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kelly + matthew’s san diego homebrew wedding | levyland estate, carlsbad

couple holds hands on beautiful beach sunset at this san diego homebrew wedding at levyland estateYAY, BEER!! Kelly and Matthew are great homebrewers and decided to make their favorite pastime a HUGE part of their wedding day. I think they definitely accomplished their mission with their San Diego homebrew wedding at Levyland Estates! bride walks by her wedding gown before her san diego homebrew weddingOne of the things that is really cool about Levyland is that you rent out the property for a week leading up to the wedding. So Kelly and her gals were enjoying the ocean views when I arrived on the big day while watching a huge pod of dolphins play in the shore break. Not a bad start to your wedding day, right?!candid moments of girls helping bride get ready before her san diego homebrew wedding at levylandcandid moments of girls helping bride get ready before her san diego homebrew wedding at levylandcandid moments of girls helping bride get ready before her san diego homebrew wedding at levylandSuch a helpful group of ladies! candid moments of girls helping bride get ready before her san diego homebrew wedding at levylandcouple embrace during first look at san diego homebrew weddingKelly… cool, calm, collected. bride kicks back before her san diego homebrew wedding at levylandguys hang out before this san diego homebrew weddingMeanwhile, the guys were down the street at another property in Oceanside, sharing some stories and beers while they got ready for the day. groom ties bow-tie before san diego homebrew wedding at levylandAnd they decided to take advantage of the proximity and take a 15 minute walk over to Levyland so that they got some hang out time along the way. NICE! guys walk to wedding venue san diego homebrew wedding at levylandKelly’s dad wanted to have his own casual first look with his little girl before the day got rolling. It was pretty sweet!! dad sees daughter for first time on wedding day at levyland estate wedding father daughter first look bride approaches groom during first look at san diego homebrew weddingHow can you not adore these two? They’re both just totally 100% themselves and wear their hearts on their sleeves. And I love that. A lot. couple kisses during first look at san diego homebrew weddingcouple hug and laugh during first look at san diego homebrew weddingcouple embrace during first look at san diego homebrew weddingAlready married… 😉  bride fixes groomMore tears of joy and happiness, followed by some laughter too  <3 <3 <3 couple cries during first look at san diego homebrew weddingcouple cries during first look at san diego homebrew weddingbride groom touch hands during first look at san diego homebrew weddingbride groom portraits at levyland san diego homebrew weddingIt’s obvious how much these two enjoy each other’s company and make each other giggle with a little silliness. bride groom portraits at levyland san diego homebrew weddingbride groom portraits at levyland san diego homebrew weddingLooking GOOD, you guys!! bride groom portraits at levyland san diego homebrew weddingYeah, remember when I told you guys to go take a few minutes and take a break. I totally couldn’t resist taking a few photos when I saw this going on. TRUTH!
Don’t hate me for that!  😉 couple hugs in a private candid moment during their san diego homebrew weddingThen we had some fun with the whole gang out there. Great people from many parts of their lives! wedding party photo at san diego homebrew wedding levyland estateNow, friends—THIS is the way to enter a ceremony. Confident and ready to DO THIS!groom high fives groomsmen at his san diego homebrew wedding ceremonyI got to hang back for a few minutes as Kelly and her parents awaited their moment to join everyone. This is always such a cool point in time! bride approaches the ceremony and looks on with parents at this san diego homebrew wedding ceremonyKiddielawinks!! They got pretty sandy, but they did a great job. Gold Stars all around!
cute flower girls and ring bearers at this san diego homebrew wedding ceremonyAnd come on, you gotta love how there were no meltdowns down the aisle AND they each came up and hugged Uncle Matthew at the end of the aisle. ADORBS! flower girls and ring bearers hug groom at san diego homebrew wedding ceremonyAnd then it begins… bride walks up to guests as she enters the ceremony at her san diego homebrew weddingbride shares look with groom at this san diego homebrew wedding ceremonyThere was threat of rain, but as you can see, they really can’t forecast the weather in San Diego. It was another beautiful day in paradise! beautiful sky on the beach at this san diego homebrew weddingAlways love celebrating a couple along a great wedding team. And Bethel is the best out there! She always shares such a special and unique wedding celebration for each couple that is personalized and gives perspective on their relationship for guests. She also does a special handfasting ceremony where each of several ribbons are devoted to aspects of their relationship or commitments for their future and then they slip their hands out to “tie the knot”. It’s one of my favorites! couple ties the knot during a handfasting ceremony at this san diego homebrew wedding
