Hotel Del Coronado Wedding : Sarah+Chris


The room was warm, the balcony suite door closed from the Pacific breeze, and Sarah sat in socks and covered in a blanket. As she had her hair and makeup done, Sarah explained she wasn’t feeling well and the morning started off with a few bumps, but she called her acupuncturist in LA and she came down to help Sarah get back to where she needed to be. Hence the soothing sounds of crashing waves and tropical rain forest birds coming from the radio.

Sarah dressed with the help of her amazing friends and family, and looked radiant. But her smile was just a wee bit incomplete. And everyone knew why. Sarah needed Chris. It was just that simple. The minute she walked down the aisle and into his arms, the soothing sounds of his laughter and the San Diego ocean relaxed her soul. They, together, were the perfect display of love, respect, and dependance.

The rest of the wedding day at Hotel Del Coronado was spent together–Chris holding her dress, Sarah clasping his hand, sharing moments that belonged only to them–and the world was back to where it needed to be. They need each other and last Sunday they made the commitment to ensure it lasts forever.

Sarah and Chris, I adore you both. I think you’re perfect for each other and I had a blast getting to know you, especially on one of the most important days of your lives. Thank you for being so amazing and I can’t wait to see where life takes you…preferably on your honeymoon once Chris finishes his law school finals! Enjoy the journey and I’m thrilled to call you friends. Much love and appreciation… j*

The day was spectacular…but so was Sarah’s Vera Wang wedding dress…

Timeout…Valentino’s on the left…and an Adorations bouquet on the right?! Awwww, yeah, that’s how I starting a wedding in San Diego…perfection…

The light as Sarah prepared at the Hotel Del Coronado was just amazing…

Sarah looked extra fabulous with help from Tracey Taylor for makeup and Sheila Stone for hair…what a dynamic duo…

A little garter action…

Sarah’s bridesmaids were my fav…

Wedding details can breathe new life into a perfect day and Lavonne with Adorations knows how to do this perfectly with her floral creations…I love working with her!

Sarah, you’re st-st-stunning. You made me stutter.

And Chris cleaned up nice himself. As a sidenote, I really like this guy. Like, really. One of the coolest grooms ever and a total gentleman…Sarah totally scored with Chris and she found a great husband. Trust me…I know what a good husband looks like! πŸ™‚

The wedding was centered around a Summer Romance, so whimsical elements and pastel flowers were used to create a distinctly feminine appeal…

A special thanks to Kelly of Mint Weddings for working so tirelessly on creating a flawlessly wedding day. She and her team are some of the best coordinators in San Diego!

The wedding was filled with lots of hugs, love and laughter…

&phonalytiAfter the extraordinarily hot ceremony (Internet…it was 90 degrees…ON THE BEACH!), we used the gorgeous backdrop of the Hotel Del Coronado for wedding pictures…

My angle…

JD’s angle…along with a special photo for Sarah. JD snuck away to capture photos of literally tons of dandelions Sarah cultivated for her wedding…she wanted to make sure her guests could all make a wish on her wedding day…

What else would a couple who’s getting married on 7/11 provide to cool down their guests…Slurpees of course!

In spite of the heat, Sarah and Chris decided they wanted beach photos, so we made the best of it and played along the San Diego shoreline for more wedding pictures…

…and I’m so glad we did because we got this photo…

A few more wedding reception details in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel Del Coronado…with many thanks to Lavonne at Adorations for her ever fabulous work…

The First Dance…

That’s right, Sarah…go on and be gorgeous during your dance…do your thang….

I wasn’t able to get the rings before the ceremony (which is what I prefer), but JD and I used off-camera light for the following wedding ring photo we took at night…

I think I took a million photos of this cake…it was unreal…there were SO many details and it was an absolutely incredible creation. The girls at CAKE deserve all their accolades…

The toasts were particularly funny…and Sarah’s sister may or may not have quoted the entire Golden Girls theme song. Awesome.

“If you like it then you betta put a ring on it…”

This post will end with two photos of Chris and Sarah reveling in their perfect wedding day…

To see more of Chris and Sarah’s Hotel Del Coronado wedding photos, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Jihan Cerda

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:01 pm


  2. Nadia Meli

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Wow. Her wedding dress is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen…and you captured the spirit of this wedding so perfectly Jasmine ! You’re my hero πŸ™‚

  3. Heather Disarro

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    absolutely stunning as always…i don’t know those people, but i feel like i do through your gorgeous pictures and their beautiful wedding!

  4. Kim

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I LOVE the dandelions and the slurpees β€” oh, and of course, the photographs!! Stunning!

  5. Alicia Candelora

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Stunning! And that cake! OMG. I also adore the dandelion idea!!

