Mary and Robbie

Photoshoot With Local San Diego Wedding Photographers

Last month my husband, Robbie, and I took a trip to San Diego, California! This trip had many purposes but one thing I knew I wanted to do was get more images of us. Throughout wedding planning, we document so many beautiful moments. From engagement photos to wedding photos but after the wedding it’s as if the other moments don’t need to be documented. Have you ever thought about honeymoon photos? You’re probably visiting somewhere you have never been or at least somewhere that is beautiful! So why not get updated images? Not for cards or albums but just for you. To celebrate your marriage and “new” life together. Images to remember this special time – the first trip as husband and wife! More people should hire photographers while on trips – not just honeymoons!

The purpose behind this La Jolla photoshoot with our San Diego wedding photographers was to explore the idea of honeymoon photos. And I couldn’t be more excited about these gorgeous images! Thank you so much Brittany V Photography and Danny Lewis Photography! We will cherish these images for the rest of our lives! 

Leading up to the photoshoot day, Bethany from Events by BD, helped me plan everything. From deciding the overall look with me to providing us with props and flower arrangements. She was SO sweet and easy to work with! If you’re looking for a San Diego florist or event planner, you should definitely reach out to Bethany! She knew my vision better than I did!

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To kick off our photoshoot, Tracie from Makeup by Tracie came over to our house to do my makeup. I honestly didn’t even have to tell her what I wanted and she completely nailed it. She made me feel confident and beautiful. I liked that she didn’t do anything too extreme and kept my look natural. She picked the perfect lip color too! Robbie kept complimenting the color the entire day! Not only did she do a great job with my makeup, she was easy to talk to and fun to work with! If you’re looking for a San Diego makeup artist, drop Tracie a message!

We started our photoshoot at La Valencia in La Jolla, California where one of our photographers Brittany from Brittany V Photography met us to take some candid, lifestyle images at the hotel. They were so nice to let us in for a few images! Brittany was creative, kind, and so much fun during the entire photoshoot. She prompted us, encouraged us, and complimented us!

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Mary and Robbie
Mary and Robbie

I mean look at these pictures?! If you’re looking for a bright and colorful San Diego wedding photographer who loves to take charge (in a good way), Brittany is a perfect fit! I could tell she was not only confident but she also knew what she was doing!

Mary and Robbie
Mary and Robbie

Some of the links below may be commissioned. 

After our city images, Danny from Danny Lewis Photography joined us at Windansea in La Jolla. We continued the photoshoot with outfit changes and added props. I love that we got to do two completely different looks. Both of my new outfits came from Amazon (if you don’t have prime, you can use that link for a free trial)! You can purchase the white floral dress here and the long green dress here. If you end up purchasing, we would love to see pictures of you in your new dresses! 

Danny was easy to work with and fun to be around. He brought two cameras and was definitely more of a candid photographer which was really cool to watch. It’s amazing to see the two different styles (in photography and in editing)! If you’re looking for a San Diego engagement photographer or wedding photographer who loves to capture candid moments, Danny is your guy!

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I love to work with wedding vendors from around the world because it gives me the opportunity to meet them and actually experience their work for myself. If you’re a wedding vendor or you know of someone you’d like me to get in touch with, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If this blog helped you to learn something new or get inspiration and you want to follow us for more wedding tips, tricks, and ideas, head to our Facebook page and don’t forget to join our wedding shopping group here. We can’t wait to see you there!

You can find these vendors online by clicking on their name(s) or going to our Mary Taylor Weddings Facebook Page where we have shared this blog. 

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3

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Top Honeymoon Destinations For 2020

Choosing a honeymoon destination is difficult! There are so many amazing options around the world. Whether you’re looking to relax on a tropical island, backpack through a foreign country, or stay close to home, we want to help! I ran a poll in a wedding group about the top honeymoon locations and here’s what the consensus was! You can look out for separate blog posts about each of these places (I will edit this blog later to add the links)! No matter where you’re going, I highly recommending looking into Get Your Guide! If you haven’t heard about them already, check out our honeymoon blog where I explain how we used them to help us find activities! 

  1. Hawaii (you can check out our personal experience honeymooning in Hawaii here) – A perfect destination for those that don’t want to or can’t leave the US but still want a tropical honeymoon! 
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2. New Zealand – This is actually really cool that this is such a popular destination for honeymooners because I actually live in New Zealand! If you’re willing to travel the distance, it’s 100% worth it. If you like nature, natural hot springs, and wine, New Zealand is the honeymoon destination for you!

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3. Paris – Definitely a classic! A romantic, must-see city in Europe which is perfect for those that love French culture!

4. Las Vegas – If you’ve never, it’s somewhere you have to see in your lifetime. If you like live shows, all you can eat buffets, and dancing the night away, Vegas is the place for you!

5. Bahamas – Beautiful blue waters, all-inclusive resorts, and island life! If relaxation and beach life sounds like how you want to spend your honeymoon, the Bahamas are a great place! I can’t wait to go more into what they have to offer and what you can expect.

6. Key West – If you’re a US resident and don’t want to or can’t leave the US for your honeymoon but you still want that tropical island feel, Key West is a great choice for your honeymoon! Situated off of Florida, it’s the perfect US destination for those looking for a shorter stay or closer destination!

7. Ireland – I can’t wait to write about Ireland! I went to Ireland just before I met my husband and it’s still one of my favorite places in the world! If you’re looking for adventure, greenery, and culture in a place where you don’t need to learn another language and you’ll meet some of the most genuine people in the world, Ireland is the place for you!

Numbers 8+ were all tied! Some other popular honeymoon destinations included Thailand, Aruba, Mexico, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Greece, and Hong Kong!

Some of the links below are commissioned or referral links. It doesn’t cost you anything to use them (you can actually save by using them)!

 A personal note: When I traveled Europe, before I met my husband, I used Booking.com to find pretty much every place I ever stayed at! This was before Airbnb. I loved that I could earn free nights, see reviews, etc. There are so many options for places to stay so depending on what you’re going for and where you’re staying, both Airbnb and Booking are great options! You can even use the links provided to receive money off your first stay!

Are you honeymooning somewhere else and want to know what to do, what to see, and where to stay? Where should I blog about next? Let me know in the comments/form below or on my Facebook page! If you’ve already planned your honeymoon, we’d love to hear about it! You could even be featured on our blog! Just fill out this form with information, tips, tricks, do’s, and don’ts! 

If this blog helped you get some honeymoon inspiration and you want to follow us for more wedding inspiration, head to our Facebook page and don’t forget to join our wedding shopping group here. We can’t wait to see you there!

Signing off,

Mary Taylor <3 

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