Welcome Home, Will!

Celeste got her husband back from a 6-month deployment last week, and you can see her excitement in her beautiful smile! These two lovebirds met in high school and have been inseparable. Will was deployed with 2/5 on the 31st MEU, and returned to the same parade deck where my husband returned from his 2011 deployment! It was great to be back in the area for another happy reunion!

Here are some of my favorite images from the morning.

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

 

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Welcome Home, Will, and all of the Marines and Sailors of 2/5!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming military homecoming? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photographer Lauren Nygard! :) I’d love to hear from you!

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com



Amber & Bobby – Military Wedding Styled Shoot

Last fall, Katie and I were at lunch one day when we both started talking about wanting to create a wedding blog for the San Diego area. Geographically-based wedding blogs have really taken off on the East Coast, and we felt that the West Coast should have a few of their own as well! We planned to get started with San Diego, where we are both currently living.

Through multiple discussions about our life as military spouses, our (potential for me and definite for Katie) upcoming moves, and our love of our husbands in uniform, we decided to change directions all together and move forward with a wedding blog dedicated to the modern military couple. Thus, Vows & Valor was born! Launched last week, Vows & Valor is the premier blog for those who are involved with military weddings. Vows & Valor features inspiration from real weddings and engagement sessions as well as themed styled shoots, in addition to being a great resource for those currently in the midst of wedding planning! We’ve already featured one delicious signature cocktail recipe and we plan to highlight many more DIY projects in the future!

To kick off the launch, Katie and I set up a styled shoot, featuring a real military couple, at the Ranch House at Camp Pendleton. Here are some of the images I captured that afternoon, including the first handful on film!

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Ranch House wedding photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

 

This session was beautiful, thanks to furniture and styling by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals, gorgeous florals by Michelle of the Sweet Pea Flower Company, makeup and hair by HueLaLa Aesthetics, a delicious cake by Amanda Elms, and the fun custom cake toppers that we used for my wedding that were purchased (in 2008!) from Goose Grease! I also owe a huge thank you to my fabulous friends, Amber and Bobby, for participating in this awesome session, and to the amazing Natalie Franke, who generously spent her afternoon to assist us while she was vacationing here in California! Thank you all!!

Be sure to check out the feature on Vows & Valor!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Are you looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding or anniversary session? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard! Lauren is based in Southern California but loves traveling with her camera to capture love across the globe!

San Diego Wedding Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com



Welcome Home, Casey!

We’re back today with another sweet, sweet military homecoming at Camp Pendleton! Kimberly anxiously waited 247 days for her husband to come back from this last deployment, and had her brother and two friend present to welcome him home!

Here are some favorites from the afternoon!

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Welcome Home, Casey!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming military homecoming? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photographer Lauren Nygard! :) I’d love to hear from you!

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com



Welcome Home, Bobby!!

Here’s yet another homecoming, featuring the sweetest little lady meeting her daddy for the first time! Robby and Travis were on the same ship, but Travis was dropped off at Camp Pendleton the day before the USS New Orleans docked at Naval Base San Diego, when Robby was able to disembark.

Bobby and Haily had plenty of family present to witness these amazing moments, and it was an honor to be there and capture it for them. Since Haily had given birth to McKayla while Bobby was gone, Bobby was set to be one of the first off the ship. Though it seemed like he wasn’t going to walk down those stairs soon enough, he finally made it down, and the family was united!

Here are some favorite images from the morning.

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren NygardNaval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photography by San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Welcome home, Bobby, and all of the Marines and Sailors aboard the USS New Orleans! Congratulations to Haily and McKayla for making it through this long deployment!

Thank you for having me capture this homecoming for you!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming military homecoming? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with Naval Base San Diego Homecoming Photographer Lauren Nygard! :) I’d love to hear from you!

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com



Welcome Home, Travis!

Capturing this homecoming was an absolute dream! Alicia contacted me last September regarding capturing this homecoming, and I knew it was going to be special when I found out that Alicia was pregnant and would be delivering the baby before Travis’ return! Plus, Alicia is from Texas and was staying with her family in Ft Worth while Travis was deployed, only a short distance from my grandmother’s house!

Little Finn was born about 2 months ago, and was so excited to meet his daddy last week! He is a total sweetheart and has the best smile!

Though the morning seemed like it would never end, soon enough, we were able to spot the LAVs coming over the hills to Camp Las Flores, and the Marines were home! Here are some favorites from the day.

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography by San Diego photographer Lauren Nygard

Congratulations to Alicia and Finn on making it through this 8-month deployment! Welcome home, Travis, 1st LAR, and all of the Marines and Sailors aboard the USS New Orleans and all ships with the 13th MEU! Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming military homecoming? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photographer Lauren Nygard! :) I’d love to hear from you!

Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com