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Thursday, September 10, 2009

David and Danielle's San Diego Wedding at the Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista, CA


a dusty drive, a simple dirt lot, just look around at this incredible spot.
a clay tile roof atop white washed walls, a flower-filled courtyard filled with birds calls.
a 19th century wagon with rusty metal wheels, this place is a gold mine of textures and feels.
weathered adobe brick walls, old wooden floors that creak and crack, someone yells "david and danielle are getting married today!" behind my back.
i smile to myself, knowing that this day is going to be awesome.
the rancho guajome adobe is a snapshot. a living picture of old california. in the mid 1800's the rancho was given to a couple as a wedding gift. they held lots of extravagant fiestas and many of southern california's early residents came to visit.
with a history like that, it was the perfect place for david and danielle to have an amazing southern california wedding.
from our very first meeting, on through their engagement session and wedding in san diego, we have seen how much david and danielle love each other. it is very clear that they are IN love. they are so happy together that just being around them makes us happy. we love people in love!
david and danielle's wedding was pure awesomeness! it was like being at a wedding with our own relatives. in fact, they reserved seats for us at a regular table right alongside their own family members (who were awesome and totally funny btw! see taffy picture below). among the billion other things they did for us, that alone speaks volumes as to how much david and danielle care about people. they didn't have to bring us in their inner circle and treat us like family, but they did, and we love them for it. they're sweeter than twinkies wrapped in cotton candy and dipped in syrup with sprinkles on top. yummo :)










danielle enjoying a quiet moment with her dad just before walking down the aisle.




exhibit b: showing how much david and danielle care more than a care bear, it was pretty warm the day of their wedding, but david and danielle had already done their homework (something they do a lot). they knew all the guests would be sitting under the warm california sun during their ceremony, so they bought a barrel of parasols to keep everyone cool. yes, even the dudes.
rule# 183 of the dude handbook states: it is fully acceptable to hold a parasol during a wedding that is held in direct sunlight. it goes on to award chivalry bonus points if the parasol you are holding is deployed over a female or elder that is accompanying you at the wedding.




i couldn't quite see from my angle, but apparently something very sharp, possibly a dagger, blew into david's eye during the ceremony and caused some sort of salty liquid to discharge from it. i would have totally helped him out, but a dagger-like object had also blown into my eye and i didn't want to cause a scene removing it :)




david's question was...
where is the chase, and how do we cut to it? :)




pastor carlton harris of the college avenue baptist churchin san diego did an awesome job officiating david and danielle's wedding ceremony. before we could blink three times david and danielle were married and running back down the aisle on their way out.
















if sexy and fierce had kids together this is what they would look like.




nobody rocks a parasol like david. nobody.




madonna's "like a prayer" video, meet david and danielle's wedding photo.
is it just me, or is it getting hot in here? guys? :)




david and danielle had some absolutely amazing details at their wedding. the flowers were beautiful, the poof balls were poofy, the food from romano's macaroni grill catering was insanely good, and the cake from howard's bakery in el cajon ca was suh-weet! speaking of the cake...




danielle was kind enough to offer the first piece to david.
hey, um, david. you got a little something right there on your face. :)




david, being the gentleman that he is, kindly shared the 2nd piece with danielle. how sweet.
revenge is a dish best served with cake.
nice extension david :)




the fun with cake was far from over. it was their friend freya's birthday, so david and danielle called her to come up front with them.
not wanting to take one on the chin from david or danielle, freya smashed the cake in her own face.
kidding. actually, david and danielle led everyone in singing happy birthday to freya. how cool is that for a couple to do on their own wedding day?
we thought it was pretty awesome.




this is what happens when you mix photographers with saltwater taffy and awesomely fun people.
gold. pure photographic gold. :)




i don't think there was a dry eye in the whole reception, except mine, when danielle and her dad danced. :)
as the wedding was winding down, danielle's dad stopped by our table and we got to talk shop with him for a bit. as it turns out, he loves cameras too. yep, he's pretty much awesome.










there's something i love about this photo. oh yeah, it's david and danielle.







danielle took david out behind the woodshed and...




made shadow puppets :)




when thinking up ideas for david and danielle's ring shot we wanted to do something that was as fun as they are. we came up with two ideas.
the first idea involved a couple of our friends from yo gabba gabba. looking good foofa and brobee!
the 2nd shot is for david. for this one we...




aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! it's a dinosaur!!!!!!!!! run!!!!!!
wait. false alarm everybody. it's only a toy dino. phew! :)
this is our ode to david's dinosaur shirt that he got from the san diego natural history museum when he was 13 and still wears on special occasions, like today.





david and danielle, we all want to thank you so much for making us laugh every time we speak with you, for making us cry when we see you cry, and for letting us show everyone what true love looks like. you two are amazing together. you have the most caring hearts of anyone we know. we're ecstatic that you are part of our extended ohana now, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you. one thing is for sure, everything is going to be good as long as you are together.
since we can't get enough of you, here's a little slideshow with a fun song that kim said reminds her of you. love you guys!








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45 comments:

Will Parris said...

Genius! Love the ring shots (holla dinosaur shot!), love the black & whites and the whole enchilada - extra awesome sauce!!

Melissa said...

OMGOSH! Love the pew shot, Godzilla ring shot (fave), hot shadows and that amazing shot in the doorway! You guys... seriously... you da bomb! ;)

Peggy said...

I LOVE THESE! I love the crying...um...i mean,dagger shot and the cake smashing ones too! ;]
Yah that shot in the pew, CRAZY AWESOME! Love the mix, love the fun, love this hot couple, love the Ohana!

Zak said...

