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Riley and Taylor |The Oaks Club at Valencia | Valencia, CA

The Oaks Club at Valencia. Valencia, CA.

The Oaks Club at Valencia. Valencia, CA.

What does it look like when a simple coffee date turns into a lifetime together? Taylor and Riley's love story is proof that you never know when your life will change forever. The two discovered each other through an online dating app and, after connecting over their mutual love of running, they met for a casual mid day coffee date. Sparks flew over a hot cup of caffeine and the rest is history. 

Taylor and Riley's wedding day began on a cloudy St. Patrick's Day morning. I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia, CA to be greeted by a thick cloud of laughter floating in the air...with the scent of a lot of hairspray somewhere in there, too. I've always felt like the sound of bridesmaids getting ready is one of joy and excitement and this crew was no exception. All the girls wore vibrant coral dresses, each with individually unique styles, that seemed to correlate with the brightness of Taylor's warm spirit. Taylor chose a classic lace gown by Elizabeth Fillmore that seemed like it was made just for her. The elegant simplicity of her dress was beautifully enhanced by a delicate overlay that draped with feminine grace across her right arm. Riley dawned a dapper navy tuxedo while his groomsmen were in grey.

One of my favorite parts of the day was Taylor and Riley's first look. When Riley turned around he sort of gasped and whispered, "You look beautiful." The pair proceeded to giggle through out the series of intermittent kisses that followed. When these two are together you can almost see their auras glowing and joining together. It makes you feel good just to be around them. Love does that sometimes. 

The ceremony took place at the The Oaks Club at Valencia in Valencia, CA under a blanket of fluffy rain clouds. The sky looked ominous most of the day but the clouds parted to reveal the bright sun just as the two recited their vows. Their ceremony was the kind that makes you cry and then makes you laugh. I don't know that I've ever seen a more overjoyed couple during their recessional walk. 

The new Mr. and Mrs. began their reception with their first dance to an acoustic cover by Paul Canning of Queen's "You're My Best Friend." The moment was sweet and gentle and pure...much like their love story. 

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Venue The Oaks Club at Valencia | Coordinator Create and Coordinate Events | Gown Elizabeth Fillmore | Bridesmaid dresses Lulus | Tux & Suits Calvin Klein | Florals Jill Abejon | DJ Matt Graumann Entertainment | Videography Sea Street Studios | Cake Clarice's Cakes & Candy Supply

Chris and Erica | Big Bear, CA {Engagement Session}

For Chris and Erica's Engagement Session, I wanted to evoke the feeling of coziness and warmth. Erica is a talented Interior Designer, so naturally, we had to shoot some lifestyle images in their home in Santa Clarita, CA. I love the intimate feel of the images so much! There's something so beautiful about the simplicity of cuddling at home with the person you love. The two really wanted to shoot in Big Bear, CA to take advantage of the beautiful snowy landscapes. We put on our snow boots and ventured out into the wild. These two were such champs when it came to me asking them to walk into knee deep snow to get the perfect light. I think I laughed for two hours straight. Erica is just a bundle of light and I loved watching how Chris let's her shine. Chris and Erica, I had so much fun getting to know you at our shoot and I absolutely can't wait to share your big day with you!

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Private Estate Destination Wedding | Palm Springs, CA | Stacey + Tony

I could feel the excitement in the air from the moment I stepped foot onto the grounds of Tony and Stacey's private estate wedding in Palm Springs. The serene mountain landscape and stunning antique details of the Spanish style home made for the perfect setting for Tony and Stacey to celebrate their love with their closest friends and family. When I met with the couple last year to talk about how they envisioned their wedding, they expressed how important it was that family  and tradition be part of their celebration. Tony comes from a close Italian family and chose to have many of his cousins and siblings serve as his Groomsmen. Many even have matching tattoos on their hands to signify their bond! Stacey chose to honor her late father by wearing one of his white button up shirts while she got ready, incorporating his portrait in her bridal bouquet, and offering "Bob's Cigar Bar" as entertainment for their guests. Stacey also wore a belt from her mother's wedding dress on her big day... such a beautiful symbol of legacy and tradition.

I'd have to say my favorite part of the day was Stacey and Tony's first look. Stacey beamed like a little girl on Christmas as she walked up to greet her soon to be husband. When Tony turned to see his future bride, he embraced her gently and lovingly...as if to say, "We did it." The rest of the day was a blur of laughs, smiles, dancing, and maybe a few tears.

Congratulations to Stacey and Tony! Your big day was absolutely stunning and I feel so lucky to have been part of it!

Florals: Jensen's Florist | Bridal Gown: Cruz's Bridal | Hair and Make Up: All Tressed Up | DJ: VOX DJ's  | Catering: SoHo Taco | Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom's Tux: Rocky's Custom Clothes | Groomsmen's Suits: Express | Rentals: Signature | Venue: Sand Acre Estate | Wedding Coordinator: Angela Crawford | Second Photographer: Tiffany Gentry

 

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Tournament Players Club Wedding | Valencia, CA | Kareen + Kevin

Kareen and Kevin were recently married on a hot summer day amidst close friends and family. The couple chose Tournament Players Club in Valencia, CA as their fairytale setting. From the stunning views to the rustic architecture, the entire location embodied a feeling of tranquility and old world charm that set the tone for the rest of the wedding day. From the moment Kareen arrived at the venue, her expression was radiant with anticipation. The invitations were sent, the honeymoon was booked, and all the decorations were in their right place...all that was left was saying "I Do" to the love of her life. As she walked down the aisle to Kevin, there was an audible gasp from all of the guests in attendance. In that moment, she possessed the kind of beauty that can only leave you breathless. It was obvious Kevin felt the same way as he attempted to hold back his tears at the sight of his future wife walking toward him.

As Kareen and Kevin stood side by side, reciting their vows, the strength of their bond shined brighter than ever before. Their connection is subtle and doesn't ask for attention. There is a comfort and confidence between them when they are together that I admire so much.  It was hard not to cry along with them as they promised their lives to one another.

The remainder of the day was filled with love, laughs, and partying. The dance floor remained full for a majority of the evening and the echoes of boisterous laughter filled the air as the music played late into the night. It was beautiful to watch as they were surrounded by dear family and close friends from all over the world in a united celebration of the love they share.

Congratulations to Kevin and Kareen on a beautiful Wedding Day and thank you for allowing me to be part of it!

 

Venue: Tournament Players Club

Make Up: All Dolled Up Beauty Lounge

Florals: Creative Flowers in Acton

Linens: Luxe Linen

Rentals: AV Party Rentals

DJ: Let the Music Play (Alan Reno)

Second Photographer: Mike Arick

 

 

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