Brandon & Melissa’s Darlington House Wedding

If you’ve been to this place, you’ll know how fabulous a Darlington House wedding can be. It remains, to this day, one of my favorite venues in the state. This is why I was truly excited to shoot Brandon and Melissa’s wedding. 

The fact that I did their engagement session adds to the thrill. I can clearly remember our trip to some North Park breweries. We also caught an amazing sunset on Sunset Cliffs. The breathtaking shots we got that day makes me look forward to this event. It is, after all, what we’ve all been waiting for all this time.

I bounced around the rooms at the La Jolla Coves Suites to get shots of everyone as they got ready. Melissa had all 11 of her bridesmaids with her. The guys were just as excited! There were 13 groomsmen all in all. Yup, it was a huge bridal party.

We headed to Darlington House for the couple’s first look. You can see the wave of emotions on Brandon’s face when he saw Melissa. I knew this was going to be a special Darlington Housewedding indeed.

We continued to walk around the gardens and inside the house for more shots. The enormous bridal party even joined in on the fun. 

The ceremony itself was held at the gardens. It was so beautiful, everybody was evidently touched by the moment

The décor was just amazing, adding to the ambience of the event. The mix of greeneries and succulents made the venue lovelier than usual. The details were also amazing – from the dainty centerpieces to the cute framed pictures of the couple. There were sitting cards with succulents that the guests took home with them. Even the desert table was charming, with the small cake and cupcakes. The place cards were very creative, made with succulents and terrariums. And, it was made by the bride herself!

The reception was fun! You can tell how connected the couple really was. Their emotional first dance showed everyone how meant to be they are.

I had to steal the couple from the party to take some shots at a nearby beach. It was a few minutes after sunset, but we still managed to get amazing shots.

Going back to the party, I knew that this Darlington House wedding is one for the books. It wasn’t just the dancing and partying. It was the warmth and love I witnessed all throughout. And I cannot thank the couple enough for allowing me to be a part of this.

Don’t forget to check out Brandon and Melissa’s awesome photo booth action!

Vendors that worked on this Darlington House wedding with me:

Coordination and design: Events by Jackie Fuhrman

Catering: California Cousine

Flowers: Art & Design by Rebecca Eichten

Desserts: Sweet as Bliss 

Rentals: Event Party Rentals

Hand poured candles: Sarah Larson with Often Wonder

Chalkboard signs: Kristen Cronan

Bride holding wedding flowers bouquet near yellow wall
bride putting on wedding dress with help pf mom before Darlington House wedding
bride putting on shoes for Darlington House wedding ceremony
groom being helped with wedding outfit
bride and groom portrait before Darlington House wedding sitting on couch
Darlington House wedding ceremony outdoor in La Jolla
couple posing for romantic wedding portrait at sunset near the ocean
couple kissing during sunset for creative portrait in La Jolla
couple cutting cake at Darlington House wedding reception with guests looking
bride tossing the wedding flowers for single friends
bride and groom newly weds dancing at Darlington House wedding reception outdoor

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