Peterson Design and Photography

Holiday Mini Session Favorites!

21 Nov 2018 00:25

2018 was the first year we did Holiday Mini Sessions and these are some of our favorites! :)
Caspers Wildereness Park ::  Brittany & Matt

Cedar Grove Park :: The Thompson McKinney Family 

Neff Park :: The Pang Family and The Rizzos

Cedar Grove Park :: The Travis Family, The Waltons, The Tabije Family & The Bosch Family

Tara & Stephan :::: Engagement Session at Caspers Wilderness Park

19 Nov 2018 15:00

These two were one of the winners of our engagement session giveaway earlier this year and we are so glad we met them through that contest! Tara and Stephan are such a sweet couple with fun and relaxed personalities who love to be together and hike with their fur babies! They have been together almost 10 years now (they met senior year of H.S.) and will be getting married next year in San Diego. For their session, they wanted someplace with large trees, fields and pretty light so of course we thought of Caspers Wilderness Park. The weather was a bit overcast the day of our session and we got to documents some lovely moments between these two in the peeking beautiful golden hour light :)
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Danielle & Derek :: 9-29-18 :: Wedding in Huntington Beach

15 Nov 2018 18:16

Danielle and Derek are such sweeties! We started out their warm and sunny wedding day at the Hyatt Huntington Beach where Danielle got ready with her bridesmaids in their amazing suite! After a few fun shots in their robes and everyone was dressed ready to go, Danielle's mom and her girls helped her get into her gorgeous dress, veil, shoes and garter. The guys got ready at another hotel and had a blast hanging out and getting their custom wood watch gifts from Derek. There is a gorgeous park adjacent to their venue, the Newland Barn, so after everyone was ready, the the couple had their first look and we took some bridal party photos. After those and the newlywed portraits were done, we all made our way back up to the barn for the ceremony. The Newland Barn is such a lovely and intimate venue, perfect for the exchange of Danielle and Derek's vows. An especially sweet moment was their personalized vows to one another, I don't think there was a dry eye in attendance! Once the ceremony was complete we spent some time capturing family portraits and then headed to the venue's garden for some golden hour shots of the new Mr. and Mrs. Next it was time for the party to begin! The reception was full of fun details like touches of the Eiffel Tower (where they got engaged!), framed engagement photos and adorable signage! Upon joyfully entering their reception, Danielle and Derek had their first dance in the setting sun. Then they spent some time greeting, and thanking each of their guests and listening to toasts. After dinner, Danielle danced with her dad and Derek with his mom, both were so incredibly sweet. After the bouquet and garter toss there was some epic dancing from their amazing guests. It was such a tremendous pleasure to be a part of this amazing day!
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Brittany & Matt ::: Pregnancy Gender Reveal

10 Nov 2018 00:38

We love Brittany and Matt and we are SO excited they are welcoming a new Stump into the world! :) These two wanted to do a smoke/confetti gender reveal so after they found out (with the results in a sealed envelop)  they ordered the canons and joined us during one of our mini sessions at Caspers Wilderness Park! After a practice run with some white canons, we did the grand reveal and these two were excitedly surprised to discover they are having a GIRL! We are soooooo excited for these two and can't WAIT until our maternity shoot in early February and for baby girl to arrive in early March! :)
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Current Discounts!

6 Nov 2018 19:14

Hi There! If you are reading this, you are looking for more information about our current discounts!
Here are the three we are currently running:

Year End Discount

Expires 12-31-18. This $100 off discount is valid for any contracts signed between 9-2-18 and 12-31-18 and applies to any weddings booked for 8, 9 or 10+ hours of wedding photography!

Planner Discount

No Expiration! We first started offering the discount this year when we noticed that weddings where we worked with a licensed, insured, independent wedding planner or coordinator were more efficient, more relaxed and more fun! Basically, working with a wedding planner is the best thing you can do for your wedding! They are 300% worth every penny they charge and will not only help you to have a relaxed and fun wedding day, but they will provide support in ways you didn’t even know you needed. They will also ultimately save you money as they help negotiate all the tricky ins and outs of planning a huge event like a wedding. SO! If you hire a licensed, insured, independent (NOT working for your venue) wedding planner or coordinator for your wedding day, we offer a $100 discount! Your planner’s name, company name and contact info must be provided and their hired status verified before the discount is applied. To see a list of our favorite wedding planners, check out here!

