Michael Svoboda Weddings: Blog http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog en-us (C) Michael Svoboda Weddings info@michaelsvobodaweddings.com (Michael Svoboda Weddings) Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:23:00 GMT Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:23:00 GMT http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/img/s/v-5/u745725788-o160657589-50.jpg Michael Svoboda Weddings: Blog http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog 120 80 Michelle & Hyatt - The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/3/michelle-hyatt-an-inn-at-rancho-santa-fe-wedding Michelle is from Rancho Santa Fe, she met Hyatt while at Yale and was living in the south while the two of them worked on graduate degrees.  Michelle wanted to find a venue that could accommodate up to 300 people, since they expected family and friends from all over the country, where everything could be outside.  So she hired the help of wedding planner,  Cynthia Katkin Events.  She pictured an outdoor ceremony, with a big wooden cross as a focal point, and a tented reception with hanging chandeliers.  She also pictured a décor that mixed in vintage elements with a very upscale look.  Michelle wanted vintage but not country!  The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe  had the outdoor space to accommodate her wishes and the venue carries a wonderful sense of high end comfort and care. 

Michelle and her beautiful bridesmaids and below, Hyatt and his team of groomsmen. The super hero shot is seriously one of my favorite wedding photos ever.  So fun!

The vintage-themed welcome area, with a birdcage for cards to the bride and groom, trunks to hold gifts, a basket of sunscreen since the ceremony was outside, and a vintage medicine trunk for programs.  Cocktails would follow on the adjacent green lawn so we had a gold and ivory bag toss game made to look like the couple’s invitation.  Also, to ward off the sun, we placed paper parasols in dark pink, light pink, and ivory on the ceremony chairs.

Below, the gorgeous ceremony on the lower lawn with the tree and wooden cross, constructed by Indulge Weddings and Events.  Michelle and Hyatt really wanted to do a unity candle ceremony but we tend not to do them for outdoor weddings due to wind.  Michelle and her mom cleverly figured out they could use lanterns, and did a mock up with a fan blowing on the lanterns, to ensure that the plan worked!

Below, the beautiful and super fun bride and groom and their wedding party!  We decided on blush pink dresses for the girls with mixed bouquets of pink tones and ivory.  For the guys, Hyatt really wanted a classic, modern look and the black tuxes were perfect.

The cocktail hour was an easy place to add in some vintage elements so we created a fun seating area from Found Rentals, a place card table of mixed vintage boxes and lanterns, and (my favorite), we had Its A Party Photo Booth provide their open air set-up and we rented a vintage settee and had Indulge provide old fashioned hat, parasols, fans, and mustaches to create a vintage style photo booth.  It looked amazing and everything was so fun!

The tent was absolutely my favorite part and where we got to truly create the upscale vintage feel that Michelle wanted.  We had Classic Party Rentals drape the ceiling, add the chandeliers, and provide 10 real wood tables, with mahogany chivari chairs.  The rest of the 16 tables were round with 2 different styles of candelabras (8 of each)–1 was a domineering metal piece, that Chris from Indulge adorned with crystal strands, and the other was a pure crystal  candelabra.  The rectangular tables had a runner that matched the linen on the round tables and collections of mismatched vintage glassware and florals.  Nic Roc Designs provided all of the custom place cards, table numbers, and menus to complete the look, fashioned in the same colors and fonts as the original invitations.

Finally, it was time to party!  Hyatt and Michelle started off the evening with their own choreographed dance routine. Then, Hyatt and his mom started out the mother-son dance in a typical slow song format, then cut to a hip hop dance they had choreographed.  Best mother-son dance ever.  Ever. J Soul kept the dance floor full the entire night.  We sent off the bride and groom through a glow stick arch and into a vintage car for their grand exit. It was truly a magical evening!   We love you guys!!!

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Hornblower Cruise - Event Photography - San Diego http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/3/hornblower-cruise---event-photography---san-diego An event photographer corporate photographer based in San Diego, California specializing in capturing the feel of your event.  On this day we were photographing the Taylormade Ambassodors of Europe.  

