What a perfect day for a backyard wedding! Actually the wedding of Kelley and Jared was held on the beach in Corona Del Mar, California but the beautiful reception was back in Costa Mesa at their home. We stared the day in Costa Mesa for getting ready shots and right after that our wonderful spontaneous bride decided that it awesome to go for a jump in a bounce house that was setting up across the street for a birthday party. Of course she was right! The photos from the bounce house were indeed awesome! We soon may our way down to the beach for the ceremony. Our biggest challenge that day was the bright beach sun but we found a way to minimize the brightness to get some great shots. Then it was off to their home for the reception. Kelley and Jared’s friend Kim and Sarah from the Love Riot handled all the coordinating, table decor, place cards, and lots of wonderful personal touches. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife! Thanks for having us be there.
Lani and Aaron met doing one of there favorite things, hiking. Which also makes sense that when he decided to propose they were up a few hundred feet above sea level on one of Southern California’s most beautiful mountains. Lani and Aaron decided to have their wedding at one of the most hidden gems in Orange County. The Wedgewood Weddings Aliso Viejo has a cool Mediterranean style with great views of the nearby mountains. we started the day with an awesome first look and later moved into a beautiful ceremony with lots of touching words. The reception followed with an all out dance party and a twist to the bouquet toss with a fifty dollar bill wrapped to the bouquet. Needless to say there was big competition for that bouquet. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife!
What an absolutely perfect wedding day it was at the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California. We started the day out at the golf club for getting ready shots and some pre-ceremony images. I took few pictures of the girls helping Alex with the final touches and getting into her beautiful dress. Alex and Devon elected to see each other for the first time the old fashion way, when she’s walking down the aisle. This was a great decision because he was absolutely blown away by her grand entrance! We managed to get the formals out of the way relatively quickly and then all the family and friends proceeded to enjoy the cocktail hour. Jesse and I spent about 30 minutes shooting portraits of just the two of them on the spectacular grounds of the golf course. Reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and then gradually transformed into a full blown party. I had wonderful time shooting Alex and Devon’s wedding and hope my pictures show that. Congratulations again to both of you guys!
One thing is for sure, Jessica and Jason have some of the best family and friends anybody could ask for! I already knew that Jessica’s family was going to be fantastic because I’ve known them for several years. For two people with such awesome families and friends there was no question they had to have their wedding at a one of the most magical venues in Los Angeles. The historic Houdini Estate is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design. Located in the Hollywood Hills just minutes from the famous Sunset Blvd. Now there’s debate to whether Houdini actually called this his residence but there’s no debate that this is one of the most magical places in Los Angeles. This is an an impressively large estate with sprawling grounds covered in greenery. The coolest part about the Houdini Estate is that there are so many hidden areas that you can get lost wandering around, not to mention a couple main areas where Jessica and Jason had their ceremony and reception. Handling the logistics of an event like this can be overwhelming but Christina Garrison of Events by CMG handled it beautifully. We had no shortage of incredible backgrounds for our portraits and probably one of the most cutest couples to photograph. Later on the party kicked off with incredible Brazilian salsa dancers that got the guest up off their feet for what was an extraordinary night. Thanks to Jessica and Jason for letting us be a part of your special day!
Doing a backyard wedding opens up endless possibilities. Not only will you forego the hefty cost of booking a venue during peak wedding season, but you’ll be able to welcome your guests into an intimate space that is uniquely you. Akemi and Darren added tons of unique touches to create a one-of-a-kind venue. This was a bit quieter day, more laid back and took place back at Akemi’s parent’s home in San Dimas. After a very unique ceremony that had loads of personal touches, the guest then made their way to a beautiful catered backyard barbecue dinner. Akemi and Darren and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the large trees while dancing into the night. Coordination was handled beautifully by Rebecca Calagna Events and the flowers were spectacular and prepared by Jenny B Floral design.
Marlene and Devin were married this fall in Southern California. They got ready at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, and then had their ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra. Then the reception was held later on at the Hotel Maya. We had beautiful sunshine all day then later on a cool clear night. I have been excited to post this wedding because of the color and richness of the setting, as well as to show off a great looking couple. The coordination was handled flawlessly by Melissa Rizk and her crew at Boutique Event Planning. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife! Thanks for having us be there.
This is coverage from of Darriana and Blake’s amazing wedding. This was a bit quieter day, more laid back and took place back at Blake’s parents’ home in Rancho Cucamonga. Guest arrived at the house were soon greeted by a elegantly appointed home that has been miraculously converted into a beautiful wedding venue.The ceremony was touching and very personal. Darriana’s brother-in -law, performed the ceremony. After the ceremony guest moved on to the pool area were a mermaid played cocktail hour host to all onlookers. During dinner friends and family were treated to a fabulous course of braised beef short ribs, Moroccan baked chicken, creamy shallot potatoes and the chef’s legendary Brussels sprouts. Darriana and Blake and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated beneath the beautiful foothills dancing into the night. Coordination was handled beautifully by Melissa at Boutique Event Planning, and the flowers were spectacular and prepared by Flower Duet.
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about a wedding. So without further ado, I am so happy to share some images from Mariel and Zach’s wedding from a few weeks ago. They were married at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach, California. Tivoli Too is a stunning location surrounded by picturesque hills. The ceremony was beautiful and it incorporated some cool touches, like having the bride’s brother serenade them with his rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. Prior to the ceremony, the bride and groom wanted to do a “first look”. We moved on to Heisler Park for the first look and some formals with the couple and bridal party. I have to say that I had so much fun doing the formals! Mariel, Zach and their friends were just crazy and silly. They were just a joy to hang out with the entire day!
I can’t even begin to describe the incredible people that I was surrounded by at Frances and John’s wedding. One thing is for sure, Frances and John have some of the best family and friends anybody could ask for! Their wedding was a very small and intimate affair but like the old saying goes good things come in small packages. Frances and John were married at the historic and beautiful Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California one of the coolest locations in California. I believe that any wedding photographer would have loved this location. I love the artsy feel of the romantic images as well as those by the unique outdoor exhibits. It was a great day overall and I wish them the best!
Julissa and Christopher were married next to the ocean at the ideally located and beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. One of the most amazing locations in Southern California. This wedding was definitely a labour of love for me because Julissa and I have been friends for a number of years. Surrounded by their family and friends (many in from the East Coast and Texas) the ceremony was touching and very personal. Julissa, Christopher and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the big top of a custom event tent and dancing into the night.