Coronado Wedding at Centennial Park
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it quite challenging for couples wanting to get married in 2020. It’s been a rollercoaster of uncertainty, to say the least! When Robert & Lynette booked with me, their plan was to have a larger wedding with all of their family and friends there to celebrate with them. But unfortunately, thanks to COVID, they had to scale down their guest list and have an intimate wedding with just their immediate family at Centennial Park in Coronado, California. But that’s okay because even though things didn’t go as originally planned, the couple was surrounded by the people that love them the most which made it every bit as special.
Enjoy these photos from their special day!
Getting Ready at the Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado
The couple got ready and did their first look at the Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado. I was excited to shoot here as it’s a charming classic hotel with lots of great options for photos. It really seemed to suit the couple’s style. The rooms are spacious and there’s great light which is so important for getting ready photos. There is a grand staircase in the front entryway which was an obvious choice for their first look. There’s also a formal parlor room which made a great location for bride and groom portraits afterward.
The bride looked stunning with her classic style wedding dress. From the shoes to her jewelry and perfume bottle, there were many elegant details. I thought it was especially touching that the bride had photos of her late grandmothers in her room with her as she was getting ready. It made her feel like they were there with her.
I also loved the bold and rich colors of the bouquet! It’s my favorite type to photograph as they add a great pop of color and vibrance to the images. It’s no wonder I posted so many pictures of it in the blog!
In some hotels, you are lucky if you have one nice spot for the first look but at the Glorietta Bay Inn, there were several of them. While it may seem like the main staircase was the obvious choice, it was actually a tough decision.
Well, it just so happens the couple loves spending time in Coronado. It’s where the groom popped the question and where they had their engagement session. So it was fitting that they had their ceremony there. Every time they look at their wedding photos, they’ll have fond memories of their favorite place and with a breathtaking view of the San Diego skyline in the background. This is the kind of scenery that postcards are made of! They lucked out with the light too. It was perfect!
Afterward, they celebrated at a nearby authentic Italian restaurant, IL Fornaio, where they enjoyed dinner with a lovely nighttime view of the Coronado Bridge.
I’m so happy everything worked out for this sweet couple. It’s been quite a journey with some detours along the way. This day was a beautiful end to that journey!
Getting Ready/Pre-Ceremony: Glorietta Bay Inn
Ceremony: Coronado Centennial Park
Celebration: Il Fornaio
Hair & Make-up: A Toast to Beauty
If you’re interested in having an outdoor wedding at Centennial Park, you’ll need to obtain a permit from the City of Coronado Parks and Beaches. Currently, due to Covid, the guest count must be 25 and under and no equipment or decor may be used. You can also email rentals at (619) 522-2641. Refer to Coronado Park’s guide for additional info.
Planning a wedding in San Diego or Coronado? I would love to hear all the details and share some tips with you! Contact me here.
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