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).

published on 100 Layer Cake...

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! 

Elise Hameau | French Wedding Gowns

Elise Hameau and I collaborated on a beautiful shoot in the rain this year and it was absolutely magical. To be honest, we didn't anticipate a dreary day in Los Angeles for this shoot, given that LA has more than 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. But in the end this was the perfect kind of setting for Elise's beautiful french wedding gowns. It reminds you a little of Paris, doesn't it? Elise did bring these dresses all the way from her cute little shop in Paris, after all. There is so much detail in all the dresses, like the delicate lace woven in between tulle and silk buttons, or the criss-cross straps in the back. A truly bohemian look, I think it fits any girl who loves to have a DIY wedding and is constantly perusing Green Wedding Shoes. We couldn't have put these beautiful elements together without a team of highly dedicated and incredibly talented wedding professionals: thank you to Hannah with Milieu Florals, along with the ladies at Theresa Huang Hair and Makeup Design, and lastly but not least, the amazing Kathy Banner with the long and magical veil at The Veiled Beauty.