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ben + taryn: sneak peek

i have a strong feeling ben and taryn will be getting together with their families tomorrow for easter… which means they’ll be asking to see their wedding photos…which aren’t quiet ready.

in order to hold them over i’ll post a few here tonight- more to come later, just a small taste for now.

there will be plenty more with a little sweet love story to go along with it.

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tony + sophia: engaged

these high school sweethearts were engaged at a winery in temecula this past december.

tony surprised her with having both of their families there to celebrate with them after he popped the question.

we took their photos at sophia’s parents house where she grew up- the perfect spot

(pictures at a location that has meaning to the couple always makes the pictures that much more meaningful, think about that when you are thinking of a location for your photos)

they told me the backyard had a lot of greenery and might be a good spot

 law’d almighty was this backyard AMAZING!

from orange trees, weeping willows, a pool, vineyard, a fountain, you name it!

we could have stayed here the entire session, drinking wine, walking around, laughing… but

we decided to head to one more location near by.

so glad we did.

sophia picked the perfect outfits for she and tony

the first was a pale pink long dress, she felt comfortable and looked beautiful

the outfits she picked complemented each other without looking as if they were going to the sadie hawkins dance in high school

(thats were you and your date wear matching outfits to a dance, weird… i know but i loved that dance in high school )

the second outfit they both wore browns, whites, and cremes AND she added a little pop by wearing a chunky gold necklace (accessories are always a plus and she nailed the accessories)

finally they ended with a black, grey, and pop of red ensemble

* side note to sophia… if the whole lawyer thing doesn’t work out for ya, i pretty sure you could kill it as a stylist

anywho, here are some of their pics.

looking forward to their wedding at the roosevelt in LA this september!

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chase + heather: engaged

we headed out to long beach for chase and heather’s engagement pictures

they were engaged right near the lighthouse and wanted to capture that moment all over again.

this time chase was able to relax,

as the engagement story goes it was a hot sunny california day when chase and heather walked down to the lighthouse.

chase had a long pea coat on (strange thought heather) but she didn’t ask him about it

good thing cuz where else would he be able to hide a ring?

as soon as they got to the right spot chase got down on his knee and asked heather to be his wife.

once she said yes, he was able to take the pea coat off, and breath.

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casey + lauren

there are sweet love stories… and then there’s casey and lauren.

i’m hoping i don’t butcher the story lauren’s dad told during his speech since it had everyone in tears, but i’ll give it a shot.

lauren’s dad walked out to get the paper in the morning and noticed casey was parked outside his driveway

as any dad would be, he was curious why the guy dating his daughter was sitting outside their house

he walked up to casey and asked what he was doing

casey explained to lauren’s dad that he and lauren had an argument the night before…

he felt so terrible about the argument that he wanted to make sure when she woke up the next day the first thing she would hear would be an apology from casey. 

he couldn’t handle one more minute of her being sad so he made sure to be there as soon as she woke up.

yep, he absolutely adores lauren. the girl he met at a work event.

and you know what?

she adores him back, times 10.

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Ceremony and Reception location: Trump National Golf Course

ben + taryn

she’s a karaoke dj and he is a restaurant manager

they met through her brother (ben’s best friend) and quickly knew they were the perfect match

they picked the best place for pictures in, malibu.

a new location is always my favorite, especially when it looks like this.

looking forward to heading to the santa barbara zoo in april for these two

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chris + deb

just after sunset the ceremony began

candles and twinkle lights surround them

deborah walks down the aisle to her groom, in tears

her twin brother hands her off with the blessing of the family

the pastor smiles at them both and begins to speak to them

talking about love, friendship, and marriage

he is reminded of a movie that came out several years ago, it made him think of chris and debs relationship

he explains the movie… then asks deb what the line was in the movie, the one that made every girl swoon….

she hesitatingly says, “Show me the money??!?”

everyone bursts into laughter… not quiet the line he was referring to.

i’m pretty sure he was looking for something more along the lines of, “you complete me”.

either way it was perfect.

you could tell they were both so nervous with excitement that their day had finally come, what do you expect the girl to say? hello that movie has more one liners than you can count!

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the expression on her face AFTER saying,  show me the money and realizing that wasn’t exactly what the pastor was looking for

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put the camera on a tripod for this shot

then her sister and i ran around them with sparklers

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Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Location: Serra Plaza

Event Planning: Intertwined Events

Catering: Jay’s Catering

Video: Mission Visual

Late Night Snacks: The Burnt Truck

Incase you are curious about their video here is a link to the highlight film!

 http://www.missionvisual.com/archives/san-juan-capistrano-wedding-videography-deborah-chris

you want more of chris and deb?

well, i didn’t blog their adorable engagement session

so here you go, a double whammy for ya!

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alvaro + michelle

One of my last weddings of 2013… boy was it a tear jerker (but so were the last 3 weddings of the year)

i’m not sure what the deal was, but my last 3 weddings had tears every where, starting with the grooms.

now don’t be lame… these were happy tears (i know some of you out there thought you had a real slick “ball and chain, game over, etc” lame joke that ran through your head as soon as i said the tears started with the grooms… save it.

these tears started with the first look, michelle told me she would be able to keep it together, alvaro however would be a mess… he was… but so was she.

why so many tears?

let me tell you a little about these two.

michelle is your no nonsense kind of mama, her children come first over anything and anyone.

she made this very clear to alvaro from the start of their dating.

i’m fairly certain that is one of the main reasons he fell for her.

he in return welcomed her children as his own

promising in his vows to love them as his own, not replacing their father but asked to have a separate place in their hearts for him, to be a friend to them, a caregiver, and someone that they could always turn to.

he promised to love their mom and to always provide for her.

it was perfect.

i’m so thankful that i had the opportunity to capture the start of an incredible relationship

i can’t wait to watch their family grow… literally actually… i just found out they are due with their first child in august! 

AND

since i’m the world’s biggest blog slacker i should post their engagement photos as well… i figure better late than never, right?  

they’ll be posted at the end of this post

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Catering:  24 Carrots  
Dress: Justin Alexander
Cake: Tammy Lambert
Dj : Paul Jones
Seating Chart, Letters on Gate, Mr and Mrs on table, Candle sticks and votives, lobster sign, programs etc were done by the bride’s talented sis: Her Etsy is AnElementofVintage
Bridal accessories…belt, veil, hair piece and garters are by: What a Betty
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