Peterson Design and Photography

East Angel Styled Shoot

12 Jun 2019 21:21

Venue: The East Angel
Planning & Design: Bridezilla Events
Floral Design: Lace Roots
Models: Nicolette Acosta & Robert Aldredge
Dress: Amanda James Design
Suit: Friar Tux
PaperGoods & Signage: Velvet and Gold
HMUA: Nina Roxanne Artistry
Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: GreyStone Table
Cocktails: LA Speakeasy
Cake: Big Sugar Bakeshop
Rings: Trumpet and Horn
Ring Box: The Mrs Box
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Rebecca & Dante :::: Mini Engagement Session at San Dimas Nature Center

12 Jun 2019 20:59

Hooray for Rebecca and Dante! These two live in NorCal but came down to SoCal for a quick mini session with me! Loved exploring the trails at the San Dimas Nature Center with them.

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Kim & Pablo :::: Anniversary Session, Year One

7 Jun 2019 19:36

Can't believe it has already been a year since Kim and Pablo tied the knot! For their anniversary session, they wanted to continue their romantic wedding theme with a session at Concrete Studios LA where we could use some rich and dramatic backgrounds. These two are as sweet as ever and we had a blast capturing some dreamy and romantic photos to celebrate their first year of marriage. My favorites are always confetti photos, and it was a blast to end their session showered in confetti! Cheers to many more years for these two!

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Tori & Scott :: 5-3-19 :: Wedding in Santa Barbara

5 Jun 2019 14:00

What a beautiful day it was for Tori and Scott! These two wed at the lovely and oh-so-picture-perfect Hilton Resort Hotel in Santa Barbara on a sunny and beautiful day. The blue, orange and teal invitations (with fandom easter eggs in the save the date) set the tone for the day: a fun, colorful, seaside wedding with touches of nerdy chic throughout the day! We started out with capturing all those little details as Tori put on some finishing touches in her room at the hotel. She then donned her beautiful dress surrounded by her mom and girls and got ready to see her groom! After a sweet first look we spend some time together in the beautiful hotel plaza taking portraits. We met up with the bridal party (and their sweet bulldog Minnie!) to take some more photos. Their short and sweet ceremony on the beach followed and after some fun moments, laughter, exchange of rings and vows, these two were married! We did some more portraits on the beach and at the art installation the Chromatic Gate! After their grand entrance, the newlyweds went right into their hilarious choreographed first dance, followed by dinner, toasts, parent dances, and donut cutting. Finally, after all the reception events were completed, we stole the newlyweds away from the party for a romantic evening photo! It was such a marveous day for such a wonderful couple, we wish them many years of joy and happiness :D
Special thanks to the amazing planner and designer Sarah at Kindred Weddings and Events for making the day go so incredibly smoothly!
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Adrienne & Adam :::: Engagement Session in San Juan Capistrano

20 May 2019 18:28

We had so much fun with Adrienne and Adam! These two met while working together 8 years ago and haven't stopped having fun together ever since! Their quirky, fun energy was one of the first things I loved about them when we Skyped and we are so excited for their big day at Calamigos Ranch!  For their engagement session, they made a weekend trip down to SoCal (they live in San Francisco) and we explored the gorgeous San Juan Capistrano Mission. After our time there, we hopped over to the Northwest Open space for some golden hour photos in the last of the super bloom wildflowers. Can't wait to see these two again in September! :)

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Natalie & Andrew :::: Engagement Session in Joshua Tree

26 Apr 2019 17:46

How adorable are Natalie and Andrew? Natalie is the sister of one of my very first brides (Yay for Courtney and Sean!) and it is such an honor to be a part of their celebration! These two met at a party at her place and were introduced by a mutual friend. Natalie actually knew all of Andrew's friends and roommates before ever meeting Andrew, so their meeting was long overdue! They got engaged this last Christmas and we are so excited to be a part of their upcoming wedding in between Christmas and New Years this year. For their engagement session they wanted to go someplace special to both of them: Joshua Tree! During our golden hour session we wandered all around a small sliver of the park which was filled with blooming wildflowers in all colors. We had such a fantastic time with these two goofballs and you can see how much they enjoy just being together in these photos. Can't wait for the big day!

