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Anastacia & Garrison | Windansea Beach Engagement Session

AHHHHH, talk about a DREAM engagement session! When I suggested that Anastacia and Garrison get all dressed up to jump in the ocean, they were all for it! This gorgeous and adventurous couple braved the cold water to make make the most epic engagement session images ever! And it was indeed, quite cold. I love the laughter and shock on their faces when the waves finally reached them!

Garrison and Anastacia are two brilliantly fun and upbeat personalities who are both living the California dream! Garrison is an actor and a model and Anastacia is a dancer. I know, I know... how lucky am I to get to photograph such an incredible couple?!?! Windansea Beach in La Jolla was the perfect setting for this dreamy engagement session. Anastacia wore a gorgeous, flowy dress that caught the breeze beautifully, and Garrison was looking very Prince-Eric-esque is his blue pants and white button-up. Basically, everything was perfect. The weather was beautiful. The sunset was lovely. They were cuddly and cute. And I'm just a really, really, REALLY happy photographer!

Olivia & Oscar | Little Italy Engagement Session

Olivia and Oscar are hardworking, kindhearted, and stunningly beautiful! I had the pleasure of studying biology and chemistry alongside them at Point Loma Nazarene University, where their love story began. It's always so much fun for me to photograph couples I've known since the start of their relationship!

Oscar is the definition of dapperness and chivalry. There isn't a mean bone in his body. And this guy has style for days! Olivia exudes sweetness and elegance. Her smile and vibrant personality are so contagious. And how about that gorgeous gown? These two DRESSED. IT. UP. I really wasn't kidding when I said they are a stunningly beautiful couple! WOW!

We spent our evening meandering through Little Italy in downtown San Diego. It was the perfect setting for an elegant engagement session. I was definitely geeking out over their AMAZING outfit choices, adorable smiles, and affectionate personalities. It truly doesn't get any better than this. Enjoy!

Megan & Matt | La Jolla Maternity Session

Like several of the wonderful couples I've had the joy of photographing, I first met Megan and Matt through music. Megan and I started working on a show together about a year ago. Little did I know that my lovely duet partner would soon become a wonderful friend! Several performances, holiday parties, and a shared birthday later, I am unbelievably happy to call Megan and her sweet husband, Matt, dear friends!

As I have gotten to know Megan and Matt over the last year, I have learned that they are two of the kindest souls you will ever meet. Their compassionate and generous hearts continually astound me. Megan and Matt are the type of people that would go to the ends of the earth and beyond for the people they love. That's why I am so excited to watch them become parents. I haven't the slightest doubt in my mind that they will make an incredible parenting team. They've got one very lucky little girl on the way!

The eucalyptus trees in La Jolla were the perfect backdrop for this Christmas-inspired maternity session. Of course, when I say Christmas, I mean the southern California version where the warm sunshine eases the sting of the bitter 60-degree cold. Nevertheless, their red and green outfits and warm sweaters sure got me in the holiday spirit! And if you're looking at these images from somewhere with "real" winter, Megan and Matt's sweet smiles are sure to warm you right up!

Coco & Cam | Balboa & North Park Engagement Session

If you ask Coco, she'll joke that an extra glass of wine was responsible for her finally sending a Facebook message to her floppy-haired, guitar-playing crush from back in high school. She was planning a night out with friends and figured she would invite him along. Much to her surprise, Cam showed up, and they've been teammates ever since!

Coco and Cam had the same thing to say about the start of their relationship; they both knew right away. "It just clicked. When you can be the best version of yourself without having to try to be what they want, it's the most awesome feeling. We don't have to be anything other than our authentic selves."

Watching these two be their authentic selves has been a joy. We started Coco and Cam's engagement session at the Florida Canyon Preserve and their personalities shone through immediately. We then took a trip through Balboa Park and ended their session in their very own neighborhood of North Park. This session is full of crinkly-nosed smiles and sweet snuggles. I can't wait for their wedding next year! In the meantime, I'll just be hanging out and drinking wine with these two cuties!

FEATURED on The Black Tie Bride!

