Collin & Amanda were married at Mount Charleston in Las Vegas Nevada.  I was thrilled to celebrate with these families as the groom’s family holds an incredibly special place in my heart.  When we were planning to move out to San Diego from IL, our house sold quicker than anticipated and they opened their basement to allow our small family of three to stay there for the summer.  I knew Collin through high school and wondered what quality, amazing gal was going to come along and steal his heart.  Amanda is amazing.   Beyond amazing!  From our first phone call, I fell in love with her gentle and quiet spirit.  She is so genuine, kind, thoughtful and I knew he had found himself a great girl.

Their wedding was beautiful.  The mountains of Mount Charleston were their backdrop and it was stunning!  Lianna Marie of Lianna Marie Photography helped me out for the day and I was incredibly grateful!  If anyone is in need of a Las Vegas wedding photographer, she was wonderful to work with and captured some great images.

Congratulations Collin and Amanda!

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As we were preparing for her first look with Collin, Amanda’s dad snuck out for a peak at his baby girl.

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While we stayed back and did some family photos, Lianna captured some beautiful shots of the reception which was hosted by a family friend at a ranch just down the mountain.  It was a beautiful property and worked so perfectly for the reception plans they had in mind!

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It was a beautiful wedding all around.  I was so honored to photograph Collin and Amanda and truly loved seeing how excited they were over each other.  Collin and Amanda, thank you for allowing me into your day.  You two kept me smiling all day with your sweet spirits and gentle care for one another.

The others who made their day as incredible as it was are listed below!

Wedding Day Coordinator: Brooke Waugh

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mt Charleston Resort | Private Ranch

Dress Designer & Store: Bella Lily Bridal | Lilian West

Grooms Attire & Store: Mens Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dress Designer & Store: ASOS

Shoe Designer & Store: Nine West 

Hair Stylist: Taylor at Merle Norman Montage Studio

Rings (His/Her): Robbins Brothers 

Florist: I Do Wedding Flowers

Catering/Meal: Michoacán 

Cake: Sams Club 

DJ/Entertainment: DJ Donald Rogers 

 

 

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Kyle & Rebecca.  I don’t even know how to start this blog post other than by just saying how much I love this couple.  I might have explained our story of introductions in a previous post, but I met Rebecca truly only weeks after we moved to California.  I knew not a soul and was at a local coffee shop trying to finish up a wedding before I went into labor with my son.  The coffee shop was packed so we shared a table and the rest is just a beautiful story of how God brought Rebecca into my life and into our church family.
And her and Kyle.  Adorable.  While I haven’t gotten to know him as well, I have loved seeing Rebecca fall in love and give her life to this man who adores her entirely.  They are the sweetest couple and I was honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding celebration.  These two are amazing.  Some of my favorites are posted below…. okay a lot of my favorites… from their big day at Mt Woodson Castle.
Also, another huge thanks goes out to my amazing second shooter, Kellie at Little Blue Bow Photography!

Look at that beautiful lace!!  I was in love with her getting ready attire.

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Those gorgeous curls are compliments of Courtney Murillo!!  An amazing choice for a wedding hair stylist and makeup artist!

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I love when brides do a first look with their dad’s.

After preparations, we headed over to the beautiful Mount Woodson Castle!  It was my first time shooting there…. OH MY.  A Favorite of mine for sure.  It was full of beautiful areas and gorgeous inside and out!
So many ooooh’s and ahhhh’s from all her favorite gals!
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I was swooning over all that gorgeous light… and right at mid-day!  Loved it.

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Rebecca is so very thoughtful and put so much care into writing letters to those involved in her love story.  I love these next two my second shooter, Kellie, captured of the bridesmaids reading their notes.  

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After the ceremony we had even more time to explore the grounds during golden hour and hit up the amazing fields right on the outskirts of the venue.  I’m crazy over these.  Kline-372

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It was such a privilege to be apart of celebrating with Rebecca and Kyle!!  They make an incredible team and I truly believe they are going to be one dynamic duo. Congratulations again Rebecca and Kyle!  Much love and life your marriage will hold.  I’m sure of it.

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Those who made their day as beautiful as it was include the following fabulous vendors!

Wedding Day Coordinator: Iman Rosario  Venue Manager/Coordinator – Mt. Woodson Castle. Personal Touch Dining, Inc. / Mt. Woodson Castle / Leo Carrillo Ranch
Website: http://mtwoodsoncastle.com/events/weddings/

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mt Woodson Castle
Website http://mtwoodsoncastle.com/events/weddings/

Dress Designer & Store: Stella York from The Bustle Bridal Boutique
Website http://thebustledelmar.com

Grooms Attire & Store: Friars Tux
Website https://www.friartux.com

Bridesmaids Dress Designer & Store: Penelope Dress from Revelry
Website: http://www.shoprevelry.com

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Courtney Murillo
Website: https://www.instagram.com/salonandbridal/

Veil/Hairpieces: The Bustle Bridal Boutique
Website. http://thebustledelmar.com

Rings (His/Her) Her’s Harold Stevens His: Robbin’s Brothers
Website: https://www.haroldstevens.com
http://www.robbinsbrothers.com

Florist: Something Wild Floral
Website: https://www.somethingwildfloral.com

Catering/Meal: Personal Touch Dinning
Website: https://personaltouchdining.com

Cake: Flour Power Cakery
Website: http://flourpower.com

DJ/Entertainment: Abraham Chase with Vox DJs
Website: http://voxdjs.com

Videographer: Chad Cope

Calligraphy: Carly Hren

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Rachel & Andrew contacted me only a couple weeks before their ceremony.  A simple background ceremony in Dana Point with their closest friends and family.  It was beautiful.  He was in the Military and stationed here for the time.  She was making the move from Illinois to be with him and begin their life together.  Their photos turned out beautiful and I loved getting to know them both!  Here are some of my favorites!

