March 7th, 2014
I knew from the moment that I met them, we would be a perfect match. I wanted to be best friends with them, and that’s always something that I’m looking for in my clients. We spend a lot of time together, it’s important. Ashley & Brett love to travel. Seeing and experiencing all the world has to offer is important, and something that they love to do together. Brett has lived all over the world and Ashley has a deep affinity for all things Parisian. The ornate trims and classic color scheme of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills was the absolutely perfect backdrop for their nuptials. The hotel has a rich history in Southern California, but each detail is a nod toward the rich European aesthetic.
Ashley took notes from their incredible venue and create a classic, lush wedding with blush & cream tones. Ashley wore her great-grandmothers’ earrings and bracelet, they were the perfect complement to her incredible Reem Acra
gown & Jimmy Choo
shoes. The first look took place in the incredible Royal Suite. The beautiful light and incredible architecture only enhanced a beautiful & emotional moment between the two of them. They sipped champagne and the anxiety of the day washed away. As the sun dipped below the horizon, Ashley & Brett signed their Ketubah, surrounded by their family members and then headed to the Terrace for the ceremony. The reception was nonstop dancing thanks to TC & Traffic Jamm
, an amazing party full of love and laughter! The florals, created by The Empty Vase
were absolutely stunning and the blush pink wedding cake by The Butter End
was the perfect finishing piece. Thanks to Laurel & Party
, it all came together perfectly. You can see the loveliest video from Couture Motion
, on the Style Me Pretty
Ashley & Brett – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your wedding day. It was so lovely and I am so happy to have been a part of it. So many congratulations on the beginning of what I know will be an incredible marriage. Mazel Tov!
February 12th, 2014
Wow! I can’t believe that it happened. Even more so, I can’t believe that it’s all over. We spent six weeks in Paris and traveling through Europe, having the adventure of a lifetime. It was amazing, and difficult. It was exhausting, and exhilarating. It was everything I wanted it to be, and more than I thought it could be. I documented it all over on my personal blog, Cocktails For Breakfast.
There are posts on Paris here, here and a few film frames here.
We also were lucky enough to make a few short trips outside of Paris. I mean, all of Europe is just outside your front door, why not?! We actually began our trip in London, before taking the train in to Paris. A few weeks later, we drove to Amsterdam, stopping in Belgium and Bruges along the way. We flew down to Morocco for a few days in Marrakech, we needed the sun more than I ever knew that we would! We ended the trip with an amazing trip out to Ireland, and then flew down to the Rhone Valley for the most fantastic day of wine tasting in one of my favorite regions.
So, life is slowly returning to normal around here. I think we’re finally through the jet lag, Chris went back to work and I’ve dug myself out of the mountain of emails! So, if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t gotten back to you, please shoot me another one. I’d hate to have missed it! Thank you so much to all of my clients for being so patient and amazing with me while we were gone. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity and I so appreciate you all for helping me to make it happen and for supporting me along the way. So, head over to CFB and enjoy some European pretty!
December 9th, 2013
My grandfather always wanted to drive a Winnebago across the country. Apparently it was something that he talked about a lot, even though I can’t even begin to imagine my grandparents rolling up to Yosemite in a motorized living room. It was something that he had planned on doing when he retired, when there was time to do that kind of thing. But he had a stroke at 64 and lived the rest of his years in a nursing home, confined to a bed. Not that my grandfather didn’t have a million adventures, but I always found it so sad that this one went unrealized. It always seems like there’s going to be time to do these things, no? We work hard now, reap the benefits later. But, as morbid as it sounds, we’re not guaranteed later. So I plan to live, all out, now.
If we’ve ever met, you probably know that I have a special affinity for France. The food, and the wine, and the language, and the culture. It’s my place and I try to get there as often as I can. My dream is to live there, but just picking up and heading out isn’t really an option, at least not now. So, we’re going to go test it out. We’re going to leisurely walk the streets and only eat one dinner a night because we don’t have to squeeze twelve restaurants that I’m dying to try into seven nights. We’re going to relax, with no projects and no renovations. We’re going to walk through the Louvre, and maybe not just hit the major attractions, maybe stroll to see it all. We’re going to sit at cafes and maybe spend an entire afternoon with a cafe au lait. We’re going to reset from one of our busiest years yet. And we’re going to live. Maybe it will get the living abroad bug out of my system. Or maybe it will become more clear that we should figure out how to do it for real. But I never want to regret waiting, I want the adventure.