Dream Venue Discount 

No expiration, but when a venue is booked it is crossed off the list! For the list and more details, see this link!

The best part: all three of these discounts CAN be combined! Cheers to that!

Alicia & Caleb :: 9-22-18 :: Wedding in Hopland

5 Nov 2018 15:00

Alicia and Caleb are dear friends of ours and we had the immense pleasure to document their wedding day! Their wedding was an out of town adventure for us as they got married in Hopland, CA which is a few hours north of the Bay Area :) It was such a blast to explore beautiful wine country and spend a wonderful weekend with this amazing group of people! On the wedding day, the girls started off their day getting ready together at a rental home on the property at one of the many stunning vineyards in the area. After some detail shots, everyone got dressed, and we toasted to a successful wedding day! Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready at an AirBnb in adorable downtown Hopland and had some laughs together while donning their dapper suits. Once everyone was ready, we all traveled over to their venue, the stunningly beautiful Contento Vineyard at Brutacao Cellars Winery for these two to do their first look! These two were so sweet and tender once the saw each other in their wedding best, they both laughed and loved how great the other looked! Next we had a blast spending some time with their awesome bridal party and families and then it was time for the ceremony! For their ceremony these two exchanges traditional vows and successfully lit a unity candle, which was a struggle because of the constant breeze. It was so exciting to see them finally become husband and wife! After more bride and groom portraits during golden hour around the stunning venue, the newlyweds joined the party and their beautiful twinkle-light filled reception filled with elegant muted tones and sweet details. Their reception was full of joyful toasts, an emotional first dance and sweet cake cutting. We loved every moment of this wedding and it was such a delight to be a part of their day from designing their invitation suite to taking their engagement and wedding photos!!
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Dream Wedding Venues

26 Oct 2018 16:46

We have some dream venues we’ve been dying to work at next year and beyond!
If a couple books us at one of these venues we would love to offer a full free hour of wedding photography ($300 discount) and 50% off an engagement session ($125 discount!). And the best part is these discounts can also be combined with our Wedding Planner Discount and Year End Discount! For details on those, see here!
For the Dream Wedding Venue Discount, first come, first served! Once a venue is booked it will be crossed off the list :) First off we want to support local! We live in Fullerton and regularly walk our dogs by all of these locations especially the Hangar 21 venues!
Fullerton Venues:
Hangar 21 Venue
Hangar 21 South
The Muckethaler Mansion
The Summit House

Photo from our Minimalist Constellation Styled Shoot at Hangar 21

Next, some amazing Orange County venues!
OC Venues:
Rancho Los Lomas
The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Followed up by some wonderful and super fun LA venues! 
Side note: sending so much love to those venues affected by the fires, if your venue was affected by the fires and you need to relocate your wedding we would love to offer you the same discount mentioned above, no matter where you host your wedding <3

LA Venues:
Los Robles Green (currently closed because of fire recovery)
Brookview Ranch (currently closed because of fire recovery)
The Lodge at Malibu Lake (currently closed because of fire recovery)
Calamigos Ranch (currently closed because of fire recovery)
Photo from our Art Nouveau Styled Shoot at Ruby Street
And finally, some magical desert venues!
Desert Venues:
Rimrock Ranch (honestly, anywhere in Joshua Tree)

Krystal & Jaimen :: 10-11-18 :: Elopement in Fullerton

23 Oct 2018 18:45

Krystal and Jaimen are such total sweeties! I (Marisa) met these two for their courthouse elopement wedding ceremony in Fullerton on a lovely Thursday morning! After some quick I do's in Downtown Fullerton we headed over to Hillcrest Park with their wonderful families for some family shots and photos of the newlyweds with their son Philip (who is the cutest everrrrrr!). We love elopements so much as they are such a sweet reminder that big weddings are great and all, but marriage is what is truly worth celebrating! I also loved getting to create these simple but stunning florals for Krystal and Jaimen, amazing how flowers add such an extra special touch. Congratulations to this wonderful new family!

