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Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris

Warning: Long post with lots of photos ahead!!

We cannot express how fun and cool Laura and Chris’ wedding was to shoot! We knew the wedding would be a blast as soon as they let us know that it was a fiesta themed event. They picked the theme because when they met they were both working at Mexican Restaurants in Manhattan and they met at their favorite Mexican restaurant! They also had two of the most epic reception surprises we have seen! since Chris had sang at many of their guests weddings, some of their guests and bridal party sang to the two of them! The song was “A few of our favorite Mann things”…and it was amazing. The favorite “thing,” of course, being Laura. Chris and Laura also collected all their guests favorite songs on the RSVP cards and made a MASSIVE mix of all of their favorites to end the night! The dance floor was at full capacity!

So check out the photos of all the awesomeness that is Laura and Chris. :)

Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris
Maravilla Gardens Wedding : Laura + Chris

Florist: The Little Branch
Venue: Maravilla Gardens
Officiant: Maryetta Anschutz
DJ: Elegant Event Entertainment
Caterer: Command Performance
Cake/Desserts: Pastel Bakeshop
Hair: Katie Lee
Makeup: Rebecca at Unveiled Makeup
Bridal Gown: JLM Couture (Designer: Lazaro)

 

  • February 4, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Renee Hansen Barnett - Absolutely STUNNING images. I mean, wow.ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Joseph Hall - Simply wonderful – its so lovely to see such a happy, smily, beautiful bride – looks like a fabulous day!ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Kati Mallory - lovely, just LOVELY!ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    Hey Wedding Lady - What an amazingly gorgeous wedding!ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Mazie Brougher - Just Stunning !!!’nReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    Amanda Hart Granner - Stunning photographs! The moments were captured perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2014 - 9:43 am

    NST PICTURES - Great photos! You captured the moments so beautifully! Loved working with you. :)ReplyCancel

Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew

So how is everyone in Southern California enjoying this lovely summer? Wait…winter? Those Starks are full of it, man.

Well, let us tell you that we braved a frigid 75 degree Malibu beach day (complete with insane sunset and all) in January with these two crazy kids. Yes, please take pity on us for our overwhelming plight. :)

In all seriousness, Jess and Drew are extra fun and were an absolute blast to shoot and hang out with. Their engagement session made us just that much more excited to shoot their Ojai Valley Inn wedding later this year. It is going to be insanely awesome. :)

 

Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew
Malibu Engagement Photography: Jess + Drew

  • January 31, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Cindy McClaskey Wilson - Wow! What a great couple. Epic photography!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 3:49 am

    Kevin - Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Linda Hopkins - Love them and you guys too!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Turi Hoiseth McClain - Beautiful photos and beautiful couple!!ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Cindy Truan Dinkel - They are all beautiful!! ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 1:10 am

    Amy Alford Lunemann - Wow, wow, wow! No words to describe how stunning these photos are!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Donna French - They are so beautiful Linda. What a gorgeous couple!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 4:27 am

    Sandy Kutler - I feel the love!!!! They are so cute together.
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  • February 1, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Julie Orr - Hope you don't have to choose just one pose because all of them are beautiful–both the settings and the very special subjects!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 5:22 am

    Julie Orr - Hope you don't have to choose just one pose because all of them are beautiful–both the settings and the very special subjects!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Joseph Hall Photography - Wow love them – stunning!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Lisa Kitto - Gorgeous photos! They are absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh

Stefanie + Leigh are just one of those couples that you can’t help but love. For that matter, the same could be said for everyone we met at their wedding! Leigh and many of his family and friends have an awesome accent that you could listen to for days (is it weird we just wanted them to read us a story?). We are confident that even if Leigh were to start screaming profanities at us (which we can’t imagine him doing because he is incredibly chill), we would still just stand there and smile. Stefanie is 100% sweet and caring down to her core and (as you can see in the video below) her vows were truly touching. They were and are a beautiful pair of human beings and we feel so blessed to have been a part of their wedding!

 

Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh

Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh
Los Angeles Backyard Wedding : Stefanie + Leigh


Big thanks to these vendors:

DJ: Larry Wohrman
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Flowers: Primal Flower
Custom printing: Beacon Lane on Etsy
Hair: Tiffany Green – C the Salon
Make-up: Leslie Mendoza – Prime Hair Concepts
Dress: LuLu’s

And a big Thanks to Loretta at Pie Shoppe for her help with this wedding!

  • January 26, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Sarah Seckman - Love this wedding! I'm especially fond of your candid shots- bride with moms before the ceremony, bride and groom playful shots, guests chatting and laughing. Those are moments that can't be relived or recaptured. Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 1:30 am

    Foto clipping - wow such dramatic shots with colorful visual…..perfectly combined and looking very gorgeous :)ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Foto - So nice and graceful…..the beautiful natural view is captured very nicely………..a brilliant thought with the perfect execution…well done :)ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Joseph Hall Photography - So simply stunning – gorgeous colours and such intimate emotional photos – great workReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Schnäppchen - Very emotional Photos, a perfect shooting.ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    RJ Carbone - Loved the use of color in many of the backdrops of the in shoots including the vibrant streamers during the ceremony and succulents for the romantic outdoor photos of the newlyweds. The exposure was spot on, so many happy expressions of the bride and groom captured. Great photos!ReplyCancel

Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen

There are so many things we love about Tiffany and Stephen. For one they are lovers of fine beers but they also brought snacks to their session! Umm…we love snacks (but, to be fair, who doesn’t love snacks…I mean, bread and cheese?? Yes please). They also have incredible senses of humor (we were all laughing pretty much the whole time) and when we first met them they brought their freaking adorable puppy with them! It truly was an awesome time and we cannot wait for their Maravilla Gardens wedding coming up later this year!

Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen
Carpinteria Engagement Photography: Tiffany + Stephen

  • February 1, 2014 - 2:01 am

    Kimberly Kehr - Wow you two! These are gorgeous ;) Congrats again you two love birds!!! xoxoxoxReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2014 - 2:26 am

    Lauren Butori - these are BEAUTIFUL!!! You look just like you momma tiff!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 3:59 am

    Matt - Lightroom Presets - Lovely use of lighting!ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Joseph Hall Photography - Such fun! Great couple and gorgeous photos- really naturalReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2014 - 3:18 am

    Janell Papik - These are wonderful pictures. Love the picnic basket. Love you two!!!ReplyCancel