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Memorable Moments at the Castle | San Diego Wedding Venues

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Happy Hump Day! Today we wanted to bring you some fun and memorable moments of the past from our couples and their guests at the Castle!

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Video | Janell + Matt | Side by Side Cinema | San Diego Wedding Films

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Janell and Matt had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Castle with the help of Courtney from After the Engagement. Above is the video by Side by Side Cinema! This wedding was the 2nd Ultimate San Diego Wedding, put on by Bridal Insider and Star 94.1.

Sneak Peak Photos | Briona + Ryan | Resolusean Photography

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013, Briona and Ryan had their ceremony and reception at the Castle! It was such an amazing event to be part of and everything turned out beautiful.

We cannot wait to get all of the photos but here are some sneak peak ones by Sean Capshaw from Resolusean Photography!

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Couple Spotlight | Briona + Ryan | Resolusean Photography | San Diego Weddings

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Briona and Ryan will be having their upcoming wedding at the Castle this weekend.

We are so excited to be a part of their very special day!

The ceremony will be held on the Front Lawn with the beautiful Castle as the back drop.

After the ceremony, guests will then move to the upper lawn to enjoy cocktail hour drinks and hors d’ oeuvres from Personal Touch Dining.

DJ Brandon Waters will then invite guests down to the Lower Lawn for everyone to enjoy dinner, toasts, cake, dancing and even a delicious s’mores station!

Once the evening concludes, guests will then make their way back to the upper lawn and the front of the Castle’s doors to line up for the Grand Sparkler Exit for the Bride and Groom.

Here are some engagement photos of our wonderful couple by Sean Capshaw or Resolusean Photography

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Video | Elizabeth + Geoff | Side by Side Cinema | San Diego Wedding Films

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Elizabeth and Geoff had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Mt. Woodson Castle back on Sunday, May 26th, 2013. Here is a sneak peak video by Side by Side Cinema of the special day!

Vendors:

DJ – DJ Guys

Photographer – Nathaniel Kam Photography

Catering – Personal Touch Dining

Photobooth – 3 2 1 Smile

Cake – Sumi’s Oven

Florist – Penny Blooms Florals Design

Officiant – Scott Milnes

 

 

Why Should I Have a “First Look”?

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Having a “First Look” has become more and more popular throughout the years. Most brides tend to ask their photographers and wedding coordinator what exactly a first look is.

The First Look is a special moment that is staged and setup by the wedding photographers that allows the bride and groom to have a special moment to see one another before the ceremony. Typically, the groom will be looking away, toward the photographer, while the bride approaches him from behind. As she approaches close to the groom, she will reach out to tap him on the shoulder, allowing the groom to turn around to see his beautiful wife to be for the very first time.

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After they have taken in the moment of seeing one another, the photographer will then take the bride and groom for some portraits together.

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Photo Credit: Sean Walker Photography

First Looks are highly recommends by wedding photographers and here are a few reasons why.

1. The First Look allows the bride and groom to have a very special moment of time together before the guests begin to arrive and ceremony and reception begins.

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2. Having a First Look will also allow for more pictures to be taken of not only the bride and groom, but also of the bridal party and possibly some family members. If you were not to have a First Look and only take the bride and groom photos after the ceremony, you will only have a limited time during cocktail hour to take all of your photos (includes bridal party and family photos).

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3. A First Look will allow you and your wedding party to go an enjoy your cocktail hour and the start of your reception sooner than later after the ceremony. There have been so many times where we see the bride and groom feeling rushed to finish post ceremony photos so that they can go and enjoy their guests and party. You never want to feel as though you are missing out on your special day because you have to take photos. With the First Look, you will be guaranteed to enjoy your reception and the entire experience for a longer period of time.

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Photo Credit: Jamie Moore Photography

4. Of course there are still the couples who are very traditional and want the groom to see the bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle, but we have never heard of anyone regretting seeing one another before the ceremony. This is one step closer to minimizing your stress levels and maximizing your time to celebrate with your loved ones and enjoy your big day!

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Here are some First Look photos of past brides and grooms at the Castle!

These photos end up being some of the most special moments captured of the entire day!

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Photo Credit: Sean Walker Photography

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Photo Credit: Anza Foto + FIlm

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Photo Credit: George Street Photo & Video

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Bree + James | George Street Photo and Video | Saturday, June 1st, 2013

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Bree and James had their wedding and reception at the Castle on the 1st of June to kick off our busy month!

Here are some photos provided by the Bride from George Street Photo and Video.

Special thanks to DJ Pat from Sound Prodigy!

Catering – Personal Touch Dining

Florist – Liz’s Flowers

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Sneak Peak | Andrea + Doug | AS Photography

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We are loving these photos already! Here are some sneak peak photos of Andrea and Doug

by AS Photography at the Castle back on Friday, June 21st, 2013

Vendors:

DJ – Sound Prodigy

Photography – AS Photography

Catering – Personal Touch Dining

Flowers – San Diego Wholesale Flowers

Officiant – Ceremonies by Bethel

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Sneak Peak | Ashley + Aaron | Bethann Greenberg Photography

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Sneak peak of Ashley and Aaron from this past weekend at the Castle!

Photo by Bethann Greenberg Photography!

Vendors:

DJ – Disc Go Round DJ and Video Services

Cake – Shirley the Cake Lady

Groom’s Cake – Flour Power

Catering – Personal Touch Dining

Florist – Roxana Rosales

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Katie + Andrew | Bethann Greenberg Photography | Friday, May 10th, 2013

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Katie and Andrew had their ceremony and reception at the Castle at the beginning of May 2013. Their wedding was filled with beautiful blush and ivory centerpieces by Adina Onda with Simply Adina Floral Designs that sat on top of handcrafted wooden boxes made by the grandfather of the bride. Guests enjoyed a delicious Italian buffet provided by Personal Touch Dining. Later into the evening Sound Prodigy provided tremendous entertainment for all of the guests.

Photos by Bethann Greenberg Photography

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