Justin and Gaby

This was a spectacular shoot from beginning to end. I just loved all the colors surrounding us and the yellow (wild sunflowers?) were to die for. And well that’s what might have just happened on the scouting trip the day before. I knew there were these amazing fields at the base of the mountains. The flowers were bright and cheery and happened to catch the evening sun just perfectly. So, it was just a matter of finding the right way to get to them. No problem. I packed the kids in the car and off we went for a fun filled day of scouting. Spirits were high until I realized I left my trusty thick boots back at home – by the front door. You know – so I wouldn’t forget. And all I had on were my very sparkly flip flops. Great. But alas, there was an extra pair of flats that would at least keep my feet from. . . getting dirty.  Oh well, what’s a little dirt when there is so much splendor ahead? And there was! It  was beautiful!  I could see it all in my head, the couple awash in the yellow field. But alas, everyone in the car was not as excited as I. Uh – ok. I will go myself!  And thus began a hike that lasted way longer than I had anticipated. Up the hill and over the ridge, through little pricklies and finally standing amongst the giant flowers. I finally found the perfect spot. . . . that there would be no way for the couple to get to. Hmmmm. So . . . I started down a path that looked promising. It used to be a road of some sort now grown over with weeds and fluffy grass. Wonderful! But as I kept  walking I became very aware that I was indeed alone. Or I had hoped I was alone. I began to realize that the sun was going down and I was perhaps looking very good for dinner. And being that I am not so fond of becoming part of the food chain, I grabbed a rock and stick. Yes, you heard me . . . it made me feel better – cause I could go all ninja on the beast. hahaha. Now thinking about it, I guess the stick was more appropriately the size of a toothpick for say, a mountain lion. Anywho . .  . I finally had to ditch the road as I came to a very large and serious NO TRESPASSING sign and hike – ok kind of fall down a ravine and across the wash to get back to “civilization”. And . . . in the process found this amazing little oasis.  So, it all worked out. I had a lovely evening with nature – not being eaten – and it made for the most amazing time spent the very next day with two people so very much in love. And isn’t that the most glorious thing ever? : )

Ashleigh and Steven – In love

The day was a sweet wash of summer evening light. And luckily, a soft subtle breeze which helped the smell of lavender surround in such a way as to comfort and sooth. It was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t help but be envious of the lucky farm owner’s at Clairmont Lavender in Los Olivos. So so lucky. And lucky in love are Ashleigh and Steven! They had such a comfortable and understanding way with each other and Ashleigh’s laugh was quite contagious. They shared their antique jar that  holds slips of paper of things to do together. Awwwww. What a great idea. Everyday, they pull one from the jar. And will do so until the wedding. Cute little countdown!

Well. . . the evening was glorious. An olive lined road, a sea of lavender, bees softly at work, oak trees and a curious chicken. Yes . .  Mr. Popper. I was crouching behind a row of lavender and then. . .  in the distance a gentle rustling of movement. Was it a lizard? Umm that would be a large one. Uhhhh, okay I’m stumped. And then.  Pop!  Chicken! Phew. Hahahaha. He checked us out, watched a bit of the shooting and then ducked between the rows of lavender. And then he stayed fairly close. We could hear him moving throughout the woody maze of underbrush. Not quite the stealth chicken anywho. : )

So the only thing left to worry about were any attack bee’s and thank goodness, they were all too busy to even worry about us. Because as I was setting up for the shoot – I had a wow, your kind of stupid moment. Anyone here allergic to bees? Epic failure, eluded.

So everything was lovely. That sounds so flowery. But it was. And we sipped sweet sparkling lemonade and ate chocolate lavender and lemon chiffon cupcakes. Thanks Lickity split!

 

Jo-Ann and Dennis

I have been so excited and waiting patiently to post this blog. This was my first date with bridal shoes and dresses without a bride. And yes, dresses. Jo-Ann had a hard time choosing between two gorgeous dresses – so. . . she bought both! One she wore for her ceremony in Lake Tahoe and the other for the reception. Lucky girl! Anyway . . . I was so nervous to have the dresses in my care that I kept them at home and shot them in my studio. But . . . the shoes, well . . . we went on a field trip. I had planned on shooting the shoes in a chocolate shop in town, when the phone rang and it was a very good friend who needed some time away. So we went to Riversides botanical garden and took a walk. I kept the shoes safe by tucking them safely in my backpack. Cause . . . what if the car was stolen and there goes the brides shoes. OMG. I couldn’t even imagine. Jo-Ann had entrusted me with these very special shoes and gosh darn it – they were going to be safe. They had a lovely walk. LOL. After our little jaunt through the park, we headed over to Riversides’ See’s Candies. It was idyllic!  The store was old and authentic, with great black and white details, and of course the cute little candy store glass front case. And . . . thank you so very much – they were so amiable and willing for me to meander around and shoot at my leisure. Oh, and we happened to have eight children in tow. Super crazy! Anyway, I was able to get oodles of great images and free chocolates! Does life get any better?. . .sigh.

Yes, I guess it does. Everything is better when you’re in love and enter  – Jo-Ann and Dennis. They were so cute to shoot. We shot some pictures in the Redlands train station which is just around the corner from the reception site – The Mitten Building. This time of year the station yields some great lighting with its white columns and washed gray flooring. Jo-Ann and Dennis did a superb job of being lovey dovey  and they both looked amazing! As did their reception site. Their whole cute retro chocolate theme was adorable to capture. And  . . . not to mention their cute little nicknames which were incorporated into the cake topper. Sweet!

Thank you Jo-Ann and Dennis for entrusting me with this very special day and with your precious items. I had a wonderful time with you guys and especially loved joining you on your reception cuisine taste testing evening! Four words – Chicken with Rosemary cream. Yum!

The Dresses: Dolly Couture

The Shoes: Stewart Weitzman

The Necklace: Kate Spade

The Venue: The Mitten Building

The Cake: Michelle’s Bakery

The Candies: See’s, Ghiradelli, Hershey’s, Godiva

 

 

Krissy and Kenny – The Wedding

There is so much to say about Krissy and Kenny! They are a fabulous couple who have worked together and loved each other through seven years to get to this very day. And it was pure bliss! The sun was out, there was a small breeze, and everyone was happy, cool and collected. I’m sure that being able to stay in a comfortable Lodge up in the mountains for the whole wedding weekend was the reason. Lucky ducks!

We had so much fun, roaming around and capturing the serene setting and of course our favorite time was hiking through the woods. Because thats what you do in a wedding dress? Right? Krissy – you’re such an amazing girl. Big hugs. I just love you! Krissy did an amazing job bringing her Mountain elegance wedding theme to fruition. I just loved all the details – my favorite was a white baby cap that she held at all times to wipe her tears of joy. Awwwww. And she literally had it in her hands at all times. . . Tearing up. What a cutie! Seeing other people cry always makes me cry . . . you can imagine how the whole day went for me. Hahaha. Its a miracle I could see through the viewfinder.

Anyway, these too will surely capture your hearts as they did ours.

The Dress:  David’s Bridal

The Shoes: Toms

Make-up and Hair:

The Flowers: Mary Cass

Catering: Graystone Catering

Cake: Michelle’s Bakery

 

Something Blue

There is sometimes nothing more pleasing than a gentle breeze and the warm glow of the glorious sun. But when the sun gleans through fresh leaves and a rich saturated glow begins to flicker. . . . pure bliss. And for all the girls, lets add some jewels. I mean really . . . isn’t your  heart all a flutter?