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I'm Mandy - A San Diego wedding photographer specializing in fine-art wedding photography. When I'm not photographing my amazing clients, I'm busy as an overly obsessive dog mom, capturing life’s beautiful moments with my husband, Chris, and reveling in Teddy antics. 

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June weddings in San Diego can be hit or miss. Jolene and Ross really lucked out with beautiful weather for their Ranch House At Del Sur wedding, because the June Gloom lifted just a few days prior. I don’t know what it is about the Southern California light, but it’s so beautiful, even at high noon!

Vendors:

Photography: @mandyfordphotography
Planning & Design: Ivory And Grace
Venue: The Ranch House at Del Sur
Flowers: Honeysuckle Floral
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Bespoken
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Shoes: Kaileep
Accessories: BHLDN
Groomsmen Suits: TheBlackTux
Stationery: Minted
Catering: Bekkers Catering
Bartending: Snake Oil Cocktail
Desserts: VG Donut
Band: Holly Street Stompers
DJ: Dancing DJ Productions
Rentals: Adore Folklore

Jolene and Ross rented a beach house in Encinitas and the views were for the record books! This home was full of beautiful light, and even had a rooftop deck where Jolene and Ross shared their first look and a few private moments before the day began. It’s important to carve out time to be alone together on your day, and what better place to do so than a gorgeous deck like theirs!

The Ranch House At Del Sur Wedding | San Diego

Nestled in the heart of San Diego’s Del Sur neighborhood lies the gorgeous Ranch House At Del Sur wedding venue. This Clubhouse is truly one of a kind. It’s structure is made up entirely of recycled material. Furthermore, the Ranch House At Del Sur won San Diego’s first LEED Award. (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) The Ranch House has a European countryside feel, with a cobblestone patio, greenery for days, and olive grove canyon! The rolling hill views make this venue a magnificent place to hold a wedding.

Ceremony On The Lawn

Jolene and Ross chose to exchange vows under a beautiful tree with friends and family gathered around in a cocktail-hour ceremony. I loved their idea to strip down everything but the real, raw vows that they spoke to one another. At the end of the ceremony, they asked both sets of parents to come up and say a prayer for the newlyweds. This was incredibly heartfelt and the perfect unique touch to solidify their union.

Del Sur Ranch House Reception

Can we stop and stare at the design Annie, from Ivory and Grace events crafted? Alongside Maggie of Honeysuckle Floral, the two captured Jolene’s vision perfectly. I loved the abundance of greenery – our girl loves some greens! – and soft accenting blush and cappuccino tones sprinkled throughout the venue.

Holly Street Stompers were brought in to perform, and if this wasn’t the hint of Gatsby flair Jolene and Ross were shooting for, I don’t know what was. This band was EVERYTHING! Their music speaks for itself, and they’re even locals at Downtown Disney! I loved that they showed up looking like they walked right out of a Long Island Jay Gatsby summer party!

Jolene and Ross

How They Met

Jolene and Ross met on their very first day of college! Ross was a Junior and living across the hall. He saw the cute new girl and decided to help her move in (smart move, Ross)! They became great friends and just friends at first. They spent their days walking in the arboretum, hanging out in the dorms, learning studio art, climbing together at the rock wall, and visiting Disneyland together. When they finally started dating three years later their first official act as a couple was a two-week backpacking adventure along the Appalachian Trail. – What?! Seriously how cool are they!

How Did Ross Propose? Jolene’s Take:

Last July we had just uprooted our lives in upstate New York to get ready to move back to Jolene’s hometown of San Diego, where Ross would start a new position at a naval hospital. We were spending a few days on vacation in North Carolina with Ross’ family before Ross went to naval officer training and Jolene flew to Fiji to lead a high school summer program abroad. On our last night in North Carolina, Ross gave Jolene a book he had made (literally! We both learned bookbinding in college) with photos of us from over the seven years we had been dating. When Jolene reached the end of the book, Ross got down on one knee and proposed. 🙂

Ranch House At Del Sur | Toasts

After toasts ended, I felt like I had a deeper understanding of who Jolene and Ross truly are. Which is interesting, since they filled out a very detailed questionnaire prior to their wedding. It turns out, what I thought I knew of these two barely scrapes the surface. And that’s something to be said about their character. I learned through their friend’s and family’s speeches that Ross traveled the world to help give medical aid in other countries. Meanwhile, Jolene has spent a serious amount of time in Ukraine teaching young children.

Furthermore, I learned that Jolene is a role model to many around her, especially after hearing a heartfelt speech from her younger sister, Jeanine. Maybe the most important lesson though is to never begin a competitive game with Ross – like, ever. I knew that they might be doing a swing dance as their first dance, but soon learned they’re basically professional. (I’m convinced swing dancing was a prerequisite to even get on the guest list!) 😉 Everyone knew how to move! These two are surrounded by love, and they’ve got a magnetic, selfless energy that I admire!

This Ranch House At Del Sur wedding was truly one for the record books. Jolene and Ross, thank you for allowing me to get to know you both better. I loved documenting your day! Thank you for making me feel like part of your family and congratulations!

San Diego Wedding Photographer – Mandy Ford Photography

If you like what you’ve seen and you’re interested in booking a wedding photographer, please contact Mandy to learn more.  Mandy specializes in fine-art film hybrid photography. With this in mind, she aims to produce bright and airy, timeless images in a relaxed setting. Presently, Mandy resides in San Diego, California, and documents love stories nationwide.

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You can view the wedding below and more recent work by clicking below to view this Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Wedding in San Diego, California! 

Bride and Groom At Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Wedding

I'm Mandy - A San Diego wedding photographer specializing in fine-art wedding photography. When I'm not photographing my amazing clients, I'm busy as an overly obsessive dog mom, capturing life’s beautiful moments with my husband, Chris, and reveling in Teddy antics. 

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