Jennie & James Wedding : Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, Agoura Hills, Ca

I’m not going to lie, I spent way too much time loving every single moment of this entire wedding day at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, in Agoura Hill, Ca! From my very first meeting with the couple, I was beyond stoked to hear that their wedding was not only on May the 4th, (ahem, may the force be with you, ahem), but it was going to include some incredibly classy Star Wars elements. I honestly do not think I’ve seen so many light-sabers in one location, and I also don’t think I’ll ever see a dance floor conga line while simultaneously battling each other.

Jennie and James are truly my kind of people- Disney people. Not only do they often hold season passes, which is a true feat with the fact the price keeps going up, but James actually proposed during a Fourth of July weekend at Disneyland in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. While the ring setting off the metal detector may have keyed Jennie in to the surprise, it was really the fact that he was willing to wait in line to have their picture taken! “I started crying and could barely speak; I'm pretty sure the only words I could get out were "I KNEW IT!”

From smiles to happy tears, Jennie and James had a picture perfect and beautiful day, and one could say that their happily ever after is just beginning.

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Elizabeth & Aaron Wedding : Sanford Winery, Lompoc, Ca

Elizabeth and Aaron toured a ton of local wineries for their wedding this spring, but they knew that Sanford Winery in Lompoc, California was it when they just kept going back.

The wedding day of Elizabeth and Aaron was a whirlwind of friends from around the world, complete with jokes, perfect weather and of course delicious wine. It was exactly how the two wanted it to be and even unknowingly described it “Definitely a natural, seamless, and joyous mood filled with happiness and love.”

I wish I had the officiant’s speech to pull from, because not only did it have everyone in giggles, but it also had everyone in tears. But what warmed my hoarder heart, was the fact that he still had the cork from a bottle of wine the couple drank years before, and unknowingly to Aaron and Elizabeth, pulled it out during his speech. Sometimes things truly do come full circle, including that cork being brought to their vineyard wedding years later.

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Trisha & Matthias Wedding : La Casa del Camino, Laguna Beach, Ca

La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach, California is the perfect setting for two beach lovers like these, and it definitely did not disappoint with it’s sprawling ocean views. But what no one could have predicted was a sweet couple walking our way on the beach.

”Okay guys, now let's look as cute as these two do!", I shouted, above the crashing waves. The couple stopped, and looked at Trisha and Matthias on their wedding day, and said, "Do you know why we look this cute? Because it is our 45th year anniversary. It must be a lucky day."

Sometimes you just get that perfect moment, of two people walking hand in hand 45 years later, and two people walking hand in hand; on the first day of the start of the rest of their lives.

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Jayna & Daniel Wedding : Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita, Ca

Jayna and Daniel planned their destination wedding in California from Washington, DC, flying out to Los Angeles on the regular to meet with vendors and make sure all of the details were perfect. After viewing Santa Margarita Ranch, they knew they had found the right place. “The greenery and florals in the garden coupled with the stone walls in the barn created such a romantic and unique ambiance - we knew we found a gem.” What they definitely didn’t know was how beautifully green their venue would be, after what some are calling the wettest winter in Southern California in decades. This fact didn’t fail to disappoint, when it started to sprinkle on their wedding day.

”When we saw each other for the first time it was truly "love at first sight". He introduced himself and handed me a bottle of wine he brought as a dinner party gift. We ended up opening the bottle of wine and sitting by the fireplace talking all night - and the rest is history.” - Jayna

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Stahl Family 2018 : Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton, Ca

So when the Stahl’s told me that they wanted to shoot near Menlo Park Fire Station to use a fire truck, I didn’t know that me meant he planned on borrowing one and driving it to Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, Ca. Michael is a firefighter, and if every shoot I ever photograph in the future has a fire truck, a dog, and two cute kids; I would be in heaven. Not to mention that it was such a pleasure getting to finally meet baby Kylan, who I photographed a year earlier when Marlee was pregnant with him!

The fire truck on the other hand, I have never had the pleasure of meeting. Old Tom was built in 1935, serving the town of Sausalito for over twenty years. In 1999, the Firefighters Association decided to give Old Tom a renovation, making him a gorgeous staple to the Menlo Park area.

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Happy 28th Birthday Jennifer Lourie!

Today is my birthday, and not just any birthday, that weird phenomenon of birthdays where I am 28 on February 28! So I thought it was only fitting to do a quick blog post about some of my favorite things. I know there’s a nice little professional synopsis on the actual about page, so I wanted to shamelessly slam this page with pictures of my favorite places, and some random facts. I try to share a little bit more real life on my Instagram page, so if you follow along on there you probably already know some of this! 

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Sweeney Family 2018 : Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, Folsom, Ca

It was so awesome getting to see Luke in all his glory at the ripe old age of one! We returned to the Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, the same place we did Megan’s amazing sunset maternity photos, and had the chance to watch Luke not only smile once, but also try to eat some rocks. He is growing into such the cutest little boy, and I cannot wait to watch Luke continue to get older during our future family sessions.

”As soon as I had my sweet little boy, I was completely captivated and enamored with him. I've never known a truer love. Motherhood is exhausting and complicated but so worth it. I've learned so much because of Luke and I'm so grateful God chose me to be his mama. They say a mother is born too and let me tell you how true that was for me. April 19th, Luke was born but so was I.” - Megan

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Aurora & Jeff Family : Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura, Ca

I love my job, because I love when my amazing wedding couples pop out adorable little munchkins! Aurora and Jeff had an absolutely amazing wedding at Gerry Ranch in 2015, and a stunning maternity session at the very same location we brought their baby girl several months later. The Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura, Ca is littered with boats, and a very serendipitous Juniper tree that we were able to utilize for their baby that they named, you guessed it, Juniper. This little three month old bundle of joy was such a treat to photograph, and proved to be the little watcher of all the birds flying around. I cannot wait to see the cute little bundle of joy she grows up into!

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Andres & Rafael Wedding : Casa de la Guerra, Santa Barbara, Ca

Not only do I absolutely love the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara, Ca for all of my weddings, but I love it even more when my couple designs their entire reception from scratch at a nearby historic home built in 1828. Andres and Rafael started their wedding day at the courthouse, getting married in the historic mural room. It has in the past been called “the unquestionable masterpiece of the courthouse interior,” and that could not be more accurate with the artwork. Designed for use in 1929, the room now serves as a ceremony venue for locals and tourists alike to get married. We wandered the courthouse doing some photos, and I can never get over how stunning the architecture is.

Afterwards, we all took a party bus to Casa de la Guerra in Santa Barbara, Ca to celebrate their wedding reception. The property is currently owned by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, and is rented out for events. It is not only a Santa Barbara City Landmark, but also a California Historic Monument. The location made for a perfect historic venue for Andres and Rafael’s beautiful Hispanic themed wedding. Pulling from their family roots, the two of them drove down to Mexico several weekends and not only hand painted the maracas on their tables, but collected the decorations they adorned the entire venue with. I absolutely love DIY (do it yourself) weddings, and seeing all the work they did to create a stunning display that was just breathtaking. These two spent the entire day laughing and loving together, and their wedding could not have been any more them if they wanted!

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