One of the absolute best things about being a wedding photographer is when a bride and groom get their wedding photos back and enjoy them so much that they take a few moments to write you a kick ass review. The kinds words people have left me in thank you cards or reviews really do warm my soul. I keep every thank you/note card every bride and groom has ever given me and always read my online reviews over and over again. I read the heartfelt words whenever I am feeling discouraged as a artist and need a reminder of how lucky I am to work with so many awesome people. I am saying all this because it was through a online review that Jackie found me and I honestly cannot emphasize how lucky I am she did.

Jackie and Doug got married at a venue called The Casino in San Clemente, California. These two winners did not opt for an engagement session and wanted only day of coverage, which can be a little weird if the couple are anti-social. Meeting someone for the first time literally a handful of hours before a wedding can sometimes feel a little strange at first, but that was totally not the case with these two. Jackie was totally inviting and Doug even touched my butt. The first time he said was an accident but the second time felt intentional. But I took it as a compliment and touched his butt back just in case it was some strange cultural thing of his I was unaware of. I certainly didn’t want to be rude on his wedding day. Honestly, this wedding was f***ing awesome. I loved everything about it (except for the wedding coordinator who never got me a vendor meal…). The ceremony was perfect in its simplicity, signature cocktails had BOOM and the reception had that perfect balance of lots of booze without all the drunk. I loved it all. Cheers to Jackie and Doug and THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of the celebration!

For Wedding Photographers: This was actually a pretty tricky wedding to shoot, especially since I photographed it solo. The sky was overcast at the beach so we were not able to get any good warmth in the photos but the diffused light did provide some unique opportunities in terms of locations. However, the toughest portion of the day was the wedding ceremony. The wedding went off literally about 5 minutes before the sun went down so on my 5D Mark ii I used a flash and on my 5D Mark iii I shot with a Sigma Art 35mm at basically f1.8 and ISO of 3200. I figured I better use the camera that had less noise for the prime lens and flash with lesser of the two camera bodies. Blur was a real concern for me on the camera not using flash, but I think the combination worked out well overall.

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All wedding photos were captured on property and the surrounding area of the Casino in San Clemente, California. All wedding photos were snapped by Palm Springs Wedding Photographer Ryan Horban who needs to get himself into better because he has put on some extra lbs during wedding season, and also needs to stop referring to himself in 3rd person because it is really freaking weird.

Wedding day coverage: One photographer for 7 hours.