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Engagement Photos: Retro At The Pearl Hotel

Wendy and Gary are a truly unique couple that wanted an engagement photo shoot that fit their fun personalities.  One thing is  for sure- this is NOT your run of the mill engagement shoot! (Then again, we wouldn’t be sharing it if it was ).

The Pearl Hotel is a vintage mid century-modern iconic hotel near downtown San Diego.  It is such a unique scene for an engagement photo shoot- especially one that is retro themed with Bridget Bardot & Robert Redford in mind.

Wendy & Gary hired Thorne Artistry to style a few scenes for this fun retro themed shoot, shot by Ashley of Ashley Kelemen Photography.  I love this shoot because the fashion is so inspiring and fresh.  You really feel like you are a part of Southern California in the 1960’s when you look through the images captured by Ashley in this shoot.

High waisted swimwear, big square sunnies, and a vintage pool setting?  Now that’s thinking outside the box as far as e-shoots are concerned!  For those of you who don’t already know, The Pearl Hotel has “Dive-In” movie nights during the Summer where you can go watch a movie from their pool- or enjoy a cocktail poolside.

We hope you enjoy the playful images, and that you are able to get some great ideas for your own engagement shoot!  Let us know in the comments below if you’ve got any great ideas for a playful themed engagement shoot of your own. We would LOVE to hear about it.


1.  venue:  The Pearl Hotel
2.  Photographer: Ashley Kelemen Photography
3.  Stylist and Makeup Artist:  Amanda Thorne, Thorne Artistry


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