A wedding in the canyons of the Pacific Palisades area, Temescal Gateway Park offered an amazing backdrop to a gorgeous couple on their intimate wedding day.
Welcome to Los Angeles travelers! These two flew all the way from Kentucky to do a whirlwind engagement photo session across the Los Angeles city proper. We went to Hermosa Park, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach Canals, and to the LACMA light posts. And in case you were wondering, yes there was cotton candy involved. <3
Hermosa Park, Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach Canals
I love destination engagements! It shows you can go anywhere for your session. If you could get engagement photos anywhere in the world, where would it be?! Let me know in the comments below.
I have had the pleasure of being great friends with Chawon and Karen ever since I moved to Los Angeles. I have seen their relationship grow and build to such a strong bond. The two of them are some of my closest friends here and I've never been more happy knowing they are engaged.
So naturally, I decided to do their engagement photos as a wedding present to them. We picked a beautiful day to run around the LA Arboretum in Arcadia, CA. There was a light breeze in the air and a feeling of something important coming. What I captured of the two of them was nothing short of romantic and magical. Check them out below!
CHOCOLATE! I mean every time I think of cake, my mouth starts salivating and I need to check my pulse. I've seen some amazing desserts in my day, but there are a few that make weddings feel more personalized. Like all the sugar was meant solely for me (my plus one can have a little bit too). I'm pretty sure I need an intervention soon, but before that happens I want to talk to you all about my favorite desserts at the weddings I've been to.
Cupcakes are the bomb. They are a mini cake for each person. No one gets left out, there's typically a myriad of flavors to satisfy every taste bud, and can I just say: icing! I'm not really a fan of fondant, so icing is the way to go and cupcakes are typically made with a healthy portion of icing. I like the ability to have different flavors and subtle combinations. My wedding had cupcakes (although it was a pain to get them). I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to go get a cupcake now when I'm done with this post. SO good.
2. Fruit Tarts
Fruit tarts are making a massive comeback in the world of sweet treats. For those of you in Los Angeles, you'll know what I mean when I say PORTOS! They have the most amazing fruit tarts in large pies. Every birthday in the city requires a trip out to them for the best sugary fruity goodness ever. I'd love to see more of them in weddings, as they've really only been making a comeback recently. They're all the rage in French weddings, and can be a great substitute for the crème brûlée.
3. Candy Dessert Bar
This is a popular one, and super easy to do. Set up all the different favorite candies into jars and add some fun bags that people can pick and choose their own dessert package. It's cheap, simple, and personable. I find though that you have to be careful with kids filling up all their pockets and leaving none for us adults. And by kids I mean my husband......
Another great option for incorporating multiple flavors, macaroons are small and delicate. Another staple for the French, I love the color coordination that can take place with these. I've heard they aren't that difficult to make yourself too (but don't take my work, I'm the worst baker).
I'm a big fan of anything made with sugar, and I could create a massive list of my favorite desserts for weddings. But I think I'll stop there and let you fantasize your chocolate and vanilla dreams. I'm going to go run and grab a cupcake!
A little while ago, my Mother-in-law and her youngest son Eli came into town from the Austin, Texas area. Eli has decided to try his hand at modeling and acting. His brothers used to be models when they lived in New York after they had graduated high school. So it runs in the family. And with such amazing hair and beautiful features, there's no denying this kid can go far.
So I agreed to take a few headshots and modeling sessions with him at our local park (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve). And I wanted to share some of the results with you below.