Weddings & Sessions
Customizable backdrops. Your favorite jam blaring. Eight of your favorite friends arranged in a very particular order. Yup, I’m talking about myspace (RIP). The very place where Kenya and Moises met through a mutual friend. But it wasn’t Kenya’s cool backdrop or Moises song that bonded the two together. It was that they simply liked talking.
Friday’s were her day off, so she decided to fill her time by taking two dance classes at the local community college. Two 4 hour dance classes back to back with a one hour break for lunch in between. Jaime had also signed up for both classes.
Dressed as prince charming, he knelt down on one knee. With the Disney castle as the backdrop, he presented a glass slipper to his Cinderella. Thanks to a glass blower in Japan, it fit her perfectly. But there was still another shiny surprise.
Donny didn’t really know the group of people he was hanging out with. He also didn’t know who lived in the house he was at. Nor did he know he was about to me the love of his life. All he knew is that he was tired and ready to go home.
We sat on the 91 freeway. All cars were at a dead stop. We looked at gps and our arrival time changed to 5:50. The same time as the sunset. The increasing flow of traffic must have lifted our spirits because we decided to give it a go anyway. Joshua Tree was worth it.
Having Downtown LA as their location was a must for these two, because it was where their whole relationship started and where they spent most of their time together. Jeremy lived in Fullerton and Kenya in Santa Clarita so LA was the obvious half way point and they have spent many hours wandering the city together.
Shannon + Cory’s Intimate in home anniversary session! We celebrated one year of marriage with champagne, lemon cake and a playful session with their sweet pup Hazel.
The Fig House LA
Their wedding day was a dreamy kaleidoscope of wonderfulness. Denise and Andrew wanted a day that was full of color and the people they love most. And they were serious. There was so much color and so much love. Come see for yourself!
I am moving to Japan and giving 30% off all destination weddings to celebrate. Am I crazy or just really excited! Read more to find out!
CORONA DEL MAR
Jessie had come over to a friend's place in college to watch the OC. As she and her friend baked cookies before plopping down on the couch, Gerrard was folding laundry and vigorously snapping his shirts to get the wrinkles out.
Melinda + Joe lived states away but happened to meet at a work convention. Melinda had just gotten out of a difficult relationship and was by no means looking to start a new one . . .
Steve and Liana met 28 years ago at a church singles event. It was Liana's first time going and Steve noticed this feisty piete Italian woman right away and zeroed in! The rest is history.
Jennifer and Calvin had been longtime friends. They went to undergrad together and had been teaching overseas in China together for almost a year when Calvin asked her on a date. Jennifer's initial reaction was to say no. Why run the risk of ruining their great friendship?
SAN CLEMENTE ANNIVERSARY SESSION
Hannah made silly faces at him in the rearview mirror to get his attention. They were on a long drive crammed into a van and her silliness got Nathan's attention. It definitely wasn't love at first sight or anything but her unorthodox method worked. She got his attention.
Quail Ridge, Irvine - Anniversary Session
I went to college with Taylor and Lyndsay and even lived in the same dorm as them but we didn't meet until years later when they started coming to our church. After two years of being in community groups and bible studies together I finally had the privilege of documenting their love for one another and for their new puppy Sophie!
A Soft & Elegant Vineyard Wedding
It all started in a Starbucks. A barista noticed that a cute blonde girl kept showing up during his shifts. Nine years, one puppy, and many latte's later Cameron asked Heather to be his wife.
The day began quiet and cool but the excitement grew as the day progress and the weather decided to match the mood. The foggy morning parted and the stone walls and terra-cotta tiles of Hidden Oaks were bathed in warm sunlight.
Kenny is the type of guy who decides what he wants and never wavers. He knew Evan was the girl he wanted to spend his life with when they were young but waited to pursue her until they were older.
On this clear and beautiful day two people, two cultures, and two families were woven together with meaning and tradition. Only a genuine love like Derrick and Jennette have could make a day like this possible.
Catherine + Justin met while getting their Doctorate in Physical Therapy. They were good friends right from the get-go.
Season is for the gal who wants to dress like it matters. These ethically made dresses wear like a dream and are perfect for any season!
Andrew and Denise fell in love with Joshua Tree and with one another almost simultaneously. As their steaming tea warmed their hands . . .
Ashleymae and Jonathan's story began a decade before they even met with an unlikely union of two other families.
Stacy put on a record. Loren lit a fire. And I poured the coffee. Our dreams of a sunny seaside session were dashed but the pitter patter of the rain gave me an idea.
Are you racking your brain for a Valentines Day gift this year? Have you been looking for the perfect gift that will celebrate your love? Look no further.
Jennifer and Calvin had been friends for a long time when he started to have feelings for her. They were overseas teaching in China when . . .
I was floored by the amazing craftsmanship from this day but even more than this I was floored by David + Vika's vow renewal.
This January I participated in something really cool called the Big Fake Wedding, a bridal show in the form of a fake wedding with a real couple renewing their vows!
