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Renee + Nick = Married!

Sometimes when I show up to begin my day shooting a wedding, I just know instantly that it’s going to be a great day full of lots of moments and pretty things to document. Without a doubt, that happened when I showed up to the Culver Hotel to begin documenting Renee and Nick’s wedding day. If you haven’t been to the Culver Hotel before, it’s a stunner. Every nook and cranny is beautiful and worth cherishing and photographing.

I loved the energy of this day. Renee put a lot of thought into each detail but she didn’t over think any of it, and let things happen as the universe saw fit. There’s something so beautiful about that to me, a chronic over-thinker. Renee and Nick, it was a pleasure. Here are a few of my favorite moments from your day.

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Venue: Tiato // Florist: A Touch of Lavender // Bridal Gown: Mignonette Bridal // Coordinator: Jennifer Williger // Groom’s Suit: Kent Wang // Bridesmaid’s Jewelery: Handmade by Bride  // Paper Goods Design: Julie Dwyer // Hair: Aubrey Marie // Makeup: Kimberly Bragalone

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Kpoene' Kofi-Nicklin - Heidi, these are incredible! You are a talent!!!! Such gorgeous images and such a wonderful bride. She was one of my favorites and you did such a incredible job capturing the work we put into her gown. I’ve been tweeting these pics all over the place and sharing them with everybody -I hope we can work together someday soon!
Kpoene’ K-N
Owner, Mignonette Bridal

ala cortez - oh, these are so soft and pretty! love the style!

Carly + Eric = Married!

When I was first getting my start as a wedding photographer, I learned the ropes as a second, and sometimes third, shooter. There were a handful of photographers who were kind enough to take me under their wing and show me what it meant to properly document a wedding day. As my business took off and I began to book my own weddings, I second shot less and less because I wanted to keep some weekends free to spend time with my husband.

This year the bulk of my weddings fell in the fall and winter months so I had some summer weekends open and decided to take on some second shooting gigs so as not to get rusty.:)What I had forgotten about being a second shooter is how much fun it can be! You don’t quite have the pressure that the main photographer has, and you typically get to hang out with the guys for most of the day, which is always a fun change of pace from hanging with the girls.

I was lucky enough to join Ally of Love Life Studios in documenting Carly and Eric’s lovely Bel Air Bay Club wedding. As I chose my favorites to blog, I realized that my images are truly the wedding from the perspective of the groom. Not a point of view you see often on my blog because I don’t often get to spend that much time with the guys as the main shooter (and I don’t blog images that second shooter’s take when working my weddings with me). It’s kinda fun to see, I think! I’m looking forward to the other second shooting gigs I have this year and I’m glad I’ll be nice and warmed up for my own couples’ weddings later this year!

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Out of the Office: Another Traveling Hearts Trip!

We’ve been going on vacation together every six months for the past three years. Every time we marvel at how well we all get along. They’re more than friends, they’re my sisters. I love them dearly and I am so lucky to get to share these special times with them. It’s time for another trip, this time to a super fab house in the Hollywood Hills, where we’ll swim, lounge, chat, sip and eat for hours upon hours. It will be heavenly.

So, I’ll be out of the office until Thursday morning, but in the meantime, you can follow along with our adventures here, or on Instagram, via the hashtag #heartsinthehills.