Robin + Alejandro = Married!

Robin and Alejandro’s wedding at Happy Trails in Pasadena took place on a perfectly lovely summer afternoon. You may remember these two from their La Cañada engagement session. I was looking forward to this wedding because I knew it would be a really casual and fun day, and I was so right!

Robin and Alejandro wanted a simple wedding. No fanfare, no first dance, no cake cutting – just a lovely luncheon with family and friends preceded by a wedding ceremony. The result was a perfect fit for this laid back couple. A beautiful garden-like setting, delicious food, beautiful flowers and lots of love and laughter to go around. My friend Mary Chrisman was there to capture the day with me and we both had an amazing time. Thanks for the help, Mary!

Robin and Alejandro, thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your wedding day. It was a joy and an honor. <3

Here are some of my favorites…

All of the florals were done by Debbie Fields of Floral Fields. She did an amazing job and I was in love with Robin’s bouquet.

bridal bouquet by Floral Fields

Robin found her super cute earrings at J. Crew and her dress is by Maggy London. Absolutely perfect for a wedding luncheon, don’t you think?

J. Crew bridal earrings

I thought Alejandro looked quite dapper in his custom suit and super cool tie.

groom in suit with succulent boutenierre

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I was so pleased to see that Robin and Alejandro had a guestbook made with photos from their engagement session. I think it’s one of the best ways to actually utilize engagement photos!

guestbook with engagement photos

succulent floral decorations

The thing I like most about Happy Trails is that ceremonies are held under this huge, beautiful tree. So lovely.

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bride looking at groom during wedding ceremony

bride placing ring on grooms finger

rings during wedding ceremony

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bride and groom during reception toasts

Alejandro is a musician and so he chose the band that would play the music at their wedding. The LA Jazz Band was awesome and they really added to laid back vibe of the entire day.

jazz wedding band

Instead of traditional wedding cake, guests feasted on chocolate cake, pecan bars and even strawberry shortcake for dessert. YUM.

chocolate cake and pecan bars

The girl in the left shot of in the striped dress is Robin’s matron of honor, Ingrid. I thought her dress was adorable, wouldn’t you agree?

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After lunch, Alejandro asked the band if he could play a song with them. The drummer stepped aside and Alejandro proceeded to wow the guests with his skills. He’s seriously talented and look how cool he looks behind the drums in his snazzy suit!

groom playing drums at wedding reception

Since most of the weddings I shoot are very long days that end very late at night, I’m not usually around until the very end when the bride and groom leaves. The nice thing about this wedding was I was there to see the bride and groom make their exit. Fun!

bride and groom leaving reception

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  • Candice Benjamin - I love this, the flowers, the simple styling, the venue…everything. I love your work and know the B+G will love it too! Great Job!

  • susie - These are so fabulous! Very Nice!

  • Megan Welker - love everything about this laid back wedding! It makes is super special when the couple really makes it their own. beautiful photos Heidi! (and Mary) :)

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  • Jaimie Dee Photography - Just stumbled upon your blog today, great work! Captivating pictures. I love your style. Keep it up! :)

  • Dorie - lovely, H!

  • jen berry - i wanted to post something nice, but i was afraid you’d yell at me.
    so i have nothing to say if i can’t say anything nice.

  • Hannalee Photography - What a pretty bride! And I absolutely adore the dress. Your photos are so inspiring, makes we want to run out and shoot a wedding! ;-)

  • Jillian Zamora - Hello Heidi,
    I’m a beginner photographer from Denton, TX and stumbled upon your blog today and so enjoyed getting lost in it! I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing (if you remember) what lens you were using to shoot the black and white image during the ceremony of the bride looking sideways at the groom, it’s a closer shot. I really admire that photo and would love to know how to capture a similar one. Thanks for your time! L-o-v-e the blog.

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