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Corrin & Dominic :: 3-23-19 :: Wedding in Moorpark

15 Apr 2019 14:00

What a beautiful day it was for Corrin and Dominic! These two got married on a cold and mostly cloudy day at Moorpark County Club, a beautiful golf club.They really meshed their botanic and elegant theme easily with this lush location and the relaxed elegant vibe was perfectly displayed through all their details and decor. Our day began with some detail and getting ready shots at the venue. Once Corrin and Dominic got dressed, we did some separate photos with the bridal party. The bride and groom also wanted to do a "first touch" where they spent some time together holding hands and praying, without seeing each other. After that emotional moment, Corrin also shared a tender first look with her dad. It was so sweet! The ceremony followed shortly after and was filled with prayer, vows and a joyfully tearful first look! Family and bridal party portraits followed the ceremony and we were sure to take photos of the newlyweds around the golf course.  Next it was time for them to be announced at their reception as the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. D'Amato! Upon entering their reception, the couple danced, listened to sweet speeches and enjoyed a delicious dinner.  When night fell, everyone danced the night away in-between the garter and bouquet tosses and the cake cutting.  This group really knew how to get down on the dance floor! Our night ended with a wonderfully romantic sparkler exit, including a magical shot of just the bride and groom with some long-exposure magicThis was such a splendid day celebrating such a beautiful and loving couple! Extra thanks to Sarah of Kindred Weddings and Events, who coordinated this perfectly smooth wedding day!
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Mini Engagement Shoot :::: Amy & Nick

2 Apr 2019 22:42

Amy and Nick are so so sweet! We were honored to be a part of Amy's sister's wedding two and half years ago (hooray for Laura and Charles!) and we are so excited for Amy and Nick's turn! These two met while in school together (they are both teachers/teachers in training) and they just got engaged this last Christmas! For their shoot they wanted to visit some place woodsy with gorgeous light so of course we thought of the redwood grove in Carbon Canyon. They also brought their pup Max, who of course stole every photo he was in. We had a blast and we are so excited for their upcoming wedding in July!

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Tropical Mid Century Modern Styled Shoot :::: Featured on Love Inc.

25 Mar 2019 14:00

Featured on Love Inc.!
This inspiration shoot was inspired by the sleek lines of mid-century modern style coupled with the perfect tropical beach vibe.  The combination provided a laid back setting with a chic look that was also fun and colorful! This unique submission provides great inspiration for couples who are looking to have a wedding that is fun-filled and quirky yet still beautiful and styled, perfect for Green Wedding Shoes, whose readership tends to lean toward having unique aspects incorporated in their weddings.
The collaboration by all of the vendors was absolutely amazing.  Each professional provided their expertise and it was beautiful to see it come together.  S

Gilded Swan Paperie provided the invitations, menus and place cards.  Her design incorporated the colorful yet muted colors that are prominent in midcentury design.  The use of tropical leaves and flowers were reminiscent of postcards from Hawaii in the 1950s. Ole Hanson Beach Club in San Clemente, California is deep in Orange County and is beachfront with amazing views of the Laguna Cliffs.  Guests might even see dolphins or whales swimming offshore as the ceremony transpires on the large green lawn!  
The vintage furnishings from Sundrop Vintage were perfect for the theme.  From the plush velvet teal couch with gold hardware to the fabulous ceremony backdrop of bamboo rays, their furnishings screamed tropical with that mid-century vibe. Letters to You provided laser cut and etched calligraphy pieces, like the cake topper, table number, and calligraphy on the envelopes.  Her amazing pieces brought the bar cart together with the extra large rose gold laser cut Drunk in Love sign in the window and the laser etched bar menu and sign. The ring from Brilliant Earth was a gorgeous deep turquoise that channeled the ocean in the tropics.  
Petals and Sea Breeze provided all florals and the bridal bouquet was colorful, and even included a small pineapple in it!  The use of orchids, pincushion protea and celosia combined with classic roses was the perfect combination of tropical and classic.  They also embellished upon the bamboo rays by adding pink bouganvilla vines. LA Speakeasy provided amazing drinks that both tasted and looked fabulous.  The glassware were from Sundrop Vintage, but the concoctions created by LA Speakeasy were absolutely delicious! The cake from Metzi’s Cakes and Bakes channeled the vintage glam of Palm Springs with the geometric shape design. All pieces were brought together at the reception table designed by Dorothy Rose Events.  The garland of florals and tropical leaves blended in seamlessly with the tropical runner from Wildflower Linen.  Colorful plates were placed on top of simple white charges with clean lines so as to highlight the pop of color with the napkins.  The gold flatware and gold-rimmed glassware added a touch of class to the colorful table.
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Layla & Ahmed ::::: Newlywed Session in San Juan Capistrano

18 Mar 2019 14:00

Aren't these two sweet? Layla and Ahmed are already married, but wanted to take some photos together to celebrate their wedding celebration here in CA (they are from Wisconsin!). We booked a session at the amazing San Juan Capistrano Mission but unfortunately on this particular day, it was raining cats and dogs! Luckily the mission has lots of covered walkways and spaces that we could roam, so we were still able to get a lot of amazing photos with these two!

