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Happy Friday everyone! Greetings from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It’s been a couple weeks since I last posted, and thinking about it now my last post here I wrote while I was out of town as well 😉 I have been blessed this year with amazing clients, including a couple of them who have put their trust on this girl to capture their big day at a fabulous destinations.

Jenny and Alex are one of those couples. I met them both through our mutual friend (Hi Lily!) At her sisters wedding last year, Alex was the lucky winner of the garter toss.. let me tell you I have never seen family happier than when this happened. Little did they know that Alex was ready to pop the big questions only a few weeks later. Its been such a great experience to now be able to work with both of them and get to know them more as a couple and future married team!

A few weeks back we took a little trip down to Orange County where we explored the beautiful town of San Juan Capistrano for their engagement session, here are just a a few of my favorites from that day.

Jenny & Alex, can’t wait for today! xo

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Lets throw it back to another wedding from last April shall we? I love weddings of any size, style but you already knew that! What some of you might not know is that Charro weddings hold a special place in this girl’s heart. You see I come from a BIG Mexican family, full of culture and tradition… including the love and practice of its national sport Charreria. Now when Veronica and Estevan contacted me and told me that they were having a big Mexican wedding that embodied all the goodness of a Mexican Charro wedding I was on board! Their day was full of life, love and lots of laughter… the perfect day indeed.

I was so excited to be a part of it. Here are some favorites from their day!

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That moment you realize “I’m a bride, Im getting married”

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Such a cute gift from Vero to Estevan…Love!

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Final touches…

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I love this image of Veronica’s nieces trying to get a last minute shot of her before she left for her ceremony.

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Priceless reaction from Estevan, seeing his bride for the first time.

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Married!! Now in keeping with tradition, nothing says Charro wedding more than this right here 🙂
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After their ceremony, we headed to the Crestmore Manor. It was the perfect setting to roam around for some portraits and fun affair afterwards!
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Hello Beautiful.

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Love the details in Veronica’s bouquet.. an image of her grandmother and her jewelry wrapped around.

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Estevan with his brothers and father. Love this!
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That Sombrero game…

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All about the details. oh hey there Estevan!

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First Dance 🙂

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Now when the bride is a performer, you know its only fair to serenade her new husband. LOVE!
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Father/ Daughter and Son/Mother dances just melt my heart. I mean seriously the bond these two have with their parents is so beautiful.
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Sneaking a few more portraits during their reception, I love when my couples take those few minutes just to themselves.. and me of course 😉

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You know its a fun night when a bouquet/garter toss end up with the groom in the air 🙂

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Oh.. and maybe the groom’s clothing becomes optional, curtesy of his buddies. LOL

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Thanks again Veronica & Estevan for such a fun memorable wedding, Love you two!! xo

Special thanks to my second shooter Jess for joining me and helping me document their love.

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So happy to be sharing Briana + Bob’s big day today on the blog! Surrounded by their closest family & friends they said ‘I do’ in a beautiful wedding at Calamigos Equestrian. I kicked off my 2015 wedding season with this wedding, and yes it only took me a year to share… but hey who is counting. 😉

My lovely Briana + Bob, Happy 1 year Anniversary…Cheers to many more to come!! Here are just a few favorites from their day.

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first look, yay!

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After their first look, we roamed around Calamigos Equestrian, such a great venue!

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Hello gorgeous!!

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there is something so timeless from this image, LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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minutes before the walking down the aisle.

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Happy Friday my loves! So for those who follow me on social media, you might remember that I decided to kick off 2016 with a giveaway! What better way to celebrate newly engaged couples over the holidays than with a chance to win a FREE engagement session done by yours truly 🙂 The response was great, and with the help of  random picking curtesy of the husband we had 2 winners! This past month I had the opportunity to shoot these couples and let me tell you it was an amazing time. Which brings me today to share one of these sessions – Caitlin & Zach.

Like any good (blind) date at Starbucks, we met and right off the bat just hit it off with these two. I mean seriously they are perfect for one another and just the sweetest couple to be around. We started to brainstorm ideas for their engagement and at the end decided to shoot around their Los Feliz/ Silverlake neighborhood, and let me tell you it was all kinds of good!

Caitlin + Zach, thanks so much for letting me capture such a special time in your lives! xo Here are some of my favorite from our day…

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When planning their session, one thing we knew was that we wanted to do was get some photos with their fur baby – Duncan. This little dude has been such a big part in their lives including Zach’s proposal to Caitlin… how cute is this little family!

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Always laughing <3

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One of my favorites of their day.. Of course Duncan had to be part of it.

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Duncan needed some solo camera time… loved him!

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‘but there’s nowhere to go’ … as along as you have each other, trust me all is good 🙂

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family 🙂

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well hello models.. can we do this everyday?!

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lovers and bougainvillea… yes please!!

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