Escondido Private Estate Wedding :: Molly + Chris

There’s something especially sweet about a small, backyard wedding on a private estate. Add to that some sweet San Diego (well, Escondido) afternoon light, sprinkle in some fun Dutch and Mexican traditions, factor in that it’s a destination wedding and only the closest family and friends are there for the event, and you have the recipe for an awesomely intimate and unique affair for the books. Oh, and let’s not forget a bride and groom who are head-over-heels in love with each other — magical! That’s Molly and Chris.

From the first time that Molly and I Skype’d (she’s from Washington state) and she described her family and her fiance, I knew we had a connection and that I simply had to photograph their union.

I’ll admit that I was a tiny bit nervous not having met the couple in person before their wedding day, but those butterflies quickly flew away, as every single guest was warm and sweet and utterly delightful. There was no awkward family drama, no reluctant bridesmaid, no bridezilla, not one sarcastic joke about the groom gaining a ball-and-chain… just a house full of happy, excited family members waiting to watch a happy, excited couple exchange vows and celebrate life together. And I’ll admit that it was contagious. The images that we made really capture Molly and Chris’ joy, and I photographed the day with a smile on my face as much as I ever have in recent memory (I can get a bit intense and focused).

Here are my favorite images of Molly and Chris’ private estate wedding…

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happy photo of bride getting ready

Photo by Jamie Lawler:
relaxed photo of groom in private escondido estate

Photo by Jamie Lawler:
quirky photo of groom getting ready
mother of the bride kissing bride
funny photo of bride putting on lipstick
bride walking out with mother helping
photojournalistic wedding first look photo
emotional first look photo at escondido wedding
candid photo of bride and nephew
photo of funny moment between bride and nephew nieces
bride and bridesmaids sisters having fun
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Photo by Jamie Lawler:
emotional moment of bride walking down the aisle
emotional groom during processional
photo of bride and groom at backyard wedding in escondido
post wedding ceremony celebration by bride
photo of intimate moment between bride and groom
creative portrait of bride and groom in escondido
beautiful sunset portrait of bride and groom laughing
beautiful sunset portrait with bride and groom in escondido private estate wedding
artistic wedding portrait of bride and groom at private wedding venue
emotional photo of groom and grooms son moment
candid photo of tears and laughter wedding guests
bride laughing and enjoying backyard wedding speeches
creative photo of bride reacting to speech
escondido backyard wedding first dance photo
artistic first dance photo at escondido private wedding venue
dramatic light portrait of bride and groom in escondido wedding

Big thanks to my good friend Jamie Lawler for coming out to second shoot with me!

Click the link below to open up a new tab with a slideshow with more images…

Molly + Chris :: Wedding Slideshow