Hornblower Cruises & Events is a treasured attraction on San Diego Bay for San Diego dinner cruises, San Diego harbor cruises, unforgettable weddings and corporate events. The San Diego Dinner Cruise departs every night of the year from docks located conveniently downtown and just minutes from San Diego Lindbergh Field. Hornblower provides exceptional customer service with 250,000 passengers enjoying a memorable cruise each year.



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L'Auberge Del Mar - Seagrove Park - Del Mar Wedding http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/3/lauberge-del-mar---seagrove-park---del-mar-wedding United by the sea, Athena and Cullen were so full of love and joy on their wedding day at the L’Auberge Del Mar Hotel in Del Mar.  The premier wedding destination for California couples who are looking for a venue to host their beach-themed wedding.  Come on everyone, look at all the emotion in their photos.  They complimented the still photos with the classic video style of Jason, the owner of Taylorfilms

Their ceremony took place at Seagrove Park, set directly adjacent to the resort and offers a manicured lawn leading to stunning overlooks and sandy beaches.  Design and floral was Kathy Wright and coordinated by the amazing Merilee of Ever After Events and the ceremony site was dazzling.

After the ceremony we utilized our close proximity to the ocean, beautiful trees and manicured lawn to do a mix of Classical Portraitures, Romantic and straight up, straight out of a magazine editorial style portraits.  The bridesmaids all brought their parasols making for a stunningly graphic image of a moody beauty.  The heavens opened the gates and gave us an unbelievable sky.  Athena was glowing in her Atelier des Modistes dress and hair done by JDM Salon.

Then we cruised up to the Sunset Terrace for dinner and the most energetic grand entrance ever.  Located in the resort ocean view courtyard, the Sunset Terrace is aptly named providing gorgeous sunset views. It is the perfect fit for intimate ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The terrace can accommodate up to 120 guests for a ceremony and/or cocktail reception.

After a delightful dinner during an amazing sunset the party headed downstairs to the Platinum Ballroom where the dancing got hot to the jamming NRG Music and Production and they finished with cake cutting (Fabcakes) and bouquet toss.  It truly was an amazing day so saturated with pure JOY and LOVE.





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The Lodge at Torrey Pines Wedding, Jennifer and Ryan http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/2/the-lodge-at-torrey-pines-wedding-jennifer-and-ryan This wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines,  was a day full of romance, classical portraits, and the kind of true love you’d expect from two people as AMAZING as Jennifer and Ryan.

When you’ve got an amazing talented designer and planner extraordinaire like Susanne Duffy on your team, you find yourself in a photographer's dream along the coastline of La Jolla.

All of Jennifer and Ryan’s guests were welcomed into a gorgeous reception space, designed and produced by Susanne and the incredibly talented team at Organic Elements. Each linen and fresh floral was in place, and as these newlyweds had their first dance (while the talented Thomas Giglio serendaded them), we were basically in photographer heaven.

Positive Energy Productions kept the energy up all night long on the dance floor.

Every moment we spent with Jennifer and Ryan was full of joy, and we are so in LOVE with their classic portraits on the beautiful grounds at The Lodge. These two are stunning on the inside AND out!


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Kauai Wedding - Destination Wedding Photography http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/2/kauai-wedding---destination-wedding-photography As a San Diego destination wedding photographer the Hawaiian Islands are just a hop, skip, and jump away.  

Jess and Dan decided on the south shore of the island, Poipu at the Sheraton Kauai    

Positioned amidst rustling palm trees with views of the crystal-blue ocean on the shores of Kauai, Sheraton Kauai Resort is a stunning location for a beach wedding.  Sheraton Kauai Resort features a variety of picturesque oceanfront and garden venues ideal for both grand gatherings and intimate receptions honoring you and your partner. If you prefer to have an indoor wedding, we also offer a range of oceanfront reception venues and can accommodate celebrations of all sizes and styles. 