I'm absolutely THRILLED to announce that Jené and Nick's 1920s-inspired wedding at The Avalon Hollywood has been featured on The Black Tie Bride today! Cue happy dance! The Black Tie Bride is one of my absolute favorite bridal blogs because it celebrates classic elegance and vintage bridal inspiration (read heart-eye-emoji for days). I loved every second of Jené and Nick's gorgeous wedding and I'm so excited that their lovely images have been published! You can see the feature right here

Venue: Avalon Hollywood | Catering:Avalon Hollywood | Wedding Planner:Neighborly Events | Dress Brand:Maggie Sottero | Dress Point of Purchase: Karoza Bridal | Shoes Brand: Chase & Chloe | Shoes Point of Purchase: ModCloth | Flowers:It’s Me, Karley | Bridesmaid Dresses Brand: Erin Fetherston | Bridesmaid Dresses Point of Purchase:Rent the Runway | Hair: Chrissy Lynn | Make Up Stylist: Daniela Bernotas |  Make Up Salon & Products (including perfume): Besame Cosmetics | Rings: Blue Nile | Groom’s Attire Brand: Michael Kors | Groomsmen’s Attire Brand: Jean Yves | Groom’s/ Groomsmen’s Attire Point of Purchase: Friar Tux

Elly & Aaron | Shelter Island Engagement Session

Holy cuteness! Elly and Aaron are as sweet as can be, and their engagement session proves it!

Elly and Aaron are incredible musicians and I've had the pleasure of singing with both of them on many occasions. In fact, it was their mutual love of music that brought these two together! Elly and Aaron got to know each other while singing in San Diego's professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA. It has been such a joy to watch these two amazing people fall in love, and now, to get to share in the telling of their story!

Because San Diego has been such an integral part of their story, they wanted to include the skyline of America's Finest City in their engagement photos. So, we headed to Shelter Island for what would be one of my very favorite engagement sessions to date! Elly and Aaron are affection, kind, funny, and an absolute joy to spend time with. This made photographing their engagement session all kinds of fun!

Elly asked me if I had a favorite image from their session, and I honestly can't pick one! They're just too stinking cute! Maybe you can pick a favorite! Enjoy!

Michelle & Robert | Pine Hills Lodge

Michelle and Robert met the old-fashioned way; her mom set them up! And it turns out that mother really does know best, because these two very quickly realized that they were head-over-heels in love. Nice job, mom!

Robert and Michelle's wedding was the perfect blend of tradition and uniqueness! I loved the juxtaposition of Michelle's pearls (passed down from her grandmother) and her incredibly beautiful sleeve tattoo that she designed herself! And don't let the tattoos fool you. It was an all pink wedding for this self-proclaimed girly girl, including her absolutely stunning engagement ring!

There were tears all around when Robert first saw Michelle before the ceremony. A first look for the books! You can see his deep love for Michelle every time he looks at her! What an amazing moment!

Their wedding party was full of friends, family, and of course, Michelle's sweet dog in a tuxedo! Can every wedding please include dogs? That would be great! The Pine Hills Lodge in Julian, CA was a perfect fall setting for this beautiful wedding! It was a fantastic day from start to finish!

Michelle and Robert, I wish you all the best in this incredible new adventure! It was such a joy spending your wedding day with you! Best wishes, my friends!

Jessica & Eric

Jessica and Eric met when he, a speech therapist, started working with her students in her special-education classroom. As the only young people working at the school, they quickly hit it off. And while Jessica knew very early on that Eric was interested in her, she wasn't quite ready to date. As far as she knew, he would be moving to another city soon enough anyway. But, as seems to be a common trend among the wonderful couples I get to photograph, Eric's persistence paid off. With his sights set on Jessica, Eric decided to stay in Monterey and even had his friends help him find a new job in the area, allowing them to start dating. And just as it didn't take long for these two to become close friends, dating quickly taught them that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

Their wedding in Monterey, CA was a joy to photograph. I loved the way they were able to tie in Eric's Chinese heritage with beautiful red florals and lanterns. And the backdrop for their first look at York School was stunning! Plus, Jessica all of the tables at the reception had musical theatre-themed table marker. Right up my alley, folks! I was humming show tunes all night long! But more than any of that, Jessica and Eric have the sweetest hearts, and that's what made sharing in their day so special. Their love for one another and everyone who shares in their story is palpable.

Jessica and Eric, my deepest congratulations and best wishes for your marriage. I love the way you love others. It's inspirational. Keep doing that and you're sure to have a very happy life together!

Megan & Gage | The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

As family friends, Megan and Gage grew up camping, fishing, and four-wheeling together. Gage fell pretty early on for Megan's adventurous spirit and sweet smile, but it would take 12 years for Gage's crush to pay off! Every Valentine's day, Gage would send Megan a gift, regardless of their relationship statuses at the time. Talk about dedication! I guess it worked, because last year they started dating, and now it's pretty easy to see that these two just belong together! 

Megan and Gage's wedding at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon was everything I love in a wedding day! Beautiful blush and navy details, a gorgeous outdoor venue with market lights, and lots of wonderful family and friends. Most importantly, Megan and Gage's love for one another was so obvious and fun to watch! From beginning to end, this day was all smiles. Enjoy :)