  6. Mireille

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Jasmine, you and JD did it again! One more amazing wedding. Those locations, breathtaking!

  7. Keri Doolittle Photography

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Simply stunning. LOVE, LOVE her dress, fabulous!

  8. Bill Nixon

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Beautiful Work Jasmine. I always love looking through your blog. Oh yeah, Kelli (my wife) agrees that cowboy boots are super-cute and coming back in.

  9. Renee Brownlee

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    My son and new daughter look amazing, I am so glad you were there for this memory making day. Perfect!!

  10. Elizabeth Crocker

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    How the heck did they get dandelions???? AWESOME!

  11. Patrice

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:25 pm


  12. JamieY

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, blown away like I knew I would be. I always look forward to your posts.

  13. Doug Arrington

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Another fantastic wedding shoot! Your work is amazing!

  14. kymvitar

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    you never cease to amaze me! i l.o.v.e. the dandelions, that was a fantastic idea!

  15. George Lagonikas

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I love your pics!!! And i’ve said that before… πŸ™‚

  16. whitney elizabeth

    July 16th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    gorgeous wedding and bride!!! fabulous pictures as always! πŸ™‚

  17. Damaris Mia

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    GORGEOUS! The dress, the venue, everything! Great job!

  18. Deyla Huss Photography

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    FaaBuuuuuuuLoooUssssssssss Darling! Bride & Groom… Stunning!! Details.. Gorgeous… Everything about this… SO RAD!!

  19. Barbara Yasuhara

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Your blogs always make me cry and they warm mee so! Lovely storytelling!!

  20. Laurie Bracewell

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous wedding, and perfectly captured. I heart your work, Jasmine!

  21. Mikaela

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh this makes my heart happy. Incredible images you guys, love all the details. And what a stunning bride!

  22. Alicia Damron

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The details of this wedding are stunning! I LOVE her dress first off, then the shoes, the flower arrangements with bark included were perfect, the cake is fantastic, and your pictures of it all are amazing!

  23. Erin Michelle

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Love the one with the garter. Never seen a photo of it being put ON before!

  24. Tim Burkhalter

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    J* you rock at finding the most incredible perspectives. So inspirational. "But blessed are your eyes, for they see…"

  25. Melissa Papaj Photography

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! I absolutely love, Love, LOVE Hotel Del Coronado! Maybe for my vow renewals in about six years… πŸ™‚

  26. Michelle

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I am not a girly girl… but I want her dress. I will wear it while I do laundry, and drive the kids to swim team practice. I LOVE it. πŸ™‚

  27. diane (

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:24 pm


  28. Evie Perez

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I love the ring shots!! Something so unique and beatiful!! I love how you got the moon in the background πŸ™‚

  29. Liz Kausteklis

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Love the ring shot, the slurpees, and everything else of course πŸ™‚ And I loooveee her dress!!

  30. Holli True

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    So pretty! I love that they had slurpees- that is amazing! πŸ™‚ The dandelions are such a cute and unique idea, too! Love it!!

  31. Carrie McCluskey

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    AMAZING details! Such a beautiful wedding Jasmine!

  32. Tania

    July 16th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Hats off to the coordinators and particpating vendors too. So many fabulous ideas and just plain ol’ fun and beautiful.

  33. Alison

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Absoulutely gorgeous from the dress to the dandelions! I love the idea of dandelions but heard a collective gasp from lawn worshipers across the land!

  34. shelley k

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE her dress, hair, flowers, ect ect prettiest bride ever!!!! and of course gorgeous photos! :o)

  35. Anda

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Okay, I like tons of things about this wedding … especially the cake and the birch wood details, and her dress. But I also think you should take more reception ring shots, because I like this one lots πŸ™‚ AND, that photo of Sarah and Chris walking and interacting on the beach with Hotel Del Coronado in the background … one of my fave shots from you ever. Ever.

  36. Derrick

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Gorgeous rings shot with the moon!

  37. jessica f

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    GORGEOUS wedding!!!!

  38. Sharon

    July 16th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    These are so awesome! Wow is all I can say. Your work is amazing!!

  39. Jakki

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Gotta love the ‘put a ring on it’ photo, LOL

  40. Felicia Gwen

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Simply gorgeous!

  41. Kelly Beane

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Absolutely stunning. Maybe one of my favorites!

  42. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    WoW! That ring shot! You got the lunar eclipse in there. Spiritually this was a very powerful time this past weekend specifically July 11th. If Sarah is a sensitive person, she was probably feeling the effects of it. it was a total eclipse of the heart~

  43. gladys jem

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    the colors, dress, the entire feel of this wedding is so lovely. sarah also has the most piercing eyes. i love it. beautiful jasmine!

