Welcome to sunny San Diego, California where David and Tabitha so sweetly flew us out and put us up for a few days so we could capture all their wedding memories! Their San Diego wedding and reception venue was held at the Maderas Golf and Country Club in Poway, CA.
Neither of them are from Syracuse, NY but David, who graduated from Syracuse University gave me a call one day and asked if I'd do their engagement session on SU's campus. Ironically, the day he called, Andrew and I were out in Redding, California shooting another wedding. I mentioned this in passing on the phone and David asked if we do that often. Andrew and I love to travel, explore and see new places. They booked their engagement session with us and as we were wrapping up their session, they both asked if we would consider flying out to San Diego, making it another destination wedding for us! For a Syracuse wedding photographer to fly to San Diego in December... it didn't take us long to gladly accept!
One very neat aspect of this San Diego wedding venue is La Casa, a separate house for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in so they won't run into the groom or the guests! Here is where we found Tabitha's dress hanging, alongside the veil that her grandma wore when she got married.
Fun pajamas and slippers for each bridesmaid!
And here's Tab!... getting ready with one of her Maids of Honor!
The Flower Girl
Its always so sweet when those who are closest to us can make it to the big events in our lives. Tabitha's grandma, whose veil she wore, was there for every step of her grand daughter's wedding.
I just love the dress that Tabitha picked out! So perfect for her! The other thing that was a blast for me as a Syracuse wedding photographer is to shoot their wedding in San Diego! I had a whole new landscape to work with and sunshine! Gosh, when you live in Syracuse you ask, "what is sunshine?!" Well David and Tabitha certainly had plenty of it for their day!
As gorgeous as Tabitha is... she has just as much personality! Fun and spunky... she is an "all smiles" kind of girl!
Enter David, the groom, who got ready at his hotel room just down the road, again, right outside of San Diego, CA!
Both David and Tabitha gave each other wedding gifts. This is a "your gift is being worked on" letter from Tabitha to David. She hired someone to paint the two of them and the Irish pub where they met into a painting they currently had hanging in their home!
And David, who had a similar idea, had a book made that held pictures of all their trips together!
Then before the ceremony, they exchanged letters with each other around a corner.
Here Comes the Bride
Mr. & Mrs.!
One very fun, definitely unposed, candid shot right after the wedding ceremony had finished!
The Wedding Party
The mountains in Southern California... just spectacular for wedding pictures!
I'm pretty sure what might have happened here is that David started tickling Tabitha... who wasn't about to let him get away with it!
The First Dance
Father Daughter and Mother Son Dance
They finished out their evening with a night time wedding picture, a last dance and a grand exit!
David and Tabitha, we truly enjoyed being part of your day and were honored to be your wedding photographers! We wish you the very best of married life for many years to come!
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