Jenna & Shawn's Wedding at the Hotel del Coronado

August 29, 2014

This summer we had the pleasure of photographing Jenna and Shawn's "Tiffany Blue" wedding at California’s Iconic Hotel Del Coronado.  Considered one of America's most beautiful beach resorts, it is situated along 28 oceanfront acres on the quaint island of Coronado in San Diego.  Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, it is one of the most celebrated structures in the World. The Del, or Hotel Del, as the locals call it, is also one of the largest wooden structures in existance, and an outstanding example of beautiful and graceful Victorian architecture.  In fact, the Travel Channel rated Hotel Del Coronado the number-one wedding destination in America.  Jenna and Shawn fell in love with the resort's magical architecture and antiquities.  Their ceremony was scheduled to take place on the Windsor Lawn overlooking the beach....but would you believe it?...We got rained out!!!  When you are planning your dream wedding for August in San Diego, rain is the last thing on your mind.  Who would have even thought about rain?....Not us, not the bride and groom, not the wedding planner, not the location, nobody!  We checked the weather for weeks and everything looked great. Then, the day of, would you believe it? Rain!!!  We would have been fine with roughing it in the rain (we have photographed in the rain before and we even photographed an outdoor wedding during a snow blizzard), but the ceremony was moved to the world-famous Coronet Room, at the last moment. The Coronet Room is known for its dramatic sugar-pine ceiling and whimsical crown shaped chandelier, designed by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Hundreds of white petals lined the aisle to greet Jenna as she made her way down to her groom, Shawn. We were planning for bright and sunny and ended up with dark and romantic. In the end what's important is Jenna and Shawn vowed to spend their lives together.  After the ceremony, the rain had cleared up enough for everyone in attendance to release a beautiful monarch butterfly.  It was an amazing site to see and to top it off, a butterfly even landed on Jenna's dress!  The Hotel del Coronado's elegant ballroom features crystal chandeliers, tapestry draperies, built-in stage, and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.  Jenna and Shawn added their own personal touch with exquisite center pieces, tiffany blue linens, and stunning up-lighting.  This wedding was truly full of surprises!  While all of the wedding party made their grand entrance into the reception through the main doors, the newlyweds appeared, in a flash, on the stage!!!  Everyone clapped with excitement as they went straight into their first dance as husband and wife.  The surprises didn't stop there.  During toasts, Jenna and Shawn received the keys to their first house...and before cutting their gorgeous cake, Shawn serenaded Jenna with a love song.  Everything came together beautifully and we are so happy that we got to be a part of their big day!




Ocean Blue Photography and Design
209.485.6124 / 310.869.0785

Hotel del Coronado
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Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-6611

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