Peterson Design and Photography

The Haupt Family :::: Cedar Grove Park

22 May 2018 18:59

To celebrate her birthday, our sister and brother in law, Amy and Derek, wanted to do a short and sweet family session! Bailey is more of a shy and introverted personality, but between us all, we managed to get some adorable smiles from her! Can't wait to see this little peanut grow and become even more of a sweetie :)

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Tori & Scott :::: Engagement Session at home

21 May 2018 14:00

Tori and Scott are simply our kind of people: fun, funny and super nerdy! They met 6 years ago when they both auditioned to work for Universal Studios and have been together ever since. They are lovers of all fandoms and wanted to incorporate that love and their fur babe Minnie into their at home engagement session with the help of their wedding planner Kindred Wed & Events! We are so excited for their wedding next year as we had so much fun with everyone!

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Cindy & Shane :::: Engagement Session at Caspers Wilderness Park

17 May 2018 14:00

For a couple engaged on 7-17-17 it makes sense they would wed on 8-18-18! Cindy and Shane are such a sweet couple with quiet and gentle personalities who love to relax and drink wine together. In fact, that was how they met, at a wine party at Shane's house! They have been inseparable ever since! For their engagement shoot they wanted someplace with large trees, fields and pretty light so of course we thought of Caspers Wilderness Park. The weather was perfect the day of our session and we got to documents some lovely moments between these two in the beautiful golden hour light :) Congrats Cindy and Shane!

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Meghan & Harry Wed in Los Angeles Styled Shoot

16 May 2018 14:00

From planner Renee at Moxie Bright Events: Admit it. You have Royal Wedding Fever. It’s ok. We all have it! Even us jaded Angelinos (who run into our fave celebs at Whole Foods on the daily) are watching Meghan’s every stylish move with bated breath. And can you blame us? Meghan is our home town girl! And honestly? We've all been in love with Harry for years. Consider Royal Wedding Watch in full effect. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Meghan’s sophisticated and playful style developed on the same streets we drive on every day. In fact, you can drive right by her high school in the heart of Hollywood. Which got us thinking - What if Meghan & Harry decided to marry in Los Angeles? I mean, let’s not get it twisted - Queen Elizabeth would be in attendance. But maybe the whole thing would be a little…looser? More colorful? More intimate? Designed & Planned by Moxie Bright Events, and taking inspiration from Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, the whole creative team set out to bring an alternate-universe version of Meghan & Harry to life! The Ebell of Los Angeles was our first choice venue. It is a social and philanthropic jewel in Los Angeles’ crown, founded by women in 1894.  The historic Ebell Clubhouse was built in 1927 and is designated an Official American Treasure. The dramatic ceremony location, coupled with the elegant and lush garden was a natural match for our inspiration shoot. Peterson Design & Photo knocked it out the park with their capture of the all thoughtful details and romantic florals. Speaking of romantic florals. Upton Grey Florals upped the ante with a dramatic, creative, and unique asymmetrical ceremony backdrop, as well as truly epic florals throughout. Taking inspiration from Meghan’s engagement shoot dress, we outfitted our bride in a stunning Watters gown (showing just a little bit of skin) and a truly royal tiara and veil from Julie Harris Designs. We added a little metallic touch with gold Badgley Mischka d’Orsay pumps and classic gold and pearl cluster earrings from Kate Spade. Our groom looks dapper in a tux from Friar Tux. Completing the gorgeous family portrait is Charles Corgchester III, clearly on loan from the Queen Mother herself. We thought that Meghan & Harry would take advantage of Los Angeles' superior weather and treat their guests to dinner in the garden. Our tablescape mixes the casual farm table and chairs from La Pinata Party Rentals with the formality of velvet runners and napkins from BBJ Linen.  Mixing in the whimsy of the lush and loose florals from Upton Grey Florals and the vibrant pops of color from our ultraviolet candles, we complete the look with a watercolor family crested menu by Roseville Designs. After dinner, our couple relaxes on a colorful and cozy lounge vignette by Provenance Rentals. Can you just die over this color palette? Amazing. And the cake! Meghan & Harry's cake, as imagined by Mwojaki Cakery, is as royal as royal can be! It's so grand I don't even want to cut it! And what goes best with cake? Tea, of course! A sweet little tea service completes dinner in the most civilized fashion. Whatever Meghan & Harry decide for their Big Day is certainly going to be trend-setting for years to come. We hope our imagination has inspired you to set some trends for your own Royal Wedding! 
Venue: The Ebell Los Angeles
Planning/Design: Moxie Bright Events
Photographer: Peterson Design & Photography
Florist/Design: Upton Grey Floral
Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Models: Amber and Richard from Brand Models
Beauty Concierge: Elwyn & Cass Beauty Concierge
Hair & Makeup: Caitlin Eve
Dress Designer: Watters
Earrings: Kate Spade
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Veil/Headpiece: Julie Harris Designs
Tux: Friar Tux
Paper Goods: Roseville Designs
Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio
Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Linens: BBJ Linen
Vintage Furniture: Provenance Vintage Rentals
Cake: Mwokaji Cakery
Ring Box: Mrs Box
Corgi: Charles 

