James and Leyvi married last Saturday (March 5) and are one of the loveliest couples you could meet. They have a wonderful love story and I was fortuenate they chose me as their photographer. For me, what makes a wedding special are close family and friends. Of course, location goes along way, but the closeness of family was very evident throughout the night.

Throughout the late winter and early spring, the light is a challenge but just marvelous to work in. The available light in hotels with large windows like Hotel Valencia makes it a joy to shoot in. Their ceremony and reception took place half an hour before sunset at The McNay,  the first time I’ve shot a wedding there.

Wedding Consultant was the ever lovely Stacey DeWine of Panache Event Group, Hair and Make Up- Shaunna of Madame Make-Up and Hair, Lighting- BP Lighting, Videographer – Mark Thomas, Band -Blue Finger Disco, Florist- Edens Echo.

As ever, here a few of my favorites from their day.



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  1. Fantastic! Love the last shot in front of the Monet! That is one shot no one else can claim to have! And the light during the ceremony is spectacular! Great job Philip!


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