San Diego Featured Wedding: Katie + Adam's New Family of Four

The blending of families in the pursuit of true happiness and love is always a marvelous sight. Katie and Adam wed at the San Diego Administration Center in front of just their closest friends and family. The setting was small, yet so full of bliss. And now, their little family is just that. Adam has two children of his own who stood right beside them throughout the ceremony, symbolizing the unity that this family now holds. What was once three is now four, and their family couldn't be more thrilled by their new tribe and all the love they look forward to for the rest of their lives!

Here is a little inspiration for all couples who wed and increase their family and their hearts by 'marrying' their true love's children. 

Children teach us all how to stay wrapped in the arms of love simply by the way they live each moment. They show us the truth and remind us to look out in wonder at the abundance and joy that life holds. To view everyone with the eyes of your heart and to look within and find the divine existing within yourself. Very importantly, living in love means being able to live in a place in your heart where you feel as safe and as loved as a child. And forming a circle of love that encompasses all your family and friends.

Congratulations to all the families celebrating a new marriage! 

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ring Designer: Copper Canary// Floral Designer: Epic Stems// Hair Stylist:Hair by Dee Newman//Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse// Jewelry: Zales Jewelry

San Diego Featured Wedding: Kevin + Marissa's Lifelong Friendship

Kevin and Marissa Corbett are the ultimate example of being able to move past the "friend zone." These two have actually been lifelong friend through their mothers. They grew up together. It wasn't until high school that the two started to see more potential between the two of them; and after they graduated, they attempted their first date. Obviously, it was a success. Kevin decided he wanted to join the military, and Marissa wasn't going to wait to get married until he got back from boot camp. So, a courthouse marriage [with Kevin in our personal favorite the gorgeous blue groom's suit a la Friar Tux!] performed by their best friend was arranged, and the rest is in the photos.  

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ring Designer: Diamonds Forever San Diego// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux Shop// Dress Designer: Lulu's// Makeup Artist: Make-Up by Hien// DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Marissa Maraan (Bride) - Paper Flowers// Ring Designer: MARS Fine Jewelry// Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse

Almost High School Sweethearts Celebrate an Intimate San Diego Wedding

We all know that one couple who has the most adorable high school sweetheart love story. You know, the couple who met freshman year and dated all throughout high school and then got engaged after graduating college? Well, Cheryl and Shaun Yuhas are not that couple. The two met sophomore year of high school, and Shaun instantly started falling for Cheryl. It wasn't until college that Cheryl decided that she, too, wanted to take their friendship to the next level. Now, fast forward 10 years, and the couple had the most lovely and intimate of weddings. They invited only their closest friends and family and chose to hold the ceremony outside the San Diego Courthouse. And what a beautiful decision that was! Congrats guys we know that timing truly is everything! 

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Dress Designer: Aidan Mattox//Shoes: Badgley Mischka// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Fashion Depot// Floral Designer: Rosemary-Duff Florist//Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse// Hair Stylist: The Hair Lounge// Jewelry: Zales Jewelry

San Diego Courthouse Wedding Celebrates True Love and a New Life

Vanessa & Brandon are proof positive that love conquers all. These two love birds had a rough start in life and found each other in the Second Chances program located in Chula Vista, California. Through thick and thin they overcame struggles and let their relationship blossom. Vanessa & Brandon have supported each other in the best of times and the worst of times so what better way to celebrate their bond and strength than with their family. They decided to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony at the San Diego Courthouse with the people that supported them the most; their family. It was such an important day for everyone who was a part of it. Vanessa was a style savvy bride, finding designer pieces to show off her vintage bridal princess style. This young couple is truly one of a kind and embodies “love didn’t find us; we found love.” Proving once again that there are second chances in life and happily ever afters.

Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Designer:Aspeed Design//Ring Designer:Ben Bridge Jewelers//Floral Designer:Disandras Formal Wear//Dress Store:Okhee S Lee Fashion//Apparel:Price Breakers//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Mens Warehouse//Other:Vega's Tailor Shop//Event Venue:San Diego Courthouse//

A charming 'KISS' San Diego wedding 'Keeps It Small and Simple' at the County Courthouse

Photographer Paul Douda knows how to capture love! When Paul photographed Veronica and Luis' intimate and very personal wedding, he knew that by following the wedding KISS theory [Keep It Small & Simple] they were able to really do whatever they wanted.  This charming couples wanted above all to celebrate from the heart with just their family, which we think is pretty special! They kept the ceremony to family only then included their whole world for a celebration a few months later. We love this wedding because it may be small but it's mighty full of love! 

Bride:  Veronica Karrer  Groom:  Luis Rosado

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Photography:  Paul Douda Photography

Venue: San Diego County Courthouse