This is going to be an extremely overenthusiastic and biased post. Why? Well, because *I* got married at the Pearl! So, of course, when Andrew & Shawna told me they’d be getting ready to tie the knot at the amazing little retro boutique hotel that is The Pearl, I was pretty over the moon. Then throw in Old Venice, one of the best and most charming Italian restaurants in San Diego to both host the ceremony and reception, and my knees got weak. Yup. This day was so full of delight and sweetness and laughter and love. Inspired, but not over the top, the wedding remained small and intimate while still being such an awesomely fun party. We started our party getting ready at Sunset Cliffs, and then poolside at the Pearl.
Andrew and Shawna were keeping it low-key for getting ready. There was no first look, no big reveal. Just a groom’s quick knock on the door, and a beaming bride awaiting him. I loved it. They hung out amidst the fish and bamboo and relaxed together, enjoying the fact they were soon to get hitched.
There was so much giggling by the pool. So much happy. With their family patiently awaiting group photos nearby, these two classic-glam charmers had no problem letting loose and having fun. Silliness abounded in the best possible way. This is what your wedding day should feel like, boys and girls. It should feel like you, whoever you are. It it was so perfectly matched to these lovelies. I also loved hanging out in the shag lounge—and endless, endless, endless kisses. This I can get behind!
I love that we had so much time. We were able to run all around this amazing place to shoot so much magic and let the love flow. This is the toughest thing to communicate to the awesome people I work with. Time is always so precious on your wedding day, and it’s really tough to ask of any couple to set aside a full hour just for couples portraits. I know it’s a day in which you’re pulled in all directions, a day in which all the people you love rally around you, and you want to spend it together. But this is why it’s so wonderful when clients start with a schedule that prioritizes their couple portraits, without sacrificing elsewhere. A longer schedule is so invaluable.
People often tell me that of all my photographs, they love those that are full of action and misbehaving and playfulness. Me, too! But you just can’t get that in a rushed ten minutes. So I truly fall in love with folks like Andrew and Shawna, who allow themselves enough time, release themselves from pressure, and set aside time together, so that they can just kick back and have a really great time enjoying each other on their amazing day. Swoon.
The quaint, charming details at Old Venice paired with the modern, bold wedding design was a rad contrast. I love how these varying disparate elements wove together to reveal such a genuine reflection of a beautiful couple—inventive, caring souls. It sure didn’t hurt that these two had such a buoyant, energetic community of fun-loving family and friends. I can’t imagine anything better than a wedding day filled with laughter and love.
From the gorgeous, mellow, pretty floral arrangements, to the earnest and gentle song stylings of Rheanna Downey, everything felt sweet, intimate and cozy as a delicious pasta dinner was served. Three hilarious-meets-heartfelt speeches later, the merriment continued to mozy along. What a day of energy and tenderness, laughter and love, and luminous happiness. May those feelings be ever-present in this amazing pair, for all the many years to come.
TALENT ROLL CALL
Photography: Let’s Frolic Together // Videography: Joshua Masters // Getting Ready Venue: The Pearl Hotel // Ceremony & Reception Venue & Catering: Old Venice Restaurant // Bride & groom’s Accessories: Borrowed or homemade // Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Groom’s Attire: JCrew & Banana Republic // Florals: Florals by 4F // Cake: Extraordinary Desserts // DIY Decor: They made it themselves! Special callout— the handmade heart confetti!