Golf club wedding and reception photography always captures some of the nicest venues because of the impressive landscape views and functional club house space. St Mark Golf Club in San Marcos, California, in north San Diego County, provide all this and helped me capture great wedding reception photos for Ritafe and Jeff.
A short time earlier I photographed the couple’s St Stephen Roman Catholic Church wedding in Valley Center, before following Ritafe and Jeff over to St Marks to begin their golf club wedding photography and reception photography.
Upon arriving at St Mark we began creating a mix of posed, fun and creative shots on the lawn of the golf course. Nico and Blair and Agapé Films were also with us, and we lended our styles to each other while creating the golf club wedding photography for Ritafe and Jeff. Some of the wedding shots that I created called for posing bride Ritafe with her bridesmaids, while other shots included the groomsmen, as well as various wedding style photos with the couple’s wedding rings.
As you’ll see in some of my photographer favorite photos shown on this page, and on the page for their St Stephen Roman Catholic Church wedding, Ritafe’s wedding bouquet was sometimes an important accent in her photos. Whether it was Ritafe and her bridesmaids holding her their bouquets in various positions, or with the bridal bouquet underneath the veil for the ring shots, the flowers, like the boutonniere, looked fabulous. All of bouquets, the groom’s boutonniere and other flowers were created by Carousel of Flowers, but the boutonniere’s worn by groomsmen and the many sponsors were made by Rifafe, and Jeff’s sister and mom! Nice work ladies!
After the outdoors golf club wedding photography, it was time for the wedding reception to commence inside the club house. The nice arrangement of tables was created by the staff at St Mark, and, in addition to the excellent service and wonderful food it was apparent that Amber Dell and Joe of St Mark’s did a really fantastic job of hosting the couple’s wedding reception venue.
What was also a real standout was DJ and master of ceremonies Joseph Ignacio of JVI Entertainment. His lighting and sound system was spot on, but what was also terrific about DJ Joseph was his singing and the involvement he encouraged from the guests and the fantastic variety and fun twist he brought to the garter toss part of the evening! Joseph was also the DJ for Jeff’s parents’ 25th wedding anniversary some years ago.
There was no shortage of happy and special moments to photograph during the golf club wedding reception. From singing by Ritafe’s sister, to the many toasts that brought tears of happiness to Ritafe. There was also the nice surprise given to the couple by Jeff’s cousins, and that was the wonderful wedding cake and cupcakes. The cake and cupcakes looked delicious and were made very nicely by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
I really liked Ritafe and Jeff’s St Mark Golf Club wedding reception. It flowed so nicely and all of the happiness was so easy to capture for the couple. One thing that I especially liked from a wedding photography standpoint is how guests from each table came up to the bride and groom’s table to pose with them before heading over to the dinner buffet. Having guests pose with the couple in this way helped assure very clean and nice portraits photos of the guests with the couple, rather than trying to have the couple crowd around guests’ tables. Thank you for coordinating that, DJ Joseph.
I’ve featured in this article some of my wedding photographer favorite photos, but be sure to see the complete collection of Golf Club Wedding Reception at St Mark for Ritafe and Jeff photos at my San Diego Wedding Photographer Client Galleries (password required).