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Kaitlin & James- Temecula Creek Inn Wedding

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Planning a wedding is a lot of work. There are just so many details to think about. When I first talked to Kaitlin & James they were inthe process of moving to Michigan! They would be planning their Temecula Creek Inn wedding from across the country. Woah! But they were smart. They enlisted the help of Cherie of LVL Events to make their day amazing. Cherie helped assemble a wonderful group of vendors that brought rustic yet classy touches to the day.

Venue: Temecula Creek Inn
Event Planning: LVL Events
Floral Design: Carla Kayes Floral Design
Rentals: Rustic Events
DJ: Sterling DJ
Officiant: Reverend Christopher Tuttle- Vows From the Heart
Cake: Cakes to Celebrate
Linens: Luxe Linens

Hair & Makeup: Riley Brianne

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Fox Family- Corona del Mar Family Portraits

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It’s always such a compliment when I have return clients. Even more so when that client is a talented photographer herself! I have had the privilege of photographing Amber Fox and her family since her twin boys were one year old. I can’t believe how big they’re getting! It makes me feel old! We had a fun time climbing on the rocks and getting soaked at the beach!

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Jill & Bryan- Palos Verdes Engagement Photos-Point Vicente Lighthouse

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Sometimes for an engagement session, it’s fun to return to the “scene of the crime”, if you will… the place he proposed.
When Bryan proposed, he brought Jill to a gorgeous spot in Palos Verdes. They were high on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, with Point Vicente Lighthouse in the background, when he popped the question. Of course she said yes! And I had a blast spending the afternoon with them and getting to see the exact spot where forever started for them.

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Cooper- 6 Months

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Half a year.
Really?
Seems impossible.
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This kid has filled our house with so much baby gear, and has filled our hearts with so much love.
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His smile charms his way into the hearts of everyone he meets. People comment about what a happy baby he is.

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He gets this talent from his mom.
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Cooper is rolling all over the place and still working on sitting up by himself.
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He is very curious and we love watching his eyes light up as he discovers something new. This week he met the neighbor dogs and couldn’t stop giggling!
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He loves his car walker, his exersaucer and jumping in his jumper.

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I think he might be getting bored of seeing me all day long. When he sees his friends in the nursery at church, or any little ones his size, he squeals and laughs, making evryone around giggle as well.

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We are eating solid food twice a day. So far he loves oatmeal, bananas, apples, carrots, squash, tolerates green beans and doesn’t seem to like peas. He makes a “nom nom nom” noise as he eats the ones he likes.
And he has definitely discovered his tongue. And found his voice. Mostly to scream just for fun!
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Cooper has always loved bath time, so we love bath time. Because of this we are starting swim lessons tomorrow!

I love the look in his eyes every time we pour water over his head.
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We love our little tiger. And it’s fun that we got one of the kids bath towels I designed. We love wrapping him up in it.
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Thind Family- Orange County Maternity/Family Photos

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I have had the privilege of photographing this faimly through many stages as they’ve grown. First, when Palak & Simmy were engaged, then as they got married, when they were expecting their first little guy, and now as they anticipate the arrival of the newest little member of their family; a precious baby girl. I just can’t get enough of this cute family, and am grateful to call them friends.

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And can you even stand how cute this little guy is?

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Such a gorgeous mama to be!
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Annie & Bryant- USC Engagement Photos- Los Angeles

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Annie and Bryant met at UC Irvine. Bryant’s path would lead him back to his hometown, in the Bay Area. Annie would eventually follow. But when Bryant decided to go back to school, their journey together led them back to Southern California, Annie’s home. Since they met in college, and since grad school at USC is what brought them back, it seemed fitting for USC’s campus to be the backdrop for their engagement photos.

it was such a treat to explore this beautiful campus.

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And when you stumble across a car this cool…. you take photos with it, of course!
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With Annie in this white dress, can’t you just tell that she is going to be a gorgeous bride? And their wedding is at one of my favorite venues, Maravilla Gardens!

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The Rose Family- Napa Family Portraits

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Last year was a bit crazy… not that this year isn’t, with… ya know… having a newborn and all. πŸ™‚ But there were some really fun shoot with some really great people that never got featured here on the blog-diggity.
One of them was when we were up in Napa. I got the opportunity to photograph a family at their family’s vineyard. Andrea and Steve got married here at his sister’s vineyard. I was there! I Iactually sang during their ceremony. Crazy! Now they have four adorable, and kind children. We had a blast roaming around the property.

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Paige & Don- Costa Mesa Engagement Photography- OC Mix Mart

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I love coming up with locations for engagement sessions. It usually involves a series of emails back and forth with the couple. I ask, “What do you like to do together? Where do you like to go?” Well for Paige & Don, the answer was The OC Mix Mart. If you’ve never been there, and you’re in the Orange County area, go. It’s a fun shopping center full of interesting shops and restaurants, but full of really cool design elements. Paige & Don love to go there to enjoy a glass of wine and each other.

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I have to mention… I have known Paige since college! We lived on the same hall in the dorms and then sang in choir together for several years. We’ve seen each other a couple of times since we graduated, and on facebook, of course. πŸ™‚ But what a joy it has been to reconnect with her and what an honor to get to photograph her wedding!!!!

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Paige mentioned that Don’s dad has an amazing ’56 Chevy, and did I think that might be fun to use for a few photos? Um…. yeah! I always, ALWAYS say yes to using a classic car for photos!
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Colleen & Jeremy- Long Beach Engagement Photos

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What a fun engagement session this was! Colleen & Jeremy just have so much fun with each other. A few years ago the two cuties moved from Pennsylvania to Long Beach for their dream jobs. And they fell in love with their city. The variety that Long Beach has to offer shows so well in the spots they chose.
Since Colleen admitted to me that she takes her coffee very seriously, we started their session at Rose Park Roasters, their neighborhood coffee joint. We were hard pressed to find a seat that afternoon. They were packed!
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After a wardrobe change, we headed over to the nature center. It felt like we had left California altogether.
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Finally, we headed over to the beach, where Jeremy spends most of his weekends playing volleyball.
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What a treat these two were! I can’t wait for their wedding at South Coast Botanic Garden this fall!

Sean & Kanan’s Sweetpea Ranch Wedding- Upland Wedding Photographer

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This wedding. This is why I do weddings.

These two. They are why I have the best job ever.

I get to work with some of the greatest people on such an important day in their lives, and when they are like Kanan and Sean, we are guranteed to have a blast!

I had never been toΒ Sweetpea Ranch, but when Sean told me about the venue and that there was a barn… I’m like… sign me up!
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I love when there are such special details like this.
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Daddy daughter momemts are the best.
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Sean & Kanan decided to write out and read their vows to each other in private.
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Best getting dressed moment ever.
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Seriously gorgeous.
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And one of the goofiest wedding parties ever.
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Can you even get over the cuteness here?
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The best man kinda sorta forgot the rings inside…
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These two decided to do a branding ceremony in lieu of a traditional unity candle.

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When the bride is a professional cake decorator, you know the cake is going to be amazing.

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Thank you, Sean & Kanan, for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. You guys are the best!

Venue: Sweetpea Ranch

Cake: Cinderella Cakes

Videography: Artifact Film Co.