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shannan + jon’s outdoor nature wedding | san diego botanic gardens, encinitas

bride and groom walking in gardens of san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

The day finally arrived for Shannan and Jon’s outdoor nature wedding at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Gardens. We’ve been looking forward to celebrating these two—they really enjoy making each other laugh and they’re seriously the sweetest couple to boot!
bride is getting dressed in her gown at the san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

 

May Gray was in full effect that day, but the happiness and joy of these two still shone through. The humidity was off the charts that day, but Shannan’s gals were fanning her to keep her fresh and cool.
Good teamwork, ladies! bride has an emotional moment on her wedding day at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

With a corset back, Shannan had some time to peer out at the Walled Garden where they would get married in a few hours while her ladies were lacing up the back of her dress.mother helps daughter get into her wedding gown on her wedding day at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida  wedding party helps bride get in dress at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

And finally… The moment was here where these two would see each other for the first time on their day.bride approaches groom during their first look at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida
bride smiles at groom during first look at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida The smiles and excitement these two shared was palpable!bride and groom kiss on their wedding day during their first look at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

We could see them slow down and just take each other in completely.  bride and groom share an intimate moment on their wedding day during their first look at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

Overwhelmed and excited bear hug. Straightening his tie. Checking out her train. And spinning her around to get another look. Too much goodness. All things that wouldn’t have happened at the end of the aisle if they had waited to see each other. This is why we love First Looks. 😉 bride and groom take each other in during their wedding day first look at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida groom gently touches brides hand during their first look at their wedding at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

 

 

 

 

 

And these two moments? Seriously. I can’t even handle it. Absolutely love how these two slowed down time. It was almost like a time warp. I hope these moments are cemented in their memories forever.tender and intimate wedding day moment with closeup of couple holding hands atsan diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

bride and groom smile and laugh together during their first look at their wedding at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid photos by la vida

You gotta love how these two transition from that tender moment to laughing and smiling again and then right back into some sweet, intimate time again. Considering they each list the other’s smile and laughter as their favorite things, it makes perfect sense!
couple whispers secrets to each other on their wedding day at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida Not sure what Jon whispered to Shannan here (we never hear what our couples share there), but it must’ve been good because look at that mischievous smile!groom whispers to bride in intimate wedding day moment at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

Shannan had told us prior to the wedding that she really felt like she wanted and needed a first look. It seemed as if she took this time to fully drink up every moment, emotion, and memory with Jon. <3bride and groom together near spanish fountain atsan diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

Oh, these two!!  bride and groom make funny faces together at wedding at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, photos by la vida

Seriously, nothing but smiles and full body laughter. Don’t they just make you happy??!
individual candid portraits of bride and groom, san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida We also fully approve of their super goofy side. 🙂 san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

These two love to spend their time outside, whether it’s paddle boarding, golfing, or taking their dog out and about. They absolutely had to have an outdoor al fresca backdrop for their day! bride and groom walk together on wedding day at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Back to the Walled Garden for the ceremony. Jon’s nieces and nephew did an excellent job as flower girls and ringbearer. Such good kiddos! They were so gracious in handing out petals to guests as they came down the aisle. Pretty much the cutest thing ever.
flower girls hand guests flowers san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida That moment… groom anxiously awaits bride during ceremony san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bride has a last moment with dad before walking down the aisle, san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bride smiles as she sees her groom at wedding ceremony san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom smiles at bride when he sees her at the ceremony, san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Sweet and funny moment as Shannan’s dad let go. laughter between groom and father of the bride during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom looks lovingly at bride during ceremony san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Jon seriously could not keep his eyes off of Shannan! mother of groom reads during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida an intimate moment as groom looks deeply into his bride

 

One of those looks that the other knows oh-so-well… couple exchanges glances during their outdoor nature wedding ceremony, candid wedding photos by la vida creations

guests laugh and enjoy ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida Everyone shared in the laughter alongside them.mother of bride laughs and smiles during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

You know you’re marrying the right person when all your friends around you watch it happen like this. best man watches best friend, groom, during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida walled garden outdoor nature wedding ceremony venue at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Friends are definitely a big part of Shannan and Jon’s story as a couple. They met back in 2006 in college, living in the dorms and studying civil engineering. They’d chat in the hallways, on the way to class, etc. Shannan and Jon didn’t start dating until after college, eight years after they first met (thank you, Facebook!!). Can’t help but wonder if all their friends saw a little spark there long before they realized it. bride shoots best friend look during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bridesmaids laugh at friendship story during outdoor garden ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida couple laughs during their outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Is it getting a little hot in here??! couple exchanges laughter during their outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bride looks at groom during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom gives bride the look during outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom laughs and jokes during ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Jon is such a jokester!! And as you can see, it always sends Shannan into serious giggle fits, which is ridiculously entertaining. groom plays a joke on bride during ceremony san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bride and groom exchange vows at outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

YES!!! couple exchanges vows at outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida wedding vows and bride looks at groom at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida
And seriously, how cute is her level of excitement?! adorable cute flower girl with flower head band at outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida bride and groom holds hands during ceremony san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida couple kisses at outdoor nature ceremony at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

MARRIED!!!! couple walks out of outdoor nature ceremony with bubbles at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida
Of course, we always love a wedding with Courtney of After the Engagement! Some pretty and fun details from the day! Miho Foodtruck, homemade preserves, and beer koozies? That’s a good day in our book 🙂 pretty wedding details at outdoor nature wedding at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

First dance as married peeps!! bride and groom first dance at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida couple shares first dance at gazebo at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida couple shares intimate moment during first dance at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Love how lost these two get in their own little world! couple chats and laughs during first dance at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

 

Some great toasts from their dads. Loved the story Shannan’s dad shared from when Shannan and Jon officially started dating. They had a whirlwind romance and when he began to ask questions, Shannan confidently informed him that she was marrying this guy, without a doubt. Jon got extra points specifically after Shannan saw how he was with his nieces and nephews. <3 candid guest and couple photos during toasts at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Good friends sharing more good stories!
candid reception photos of couple and toasts at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Both Shannan and Jon share such special relationships with their parents. It’s so apparent! bride shares dance with father at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom shares dance with mother at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida
Partaaaaay time!! guests dance and have fun dancing during outdoor reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida groom dances with flower girl at outdoor reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida
Jon, you get down with yo’ bad self. bride and groom dance and party at outdoor reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida party photos from outdoor reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida guests dance and have fun at outdoor wedding reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida
Twist and Shout is always a hit!twist and shout dancing photos at outdoor reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

So many festive Bundt cakes. bride and groom cut cake at outdoor wedding reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

We definitely had some dancers in the house that night! guests dance and party at outdoor wedding reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

Dear Shannan and Jon, thank you for inviting us to tell your story and share your sweet and fun relationship with us! We love how much you two laugh and play together. Never stop doing that! bride and groom party with friends at outdoor wedding reception at san diego botanic garden in encinitas, candid wedding photos by la vida

 

To Shannan and Jon’s family and friends, be sure to sign their gallery guestbook to stay privy to the gallery release {in 2-3 weeks} and be the first to know about our print specials! 

Shannan and Jon’s wedding team: 
Photography: La Vida Creations 
Coordination: After the Engagement
DJ: Matt Phipps, Choice Entertainment
Florist: Exquisite Blooms
Venue: San Diego Botanic Gardens
Catering: MIHO Experience & Phil’s BBQ
Bartending: MIHO Experience
Hair: Bride’s cousin, Jenna Brakulis
Makeup: Say I Do Updos
Rentals: Platinum Party Rentals
Lighting: Socialights
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes 

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