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Brittany & Ugo :: 4-18-18 :: Elopement in Brea

10 May 2018 16:20

Brittany and Ugo are definitely one of a kind! They wanted to keep things small and simple and so surrounded by their closest family members, they eloped on a warm sunny afternoon in the hills of Carbon Canyon. These two listened to prayers and sweet words from both moms, exchanged personal and traditional vows and were finally pronounced husband and wife! After some family photos (including/starring their sweet pup!) these two changed into some traditional Nigerian wedding garb for more family photos and portraits in the redwoods. After one more quick change, we soaked up the setting sun as these two enjoyed some moments of just married bliss. It was an honor to create their florals and take their photos and we wish them many years of joy!

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Kim & Pablo :: 4-13-18 :: Wedding in Claremont

4 May 2018 22:09

Havens/Casagrande Family Session :::: Disneyland

17 Apr 2018 21:24

We LOVE this family! Leesha and Russell have been having us document their love story from the beginning with their engagement, wedding, maternity and now their beautiful family for their daughter's one year birthday! Harper was decked out in a red tutu and Minnie headband to start (she had a few wardrobe changes throughout the day) and after a few portraits around the castle, we met up with the entire Havens and Casagrande immediate family for some more portraits with the birthday girl! Everyone had matching and corresponding shirts, it was the best! Next stops were It's a Small World and Toontown, culminating in a cupcake smash right by Minnie's House! Happy Birthday to beautiful Harper Grace! We had such a magical day capturing the love and joy she brings to her family!

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Marcia & Josh :::: UP Themed Engagement Session at Craig Park

26 Mar 2018 18:08

Marcia and Josh are simply the sweetest! These two met four years ago through (hooray for more couples meeting online!) and got engaged last year while on vacation in Hawaii (how romantic)! As we are all huge Disney lovers, I was so excited when Marcia and Josh told me they wanted to do an UP themed engagement session! We made sure to recreate some of the sweet picnic shots from the film and they did an amazing job bringing a long so many details from the film like the picnic basket, matching outfits and of course, colorful balloons. They even brought along their precious fur babe Darby who, despite still being a puppy, managed to be the perfect model and even steal the show in a few shots ;) We are so incredibly excited for these two and can't wait for their colorful, Disney-filled wedding next year!
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Monica & Ahmad :::: Engagement Session at Allmost Studio

21 Mar 2018 18:23

Monica and Ahmad are just so fun to hang out with! They met back in college over 6 years ago and got engaged on Monica's last birthday at a winery down near San Diego. As a couple, they have such a fun, chill vibe and they wanted that to be reflected in the vibe of their engagement photos. We discovered this cool space in downtown LA called Allmost Studio and Gallery where these two were able to unwind, laugh, share some sweet moments and goof around all in a wonderfully curated and uniquely cool setting! We had a blast capturing these photos and we are so excited for their wedding in August! :)

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Rashelle & Dustin :::: Engagement Session at Caspers Wilderness Park

16 Feb 2018 23:20

Rashelle and Dustin are seriously so sweet! We first met Rashelle when she joined her friend Vivian at the Big Fake Wedding where we were featured vendors. Rashelle entered in our engagement session giveaway and won! The giveaway included props provided by us (and florals/cake made by us too!) and hair and makeup with the amazing Yara of Nixey Artistry and of course, photos! We met these two on a gorgeous and cool day at Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano where we took so many fun and joy-filled photos in the setting evening sun! These two have been together for ages (junior high school sweethearts anyone?!?) and we are so excited for them finally tying the knot!

