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Massiel + Nicholas | Historic Pico House Wedding

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I met Massiel and Nicholas for the first time in November 2013. The three of us enjoyed a lovely fall day in Malibu Canyon taking photos in celebration of their engagement. Some people are just so right for each other that it makes you think for the moment the universe is perfectly balanced. They are both sweet, intelligent, spiritual and caring they passionately care for each other, their careers and their families.

Then I saw them on their wedding day, calm and collected and both in tuned with taking in every moment.

The day began at the Downtown Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for Massiel, together with her beautiful Mother and Sister. Massiel dressed in her Karen Willis Holmes sequin gowned, Massiel stepped out on the streets of downtown LA looking exquisite and from another era in time. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels and the reception was at the Pico House, a historical building sitting across from the old Los Angeles Plaza on Olvera Street. Both locations were grand, beautiful and a great match for these proud Angelenos.

The couple shared their first dance to the vibrant music of the three woman mariachi band Trio Ellas, followed by a Mediterranean feast, sweet toasts and what else than cake. The dancing and laughter between Massiel and Nicholas was infectious and watching these two best friends wedding union was a great honor.

Following their wedding the couple spent a honeymoon in Istanbul and Paris. Félicitations à vous deux !

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Wedding Planner: Allie Shane of Pop the Champagne Events

Venue: Pico House

Hotel: Ace Hotel

Caterer: Gaby’s Mediterranean

Florist: Blue Box Flowers (blueboxflowers@gmail.com)

Baker: Alcove Bakery

Wedding dress:  Karen Willis Holmes

DJ  Josh Castillo

Band: Trio Ellas

Photobooth by: Paper Moon Vintage

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Jesse + Josh | Palm Springs Wedding

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Right before the holidays we met Jesse and Josh for dinner and drinks in Santa Monica. Rick and I saw a lot of similarities in our own relationship with Josh and Jesse but above all we knew they were just really good people, with a lot of love for each other. We were excited to be their photographers and, bonus, Palm Springs is one of our favorite destinations for photographing weddings.

A little about the two: Josh is a Jazz Pianist and Jesse is an Architect. Being a Photographer you are able to catch small observations and here are just a few of my own from their wedding weekend: Jesse was always smiling, really smiling. This made Rick and I smile on the inside and outside.  Josh has a lot of grace. Certain musicians have this quality, there is this poise and ease in his ability to be charming. Together, they are silly and sweet.

The weekend started with a casual Italian feast around the pool at the Del Marcos Hotel, nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains. The following day was the wedding. The hotel palm trees swayed in the breeze with a glow reflecting from the nearby mountainside. The decor sent you back in time and love was in the air.

Now, let me share with you some of the fun highlights such as The Lime Truck delivering delicious food. The music…sweet music performed by very talented musicians and friends of the couple. Drinks around the pool. Lounging under market lights and lots of cacti and succulents arranged in colorful vessels and wood bowls. To top it off the weather was perfect!

Congrats again to our new friends and many many years of happiness to you both!

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Greg + Emily | The Villa in San Juan Capistrano

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Emily and Greg were married at The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, California. It was a warm day…okay really warm day. However, it did not stop the couple and their lovely guests from enjoying these two people.

We got to know Emily and Greg when we photographed their engagement session back in November. They are warm, fun and really compliment each other as a couple. I love that they had little nods to their favorite movie “UP”. Which was something Richard and I did for our wedding too.

The Villa in San Juan Capistrano is right in the heart of San Juan Capistrano and at the center of that heart is the Mission SJC, which is where we took the first look photos. We endured the Southern California heat and and enjoyed the gorgeous backdrops of the Mission.

Back at the Villa, after the couples said their vows, the guest enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in the courtyard and then dined underneath the trees. The toasts were thoughtful and tearful and as the sky was beginning to darken the guests took to the dance floor and danced the night away.

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Nate and Nicole | 3S Ranch Wedding

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Nate and Nicole were married on a warm, bright sunshiny day in Edna Valley, a wine country region of San Luis Obispo. Their beautiful, rustic wedding was at the 3SRanch. Built in the 1800’s, this working cattle ranch has been lovingly renovated to accommodate weddings.

When I first talked to Nicole I was really excited about their wedding. After she described the ranch and the wedding decor I knew this was our type of wedding: rustic, boho, relaxed and fun. We had a wonderful time photographing Nate and Nicole, they are both kind and energetic and their guests were a lot of fun too.

The wedding was on top of a hill with a view for miles and miles of the Edna Valley. The reception was in the barn with an outdoor area for the photo booth, candy bar, cigar bar, and a place for people to mingle. The wedding concluded with a grand sparkler exit.

Best wishes always to Nate and Nicole!

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Emily + Greg | Rancho Palos Verdes Engagement

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A lovely afternoon spent by the Point Vincente Lighthouse getting to know Emily and Greg.  The two will be wed in August and we are just so thrilled that our work allows us to meet such kind, relaxed and carefree people.

We are looking forward to seeing the smily and affectionate couple again for the big day!

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Bryce and Chris | Apple Creek Ranch Wedding

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We just adore Bryce and Chris!  Smiley, sweet and fun to be around and to sound like a cliche they are full of life and happiness! From the engagement session where Chris dropped Bryce in the ocean (on accident) to watching them cut the cake, they had us beaming and practically crying with joy.  From the bottom of our hearts we wish Bryce and Chris a long life of laughing and loving.

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Location: Apple Creek Ranch | Santa Ynez Valley
Wedding Coordinator: Tricia Dahlgren Events 
Catering: Blaze n’ Blues
Music: DJ Bennett 

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