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Nadia & Royce :: 9-15-2018 :: Wedding in Los Angeles

19 Oct 2018 14:00

Nadia and Royce had such a lovely day! The entire bridal party started off their day getting ready together at the Luxe City Center Hotel in DTLA. After everyone was dressed, we all made our way to the USC campus for the first look, couple's photos, bridal party and family photos around the USC Caruso Catholic Center and the campus grounds. After capturing some beautiful shots around the amazing campus, it was time for the ceremony mass at the Catholic Center It was beautiful to see these two commit to a lifetime of love with their closest family and friends contributing to the mass through readings and assistance. After these two were officially Mr. and Mrs., we next headed to their reception site, Casa Vertigo where we took some more bride and groom shots on the rooftop and then focused on capturing the stunning details of the reception decor set up by the brilliant teams at Sparkles and Vintage and Flowers by Lady BuggsThe grand entrance was followed by the first dance, anniversary dance, dinner, speeches and the father/daughter and mother/son dances. After the cake cutting it was time for the party to really get started as everyone danced on into the night! It was such a delight to be a part of this day and we wish all the joy and happiness in the world to Mr. and Mrs. McAllister!
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Kaitlin & Albert :: 8-25-18 :: Wedding in San Marcos

3 Oct 2018 14:00

What an amazing day for Kaitlin and Albert! These two wed at the amazing Twin Oaks House and Garden Estate in San Marcos and absolutely every detail of their English garden romantic themed wedding was off the charts! We started our day capturing some of the romantic personal details and then both Kaitlin and Albert donned their wedding attire. They then shared their sweet first look and then we spent some time with their fun bridal party capturing some silly and sweet portraits. After a few shots of the almost Mr. and Mrs. it was time for these two to head down the aisle and say their 'I do's.' Every moment of their ceremony was full of joy, love and laughter and they celebrated their union by having a first toast of wine under the gazebo together! Once they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Diaz, we spent time capturing family portraits and a few more portraits of the newlyweds. Inside their reception tent, guests were treated to lush table settings with literary themes and sweet candy favors. After all the guests were seated, the bride and groom made their grand entrance and proceeded into their first dance, followed by speeches and dinner. Next the bride and groom danced with their parents, cut the cake and tossed the garter and bouquet. Finally, after some fun dancing we took the bride and groom out for an evening shot amongst the twinkle lights. It was such an honor to be a part of this special day!

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Minimalist Constellation Inspiration at Hangar 21

27 Sep 2018 17:00

Minimalist Constellation Inspiration at Hangar 21 Styled Shoot featured on The Perfect Palette
The stars and skies were our initial inspiration behind this celestial styled shoot. Hangar 21, a helicopter hangar turned event venue at the Fullerton Municipal Airport, was naturally the perfect venue, with a mission to provide a unique aviation experience to their couples. The hangar’s blank canvas of white walls and concrete floors furthered our aesthetic goal of blending constellation details with a clean, minimal color palette and styling while still evoking a warm and inviting undertone.  Marisa Peterson of Peterson Design and Photography and Jessica Foster of Jessica Foster Event Planning were seeking soft color pairings using shades of blue, pops of amber, and metallic gold, with geometric lines and patterns inspired by charts of the night sky.  We wanted to create inspiration for couples seeking a meaningful, elegant and minimalist aesthetic that would pair well with this amazing venue.

