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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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What can we say about Caitlin + Dan’s gorgeous Crossroads Estates  (by Foley Estates) wedding? These two are a perfect pair and it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding day. They had an amazing ceremony where they had friends and family members come up and give readings, tell stories, and marry them as a community. It was such a great experience and made for a very emotional and personal ceremony. They also had a poet come and type small poems for their guests on any subject they wanted. Such a cool memento for people to take home and remember this day! Honestly we can’t say enough good things about these two and their friends/family. From Caits group of girlfriends helping her get ready to the amazing toasts by their two best friends, this wedding was so full of personal touches and love.

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A photo of Caitlin getting ready. Dan The ceremony site at Crossroads Estate. The groom walking down the aisle. The bride walking down the aisle. A photo of Caitlin walking down the aisle. The ceremony entrance had two beautiful gates. Friends and family shared during the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom sat during the wedding ceremony. Caitlin and Dan The couple exchanging vows. The bride and groom Dan stomped on glass following the first kiss. The newlyweds right after the ceremony. Caitlin and Dan walking down the aisle after the ceremony. Caitlin wore a beautiful long veil. 018-storyboard A bride and groom portrait by a large tree. Black and white photos of the bride and groom. Dan kissing Caitlin Individual portraits of the bride and groom. Dan being silly behind Caitlin during her portrait time. A photo of the couple. An adorable photo of Caitlin resting on Dan. A sweet moment as the bride looks at the groom. Caitlin and Dan at Crossroads Estate. 019-storyboard The reception space at Crossroads Estate. The couple had beautiful blue tablecloths and gold plates. A photo of the table centerpiece. A toast during the reception. Photos during the toasts at the reception. Caitlin and Dan laughing during toasts. CrossroadsEstateWedding037 CrossroadsEstateWedding040 CrossroadsEstateWedding039 CrossroadsEstateWedding041 CrossroadsEstateWedding038 020-storyboard CrossroadsEstateWedding042 Caitlin and Dan Caitlin and Dan dancing during the reception. A sweet photo during the first dance. Dan spinning Caitlin during the first dance. An adorable photo of the first dance. All guests dancing during the reception. A photo of the outdoor reception area. The cake was tiered with florals. The bride and groom cutting the cake. The live band during the reception. A photo of guests dancing during the reception. Caitlin dancing with her mom. A photo of Caitlin dancing with a guest. The cigar bar during the reception. 022-storyboard The couple had a poet at the reception. Dancing during the reception. Caitlin and Dan Caitlin and Dan

Awesome Vendor Credits:

Venue: Crossroads Estate – www.firestonewine.com

Coordinator: Rani Hoover, Inspired Weddings & Events – ranihoover.com

Band: The Cheeseballs – www.cheeseballs.com

Floral: Eden Floral – www.edenfloralslo.com

What is this? A SECOND blog post in just one week? This is madness! Sheer insanity! “Dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” – Dr. Peter Venkman – Ghost Busters. :)

Britt and Steve’s wedding had a theme that they absolutely nailed: “when you’re in love, the whole world is in bloom.” They didn’t go too crazy over-the-top with it, but there were gorgeous floral nods (provided by The Little Branch) throughout most aspects of the day, and it was so crazy beautiful. Kudos to them and to all of the event service professionals who pulled their vision together and made this day such a beautiful blast to photograph. We are also slightly obsessed with Britt’s beautiful lace dress. Come on! Those sleeves?! That back?! It was the absolute perfect choice. Oh and Britt’s dad may have had a plane fly over the ceremony site during the ceremony w/ a big banner that said “Just Married Brittany <3 Steve” which is pretty darn epic.

 