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Mayra Nunez :::: Branding Portraits

13 Mar 2019 23:51

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Vivian & Gabriel :: 2-13-19 :: Wedding in Rancho Cucamonga

28 Feb 2019 15:30

What an amazing day for Vivian and Gabriel! Their wedding was on a cold, wet, freezing Wednesday but nothing could dampen the love that these two have for one another and the love that was showered on them by all their family and friends. It was also such a pleasure to return for the fifth time to the amazing Hidden Oaks Retreat Center in Rancho Cucamonga. We started our day capturing some of the romantic personal details and then both Vivian and Gabe 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. (including some with their sweet daughter Julia!) it was time for these two to head down the aisle and say their 'I do's.' Every moment of their rainy ceremony was full of joy, love and laughter. Once they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Cortez, we spent time capturing family portraits. After all the guests were seated, the bride and groom made their grand entrance and proceeded into their first dance, followed by the cake cutting, speeches and socializing. When the rain really started to come down, we headed outside for a magical evening photo under a clear umbrella. It was such an honor to be a part of this special day!

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Spring Mini Sessions

26 Feb 2019 16:16

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I Love Lucy Styled Shoot :::: The Harper

14 Feb 2019 18:00

Happy Valentines Day! So excited to have our I Love Lucy Styled Shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes today! :D
Planning & Design: Anything But Gray Events
Venue: The Harper
Moon Backdrop: Paper Moon Shoppe
Floral Design: Winston and Main
Paper Goods: Roseville Designs
Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes
Balloons: Balloonzilla 
Models: Christine Geasey & Will Rubio
Beauty: Beauty by Miss Ruby 
Dress: RMINÉ
Suit: Friar Tux
Ring: Brilliant Earth
Car: Drive Vinty
Lounge & Chairs: Collective Rentals
Specialty Rentals: Party Pieces By Perry
Linens: BBJ Linen
Table Top Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

Galentines Day Styled Shoot

11 Feb 2019 15:00

Our goal for this shoot was to show one gal throwing a party for her gal-pals on Valentines Day! It's a little anti- traditional Valentines Day, and the boys they have dated haven't been the greatest. So this is a party for women empowerment, to love yourself, and love your friends! 
Planning, Specialty Rentals & Floral Design: Sparkles & Vintage
Venue & Event Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Lattes and Drinks Mobar & Company
Balloon Installation: Kinada Events Co.
Cupcakes & Macarons: Joy and Sweets
Paper Goods: Paper Source
Calligraphy: Pink Peonies Lettering Co.
Cake: Shirin Bakery
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Proposal :::: Andrea & Jessica

5 Feb 2019 22:37

How sweet are Andrea and Jessica?!? Andrea contacted us right after the New Year to ask if we could photograph her proposal to Jessica on the first Sunday of February and of course we were so down! It was a windy, rainy and cold afternoon and the Super Bowl was on, so that made for a deserted beach which perfect for an intimate proposal! Jessica's daughters and some friends helped keep Jessica occupied earlier in the day while Andrea and her lovely parents went down to the beach to create a cute picnic set up. When it was finally time, Jessica walked down the steps to the beach and over to where Andrea was waiting. They shared a few moments together and then Andrea got down on one knee. She said yes! Then it was time for much celebrating, a few portraits with the girls and the newly engaged couple. They incorporated a beer in a few of their photos, one of their favorites. We are so honored we could capture the beginning of this new chapter for Andrea and Jessica! :D

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Mini Engagement Session Giveaway!

31 Jan 2019 21:40

✨ CLOSED ✨We are giving away three mini engagement shoots! 
Three winners will be chosen! 💖💖💖
One grand prize winner will receive an extended session AND a mini bouquet from Sparkles and Vintage 💐 ALL entrants will also receive a 5% discount on wedding photography!*
This giveaway is great for couples who are looking for a wedding photographer and would love to save a little by receiving a free engagement session! 📷💐
How to enter:
•Follow us (here) and Sparkles and Vintage (here) on Instagram.
•Tag a friend who might be interested!
•Email with your names, a photo, a bit about you and your full wedding details (date, venue, vibe)
•Comment “Entered!” on our Instagram post about the giveaway when above steps are complete!
Contest closes 3 /15 and the winners will be announced 3 /17. Booking subject to our availability. We are located in Fullerton, CA and any location, travel, permit or entry fees for shoot location chosen must be covered by the client. 🗓
*In order to receive the 5% wedding photo discount you must book our Standard or Small wedding photography package within the month (30 days) after the contest closes.
This prize cannot be combined with any other offer or discount or applied to any previously booked engagement sessions or weddings. Must be in the US and 18 years or older to enter. GOOD LUCK!  💖📷 

Corrin & Dominic :::: Engagement Session in Malibu

11 Jan 2019 15:00

Corrin and Dominic are so wonderful! These two met way back in their junior high youth group days and waited until they had her dad's permission before they started dating. So sweet! Dominic managed to totally surprise Corrin when they got engaged while taking photos around Lake Tahoe :) For their engagement session they wanted to take photos during golden hour at the beach and the lovely beach near the Malibu pier was perfect for their session. It was quiet and cool in early December, and these two cozied up to one another which made for some adorably fun shots! We can't wait for their wedding in March with Kindred Weddings and Events!

