A Fashion Blogger’s Cliffside Wedding in San Diego

If you spend any amount of time on her blog you’ll know that this bride, Danielle knows a thing or two about style. And that great fashion taste translated to the dreamiest cliffside wedding set in San Diego as she tied the knot with Peter. From her getting ready look a la Plum Pretty Sugar to a boho bridal gown by Grace Loves Lace, Danielle brought her style A-game on the big day and the amazing Tenth & Grace captured it all behind the camera. Pssst: don’t miss SJ Videography’s film below!

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About Danielle & Peter

Peter and I met through my brother-in-law. Peter kind of tricked me into going on a date with him (he said it was more of a “business lunch meeting”). I didn’t know what to think when I arrived realizing it was a very real date! But as we sat down for lunch the conversation just started to flow, I was completely myself with him and we had everything in common. It was the easiest date I had ever been on. Before I knew it we had been to five different restaurants and had a nine hour first date! Two days later Peter asked me to meet him for a quick cup of coffee where he told me he was going to marry me. Yes, on our second date he told me very matter of factly that he was going to marry me! We’ve been inseparable ever since.

Wedding Day

Fast forward three years, 2 different states and lots of traveling came our wedding day! I can still perfectly remember getting in the car with Tanya from Tenth & Grace driving to the Sunset Cliffs headed to see my future husband for our “First Look”. I had procrastinated and was transferring my scribbled vows that I had written on a hotel notepad to my vow book on the drive over (come to find out, Peter was doing the exact same thing on his drive too!). I will never forget seeing Peter standing out on the cliff waiting for me. I was more nervous than I expected to be but the very moment I embraced Peter was my happiest moment ever. I felt complete stillness, like that moment had been waiting for me for my whole life. It was the most love I have ever felt.

Inspiration

The Sunset Cliffs couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for us. Peter and I are both beach lovers – there is no place we feel more peaceful at than near the waves. The inspiration for the wedding was to create a whimsical yet bohemian vibe. Both of those styles really reflect who we are as a couple, carefree and laid-back yet playful. But more than anything I wanted to keep it very intimate. My dream was to have our wedding feel like everyone’s best day ever, not a huge fancy production but truly a day of beauty and love. With 38 of our closest family and friends, my Dad marrying us wearing my Grandmother’s vintage turquoise ring, I truly have never felt so much pure joy around me. I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling!

Design Highlights

When I first told Peter I wanted a pink couch he thought I was crazy! But he totally let me run with my design ideas and paired with the natural elements of the other lounge pieces and the cliff itself, the pink couch ended up being one of my favorite details! Our ceremony arch + flowers were an absolutely dream. My brother-in-law made the arch stand and my florist outdid herself with adding lots of greenery and boho goodness!

The macrame hanging we used has been in every home Peter and I have lived in together, it’s a piece that will go everywhere with us. I wanted to work with the windy cliff instead of fighting it so I kept everything very flowy, which complemented the natural look I was going for. Everyone looked stunning! My bridesmaids in mixed dresses and the men in killer blue suits – all the little details came together so perfectly (I could cry at how amazing my planner + vendors were). Although it was a very calm and intimate day, it was still a major party – just like we wanted! It was truly the wedding of our dreams.

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Photography: Tenth & Grace | Videography: SJ Videography | Event Design: Seventh Bixel | Event Design: Danille Wittig | Florals: Kimberly Anderson, The Dainty Lion | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Bakery: Hey There, Cupcake! | Ceremony Venue: Sunset Cliffs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Makeup: Alicia Wheeler Makeup & Hair Artistry | Calligraphy: Dixie on Dallas | Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Palomar | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Event Planning + Coordination: Details Darling | Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals

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Expert Photographers Share Tips For Getting The Best Wedding Photos

While their specialty is photography, most photographers have been to countless weddings, and they’ve picked up a few tips along the way. So, we got into their brains a bit and asked them what they want you to know before your big day in order to get the best photos.


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Research
With so many talented wedding photographers, it can be hard to settle on a final decision for your big day. “On your wedding day, you’ll want a photographer who can create cool pictures in bad weather, dark rooms, and unflattering lighting,” says Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley of a guy + a girl photography. “[You want] someone who can make pretty pictures whether things go according to plan or you wind up having to go with plan B.”

To find that right person, it’s all about research. “I always tell my potential couples to be sure to choose someone whose work they have completely fallen in love with,” says Michele Beckwith of Michele Beckwith Photography. “At the end of the day, the investment you make in your chosen artist will continue to grow and be passed down through your family for generations.”


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Pick a Photographer you Like to Be Around
All of the photographers we spoke with had the same sentiment: it’s important to like each other. “Unlike other vendors, your photographer will be by your side on the wedding day from early morning when you’re sipping coffee in your floral robe and slippers until late that night when the bottoms of your bare feet are dirty from the dance floor and your makeup is runny,” says Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley. “A photographer who ‘gets you’ and who can be a friend and a calm presence will be an asset while riding the emotional waves of your wedding day.”

To ensure you’ll have this type of connection with your photographer, try to meet up with them ahead of time to see how your personalities fit. “I always (always) meet with our clients either in person, on Skype, or on the phone before any formal booking takes place to ensure we’re all on the same page and generally get along,” says Sarah Lockhart of Ryon:Lockhart Photography. “Make sure you feel comfortable with them—when you are comfortable, it will show in your photos!”

Scout Locations Ahead of Time
If you’re doing a first look or want your family photos away from the venue, work with your photographer to nail down a few ideal spots for photos. “I suggest to have one or two locations that are walking distance in mind for portraits,” says Sarah Lockhart. “But always leave time for lots of flexibility—we’re constantly looking for really beautiful pockets of light or natural reflectors and those can be found in really odd spots (hello, random alleyways!!).”


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Involve Your Photographer in the Scheduling
Whether you are working with a planner, or you and your fiancé are handling the scheduling yourselves, be sure to involve your photographer. “[It’s] very helpful for the flow of the day, and for best photo results, to have your photographer involved with the timing and scheduling of photography throughout the different parts of the day,” says Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley.
In addition to the flow, your photographer can also help point out possible mishaps that could occur with locations or timing of portraits. “It is so important to have an open dialogue with your photographer and coordinator (if you have one) early on in the planning process to talk about logistics,” says Michele Beckwith. “You’ll figure out if there’s going to be any major influences that will impact the way your day flows and come up with a game plan that allows for buffers (in case things run behind).”

Slow Down and Have Fun
You spend your entire engagement planning and thinking and working out problems, but on the day of, it’s important to remember just one thing: enjoy yourself. “I know how stressful the process of planning a wedding can be, but don’t forget the why of all of it,” says Sarah Lockhart. “Give lots of hugs, belly laugh, ugly cry, and dance your booty off—it will make for really great photos.”


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Remember: Post-Production is a Process

After the wedding, brides and grooms are often anxious to get their images back—it’s an exciting moment that we yearn for, but shouldn’t rush. As Lauren Saldutti and Michael Kelley of a guy + a girl photography explain, the majority of a photographer’s time is spent after the wedding. “Having images that are properly adjusted, color corrected, and photo-shopped is essential in the quality of the final product and doing this correctly takes more time, so be patient for your final images,” they said. “Having the fastest turnaround after the wedding does not always lead to the best results.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Jessica Tzikas is a freelance writer, editor, and content manager from South Florida, who recently moved back to the sunshine state after living in Philadelphia for the past few years. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading by the beach, practicing yoga, and exploring nearby towns with her new husband.

 

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