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Bobby & Mara- Mission Viejo Engagement Session

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I have no words for this egagement session.

Alright, I lied…. I have lots of words. Fun. Silly. Stylish. Crazy. Gorgeous… I could go on and on.
I had so much fun with Bobby & Mara. They are sweet, incredibly gracious, and oh so obviously in love with each other. We had a blast and they kept me cracking up the whole time. I mean, they brought panda and dinosaur masks, for pete’s sake!

Mara told me that it was one of her dreams to go to the World Cup in Brazil. Unbeknownst to her, Bobby was going to make her dream trip, over the top amazing! He surprised her by booking a few days at a beautiful resort and then sending her on a little scavenger hunt, to get a massage, gifting her with a new outfit and meeting her with a red roseat a spot overlooking the water to ask her if she would spend the rest of her life with him. Sigh. So romantic! Check ou the cuteness of these two!

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Pink Wedding… In Purples-Yorba Linda First Baptist Wedding

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You may remember Aubrey & Stephen from their adorable engagement session in Old Town Orange. I had been looking forward to their wedding day for months and months. Through the process of wedding planning, I had gotten to know Aubrey and to see the depth of her character, thoughtfulness, and love for God. She told me in our first meeting that she had been following my blog since she was a bridesmaid in two of here friends weddings that I had photographed. As she had read posts I had written about the struggles of being single, she told me she prayed for me, that I would meet my special someone. It was this glimpse that showed me this girl’s heart is one of beauty and sensitivity. And I knew that Stephen was both a lucky man and a quality one to cature this girl’s heart.

Their wedding day had a simple elegance to it. 70 of their closest friends and family wer invited towitness their vows at Yorba Linda Baptist Church and to join them for a backyard reception with tacos and churros!

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Kim Sanders from Art with Nature Design rocked it (as usual) with the florals
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Such a sweet first look.
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Aubrey, you’re stunning!
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Their ceremony was perfect, full of sacred worship, family, and laughter. The pastor, Aubrey’s uncle, gave them gifts as part of the ceremony. A sign about grace, to remind them of the grace they need to show each other. Whistles as a reminder to always find something to celebrate. And a puzzle to remind them to play together.
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A few years ago Aubrey’s dad got each of his daughters a Starbucks card that he would automatically reload. But he told them that when they got married their card was revoked. There was a little bit of a “ceremony” to commemorate this moment. :)
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I had to get a photo with brides past (Haylee & Ashley) present, and future ;)

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Aubrey & Stephen, I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of your day. I am blessed to know you and can’t wait to see how God works in and through you as you serve His people and go wherever it is He sends you.
~Love, Jen

Little Andrew Brian-Orange County Newborn Photographer

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Every time I look at these photos I want to cry! I mean c’mon! This new little guy is so stinkin’ cute! There’s just nothing quite like a new little life. I had the opportunity to photograph this family when this little one was still in his mama’s belly and have been waiting anxiously to meet him!
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The cat was curious to meet him too!
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Tiny little feet. Tiny little everything.
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Just hangin’ out in a bucket. No big deal. This happens every day.
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Now a family of four.
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I may or may not have taught big brother to jump on the bed. (sorry Justina!)
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This makes me laugh so hard!
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A Magical Day-Calamigos Ranch Wedding, Malibu

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I have been waiting for this day for well over a year! The day Brittany, my Disney-lovin’ bride, married her prince charming, Michael.
Their day was perfect. Definite hints at her love of the Happiest Place on Earth, but done in such a classy way!

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Brittany made her own bouquet. Each of the charms she included represented someone special, either a bridesmaid or family member. And she even had one for me! A big ‘ol key! I was so touched! And would you get a look at those shoes!?!
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I love the corsage Brittany made for her grandmother, who always tells her “You are my sunshine” and my little bee.

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So very “Kiss the Girl” of us!
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These two were amazing! Every move from the running man to the q-tip!
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And such an emotional mother/son dance.
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Then… the glo-sicks came out!
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Check out their cake! A dear friend of the family made it!
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Kate & Kellen- Griffith Park Engagement Photography

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Meet Kate & Kellen. They’re gonna get married summer. They’re super fun. He’s super tall. That may or may not have been the first thing I said to Kellen when I met him. Filter, Jen. Filter.
Since they live in Dallas, Kate and I first met over Skype months ago. So when they came out to California for their engagement shoot, I had actually never met Kellen before. I’m sure my comment about how tall he was helped me make a great first impression! He started off quiet, but soon enough we were all joking about the strange group of people we saw in Griffith Park wearing furry tails and aniimal heads. Like theme park character animal heads. So so strange. If anyone has any idea who these people might have been and what their deal is, please enlighten us. We would really like to know.
We were all over the park, starting at the Old Zoo and ending up at the Observatory. These two were amazing! Not good in front of the camera… yeah right! They were striking poses like nobody’s business! I can’t wait til their wedding at one of my favorite venues, Maravilla Gardens!
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Spring Mini Session Recap

I think feasting on the cuteness of these kiddos is a perfect way to start the week!

This is the first time I’ve ever done mini sessions and man, was it a blast! So much cuteness crammed into one weekend!
Thanks to all the families that participated. They are some of the most adorable families ever!

