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Couldn't be happier with Tammy & Chris' photos from their wedding last month. They had the perfect mix of warm temperatures and cool breezes, bright sun and soft clouds, and supportive friends and relatives with cute kids.

Venue: Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church // Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort 
Planning: HMC Event Solutions 
Flowers: 800ROSEBIG 
DJ: Platinum Event Entertainment 

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Dove Canyon Country Club November wedding

I had so much fun with Laura & Greg's engagement session at the fair this summer, I couldn't wait for their wedding! Of course it also helped that we were working with the ineffable Gini Garner, Design Visage, and the crew at Dove Canyon, naturally!Stagner1033Stagner1020Stagner1012Stagner1018bride and groomStagner1114Stagner3033Loved this exchange between a groomsmen at the end of the aisle coaxing his daughter the flower girl through her sudden stage fright!Stagner3034Stagner3046Stagner3048Stagner3067dove canyon country club weddingStagner3150Stagner3161Stagner5048Stagner5157Stagner5224Stagner5238

Strawberry Farms wedding photos

How a couple could have such a sweet, traditional, quiet church wedding ceremony and then such a raging bash of a wedding reception party boggles the mind! Jenny and Dave wed on a hot October day, mercifully inside a beautiful air-conditioned chapel attended by family, friends, and Dave's teen children, and then went on to throw the party of the year in a nearby barn. Matt and I are still talking about it!Ceremony site: Mariner's Church, Irvine campusReception site: Strawberry Farms, Irvine, CAFloral Design: French Bouquetmariners church irvine weddingmariners church irvine camariners church irvine wedding photostrawberry farms wedding photomariners church irvine wedding inspirationstrawberry farms irvine wedding photosrustic weddingblack and white wedding photofarm countryside weddingstrawberry farms weddingstrawberry farms irvine barn wedding receptionstrawberry farms wedding ideasstrawberry farms barn wedding first dancebarn wedding dance floortivoli light reception dance floorbarn wedding receptionthunderstick grand exit

Waterfront Hilton Huntington Beach wedding

I know many couples reminisce about how sore their faces are after their wedding day is over, from genuinely smiling all day long. Somehow I doubt this would be the case for Niki and Rob, for whom laughter just comes so easily...for both them as well as their families. Such a good time and such a warm, loving group. Niki was three months' pregnant on her wedding day and you couldn't help but notice her perfect glow, I think they're going to have a pretty happy, laughing baby...it's in the genes!Venue: The Waterfront Beach ResortPlanning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionFlowers: Designs & DetailsDJ: Invisible Touch EventsCake: Simply Sweet CakeryMakeup: Beauty by Tifinihuntington beach waterfront hilton weddingSlack1022pregnant brideSlack1129Slack3036I love Niki's mother's reaction to seeing her daughter walk down the aisle. Such a beautiful moment of love and pride!Slack3052Slack3064Slack3088Slack3163berry colored wedding flowersSlack5095Slack5187Slack5228No autumn wedding is complete without the Thriller dance!

Newport Beach wedding photos

A stellar engagement ring, a ladykiller of a ring bearer, the poofiest most Sex-in-the-City veil I've ever laid eyes on, and a massive mouthwatering buffet including a humongous seafood spread---all could be found at Sloane and Kevin's wedding. Honorable mention: the gorgeous August afternoon weather!Venue: Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CAFlorals: Petal to the MetalDJ: Playtime AttractionsBride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympiasweet engagement ringlittlest ring bearerwedding architecture bridecute bride and groom portraitpacific club wedding newlywedsbeautiful bride and groomsex in the city bridering bearer like a bosspacific club newport beach wedding ceremonybeautiful wedding day archguest reactions to weddingnewly wedded couple congratulationsromantic bride and groom portraitseafood buffetpacific club wedding roomuncomfortable shoes on the dancefloorwedding dance party

Chapman University in Orange Wedding Party Photos

You would never believe how hot it was in Orange by looking at the photos our associate photographers Carolyn and Nathan took of their wedding party. Further proof this couple and their friends are totally cool as cucumbers.Venue: Chapman University & The VillaCake: Creative Cakes Rentals: Allure Event Rentals Linens: GBS Linens Design/Planning: Dez PattersonDJ: World Class Entertainmentchapman university wedding photogroomsmen photoRea1274Rea3005Rea3101Rea3107Rea3124Rea5005Rea5029Rea5210wedding party chapman university orange

The Center Club Costa Mesa Wedding - Lori and Nick

I love how down-to-earth and mellow Lori and Nick are! I think Matt and I somehow attract all the coolest couples who don't sweat it when their wedding schedule gets a little crazy and the weather gets a little hot and humid. Humidity adds a nice cheery glow to the cheeks, right? Right?Venue (Ceremony): Forty Martyrs Armenian AposVenue (Reception): Center ClubFloral Design: Designs By TriciaCoordination: To Love & Cherish, Inc.Video: One Plus One CinemaCake: Cinderella Cakes 