When we first arrived on Thurs they had a cocktail party at Keokis Paradise.  Tiki torches adorn this kitschy option featuring Hawaiian fare & a bar serving aloha-hour drinks.

Friday morning we headed over to The Wine Shop for the marriage license.  Just a couple miles from the hotel, a warm, upscale wine store also stocking liquor, beer, gourmet items, gift baskets & marriage licenses!

The pool party at the Sheraton Kauai was a blast!


On Friday night they had the rehearsal dinner at The Eating House 1849.  History-minded Hawaiian spot by Roy Yamaguchi for traditional & modern fare with local sourcing a perfect place for a family gathering.

For the ceremony they chose The Beach House a Fine Dining Restaurant, beachfront eatery featuring Pacific Rim cuisine & cocktails, plus striking views during sunset the background for their wedding ceremony.

The reception was at The Plantation HouseSeafood Restaurant situated amid lush gardens, this classy eatery in an old plantation presents a seafood-driven menu.  The gardens on the property make for amazing hawaiian wedding photos.

The Hawaiian islands are the perfect place to celebrate your special day.  Wafting trade winds help keep the bride and groom cool. Fresh local flowers adorn the venue. The ocean methodically peeks into the ceremony, then slowly retreats. Here on Kauai, it’s as if you have the island’s blessing as well.

Say your vows under the North Shore sun, on the sands of the South Shore or on a historic estate like Kilohana. Perform a traditional ceremony or do something unique that speaks to you. The beautiful "Hawaiian Wedding Song" made famous by Elvis in the movie "Blue Hawaii" (which was filmed on Kauai) is often sung at Kauai ceremonies. Find more information about wedding venues and service providers

Arrange your wedding on your own or get help from Kauai’s wedding planners, the Kauai Wedding Professionals Association or resort specialists. Choose a ceremony at a beautiful resort, or select from unique sites throughout the island. Contact the Kauai Office of the State Department of Health for license information. Now that you’ve found that special someone, get married in a truly special place that will forever be etched in your memories. Think of it as Kauai’s wedding gift to you. Learn more about Kauai wedding photographers, planners and venues.




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Cardiff By The Sea - Encinitas - Engagement Photography http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/cardiff-by-the-sea---encinitas---engagement-photography This is an engagement session from a couple years back.  Jessica and Dan decided to do their engagement session in Cardiff By The Sea, a cool and hip beach community in Encinitas, CA. They both live there and I wanted to capture their casual lifestyle in their town. We headed down to Best-A-Wan Pizza where they frequent. There are so many great colors, little nooks and crannies in this town for photographs. Then we headed down to Cardiff Beach, dressed to the hilt with a bottle of Veuve champagne for more romantic and stylized portraits.  

This was a destination wedding headed to the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai.  Getting ready photos took place at The Sheraton Hotel

Positioned amidst rustling palm trees with views of the crystal-blue ocean on the shores of Kauai, Sheraton Kauai Resort is a stunning location for a beach wedding.

When you host your wedding with us, you can relax knowing that our warm, knowledgeable event staff will ensure your special day in Kauai is flawless. In our experience, the most memorable celebrations are often the result of thoughtful preparation. Whether it's a wedding brunch, a rehearsal dinner or a bridesmaids luncheon, every element of your wedding weekend will be attended to with care. Select one of our wedding menu packages or contact our catering and event services team to craft a custom menu.

Sheraton Kauai Resort features a variety of picturesque oceanfront and garden venues ideal for both grand gatherings and intimate receptions honoring you and your partner. If you prefer to have an indoor wedding, we also offer a range of oceanfront reception venues and can accommodate celebrations of all sizes and styles.

