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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!

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!

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! :)

Kathy & Treve * Crystal Cove Beach Wedding

Such an amazing wedding! Congrats again to Kathy and Treve!

June 16, 2015 - 11:23 pm

FocusVows Congrats! The beach wedding is really a romantic wedding. It’s one of the dream wedding idea for every girl.

Alice and Michael * Wedding

I love this wedding on so many levels! First of all, I loved working with Alice and Michael. I mean look at them! Such a photogenic and cheerful couple.  And so fun and easy to work with.  I loved that they were surrounded by an amazing community of family and friends who are also committed to Christ.  I loved that they served milk tea after the wedding ceremony (I’m a milk tea addict)! :)

the most adorable first look moments –

See their adorable engagement session here.

{Vendors Shout out}
Wedding venue | Zion Lutheran Church
Reception venue | Coyote Hills Golf Course
Make up | Stephanie Yu |
Florist | Bella Blooms |
Cake | Love Me Sweets |
Videographer | Jenna Kim , Byron Dang
Wedding dress | Stella York

June 3, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Kate That first look is ADORABLE! Her dress is perfect, church is beautiful, and the cake is amazingggg! Awesome photos!!!

June 3, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Chris Dowd Great details and love the softness of the images.

June 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Melissa McClure Love! Your portraits are gorgeous. They look so happy!

June 3, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Sarah Tolson I can’t pick a favorite.. the shoe shot, the smiling bride with the light pouring in.. all the images of them together. Beautiful job!! :)

June 3, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Cindy Palmer Beautiful work! I love all of the emotions and moments you’ve captured!

June 3, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Natalie i wish uncoils have seen that first look! So sweet! This couple looks like they are soooooo in love!

June 3, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Vince Liang So awesome. Nice job Cindy!

June 3, 2015 - 11:39 pm

TB I love everything about this wedding… and the cake! OMG, I want that cake!!! The bride is STUNNING and everyone looks so happy. It looks like it was a super fun wedding!

June 4, 2015 - 8:22 am

Kristen Great job, and LOVE those first look + couple pictures. You did such justice with that dreamy lighting. :)

June 4, 2015 - 8:43 am

Sophie Crew Oh so beautiful! What amazing moments and emotions you captured! Gorgeous!

Annabelle & Andrew * San Diego wedding and Prado Reception

Annabelle and Andrew, the ultimate ‘A team’ tied the knot and had a dazzling celebration at the Prado (Balboa Park).  It was such a joyous day filled with so many heart-felt moments!  As always, I really count it a blessing to be the wedding photographer of such a kind-hearted, fun-loving couple like Annabelle and Andrew.

These shoes. Annabelle rocked these shoes all day like it’s no big deal.  Absolutely amazing!! :)


The Prado Ballroom never fails to take my breath away.

Congrats again to the beautiful couple!


 >>> Vendors Shout Out <<<

Theresa de Francia.  make up artist
TessFresh. florists
Heavenly Cupcakes.  wedding cake
Playtime Attractions.  DJ
Mish Mucho. hair stylist
Sweet Day Studio.  videographer
Matthew Christopher.  wedding dress
Two Birds. bridesmaid dress
Vera Wang Black.  groom and groomsmen suits


May 6, 2015 - 11:58 am

ariel love your use of light!! These photos are beautiful.

May 6, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Sophie Crew Oh my, these are so gorgeous!!!!! I love your variety and use of light. Perfection and a beautiful couple! Amazing!

May 6, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Sheri You captured this so beautifully! From start to finish, just lovely.

May 6, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Chris Dowd Pure perfection!

May 6, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Melissa McClure Oh my gosh, I just shot a bride in the very same dress. It’s stunning. I’m in love with the shots with the old car. The light is perfect! Yet another amazing wedding from Orange Turtle!

May 6, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Sarah Layne Beautiful wedding captured with gorgeous light. And those shoes! I die!

May 6, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Shelby Leininger You killed it once again, Cindy!! Wish you were around for my wedding. xoxo

May 6, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Heather Your attention to detail is down right refreshing! I love all the amazing portraits you took, plus the candid shots are PERFECT! BRAVO!!!!

May 6, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Erin Brant I love how light and airy these are! Beautiful wedding and photos!!

June 4, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Ashley D What a beautiful day, well photographed!

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