A san diego wedding for Angelica and darrel

Color! Hello friends look at all this color.  Angelica and Darrel have such a vibrant sense of style.  Maybe Angelica with her gorgeous red hair was just made to make an impression in the world.  
Personalizing your wedding day by tying in some things that you love is so wonderful. 
There’s love, magic, friends, personalized cat portraits, gorgeous crystals and a heck of a get a way car.
Enjoy thins charmer friends!
Xoxo suzanne

Venue: Bali Hai
Coordinater: Le’ Marie Events
Florist: Anette Gomez
Photographer: Shewanders
Video: Quixotic Weddings
Cake: Getting Caked
Hair: Debbie Ballow
Makeup: Brian Bond
Ceremony Music: Eliana Strings
DJ: DJ Daniel
Rentals: Concepts Event Design
Officiant: Jeffery Price


The Underground Elephant: A Wedding for Jen & Tyler

t's so hard not to become completely obsessed with how cool our clients are.  Especially when you get to see them surrounded by people they love and watched them dance the night away.  I don't even know where to start.  I definitely have to tell you that Jen had a piñata of Tyler.  If anyone wants to make my dreams come true send me a piñata of Mike.  =) . 

What you don't see in these images is that there was a death metal concert a few feet away from the ceremony reception space.  It was a surprise to all of us and unsettlingly loud.  What you do see in these images is the amount of grace that Jen and Tyler had in dealing with all of this.  Imagine it's your perfect beautiful day and someone turns up hundreds of speakers as loud as it goes.  The only reason I mention this is that Jen and Tyler wanted this day to be amazing for them and everyone more than holding on to the idea that it had to be perfect.  I think most people would have been stressed and in tears - but not this crew.  And not their super talented vendors.  We all had the times of our lives and felt honored to be among Jen and Tyler's crew.  Big picture the day is perfect and being loved and loving back was louder than all the craziness just a couple of steps away.

When I think about making the most of things I think about Jen having a piñata of Tyler and their huge commitment to making it a beautiful day for everyone.

Venue: Underground Elephant
Planner: Luxe Events
Photographer: SheWanders
Hair + Makeup: Kissed by AML
Rentals: The Chiavari Guys, Wild Thymes
Florist: The Lavender Rose
Videographer: Black Shutter
Caterer: Wild Thymes
Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail
Music: DJ Hersh
Pie: Pop Pie Co
Officiate: Pam Washburn
After Party: Half Door Brewing

A Callaway Vineyard Wedding for Natalie & Chris

Natalie and Chris were married at Callaway Vineyard. I am so in love with the circle arch ceremony. I love love this wedding. Mike really captured the joy of these two. Also how amazing is Natalie’s train. Mike came home with the biggest smile on his face Saturday night. Natalie and Chris had such an easy going vibe to them and they were able to get so many photographs that just flowed easily through out the day. Can it be summer again? Can every wedding have a sweet Kate Spade theme?

A L'Auberge wedding for Alyssa and Drew

Hello friends,
Prepare yourself for some sweetness. I want to keep Alyssa in my pocket. She is someone you just love to be around and Drew is head over heels. They just fit together. Alyssa told me she wanted the wedding to feel like a romantic candle lit dinner where everyone felt welcome. Her designers made her dreams come true. I love how Cara designed this wedding and let each collaborator shine. I couldn’t pick a favorite part, I just loved how dreamy it was as a whole day. I felt really lucky to get to be a part of such a talented crew and loving family. Congrats to the beautiful couple!!

Wedding Venue: L’Auberge
Coordinator: Luxe Events
Photographer: SheWanders
Makeup: Ashely Fierro
Hair: Katie L’Heureux
Rentals: Archive Rentals, Hire Elegance
Linens: La Tavola
Paper amazingness: Brightly Designed
Florist: Annette Gomez
Videographer: Audrey Alba Films
Music: Bonnie Foster Production
Cake + Desserts: Dessertier
Specialty Coffee: Eurobar
Officiate: Vance Tester

A La Valencia Wedding : Colleen and Kyle

Peonies, Palms, and Popsicles. Oh my.
I’ve been wanting to blog this gem forever. La Valencia is so beautiful and such a La Jolla landmark. I thought it was so rad that Colleen and Kyle wanted to bring all of their New York City guests to our charming part of the world. It felt like a quintessential destination wedding. Picture perfect.

So many of our couples don’t love having their picture taken. It was fun to find ways to put Colleen and Kyle at ease. Super rewarding. They love their friends and family so much, as long as their loved ones were around they couldn’t help but relax. I felt really special to be a part of their day. And Kyle’s brother gave the world’s most epic toast. It was the toast that dreams are made of. I wish I had recorded it so I could have it for all time. I swear I would read it to myself as a bedtime story. What a night.

There were so many talented creatives on this one. This design makes me want to do cartwheels. I can’t imagine a more perfect design for La Valencia. Cocktails by the pool anyone?

xoxo Suzanne

Photography: Shewanders Photography
Location and Catering: La Valencia
Event planning: Luxe Events
Flowers: Isari
Stationery: Brightly Designed
Cake: CAKE
Rentals: Farm Tables and More
Rentals: Concepts Event Design

Portraits of Rachel in Pacific Beach

“A photograph is a secret about a secret” is a famous quote from the also famous photographer Diane Arbus. Meeting Rachel is also like meeting someone who is both revealing and has such depth to her I can’t imagine how long it would take to truly know her. I always have the feeling with Rachel that I am both in on the secret and have barely scratched the surface. Rachel is one of our interns and I’ve loved every minute of getting to know her. She communicates with ease the most complex of emotions and I often find myself staring at her thinking “Who are you? You charming captivating puzzle. She is one of those people that my new age friends would say has lived many lifetimes and I hope that this lifetime falls at her feet.
Here are some of images that I just love of one of our intern shoots. I had such an awesome time mentoring Rachel and Claudia.
Cheers to unexpected delights! Suzanne

