Dorian and Ian, who you might have seen from their Coronado engagement session, tied the knot this May. Their San Diego Botanic Garden wedding featured gorgeous colorful flowers, a cake that would give anybody a sweet tooth, and two of the most smiley people I’ve ever photographed.
Engagement and wedding rings in different colors of Mrs Boxes velvet ring boxes styled with flowers, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Getting Ready

Dorian got ready for the day at her mother’s home in Encinitas. I absolutely loved her details and the fact that we had a beautiful yard in which the last touches of her dress came together.

Engagement and wedding rings in different colors of Mrs Boxes velvet ring boxes styled with flowers, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Custom wedding day perfume, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridesmaids in robes with champagne, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride getting into wedding dress outside with mom and sister captured on film, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride getting into wedding dress outside with mom and sister captured on film, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride holding her tulle overlay on her wedding gown, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride with bridesmaids in blue dresses, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ian dressed for the wedding at his parents’ home in Coronado with his four groomsmen – one of who cooked everybody lunch in a Star Wars apron (love that!).
Groom putting on watch before wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom getting ready for the wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom indoor portrait in a navy suit, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Botanic Garden First Look + Portraits

Short and sweet, Ian and Dorian’s first look was full of nothing less than the sweetest smiles and a touch of laughter. After, I photographed them throughout the gardens before meeting up with their bridal party. The bridesmaids wore beautiful blue dresses and the groomsmen donned sleek suits.
San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding first look, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographySan Diego Botanic Garden Wedding first look, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding bride and groom portrait captured on film, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding bride and groom portrait captured on film, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding bride and groom portrait captured on film, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride with bridesmaids for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with blue and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride with bridesmaids bouquets for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with blue and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroom in navy with groomsmen in black suits for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with blue and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Botanic Garden Wedding Ceremony

One of the things I loved about Dorian and Ian’s ceremony was that many people were crying, from friends to family members. It’s so touching to see how deeply guests are moved by a couple’s vows and marriage.
Ceremony floral arch for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with peach white green and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyCeremony floral arch for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with peach white green and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyRing exchange, Ceremony floral arch for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with peach white green and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyFirst kiss, Ceremony floral arch for a San Diego Botanic Garden wedding with peach white green and pink colors, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Bride in front of floral arch, Bridal bouquet with pink peach yellow and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal bouquet with pink peach yellow and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Botanic Garden Wedding Reception

For their reception, Ashley from Coastyle Events designed a gorgeous summer outdoor reception on the gazebo lawn. White farm tables were mixed in with rounds that were covered in a thick and luxurious white linen. Blooms by Breesa Lee made the most beautiful pink and peach arrangements that made the reception just colorful enough for this early summer wedding.
San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding reception with pink peach white and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding reception with pink peach white and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Place setting with fruit and acrylic pink painted escort cards, San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding reception with pink peach white and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Film photography, San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding reception with pink peach white and green, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Wedding cake on white and gold table surrounded by floral arrangements with bougainvillea, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Three tier white and naked wedding cake with green pink white and yellow flowers, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

If people were moved by the ceremony, they were twice as such for the toasts. When Dorian’s sister gave her speech, it was so sweet and sincere. Seeing how close Dorian and Ian are to their families was such a delight. Every single person was kind, loving, and so happy for the newlyweds. That is what I call a major life goal.
Toasts at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyToasts at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Toasts at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Toasts at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and sister hugging and crying after toasts, Toasts at San Diego Botanic Garden wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal hair down with half dutch braid, Bride and groom portrait at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom portrait at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal portrait on medium format film at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom cake cutting at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWhite cake with strawberry cream filling in front of pink flowers, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ian and Dorian, your wedding was so beautiful and I loved every second of working with you two. It was the most magical day and I’m honored to have been a part of it.
First dance at San Diego Botanical Garden, Cavin Elizabeth Photography

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