So much about Cari & Scott’s wedding was about dreams coming true. I think at times Cari thought her prince charming might need show up. And when he did…. all 6’8″ of him… he was a dream come true. Just the sweetest guy with a heart of gold.
When Cari was very young, she went to eat at The Hacienda and was overtaken by its beauty. She thought that if she could get married there one day it would be a dream come true.
Shooting weddings, for me, is very personal. I love to be connected with the couple, to be invested in their story, and theirs truly reminded me of mine. Working at a venue with beautiful details and lots of sparkly lights doesn’t hurt either. So for me, Scott & Cari’s wedding was a dream come true.
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Cari & Scott, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!
The way she cuddles into him. The way he cares for her. It all just shows how grateful these two are to have finally found each other.
They met at a restaurant in Long Beach. You may get two different stories about who approached who first. They had their first date in the same area of Long Beach. Saul definitely thought Yvonne was special from the moment he met her. And Yvonne… she had fun with Saul, but wasn’t ready for anything serious. They dated casually for a little while and then just lost touch. A few years passed, and they got back in touch. They’ve been inseparable ever since. They both knew this was it and didn’t want to waste any more time. Saul brought her back to the place where they met and had their first date. Took her up to the lighthouse and proposed.
I’m so excited for Yvonne and Saul and can’t wait for their wedding in April!
You know when you plan an outdoor wedding, there’s always that fear: What if it rains???? Even in Southern California it does happen. And it did happen on Jill & Bryan’s wedding day. The Fullerton Arboretum is a gorgeous setting for a garden wedding. Jill and Bryan were to be married under the Wisteria Arbor and the reception would be in the covered pavilion. While we waited to see if the rain was going to let up, we did their first look. One of the most emotional first looks I’ve ever seen. Bryan’s reaction was priceless!
I mean, look at Bryan’s reaction!!!
As we waited to see if the rain was going to die down, we took some portraits on the covered wrap-around porch of the historic home on the property.
Thomas & Suzanne got married on the best day of the year. My birthday! Many friends were telling me it was a bummer that I had to work on my birthday. Not at all! Not if you get to be surrounded by love and beauty and wonderful people!
Every once in a while I shoot a wedding where I didn’t get a chance to meet the bride or groom before the big day. This was the case with Tomas & Suzanne. But the minute I met them , they were both so gracious and trusting. I felt like I’d known them and their families for a long time.
And let’s talk about her dress. In the past year THREE of my brides have purchased their dresses from BHLDN. I’ve decided that if the dress is from BHLDN, I’m in! It means that the bride has excellent taste and it’s gonna be a good day!
Colleen & Jeremy’s wedding was beautiful. There’s nothing like a garden wedding and South Coast Botanic Gardens does not disappoint. This was my first time there and I instantly saw why Colleen & Jeremy fell in love with this place! It’s just gorgeous! These two are a fun loving couple. Both of them have lived all over the country, but found themselves on the East Coast and ultimately found each other. But when an opportunity came for them to move to Long Beach, they jumped at the chance. They have fallen in love with their city, as I discovered when they showed me around, during their engagement sessionengagement session
We started at Hotel Maya where they got ready surrounded by their closest friends. Colleen looked stunning in her lace dress and showed me, once again, that she knows how to rock a red lip! Everyone who attended the wedding looked really great; especially the ladies in their elegant wedding gowns.
Jeremy, dapper guy that he is, sported a blue suit with some extra special touches.
They chose to have a quick first look before heading over to the gardens. Can you tell Colleen was excited?
I think this was my first wedding with brides men (brides brothers) and a groomsmaid (grooms good friend). Is that what you call it? I’m not sure. But this was a fun group of people!
While their guests headed over to the reception for some drinks and lawn games, we had some time to let the new Mr & Mrs just spend some time together soaking it all in.
Guest grubbed on food from the Komodo food truck. Komodo
Jeremy shocked me with his dance moves! I had no idea he had such skill! Even grandma got down!
Jeremy & Colleen, you two were such a dream to work with. Classic beauty and sophistication combined with a fun-loving spirit. That’s you guys through and through. I feel blessed that
our paths crossed and I can’t wait until they do again!
Someone recently pointed out that I am always saying how much fun I had with such and such clients at their wedding or with their family. With a sly, suspicious eye she asked, “Is that really true?”
Yes! Yes it really is! I mean, I have one of the best jobs ever! Everyone is looking their absolute best. The couple is ecstatic to get married and their family and friends are excited to celebrate with them. There are flowers, beautiful dresses, a gorgeous location, delicious food. And CAKE! I mean…. what’s not to like???
But seriously, Ashley and Chris are two of the most gracious people I have met. The way they are with each other. The way they look at each other. The way the care for everyone around them. Their wedding day was a dream, because they were a dream to work with. They wanted their day to be relaxed and for people to enjoy themselves. I think it was all of that and more.
I love New York.
So much so that one time my friend and I opted for a 24 hour layover there “on the way” to Aruba. If geography is not your strong suit, like me, New York is not even a little bit “on the way” from Los Angles to Aruba. But nonetheless, we managed to see two shows in 24 hours. Now that’s commitment!
I’ve always thought it would be fun to do an engagement session in Central Park. So when I found myself with the opportunity to do just that, IN THE FALL!…..I kinda freaked.
Sonia and Kenny were born on opposite coasts. Sonia’s from NorCal, Kenny, from New York. They met in New York, but their April wedding will be in NorCal. So their engagement session HAD to be in New York! We spent all day roaming around the city, soaking in as much fall as we could! Even getting some pumpkin soup! Yum! I had such a great time with both of them. I can’t wait till April!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve seen me post weddings from Maravilla Gardens. And if you’ve read my posts you’ve heard me go on and one about this place. About how it’s magical and the light is incredible… yada yada yada! Well it’s still true. This place does not disappoint. And neither do my clients who get married there.
Annie and Bryant are just wonderful to be around. More than anything they just wanted their day to be laid back and to enjoy celebrating with their family and friends. Well that’s exactly what this day was like. Perfectly relaxed and anything BUT stuffy. Annie wore a simple, tailored dress from BHLDN, while Bryant kept it relaxed by nixing the tie altogether. A family member officiated the wedding and they opted for a donut and popcorn bar, rather than a traditional cake. Tessa with Prism DJ’s had just the right tunes to keep everyone on the dance floor. And boy did they dance!
It’s always fun when I get to photograph a wedding of two people that I know. But to get to photograph Robert & Emily’s wedding, after watching them throughout their dating relationship, was such a joy. I was so happy to be there to watch them unite their lives together. And to have it be just down the street for my house… well that’s even better!
Robert & Emily chose to have a first look, which I always love!
Thank you for allowing me to join with you in celebrating your new life together!!! I love you guys!
This wedding has so many beautiful details. Start of with the sweetest bride and groom who are so excited to be getting married after knowing each other for 10 years. Add a gorgeous dress and awesome venue like the Bowers Museum. Then mix it all up with the magic that Willow & Wine bring. You’ve got the recipe for a the most perfect of wedding days!
You might recognize Paige & Don from their engagement session. Paige and I have known each other since college. Even lived on the same hall our freshman year. So I was beyond thrilled when Paige asked me to photograph their wedding. Her Kitty Chen dress from Marry Me Bridal was amazing! That lace! That beading!
But can we talk about this bathroom? That tub! I mean.
Paige’s Grandmother passed away recently, but I know she must have been so proud of her granddaughter.