What a FUN shoot for us and a perfect date for Leigh and Scott. We started out at San Dieguito Park, where Leigh and Scott cruised in this super cool Pontiac GTO. (I have to admit, I really wish I had a photo of Rick and me like the one above!) We then headed to Dog Beach in Del Mar for an INCREDIBLE sunset and some frolicking on the beach. The evening ended with a few drinks at Shimbashi Japanese Restaurant in Del Mar, where Leigh and Scott had their first date. Kind of cool how things come full circle in a beautiful way :-) What a perfect day.
Zahra and Julio’s wedding in Balboa Park was…well, perfect. The weather was gorgeous. Zahra and Julio were just glowing. Their guests were excited. The wedding party was energetic And the colors…oh, the colors! My favorite part. They planned a wedding that was bright and brilliant, and it really set the tone for the day. This was a celebration. And the colors were a visual representation of that. It wasn’t just a celebration of the marriage of Zahra and Julio but of the union of their families and friends, as well as their cultures. The clothing, music and traditions added so much to the colorful day. I hope you enjoy seeing come of our favorite moments from the day…
Bouquet in the window
Portrait of ZahraZahra in the light
Finishing touches for Julio
Keeping it classy
Julio in the light
The gentlemen looking dapper in the PlazaSari in the wind
The lovely ladiesBright and beautiful in the Alcazar GardensThe henna. The sapphire. So strikingly beautiful.Admiring the henna.Stealing a kissBeaming brideVowsJulio’s gentle gesture towards his beautiful wife is just so beautiful. One of the guests during the ceremony, blocking the sun, with no idea they were displaying this beautiful and fitting quote.Time to celebrateCleaning up the last petalBright and brilliant
Right after the ceremony, there was this beautiful ray of sunlight coming through the trees. We had to snag the rings from the newlyweds and get a shot of the rings in this gorgeous light.Zahra and Julio steal a sneak peek of the ballroom before the reception.I love the brilliant jewell tones…The Sapatia Ceremony: Covered clay plates (filled with symbolic items) are placed in front of the couple. The couple must break the sapatia by stepping on them, thereby releasing the gifts they contain. It is said that the first person to break the sapatia will rule the household…And Zahra made sure to break hers first!
Venue | The Prado
Coordinator | Courtney Dahl Carcioppolo, Breezy Day Weddings
Makeup and Hair | Haim Limited Salon
Florist | Organic Elements
DJ | Injoy Entertainment
Bakery | Flour Power
Bridal Party Wear | Borrow It Bindaas
We’re so excited to share the images from this fun afternoon in Del Mar with Carrie and Kye. We’ve never met two people who are as equally energetic as they are relaxed. We hope these images express that energy and peace that Carrie and Kye share when they are together. Enjoy!
Leanna and Otto are two creative, adventurous spirits who are in love with life, as well as with each other. They put so much love and intention into every detail of their wedding, and with both of them being artists, everything was just stunning. Rick and I flew into Oahu the morning of the wedding, rented a car and drove straight to the ceremony site. We had photographed a wedding in LA the night before so we were arriving in Hawaii not the most rested or fresh. But, there’s just something in the air in Hawaii. Once we got in the car and drove along the coast of this beautiful island, we felt renewed, refreshed, excited. There is just something magical about Hawaii, and this magic infused every aspect of Leanna and Otto’s wedding day. It kind of felt like a dream, really. It was really hard to select the images to share here on the blog, as everything was just oh so beautiful. So, I focused on the moments that made this day genuine, meaningful and magical.Getting readyThe epic invitations made by Leanna. The invitations came to the guests as a message in a bottle…literally. The invitation was rolled up into a little bottle! So cool.AlohaLast touches before the first lookLeanna and Otto embrace after exchanging lei’s in a special ceremony just for the two of them.Can you believe this setting? These ruins are from an old sugar mill from the mid 1800′s. The ocean is across the street…and look at those mountains. Just breathtaking! And the perfect spot to photograph these lovely ladies…Leanna is quite the adventurer and also very athletic. I just LOVE that she was into climbing a tree in her wedding dress. She looks so beautiful and at home being cradled by the tree.Otto rocking his amazing suit and tie and lei.I just love the flower girl’s expression. Priceless.I really like all of the layers in this image.The flower girl waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle.Sometimes subtle expressions can reveal so much emotion.Just one of the many great moments during the beautifully meaningful ceremony.Her expression says it all.Grandma’s expression is amazing.The father of the Groom being comforted by his son as he gives the groom the wedding ring that his own grandfather wore. This ring has been passed through 4 generations, and now it is being given to Otto.The grandparents congratulating Otto after the ceremony. The gesture and expression are so beautiful.After the ceremony, we followed Leanna and Otto across the street to the beach for a little swinging!Marley, the ring dog was looking pretty dapper in his vest and tie.Pre-sunset stroll by the ocean.Leanna and Otto had the most amazing band play at their ceremony and reception. The Ron Artis Family Band is made up of 11 brothers and sisters who grew up around music, as their father, Ron Artis, is a musician. These guys were amazing…so talented and such a diverse repertoire, all played with such joy. It was an honor to see them perform. At the end of the night, one of the musicians played a song she had recently written called, “Smile.” I wish I could share a recording of it, but I don’t think it’s been recorded yet. It was a really unique moment, and the reactions of the bride and groom and guests here give you an idea of how special it was. (The Artis family has a storefront and music bar on Oahu, and I highly recommend you check it out if you are ever over there.)The magical evening ended with the lighting of floating paper lanterns, which flew up over the mountains and into the distance.
Last week, we were hanging out in our neighborhood at dusk. Dylan was riding his bike (a skill he acquired a few months ago that was recently endorsed by Santa, who brought him a new bike). Rick and I were running alongside Dylan when I saw this scene unfold as Rick helped Dylan up the hill. Something about the gesture of Rick reaching out to help Dylan (who is becoming increasingly independent) and the way their silhouettes surfaced at the crest of the hill, alongside the electric lines and lampposts caught my eye. It was just an ordinary moment, but I’ve found since I’ve become a mother that sometimes the most ordinary moments can spark a little introspection or cause me to feel a sense of peace, a sense of being at home. This scene did just that, and I had no camera on me (who runs with a camera?!). I could have just let it pass, but I feel that these ordinary, every day moments often get overlooked or forgotten. I wanted to take this photo to remember this moment and the introspection it generated. So, I ran home and got the SLR and ran down the street to meet back up with the guys, where I then took this photo. It’s just a little reminder of how precious and fleeting those everyday moments are… and how worthy they are of our attention.