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Happy New Year – Some Highlights of 2015

We’ll be the first to admit, we’re terrible at blogging. Our hope is to come here more than once a year to post what we’ve been up to, but the reality is, we’re up to a lot! Sometimes that means we’re not up to blogging. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†You can for sure follow us on Facebook or Instagram, which tends to be easier than a blog post. Who knows, maybe this year we’ll blog every single day! ¬†(not likely)


That said, TODAY is our 3rd birthday! Beki and I, in 2013, merged our wedding businesses to join together as Ribbon & Rhyme. We had a couple goals in mind when we started.


First, we wanted to split the workload. Let’s be honest, shooting a wedding is a lot of hard work. Far more than just showing up and taking pictures!

Second, it was important to us to give our couples BETTER PHOTOS. Yep. As a photographer working alone, you tend to hire out a lot of what the industry calls “Second Photographers.” These are capable, talented photographers … for the most part. But they are usually hired on short notice and sometimes you can’t get the person you want. So for us, it was a no brainer to join together and guarantee that each couple got 2 full time, professional photographers. That’s been something we pride ourselves on, and hope you see the value in this as well!

And lastly, we NEEDED to have fun! Beki and I have been friends for a LONG time. We’re both married, but not to each other (a lot of people ask us this), and are just really great friends! It’s such an honor to be able to shoot along side someone I respect and enjoy hanging out with.

Now, on to some of our favorite images from 2015!

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This year was ridiculously fantastic! All of our couples welcomed us into their lives like we had been there forever, and we couldn’t be more thankful. We hope you enjoyed these images as much as we enjoyed making them. ¬†<3 Beki & Jon

Wedding – CJ & Mari


Oh man, do we love CJ & Mari! ¬†We first met them when they got engaged on stage at the Color Run in San Diego. ¬†Not a bad way to start our friendship. ¬†Then we got to do an amazing gorgeous engagement shoot with them (you can find it on our Facebook page) with their adorable Boxer dog. ¬†And finally we made it to their wedding and amazing estate reception. ¬†From the beginning they were tons of fun, and that’s what we love so much about them!

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If you like what you saw, check out who made it happen:

Florist:  Botanic Allure
DJ:  DJ Chris Paul
Caterer:  Mikes BBQ & Catering
Dress:  Alfred Angelo
Cake:  The French Gourmet

Joe & Kendra


We love Joe & Kendra!  They are getting married in October (a perfect time in San Diego) and we had so much fun making their engagement photos at the Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad, CA.

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Tam & Linh


When we first met Tam & Linh, it was all wedding talk. ¬†But then … then they mentioned they met while working at Disneyland. ¬†It was like we were all transported back to when we were little kids again!

“Is there really a basketball court inside the Matterhorn?” ¬†… “What’s your favorite ride?” ¬†… “MICKEY SHAPED PRETZELS!” ¬†

Yeah, we were ridiculous. ¬†And sometimes that’s ok. ¬†I mean, Disneyland. ¬†Do we really have to say anything else? ¬†Oh, and to make it better, they wanted their engagement photos done at Disneyland too! ¬†#BestDayEver #hashtag

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Thanks Tam & Linh for such an amazing day! ¬†And for free tickets to Disneyland! ¬†We love shooting places we’ve never shot before, and this was quite the experience! ¬†The rides were kinda fun too, now that I think about it.

Bryan & Nichole


Ten years. ¬†To some it seems like forever to be dating before marriage. ¬†To Bryan & Nichole, it was just the beginning! ¬†We were very excited to be a part of their 10th anniversary of being together … which conveniently included some vows, food & drink, and dancing! ¬†It was the perfect start to our 2014 and we can’t wait to share our exciting year with you all! ¬†Thanks Bryan & Nichole for starting things off right!

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See who made this happen:

Venue:  Mt. Woodson Castle
Coordinator:  Iman Rosario Р858.638.0672
DJ:  DJ Pat
Caterer:  Personal Touch Dining

Bob & Kate


One of our favorite things to do is witness crazy special moments. ¬†Be it a groom dancing with his grandma at his wedding, or guy asking his favorite person to spend forever with him. ¬†That’s what happened with Bob & Kate. ¬†He planned a perfect date with her, complete with a special flight over San Diego. ¬†Before dinner “they” decided to walk around the GORGEOUS Hotel Del Coronado, and then a stroll along the beach. ¬†What happened next changed their lives forever, and it was so special to be a part of it!

With Valentine’s day being tomorrow, there are sure to be a lot of diamonds finding new homes. ¬†Congratulations to all you lovebirds!

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Robert & Megan


Every wedding is memorable. ¬†Seriously. ¬†There is always something we talk about on our way home. ¬†Sometimes it’s the food, or the photobooth, or how gorgeous the details were. ¬†There’s always something. ¬†At Robert & Megan’s wedding, it was the smiles. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, the entire wedding was gorgeous and amazing. ¬†But to be completely honest, the thing that stood out from their wedding was the smiles. ¬†Not just a normal smile though, everyone in attendance had those “silly-happy” smiles on their face! ¬†Whether they were dancing, or even just talking. ¬†It was just so fantastic to feel the joy coming from each person. ¬†We are so in love with Robert & Megan and hope you get a silly-happy smile looking through their wedding!

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If you like what you saw, check out who made it happen:

Venue:  Temecula Creek Inn
DJ:  John Rodriguez
Dress:  David’s Bridal
Dessert:  Holly Caporale

Jameson & Jennifer


Dear friends: ¬†1 year ago today we joined our wedding photography businesses together to form Ribbon & Rhyme. ¬†It’s been fantastic, and we’ve met / fallen in love with so may amazing couples! ¬†As part of our launch last year, we held a contest for one lucky couple to win half-off their wedding photography. ¬†Jameson & Jennifer were our winners. ¬†They threw the party of the year, and didn’t stop smiling the whole time. ¬†Ladies and gentlemen, here was our view of their ridiculously awesome day!

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Thank you Jameson & Jennifer for having us, winning our contest, and being our friends through this fantastic time in your lives!  And thank you to everyone who made year one for Ribbon & Rhyme the best year ever!

If you like what you saw, check out who made it happen:

Venue:  Wedgewood
Dress: ¬†David’s Bridal
Dessert: Cuddle Cakes

Dominic & Chris


Dominic & Chris had a lovely downtown San Diego wedding. ¬†In San Diego, few things are more important than our sports teams (who often times struggle to win, but that’s besides the point. ¬†We love them, win or lose.) and our craft beer scene. ¬†After a visit to Petco Park, where our beloved Padres play, we headed back to their reception with a craft beer theme! ¬†Each table for guests was labeled with a different brewery. ¬†Dominic & Chris … they’re our kind of people. ¬†We love those personal touches!

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Jared & Sarah


Jared & Sarah are wonderful! ¬†They look at each other like there is nobody else in the world, as if it were just the two of them. ¬†They laugh and joke, they have fun with each other. ¬†It’s so great to see them goof off and be themselves, and to see them promise their love to each other! ¬†They’re wedding was hit with a rare San Diego rain storm (can we really say that San Diego ever gets a real storm?), but they took it in stride and they looked happier than ever!

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If you like what you saw, check out who made it happen:

Florist: Barbie Earl / Kathy Arriola
DJ: Timmy Zarza
Dress: Allure Bridal
Dessert: Jennifer Peterson