Wedding Table Inspirations with Huckleberry Karen Designs | Ceremony Magazine

I told you there were would be more from the new 2013 Ceremony Magazine.  I was happy to be working with Kathleen at Villa Montalvo again this year along side of floral designer Karen of Huckleberry Karen Designs.  Her pastel palettes looked wonderful with the surroundings at Villa Montalvo Arts.  My favorite was the simplicity of the lace, burlap, and baby’s breath.  The linens for the shoot were from Wildflower linens.  They always have amazing things to choose from.  I hope these things give you a little inspiration for your big day.

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Intersecting Lives Finally Connecting | Engagement session with Ellen and Fernando

These two walked in to my office and it was an instant connection. I had so much fun learning about their wedding plans, their families, favorite t.v. shows, and of course their love story.  I love finding out how people meet.  Their story starts at elementary school.  They both attended the same school and Fernando was a year ahead of Ellen. They never talked to each other even though he remembered her, she didn’t remember him.

He moved away and it wasn’t for years til he graduated from high school did their lives intersect again.  This time they actually did a “Hi” face to face but nothing really went from there except an occasional my space connecection.  As time went by, Ellen took a film class in college where she reconnected with a friend from middle school.  This person told her I have a guy friend you should hang out with, you guys would get along great.  You guessed it, it was Fernando.  After returning to California from New York and a couple of messages via my space they started hanging out.  What I love about this part of the story (must be my romantic side) is that they didn’t start out dating.  They really started a friendship.  Fernando would get off work late and the two of them would talk in to the wee hours of the morning.  Ellen shared they would star gaze for hours and just talk.  Eventually, it was a smooth transition and they just became a couple. It reminds me of the old saying two ships in the night but they finally connected. In fact, they don’t even remember an official day when they became a couple it just kind of happened.

Well after spending the day with them, photographing them, and learning more about these two people who are truly opposites, they just compliment each other.  They just have a real natural ease with each other and I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding and documenting just another chapter in their story. The last couple of photos were taken at the school where their lives first intertwined and I believe where the journey all started.  If you love their photos or their story leave them a little love below to let them know you stopped by. I’m sure they can’t wait to hear from you.  Enjoy!





Cherry Blossom Wedding Inspiration featured on Style Unveiled

The Cherry Blossom shoot has been a project that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. It has also been a huge lesson in patience.  Last year we missed them,  so when my good friend Ingrid Marayag called and said let’s do the shoot I was all for it.  We started planning it and I was so excited that so many talented wedding vendors in the business wanted to jump on board.  For months, we collaborated and waited on Mother Nature.  God Bless Ingrid because she drove by the fields everyday to check on the blooms. I had to laugh because by about week two Ingrid’s children could be heard in the car “Again!” as she drove by.  Everyday or two I waited for the update, and the photo text of what stage they field was in.  I felt like a doctor waiting to deliver a baby.  With such a small window where the blooms look great we held our breath as vendors traveled out of town and the rain kept falling.  Because of rain and waiting for the ground to dry out a little bit we missed full bloom by a couple of days but it didn’t matter we were all so excited about beautiful the images that came out of our months of waiting.  This session was a true labor of love and we couldn’t of  been more thrilled when the wedding blog Style Unveiled decided to run it.  The best part was how excited they were.  To see their post and more of the photos please click here on Cherry Bloom Wedding Inspiration

Thank you so much to the wonderful team of vendors that helped pull of this amazing shoot. All of their information is listed below.

Flowers and décor: Fionna Floral; Wendy Melrose;

Linen: Alexis Party Rental;

Dessert: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes; Edith Meyer;

Make Up and Hair:

Ingrid Marayag Makeup Artistry;;

Mimi of Taylor Salon;;

Stationary: Crescent Moon Paper Company; Sarah Marsh;;

Photography/ Cinematography

Jill Johnson Photography; Jill Johnson;;

Luke Goodman Photo + Cinema;;

Design: Coastside Couture; Heidi Hughett and Karissa Paxton;;;


Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier;;

Eli Thomas for Men;;

Male model;

HMM/Halvorson Model Mgmt