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emily + monique’s intimate destination wedding | martin johnson house at scripps

same sex two brides at la jolla destination wedding TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING!!! What an amazing way to celebrate a long history and great life together! Emily and Monique rang in their silver anniversary with an intimate La Jolla destination wedding at the Martin Johnson house at Scripps La Jolla, surrounded by their closest friends and family. What a great day it was! two brides get ready for their destination wedding at scrippsPretty much my favorite thing in the world—when our couples get ready together. It’s so intimate and lovely! two brides get ready together for their destination wedding at scrippsbride ties partnerHelping each other with all those little last details! bride zips partner<3 <3 <3 bride puts on partnerbride puts on partnerbrides get ready together before their la jolla destination wedding at martin johnson houseAnd this is the perfect ending to helping each other prepare for the big day… Ready to go into the day together and face the world as a team!!! brides get ready together before their la jolla destination wedding at martin johnson houseAfter departing their cute beach cottage bungalow, we headed over to Scripps La Jolla to capture some pre-ceremony portraits of these two amazing women. Emily and Monique met in college at UC San Diego (my alma mater too!).close up photo of two brides outfits before their destination wedding at Scripps la Jollaportraits of two brides at Scripps Martin Johnson house La JollaAnyone who’s gone to school there has to appreciate the constant and unique ways concrete is used in the architecture around campus. Scripps is no exception. A lot of the concrete down there looks like weathered wood which is pretty cool and makes an awesome textured, but minimalist background so that you can appreciate the simple beauty of this moment between our two brides.  🙂 bride kisses partnerbride smiles at her partner in the setting of scripps SIO la jolla wedding Um, how can you NOT love these two?! We were instantly smitten when we met them for their engagement session at the start of their San Diego visit before the wedding. There’s something really truly awesome about photographing a couple who’s been together for many years. I love it! two brides smile at each during wedding day portraits at Scripps La Jolla two brides laugh together during wedding day portraits at Scripps La Jolla Beautiful and strong woman—you both looked absolutely amazing! two brides portraits at Scripps la jolla wedding