Estancia La Jolla Wedding for Hope & Julian

I wish we were all having a beer.  I would tell you the 600 ways that Hope and Julian are awesome.  This was our last wedding of the year and we went out with a bang.  
Hope is so articulate.  I loved her answers to the questionnaires before the wedding.  I had the sense that I knew her and what was important to her.  So rather than search for words that will never come, I'm going to share with you some of Hope's answers from after the wedding. 
Your favorite moment? < I can't pick one of these either: 
1. Julian's touching and hilarious personal statement during our wedding ceremony... especially when he paid homage/punked my brother and new sister-in-law by stealing an analogy from their wedding ceremony this past summer... "In closing, I'd like to share an analogy I thought up all by myself..." They (and we) were cracking up. 
2. Our guests - impromptu - donning the decorative ivy garlands on their table place settings and wearing them as flower crowns. It was amazing. 
3. Our Best Man and Maid of Honor gifted us with multiple Polaroid cameras and asked the guests to take photos of the evening - they all went nuts. There are some seriously amazing shots from those - so many fun memories. 
4. My Maid of Honor's toast was the toast to end all toasts. She killed it - there wasn't a dry eye in the house.  
What part of your wedding makes you smile just thinking about it!? 
The surprise confetti bomb as we exited the ceremony (courtesy of our friends Nick and Brian) - Mike captured that moment perfectly. 
And also looking around at our beautiful guests around the wedding table, watching everyone laughing and making merry together, rocking their impromptu ivy crowns - that was pure joy and bliss. <3 
What was your favorite detail? <  Only one? I can't. even. Our wedding was and a sumptuous, richly textured tapestry of details: The heart-achingly beautiful florals; the amazing rustic reception tables dripping with candles, Moroccan star lamps and amazing textiles; the sumptuous place settings and menus; our gorgeous wedding cake and dessert table, the beautiful flamenco guitar. It was a feast for the senses. 
Everyone had an incredible time.  The design looked like a magazine shoot and Hope and Julian so obviously cared for each guest.  My favorite moments were the same as Hope's.  She has a way with words.  
All the best,
Mike

Photography: Shewanders Photography
Location and Catering: Estancia La Jolla
Event planning: Luxe Events
Flowers: Flowers by Annette Gomez
Stationery: Brightly Designed
Cake: Michelle Coulon
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Rentals: TBD Rentals
Musician: Anthony Garcia

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding for Sarah & Anson

Being a wedding photographer is such a cool way to live your life.  I feel so grateful to have gotten to know Sarah and Anson.  I wish I could insert the speeches from the rehearsal dinner here.  These two are ridiculously smart, fun, and kind -doctors, Harvard, soccer - the lists were long.  I love how their friends and family talk about them.  They are obviously loved and as the speeches can jokingly attest - a lot to live up to.  How wonderful can two people be?

Citrus is my jam and the creatives on this team are just so ridiculously talented.  They had a few "doctor" moments in the design.  I loved the jean jacket that Sarah's sister gave her - Dr.Snow., the illustration of the intertwined stethoscopes, and the cute doctor figurines on top of the cake.  Sarah's mom also made 1000 cranes for her that made a beautiful backdrop for the head table.  I think there is something for me to love in every image.  The citrus florals and the relatives from abroad wearing traditional kimonos gave us plenty to photograph.  The main attraction was of course Sarah and Anson.  They couldn't take their eyes off each other or attempt to hide how happy the other one made them feel.  That's my favorite way to spend the day - photographing people who must have done something right in their life - to have found someone that they can love and be loved in return.

Photography: Shewanders Photography
Location and Catering: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Event planning: Coastyle Events
Flowers: Flowers Anette Gomez
Videography: Quixotic Pictures
Stationery: Paperless Post
Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co.
Cake: Come On In Café
Donuts: VG Donut & Bakery
Ceremony Music: Caprice Strings
Cocktail Hour Music: David Adele
Rentals: Farm Tables and More
Rentals: Concepts Event Design
Hair: Audra Rene
Makeup: Elizabeth Root
Transportation: San Diego Charter Company

The Hotel Del Coronado Wedding for Johanna & Drew

The hashtag for this wedding was #JohannaSaysIDrew how cute is that? I remember sitting across from Johanna and Drew during our first interview. They sat close together and always seemed to be holding hands or toughing shoulders. Their energy was so awesome and I couldn’t help but smile and imagine what the wedding day would be like. I had my fingers crossed that they thought I was a good fit - because they had me at hello. They both love photography and wanted to create something really special for their guests. Their was such a genuineness from our first conversation. This wedding has all the feels. It felt so good to be a part of it. Johanna hugged me in the getting ready room and I just knew it was going to be an epic day.

On top of all of that I got to collaborate with so many of my favorite people. Double yay. Cara from Luxe out did herself. She transformed the Hotel Del into this beautiful garden that echoed the charm that Johanna and Drew have.

Coordination & Design: Luxe Events
Photography: She Wanders Photography
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Florals: Isari Flower Studio
Videography: Quixotic Weddings
Rentals: Hire EleganceBBJ Linens, Chiavari Guys, & Farm Tables & More
Cake: CAKE
Invites & Paper Amazingness: Brightly Designed
Hair: : Audra Rene
Makeup: Elena T Beauty
DJ: Still Listening
Officiate: Bride’s Brother in law
Photo Booth: Magic Mirror