Lupita & Omar Wedding : Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula, Ca
Meghan & Craig Styled : Sly Park Recreation Area, Pollock Pines, Ca
I absolutely love Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, Ca, and it was made all the better by the beautiful presence of getting to photograph Lupita and Omar at their wedding. These two high school sweethearts wanted the day to be about family, and that was exactly how the day turned out. Surrounded by their 300 family members and friends, the day was filled with music and celebration. It was amazing to see Omar and Lupita again after their engagement session at Limoneira Ranch earlier this year. Omar used to work at Limoneira Ranch, so we were able to explore the orchard in all of its sunset glory.
Limoneira Ranch is 7,300-acres of the county’s largest producer of avocados, lemons, and oranges. When someone has a wedding here, the guests get to take home oranges as a wedding favor, which is such a cool feature at the end of the evening. Not to mention Lupita and Omar having a popcorn cart, taco bar, and other delicious reception snacks. These two are absolutely such a blast to get to spend the day with, and I can’t wait to see the adventures they go on next.
Gaby & Josh : Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Ca Engagement
When I came upon Sly Park Falls after a hot, 5 mile hike, I knew that this place was straight out of a fairy tale. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains off of Jenkinson Lake, it is hard to believe this beauty is man-made. At roughly 33 feet high, you would think it would be a popular swimming hole, but the locals have kept it mostly a secret, and the place usually only has a few visitors. When I approached Wild Flowers Design Group to do a shoot here, we knew it had to be something special! In a stroke of brilliance, they realized the beautiful setting was straight out of Fern Gully, a private paradise hidden not in the rainforest, but the mountains. With this concept in mind, minus the fairy wings and 90's blue tank top, we ran with it.
The Wild Flowers Design Group not only featured wild ferns and local flowers in their design, but also moss covered branches they collected from a historic family cabin in Lake Tahoe. They aimed for beauty, as well as size to match the soon to be large waterfall behind the couple. The neutral palette chosen was meant to blend in with the moss covered location, and feel as if the florals were chosen from there. Meghan and Craig were the perfect couple to get to photograph here, willing to get in the water, and their love was absolutely radiant!
Alex & Asa Wedding : Grand Belle of Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wi
I can’t love a couple harder than when they want to do something amazing, including driving 8 hours round trip to the middle of nowhere to take their engagement photos at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, sometimes just known as the Glamis sand dunes. Known for being the largest sand dunes in the state, they were formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla. Extending for more than 45 miles, with dunes reaching heights of 300 feet above the desert floor. I have to say the whole experience was out of this world, especially based on the many movies that have graced the area. Including but definitely not limited to the original Stargate, Resident Evil : Extinction, and Star Wars : Return of the Jedi! It was so much fun getting to spend the day with Gaby and Josh, and the pictures tell a story of so much love between these two high school sweethearts. Check out their proposal below, and learn why these two are pretty much the best.
Emily & Matt : Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Agua Dulce, Ca Engagement
I love Alex and Asa’s boat wedding so much. It was everything that represents these two, and that is unique! They decided to get married at sunset on the Grand Belle of Geneva, on Lake Geneva. While rushing to fight some potential rain on the horizon, we did some fun portraits on the pier than jumped aboard. After getting situated, the Grand Belle took off onto the lake, and then we started their ceremony. Alex and Asa wanted to have a string quartet play during the whole affair, and their goal was to also insert parts of themselves throughout the ceremony. They both said their own vows, basically filled with jokes that had the entire room giggling. I am such a sucker for boats, and the lake; and it was such an adventure to capture this beautiful day for these two! In their words, they wanted “a nautical theme with a classy ambiance (string quartet), but not too serious or stuffy. We'll probably inject some humor into the ceremony,” and I’d say that was the exact definition of the evening.
Krystle & Paul Wedding : Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora, IL
I am absolutely in love with Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, Ca. Not only did they film an episode of Star Trek here, but it was also used as the planet Vulcan in the Star Trek movie reboot. I don’t think it gets cooler than that. It was so much fun getting to photograph Emily and Matt here for their engagement shoot; we had debated a couple of different locations around Los Angeles, but Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park was nothing short of perfection. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding at Quail Ranch, but for now, check out how cute their proposal involving their cat is!
Melissa & Martin : World Peace Rose Garden, Sacramento, Ca Engagement
It was such a blast to be able to fly out to Chicago and photograph Krystle and Paul for their wedding at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. I can’t express enough how these two were my kind of people! From Krystle’s love of tattoos; their adorable dog that sadly was not able to join us for the wedding, or the fact they got married at a brewery- the whole day was exactly what they dreamed of “upbeat retro vintage chillaxed fun!” The whole day was full of laughs, juxtaposed by that hotter than hot Illinois weather, but truly filled with joy. This is the definition of their relationship to the core. From the beautiful and bright red flowers by Heart and Flowers, to their beer drinking ceremony during the actual wedding ceremony, the day came together beautifully.
Elizabeth & Tim Wedding : Manuela at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, Ca
Melissa and Martin are the definition of one of the cutest love stories ever. Boy works close to girl, girl and boy don’t really know each, boy knows some of girls’s friends, boy tries to go on date with girl, girl rejects him- twice. Obviously it all worked out in the end, and these two are getting married at the Vizcaya in Sacramento, Ca. It was so much fun getting to meet up with them at the World Peace Rose Garden across the street from the California State Capitol. I have personally known Melissa since elementary school, and have pictures of us in third grade with beautifully constructed animal head bands out of construction paper. We were blessed with one of the most beautiful sunsets, peering through the roses, which almost matched all the beauty that was their winter wedding at Vizcaya. Go check it out, and you couldn’t tell me that these two aren’t just perfect.
Angie & Nick Wedding : SkyPark at Santa's Village, Lake Arrowhead, Ca
I absolutely love small weddings, and Elizabeth and Tim had exactly that. Not only was it a family style dinner hosted by Manuela, serving the best locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients in Los Angeles, Ca, but they also had a very short and emotional ceremony in the Hauser & Wirth courtyard. Hauser & Wirth is a stunning art gallery installation and communal space in the heart of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District. Complete with chickens, an underwear installation, and beautifully decorated walls; Hauser & Wirth rotate between local contributions. This made for the perfect setting for Elizabeth and Tim to have their impromptu ceremony- right before the biannual Los Angeles storm rolled in. Overall, surrounded by their closest friends and family these two had a sweet and romantic evening, paired with some good luck rain.
Angie and Nick’s wedding at SkyPark at Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead, Ca was everything they envisioned and so much more. When I talked to Angie about her vision for the big day, she said she wanted it to feel like a “romantic dark forest theme, with a little bit of vintage style as well”. Well I think they absolutely nailed it! SkyPark at Santa's Village is the most beautiful forest venue, paired with an amusement park? Which sounds crazy, but surprisingly works incredibly well. The backdrop for not only the ceremony, but the entire reception is surrounded by a portion of 230 acres of natural forest. The bride and groom even get to adventure into the middle of that forest for their first look, as well as portraits.