6 things // August Feels

Photographing: lots of engagement sessions. Portraits are my jam. I had a fun time with Alyssa and Krystel in North Park. The murals and the neighborhood in general are inspiring. - Suzanne

Watching: Game of Thrones. I'm so in love with Sunday. - Suzanne

Girl crush: On my acupuncturist Laurie Morse. She is such an extraordinary person and healer. She has taken me places I've never gone. I really value her perspective. I'm so appreciative of having someone so high vibe in my life. - Suzanne

Photographing: Working with Suzanne from Crown Weddings and Annette Gomez at last weekend's wedding was a great experience.  - Mike

Reading: I'm reading more. More about philosophy and listening to podcast on mindset and detachment. Really a turning point for me in this mid-life crisis. - Mike

Preparing: For our next Europe trip. Many hopes and dreams lingering in the air. Life changes seem to be always right around the corner. - Mike

xoxo
Suzanne & Mike

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The $40,900 Question: Denise Jermyn-Continental Catering

We are pretty excited to have landed an interview with Denise Jermyn, the president of Continental Catering. We always have a good time working with Continental Catering, and we think it is about time you meet the lady who is behind it all. Thanks for sharing, Denise. 1. Are there any cocktail trends that you currently love? As a big coffee lover, I have to say that the addition of ‘java juice’ to cocktails is really resonating with me. Talk about taking something good and making it great!

2. What is your ideal picnic basket? My ideal picnic basket would have a really nice cheese course to start, a savory salmon salad to continue, and a chocolate and peanut butter confection to end on a sweet note.

3. What is something that people don’t know about you? Hmmm...most people don’t know that raw carrots make me hiccup.

4. What do you attribute your success to? Over the course of the years, we have developed lasting relationships with our clients. We don’t see our clients as another name on the calendar but rather as individuals that we have enjoyed getting to know. We are genuinely grateful to be a part of their special event, and I think this translates to the service that they receive.

5. A wedding tradition that you love to see? Even after 30 years in the business, the father-daughter dance is still very touching.

6. Best part of a wedding day? I like the moment that the bride and groom are able to see the reception site for the first time. After months of planning, they are finally able to see their vision come to life and that’s very exciting.

7. How do you unwind? I can’t think of a better way to unwind than with a glass of red wine in my hand and a piece of chocolate in my mouth.

8. Dessert you could never give up? The truth is that I love all things sweet so giving up dessert in general would be a challenge, but if I had to pick one it would be dark chocolate.

9. What would you do if you weren’t in the catering business? Oh gosh. I haven’t really given this much thought before. I think I would be a professional chocolate taster. Is there such a job?

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do? Anyone that knows me knows that I’m constantly chasing the sun so where ever I went would have to be a sunny location. Cinque Terre in Italy sounds really nice right now. It would be a challenge to spend that much money but I would probably spend it on amazing meals. I might walk into a quaint restaurant and invite some of the locals to dine with me. Actually, it might not be so hard to spend that money after all...Continental Catering, Shewanders Photography, San Diego Wedding Photography, San Diego, Weddings, Wedding photographer, Vendors, Catering

party in the sky (rooftop weddings)

I'm in Madison for the next two weeks hanging out with a fellow traveller and photographer Keely Petersen.  We have been friends since were 13.  We have lived together in Waupaca, San Francisco and Sydney and spent a lot of time traveling and photographing together around Europe and even Peru.  Her refrigerator is full of about a hundred photo magnets she made and many of them are of our crazy escapades.  Somehow Keely and I are always on an adventure.  Right now I'm enjoying some giant snowflakes, taking lots of pictures of the snow with gloves on, and cracking her up with how wonderful I think everything winter is.  It's nice to have a change of pace and experience the seasons.  Hopefully while I am here I will find myself on top of a rooftop photographing the winter scene below.  Until then, I'll leave you with some images of some gorgeous rooftop weddings from some of mine and Keely's favorite cities.  San Diego, Rome and Sydney.  xoxo Suzanneshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop wedding, mandolinshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop wedding, danceshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop wedding, dancingshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop weddingshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop weddingshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop weddingshewanders photography, san diego wedding photography, rooftop wedding, rome“It was a time I slept in many rooms, called myself by many names. I wandered through the quarters of the city like alluvium wanders the river banks. I knew every kind of joy, ascents of every hue. Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.”― Roman PayneRooftop Soliloquy

An Interview with San Diego Florist Peggi Walker

I really love featuring local wedding vendors. I have been in the industry for years and I get to meet and work with the coolest vendors. It's so nice to be able to pass them on. Peggi is a good friend of mine and such a joy to work with. Check out her work and hear what she has to say. hugs suzanne san diego wedding photographysan diego wedding photography, indian weddingsan diego wedding photography, indian wedding, wedding floralssan diego wedding photography, indian wedding, wedding florals, ceremony sites, san diego wedding photography, indian wedding, wedding florals, ceremony sites, ghandisan diego wedding photography, indian wedding, wedding florals, reception sites, ghandi, rancho bernardo inn, metro floral, peggi walker, wedding flowersHere is an interview with Peggi Walker... Describe yourself in five words. I am compassionate, loving, free spirited, open hearted with a sense of humorDescribe your craft in five words. Creative, colorful, energizing, fulfilling, & satisfying

Complete the sentence: I cannot live without… LOVE

Where would you love to live and why? San Diego!!  America’s Finest City!  …Maybe Costa Rica later…… or Big Sur……or Paris…… to experience life from a different perspective

What inspires your style? Love

Complete the sentence: What the world needs now… is LOVE sweet LOVE

What is one of your favorite words? Forgiveness

What are you proud of yourself for? Why? I am not afraid to face myself & make adjustments to habits, etc. that need attention in order to better my life & the lives of those I touch

What is something you would love to accomplish? I would love to develop a beautiful property on which weddings and all ceremonies could take place - along with retreats for personal & spiritual growth, healing & connection

What drew you to floral design more than 30 years ago? The beauty  and act of devotion required to make them present well

Do you have a favorite flower or plant that you love to work with? I do love green cymbidium orchids (right now……) but I love it all!

What is your favorite aspect of working in floral design? Having the freedom to create beauty

What is the best advice you could give a client in regards to floral design and aesthetic for their special day? Choose me!!

San Diego Wedding Photographer : Whitney and Danny

Whitney and Danny had a lovely, touching, sweet, exuberant, festive, laughing, colorful, bright, wonderful wedding day.  I wish I had a copy of their vows and I would post them because those words would some up the day better than I could.  Bella Sera Event Design created a stylish day full of warm, sassy, tropical details.  I loved the orange linens by concepts.  Check out their sweet day.  hugs suzanne    shewanders.wedding.134shewanders.wedding.135shewanders.wedding.136shewanders.wedding.137shewanders.wedding.138shewanders.wedding.139shewanders.wedding.140shewanders.wedding.141shewanders.wedding.142shewanders.wedding.143shewanders.wedding.144shewanders.wedding.145shewanders.wedding.146shewanders.wedding.147shewanders.wedding.148shewanders.wedding.149shewanders.wedding.150shewanders.wedding.151shewanders.wedding.152shewanders.wedding.153shewanders.wedding.154shewanders.wedding.155shewanders.wedding.156shewanders.wedding.157shewanders.wedding.158shewanders.wedding.159shewanders.wedding.160shewanders.wedding.161shewanders.wedding.162shewanders.wedding.163shewanders.wedding.164shewanders.wedding.165shewanders.wedding.166shewanders.wedding.167