Britt and Steve Britt and Steve The wedding invitation suite with a cute tag labeled "all the details". A black and white photo of Steve getting ready. The groom getting ready. A groomsmen helping Steve put on his bowtie. Steve putting on his shoes and fun socks. Steve The bride Brittany The bride A beautiful black and white photo of Britt in the mirror. Britt getting her makeup done. The makeup artist putting on Brittany A gorgeous photo of Britt during getting ready. Britt checking out her makeup and hair. A beautiful photo of the bride looking at her wedding dress. The bride The bride fixing her hair in the mirror. Beautiful detail photos of Britt Britt putting on her shoes. The groom waiting for his bride during the first look. Britt walking up to Steve during the first look. A sweet moment between the couple during the first look. Britt spinning to show off her dress. The bridesmaids watching the first look. Britt and Steve together on their wedding day. The groom on the balcony. Individual portraits of the bride and groom. A gorgeous shot of the back of the bride The bride and groom looking out on the balcony. Britt and Steve together on the balcony with the ocean in the background. The couple in front of gorgeous greenery. A cute photo of the couple touching noses. Beautiful photos in front of the purple flowers. Britt and Steve walking through the club. The bride and groom standing near a lamppost. Britt and Steve wrapped in her veil. A portrait of the couple through the trees. The bride and groom in front of the fountain. A cute photo of the bride and groom in the courtyard. The Club Tower at the ceremony start time. The beautiful floral ceremony arch. The groom watching the bride walk down the aisle. Britt walking down the aisle with her dad. Britt and Steve Beautiful photos of the bride and groom during the ceremony. The couple reading their personal vows. A view down to Britt and Steve The couple exchanging wedding bands. The bride and groom holding hands. Britt and Steve A plane flew over with a just married sign. A beautiful sunset photo of the bride and groom. Photos of the couple during the golden hour. A bright golden photo of the couple looking at each other. A sweet kiss between the newlyweds. A photo with gorgeous sunflare. A portrait with the couple A black and white silhouette in front of the window. A beautiful portrait of the couple with the ocean background. The bride and groom sitting in two leather chairs. Bridal party photos in the library. An all wedding party shot in the den. Reception details photos. The beautiful floral centerpieces. The couple A cute moment between the bride and groom. Sweet photos of the first dance. The bride and groom sitting at the head table. The bride A view from the bride and groom The couple watching toasts. Black and white photos of the best man Britt and Steve played the Newlywed game during the reception. The bride laughing during the newlywed game. A cute photo of the couple playing the game. A cool black and white photo of the bride and groom lifting their shoes. The bride had a special dance with her dad. The father daughter dance. A sweet hug between the bride and her dad. The groom also had a special dance with his mom. The groom dancing with his mother. The groom Open dancing begins. Guests dancing during the reception. Guests dancing with the bride and groom. The bride and groom dancing together. Britt and Steve cutting their cake. Britt and Steve feeding each other cake. More dancing during the reception. The bride dancing with her friends. All the guests dancing together. A cute photo of Britt and Steve dancing together. The bride and groom singing to each other. Britt and Steve

 

Vendor Love:

Coordinator: Ali at A Gypsy Fete

Venue: Bel Air Bay Club

DJ + MC: Eric + Trevor at Extreme DJ Services

Cake: Fantasy Frostings

Floral: The Little Branch

Calligraphy: Courtney at PoppyJack Shop

Videography: Shark Pig

 

  • February 18, 2016 - 11:01 am

    Victoria L Chris - Lovely couple, lovely wedding and adore ALL the couple shots – fantastic memories!ReplyCancel

These two athletes and sports fans are the perfect pair (a home run, if you will ;)… you’re welcome for that) and we are so excited to share their beautiful southern California engagement session with you in anticipation of their stunning Bel-Air Bay Club wedding that we had the pleasure of recently photographing as the “opening day” (The sports puns and metaphors will not stop. They must not stop!!!) of our 2016 season (coming soon to the blog)! Steve is a pro baseball player and Britt is a soccer player, and these two met while refining their skills in college at University of Arizona (go Wildcats!) and have been hitting it out of the park ever since (BOOM! Got one more in there)!

Ok, we might not be the best at the sports-ing and genuinely have no idea what we are talking about (we had to google something for every single sports reference in this blog post). BUT! We love it when couples want to make their session extra special by bringing a few items that represent them as a couple! We loved getting to know these two and basking in some gorgeous California golden light at their engagement session in the hills and beach.  Enough talk. Check out some photos!

 

Britt and Steve Britt and Steve standing under a large tree. The couple brought sports equipment as props. Steve plays baseball and Britt is a soccer player. Britt and Steve with their cute sports props. Britt wore a bright red jumpsuit. Britt and Steve surrounded by many trees. Sweet photos of Britt and Steve in the trees. The couple on a dirt path. The couple in front of large trees. A photo of the couple through the trees. Britt and Steve sitting in the grass field. Sweet moments between Britt and Steve. A gorgeous photo of Britt looking away. The couple sitting on the grass at the park. A sun filled photo of the engaged couple. A black and white photo of the couple in the trees. Britt sitting on a tree branch. Cute photos of the couple at the park. Britt and Steve in front of small trees. A cool black and white photo of Britt and Steve at Old Agoura Park. The second half of the engagement session was at a Malibu beach. Britt and Steve sitting in front of the cliffside. The couple sitting on the sand. A sweet photo of the couple touching foreheads. Britt and Steve leaning against a large rock. Britt and Steve walking in the water. Britt and Steve at the Malibu beach. A shot through a rock of the couple. The couple sitting on a rock. Steve holding Britt on the beach. A bright sun filled photo of the couple. Britt and Steve standing on a large rock. A beautiful Malibu sunset. Britt and Steve on a rock at sunset. A cute photo of the couple at the beach. A perfect beach photo of Britt and Steve. A bright yellow sunset photo of the couple. A beautiful silhouette of Britt and Steve.

