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Thursday, September 17, 2009

allison and jason's san diego wedding at the bernardo winery


it all started with a simple wink. two actually.
jason winked at allison and she winked back.
that's all it took for two strangers to become friends.
those two friends then exchanged emails and, after a few weeks, phone numbers.
jason called allison and a date was arranged.
a date that would take them to see the harlem globetrotters at the honda center, starbucks in playa del rey, and finally to dinner in fullerton, making one quick stop along the way to fall in a puddle :)
it was a wonderful date where two friends would first see the face of true love.
i love allison and jason's story because they didn't grow up together, they didn't go to school together, they didn't work at the same job, and they didn't see each other pass by on an elevator going the opposite direction and then randomly meet up at a kegger.
allison and jason met on match.com
who knew just winking at a pretty girl in cyberspace would do the trick?
memo to all the single people, drop the sad pick-up lines and start winking! ;)
ok, so now you know how jason and allison got together, now i'll show you how they got married and who helped make their day amazing.
annie at the bernardo winery provided the great venue.
ashley from ac make-up somehow made all the ladies look even hotter than they already are with her make-up mastery.
leanne stroman had the script and made everything official.
brittany at in the now weddings helped get everyone on the same page with her coordinating skills.
joyce at j and l pots and posies brought some incredible floral arrangements.
cafe merlot provided the delicious meal.
david patrone kept everyone's toes tappin.
the scrum-diddily-umptious cake was baked at bon bon bakery.
and on hand to cover all the action were top san diego wedding photographers, ohana photographers.
psst. that's us :)
ok, enough of the shameless plugs. on with the photos!




allison looked absolutely stunning! i love the way she lights up a room.




it's all about tha shooz! we loved allison's yellow wedding shoes from calvin klein. super sweet!







as allison was getting ready to put on her shoes i noticed something different. something cool.
if you look closely you can see what i'm talking about. allison and all her bridesmaids had something on their heels called Solemates. they are little rubber footies that slip onto heels to keep them from sinking in the grass or dirt. they totally work!




now, i've seen allison's smile before, but i think she smiled a little brighter on her wedding day. all she had to do was think of jason and...




ta-daaa! beautiful.




we all had a laugh when allison and her sister jennifer did a little tribute to our favorite trio, the three stooges. we love the three stooges, and these two lovely ladies!




the rancho bernardo inn was such a wonderful host to all of us. they let us temporarily take over their lobby so we could get these shots of allison and her posse (aka jane, felicia, and jennifer). we heart everyone at the rancho bernardo inn!




if you mix sunlight with allison you get awesome. and that is a scientific fact!







checking in with the boys side of the camp i found jason looking like a page out of gq.




grooms usually have a special bond with the guys they ask to be their groomsmen...




jason has that kind of bond with joe, jeremiah, and brandon.
a really special bond :)




after having a little fun with the guys it was time to get jason and allison married. everyone took their places and allison's father walked his beautiful little girl down the aisle.




jason was absolutely busting with happiness. if it were socially acceptable i think he would have done a backflip.




one of the first things jason ever told us was that he loves allison's big smiles. so do we jason :)







these two are the definition of "the happy couple."




after their ceremony we snuck off with allison and jason so they could have a little "alone-time" and we could practice our paparazzo skills :)







apparently a brittish tagger got one of the wine barrels at the bernardo winery. allison is definitely a "happy" gal.




this shot is a depiction of something allison once told us. she said jason makes her feel safe and that he is her home.







we absolutely love all the details that allison and jason had "perched" around their wedding and reception, like all these amazing little birdies.




speaking of birds, these two lovebirds landed on a wire during the reception and had a bird's-eye view of all the festivities.




meanwhile, these two lovebirds were getting cozy to the mating sound of glasses tinking in the background.




i am not afraid to admit that i love the whole birdie theme. they're so cute!




the bride and groom birds were my favorite.




here's one of our favorite shots from the album / guest book of allison and jason's engagement session in laguna beach.







i could take pictures all day long of allison's smile :)




allison's dad gave a very touching speech that had everyone crying and smiling at the same time.







as the evening was winding down we rustled-up the wedding party for one last night time portrait at the bernardo winery.
we brought the light. they brought the awesome.
well, jason and allison, what can we say. we've been looking forward to your wedding for quite a while and now it zipped past us like a lamborghini gallardo. we truly enjoyed doing your engagement session and your wedding. you are such an awesome couple. we are so thankful for the time and friendship you have shared with us. hope your honeymoon in canada was fun and relaxing! congratulations you two! we wish you a lifetime full of fun and happy memories together. we love you guys!!




and of course, a wedding at a winery needs some ice...




and grapes.