  44. LEOLAK

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    WOW…..FANTASTIC WEDDING!!! ST-ST-ST-STUNNING BRIDE!!! WOW! Gorgeous couple…great details…that cake is rocking…the dress…the location – luv it – been there once a about 8 years ago gorge….everything about this rocks! Every picture just kept getting better and better! I even remember their engagement pics! Fantanstic job Jasmine! Oh and the 7/11 slurpies…cute.

  45. nena

    July 16th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I love love love your weddings! All your clients look happy and gorgeous and your photos get that all so well! =-)

  46. Magan Blasig

    July 16th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Such a gorgeous wedding! Love your write-up, Jasmine!

  47. cassandra-m

    July 16th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The details were insanely awesome. beautiful photos of everything. My favs are always the B&G shots. They just look so in LOVE!

  48. Penny Palmer

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Awesome!!! Just simply Awesome..

  49. Deannie

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Absolutely wonderful job with the photography and the blog! It really captures the most special moments and details of the day! I’m sure that Sarah was the most beautiful bride ever!!!

  50. Denver Wedding Photographers, JasonG

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Ahhhh… San Diego is so beautiful. And as always, Jasmine, you rocked this wedding! Great work!

  51. Kirsten

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I LOVE this! The slurpees make me happy–I was born on 7/10 at the time 7:11 and one time I was babysitting a three-year-old who was proud that he knew all the details of when he was born and he asked me mine. When I told him "I was born at 7:11," he asked, "Did they give you free slurpees?" It was hilarious.

  52. Kevin Wrenn Photography

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    The ring shot is AMAZING!!! I love so many of them especially the black and whites. Amazing job Jasmine!!!

  53. Arika

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    simply beautiful!! LOVE the Hotel del, spent my wedding night there and it was just as gorgeous as in your awesome photos. another fab post!

  54. stacy

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful! Was that off camera flash behind their heads during the dance? I love how they appear to be glowing!

  55. Girish

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful and clean photographs.

    I personally like the no-edited, no-toned ones more. No actions and less levels and color editing always gives a nice look. Not that the post work doesn’t, but I prefer this.

    Coincidentally, yesterday or day before on travel and living they showed Del Coronado, what a wonderful hotel that is. After the renovation it seems more majestic.

  56. Rhonda

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Flowers were per.fect.ion! And the cake was a work of art. As usual, you captured it beautifully.

  57. Emily Faulknor

    July 16th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Great photos Jasmine. Of course when you have such a gorgeous place, beautiful couple and details, who could go wrong. You are amazing Jasmine because you make everyone around you feel amazing. πŸ™‚

  58. anne

    July 16th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    the picture of the dress is beautiful. great angles! I also love the one of her putting her dress on! You can hear her laughing. So sweet Jasmine. πŸ™‚

  59. Jared Rey

    July 16th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    i love how your shots always looks so fresh and so clean, clean πŸ˜‰ love those slurpee shots, wish I would have had those at MY wedding. MMMMMMM πŸ™‚

  60. Pamela Topping

    July 17th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Amazing! And love that dress!

  61. Life with Kaishon

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Wow to the dress and the shoes. Holy wow.
    Wow to the flowers and the details.
    Wow to her beauty πŸ™‚ and his devotion. I loved everything about their day. Wishing them much happiness always!

  62. Megan (Best of Fates)

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    What a gorgeous wedding – and I’m so impressed with their dedication, in that kind of heat I’m not sure I could have faced the beach, even for such amazing photos!

  63. s h e r r y

    July 17th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    These are STUNNING, Jasmine! I adore her dress! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  64. dee

    July 17th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    SO gorgeous. SO.GORGEOUS.

  65. brenda eden

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    oh my, i think this has got to be one of my favorite ever of your weddings, Jasmine. i love the flowers and her dress and just her too. and however in the WORLD did she get dandilions all in one piece to her wedding venue??? they usually start to come apart the moment you pick them. that is just the coolest wedding detail ever. and what else do i love? the ring shot. it’s magical.

  66. Katelyn james

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    ohhhhhh dang! Details like that, I’m just waiting for it to be published somewhere fabulous! So so cute and creative! I love it! … and I love you:) Have an awesome weekend girl!

  67. Marie Gross

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I discovered your fabulous blog this past week and I am HOOKED. Think I read every single post. You make me laugh, and of course, your photos are breathtaking. I really loved these!!

  68. Jen

    July 17th, 2010 at 6:09 am

    love these! I get all aglow whenever I see the Hotel Del Coronado because I can’t help thinking of Some Like It Hot! i wish I could have gotten some of my wedding photos there!!

  69. terri z

    July 17th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    awesome !

  70. Andi Diamond

    July 17th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    So inspiring. I always look at your blog before a wedding for inspiration and encouragement! LOVE these!

