Heather & Rick :: Coronado Island Wedding

If there are any Trojan fans reading this, I suggest you avert your eyes now. Heather and Rick met at UCLA in 2004, and their lovely, intimate wedding at a private residence on Coronado Island this fall was a reflection not only of their alma mater, but their easygoing, loving spirit that made the day full of laughter and deep emotions. These two weren’t about to let a little rain get in the way!

So let’s start off with the details, shall we? They tried to be as eco-friendly as possible, and put personalized touches into everything. 

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

I think the biggest hit was their NuptiAle and personalized glasses with a photo of them and their dog, Hope!

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Their custom painted peg people cake toppers were the cutest things I’ve ever seen. A couple after my own heart, including their dog like that. :)

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

They kept it simple with the wedding party as well – Rick had his two best friends as co-best men and Heather’s sister was her maid of honor. Everyone was up for anything photography-wise, which always makes my job easier. We had SO much fun!

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

I just loved how Heather carried the blue and gold theme all the way down to her toes. :)

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Heather and Rick opted to do a first look before the ceremony, and it was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever experienced in all my days of shooting.

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

The family and wedding party made time to do portraits before the ceremony, which meant that they could get right into the reception afterward. It really made the whole flow of the day so much more relaxed! (Having an awesome sense of humor doesn't hurt, either.)

The rings! You can’t start a wedding without the rings!

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Before the guests started arriving, Heather and her dad retreated to the big boat that was docked, and the rest of the wedding party went into the little cruiser to await their big entrance. Such a cool touch, right?

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Rick’s niece was the flower girl, and she was going to make absolutely sure she threw every last petal. Such a cutie pie! :)

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

In case you were wondering, doing a first look didn’t take away from Rick’s reaction to seeing Heather walk up the aisle at all.

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

A few quiet moments following the ceremony to let it all sink in.

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Then it was on to the reception, which, thanks to the residential location, had plenty of room for guests to either get their groove on or relax on sofas and catch up. 

Rick's friends were a crackup, and as soon as I pressed the shutter I knew this photo would be one of my favorites.

Don’t you just love the mix of desserts? Such a great idea. The lemon squares are Heather’s personal favorite.

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

So many lovely speeches and toasts!

Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Coronado Island UCLA Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Heather and Rick, you effortlessly made me feel a part of your family and I’m so grateful to have such awesome people like you call me their photographer!

xoxo