“Just feel them. Feel *whatever* emotions come up today, and don’t push them away.”
As Kelsey was just about to step into her wedding dress, I told her this right here. ^^ And boy-oh-boy, did she take it to heart.
From the nervous jitters to the joyful moments and EVERY emotion in between, Kelsey and her groom Kyle FELT it all. 🥰
They (and their incredible families!) leaned into being as present and as grounded in their emotions as possible. And it produced the most beautiful, emotional, heart-melting day. 💕
This is exactly why Jeff and I have adored photographing couples like Kyle & Kelsey for the last 15+ years. We open up a piece of our hearts with our couples, and they open the floodgates to theirs.
It’s how we can go from laughing with our couples to crying with them within seconds – because they’ve allowed us into some of the most tender and emotional moments of one of the most tender and emotional days of their lives. It is such an astoundingly beautiful process to guide our couples through… it’s vulnerable, it’s raw, and it’s fueled by a crazy, deep, transformative love.
If you haven’t already heard Kyle and Kelsey’s hilariously sweet proposal story, read it here at their Coronado Island Engagement post! We fell in love with these two from the moment we met them, and their wedding had been on a countdown for months!
And every moment of their wedding day truly was perfect. They had a full Catholic ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, a cocktail hour (and unforgettable first dance!) inside the gorgeous halls of San Diego Museum of Art, and an elegant dinner on the lawn outside of Panama 66 in Balboa Park.
We have to credit the incredible wedding team for transforming these spaces for the happy couple – they did an AMAZING job! The team at Luxe Special Events planned and executed every gorgeous detail, Parker & Posies created these jaw-dropping blooms, and the Lucky Devils Band entertained the crowd and made for an epic dance-party!
(See the full list of A-team wedding vendors at the bottom of this post!)
I wish we could replay this wedding day over and over again – it was just that. GOOD. Go dig into this one, friends!
Kyle and Kelsey: If we didn’t already consider ourselves the luckiest wedding photographers in the world, we are convinced that it’s true now. It was a true honor to be part of your wedding day – we just adore you both, friends!
Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Venue : Sacred Heart Church | Reception Venue : San Diego Museum of Art | Wedding Planner : Luxe Special Events | Floral Design : Parker & Posies | Desserts : Dessertier | Makeup Artist : Ashley Fierro | Hair Stylist : Audra Rene | Entertainment : Lucky Devils Band | Wedding Videography : Ryan Films | Rentals : TBD Rentals | Rentals : Bright Event Rentals | Live Wedding Painting : Joshua Spieker |