Downtown Los Angeles Wedding at The Millwick

"When Joe and Kristin started their summer jobs at J. Crew many moons ago, they never imagined they’d become drinking buddies, best friends and forever partners! They only worked together for six months, but left a lasting impression on one another. They started dating a couple years later and were engaged just a few years after that.

Joe and Kristin wanted their wedding to feel as comfortable as a party in the backyard of their cute bungalow – but with a fancy flair. They felt at home the second they stepped into Millwick. It was in a neighborhood where they enjoy spending time and it fit their style perfectly. They loved every detail of it from the wooden bar and fountain outside to the corn stalks and cool furniture inside.  And on the day of their wedding, they couldn’t have been more pleased with how exquisite the place looked. The elegant floral design by Little Branch coupled with over 200 candles, created a beautiful and romantic setting. Guests dined on perfectly cooked prime rib from Lawry’s – selected because Joe and Kristin’s frequent visits to Lawry’s owned Tam O’Shanter in Los Feliz. And rather than traditional cake, Joe and Kristin served a variety of rich and creamy cheesecakes – their favorite! The photo booth was done by Joe’s uncle, calligraphy by his sister and favors by his aunt. Every detail was personal to the couple and the entire day was a demonstration of the importance of people – particularly family - in Joe and Kristin’s lives.

Joe and Kristin had a magical evening – with so many perfect moments. They were especially touched by their grand entrance, where they were introduced as husband and wife for the very first time. They felt incredibly loved and adored as they walked through the doors of Millwick to the jubilant cheering of friends and family. But perhaps the most memorable moment of all was when Joe, a rather reserved guy with a great sense of humor, read his vows. There wasn’t a dry eye in the courtyard. Kristin was especially moved because she was finally able to confirm that his feelings for her were stronger than the ones for his motorcycle.

The couple couldn’t have thrown a better party for their family and friends. The evening was a complete success!"

Bohemian Palm Springs Engagement Shoot from Dennis Roy Coronel Photography

Bohemian Palm Springs Engagement Shoot from Dennis Roy Coronel Photography

"When you combine passion with the open canvas of desert scenes, you get an untamed romance that transcends into a bohemian dream.  That was the vision captured to amplify Valerie’s flawless style and persona.  As a Los Angeles hair and makeup artist, Valerie has graced the faces of over 100 brides and most of L.A.'s top models.  And as a social media influencer known as @valerie_star, her cool impeccable OOTD’s and lifestyle shots has scored her tens of thousands of followers and counting.  It is with that exact authenticity of style that sets the tone for this engagement session.

Starting the day with tranquil surroundings at Moorten’s Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs, the scene was set inside a “Cactarium” greenhouse with beds of exotic cacti and succulents.  Valerie wore a slip dress by Rose and Delilah and draping kimono by Island Bridal, accessorized with a vintage bejeweled headpiece.  This look was complimented by her fiancĂ©, Jimmy, wearing a Zara suit.  Moving outside the greenhouse into the gardens, were towering cactus and desert plants that fashioned a greenery background which was accompanied by a gorgeous bouquet filled with exotic florals.

Next, the groom took his 1967 convertible Chevy Mustang out to play for a sunset ride on the open desert road.  This edgy look was styled with a lace low-back dress by The Jet Set Diaries and hat by Brixton.

Moving forward to a Gothic elegance painted by the sunset. the couple strolled through the desert fields and nestled on a black peacock chair accessorized with beautiful arrangement that included white peonies for a soft touch.

To finalize the day, a dusk scene was set amongst a mountain backdrop; the open desert was adorned with vintage Persian rugs and a dry floral and wheat crescent that hugged the loving couple in the brisk chill of the desert evening.  The bridal bouquet made with rare florals made a statement to finish off this romantic look. Valerie wore a dress by Island Bridal, a sheer headpiece by Gilded Shadows and a white fur coat from Forever 21.