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Rashelle & Dustin :: 11-11-18 :: Wedding in Calimesa

8 Jan 2019 15:00

Rashelle and Dustin had a cold, sunny, windy, beautiful, fun wedding day! The wedding was held at the recently remodeled Calimesa Country Club and had a rustic and romantic color palettes of neutrals, blues and yellows. We started the day by getting some detail and getting ready shots while Rashelle and her girls enjoyed themselves.  Rashelle and Dustin then exchanged vows in the the main reception hall of the venue in front of a gorgeous embellished fireplace and all their family and friends. After the ceremony, we took photos all around the venue and the surrounding area with their bridal party and the newlyweds. The wind and the cold made for a challenge, but nothing could put a damper on this amazing couple and their friends. Then we headed back to the beautifully decorated reception for their first dance, dinner and cake cutting. We had SO much fun at this wedding and it was such a pleasure to be a part of the day! We wish the new Mr. and Mrs. Fields all the love in the world!

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Maylin & Connor :: 11-3-2018 :: Wedding in La Mirada

2 Jan 2019 15:00

Maylin and Conor had such a lovely, fun, laid back and non-traditional wedding day! We started their day at a friend's home where Maylin got dressed and we captured a few detail photos. Next, we packed everything up and headed for Creek Park, which is adjacent to their venue, Redeemer Church in La Mirada. We didn't do a traditional first look since Connor had already seen Maylin in her dress: he actually helped her pick it out! We just went straight into taking some fabulously fun bridal party photos and some fun casual candids  of the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Thomas! Maylin rocked her bridal cape and enjoyed swooshing about throughout our portrait time. Once portraits were complete we went back up to Redeemer Church where we captured some details and some fun shots of Archer the ferret ring bearer! Once it was ceremony time, it was beautiful to see these two commit to a lifetime of love with their closest family and friends! After these two were officially Mr. and Mrs., we took some more photos of the family and bridal party. The epic cape-shedding grand entrance was followed by lunch, Irish car bombs, socializing, cake cutting, and first dances. We had such a pleasure being a part of this beautiful day celebrating love and family on a sunny and cool November morning and afternoon!

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Christiana & Thor ::: Engagement Session at the Orange Circle

14 Dec 2018 15:00

Christiana and Thor are such sweethearts! These two met while working at Sprouts together, Thor was working in the back and Christiana would volunteer to take out the trash so she could see him and chat more. After dating for a while and when it came to talking marriage, they were both on the same page but had decided to wait for the right time. Christiana didn't want to wait anymore and decided to make the first move. She proposed to Thor one day at Sprouts with a Pokemon spinner ring! So so wonderful! Later on, Christiana also picked out a ring, a rose gold morganite stunner! For their engagement shoot (and wedding) these two wanted to incorporate something they share a deep love for: books! We took photos around one of their favorite spots, the Orange Circle and spent some time laughing, reading and exploring. These two really are better together and we are so excited for their wedding in May :)

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Kelly & Kyle :: 10-5-18 :: Wedding in Fallbrook

5 Dec 2018 15:00

What an amazingly fun and nerdy day for Kelly and Kyle! These two wed at the amazing Grand Tradition Estate in Fallbrook and absolutely every detail of their fandom themed wedding was off the charts! We started our day with both Kelly and Kyle at an incredible Airbnb they rented in Fallbrook, where we captured some detail and hair and makeup shots. Once everyone was ready, we all headed over to the Grand Tradition Estate where Kelly and Kyle shared their first look and Kyle surprised Kelly with her gift: a Snitch ring holder! 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 short ceremony was full of joy, love and laughter! Once they were officially Mr. and Wright, we spent time capturing family portraits and a few more portraits of the newlyweds in the golden hour light with some fun props from Liddabits Paper and ReadyGo Paper. Inside their reception guests were treated to their incredible Star Wars laser cut guestbook, Kelly's incredible handiwork on the book centerpieces and gorgeous laser engraved wood bookmark 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 bouquet. The rest of the reception was spent being entertained by the live karaoke band, Casual Encounters Karaoke who opened up the floor for any guests to sing along with some great hits! Finally, after some fun dancing we took the bride and groom out for an evening shot amongst the twinkle lights and then their guests sent them off into the night with a sparkler exit! We love these two so much, and had such a blast documenting their incredible day!

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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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