Carly + Sully's San Diego Wedding
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06 October 2014
By Brett Charles Rose
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In wedding photography, I feel that it is very important to gel with your clients.  We work so closely together throughout the wedding day and if you don't know your clients very well, it's just not as smooth of a day of shooting.  When I sit  down with my clients in the initial consultation and we hit it off and talk as though we're old friends, I know that this is going to be a great working relationship.  This is definitely the case with Carly and Sully, the blogs featured couple of the day.  Carly and Sully are from two completely different cultures.  Carly is originally from Tuscon, Arizona and amongst other things is American Indian, actually from the Choctaw band.  Sully is of Jordanian descent and is a San Diegan.  They met the old fashioned way, online:)  When Sully isn't working in finance at Wells Fargo and Carly isn't at the Irvine Company, they love the great outdoors, they love to work out and they love to wine and dine.  Their wedding day was a bit of a tour of San Diego County.  My team that includes Helene, Pete and Sergey started our photo/video day's shoot at the home of Sully's parents in Chula Vista.  It's a beautiful family home with an amazing backyard garden and just a block down the street was a cool park for some great photos of the guys. 

After some preparation photos of Sully and his family and groomsmen, we jetted off to a private residence in La Jolla that Carly's family was renting for the week.  The house had amazing light and was perfect for the preparation photos of Carly, her family and her bridesmaids.  Carly's sweet little pup, Sophie, made an appearance as well. After photographing Carly's details, she got into her dress with the help of her sister and mother.  

After some portraits, off we went to the First Methodist Church in Mission Valley for the ceremony .  I hadn't had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at this particular church but I had a look at it a few days prior and noted how vast and gorgeous the church was.  It's got great natural light and a beautiful full wall of windows at the back of the alter which made for amazing ceremony photos. 


Being in Mission Valley, it was a quick jaunt up to Presidio Park for some bridal party photos and some nice romantic photos of Carly and Sully. 

The reception was held at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley, it was one of the only venues that could hold 350 people for Carly and Sully's Middle Eastern inspired reception celebration.  The celebratory style of the Jordanian culture means to dance, dance, dance and that's just what we all did.  The food, drink and atmosphere were simply awesome. 

It was a pleasure to work alongside Nahid Farhoud of Wedding Elegance, one of my favorite wedding planners to work with, she is always so calm and collected.  I want to thank Carly, Sully, the whole bridal party and their families for being so gracious to me and my staff throughout this epic event, all to celebrate love.  It was my pleasure. Thanks for checking out my blog!


All the best, 


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Alicia B. Toledo - Amazingly beautiful photos!!!
Keith and Dawn Hotubbee - Beautiful. Your photos make us feel like we were there.