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Cherish the Dress – San Diego

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Cherish the Dress.

I photographed Crystal & Gio’s wedding about 18 months ago on Coronado Island California. A fantastic day with a lovely and beautiful couple. While I was back in San Diego last month we decided to get together and have a ‘Cherish the Dress’ photo shoot. A belated wedding anniversary gift.

Crystal agreed to put on her wedding dress & Gio his suit, they both looked as stunning as they did on their wedding day but what really caught my eye was the way they looked at each other, they still have so much passion and love for each other. I know it’s not a rare thing but I always love to see it, it reminds me why I love my job so very much.

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Ballast Point Brewery.

We started the day around the back of The Ballast Point Brewery in Mira Mesa. Some old trains have been graffitied around the back and they make for a colourful and interesting backdrop.

Once we had a few photographs there we moved into the brewery. A favourite spot for the couple and I can see why California has lots of excellent microbreweries but I can see why this is one of their favourites. The staff were very friendly and helpful,  they even allowed us to go into the back and take some photographs.

Writerz Blok

Next, we went to Writerz Blok where an artist can create their graffiti art on giant billboards. The couple suggested this place and it made a fantastic backdrop for our cherish the dress photo shoot. An amazing contrast against Crystals beautiful welling dress, While there Jan Marie of Breathtaking Bridal Bouquets joined us and brought along a beautiful bouquet for Crystal. Jan Marie makes some beautiful wedding florals and was the florist at Crystal & Gio’s wedding. 

The Midway.

Once done there it was time to head to downtown San Diego. I had an image of the couple recreating the famous statue next to the Midway of the sailor kissing the girl. As always there were lots of tourists around and once we stepped in and took the photograph they, all cheered and shouted congratulations to the couple. “A lovely moment”.

We spend a little time in the area and even gave the couple a chance to just sit and relax. Of course, I still took a few sneaky pictures of them as they did but it was a bit of a break for us all.

We stopped briefly in Seaport Village for a few more photographs on our way back to the cars.

Bernardo Winery.

Our last stop of the day was the beautiful winery in Paseo Del Verano Norte. Gio worked here for a while and knew the staff well. We arrived to a very warm welcome and after taking care of some paperwork we had a walk around the place taking pictures as we went. Bernardo Winery is a beautiful and very popular wedding venue and it was a fantastic place to finish the day off.

Cherish the Dress Photographs.

Guys, thank you again for having me at your wedding and for this fun Cherish the Dress day. I look forward to seeing you both again soon on my next trip over there x.

Jan Marie, again a huge thank you for all your help. It was above and beyond coming out to meet us and bringing such a beautiful bouquet for the shoot.
I owe you a coffee on my next trip x. 

Those who made it possible.

This ‘Cherish the Dress’ photography session would not have been possible without the help and collaboration of:

Breathtaking Bridal Bouquets –


Ballast Point –


Writerz Blok –


The Midway –


Bernardo Winery –

Please visit these people, check out their websites and show your support. They are all lovely friendly people who would love to help you out for your wedding day. 

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Photography by Bryan.

Photography by Bryan.

Photographer and happy traveller - My goals are simple, take pretty pictures, see new places and meet interesting people.

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  1. The trash the dress phenomenon started way back in the late 1990s where newlyweds walked through fields, scrambled over hay bales, fought fire, swam through the ocean and had even had vibrant paints flung at them has now moved on apace, to a sophisticated style of photoshoot where a bride gets to wear her dress again, look beautiful and use stunning mother nature as a backdrop. To be a bride all over again. To cherish the dress.

    Trash the Dress? We’d rather not!

    Photographers all over the world are now accepting commissions for these shoots; shoots where you get to look potentially even more gorgeous than you did that day – free from the stress, pressure and interferences on your big day. You may find that your photographer is willing to offer this as part of a wedding photography package that also includes an engagement shoot, and the beauty of it all is that you get to wear that dress and those shoes all over again. And the real beauty of it is that you can pick somewhere that doesn’t hold a license – somewhere that holds wonderful memories for you both or you just like the look of. Good photographers will also know all the best local beauty spots to get the best pics.

    Would you consider doing a cherish the dress or even trash the dress photoshoot? What are you plans for your wedding gown when the confetti has settled? Are you planning to trash the dress or cherish it? Do you still fit into your wedding dress? Have you had it cleaned yet? Is the thought of wearing your shoes again just too painful? We’d love to hear your thoughts below in our comments section, and in the meantime we asked one of our favourite photographers, the wonderful Martin Hill, renowned for styled location shoots as well as stunning wedding photography, to provide some of his best cherished shots.

  2. I was really disappointed in our pro photos – he didn’t take us off for ‘couple’ shots so all we have of just hubby and me are a few leaving the church and 2 close ups on a balcony outside the reception venue.
    I’d forgotten about trash/cherish your dress shoots so thank you for reminding me. Assuming we still both fit into our outfits, I might see about a shoot for our first anniversary.

      April 12, 2015 by Owner Leave a Comment
      It’s that time again to announce Anne Barge’s featured gown! This month’s dress is Cherish, and we can’t get over the lavish organza and all the sparkle<3 The beading alone takes on average 120 hours to hand embroider the bodice. Talk about all the love and attention this gown receives! Cherish is stunning, and for a ball gown skirt we can appreciate how lightweight it is. This show stopper will look so elegant walking down the aisle, and is one you can dance the night away! You can find Cherish at The Bustle , so be sure to schedule your private appointment by calling (858) 523-9254 to see the beaut yourself (;

  3. We are having our wedding and reception in a villa in Portugal the reception will be held around the pool and at the end of the evening my hubby is going to jump in the pool with me in his arms. We’re not telling any of our guests though so will be great to see there faces as well. 🙂

  4. Sounds great, no need to trash it to have beautiful pictures. Recently I shoot some photos of a bride under a cascade, and it was fun! But, as I said, no need to trash the dress, just get wet!

