A fairytale wedding in a forest setting

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).


As I promised in my last post, photos of this pretty portrait session are now here! It was such a wacky day of weather with the sun fading in and out of the clouds. We could also see an impending storm drifting toward us in the distance. Even though I'm now spoiled by always perfect SoCal weather, I'll never forget growing up in the land of four seasons (north carolina) where hurricanes never stopped anyone from driving to the grocery store, or going out to walk their dog. So, when the rain was fast approaching and possibly about to ruin our photo session, I did not panic. I simply made sure we maximized our time while the weather was still great, albeit overcast and temperamental. In fact, our photos turned out rather beautifully thanks to a beautiful couple and an amazing sky. We were so blessed that the rain came much later! It was a perfect day photographing the rare cherry blossoms in the San Fernando Valley. 

Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration | Style Me Pretty Feature

Well I'm just over the moon now...Style Me Pretty, one of my favorite wedding blogs of all time, featured my images on their front page again! I worked with an amazing number of vendors, including these gorgeous actors from my friend's feature film, Love Arcadia, and of course Ellamah for the floral design, BHLDN for the gorgeous gown, Fantasy Frostings in Pasadena for the pretty rustic cake, Modern Elements for the exquisite calligraphy, Theresa Huang's team for the fabulous hair and makeup, Anthony & Michelle for the modeling talent, Found Vintage Rentals for the delightful vintage furniture, Vintage Table Co. for the beautiful table setting decor, Veiled Beauty for the most amazing wedding veil, and finally our lovely venue, Sunny Gable Estates

Check out Style Me Pretty for more of this gorgeous Secret Garden affair!