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Jessica & Anthony :: 1-27-2018 :: Wedding in Buena Park

14 Feb 2018 21:15

Jessica and Anthony had such a fun, unique and intimate day! They had both their ceremony and reception at home, which was so sweet, personal and romantic. They started their morning getting ready, girls inside, guys outside :) Jessica shared some fun moments with her girls before getting into her dress and then was laced up into her beautifully ruffled gown by her mom. The amount of personalized and diy details were off the charts from the floral design (with bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere designed and provided by us!) to the signs to the personalized drinking glasses. Their ceremony at noon was filled with so much emotion and after the change of vows and rings, these two were officially Mr. and Mrs.! We did some family portraits and then took the bridal party to the park for some more fun portraits with this fun group! After photos were done, the bridal party went to have a late lunch and we had a break for a while until the evening. Everyone made their way back to the house for some reception fun including a grand entrance, speeches, cake cutting and socializing. We ended our night with a nighttime portrait of these two in front of their home under the stars, so romantic! Such an honor to be a part of their day, our first wedding of 2018! :)
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Kelly & Kyle :::: Engagement Session on Mt. Baldy

31 Jan 2018 18:57

Kelly and Kyle are SO much fun! We first connected with these two through our mutual friend Ruth, and we have had such a wonderful time getting to know them! For their engagement session, we ventured up to Mount Baldy on a chilly Sunday. Despite the lack of snow in the mountains, we still had so much fun exploring the trails in the setting sun. They laughed through their whole session and we enjoyed capturing every moment! :) Can't wait for the big day in October!

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Nicole & Cory :::: Engagement Session at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

8 Jan 2018 21:47

These two are simply the sweetest! They first connected over Instagram and the rest, as they say, is history! They got engaged two Christmases ago when Cory had one special present under the tree for Nicole ;) For their engagement session they wanted snow, but with our dry weather in SoCal, snow season is scarce this year. So we visited the beautiful redwood grove in Carbon Canyon to capture some sweet moments with the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.! They are getting married this year at McCoy Equestrian Center and we are so excited for the big day! :)

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Ashley & Travis :: 12-4-2017 :: Wedding at Disneyland

4 Jan 2018 20:15

What a beautiful and magical morning wedding it was for Ashley and Travis! How could it not be, they got married at Disneyland* (specifically the Park View Terrace and Sequoia ballrooms at the Grand California Hotel!). We started out their sunny, cool and very windy day with Ashley getting ready in a suite at the Disneyland Hotel. After Ashley had some pre-getting-dressed snuggles with her niece she donned her beautiful gown with the help of her sweet mom and she had some finishing touches with her bridesmaids. Their short and sweet ceremony followed and after some fun moments, laughter, exchange of rings and pronouncement, these two were married! Their first kiss was followed by much celebration and cheers of joy from their closest friends and family, who were gathered to witness their big day. Family, bridal party and newlywed portraits followed around the amazing Grand California property. Once all the guests were seated, the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Brown went right into their first dance, followed by toasts and lunch followed by the cake cutting. It was such a marvelous day for such a wonderful couple and we wish them many years of joy and happiness!

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*We are not affiliated with and do not represent the Walt Disney Corporation  We are extremely honored and blessed to photograph this marvelous day on their property. :D

Melissa & Peter :: 11-11-17 :: Wedding in Irvine

15 Dec 2017 20:23

Melissa and Peter are such sweeties! We started out their warm sunny wedding day at the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana, where Melissa got ready with her bridesmaids. After a few fun shots in their robes and everyone was dressed ready to go, Melissa's bestie helped her get into her gorgeous dress, veil and garter. Next, we headed to their venue, the Eureka Building in Irvine where the bridal party took some photos, being careful to keep bride and groom separate from one another. We also did a first look with Melissa and her dad and a "not" first look with Melissa and Peter, both were so fun and sweet! After those portraits were done, it was ceremony time filled with a sweet and emotional first look, personal vows and three cord braiding ceremony. Once these two were officially Mr. and Mrs. we spent some time doing family photos, bridal party photos and portraits of the newlyweds in the setting sun. Next it was time for the party to begin! The reception was full of fun details like a customized drinking glasses, flowers and pumpkins reflecting the season, and of course, the epic cupcake table! Upon joyfully entering their reception, Melissa and Peter sat and enjoyed a delicious dinner! Then they spent some time greeting, and thanking each of their guests and listening to toasts. After dinner, they had their first dance and Melissa danced with her dad and Peter with his mom, both were so incredibly sweet. After the bouquet, garter toss and cake cutting there was some epic dancing from their amazing guests. Finally we took them outside for a few fun end of the night shots under the stars. It was such a tremendous pleasure to be a part of this amazing day!

