Juliet and Jason Beach, Montecito and San Ysidro Ranch

When your a surfer and your last name is beach what do you do for your wedding? Well a beach wedding of course. Juliet and Jason wed along side 18 of their friends and family at a private beach in Montecito. A beautiful and touching Buddhist ceremony, tears and cheers. After hugs, a champagne toast and some beach photos they went off to an intimate dinner at San Ysidro Ranch. Luckily I was able to accompany them to the ranch to take  a few shots on the amazing grounds, they even did an impromptu garter toss before sitting down. You guys make a beautiful couple I was so happy to share it with you.

And, there just happens to be exceptionally cute flower girls here so forgive me for the extra kid shots

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More cool ideas

I have decided to start posting some of the cool things I see in weddings here. So to start it off this is Angie and Mike’s guest book. It is a Jenga game that guests can take apart, sign, write meassages and put back in the box for them to enjoy later. I love Jenga and I love the idea.

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Angie and Mike, Old Town Orange portraits, June 4, 2010 wedding

I am soooo behind in blogging. I have been busy shooting and working on 12 weeks worth of weddings so now I am counting backwards. Angie and Mike… wow a way to end my busy streak. A totally “non traditional” “wedding” and portrait session. “Wedding”, because there was no actual ceremony. “Non traditional” because it was actually a quite traditional Chinese marriage and reception. They wed privately the day before in a tea ceremony honoring their ancestors with close family. They continued the Chinese tradition with toasting each table with cognac, and Mike…cheers to you…you were still standing.

Angie and Mike wanted fun portraits of them and their bridal party so we rode a hummer limo, headed to Old Town Orange, struck a pose in an alleyway, and got kicked of the railroad tracks before heading to the bar.

And side note: Mike decided now was a good time to propose to Angie. See below.

Another side note: I had a fricken blast shooting all of it.

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The ride to Old Town

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this is the photo that got us kicked off of the tracks

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Notice the balls….it is their wedding date

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nothing like waiting for your wedding day to pull off the official proposal

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The toasts at the tables provided so many great moments it is truly hard to narrow down, I apologize if I am going overboard

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Angie and Michael in Old Town Orange (sneak peak)

I just got home (literally) from having a great time with Angie and Mike. We played around Old Town Orange until we got kicked off by the railroad police and these are just few that caught my eye. there will be so many more to post. Fun was had by all. It was a great Friday. Stay tuned.

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Lea and David, May 1, 2010 Bel Air Bay Club wedding

I gave the sneak peak to Lea and David’s spectacular wedding a few weeks ago. It took me a little while to mull over all of the images to be able to narrow it down to something reasonable to show. It was hard. Face it, they look good, they photograph well and they have great taste. Hard to go wrong but ultimately my favorite photos were some of the candid ones. Especially the first one, David protecting Lea from the wind, both candidly looking gorgeous, the fun bridal party photos, and I couldn’t help but show a ton of hora photos. I literally was IN the hora dancing along with the crowd and it was a blast.

Robyn Goldberg coordinated this wedding with her calm, organized and fantastic point of view

Hector Martinez from Green Leaf Studio totally out did himself on the flowers

Venue: Bel Air Bay Club

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Lea and David, Bel Air Bay Club (sneak peak)

I have barely touched the surface of the great shots of last week’s wedding. I rarely have a chance use the word “strapping” but when describing Lea and David I feel like I must describe them as  the bride looked “stunning” as she married the “strapping” young groom. I am dork I know. But the Bel Air Bay Club was a perfect location for their wedding and there will be so many more posted in the coming weeks.

I absolutely love this first one. It was a sweet candid moment as David tried to keep Lea warm as we waited for the bridal party to make it over for photos.

The next two…just plain beautiful

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Alyssa and Dan Union Station engagment shoot

I will just go on record this is one of my favorite engagement shoots ever. Top 3 for sure. I had been wanting to shoot in Union Station for ages, I have shot weddings but wanted the freedom and casualness engagement shoots bring. Alyssa and Dan couldnt have more of a perfect couple for this. So easy and fun in front of the camera I will give half of the credit to them. They made my job so easy, I cant wait until their 4th of July wedding.

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Michelle and Darren, March 19, 2010, Rancho San Juan Capistrano

moon084 682x1024 Michelle and Darren, March 19, 2010, Rancho San Juan CapistranoI love this place. Rancho San Juan Capistrano is an amazingly beautiful location. Michelle and Darren just added to the beauty. So sweet and a pleasure to work with. I know for a brief moment they considered having friends photograph their wedding. Let me just go on record and say I am so glad they didnt. I think these photos are so stunning that I am thrilled to be able to give these to them. So much excited is coming your way, I cant wait to hear about you overseas adventures. All of the love and luck in the world to your future.

Side note: it was hard to edit this down to a decent number as to not bombard you with all of the good ones.

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Michelle and Darren (sneak Peak) Rancho San Juan Capistrano

I am so crazy behind on blogging but thought I would share a few of these super sweet couple shots of Michelle and Darren. Their wedding at Rancho San Juan Capistrano was beautiful. I am so anxious to finish for them to see how cute and love they are in all of their photos.
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Wow… I am so flattered

As seen SMP Wow... I am so flattered

Twice this week I was featured on wedding blogs. I had no idea. Thanks to my bride Chandra for keeping me filled in on this great honor.

My Marvimon House wedding is on Style Me Pretty (more of this wedding is also on this blog)

And the same beautiful bride Chandra’s engagement photos from Santa Monica’s Viceroy and Pier are featured on the Love and Lavender blog

Feeling good…thanks everyone for taking the time to submit these

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