The Greens // Balboa Park, San Diego // The Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden in Balboa Park is a beautiful place for family photos. This fall night had the sun coming through the cacti at just the right time.

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Devon & Ben // Powerhouse Park Engagements // Del Mar CA

Devon and Ben came to Del Mar, CA for their engagement session. Living in Indiana now, Devon wanted to come home to where she grew up, the beautiful coasts of San Diego. Powerhouse Park in Del Mar offers easy access to the beach and is also a wedding venue if you want to get married right on the water with panoramic views of the Pacific.

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Kate & Greg // Cancún, Quintana Roo // 10.28.18

Kate and Greg tied the knot at Finest Playa Mujeres (literally the finest resort we have had the pleasure of photographing at). We absolutely love destination weddings and spend a lot of time in Mexico with our couples. Kate and Greg took us to Cancún to capture their dreamy beach wedding. Whenever we are in town for a destination wedding, we are yours as long as we are there! We were able to photograph a sunset cruise the night before the wedding as well as the rehearsal dinner. The day of consisted of perfect weather, a little humidity, and a beautiful sunset! We were honored to be there for Kate and Greg on such a special day and look forward to many more destination weddings to come.

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Sarah & Matt // Trinity River // Big Flat, CA

Sarah & Matt got married right on the Trinity River at Bigfoot Rafting where they had first met. Friends & family joined the couple as they said their vows with the sounds of the river in the background. An intimate reception followed across the street at Steelhead Cottages.

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Munoz Family // Balboa Park // San Diego, CA

We love family photo sessions, especially ones at Balboa Park! Balboa Park is a historic part of San Diego and one of the cities biggest parks. Kelly and her family were a pleasure to work with and we had to chance to photograph their wedding a few months later!

Dani & Kevin // Elfin Forest, CA // 9.29.18

Dani & Kevin got married on a beautiful summer night on her families Elfin Forest estate. After handpicking their flowers from the surrounding native plants, their ceremony took place on a deck overlooking the rolling hills and canyons.

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Carrie & Debraj // Racho Santa Fe Wedding // 6.23.18

Carrie & Debraj got married on their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The Indian-American celebration was held over two days and combined traditions from both sides of the family! We absolutely love experiencing new cultures through our photography and Carrie & Debraj celebrated in the best way imaginable.

Vendors:

Planner: Adore Wedding Design

Officiant: Deborah Young

Videography: Vacay Photo

Photography: Cameron & Irish, Vacay Photo

Laura & Joe // Orfilia Winery // 5.5.18

Laura & Joe joined families at the stunning Orfilia Winery in Escondido, CA. A beautiful, warm & sunny May day atop the rolling hills of grapevines made for a perfect wedding.

Vendors:

Catering: Crown Point, www.crownpointcatering.com

DJ: So Cal DJ, www.socaldj.com

Floral Designer: Family Friend

Officiant: George Leal, www.lealmediation.com

Hair: Stephanie McNabb

Makeup: Elizabeth Root

Donuts & Cake: VG’s Donuts & Bakery, www.vgbakery.com

Photography: Cameron & Irish, Vacay Photo

Tags: San Diego Wedding, San Diego Wedding Photographer, Destination Wedding Photographer, San Diego, Escondido, California Wedding Photographer, Orfilia Winery, Orfilia Winery Wedding

Stephanie & Rick // Fallbrook, CA // 6.2.18

Stephanie & Rick flew in from Chicago to tie the knot on their families beautiful Fallbrook estate. The ceremony took place along the edge of their propertys’ pond & was lit by the stunning summer sunset.  

