Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to the heart of San Diego to photograph the beautiful wedding of Skylar + AJ (remember their fab engagement session?!). The wedding was held in AJ’s parent’s amazing, amazing, amazing home in the Banker’s Hill area. And the day was coordinated to perfection by Rachel of Plan It San Diego. Skylar had shared a *fabulous* power point presentation of wedding inspiration that she had showed me when she first booked me, and I have to say it all came together just as she had envisioned! There were so many thoughtful and stunning details to the day– from the bride’s little white Amsale dress to her Kate Spade shoes, from the lavish dessert spread to the make-your-own-smores station for a midnight snack, from the hanging pom-poms to the clustered garden style floral arrangements. It was stunning and everything I LOVE to photograph. A dream wedding indeed.
But truthfully this day was a dream come true because two people came together and committed their lives to each other in front of all their friends and family. AJ’s mom had said she had wanted Skylar to be apart of her family from the moment the two met, and she was delighted the day was finally here. AJ shed tears during his sweet and genuine vows. And Skylar was so overjoyed that all these years after spotting the man of her dreams she was finally getting to marry him.
You see, AJ + Skylar met in high school. They were both part of the young Democrats club. Skylar noticed AJ immediately and AJ noticed her back. But he was a little shy. They became friends and when the school year ended, and it was time for Skylar to graduate, she made sure to leave her number in AJ’s yearbook. He didn’t call. He was shy! Later, these two reconnected when they were both living in New York. Again, Skylar made sure to give AJ her number. Eventually, AJ braved up enough to call Skylar and ask her on a date… and the rest is history!
Skylar + AJ’s wedding was so full of love, family, and warmth that it was infectious. I cannot express how much I appreciate their generosity and the generosity of their families! They treated myself and my AJ (who second shot this with me) like we were their guests, no, their family, and invited us into their inner circle. I truly felt surrounded by love the entire day and it makes the pictures even more special to me! I hope you enjoy…
So, how gorgeous is Skylar’s bouquet and how amazing is her ring?!! And then, don’t even get me started on her FABULOUS Kate Spade shoes!!! AHHHH!
A moment from their First Look… brings tears to my eyes just reliving this moment through the photo!
We then headed over to Spruce Bridge for some FIERCE-TACULAR portraits. Yes, I did just make up the word fiercetacular. Snap!
Are these two SUPER STARS or what?! Shine on SkyJ, shine on!
Skylar, my love, you are STUNNING!!!! I can’t even handle it!
Okay Skylar you are the QUEEN! Seriously gorgeous, darling!
My husband AJ took this next photo! It’s a beauty!! I am a proud + lucky wifey!
La-la-la-LOVE! The purple socks were a suave touch AJ!!!
One more… because these two just rocked my camera so xcore!!!
The ceremony! Ah! It! Was! Lovely!!!! I loved that Skylar + AJ wrote it themselves, mixing in Jewish traditions (which is AJ’s heritage). They were married under AJ’s family chuppah. Key family members held it up, and both the parent’s of the bride + groom sat underneath it. It was heartwarming!!
This photo from the grand entrance kills me!! Seriously, LOVE! Oh and my AJ took it. He’s a keeper, that man I married.
The reception details were killer!!! Loved the floral clusters which sat on lounge furniture around the yard!
DESSERT BAR HEAVEN. You may wanna go grab a snack before feasting your eyes on these next few photos.
Heartfelt toasts were a highlight of the evening.
Care for a midnight snack? How about SMORES??? Seriously, Skylar thought of everything!!!
And then everyone partied hard! Loves it!!!