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The Dress That Keeps Going… and Going…

Well I know I haven’t blogged a lot lately. Honestly, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting our new blog, All Things New, up and running and that’s been really fun. But a few weeks ago we celebrated our anniversary! Can you believe Tony and I have been married for a year! I sure can’t. It has flown by.

So for our anniversary we wanted a little getaway so we went up to Big Bear, where my parents have a little cabin. It was nice to get away to the mountains and just rest and connect. Knowing we would go out to dinner to celebrate, we had an idea.

Some of you remember the story of my wedding dress. Well part of that story involves the fact that my mom actually wore her dress out to dinner for their first three anniversaries, sans the veil and capey-train thing. The next year, she cut it off a little. And the next year…. mini skirts were in. I don’t know if that doll was a gift from my dad for their third anniversary or what… I hope not. :)

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So why not carry on that tradition and wear that same dress, in its current state, out to dinner? I made sure I brought a tri-pod so we could at least attempt to take some photos.
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We went out for Indian food and had a great time. And other than one congratulations from the next table over, who of course thought we had just gotten married (we chose not to correct them), pretty much all we got were questioning glances. Not even a free dessert! Come on people!
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Stefanie & Will- French Estate Wedding

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From the first time I heard from her, I knew Stefanie’s wedding was one I wanted to be a part of. As she told me about dressing up in Star Trek costumes and doing a photo shoot right after they got engaged, I knew that Stefanie and Will were people I needed to know! These two are fun, silly, and caring. They invest time in their friends and because of that it is obvious how much their friends and community love them. Their day was full of love and support for these two as they start their journey together.

This was my first time at the French Estate. I love all the little details.

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Stefanie wore her grandmother’s watch. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
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In honor of Will’s love for all things Star Wars, each of the groomsmen had a little lightsaber in their boutonierre. I told you these people were fun!

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And here’s the man of the hour lookin’ all handsome and stuff!
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The two of them decided to do a first look, almost always my favorite part of the day! I just love his expression as she snuck up behind him.
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And how perfect that the words “enjoy this moment” were right above their heads.
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They are just so sweet together!
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Stunner!
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Will’s gifts to his groomsmen were these daggers. Such a dude.
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And these bridesmaids were so so fun! Stefanie has a deep deep love for Sidecar Doughnuts so one of her gals made sure she had some on her wedding day.
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They took a moment in a little corner of the house to exchange gifts for each other.
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Gorgeous bouquet by Michele at Magnolia Design
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All of their guests were invited to come up and join in prayer over the couple.
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Woo hoo!!!
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I love these moments right after the ceremony. A dear friend’s embrace, a bride twirling in her dress, and saying hi to a friend tuning in via skype from Africa.
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All of their details were just beautiful. Another friend of theirs hand drew all of the table names. Each table was named after a song and when that song was played, the table was dismissed to visit the food truck.
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You can certainly tell a lot about a couple by the toasts their friends and family give. These were so perfect. Funny but incredibly heart felt and with a lot of depth. A great way to describe Will and Stefanie!
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Yep, they had a food truck. Awesome!
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I loved everything about the cake table: the hand made paper chain background, the rustic but elegant cake and  the groom’s cake that Will loved so much he refused to cut into it!
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So silly!
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A beautiful evening under the stars, complete with s’mores!
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They exited through a tunnel of glow sticks since, as Stefanie said, “it’s kinda like lightsabers!” Always thinking of her man!
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I know I say this a lot, but it truly was an honor to be a part of your wedding day. I feel like my life is better because I’ve gotten to meet you. I am encouraged by your love for one another and the deep love that your family and friends have for you. Stefanie, let’s get together with our men folk soon!

Love, Jen

Aubrey & Stephen- Orange Circle Engagement Session

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I double dog dare you to look at this post without a smile busting onto your face. You can’t help it! These two are possibly the cutest darn couple you ever did see. They are absolutely adorable.
I first met Aubrey when she was a bridesmaid in Ashley & Matt’s wedding. Then again when she was a bridesmaid in Haylee & Adam’s wedding. She is one of four amazingly sweet friends who have all been in each others weddings. And I have been extremely blessed to be there. It makes it really nice to arrive and already know half of the bridal party! How cool is that?!?
Anyway, I’m going to stop talking now and let you just feast on the cuteness that is these two.

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I can’t wait for your wedding you two!!!!
PS- a big thank you to Will from Vintage Bicycle Restoration for letting us take photos with his awesome truck! He just happened to pull up right as we walked by. I wasn’t gonna let that opportunity pass me by!

Spring Mini Sessions! May 3rd, 2014

I’ve often had people ask me if I do mini sessions. Since I like to have a good hour and a half to really get a variety of looks for a family, I chose not to do mini sessions….

Until now!

For one day only I will be offering 7 mini sessions. Yep… just 7! So if you’re interested reserve your time slot right away!

*update* there are just 2 spots left!

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Saturday May 3rd, 2014 in Orange County (exact location TBA)

$175 includes:

~20 minute portrait session

~3 retouched digital files

~a viewing gallery of approximately 30 images to choose from

* the fine print *

~mini sessions are available for families of up to 6 people

~ a $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking

~prints, canvases and additional digital files are available for purchase

~a CD of all edited images from your session is available for an additional $175

Here are the time slots:

3:00pm

3:30 pm

4:00 pm

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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