One of the best parts about being a wedding photographer is that it exposes you to so many different families, religions, cultures, styles, interactions, signature cocktails and most importantly people. I’m all about maximizing the human experience so whenever I get the opportunity to photograph anything that is a break from the traditional Temecula winery wedding I’m all in. So when Camille began telling me about her Bulgarian side kick Vesela and their Jewish wedding at the Chart House in Dana Point, California I was ready to rock. I photographed my first same sex wedding in Temecula at Danza Del Sol winery last year and the experience and people were incredible. So needless to say I was excited about Camille and Vesela’s wedding and meeting their entire squad. These two women were passionate, intelligent and certainly liked to have a good time. Therefore, I knew this wedding would expose me to a lot of different awesome things such as the Bulgarian tradition of kicking a copper pot with water and flowers that tells a couple what the sex of their first child will be (apparently Camille and Vesela are having twins). Bulgarians also believe when someone spills a drink it means a dead family member is thirsty so it isn’t a party foul at all. Simply a grandparent wanting their fair share of the open bar.
The venue Camille and Vesela chose was Chart House which is located in Dana Point, California. Chart House is a cool little spot with a rad view overlooking Dana Point and the Pacific Ocean, but it does present one challenge. And that is since it’s a functional restaurant and not just a wedding venue all ceremonies have to be early in the day. That means 11:30a.m. starting times and some real harsh lighting conditions. Therefore, we planned on doing the majority of the portrait session of the two girls after the wedding reception down at the beach, which is really a good decision for any wedding photographer working Charter House as a venue. We ate cake, drank from the open bar, cruised the beach, and basically had an awesome time. Below are some the photographs from Vesela and Camille’s Dana Point wedding!
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