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Bali Hai Wedding Photographer – San Diego, CA

Kara & Pasquale – Bali Hai Wedding Photographer – San Diego

We always love the chance to photograph weddings in San Diego. This was our first wedding at the Bali Hai. This famous restaurant is located right on the water on Shelter Island. We loved the 1960’s island vibe! It felt like we were in Waikiki! The couple had rooms nearby at Humprey’s Half Moon Inn. We met up for some quick getting ready photos and their first look. Afterwards, we all walked over to the venue to get all of the family formals out of the way.

The Bali Hai restaurant has an incredible view of the San Diego skyline. The ground floor is dedicated to the wedding reception and cocktail hour. They have an area off to the side the overlooks the harbor for the ceremony. After the ceremony, guests hung out in the cocktail area while we walked along the harbor for some photos with the couple. It started to sprinkle so we ran back to the venue. As we returned, an amazing rainbow appeared for about 15 seconds! This was the first time in 17 years of photographing weddings that we actually caught a rainbow with the bride and groom!

Congrats Kara and Pasquale! Thank you for trusting Gilmore Studios with your memories.


How did you two meet?

K + P met on the east coast. Pasquale was captain of a research vessel and Kara was a deep sea archaeologist. (for real!)

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Photo/video: Brian + Ariel w/ Gilmore Studios @gilmorestudios

Hotel: Humprey’s Half Moon Inn @halfmooninn

Wedding Venue: Bali Hai Restaurant @balihaievents

Desserts: Coppertop Donuts @coppertopcoffee

DJ: Earl Henry w/ My DJ’s @mydjsevents

Brides shoes: Vince Camuto


Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are husband and wife photographers that created a wedding & portrait photography team in Orange County, CA. They have been photographing weddings and corporate events since 2003.

Contact us for more info about booking your wedding in the Southern California area. The creative team at Gilmore Studios specialize in wedding photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. In addition, you can call 949-698-3968 or email us for more info about booking your next Bali Hai Wedding.


Meet the Gilmores:

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team that serves Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas. We specialize in fine wedding photography, family portraits, and newborn photography. Our studio has been in business since 2002.

Fun Facts:

PLace we call home:

Newport Beach

Number of kids:

3 boys

Years in business:

Since 2002

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