Contemporary structural designs and references to the sky and stars beyond were a unifying element throughout the shoot. The invitation suite by Willemina Typography featured cloud elements and the simple, elegant design featured her own style of modern calligraphy. Our bride Chandra (paired with her real life sweetheart CJ as the groom) was adorned by a custom designed pale blue dress by RMINE featuring elegant white lace that was reminiscent of Chinese line drawings of wind and fog. Her delicate earrings designed by Brook Corson featured a triangle design beneath two mysterious moonstones. Arianna of Drama 'n Glam Team created an effortless updo for our bride, which was embellished with handmade starburst hair pins from Blair Nadeu Bridal. CJ’s steel grey suit from Stitch and Tie fit our vision for his look: elegant, sophisticated and slightly vintage, with a dapper black silk bowtie. For our ceremony, Paper Moon Shoppe created a constellation contour line moon backdrop, which was adorned with vibrant greens and sat amid a bed of dried grasses, hydrangeas, and butterfly ranunculus, the brainchild of Katie of Going Steady Studios. Blue and grey smoke bombs signaled the end of the ceremony and floated across the moon as if it were set in the sky. After their ceremony, Chandra and CJ ventured up, up, and away into the clouds in one of the venue’s helicopters to share a few secret moments together as husband and wife.
Our newlyweds then returned to their reception and were greeted by a plush lounge from Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals where they could take a few moments to relax and soak in the day. Gold, bold color and luxurious textures featured throughout the lounge added a relaxed, intimate and warm feel. Soft minimalist design paired with constellation charts was the focal point of our reception table featuring settings from Cherished Rentals and luxe velvet linens from La Tavola. The cake, courtesy of Big Sugar Cake Shop, featured a classic shape, an ombre sky tier displaying the phases of the moon, and constellation lines. The clean aesthetic of the cake paired wonderfully with the sumptuous desserts provided by Jay’s Catering, which evoked a sense of comfort food and a campfire-under-the-stars, with sumptuous chocolate macarons, mini s’mores, blueberry tarts, and mousse with gold leaf accents. 

Our couple ended their night with setting sun and stars enveloped in their beauty and splendor.
Our Vendors:

Planning: Jessica Foster Planning 
Photographer: Peterson Design & Photography
Venue: Hanger 21
Invitations/Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Willemina Typography
Flowers: Going Steady Studios
Specialty Backdrop: Paper Moon Shoppe
Models: Chandra Brenner and CJ Natoli
Makeup and Hair: Drama N Glam Artistry
Dress: RMINE
Hair Accessories: Blair Nadeau Millinery
Earrings: Brooke Corson
Tux: Stitch and Tie
Cake: Big Sugar Bake Shop
Desserts and Rentals: Jay’s Catering
Vintage Rentals: Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals
TableTop Rentals: Cherished Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals
Ring Box: Mrs Box
Shoes: J Adams Shoes
Smoke Bombs: ShippedYesterday
Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio
Ribbon: Illume Silks
Media Placement: Rayce PR
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Iliana & Gilberto :::: Anniversary Session at Pasadena City Hall

12 Sep 2018 17:38

We had the pleasure of documenting Iliana and Gilberto's beautiful wedding day just over a year ago and for their one year anniversary, these two wanted to do a dreamy anniversary session! Naturally we thought of the beautiful Pasadena City Hall as the setting and it fit with their romantic vibe perfectly! With these two dressed in gorgeous semi-formal attire and accented with florals designed by us, we captured some sweet moments as these two celebrated their first year of marriage! :)

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Danielle & Derek :::: Engagement Session in Laguna Beach

10 Sep 2018 20:07

We are so excited to be doing photos for Danielle and Derek! These two cuties met wayyyyy back in elementary school but didn't start dating until high school. On their tenth anniversary together in 2016 they decided on forever (see the prop below!) and got engaged! For their mini engagement shoot we spent some time exploring a crowded Laguna Beach (thank goodness for photoshop!) and captured some fun moments of these two in the setting golden hour sun. These two are getting married at the end of this month, and we can't wait for the big day!

