Venue: Verandas, Manhattan Beach
Photography: SherriJ Photography
Florist – Flowers by Laurel
Makeup & Hair – Tara & Meyon at Bob Roy Salon Manhattan Beach
Wedding Coordinator – Sara Lehnberg, Verandas
Band & DJ – Dwight Kennedy
Dress – Somsi Couture
Suit – Jos A Bank
Desserts & Catering – NY Food Company
Invitations: Bride’s own design
*UPDATE This wedding has been published on Engaged and Inspired HERE. (August 23, 2011)
I met Kristin and Jordan last month as they started planning their February wedding at The Victorian in Santa Monica. One interesting fact about their celebration, it will take place at the end of football season after the Superbowl (important factor for the men in attendance!) The winter sun will set early, and they are planning a romantic nigh setting. For their engagement shoot, they wanted somewhere fun and meaningful, so they chose a location about 5 minutes away from their place in Manhattan Beach. It was my first time shooting there and I loved exploring with them!
This past week, I traveled to Costa Rica to capture event coverage for Playstation during their annual conference. It was an amazing experience traveling out of the country, eating some amazing food, and lots of fun adventures! On the first morning, we woke up at 5:30am to see the monkeys, but couldn’t find them. Instead I took this photo of a pretty butterfly.
My favorite lunch, sea-bass ceviche. Desserts were also amazing!
I met Victoria and Tony last week, as they started planning their April wedding. It so happens, we’re both getting married at Calamigos Ranch! With similar tastes and styles, Victoria wasn’t hesitant booking. She pretty much inquired, consulted, and decided to book within 72 hours! I guess, when you know, you know… and I’m so glad to be a part of their wedding day plans! On Friday, we did their fun engagement shoot at Santa Monica Pier. Victoria brought a couple of props and we had a great time exploring. I think this first picture pretty much sums up their playful spirit! =)
The first outfit matched their school spirit. Blue and gold for UCLA!
Reagan and Ken celebrated their marriage this past weekend with a double wedding. On Friday, they had an intimate family ceremony at Our Lady of Malibu. Before their family dinner on the Malibu Pier, we had some time for a quick photoshoot at the beach.
It kinda reminds me of their engagement session from back in September. Reagan wore her mother’s altered wedding dress; her favorite part of the new design was the deep V back.
On Saturday, they continued the celebration at Sherwood Country Club in Malibu for a more formal ceremony followed by reception.
As the ladies were getting ready, I took some detail shots. The girls giggled at the “Doll-sized” corset.
Family formal shots were taken right at the ceremony site. Some advice I give all my couples, is to write a list of family members they’d like in the family formal pictures, and then give that list to someone in the bridal party. Reagan did and appointed her most organized bridesmaid. I couldn’t believe it when we were done with ALL of the family formal pictures in about 10 minutes!! Actually, I can believe it. It really pays to be prepared.
With family formals done quickly, we had extra time to photograph the bridal party in different locations, including the front of the site.
Taking a romantic golf cart ride to our photo spot!
The pathway leading to the picturesque waterfall is lined with thick rose trees on both sides.
I love Reagan’s veil. I think it was taller than me with my arm lifted high!
A special part of dinner, was a coffee station with the most AMAZING drinks! Pictured on the right is Jenna Armstrong, superstar assistant and 2nd shooter! =)