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  • Orange Turtle Wedding Photography Blog

    Welcome to the blog of Orange Turtle Photography!

    I am Cindy and my photography studio is based in San Diego. I travel throughout California for weddings and other portrait works.

    A turtle is just a turtle until you give it color.  Once you give it color, all of a sudden the turtle has personality, emotion and life.  The turtle is now sun loving, ocean swimming, happy fun and chill.  Color helps you feel. So we have a choice to leave the turtle just a turtle... or to give the turtle color. All the photographs are processed with colors that help you feel. If you want to get in contact with me, email me at Thank you for stopping by!

Christina & Justin * La Jolla Seaside Forum Wedding

Christina and Justin are by far the most talented and the most fun couple that we’ve ever worked with! Not to mention how adorable they are when they are together, and I could totally sense the love by how they glance at each other. They are so cute! So Christina and Justin are both musicians and their friends are also super talented.  Justin and his groomers, and his old bandmates played during the reception and they are absolutely phenomenal! And Christina surprised the crowd by playing the drums! I’m so excited to be sharing some images from this amazing celebration with you.

Venue: La Jolla Seaside Forum

A special order of amazing San Diego sunset, from the bride. :)

This. This band, I’m telling you, is amazing!!! They are all Justin and Christina’s friends!

Congrats again!

>>>Vendors shout out<<<

Hair | Mish Mucho

Makeup | Katy Davis of Couture Makeup

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

Wedding Coordinator | I Do…Weddings | Laura Lambillotte

Florist | I Do…Weddings | Melissa Barrad

Caterer | Giuseppe Catering

Videographer | Austin Hendrix

Event design | Concepts Event Design | Tiffany Montayre

Cake | Edelweiss Bakery

August 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Melissa M Wow what a fun laid back beach wedding! I can totally tell the groom has a fantastic laugh from your photos! Great job on this wedding, you totally nailed it!

August 26, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Lauren Nygard This wedding looks like it was a blast!! I love her gown and the way you photographed the day!

August 26, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Alexis Great images this looks like a perfect day

August 26, 2015 - 2:47 pm

Tori these are FANTASTIC!!!! such a fun looking couple too!!

August 26, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Kim Curran your images tell story of a beautiful, fun and elegant wedding day. Well done. I am sure the clients are thrilled you!

August 26, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Kate You are so great at capturing emotion. I feel like I was there!!! Great shots!

August 26, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Hillary What a beautiful wedding! You captured it perfectly.

August 26, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Maria They look like such a fun couple! Love!

August 27, 2015 - 9:49 am

Sophie What a beautiful wedding, bride and groom! Gorgeous documentation of the perfect day!!

August 27, 2015 - 10:04 am

Jessica Schaer What a beautiful wedding! What beautiful pictures for the family to look back on and remember this day <3

August 27, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Ashley D A gorgeous day beautifully captured!

August 27, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Erika What a lovely tribute to the bride and groom. I adore it. This isn’t an easy venue to shoot, and you made it look like a cake walk. Looks like such an amazing day!

August 29, 2015 - 10:59 am

Elliott Great photos that really capture the essence of a beautiful day!

Wileen & James * San Marcos Twin Oaks House & Garden Wedding

Wileen and James had the most pictures perfect wedding at San Marcos Win Oaks House & Garden! Every single detail in the wedding is absolutely gorgeous. Wileen and James are one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet and I’m so glad that they found each other! Congrats again!

Every guest had a different plate setting. It’s amazing! 



July 29, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Janis Foley What a gorgeous wedding. I love Twin Oaks. The pictures are just so romantic and beautiful! Awesome work!

July 29, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Laura C So in love with your work! Your photojournalism is amazing. I love all of the moments you capture. Looking at the photos, you really feel like you are there!

July 30, 2015 - 10:16 am

Melissa M I feel like Wileen and I could be accessory twins – I love all of hers! I even have the same earrings for my wedding! I love her laugh too. You always get clients that have such great connections to each other.

That photo of the bridesmaids from behind, so simple but says so much! I’d die for a photo like that with my besties!

August 12, 2015 - 7:04 pm

Rjsbridal Dress Wow!! This is so incredibly beautiful & unique! Congrats & many happy years together!!

October 1, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Jason Jarvis These images are gorgeous! Great job! If I were the couple, I would be happy to receive these in an album!

Jason Jarvis

Eddie & Pauline * Northern California Engagement Session

I am just going to be so honest here – I am in love with just about everything about this engagement session! The light, the location and the couple! Oh Pauline and Eddie, you two are the cutest!  Thank you for taking us to such an amazing location. In all the years that I’ve lived in the bay area, I can’t believe I have never ever visited, or even heard of this magical place.  I hope that these pictures have captured successfully (even if it’s just a little bit) of the magic that I saw that day – your love & the beauty the surrounds us.

I love that we could see Mt. Diablo from this shot! Because that’s we drove all the way from!

July 15, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Melissa M Absolutely stunning! Every woman deserves a man who looks at her the way he does! That last shot – epic.

July 15, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Sophie Crew I was going to say photo #1 was the most amazing, then I scrolled to #2, then #3… so pretty much all my favorites lol! Amazing!

July 15, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Erin Brant You posted this session and then boom,

I mean…I just can’t even…

July 16, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Laura Christin Your photos always leave me wanting to see more and more. The last three images you posted in this blog post just kill me. They are so stunning. If I were this couple I would order huge prints of those three to hang together on my wall. Fantastic job.

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Laura Bravo Mertz Magical!!!! Great work Cindy!

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Terran Bayer These photos are so unbelievably gorgeous. I want to be there!

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Zeynep I LOVE everything about this photo shoot!!

July 16, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Ashley DuChene This is dreamy! Great photos

July 20, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Viwed Looks like you had fun. The more I think about a wedding the more I realize the only thing you really need is your significant other, and you will be good

Karen & Calvin * Redwood City Fox Theatre Wedding

Calvin and Karen are just the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! Karen is an amazing dancer and loves the theatre. It’s only fitting that they celebrated their wedding at a theatre!  Fox theatre is so cool! :) Their day was completely filled with so much joy, so much love and so much fun. :) Congrats again to this amazing couple!  (p.s. you can also see their theatre-themed engagement session which I shot in San Diego).

June 25, 2015 - 3:12 pm

sophie These are perfect! Gorgeous light and so much happiness captured!

June 25, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Janis Foley Beautiful photos! I love the one of him spinning her! Actually I love a lot of the images! :)

July 1, 2015 - 12:01 pm

sheri oh my goodness! just so fun and fabulous! nailed it!

July 21, 2015 - 12:27 am

Viwed what an amazing pictures It’s really adorable to see you guys happy keep smiling you both.

Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding

The past weekend we attended a friend’s wedding at Berkeley Botanical Garden. The ceremony was held at an amphitheater in the middle of a redwood grove. It was absolutely enchanted! They had a simple but thoughtful ceremony and everyone was in awe of the beauty of the bride as she walked the the aisle. (Also, she walked down the aisle to the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. How Twilight-esque is that?!) I managed to snap a few photos of the wedding ceremony from where I was sitting and also a few of Cassidy afterwards.  Just thought I’ll share some images here! :)

July 21, 2015 - 12:23 am

Viwed Everything was so beautiful, fun and meticulously planned out! What a wonderful, special day…..congratulations!

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