I am so very grateful for the couples that allowed me to share in their love story and photograph their weddings this year. Each and every wedding was beautiful and unique in its own way.
You are engaged! Yay! This is such a wonderful time but before you know it, you'll be in a white dress walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life. But now that you've said "yes", it might be difficult to know where to start! Here are the first 3 steps you need to take after you get engaged!
Bride to Bride is a series where I interview my brides about their wedding experience! These past brides have so much wisdom and helpful insights!
It is so hard for me to express how much this couple means to me. They booked me for their wedding when I was just finding my footing as a wedding photographer. We clicked immediately over coffee as they shared with me their sweet love story.
Courtney and Chris have one of THE most thoughtful and magical proposal stories of like ever. You can read more about that here if you'd like but basically, it was magical and involved a glass slipper that actually fits!So it was natural that Courtney would pull up to her ceremony at the Coto Valley Country Club in a horse-drawn carriage.
Bride to Bride is a series where I interview my brides about their wedding experience! These past brides have so much wisdom and helpful insights! Plus I love getting to reconnect with my ladies and relive their beautiful weddings days with them!
Chris sat in his car after saying goodbye to Sophia the high school Halloween dance. But he couldn't drive home. He just knew if he went back and kissed her that she would be his girlfriend. He was right and then eight years, he asked her to be his wife.
I don't think most people understand the huge value in asking your photographer questions and here are 5 reasons why you most definitely should!
The air was crisp and the leaves were yellow outside of the family cabin in Big Bear. This is where Anna had come with her parents and sisters for many summers and Christmas'. In these first two years of Anna + Sam's marriage, the cabin has also become a place where they can sneak away from the busy-ness of life.
Even though Evan and I went to Biola together, we didn't run in the same circles and almost missed our chance at being friends!
Bride to Bride is a series where I interview my brides about their wedding experience!
Richard + Liz's Romantic Fall wedding at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
I knew it was going to be a good day when the three of us had cried before the ceremony had even started.
Come learn from one of my past brides who understand exactly how you are feeling right now!
You consider yourself a fairly confident adult but as soon as someone pulls out a camera your palms start to sweat and you get a case of crazy eyes.
They walked into Corner Bakery and looked up at the menu. Heather was excited to be spending time with Cameron just the two of them.
This is the second post of this series and I couldn't be more excited about it! These past brides have so much wisdom and helpful insights!
Michael had been attending their church of a couple of months. Marissa had just moved back home from college. They were both wondering who this new person was.
Choosing a photographer is a big decision but it is hard to know where to start! It pains me when I hear stories from friends and relatives about their terrible experience with other photographers.
Whether you are planning a wedding or getting inspiration for your dream kitchen, there should be a method to the madness!
When Jenna & Jordan saw one another for the first time on their wedding day, there was a stillness I can hardly describe.
Advice from past brides who have been in the same pretty little shoes!
After college, Kelsie joined IJM and moved far away from home. Daniel was a local who worked for IJM too and . . .
Jason and Caitlin were friends. End of story. Their friendship grew and they often were asked . . .
There is so much that goes into looking great in front of the camera but I promise that being a model
When Jess & Preston's first date turned into an all day hang out they knew something was different . . .
When you were asked to be a bridesmaid, I bet you laughed, screamed, and jumped for joy . . .
On your honeymoon, you are making your first memories as a married couple and those moments deserve to be documented! You don't need to be a professional photographer . . .
Nate was quite literally the man of her dreams. He is the older brother of Jonai's childhood best friend and she had had a crush on him ever since middle school . . .
A boy raised in China and a girl from San Clemente are worlds apart and it would seem there was little hope of them ever meeting. However, the world is more connect . . .
It was a brilliant fall day with Pike's Peak and fiery trees as the backdrop of their ceremony. And as the wind ripped across the valley and tried to blow away . . .
I am getting married in a couple months and I am SO excited but have a million things on my plate! I am not that into social media but almost everyone . . .
Have you ever stood in front of your closet and thought, "I have NOTHING to wear!". This is obviously untrue and we enough clothing. . .
It is strange to me now that I've only known Mary and Eric for a couple months. And it is even more strange that . . .
Jasmine's desire for fun and adventure keeps the relationship youthful. No matter how many years we date she becomes . . .
I photographed a mini morning shoot with Karl & Madie Holmlund while they stayed at the Montage Laguna . . .
Today it is eighty degrees and feeling like summer. If you live on the coast like Jessie in Long Beach or me in Dana Point . . .
Their love powerfully finds its voice in every quiet moment. Every glance, touch, and laugh is saturated in it.
There is never a shortage of brilliant outfit ideas when Jessie is around! Here is a little sample of our recent shoot. . .
Nate is quite literally the man of my dreams and his love has exceed all of my childish fantasies and expectations. . .
What do you do when your friend from Connecticut comes to California in February? Lounge on the beach and explore . . .
I got to take photos of this sweet couple on a perfect autumn day. The wind was rustling through the trees, leaves danced . . .
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