The wedding took place at the scenic Beach House Restaurant on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, offers spectacular ocean and sunset views of the Poipu coastline, paired with innovative Pacific Rim cuisine created by Chef Todd Barrett.

and the reception at the The Plantation Gardens.  Plantation Gardens is the ideal location for your Kauai Wedding. Located within the Kiahuna Plantation Resort, the restaurant is nestled among award winning orchid gardens and tranquil koi ponds, and is just a few steps away from gorgeous white sand beaches. Invite your entire wedding party and guests to stay on property, exchange your wedding vows in the beautiful Moir Gardens and throw an unforgettable reception at our authentic Plantation style restaurant.  A hidden gem on the sunny, south side of Poipu, Plantation Gardens is the perfect venue for a casual yet elegant Hawaii wedding.

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From Your Wedding Photographer to your Maternity Shoot In San Diego http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/from-your-wedding-photographer-to-your-maternity-shoot-in-san-diego I just love to see the evolution of a family from when you first choose me as your wedding photographer.  Being a husband and dad myself, it brings me back to all those magical moments.  I relate to the emotions you are feeling and connects me to the moments I am capturing.  Starting from that first engagement shoot, to the wedding photography, maternity photos, newborn photography, and the family portraits.  Freezing these moments, that moves entirely too fast, to be cherished for a lifetime.

Here we choose San Dieguito Park, Solana Beach which is a great outdoor location in North County San Diego.  

San Dieguito County Park is just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Del Mar. San Dieguito offers a variety of recreational activities including hiking trails, playgrounds, exercise stations, a basketball court, pavilions, a wedding gazebo, picnic areas, and BBQs. You’ll also discover a picturesque lookout point from Activity Hill - complete with fitness stations and suspension bridges. Down below, view large open lawns lined with mature trees and a tranquil pond.

Take me to the ballgame! San Dieguito Park is also home to Miracle Field, a fully accessible baseball field that accommodates children and adults with special needs.

Say ‘I do’ at San Dieguito. The park is cooled by ocean breezes in the afternoon, and surrounded by stately eucalyptus groves. A wrought iron Victorian gazebo is tucked into a private and scenic area of the lower park, fitting for a ceremony.

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Ocean Beach Sunset Cliffs Point Loma Engagement Shoot http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/ocean-beach-sunset-cliffs-point-loma-engagement-shoot Ziba and Stan were so much fun to photograph.  We choose to photograph in their neighborhood of OB.  Point Loma has many great photography locations within a close distance making it a great place for engagement photography.  We started this engagement session on Newport Ave during the farmers market.  We focused on lifestyle photography there than headed over to Sunset Cliffs for the sunset romantic photos.

Your engagement shoot is so important in many ways.  It is a great way to get to know your wedding photographer.  It's practice for your wedding day and you will know what to expect and feel a little more comfortable in front of the camera.  And it helps your photographer in knowing how you are in front of the camera and what tactics he or she will use to produce those natural looking photos.

If you would like to book an engagement session with our studio Click Here!


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La Jolla Real Wedding: La Valencia Hotel: Lea & Nick http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/la-jolla-real-wedding-la-valencia-hotel-lea-nick I have a celebrity wedding on the blog today!  A San Diego Charger kicker Nick Novak, married the love of his life, Lea, in their intimate La Valencia Hotel wedding.

Lea and Nick hosted a lovely, family-oriented, intimate wedding. You may have expected a celebrity couple to have an extravagant affair, but they kept it simple. The Novaks married in their local church, Mission Trails Church surrounded by family and their closest friends. The bride Lea turns heads in her all lace wedding gown and was absolutely STUNNING.

For their reception, the Novaks headed over to the coast to the beloved La Valencia Hotel. This hotel is an icon of the La Jolla coastline and a long-adored wedding venue for couples like Lea and Nick. Once again this La Jolla real wedding got back to the basics. Their private reception at the La Valencia celebrated their family, friends and faith. Amy Ulkutekin of First Comes Love Organic Elements, Concept Event Design did an amazing job on the ornate table tops and exquisitely draped curtains make this small wedding seem like the celebration took place in its own world. 


Music by Michael Tiernan: Still Listening Productions

Congratulations to Lea and Nick for a long and extremely happy life together!


