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.
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.
Jasmine and Jason have a love story that crosses oceans. She’s American, he’s English. They met in California and right away Jasmine told her friends that she had just met the man she was going to marry. But because Jason lived in England at the time they spent months flying back and forth to spend time together. Their January wedding in Malibu was a celebration not only of their wedding but also that they get to start out as husband and wife in the same country. It was a beautiful day on the beach and the views from The Sunset Restaurant of the sun coming down over the ocean was the perfect touch. These two are so sweet and I had the best time photographing their wedding and getting to spend a wonderful day with them.
Kris and Karin’s wedding took place at Happy Trails in Pasadena. Looking from the street you would see only an unassuming storefront, but pass through the wooden gates and you enter a verdant garden ceremony space with a majestic oak tree in the center. Kris and Karin have great style and a love of minimalism and architecture, the combination of which made for a unique and stylish wedding. The red brick, very definitive of Old Town Pasadena, blended nicely with the succulent center pieces to create a wedding that was both classic and modern, urban and natural. Kris and Karin have been a couple for seven years now and it was clear from our portrait session and the toasts from friends and family that these two complete and compliment one another.
Joy is a city writer and kickass fitness instructor. Jeremy is a professional chef. Both of them love Los Angeles, urban murals and the video game Street Fighter II.
I remember once Joy described herself as a “bridechilla” instead of a bridezilla, which turned out to be totally true. I loved getting to know these two throughout the wedding planning, from the first meeting to the venue visit to the wedding day. They are the only couple I’ve ever seen enjoy a ceremonial shot of whiskey as part of their vows.
Beyond having their wedding at the artistically converted warehouse Millwick in Downtown LA’s Arts District, it was great seeing Joy’s personal style work itself into all the details of the day, from gold-painted pineapples to her tropical bouquet of Hawaiian Protea flowers. The day was filled with good cheer and their relaxed sense of joy was contagious.