This styled engagement session was  strategically planned and captured on photo film by photographer, Dennis Coronel and Evelyn of Harlow Planning. Florals designed by Isabelle Canas. Portion of wardrobe care of Bride Boutique LA. Grooms attire by Zara. Hair and make up done by Valerie herself." -Dennis Roy Coronel

A Romantic and Intimate Garden Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

"Our vision was an intimate garden wedding with an outdoor dinner reception to be shared with a close group of family and friends. Working with coordinator Sophie of Amazing Days Events, florist Tracey of Ella & Louie, and Maxine and Harrison of San Ysidro Ranch, the decor we chose highlighted the already romantic and intimate setting of the venue. It was exactly what we wanted! 

We had been to Santa Barbara the year before to attend a wedding, and really liked the area. The following trip we visited San Ysidro Ranch because of all the great things we’d heard. The setting and grounds of the ranch were gorgeous, and we knew right away it was the place that we wanted to be married.
With guests gathered around a stone fireplace on the patio of the wine cellar, we had an amazing dinner party after the ceremony. Everything was perfect, from the flowers and candles to the amazing food, wine, and exceptional service. An acoustic guitarist played while twinkle lights in the loquat trees canopied the guests. It was such a romantic setting - exactly what we hoped for!" -bride & groom

Whimsical Field Anniversary Session with Vintage Bike

"When your drop dead gorgeous friends are celebrating their Anniversary, you definitely need to take advantage of capturing the beautiful moments. Bradon+Taylor were a dream to photograph, with the props on point provided by Madaam Palooza Rentals and outfits just as stylish as them! 

When planning this session, the super bloom was a few weeks passed and we stumbled upon this breathtaking field in San Juan Capistrano with green pasture fields. Everything else was the cherry on top after finding the golden location. Each and every image perfectly showcases the natural beauty all over Southern California but especially the city of San Juan Capistrano. The Rental of the Beach Cruiser bike was so fitting as you can see many OC natives along beach cities ride on a regular basis. 

We were beyond thrilled with every single moment of this session and Brandon+Taylor have such amazing moments documented in time." -Gabe & Brit Photographers

Engagement Session Ideas in Joshua Tree with Two-Toned Gown

"Nadia and Gunnar are a SoCal photographer couple that I met a while ago at a workshop. I loved everything about their look and this calm connection they have between them. When I started planning a trip to Joshua Tree, I knew I wanted to work with them.  

The shoot was planned around contrast - the contrast between the formal attire and the desert, the rich, bright colors in the flowers and the dry browns of the scenery, the top and bottom of the gown and the way the white and black contrasted the natural tones around them, etc.  

We did Nadia's make-up in the open hatch of our SUV at the visitors center, and we brought the glamour to the park while soaking-up some of it's casual beauty in our shoot.  This will go down as one of my all-time favorite sessions I've ever done." -Kelly Deal Photography

Elegant Equestrian Ranch in Temecula

"Introducing Sweet Oaks Ranch - Temecula's newest event venue.  With beautifully manicured surroundings, expansive grounds and a hilltop ceremony space with unobstructed views, this is not your typical rustic ranch.  Perfect for those weddings who crave that backyard feel in So Cal wine country coupled with impeccable hospitality they offer complete customization for your perfect day.   My inspiration for this launch shoot began with the beautiful stable and the rich wood hues.  I wanted a chic, neutral palette with an abundance of fresh greens to bring the outdoors in.  The tall ceilings and beams are perfect for the suspended greenery and lighting installation that was a large part of the overall design.  I loved the combination of the clean, modern ghost chairs, the comfy slate blue pillows and the elegant tabletop in the stable setting. The ceremony area design took a more minimalist approach as not to compete with the sweeping views.  And, that hot air balloon getaway was so fitting for the magic of this location." -Michelle Garibay Events

Bohemian Farm Wedding from Candace Jolee Events

"Beautiful on a budget? Challenge accepted! Planning a wedding on a budget is almost a forbidden word nowadays. With so many gorgeous Pinterest pictures, it's easy to go over budget. Not with this wedding!

