Brian & Monique’s Coronado Marriott Wedding

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Wash Lighting and some accent lighting proved a nice combination. Guests waiting for the photobooth.

Brian and Monique got married at the Coronado Marriott and it was a great day for sure. Monique ensured that everything was top notch, from the ceremony details to the tent draping and lighting to the florals on each table.  Even though it was extremely hot, brightly lit by the sun and a long day – it was a big success.  For me, it was the 2nd wedding in a row at the Coronado Marriott outside in the tent (Too bad I couldn’t leave everything there.)

The ceremony was on the West Lawn and covered by others.  Guests were then escorted to the East side of the property to join us on the lawn outside of the tent for hor d’ oeuvres  and drinks.  It was an early start (3:00pm) so the sun was still extremely bright and warm.  Many guests took cover in any shade they could.  I provided a groovy cocktail mix of music just outside the tent.

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Monique and Brian enjoying their first dance at the Coronado Marriott.

We let guests inside to be seated for dinner and then introduced the wedding party.  Brian and Monique came in and went into their First Dance.  After formally recognizing their family members, we started into dinner.  Dinner was a bit extended and once the sun went down the guests found themselves outside along the waterfront to take pictures, mingle a bit, etc.  This is my favorite time in regards to the lighting and makes for some snazzy tent pictures!

We then had our toasts and got into dancing soon after.  By request, the reception ended with 30min of straight booty-shaking hip hop – popular in the clubs, but rare at weddings.  Monique and her guests loved it!  Through alot of sweaty bodies, everyone enjoyed themselves on the dancefloor, in the photobooth and just enjoying the beautiful San Diego nighttime atmosphere.

An extra connection and thanks for me at this wedding. My “DJ Mentor” Antonio Aguilera of Global BPM / San Diego Mixmasters was present at the wedding with wife Sandra, also a good friend of mine (I lived with them for almost 2 years back in the day.)   I’ve known them for almost 10 years.  Extra nice since he referred Monique and Brian to me.

Congratulations to Brian and Monique!

Coronado Marriott Wedding Pictures

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Future Mrs. Duarte

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Cocktails outside the tent. Beautiful day, but very hot!

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Cocktails outside the tent. Beautiful day, but very hot!

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Sandy placecards

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The reception was set beautifully!

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Ready for dinner. Guests hiding from the heat and sun.

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First Dance!

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Monique and Brian enjoying their first dance at the Coronado Marriott.

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After dinner, guests enjoyed some view time outside while wating for the 2nd half of the evening to begin.

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The tent provides a beautiful foreground to San Diego

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Wash Lighting and some accent lighting proved a nice combination. Guests waiting for the photobooth.

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Monique and her guests enjoying some dancetime – even though the heat and humidity was a distraction.

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Groovy!

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Still getting down after a long day!

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