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Monica & Ahmad :: 8-11-18 :: Wedding in Los Angeles

7 Sep 2018 14:00

What a fun and unique day it was for Monica and Ahmad! How many people do you know who have their wedding in a video studio soundstage? Well that's what these two did! They had a vision of a fun party with their nearest and dearest mixed with the funky, modern and unique aesthetic of the studio. These two goals were meshed together cohesively by Blaire at Sparkles and Vintage and with her signature elegant touch, Monica and Ahmad had a beautiful day! We started out with Monica and Ahmad's details and them getting ready on location. After Monica had donned her beautiful dress and had some finishing touches by her bridesmaids, she and Ahmad shared a sweet first look. We next met up with the super fun bridal party and soon to be Mr. and Mrs. for some portraits in the area around the venue. Their short and sweet ceremony followed and after some fun moments, laughter, exchange of rings, these two were married! After cocktail hour and socializing the bride and groom made their grand entrance into the reception and went right into their first dance, followed by dinner, speeches, a fraternity traditional hymn dance and then the party really got started! And finally, after all the reception events were completed, we stole the newlyweds away from the party for a romantic end of the night shot. It was such a marveous day for such a wonderful couple, and we wish them many years of joy and happiness!
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The Weber Family :::: Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach

21 Aug 2018 20:18

We met Stephanie and Chris back when we did their anniversary session last year and since then Stephanie has launched her own photography business! We decided to do a trade, family photos for anniversary photos and I am so glad we did because we got to meet their adorable boys Ayden and Lucas! Everyone had a blast in our short session together, soaking up the golden hour sun and the ocean (literally!). Can't wait to do photos with Stephanie next month!

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Jennifer & Dan :::: Engagement Session in Los Angeles

3 Aug 2018 16:43

This is a special one! I've known Jennifer since she and my sister met in kindergarten (whaaaat?!) and she has always been like a sister to me! I have taken so many photos of her over the years it is insane haha :) Anyways, Jennifer and Dan met back in their undergrad days at UCI when they were working together in classes and on shows (they are lighting designers!). After seven years, (several of which were spent together long distance) and after living together in NY for a year and sucessfully pursuing their dreams, this power couple is finally ready to tie the knot! For their session they wanted to do something reflective of their fun, colorful and goofy personalities tied with their love of city life. So naturally we thought of featuring LA's large buildings and colorful arts district. These two really are a joy to be around (but hey, I am a bit biased ;)) and they had us busting with laughter the entire shoot, it really was the best! We are SO excited for them and can't wait for them to tie the knot sometime next fall!

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Anything But Gray Events Tables ::: Bright Event Rentals & BBJ Linens

2 Aug 2018 20:00

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Holly of Anything But Gray Events on photos of some tablescapes she designed! Here is her blog post about the project :)


Design: Anything But Gray Events
Paper Goods: Roseville Designs
Flowers: Flower Duet
Linens: BBJ Linens
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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Melissa & Jordan :::: Rolling Hills Elementary School & Hiltscher Park

27 Jul 2018 14:00

These two have quite the story! They first met in Elementary School (yup! You read that right!) but they didn't actually get together until high school, and the rest of course is history! After all these years in each others lives, they decided to tie the knot next year and we are so excited to be a part of their wedding day! These two were one of the winners of our engagement session giveaway a few months back and we are so glad we met them through that contest! For their session, they wanted to visit and take photos around the elementary school where they first met in Fullerton! So sweet! We walked the halls, sat on the swings, hung out in the lunch area and even took a few photos around an African animal mural that Melissa helped paint! Then as it was becoming golden hour, we headed to nearly Hiltscher Park (where we walk our dogs if you follow my Instagram Stories haha!) and got some incredible photos of these two getting cozy in the setting sun. So excited for them and what the future holds!

