Eric & Ljiljana threw the most amazing party at Eden Gardens in Moorpark, CA, surrounded by family and friends from around the world!
Venue: Eden Gardens, Moorpark, CA
Getting ready: Westlake Village Inn
Post-ceremony portraits: El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA
This lovely out of town couple wanted a mix of canyon and ocean for their engagement photo session, so we started out at Zuma Canyon Trailhead and then popped over to Point Dume Cove for a both/and that's for the books.
Santa Monica Wedding Photography | Patrick and Valerie at Casa del Mar | Los Angeles Elopement Photography
Patrick and Valerie eloped on the beach in Los Angeles. Well... sort of. They actually eloped kind of accidentally in one of the most beautiful and posh hotels on the beach in Santa Monica. Here's the story:
Patrick and Valerie stayed the night at the Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. They fully intended to just walk out onto the sand and say their vows, snap a few photos with me, and be done with it. But after getting dressed up, the hotel security guard just let them (and me, and the officiant) into the gazillion-dollar ballroom. Turns out a wedding dress is basically a carte blanche. Fifteen minutes later, these two were hitched!
Jessica and Kyle at Malibu Beach on a lovely cloudy afternoon = magic.
This time of year brings with it cloudy skies with a hint of rain. Sometimes during a shoot, someone will mention it, "Bummer it's not sunny..." but I feel the opposite. This kind of lighting is such a treat to shoot in because light is coming from every direction and falls softly on every surface. Pure magic.
It's been so fun to watch the Potter family grow in numbers and in age over the last few years! It seems like Lincoln gets MORE ocean-obsessed with every passing day. For these photos we headed down to El Matador State Beach for a quick mini-session to document this special moment in the Potter family's life together.
El Matador Beach is always great for a fun senior session. Lots of rocks to sit, stand, lean on. And it's always my favorite when Mom jumps into a few!!
How do you make a crowded tourist attraction like the Santa Monica Pier feel like you've got it all to yourself? With a little patience and a zoom lens, of course! Arpi and Edward have a classy, urban vibe but they still wanted to play up their Santa Monica home for their engagement session. So we headed down to the Santa Monica Pier on a busy spring weekend night to catch the golden light and find hidden corners for these two lovebirds to canoodle in. And it worked!!
This might be a new favorite spot.....
Steven and Ruth are Pepperdine sweethearts who wanted to celebrate the place where they met, fell in like, and then fell in love—on campus at Pepperdine University! This sweet afternoon session took us all over the usual (and not so usual spots) on campus at Pepperdine. We started in the middle of campus, sitting by the fountain (which wasn't running on account of the drought), then we popped over to the amphitheatre (the spot where Ruth first realized she like Steven), a quick snap in Stauffer Chapel, then we walked by the swing by Ruth's dorm where they had lots of heart to hearts. We had to make a stop at the most epic tree in Malibu, in front of the field house, then we wrapped up at Heroes Garden.
As a Pepperdine grad (and resident) myself, I must admit it was fun to see this campus in a new light!
Jake and Tawni are college friends turned card-game rivals turned sweethearts. Spend five minutes with them and it's obvious they're best friends and love every second together, whether it's a surf sesh, a grocery shopping date, or a car ride to work together. They're getting married in May at Jake's family's ranch, and they wanted to commemorate their Malibu love story with this engagement session at the iconic El Matador State Beach.
We rock-hopped, we cave-explored, we got a little wave-splashed, and we had the best time!
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