This was an absolutely cloudy and overcast day, with heavy rain in the morning that made everyone just apprehensive and worried about what would happen during the ceremony. Well, this is an instance where no one can deny that prayer WORKS! We prayed like crazy for the rain to stop and...it did! As professional photographers, we work the light to our advantage no matter the situation we're in. That's what separates us from the amateurs. I am pleased to say that all these photos came out gorgeous because, well, the bride & groom or beautiful inside and out of course. There's nothing that can hold back the joy and beauty of a wedding day. This one at the Los Verdes Golf Club was no different. I secretly love overcast wedding days because they offer the most even lighting, and you don't get harsh shadows during the noon hours as you would with bright, sunny days. The Bride was a stunner in her intricate white lace dress and lonngggg cathedral veil that just swept from side to side as she walked. The bridesmaid dresses were incredibly chic and I just fell in love with that taupe color which looked so delicate against the green grass. This wedding was really elegant and sophisticated, and the bride & groom were the sweetest couple a photographer could ask for. Enjoy these previews!
I'm so excited to share my feature on Style Me Pretty's California blog today! I photographed an Ojai Engagement session out in a gorgeous olive grove that happened to be my client's backyard. These two are simply amazing together and have such great style to boot, making every pose look effortless. I love that we can create photos that have meaning for my couples. Head over to SMP's blog to see more of the gorgeousness here:
Quite possibly my favorite forest wedding thus far...I photographed these two lovebirds in beautiful Saratoga Springs, California, in a setting with lofty redwoods and incredible light streaming in between the branches. Most of my brides know that I keep it looking natural, and one of the techniques I use is to have them look away from the camera for just a second, close their eyes, and take a deep breath. While they're taking a breath, I know my brides are thinking about how blessed they are to be surrounded by so many loved ones on their wedding day. And then they give me the sweetest smile. Enjoy these few favorites while I finish up editing the rest!
Bride wearing one of my favorite wedding gowns from BHLDN (by Watters wtoo).
I am incredibly excited, like, giddy all over and running up and down the stairs like a madwoman, excited. My photos from the Sunstone Villa are finally published on one of my favorite wedding blogs of all time---100 Layer Cake. This is a beautifully curated online magazine with the top wedding photographers in the nation. So, it is truly an honor when a blog like 100LC decides that they love my work and want to feature it on their front page! Make sure to head over to there and check out the photos.
Sunstone Villa & Winery located in Santa Ynez is the same exact location where the stunning Lauren Conrad (LC from the Laguna Beach tv show) married her beau. The entire place is like a dream, straight from the Tuscan countryside of Italy. I can see why she decided on this gorgeous venue for her wedding. It's not just a wedding venue though. You can actually rent one of their hotel rooms, with spectacular panorama views of the vineyards and the Santa Ynez mountains, large personal spa tubs, and a relaxing rain shower to boot. It would be ideal for a romantic getaway!
Thanks to all the vendors who made this wedding shoot a terrific success. I especially loved Joy Proctor's styling and the 18th century theme she came up with. With Amy Osaba's amazing, organic, and feminine florals from the bouquet to the table garland, I nearly died when I saw it. It was just a great time at the Kurt Boomer Workshop, and I will always be grateful for the new skills and techniques I learned while shooting on film. It's a joy to be able to produce creative work like this. I can't wait to photograph all my upcoming brides at the end of this year and for the rest of 2016!
This sweet couple gathered their friends and family for an intimate celebration at the Altadena Country Club, located right above the old and enchanting neighborhood of Pasadena. The wedding had so many beautiful aspects to it, one that was simple yet refined and mainly focused on the bride and groom's love story. Marieta and Ves were childhood friends who, after many years apart living in different countries, were reunited by their parents and ended up falling madly in love. It was beyond a dream to work with the nicest clients in the world, who embraced my creativity, and allowed me to photograph these precious memories. Congratulations again, M & V!
I couldn't help myself when my film lab sent me back these photos: this couple is breathtaking and I just had to post it immediately. Mission San Juan Capistrano is not only one of the most beautiful wedding venues but also a gorgeous location for an engagement shoot. It's right here in Southern California only a few miles away from the pretty town of Laguna. Who knew that a historic place with brick, stone, and ruins that look like Rome, actually exists in in California! This sweet couple is absolutely adorable and natural in front of the camera. Thanks V & M for allowing me to document this memorable time in your life, and for being so easy going during our engagement session despite the hot weather!