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

Private Greenhouse Wedding in Santa Barbara

"Katelin Event Productions draws inspiration from the ocean, so it was only fitting that Santa Barbara’s coastal beauty set the stage for Andrew and Shayna’s wedding. The two were married at the Dos Pueblos Greenhouse in a heartfelt ceremony, exchanging vows under an oak tree as an ocean breeze ruffled the branches. Following the ceremony the bride and groom slipped away to capture sunset photos on the bluffs. As guests sipped signature cocktails, Shayna and Andrew enjoyed a view for miles down the California coast.

The newlyweds celebrated with family and friends inside a live greenhouse where succulents grew wild and a fountain echoed in the background. True to Shayna and Andrew’s style, we kept the décor simple and timeless. We chose greenery and eucalyptus garlands as table accents and hung florals and chiffon above the long tables. Deep blues and greens reflected the natural beauty of the venue, and evening light washed everything in gold.

We loved how Shayna and Andrew oriented the celebration around their community. They asked guests to sign a huge wine bottle, reflecting the couple’s love of wine tasting, and gave a speech thanking their friends and family. A handmade bar held piles of donuts that spelled LOVE. As the night wore on DJ Griff kept everyone dancing under a sparkling chandelier and the starry sky, visible through the greenhouse roof. Guests surrounded the couple with sparkers as they headed to their getaway car, creating a memorable and magical exit. Shayna and Andrew’s personalities were captured perfectly in the natural beauty of Dos Pueblos Greenhouse and in the event’s meaningful details. "

A Romantic Mission San Juan Capistrano Couples Shoot

"Sometimes it's nice to simply photograph a couple so in love, without real reason or purpose other than to document that affection for each other. Mission San Juan Capistrano has all the elements of a beautiful backdrop rich with history and nature, combined with the inherit beauty in California's Orange County. Is anything better?!" -Kristin La Voie Photography

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography / Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell Bridal / Floral Designer: Blue Ladder Botany / Beauty: Bianca Sansosti Artistry / Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon / Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano / Model: Cavin Elizabeth

Intimate Lakeside Elopement at Graveyard Vineyards in San Luis Obispo

"This incredibly beautiful and intimate afternoon wedding took place at Graveyard Vineyards. We wanted to create an organic and romantic setting as well as incorporating a southern feel with the beautiful lake. This intimate table setting was adorned with gorgeous, garden style florals. Shades of apricot, peach, champagne, buttery yellows and greens were the colors that soften and enhanced the space. Place settings with gold accents complimented. I always love working with such talented vendors!" -Jeanette Ennis Photography

A Romantic Sand Dunes Engagement Session from Victoria Johansson Photography

A Romantic Sand Dunes Engagement Session from Victoria Johansson Photography

"Southern California has an incredibly beautiful and versatile landscape. You could start the day surfing, drive through the desert and the Badlands, only to end up in a ski resort high up in the mountains before sunset. All of this, together with the amazing Southern California golden light, creates a wealth of picturesque opportunities for photographers and couples alike. So it is no surprise that SoCal engagement sessions have a tendency to take your breath away.

As the photographer, I have had the vision of a red or a green dress against the Imperial Sand Dunes for the longest time. When I emailed this idea to Hannah, and she got back with “Why not both?”, I knew that this engagement session would be something else. A 4 hour drive in each direction was nothing, considering what we were about to create, so off we went!" -Victoria Johansson Photography

A Snowy Engagement in Wrightwood

"Andy proposed to Samantha while they were celebrating their 6 year anniversary during a trip in Yosemite National Park.. They wanted their engagement session to take place in the snow, up in the mountains, like how it was when he proposed. We photographed their engagement session in Wrightwood, California, near the Mt.High ski slopes. 

When Samantha was a teenager, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (a rare form of cancer for someone so young) and survived it (also rare). She had lost a lot of muscle mass because of the cancer, so her dad bribed her with $100 to take Taekwondo classes in order to regain her strength. She and Andy met in Taekwondo and have been together ever since. Their love and admiration for one another is very apparent. 

