Wedding At The Prado At Balboa Park In San Diego, CA | Jeni & Greg

Wedding At The Prado At Balboa Park

JENI & GREG

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Private residences (bride and groom) in San Diego, CA

 

Wedding photos at The Prado At Balboa Park:

I first met newly engaged couple Jeni and Greg during a meeting over Skype. They had been referred to me by a previous bride of mine and good friend Coco, and were planning a big celebration with their family and friends in San Diego where they both live and work. We first met in person during their e-session in San Diego last Fall and I was excited to reconnect with them for this wedding at The Prado In Balboa Park.

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An elegant nighttime portrait of the newly married couple at The Prado At Balboa Park in San Diego.

 

Getting ready photos at a private residence:

I drove down in the early morning to San Diego to photograph Jeni as she made her final wedding day preparations at her parents’ house. There were so many warm moments to capture, particularly as her mom admired her wedding gown and playfully showed off her own dress to Jeni’s bridesmaids, and I took some creative candids as Jeni had her makeup done and slipped into her gorgeous dress.

Jeni and Greg had decided against having a first look session, but they did want a “first touch”. So Greg came over to where Jeni was getting ready and lovingly kissed her hand as his bride-to-be stood on the staircase, although I think Jeni actually snuck in a peak!

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A creative, reflective shot of Jeni getting ready for her wedding day at her parent’s home in San Diego.

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Jeni’s mom admires her daughter’s wedding gown at their family home in San Diego.

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Jeni’s bridesmaids, including my good friend Coco, share in a special moment as they prepared for the San Diego wedding.

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Jeni and Greg’s cute dog playing blissfully as they prepared for their wedding day in San Diego.

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A reflective shot of Jeni and her mom embracing as they were getting ready at the family home in San Diego.

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Jeni helps to secure her mom’s jewelry as they were getting ready for her San Diego wedding.

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A fun photo of Jeni’s mom showing the girls her dress at their family home in San Diego.

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Jeni’s bridesmaids help to do up her wedding gown as they prepared at her parents’ house in San Diego.

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A creative photo of Jeni getting ready with her bridesmaids at a private residence in San Diego.

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A black and white photo of Jeni and her mom sharing in a special moment before her San Diego wedding.

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One of Jeni’s bridesmaids helps to carry her train as she left for her first touch session with Greg.

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Jeni peeks a look at her groom as he kisses her hand during a first touch session in San Diego.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church:

I then joined the girls in their luxurious shuttle to drive over to Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church, also in San Diego. We had a bit of time in Jeni’s bridal suite for some more candid shots of her with her cute flower girl, as well as a first look with her dad. He then escorted her down the aisle to an expectant Greg for their Catholic wedding ceremony. Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church is actually quite modern and there were lots of walkways for me to explore and get different vantages as they exchanged vows and completed their Catholic rituals.

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Jeni looks out the window of her shuttle as she and her bridesmaids arrived at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni shares in a special moment with her flower girl at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni applies lipstick for her cute flower girl at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni’s dad admires his daughter during their first look before the wedding ceremony at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni’s parents kiss her lovingly before her wedding ceremony at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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The bride peeks out her suite window as wedding guests arrive at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Capturing Greg’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle at San Diego’s Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church.

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A black and white photo of Jeni’s father giving her away at the altar at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Capturing a special glance between Jeni and Greg during their Catholic wedding ceremony in San Diego.

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A wide angle shot looking across the wedding ceremony at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni and Greg exchange vows at the altar during their San Diego Catholic wedding ceremony.

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A creative photo during Jeni and Greg’s Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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Jeni and Greg turn towards their wedding guests before their recessional walk at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

 

Portraits at Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church:

After being pronounced “husband and wife”, they made their recessional walk down the aisle and we used the time available for a short couple portrait session around the church grounds. We also took some bridal party and family formals, before heading over to The Prado At Balboa Park where we squeezed in a few more portraits before the reception started.

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The newly married couple kiss during their Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church wedding photo session.

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Looking across a water feature at the newly married couple on one of the walkways outside Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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A group photo of Jeni, her bridesmaids and flower girl outside Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church in San Diego.

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A creative architectural portrait of Jeni and Greg at The Prado At Balboa Park in San Diego.

 

Reception photos at The Prado At Balboa Park:

Jeni and Greg began their wedding reception at The Prado At Balboa Park with a choreographed first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them. I captured not only the couple’s reactions, but also those of their parents and guests. After the parental dances and the garter removal, everyone hit the dance floor for the rest of the evening, interspersed with lots of antics in the photo booth.

As the reception came to a close, Jeni, Greg and I headed out for a nighttime couple portrait session around Balboa Park, utilizing its ornate architecture and fountain features. I got creative with some silhouettes and off-camera flash photos, before we called it a night after what had been a wonderful day.

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Jeni and Greg perform their choreographed first dance during their wedding reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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Jeni and Greg at their sweetheart table at The Prado At Balboa Park in San Diego.

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Capturing Jeni’s reaction during the speeches and toasts of her Prado reception at Balboa Park.

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Capturing Jeni’s parents’ reactions during their daughter’s reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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A creative silhouette shot of a speech being made at Jeni and Greg’s glamorous Balboa Park reception.

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Jeni and her dad perform a father-daughter dance during the Balboa Park reception at The Prado.

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Jeni watches on during the mother-son dance at her Balboa Park wedding reception at The Prado.

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A black and white photo of an elderly guest’s reaction at Jeni and Greg’s San Diego wedding.

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Jeni is embraced by her parents during the wedding reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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A wedding guest wearing a trojan helmet skulls a beer during Jeni and Greg’s San Diego wedding reception.

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Capturing Jeni’s reaction during the garter removal at her Balboa Park wedding reception in San Diego.

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Capturing an intimate last dance between Jeni and Greg during their wedding reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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Jeni and Greg are surrounded by their family and friends on the dance floor at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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The newly married couple having fun in the photo booth during their reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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A creative silhouette portrait of the newly married couple at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of Jeni and Greg after their wedding reception at The Prado At Balboa Park.

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An off-camera flash nighttime portrait of Jeni and Greg at The Prado At Balboa Park in San Diego.

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A nighttime portrait of Jeni and Greg taking in the magnificent architecture of San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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A creative silhouette portrait of Jeni and Greg with candles in the foreground during their Balboa Park nighttime wedding photo session.

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Jeni and Greg embrace in front of one of Balboa Park’s fountains during their nighttime couple portrait session.

 

Wedding photos at The Prado At Balboa Park:

I can’t thank Jeni and Greg enough for trusting me to capture their wedding at The Prado At Balboa Park, and I wish them so much joy and happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.

April 26, 2013

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