Wedding Photography – 2012 Year in Review!

I am still in disbelief over how quickly 2012 has come and gone!  Today is it…tomorrow we all wake up to a new year, a new chapter and a handful of new years resolutions 😉

This yearly post we do is definitely my favorite for so many different reasons.  I love going back in history and picking out our favorites from the year, I love seeing all of our AMAZING couples we’ve really had the pleasure of working with and most of all I love seeing the split second moments that we were able to capture for our past couples and clients whom many have turned into great friends.  To say 2012 was a great year for Cole Joseph Photography would be an understatement.  Ever since I first picked up a “real camera” a few years ago in 2009 I have seen our work progress and I make darn sure it always is progressing and never slowing down, there is always room to improve and take raise the bar higher and higher – and that is what we have set out to do since day 1.  Looking back on this past year makes me so proud to see how far we’ve come in a relative short amount of time but I can assure you we are not stopping here or slowing down at all!

We kept busy this past year both professionally and personally.  On business side of things we did 21 weddings, launched a photobooth business and I launched Cole’s Classroom, a completely free website full of photography tutorials and tips aimed at teaching others photography and giving them the inside ticket on how to learn this amazing craft and how to do it quickly as I have done.  On the personal side – we managed to squeeze in a couple fun trips and vacations, first off in April for our 1 year anniversary we did a mini road trip up the California coast up to Big Sur, CA and in July we went to St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands for a week which was completely awesome as expected. A handful more personal type blog posts including our travels from these trips will be up in the coming weeks 🙂

So what will 2013 bring?  Many more weddings, us expanding into many more “lifestyle” type portrait sessions including babies, family and engagements, more photobooths and a whole lot more of me teaching others photography!  Also we are planning on heading to Europe (Italy mainly) in April…fingers crossed that works out!

Ok, lets move onto the recap!  Unlike last year where I picked our favorites by category this year I have FORCED myself to only pick 1 single photo from each of our 21 weddings this past year.  My goal was to showcase a portrait that I felt had elements showcasing the day or showing the personality traits of the couple.

Also – do you realize how hard it is to pick only ONE from these weddings?!  So click on their names to be taken to their blog post so you can see the entire story of their big day!

Jill & RichardTwin Oaks Garden Estate

We started off 2012 with Jill & Richard’s Twin Oaks Garden Estate wedding in early January – the day started off a little wild with a winter storm present and rain throughout the day in the forecast.  The drive up was filled with heavy rain but as soon as we pulled up to the venue the clouds drifted away and the sun came out, it was pretty wild how that happens sometimes.

I picked this photo because if you know Jill & Richard this captures “them” perfectly.  Fun, Cozy, Laughter and Love.

Twin Oaks Garden Estate Weddings

Niccila & JasonThe Grand Tradition

It is hard to go wrong with a wedding at The Grand Tradition, Niccila & Jason’s wedding was one of three we shot at the venue.  Their big day was smooth, easy, light-hearted and a great time and I just love this photo of the two of them!

The Grand Tradition Weddings

Ryann & Matt – Southern California Private Estate Wedding

Ryann & Matt’s St. Patrick’s Day wedding was truly a whirlwind…literally.  I was so emotionally attached and apart of their big day considering how much Ryann & I had talked in the weeks leading up to the wedding and how the wedding grew from just a small ceremony and intimate lunch with friends to a little bigger to a full blown private estate wedding, all planned and put together within about 4 to 6 weeks time.  Needless to say I was devastated knowing the day was upon us and a crazy storm was going to nail us.  Driving up to Murrieta was wild, could barely see and hydroplaning was becoming the norm, we got there though and stepped out all bundled up, and to our surprise met up with a uber excited and glowing bride – she wasn’t going to let the rain mess up her day.  The day was amazing, went off pretty much flawlessly and picking a single photo that showcases the day and also these two was quite easy…a truly magical moment captured while playing in the rain!