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They found this quaint and vintage home on Air B&B.  It was so sweet.  Inside and out.

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I love this bridal portrait of Rachel.  Her flowers were amazing thanks to Browne’s Flowers in Dana Point!

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Right before he walked her down the aisle… dad was soaking in his moment with his little girl.

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Once again, thank you Browne’s Flowers for the GORGEOUS bouquet.  I was in love with your florals!

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After the ceremony, we headed to a Lantern Park for some portraits.

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Congratulations Rachel and Andrew!  It was a joy getting to celebrate with you both.  Thank you for entrusting me with your most precious moments.  Much love to you both!

 

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I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Michelle and Aaron at the first ever wedding at the Girl Scouts San Diego venue downtown near Balboa Park.  Michelle’s dad had worked with the Girl Scouts for awhile and so they attempted successfully their first ever on site wedding at the property.  It worked out beautifully!  The outdoor reception and intimate amphitheater ceremony made for a unique and fun personalized wedding!

These two were such a sweet couple.  Not ones to be center of attention, they did things simply but with great class and significance to their personal story.  I truly enjoyed getting to know them both.

My second shooter, Kellie, who has been my rockstar sidekick this season was fabulous!!  Her website is www.littlebluebowphotography.com if you want to check it out!  (and you totally should!)  Here are some highlights from the day starting out with the GORGEOUS floral work by Rebecca Eichten.

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After the ceremony, we found some gorgeous light for the family photos and I convinced Aaron and Michelle to hang with me an extra five minutes for a few more couple shots.  Well worth it…. they turned out to be some of my favorites from the day!  That golden hour light is pretty spectacular. David-5688

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Aaron and Michelle are both in Fisheries…. specifically Salmon study!  They met on the River 🙂

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Michelle’s dad made all the lawn games for the reception!  There was a huge area for hangout and the guests were able to drink and chill out on the lawn for cocktail hour.  It was a great space!

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Aaron and Michelle.  You two are truly a beautiful couple with so much inner beauty and delight in one another.  Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your day!  Much love to you both!

And cheers to those who brought life and color to the day by sharing their gifts and abilities with Aaron and Michelle!

Wedding Day Coordinator: Shannon Bryant with Perfect Pieces Event Planning
Website: https://www.facebook.com/perfectpiecesevents/

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Girl Scouts San Diego
Website: www.sdgirlscouts.org

Dress Designer & Store: Watters
Website: www.watters.com

Shoe Designer & Store: Toms
Website: www.toms.com

Hair Stylist: My Secret Salon
Website: www.mysecretsalon.com

Florist: Rebecca Eichten
Website: rebeccaeichten.com

Catering/Meal: Sifnos Greek Catering
Website: https:  sifnosgreekcatering.com

Pies:  Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shoppe
Website: www.debbiesrestaurantandpieshop.com

DJ/Entertainment: Glasz Productions
Website:www.glaszproductions.com

Rental Items: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Website: Raphaels.com

 

 

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When I first met with Ashley, she told me all about her big blended family and how fun and crazy they all were together.  She told me of how her and Todd met because they lived next door to each other (how cute is that!?).  She told me about their two lives becoming one big full house of lots of love.
Its totally true.
They combined their homes and, with one baby together, now have a grand total of SEVEN kids.  Yes.  SEVEN.  Whoa!!  However, while I was apart of it that day, it was really cool to watch.  They all seemed to genuinely love one another… his kids, her kids, it didn’t seem to make much a difference to anybody.  They all loved each other.  Awesome.
Their wedding was at the beautiful Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula.  And while it was a busy hustle and bustle of activity (lots of people), things settled down once the ceremony began and the two committed their lives together alongside their families.  I had the chance to work with my dear friend and fabulous photographer Kellie Schneider.  Ya’ll, she’s amazing.  Check out her work at Little Blue Bow Photography here!!

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Ashley’s dad has had a range of health struggles over the past several months.  Days before, Ashley was unsure if he was even going to be able to make it to the ceremony.  But dad was a champ… there was no way he was going to miss his daughters wedding!  Once he arrived, the party was ready to begin!

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I kinda love the photo above and the photo below.  The whole fam poured sand together into one vase symbolizing their joining together of lives.  It was a little hectic as they all tried to get their sand in … once the kids were finished Todd’s reaction was priceless.  Whew.  That was crazy!

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Todd and Ashley, what a celebration you had!!  Thank you for choosing me to come alongside you on your beautiful day.  I loved your family.  Every single one.  You two have got a whirlwind of fun and adventure in store.  Much love!!

 

 

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