Archive: ‘Weddings’



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

Tuesday, 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

Just One Look: Vanessa & Jake Say I Absolutely Do Do Do

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

A wedding with probably the cutest vows and the most hilarious toasts, I can’t wait to tell you all about Vanessa & Jake’s I do’s at the Women’s Club of Orange!

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Shelby & Kevin’s Best Day Ever at Bates Nut Farm

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A sign greeted their guest with a list of dates that marked the progression of their love story: “11/07–We Met,” “2/08–Fell in Love,” “1/03/15–Mr. & Mrs.”  What’s impossible to put on any list, though, is the moments in between, the smaller but equally important milestones that are difficult to sum up in a few words: Kevin becoming a part of Shelby’s family and like a son to Shelby’s father, Shelby’s support of Kevin on his journey to become a Navy Seal, Kevin being a rock of support for Shelby through family illnesses. It’s the long road they’ve traveled together, over seven years filled with many joys and a few struggles, that brought Shelby & Kevin to their wedding day at Bates Nut Farm.

Shelby and Kevin’s journey began when they met as high school students; they shared a love of the water and the outdoors in general. He drove a lifted truck, which Shelby’s protective older sisters weren’t too keen on. But when Shelby got Kevin a job where she and her sister also worked, Kevin started to prove himself as a loyal and dedicated young man. Shelby & Kevin both came from loving families but had very different stories. Kevin’s mother Tori was a single-mom for most of Kevin’s life, while Shelby’s parents Janie & Mike had been married for decades. Shelby’s dad took Kevin under his wing. They became like family.

Not all grooms allow themselves to become emotional during their wedding ceremony. In Kevin’s line of work as a Seal, where he is regularly tasked with great challenges under extreme stress, he no doubt has to hold back his emotions. But with Shelby, there is no holding back for Kevin. There is no holding back for either of them. The intensity and depth with which they love each other is evident in every moment, every touch, each gaze. Their bond runs deep. And now officially, they are family.

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Shelby & Kevin, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph the culmination of your love story, your wedding, your Best Day Ever. Shelby, it means so much to me to have been able to see you as a beautiful bride, so filled with love, excitement, and laughter. Kevin, I wish a safe deployment for you and your team. It was clear on your wedding day that that no one could treasure Shelby more than you. I know it will be a challenge for you both to be apart, but your special bond will keep your hearts connected even thousands of miles away. Best wishes to you both on a joyous and loving marriage.

Vendors:
Venue: Bates Nut Farm / Coordination: Tammy Coleman of Maggie Tyler Events / Hair & Makeup: King Cardoza Studio /Catering: New Life Culinary Creations / Flowers : Anna’s Flowers / Cake & Cupcakes: Jenns Cake Couture  / Videographer: Garvin Ha / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

Chelsey & Brenden’s Warm Winter Wedding at Pine Hills Lodge

Monday, January 26th, 2015

I met Chelsey & Brenden two years ago when I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session. Chelsey had recently applied to nursing school, and was anxiously waiting on her admission status so she and Brenden could begin to plan their wedding. They weren’t sure exactly when they would become husband and wife, but they knew they did indeed want to spend their lives together. Their engagement session holds a special place in my heart because it was the first session I photographed after the birth of my baby. Our original date had to be moved because the roads were blocked to Julian, the quaint town where both their engagement session and wedding took place. A new date was set and the planets must have all aligned that day because the roads were clear and a blanket of perfect white snow covered the town and surrounding landscape. I remember the playful exchanges between them, the way Brenden tenderly helped Chelsey through the icy streets, and the warm embraces amidst the chilly air.

Two years later, it was clear their bond had grown even deeper. It was in each interaction, each touch, each smile and gaze. It was in Brenden’s redirection of all attention to Chelsey; it was in Chelsey’s tears of joy as she saw him the first time in her wedding gown. It was the longing in their eyes during their ceremony and their eager anticipation to become husband and wife. In the speeches from their family and friends, there was laughter, life, delight, and so much raw emotion celebrating their love. It was clear to each wedding guest, Chelsey and Brenden fit together like a hand and glove.

They planned every detail of their wedding themselves and executed each one beautifully. They created a magical day for themselves, their family and friends in the woods of Julian at the gorgeous Pine Hills Lodge. And they did it all together. It was an intimate and tender celebration that represented them utterly and completely. It was perfect.

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Chelsey & Brenden, thank you for the honor of photographing the perfect celebration of your love and the start to your incredible marriage. I know as the days grown long and the years pass by, your bond will only deepen.   Cheers to a life of love, warmth, and winter adventures.

Vendors:
Venue: Pine Hills Lodge / DJ: ENV Productions, Inc. / Cake: Swedish Royal Bakery / Hair: Nicole Klemetsrud / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Root / Dress: Allure Bridals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

Just One Look: Shelby & Kevin at Bates Nut Farm

Monday, January 5th, 2015

This is a very special wedding, for so many reasons. One of which is that beautiful Shelby is my former student. I can’t wait to share her and Kevin’s story with you.

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See more previews on my Facebook page.

 

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