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Birthday Weekend

Officially another year older… and feeling fabulous. This week, I’ve officially entered my mid thirties and I’m currently loving a week long celebration.  The highlights include hosting a couple of my oldest friends from Chicago, Shari and Nga as I shared my favorite things: Photoshoot at the Griffith Observatory, Massages at a Korean Spa, and inspirational Ted Talk.  Here are some of my favorite pictures.

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Below: a few of my favorite LA friends (Alma & Thu, and Kris)

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From the iphone collection (mostly foodie adventures around town):

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(above: post brunch at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown for dimsum.  Below: pork spring rolls at Brodards in Garden Grove, and dinner at Chosun Galbee, my favorite spot for KBBQ.)

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Pictured last, is what I did on my actual birthday, commercial photoshoot in Santa Monica for office space and ice skating in Pershing Square.

Orange County Beach Wedding: Annie & Alan

This weekend, I had the pleasure of documenting a beautiful beach ceremony of Annie and Alan.  The wedding took place in Dana Point, coordinated by Orange County Beach Weddings.  The details incorporated lots of beach elements from the stone “wishing rocks,” flip flops provided for guests, to delicious menu including gourmet baby green salad, grilled Chilean Sea-Bass with mango salsa, cilantro rice, broccolini spears, lemon sorbet, and bonless Braised Short Ribs from Summit Catering.

My favorite part of the evening was seeing how happy Annie was all evening long… in addition to the surprise firework show during dinner.  Totally unexpected… but with about 10 seconds to set up the shot, I think it’s a great memory.  🙂  Congratulations to Annie & Alan!  Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

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Melissa & Matt: Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Melissa & Matt are adventurous and in love.  They enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and visiting National Parks.  One of their favorite date spots has been the Griffith Observatory where they recently saw Jupiter and it’s moons through a telescope!  These two are tying the knot in a couple of months in Malibu, and I’m super excited to be apart of their day.  Congratulations you two!

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Beth & Joe: Engagement in Long Beach

Ok, I think I’ll just start by coming right out and saying it.  I have the best clients ever!  When I first met Beth, I knew we were soul sisters.  She’s also from the Midwest, a huge foodie, gorgeous (both inside and out), and loves helping people.  Beth met her handsome fiance years ago, and it was an instant match.  Together, they’re currently planning an intimate wedding for this Fall at Coquelicot Estate Vineyard in Los Olivos, for their closest friends and family.

For their engagement session, we chose to create images that were very personal.  We included some of their favorite things, such as their new home in Long Beach, wine, laughs, and the beach!  I was totally in awe with the great location and beautiful light.  My favorite moment during the session was when Joe scouted out a HUGE sand pile stacked along the shore.  He was super adventurous and determined to get to the beach.  🙂

Congrats to you both!  xoxo

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