Timeless and Tasteful Wedding Traditions

San Diego is a relatively young city. Compared to other metropolises, we’re a still a teenager. Although I’ve been photographing weddings for over thirty years, being able to photograph a San Diego wedding that has deep rooted family traditions, generations of history, and a strong community presence is a rare treat. After all, this is San Diego, not Martha’s Vineyard.

Last year, I had the honor and good fortune of photographing the wedding of Patrick Fisher and Caitlin Geier at the Geier Family residence in Rancho Santa Fe. Simply put, this wedding was perfect. From preparations at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, to a beautiful ceremony at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, then to the Geier home for an unforgettable reception and dinner. The day, the weather, the locations, the floral designs, the fantastic foods, super fun entertainment, the poolside cocktail hour, the “Secret Garden” tented dinner, the cigar lounge, the sparkler send off…I could on for days!!

Sparkler send off at the wedding of Caitlin and Patrick Fisher

Caitlin and Patrick celebrate with a sparkler send off and 300 guests!

The day was full of family traditions such as Grandpa driving the newlyweds to the reception in his 1947 cherry red Packard convertible. Caitlin and Patrick were married in the very same church where Caitlin’s grandparents were married over 50 years earlier. The couple also held the reception at Caitlin’s childhood home in Rancho Santa Fe, the very place they said “I love you” at the back door over seven years ago.

Although the most talented San Diego wedding professionals each gave their absolute best to every detail of the wedding day, it was the 300 guests in attendance that made this wedding such an over-the-top success. The families invited only their “A-list” friends and family. It was a “love fest” through and through!! The guests’ boundless energy combined with the best food, decorations, and location made this a most remarkable dream.

Recently, I was honored to have my images from this beautiful wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, a renowned resource for all things related to weddings and wedding planning. It’s always a joy and a privilege to share unique moments of a couple’s special day with the larger wedding community. There’s no doubt that the tasteful decorations, timeless tented reception, and stunning wedding cake have inspired couples that are in the planning stages of their weddings.

View the full gallery of images from Caitlin and Patrick’s special day.

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