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Bailee & Britton :: 11-2-2017 :: The Big Fake Wedding, Los Angeles | The Garage in Burbank

6 Dec 2017 19:05

The Big Fake Wedding is SUCH amazing experience! Here's what they say about the event: "The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. "Wedding guests" are brides and grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action." 
Here are all of our favorite photos from the event and a link to the feature on Ruffled which has combined images from the three photographers who were a part of the day. It was such an honor to be invited to participate and we are so excited with all the potential clients we met as well as all the other vendors we were able to network with! :)

Alcohol Sponsor: Social Sparkling Wine

Bar Service: Cali Craft Cocktails
Brownies: Bertha Mae's Brownie Co.
Catering: All In Catering 
Choreography: First Dance and Fitness
Cupcakes: Luscious Cupcake Shoppe
Day of Coordinator: Jessica Foster Event Planning
DJ: So Cal Premier DJ Co
Event Rentals: San Diego Premier Party Rentals
Floral & Event Design: Bouquets, Boutonnieres & Tables 3 & 4
Flower & Sugar Events
Floral & Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop & Tables 1 & 2
Dorothy Rose Events
Floral & Event Design: Head Table, Floral Head Piece & Tables 5 & 6
Akiko's Floral Design
Floral& Event Design: Registration Table and Table #7
Domonique Rose 
Hair and Makeup: Drama N Glam Artistry
Ice Cream: a' la Minute Ice Cream
Invitations: Willemina Typography
Invitations: Dawn Naomi Calligraphy & Design
Paper Goods: Jenpens Calligraphy
Photo Booth: POP Studios Photo Booth
Photography: Peterson Design & Photography
Photography: Kelly McDaniel Photography
Photography: C. Elyse Photos
Picture Keeper: Share Your Photos
Programs: Go Go Snap! Vintage Stationery
Signage: Ollie + Elle
Subarz Biscotti: Subarzsweets
Travel Services: Wanderlust Weddings
Venue: The Garage
Videography: McDuff Productions
Wedding Cake: Big Sugar Bakeshop
Wedding Dress: Kirsten Paige
Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas

Rosemary & Marco :: 10-31-17 :: Elopement in Brea

29 Nov 2017 19:20

These two!

Rosemary and Marco are just the cutest ever! These two contacted me about eloping on Halloween and of course I was totally in. They wanted their day to be intimate, romantic, relaxed with a touch of offbeat and fun, just like them! Rosemary donned a black gown and we styled the orange and white florals to have touches of pumpkin in keeping with the holiday. Rosemary also added a super cool pearl spider brooch climbing up her gown, so fun! For their ceremony, these two exchanged vows on one of the docks at Carbon Canyon Regional Park's small lake. The cloudy weather set a soft and romantic scene as these two read their personalized vows with only their officiant and I as witness. It was so sweet and special! After they were official, we headed to the redwood grove at the park for portraits, some sweet and romantic, others fun and festive and these two could not contain their joy! We had so much fun with the unicorn heads and confetti and just as our time together was ending, the sun came out for some final golden hour photos. I had such a blast with these two and wish them many years of joy!

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Sarah & Tannor :::: Holiday Session

20 Nov 2017 23:15

We just love Sarah and Tannor! These two wanted to get together again soon after their first anniversary and take a few Christmas photos with their beautiful Beagle Molly :) We met them at the beautiful Carbon Canyon Regional Park redwood grove for a romantic, light-filled Christmas-y backdrop to their photos :) We had a great time (as always!) and got some beautiful and fun shots!