 

Vendors: 

Wedding Planner: Kimberly Sisti, Sisti&Co, http://www.sisti.co/

Lighting: Scott, Brilliant Event Lighting, https://brillianteventlighting.com/

Event Rentals: Concepts Event Rentals, https://www.conceptseventdesign.com/

Hair & Makeup: Alice, Secret Salon, http://www.mysecretsalon.com/

Catering: San Diego Taco Company, https://sdtacos.com/

Live Band: Ben, Ben Mallare Acoustic, http://benmallare.com/

Videographer: Wilmus Weddings  , https://www.willmusweddings.com/san-diego-wedding-videographer

Bar: Pisto Bar, https://pistosd.com/

Cake: Elegance on Display, http://eleganceondisplay.com/

Photographers: Cameron & Irish, Vacay Photo  

Tags: San Diego wedding, San Diego Wedding Photographer, Fallbrook wedding, Chicago Wedding, Chicago couple, Destination Wedding Photographer, Destination wedding

Kiki & Justin // Darlington House, San Diego // 5.26.18

Kiki and Justin’s wedding was at one of our all-time favorite wedding venues in San Diego, the historic Darlington House in La Jolla. The Darlington House’ charm gives every wedding an intimate feel that makes you feel at home with all of your guests.  

 

Wedding Vendors: 

Venue: Darlington House, La Jolla CA http://www.darlingtonhouse.com/

Planner: Melissa Barrand, I Do... Weddings & Events http://www.sdweddingplanner.com/

Officiant: Ben Leibow

DJ: Jeremy Jones, Party People SD  http://partypeoplesandiego.com/

Catering: Anna Lisa, Personal Touch Dining https://personaltouchdining.com/

Cake: VG Donut & Bakery, https://www.vgbakery.com/

Valet: https://www.preferredvaletparking.com/

Photographers: Cameron & Irish, Vacay Photo 

 

 

Alex & Kevin // Aronimink Golf Club Wedding // 5.19.18

Alex and Kevin got married at the beautiful Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, PA. Following the tradition of Alex’s parents they hosted a beautiful ceremony & reception surrounded by all of their closes friends and family. 

 

Venue: Aronimink Golf Club https://www.aronimink.org/ 

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Venue Review: Acre Baja // Cabo San Lucas Wedding Venue // San Jose Del Cabo Wedding Venue

Last month we had the privilege of staying at one of San Jose Del Cabo's newest up-and-coming wedding venue and boutique resort. Acre Baja, is a hidden tropical oasis set in over 25 acres of lush palm trees with private event spaces, an award-winning bar and restaurant, rescue animal sanctuary and the most amazing tree houses that provide the best escape from reality. 

Walking into Acre you are greeted by hundreds (thousands?) of beautiful lush palm trees & tropical plants. You are surrounded by a very well kept forest of greenery that makes you want to re-do all your landscaping back home... 

Upon check-in, you are served a glass of water and one of their amazing & refreshing signature cocktails. The staff are all extremely friendly and take pride in their beautiful property. The concierge takes you on a tour of the property and shows you all of their amenities from the pool, to the bocce & volley ball courts, and even ping pong tables which are all designed to fit into Acres' immaculately designed grounds. 

We decided to stay in the Deluxe King Treehouse which consists of two king suites separated by a bridge about 40ft up in the air! Your view is among the tree tops and provides the ultimate sleeping experience (even in August)! Both rooms have a king bed and an outdoor patio. The rooms are completely screened in, protecting you from bugs at night (there weren't many). The beds are comfortable and have a fan above them to keep you cool. The main king suite has an indoor toilet, sink, & closet with additional storage under the bed. The outdoor shower (privacy included) is my favorite bathing experience to-date! Being in the shower surrounded by the trees & having an open view of the sky above you is absolutely perfect. 

The overall design of the grounds is breathtaking. There is a lot of concrete, geometric tile-work, tons of tropical plants and the best, sweetest, juiciest mangos we have ever had! The property has many mango trees that provide shade and the best mangos ever that are even served pool-side while you enjoy another one of their delicious cocktails -- our favorite is the Hummingbird that is a vodka-based passion fruit cocktail that is the perfect amount of refreshing. 