Samantha is a makeup artist and Andy is a photographer, graphic and web designer. They are the dream team behind Sweetly Flawless." -Joann Loo Photography

Modern Classic Wedding Ideas at The Ebell in Long Beach

"Our creative team was inspired to produce a shoot that offered a modern twist on a classic aesthetic. We were inspired by the venue itself, The Ebell of Long Beach which boasts in class & sophistication. Between the details of its modern chandeliers & rich mahogany mantles this venue is the perfect setting for an eclectic couple seeking a tasteful take on what we know as “the modern classic”. For style inspiration, our team incorporated seasonally rich berry tones, & deep navy throughout the design of our coordinating stationary, florals, & tablescapes. The gorgeous stationary highlights artisan touches like gold calligraphy over water colored fine art paper that were simply admirable works of art ensuring to set the mood for any swanky soirée`. Our sophisticated tablescape design featured lush floral centerpieces creating a fine balance between greenery & florals for a soft natural balance allowing the entire table design to shine. Amongst the soft florals we paired dark tableware chargers on top of a lace & sparkle linen that are sure to enhance the mood in any setting. Our team ensured to pair our style theme with our Bride & Groom’s looks for a cohesive wedding style. The Bride features a beautiful mermaid gown with a lace beaded bodice to solidify the classic beauty & sparkle that flows perfectly with our theme. All while our stylish Groom sports more of a modern “separates look” including a coordinating polka dotted bow tie, known as the most definitive statement of class. Last but not least, no wedding is complete without an epic exit! As if they weren’t classy enough... Our B+G made an unforgettable grand exit posing next to this beautiful creamy colored classic Porsche. - What a dream!"

Intimate Bohemian Wedding Inspiration in Yosemite Valley

Bride and Groom Portraits in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is just outside of the area we cover but when San Diego Wedding Photographer and Preferred Member, Randi Kreckman, sent this Yosemite Wedding Inspirational Shoot, I just had to feature it. Yosemite is one of my most favorite places in California and with it being a short drive away, I know that the SoCal Bride audience would just love this! Yosemite provides such a perfect backdrop for couples who want to get married in nature. Randi shares this with us, "The valley of Yosemite National Park is like no other place on this earth. The towering granite faces of Half Dome and El Capitan combined with the breathtaking scenes of Yosemite and Bridal Veil Falls make for an unforgettable place to tie the knot. This inspiration uses the earthy, natural textures of the park and incorporates the touch of spring that flows through the valley this time of year with bright pops of lilac and anemones. The bride's Chantel Lauren gown breathed freedom and whimsy into the day. Each detail tells the story of the day, including words penned by John Muir which the groom read as he waited for his bride.

Danielle + Steve were married in a civil ceremony and this event was so special to them as Danielle was able to wear a wedding dress for the first time. The first look was an emotional, authentic moment there at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel where the couple got ready. From there, we moved to Cook's Meadow for views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome before continuing on to get a closer look at the falls. Off the path, surrounded by ancient Ponderosa Pines, the two exchanged vows. Beneath glimpses of the crashing waterfall, Danielle + Steve shared cake and coffee at a rustic picnic table before heading to Tunnel View for sunset snuggles."

#Bachella: A Coachella-Inspired Bachelorette Party

"We wanted to create a fun tropical party with boho vibes, and we realized that Coachella was just around the corner, so we used it as our inspiration! Once we had mentioned our concept to some fellow creatives, we built a team of vendors that were thrilled to jump on board and execute the exciting day. We’ve named this shoot #BachellaParty, meshing “bachelorette” and “coachella” into one. We were most inspired by the care-free spirit of the yearly festival and the boho-tropical-desert vibes surrounding the Coachella Valley.

To bring in the boho-vibes, we incorporated a henna station and dinner table-scape, complete with animal rugs, soft pink and teal pillows and delicate dream catchers. Our makeup and hair artist focused on bringing out everyone’s natural beauty and giving them a glowing bridal-meets-boho look, with pops of color on their lips. On top of that, our models wore gorgeous geode jewelry from a woman who mines, shapes and molds the jewelry herself!

To capture the mood of a music festival, we brought in fun festival style food items, like our #bachellaparty donuts, pineapple-powdered donuts, sherbet ice cream, popcorn, and “boxed-water-is-better” water. We also had the ladies wear flowered circle shaped glasses that came straight from the French Riviera! To tie in the gorgeous scenery of Coachella Valley, we had calligraphy on palm tree cut-outs, paper maché cacti, and fun, huge, tropical floral crowns for our ladies. Because Coachella festival goers are so colorful with eclectic style, we incorporated bright pink, teal, purple, and orange into the color scheme, found in the table-scape china and florals, the fun balloons and ice cream floaties in the pool, and with the use of colorful smoke bombs and sparklers!

If you love all things tropical and Coachella, we recommend your girls take you out for your very own #bachellaparty!" -Debby Boh Events