The Crown (Netflix) Regal Inspired Wedding Editorial in San Diego

"If you’re one for historical charm and elegance, you’ll be head over heels for Netflix’s The Crown, based on the story of Queen Elizabeth coming into her reign of England. Inspired by this show for its depiction of Elizabeth and Phillip’s marriage, as well as the wedding of Diana and Charles, this wedding editorial features many regal and luxury English-inspired details that are sure to make sophisticated brides swoon.

The palette I curated for this shoot included golds, rose golds, greens, and creams. With just enough distinguished infusions of color to suit a wedding during any season, the predominantly neutral palette carries a level of refinement that pays homage to past royal weddings.

For the table settings, stylist Cara North of Luxe Events chose beautiful floral print china to complement the gorgeous green chairs and textured linens. A cupcake and macaron graced a rose gold plate for each setting.

Breesa’s lush green and white floral arrangements gave the table a full look that conveyed just enough opulence for a royal wedding without looking excessive.  The shape of Diana’s cascading white and green bouquet inspired the bridal bouquet she created for our bride who donned a gorgeous YSA Makino gown that was truly out of this world.

For the cake, Sweet Cheeks created a five-tier masterpiece that featured a square bottom tier and successive round tiers. Gold detailing, inspired by one of Elizabeth’s crowns, framed the beautiful elements of emerald within the cake. What brides would love about this cake is that is simple, yet exquisite. For this shoot, royal and luxury did not equate to excess, but rather well intentioned designs that would be adored by lovers of traditional regal elegance." -Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Venue: Westgate Hotel | Floral Design: Blooms by Breesa Lee | Styling: Luxe Events | Beauty: Unveiled Beauty | Wedding Gown: YSA Makino from Here Comes the Bride | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking | Stationery: Four Things Paper | Ring: Trumpet and Horn | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven | Models: Ivy Beech | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Crown: Elle Bridal Boutique

Rock N Roll Inspirational Wedding Shoot

"This Rock and Roll Alternative inspirational wedding shoot was inspired by the town of Costa Mesa, California and the people who make Orange County what it is. The shoot took place at the Westside Museum whose slogan is, "Keep Mesa Cool". And that is exactly what Monge Amore Events and our creative team of vendors are doing with this moody, alternative wedding. We wanted to embody the artistic, somewhat grungy vibe of the area and the people who reside here. The two love birds inspired our shoot. Ben and Madeline are in a local band together, and Ben is the curator of "I heart Costa Mesa", a local online publication that features artists and events in the area. The couple embodies the artistic edge that this wedding shoot brought to life. Both with past modeling experience, and an interests in all things creative were the perfect couple to carry the vision to fruition. The blank industrial space is perfect for creatives with an eclectic inspiration for their wedding decor. Monge Amore Events and Sarah Mack Photo  thought of the idea of a bad ass Rock and Roll wedding and ran with it. Our bride was styled in a two piece beaded crop top, an elegant high-waist skirt, and paired with a black leather jacket & leather boots. Sarah Mack Photo styled Madeline's dapper groom in black jeans and a black tee with a vintage jacket and wingtip shoes from Swellegant. Kats Creations Florals designed a beautiful look with dark purple hues in an over-sized bouquet and an abundant table scape. Monge Amore Events, went to town styling the area with candles, cow skulls and a purple ombre lamb skin rug for a vibe that rivals any traditional wedding decor. Tasteful cakes designed an edgy  black, purple, and orange wedding cake that centered the stacked cake table with accent decor stunningly. The invitations designed by The Paper Mint Press paired perfectly with the plums and cherries we used as accent pieces on tableware provided by Baker Party Rentals. All of this combined with a kick ass motorcycle and you have an alternative moody wedding for the ages.​"

Photography: Sarah Mack Photo | Wedding Planning and Design: Monge Amore Events | Vintage Rentals: Baker Party Rentals | Beauty: Devon Duff | Stationery: Paper Mint Press | Bakery: Tasteful Cakes | Florals: Kats Florals | Venue: Westside Museum | Wedding Gown: Mary Me Bridal | Models: I Heart Costa Mesa

Coastal Californian Elegance Wedding at Terranea Resort & Spa

"Since they met 4 years before their wedding date, this Southern California bride was completely entranced by her groom's rich Mexican culture. It was definitely love at first site for these two. So what a perfect way to celebrate their wedding day, by bringing in some Spanish-influenced details. With the helpful planning by Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events, this couple's dream wedding took place at their all-time favorite resort, Terranea Resort and Spa. Beautifully captured by McCune Photography and Mission Visual, the weekend started with some girl and guy time as each of them shared private cabanas with their closest friends and family during their 3 day stay at the resort. The rich terracotta rooftops and intricate Mexican tile provided the perfect setting at Terranea, and you can't complain about being right along the Pacific Ocean blue.

Their ceremony had endless ocean views with their family and friends right by their side. The Catholic priest brought out tears of joy from everyone, especially as the bride and groom's 3 year daughter was also honored in their ceremony. Of course these beautiful details wouldn't have been possible without the gorgeous floral designs of Rebelle Fleurs, who added the perfect amount of rust, blush & amber tones to all the floral, which complemented the navy blue accents in the groom's custom tailored suit from b.Spoke. Some other subtle navy blue details were in their invitation, created by Francis-Orr in Beverly Hills (owned by a family member), their cocktail napkins and in the groomsmen wear and ring bearer's suit.