Things got a little intense there for a moment as they exchanges meaningful and deep vows. Such sincerity and love! couple shares emotional moment when groom cries at a san diego homebrew wedding ceremonycouple laughs during their ceremony at their san diego homebrew wedding with ceremonies by bethel and la vida Always a little tricky to get that ring on when it’s 80% humidity!couple walks back down the aisle at their groom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estate san diego homebrew weddingMARRIED!!! WAHOOOOOOO! happy moments of bride and groom right after their ceremony ends at groom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estateKelly and Matthew opted to do a Cocktail Hour 1.5 {an elongated hour and a half} so that they could spend more time with their guests milling about. Rachel and I kept them down at the beach for just a few minutes to capture the cloudy but beautiful day along the shore. bride groom hold hands and look at each beneath a stormy sky at their groom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estate san diego beachBig watercolor skies! bride groom walk down the beach in carlsbad levyland private estate wedding SO FREAKIN’ CUTE. In case you forgot. Also, if you need another refresher, be sure to check out their tandem bike engagement session too! bride and groom snug up during portraits at their groom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estate interesting side angle of wedding day couple at levyland private estate wedding  THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.groom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estategroom snuggles up to bride during wedding day portraits at levyland private estateLevyland sits on a beautiful protected lagoon in Carlsbad. Definitely a unique spot! bride and groom on balcony overlooking view at levyland private estate wedding Kelly and Matthew did a great job of pulling in San Diego Craft Breweries alongside their #homebrewedlove theme, highlighting their Home Brew winners. Did we mention that Kelly works at the Homebrewer? Yeah, they’ve got some serious skills! And BTW, super jealous of those beer carriers Matthew made his crew! creative brewery details at this san diego homebrew craft beer weddingPretty much the coolest receiving line EVER in the history of ever. This I approve of. Kelly and Matthew served homebrews on tap to their guests as a receiving line. BRILLIANT!!!! bride and groom serve homebrewed beer at their san diego homebrew wedding reception at levyland Are you sensing a theme here??? 😉
Toasting each other during their grand entrance seems like exactly the right thing to do. bride and groom toast each other during grand entrance at their san diego homebrew wedding reception at levyland bride and groom laugh during toasts at this san diego homebrew wedding receptionToasts and great stories of two good people. Lots of laughs and good vibes, for sure!candid moments of guests smiling and laughing during toasts at this san diego homebrew wedding reception And some great expressions elicited from Kelly and Matthew.  bride and groom exchange glances during toasts at this san diego homebrew wedding receptionThese are your people, friends. bride and groom look out and toast their guests at their san diego homebrew wedding reception Remember all those clouds earlier?? Well, we were beginning to suspect that a killer sunset was coming and well, San Diego, you did NOT disappoint!! epic beach sunset on a stormy day at this san diego homebrew wedding levyland estateKelly and Matthew. Just doing what they do. Also known as a first dance, but this is just them. For realsies. happy married couple dances first dance at their san diego homebrew weddingfirst dance san diego homebrew wedding levyland estateAnd some sweet parent dances too, of course! father daughter dance at a san diego homebrew weddingAnd then the lights go down and this party gets STARTED!! cool nighttime shot of the reception at this san diego homebrew weddingbride and groom have fun on the dance floor at this san diego homebrew weddingparty on the dance floor at this san diego homebrew wedding at levyland private estateThere was some serious craziness and fun going down from the first song of open dancing. Me likey! lots of dance floor photos during fun reception at this san diego homebrew wedding at levyland couple gets down at reception of a san diego homebrew wedding at levyland Get it, girl!!! bride grabs groom by shoulders to dance at this san diego homebrew weddinggroombride LOL. Hands are full, friend!! things get dirty on the dance floor at this san diego homebrew weddingcouple shimmies dancing at the reception of this san diego homebrew weddingDO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! Daring, but Matthew knew what he was doing 😉 groom licks navy military saber during cake cutting at this san diego homebrew wedding

Kelly and Matthew, thanks for inviting along for sharing in your day and being totally authentic and real. I just really really love how you two are totally true to yourselves. I wish you all the happiness in life, working as a team on that tandem bike and in home brewing and cider making!! You guys got it 🙂

To Kelly and Matthew’s family and friends, please be sure to sign their guestbook in the gallery so that you’re the first to know about image release and print specials. I like to offer a special print offer the first two weeks after their gallery is release, which will be in 3-4 weeks. 

Kelly and Matthew’s wedding pros:
Photography: La Vida Creations, Betsy & Rachel
Videography: Joe Park Films
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Venue: Levyland
DJ: Andy of The Groove
Hair: Hair Art by Lily Elias
Makeup: Raelynn Dasher 
Food Truck: Cassanova Tacos
Florist: Friend

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  • Linda Hinkle - Kelly and Matthew your day looked perfect, gorgeous pics and it looked like a fairy tale wedding, Best of luck and may you never forget how much in love you are each and every day. Never say goodnight without an I Love you. Thats the key to a long lasting love?

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