The pool is stunning. It is huge, the lip of the pool is about a foot above the ground and surrounded by teak wood & the geometric tile-work I mentioned earlier... There is a vanishing edge around the entire pool and as you float in the middle all you can see is the water & all of the beautiful cactus and trees that surround you. 

The food was next-level. Every dish is carefully thought out and regionally inspired. The fried green tomatoes, seared pulpo (octopus), and molé chilaquiles were among our favorites! After you finish the main course their desserts wrap up the meal perfectly. The tres leches and chocolate cakes are both rich & leave you completely satisfied. 

The outdoor event space is  lined with mango trees and the floor is their signature blue and white tiles. The trees provide a little shade and make the space feel separate and intimate. The space is surrounded by agave, grass, cactus and every other lush plant you would expect. The grounds at Acre provide countless photo opportunities and there is not a single bad thing to be said about it. We have visited multiple times for a meal or just to walk around and now we can say that we have stayed there as well! We will definitely be back and recommend it to everyone making a trip down to San Jose del Cabo.

Whether you're looking for a spot to host your bachelor/bachelorette get-away or are ready to dive into destination wedding planning, this place should be first on your list to check out!  The food, drinks, and accommodations were beyond a first class experience.

Adriana + Brent // Oak Tree Manor Wedding -- Spring, Texas

This past March we found were so lucky to have the opportunity to go out to the Houston area and photograph a beautifully elegant spring garden wedding at Oak Tree Manor in Spring, Texas.

Brent has been a friend of mine for over 10 years, his brother and I went to photography school together and often times I used Brent to model for my photo shoots. He is an incredible Artist and Graphic Designer and not to mention pretty darn hilarious . It only made sense when I met Adriana last summer (when we stopped by Houston on the way home from our New Orleans road trip to do their engagement shoot) that she was exactly the woman for Brent. Not only is she just as much fun as he, but she's in med school and just got accepted to do her residency in Pediatric Neurology. Smart, pretty and funny -- Brent sure scored the whole package with her! The wedding was a blast and filled with so much love and emphasis on the importance of family. I am so happy we were able to be there to capture the emotional  moments as these two families became one! 

The rockstar team that put this day together.....

Venue: Haydee Lara Oak Tree Manor Bed and Breakfast and Outdoor Weddings

Coordination: THE FABULOUS DEL!  Fabulous Beginnings by Delcina & Co. 

Music: LG Event Entertainment & Production LLC 

Hair/Make up:Simple Beauty Artistry 

Florals: Dream Bouquet 

Furniture & Rentals: What's the Occasion - Linen & Decor Rentals in Houston 
Live Band: Third Floor Strings 

Sydnee + Landon // Peabody Opera House Wedding - St. Louis, Missouri

I met Sydnee + Landon a few years back when we photographed her brother Taylor's wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle in 2016. Sydnee was a bridesmaid and Landon was running video for Taylor and Morgan. They stood out at this breathtakingly-beautiful real life Barbie and Ken couple. I soon found out he was a news anchor and she was Miss Missouri USA --- dang!  I thought right then and there man I would love to photograph their wedding someday-- they are so good looking! Well turns out Landon was proposing soon after that wedding and Sydnee called us up and asked if we would come to St. Louis the following summer to photograph their opera house wedding. We were so excited to be apart of their day and to see the amazing Stottlemyre family again! We were pretty lucky with the timing of this wedding and decided to drive out to St. Louis rather than fly. We packed up the Prius and even the fur-kids and left on a 2 week road trip. We fell in love with St. Louis, the City Museum and the beautiful Peabody Opera House. 

Venue, Coordination and Catering: Peabody Opera House

 

Lindsay + Jake // Darlington House Wedding - La Jolla, Ca

Lindsay + Jake tied the knot back in November of 2017. They probably had one of the best sunsets of the year that day. The Darlington House never lets down with all it's history and charm. We are so thankful we got to capture their special day and LOVED they added their fur baby to the party! If only our dogs would have been that obedient. It was a wonderful day and start to their next chapter! They are expecting a baby this summer! Congrats you guys!