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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.

    We are so blessed to be able to do what we love most and share our passion for photography and people with you!  Please feel free to peruse through posts and come back as we consistently add new work and tips/ideas for brides. 

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    - Marianne + Joe

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Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan

Alannah + Evan hold a special place in our hearts and if you have ever met us in person, you will immediately know why right around the second photo of this post. For those of you who haven’t met us in person, Joe is about 6’4″ and Marianne is about 5’4″, which we like to think gives us very diverse perspectives. Like us, Alannah + Evan have a bit of a height disparity and, fully recognizing that we might be just a wee-bit biased, we think it is pretty much adorable in every way.

Alannah + Evan are also absolutely hilarious and super sweet. We could not be more excited to shoot their Carondelet House wedding later this year!

Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan
Griffith Observatory Engagement : Alannah + Evan

  • January 14, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Taylor Forsee - So stunning!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Dianne Barone - Absolutely priceless photographs of you two gorgeous people! xoxo
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  • January 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

    Barbara Hunter Frear - The most beautiful pictures.
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  • January 15, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Gwen Duffy - Love these pics! You both look amazing!!!!! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Ruth Inouye - The two of you are magical, the Prince and Princess. May blessing rain upon you always. Love Ruth I.ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Clip - The creative effects on the photograph is very praise worthy. I like the background and it is just perfectly match with the couple’s romance…so well done ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Sarah Seckman - Beautiful engagement shoot! Even the smoggy skyline adds romance to your photos! My favorite shot is the reflection shot (last photo)!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Foto clipping - Beautifully captured……..love the photography….very impressiveReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Joseph Hall Photography - Great styling, great locations, great weather but above all totally awesome photos – fab job!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    Marianna LiMandri Harper - Fabulous pictures.ReplyCancel

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt

When we first were e-mailed by Courtney and Matt we got really excited because we have been wanting to shoot a Santa Barbara Zoo wedding for what seems like forever! We looked in to having our own wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo but, due to the time of year we got married, it just didn’t work for us. So, we were stoked to be able to experience a wedding there (and see the Zoo’s new baby giraffe!). And let’s not overlook the fact that Courtney and Matt are stunning human beings (both inside and out) and we had a killer time at both their engagement session and on their wedding day. It was an especially good time because Matt is friends with one of our past grooms, and it always makes photographing weddings a little more fun when we get to see our other couples at their friends’ weddings! :)

 

Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt
Santa Barbara Zoo Wedding : Courtney + Matt

Florist: Rincon Floral

Coordinator: Stephanie Lairson

Officiant: Rabbi Barry Tuchman

DJ: DJ Zeke Entertainment

Caterer: Rincon Catering Inc.

Cake: Decadence by Dawn

Makeup: Frankie Thorn

Bridal Gown: The Wedding Day

 

Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant

Katherine and Grant are SUPER fun people (you may have seen their insanely cool engagement session where Katherine wore a rockin purple tutu and red heels). So, it’s no surprise that their wedding was equally fun and unique. Katherine turned tradition on it’s head and opted for a gorgeous yellow gown and Grant rocked a metallic blue suit while their guests all wore white. When we were also asked to wear white, we double (and triple) checked with Katherine and her coordinator, Carole Grogan of Bright Blue Events, that we were understanding them correctly. Not knowing about Katherine and Grant’s choices of attire, even after we were assured that yes, we were supposed to wear white, we still felt like we were on an episode of punked and were about to become a youtube “you’re doing it wrong” sensation, so we also brought our usual shooting clothes.

Once we saw Katherine’s dress we realized that 1) we have some serious trust issues, and 2) this was going to be a really cool wedding.

Having everyone else wear white made for a gorgeous ceremony and really made them stand out as the colorful and fun people they are. The details were equally cool. Complete with lips and mustaches on sticks, a wedding cake that was a rainbow inside, and giant rainbow dream catcher. Katherine and Grant are both in the spotlight on a regular basis so they kept the wedding to very close friends and family and it was an absolutely rad celebration.

 

Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant

Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant
Ribbit Tree Plant Nursery Wedding : Katherine + Grant

Lots of love to the amazing vendors!

 

Coordination: Carole Grogan at Bright Blue Events
Cake: Cake Divas
Make-up: Lynn Eagan
Venue: The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery
Dress: Naeem Khan

  • December 7, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Kat Forsyth - How freaking cool! And the e-shoot is even cooler! And ooh, Grant Show, looking GOOD. I had such a crush on him in the 90s.

    Fabulous pics as always!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Rima - Wowee beautiful coverage, I love the your editing tonesReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Taylor Roades - What an incredible day, and such a fun couple. You captured the emotion perfectly and also the flower girls. they are adorable.ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Amanda Basteen - Loving all the scenery in this wedding. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    ayesha - oh wow… everything about this wedding is stunning – the colors, the style, especially the bride and groom – what a handsome couple! so much love and laughter throughout this set. gorgeous work marianne, as always!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    John Bello - Gorgeous couple and a gorgeous wedding – so good!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    Mandy - What an amazing and unique wedding! Great photos too! You really captured the day in a wonderful way. :)ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 2:01 am

    Mary Sylvia - Love, the light coming through in the ceremony is gorgeously captured.ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 4:47 am

    Tracy Morter - Oh my, your pictures totally convey their charming ways!
    Looked like an amazingly fun day.ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 6:20 am

    Mathias Cederholm - Wow! That is one beautiful set of pictures. Awesome work.ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Joseph - This looked like a beautiful wedding, and the pictures are beautiful Marianne!
    Congratulations Katherine and Grant.ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    small - Wow, awesome wedding! Love their color scheme!ReplyCancel

  • December 14, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    Tomasz Wagner - Okay, this is one cool wedding. Nice work capturing it all!ReplyCancel

  • December 19, 2013 - 3:18 am

    Lam - wonderful moments and fun couple.ReplyCancel

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude

Erica + Jude’s wedding was like a quadruple whammy of some of our favorite things. We got to travel out to Arizona (where Marianne is originally from) which meant that we got to take a couple of days to visit with family. They also had a very intimate wedding at a house at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa with only a handful of their nearest and dearest in attendance. Erica + Jude were a super sweet couple who were cool as the other side of a cucumber on ice skates’ pillow all day.

And. They. All. Lit. Flying. LANTERNS!!!

It was a good time. :)

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort Wedding : Erica + Jude

 

Venue + Coordination: The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Florist: Fiori Floral
Catering: The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections

 

 

  • December 5, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Katie - Wow! What a gorgeous locale for a wedding. I love the creative use of rose petals, the rings and the couple laying on them. So cute!

    The lanterns remind me of the Tangled movie.

    Great photography. I’m especially impressed by the night shots.ReplyCancel

  • December 6, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Michael Sasser - Wow, great set. I love your black & white processing. Awesome wedding!ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2013 - 7:03 am

    Rob - London Wedding Video - Wow, these photos are awesome. I really love the painting with light shot overlooking the night view. Such a unique and stunning photo!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Ed - Such beautiful pictures of beautiful people. The night shots are amazing. Great Photography.ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Jarrod Craig - What a beautiful, fun, relaxed and enjoyable set of wedding photos. its great when you see a collection that depict some part of the couples soul and enjoyment of their special day.ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Philip Melmed - Stunning photos of a beautiful wedding! Congratulations to both of you!ReplyCancel