Karina and Andrew’s Immaculata and Prado Wedding Day

On a cold spring day in April 2015, Andrew proposed to his future wife,Karina, during a trip to New York City and this ignited an exciting journey towards their dream wedding day 2 years later. This amazing duo have known one another for most of their lives and their families were beyond thrilled that the two of them would be married at altar at the historic Immaculata Church on the beautiful grounds of USD, keeping to their strong tradition of faith.  And their celebration continued with an absolutely dreamy reception at The Prado at Balboa Park.  The ballroom was magically lit up with soft purples, yellows and white, Karina’s favorites.  And for us…the Immaculata + the Prado, two of the most gorgeous properties in all of San Diego we just had so much fun capturing their entire day on photo and video. Their entourage included many family members, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and cousins (we photographed Andrew’s brother’s wedding several years ago too!). And after all the memorable reception events, heartfelt toast and emotional parent’s dance, the dance floor was a buzz to the tunes of DJ Bryan Romano (DJ La Mafia) literally everyone was dancing.  We love thinking about their journey and how honored we were to capture their dream wedding day.

 

Wedding Coordinator – Liz Cutrano – WED (Wedding Events Design)

DJ La Mafia – Bryan Romano

Bridal Makeup – Makeup by Kandice

Florals – Excellent Designs

Wedding Cake – Flour Power

LeeAnna and Jake's Wedding Day

Ah, LeeAnna and Jake... where do we start with this fabulous down to earth fun-loving couple and their dream wedding day...

(and it seems serendipitous to us that their wedding is the first we have posted since the pandemic began in 2020.)

 

Words at this point don't necessarily have to be spoken anymore to share the emotions and patience that 2020 required from the world.

We very much recall all the conversations with couples as the news hit about shutdowns and specifically remember talking to LeeAnna and Jake 60 days out from their original June 2020 wedding date and all of us coming to terms with the fact that another year of waiting seemed inevitable. LeeAnna and Jake focused their energies together on enduring this journey with the hopes that one day their dream would come to fruition... in the words of the bride, there were a lot of lows with very little highs during the shifts and pivots of COVID-19.

Patience prevailed...

To witness them celebrating with their family and friends was like watching a dream come true.

What we would have taken for granted pre-pandemic magnified the fact that their wedding day was here.

This journey we have all been through is a personal one and left us feeling amiss and made it hard to share any "highs" we may have experienced through a global pandemic.

Jake and LeeAnna's wedding day meant as much to us as it meant to them!

A true symbol that love is the strongest bond and if you can hold on tight and never let go of your dreams, there is a rainbow on the other side.

Congrats Mr and Mrs Thompson, you are one of a kind and we will always remember the laughter, joy and DANCING that you never for a moment took for granted.