That land. That light. That look.
Celena and Jonathan- You already know how much I adore you.
Now the world knows how much you adore each other.
Venue: Hans Fahden Vineyards
Second photographer: Kym Vitar Photography
An epic ceremony-stopping musical surprise. Rubber chickens. Inside jokes for vows. Party of the century.
What a kickoff to a lifetime with your best friend.
Venue: Loft on Pine
San Pedro is my hometown.
I've always said that San Pedro is just an old fashioned small town, disguised as a Los Angeles suburb. Families all know each other, friends from elementary school are your friends for life, and memories are made by the cliffs, the loading docks, and in little spots like Averill Park.
So when I found out Vanessa and Bryan would be getting married in Averill Park, and having their reception on 7th Street in downtown San Pedro, I couldn't have been more thrilled. I knew it would be the kind of event that everyone wants to attend- the kind of wedding that feels like a family reunion, even for those who have never met.
I was so right.
Congratulations, Vanessa and Bryan- I can't thank you enough for letting me a part of this day.
I know you have years of memories to make together in this special place.
They started off their day at the St. Regis in Monarch Beach. Then they took their party to the water, where it belonged. A few hiccups in the day pushed the ceremony timing back, which resulted in a fiery sunset breaking through their first kiss. Sometimes moments are crafted by something other than us, and they happen just as they are meant to.
Stephanie and Josh- may the entirety of your marriage be as fun and hilarious as your wedding day, and may you always celebrate with your toes in the sand.
Special thank you to coordinators at The Gal, The Plan, The Wedding.
Did I mention that they are swing dancers?
Their bridal party was hilarious, good looking, and fun. The reception was absolutely filled to the brim with laughter, dancing, and fabulous music. If they weren't being sent off with bubbles in a Rolls Royce, I don't think they ever would have left the party.
And who can blame them? Look how much fun everyone had. :)
Again, I have to say that my second shooter, Kym Vitar Photography, was absolutely indespensible. Thank you Kym for your support, your vision, and your talent.
They had a first look, and it should be noted that he always smiles when he kisses her. Her father drove them in his vintage Rolls Royce. They said "I Do" in the garden of the Woman's Club in Orange, as guests sang hymns and applauded.
Here is Part One of Lauren and Ted's wedding day.
(As always, special thank you to my second shooter, Kym Vitar Photography)
Come back tomorrow for Part Two- the bridal party, the dancing, the details, the gorgeous, gorgeous exit... you won't wanna miss it!
I always say it's such an honor to photograph someone's wedding. I believe that. It's an honor to be the one entrusted with creating and saving someone's memories from one of the most special days of their lives. But for my friend Deanna's wedding, it was an honor even beyond that. Beyond words, beyond expression. Deanna and I played volleyball together in high school, and when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was so thrilled. She and Josh are one of those couples. You just know.
Their day was so incredible- it felt so effortless.
They decided to do a first look before the ceremony, and I'm so glad they did. Josh kept his reaction pretty low key, despite how breathtaking Deanna was. I did catch him wiping away tears when Deanna turned away from him, though. I was wiping away my own tears most of the day.
Their reception was absolutely filled with friends and family celebrating them, and supporting them. I couldn't have wished any more for someone I care about.
Thank you two so very much for including me in this event in your lives. I wish you both a lifetime of the love you felt on this day.
Ceremony venue: The Neighborhood Church http://www.neighborhoodchurchpve.org/
Reception Venue: Ports O' Call Restaurant http://www.portsocalldining.com/
Second Photographer: Lorrie Prothero Photography http://pspphotos.net/
Wedding Day Coordinator: Cristen Flores http://arosyoccasion.tumblr.com/
I was so excited when Brian and Jennifer contacted me and told me about their day- they were getting married at the Women's Club of Orange, one of my favorite historical venues. It's got a dance hall spirit, and a garden courtyard. What could be better for two swing dancers who appreciate nature?
Their wedding was filled with family, music, and, of course, dancing. Pretty much the perfect combo of ingredients, if you ask me. Symbolism played a large part in their day, with nods to the Tree of Life and plums. For more on the beautiful themes of their day, visit their site (here).
Enjoy these images and leave them some love here on the blog.
Congratulations Brian and Jennifer!
The best is yet to come.
Last week I had the extreme honor of shooting my first destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I have to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I was worried about everything. How much gear to pack, how would i back up all my images in the hotel room, What should I wear to photograph this wedding on the sand, what if customs was a nightmare, what if I got sick... Yeah, if you haven't guessed, I am a bit of a worry wart. But with this event, it was magnified to the max. And the reason for my anxiety was this- I wanted to make sure I gave this couple the absolute best experience and most incredible memories. I mean think about it, you decide to marry thousands of miles away, where you don't have control over anything, and not everyone can join you. That's enough to get you nervous. So I had to cover every base, and allow them to really step back and enjoy themselves.
Well, all my anxiety was for nothing. The trip was smooth (I seriously love Mexico), the resort was an absolute dream (hello, all-inclusive food and drinks!), and the entire family was warm, loving, and all so happy to be here to celebrate this couple and their daughter becoming a family. I couldn't have asked for more.
Dana and Anthony enjoyed their day as relaxed as possible (I mean, it is a wedding, after all. :) ), toasting champagne with their family and getting ready with laughter and music. They exchanged their vows with their toes in the sand and the aqua green sea behind them (yes, it really is that color in real life!), and their closest friends and family embraced them with love.
It was everything a dream destination wedding should be.
Venue Grand Porto Real
Hair and Makeup by Ceci de la Hoya
Dress by Mary Linn Bridal, Pasadena
Ring by Kay Jewelers
Floral and Table sets by Royal Resorts, Playa del Carmen
Groom Suit by Berlioni Italy
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2! (Trust me, you do not want to miss the dancing shots of this fun-loving couple's reception!)