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BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL HOTEL DEL CORONADO INDIAN WEDDING http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/breathtakingly-beautiful-hotel-del-coronado-indian-wedding A colorful indian wedding, on San Diego's Coronado Island. This wedding took place at the wonderful Hotel Del Coronado coordinated by Nahid’s Global Events.  Smita and Michael chose vibrant colors with gold embellishments.   Jennifer Cole Florals did an amazing job with the bright and energetic floral decor, from the bridesmaids bouquets to to the gorgeous chuppah/arch structure to the large centerpieces. The entire reception was crafted into a perfect reception for the newlyweds with the help of Riamu Entertainment's lighting and musical entertainment and some of our rentals and linens.  Not only did their guests get to enjoy a breathtaking cake by Fab Cakes and delicious food catered by Monsoon Restaurant, they got more entertainment from Henna San Diego, UCSD Bhangra Group (Da Real Punjabiz)Epod Photo Booth, and Alex Guillen (Guitarist).


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Old Town Engagement Photo Shoot http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/old-town-engagement-photo-shoot Old Town San Diego is a great place for your engagement photography.   It was the commercial center of San Diego until the 1860’s, and many of the buildings date back as early as 1820.  We love to photograph engagement shoots here because of the interesting textures, scenic backdrops, and bright colors. The entire area is romantic and fun, and makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. On this particular Old Town engagement shoot, the theme was yellow and green!  We started off at the charming Heritage County park is adjacent to Old Town in San Diego, and features several restored Victorian homes and the city’s first synagogue, The Temple Beth Israel. It is a fine example of the Victorian architecture of wealthy San Diego residents in the late 1880s-1890s. The Temple Beth Israel now hosts weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs.  Then we headed down to the charming shops and residences. In the central plaza, it’s fun to walk among the guides dressed in period costume, or enjoy impromptu concerts by local musicians.  Afterwards, the two of you may want to stick around and enjoy the culinary delights, and indulge in a cold cerveza or margarita.

To set up your own Old Town San Diego engagement shoot, please feel free to contact us. Enjoy the photos below!


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SAN DIEGO COURTHOUSE ELOPEMENT | JAMIE BEN http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/san-diego-courthouse-elopement-j I put together a shoot to show just how amazing a courthouse elopement in San Diego could be… not your typical San Diego beach elopement but an amazingly special day filled with moments of a lifetime.  

This was such a fun wedding day.  The simplicity of the day, heightened the love in the air.  It was a pleasure to capture and witness,  Jamie and Ben's elopement.  They were giddy and as you can see it in their wedding photos.  A wedding photographer at your elopement is just as important if not even more important.  These are memories you want forever and to share with all your love ones.  


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A Couple on the field of Petco Park engagement shoot http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/a-couple-on-the-field-for-petco-park-engagement-shoot For Jamie and Ben’s engagement shoot, we headed down to Petco Park in downtown San Diego. Since we had access to the field, we were able to photograph them being silly in the bullpen, sitting alone in the stands, holding hands in the dugout, and stepping up to bat at home plate!  They even wore to customized Padres shirts during the shoot so we could take a picture to be included in their Save the Dates. Check out the results below, and let us know what you think!


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La Jolla Lifestyle Engagement Photography http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/la-jolla-engagement-photography Right smack dab in the middle of the San Diego coast, between sandstone cliffs is La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful beaches in California and a perfect place for San Diego engagement photography. This is the perfect spot for your engagement shoot, with the cute downtown shops and ocean behind you with golden sands of the beach, perfect for the couple that wants to show off their California roots. 

For Erin and Schaefer this is exactly what they wanted.  Erin was a bridesmaid in her sisters wedding at the Rancho Bernardo Inn that I was the wedding photography for.  She used many of the same vendors like the San Diego planner:  Melissa Reinke of Sweet Blossom Weddings

How stunning is this couple!  And they were just amazingly natural and fun in front of the camera.  They wanted lifestyle engagement photos so this was our main focus. We started at the Pannikin Coffee & Tea, off Girard Ave then headed over to the cove right in front of The La jolla Bridge Club.  There are stairs that lead down to the rocks of Point La Jolla.  We had so much fun capturing these images and you can truly see it in their photographs.



