A fantastic day of wedding photography at four top San Diego wedding venues, including the Marriott, Mission de Alcala, Balboa Park, and the Woman’s Club. Like any couple’s wedding day, Chelsea and Sebastian’s day was planned out very well and they wanted it complimented with great wedding venues.
My day as their San Diego wedding photographer began early in the afternoon when I first met up with Chelsea and her bridesmaids at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for the bride’s getting ready photos. The Marriott is a nice property where I’ve photographed many weddings and events before, and todays photography for Chelsea and Sebastian would be a highlight.
The resort’s rooms are also perfect for getting ready wedding photos. One nice feature of the particular room that Chelsea had, which was actually a suite, were the frosted glass French Doors. The doors which helped make for a nice backdrop to the photos of her wedding before she put it on, as well as during the time it was being fastened onto her by her mom and two bridesmaid sisters. I also used the French Doors in preparing her Chelsea’s dad’s first look of his daughter the bride.
After an hour and half of getting ready photos it was time for the drive to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala for the couple’s church wedding. For the entire day, the wedding party was transported by Royalty Limousine’s very fine SUV limo in San Diego, under the nice care of owner Ali Zanjani.
The historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala is the first of 21 California Missions founded in 1769 by Saint Junípero Serra, and it marks the birthplace of Christianity on the West Coast of the United States. Today the church is the location for the couple’s wedding photography at four top San Diego wedding venues, and a location where I’ve photographed many times before.
You see in this collection of my San Diego wedding photographer favorite photos that a lot of vantage points were available at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala for capturing and creating great wedding photos for the couple’s wedding ceremony, as well as moments before and after it, too. From inside during the ceremony, to outdoor photos in the front of the mission and on it’s lovely grounds.
Following the couple of hours or so at the Mission it was time to head over to Balboa Park for some bridal party wedding photos. We started at the fountain between the Natural History Museum and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The fountain was a special place for the couple because it was here that Sebastian had proposed to Chelsea the year before. For some of the wedding photography I selected a particular lens to compliment the curved shape of the fountain.
I used this lens for some other shots of the wedding party across the street near the rose garden, including ones of their lovable lovable dachshund Lincoln, who made a guest appearance! Their dog Lincoln also participated in the couple’s engagement photography session that we captured the year earlier.
Next we were off to the San Diego Woman’s Club for Chelsea and Sebastian’s wedding ceremony. Their wedding photography started with some nice shots outside of the Club’s building, then a whole range of mostly candid photos of the entire wedding celebration. The evening of key moments and its organization was managed perfectly by Jane of Jane Alexandra Events. And there was a lot to coordinate, including the excellent catering, the mariachi band, a DJ, and more. I found the San Diego Woman’s Club to fit perfectly in this day of wedding photography at four top San Diego Wedding venues.
In addition to the selection of photos featured on this page of San Diego wedding photographer favorites of the couple’s wedding, you can see their complete collection by visiting my San Diego Wedding Photographer Client Galleries (password required).
With so many great wedding photography photos created for Chelsea and Sebastian, the very best way for them to really enjoy them is going to be in one of my beautiful, Italian-made wedding album. From the lovely album covers, though the personalized photo story that the books contain, these heirloom keepsake excite the senses with each turn of the page. Because seeing, sharing, and touching wedding photos is the very best way to endlessly relive the moment, for years and decades to come.