  71. Deborah Zoe

    July 17th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    that veil portrait is amazing, great work Jasmine!

  72. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    July 17th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Her dress is STUNNNNING!!!!!

  73. Katy Lunsford

    July 17th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, stunning images. What an inspiration!

  74. Theresa Minnette

    July 18th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Nice shots! I love shooting on Coronado.

  75. Reyna

    July 18th, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I want to be a Jasmine Star when I grow up….it’s so unreal to me how every single wedding you shoot gives me chills – in the best way, of course! Love you, Jas!

  76. LaVonne

    July 18th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    glorious as always…i love seeing my clients in the settings i create for them!
    much love and appreciation…will be in touch for photos if/when things mellow…xo

  77. Marissa Nicole

    July 19th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Another great wedding Jasmine (and JD) you never cease to amaze me!

  78. Ria Mishaal

    July 19th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I adore the under the veil shot and the rings – gorgeous and original.

  79. Rachel

    July 19th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Everytime I look at one of your weddings, it makes me want to go back and get re-married. And shoot weddings, which I’ve never had a desire to do!

  80. Ez

    July 19th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I absolutely adore Adorations, but mostly LaVonne herself. πŸ˜‰ She’s a sweety and I’m so happy you guys got to work together. Everyone did such a fantastic job on this wedding.

  81. Valerie Rocha

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    STUNNING WORK!!! Timeless pictures they will cherish forever!! I love the dandelions! It made me tear! πŸ™‚

  82. Daniel Boone

    July 21st, 2010 at 3:11 am

    You truly captured their emotions! I love the ring shot as well.

  83. The Hens Nest

    July 21st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love your detail shots. The cake and flowers are amazing. The shot of the rings, out of this world!

  84. Stephanie Stewart

    July 21st, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    As you said…st-st-stunning! Perfectly gorgeous whimsical wedding! And that cake is soooo fabulous, OMG!

  85. Ginger Murray

    July 22nd, 2010 at 8:53 am

    WOW… really love the whole feel of this wedding!!! Goooorrrrgeeeous detail shots.

  86. Andrea

    July 22nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Muy bello todo!! Las mariposas, las caras de los novios, los detalles, las mariposas, el vestidos, el pelo y los ojos de la novia… DEMASIADO BELLO!! Y todo quedΓ³ hermosamente plasmado en estas fotos… I’m your costarican fan, Jasmine!!!


  87. cindy habel photography

    July 26th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Dear Jasmine * Thank you, thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your photography and skills with us. I have been admiring your work for a few months but have been too shy to comment until now. All your work is stunning, but this wedding’s photography is beautiful, so pure and honest. Congratulations on your fabulous success, but more importantly on your wonderful marriage and simple faith. I have learnt so much (and my photography has improved) from what you have shared….thanks heaps again. Cindy PS so sorry I missed you in Australia, I only found your blog in Feb!

  88. Nova Scotia Photographer

    July 26th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Great work again, Jasmine, on capturing the emotion of the event.
    Looks like a very fun wedding.

  89. James Reyes Photography

    July 29th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Great work as always Jasmine. That hotel looks so much like the Grand Florian Hotel at Disney. For a minute I thought I was about to see Mickey photos somewhere. Love the ring shot here too. Almost looks like the moon in the background.

  90. Emma @ The Hens Nest

    August 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Love LOVE x a billion x billion!
    Detail shots are to die for, bride and groom = delicous! Photography, AMAZING!
    Emma THN

  91. Truc

    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Could this wedding be any more beautiful? Jasmine, the photos are out of this world!

  92. Vanessa

    August 3rd, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Everything you do is simply beautiful. I can’t even put into words how wonderful your work is. I hope one day I will be able to capture those moments, special details, the way light falls and create memories for couples and families as you do. What a beautiful gift to be able to share with so many.

  93. Apple

    August 6th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    hahahaha! i love the slurpies!!! and the dandelions too!!!:)
    I looovvveee the second beach wedding photo! and the ring shot.. hope it was a little sharper though.. πŸ™‚ I could just taste the cake!!<3 fabulous wedding jas!:)

  94. Web redesign

    August 6th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    fabulous photograhy… Awesome pics…

  95. Thina Doukas - Wedding Photography

    August 15th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Brilliant photography! So stylish..

  96. Vencanice beograd

    December 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    The shoes… flovers… cake… the DRESS!!! Everythig is fabolous! great shoot!

  97. South Coast NSW accommodation

    January 10th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wow! What a lovely place. This is perfect for wedding. The first photo is breath-taking. I really think that this is a perfect wedding venue. Everyone will LOVE it mostly wedding couple always looking for this type of place. It’s best to takes creative shots. It’s so romantic place. It’s very natural. Thanks for sharing.