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Tracy and Richard Wedding at Westridge Golf Club

What I love about Tracy and Richard is that they are so salt-of-the-earth, All-American, and mellow; case in point: Richard goes by the nickname "Bub," among both friends and family.You might remember Tracy and Bub's engagement session at Stone Brewing Company, which they opted for because one of their favorite pastimes is just hanging out with a good beer. And at their wedding, it was like the inevitable chaos that occurs on a wedding day just seemed to sort of happen around them instead happen to them; any concerns that cropped up seemed to roll right off their backs like it was nothing. Talk about a model couple!Venue: Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, CAPlanning: Silver Charm EventsFloral Design: The Enchanted FloristBride's dress: Maggie SotteroBride's shoes: Audrey Brooke

Long Beach Museum of Art wedding photos - Nallely & Ivan wedding

It's always an honor when an employee or other representative of a business within the events industry asks us to photograph their own wedding, and Nallely and Ivan's wedding at the lovely seaside Long Beach Museum of Art will have been our second wedding in a year for a LBMA employee. This particular couple put a lot of time and thought into their event, including some adorable DIY details and some Eastern European wedding traditions to delight Ivan's Bulgarian family members.Venue: Long Beach Museum of ArtHair/makeup: Cindy AntezanaFloral Design: Bride & BloomCakes: Porto's BakeryDJ: DJ Jose Lemon

The couple included the clever idea of putting "advice cards" on each table instructing guests to write words of advice for Nallely and Ivan to read on the anniversary corresponding with the table's number:

OK, can I just take a moment to talk about how beautiful these cakes were? It's when I see desserts like these from Porto's Bakery that I start feeling a little envious of the guests. There wasn't a crumb left after they were served, by the way! More gorgeousness:

In accordance with Bulgarian custom, Nallely and Ivan broke a ceremonial loaf of sweet bread  over their heads to see who would get the bigger half (and thereby act as the head of the household!).

A few nighttime portraits around the museum...

Congrats to Nallely and Ivan! So many happy years ahead of you!

Grace and Joe | Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach wedding

Grace planned to surprise her fiancé Joe (a sports fan) with a performance by the Los Angeles Laker Girls at their wedding reception, however Joe "snooped" and ended up finding out about the surprise weeks before the wedding. So the couple planned for the girls to surprise all of their guests and wedding party instead, when the group danced in during the grand entrance. The guests were pretty surprised and delighted, especially the groomsmen! Congratulations to this sweet couple who know how to wow a wedding party!Venue: Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington BeachCoordination: HMC Event SolutionsFloral Design: Flowers By CinaCake: Rossmoor PastriesDJ: Lovelace EntertainmentCandy Buffet: Hollywood Candy GirlsOfficiant: Don JohnsonHair & Makeup: Design Visage

Dove Canyon Country Club wedding photos | Jamie & Justin

Jamie and Justin wed at the very-private Dove Canyon Country Club, nestled in the hills near Orange County's Santa Ana Mountains---and one thing is certain about this couple's future: Their children will have gorgeous eyes. And possibly an affinity for the Anaheim Ducks, as well as hardcore partying, because this wedding brought the house down!  Justin is a photographer himself, and set up an open-air photobooth capture some of the revelry as the night wore on. Here are a few of our favorites from their event:Venue: Dove Canyon Country ClubFloral Design: Desdemonia's FlowersHairstyling: Tracey RomanMakeup: Erica Grauman at Static SalonCake: It's All About The CakeDJ: Carcano DJOfficiant: Lissa SmithBride's shoes: Badgley MischkaRolls Royce: Lake Forest Limousines

Amy & Coleman | Casa Romantica Wedding Photos

Amy and Coleman, the gorgeous couple you may remember from their beachy/football-y engagement session, got hitched a couple weeks ago on a glorious summery day on a cliff overlooking the bright blue Pacific. Their wedding is definitely one for the record books--amazing weather, amazing food, amazing venue, amazing entertainment, and TONS of amazing details. If you ask anyone who was there, they will surely nod and say such that it was a pretty amazing wedding, and that nothing less was expected from such an amazing couple!Venue: Casa Romantica Cultural Center & GardensFloral/Event Design & Planning: Natalie Good, A Good AffairCatering: Iva Lee's CateringDJ: DJ Todd, Essential Mobile MusicHair & Makeup: Amanda Davison, Lasting LookCake & Cookies: Simply Sweet CakeryInvitations: DIY'ed, from Paper SourceWedding Dress: Matthew ChristopherBride's Shoes: GlintGarter & Ring Pillow: Etsy

We were also super stoked to introduce our new Custom Photobooth at Amy & Coleman's wedding. Check out that fantastic backdrop!!


