Lido Marina Village Engagement Photos: Raihni & Zac
Say hello to my new favorite location to do engagement photos: the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach! Raihni & Zac wanted something a little different for their engagement session, and we thought total date night vibes at this modern area of Newport Beach would be so fun! I'm LIVING for the style of this little village. Sleek black & white exteriors adorn this marina, and there are so many good restaurants to stop at for a bite to eat.
Raihni and Zac's outfit choices for their engagement session were honestly my favorite! If you didn't catch it last week, make sure to check out the first part of their engagement session here!
Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photos: Raihni & Zac
Raihni & Zac are getting married next year at the gorgeous Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano, so they thought some engagement photos at the Mission nearby would be fitting! I honestly could not have agreed more, and when this pair showed up in those outfits with that beautiful bouquet by Modern Floral Concepts, I knew it was going to be a perfect day. I LOVED the way Raihni's blush pink dress complimented her bouquet and perfectly contrasted Zac's blue suit. They looked absolutely stunning, and I cannot wait to photograph them again in 2020!
For this engagement session, we took our time exploring the Mission before hoping over to Newport Beach for a few more photos at the Lido Marina Village. Stay tuned for a Part 2 coming next week!
Sands Hotel & Spa Wedding Editorial in Palm Springs
Do you want to know what my wedding dreams are made of? Actually scrap that. Do you want to know where I'd love to live forever? This place. This STUNNING pink palace. The Sands Hotel & Spa in the Palm Springs area is the absolute perfect wedding venue AND vacation getaway for anyone that loves thoughtful decor, chill desert vibes, and insanely delicious drinks. To be honest, that description doesn't even scratch the surface of this magical desert gem; so you really just have to go. Like now. Pack your bags and head there asap. I'll meet you in the Pink Cabana.
When Jason Lloyd and I started dreaming up this wedding editorial, we had no idea how perfect it would actually become. I feel a lot of that is due to our amazing couple Alexandra & Madison, who actually eloped over a year ago in ripped jeans and t-shirts. They took this opportunity to celebrate their love by booking a few extra nights at the resort and bringing their sweet pup Madex along for the adventure. Jason Lloyd created an absolute dream wedding for them, along with the gorgeous florals by Lily of Salt Road. Scroll down to see all the gorgeousness!
Maui Wedding: Susan & Dean
I started my 2019 season off by traveling to Maui to photograph Susan and Dean's intimate wedding at Gannon's Molokini Lookout in Kihei... And I must say, it was an awesome way to start my new year! The couple chose Maui for their destination wedding simply because they wanted to go somewhere warm and beautiful. Their celebration only had 12 guests, and the intimate setting of Gannon's Molokini Lookout was the perfect choice for their wedding. Susan & Dean got ready with their family at a gorgeous Airbnb nearby before heading up to the lookout for their ceremony. After their ceremony, we headed down to the beach for a quick sunset photo session..... because hey, when in Maui!
Congrats Susan and Dean!
Hummingbird Nest Ranch: Wedding Venue Tour
Hummingbird Nest Ranch is an absolutely stunning choice for a venue if you're looking for something pretty private, incredibly spacious, and perfectly scenic. Nestled in the Santa Susana mountains, the venue has flexible options for ceremony & reception spaces, which I absolutely love. It's a good space to get creative in, but also has all the necessary nuts and bolts (like pretty bridal suites) to keep wedding planning here pretty stress free. They even have houses available on the property to rent out for your event, which is AMAZING especially for couples who might have some out of town family members & friends they would like to have close by.
A couple weeks ago Jessica of Art & Soul Events and I did a walk through of the huge space to check it all out. We both agreed it lives up to its hype (and then some), and we can't wait to get back here again soon!
How to Plan a Wedding: Wedding Planning Advice for the Newly Engaged
Planning a wedding is sooo exciting, but it also can be super confusing. Luckily, I convinced one one of the coolest wedding planners in Los Angeles to fill me with her wedding wisdom and give me a bunch of helpful tips to help you navigate this crazy world of wedding planning!
Jessica of Art & Soul Events has been planning weddings since 2013, and she knows how to turn your wedding dreams into a freakin' awesome party that will have your guests raving for weeks. Creating unique wedding experiences for newly engaged couples is her love language, and her goal is for your guests to think “THIS IS SO THEM” when they step into your wedding. She was gracious enough to sit down with me for a blog interview, and by the end of our conversation, I realized just how much work planning a wedding is. I left her office with a ton of advice that I'd love to pass on to you all! So… Let’s just consider this your wedding planning crash course.
If you’re lost or have no idea where to start, read these six tips from my conversation from Art and Soul Events to get you one step closer to matrimonial bliss!
Highlights from 2018
2018 was all about the desert, skyline views of Los Angeles, dogs at weddings, and small elopements. I had so much fun photographing all over California, from Big Sur to Palm Springs..and a bunch of beautiful beaches and mountains in between. :) Here's a few of my favorite moments!
La Quinta Resort & Club Wedding in Palm Springs: Kayleen & Scott
Give me all the desert weddings please! I was so excited when Kayleen & Scott reached out to me to photograph their destination wedding at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Desert. The resort is their happy place, and where they often vacationed together. And, it just happens to be where Scott proposed to Kayleen!
Big Sur Elopement: Elizabeth & Brian
I've been dreaming of photographing a Big Sur elopement since I moved to California years ago, so I was SUPER stoked when Elizabeth & Brian reached out to me to photograph their intimate elopement amongst the Red Woods and along that unstoppable Pacific Coast. Their wedding, without a doubt, was one of the most humbling experiences of my photography career yet. I know that's a bold statement, but y'all... Big Sur is freakin' magical. Sharing your vows in a place this private and serene is incredibly personal, untraditional, and simply stunning. This was my first time visiting Big Sur, and I very quickly learned that what Big Sur lacks in modern day communication (aka no cell service), it makes up in seriously jaw dropping views and real human connections. This is where you go to get away from it ALL. This is where you go to spend uninterrupted days with your absolute favorite person in the whole world. And... that's exactly what Elizabeth & Brian did.
Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding: Sarah & George
A wedding at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs? Yes, please. This place has been very high up on my list of places I've been dying to photograph at, so I was pretty excited when Sarah & George reached out to me to photograph their wedding here! Their day was filled with tons of fun AND cute puppies. Seriously, this wedding is an overload of cute puppy pics; and I'm not mad about it. Scroll down to check it out!