Paulina and Ryan, Moroccan Dream Wedding in Palm Springs California

This wedding was an absolute dream to be apart of. Palm Springs was the perfect place for Ryan and Paulina to tie the knot after 10 years of being together. They wanted a Moroccan themed wedding, and Palm Springs accentuated every inch of their impeccable details incredibly. Paulina custom designed her dress herself, and it was bell sleeved perfection. Combined with bougainvillea? I think my jaw was on the floor the entire day. 

Paulina and Ryan shared the sweetest of first looks prior to their ceremony- it was incredible to witness their love and the celebratory emotions from their closest family and friends. After their first look we were hit with an absolute terrible storm- have you ever been to Palm Springs? You guys, it. does. not. rain. And it poured. I'm talking palm trees bending over, water up to our shins, a full blown river going through their ceremony site. I got stuck with my gear on the other side of the venue, and when I finally made it back to the bridal room Paulina ran up to me and quickly asked "Are you okay?!".  I quickly laughed since I thought my sweet bride would be panicked asked "Are YOU okay?!". She spoke about how it didn't matter, there were hurricanes on the coast giving people much more issues, and all that mattered was that they were getting married.

And that sums up this couple, and their wedding, perfectly. They didn't care about the rain, mud, or the flooded floors. They only cared about the fact that they were getting married. We waited several more minutes for the rain to clear as much as possible, laid out a few rugs for the ceremony site, and Ryan and Paulina were married at sunset surrounded by gentle rain and the cheering of their loved ones. 

Their reception that evening was nothing short of perfection, each of their details could not have been better. That head table? Still not over it, probably never will be. They had tacos, a cigar bar, and endless partying with their friends and family. It was a perfect wedding that overflowed with love and excitement. Congratulations Ryan and Paulina! Wishing you all the happiness in the world! xx

A Day In the Garden

The sweetest and most talented team of vendors came together to shoot this mini session at my house at noon. There's nothing like pitching a shoot in your backyard in midday lighting and having people trust you to make that happen. Kenzie was the perfect model, and it was so fun to work with her again after shooting her wedding last fall. 

Florals: Intertwined Florals
MUA: Merrie Hess
Model: Mckenzie
Styling: Sister Golden Hair

Hope you enjoy. xx

Taylor + Nick, Big Sur Elopement in the Redwoods

Taylor and Nick decided to skip the big wedding full of people and traditions and instead travel from Texas to elope in the location of their dreams.  Big Sur California. Hurricane Harvey hit the week prior to their big day, and they were unsure if they'd make it out to California on our planned date. Despite the hurricane, they made it to Glen Oaks and got ready in the most darling cabin together. I'll be honest, capturing getting ready photo's is one of my favorite parts of the day. It seems so simple and therefore often gets overlooked, but there is nothing like capturing the happy nerves and overwhelming excitement as you prepare to say your vows. 

We ran down through the redwoods to a little cove of tree's for Nick and Taylor to exchange their vows. They shared loving words, shed some tears, and then celebrated before we ran (not a joke, literally ran) to our cars to drive to the cliff's with the minimal light we had remaining. Taylor dawned on her Nike's and we slid down a dirt hill to get to one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. Do they not look like real life Eric and Ariel? Combined with Taylor's stunning feathered gown I was convinced I was shooting the glam elopement of the little mermaid. We ended the evening with a stunning sunset before they popped the champagne and headed to dinner to celebrate privately. 

It was such an honor to be apart of Taylor and Nick's elopement in Big Sur. Spending the day together and sharing their vows so intimately was the perfect way to tie the knot. Their love was so palpable, and it was amazing to capture it for them. Hope you enjoy. xx