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New Orleans Inspired Wedding at the Prado in Balboa Park

Cathy and Joseph Get Married

Their romance started in New Orleans, but this couple was far from being tourists on Bourbon Street when they met. Instead, Cathy and Joseph first locked eyes during orientation week for their internal medicine residencies. For Joseph, the spark was immediate. He began courting her from the start, “As the true gentleman he is,” Cathy says. That included flowers at her doorstep, home-cooked meals, and even toys bought especially for her dog.

What girl could resist that?!?

The proposal was just as sweet. Cathy and Joseph were visiting his family in New Mexico for Christmas, her first time meeting many of his extended family members. Two days before the holiday, he took her on a tour of his old stomping grounds, stopping off at a central plaza surrounded by a church and several local shops. In the center of that space was a gazebo, all lit up for Christmas. Together they stood in the middle of it, marveling at the beauty around them.

It was then that Joseph dropped to one knee and asked Cathy to be his wife. She enthusiastically blurted out “yes” multiple times before he put the ring on her finger and the two were joined by passersby who wanted to congratulate them.

From there, they wandered around a bit, reveling in their newly engaged status before calling family friends.

They spent the first several months of their engagement simply enjoying being engaged. When they did start planning, they gave themselves 13 months to pull the whole thing together. Which turned out to be just the right amount of time to pull off some of the special details this couple had planned for their big day.

Most notably? Their second line parade. This New Orleans inspired tradition involves a procession from the wedding to the reception, and while it can be a great deal of fun, it was no easy feat to pull off through Balboa Park.

But Cathy credits Bonnie Foster Productions & Ashley at Bliss Events for making it happen. And the couple was ecstatic to surprise their guests with this event. As their photographer, I was also excited to be a part of it—to be there, capturing this moment that was fairly unique ( I had only shot one other prior) for a San Diego wedding.

When I asked about their most memorable moments of the day after the fact, both quickly cited that second line. But Cathy also mentioned a Facebook post Joseph had shared early on in the day. She was actually getting her hair done when a friend read the words to her, “In a few moments it starts. Today I marry the woman of my dreams. I want to thank everyone who has traveled near and far to be here and those whom have shared well wishes for Cathy and me. It’s gonna be a hell of a good time—not just tonight, but for the rest of our lives.” And with that, Cathy was a puddle of happy tears, which in turn incited the same from both their mothers and many of the bridesmaids in the room.

One of the other really neat things this couple did was to prioritized a Yichud. In the Jewish faith, this is a few minutes set aside after the ceremony for the pair to be completely alone and to allow their newly married status to sink in. It’s a moment of peace and togetherness before jumping into the party and socializing with all their guests.

There was a lot of love that filled that room as the night went on, so many people rejoicing over this couple who clearly love each other so much. And just two days after the ceremony, they jetted off to Fiji for 10 days of bliss in paradise.

Not a bad start to a long life together.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Groom getting ready photos at the Westgate in San Diego before the Balboa Park wedding at the Prado

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of groom receiving a present from his bride before the wedding. Bride showing off her custom “Mrs.” rope she is wearing for getting ready.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

The lacy back of the bride’s wedding dress was amazing! So were the lace details on the train. Such a beautiful choice of blush pink bride’s maids dresses also!

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of a moment with her proud mama just as the wedding dress went on.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Bride descending the gorgeous staircase at the Westgate San Diego. These are so popular for 1st look photos.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

1st look photos on the grand staircase at the Westgate San Diego

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

A different perspective on the 1st look photos. Westgate Hotel, San Diego.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Heading out the the wedding! Photos are always beautiful in this light-filled area of the Westgate San Diego.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of the get away car. A lovely vintage rolls royce. Love seeing the bride from the open door.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Our bride is so excited to get this show on the road. The vintage car will be dropping them off at the Prado for the wedding ceremony.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

I love taking wedding photos of uncooperative toddlers. Always good for a laugh! Balboa Park is so perfect for this!

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

All the arches and walkways of Balboa Park make it one of my favorite places to photograph large bridal parties.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

B&G wedding photos utilizing the lovely spanish style architecture in Balboa Park.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

I is definitely not easy making Balboa Park seem deserted for wedding photos on Earth Day Weekend!

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Portrait of a beautiful bride! The shoulders of her lace dress are as gorgeous as she is!

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Some sunset wedding photos at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. I love the repetition of the ivory benches.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

No crowds here in Balboa Park! We escaped the Earth Day crazy and found an isolated spot for B&G photos.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

A moment before the B&G sign their ketubah. Such lovely light for photos at the Prado Balboa Park. Black & White worked well to isolate the bride in this one.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of the B&G reading their Ketubah with their Rabi. Family is gathered around.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of the mother of the bride hugging her new son in law. Black & White really helped focus attention on this image.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Mother of the groom reaching for a hug after the Ketubah signing ceremony.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Casa del Prado, the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony in Balboa Park. Photos here are always lovely! I love the brightly colored umbrellas along the back of the ceremony site.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

A split stairway for the wedding procession. Which way to go? Most people go to the right it seems.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

The family kiddish cup. Such a pretty symbol of family history for this wedding ceremony.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Time for the wedding rings! I love being able to get up close ring photos without getting in the way. Casa del Prado makes that easy.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony photos under the pretty white chuppah

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of recessional at the Prado. That look – I love when the B&G do this at the end of the aisle. It speaks so much.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of one last kiss before the couple is off to their yichud room. Meanwhile the rest of the wedding guests enjoy cocktail hour in the Prado’s gorgeous courtyard.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of the wedding’s second line (2nd line) parade beginning its way outside.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Wedding photos of guests waving their handkerchiefs. A traditional 2nd line parade tradition.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of wedding guests heading into Balboa Park during the second line parade.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

photo of the bride and groom stealing a kiss during their 2nd line parade. I love their fancy parade umbrellas.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Gorgeous blue skies and sunlight for this fun second line wedding parade photos in Balboa Park, San Diego

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Wedding guests went around the center fountain in Balboa Park for the 2nd line parade.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Everyone stopped and danced a little near the fountain in Balboa Park

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of the B&G’s wedding umbrellas from the 2nd line parade resting at their sweetheart table inside the Prado Ballroom.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Beautiful wedding decor and flowers inside the Prado Ballroom. I love when they use the pin-spot lighting, makes for much prettier photos!

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photos of the crazy hora dance with our B&G up on chairs

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

more hora dancing photos

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

showing the whole group on the dance floor for the hora

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Full shot photo of the Prado Ballroom

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of Bonnie Foster Productions doing their thing. They keep everyone on the dance floor!

Cute Cakes Gaslamp

Cute Cakes Gaslamp

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of the outside of the Prado at dusk. I love the cobalt blue sky for wedding photos.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Bonnie foster Productions keeping everyone dancing at the wedding in the Prado Ballroom.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Photo of our Bride & Groom grooving with a fun pink boa during the wedding dancing.

New Orleans Inspired Wedding photos at the Prado Balboa Park San Diego

Its not easy getting a photo of Balboa Park looking good on Earth Day weekend. I think we did pretty well getting this iconic shot of the tower despite all the people and tents set up.

 

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