Jennifer and Patrick's Wedding at Hotel Del Coronado

Yeah yeah. I will rarely admit this, but I forget things sometimes. Like this big thing... I TOTALLY FORGOT to share photos from not one but TWO weddings from LAST YEAR. Say whaaaa? 

To be fair, both wedding were right around Christmas, so things were a little bit wackadoo around here. But I'm sharing them with you now because I was just thinking about how great these two weddings were, and how happy I am for both of those lovely couples as they head towards celebrating their first anniversaries. 

Ok. I'm going to have to break these up. 

First on the list is Jennifer + Patrick's wedding, which was at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. 

I hadn't met Jennifer or Patrick before their wedding day since they were flying in from Boston specifically for their wedding. But we had corresponded by email so regularly that by the time I met Jennifer when she was getting her hair and make-up done, I already felt that we were old friend. Ah, the power of communication these days! It was storming something awful the day before as well as the morning of their wedding, and I was a little worried that their dreams of saying their marriage vows on the beach would be washed away. Luckily, the storm broke down to a slight drizzle, and Jennifer and Patrick were able to say, "I do" on the beautiful beach of Coronado, just like they had been envisioning (with a few edits, such as Jennifer having to take Patrick's jacket mid ceremony!). 

After their ceremony, their guests, who had flown in from not just all over the country but all over the world, celebrated with an immaculate dinner followed by a full array of delicious dessert choices. Toasts were toasted, dances were danced, and love was in full bloom. 

My favorite part of the day? Probably when I joked with Jennifer and Patrick about going ice skating on the rink that the Hotel Del has every winter... and they totally agreed! I love when my clients take my sometimes ridiculous suggestions seriously, because it makes for some of my very favorite photos! 

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Making dreams come true are these guys...  

 

A little gift from me to you...

Here's a little sumpin' sumpin' from my heart to yours...

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Simply mention this offer when selecting your wedding collection and I will apply a discount of 10%. This will apply to both existing collections as well as any custom made wedding collections. 

Just a little bit of love to warm your heart as the days get shorter, the nights get a bit chillier and we get closer and closer to all your fabulous 2014 weddings! <3

Shannon and Alan's Wedding at Twin Oaks Garden Estate

A couple weeks ago I loaded up my camera gear into my trunk and took off on a long drive down the coast. I ended up in San Diego for a very special reason... Shannon and Alan's wedding!

I had been looking forward to their wedding for over a year, so I was bubbling over with excitement all weekend. From a yummo rehearsal dinner at one of my favorite places in the world, Stone Brewery to a seriously sweet wedding, it was a weekend full of amazingness. 

Just wanted to share a "small" batch of some of my favorites from Shannon and Alan's wedding. I'm an over-sharer. I can't help it! 

 CONGRATULATIONS SHANNON + ALAN! 

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Location: Twin Oaks House Estate

Flowers: Branches: A Floral Studio 

Photo Booth: After the Engagement

Assistant Photographer: Irish Grzanich

 

In Celebration of Love

My sister's best friend came up to visit San Francisco last weekend. He planned it perfectly... a weekend to hang out in San Francisco PLUS the opportunity to experience San Francisco's Pride events. San Diego's got nothing on the San Francisco version, trust me!

On friday I joined the two of them on an adventure around the city. We stopped by some favorite local landmarks, and I drug him along to City Hall. City Hall is probably one of my very favorite places in all of San Francisco. The architecture makes my heart happy, and I love shooting weddings there. I don't know why, but I just assume everyone who comes to San Francisco will love it too, so I require them to visit and try to convince them to agree with me about how awesome it is. 

Anyway, back to story. 

We checked out City Hall and I noted to myself that there were a ton more security guards inside than there normally are. I thought that maybe they were just gearing up for the Pride celebrations that would be taking place outside the following day. After we finished up ooh-ing and aah-ing,  I drug them along to one of my favorite bars close by (quick note-- I just realized that I sound like a horrible tour guide... dragging people to the places that *I* want to go to, and things that *I* want them to experience. Oopsie!). As we were enjoying a refreshing beer on that sunny afternoon day, we heard some exciting news... The stay on same sex marriages had been lifted and were set to resume any minute at City Hall. We all looked at each other, super stoked for the news, and feeling a connection with it, knowing that we were just at City Hall where so much happiness was about to take place...

But wait a minute. We're a few blocks away. We should go back. 

So we did. We excitedly rushed back to San Francisco City Hall. We made our way inside and were immediately immersed in a large crowd of people. People that were there to get married. People that were there to celebrate the marriages of their friends and family. People that were there to offer support, cheers, and congratulations. My heart was bursting.

We got to see some of the very first same-sex marriages take place that day, including that of Ms. Perry and Ms. Stier, who were one of the two couples to challenge prop 8, and were first on the list to be granted their marriage rights.  We stood huddled close, teary eyed, as we watched a few people say their vows in front of a hundred people (mostly strangers) who were there just to cheer them on.

We were also treated to a great performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, which was pretty awesome to see too! Check out the video below to see a small glimpse of all the excitement that day. Sorry for the not-so-great quality... it was my first time using Instagram Video, y'all!

We left City Hall with happy hearts knowing that in our home state people in love, no matter their sexual preference, could be married, finally. What a great opportunity to experience a beautiful piece of our history as a society on that day! On our way out a guy with a fancy news camera pulled us aside to ask about how we felt and what we saw. I let Sister and Sister's Friend take the lead on that one. Sister's Friend remarked that the inside of City Hall felt like Disneyland... The happiest place on earth, full of magic. I don't think the camera man appreciated the silly reference... Sister's Friend's interview never made it on tv. :p

Another Instagram shot! You're welcome to follow me around on my daily adventures, too! @ilianamorton

Another Instagram shot! You're welcome to follow me around on my daily adventures, too! @ilianamorton

As happy as I am for the overturning of Prop 8 and everything that comes along with it, I feel that it's so very important for us Californians to remember something... this has been a long, hard battle for equality. While we're celebrating love here in California, keep in mind that same sex marriage is still not legalized in too much of the country. The victory in California is a victory... but still a small step in the right direction in the grand scheme of things. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep making your voices heard. Keep fighting for and celebrating love for the sake of love. We'll get there!