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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Turner Family 2018 : Roberts Christmas Tree Farm, Pollock Pines, Ca

I am a major fan of all holiday related events, including but not limited to pies, cheese, the joy of giving, and of course Christmas tree farms. I was so excited to get the chance to photograph at the Roberts Christmas Tree Farm, in Pollock Pines, not once but three times near the holidays. This beautiful piece of property stretches backwards into the forest, allowing visitors to cut their own trees after exploring and finding the right one. When open for the holidays, you can also shop at their gift stores, and get hot chocolate. The Turner family was so much fun to get to photograph in all this beautiful Christmas tree glory. Their baby girl Salem is due soon, and getting to play with River proved that he is going to be the sweetest older brother ever! I can’t wait to go back next year, and photograph the area in all it’s beauty again.

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Stefani & Kyle : Palos Verdes Estates, Ca Couple Session

What I love about photography, is that you don’t need a special occasion to have some beautiful photos taken of you and a loved one! I feel like so many people wait until they’re engaged, pregnant, or celebrating a milestone; and big gaps of time are lost in their lives that aren’t always documented. I was so stoked to get to photograph fellow photographer Stefani and Kyle; just because. It wasn’t a special day, or a special reason, but just because they hadn’t had any professional photos taken together in a really long time. Stefani introduced me to this absolutely beautiful location in Palos Verdes Estates, a city in Los Angeles county. Situated next to the beach, the area offers some stunning views of the ocean, and in this case, a beautiful floral display in the middle of the road. Would you believe that the first few pictures were taken on a road divider?

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Terra & Jeff Wedding : Cass Winery, Pasa Robles, Ca

It was such a blast getting to photograph Jeff and Terra’s wedding at Cass Winery in Pasa Robles, Ca. This awesome venue has a separate off-site getting ready house for the girls, allowing them to get ready nearby but also free from hassle of any early arriving guests. It also allows for the most gorgeous first look location, up a flight of stairs and under a tree for a private moment for bride and groom. Cass Winery also not only hosts 145 acres of vines, but you can get married under a 200 year old heritage oak tree- which Jeff and Terra did.

These two added in so many special elements to their day, wanting to represent themselves in all of the planning. Besides all of the rustic elements to compliment the venue, they also decided to include a doughnut bar instead of a cake! I have had so many couples tell me that they don’t even like cake, but were doing it because they felt they had to; so when I see one of my amazing couples go an alternative route, I am so so happy for them! The evening was complete with some off the wall dancing, teary eyed speeches, and a evening tunnel leading to their getaway car. Cass Winery actually provides a 1947 Chrysler limo throughout the day to use for pictures, entrance to the ceremony, and a quick get away!

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