Carlsbad Wedding

James + Carrie

Any Carlsbad wedding is worth being a part of. The ocean is always a great backdrop for celebrations of love and laughter. This is why a lot of my most favorite weddings happen near the water. And that’s the exact setting for the wedding of James and Carrie.

The venue was set at the Hilton Courtyard Carlsbad. It was such a beautiful day, the kind of day that made weddings perfect. I personally feel more energized when I’m near the ocean. I knew right off the bat that this wedding was going to be special.

Carrie got ready with James’ two daughters. In another room, it was Carrie’s son helping James get ready. There was such a strong connection among them all. Their dynamics being as it is, it was amazing to see how well they all bonded.

Of course, no photoshoot for a Carlsbad wedding is complete without the first look. We had the first look at the hotel’s beautiful garden. It was something else, with James becoming emotional the moment he saw Carrie. You can really tell how much they adored and loved each other.

The ceremony happened at the hotel just before sunset. With such a great view framing such an emotional union, it was hard not to get goosebumps. 

We hit the beach right after the ceremony. We caught the sunset just in time, giving us dramatic lighting the entire time. The couple was also very happy to spend their first moments as husband and wife near the water. And as they walked close to the water, you can tell that this was a moment they’ve both been waiting to enjoy.

As with a lot of other special occasions, the night ended with dancing. The couple danced with their kids a lot. The rest of their family and friends joined them on the dance floor as well. The party was the perfect end to a perfect Carlsbad wedding.

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