Mount Soledad is a prominent landmark in the San Diego community of La Jolla, and it was a fitting location for the wonderful wedding of Monique and Patrick. Surrounded by friends and family who had traveled from across the U.S., the couple’s Mount Soledad wedding on the grass, overlooking the majestic Southern California coastline of La Jolla was nothing short of splendid.
Their wedding guests weren’t the only visitors that day. Since Mount (Mt.) Soledad is also a veterans memorial, the park space sees many San Diego area visitors who come to appreciate the views as much as the memorial and large white concrete cross atop this popular hill. Well, some of the visitors this day also stopped to watch Monique and Patrick’s wedding, for an extra treat to their day, too.
Monique and Patrick’s wedding actually began in National City, south of San Diego. It was here where I met with the couple earlier in the day at the Best Western to begin their wedding photography by capturing their pre-wedding, getting ready. I starting first in Monique’s room, where Monique was having her hair and makeup done, while other girls were finishing up making the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets.
There was a bucket full of lovely long-stem white and pink roses, and hands were busy pulling out one rose after another, then arranging and tying them into fine bouquets. I see more and more couples choosing, as did Monique and Patrick for their Mount Soledad wedding, to purchase flowers from San Diego wholesale flowers and making their own wedding bouquets.
After capturing shots of the couple’s getting ready and more details, like their wedding rings from Zales, and of course shots of Monique’s beautiful wedding dress from David’s Bridal, it was time to drive up to La Jolla for the Mount Soledad wedding. I arrived with enough time to photograph the wedding venue before the bride arrived and the start of the procession, which is always very important to do. But once the bride Monique arrived it was time for their Mount Soledad wedding ceremony to begin.
Featured on this page are some of my San Diego wedding photographer favorite photos of their Mount Soledad wedding, including posed and creative photos afterwards. As with many weddings, this is a very special time when families come together, so it’s perhaps one of the best and most special times to take advantage at weddings to also create family portraits.
Now, I always make sure to create family portraits at all of the San Diego weddings I photograph, because the memories captured with family can be just as important as the memories I photograph of the couple’s wedding. In fact, some might say that a wedding is also all about family, but I’ve photographed weddings with just the couple and weddings with several hundred guests, and all of them are just as wonderful.
The next part Monique and Patrick’s San Diego wedding was their reception at Marina Village, located near the marinas of Mission Bay. Here the couple’s reception venue was fully catered to by Executive Chef James Baltazar and his team at Major Events & Catering. The master of ceremonies and DJ was Deondre from My DJ’s. Deondre also took care of the sound system for the Mount Soledad wedding. His music choice, coordination of the tracks and key events was spot on, and I really appreciated how he and I coordinated to help my wedding photography and schedule stay ‘in tune’ with each other.
The wedding photography for the evening included shots of the reception venue, the wedding party and bride and groom’s entrance, food and service, various details shots, toasts, first dances, bouquet toss, and the cutting of the lovely wedding cake. What I thought was less common but that I really liked, and looking most delightful, was the all-chocolate wedding cake. Only the outside was light colored, but the inside was a nice, rich, multi-layered chocolate wedding cake made by Twiggs Bakery.
It was such a pleasure being a part of Monique and Patrick’s wedding day. To see their complete wedding photography collection, please visit in my San Diego Wedding Photographer Client Galleries (password required).