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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

College, a mutual friend, and beer pong brought them together, dressed in Halloween costumes at a party. At first read, it may not sound like the perfect recipe for finding your soul mate, but eight years later, Jonathan and Jaquielyn would say otherwise. They light each other up with their love for one another and life together, and so it was with great joy that we got to fly down for their engagement session and wedding in San Diego last week!

This was the first time we had met in person, the day before their wedding and the day of their eight year dating anniversary. Jaquielyn and I had spent months emailing one another, her excitement for life and their wedding always bursting from the screen in her warm, genuine words. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to finally meet and I’m so glad we had this extra time together before the big day, and to meet the one who had captivated her heart.

Natives to Southern California and living right across from the beach(!), and Jonathan having proposed on a beach, it seemed only fitting that we would document their engagement there. Here are just a few favorites from their session…and now I’ll be working on their wedding photos for another blog post this week!


  • Jaquielyn Tango - November 14, 2016 - 5:09 pm

    Honestly breathtaking. Thank you so much for this and for capturing the most memorable day in our history together. It was an honor to be a Mikaela Ruth Bride and we are so lucky to get to know you and Shane! Thank you so so much- I will forever be gratefulReplyCancel

It was almost two years ago exactly, that we were on the warm beaches and streets of Mexico photographing their engagement and gorgeous, intimate wedding at Las Caletas. Such a joy it was, and now again that Mike and Sarah are expecting their first little one – a girl! I’m so grateful to follow along such milestones with these two, and can’t wait to see them again once their sweet baby has arrived. But for now, a sneak peek of their maternity photos. Pretty special, that sweet anticipation as you await the arrival of your first born…

Many, many thanks, Mike and Sarah!