Kristen and Andy hosted a tropical wedding at the Catamaran Resort here in San Diego this July. Before reading on, there’s one thing you should know about Kristen. Last year, she began experiencing a series of ongoing and increasingly severe medical ailments, including losing her ability to walk well. She wasn’t sure if she would even be able to walk down the aisle at her own wedding.

After countless doctors’ visits with no concrete diagnosis, Kristen’s spirit miraculously never broke. She exudes positivity and kindness, and most impressively – patience with her illness. Although Kristen hadn’t received a surefire diagnosis, she did begin to get better this summer. On her wedding day, she did walk down the aisle toward Andy, who broke into tears at the sight of his strong and brave bride. Read on for other sweet details about their vibrant wedding celebration. 

Above view of the bride and groom laying down on the beach sand, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth 

Getting Ready

Kristen and Andy’s pink and tropical themed invitation suite stole my heart. As someone who loves color, I had the most fun time incorporating tropical elements into their detail photos.

Wedding rings close up shot on pink with a tropical background, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmBride in white robe with bridesmaids in tropical palm leaf print robes throwing confetti, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride in white robe with bridesmaids in tropical palm leaf print robes, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Mother helping bride into her strapless wedding gown, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Bride with winged liner and curled hair putting on earring, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Mother helping bride into her strapless wedding gown, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethGroom's grey bowtie and colorful pocket square styled with mini pineapples and mini bananas, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
groom putting on beige suit jacket, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
groom putting on beige suit jacket, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
 

Portraits

As two people with tons of friends, Andy and Kristen both had large bridal parties that included their siblings and closest friends. All personal florals were in keeping with the tropical theme and featured fuschia and peach tones.

Bride playing with wedding gown skirt with a large oversized bridal bouquet of anthurium, palm leaves, coral charm peony, and white orchids, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Bride holding oversized bridal bouquet of anthurium, palm leaves, coral charm peony, and white orchids, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Bride posing on beach with a large oversized bridal bouquet of anthurium, palm leaves, coral charm peony, and white orchids, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmWedding gown train against the sand, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmBridesmaids in silk peach champagne gowns and bride posing on beach with a large oversized bridal bouquet of anthurium, palm leaves, coral charm peony, and white orchids, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmBridesmaids in silk peach champagne gowns and bride posing on beach with a large oversized bridal bouquet of anthurium, palm leaves, coral charm peony, and white orchids, Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethGroom and groomsmen in beige suits with tropical boutonnieres, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Catamaran Resort Wedding Ceremony

Not only did Kristen walk down her aisle, she made it down one of the longest aisles I’ve ever worked with – it includes stairs! I couldn’t be more proud of the work she has done to heal her body. Clearly, Andy couldn’t either.

Wedding welcome sign with neon pink font. Corners of sign have palm leaves. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Ceremony arch with white draping and large palm leaves, pink anthurium, and coral charm peonies. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Bride walking down the aisle with a large tropical bouquet with her dad in a beige suit. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmGroom crying at the first sight of the bride walking down the aisle. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmWedding ceremony on Mission Bay. Ceremony arch with white draping and large palm leaves, pink anthurium, and coral charm peonies. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on filmCouple kissing at the end of the aisle after the ceremony. Ceremony arch with white draping and large palm leaves, pink anthurium, and coral charm peonies. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film 

Bride and Groom Portraits

Kristen and Andy were not fazed by the overcast weather. They were all smiles and laughter during their couple’s portraits.

Bride and groom posing in front of ceremony arch with white draping and large palm leaves, pink anthurium, and coral charm peonies. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Bride and groom walking on the sand of the bay. Bride wearing gown with long trail and veil. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Bride and groom posing in front of ceremony arch with white draping and large palm leaves, pink anthurium, and coral charm peonies. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride and groom classic photo in front of the bay and sailboats. Bride wearing gown with long trail and veil. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Groom watching the bride play with her gown. Bride wearing gown with long trail and veil. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
Bride and groom both under her veil. Bride wearing gown with long trail and veil. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth
 

Catamaran Resort Wedding Reception

Inside the ballroom, the best man and maid of honor toasted the lovely couple with beautiful memories. The couple performed a choreographed first dance (seriously, aren’t you so enamored with Kristen’s strength?) that ended with a dip. Guests awed over their smooth moves in the dance and cheered loudly at the finale. It was truly touching to feel the support of their love and how they overcame such an amazing feat together. I can absolutely say, this was one of the sweetest weddings I’ve ever photographed.

Tropical custom escort card display with neon last name sign, large palm leaves, and coconut cocktails for all of the guests. Backdrop is a palm leaf print. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Cocktail hour centerpiece with palm leaves, peach, and fuschia flowers. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth on film
Bride and groom crying during toasts. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride and groom laughing during toasts. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride and groom toast with champagne. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride and groom first dance. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin ElizabethBride and groom first dance. Tropical Wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego photographed by Cavin Elizabeth

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Sandra Briggs
August 8, 2019
Congratulations! thanking God for answered prayers. praying you get stronger with every day. may Gob Bless you with many many wonderful years of love, health and happiness together.
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