Published: Associated Press

I was super excited to see our photos from Lauren & James' wedding at the Long Beach Museum of Art featured in this Associated Press article regarding technology at weddings---Lauren and James themselves were interviewed for the article about changing their Facebook relationship status at the altar. It's crazy to see this article all over the web the day the story went out over AP's wire---right now it can be found over SEVEN PAGES' worth of Google news! Kind of an interesting glimpse into the world of online newscasting.

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Oak Canyon Nature Center wedding

In early May Wendy and Sean, overwhelmed by the stress of planning a large autumn wedding, scrapped their original ideas altogether and began conceptualizing something that, in their own words, "just felt right."  Instead of September, they re-arranged their plans for May 30, Memorial Day.  Instead of a large, raging party, they invited only family members and close friends.  Instead of an event venue, they selected Oak Canyon Nature Center for the ceremony and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill for an intimate dinner with their loved ones afterwards.  The result was a highly personalized and heartfelt union under a canopy of oak branches...really, just perfect.  And so perfectly Wendy and Sean, too!Oak Canyon Nature Center weddingbridal gown accent


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wooden flowersBeing a graphic designer herself, Wendy has an eye for texture and style and created much of the wedding day look herself...with the aid and expertise of Jessica and Ryan from ZOe Productions, of course!

mamegomaIn addition to being lovers of the great outdoors, Wendy and Sean are both avid video gamers, so it was no surprise that Wendy walked down the aisle to music from the game "Legend of Zelda," or that Sean kept "Sumu" (a toy mamegoma that frequently travels with the couple) in his pocket the whole day.

Wendy's glorious styling was by the talented Lisa O'Connor from Elements of Artistry.

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wood ranch bbq & grillDinner for guests afterwards was at Wood Ranch. I joked with Matt that despite working on Memorial Day we got some BBQ after all!

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Huntington Beach Hyatt wedding

I have known Jill since high school, and I can honestly say it was heart-warming to see her so smiley and happy on her wedding day.  I always feel so special photographing the weddings of friends, like I can give them something wonderful on a day that's among the most memorable in their lives.

St. Simon & Jude Catholic ChurchJill & Joselito were wed at Jill's childhood church, Sts. Simon & Jude in Huntington Beach, officiated by Father Isaiah Mary Molano.

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TomGirl Baking CoTomGirl Baking Company furnished the colorful cake with cute little sugar bear toppers, and Lisa Simpson Wedding Celebrations helped keep the party moving along!


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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Wedding, Dana Point

I knew Kim in college, so her wedding was special to Matt and myself, not to mention dazzling...!  She incorporated so much bright color into her wedding, and when coupled with the beautiful California sunlight and the elegant Laguna Cliffs Marriott resort....well, let's just say A+!  I'm so glad that she met Jody and his sweet daughter Kaya, who both love and care for her (not to mention can handle her free spirit!).Royal wedding dateGroom preparesDress and shoesBride prepares Bright red bouquetMakeup and BouquetBridesmaids in blueRing & InvitationGroomsmenBridal shoesAsian brideGroom at windowKorean brideHere comes the brideHappy groomFlower girlLaguna Cliffs Marriott weddingwedding ceremonyWedding beatlesWedding coupleDana Point weddingMarriedblue and white wedding cakeSurfing wedding bride and groomWedding reception detailsSpeechesFather daughter toastPhoto boothFirst danceVenue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott ResortFloral Design: Flower Shop Laguna Cliffs (Nora)Hair: Blow Salon & Spa (Faith)Cake Artist: It's All About the CakeDJ & Reception Lighting: Elevated PulseCeremony & Cocktail Music Ensemble: Ross SellersInvitation: Inviting IdeasOfficiant: Rev. Bruce Danzara

Estate Home Wedding Photography

Korine & Stephen wed on an unseasonably warm November afternoon at the French Estate in Orange, CA.  Korine and her bridesmaids' colorful bouquets were designed by Joan at Flowers of Orange, the dinner was catered by Elegant Affair Catering, and their cake was designed by Rockwells' Creative Cakes.  Many of Korine and Stephen's other details were creative DIY touches, such as the adorable little bridesmaid headpieces.Stephen & Korine's friend and ridiculously-talented maid of honor Micah drew the custom portrait of them for their signature frame.Antiquesgetting dresseddressveilbridesmaid broochblue flowersbridesmaid headpieceSuch unique bridesmaid hairpieces!applying the veilKorine's grandma sees her for the first time in her dresslipstickfrench estate decorKorineA portrait of Korine's dad, taken by Matt.A dolled up and ready to rock!Portrait of Stephen's father, taken by MattStephen and Korine opted to see each other before the ceremony, always recommendedbride and groomThe French Estate is a pretty and historic location for intimate weddings with 50 guests or fewer21st century couple! Stephen and Korine read their vows from their Blackberries.newlyweds in woodsbridal partycouple in the treesfrench estate receptionfirst danceDuring the best man's speechtoast reactionFrench Estate wedding photographyparty girls