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SAN DIEGO LDS TEMPLE WEDDING – MAY 27, 2017 – KADYN & JOSHUA SMITH – SAN CLEMENTE PHOTOGRAPHER – BELLA COLLINA GOLF CLUB RECEPTION

Being a friend of the family, I watched Kadyn grow from a baby into a little girl, to a high school young woman and now, it’s almost like being as her father, I witness she and her new groom Joshua, become a new family unit. Reminds me of my two daughters, also grown; that brings to mind all their joy and happiness, and now it’s Kadyn’s wedding day. She has picked a fine young man to join with on their road to eternal happiness. Their marriage was solemnized at the Mormon Temple in San Diego, followed by a reception at the Bella Collina Golf Course in San Clemente, a beautiful venue location. Their families attended from Northern/Southern California, Indiana and Utah, with much love and joy had by all. Being asked to capture their special day has given me much joy as well. What a wonderful honor and pleasure to say yes to this request. Such a beautiful couple on the outside, but most important, more beautiful on the inside. So lucky to be a friend of the “Smith Family” of San Clemente.

Ceremony: LDS San Diego Temple

Venue: Bella Collina Golf Course

Photography: Rick Thompson Photography

Flowers: Four and Flower Designs

Video: Brigham Maready

 

LDS NEWPORT BEACH MORMON TEMPLE WEDDING – GABRIELA & TRENT EVANS – LDS PHOTOGRAPHER – APRIL 8, 2017

Saturday afternoon, it was just beautiful in Newport Beach, perfect for the getting married. Warm, sunny, light breezes and a subtle fragrance in the air of Spring Flowers. As soon as “Gabby” and Trent pulled up, I knew it was going to be a perfect day. They are the sweetest couple with lots and lots of emotion in their eyes. The sun was almost straight up, so we started on the shady side of the LDS Newport temple and worked our way around as we got closer and closer to “Golden Hour.” Their images turned out extremely well as these two are a delightful couple and complimented each other during our entire session. Orange County, please join me in congratulating Gabriela & Trent Evans in their new lives together.

Venue: LDS Mormon Temple Newport Beach

Flowers: www.artisticflorists.com

Dress: The Hitching Post modestweddingdressessoutherncalifornia.com

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka Bridal Collection

Tux: Jos. A. Banks in Tustin



Brandi Scott & Jody Wilson Wedding San Clemente Municipal Golf Club Rick Thompson Photography

The San Clemente Golf Club was absolutely picture perfect on October 15, 2016. After a prolonged drought with limited water for the greens, the course could be seen in stress but with more water recently and cooler days, it was almost back to normal. Brandi and Jody are in Temecula now, but both have lived in San Clemente most of their lives. They wanted a wedding in the San Clemente Area as all of their family members live here. Jody owns a successful tattoo parlor in Murrieta, California and does stunning work, the word is out and business is thriving. Brandi and Jody are just wonderful people and were so happy their special day had arrived. They informed me they looked at several other photographers, but liked my work better, ultimately choosing Rick Thompson Photography. Jody being an artist in his own realm, flattered me in his compliments on my work. So, I captured some wonderful images of their wedding, I hope everyone enjoys these awesome images. Enjoy!        Hair Style and Make up by Sweetwater Salon / Spa,    Music DJ by ForevertomorroweventsVenue  by San Clemente Municipal Golf Club by Wedgewood,    Flowers by  Flower Company of  San Clemente

 

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Wedding Ring Collage Rick Thompson Photography San Clemente

Today I spent a few minutes looking back of some of my most beautiful weddings and more specifically close wedding ring shots. These are some of my best, so I wanted to collect them all in one spot rather than have them spread out over all my client weddings.

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Michelle Nick Vallejo Wedding at Ole Hanson community Center

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

Salt Lake LDS Temple Wedding Bride Groom Ryan Chloe Coles Dove Canyon Courtyard Reception San Clemente Photographer Rick Thompson

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LDS couple from Arizona to wed San Diego LDS Temple

LDS couple from Arizona to wed San Diego LDS Temple

LDS couple from Arizona to wed San Diego LDS Temple

LDS couple from Arizona to wed San Diego LDS Temple

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Wedding for Anna and Ben Read Ceremony at Chapman Chapel Reception The Villa

Wedding for Anna and Ben Read Ceremony at Chapman Chapel Reception The Villa

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Natalia & Jonathan Michaelson Rancho Santa Margarita Lake Rick Thompson Photography

What a beautiful lake nestled in the east side of Orange County, California! This was a new adventure for me and a wonderful experience getting acquainted with not only new clients, but having fun with new friends. This couple was so much fun and open to lots of new challenges. Their wedding is scheduled into next year, April of 2017, so there is lots of time to plan. We saw Canadian Geese, turtles and surprisingly a few young fisherman landing four inch blue perch. But of course, our primary purpose in being here is to capture some quiet and romantic moments in celebration of their recent engagement. We started with a bit of food set at lakeside where the two of them soaked up some sunshine. Doesn’t get much better than this. The weather, as always in southern California, was picture card perfect. Congratulations Natalia and Jonny!

