How Nick kept this dreamy Malibu beach proposal a secret is beyond me! A casual California getaway (to visit family) turned into a weekend in a beach house, private chef, concert, etc., etc., etc.
Just in case you're confused about how this managed to be a surprise proposal when Trinity (the girlfriend) is obviously aware that I am there, here's the ruse: the private chef (Michelle) is a friend of mine. She *wink wink* needed some photography to update her website and invited me along to snap photos of this cute couple having a lovely dinner on a beachfront balcony. To keep the charade going, I took a lot of photos of food and the space, and also kept an eye on Nick to document the moment he took a knee tableside. After that, the ruse was up and we headed down to the beach for some sweet celebratory engagement photos before leaving the couple at the beach house to toast their futures together. What a beautiful scene and a smashing success! Congrats to Nick and Trinity.
Emily and Chris' Leo Carrillo Malibu Beach wedding photos were a mix of part post-COVID wedding photoshoot, part beach elopement, part family portrait session and all dreamy sunset sky goodness. This couple and their family was so much fun to celebrate and snap photos with. Emily picked a beautiful wedding dress with a high neckline (I mean, she's a triathlete, so that was DEF the right choice) and Chris wore his wedding suit and we frolicked barefoot at low tide snapping these pics on the sand and on the cliffs above.
Holey moley if this qualifies as a "backyard wedding," it's giving all other backyard weddings a serious run for their money. For starters, most backyards don't overlook a canyon in the Santa Monica mountains and the famous Getty Museum. To continue, most backyards don't have an infinity pool like this with a platform built over it for the bride and groom to say their vows. I'll stop there. Just look at the pictures.
There is a lot to look forward to these days... and Matthew and Maria's wedding is one of them! I can't wait for these two to tie the knot in Mexico this spring (mezcal tasting, anyone?), but for now I just get to hang out with them as a rad engaged couple and enjoy sunset beach clifftop picnics in Malibu with them.
Love you both. May your love continue to grow as you take on the world side by side.
Coordinator: Kaycie Fellows, Critic’s Choice
Venue: Malibu West Beach Club, Malibu, CA
Officiant: Shane Womack
Food/Beverage/Catering: Critic’s Choice
Videographer: Life Story Film - Rick Lykov
DJ/Music: Vox DJ’s - Marc Minero
Flowers: Diane Carvotta
Cake: Torrance Bakery
Dress: Made with Love Bridal
Nothing says summertime like ocean waves, tacos, cocktails, and... roller skating?!? At Pasea Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach, that's exactly right. These fun-lovin' photos highlight the easy breezy good times had by all at the annual roller skating rink at Pasea Hotel and Spa that pops up every summer. Here for a good (disco) time, not a long time. Don't miss out on your chance to limbo under a disco ball right next to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Ermygersh please just get married and do photoshoots together every day please and thank you! Zach and Elena's engagement photos at El Matador State Beach were STUNNING and I couldn't stop snapping pics even after the sunset. Truly magical.
Hannah and Nate's Malibu engagement photo session was so special because I've known Hannah for years! It was such a treat to meet Nate for the first time and get to know him and hear a bit about their story. Their wedding is coming up this June at Malibu West Beach Club (my fave venue!) and I'm so excited to document their special day at the beach.
Engaged couples take note: Hannah and Nate listened to the advice I usually give couples to "dress up more than you think you should" and here they are looking glam and gorgeous! I know sometimes it might feel silly to wear a gown or dress clothes out on the hiking trail, but I promise the photos will be stunning and the final product will be worth it!
This girl!!! WHUT. She smiles, she glows, she smolders, she slays. She set my camera on fire with her laughter AND her beauty. I may be dating myself here but I've known Bri since she was 10 (maybe even longer), so to get to snap pictures of her as a senior in high school, as a full-grown adult is just blowing my mind. And she totally owned it, as you'll see in these photos. I loved this session because her sisters and mama (those Plank women are thick as thieves) came along to her session to, well, hype her off camera, and then jump in a few sisters-and-mama portraits that are legit going to wind up in all their cell phone lock screen backgrounds (and in framed prints on their walls).
Thanks Bri for thinking of me to document these sweet, beautiful, meaningful moments in your exciting life! I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for you in the next chapter.
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