Terranea Wedding: Heather & Joel
This wedding was 8.5 years in the making, y'all! And holy moly, it was super emotional. We started off the day at the STUNNING Terranea Resort, where Joel also proposed to Heather! I absolutely love their proposal story! Joel surprised Heather with a spa day at Terranea and had her friends pretend they were taking her out for dinner afterwards. He suggested that they should get a drink before she headed out for dinner; and on their way to get a drink, he dropped down on one knee on a bluff over looking the ocean in Palos Verdes!
Triunfo Creek Vineyards Wedding Inspiration
First things first, y'all.... LOOK AT THAT BOUQUET. No really... Look! Never in my life did I think I expect to see an ARTICHOKE in a bouquet... but, then again, I haven't worked with the sheer floral brilliance that is Tabitha of Winston & Main. It's definitely one of my favorite bouquet designs to date, and it fit so perfectly in with this intimate winery wedding inspiration at the beautiful Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills!
When Velvet Alley Events and I started dreaming up this shoot, we were sure on a couple of things:
1.) We had to have it at Triunfo Creek Vineyards
2.) Wedding details that rocked Pantone's color of the year, ultra violet, were a must.
Triunfo Creek's property is massive, but we chose to use their gorgeous fireplace inside their winery as a focal point for many of our ideas. The slightly unfinished look of the brick fireplace adored with colorful florals created a scenery that was intimate, yet bold. View some of my favorite images below, and scroll to the bottom to see all the amazing vendors involved!
Millwick Wedding: Lani & Rick
Ahhhh the Millwick. Without a doubt, it's one of my favorite wedding venues in downtown Los Angeles. I mean, who doesn’t love a beautifully curated urban jungle in an industrial style warehouse in the middle of DTLA?! If your dream is to get married amongst a bunch of plants and you’re into cute, unexpected details (hello gorgeous gold wall!), this is definitely your wedding venue. PLUS it gets gorgeous light for photos, and it's close to a bunch of really cool murals in the Arts District for even more photo opts. Was I in photographic heaven? Yes. Did I scout the Arts District prior to this wedding in hopes of finding a rooftop with skyline views of the Los Angeles? Yes. Did I take these newly weds up on said rooftop for some sunset romantics, and thus simultaneously almost retire my career as a Los Angeles wedding photographer because, let’s be real, DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THAT? YES. YES I DID. Just a FYI, I opted not to retire from wedding photography because I still need to photograph at the Millwick’s sister venues Valentine, Grass Room, and the Smog Shoppe!
Alcazar Palm Springs Wedding: Cara & Dan
Want to know how to make a wedding photographer extremely happy? Plan a crazy fun wedding at a unique venue and hire a bunch of incredible vendors to help create the most amazing atmosphere. Cara & Dan did just that, and their wedding at the Alcazar Palm Springs was definitely one of my favorites of 2017! Their poolside wedding felt like a vacation. Seriously, I felt like I walked into a pool party while on a tropical getaway. They served coconuts to drink, had a delicious donut bar, and even jumped into the pool at the end of the night... wedding attire and all! I absolutely LOVED their floral design (I'm lowkey obsessed with monstera deliciosa.. it's all over my apartment!); and the pops of green, pink, and coral made their day feel like a breath of fresh air. Ready to get away?! Relive some of my favorite moments and details of their day below!
Los Angeles Athletic Club Wedding: Samantha & Jon
If you want to dance on a rooftop in the middle of downtown Los Angeles on your wedding day, the Los Angeles Athletic Club is the place for you. It's right in the middle of it all, and its rooftop views will definitely make you fall in love with LA (or in my case, all over again). Samantha & Jon selected this venue because, and I quote, "We thought it would be cool to get married on rooftop in downtown LA." Yup. I totally agreed! Double bonus: The AC in this venue was super clutch... It was so hot that day! Their wedding was fun AND elegant, with lots of dancing and stylish details. Enjoy!
