Anaheim Purple Wedding | Sandie + Mike

Sandie sat in her beautiful flowered robe as she opened a card from her husband-to-be. As she read it, her eyes lit up and a large smile touched her lips. "Happy 1-day Anniversary" it said, with the '1-day' words handwritten by the groom. The change over her entire being as she read it is something I will never forget. It was a calming movement, a relaxing of the shoulders. Everything was going to be okay. She was getting married to an amazing man.

Bridal prep

I was so blessed to photograph this couple's wedding. There was a deep emotion that could be felt between them, and it was noticed by their whole family. The hotel room in the Hyatt Regency of Orange County was hushed, even though it was crowded with ladies. As the excitement built over time, the quiet voices began to grow to loud giggles. Soon she was ready to put on her dress (Alfred Angelo's Cinderella Bridal Gown) and conquer this wedding.

Bridesmaid helping get dress on

After a short trip, we arrived at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim. It was a beautiful ceremony. Even when the priest led them through a strange order of events (he accidently announced them wed, didn't ask them to kiss, and then realized he forgot the offering to the Virgin Mary), no one was phased.

I absolutely adored the reaction of the groom when he saw his bride. His face lit up and a massive open smile took over.

I absolutely adored the reaction of the groom when he saw his bride. His face lit up and a massive open smile took over.

How amazing was this Catholic church ceremony? 

How amazing was this Catholic church ceremony? 

The happily married couple!

The happily married couple!

A quick releasing of balloons, and it was off to take photos!

The photos were taken at the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim. It was an extremely HOT day, and I was sweating bullets in my all black wedding attire! But we muscled through and got some amazing group shots.

Did I mention the bride and groom stopped into Starbucks on their way back into the reception? Gotta have your coffee girl!

Did I mention the bride and groom stopped into Starbucks on their way back into the reception? Gotta have your coffee girl!

Finally, the reception was back at the Hyatt. Everything was purple, the color of royalty. And these two certainly were the King and Queen of the ball! I'll never forget the toasts, they were some of the funniest speeches I've heard yet!

How adorable are these cake toppers made of wood people?!

How adorable are these cake toppers made of wood people?!

Time to dance the night away! Congrats Sandie and Mike!

Time to dance the night away! Congrats Sandie and Mike!

Culver City and Valley Wedding | Sandra + Tony

The day started out beautiful. I remember thinking how wonderful it was that the sun wasn't that hot. I arrived at Core Church in Culver City with a smile as the children ran about being chased by the mothers. The groom and his groomsmen gathered for a prayer before he wrote a love letter to his bride-to-be.

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

I love this greeting. The bride and groom left a bible out in front of the ceremony, asking guests to highlight their favorite passage. 

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Sandra and Tony wrote each other love notes before the wedding. And each prayed together with their wedding party over the messages.

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

Wedding time! I loved the two signs on the doors leading into the church. 

The wedding then moved from Culver City and into the Valley. We took photos at Lake Balboa Park in Van Nuys, CA. 

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We then told the wedding party to go chill out while we took romantics of just the bride and groom. 

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

How awesome was this thank you photo set to send cards to their guests?!

Now it's time to party!! The reception was at the Olympia Banquet Hall in Van Nuys. And it was a grand affair. I especially loved the ceilings filled with clouded skies. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

The couple were able to sit on these two thrones that looked so luxurious. 

Good night sweet lovebirds!

Good night sweet lovebirds!

Temecula Winery Wedding | Lauren + Steven

A couple of weekends ago, I had the lovely opportunity to shoot a wedding with another photographer named Melissa Morelli. Her cousin Steven married his gorgeous bride Lauren at a winery in Temecula. The sun was shining, the wine was flowing, and everyone looked beautiful. 

The rings were captured on a wine barrel: I just love the rustic element showcasing the wedding bands. The wedding dress was hanging from vines at the winery. I was in love with the simplicity of the design, including the white rose boutonniere and the gold bowl holding the centerpiece bouquet.

The rings were captured on a wine barrel: I just love the rustic element showcasing the wedding bands. The wedding dress was hanging from vines at the winery. I was in love with the simplicity of the design, including the white rose boutonniere and the gold bowl holding the centerpiece bouquet.

The bridesmaid ladies were told to pick out a navy lace dress, and each of them looked absolutely gorgeous!

The bridesmaid ladies were told to pick out a navy lace dress, and each of them looked absolutely gorgeous!

How adorable are these flower girls looking like princesses under the winery vines?!

How adorable are these flower girls looking like princesses under the winery vines?!

ceremony pergola in winery
There was an amazing orange grove on the winery property that we were able to take some bride and groom portraits in.

There was an amazing orange grove on the winery property that we were able to take some bride and groom portraits in.

orange grove winery wedding portraits
I'm in love with these wedding details. The wine bottles and vases were spray painted gold and held only a few flowers. The welcome sign was a nice touch too!

I'm in love with these wedding details. The wine bottles and vases were spray painted gold and held only a few flowers. The welcome sign was a nice touch too!

bride and groom kiss at reception
How cute is this wedding cake on a wine barrel?

How cute is this wedding cake on a wine barrel?