The talented Heidi Davidson Design provided hand calligraphy on the enormous vintage mirror by Above The Top Party Rentals. The Catalina Ballroom was draped by Chiavari Chair Rentals on all four walls to soften the look and upgraded linens were provided by Luxe Linen. Picado picallados and bistro lighting created the perfect fiesta-like outdoor setting, installed and provided by Classic Party Rentals. Besides the 4 course meal, entertainment was definitely a priority for this couple, from the Estrella De Jalisco mariachi band, to the incredible Latino mixing talents of Luxury DJs. The bride danced the night away in her Amsale gown to the sounds of sambas and salsas. Guests also enjoyed a delicious cake from Vanilla Bake Shop and for cigar enthusiasts, Mi Havana Cigar House educated guests and rolled cigars upon their requests. Their "Siempre" cake topper and "Gracias" cards at each place-setting were the perfect statements in defining how beautiful this day was for all their guests." 

Intimate Mountain Wedding at Camp Paivika in Crestline

"I've been a wedding photographer for 7 years.  In that time the center of my business philosophy shifted from weddings to marriage.  I began to see first hand that underneath the aesthetic was a concrete foundation of commitment and genuine love not between just two people but supported by everyone around them.  So, when Chris proposed we knew exactly the kind of wedding we wanted. Beauty for more than beauty's sake.  We wanted it to reflect who we were, and to center around our family and closets friends.  Love, family and community was our vision.  An intimate gathering full of comfort, warmth, and hospitality rather than a wedding reception.

Many of our details were hand made by my Mom, Dad, Chris or myself.  I designed the invitations and my mom did the envelope calligraphy. Her and I also hand dyed all of the table runners and linens.  Chris built some of the lawn games for cocktail hour, my Dad and I built the arbor using bolts from my childhood playhouse.  My jewelry was my Meme's (french for Nana), she passed when I was 14.  The ring box was my Pepe's old coin pouch, he also passed when I was 14.    

Our close friend performed the ceremony, and we each had our brother as a best man. The beginning of our relationship centered around long drives in his old ’95 Jeep Wrangler and Mumford and Sons.  My mom hand stamped all of the coffee cups with a gold Wrangler and I wrote out the lyrics to all our favorite songs and framed them for each table. Chris chose a fancy tux and bowtie, and I wore a bohemian dress and free people boots.  We cried our eyes out when I walked down the isle. I’ve never been to a reception that went by so quickly, but I think it felt that way because we spent it talking, laughing, crying and dancing with our people. With everyone that we had been doing life with for years; everyone we continue to do life with now.

I’m not sure if I am sharing too much or not enough.  It’s hard to put into words all the small, but significant details from the day.  Almost every little thing had significance to it.

I guess to summarize, we just wanted to celebrate with everyone who had shaped us as individuals and as a couple. And everyone who would walking along side for the rest of our lives." -Sarah Sotro 

Intimate Romantic Elopement Styled Shoot in Los Angeles

"We had so much fun piecing this shoot together with such an amazing team. I was inspired to capture something soft and romantic, and Abegail's handmade bridal gowns for her company Rose & Delilah were the perfect fit. Her "Ivy" gown suited our bride, Alexa, perfectly, with a delicate lace keyhole back and 4 layers of soft organza for the skirt, making it the ideal material to be swept away in the wind. I knew that I wanted to showcase a dress with movement in a vast, mountainous scenery and this dress was a match for my vision.

Tiffany, owner of The Loved Co, provided the stunning bouquet, full of soft, luscious pastel tones that perfectly complemented the earthy color palette of the Southern California mountains at golden hour. With this in mind, we paired a chocolate brown tux for Andrew, our groom. 

Lyly, our fabulous makeup artist and hair stylist, worked her magic on Alexa with a polished, full glam makeover, which truly brought everything together to achieve an elegant and chic look.

All in all, we had such a great time bouncing our creative ideas off of each other and I truly felt we made such a great team. We all pitched in coming up with ideas for poses and angles, and it really helped my creative flow while shooting."

Romantic Sand Dunes Engagement Session in Imperial County

"As a photographer, when a couple tells you they want to travel four hours to the most dreamy location to be photographed, you cant help but want to cry (...with excitement of course)! This sense of adventure perfectly defines Sal and Livvi's relationship. They are always looking for a good time filled with laughter and incredible stories. Those words definitely described our journey to Glamis - everything from getting lost (because our GPS stopped working ... thanks, Sprint) to almost running out of gas in the middle of nowhere! Believe me, laugh, was ALL we did this day! 

When we finally arrived to the Algodones Dunes we were in complete awe. It felt as if we were in another world. Words cannot adequately describe how beautiful this location was and what a thrill it was to capture their love in this remarkable scenery. 

Because we photographed on a holiday, the dunes were flooded with hundreds of people and four wheelers. Thankfully, after searching for the perfect spot, we were able to find a somewhat secluded area. We love bringing along our boombox to relax the couple and really architect a movie-like romance. Boy, did this do the trick! As soon as we played Livvi's playlist, it was as if we were just sitting in their living room peeking in on their everyday subtle sweetness. Sal and Livvi's inspirations were nothing less than intimate and romantic - That was our photographic goal, and I think we hit it dead on! 

When it was all said and done, we dodged quads, shielded sand, and definitely got in our leg day, but it was an experience none of us will ever forget! A huge thanks to this amazing couple for their inspiration, infectious spirits, and more than anything - their love!"

Photographer: Gabe+Brit Photographers | Floral Design: Sweet Pea Floral Creations | Beauty: Cristina Gomez Hair+Makeup Artist | Accessories: Windsor