There are couples that I love working with for the sake of working with them, and then there are couples that I am in love with working with them.
Let me explain this a bit more...
I placed a model call for real LGBTQ+ couples in the Los Angeles County area who were willing to hang-out with me and get a some cute portraits while we were at it. Melissa and Alex were so generous with their time and energy to meet with me during their busy schedules.
She went on what she thought was just a summer trip with her boyfriend and his family.
While getting ready for an outing, she became flustered with the Miami humidity. Everything from choosing an outfit to deciding how she was going to fix her hair for the day was starting to ruffle her feathers.
She had decided she officially hated Miami, and...
There are wedding receptions, and then there are wedding receptions with your best friends who are obsessed with Harry Potter. Seeing as Tawny and Julieanne got engaged while vacationing in Harry Potter World, it was only fitting they have a wedding reception themed by the wizarding world.
It started with a simple introduction, an awkward text and a continuation of what bloomed to become my favorite love story...
She lived in Canada. He lived in Southern California. What seemed like a long distance friendship slowly turned into a whirlwind of events that led Silvia closer to Fernando. The chemistry between them was incredible, and the love they shared unquestionable. For the first time, I met Silvia and Fernando at a Los Angeles' hidden gem--the Venice Canals. It was 6 a.m. and overcast; we questioned if the sun would come up at all. It was the most perfect time to start our session as all the locals sleep in and the tourists are nowhere to be found. It almost felt like a giant serene paradise for these two to wander.
Being that this was a maternity session, and Silvia was 8 months into her pregnancy we started talking about the kinds of photos she would like to take. This turned into an on-going joke where they said "Can we just take photos as if we're on a date?" We laughed about it, but I knew at that moment: this is gonna be fun.
It was Friday, June 17th. Their venue of choice was the beautiful Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch, California. We were on a tight schedule as the location is a running golf course, and those golfers meant business!
I first arrived to meet with Whitney as she began getting ready with her three bridesmaids, flower girl and her gorgeous little ring bearer. When I walked in, first thing I noticed was the beautiful backdrop, wide open windows and the stunning chandelier where we hung her wedding dress. Every detail to this wedding was well thought out and the red rose pedal accent colors was a nice touch to a black suit and white dress party.
This is where their wedding day story unfolds...
They met in high school. After what feels like forever (in a good way!) of being the perfect couple, Oliver took Fidelis to the Pantages Theatre to see a Broadway play. They walked along old Hollywood's theatre steps and on bendes knee, he took her hand---and to nobody's surprise, she said yes.
Fast forward a year to a intimate gorgeous June wedding in the historical Santa Barbara Courthouse where they exchanged vows and lit their unity candle in front of their family and friends. If I learned one thing, and one thing only from any of my weddings I've photographed, it is that it is not the size of your guest list or amount of decor that sums up your wedding, but the very value in each guest attending and knowing that the all you need is the one you love standing right next to you with great company to have a beautiful wedding (and a few cocktails doesn't hurt, either).
Fidelis wore a lace open-back dress and Oliver wore a grey suit and navy tie. This was a non-traditional wedding, and it was perfect. A ukulele was played as their wedding song as she walked down the grass aisle of the Sunken Gardens under California palm trees. The weather was about 70 degrees and it couldn't have been better.
This was my first trip to Santa Barbara, Ca. and it only took this two day trip to make me fall head over heels over this city.
Love you two! Heres to Oliver + Fidelis! Cheers!
It was 2006. I started my first day as a front line employee at Six Flags Magic Mountain way before I knew for certain that I would be lifestyle photographer. I went through this awkward hairstyle phase that makes me cringe when I look back at my first years of employment there--I'm sure my then coworkers (now my besties) could definitely vouch for me on it. Fast forward a little bit after--I had befriended one of the raddest people, Jenny and Fernando.
Nearly 10 years later, I posted a casting call for adorable couples on my social media, and to my surprise they agreed to do it! Not only are they super adorbs, and made me and my buddies just giggle of happiness when hearing about their relationship 4 years ago, but they are totally in love.
When I asked about their outfit color scheme inspiration, they went with.. "Dapper Lilo & Stitch". I mean, look at them! So cute.
I'M SO EXCITED that I finally get to show off these two!
Mayra and I go way back! Like, 2nd grade back! She was one out of two friends (maybe three..?) who loved the band Hanson almost as much as I did back in our Mmmbop days. Haha.
On the other hand, this bride and her groom knew each other from high school. To be honest, I never even knew these two spoke to each other in high school. But funny how everything turns out?
Left high school as friends, and just the other week they said their "I Do"s.
The day was April 8, 2016. The venue was at the Verdugo Room at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank, California. Mayra and Charles wanted their wedding to be traditional in a sense that they didn't want to have any first looks including not knowing what Charles' tux would look like! There was a heavy overcast and light drizzle, but that never dampened this magic couple from pushing through for their special day. Everything from the look on Mayra's father's face as he gave her away at the ceremony, to their father daughter dance at their reception had me crying behind my camera. This was a special day. Not only for them, but for me. Getting to see one of my bestest childhood friend's have her happily ever after was just as special.
A happy congratulations goes to the happy newlyweds! I can't wait to see what memories you create in all your years to come!