San Diego Wedding Photography

Kari & DaveCoronado Cays Yacht Club

Kari & Dave’s wedding changed dates and locations at least 3 times before finally setting in on a March wedding at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club!  We were at one point going to Las Vegas, then San Diego, then I think another destination and settled at Coronado Cays, as Kari put it to me….”thanks for putting up with me, we have settled on plan “Z”” 🙂  Kari & Dave are simply genuinely awesome people, that is really the best way to describe them and Kari has a smile that can light up the room, Dave is the quieter of the two (until you get to know him) and also quite the gentleman.  I feel this photo captures each of their emotions well from the day.

San Diego Wedding Photography

Jane & TomThe Grand Tradition

Jane came to me one day after realizing the photographer she had hired for her wedding had turned out to be a scam.  We were all upset that this would happen and that people would actually do that to others but also thankful to have found out in advance of the wedding and I was able to cover the day for them.  The day was filled with lots of emotion, tears and laughter and the way these two look at each other says a lot about their great relationship.  This photo incorporates those feelings and the gorgeous landscape of the Grand Tradition all in one!

The Grand Tradition Weddings

Patrice & AndrewThe Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Patrice & Andrew had a mini destination wedding here in San Diego, having their close friends and family make the small trek from Los Angeles since San Diego always was a special place for them.  We made it one heck of a party over Memorial Day weekend and they were nothing but classy glam.  Just as this photo is.

Hilton Bayfront San Diego Weddings

Heather & EricAdmiral Kidd Club

Heather & Eric wanted to leave the 100 degree Arizona heat behind them and came out to a gorgeous San Diego Bay wedding held at the Admiral Kidd club.  As soon as I took this photo I loved the capture, the pose, the scene, the emotions and the “San Diego” of it…it all came together and is one of my favorites from their day!

Admiral Kidd Club Weddings

Lea & JayMarina Village

Lea & Jay’s Marina Village wedding was set on a picture perfect sunny San Diego July afternoon.  Sometimes just a simple portrait of the happy bride and groom looking into the camera is the winner, as this one is.

San Diego Wedding Photographers

Jennifer & IlanBayview Park Coronado

These two had a small intimate wedding with their closest family and friends and I must say by the end of the wedding Nicole and I felt like friends of all of theirs as well after we zipped all over the county in the limo with them!  We took photos at a few different spots but getting off of the crowded Coronado beach and heading into the gorgeous Hotel Del let us give these two some nice moments with just the two of them.  I love the candidness and expressions on each of their faces with this shot.

Hotel Del Coronado Weddings

Kelly & RexInn at the Park

Kelly & Rex love to have fun, they are jokers, love to laugh and do it quite often but there is also a very sophisticated and classy look within each of them which to me is quite evident in this black and white of them!

San Diego Wedding Photographers

Sarah & KyleThe Prado, Balboa Park

Sarah & Kyle met on, got engaged on live TV on the Ellen Show and planned an amazingly gorgeous wedding at The Prado in Balboa Park!  These two know how to do it up big and that they did, we don’t dip too often but it just feels right for these two!

The Prado Balboa Park Weddings

Paula & TylerThe Bristol Hotel San Diego

Paula & Tyler are musicians, like me!  It was really awesome to see their classy, elegant wedding at The Bristol Hotel incorporating details of their love for music.  Tyler even played for Paula “Isn’t She Lovely” on the Sax!  Smiles are good, and the below shot showcases how happy and excited these two were on their big day!

The Bristol Hotel San Diego Weddings

Kaitlan & EricThe Hilton Resort & Spa Mission Bay

We almost all packed up and went to Hawaii for these two and their wedding!  But hey Mission Bay isn’t so bad either 🙂  I am pretty sure no matter where the venue ended up being these two would have been smiling from ear to ear, just as they did this past August 18th.  We’ve known both of them for sometime now and they are always a good time and genuine people but I must say, Kaitlan was absolutely stunning on her wedding day – I love this photo of these two lovebirds.