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Laura & Charles :: 10-21-17 :: Wedding in Yucca Valley

20 Nov 2017 19:36

The amount of cuteness from Laura and Charles was just overwhelmingly good :) This day was so much fun as I got to see one of my dear long time friends marry the love of her life! The small bridal party started off their day getting ready together at Charles' parents' home in Yucca Valley. There were so many personalized and sentimental details a part of this day from Laura's dress which was a re-tailored version of her mom's dress, to her engagement ring which once belonged to Charles' family, to their own custom wedding bands inscribed with their nicknames, to their custom tsum tsum wedding cake topper, all the details had so much thought put into them! After dress, shoes and jewelry were photographed and everyone was dressed, we all made our way to the side yard of the property for Laura and Charles to have a first look. These two were so sweet and tender once the saw each other in their wedding best, they both laughed, cried and loved how great the other looked! We had the distinct pleasure of working with Laura to design and create the flowers for the bridal party and it was so exciting to finally see them complete the whole look on the big day! After the first look we did some bridal party photos and then walked over to the Joshua Tree National Park (which borders the home!) for some more portraits of the Mr and Mrs. to be! We next took a quick trip over to the Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel where the wedding and reception took place. As the sun was beginning to the set, these two exchanged vows and rings and were finally husband and wife! After family portraits, we took the newlyweds out to an empty spot for some more portraits in the golden hour sun. Their reception was full of joyful toasts, emotional first dances and sweet cake cutting followed by a sparkler exit! We loved every moment of this wedding and it was such a delight to photograph this beautiful day for our wonderful friends! :)

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Mariana & Ian :: 10-13-2017 :: Wedding in Topanga Canyon

9 Nov 2017 23:14

The best way to celebrate a Friday the 13th in October? Why an amazing, dark, moody and romantic wedding of course! Mariana and Ian met while working for AAA and on vacation through the company in Hawaii! So romantic to meet your forever partner while in paradise! These two had a beautiful day on a sunny but cool Friday afternoon and evening! Mariana started the day getting ready with her girls in the Hilton Hotel, Woodland Hills. After getting hair done by her amazing friend and bridesmaid Meredith, Mariana donned her amazing backless and sleeved gown with the assistance of her mom and bridesmaids. After everyone was ready we headed to their sweet and secluded venue, the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Nestled among the oaks and alongside a dry river bed, this gorgeous venue was a romantic and intimate place for their I do's! Mariana and Ian shared an emotional first look and then we headed to the back part of the property for bridal party and romantic portraits with the soon to be Mr. and Mrs. After some detail shots the guests were beginning to arrive and it was time for these two to exchange their vows! Under the setting sun and twinkling lights these two proclaimed their love for one another and were officially pronounced man and wife! After some family photos, the party got started with toasts, cake cutting and a few dances before these two ran through an amazingly fun sparkler exit! We had the pleasure of not only photographing this beautiful day, but also designing and creating the bouquets and boutonnieres worn by the bridal party and families!

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The Fox and the Owl Styled Shoot

