Here at Emry Photography we pride ourselves on trying to offer a photojournalistic wedding experience to our couples. We thrive on capturing moments, not just photos. We want our images to take you back to a feeling, a thought or an emotion. That’s why when we hit the shutter we aren’t just hitting it because of what we are seeing through the lens but also because of what we are feeling in that moment. The same moment can make two people feel an entirely different emotion. That is one of the great things about having multiple photographer’s, you will have dynamic photos due to the different emotions those photographer’s felt that made them click that shutter. So when you hire a photographer you are truly hiring them for who they are, the way they see the world. The way anyone sees the world is due to their life experiences, which have shaped them into who they are. For a good wedding photographer or any photographer for that matter, the camera is an extension of their arm, their eyes, their heart and soul.
Any who, that was my snowflake rant for the day and the reason I bring it up is because normally as documentary style wedding photographer’s we shy away from the inorganic but when we had the opportunity to capture a stylized shoot for one of San Diego’s premiere wedding venue and event spaces we jumped at the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary from our typical photographic repertoire. The Pannikin Building is a downtown wedding & event venue. From the moment we approached the brick building located at 643 G. St. in San Diego, 92101 we knew this was going to be huge. After entering through the glass french doors that allow for ample natural light, we were taken aback by the gorgeous industrial chic space.
Both the hard wood floors and the ceilings seem to go on for miles. We are living for the industrial feel of the exposed ductwork balanced by the luxe femininity of the numerous crystal chandeliers. Exposed brick walls in both the upstairs and downstairs spaces give a chic loft aesthetic. We can totally see how The Pannikin Building is going to appeal to couples that seek both masculinity and femininity out of their wedding venue. Not to mention the prime location in downtown San Diego which will allow for easy hotel accommodations and activities for both in town and out of town wedding guests. Despite being indoors the natural light from outside pours through the floor to ceiling windows near the entrance. We truly cannot wait to see how brides choose to transform the space at The Pannikin Building into the ceremony and reception location of their dreams. The opportunities at The Pannikin Building are endless. I am envisioning industrial themed weddings, glamorous floral centric weddings, botanical, and playful themes as this space can truly cater to pretty much any wedding theme imaginable.
For this shoot the inspiration was chic and whimsical. We had the extreme pleasure of collaborating with an amazing team of creatives, including one of the top 50 wedding planners in all of California, Michelle Garibay. It was her chic yet whimsical vision that was the thread stringing all of these amazing design elements together and the result was inspiring. With the collaborative power of The Pannikin Building, Michelle Garibay, McKenzie Rae, Botanica Muse Florals, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., and Snake Oil Cocktails we were able to create such a fresh take on a whimsical-chic wedding theme. Even the wedding dress created by Rc Caylan Atelier and available through McKenzie Rae Dresses brought the theme to life. Small hand sewn butterflies adorned the bodice of the custom wedding gown helping the theme come alive.
The cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. was truly a piece of art, but not the stuffy kind-the fun kind! From the edible sugar garland sweeping across the tiers to the graphic black and white design stretching across the middle tier it was the most unique and fun cake that we’ve seen. The only down side to it was not digging in at the end of the shoot.
The cake tied the tablescape in perfectly, mirroring the graphic black and white chargers beneath butterfly print plates and acrylic menus. Botanica Muse tied in the whimsy with fun florals in a variety of textures and with wavy stems creating floral centerpieces that came to life rather than being perfectly rounded or shaped. Michelle Garibay upped the ante by blowing bubbles above the table scape tying in the iridescent color of the acrylic menus and some of the stemware. We truly loved all of the detail that went into this tablescape. Each place setting had its own unique stemware color scheme that all ties in to the bigger picture. One of our favorite things about collaborating with other creative is seeing the evolution of some of the visions. Every time we would walk by the table something new would have evolved from the last time we photographed it. Botanica Muse added vines climbing up the wall to the left of the window then trailing down the side of one of the acrylic ghost chairs. The result was truly stunning.
Overall, we can’t say enough about our excitement for this wedding venue. The Pannikin Building is truly such a gem in San Diego, where a historic wedding venue like The Pannikin Building is hard to come by. We haven’t found any other San Diego wedding venues with an aesthetic like The Pannikin Building. They are all about the five star guest experience. And as one of their preferred wedding vendors we must say they have good taste in creatives (lol).
We are so excited to welcome The Pannikin Building into the wedding industry and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing wedding day memories created here.
Shout out to the dream team that made these photos possible: Venue: The Pannikin Building, Coordination: Michelle Garibay, Florals: Botanica Muse, Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co., Dress: Rc Caylan Atelier, available through Mckenzie Rae Dresses, Hair & Makeup: Lawa Meraki, Musicians/entertainment: Encore Entertainment , Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktails Talent: Christianna Knutson & Chase Olswang