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La Jolla Wedding: Jonathan & Jaquielyn


Where do I begin? I’ll forever be thankful that we were able to share in Jonathan and Jaquielyn’s wedding day. It’s no small thing to document someone’s wedding, and neither is it when they fly you in from out of state. Family tried convincing Jaquielyn to hire a local photographer, but her mind was set and I can’t tell you what that means to me. When you have that kind of trust from your clients, you have the freedom to create and together get to document something beautiful. It’s my hope that the photos they take from their day reflect the depth and beauty of it.

The day began at Scripps Inn in La Jolla, just across the street from where Jonathan and Jaquielyn would say I do at the Wedding Bowl at Cuvier Park. Jaquielyn was as joyful (and stunning!) a bride as they come, but then again, she’s the kind of person who seems to bring joy wherever she goes. After a sweet and tearful first look with her dad, we walked over to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, whose grounds provided us with gorgeous pockets of light among cacti and other desert foliage. Which I was all too happy to shoot, coming from the rainy Pacific Northwest ;) There, Jonathan and Jaquielyn shared their own first look and a little time together before joining family and the wedding party for portraits.

And then it was time to get married…they said I do on the cliffs above the pounding surf, their grandmas walking the aisle as their flower girls. As part of their ceremony, Jonathan and Jaquielyn locked in a box a bottle of wine and two letters written for one another, to be opened on their fifth wedding anniversary. Or sooner, should the need arise in their marriage to be reminded of their love for one another on their wedding day. How neat is that?

Following the ceremony, Jonathan and Jaquielyn ensured some time for each other, the new mr and mrs, taking in the sunset over the water and more photos. I don’t need to tell you how happy that made me! But then there was a party to get to! The reception festivities were held at Green Flash Brewery, complete with a food truck that served up delicious organic eats, funny and touching toasts to the bride and groom, and a full dance floor of guests excited to celebrate the newlyweds.

To Jonathan and Jaquielyn, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! It was such a joy to meet you, spend time with you and your families, and take these photos of your best day ever…hope you enjoy this sneak peek!


Ceremony Venue: Wedding Bowl at Cuvier Park
Coordinator: Jamie Wolfer
Hair: Wedding Hair by Jillian Rae
Makeup: Kianna
Flowers: Tess Fresh Flowers
Reception Venue: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Catering: Organic Food Truck


  • Nicole - November 16, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    Beautiful! Sounds and looks like this wedding was fun – love the idea of a food truck, how original! You documented the bride and groom’s special day wonderfully, Mikaela!ReplyCancel

  • Jaquielyn Tango - November 16, 2016 - 4:02 pm

    All the girls were crying at work looking at this on my smartphone. Mikaela- you crushed it!!!!!! I can’t believe that is US in those photos. Thank you for capturing the most important day in your gorgeous way. I will never be able to thank you enough. <3ReplyCancel

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