PhotoNews:SEAL Retirement + Hyatt/Scripps Wedding


San Diego Photographer Andrew Abouna, 


FEATURED SHOOT - Edition 2015.8

SOC Chief US Navy Seal Retirement Ceremony Coronado Military Photography by Event Photographer San Diego Andrew Abouna-0751

SOC Scott US Navy SEAL Retirement Ceremony by San Diego Photographer Andrew Abouna

It was a true honor for me to have photographed this U.S. Navy SEAL retirement ceremony in Coronado, California, at the home of the SEAL teams. It was also a personal, heartfelt event photography experience because this particular SEAL is my long-time, best friend. For over 25 years, Scott, and indeed his family, have served our country as a Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) and on this day nearly 100 people gathered to pay him special respect.

Surrounded by his family, fellow SEALs, and friends, and in uniform with his rank of Chief, Scott's U.S. Navy SEAL retirement ceremony was patriotic, celebratory, and tearful. Speakers spoke highly and eloquently about Scott recounting some of his accomplishments as a Special Warfare Operator.

SOC Scott US Navy SEAL Retirement Ceremony by San Diego Photographer Andrew AbounaThe Commander who was Scott's guest speaker also reminded us of something even more significant. You see, it was a decade earlier that Scott was engaged in war, a war against cancer, an enemy that tried to take his life. With his wife and family always by his side, and with his humble strength, dignity and honor, Scott prevailed in that war. Read and see more of his U.S. Navy SEAL Retirement photos...



Bride in princess wedding dress seated with groom in grey at Hyatt La Jolla by San Diego Wedding Photographer Andrew Abouna-7085

Carly and Nathan Hyatt Regency La Jolla Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding by San Diego Wedding Photographer Andrew Abouna

Carly and Nathan’s La Jolla wedding photography began at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, a lovely property offering the charm of a European village and the panache of Southern California. It was here that I captured the bride and groom’s pre-wedding and getting ready wedding photography. The Hyatt also made for a very wonderful setting for the couple’s wedding first look.

Carly and Nathan Hyatt Regency La Jolla Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding by San Diego Wedding Photographer Andrew Abouna

If you’ve not yet seen the large, marble staircase that connects the lobby to the expansive marble esplanade, with it’s 40 foot  columns and ballroom space below, it’s something well worth the trip to the hotel to see. This fantastic architecture of the Hyatt made for the perfect setting to stage the couple’s first look.

It was at the top of the stairs and just in towards the lobby where I positioned bride Carly. Meanwhile, Nathan arrived on cue, and with great anticipation made his way up the stairs where he turned the corner to see his bride Carly in her spectacular princess wedding dress. This moment was certainly a highlight of the couple’s La Jolla wedding. Be sure to see many more highlights for their wedding ceremomy and reception at the Scripps Seaside Forum, part of the famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Read and see more of their wedding and photos…


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