San Diego California. What more can you ask for in August as an Arizona resident? I was honored to make the drive out to the coast for Jesse & Kendall's big day. First stop? Tacos of course! Luckily I always arrive for my destination weddings the day before, leaving plenty of time to make a pit stop. Kendall and Jesse were set to wed at a venue I had filmed at years before. The Thursday Club . This venue sits on a hilltop with sweeping views of the California coast. Before we could get there though we had to make a stop at another iconic San Diego venue, Humphreys Half Moon Inn. This is a hotel that doubles as a concert venue. Ive been fortunate enough to attend a concert or two here in the past. When I arrived for bride prep, I was hit with something I had forgotten living in Phoenix. Humidity! Im sure my friends in San Diego are rolling their eyes at this, but when you leave the desert after a year you become hyper sensitive to any amount of moister in the air. I arrived to a packed house of Kendall's bridal party in various stages of their hair and makeup process. I was guided to the back bedroom where the lighting was perfect for the dress shots and got to work. I was soon joined by the wonderful Paige of Paige Hill Photography. We worked together as she posed the details and I (being 6'4") was in charge of hanging and staging the dress. When it was time to switch, I made my way outside where Paige had set up the details. She too made a comment about the humidity, being that she is a San Diego native, this validated my earlier grievance. We wrapped up details and then grabbed some shots of Kendall who was in the middle of getting her hair done. Off to the venue! After making my way up the hill, I arrived at The Thursday Club. Walking through the door I was greeted by the lovely coordinator, Courtney with Breezy Day Weddings. She was busy setting up tables so I quickly grabbed my camera to catch some of the action. Along with coordination, Breezy Day also does floral. I love these kinds of shots. They show the venue transformation as it shapes into its final form. Jesse arrived shortly after and with him the other photographer Nikki. We worked together to get some "getting ready" content with Jesse. Staging groom prep is pretty typical for me as a solo shooter when the couple is getting ready at different locations. We tucked Jesse away in anticipation for Kendall's arrival. Running slightly behind, we rolled right into her getting ready process. Kendall decided to get the emotions flowing early gifting Jesse a box of items she had been secretly collecting since they started dating. After the couple exchanged their personal vows, I moved downstairs for the ceremony. Thursday Club has a more intimate ceremony site, and Jesse and Kendall's guests maxed out the space. This requires some careful coordination with the photographer to make sure we both get the shots we need and don't affect the ceremony more then we need to. Luckily Paige and Nikki were pros and the ceremony concluded without a glitch. After some photos... ok a lot of photos... it was time for the party to start. Kendall and Jesse decided to have their guests knowledge about their relationship history dictate the order they'd be released to dinner. This made for a fun twist to an otherwise dull moment. After dinner the couple shared their first dance along with a dance with their parents. The cake was cut and the party got started. Bill Calhoun, the DJ, kept the party rocking as the sun set. My time in San Diego with Kendall & Jesse had come to an end.
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