This Must Be The Place: Annelise & Sean at The Carlsbad Flower Fields

July 8th, 2015

The lyrics “home is where I want to be” played through the DJ speakers as they made their entrance into their wedding reception. A perfect representation of their relationship, because home for Annelise and Sean is each other. Their wedding was a celebration that solidified that place in each other’s lives, but it had been the truth for a long time.

They first connected over a shared dance at a party, which probably sealed their fate.  As a natural performer, Annelise’s great passion in life has always been dance, and with a few collective shimmies and shakes, she was captivated by Sean, and he by her. Another connection shortly thereafter “and that was it” as Annelise put it; the doors to each other’s hearts were permanently open and they started moving their metaphorical furniture in. They raised dog children together, traveled the world, bought a house and made a home, became part of each other’s families. They cheered each other on in their individual pursuits and developed new passions together, offering lovingly encouraging and acting as the sunshine that spurs on new life. Each day a brightness and light grew between them, connecting them even more deeply.

On their wedding day they radiated.

Filled with excited nervousness, they were married by their friend Summer, who brought them together at that fateful party years ago. With an abundance of style and grace, Sean sang his vows to his bride. They both said I do with a light in their eyes. And later, they danced.  With a few shimmies and shakes (not to mention several awesome dips), Annelise and Sean were home.

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Thank you so much Annelise & Sean for allowing me to capture your gorgeous wedding and your captivating love story. I am honored to be able to now call you friends. Also a huge thanks to both Annelise’s parents who were beyond hospitable and have such a sweet and nurturing love for their beautiful daughter and son-in-law. Finally, thank you to Annelise and Sean’s amazing wedding planner, Nicole George, who seamlessly worked behind the scenes to make magic happen on their wedding day.

 

Vendors:
Venue: The Flower Fields / Planning & Coordination: Nicole George Event Planning & Design / Catering: Curiocity Catering & Philly Soft Pretzel Company / Desserts: Kristin Fuller Naylor & Cupcakes Squared / Florals: Sweet Pea Flower Company / DJ : JMC Events / Musicians: Miguel Lopez & Megan Johnson / Invitations: Ashley Zoe Designs / Hair & Makeup: Jazmin Strobelt / Lighting: San Diego Socialights / Linens: Wildflower Linen / Photobooth: Mobile Photo Booth / Rentals: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design & Abbey Party Rentals / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

Just One Look: Brian & Ty at Kiana Lodge, Seattle

July 6th, 2015

I was so honored to photograph Brian & Ty’s beautiful wedding over the long holiday weekend. Check out more previews on my Facebook page.

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I’ll Always Love My Mama: Christina & Paige’s San Diego Mama & Me Session

June 16th, 2015

In honor of Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of photographing some beautiful mamas and babes. Christina and Paige were one of my favorite sessions thanks to Christina’s kindness and Paige’s spunk. There is such a special dynamic between a mom and child that reveals itself though play and cuddles. It’s in a mother’s presence that a child can be her true self, without any inhibitions or limitations. Christina and Paige’s session captures that beauty and truth perfectly.

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Just One Look: Annelise & Sean at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

June 10th, 2015

I’m working on their full blog post, but here’s an epic photo of Annelise & Sean to tide you over!

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A Whole Lotta Love: Vanessa & Jake at The Woman’s Club of Orange

May 5th, 2015

A whole lot of chemistry and a whole lot of run-ins at costume parties, eventually led Vanessa & Jake to their wedding day. With their enthusiasm for life, sharp wit, and talent for humor, it’s safe to say, these two are each the life of the party on their own, but together, they are the party. Their wedding started with a gorgeous ceremony in the gardens of  The Woman’s Club of Orange where they were surrounded by tons of family and friends who wanted to share in their day. After some tears, a lot of laughs (seriously, I’ve never seen bigger smiles on a bride & groom), the cutest I do’s (quote: “I absolutely do do do!”), a passionate kiss, and big cheers from their guests, Vanessa & Jake made it official as Mr. and Mrs. Collins.

Fittingly, an adventure ensued for their portraits post-ceremony which involved cruising around Old Towne Orange, a random paparazzi, and Fireball among other memorable things. It was a glimpse into the lives of two people who live every day to the fullest and rock it hand in hand.

The culmination of all this love, laughter, celebration, and exuberance for life was their reception. Some pretty incredible toasts by Jake’s dad, brother Jed, and Vanessa’s sister Mariella, were rounded out by a roast from Jake’s brother and officiant Lenny, who had everyone laughing so hard they were practically in tears. You could say it was comic expose into the life of Vanessa & Jake featuring the beginning of their romance at those famed costume parties, Vanessa’s proclamations of how hot Jake is (quote: “I’m never going to think Jake is hot, Vanessa. He’s my brother.”)  and of course their infamous cat Cuban (who now has his own Instagram).  Toasts were followed by. So. Much. Dancing. I have never seen so many guests on the dance floor. It was amazing! All ages, both sides of the family, tons of friends, from the first song to the last, there was no stopping this party. Through it all, you could feel the joy and pure love that Vanessa & Jake have for each other and that is at the heart of their community of close-knit family and friends.

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Vanessa & Jake, thank you, thank you, thank you for welcoming me into your community on your wedding day and allowing me to capture your incredible celebration. Your bliss was not only delightful to watch, it was also contagious. I hope that these photographs can communicate even a fraction of the happiness you shared with every person in your lives the day you became Jake and Vanessa Collins.

Vendors:
Venue: The Woman’s Club of Orange / Coordination & Flowers: Christina Sauma of Attntodetailevents  / Catering: Homegirl Catering / DJ : Dee Jay Ray  / Hair: Penny Fair at The Young American Salon / Makeup: Cynthia Ochoa / Videographer: Still Talking Productions / Assistant Photographer: Rachel McCauley

 

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