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Jenny & Mike :::: Engagement Session at Laguna Beach

25 Jul 2018 14:00

Jenny and Mike are such sweeties! They met when Jenny was working as a bartender and definitely tired of guys trying to get her number. However Mike made such an impression that she agreed to go out with him, and the rest is history! It was a beautiful sunny day in Laguna Beach and these two loved snuggling together and were full of smiles and kisses. They actually got married two weeks after our session and we are so excited for them on the beginning of their new life together :)
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Nicole & Cory :: 6-9-18 :: Wedding in Chino Hills

23 Jul 2018 16:36

This day was so much fun! Nicole and Cory got married on a warm and windy day at McCoy Equestrian Center, a hidden gem in Chino Hills! They really meshed their rustic elegant theme easily with this farm-like location! Their colors were pinks, burgundy/reds and romantic soft colors, and they had touches of vintage throughout the day. Our day began with some detail and getting ready shots at the venue. Once Nicole and Cory got dressed, we did some separate photos with the bridal party. The ceremony followed shortly after and was filled with prayer, vows and a very sweet and emotional first look! Family and bridal party portraits followed the ceremony and we were sure to take photos in the magical golden hour light.  Next it was time for them to be announced at their reception as the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Roth! The reception decor featured exceptional florals by the mother of the groom, wood slices, beautiful cake and our favorite-----the sweetheart table set up! Upon entering their reception, the couple danced, danced with their parents and enjoyed a delicious dinner.  When night fell, everyone danced the night away in-between the garter and bouquet tosses and the cake cutting. Funny story about the garter, it actually got stuck on the ceiling during the toss! Despite everyone's best efforts, I am sure it is still up there now haha :) At the end of our time, we snuck the newlyweds away for some epic end of the night shots with the amazing ceremony arch. This was such a splendid day celebrating such a beautiful and loving couple!
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Sarah & Ethan :: 6-2-18 :: Wedding in Anaheim

11 Jul 2018 15:32

These two are definitely a favorite! But with good reason that make us a tad biased... they are family! Sarah is Tim's sister and we love her and Ethan tremendously! At first it was a bit of a struggle for all of us deciding what roles we would have for their wedding. But ultimately we are so glad we decided to be their photographers and help plan and create so many elements throughout the wedding! In addition to photos, we also designed and created their invitation suite and floral designs and we loved every moment of it :)
For their wedding, these two envisioned a relaxed but elegant garden party vibe! Their venue, the Griffith House in Anaheim was a perfect all outdoor space that included all the elements they were looking for! On the wedding day, we started out with Sarah and Ethan's details and both of them getting ready on location at the historic house on the property. After Sarah had donned her beautiful dress and had some finishing touches by her bridesmaids, she and Ethan shared an incredibly emotional first look. We next met up with the super fun bridal party (including more family members!) for some portraits around the property. Then we spent some more time with Sarah and Ethan, finishing up with some fun photos with a beautiful custom sign from Lavender Dots Design. Their short and sweet ceremony followed and after some fun moments, laughter, exchange of rings, these two were finally married! After cocktail hour, family photos (where we had some help from my dad so we could jump in a few!) and socializing, the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception and Mr. and Mrs. Larson shared their first dance. After dinner and speeches, they visited every table, cut the cake and then danced the night away. Finally, after all the reception events were completed, we stole the newlyweds away from the party for a romantic end of the night shot at the chapel on the property :) It was such an incredible day for a couple we love so dearly!
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Alyson & João :::: Engagement Session at The Orange Circle

28 Jun 2018 16:45

What is your favorite thing about your person, the one you love? For Alyson, it was João's patience, she's never met anyone with as much gentle patience as João! For João, it is Alyson's passion, for her job, for everything she does! When deciding on what props they wanted to use for their session, they decided let's put that on a chalkboard! And I am so glad they did! These two met online like so many other couples. Alyson was drawn to João because of his quiet nature, she was tired of every first date feeling like an interview! He was drawn to her energy and how they clicked together right from the start! The rest was history! For their session they wanted to take pictures around the Orange Circle where João grew up and where they spent a lot of time together adding a bit of a vintage flair to go with the historic area and antique shops.

We are so excited for these two, they truly are perfect together!