  5. Love your wedding dress? Now Cherish it too!

    I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of “Trash the Dress” photography, as it was a really big wedding industry trend a year or two back, starting in the US and making its way across to the UK.

    The concept was inspired, and simple: wear your wedding dress again, after the big day, on the beach, in a river, have a mud bath, play some football or go paintballing… have fun and your photos will look fantastic.

    The idea of Trash the Dress was great. In practice though, not so many English brides were keen to ruin the most expensive dress they’d ever bought, not even for the most amazing photos and a great day out at the seaside, zoo or theme park.

    What is Cherish the Dress™?

    It’s a British take on Trash the Dress invented by Chris Hanley, an exclusive fashion shoot where you are the model and your wedding dress is the star. Think of it as a fabulous modelling adventure, a post wedding photography experience where the dress is the Star not the Victim of a photo shoot.

    Your whole photoshoot will be a delight and you will shine wearing your beautiful dress. There is, if you wish, room for passion too; the perfect opportunity to have pictures of tenderness with your man.

    Cherish the Dress was brought to life as a concept by Chris Hanley, and has since become a genre of photography just like Trash the Dress. It’s not exclusive to Chris, but he’s still the very, very best at it!

    How did Cherish the Dress™ come about?

    Chris Hanley was intrigued by the idea of Trash the Dress when it was first popular in the US. His photography style was always fashion-led and highly artistic, so the concept was fantastic. But after listening to English brides at wedding exhibitions he realised we weren’t as keen to trash our lovely dresses as the Americans seemed to be!

    Chris says, “Brides really did like the idea of extra wedding dress photography after their wedding day. They also wanted fashionistic images, but they wanted the dress to stay clean and dry. They loved their dress and wanted to keep it forever.”

    Vintage Cherish the Dress™

    A brand new concept for 2010, Vintage Cherish the Dress is a wonderful opportunity for you to visit some amazing locations for a vintage photography session, play with props and enjoy a day out in what could be the 1950s!

    If you wore a vintage dress for your wedding day (or if you have another beautiful vintage outfit you’d like to treat to a photo session) then this is for you. Visit an old fashioned railway station or other timeless location for an amazing new take on the Cherish the Dress concept.

    Not only is your Vintage Cherish the Dress shoot going to give you some wonderful pictures to treasure, it’s also an experience you’ll never forget. With Chris Hanley you know you’ll be pampered and looked after, and you really will feel like Grace Kelly / Audrey Hepburn / Marilyn Monroe with the star treatment you can look forward to!

    If you’re looking for a perfect wedding day gift for your bride-to-be, perhaps thinking about an ‘experience day’, forget the hot air balloon ride and book a Vintage Cherish the Dress experience. It’s every girl’s dream!

  6. Chris Hanley Photography: Cherish The Dress™

    With absolutely no weather worries, you will begin your creative journey sipping champagne, whilst being pampered with professional make up and hair styling.
    Your pro photoshoot takes place in the award winning contemporary interior design of the Manchester Hilton and starts with an elevator ride to the bar in the sky “Cloud 23”. Overlooking the breath taking city skyline, you will feel beautiful, sophisticated and elegant as we create masterpiece fine art pictures.
    Your Cherish the Dress experience will be a memorable one giving you the opportunity to own an outstanding picture collection that will be enjoyed by you, your children and future generations of your family.

    Liberate your dress from its wardrobe, rekindle passion, breathe new life into wearing it again. Treat yourself – Cherish the Dress shoots are available in 3 sizes.

    Vital Statistics

    Professional Make-up
    Professional Hair styling
    Photoshoot for up to 2 hours with expert Fashion shooter Chris Hanley on designated days.
    Stunning Interior design locations, including ‘Cloud 23’
    Your own personal viewing a week later, where you will be able to buy your gorgeous images. From as little as £40

    Enhanced reality picture editing (beautiful and skilful artistic digital retouching) £250

    Perfect Fit

    The perfect gift for someone special
    As per vital statistics, Plus
    Overnight stay and breakfast at the Manchester Hilton for you and your guest.
    Flexible shoot dates to suit your diary
    Enhanced reality picture editing
    First 10 images in a fine art album. Beautifully printed images on photographic fine art fibre paper pages, in a 12 x 8 leather bound album.
    Additional images from £40 each.

    Pure Couture

    Simply the best.
    As per vital statistics, Plus
    Overnight stay and breakfast at the Manchester Hilton for you and your guest
    Flexible shoot dates and times to suit your diary
    Enhanced reality picture editing
    First 30 images in your choice of album
    Additional images from £40 each

    Terms and conditions apply.

    Vintage Cherish the Dress™

    As above but on various locations on UK mainland. Travel and accommodation to European and world destinations at cost.

  7. Hello! I’m Claire and I write the English wedding blog – an independent blog for brides and grooms.

    The English Wedding Blog is all about creativity: my dream is to curate an online space for couples to get inspired by real weddings, shoots and the latest in wedding design – with a real focus on English and UK weddings and suppliers.

    I’m also known for writing calligraphy – for my work with Kirstie Allsopp and because I’ve worked with hundreds of brides and grooms. Beautiful writing is my passion and I’m happiest with a pen in my hand and ink on my face!

    I live on the edge of the English Lake District, a couple of minutes from the seaside. I’ve lived in France and Italy, I ride a Vespa, I’m a cat person and I love dirty guitar bands, walking in the mountains, and my beach.

    Get to know me a little more on facebook | see what inspires me on Pinterest | or follow me on twitter

  8. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if
    that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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