University of San Diego Couple Shares Stunning Balboa Park Engagement Shoot

Our beloved Paul Douda has "wowed" us once again with this stunning engagement session. However, it's not just the photographer that makes the pictures. Kelly Sheeran and Daniel Perez have such a bright light shining between the two of them that these pictures truly lit up our screen. The two met in college at the University of San Diego, and they have been together since then! Apparently Daniel had been trying to ask for her parents' approval multiple times last year, but Kelly kept figuring out the surprise. So, he was finally able to get everything approved and set up without her knowledge and proposed in December of last year at Sunset Cliffs! The two plan on having their ceremony at the Immaculata at USD followed by their reception at the US Grant Hotel downtown! This local couple will most definitely have a breathtaking wedding in 2018! 

Love, Laughter, and Louboutin Bring a Black and White Engagement Shoot to Life

Who doesn't love a good pair of perfect, black patent leather pumps? They are the ultimate shoe to dress up or down. We'll take it even further. Who'd doesn't love a good pair of black patent leather Louboutin pumps? You can never go wrong with Louboutins!

Talia Benzaken feels the same way and made sure these bad boys made their debut in her engagement shoot at Balboa Park. Talia and her fiancé, Jon Rapel, took full advantage of the beautiful backdrops that Balboa Park offers. From the breathtaking architecture to the jaw-dropping gardens, this couple saw it all.

All of this while in 4 inch Louboutin heels. Talk about girl power!

Photographer: Alex Bruce Photography// Venue: Balboa Park

This Week's Wedding Crush Wednesday Showcases a Quintessential San Diego Wedding

This week, we are featuring the quintessential luxury San Diego wedding! Chris and Marisa Mendivil celebrated their marriage in all the places we love in San Diego, California! From an engagement shoot in San Diego's famous Balboa Park [check!], wedding ceremony at the Immaculata [check!!] all the way through to their gorgeous wedding reception at the incredible US GRANT HOTEL, what we love most about this couple's wedding is their location choices. Marisa is a graduate from the University of San Diego, so the couple wanted to have their ceremony at the Immaculata Church on campus with its breathtaking ceiling and grandeur. Next on the night's agenda was the formal wedding reception in the US GRANT HOTEL's dreamy Crystal Room - a space that has to be seen to be believed! This Victorian era hotel, full of San Diego history and love, just experienced a multi million dollar refurbishing face lift and has never looked better! We invite you to see for yourself!

Photographer: MKL IMAGES// Venue: US GRANT HOTEL // Florals: Adorations Botanical Artistry// Bridesmaid Dresses: Enzoani Bridal// Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Friar Tux// Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Upbeat San Diego wedding shines in Multi Colorful Spanish Village

Jasmine & Daniel's compatibility was undeniable from the beginning. They met online and after their first date they both told their best friends that they'd found 'the one'! The colorful nature of San Diego's Spanish Village at Balboa Park complimented this wedding couple and their guests so well. Their bright personalities shined through and since the Groom is a brew master at a local San Diego brewery everyone enjoyed the 'pour it yourself' beer taps and a wine station. Daniel's best friend Ben became ordained and performed the ceremony and his personal experiences with the couple made this bright and happy day of love all the more special. 

Wedding Vendor Credits: 

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography
Makeup Artist: Alyssa Medeiros
DJ: Arthur Djartistic Mitchell
Cake Designer: Azucar
Etsy Designer: BridalRings Designed by Irina
Dress Store: Demetrios Bridal
Floral Designer: Green Fresh Florals
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Warehouse
Caterer: Paella Valenciana
Linens and Coverings: PATTY'S LINEN RENTALS
Reception Venue: Spanish Village at Balboa Park


San Diego Redwood Circle Engagement Session

Before their engagement session, Stella, Jose and Brit (the photographer) sat down for coffee to plan the engagement shoot, and talk about different location options. Stella mentioned she envisioned her engagement session in a similar location to the Twilight wedding. There is only one place in San Diego even close: The Redwood Circle at Balboa Park.

Not many people know about this secluded spot, but the woods there are excellent for romantic portraits. They started the session in the forest, and made their way through the park, stopping along the way at all of the different locations to get a wide variety of looks and backgrounds.

The variety at Balboa Park is seriously impressive and it’s a great location for capturing your love! Here are more tips on a San Diego engagement shoot!