Just looking at these smiling faces makes me smile myself. It has been waaaaay too long since I’ve posted here and I can’t think of a more fun couple to jump back into the blog bandwagon then with Shani and Jeff. They are spunky and full of life and since their wedding is going to be held in Santa Monica later this year we decided to honor their love for the urban life by exploring downtown LA, at night! We started where they first met, at Jeff’s work place and Shani’s internship at a courthouse downtown, where their friendship began and over the next few years blossomed into.. well, marriage! We then ventured on to enjoy the city’s lights and landscape. I’m so excited to see what’s in store for this party and dance loving couple, and of course to capture it all!! Enjoy these previews!!
I am SO excited to share Caitlin and Race’s romantic and rustic ‘Texas southern feel’ engagement session. Caitlin and Race will be getting married at the Four Seasons Westlake next year right near where Caitlin grew up. Since they live in Austin, Texas where Race is from we thought to bring the Southland, well… to the (California) Southland! We spent the afternoon at the Malibu Creek State Park and I swear five minutes after we started I had already felt like I had ‘my shots’.. those few shots that WOW the session. And it only got better from there… Race, a true southern gentleman and Caitlin, who’s personality is as sweet as her angelic voice (Caitlin Hart) are a perfect pair. They are gentle, playful and loving in a sweet way that would make any photographer swoon. Swoon I did and I can’t wait to capture their wedding next year. Congratulations Caitlin and Race!!
I am so happy to share Cameren and Antwan’s wedding collection!. Sweet Cameren married Antwan Barnes of the New York Jets last month at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. Having grown up here in Los Angeles, it was a hometown Los Angeles wedding with an east coast flare (where they now live and most of their guests came from). This was just the kind of party I like. I had anticipated an emotionally filled bitter sweet wedding after having learned that Cameren had lost her father just months prior to their wedding. Maybe it was those emotions that brought so much more life to their wedding day. What I witnessed was joy and celebration to the max: the dove release (representing dad), Cameren and her mother and sisters’ choreographed dance, Antwan’s beaming smile and his daughter’s incredible dance skills. This wedding was definitely a night to remember. I have a feeling Cameren’s dad would have had it no other way and it was an honor to feel his presence, and document this sweet family’s love story. Thank you to the talented Monique Atwell of A Signature Wedding and the wonderful team she put together for giving us such beauty to photograph. Congratulations Cameren and Antwan!! (this little-to-no-football-knowledged photographer is officially a Jets fan !!)
Talented Vendors include: Planner – A Signature Wedding, Venue – Intercontinental Los Angeles, Flowers – Butterfly Floral, Photography – Maya Myers Photography, Videography – Buckley Videography, DJ – Q20 Entertainment, Cake – A Sweet Design
Annie and Jon are great friends of Kristen and Dan’s, and after seeing their El Matador engagement images they called me and asked if I would photograph theirs as well (ultimate flattery!). So a lovely Malibu beach engagement session we planned just by the pier and then onto the Malibu Country Mart. On the day of their session, who would have known that the waves would sweep to record breaking heights of 15 – 25 feet. Needless to say the pier was closed, in my search for a plan B beach location I discovered the Malibu Lagoon Park, and it was perfect. Annie and Jon kept us all laughing throughout the session and well into their evening, romantically lit portraits. There was an easy flow to the session that must have blossomed from their seven years together, and to document the beginnings of their next journey together was a true gift. Congratulations Annie and Jon!!
The first thing I do when I travel to the Hudson Valley, especially in June, is stop and take a deep breath. I try to soak it all in: the beauty, the fresh air, and the feel of sweet upstate New York life. Sarah and Bill were married at my alma mater, The Millbrook School, where just last year I photographed Morgan and Cooper’s wedding. Although we were years apart, Sarah and I grew up in a similar setting as faculty children, where a wide community of parents and friends served as home. As I got to know Sarah and Bill on their wedding weekend, it warmed my heart to see them get married where we both spent years growing into who we are today, surrounded by that very community. Their ceremony at Millbrook’s Flagler Memorial Chapel was sweet, filled with emotion, and officiated by Chaplain Hardy, or Cam, as we’ve both known her since a young age. Their reception was held at Montgomery Place, a historical site that would take anyone’s breath away. Overlooking the Hudson River, sipping on cocktails and playing croquet, their friends and family welcomed their celebration, and into the night they danced and toasted their growing family. Thank you Sarah and Bill for inviting me to be your wedding photographer, it is the highest of flatteries to be trusted to capture such an important day. Congratulations!!
Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who contributed to Sarah and Bill’s Wedding beauty! Planner – Every Season Events, Ceremony – The Millbrook School, Reception – Montgomery Place, Rentals – Events Unlimited, DJ – APB Entertainment, Cake – Calico Rhinebeck, Floral – Floral Fantasies by Sara, Dress – Mikaella Bridal
Suzy and Harout’s wedding reception started as early as their seperate preparations at their parents homes. With friends and family, lavish food displays, music, dancing (and shots!), I knew we were off to a grandiose celebration. They were married at the beautiful Saint Garabed Church in Hollywood, in a traditional Armenian Ceremony with golden crowns and their siblings standing by their sides. Their reception followed at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. I could easily write a whole post and fill a whole album with images of Suzy’s smile and the sheer joy she showed in every moment of their day. And Harout’s toast alone, his admiration and sweet words towards his family and to Suzy could melt my heart all over again. It was a complete joy from beginning to end to document their day and I’m delighted to share the photographs, in special thanks to my talented team Dana and Kasia and to the incredible team led by Lisa Shahinian of Love it Events!! Congratulations Suzy and Harout!! Your kind hearted souls not only filled your four hundred guests with joy, they filled your photographers as well. I am so grateful to you!
I have a special place in my heart for the Hudson Valley. Upstate New York is not only where I grew up, but is also home to many firsts for me. It’s where I first held a camera, first fell in love, and first learned that my passions would lead me to where I am today. It’s about time I photographed my first engagement session there!! I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend the summer afternoon with then Jacqui (formerly Jacqueline Lombard, Bravo’s Top Chef contestant) and James, who worked with Jacqui for six years before he finally admitted to his ‘crush’ for her. I’m so glad he did ask her out!
We spent the afternoon around James’ parents home in sweet Ancramdale, NY where downtown consists of a church and a restaurant and a few homes surrounding. The rest is farmland that perfectly served as a setting, with quiet and quaint memories that brought us together with love.
I first posted my excitement in joining my dear friends Sibyl and Wixon in photographing their wedding with their Santa Monica engagement session. Then came the big day, their gorgeous, elegant Montecito wedding, that brought the element of ‘simple’ and ‘intimate’ to a whole new level. Maybe I’m biased because I have a personal connection to them having known them since our high schools days at The Millbrook School. If that’s the case I don’t mind, but I am elated that I once again have the chance to share the sweet day with them on Style Me Pretty. It’s an honor and I am so grateful. Congratulations again Sibs and Wix!! I love you with all my heart.
There’s a special place in my heart for Linda and Sean… well, and for their whole family. I had the incredible pleasure in immersing my cameras into both Linda and her sister Michelle’s wedding (featured on Style Me Pretty!), three months apart from each other. As a result I was welcomed into their family with open arms and have since spent countless holidays, celebrations and a few unfortunate losses with them. To be told ‘you are family now’ brings tears to my eyes with gratitude, and it’s with this gratitude that I am so proud to announce Linda and Sean’s wedding featured in BRIDES Magazine’s August Issue!! Linda brought her visions to life at their spectacular wedding day with every detail from their ‘dancing under the stars’ theme. Original, spunky and full of color and natural beauty and Malibu’s Saddlerock Ranch. The cherry on top you ask? To return there next year for their sister Karin’s May wedding!!
Thank you Linda and Sean, Michelle and Scott, Alan, Sophie…. the list will be VERY long if keep going, for welcoming me into your lives. And thank you BRIDES for bringing this incredible wedding to life and for sharing it with your future brides!