Shannon & JP, Married at Sycuan Golf Resort on March 1, 2014

Shannon & JP are one of those couples that you can instantly tell are completely meant to be. The moment you are around them together, it’s obvious they are madly in love, fully support one another, and have a blast together. That alone is enough to make me want to work extra hard to ensure their day is perfect, but on top of that, I used to work with Shannon years ago at another property! It was a total coincidence that she came to Sycuan Resort to book their wedding day, but it made it that much more fun and special to work with someone you know. Shannon is so creative and spent so much time adding amazing personal touches to their wedding, including making her bridal bouquets by hand (see photos below)! It really paid off as you will see below…but enough of me blabbing, here is Shannon and JP’s story, as told by them:

“J.P. and I met through a mutual friend. We began a friendship over the phone; after about a month of talking, we decided to finally meet face-to-face. Our first couple dates consisted of me trying like mad to break J.P. out of his shell, frozen yogurt, bars, playing pool, Guitar Hero, and a ton of laughs! Enjoying each other’s company led to being the best of friends, which led to a strong foundation for a lasting relationship…and the rest is history!”

The proposal….
“It was our 4-year anniversary. We both had to work that day, but had dinner plans in the evening. Little did I know, J.P. never went to work that day….he spent the day picking out my ring, creating a diversion by leaving wrapping paper clippings, scissors, and tape on the coffee table (he knew I would read into that…you don’t wrap an engagement ring! Sneaky, sneaky!), and nervously pacing the house. We went to Peohe’s in Coronado for dinner, then went on the sunset gondola tour through Coronado Bay. We had wine and chocolate-covered strawberries (JP reminded me that we never even ate the strawberries), and the gondolier was singing an Italian ballad….cheesy, I know. As our gondola tour was coming to an end J.P. began telling me how much he loved me and wanted to keep me around…then came the question that I had been waiting so patiently to hear, “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”. I was in shock and it seemed like forever that I was speechless. I think it took so long to click because he wasn’t down on one knee, as I had always pictured it (he was afraid of falling overboard). He pulled the most gorgeous ring out of his pocket, and it hit me! Well, I guess I don’t need to explain my answer to the long awaited question…”

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Shout out to the vendors they booked to help make their day amazing!

Photography by Flavio at Leaf Wedding Photography
DJ: Diane from Primo DJs
Cake: Georgia from GG Cakes
Head Table: 1,000 Linens of San Diego

Thank you, Shannon and JP, for choosing Sycuan Resort for your special day and thank you for allowing me to share it with everyone on our blog! :)

 

Vendor Spotlight: Andy King Photography www.andykingphotography.com

Andy King’s brides and grooms are drawn to his captivating blend of photojournalistic & contemporary styles, as well as his attention to detail and contagious personality. His work has been described as “fresh & unique.”

The manner in which he approaches weddings captures spontaneity (natural expressions and moments), giving his work a genuine feel. This combined with his extensive fine portrait experience leads him to create uniquely captivating images of his subjects.

Andy has become one of San Diego’s most sought after wedding photographers. He also travels both nationally and abroad for destination weddings. His travels take him anywhere from Malibu to San Felipe and Costa Rica to Colombia.

He has over 10 years of experience shooting weddings, which has brought him to Sycuan over 20 times!  To say he knows all the great photography spots at our venue would be an understatement.  Just check out some of these shots!

 

In addition to having the pleasure of working with Andy when he photographs weddings at Sycuan Resort, he has also photographed two of my closest friends’ weddings and their trash the dress sessions:

AndyKing_0829AndyKing_0209AND he will be photographing MY wedding next August!  He has already shot my engagement photos and here is just a sample of his awesome ability to capture the moment.  I can’t wait to have him shoot our big day! That’s me and my handsome fiancee, Tim :-)

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Here are a few more of his favorite shots from weddings, trash the dress, and editorial shoots:

Check out more of his beautiful work on his website: www.andykingphotography.com

 ~Ashley