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!
Chance. It was ten years ago. Quan and Rachel took a chance and went out on their first date.
Just recently celebrating their ten year anniversary as a couple, they decided to make it official. He proposed, and in love, Rachel said yes to an October wedding and a life with Quan.
Rachel had mentioned to me how she wanted to do a natural engagement session. The casual, yet sophisticated couple and I decided on Venice Beach, California for their session. The weather was 62 degrees fahrenheit. It was windy, and to us Angelenos, 62 was cold. But seeing as we were on the beach, we pushed through (by taking a few pictures, then having to run back into the sun for warmth, then back into the shot. Haha.) Despite the cold wind, sand flying, and our hair in our faces, I have to admit this engagement session turned out as perfect as I could have hoped for!
Rachel and Quan are just the perfect match. They do what a lot of couples ought to do: laugh (a lot!), live and travel, and love each other. For this, they make one great couple. <3
They met at a sports bar. They had a conversation. And unintentionally--they fell in love. The rest was only the beginning.
Funny enough, the groom and I have known each other since the 4th grade. When asked whether how long we've known each other, Alex's response will almost always be.."6th grade". But that's okay. You're forgiven. Haha.
Like many of my couples and clients, I was approached via social media about my photography business. Alex and Whitney told me that he had been engaged and are to have their wedding this summer. Immediately, we discussed their big day and decided a date to meet. After giving them all I've got, showing them how invested I am/feel about their beautiful day, they booked me as their wedding photographer! After about a week (or two), we came up with our engagement session location, date and time.
The location was the famously known Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park located up in Agua Dulce just northeast of Santa Clarita, California. We met there as the sun was close to sunset, climbed some rocks (and yes, Whitney did it in heels like a champ!) and we began shooting.
The rest, like I said is only the beginning...
An old friend as me if I would help him shoot a wedding during the summer. Typically, summer and I don't mesh well, but for a chance to share an amazing summer wedding--I was definitely not going to miss that opportunity. To my surprise, the weather was beautiful; not a cloud in the sky. The air was light and breezy. There were butterflies everywhere. The location: The Arboretum in Santa Ana, California. What amazing grounds and day dreamy gardens. They could've not chosen the more perfect location among their friends and loved ones, this was the perfect wedding!
Here's the a beautiful loving couple! Cheers!
I am a...
Los Angeles native.