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With the weather slightly overcast and the fog kept creeping in and out throughout the day making the Estancia Hotel & Spa the perfect backdrop for Brian & Emily’s wedding.    I was in detail heaven.  From the tall palm trees to the cactus’ through out the  property.  The flowers from the floral designer, Flowers etc. were simply beautiful. Emily was in her element on her wedding day.  She was glowing with happiness and excitement and was the perfect bride!

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

Emily had an amazing open suite with tons of open light. Shooting the bridal prep is one of my favorite times on the wedding day! You can all the planning & preparation that has gone into the brides wedding day from the little details to the final donning in the wedding dress.

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

Emily looked stunning in her Ines Di Santo wedding gown.

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

Right before Brian came to see Emily for the first time he had to stop to hold back his tears.  He then recomposed himself and greeted his beautiful bride to be with his charming smile and good looks.

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

Stunning!

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

Emily couldn’t help but sneak a peak at the ceremony site in the Estancia court yard.  I love her super excited expression.

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

The Wedding was coordinated by the ever so awesome Amy Kuchta the Floral design was provided by Flowers Etc and the yummy cup cakes were provided by  Ditzie Cakes.

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

 Estancia Hotel & Spa Wedding Photography | La Jolla Wedding Photographers

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Over the last couple of hrs I’ve been working on images from Brian & Emily’s wedding at Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa and all I can is holy cow!   AMAZING! Here is a little teaser photo so you can see what I’m talking about . More to come later!

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Ran across an interesting article that I thought I’d share with you.  Enjoy! Go get you etiquette on! hahahaha

If you have been invited to a wedding, then brushing up on your wedding guest etiquette skills would not be a bad thing.  Many of us think we know how to conduct ourselves in public, but in practice can often let the sense of occasion (and the free flowing champagne) cloud our judgment.  And whilst a drunken reveler at a wedding reception may seem like good entertainment on the wedding video, it is a potential headache for the other wedding guests and the bride and groom!

To begin with a dress code may have been specified by the bride and groom.  Often referred to as black tie, evening dress or perhaps a specific theme, each guest will be expected to arrive suitably suited and booted as it were and to not do so would be considered rude in the eyes of wedding etiquette.  If you are at all concerned about what you are expected to wear then a polite phone call to the bride’s mother or to the maid of honor should help you.

For the wedding ceremony each guest is expected to arrive around twenty minutes before the bride.  If you are late do not enter the ceremony venue but instead go directly to the reception venue, you can give your excuses to the couple later.  To enter the ceremony part way through what will be an emotional time for the bride and groom is very unsettling and can spoil what would be a romantic atmosphere.

When shown to your seats at the ceremony, make sure you have turned off any mobile phones and pagers and that you are comfortable – some ceremonies can take a long time so try to visit the bathroom before you sit down!  Try not to make any blasphemous comments if the ceremony is a religious one and be careful of your language!

The wedding reception is the part everyone looks forward to the most, but this too is often filled with many traditions and customs that require a degree of etiquette to be applied from the invited guests.  Don’t take advantage of your host’s hospitality too early on!  A welcome drink is usually on supplied one to each guest, so make it last unless a pay bar is available.  Depending on the style of the wedding and the hospitality laid on you maybe offered a refill, but try not to get roaring drunk before the first speeches have been given!

Make yourself available for the wedding photographs and don’t disappear off to the bar at the first opportunity!  Many couples like to have a photograph of themselves and all the wedding guests so whether you are close to them or not, make sure you can be found when called upon.  Peaking too soon on the free Champagne and wine is one of the biggest problems faced by wedding guests and the bride and groom.  No-one wants a drunken reveler loosing all their inhibitions and shouting out comments about the bride or what the groom got up to on the bachelor party!  Keep the drinking in check at least until the evening party is in full swing, then you can let loose!

Written by Georgina Clatworthy

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2010 and a whole new lineup of blog series we will be featuring at The Spiraled Stem. Our first series is called Coffee Chat with The Spiraled Stem, where I sit down with one of my colleagues in the wedding biz for a fun Q&A about them and their biz. Subscribe to our RSS feed to catch all of our Coffee Chat guests!

Episode 1 is with Miguel Pola from Miguel Pola Photographers located in La Habra, CA. We sat down at the floral design studio to chat about his approach to wedding photography, what his clients should expect in their consultation and relationship with him through the course of the wedding, how to create timeless photos that will look just as fresh when your grandkids look at them as they did on the day they were taken, and the highlight moment in a wedding that he loves to capture for his clients. You can visit his website at www.MiguelPola.com for more information and to view his portfolio!  Not sure why but the audio is a little off from our moving mouths.  Hope you enjoy.

Coffee Chat with The Spiraled Stem – Guest Miguel Pola from Christine Saunders on Vimeo.  Not sure why but the audio is a little off from our moving mouths.

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playing catch up…  A new flip-book album has left the studio. Daniel And Jhane Picked up their Super sex, Haute, Signature Flip-Album 5 months after they said I do.  This Album was completely custom designed and crafted for Daniel And Jhane.  All of our signature leather albums are hand crafted by a certified leather craftsman.  One of the many things we pride ourselves at our studio is creating the most beautiful albums possible.  Our designs and craftsmanship of our albums by far some of the best in the wedding industry.Be sure to click play on the video below.  Don’t forget to tell daniel and Jhane how much you love their album by leaving a comment below.

 Turnip Rose Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

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