There is nothing sweeter than referrals that come from previous brides! Shana just so happened to be one of my former brides bridesmaids and I was so honored when she asked if we would capture her and Kyle's wedding day. Kyle and Shana wanted to do their session in Laguna Beach and they brought us somewhere I'd never been before, Table Rock. Such a beautiful location and not only were these two beyond easy to photograph but I'm extra excited for their wedding day!
Brian and Parisa, tied the knot here, at the Turnip Rose Promenade in Orange county. I'm not going to lie, when I pulled into the neighborhood I was little confused and curious as what the day was going to bring but tucked into a commercial office district you'll find the cutest little venue that you'd never expect to find! This little venue was so pretty and the perfect compliment to their day. Brian and Parisa are from CA but have since moved to Texas and now they're living up in Washington. We all know that planning a wedding is stressful, let alone planning it from out of state! Parisa and Brian pulled their details together so beautifully and it was so lovely to be a part of their beautiful wedding.
Prepare yourself for a whole lot of pretty!
I'm continually amazed at how many amazing opportunities photography continually has brought into my life. From beautiful places, to the most beautiful souls. Sunny from, Always Sunny Designs is an extremely talented florist who is currently living in Canada. I love this business, you never know where its going to take you and who you're going to meet.
When Sunny originally contacted me, we had planned to do her session in Arizona while she was visiting family. After a fun change in events we actually ended up being able to meet up in California and use the greenhouse she had seen in one of my photos, and let me tell you, it made for the most perfect backdrop.
I absolutely loved every second of "working" with Sunny. Her session was down to earth, in her element, creating. Not to mention, she's the cutest thing ever. Seriously, Sunny, did you just walk out of an Anthro magazine or what?
Thank you so much for entrusting me with these images! I loved getting to know you and I cannot wait for our paths to cross again in the future.
Go check her out!
If this session doesn't scream spring I don't know what does. This is my third time documenting this beautiful family's photos and every single time they bring all the beauty. Its safe to say they're one of my families to photograph.
These two have now hit the blog twice! Danielle has such a beautiful sense of style, I just cant help but post her again. Not to mention, these two are so sweet together, they made our job the easiest. Danielle and Jon had a catholic ceremony at St. Dennis and their reception at the Franciscan Gardens. They said their vows in the beautiful church and were surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was a truly gorgeous day and as always an absolute honor to be a part of!
Here's a little sneak peek -
- Wedding Coordination: @KlinkEvents
- Photography: @golden_arrow_photography
- Videography: @encorstudio
- Bakery: @mcakessweets
- DJ: @voxdjs
- Venue: @franciscangardens
- Florals: @bellsflorinaevents
Omgsh, give me all the gold/art deco vibes. I absolutely loved the details tied together for Brandi and Kwame's beautiful wedding at the Arizona Grand. I had been counting down the days until this couples wedding day from the moment I met them and even more so after their engagement session in Sedona (link). These two bring such a fun love and energy that you cant help but fall for them yourself.
Their day was perfect and the venue gorgeous but most of all I loved their mix of friends and family. Brandi tied in her details in such a beautiful unique way. She actually used her moms wedding flowers down the isle! Her bridal party had feathers instead of bouquets and her something borrowed was her grandmas garter.
Here's a quick peek at all the pretty, and if you're looking for some creative inspo for your own day.. Look no further!
Thanks again Brandi and Kwame! Cant wait to share your full gallery with you!
No matter your profession- we all have our dream places to go. For photographers, we have dream photography locations. The Mission in San Juan Capistrano has always been on my list. As a former student of architecture, to have the opportunity to spend a beautiful February day photographing a gorgeous couple and walking around this beautiful structure that is over 250 years old was absolute heaven for me.
I'd say 9/10 of my couples show up to their sessions, nervous, unsure what to expect and they're always sure to let me know that they have no idea how to pose, what to do, they feel awkward, blah, blah, blah lol. You guys, I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is normal and part of the reason why I am such a big believer in engagement sessions. Unless you're a model, you're not expected to know what to do, its your photographers job to give your direction and make you feel comfortable. With that said, let me tell you, 10/10 these couples must be lying to me because you all make it SO dang easy!
Jon and Danielle were no exception. Danielle is a transplant from Australia, and Jon is currently living in Texas. This was our first chance to actually meet in person, discuss their big day (which is ONE WEEK AWAY!) and most importantly get to know one another. Danielle picked The Mission and I was SO excited to finally have the opportunity to photograph a real couple there.
Attached are a few of my favorites from their session.
Enjoy and Happy Friday!
Prepare yourself to feast your eyes on one of the most gorgeous couples and beautiful weddings! Yvette and Holden tied the knot at the Retreat in Corona, Ca.
I had the pleasure of meeting Yvette and Holden for their engagement shoot in June (see more here!). These two are the cutest, and I absolutely adore the way Holden looks at his bride.
Often, I have brides that I secretly want to become friends with and Yvette was no exception! Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, she's sweet, fun and has the BEST sense of style. If you're looking for some inspiration for your own wedding, you've come to the right place!
Keep scrolling for some serious wedding day goals -
I'd like to refer to myself as a sentimentalist.
For years, I considered myself a traditionalist and truth be told, I still hold traditional very close to my heart. I can completely understand when my brides say, " I want him to see me for the first time when I'm coming down the aisle." Honestly, I get it and if that is something TRULY important to you, then stick with that, this is your day!
When I first started and when I imagine a wedding day of my own, I'd be right there with you. I often joke that if I don't see my future groom with tears streaming down his face as I walk down the aisle I'd turn around, lol. Sorry guys, its true.. I'm pretty sure I can speak for every bride when I say, we want you to cry. Happy tears, of course ;)
With that said, in the last two years I've had the opportunity to serve nearly 75 couples and a first look has become a FAVORITE of mine.
From a photography standpoint, a first look allows us to cut into some of the stress of keeping you and your groom from seeing each other, having the opportunity to get some of those formal photos done. This is especially important if you have a large bridal party and even more so important if you're having a late fall wedding as we will not have as much time with the sun.
Technicalities aside, its not uncommon for your wedding day to bring up some nerves. This doesn't mean you have cold feet, and your second guessing your choice. 9/10 its more that we're nervous to be in the spotlight in front of so many people, nervous that something could go wrong, nervous we could trip in those heals. The irony is, your partner, is probably the person that at some level you depend on to help calm you down, am I right?
From experience, the couples who have chosen to have a first look, even a first look/no look (what the heck is that, you ask? A first prayer, meeting in a sense without seeing each other) seem to be SO much more relaxed. They get to share this intimate moment of just the two of them before everything starts. It becomes even more special, as its one of the few times throughout the day that you'll have that opportunity.
When doing a first look, I like to ask my couples who they would like there. Often you choose just the two of you and of course, myself and my assistant. We do our best to make the moment as secluded as possible and we will capture your first look and then give you some time with one another to just be. This is often the last moment you'll have together before you're husband and wife and there is something SO special about that.
Here's a few from Rosie and Kyle's beautiful wedding at Lorimar Winery!