The Club at Ruby Hill Wedding: Kandyce & Daniel
Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way: Kandyce's wedding style is out of this world. Seriously, just look at these dresses! And those sparkly Louboutin's?! Game over. This bride set the bar so high, and the Club at Ruby Hill was the absolute perfect choice for her elegant, yet fun wedding! I travel up to the San Francisco area to photograph weddings a couple times a year, and this wedding just made me super eager to get back there ASAP. Kandyce & Daniel have such a natural chemistry and fun energy that made just so happy to be a wedding photographer! Their elegant venue was so perfect for their style choices! Congrats Kandyce & Daniel! Thanks for having me!
Eden Gardens Wedding Inspiration
What you're about to see an overload of gorgeous wedding inspiration! Eden Gardens in Moorpark is one of my favorite garden themed wedding venues, and I really wanted to create a whimsical wedding experience with some serious tea party vibes. For this inspiration shoot, I collaborated with a ton of awesome Los Angeles based wedding vendors to create some seriously dreamy photographs. Blush tones and olive vines ruled this photo shoot. We went for gold accents, gorgeous lacy details, and hard torn paper goods. Thanks to all the vendors that helped to make this styled shoot a dream come true!
Colony 29 Wedding: Bryanna & Dane
This wedding is straight magic. Seriously. I'm already pretty obsessed with Palm Springs weddings, because, let's face it, Palm Springs is where you go to party and get away from LA... How can you NOT have an amazing wedding experience there?! But this wedding was something else completely. This wedding was vibrant, colorful, and... RAINY. When I talk about a wedding being magical, I'm definitely talking about well timed rain. Southern California definitely needs rain whenever it can get it, but on your wedding day?! And in Palm Springs??? That just doesn't happen. For better or worse, it rained on and off throughout Dane & Bryanna's wedding day, but these two just simply did not care. They were getting married, and that's all the really mattered. It was perfect. The colors at Colony 29 were even more vibrant. The rain held off for their outdoor ceremony, and their desert backdrop looked surprisingly lush. The rain brought a mood to the photographs and made their desert wedding so unique. Here's some of my favorite moments and details from this rainy wedding day!
Highlights from 2017
Oh. my. GOSH!! I don't even know where to begin when I sit down and think about all the AMAZING weddings I got to document over this past year! Seriously. It was crazy. I spent almost every weekend from the end of April to the beginning of November traveling all over California photographing the most gorgeous weddings in the most incredible places. It would be impossible to pinpoint a favorite photograph from this past year, but I really wanted to kick off 2018 with some of my most loved moments and details from all the weddings I got to experience this past year. I photographed so many perfect sunsets in the mountains and watched many a bride risk her wedding dress for an unforgettable photograph on the beach. My 2017 couples were fearless and crazy fun, and I feel pretty lucky to have met so many cool people. As January rolls in, I am reminded of my anniversary of moving to LA in January 2015 to chase this little photo dream... and I'm just completely blown away on how much my business has grown in a few short years. So to all the couples that trusted me to photograph their wedding in 2017, THANK YOU! It's been a dream, seriously. And to my 2018 couples.... Pop that Champagne. Your year is here. Let's do this!
Portofino Hotel Wedding: Stephanie & Vlad
If you were thinking about doing a First Look for your wedding, let Stephanie & Vlad convince you. Their First Look was definitely one my favorites from this year, and their intimate wedding at the Portofino Hotel was such a dream to photograph. They skipped the bridal party and a lot of wedding day traditions, and honestly you all... Going rogue is the way to do it. They did adhere to a Romanian tradition of "stealing the bride", which involved Stephanie being whisked away to a nearby bar, a pretty amazing ransom note, and Vlad confessing his undying love. I now firmly believe that should be a tradition at all weddings.
Congratulations Stephanie & Vlad! Thanks so much for having me as your wedding photographer!