On a beautiful summer San Diego day, Lisa and John were married at St. Gregory the Great church, followed up by a reception at the historic Lafayette Hotel. It was my first time photographing a wedding in San Diego and I loved everything about the day, which was made even better by Lisa and John being such a wonderful couple. They were laid back, wanting to savor the party with friends and family. At the end of the reception everyone enjoyed the best cupcake selection, with flavors like apple pie, blueberry lemon, and mint chocolate chip to choose between.
Cristina & Nick got married at Mary Star of the Sea Parish in San Pedro, California, and then partied the night away at Crafted, a massive homemade artisan marketplace at the Port of Los Angeles. Their big day was filled with family, a whole contingent of whom had flown all the way from Italy to celebrate the union. They incorporated amazing DIY details to showcase their shared love of Star Wars, from the cake topper to the invitations, dueling cornhole boards of the Rebel Alliance vs. the Galactic Empire, and guest seating listed on Han Solo and Princess Leia cutouts. May the Force Be With Them as they start out on the new adventure of married life (I know, I know, but I had to do it).
By far the best part of being a wedding photographer is to get to meet such lovely couples and witness love every day. That’s how I felt about working with Jaclyn & Anthony for their engagement session and finally their wedding. I’m so lucky and grateful that they asked me to be a part of their special day. The day was adorned with beautiful details — red roses, blush pink dahlias, glamorous sparkly shoes and the most gorgeous lace bridal veil that trailed behind Jaclyn as she walked down the aisle. There were many generations of family there to celebrate Jaclyn and Anthony’s union and everyone danced the night away.
I met Alena and Lou at their engagement session at their alma mater, Harvey Mudd, and have been looking forward to their wedding ever since. They’re such a friendly, relaxed couple and I knew their wedding would be reflective of their laid back attitudes, unique personal touches and, of course, their love for each other. The big day finally arrived and everyone gathered at the gorgeous Malibu beach for the celebration. I was utterly charmed by the table decorations, with each table themed after one of their favorite books like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. And those cake toppers! Alena and Lou as Hogwarts students, perfect in every detail from their house scarves to the tiny broomstick and wand.
Kristin and John’s wedding at the Golden Road Brewery in Burbank, California was a real treat for the senses – bursting with color and fun. Everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the flowers were as bright as the blue skies and summer sun. Kristin and John share an awesome fashion sense and a love of dancing. They were so excited to be getting married and their energy was infectious as I captured their wedding day. Shortly after the wedding, they embarked on another big adventure by moving across the country where John is pursuing a graduate degree. Best of luck to these two!
Jaclyn and Anthony are so cute together. They met when Jaclyn was a customer at the bank where Anthony worked and six years of dating later, they’re engaged and getting married this September! We met up for an engagement session on and around the Shakespeare Bridge in Pasadena. They had walked along the bridge on their very first date so returning to it now as an engaged couple felt really special. With the old oak trees and stone walkways, the arches of the bridge, and blooming jacarandas, this engagement session captured the best of Pasadena and gave me the chance to spend a fun afternoon getting to know these two wonderful people before their big day!
It was lovely to watch Alyssa and Scott celebrate their wedding day at the Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Springs. It was a beautiful summer day in the high desert. From the bride’s silver Converse sneakers to the groom’s cufflinks with lyrics to the Goo Goo Doll’s song Boxes, all of Alyssa and Scott’s personalized touches came together to reflect who they are as a couple and now as a new family.
I love the chance to experience ceremonies from all sorts of cultures and religions when I photograph weddings. Tera is a Unitarian Universalist minister and Jonathan is a rabbi who met and fell in love while supporting social justice causes in their local community in Pasadena and Los Angeles. To be the wedding photographer at this interfaith marriage felt like coming full circle because Tera was the officiant at my wedding in 2014. Their wedding, which took place in the sanctuary and the permaculture garden at Throop Church, was full of personal touches, friends and family, and lots of clergy from both traditions.
Christine and Ara met through their robotics program in high school and have been together ever since. Christine is a civil engineer and Ara works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so it makes perfect sense that these two had a Carl Sagan quote during their ceremony at Castaway in Burbank. It was a gorgeous day and I had so much fun hanging out with these two and capturing the moments of their wedding. Spending time with them, it amazed me that they’ve been in love for nearly half their lives and it was a great honor to be there on the day they made it official.
A year to the day after Alyssa and Scott had their first date at Abalone Cove, a stretch of rocky beach near Rancho Palos Verdes, we met up there to photograph their engagement session their with their daughter, Riley. I think it’s impossible to tire of the gorgeous California coast with its winding shores, palm trees and dramatic cliffs. Photographing a couple in love at the coast can’t be beat. Alyssa and Scott are planning their wedding for May in Palm Springs.