 

Larissa + Andy are adorable. We have a special fondness of them because we share a unique trait as a couple. Larissa and Marianne are both… vertically challenged, and Andy and Joe are freaking giants.  We may be bias but we think this combo is awesome and wonderful in every way. They also happened to have a totally stunning wedding day that was filled with gorgeous florals, special details, and a ton of dancing! You would never know that this October day was a rare 99+ degrees in Camarillo!

 

Larissa and Andy Larissa and Andy Larissa The bride sipping out of a best day ever mug. Larissa getting in her dress. Larissa The bride getting in her wedding dress. The groom getting in his tuxedo. Andy putting on his jacket. The groom and groomsmen getting ready. Andy waiting for the first look. The bride walking to the first look. Larissa and Andy Larissa and Andy The groom looking at the bride The bride and groom at Gerry Ranch during the first look. A portrait of the bride. The bride

A black and white portrait of the groom. The bride and groom sitting on a bench. A sweet photo of the bride and groom. The bride and groom Larissa and Andy walking along the ride. A photo of the bride and bridesmaids. The groom in sunglasseses with the groomsmen. Full wedding party photos in front of a tree. Larissa and Andy The bride and groom The groom and groomsmen walking into the wedding ceremony. The groomsmen hugging the groom before the ceremony. The bride with her father walking into the ceremony. Photos of the bride Larissa and Andy The couple holding hands during the ceremony. Andy smiling at Larissa during the ceremony. The couple exchanging rings. Larissa putting on Andy The couple Larissa and Andy after the wedding ceremony. Photos of the escort card display and table settings. Larissa and Andy The couple in the ranch Larissa and Andy at sunset. Sweet photos of the couple at sunset. A black and white photo of the couple on a dirt path. Larissa and Andy sitting in the fields at sunset. A sunset photo of the bride and groom. The bride and groom walking together. Larissa and Andy Andy singing to Larissa during the first dance. Sweet photos of the first dance. Larissa and Andy dancing together. A beautiful shot of the first dance. Larissa and Andy at the head table. The maid of honor Special toasts during the reception. Larissa and her dad had a special father daughter dance. The bride and her dad lip synced songs during their dance. The father daughter dance. A special dip during the father daughter lip sync dance. The groom also danced with his mom. A sweet moment of the mother son dance. The groom also danced with his whole family. Open dancing at the reception. The couple taking a selfie. The bridesmaids dancing together. The bride dancing with friends. Larissa dancing with guests during the reception. The bride and groom The wedding cake and dessert bar. Larissa and Andy cut the cake with special family swords. Larissa and Andy cutting the cake. The bride tossing her bouquet. The bridal bouquet toss. The groom removing the bride The groom tossing the garter. The garter toss during the reception. Guests dancing during the reception. Larissa and Andy A guest doing a backflip. The groom dancing during the reception. Larissa and Andy The bride and groom dancing together. Larissa and Andy dancing at the end of the reception. Larissa and Andy The couple drove away in an austin cooper. Larissa and Andy

 

Vendor Love:

Venue: Gerry Ranch

DJ: In the Mix Events

Florist: Knot Just Flowers

  • February 5, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    Larissa Graham - Wahoooo!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2016 - 7:20 pm

    Joanne Campbell Graham - Beautiful, perfect day!!ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Donis Mills - The Photographs turned out Beautiful ( I met Andy in August 2014 @ my late mother’s Memorial & was immediately impressed with him & his Love for Larissa his new bride! Great Job, You Should Be Proud of these pictures you took of my favorite cousin’s wedding!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2016 - 7:15 pm

    Gayle Graham Lusher - Great fun had by all!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2016 - 3:33 pm

    Mary Ellen Howe - What beautiful photographs of Larrisa & Andy’s wedding. Wow!
    Love them.ReplyCancel