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California Wedding On the Coast | San Diego

Halie West Photography | California Adventure Wedding Photographer


California weddings are better with a view of the ocean. Kavita and Brendan met at San Diego State University (SDSU) during a luncheon for a lecture about spiders. Brendan was getting his Master’s in Evolutionary Biology, while Kavita was (and still is) perusing a PhD in Ecology.  Yeah, these two are really dang smart and passionate about the world around us. There must have been something about Brendan that caused Kavita to reach out to him after that luncheon. You could say that she got caught in his web.
There was just something about the way these two would look at each other that pulls on the heart strings. They’ve supported each other through the challenges of grad school and long distance. They were oh so excited to be able to tie the knot. They started an adventure of their new chapter of their life together.

From Kavita before their wedding

“It all started at a lunch for Wayne Maddison at SDSU on September 19th, 2016. I knew I couldn’t make it to the actual lecture that evening, so I decided to sign up for the lunch. After all, who doesn’t like spiders? I arrived at the meeting location and discovered that most of the people who were attending were unfamiliar to me. We went around and did introductions, and of course Brendan was one of the people there. He swears he spoke to me at lunch, I do not recall any such thing. Flash forward to Homecoming weekend during the first week of November. I happened to ask Brendan if he was going, he said yes and then invited me to tailgate with his lab. I returned the courtesy by inviting him to a party that some members of my cohort were hosting that same evening. We talked a lot at both events and to me, the rest is history. . . and now here I am engaged to the man of my dreams and the love of my life.”

From Brendan before their wedding

“I once heard that if you pursue what you’re passionate about, you’ll find that special someone who will make your life complete. I’m not going to say that’s true for everyone, but it certainly was true in my case. Those who know me know that I’ve always been a spider nut with a big appetite, so it was very fitting that I met the love of my life at a lunch event centered around spiders. Two and a half years ago, the SDSU biology department hosted a social lunch for grad students to meet one of one of the world’s leading experts on jumping spiders, and it was there that I met Kavita. We didn’t get much farther than simple introductions that day, but we got to know each other a lot better when I invited her to join a tailgating event for homecoming. As we nerded out over superheroes and Lord of the Rings, I realized I had found someone extraordinary. Fast forward to today, and here I am, engaged to this woman who never ceases to amaze me with her love, compassion, and insight. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m keeping this one!”

On their wedding day in San Diego

Kavita and Brendan had such a beautiful Southern California wedding. Their wedding day began at the wedding bowl overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. Kavita covered Brendan’s eyes before he turned to see his bride to be. While tearing up the two held each other the way you embrace an old friend that you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s the way you should always hold those you love. A secret vow and ring exchange before their ceremony will forever make my heart skip a beat.
Their ceremony was equally as beautiful. Mishti, their pup, who walked down the isle with Brendan and stole my heart away. However, it was Kavita who took everyone’s breathe away. She was just glowing as her parents gave her away to her loving, soon to be husband.
The ceremony was a beautiful blend of religion and culture, friends and family, and the love that Kavita and Brendan hold for one another.
Kavita and Brendan’s love story is proof that getting to hold the one you love is worth all the distance and time apart. It only makes the adventures you go on together that much sweeter.


Are you looking for a California wedding photographer to capture your adventurous love? Get in touch! I travel to the Southwest and Pacific Northwest as a wedding and elopement photographer. Let’s go on an adventure together on a day that is as unique as your love.