31 Oct 2017 13:30

Featured on The Overwhelmed Bride!
One fine day the fox and the owl wed! Despite being from the sky and the earth, these two lovers would let nothing stop them as love always wins out.
The inspiration behind this styled shoot was fusing the ideas of old and new together, bringing a moody Victorian vintage aesthetic to a modern love story. The enchanted and unique treasure trove of Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles set the perfect stage for this tale. This emence warehouse of finds is filled with an eclectic collection of do-dads, thingamabobs and dohickies galore! Instead of trees, there were turn-of-the-century columns, instead of the stars, there were hanging moroccan chandeliers from the 1920’s. Layers of unique artifacts from yesteryear served as the striking backdrop and focal points for our ceremony and stylized vignettes. Both a taxidermy owl (from Big Daddy’s!) and fox (from Bischoffs Taxidermy) played a starring role throughout the shoot representing the uniqueness of the two lovers.
The paper goods, by GoGoSnap! Wedding stationery, set the tone for the shoot and featured a gothic filigree pattern which pays homage to Victorian wallpaper designs from the 1880’s. Illustrated fox and owl icons are featured throughout the suite hearkening back to our two lovers. The deep burgundy, lavender and golden hues evoke a rich and enchanted tone. The calligraphy, by Fawn Lettering, harkens back to the old days of yore when all correspondence was handwritten in gorgeous lettering. 
In a bold choice, both of the brides wore black. Fiona was in a gorgeous silk, felt, beaded and tulle gown by designer Deborah Lindquist. The full floor length skirt and layered bodice added drama and opalescence to this celebratory occasion. While Olive wore a stunning black ladies tux from Friar Tux with an intricate, blood red lace neck tie also created by Deborah Lindquist. Having our brides both wear designs that were both influenced by one designer helped create a cohesive and unified look to their attire. Bespoke accessories were provided by The Blushing Bird and added just the right amount of drama and enchantment. Smokey eye makeup and dramatic hair designs by Face it Sugar completed both bridal looks. It is easy to make safe choices. We wanted to demonstrate how big and bold choices can still be beautiful and classic. Vintage rings from Trumpet and Horn set in the velvet Mrs. Box added a Victorian vintage flair and sparkle. The rings, titled Cardinal Falls and Felix, featured an opulent set of vintage rubies and diamonds and a crafted fox head design studded with ruby eyes. 
What would a macabre wedding be without a ceremony where the fox and owl could profess their undying love for one another? Paper Moon Shoppe built and painted an incredible 3D turn of the century clock face in which the brides could proclaim their vows of love. There were also quiet moments together before a stroll through the mist of the woods in the side yard of Big Daddy’s, now finally these two united as one. To create the ultimate in vintage experiences, Immortalis Photography created tin types of our brides, following an age old process widely used during the 1860’s-70’s of creating images on a wet iron plate. The results are stunning and although labor intensive to produce, are so unique in the modern age of instant gratification.
The lavish floral displays by Mulberry Row in garnet, ruby, sage and blush featured a sumptuous artichoke in the bridal bouquet and elegant sprays on the dining table. Events by Holly Gray designed the dramatic dining table utilizing antique gold candlesticks, glittering black and amethyst plates from Sundrop Vintage and hand-painted fox and owl place card holders from UnconventionalJ. All sitting upon luxurious lace and velvet linens from Luxe Linens. The rich colors evoked a moody yet formal tone for this stunning tables cape.
After dinner comes drinks and dessert and Urban Espresso and Vanilla Bake Shop did not disappoint! The expertly crafted espresso designs and warm, hammered copper espresso machine set the tone for a relaxing and inspiring evening lounging and celebrating. The expertly crafted and elegantly opulent cake featured both painted and three dimensional sugar flowers topped with the expertly hand-crafted porcelain fox and owl shaped topper by Melabo Wed. As the evening was winding down and the frivolity dwindled, the brides stole away for one last secret kiss in an abandoned Victorian greenhouse fading into the night. 

Yes, indeed, one fine day the fox and the owl wed! As a lesson to us all, it is the differences that bring us together and love that will always spring eternal. 

Coordination: Events by Holly Gray
Photography: Peterson Design & Photography 
Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques
Invitations/Paper Goods: GoGoSnap Vintage Invitations
Models: Monica and Albertine Vasandani
Dress: Deborah Lindquist
Tux: Friar Tux
Rings: Trumpet and Horn
Ring Box: Mrs Box
Ceremony Design: Paper Moon Shoppe
Beauty: Face It Sugar
Linens: Luxe Linens
Coffee: Urban Espresso
Stuffed Fox: Bischoffs Taxidermy and Animal FX
Flowers: Mulberry Row
Accessories: The Blushing Bird
Cake Topper: Melabo Wed (on Etsy)
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Calligrapher: Fawn Lettering
Table Top and Decor Rentals: Sundrop Vintage
Place Card Holders: UnconventionalJ (on Etsy)
Tin Types: Immortalis Photography Tin Types
Ribbon: Shy Myrtle
Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio
Smoke Bombs: ShippedYesterday
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Vivian & Gabriel :::: Engagement Session, Carbon Canyon Regional Park

26 Oct 2017 21:27

These two have been together for ages and it is time they tied the knot! Vivian's daughter Julia joined her mom and dad for our light-filled engagement session in the redwood grove at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. We had a blast with these three, capturing some sweet family moments in addition to loving moments between this sweet couple. Can't wait for their wedding next year at one of my favorite venues, Hidden Oaks!

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Calligraphy by me!

