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Jen + Rodney = Expecting!

I’ve long said that one of the best things that photography brought me was some of my dearest friends. I’ve always heard that it can be difficult to make new friends as an adult, but since I joined the wedding photography world, my experience has been exactly the opposite of that. Jen is one of those friends that I made through photography. We meet at a wedding photography convention in Las Vegas four years ago. We discovered then that we were practically neighbors and we’ve been great friends ever since! I just adore her and her husband Rodney and when she told me they were expecting their first little one, I was over the moon with excitement for them.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m so behind on blogging that the little bun that was in that oven is fully baked and their cute little girl, Emma Grace, was born several months ago! But no matter, because I am still so happy to share these images of my beautiful friend during this beautiful stage of her life. <3

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Julie + Kyle = Engaged!

Julie and Kyle met in college but didn’t really date so much as they had a mutual crush on each other, of which neither of them really acted on. They graduated and went their separate ways, but Julie never forgot Kyle. Seven years went by and Julie still thought about Kyle. For some unknown reason, perhaps there was just a change in the wind, Julie decided to reach out to Kyle in the hopes that he was still single. She wanted to tell him she still thought about him. So, she found him, and she told him, and lucky for her (and him), he was still single and he was pleasantly surprised to hear that Julie still had him on her mind. Turns out she wasn’t far from his, either. The rest, as they say, is history. These two begin a whirlwind romance that quickly resulted in an engagement. Because, let’s be honest, when you’ve spent seven years apart, what’s the wait?

I’m so happy for these beautiful lovebirds and I can’t wait to document their wedding up in Malibu in a few months. Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement session. It was such a fun day!

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Megan Welker - These are so pretty!! Love the tones and that light in the beach photos is so dreamy!

Annika + Alex = Married!

This Carondelet House wedding kicked off the new year and I am so excited to finally be sharing it – it was a good one! Annika and Alex are a super cute, super cool couple who are super in love with each other, and I think all of that comes through in the wedding they designed together. Annika is a fashion designer with her own maternity and children’s clothing line, and Alex is a cinematographer and director of concert films and music promos. Both of them were able to use their talents when planning this wedding – Annika designed and made her wedding dress AND her bridesmaid’s dresses all by herself. As someone who can pretty much only sew a pillow, I am completely impressed by this.

I just love everything about this one and I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Thanks again for trusting me with your amazing day, A + A!

Venue: Carondelet House // Coordinator: Orange Blossom Events // Catering: Tres LA // Band: The Dustbowl Revival // DJ: Red Shoe LA // Bride’s and Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Made by Annika, the bride // Groom’s suit, Groomsmen’s Accessories, Bridesmaid’s and Bride’s Jewelery: J. Crew & Kate Spade // Hair: The Dry Bar // Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu and Kate Spade Keds // Linens: A Rental Connection

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