Amanda + Jon | Cactus Engagement Session

When Amanda told me her vision for their engagement photos I did a happy dance! I am loving all things cactus and "desert chic" right now. The chemistry between these two was a photographer's dream. Jon's dapper hair cut, Amanda's outfit choices and this dreamy lighting made for the perfect scene.

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Lisa + Gavin | Lazy V Ranch Wedding

Lazy V Ranch might just be my favorite new venue! (Have I said that before?) It stole my heart with it's gorgeous pepper trees, tall cacti, white fences and the cutest little bridal suite. Not to mention the wooden dance floor beneath the largest tree adorned with hanging lanterns and twinkle lights. I love that Lisa and Gavin had a little blanket ladder set up so that their guests could cozy up near the fire pits in the evening. Definitely the kind of wedding you want to attend!!

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Bolen Family Beach Session

I have been so, so busy with photo sessions the last few months that I've been neglecting this corner of the internet! This week I'd love to share some amazing families with you. First up, meet the Bolen family! They all look like they stepped straight out of a GAP ad. Not only are they absolutely beautiful but their family dynamic was so sweet to witness. You can tell how much joy they get just from being together. Mom and dad had such a chemistry together and needed absolutely zero directing when it came to a few couples shots -- they just melted into each other.

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Dana + Justin | Cuvier Park and Darlington House Wedding

I captured engagement photos for Dana and Justin almost two years ago! They both live in San Francisco and as a lot of us know, wedding planning takes a lot of time. I was thrilled when they chose to get married in La Jolla at two places I've been dying to shoot at: Cuvier Park Wedding Bowl followed by a reception at the gorgeous Darlington House. Their stunning cliff-side ceremony took place on a perfect sunny day, and the bridesmaids in their floral and black maxi dresses were perfection! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Prueitt!

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Waylon | Newborn Lifestyle Session

You guys, this mama had a repeat c-section five days before our newborn shoot.  Five days.  I don't think I looked this put-together five months after I had my daughter.  She was so calm, and so smitten with the newest member of her family and I think it really shines through in her photos.  Minus one little mishap where he pooped and peed all over his mom's white shirt, Waylon was an angel for his newborn shoot. Oh, and the lighting in their house?  PERFECTION!  Can I open a studio in one of your bedrooms, please? Congratulations Kelly Family!

Diana + Eric | Bali Hai Wedding

As Diana and Eric's wedding day approached, Diana and I kept in touch as her wedding planning unfolded. I was so excited to shoot at the Bali Hai which I had always heard was stunning, and I was almost even more excited that we were going to do a first look at the harbor among all of the beautiful boats behind their hotel, the Bay Club Hotel on Shelter Island.

But when I showed up on the afternoon of her wedding to see the nautical theme that was so tastefully done, I couldn't stop snapping pictures. From the invitations they designed themselves (!) to Eric's fashion forward blue suit and his gold, knot cuff-links, to her stunning, stunning florals -- this wedding will have you drooling. I loved that she gave the mother-of-the-bride and groom bouquets instead of corsages - I'd never seen that, and it really added something special. The little flower girls also held bouquets instead of tossing petals.

We found out later that evening that Eric only asked for two things at his wedding: a giant margarita they could share at dinner, and a Captain's hat for the dance party at the end of the evening. He might not care for floral design, but this guy knows how to throw a party!

Venue: The Bali Hai Restaurant
Band: The Lucky Devils
Videographer: Nathan Miller Videography
Desert Table: VG Donuts
Hair/Make-up: XOA Angelina Dawson
Invitations: Self-Designed and Self-Printed
Coordinator: Michelle Quint
Floral Design: Dawn Steel Gaslamp Florals
Bride/Bridemaid/MOB pajamas: Plum Pretty Sugar
 

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Captain hat!

Captain hat!

Giant margarita!

Giant margarita!

