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Leo Carrillo Ranch might be our favorite venue in all of Southern California. However, be careful of the peacocks during mating season, they are super loud! haha! The ranch has been operated by the City of Carlsbad since the late 1970’s. The original owner, Leo Carrillo, was an actor and stared in the 1950’s T.V. series, Cisco Kid.

L and R were a perfect fit for the rustic setting of the ranch. I love the white adobe walls and old ranch style. It feels like you are brought back in time to the 1800’s.

You can tell the guests had a great time! The alcohol was definitely flowing!

Another great aspect of the ranch is it an entirely outdoor venue. We LOVE outdoor only venues.  Not a stuffy ballroom! Yay!

You will probably notice the large blue hands! These were a promo item for the New York Mets and played a crucial part in L and R meeting. L was wearing one after a game  at a stadium bar and gave R the perfect ice breaker. Such a great detail to include! I do believe Samantha wanted to punch me with one, but I can’t remember why!

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Aaron and Samantha are now offering boudoir sessions! Well, Samantha is offering boudoir sessions! LOL! Book a session and treat yourself to a little pampering and a photo shoot! You will have so much fun!!! These are great confidence boosters and everyone feels so sexy. All shapes and sizes are welcome! Please contact Samantha@iheartas.com to book your session!


Rebecca and Hollie chose the perfect venue for their nuptials, Modern Times Brewery. Who doesn’t want to get married surrounded by loved ones, books, a comic book wall, lots of beer and a huge post-it wall of Micheal Jackson!!!

It was an intimate ceremony with close family and friends. San Diego Taco Company provided the grub. Yum!

This is such a unique and fun wedding. We can’t get enough of it! We welcome couples with high fives, hugs and kisses who are non traditional and let their personality shine on their wedding day!

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How can you beat this weather and beautiful scenery? San Diego is an amazing place to get married. We are so lucky to photograph weddings here! The photo below shows off Mission Bay in San Diego. There are many wedding venues around Mission Bay. But this is the ceremony location at The Dana.

I haven’t forgotten it is Friday, which is the day we post our “Five Questions with a Wedding Vendor.” But the week got away from us, so we’ll be posting our next video soon!