Amanda & Nathan

I’ll admit that it can sometimes be unnerving showing up to photograph a wedding when I haven’t yet met the couple. But I have to say, the moment Dad and I arrived at the salon where Amanda was getting her hair done I was immediately struck by what a sweet, warm person Amanda is.

Next we followed her to the hotel where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready, and the rest of the group was every bit as lovely. Amanda had a large entourage with four bridesmaids and four junior bridesmaids (now her little sisters-in-law). Each was so kind and considerate of the other and it was truly a joy to spend the day with them.

Amanda and Nathan were married in the Ellipse Chapel at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Amanda and Nathan decided to see each other before the ceremony so that we could get formal photographs done without making guests wait. This could not have been a more ideal plan on this day, particularly because the rain started to pour during the ceremony. Had we waited until after we wouldn’t have been able to take these bright outdoor photos.

The reveal: we brought the two of them outside to capture the moment when Nathan first saw Amanda in her dress. I think you can see that not only are they great people, they’re also a whole lot of fun.

This was taken right before Amanda and her father made their ceremony entrance. I’m a sucker for a sweet father-daughter relationship.

The kiss.

After a short break the group celebrated at the Oceanview Room on the submarine base in Point Loma. The wet and windy weather prevented us from being able to sit outside to enjoy the stunning views, but the party inside didn’t miss a beat. This gang kept the dance floor filled!

Amanda’s sister designed all of the silk boquets and reception decorations. The ‘tea party’ theme was particularly cute, with tea cups and topiaries at each table. Amanda and Nathan also gave a special tea bag and message to each of their guests.