Family Portrait Season

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!

Intimate cliffside wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes

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? 

Summit House Restaurant Fullerton wedding |

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

Laguna Beach elopement wedding

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.

Newborn baby Everest

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!

Jaymee & Mike at Dove Canyon Country Club

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

Randi & Terry | Huron Substation, Los Angeles

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!

Venue: Huron Substation, Los Angeles CA
Planning + Coordination: Just Merried Events
Photography: Luminaire Images
Videography: byDesign Films
Floral Design: Megan Elise Events
Lighting: SEP Lighting
Hair + MakeupTing Makeup
Vintage China/Tabletop Rentals: Fern & Bone
Photobooth: OnShine Photobooth
Valet: EH Valet
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Maternity photos amongst the oaks

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!cute family maternityLuminous maternity photosweet family maternitycute maternity couplecute family photo with toddler 

Katie & Austin | Rancho Palos Verdes wedding

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 CAbride and groom with tree sceneryfun bridesmaidshug from momgroomsmen in the barThis reminds me so much of DaVinci's "Last Supper"!pouring shots....except for shots.bride and groom sunset skylos verdes country club weddingsparkly wedding bandwedding momentswedding ceremony under archcute flower girlfun wedding partywedding photo must havesouthern california sunsetwedding cake samurai swordemotional wedding toastwedding reception first dancelos verdes country club wedding receptioncatch the bouquetwedding reception double exposure  

Grace & Ben | Laguna Beach Wedding

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 CAwedding in laguna beach californiacasa del camino wedding dressbride and funny babymodern couple newlywedchurch weddingchurch wedding kisskorean wedding ceremonykorean dates weddinglaguna beach wedding bride groom beachsouthern california beach weddinglaguna beach weddingtoast newlywedscasa del camino wedding viewGrandma taking tequila shots             Ben's grandma putting all grandmas everywhere to shame as she leads the reception in a round of shots.

Christie & Cade wedding at Long Beach Museum of Art

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 DJsbridal bouquet and wedding flatsgroom and brick walllace wedding dress detailart exhibit string installationart exhibit wedding photo dramatic lightingbicycle ornaments wedding favorswedding ceremony special effectblue wedding cake laser cut topperlong beach museum of art weddingcreative art museum wedding photoLBMA weddingjenga at a wedding

Casa Romantica wedding • Dani & Kevin

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 & LightingCasa Romantica San Clemente wedding dressbridal pearl braceletCasa Romantica wedding bouquet bridal shoesorange groomsmen boutonnieresEmotional First LookI love a nice, emotional First Look!Emotional First Look GroomCasa Romantica groomsmenCasa Romantica San Clemente wedding party photoCute wedding signageCasa Romantica San Clemente wedding photosCasa Romantica San Clemente weddingCasa Romantica wedding ceremonyCasa Romantica San Clemente wedding ideaMeaningful wedding photoCoastal wedding candid photoMother of the bride photoCasa Romantica sunset weddingBride and Groom black and whiteSunset wedding photoCasa Romantica wedding venueCasa Romantica Todd Allen DJArtistic wedding ideasCute coastal wedding ideaMother Son wedding danceColorful wedding flowersWedding cake cuttingWedding reception dance partyWedding reception dancefloor partyWedding reception dance floor raveWedding reception party timeColorful wedding grand exit

Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding photos

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 & gabebride getting readybridal shoesRachel is a musician, so incorporating her piano seemed not only appropriate but downright necessary!dad sees brideI always love that "first look" when the bride's dad sees her for the first time on her wedding day!bridal room hugsgetting dressedbeautiful bride photogroom putting on shoesgroom getting dressed with boutonnierefirst look ringsinn of the seventh ray weddingframed bridewedding ceremony black and whitebride at weddinggroom during weddingwedding centerpiecemr and mrsrose petals in fountaincute baby at fountainOh, hi! Look who made an appearance...wedding cakewedding toastswedding bandcouple first dancefirst dance ring fingerwedding dancefloor partywedding dancefloorwedding guestbooksparkler grand exit

Waterfront Beach Resort wedding photographer

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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Michelle & Samantha | Long Beach Gay Wedding at the Loft on Pine

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 Cateringmagenta charles david pumpswedding kiss from momrose gold wedding ringsgay wedding womenlong beach same sex weddingblack and white bride mori lee

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Huntington Beach maternity pregnancy photos

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!adorable maternity photopregnancy family maternity photoshootcute toddler boysibling lovepregnancy photoshoot ideasweet pregnancy photo

Yosemite wedding photos at Glacier Point

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 McFarlandyosemite national parkbridesmaids in forestwooden ring boxgroom style boutonniereTOMS wedding shoesforesty wedding bouquetforest wedding photomountain yosemite wedding photo brideglacier point wedding yosemitewedding at yosemitemountain wedding newlywedyosemite wedding glacier pointyosemite national park weddingglacier point weddingnewlywed thank youmountain yosemite wedding bridewilderness wedding newlywedtenaya lodge partysmores station at partycute wedding candle ideaswood burn wedding engravingmountain wedding reception ideasnewlywed seating receptionwedding reception speechcheers wedding toastwedding reception dancing