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.
Alena and Lou both attended Harvey Mudd College, but they didn’t meet there. It wasn’t until both graduated and ended up working at the same company that they met in the cafeteria, hit it off and fell in love. For their engagement session, we met up at their alma mater college campus. Most of the students had left for Thanksgiving break, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves and enjoyed a sunset stroll. I can’t wait for Alena and Lou’s Malibu wedding this summer!
It was a beautiful spring day at Bommer Canyon in Irvine, California when Rachel and Kevin tied the knot. Their celebration had many elements that I adore as a wedding photographer – their love of nature came through in many rustic aspects of their wedding, from the gorgeous wildflower bridal bouquet and the baby’s breath groomsmen’s boutonnieres to their adorable bear cake toppers. How cute are those bears?! Rachel told me that her ring is one-of-a-kind; handcrafted using sea glass that the couple collected on the beach together.
There was also a handkerchief stitched with the letter M, for their new joint last name Mattson. Kevin wore a bird pin on his lapel that was a gift from Rachel’s grandmother. It was exciting capturing their wonderful day as they were married surrounded by the golden hills, the California oak trees, and all of their friends and family.
One of the things I love most about wedding photography is that I’m always meeting nice new people, and Jenna and Connor are two of the nicest. At first, I met up with only Jenna because Connor was deployed in the Navy at the time. He has been stationed on a ship near Japan. There was a tiny window to schedule our engagement photography session because Connor’s ship was coming to California for only one week then heading back to Japan until December. I was so happy that we were able to meet up at the Placerita Nature Center in Santa Clarita to take engagement photos. It was unfortunately one of the hottest days of summer, topping out at 106 degrees Fahrenheit, but these two were such troopers. They didn’t let the heat get to them and were all smiles, happy to be together.
Having been in my own international long distance relationship before getting married, I can definitely relate to making the most of your time together. It sounds like they had a fun-filled visit with homemade cakes (Jenna is a professional baker), lots of In & Out burgers, and the Antelope Valley Fair. I can’t wait for their March rustic wedding at Rancho Camulos Museum!