Monday, January 27, 2014

Plan a Wedding on a Cell Phone? Not So Much...

For the umpteenth time this month I've received a call from a bride
 who is trying to plan her entire wedding on a cell phone. I living in the dark ages or WHAT ? 
Last week I thought it was an AWESOME idea.... but not so much now. 
 I see now, there is something missing in the process...
I've begun to wonder to myself:
 would I pick out a wedding gown on the phone? 
And then base everything on the price I heard on the phone? 

White Wedding Gown $39.99 or $3999.00 

How could I possibly decide from a simple cell phone conversation
which is the best dress for me ?

Brides are asking me to basically read everything
 I have on my website down to the tiny, tiny details... while they take notes.
I would say it's a somewhat uninformed decision-- because price is not everything. 
Price is but one factor in a decision.  
you can plan your entire wedding with us in under 10 minutes
 on the computer. With our help, if you know your date,
 how many guests, and if you want the whole enchilada,
 or just the plate!   
And, you could actually enjoy the process a little more. 

Read, LOVE and Reserve.  

You do remember the computer ? 
That's where our on- line brochure is so you know what you are actually purchasing. 
Loads of photos, references, packages, marriage license info
sample ceremony,
dog friendly options, flowers , faqs  
are all right there for you to see.

Don't you want to be a informed consumer when you plan your wedding?
So you're not disappointed, 
or worse yet, you have no idea what you purchased or agreed to. 

Honestly, your cell phone isn't there yet. 

elope san diego 
EST. 1987

Monday, January 13, 2014

All the way from SASKATCHEWAN Saskatchewan, Canada-- minus 70 degress !

 Minus 70 degress?  OHMY! 

 Congrats to Angela and Ken who traveled from Canada
to warm their bones and elope with us last weekend.

Just the two of them with our " Blissfully Simple Package". 

I could go on and on and ON about how cold it was where they came from, but I won't. 
 I can't even imagine what 70 below feels like.

Let's just say we had our perfect welcoming sunny San Diego wedding weather waiting for them, sunny and 70.  They LOVED it!

Smart and funny, what darling, happy couple!  Thanks for choosing Elope San Diego, we know the 2014 will be a wonderful year for you after last years challenges.

Here's to your happily ever after!! 
Enjoy your honeymoon here in San Diego and stay warm...

christine and steve

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Great Marriage Proposal!

Lookie at this fun marriage proposal! 

Confused, so very confused....

We're proud to say that we have a 99% approval rating!  Working with about 250 couples a year, there are bound to be a couple unhappy campers... but this one?   I am confused. Very confused.

We just photographed a nice little wedding on Coronado beach, the couple selected our quickie, smallest package, 36 pics and the CD for a very reasonable $ 495.  It's for couples on a tight budget, who don't want to invest very much time or money in their photography services.. but still want something nice.  Which is what I always deliver.  

As a photographer, I work in a bit of a vacuum, that is to say I don't have co workers or a boss.  When I pour my heart and soul into the event, capture the essence of the day in an artistic way...and in fact over deliver what I promised. .. it then becomes a challenge to understand why someone would look at their wedding photos and not see the emotion, the joy, the tiny moments. But instead look at each image and give their opinion in such an insulting way.  And go on to ask for "compensation" for ruining their most important day.. 

Basically I photograph the ceremony that Steve performs and a few additional family/couple photos.  For this couple I sent an extra 20 photos at no charge and spent extra time to take them to an additional location at no charge to get some photos in the shade.

 They didn't thank me, instead the mister sent me this:

Christine and Steve, I will list some of the issues with the image number and make some comments.

2811-it is not in focus on us.
2814-seems a little bright and washed out
2815-seems  a little bright
2818-washed out
2828-a little bright

2836-color off
2842-not in focus
2851-bright and not in focus
2852-bright and some shadow
2861-shadows on the faces

2864-shadows and a little bright
2865-no so clear/focused
2886-washed out and shadows, not clear
2890-bright and shadows
2896-not focused, shadow and bright
2903-bright and shadows
2904-bright and washed out.

2910-bright and shadows
2929-not so clear on the people
2937-not so clear on the people
2945-little bright

2949-little bright
2965-shadows on bride
2989-little bright
2994-little bright
2999-little bright
3003-out of focus on us/not so clear

3014-bright and not clear
3016-bright on bride
3024-bright and not in focus
I can take some constructive feedback, but in addition to his list, the groom said they were DISTRAUGHT over  the photos and need some sort of compensation to make this right.  Distraught?
( Merriam-Webster: so upset that you are not able to think clearly or behave normally)

too bright, shadows

Thursday, January 2, 2014

11 Couples Choose to "Elope To San Diego" Over the Holidays!


It's true, eleven happy couples decided to elope with us over the holidays!  We always say San Diego, but we were really on Coronado Beach over the holidays, it's the perfect place to celebrate your love and say "I do". 

Since we just offer tiny weddings, with no permits required,
it's a completely free place to be married, and
one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
So Romantic. So Simple. So Affordable.

We know you have lots of options, so we thank you
 for choosing us  ( Steve and Christine ) to celebrate with you. 
 Perfect weather, perfect little beach weddings
Congrats and a happily ever after to:
Ali and Daniel
Kaylee and Matt
Linda and Tom
Sarah and Dennis
Mona And Revere
Jennifer and Garrett
Alina and Tyler
Leslie and Charles
Jessica and Patrick
Jessica and Kathleen 
and Jennifer and Pete

Here are a few of the fun memories we captured on film for our couples. 
christine and steve

Thanks for giving us the greatest job EVER !

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