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63 comments:

Rima said...

fab work!! Im a great admirer of your work! The love bird idea is fun too!

Anonymous said...

smokin' as usual!! love, love, love the birdie couple cake topper!!

Chris+Lynn said...

BW image at the window - killa! And love the expression caught during the ceremony. Crazy-awesome set!

kymberli q. said...

Holy-freakin'-moly! One of your best weddings EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I have sooooooo many favorites that I can't even begin to name them all! The first "alone time" one is MAGNIFICENT! Awesome job! Just awesome, awesome, awesome!!

Anne-Margrethe said...

I´m amazed... so good work, as usual!

robin cornett said...

Beautiful wedding! I love all the details and you did a great job capturing them. And the shots of the two of them alone after the ceremony? Fantabulous!

erica said...

MAN!!! That shoe shot + flowers is RIDICULOUS!! Loooovve it ;)

Peggy said...

Oh my goodness! I love these! She is absolutely stunning! I love the little birds and the shot of the couple in the doorway is so romantic and ethereal!

Brandi said...

1) Adorable couple.
2) GREAT details, really love them.
3) Slammin' photos (duhhh)!!

Pam said...

Love this set! 2, 9, 19. 20 are favs and I love the shot of the guys fooling around. So funny!
Lovin the details too.Congrats to the lovely couple!

Angel said...

Ok, let me just tell you...I do cry at weddings, but not usually when I'm looking at wedding pictures! Not the case anymore. These pics really touched me. I LOVED the "sunlight and Allison" shot! I don't know you Allison, but I have to say that you do have a fabulous smile!!!! and it looks like Jason really brings it out! I think my favorite picture is of the new bride and groom coming down the isle. Wow they look so happy!!!! Congratulations you guys! Many years and much happiness!!!

Kat Forsyth said...

Yay! It's Miss Frenchie from Weddingbee! Your photos are just gorgeous. She definitely lucked out when she booked you (but then, I've been following you for ages, so I could have told her that!)

Angel said...

Oh! I forgot to say that I love the wedding colors and theme! Awesome!

Michelle Guzman said...

I love all the details. So cute. The bird cake toppers are adorable!

smittengreta said...

10!!!!!! oh, and their details - love em!!!!!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE all of the detail shots. The birds are adorable :)

Blair Van Bussel - { Blair Nicole Photography } said...

You guys are killin it with all these hot couples+awesome portraits+amazing detail shots! Im so lovin this girlies smile, ahhh and the birds! Too fun!!

PhotographyByCharise said...

Awesome images you two! The groomsmen 'bond' rocks :) The formals are beautiful!

Brittany Fitch said...

Um can you say WOW! I have been waiting forever to see the beauties, and it was definitely worth the wait! Such a pleasure to work with talent like this. Hope to work again in the near future with you :>

duet letterpress said...

wow! how gorgeous. love all the details!!

Lynette said...

Long time stalker first time commenter [= O EM GEE that second picture of her is stunning and the intimate moments in the barrel room are just wowza! You can just see how in love these two are in these. Okay, wowza on all the pictures!
FYI I was married at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, after seeing these I wish you were my photographer.
Congratulations to the couple!

Nely said...

good grief! you brought the light AND the awesome!

i'm going to go buy me a bus and be a bus driver, now! oh wait, i hate driving! lol! I'll just be a non-blogging photographer! haha!

jen rinaldi photography said...

You always manager to impress me. Love the variety and creativity! I want to move to Cali and become and OHANA photographer. Pleeeeease?

evie winter said...

Beautiful couple, beautiful photos. They had some amazing details in their wedding. My favourite shot would have to be the last one of the bridal party at night. Very original!

HisBirdie (Ali) said...

David, Kimi and April - They are even better than I imagined :) Thank you so much for capturing our day SO beautifully! I HEART YOU GUYS BIG TIME!
Angel - Thank you so much for your sweet words :) You made my day.

Adrienne Gunde said...

Love the smiles, the birdies, the bright color scheme, and all of these amazing shots!! The joy at this wedding radiates out of every photo - you captured it all!

Lisa said...

So I just stayed up WAY past my bedtime cuz I couldn't tear myself away from browsing your photos on your blog! I've made it through all of 2009, can't wait to finish the rest! I wish I could have another wedding just to have you there to capture it!

Laura Leslie Photography said...

INSPIRED by your work...every time. Major eye candy

Rachael Earl said...

I am in love with their details-ahhh! Gorgeous photos!

{ Joy } said...