two brides black and white BW portraits at martin johnson house la jollaThese two and their adorable eskimo kisses kind of slay me. two brides share eskimo kisses at Martin Johnson house at Scripps wedding two brides snuggle in pretty setting at Scripps Martin Johnson wedding brides share stories and laughs before their scripps martin johnson house wedding This is just simply the way they are with one another and it just makes you smile. bride kisses partnerbrides snuggle in portrait at scripps martin johnson house same sex wedding brides snuggle in portrait at scripps martin johnson house same sex wedding brides snuggle in portrait at scripps martin johnson house same sex wedding One last stop to capture the breathtaking ocean view at Scripps that you really just can’t beat anywhere in San Diego! same sex wedding couple at martin johnson house wedding overlooking ocean viewtwo brides approach their wedding venue at martin johnson house wedding overlooking ocean viewCeremony time!! Everyone found their way thanks to some helpful signage from some of the kiddos! kids greet guests with two brides donclose up of cute kid at martin johnson house wedding in la jolla Loved how Emily and Monique did things their own unique way to reflect what felt right to them. Their wedding party was comprised of their two daughters, Bethany and Maya, and they each approached from opposite sides of the Chuppah. The setup at Martin Johnson House was perfect for this kind of entrance for two brides! brides walk with their kids as they approach their wedding venue at martin johnson house la jolla Maya kept peeking around the corner for Emily and Bethany. So much excitement!! bride with daughter peeking at the ceremony site at martin johnson house la jolla brides approach the Chuppah at their wedding ceremony site at scripps la jolla beautiful oceanview wedding setting at martin johnson house scripps la jolla EEEEEEEE!!! It’s really, really happening! It’s always so great to celebrate a couple with the incomparable Bethel Nathan of Ceremonies by Bethel. She really knows how to share the couple’s stories and relationship in a very special way with the crowd! emily-monique-intimate-la-jolla-destination-wedding033Their kids were really excited watching on as things unfolding during the ceremony. daughter watches as two moms get married at martin johnson house in la jolla wedding daughter watches as two moms get married at martin johnson house in la jolla wedding brides present roses to parents at their same-sex wedding at scripps la jolla Loved how excited Emily and Monique’s parents were too. They were presented with white roses as a thank you for their love and support throughout their lives. brides present roses to parents at their same-sex wedding at scripps la jolla brides present roses to parents at their same-sex wedding at scripps la jolla daughter watches as two moms get married at martin johnson house in la jolla wedding tender moment of grandparent and grandchild at martin johnson house wedding I think you can just feel their excitement and joy they shared throughout the day. Something that I really love about Emily and Monique is that they have all this history together, yet interact like they just started dating. It’s really obvious how deep their connection is, yet still playful and so loving <3  two brides exchange vows at martin johnson house same-sex wedding Smiles all around!! two brides exchange vows at martin johnson house same-sex wedding two brides under chuppah at martin johnson house same-sex wedding two brides exchange rings at martin johnson house same-sex wedding For their wedding ring exchange, they moved their beautiful gold commitment rings from their 10th anniversary from the left hand to the right and then presented each other with new white gold bands  for the left hand. They bought the new rings on their early honeymoon in late July on a ferry trip over to Vancouver, BC Canada. A perfect representation of the maturity and strength of their relationship and the many chapters they’ve experienced over the years in their journey together! two brides exchange rings at martin johnson house same-sex wedding And of course, their daughters needed to be a part of this all to celebrate the life and family they’ve created over the years. The sand ceremony was a great way to all participate and appreciate the togetherness they share! two moms include children in martin johnson house wedding as they do sand ceremonytwo brides smile as they walk down the aisle at their martin johnson house weddingUndeniably, always always always some of my most favorite moments of the day! two brides kiss as they exit their martin johnson house wedding in la jolla two brides hug as they exit their martin johnson house wedding in la jolla two brides in la jolla sunset at martin johnson house wedding Beautiful sunset over the Pacific right as the reception was beginning. Just fabulous! martin johnson house scripps wedding details sunset view of the pacific from martin johnson house at scripps la jolla And an incredible dinner by the talented crew at Waters Catering. The food was DELICIOUS!! beautiful and delicious wedding catering, food by Waters catering, photos by la vida two brides dance first dance outdoors at martin johnson weddingTime to share their first dance as newlyweds! They just always seem to magically shift gears from laughing together to sharing a tender moment. two brides dance first dance outdoors at martin johnson weddingtwo brides dance first dance outdoors at martin johnson weddingdance floor fun and activity at martin johnson house outdoor wedding in la jolla And then the dance floor exploded!! mother and daughter dance at martin johnson house destination wedding in la jolla mother and daughter dance at martin johnson house destination wedding in la jolla reception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsemily-monique-intimate-la-jolla-destination-wedding061EVERYONE was cutting a rug! Fun, fun dancing crowd. reception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsreception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsreception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsThis was a fun group of kids. They were pretty much owning the dance floor like champs right before we left for the night. 8 going on 30 😉 reception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsreception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsThese gals from Atlanta (where Emily and Monique currently reside) kept us pretty entertained on the dance floor all night! reception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoors
GET IT, Monique!! reception dance floor photos at martin johnson house destination wedding outdoorsLove the family cake topper!two brides cut the cake at their martin johnson destination wedding in la jolla Dear Emily and Monique—thank you SO very much for opening up to us and sharing the beauty of your relationship with us! It was so easy to be around you from the first minute and an absolute joy to document your love. Annie and I both wish you the best and know that you two have many years ahead of you full of happiness and continued newlywed bliss <3 <3 <3

To Emily and Monique’s family and friends—please be sure to sign their gallery guestbook so that you’re the first to know about image release and print specials! Their gallery will be available in 2-3 weeks. Thank you! 

Emily and Monique’s wedding team:
Photography: Betsy & Annie of La Vida Creations
Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Martin Johnson House, Scripps La Jolla
Officiant: Bethel of Ceremonies by Bethel
DJ: DJ Kanoya
Catering: Waters
Coordination: Monica of Waters Catering
Cake Artist: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Florist: Green Fresh Florals

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  • Karen Mullery - Monique and Emily- These beautiful pictures made me feel like I was there. It looks like an amazing day of love, respect, kindness and fun – a perfect reflection of the couple you are together. Congratulations. Love, Karen

  • Judy & Sandy - Mo & Em! We are so very happy for you and your beautiful family! Wishing you more than enough love and happiness to last a lifetime. Love you both.

  • Suellen & Jerry Rubin - Truly a beautiful time in all of our lives! All our love to the happy family.

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