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cassie + ryan – torrey pines state reserve, guy fleming trail south overlook

I received an email from Cassie after she found me on The Knot.  They had originally been planning a larger wedding in Connecticut, where their families are and from where they had moved about six months earlier.  But planning a larger wedding, especially from a distance, really wasn’t them, they said, and they know that they would be more focused on other things (like details or other folks) and not just on the meaning for the event, so they decided that they would much prefer a very personal and more private celebration, and that’s when …
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kelly + steven – admiral kidd club

I met Kelly and Steven at the Bridal Bazaar about 10 months before their wedding, but they had actually been sent to me by one of my past couples, who are friends of theirs, and a whole bunch of their friends who were guests at that 2011 wedding.  And I’m so glad that they did, as it was clear from our brief meeting at the bridal show that we were the right fit for each other.  Yay!  So, the three of us got together very shortly after to talk about what they wanted and didn’t …
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Sitting here smiling…

Yes, I’m sitting here on New Year’s Eve smiling.  I’ve had fun today closing out the year, thinking back on the 128 weddings and celebrations I was part of this year, starting with an intimate celebration on January 1st and ending with an intimate celebration on December 30th, and filled with celebrations of all sizes and styles in between.  My couples this year came from 17 other states/territories (AR, AZ, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MS, NM, OH, OK, PA, TX, and WA) and three other countries (Australia x 2, England, and …
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Looking back and forward!

What a year it has been!  I will be back with a more formal New Year post shortly, but I did want to take a minute to share that I have been working on getting caught up on galleries from past weddings (you may have noticed the many new ones from both 2014 and 2013 in the Gallery section - yay!), and am now working on getting caught up on some past wedding blog posts too.  Yay!! Of course, with 128 weddings in 2014 for me and 12 for Jason (more on him soon, I promise), …
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how quickly life changes…

Do you want to know more about me personally, and who I am and what makes me tick?  Well, nine years ago today, my life completely changed.  I had dinner that night with a friend of a longtime and long-distance friend.  Deb told me that someone she worked with was moving to San Diego, and she would like to put us in touch, since he didn’t know anyone here.  Of course!  Deb was someone I had known many years earlier in Tokyo, and we’d kept in touch plus randomly saw each other as we’d each …
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