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Amanda & Scott :: 5-27-18 :: Wedding in Camarillo

26 Jun 2018 14:00

We loved being a part of Amanda and Scott's Memorial Day Weekend wedding! These two are originally from California, but now live in Texas. They wanted to celebrate their special day with friends and family back home so their wedding was here in CA, specifically in Camarillo at Wedgwood Sterling Hills. We started off their beautifully sunny and breezy wedding day at their AirBnb adjacent to the venue where Amanda and Scott both got ready. It was a little strange to see the bride and groom both getting ready in the same space, but it made it so fun! However, after make-up and hair were done and the dress out, the groom was no longer allowed to see the bride until their first look ;) After everyone was dressed, these two did their first look in the backyard of the AirBnb; these two were so sweet and tender once the saw each other in their wedding best, they both laughed and loved how great the other looked!  Next we headed to Malibu Creek State Park with the bridal party for some portraits. After the those were complete we headed back over to their golf club venue and got ready for the ceremony. In the company of their nearest and dearest, these two exchanged vows and rings and were finally husband and wife! After family portraits and a few sunset portraits with the newlyweds, the bridal party and Mr and Mrs. Hallack joined the party and their beautiful ballroom was reception filled with soft, romantic, muted tones and sweet details. The party was full of joyful toasts, emotional first dances and a hilarious cake cutting with a cake smash! We haven't had one of those in a while, it was so funny to watch these two eat icing off each others faces haha! We loved every moment of this wedding and it was such a delight to be a part of this beautiful day!
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Megan & Sam :: 5-19-18 :: Wedding at Pomona Colleges in Claremont

13 Jun 2018 19:01

Megan and Sam had such an unconventional wedding day in so many ways! First off, these two got married before their wedding day in a private ceremony with just their family, so they had already seen each other in their wedding best! When we met up on their cloudy wedding day at Pomona College, we started off our time together jumping into portraits with their small bridal party (their brother and sister) and then took portraits of the newlyweds all over the campuses. We went to spots that were both beautiful and meaningful to them as a couple including the Math Department which featured an amazing outdoor classroom! These two met at a Math Department social gathering back in their undergrad days at Pomona College, so it was especially meaningful for them to take wedding portraits where they had spend many of their foundational years together :) After their newlywed portraits were complete, we did some family photos and then prepared for their ceremony. Since these two were already legally married, they took the opportunity to craft a very non-traditional ceremony for their guest to witness featuring their bridal party as “officiants,” words of wisdom from Sam’s parents, a series of blessings and kind words spoken over them by their closest family and friends, and personalized back and forth vows which were mixed in with traditional elements like the ring exchange and of course, the first kiss. Their epic bubble exit followed and then these two spent time socializing with their guests at cocktail hour. Their reception was filled with kind toasts, table visits and socializing, cake cutting and a first dance after which the party really got started on the dance floor. We loved every single moments of their beautiful and unique wedding day and really felt like we got to know their family and friends through their kindness and fun atmosphere :) Lots of love to these two! 
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Alicia & Caleb :::: Engagement Session at Laguna Beach

5 Jun 2018 15:47

So how sweet are these two?! I met Alicia many years back through church and a mutual friend. She was attending college down in SoCal while originally being from the Santa Rosa area. We kept in touch over the years through social media, and I was so excited when I saw she became engaged!

Alicia and Caleb met like so many couples these days, through an online dating site. While that was their original point of contact, Caleb wasn't able to contact her through the site and had to track her down via Facebook, putting those online stalker skills to good use (you know we all have them, haha)! Through emails and finally meeting face to face, the rest was history. When it got close to their engagement, Alicia knew that Caleb had the ring and would perform "awkward pat downs" looking for it stashed away on Caleb's person during every outing. But for their actual engagement, he managed to keep it a surprise. They took a trek up to a park near the crest in Berkeley where they could see the view of the whole San Francisco Bay. While Alicia was busy taking photos, Caleb got down on one knee and managed to surprise her completely! Hooray!

Even though we are photographing their wedding up in Napa wine country, we weren't sure if we were going to do an engagement session because of the distance between us. But we are so happy they were able to make the trip down to SoCal for a session and some time with friends. We visited our favorite beach in Laguna where the golden hour light was to die for and these two were so sweet and natural in front of the camera. Can't wait for their wedding in September!

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