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San Diego Wedding at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe by Michael Svoboda Elite Photography http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/san-diego-wedding-at-the-crosby-at-rancho-santa-fe-by-michael-svoboda-elite-photography As a Wedding Photographer these are the kind of of wedding photos you dream to create from the inception of your photography.

From the Bride...  We wanted it to be clean, classic, and beautiful with a little vintage feel thrown in. We also had a "frames" theme, with the photos, escort card display, the centerpieces in the reception were in empty frames, our frame tree in the ceremony and the favors. We liked the idea of empty frames symbolizing all the future memories we are going to make, and the people who "framed our lives" helping us fill those frames.  I don't think anyone got that but me, but that's ok, the frames were pretty. 

We put great thought into everything! My sister (Jessica Wheeler Bailey) and I are very crafty.  We made everything for her wedding and almost everything for mine. We are started a decor, design, and lifestyle blog and company called "Linen, Lace, and Love" because we had so much fun creating our wedding decor. The signs, which my artist sister made, were a cute way to direct the crowd across the Crosby to the reception. The car is a 1930 Packard that my dad and his father restored together. My grandfather passed away three years ago, and it was our way of including him in the ceremony. The Packard was also in my parents' wedding and my sister's, so it's become a family tradition. The escort display was amazing and was a joint effort with Amorology (our wedding planners). Amorology built it, and "Peanut Press" did the graphic design. Our original concept was to do a canape of ribbon with the escort tags woven through the ends that were coming down — my sister and I are drawn to the labor intensive. Amorology came up with the giant frame idea and I loved how it tied into our theme. My sister and I made the guest book table by wrapping books we had in the house with navy paper and then gluing doilies onto them and then stamping books with letters...it was a labor of love, and it turned out really well I think. The table numbers were another labor of love. They took three days, as we hand-stenciled numbers on them, and then glued doilies, put buttons up the backs of all of them, and tied them with a gingham bow. 

The wedding day was the most beautiful day at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. We didn't do a "first look" because we are old fashioned like that, so we waited to see each other. It was the perfect choice. I will never forget walking down the aisle to Brandon.  I was in a dream the whole day. We tented a tennis court (thanks to Classic Party Rentals) for the reception, due to the fact that we needed a larger space for all the people and dancing, and it looked beautiful! Our band Atomic Grove was amazing and the night was perfect!

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Best Luxury San Diego Wedding Venue - Fairmont Grand Del Mar - Engagement Shoot http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/best-luxury-san-diego-wedding-venue---fairmont-grand-del-mar---engagement-shoot It's never too late to do your engagement shoot.  After being married for 10 years they finally decided to do the engagement shoot they never did.  We had a blast on the Grand Del Mar's upper level.  We started at the iconic water fountain upon the entrance, worked our way to the Capella Chapel, to the front lawn and everything in between.  This property is full of amazing photo opps!   Discover unparalleled romance for your special day at San Diego's premier wedding venue. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean estate and nestled in the storybook setting of the breathtaking Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the perfect venue to take your first steps toward forever.  


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Professional Corporate Business Headshots http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/professional-corporate-business-headshots The Importance of a Professional Corporate Business Headshot.  First impressions will always be important but now that we conduct so many of our initial interactions online, virtual personal branding has become as important as the firm handshake once was in introducing yourself to the world.  A professional business photograph is an opportunity to portray a brand image to potential customers who aren’t just researching ‘what’ you do.  They are just as interested in ‘who’ you are.  Here at Michael Svoboda Elite Photography we have a portable studio that we bring to your business servicing the entire San Diego area.


