Heather + Ryan's Boho Beach Soirée

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Heather + Ryan's Boho Beach Soirée

YOU GUYS! You guys! You. Guys. Listen up, because this wedding gave me all the feels. Not only are Heather and Ryan wonderful friends of mine, but their day was INCREDIBLE!  They really just wanted a fun day with their closest family and friends, and boy...did they succeed! 

Heather and Ryan tied the knot on September 9th, or as Heather calls it, "the best day evaaaa!" It could not have been a more perfect day.  They got ready at the Catamaran Resort which fit their boho-tropical theme so well! I loved exploring the grounds, and finding little hidden gems that made great photo ops. 

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Getting ready was such a fun and actually relaxing part of the day. Not only is Heather my friend, but a lot of her bridesmaids are my friends too, so it was just like a big brunch date catching up with my gal pals.

I need a pair of those socks for myself! 

I need a pair of those socks for myself! 

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I'm gonna tell you a little secret...I am REALLY bad with names in real life. I can tell you that obscure character's name from Game of Thrones and how he's connected to all the main people, or a Harry Potter character I've read once, but when it comes to real life, I'm just the worst, haha!  I think these guys knew I was bad with names, because they introduced themselves with nicknames like "Hammer" and "Dragon." How could I forget names like that?? 

The flower girl, Ellie, is Heather's niece and just the CUTEST EVER. I hope they recreate this photo at Ellie's wedding one day. Hahah! 

The flower girl, Ellie, is Heather's niece and just the CUTEST EVER. I hope they recreate this photo at Ellie's wedding one day. Hahah! 

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. First looks are EVERYTHING. They are my absolute favorite. There are just so many good good things about them. 

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Heather and Ryan are #relationshipgoals.  They have their priorities in order. Checking out each other's booties. 

Heather and Ryan are #relationshipgoals.  They have their priorities in order. Checking out each other's booties. 

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Their ceremony and reception was at the Del Mar Powerhouse right on the beach with amazing views of the ocean as the backdrop for their amazing day. Their whole day was about family and friends coming together to celebrate their love, and what better way than to have one of Heather's oldest friends from middle school marry them! 

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Close friend, Price, marries Heather and Ryan.

Close friend, Price, marries Heather and Ryan.

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The florals were crazy beautiful!

The florals were crazy beautiful!

One perk of having a first look is that you get to enjoy your cocktail hour! Especially if you're planning to sneak away for some sunset photos like we did. (Keep scrolling to see the gorgeousness). 

The decor at their wedding was AH-mazing! 

The decor at their wedding was AH-mazing! 

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Take notes gentlemen! Ryan's best man, Brian, kept a beer glass from the first night they met and bonded over football and beer because he KNEW he would gift it to Ryan on his wedding day. How crazy is that?! I cry a lot at weddings, but bromances like these just make me lose it. 

The way Ryan is looking at Heather is what we all want. AM I RIGHT?

The way Ryan is looking at Heather is what we all want. AM I RIGHT?

We snuck off after dinner to catch the sunset, and it was EPIC. If I could just make a blog post about all the sunset photos I would, but that would probably get really boring for y'all. 

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Then it was time to cut the cake and get the party really started!!

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No shortage of dancing shenanigans at this wedding!

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Thank you Heather and Ryan for choosing me to share and capture your "best day evaaaa!" 

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Visit their full wedding gallery to see more from Heather and Ryan's wedding!

 

Vendors

Venue|  Del Mar Powerhouse

Wedding Coordinator| Robyn Schellenberg -   Holly Kalkin Weddings

Florist |  Sage Sisters

Cake Artist |  Kona Kakes

Band/DJ|  Ryan Brolliar Music; DJ Productions

Hair and Makeup Artist|  Jason Tsunoda  @jayballin1376

Wedding Gown|  Somsi Couture

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Amanda + Ethan's Secret Garden Wedding | Carlsbad, CA

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Amanda + Ethan's Secret Garden Wedding | Carlsbad, CA

Amanda and Ethan (and their adorable daughter, Jade) celebrated their amazing love with close family and friends in an intimate backyard wedding. They worked tirelessly to transform Ethan's childhood home into a secret garden for their big day. And it blew my mind!! Surrounded by lush greenery, and fragrant english roses they said their vows beneath a magnificent magnolia tree. 

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All the feels!

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I was legit ugly crying when Ethan saw his daughter, Jade, coming down the aisle. I'm a community crier, so when I saw Ethan had lost it, I knew I was a goner! Not a dry eye in the crowd! You'd think I'd learn to pack some tissues by now.

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Seriously, can't get enough of these florals. All the heart eye emojis!!

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Thank you Amanda and Ethan! I truly wish you all the best!

Coordinator: Rachel Weinshanker, San Diego Life Events 

Assisted by: Melissa Gutierrez, San Diego Life Events 

Cake Artist: Daisy's Amazing Cakes

Caterer: Bekker's Catering

DJ: Mitch, Dancing DJ Productions

Floral Artist: Flowers of Point Loma

Hair & Makeup: Alyssa Plaat, Paperdoll Salon 

Officiant: Michael Danielson 

Photographer: Cate Batchelor Photography

Rentals: Deluxe Party Rentals

Venue: Private Residence in Carlsbad, CA

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Zoë + Dave | Engaged | Neve Tzedek | Tel-Aviv | Israel

Zoë and Dave hold a special place in my heart, because well...Zoë is my seeeeeester and Dave is my soon-to-be bro-in-law! YAY!  They have been living in Israel for the last two years while Dave completed his Fulbright Scholarship. I've (obviously) known them since the beginning of their relationship and have watched them endure long-distance like champs, as well as witness their unwavering support and commitment through some dire situations.  Their laughter together is contagious, and it truly warms my heart to see her so happy. I can't wait to celebrate their wedding next year and be the annoying sister who lives next door. What boundaries, am I right??

They gave me free reign to pretty much shoot wherever I wanted for their engagement photos. I know she's related to me and all, but when couples can let go of how they think their photos "should" look, they end up having so much more fun and really getting images that capture who they are together. 

I absolutely loved their little apartment in Tel-Aviv so I wanted to capture it's delightful, minimalistic atmosphere for them to remember.  I know they grew to love it and their life there together, so I wanted to document a little slice of it before heading out into the city. 

Neve Tzedek is the picturesque little neighborhood we explored for the rest of the evening. Each street and side street with their own quaint personalities. Colorful window shutters, climbing vines, and cobbled streets. 

I just loved this photo series. 

I just loved this photo series. 

Not only did I have an amazing time exploring the country with you, but your engagement session couldn't have gone better! I can't thank you both enough for letting me stay with you in Israel, and sharing this amazing city with me! I know Zoë and I are already planning the next time we will be back to visit!

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