Dude my kids love Yo Gabba Gabba! Me...I'm still trying to figure it out. LOL As always love these! If I had to pick a fave I would say "the woodshed" or the one above it!

Ed Atrero said...

That doorway shot is straight ridiculous!!! Lemme borrow your car, smokey!

Becka @Studio222 Photography said...

LOVE the one of them getting all PG13 in the church pew. LOVE IT.

Pam said...

Super cute couple! I love the candid and not so candid shots *wink wink* Love how you push the envelope guys!

Malie said...

Your commentary always makes me smile big! Love the slideshow and the yo gabba gabba ring shot and the "love something about this photo" photo. Congrats to the lovely couple!

Rachael Earl said...

Looooooooove Brobee and Foofa! I also absolutely LOVE the black and white of the couple under the tree-that shot is sooooo gorgeous!

Alisa said...

awesome as usual!! love the joy!!

Sasha said...

Awesome pictures guys!!!

Jacob Bergmeier said...

I love the symmetrical portrait with everyone under the roof! Just pure awesomeness! And the Godzilla with the rings cracked me up!

robin cornett said...

Freaking fantabulous as always, y'all. I started getting weepy at the index cards--that's my kind of detail shot! and the shot of them in the door, and the parasols (+1 for a thoughtful couple), and the last shot of them snuggling together, and that wedding party shot... all awesome.

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Paige said...

I love the bridal shot and the bouquets being thrown, and i really love the pew shot with the veil in the slideshow! I always love how your pictures are unique to the couple too.

P.S Love your writing, it always brings a smile to my face =]

Michelle Guzman said...

Love all of the emotions you captured here.

Kenzie Miller said...

I am your biggest fan. Reading about this couple in this post and their engagement post, which was one of my favorite engagement sessions from you guys by the way, made me well up. Then you hit me with that slide show. I felt like I was there and knew them personally. Brava! Encore encore! ;) Sorry, I just love your guys work. The creativity and fun you put into your sessions astounds me. Like I said, I'm a fan :)

Brandi said...

They look like such a fun couple. Love that making out in the church shot and the fun ring shots!

Alexandra said...

Wow! These shots are amazing - each and every one of them! You are very talented!!

Sarah Tolson said...

Dang.. haven't been over here in a while.. You guys rocked it fo sho!! :)

I must admit, I almost teared up with the Daddy/daughter shot.. Great emotion you captured!!!!!

melissa o said...

I always look forward to your ring shots - they are always so creative and perfect!

Such a cute, romantic, fun couple!

Beth Morgan said...

The "like a prayer shot"...in the words of Rachel Zoe, "I DIE". It is amazing, sexy, raw, and real. KUDOS!

Miguel P. said...

AS usual, This wedding was rocked by you guys! Great Job D & K!

Michele B said...

That dino ring shot is killing me! Great job guys. You're always so creative and fun :)

Erika McCauley said...

These are PERFECTION!! Amazing work!!

Staja Studios said...

I love that last shot you guys, that is too funny! The shot of the two of them under the tree is mighty tasty also!

Cindy Schultz said...

beautiful light! love the details! you rocked it out as always!

Ginger Murray said...

LOL!!! The dino and the guy screamin'... LOL!

Nicole Benitez, Quantico, VA said...

OMgosh I laughed the whole way through. What a fun day! and you guys were awesome. The images beautiful and full of personality. Just perfect!

nudrat said...

LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVE the B&W's! Beautiful couple, and excellent work, as always...GO Ohana...

Ashley said...

Darn it! there you guys go again...AMAZING ME once again.

Christopher said...

More than just sometimes, BW works so well!

oneshotbeyond said...

What they all said! 2 thumbs up!

jen rinaldi photography said...

i can't tell you how much I love the way you capture the light in your photos. i love it. fantastic variety in these wedding shots. loved scrolling through the series!

Candy said...

Hands down... BEST story tellers EVER!!

cassandra m said...

those last images are flawless. I ALWAYS love your bride & groom pics! and yea, and very cool ring shots.

Toula said...

Amazing moments you guys captured here! Beautiful couple too! I loved their engagement session too! Your couples are SO lucky to have you capture their day!

.E. said...

These are awesome.. I am curious on average how many photos do you shoot during a wedding and how many do you give to your clients?

BeyondTheLens said...

Love the groups shot and the details...ohhhh and the shadow on the wall. way to see it all guys. It's always inspiring to drop by here :)

Stephen Grant said...

Speechless. Seriously. But that won't make for much of a comment! Doorway shot, the kiss under the tree, daggers in the groom's eye -- my faves in what is a really inspirational set! P.S. - love how you are working the b&w!

ksenija said...

the fifth shot (vertical image) from the bottom is my top fave... exudes such a great feeling! what a lovely wedding & couple. :)

Afolabi - Fotos by Fola said...

Cool shadow shot. You guys continue to inspire me. Love your work.

J.B said...

How lucky are they to have such amazing captures of their wedding day.

I just have to say, your photos are art. Every picture evokes a feeling to the viewer. I visit here often. I also really enjoy reading your story and captions of your couples. So heartfelt and kind.

Continue to inspire me!

Sylvia Borgo Photography said...

The shot of them in the doorway is absolutely amazing! What a cute couple! Oh, and by the way - you have the absolute best ring shots!

Brianna said...

Good gracious I am in love with these photos!!! Seriously, I need to know where you find these uberly beautiful and fun couples! I'll say it again, I so wished I had known about you when I was married, RENEWAL? heehee.
Maybe I can talk the hubs into a Trash the Dress session! I still fit in my dress..hmmm.....gears turning ;)
This couple has to be thrilled with these!