Park Hyatt Aviara Wedding | Lizzie and Tony | San Diego Wedding Photographer


Closed out the end of September with this fabulous Park Hyatt Aviara Wedding in Carlsbad! If you haven’t been to this resort, it is simply breathtaking, and a must visit even for a drink in the bar and a walk around the gorgeous grounds. The spanish colonel inspired architecture and white walls are enough to make any bride swoon, and the venue was a perfect fit for this elegant couple.

Park Hyatt Aviara overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon nature reserve where I captured Lizzie and Tony’s Engagement Session weeks before. You can view that blog here and read all about how they met and how Tony proposed. I highly suggest clicking over when you are done here because their story is really cute and worth a read!

The sweetness I experienced during their engagement session was tenfold on their wedding day. These two are so perfectly matched for each other and that love was so visible and real on the day of their wedding. Tony, the gentleman, and Lizzie, his queen.

Lizzie and Tony’s wedding was unlike any wedding I have ever photographed before. It was dreamy yet glamorous, elegant yet casual, traditional yet unique. It’s hard to place my finger on what describes the day in one word because it had so many components and special moments, but I will say that I felt like I was photographing rockstars.

The day started out with Lizzie and Tony arriving by Limo to Park Hyatt Aviara, a tradition they broke right away. Even though the ride took a little longer than expected (Saturday traffic in San Diego is a thing), we were all ready to start the day. I jumped in the limo with Lizzie and Tony to catch that first moment of the two of them alone on their wedding day. Getting this moment to be alone with your partner on a wedding day is one of those things that gets overlooked when planning a wedding, but adds so much meaning to the day when planned ahead of time.

They shared two more moments like these: the first look and their just married portraits. Getting shots in the limo was an important part of their day as it starts their story together before they separated into side-by-side rooms to get ready and put the finishing touches on their outfits, and in Lizzie’s case, putting on a heavy designer dress with a train that required at least two other people to help set up, put on, and carry from one location to the next.

The first look was when Lizzie finally got the full dress on (and it was stunning). She was like a queen in this one of a kind wedding dress designed by local fashion designer Andre Soriano. I seriously love the first look and this one was absolutely perfect, even with the schedule running behind.

The ceremony was short and sweet, and commenced and ended with the sounds of a live bagpiper, something unique to them. Neither one of them is Irish, they just love the bagpipes. Everything about this wedding felt like Tony and Lizzie, even down to their color scheme of  teal, blue, green, and silver.

And they couldn’t have gotten a more perfect day. The weather was impeccable with sunshine casting down on this gorgeous wedding radiating warmth and embrace.

Lizzie and Tony, thank you for trusting me to capture all the moments and special details of your best day ever. It was so amazing getting to see your vision come to life, but it was even more amazing to witness you tying the knot to each other. Here’s to your love, your life, and the new path you walk together. Cheers!


Photographer: Jax Connolly Photo

Second Shooter: Great Woodland Photography

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa

Day of Coordinator: Grecia Binder

Florist: Isari Flower Studio and Event Design

Wedding Dress: Andre Soriano

Bride’s Shoes: Hubu Shoes

Bridesmaids Dress: Macy’s

Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse

Baker: Wedekings Bakery

Hair/Makeup: Emerald Sydney

DJ: G Sharp Entertainment

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Lighting: PSAV

Photobooth: Take-A-Pic Photo Booth

DIY: Place Card Holders, Reception Gifts