Sign by Mulberry Market Designs

Amanda & Nathan :: 10-7-17 :: Wedding in Dana Point

25 Oct 2017 14:00

What a beautiful day it was for Amanda and Nathan! These two wed at Amanda's aunt's home in beautiful Dana Point. The beautifully simple pink and gold invitation set the tone for the day: a romantic, beautifully-lit event filled with filled with simple and understated elegance! We started out with Amanda getting ready on location in the master bedroom. As part of her getting ready photos, Amanda requested we take some tasteful boudoir type photos before she donned her beautiful dress. After some finishing touches by her bridesmaids, sister and mom, we headed to a local park nearby to do a first look, followed soon after by bridal party photos, portraits with their sweet 9 month old Tristan and a few of the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.. Back at the house, their short and sweet ceremony followed and after some fun moments (including the sweet doggie Molly thinking Amanda's train would make a nice bed), laughter, exchange of rings and prayer, these two were married! Their first kiss was followed by much celebration and cheers of joy from their closest friends and family, who were gathered to witness their big day. During cocktail hour, we accompanied the bride and groom down to the beach to take some photos in the gorgeous sunset. The sea spray in the air and magical golden hour created a magical feel as these two celebrated finally becoming husband and wife! After the sun had set, we returned to the party for dinner and while everyone was eating, Amanda stole away a few minutes to breast-feed Tristan, a sweet moment she wanted documented. Toasts soon followed and then cake cutting and first dances. After the traditional bouquet and garter toss, we stole the newlyweds away for a romantic end of the night photo outside the front gate of the home. It was such a marveous day for such a wonderful couple. We wish them many years of joy and happiness!
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Nadia & Gabriel :: 9-29-2017 :: Wedding in Baldwin Park and West Covina

12 Oct 2017 16:06

Nadia and Gabriel are such sweethearts! We connected with these two through Lizette and Jason and Rebecca and Ruben and we are so glad we got to work with this amazing family again! We started out their warm sunny wedding day at Nadia's mom's home where the bride got ready with her family. After donning her gorgeous gown, Nadia and her family put on some finishing touched and headed to the church! Mass was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park and it was so wonderful to watch these two become man and wife and share in all the wonderful traditions of the wedding mass. Once the ceremony was complete we spent some time doing family photos at the church and then headed to the gorgeous Pacific Palms Resort in West Covina for bridal party photos and portraits of the newlyweds. Next it was time for the party to begin! We headed next to the reception venue, Hurst Ranch in West Covina, which was was full of gorgeous details like laser cut heart guest book, etched sweetheart toasting glasses and butterfly cake servers, a memory keepsake in remembrance of Nadia's dad. Upon joyfully entering their reception with dancing and lots of hi-fives, Nadia and Garbiel had their first dance. Then they spent some time greeting, and thanking each of their guests and listening to toasts. After the bouquet, garter toss and cake cutting there was some epic dancing from their amazing guests. It was such a delight to be a part of this day from designing the invitations to photographing the big day and we wish all the joy and happiness in the world to Mr. and Mrs. Tinoco!

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Harmony & Ernie :: 9-22-2017 :: Wedding in Agoura Hills

5 Oct 2017 20:04

What a lively and colorful day it was for Harmony and Ernie! These two are so much fun and wanted their wedding to reflect their laid back personalities. The theme of the day centered around their splashes bright colors and their love for food and frivolity! Their venue, the Agoura Hills Recreation Center was a perfect blank slate with modern touches of wood, metal and stone and their fabulous planner Holly Gray was able to apply her magical colorful touches to create a wonderful and chill reception environment. We started out with Harmony's details and her getting ready on location in the upstairs bridal suite. After Harmony had donned her beautiful dress and veil, and had some finishing touches by her bridesmaids, she and Ernie shared a sweet first look. We decided to then ditch the veil due to some wind gusts and then we met up with the super fun bridal party for some portraits in the garden area of the venue. Then we spent some time with Harmony and Ernie, finishing up with some fun photos with their one year old Storm! Their short and sweet ceremony followed and after some fun moments, laughter, exchange of rings, these two were married, again! After cocktail hour and socializing the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception and shared a tequila shot with their guests! After dinner and speeches, H and E went right into their first dance, followed by a parents dance (where Harmony danced with Storm and Ernie with his sweet mom!) cake and freshly made donuts. 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 on the recreation center's lawn :) 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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