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When it comes to planning a beautiful outdoor wedding, the summer season is by far the most popular. But in Southern California, gorgeous weather and naturally picturesque foliage isn’t hard to find year-round. And for that exact reason, I wanted to photograph a fall wedding inspiration look that could rival the most alluring of summer weddings. As the ideas started flowing, I reached out to A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production in Orange County, Ca to discuss collaborating with them on this shoot. As we talked, we agreed that we wanted to create something elegant and stunning for a fall wedding inspiration that had not been done before.

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We reached out to The Villa San Juan Capistrano and they loved our vision for the shoot. Once The Villa graciously agreed to open their doors to us, A Good Affair and I reached out to some of our favorite vendors to help us make our vision a reality.

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Not wanting to stick with the traditional black tux typically seen on grooms during the fall months, Friar Tux provided the perfect slate gray suit. With a burgundy tie and pocket square, we fell in love with our fall groom’s style. Also straying from a traditional ball gown and the increasingly popular mermaid bridal dress, we chose a form-fitting lace gown by Pronovias from Mon Amie Bridal. Keeping with our fall look, the gown is complete with lace three-quarter length sleeves to give it that extra touch of grace and elegance. The bride’s look was completed by our talented hair and makeup artists. Lilly gave our bride a newlywed glow that was matched by the sophisticated updo created by Brenda. And of course, every bride needs a bridal bouquet to compliment her style – and that’s exactly what we got with gorgeous bouquet from Little Hill Florals. Our bride and groom could not have looked more stunning. Along with our insanely talented group of vendors, we were lucky enough to work with a gorgeous couple that just so happened to be celebrating their first wedding anniversary!

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For the ceremony setup, A Good Affair took full advantage of the interior space – which is not typically used for a ceremony at The Villa. Front and center was a lavish floral garland by Little Hill Florals that helped add warmth and a pop of color to the space. Our bride and groom’s unique and intimate ceremony was complete with cushion seating provided by Found Rentals. Adding to the one-of-a-kind style were the upside-down candles that were hung from the chandelier. An extra special touch added by the team at A Good Affair who hand painted each candle.

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Also from Found Rentals was the bold and luxurious eight-foot black table and perfectly mismatched chairs – all of which was set on Persian rugs that helped define the formal dining area. The eye-catching tablescape was set with pieces provided by from Dish Wish and Lux Linen; to tie in our ceremony area we incorporated the hand-painted candles with the floral arrangements from Little Hill Florals.

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And what wedding isn’t complete without their very own signature cocktails? Cocktail Concierge provided our couple with beautiful and delicious cocktails. We love the giant ice cubes, definitely a fun element. Not to be outdone, Rooney Girl Bakes provided the magnificently detailed cake that she bas-relief and adorned with sugar flowers and sugar vines of berries.”


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Wedding Gown – Pronovias :

Bridal Shop – Mon Amie Bridal :

Veils – Veiled Beauty :

Mens Suit – Friar Tux :

Make Up Artist – Lilly Pollan :

Hair Stylist – Brenda Barron :

Cake – Rooney Girl Bakeshop :

Linens – Lux Linens :

China, Silverware, Glasware – Dish Wish :

Cocktails – Cocktail Concierge :

Furniture – Found Rentals :

Accessories – Styled by TC :

Models – Jennifer Hawkins via Brand Model & Talent : & Blake Nyman via


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What do you get when you have a comedian and kindergarden teacher as your clients? An engagement session full of laughs and super sweet moments! Not only was he cracking jokes and making his beautiful fiance laugh at the drop of hat, Geoff has some serious style going! Going non-traditional with a bright blue suit and burgundy striped bow tie for outfit number one, he complimented Kristy’s fun and colorful dress perfectly. Wanting their engagement session in a natural setting, but not necessarily out in the middle of a forest, we decided on Arlington Garden in Pasadena, Ca. The garden offered so many beautiful backdrops that we weren’t even able to shoot them all in our 90 minutes together.  It was such a great location and we loved every one of their images. I can’t wait for their wedding later this year at Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont, CA.


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Part 1: I really love photographing bridal inspiration. It’s a great way to see wedding designers’ new bridal collections and gives me the ability to hone my craft in a more open environment where I can experiment. Having a little more time than I normally would with a bride let’s me do extra creative thinking in advance, which then helps my brides feel like super models on their big day. (Always a plus in my book!)

I reached out to one of my favorite modeling agencies and booked 2 models I felt would fit the look and feel of what I wanted to shoot. I then contacted one of my favorite bridal stores, Bonny Bridal in Brea, CA. We drove through Padua Hills and found a great spot to shoot. Here are some of my favorites with our model Summer.



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Desert background, gorgeous bouquet, and a incredibly sweet couple all equal up to an awesome engagement session. Being huge lovers of all things outdoors, Mia and Raf were set on doing their engagement photos in a natural setting. Having just visited Joshua Tree National Park, we suggested it for their session and they agreed on the spot! Once we had a location set, we worked together on wardrobe and even contacted Starla of Enchanted Fine Florals for a bouquet and headpiece. Our joint vision for their engagement session couldn’t have come out more beautiful! Check out some of our favorite shots below.

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Dress: Zara
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Men’s Blazer: Armani from Bloomingdales

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Growing up, my family owned a 10 acre ranch complete with chicks, chickens, pigs, wild donkeys, llamas (we’re Peruvian), goats, a giant Christmas tree farm, and last but not least, 25 Thoroughbreds we would raise and train for racing. You would think I would have a love for horses and great memories of riding my horse for miles and miles in a romanticized manor. But unfortunately, my experience with our horses was cleaning their pens, balling hay, feeding, and washing them. I once rode a five year old mare bare back for about 10 minutes. I was suppose to be warming her up but she gave me a look while I was putting her bridle on that said “Hey… you gonna get on today? I won’t tell,” and then I swear she smiled at me. I ran her around the corral a couple of times, then I grabbed her my the mane (that I hadn’t yet braided) and hopped on. It was a great 10 minutes, yet kind of painful – bare back riding is not as fun as it sounds.:)

Although I didn’t really get to ride them, I did get to go to the race track to see them run and man did I love it, I still go now any chance I get. My favorite part would be in the winner’s circle waiting for our picture to be taken. The horses would still be cooling down from the race and I would place my hand right above one of the front legs and I could feel their hearts pumping so hard still. I could literally feel my hand being pushed away from the force of the heart beat.

A few weeks ago I went out to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA to watch the races. It was a great day of betting, popcorn coma, and the coldest beers ever.:)I walked around for a couple hours, camera in hand and shot everything that caught my eye. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Can’t wait for next month’s live races!


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