San Diego Hilton Resort Weddings

Desiree & BrianThe Catamaran

When I first met up with Desiree & Brian back for their engagement session, within minutes I thought to myself…these two can rock it!  They just have that “look”….the “look” you see models in magazine ads etc…  Needless to say it is always a pleasure to work with them, and its a bummer they live all the way in Arizona because otherwise we’d be hanging out far more often – Desiree is a sweetheart and Brian is one rad fireman (also a relative of mine ;))  This photo captures them both so well and is the classic Desiree “look” that I have come to know and love.  The sun had already gone down but we snuck away for 5 minutes to capture some of the soft warm sunset glow and boy o boy am I glad we did.

San Diego Wedding Photographers

Erika & SergioThe Grand Tradition

Erika & Sergio! Our third San Diego “destination” wedding from Arizona for the year & our third wedding of the year at The Grand Tradition.  What is not to love about this photo and the soft gaze Erika has into the camera.  These two could make an alley look good!

The Grand Tradition Weddings

Amber & AaronThe Catamaran

Amber & Aaron have such a natural flow and ease about them, they truly made our job easy that day as you can see both of them smiling at each other non-stop throughout the day.  It was so hard to pick a single image because we have an entire album full of awesome shots but this one which was taken moments after their first look I always seem to come back to.

The Catamaran San Diego Weddings

Beth & KrisCountry Club of Rancho Bernardo

This photo just screams… “WE ARE MARRIED!!!” and for that it is the clear winning candid image from their wedding.

Rancho Bernardo Inn Weddings

Cat & Dan – Mr A’s

Cat, Dan & I go waaaaaay back meeting back in the day while working at Sea World.  These two are both sweet as can be and they can each get each other laughing like crazy.  This photo sums up their personalities when with each other, so much happiness, laughter and good times – love the candidness of the shot and having the moon shining in the background isn’t bad either.

San Diego Wedding Photography

Colette & JoshMarina Village

Colette & Josh – ahem….such a rad couple.  Their day was non-stop smiles, laughs and party – just our style!  I am pretty sure every guest at the wedding could easily see how happy and excited these two were just from Colette’s amazing smile alone.  Speaking of smiles – how awesome is the emotion and expression within this image?

San Diego Wedding Photographers

Leah & LanceCoronado Community Center

Another Sea World love story!  I am so happy that Nicole and I were asked to be Leah & Lance’s photographers because we’ve become so much closer friends because of it and I can assure you that these two are they type of people you’d love to be friends and hang out with!  I have many favorites from their wedding day but this portrait is a real gem…Leah brings on the sass! and Lance….ummm…just stand there and look good!  I actually think that was probably my direction to him, he does it well I’d say 🙂

Hotel Del Coronado Weddings

Evelyn & Chris – El Centro, CA

Our last 2012 wedding!  Evelyn & Chris, a couple crazy kids in love – I’ve seen them grow through the years and we were privileged to have been able to document the big day.  I just can’t get over how awesome this candid shot is that Nicole got quickly while they were walking through the parking lot to their awaiting getaway car!!!  Elegance and pure class would be an understatement!

San Diego Wedding Photography

Well, what can I say other than its been a banner year and I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings.  I hope you enjoyed the post and it gave some additional personal insight that sometimes doesn’t come through in each post through the year.  We had the chance to work with some amazing vendors along the way this past 2013 here are some notables that helped make our 2013 brides and grooms day magical!

Wedding Coordinators:
Courtney – After The Engagement
Francine – Francine Ribeau Events
Keli – Monarch Weddings
Diana – A Wedding by Di

Greg – San Diego Partytime DJs
Paul – High Energy DJ

Luke – Luke McCain Videography
Rafael Pires – Artistic Wedding Films

Sally – Exquisite Blooms
Bethany – Splendid Sentiments
Carla – Enchanting Blooms

  • January 2, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Tim King - Sweet post Cole, looks like it was quite the busy year for you guys! Stoked to hear that you have plans for Italy…fingers crossed it comes through for ya. Happy New Years man, hope it’s the best one yet.ReplyCancel

    • January 3, 2013 - 8:30 am

      Cole - Thanks for stopping by Tim! We certainly kept busy and that’s how I like it. Definitely hoping to make that Italy trip happen 🙂 Talk soon buddy.ReplyCancel

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