I love this sweet in home newborn session. This little babe was a bit older than the traditional “newborn” age range, so he wasn’t thrilled with sleeping on his own, but that made for perfect snuggly photos with his mom and dad. I always think a newborn session at your own home is special because everyone is usually so much more comfortable in their own environment AND I get to see the cutest nurseries. I love how calming their grey baby animal theme is! Thanks for sharing your cute little babe with me!
Cassandra and Brett planned a wedding in Southern California while living on the East Coast, both serving our country. While the Homestead in Oak Glen does take care of most of the details, I love how Cassandra and Brett added in their own little touches and incorporated their love of all things nerd in their May the Fourth wedding. Star Wars? Obviously. But why not also mix in a pinch of Harry Potter and just a hint of Game of Thrones to round it out. That’s my favorite part of weddings, really. You can do whatever you want, and you can absolutely make it your own. There are traditions, sure. But you can choose which ones have meaning to you and you can mix in whatever influences and quirks will make your day feel personal and special. Cassandra had an adorably sweet first look with her father. She planned so many little details and gifts for her friends and family, it was beautiful to see her taking time and effort to make sure everyone felt included and celebrated. I love how many little moments throughout this day brought on happy tears. Post ceremony giant smiles are THE. BEST.We don’t always get to see a good cake fight at a wedding, but we sure love when we do!
Start with drinks, hike a mile through Joshua Tree, end up with a perfect desert sunset. Such a perfect engagement session recipe. An afternoon’s adventure through Joshua Tree is always worth the drive for me, the desert holds a tiny little bit of magic that is rather hard to explain if you haven’t been. So, as usual, I’ll encourage you to get out there and adventure. Choose from a plethora of adorable airbnb’s or pitch a tent in the middle of the desert and explore the unreal light in the early mornings, and the never ending sunsets. go go go go.
those joshua tree sunsets, am i right?
Oak Glen is one of my happy places. I never really knew about Oak Glen before I started shooting weddings, but somehow it’s almost become my second home. I shoot probably 30% of my weddings each year up there and there’s no place I’d rather call (second) home.
This wedding day in particular, everything fell into place hitting all my happy notes. Melissa got ready in part of the apple packing house, which is so quintessentially Oak Glen my heart almost burst. The rustic processing facilities paired with that light and ethereal flow of her dress and her beaming sunshine-y smile… set everything in motion for an incredibly beautiful day.
One of my favorite parts of Oak Glen is the mountain light. There are always tall trees to diffuse the sun, and somehow all day the light is just a tiny bit softer up there. For Melissa and Michael’s ceremony, the sun cascaded through the tall trees perfectly, casting their vows in that glowy magic sunlight that photographers are known to chase. These two were also lucky enough to get married after one of the rainiest springs southern California has had in many years, so the field’s of Los Rios Ranchos were bursting with wildflowers. We snuck out to the flowers just as the sun was going down to catch that perfect light.
Melissa and Michael your kindness is contagious and capturing your wedding day was a dream. Thank you both for sharing your beautiful day with me!
Rileys Los Rios Ranchos, Oak Glen CA |
From Northridge to Hollywood, Los Angeles proper, Van Vuys and back to Northridge we trekked all over LA for this beautiful day. I loved the old LA charm of St Francis of Assisi church, and loved watching these two exchange the sweet glaces and beautiful vows. Beverly and Kris are both on the quieter and more subtle side, but I absolutely loved watching them together. Whispers, giggles, loving embraces and oh so much love spoken without even saying a word, I could photograph these two all day. It was also such a pleasure to capture the beautiful relationships with these two and their wedding party, I love seeing how a bride and groom’s favorite people can bring out the absolute best in them. You guys are amazing! Congrats you two!