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Marina Village Wedding ~ Dani & Ben

A laid-back wedding surrounded by family and friends.

Dani and I were inseparable in college.  When she started planning her wedding I was so excited to use everything I had learned so far as a wedding photographer to help her have the perfect day.  Then she gave me a choice…

Did I want to be a bridesmaid or her wedding photographer?

At first I definitely wanted to be a bridesmaid.  How could I say no to wearing a pretty dress and holding a bouquet of flowers?  As we chatted more about her wedding plans I realized in order to help one of my best friends have the wedding of her dreams, I needed to have a camera in my hand, not flowers.

The wedding day started with Dani and her bridesmaids getting ready at The Dana on Mission Bay.

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While I was at The Dana on Mission Bay, my second photographer, Kristine, was photographing Ben and his Groomsmen at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.Groom at Hyatt Regency Mission BayGroom at Hyatt Regency Mission BayGroom at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

After the Bride and Groom were ready, they were able to see each other for the first time that day.First Look at Marina VillageWedding Party at Marina VillageWedding Bouquets and Boutonnieres

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It’s always fun to see what personal touches couples add to their wedding ceremony.  Dani and Ben had a tree planting ceremony.Wedding Ceremony at Marina VillageWedding Ceremony at Marina VillageWedding Ceremony at Marina Village

Quick shout-out to my husband, who folded all of the napkins on the tables and helped Stephanie of The Fashionable Event turn the Captain’s Room at Marina Village into a beautiful Wedding Reception.

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Dani and Ben, you are perfect for each other and I am so happy I was able to help you have an amazing wedding.  I’m looking forward to celebrating many more life events together in the future!

Venue: Marina Village Conference Center and Marina
Photographer: Kimberly April Photography
Coordinator: Stephanie Jernigan, The Fashionable Event
Makeup: Lipstick & Luster
Hair: Bridal Hair by Cristina
Cake: BabyCakes San Diego
Catering: Los Tacos and Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs
Accommodations: The Dana Mission Bay and Hyatt Regency
Flowers: Mother of the Bride

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