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Rancho Valencia wedding | Jillian and Colin | San Diego, CA

Rancho Valencia Wedding – Jillian and Colin

We photographed J & C’s engagement session at their home in Coronado Island and the beach cliffs in San Diego. We were so excited to photograph their Rancho Valencia Wedding!

Rancho Valencia, Voted Top Resort in Southern California

Their day was amazing and they made us feel like family from the first moment. The love between them was captivating, and they looked stunning to say the least! The wedding was at Rancho Valencia, just outside of Carlsbad and San Diego. It’s been named one of the top spas in California and voted #1 Best Hotel. One of the things we loved about this resort were the beautiful bungalow suites. It’s the perfect destination wedding, or place to spend a few days pampering and decompressing before the big day. It sits on 45 acres of gardens and olive groves, this lavish resort is six miles from the Del Mar Racetrack and ten miles from Torrey Pines.

Planning a Perfect Rancho Valencia Wedding

All the details were beautiful and well executed by Brooke Keegan Special Events. Brooke and her girls are extremely organized and kept everything on time throughout the day. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the family, which made it all that more personal. The band, Tijuana Dogs was top notch and kept the night rocking. This was the second event in a row that we’ve attended where they’ve been the band, and they never disappoint. The beer wall was a huge hit with the guests- who doesn’t like all you can drink beer? It was also the first wedding we attended with Moscow Mules, complete with brass cups. Another hit!

Attention to Detail

What we especially loved was the absolute attention to details—everything from Jillian’s hanger for her wedding dress that said “Mrs. Reddin”, to the customized corn hole game boards, the s’mores bar, and even the selection of cake (Jillian is allergic to dairy). It was a day absolutely a day special made for the two of them, while also keeping the guests experience in mind. This day is one we will never forget and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this awesome couple!

Want to know who brought all this gorgeousness together?

Here’s a list of the professionals:

Wedding Venue: Rancho Valencia
Event Planner: Brooke Keegan Special Events
Photographers: Gilmore Studios
Makeup: Kelly Scripps
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka (wedding) Jimmy Choo (reception)
Groom attire: David August
Floral/Décor: Petals by Katherine
Reception Music: Tijuana Dogs
After Party DJ: Unite Entertainment
Cake/Desserts: Sensitive Sweets
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals & Signature Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: Lighten Up
Backdrop: Back Up Backdrops
Photo Booth: MirMir
Ceremony Harpist: Victoria Rose
Officiant: Sid Kritzstein
Hair: Alyson Beukema

Here is a slide show that we made of the entire wedding day. Enjoy!
About the photographers

Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are a husband and wife wedding photographer team in Orange County, CA. They have been photographing weddings together since 2003. Contact us for more info about booking your wedding in the Southern California area.Gilmore Studios specializes in fine wedding photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. Call 949-698-3968 or email us for more info about booking your 2018 wedding.

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    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.

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    Newport Beach

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    3 boys

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    Since 2002

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