petals and pictures on the bed and played the City and Colour song "We found each other in the dark." When Melissa came in the house she was led into the room by the pictures and Robin explained what Melissa had meant to her and how much she loved her; and then Robin got on one knee and proposed. Melissa most definitely said YES!
Robin and Melissa are truly perfect together. I just love watching them as a couple. They make one another shine when they walk in the room. Melissa has a permanent glow to her, she makes everyone smile, especially Robin. Robin loves to make Melissa happy and I could tell that during the entire wedding process. She told me all the ideas Melissa had for her wedding day, and it was our goal to make it perfect for her.
Robin and Melissa chose to have their afternoon engagement session at Pirate Tower in Laguna Beach, which you have to be able to cross a good path of rocks, which may or may not be wet from the high tide. Normally this was be no issue for this photographer, but this time was different, at that is I was 35 weeks pregnant with my first child. Luckily for extra support my sweet husband joined me to help me across the rocks. All I can say is it was worth it! It was the prefect day with beautiful weather and a very happy couple.
This was a fun summer engagement photography session in two locations. The first location was at Presidio Park in Mission Valley, and then we went to Wind and Sea Beach in La Jolla. I loved the photographs I took of them on the beach and playing in the ocean.
Lisa and Angel met in September 2013. Angel was working for Lisa’s mother and he offered to be Lisa’s personal trainer in preparation for the police academy. They have been together ever since. Seven months later they went to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate Lisa’s birthday. On the last day of their trip they took a boat to Lover’s Beach where Angel proposed and their friends recorded his proposal on video.
Lisa and Angel are a fun-loving couple who like to laugh and play. They are a couple that when you look at them you can see the love they have for each other radiate. I wish for laughter, and joy, and down-to-earth couples with big hearts for the people in their lives. This is Lisa and Angel!
Lisa and Angel’s wedding was an absolutely breathtaking wedding at Bella Terrace Estates, a horse ranch, in Jamul, CA. The estate overlooked mountains and rolling hills everywhere the eye could see. When I arrived at the property I knew it was going to be a fun day filled will fun ideas, and horses.
Bella Terrace Estates converted the garage to a room for Lisa to get hair and make-up done. The guys got ready in a guesthouse on the lower half of the property. Lisa was surrounded with so much love from her girls and her mother and in-law’s to be and While they were with her she was given a gift from Angel; a watch with a letter to her. I’m pretty sure her heart was exploding with gratitude at this point, because mine sure was and I was just overwhelmed with the love that was felt in that room. Then it was time to get her dressed and ready to walk down the aisle. While Lisa’s mom and bridesmaids all made sure to help her get ready in those final moments, the groomsmen hung out playing a little Billiards before the ceremony began. Rob had a fun time capturing the groomsmen in a relaxed state.
The ceremony overlooked the mountains and rolling hills. I remember Angel’s face when Lisa walked down the aisle. First it was a look for excitement waiting for her to turn to come down the aisle. Then I saw his breath being taken away and tears of happiness as he saw his beautiful bride walking towards him. After the ceremony we took family photos in front of a beautiful wood door. Then we took the wedding party photos in an area where horses train. They entire bridal party was fun to work with as they laughed and played during the photo session. Then men all wore hero T-shirts under their tuxes and did a hero pose for us.
Then it was time for the bride and groom portraits! When I was working with Lisa and Angel, we had the opportunity to capture a beautiful photo of them kissing in the horse barn before the sun completely set, and capture photos of them with a stunning horse on the property. The photographs are beautiful as the couple and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
As the sun was saying goodbye, the entered there reception located outside under the beautiful September sky. They had a dance floor filled with people having fun, an elegant three-tier wedding cake; and for the guest - the hangover kits with Advil, band-aids and mints for the adults, and hot chocolate in tubes with and without marshmallows for the kids. It was truly a perfect day! Lisa and Angel are completely made for one another.
Lisa and Angel, your wedding day was perfect! I am so beyond happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next big adventure. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. I hope this new adventure together gets better each and every day. Your joy is contagious and I absolutely loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness!
RECEPTION/CEREMONY VENUE: Bella Terrace Estates
DJ: The DJ Guy
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: Forever 21
TUXES: Men’s Warehouse
BRIDAL GOWN: David’s Bridal
It was a gorgeous sunny day out on the Coronado Central Beach. Family and Friends waited as the Bridal Party came down the beach, with the beautiful Emily and her father following behind. Emily was wearing a long flowing veil that elegantly blew in the wind behind her as she walked towards her groom. Thor was smiling so bright, you could see the excitement and anticipation as his bride walked towards him. This was the day he wanted to be perfect for her, and he made it the perfect day.
After the ceremony, we took the family and bridal party to take photographs in the sand along the Coronado beach, and then we finished up the photographs in downtown San Diego. The idea was to capture a beach theme and an urban theme, which I feel we successfully achieved. Then they joined their friends and family at The Ultimate Skybox over looking Petco Park and enjoying an amazing sunset overlooking the Coronado Bridge. It was such a fun wedding with a great couple. I am so lucky that we were able to be apart of Emily and Thor’s special day!