Getting everything to line up so we could make it happen hasn’t been easy, but I could absolutely not be more excited to spend six weeks with my love in the country that I adore! So, heads up for my dearest clients… if you’ve been finalizing image selections for albums, or are thinking of ordering prints, or need anything at all image related from me before February 1, please let me know ASAP. I’m going to be finishing up everything in my office by December 15, and won’t be returning until February 1. I will definitely be available for emails and chats, but I won’t be bringing all of the hard drives and whatnot with me. For new clients, I will be available by email, and would love to Skype or Face Time with you about your wedding, just shoot me an email!
There will be lots of pictures I’m sure, and I’ll be back with some pretty images of my place. Can’t wait to share it with you!
December 4th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
November 14th, 2013
I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since I’ve hung out with Nicole, Bobby, Jordana, Cameron, Ryan & Quinn. Where does the time go!? Jordana is spunkier than ever, one of the most composed and thoughtful nine year olds I’ve ever met. Cameron is so funny, such a cool little guy! Ryan is everywhere, so much energy and has one of the msot incredible smiles. And little Quinn, those cheeks are as fabulous as ever and he now as so much hair! So much amazing hair on these kids! Each of these kids is so different, but every one of them is so great, so well-behaved and so helpful. I don’t know how Nicole & Bobby do it, but they’re doing it amazingly well.
Last year we shot their session at home, but this year we ventured out to Malibu for a little day at the beach. The warmest November day we’ve had since I’ve lived in LA and the beach was PACKED, the water was warm (well, as warm as it gets) and the sun was bright. We played in the sand and surfed on the rocks. It was a lovely day with one of my favorite families!
Nicole, Bobby, Jordana, Cameron, Ryan & Quinn – It was my absolute pleasure to see you all again! The six of you are so great and it has been so wonderful watching your family grow. Enjoy this years’ set!
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November 13th, 2013
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November 5th, 2013
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October 22nd, 2013
Approximately one million years ago, Carey & I freshman at Wake Forest University. It’s a small campus, and we lived in the same dorm, but we likely would have just passed each other in the hallways during our time there, maybe sat across from each in a class or two. But in January, we were lucky enough to pledge the same sorority. So, instead of passing each other on the quad with that vague sense of familiarity, Carey became my sister. We spent three years together, dancing at formals and singing at recruitment and drinking really really bad champagne. It was one of the most amazing and ridiculous (see the photo below for a little peek into that) times in my life and I’m so happy to have Carey a part of so many of those memories.
But a decade has quickly passed me by (what!?), and I’m so so so bad at keeping in touch. So when I saw her name in my inbox I nearly fell out of my chair. She’d met a wonderful man and was getting married. She wanted me to come to Virginia to doucment it all and I was so incredibly thrilled! Done & done.
Carey & Brian were married at the Westfields Marriott, a gorgeous hotel in Chantilly, Virginia. The leaves are just changing and the yellows & oranges & reds absolutely took my breath away. The hotel perfectly embodies that perfect southern grace & charm and it was such a lovely backdrop for their sweet ceremony. They were married under these beautiful trees, just starting to change their colors. Their reception was one of those perfect dance parties, with guests on the dance floor all night long. It was so much fun, and Carey & Brian were absolutely brimming with excitement and happiness!
Carey & Brian – Congratulations! I am so happy for the two of you and I am so honored to have been there to capture it all. Thank you so much for your hospitality and your trust. It was an incredible day and we had so much fun! I hope that Jamaica is wonderful and that you’re relaxing so hard! Congrats!
October 12th, 2013
I love a wedding in Laguna Beach. It’s like a little slice of paradise not too far away. And The St. Regis, well, that’s just so much pretty all on one little plot of land. Lisa & Henrik knew it would be the perfect background for their incredible wedding and I’m so happy they brought me on board to document it all!
Lisa & Henrik were married on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just as the sun was setting. The wind cooperated with us and it was so incredibly gorgeous. For the reception, guests were seated at two long tables covered with greenery, florals and candles, created by the amazing Pink. A fire burned behind it all and lights twinkled about their heads.
Henrik is from Sweden, and they brought in some Swedish traditions that I loved so very much! The seating arrangements were very traditional, in that the couple chose where each guest would be sitting. So, husbands and wives & dates were on opposite sides of the gorgeously long tables, inspiring conversation between people who don’t necessarily know each other. There were fourteen speeches peppered in throughout dinner. Fourteen! People from different stages of Lisa & Henriks lives got up to speak a bit about them. It was so interesting to hear bits about each of them from so many different people.
It truly was a day joining two people, their families and their traditions in one of the most beautiful settings California has to offer.
Lisa & Henrik – So many congratulations! I am so thrilled for the two of you and so happy to have documented such an incredible day. It was so lovely and I hope these images can contain all the love and laughter of that day. Mazel Tov!