Ivory + Wes | Julian Wedding

Lately we hear a lot about "DIY" (Do-it-yourself) brides who craft many of the details of their wedding days. However, Ivory + Wes took "DIY" to a whole different level. Not only did Ivory + Wes make all of their own centerpieces and ceremony arbor, and hang a million twinkly lights themselves, Ivory also made. her. own. wedding. dress. Yes, she made her own beautiful two piece dress. I couldn't get over it.

Their funky style was so much fun to capture. From the tulle-laced converse that the bridesmaids wore to the reception, to the Princess Bride inspired invitations (my favorite movie of all time) to the bouncy house they provided for the kids as entertainment. Their day was one-of-a-kind, and love from their family and friends filled the air.

They got married at a beautiful, blue house in Julian and they had friends play florist, baker, caterer, DJ and planner. We were one of the only vendors they hired and while that was so flattering, I took that responsibility seriously. It makes my heart swell when other people value photography as much as I do. My hope is always that no matter a bride's budget, our images will always capture the details in the most beautiful way and in the most beautiful light (literally, we seek out the best light, ha).

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My FAVORITE line from the Princess Bride!

My FAVORITE line from the Princess Bride!

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Jackson | Lifestyle Newborn Session

Oh boy.

The little nautical outfit that Jackson's mom had picked out was so sweet!  It coordinated perfectly with his nautical themed nursery.  I loved her idea of putting him in the life preserver that was signed by all the guests at her baby shower. 

And don't get me started on the gorgeous natural light that filled the room we were shooting in.  All the heart eyes.

Stephanie + Brad | Coronado Wedding

Stephanie and Brad got ready at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina before we all made our way over the the Coronado Community Center for their first look and wedding. All of the details of their wedding were so pretty! From her lace dress, to the sequin bridesmaid dresses, to the blush and cream flowers - it's one of my favorite color palettes. Also, those gold chiavari chairs? Love! Aside from being an obviously very good looking couple, Stephanie and Brad were SO natural with each other. I hardly had to pose them -- they just couldn't keep their hands off of each other!

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Pearson!

Venue: Coronado Community Center
Wedding Coordinator & Floral Designer:  Dawn Steel 
Cake: VG Donuts
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adriana Papell
Wedding Dress: Archival Bridal

Kelly + Cass | Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding

What can I say about Kelly & Cass's wedding? It's absolutely in my top 3 favorite weddings.  There's a trend right now to use very neutral flower colors -- pale pinks, creams etc. And while I absolutely LOVE that, it was so refreshing to see the colorful, vibrant flower choices that Kelly made. Her florist did such an incredible job of making her vision come to life. I had such a hard time only choosing a few to share. Oh, and did I mention that her brother was part of the design team at Caroline Herrera and helped design her wedding gown?? Swoon!


It was also so nice as the photographer because Kelly & Cass chose to do a "First Look" which meant that we got to take family photos before the ceremony. This left the entire cocktail hour for me to focus on just photos of the couple (my favorite part!) I always recommend doing a "First Look" when my couples ask for my input.

Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch
Flowers: Flowers By Erin
Donut Bar: VG's Donuts
Dress: Carolina Herrera
Hair & Makeup: SoCal Hair & Makeup
 

Ericca + Brandon | Olivenhain Meeting Hall Wedding

I think I squealed when Ericca and Brandon told me that their venue was Olivenhain Meeting Hall. It made my rustic-loving soul so happy. It was actually built in the 1800s and is nestled beneath the trees. As their wedding day approached, it became pretty clear that it was going to rain all day Saturday. The site was a little flooded the day before, but with a lot of work on their part and some last minute white tents, we were hopeful it would be manageable. Luckily, I don't think we saw more than a drop or two of rain the entire day! Every single detail of this wedding was absolutely beautiful. From the beautiful fern backdrop at the ceremony to the long barn-wood tables with olive branch garland and gorgeous gold candle holders. Their ceremony was quick, and the meeting hall was packed with their friends and family. Their reception felt like a backyard dinner party, lit with candles and great music. Here is a tiny glimpse, into their special day. Congrats again Mr. & Mrs. Hines!

 Florist/Planner: Bella Florina Event & Design

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