Engagement Photo session for Natalia & Jonny Michaelson

Engagement Photo session for Natalia & Jonny Michaelson

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FLOWER COMPANY OF SAN CLEMENTE | ORCHID BRIDAL BOUQUET | RICK THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY | SAN CLEMENTE

I ordered a special bridal bouquet for a bridal portrait session a few days ago. I was able to capture some beautiful images of the couple and her bridal bouquet. The color of these delicate orchids is just stunning. Beautiful, rich, and deep color. Here are a few close up images of this exceptional bouquet professionally arranged by the Flower Company of San Clemente.  I’ve worked closely with Dian, owner, over the years, and this bouquet turned out exceptional. Thank you Flower Company of San Clemente!!

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UTAH STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, ENGAGEMENT IMAGES, SARAH BAKER & ZACH PRINCE, SAN CLEMENTE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I traveled to Salt Lake City with the intent of visiting my 98 year old mother; this morphed into capturing the Utah Capitol building but more importantly, I was asked to capture an engagement session for just the sweetest young lady and her new Groom to be. I had met her from nine months earlier when she served a mission for our church here in San Clemente, California. He proposed to her in Salt Lake City. To reenact this proposal, we agreed that the Utah State Capitol Building and adjacent park would be just beautiful to accomplish our task. We had a wonderful day and finished with some wonderful images. Congratulations Sarah and Zach. I’m told that their wedding is being planned for the Timpanogos LDS Temple in August of 2016

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UTAH STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, SALT LAKE CITY, RICK THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

On Thursday, May 5, 2016 I flew into Salt Lake City to visit my family, celebrate my mother’s 98th birthday and Mother’s Day. Unbeknownst to me, four other family members made a significant drive to be there as well. Taking advantage of being in Salt Lake, I always try to visit new places and take my camera with me. While this location was part of an engagement shoot, this location turned out so well, that it deserves its own blog posting. What a gorgeous day, what a view of the entire Salt Lake Valley from atop the steps at the Salt Lake City Capitol Building. This building is about 100 years old from its opening day in 1916. What a treat is was for me to walk the building where the early valley settlers walked and created the state of Utah. What a wonderful feeling as I enjoyed the historic significance of this building. I was able to capture the beauty of the building as well I believe and it’s so easy to see why weddings are held here, events of the city, and all manner of meetings . I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

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DANA POINT PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AT NIGHT – MARCH 29, 2016 – RICK THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

I just purchased a new lens to round out my equipment inventory. It was a bit pricey but I’ve been missing a high quality and “Tack Sharp” lens in the Ultra Wide range. Canon’s Ultra Wide 11-24 mm f/4 is just incredible. Wonderful color and color contrast, wonderfully sharp images with a minimum of Chromatic color distortion. I’m so glad I got this lens. There is so much I’ll be able to do, and do better in capturing almost 126 degrees of an image, with a minimum focus point of 11 inches [Less than a foot]. Wow!!

I took this lens to Dana point last night just to play and practice at sunset last night, and while I threw 3/4 ths of the images away, I’m so impressed with what I’ve ended up with after post edit. Here is one of my final and finished images; another “Keeper” for my files.

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SAN CLEMENTE CALAFIA STATE PARK WEDDING – TANDIA THOMPSON & STEVEN COGSWELL – MARRIAGE – RICK THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Working late one day, I took a call from a nice lady living in Amarillo, Texas. She mentioned that I had been referred to her by a flower lady located here in San Clemente as a result of her pending marriage on March 12 of 2016. I was thrilled that she and her fiance’  wanted me to capture their marriage on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon. Beautiful backdrop setting of the Califia ocean cliffs in southern Orange County, California.

Photographer:   Rick Thompson Photography

Flowers: Flower Company of San Clemente

A big thank you Dian Hoogstraten for bringing me such nice people to work with. Anyone thinking about getting flowers for your upcoming wedding, make sure you put the Flower Company of San Clemente on your short list! Make sure you tell Dian Rick sent you.

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TALEGA GOLF CLUB WEDDING FOR ANNIE & MICHAEL DIRIENZO FEBRUARY 27, 2016 RICK THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Nestled in the San Clemente Hills is a relatively new housing development completely surrounding a new golf course called the Talega Golf Club. There is something really majestic about this particular course. It’s small, beautiful and intimately set among palm trees and sugar pines.

Annie & Michael had contacted me last October, selecting me over a handful of other photographers in the area. I’m really glad they did as these two are just wonderful people who live and work here in San Clemente. There is something pretty neat about this small coastal beach community. Michael Voorhees is the director of catering and banquet sales who organized the entire wedding event masterfully. I can’t say enough about him. His attention to detail is extraordinary.

Venue Location:  Talega Golf Club

Photographer: Rick Thompson Photography

Hair: The Sanctuary in the Talega shopping center

If you’re looking for a small, but elegant venue for your upcoming wedding, you should put this location on your short list. A wonderful night was had by all………I hope you enjoy these images. Congratulations Annie & Michael in your new marriage!

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Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

Talega Wedding at the Talega Golf Course San Clemente, CA

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