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Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part Two

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Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part Two

Knowing Carly and Alex are true adventurers, willing to take risks - in forms of time, comfort, or even weather - to get what they wanted on their wedding day, I asked Carly, "If time were not an issue, where would you dream of having your portraits taken?" Without hesitation she said, Sunset Cliffs. This long stretch of cliffs overseeing the Pacific Ocean in San Diego is one of Carly and Alex's favorite places, where we took their engagement photos, and what Carly envisioned as the perfect backdrop. 

I said, "Let's make it happen" and with a few tweaks to the schedule, Carly got her wish to be held by the man of her dreams, standing on the cliffs she loves, with the perfect amount of wind blowing through her hair on her wedding day. 

Returning to an epic reception at Tom Ham's Lighthouse, Carly and Alex's tight bonds with friends and family was truly evident as speech after speech resulted in laughs and cheering and some tears, only for the party to get truly started with traditional Greek dance moves - including a flip! - by Alex!

Carly and Alex, I smile as I type this because I know I can always count on you both to be fun and willing to push the envelope. Alex, I loved how you had a list of very serious questions for me over our first coffee - it meant how serious and involved you were in wedding planning - and I admired that! Carly, my dearest Carly! You energy is infectious and how you speak to people, myself included, is so warm and caring. Thank you both for allowing me to capture your special day! xoxo, Evelyn


Photography: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Location: Tom Ham's Lighthouse | Event Coordination: Details, Darling | Floral Design: Blue Bell Florals | Furniture Rental: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals | Cake: Cathy Leonard Cakes | Dress: Pronovias found at Elle Bridal Boutique | Hair & Make up: Vow Studio 101 | Wedding Videography:  Dis Moi Oui Films

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Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part One

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Tom Ham's Lighthouse Wedding: Carly and Alex, Part One

When I think about Carly and Alex, I think of all of the build up towards the mini events prior to their wedding day as well as the build up for the big day! See, when Carly and I first spoke over the phone, we had to make plans to meet a few weeks later as we were both going on international vacations the following week. I already knew these two loved to adventure and the build up to meet to talk all things wedding (and talk about our trips!) made me so very excited.

For their engagement session, I remember sitting in my car, texting with Carly about different outfit combinations, knowing that I would later ask them how adventurous they wanted to get. I said, "Tell me if at any point you want me to stop" as I climbed large rocks and stepped into the ocean with shoes on at Sunset Cliffs with Carly and Alex saying, "Keep going! We are good!" I knew they would be in!

A few weeks prior to their wedding day, Carly and I spoke on the phone, talking honeymoon plans and gushing over photos of her dress that she had just texted me. The build up was only growing for their wedding day!

We began the day with each Carly and Alex getting ready with loved ones - Carly's niece was simply the cutest when putting Carly's shoes on for her - and Alex, completely touched by Carly's wedding gift was completely enchanted with her as she walked down the isle at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.

As the ceremony ended, Tom Ham's Lighthouse transformed to what Carly and Alex envisioned to have for their reception was completed: overlooking the water and Downtown San Diego, gorgeous pieces from Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals, beautiful florals from Blue Bell Florals, and careful coordination from Details, Darling brought the space together!

As their guests headed to the reception, Carly and Alex smiled on as they headed to the place and time we had all most built up: their portraits at Sunset Cliffs!

Part Two of Carly and Alex's traditional Greek orthodox wedding and Tom Ham's Lighthouse wedding reception will include all of their dreamy cliff side, ocean facing portraits! Stay tuned! - Evelyn!


Photography: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Location: Tom Ham's Lighthouse | Event Coordination: Details, Darling | Floral Design: Blue Bell Florals | Furniture Rental: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals | Cake: Cathy Leonard Cakes | Dress: Pronovias found at Elle Bridal Boutique | Hair & Make up: Vow Studio 101 | Wedding Videography:  Dis Moi Oui Films

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Paradise Falls Wedding: Samantha and Cliff, Part Two

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Paradise Falls Wedding: Samantha and Cliff, Part Two

With Part One of Samantha and Cliff's Paradise Falls wedding in Oceanside, California showcasing their pre-wedding preparation, gorgeous, blush ceremony and reception details, and their ceremony, Part Two highlights them: head over heels in love, who are adored by their friends and family, who all love to party! With a cake and complete donut spread from from VG Donut and Bakery, this blush and navy wedding was so Samantha and Cliff. They are close, romantic, and completely committed to each other!

Sam and Cliff, thanks for entrusting me with your day! You two made this day so easy and most importantly, FUN! xoxo, Evelyn


Photographer: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: Paradise Falls San Diego | Reception Location: Paradise Falls San Diego | Floral Design: Heather Christian Designs | Cake and Donuts: VG Donut & Bakery

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Paradise Falls Wedding: Samantha and Cliff, Part One

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Paradise Falls Wedding: Samantha and Cliff, Part One

Romantic, intimate, and bright: this is how Samantha told me she envisioned her wedding day with her best friend and fiancé, Cliff. The two initially bonded over both being collegiate athletes and dreamed of having a traditional wedding where Cliff would see Samantha as a bride for the first time when she was walked down the isle by her father.

With Samantha's gorgeous best friends in blush sequined bridemaids' dresses and Cliff's groomsmen in dark blue suites, this blush and navy wedding at Paradise Falls in Oceanside, California was in fact just how Samantha and Cliff envisioned it, alongside their families and friends.

In Part One of the their wedding, Samantha is completely breathtaking with her two piece wedding dress and Cliff beams with his new watch, a gift from Samantha...

Stay tuned for Part Two of Samantha and Cliff's wedding that will include all of their portraits and donut filled cake table! xo, Evelyn


Photographer: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: Paradise Falls San Diego | Reception Location: Paradise Falls San Diego | Floral Design: Heather Christian Designs | Cake and Donuts: VG Donut & Bakery

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Hayes Mansion, San Jose Wedding: Lien and Phil

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Hayes Mansion, San Jose Wedding: Lien and Phil

Phil, seemingly quiet, is in fact a jokester and a kind, calming force for Lien, and Lien is a loyal woman who knows what she wants. Together, they prioritize friends and family and seek adventure in all forms in the life they share together: from Lien learning how to dive so they could explore underwater as a couple to rebuilding their home from the ground up, these two know how to dine at the best places, travel to far corners of the globe, and party like rock stars! 

When I photographed their engagement session in San Francisco, I knew their classic style with modern touches was impressive! When Lien told me that Phil was having his suit custom made with little, secret surprises, I knew these two would not disappoint at their Hayes Mansion wedding: Phil had their initials and a heart embroidered in the underside of his jacket collar and Lien was a simply stunning bride from head to toe!

Phil and Lien, I've loved getting to know you better through this entire process and I really admire the love you two share. Thank you for allowing me to document your day! You are both such an inspiration to me and I hope more Oakland dinners are in our future with hilarious and transparent stories from you both, or I'll come over when you get your dream refrigerator! xoxo! - Evelyn

Photographer: Evelyn Molina Photography | Ceremony Location: Hayes Mansion, San Jose | Reception Location: Hayes Mansion, San Jose | Wedding Coordination: JL Events | Floral Design: Flowers by Bethany | Cake: Jen's Cakes | Hair & Make-Up: Cathy Tran | Lighting: Fine Line Creations | Linen Rentals: Fine Line Creations | Wedding Videography: Awkward Turtle Media

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