Vanessa and Mike’s La Jolla Wedding


Hanging out at her favorite neighborhood bar: Ye Rustic, on a Sunday during football season cheering on her home team, The San Diego Chargers, was something she loved to do in her adopted city of Los Angeles. Only this day would be different- this would be the day that Vanessa met her future husband Mike, in that dark bar with its red booths and die hard football fans. Mike was there with his friends, also rooting on his favorite football team. However for them it would not be a match made in football team heaven. As I said she was there to cheer on the Chargers, and him…The Raiders dun dun dunnnnn. Lucky for the both of them this stark contrast in choice of football teams did not detour them from striking up conversation and later a relationship.

Vanessa and I have actually been friends since elementary school, we met riding horses and attended the same schools all the way through college. I was honored she wanted me to photograph her wedding, I have photographed friend’s weddings many times but never a friend I have known basically my whole life and admittedly I felt the pressure to deliver my very best!

I remember hearing about Mike when they first met and she loved that he was able to give it as much as she could dish it out. When I finally met him I could see how cute they were together and what a great guy this was for my friend. Their wedding was filled with familiar faces from my parents; to friends I’ve known since high school-all of who came together to make their wedding day memorable.

Thank you Vanessa and Mike for trusting me to capture your big day!

Can I just state the obvious and say this dress is stunning!

This gorgeous purse once belonged to her Grandmother, and stands in as her something old.

Getting my picture with the bride and groom and my handsome boyfriend

Been friends with these guys for many many years.

My parents getting their dance on! So cute.



Coordinator: Anns Plans
Venue: La Jolla Women’s Club
Florist: Simply Adina Floral Designs
Hair and Makeup: blush brush by melissa
Dress: Lovella Bridal, Ines Di Santo
DJ: Dj Daniel Peterson
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Catering: Festivities Catering
Paper Goods: hb designs

  • vanessa - Thank you so muck Kelly. You did an incredible job and just looking at these photos makes me tear up! You captured so many details that I simply wasn’t able to notice or appreciate on our wedding day because it was such a whirlwind. I’m so grateful to have such a talented and wonderful friend in my life.

  • mark webster - Beautiful Kelly. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to Vanessa. See you soon.


  • kelly - Thanks Mark! Glad you enjoyed them!

  • kelly - Aww yay, is it bad hearing you teared up makes me happy? LOL. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the photos!

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