October 13, 2011

Like a Fairytale!- Maravilla Gardens Wedding, Camarillo

I cannot say enough about this wedding.  As soon as I met Scott and Vanessa I knew their wedding was going to be awesome.  I loved hearing about how Scott proposed in a little boat during their European vacation.  We talked way too long about our love of gelato and other delicious foods we’ve enjoyed on our travels.  These are my kind of people!

Everything about this day was magical.  Maravilla Gardens might have just become my favorite place to shoot a wedding.  The garden setting is beautiful. Erin, their on-site coordinator was wonderful to work with.  One of the best on-site coordinators I’ve ever met, really.  There was just something about the light there that was amazing, and as the sun went down, the place was covered with magic lights (that’s what I call bistro lighting, or globe lights because seriously… they’re magical!).  AND…. they’ve got a barn.  I mean… c’mon! That’s a very unusual photobooth, don’t you think? By the way, I love the photobooths from PopnPixel website. You should definitely check if you like this staff.

It was kinda like being at a backyard wedding, everyone felt so at home.

As I said goodbye to Vanessa’s dad that evening he said, “Wasn’t it just like a fairytale?”  It was.  It definitely was.

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Vanessa’s mom started to get choked up as she helped her beautiful daughter into her gown.

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Oh my gosh, you’re a bride!

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Simply gorgeous, inside and out.

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Katie O, bridesmaid first in from the right, is the one who gave Vanessa my name.  She’s also a photographer and thought that Vanessa and I would get along great.  Thank you Katie!

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Oh the light.

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And the dudes!

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Scott was so ready to see his bride.

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LOVE this moment just before walking down the aisle.

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Vanessa told me that there’s a photo of her mom with the exact same look on her face.  Oh, the emotion in this shot.

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Vanessa’s uncle performed the ceremony.  So special.

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I love this shot Karey got.  Gorgeous!

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Ahhh…. finally some time alone.

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Can you even believe the ridiculously beautiful light here?  I mean, stop it!  No, don’t.  Give me more!

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This whole place has been landscaped by the owners themselves.  Crazy beautiful.

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The escort cards were attached to jars of homemade jam, made by Vanessa and her mom.

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That cake!  And one more time… the light!  It doesn’t get much better than that.

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This ring bearer was hilarious.  He was cuttin’ a rug, indeed.

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In case you were wondering what love and pride look like, here it is.

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And that’s why they’re called “magic lights”!

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Who said the photo booth props shouldn’t also be dancing props?

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I believe this was some Bon Jovi.  Livin’ on a Prayer, perhaps?

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Shut up and stop it with your gorgeousness, you guys.

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What a fantastical and magical day.  Thank you, Vanessa and Scott, for allowing me to be a part of it.  Let’s get some gelato soon!

  1. Kim

    October 13th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    This is GREAT!!!!!

  2. Vanessa McDowell

    October 13th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Jen! I still can’t believe that these are OUR wedding photos!! You and the photos are simply beautiful! Thank you. I will call you tomorrow to schedule gelato!!

  3. Katie O

    October 13th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    These are AWESOME!!! TOTALLY fairytale-esque, you did a FANTASTIC job and I hope you shoot more weddings there now!

  4. Karen Hackett

    October 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Everything I wanted for my daughter’s wedding happened and Jen captured it without being intrusive. Jen is an amazing photographer!!!!

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