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Laguna Beach - Orange County - Proposal Shoot - Engagement Shoot http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/laguna-beach---orange-county---proposal-shoot---engagement-shoot After 12 years of being boyfriend and girlfriend, he officially popped the question. But Ken reached out to me a whole month prior to their engagement to plan a special surprise and have it photographed. Melissa thought she was going to dinner with her girlfriend at her favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach, Las Brisas. Meanwhile Ken had the whole family there and even brought their beloved dog.  The family hid off to the side with a view of what was to soon happen.  Well Melissa came walking up and saw Ken standing there and she looked a bit puzzled but as she got close to Ken he dropped to his knee and she went into total shock.  They couldn't have been in a more beautiful setting overlooking the California Coast. They celebrated with an official engagement shoot the very same day! 

A proposal or engagement photography is start of building your relationship with your wedding photographer.  Giving us the understanding of how you react in front of the camera and what we need to do to get those unposed natural looking images.


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A Gorgeous Wedding At The Lodge At Torrey Pines - La Jolla Wedding http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/a-gorgeous-wedding-at-the-lodge-at-torrey-pines---la-jolla-wedding This was a beautiful wedding at an amazing San Diego wedding venue.   A special day set in the natural beauty of the California coastline at The Lodge At Torrey Pines.  The wedding planner was Keli Christenson of Monarch Weddings and she did an incredible job on this wedding.

Upon meeting with the bride and groom earlier in the year at the venue.  They were relieved when they saw how tall I was (6'6" to be exact) because they too are tall and were concerned about having a shorter photographer, shooting from a lower angle which can be unattractive perspective for portraits.  Having a taller photographer has it's advantages.  First and foremost, having the camera slightly above your subject makes for a more complimenting angle for portraits.  Nobody likes to see what's up your nostrils!  And throughout the wedding day I can't even tell you how many times people walk in front of the camera and I just shoot over them, especially on the dance floor!  And with more overall presence, it really helps in getting people's attention during family and bridal party portraits where it is critical to coordinate people to make the portraits happen.

This couple was so photogenic and full of love, we started off with the first look, bridal party portraits, romantic portraits of the bride and groom, and family portraits at the Signature Garden on the upper part of the property.   This is a secluded part of the property where you have the least amount of chance to be seen by the guests.  The wedding ceremony took place on the serene, Arroyo Terrace, overlooking the classic PGA Tour golf course.  After the ceremony we took advantage of the floral arbor and I got one of my favorite images of the day there.  The the lighting was perfect for a dramatic stylized portrait but not ideal for family portraits, where the bride wanted it.  So I brought in some off camera lighting to save the day.

The bride and groom joined the cocktail which was on the other side of the Arroyo Terrace.  Keli planned the timing perfectly for the cocktail to end and the beautiful sunset to begin making for some stunningly romantic photos.  Then the fun really began with the reception at The Maurice Braun Room. 

I feel this property is critical to have shot there before to understand the layout and know where all the amazing shots locations are.

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Adventure - Surfer - Engagement Shoot - Sunset Cliffs - San Diego http://www.michaelsvobodaweddings.com/blog/2018/1/adventure---surfer---engagement-shoot---sunset-cliffs---san-diego If there is one thing Michael Svoboda loves most is combining his adventurous personality with his passion of photography.  On his engagement session, Miguel and Candy met surfing so we decided to capture their love for surfing and each other, doing what they love!  It happens to be something Michael loves too as a San Diego Photographer.  

We choose the majestic Sunset Cliffs, San Diego which by the way is not only great for surfing but a great place for a wedding ceremony.  We went with a "Lifestyle" approach to the shoot.  This is what gives it that real feel.  Most of the images are of what they really do everyday and with the styled poses I took extra care to keep it not "Too Posed".

Not all couples want this style for their engagement shoot and this is why you need to talk to your wedding photographer and figure out what it is that you are looking for.  Every client is different and figuring out that style that represents them is the first step in making your sure they are going to love their images from the engagement shoot to their wedding day.  And hopeful down the road, to their family portraits!

This is the distinction between the average photographers and best San Diego wedding photographers. 

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