With a guest count of 180, 9 bridesmaids, 9 groomsmen, and a budget under 10k. We knew we needed to keep it minimal and splurge on what was most important. Zach loved his milk and cookies, especially Oreo's. Serena was obsessed with all things Macrame. They both had a love for animals and shared that with their two pups, Rylee and Brodii. Combining all of that, Candace Jolee Events was able to plan and design a gorgeous wedding that wouldn't break the bank.

Since Serena loved the color green, we decided to go with all green bridal bouquets and splurge on hers. Weird? Not when the talented Rogue and Fox Floral creates them! She combined a mixture of greens for texture to create these beauties. The Farm Tables were kept simple with pepper tree table runners and bud vases filled with creme floral.

The amazing Elise Cakes took Zach's love for cookies and created a naked cookie cake! Yes, you read that correctly! Her chocolate gems were filled with mini Oreo cookies. Seriously, to die for! Holy Macrame created that amazing backdrop and plant hangars. Lastly, Erika Molina Photography and her team captured the entire wedding. We couldn't have been more excited about how beautiful it all turned out."

Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards

"Chris and Kristin were married at Triunfo Creek Vineyards, and their wedding was an airy and neutral dream! Kristin wore a lace sweetheart neckline mermaid-style gown, and her groom rocked navy - We love a good navy suit! Kristin's bridesmaids chose mix and match neutral Joanna August gowns, and the ruffles and ethereal styles perfectly complemented each of their styles! The ceremony took place underneath a beautiful tree on the property, as friends and family looked on. After a short cocktail hour, the newlyweds made their big entrance into their reception! White and green blooms decorated outdoor reception tables along with lanterns and wine bottle details."

Elopement Ideas in the woods

"I wanted this our elopement themed shoot to reflect the style of a whimsical and romantic moment deep in the middle of the woods. With golden lanterns, glowing candles, and a copper-toned arch draped with greenery, the site had a beautiful mixture of modern meets organic elements. Upon arrival, you instantly feel like you’re stepping into a fairytale-moment surrounded by the heavily wooded area. Our bride did her own hair and makeup to reflect the spontaneity of the moment. The gown featured delicate details of lace, a plunging neckline, flared sleeves, and an elegant train. Paired with the groom’s grey suit, this shoot was the perfect mixture of modern and classic style. As the sun began to set, we came across an open field tucked in between the dense woods. As the bride and groom ventured down the path, I envisioned them running away out of the darkness into the bright light of their future together; letting love light the way." -Emi Fujii Photography

Wildflowers Elopement Inspiration

"This wildflowers elopement styled shoot was inspired by the poppies themselves. Like an elopement, delicate wildflowers popped up so quickly all over California last month and we thought would be a perfect backdrop for a couple who decided to elope.

With the natural and ethereal landscape of the poppies in Temecula, I knew I wanted a dress from Deborah Lundquist. She is an eco couture dress designer who creates one of a kind wedding dresses with sustainable, organic, and recycled materials which fit perfectly for the style of our shoot." -Julie Shuford Photography

Intimate Elopement in Long Beach

"Christianne & Adrian's wedding day was so sweet an intimate, with the perfect amount of style and details. These two have been together for fourteen years, so it was about time they tied the knot and made it official. Christianne planned their sweet and intimate elopement in their hometown Long Beach, Ca. Adrian got ready in the couple's apartment, while Christianne got ready with her mom and sisters in a near by AirBnb. 

Only their immediate family was present, and they were married by a close friend of theirs in a spot they hold close to their hearts, Shoreline Village Park. The spot overlooked the ocean and the Queen Mary dazzled in the background. After the elopement ceremony, we took a few sunset photos and then the sweet couple left to celebrate with their family members and cut the cake at Naples Rib Company, one of their favorite restaurants. 

Throughout the day, there were many tears and the love between Christianne and Adrian was undeniable. These two were made for each other and have such a deep love that has grown over the years. As an elopement photographer, one of my favorite things is getting to be part of such an intimate occasion, where only the closest family and friends are invited. It truly is an honor."