Portofino Hotel Wedding - Tiffany + Glen

Tiffany and Glen were married at the Portofino Hotel last weekend in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Pacific. The seemingly unrelenting heatwave that has plagued Los Angeles all summer took the day off to give us a perfect day, warm with a slight breeze and no humidity. Family and friends gathered together to support and celebrate the union of two of the nicest and coolest people ever. It was a beautiful marriage of cultures as they chose to incorporate both western and Thai traditions.

I've known Tiffany for awhile, and have always thought she was one of the sweetest people I'd ever met. When she contacted me about shooting her wedding I was so excited to meet the man who'd stole her heart. We met over coffee and chatted about how they met and about their wedding. We talked about their travels and that lead to them sharing a story from their most recent trip to Thailand.

They booked passage on a ferry ride from Phuket to Koh Lanta for a romantic getaway. Their well intentioned plans soon became their worst nightmare however, as they found themselves in the middle of a freak storm. The ferry boat was taking a beating and it became clear to them that they would not make it to their destination if they continued on. All of the passengers were scared and many seasick. Tiffany and Glen stayed on the outer deck prepared to jump and swim for it in the event of a capsize! Much to everyone's relief the captain decided to turn back. They made it back shaken but safe. Many boats sank that day. Thankfully theirs did not, and some day they will regale their children and grandchildren with this tale, this tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard the not so tiny ship. As I listened to them tell this story of a vacation gone awry I couldn't help but smile, not only at the absurdity of the situation, but also at the way they told it, laughing the entire time. It reminded me of this quote:

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Tiffany and Glen, I wish you many more adventures together; ones that leave you more connected and even deeper in love. You should probably stay away from ferry rides in the middle of storms though... Consider that bucket list item checked.


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Congratulations on becoming Mr. and Mrs! Thank you for choosing me to capture these memories and I hope you enjoy these preview of your wedding day!

~ Kara Coleen ~


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Venue and Catering: The Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club
Hair and Makeup by: Angie Hair and Makeup 
Florals: Casa Blanca Flowers
Music: DJ Frankie Rios

The Mayflower Renaissance - Diana and Wes

What do you do when your limo leaves you stranded in Georgetown on your wedding day? If you're me you most likely start weeping uncontrollably. If you're Diana and Wes, you walk down a crazy long flight of stairs and over a few blocks, in full wedding attire, not typically designed for comfort, and hail a cab. En route to the hotel, I was in complete awe of how they handled what could have been a stressful situation. I thought to myself, these two are absolutely amazing together. I think the cab driver knew it too, because when we got to the hotel, he said that the ride was on him.

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Wes and Diana were married in a beautiful ceremony at Holy Trinity Catholic Church followed by the reception at the Mayflower Renaissance. Family and friends came from near and far to celebrate their union, and a fabulous team of vendors worked tirelessly to bring their wedding day vision to life. The day was nothing short of perfection.

I am beyond thrilled that my friend Diana has found her special someone, and am so happy that I could fly back to spend the day with her, Wes, and their families. I also got to catch up with a few faces I hadn't seen in a while, which made the day extra wonderful.

Thank you so much for choosing me to capture the day! Here are some moments from the day.


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Special thanks to my second shooter, Sharon for capturing this awesome mother-son shot!

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Venue: The Mayflower Renaissance
Florist: Bergerons Flowers and Events
Makeup+Hair: Ana B - Makeup Artist
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Reception Music: 'Round Midnight
Second Shooter: Sharon Natoli

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