Amazing pictures - AWESOME couple :)

cassandra m said...

love the shoe & flower shot. love the detail shots...awesome. BUT most of all, as always, your bride & groom pics make me smile the BIGGEST!!!! amazing and then some. gorgeous. u r right...the light + allison = awesomeness~~~

Josh said...

Wonderful shots. Couple looks so happy! I love his expression when she's walking down the aisle, that smile says it all :)

Cindy Schultz said...

gorgeous, gorgous bride! the details are phenomenal and the lighting kicks butt!

Nicole said...

Dude, You cant buy talent this insane.. And is that your Wifey doin all the editing??? She got some skills too!!! Love as always. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Jen said...

Ohana's....absolutely a beautiful couple! The pictures, obviously stunning as always.

Brianna Phelan said...

Awesome work - looks like a great day!

Erika McCauley said...

Your work is out of this world and such an inspiration!

Becka @Studio222 Photography said...

I love the bird details. I'm a fan of birds. I have one tattooed on my left wrist ;)

And we have muskat grapes and wine here in Florida too!

Ewan Phelan said...

Simply awesome detail shots guys! Love the night shot as well.

Pinky said...

oh my, beautiful, #2,5, & 9 are my faves!!!

Stephen Grant said...

Just breathtaking, and touching, friend! Your eye for details and emotions gets me every time. And I just love how you showcased this location. The window shot is slamming!!

Dotun said...

too many great shots here..well done.

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

these are absolutely stunning!!!

Jinksee said...

Ohana, Ohana, Ohana, how I love all your posts. :D Such great photos and memories. Just a hot diggity dog awesome job!!

J. Castro Photography said...

Everytime I come by here, I struggle to find the words to say how awesomely badass you guys are. =)

Linda Strunka said...

Very beautiful. Love the story that goes with it!

Clifton Photography said...

You guys ROCK the roof off!!! Your images are inspiring and unique!!! Love it!

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

Kicking butt, as always, guys! And it looks like a really cool event. Love it!

Dawn Malone said...

Love all the details in this wedding, and who better to capture them.

ksenija said...

seriously?!!! you guys are on fire! love love all the details from this wedding & that shoe in perspective vertical shot ROCKS. sooo many beautiful moments captured. *heart* you guys & your passion!

Joy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and was blown away! What incredible captures you have.
How long have you been taking pictures like this......i guess I want to know, how long before I can take pictures like you! haha! Do you ever do any teaching? I'd love any information you have if you do (=

I love the backlit shot in the doorway, has such a romantic feel to it!

Sandy said...

WOW! So many great photos! I especially love all of the fun shoe shots! Awesome job ;)

Ryel j said...

Woww those details were so were captured! Great work! I love love the black and white portrait with the bride! Beautifully done!

Alexandra said...

Wow! She is BEAUTIFUL! I looove the sun!!

Will Parris said...

Love it all!! Love all the amazing details, the science & ta-daaa shot, and the bridal party shot - all awesome!! Love it party people - as always!!

Chelsea Nicole said...

Utterly fantastic!! Looks like it was a fun wedding and as usual you guys totally ROCKED it out!

Love the whole birdie theme... Such cool shots playing that up!

Staja Studios said...

I love the shot with the flowers coming back down the aisle, and the two during the speech. They really showed the emotion! It looks like it was a great wedding!

Afolabi - Fotos by Fola said...

I say it all the time but what i love most about you guys is the creativity involved in all the shots. Such a lovely wedding and exceptionally well documented. Awesome job as always!

Sylvia Borgo Photography said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! I adore the shot of her holding her bouquet out! Stunning

Enoch Photography said...

Truly stunning. Awesome you guys. That b/w shot behind the bride --- wow. And what a cool cake topper.

Bella said...

Ooooohhhhheeemmmmmmmgeeeeeeee! These are amazing amazing amazing! She looks so stunning and radiant!
I would canvas print that shot of "the happy couple" and the "happy gal" shot. I just love the happy feel of these!

Brianna said...

Are you for real!?!?! These are amazing! I adore the "happy" gal shot, you can just feel the love right there, the "alone time"is gigantic wall print ready, and that second pic of the bride is UH-MAZING, that is pure beauty and softness right there! I would die for a shot like that of me!
I know I say this a lot, but your work always inspires me. You have the cutest, funnest, and happiest couples ever! I wished I knew about you when I got married :o* maybe, I can talk the hubs into a 5 year renewal :] hee hee.
P.S. I love your blog and your commentary with the photos.

Miguel P. said...

Beautifully done my brotha from anotha motha!