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Welcome to my Blog!

I'm a simple person who loves photographing people and spending time with my husband and two little girls, Ellie (4) and Emmeline (1). My girls are my world and every day I wonder how I became so blessed to be their Mama.

When I'm not behind the camera I love to knit and sew cute things for my girls and bake cookies. My husband likes to say I'm a granny at heart, but I like to say I'm a woman of many talents. ;)

I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling and immersing myself in books. One day I will conquer Cornice and get down without snowplowing my way. I dream of traveling to Greece, Italy and Paris one day, but I have yet to convince the husband that traveling abroad with two little ones would be aweome. I'd also love to go camping and show my girls the joys of a perfectly toasted marshmallow and walking barefoot through an icy cold creek bed. And although I said it would never happen, I now read most of my books on my iPhone or iPad instead of a book. Have kids and you'll soon realize the gift of a built in light and always having your book with you.

I'm based in Orange County, California and ocassionally travel for shoots.

A Vineyard Destination Wedding: Alycia & Albert at the Palm Event Center

Tell me you can work magic with this rain, she said as I walked into her hotel room. I smiled and reassured her as I looked out the window at the heavy down pour outside. The first rain of the season and it was on Alycia and Albert’s wedding day. I said a little prayer and started with the beautiful details of Alycia’s getting ready day. Not fifteen minutes into it, the power went out at the hotel and we all stood there like, really? REALLY?! I shoot mainly with available light so it made little difference to me, but what a way to start off your wedding day, right? As if the rain wasn’t bad enough! It was such a different day from the last time I shot there where the temps rose over 100 degrees and we had nothing but sun.

I know I’ve said this many times, but I’m a firm believer in things working out how they’re supposed to. I’ve shot weddings where the rain let up right before the ceremony or right before the groom was to enter on his horse. Things just work out and I knew we’d make it work regardless. It ended up being the perfect day to get married. One with memorable moments to share with future generations. A day to laugh over and realize that a little rain never gets in the way of love.

A big huge thanks to Connie M Chung for flying up with me and shooting with me at the Palm Event Center. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had and the stories we came back with! There’s pictures to share from that, but I’ll share them in another post. For now, enjoy Alycia and Albert’s beautiful wedding collection!

So what do you do when the room is cramped, dark and has one tiny window? Get dressed in the hallway of course. Alycia said she’d dress in the main lobby if the light was better down there, but I had to draw the line there. 😛 But seriously, Alycia is definitely my kind of bride! When my brides start talking about light and how their images will turn out I know they’ve been doing their homework!

And then we headed over to the Palms Event Center for their First Look. These two braved the rain for it and I love how these turned out.

And just as we got started with the bride and groom portraits, the rain stopped. Amazing how things work out, isn’t it? We ran into the vineyards as fast as we could not knowing how long we had until the rain started again and got these beautiful portraits of Alycia and Albert.

The sweetest grapes ever! Yes, we sampled them. Don’t tell anyone! I really should buy a few bottles of wine the next time I shoot here. Yum.

If you know Alycia and Albert then you know how perfectly these next few images captures their personalities.

One of Connie’s that I really, really love!

My angle…

And Connie’s take on it!

Some of the gorgeous details of their wedding. The flowers on the manzanita branches were all made out of paper! And the hints of sparkle throughout the decor was stunning.

The Estate Room at the Palm Event Center is beyond romantic. I loved the darkness, the aged barrels, the oversized chandeliers and all the candles they had lit for the ceremony. Pure romance!

I really loved how emotional their ceremony was. There were tears and laughter throughout which made it so touching for everyone who was there to witness the two of them get married. I know some people think that doing a first look takes away from the emotion of the ceremony, but I promise you, it doesn’t. When the doors open and the music is playing and you’re surrounded by all your loved ones, it gets emotional. It’s a totally different experience from the first look which is more intimate and probably the only “alone time” you’ll get at your wedding.

Alycia and Albert met at a Halloween party where Albert was dressed as a bum. 🙂 The bridesmaids made sure everyone knew that little tidbit, it was hilarious!

And I have to add these last two that Connie and I took of each other at the end of the night before we left! And just as a disclaimer, we didn’t write that on the chalkboards.

Albert and Alycia, I am so happy for the two of you and just want to thank you both for inviting me into your lives to document the start of your new lives together. It’s been a joy each and every time we’ve met and I wish you both a very happily ever after!

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