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    We are a husband+wife wedding photography team based out of Southern California. We also travel to places far and wide to capture beautiful and quirky moments for our clients.

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We always tell our couples that “we want your engagement session to reflect YOU and YOUR personalities.” Kelly + Chris absolutely nailed it in their engagement session.

To give you all some context, Kelly + Chris met in a kickboxing class. This combative beginning was mere foreshadowing for a much more deeply engrained conflict: Chris is a USC fan and Kelly is a UCLA fan. Like… they each bleed their school’s colors. For those of you who did not grow up in Southern California, let us fill you in on why this is an issue. USC and UCLA are like the bloods and the crips, oil and water, canned tuna and ice cream, Taylor Swift and healthy relationships… you get the point: USC and UCLA fans just do not mix well.

Notwithstanding this monumental divide, Kelly and Chris are an adorable couple. They brought boxing gloves and USC/UCLA shirts as an homage to the beginning of their relationship and their “house divided,” and we thought it was absolutely perfect.

 

Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris

*Don’t worry, Kelly didn’t actually hit Chris. Marianne Wilson Photography does not condone domestic violence. :)

Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris
Malibu Hills and Beach Engagement: Kelly + Chris

Finally, Kelly, we love you but we just can’t end this post without saying it: FIGHT ON!!!

Oh where, oh where do we even begin to start with Sidney and Steve’s Maravilla Gardens wedding!?

It is no secret that we love shooting at Maravilla Gardens. It is always gorgeous and they are so super organized that weddings usually go as smooth as silk. Plus, we have had the pleasure of photographing dozens of wonderful couples at Maravilla Gardens which means that we have a lot of great memories there. So, before we even knew about any of Sidney and Steve’s plans for their wedding, we were just excited that we got to go back to Maravilla Gardens! :)

Once we started shooting with Sidney and Steve, things just got better and better. We always recommend that our couples make their weddings as personalized as they can. Your wedding is a celebration of your love, so why not make it reflect you as much as possible? We were thrilled to see that Sidney and Steve’s wedding had many wonderful sentimental personal touches! Here are just a couple of our favorites:

1) They say that compromise is one of the keys to a great marriage. Sidney wanted to do a first look because she was worried that she would get a little too stressed if they didn’t see each other before hand. Steve wasn’t so sure that he wanted to do one. In the end they decided to do a first look, but Sidney had a little surprise up her sleeve. Steve didn’t know that she had a second wedding dress for their ceremony so that Steve would be surprised and would still kind of be seeing her for the first time as she walked down the aisle! That’s a pretty great compromise! :)

2) One of their favorite family traditions is to gather and wave a hanky as their loved ones depart on travels far and wide or on a new life adventure. So, they gave all of their guests vintage hankies to wave as they walked down the aisle after their ceremony! What is better; the vintage hankies were given to them by one of their family friends who had collected them while traveling throughout her 90 year life. How cool and personalized is that!?!?

Anyway, this is a photography blog so we will stop geeking-out and get to some photos! :)

Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve
Maravilla Gardens Wedding: Sidney + Steve

 

Rachel + Mike’s Bacara Resort wedding in Santa Barbara was pretty much jaw-dropping gorgeousness. That should go without saying since Katie Seefeldt of Wedding Kate Events was the planner/coordinator. But, if we are being totally honest, we had some concerns since usually couples book us about 10-16 months before their wedding and Rachel + Mike only booked us about 1 month before theirs. We definitely had a moment of pause where we asked ourselves “is this all going to be thrown together last minute?”

We could not have been more wrong about that concern and we feel like we should slap ourselves with comically large fish for ever having a moment of doubt!!! As it turns out, they were just busy with planning super awesomeness in every other area of their wedding and the photography was the final piece of the puzzle. Once we got to their Bacara Resort wedding it was like every time we turned around we found ourselves saying “Oh, wow! That’s awesome!” Her dresses, her shoes, his epic blue suit/tux hybrid, their florals and details… holy cow, their florals and details you guys! Erin Tenley Young Floral and Event Design absolutely knocked it out of the park! Everything had a special touch, style, and class.

We could go on for days about how beautiful this wedding was, but enough words. MOAR PHOTOS!!!

Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike

Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike
Bacara Resort Wedding Santa Barbara: Rachel + Mike

Vendor Credits:

Venue: Baraca Resort, Santa Barbara – http://www.bacararesort.com/

Coordination: Wedding Kate – http://www.weddingkate.com/

Florist: Erin Tenley Young Floral & Event Design – http://www.tenleyerinyoung.com/

Music: Gavin Roy Presents – http://www.gavinroypresents.com/

Cake: Crushcakes Santa Barbara – http://crushcakes.com/

Lighting: Bella Vista Designs – http://bellavistadesigns.com/

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals – http://townandcountryeventrentals.com/

  • June 15, 2015 - 7:02 am

    Hannah - Amazing ring shot with those funky shoes!ReplyCancel

Every once in a while, we have out of state couples contact us saying that they are getting married in California and would like to have us shoot their wedding. We always feel SUPER flattered when this happens because we feel like those couples are really going out of their way (as in, half way across the world!) to make their wedding dream happen and we are so honored when we are chosen to be a part of that.

Cherry + Raymond went a step further. They are from Hong Kong and booked us for a couples session. They didn’t get married out here, but Cherry put on two wedding dresses and they carved out a significant chunk of their time in California to have a couples session with us. You can’t help but feel a little special when someone visits from the other side of the planet and chooses to spend their time in California shooting with you. :)

Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond
Santa Barbara Couples Photo Session: Cherry + Raymond

  • May 18, 2015 - 10:28 am

    Drew - These photos are so beautiful! The sunset pictures are unbelievable. Good work.ReplyCancel