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I had the most amazing opportunity to join Chris Austin , 13 other photographers and a big bunch of brides and grooms at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside on Sunday.  There was lots of shooting.  And laughing.  And creativity.  And learning. 

Each of the fantastic brides & grooms I shot will be getting their own post… so I’m going to start with my most challenging.  See, by the time I began shooting Dana and Hunter the sun was nearly gone.  The beautiful golden hour had passed and we were at dusk.  Then twilight.  Then night.  Pitch.Black.Night.  So, for the first time, I broke out all kinds of flash action and had them popping all over the place.  It was awesome and I am BEYOND thrilled with the results. 

And I MUST thank Dana and Hunter for being amazing and patient and FIERCE!  Seriously, ridiculously, fierce.  I absolutely adore this couple.  First, his hair is amazing.  Second, they were down for anything.  She even bought a dress that we could destroy.  If I asked it, it was done… with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever seen in my life.  I said "do you think a person could fit between these tires?" and before I knew it, she was wedged all the back there!  Third, I already knew her (here’s where I sound like a stalker.)  Dana is The Broke-Ass Bride!  Somewhere along the line I came across her blog and I liked her.  I really liked her.  It had been a bit since I’d checked in on her, but now we can be friends in real life ๐Ÿ™‚

Anywho, I know she’s dying for some images… so here you go!


Brett & Tracy are perfection together!  And they knew it immediately after meeting each other.  They’re dancing to a beautiful beat, Tracy leading with a boisterious laugh.  And then, in the blink of an eye, he’s melting into Bretts calmer nature.  It’s an amazing thing to see… two people who truly love each other, making a lifelong commitment. 

They tied the knot at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa.   Stunningly beautiful even.  From the lobby to the beach to the courtyards to the greens… it’s all a perfect location.

Brett & Tracy spent the morning together, getting massages and relaxing.  By the time I arrived, they didn’t have a care in the world! 

The ceremony was held on a cliff overlooking the water.  But instead of walking from the back, down the aisle and to the front, the entire party walked up the cliff and into the front of the ceremony. 

The food & drink was a serious consideration for this couple.  The cold seafood bar and martini bar at the cocktail hour lead into a decadent seven course meal with wine pairings and flowing Dom Perignon.  Everyone was giddily stuffed!

The band kept the dance floor moving all night with 80’s cover songs.

There was a slight slipup whereby there were no knives with which to cut the cake come cake cutting time.  So, the ever resourceful Tracy got creative.  Perhaps this is the first cake ever cut with a room key.

CONGRATULATIONS Brett & Tracy!  I am so excited for the two of you and feel beyond blessed to have captured your big day! I hope that you’re having a fantastic time in Bora Bora… kick back a martini for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

… makes for lots and lots of blogging!


Coming up…


Brett & Tracy get married!


And a few others got trashed



Jen & Brett

Dana & Hunter


In other news, I JUST realized that I have to approve comments for them to appear.  So I just stumbled upon a crapload of beautiful words from all of you… THANK YOU!  Those little comments mean the absolute world to me!




I’ve only lived in Los Angeles for three years.  And the amount of territory I’ve covered is kind of sad.  Pathetic really.  Downtown is nearly brand new to me as I’ve only ventured into a few jewelry stores and a few craft stores during my own wedding planning.  I’ve never been to Union Station and I’ve always wanted to!  When Yeimy told me she was considering it for our Trash the Dress shoot I was so excited!  Another landmark I could cross off the list!

This place is GORGEOUS!  And PACKED with people.  There was some kind of gathering of bajillions of people across the street, so there were lots and lots of people everywhere we looked.  I was excited for the extra challenge!

After a few shots we fell into a beautiful cadence. Chris was along to help and the four of us felt like old friends, laughing & joking together. Yeimy and Ronald move so well together, totally in sync with one another, their chemistry palpable (I’m laughing to myself about my little joke … they’re both chemists. HA!)  It was an absolute pleasure shooting with the two of you, learning about your lives and capturing what I hope embodies yourselves and your relationship.

I like to blog within a few days of shooting, I know how excruciatingly painful it can be to wait and stalk and refresh.  I’d promised Yeimy I’d try to get them up by Tuesday.  With 8 minutes to go, I’m sticking to the promise  ๐Ÿ™‚  Enjoy!