In case you missed it, I am currently booking family portraits for limited dates, late September through late November. If you're on the fence about getting some, here are some favorites from last year!
Kate and Jon stumbled across this wedding site a little accidentally--it overlooks a cove where Jon surfs. The springtime "superbloom" and the view of the cove close to sunset make for some spectacular scenery, so this spot is one of my new favorite ceremony sites! Bonus: Can you peek Kate's adorable baby bump?
This wedding was drrrrrrrripping with beautiful golden sunlight. I love this venue! Bride and groom Jessica and Ryan also ensured their event was the perfect balance of Star Wars geekdom and classic elegance, with a custom Star Wars cake topper and lightsaber First Dance as well as statuesque floral centerpieces and "little black dress" bridesmaid attire.Venue: Summit House Restaurant in Fullerton, CAWedding Planning: Maria Lindsay WeddingsHair & Makeup: Design VisageFloral Design: The Blooming BranchCake: Creative CakesDJ: Showcase DJ
If you've worked at enough weddings you've probably seen a groom (or best man, or groomsman) jokingly pretend to have lost the rings when the time comes during the ceremony to present them for exchange. Well, the look of shock on Robert's face was the realio-dealio because when he felt around in his pocket he couldn't locate the rings, at first. Fortunately they were there (just hiding!), bride Courtney was completely unfazed, and the rest of the ceremony continued smoothly against the backdrop of Laguna Beach's beautiful coast.
I have been meaning to blog this sweet session for a while now! As his mama told me, Everest was so named because "I had to climb Everest to have him." His beautifully decorated nursery had some pristine window-light, so it was definitely not a mountainous struggle to get some splendid newborn photos of him!
One thing Jaymee and Mike pull off easily is looking effortlessly glam, with a lengthy veil, lace-sleeved dress, and classic Rolls Royce. Glam is actually a pretty good way to describe the whole wedding, in fact!Venue (ceremony): St. Kilian Catholic ChurchVenue (reception): Dove Canyon Golf ClubWedding Planning: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning & EventsFloral Design: Cargo CreativeVideography: Sparkle FilmsClassic Car: Classy Chassis RentalsLighting & Drapery: Illuminated EventsLive Music: West Coast Music Beverly HillsHair & Makeup: OC Hair & Makeup
It's not every weekend we get to photograph a tea ceremony with the most fun-loving couple in Los Angeles. Polaroid snapshot requirements for the seating chart, photobooth with silly props, Jenga, beloved pooches in the wedding party, and a reception beer challenge...no guest was spared from this Randi and Terry's sense of fun and mischief!
This family. They are the cuuuuuutest! I am a big fan of little Nathan's luminous smile. We photographed another maternity session when they were pregnant with him, too. These sweet family photos taken while they're all on the verge of graduating from "three to four" just make my heart so happy for them!
Katie and Austin's wedding was all about the par-tay! They kicked it off by cutting their cake with a three-foot sabre and danced long into the night. So many good memories. So many good pictures.Venue: Los Verdes Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes CAThis reminds me so much of DaVinci's "Last Supper"!....except for shots.
Grace's sister Christine is a longtime client of ours, so I was really happy to hear about Grace's own wedding plans, which included an intimate rooftop dinner overlooking a California sunset. Not to mention a traditional Korean tea ceremony, featuring dates being thrown at the couple in hopes of many children!Venue: La Casa Del Camino, Laguna Beach CA Ben's grandma putting all grandmas everywhere to shame as she leads the reception in a round of shots.
Christie and Cade were excited to take some pictures inside an art museum with a pretty rad exhibit happening. I guess it's no surprise since they're pretty rad people...they made sure to include lawn games at their reception, including an oversized jenga table! Special thanks to Meghan Lubeck for photographing this with me.Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAFlowers: Bride & BloomDJ: VOX DJs
Every once in a while I meet couples who are self-professed "not beach people." Which is totally fine. Because then we end up in splendid wilderness-y locations for their engagement session, as with Jaymee and Mike's. Also I am digging Jaymee's makeup, I kept having double-takes while editing thinking she resembles Adele a little bit!
Many months ago when Dani & Kevin first commissioned us, I remember wondering whether they were risking the threat of rain getting married in late November during an El Niño winter. It wasn't until MUCH later that I learned that Southern CA's rainy season (including during El Niño years) is actually January through March. It ended up being a pretty warm day, even! The late Indian summer sun didn't dampen our hustle though, and made for a picture-perfect San Clemente ocean view.Venue: Casa Romantica, San Clemente CACoordination: Beachgirl WeddingsFlorals: Friend of the familyDJ: Epic Sound & LightingI love a nice, emotional First Look!
Maaay have had a personal connection to this gorgeous couple. Their intimate canyon wedding was attended by so many loving and supportive friends and family members! Weddings can be so emotionally draining to plan and execute, but the warm and glowing atmosphere like that at this event is totally the payoff. Thanks to Meghan Lubeck for photographing this one with me.Venue: Inn of the Seventh RayFlowers: Elliot & Olivia EventsVideography: Love Story ProductionRachel is a musician, so incorporating her piano seemed not only appropriate but downright necessary!I always love that "first look" when the bride's dad sees her for the first time on her wedding day!Oh, hi! Look who made an appearance...
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.
Love this snap of Tammy's dad greeting her in the bridal suite!
Michelle and Sam met via college basketball, so of course there had to be a (surprise) marching band at their reception as well as a basketball arcade game for guests and a basketball "guestbook." But that didn't mean there couldn't also be plenty of style and glamor, as evidenced by Michelle's gorgeous dress and veil, and Sam's snappy oxfords.Venue: The Loft on PinePlanning & florals: Flawless Weddings & EventsWedding Dress: Mori LeeSuede pumps: Charles by Charles DavidJewelry: NordstromWedding Pantsuit: Mural (jacket), Vince (pants)Pink oxfords: Cole HaanRings: McCarty'sCatering: Jay's Catering
Sam had some pretty sweet pink oxfords! Comfort AND style, it can be done!
Michelle, the life of the party bus
How cozy is this? I love the Loft on Pine.
Michelle's dad was full of funny and embarrassing stories for his toast to the couple!
Just a few peeks at the lovely light we had for Katie and Austin's engagement session in San Pedro. It's so cool discovering little hidden gem locations ideal for some romantic photography.
Baby Charlotte has nothing to worry about, in addition to her doting parents she has two big brothers keeping an eye out for her! Here are a few of my favorites from her newborn session, created recently in her own home...
I found a new "secret spot" recently and have been excited to try it out on someone. I found that someone with Rita and her little clan, who are about to add one more member!I have to say, their little boy is one of the sweetest and best-behaved toddlers I've come across for a photo session. He is going to make a swell big brother!
Apparently the park service doesn't permit any kind of wedding decorations for ceremonies at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Which is fine. Because as you can see from Emily and Dale's photos, no decoration could even compare to the jaw-dropping vista of Yosemite Valley and Half-Dome! These two picked a gorgeous day with gorgeous weather for their wedding at one of the most gorgeous settings I have ever personally laid eyes on. I'm still blown away. Thanks to this sweet pair for bringing us along to photograph this incredible event!Venue (ceremony): Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, CAVenue (reception): Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, CAFlowers and cake: Sweet DreamsRing box: Maine Birch WorksCenterpieces & wood-burned details: DIYHair/MUA: Ascent Spa at Tenaya LodgeBride's dress: Grace Loves LaceBride's shoes: TOMSBridesmaids' dresses: J. CrewGroom's suit: Hugo BossEngagement ring: Tamara McFarland