Persian-American Wedding at Estancia Hotel, La Jolla

I worked with Natalie Bray and second shot this gorgeous Persian-American wedding in La Jolla, at the Estancia Hotel. This was my first Persian wedding, all of the cultural traditions were so magical to see. Anna and Marcus and their family were so fun, I have never seen so many people on the dance floor having the time of their life. It was truly special.

I hope you enjoy seeing moments from Anna and Marcus’ beautiful day.

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Sofreh Aghd or the table of wedding is an elaborate floor setup for the wedding ceremony loaded with foods and another items. It was so beautiful to see the amount of time and thought that went into creating this spread.

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These were roses made out of pita bread and a beautiful design created with spices and grains!

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This part of the ceremony, some special women in Anna’s life gather her and sprinkle sugar on the couple to sweeten their marriage. So special!

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Big Sur, California Coast Couples Session

My self timer skills have come a long way. So here’s the thing, every trip we’ve ever gone on I always forget to bring something. Our first trip to Big Sur together, I had my tripod and everything I needed but somehow the footage got ruined. Ever since then every time I am missing something I need for taking photos. This trip was no different, I brought the tripod but forgot the adapter to connect my camera. I didn’t let that stop me and just propped up my camera on some rocks. No excuses, but I really need to start writing a gear list.

I love you Ethan, thank you for loving me.

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Lake Forest Intimate Home Engagement Session

Another in-home intimate session that I am just in love with. I met Rachel because she was dating my brother, but we remain friends because she is one badass lady. In the past we attempted to start a fruit and veggie co-op together, which failed. Now Rachel is thriving in her nutrition business. I am so lucky to know Rachel and her soon to be husband, Sia. We had so much fun listening to records, making lattes, and playing with their adorable fur babies (who are the reason I adopted my lovely dog Blossom). Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and love with me!

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Long Beach Intimate Home Couples Session

I wanted to experiment with something that I have been interesting in shooting more which is in home sessions. I fell in love! To be in a couples personal space and home environment adds such a level of intimacy and comfort like no other. Alexias and Maroon thank you for allowing me into your space, and letting me document the special moments that usually go undocumented. Look forward to seeing more intimate home sessions in the future!

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Hudson Valley, New York Barn Wedding - Kelsey + Chris

Two of the most lovely people I know asked me to come to their hometown in New York to shoot their wedding. It was such a magical trip and wedding, I am so lucky to know these two and their families.

The day before the wedding we spent the day picking wild flowers from Holmquest Farms and arranging all the bouquets and vases.

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“We met on a cold, winter night at my cousins bar called the Dark Horse Tavern in Rockville Centre, NY, where Chris grew up along with a ton of our family. We knew pretty much right away that we had found our forever. After a few weeks of dating I went to San Diego to nanny for a couple of weeks and because we didn’t want to be apart, Chris came for the last week and that’s really when the love grew. Chris proposed in the same exact hotel room overlooking the Pacific and had a bunch of our friends surprise us for dinner. “ - Kelsey

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“We got married overlooking the gorgeous, forest-filled mountains by our great friend and the funniest person I know, Katie Heneghan, who had everyone laughing, but also crying as she spoke of times growing up together and also, getting to know Chris.” - Kelsey

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Chris used to work for a moving company and helped move Scarlett Johansson, she was giving away some of her stuff and Chris ended up with this rug that they then stood on to get married.

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/ Venue: The Hill at Hudson Valley, New York / Catering: Linda Laestadius, Grounded / Rentals & Bar: Kelly Dowd, As You Wish Services / DJ: Dj Gio / Dress: BHLDN by Anthropologie / Ring: Engagement @lunaskye by Samantha Conn / Beer: Luke Heneghan, Bright Eye Brewery / Jewelry: Necklace: Taryn Horacek

Indie Malibu Wedding - Paige + Keith

On May 25th 2013 I shot my first wedding ever. The amazing and talented  Paige Jones after only a few weeks of mentoring me asked me to be her wedding photographer. I cried, I was nervous, scared, and honored. At this time I was shooting mostly film and had just gotten my first dslr, a canon rebel t2i with only the kit lens. Paige offered to lend me her gear and show me how to use it. The fact that Paige believed in me and my eye so much gave me the confidence to be able to handle the pressure of shooting my first wedding.

Fast forward to the wedding day, I was beyond anxious but oh so excited to do something I have always wanted to do. Once I started shooting I realized I had nothing to fear, I blew myself away and was extremely proud. Paige and her family showed me so much love and compassion as a baby photographer and made the day effortless on my part. It was such a beautiful, intimate wedding. Paige and Keith had worked on every detail from their wedding with the help of friends. 

Read more about the wedding day...http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/indie-southern-california-wedding/

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/ Venue: Casa Encantada in Malibu, CA / Makeup: Monica Giselle monicagiselle7@gmail.com / Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: Michelle Oh / Sweets: Figgy Bakery / Food Truck: The Border Grill / Table & Chair Rentals: Alex Party Rentals / DJ: The Flashdance / Camper Rental: Happier Camper / Tabletop & Decor Rentals: Casa de Perrin / Furniture Rentals: YEAH! Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Martha Webb / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew

San Clemente Historic Cottage Wedding - Jamie + Shaun

I had the pleasure of being along side Jamie and Shaun on their wedding day. I am always so grateful to be asked to document such a special time in people’s lives.

They had a gorgeous ceremony at the San Clemente Historic Cottage, which is the town they both grew up in!

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“Music choice was everything to us! We love going to Coachella and other music festivals and appreciate good music. One of our good friends, Parker Glen, would usually play DJ sets at our camping spots at Coachella, so we knew from the beginning that we wanted him to DJ for our big day. We really didn't want any of the typical wedding music, like the YMCA, the Cha Cha Slide, etc. Instead, Parker threw down mixes of both old and new artists, like Fleet Wood Mac and Dire Straights, Rufus Du Sol, Caribou, Classix, Kid Cudi, Kendric Lamar, and Janet Jackson. Our young crowd appreciated mixing it up a little bit, and not sticking to the same old songs wedding DJs typically fall back on.” - Jamie

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Big Sur Camping

Big Sur is the place I will miss most when I decide to call somewhere new my home. California's hidden jem is on the coast between Santa Barbara and San Fransisco. This was the second trip I shot with my new Fuji xT20 and I played around with the film settings, and shooting black and white. I normally am not a fan of black and white images, but I think I have a new love for it.

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Joshua Tree Camping

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This was my first time to the Joshua Tree National Park, I've been to Joshua Tree before, but never went into the park. I have been missing out all this time, because I had no idea how pretty it was! We went to a hiking trail to see one of the oasis' in the park and ended up leaving the trail. We put our bags with the water and keys on a rock somewhere and proceeded to climb up, over and around this mountain of rocks. 4 hours later we made it back to the start of the trail, found our bags and finally a sip of water. I brought my Fuji xt20 with me everywhere we went and captured some really awesome moments. I hope you enjoy!

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