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  • Orange Turtle Wedding Photography Blog

    Welcome! We are Cindy and Daniel and we are Orange Turtle Photography. We are based in San Diego but we shoot weddings throughout California.

    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 fresh.  Color helps you feel. So we have a choice to leave the turtle just a turtle... or to give the turtle color.  That's exactly how we see wedding photography.  Feel. In. Color.

Bonnie & Edwin * San Juan Capistrano Franciscan Gardens Wedding

The most adorable couple + beautiful venue + super cute details + rainbow and sunshine = one magical day.

We walked over to the Mission for the bride and groom portraits and discovered an amazing coincidence – Bonnie and Edwin got married on Nov 1 and Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on Nov 1, 1776!!

During the ceremony, it started drizzling a little bit. But then it stopped after a few minutes. The sun peeked out and a rainbow appeared! It was magical!

{Vendor Love}

Wedding Coordinator | Marcie De Leon

 DJ | Inviscus Entertainment Elon Events –

Makeup & Hair | Vivian Tran –

Catering | 24 Carrots –

Venue | Franciscan Gardens –

Photobooth | Pixel Photo Booth –

Cake | Layer Cake Bakery –


Amy & Eric * San Diego Safari Park Wedding



Beam Family

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall-wintery weather in the past couple of days! Even though in San Diego we don’t get much of any fall colors on our trees, there are certain spots here that just captures my heart. And so does the family session of this adorable family! Their twin girls are just turning one. They are seriously the cutest thing in the world!





Rebecca & Ryan * San Gabriel Valley Hilton Hotel Wedding

wow I’ve been wanting to blog this wedding forever! And finally I’m getting to share this wedding with you all!  Rebecca and Ryan are such a sweet couple and probably one of the most popular people you’ll meet! They are so loved by so many people and I’m not at all surprised. I remember thinking how much I love hanging out with them after I shot their engagement session at Disneyland. And ever since then I had been looking forward to shoot their wedding. Their wedding day unfolded so beautifully. First look and bridal portrait sesh at Fullerton arboretum, wedding at Hilton Hotel San Gabriel Valley, and reception at a Chinese seafood restaurant (ie. amazing chinese banquet food).  And oh her flower crown & bhldn wedding dress? absolutely stunning. perfect.

Before they saw each other, we took a few shots of them holding hands together around the corner of the house.

And here’s their reactions to the first look. :)

This is probably the prettiest wooden cross I’ve ever seen.

Woohoo congrats again to Rebecca & Ryan!!




November 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Anonymous - I love the pictures!! Great work.. , Beautiful couple!!! It brought tears to my eyes. unfortunately I couldn’t make it. Blessings

Disneyland Anniversary Session

Natalie and Nick are good friends of mine and I was so happy when they asked me to an anniversary session for them at Disneyland! It was such a fun shoot! Generally speaking I prefer shooting at locations that are free of people or crowds. When there are a ton of people walking around, it’s hard to get your couple to relaxed and be themselves. But for some reason it’s different in Disneyland! I guess because most people are too busy having fun or taking photos to even pay attention to you! We had such a great time. And I love the challenge of finding amazing light at Disneyland. There’s certainly no shortage of magic there!


>>> click here to see another disneyland engagement session. 


November 4, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Natalie - These photos turned out so beautifully! I can’t say I’m surprised. Thank you for making this day extra extra special by capturing our magical moments so beautifully! Viewing your photos always makes me more cheerful and happy, and being able to be IN your photos is just such a treat! :) Thank you Orange Turtle!

November 4, 2014 - 9:51 pm

tor - Amazing! So beautiful!

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