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Ladew Topiary Gardens Engagement
Rachel + Neal

A few weeks ago I traveled to my home state of Maryland to photograph Rachel and Neal's engagement photos. I've known Rachel since middle school was truly honored when she asked me to be her wedding and engagement photographer. It was a no brainer! They are both two of the sweetest people you will ever meet and I know their wedding day is going to be so full of love and fun. Rachel works at Ladew Topiary Gardens and it was a treat to have the whole place to ourselves after-hours to do their engagement photos. I mean, just look at that fountain and those perfectly manicured hedges! 

Solstice canyon engagement
kelly + nick

Last month I got to spend some time with Kelly and Nick to photograph their engagements and we had SO much fun! After putting much thought into a location that meant something to them, they decided on one of my favorite locations, Solstice Canyon in Malibu. This location has so many fun spots for photos with tons of mountains, greenery, and trees. They love nature and are avid travelers (they got engaged on the beach in Thailand!- how AMAZING is that?!) so Solstice canyon made total sense. Having shot there many times before, we decided to try something a little different and head up to a small parking lot area overlooking the ocean. 

Chesebro Canyon Maternity
Jess + Joey

Having the chance to photograph a fellow photographer is always an honor, especially if they are your friends! I met Jess upon moving here about a year ago and we immediately hit it off. We've worked on numerous weddings together and she is such a sweet and talented person. She has faced some unfortunate hardships in her life and has battled and overcame cancer, and is one of the most deserving mommys-to-be I have ever met. I remember on a long drive to a wedding one day she told me about how badly she wanted to be a mother and I am so thrilled for them that it is finally coming true!

Maravilla Gardens Wedding 
Tera + Logan

Tera and Logan's fall wedding at the beautiful Maravilla Gardens was simply breath-taking! Not only are they a super-sweet and stunning couple, they chose perfect details to accompany their day, which I'm pretty sure belongs at the top of the "rustic chic" wedding pinterest board. The story of how they met is hilarious, but also is a true sign of fate if you ask me. Tera was browsing facebook one day and mistook Logan for an old friend from school that she had lost touch with. She sent him a friend request which he accepted, only to quickly learn that he was NOT the person that she thought. In fact, he was a complete stranger; but an extremely good-looking stranger at that!

Goleta Engagement
Jennifer + Matt

In September I had the pleasure of photographing Jennifer and Matt's engagement session in Goleta. They both met while attending ASU and are college sweethearts who traveled to SoCal from Arizona for their engagements! I feel so honored to have been chosen by them to capture their day! We had planned on taking their engagement photos at Knapps Castle but unfortunately we were not allowed to take them there. As the sun was setting and the light was fading we scrambled to Ellwood Beach in Goleta to capture their photos.

Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Gina + Kurt

Gina and Kurt had a fairy tale wedding last month at the beautiful Franciscan Gardens in Orange County. The day was full of beautiful details, a dreamy first look at the picturesque Mission San Juan Capistrano, and laughter and fun among their guests. Her day consisted of an all-star vendor team including Seven Stems for florals and coordination, Cherished Rentals for tablescape, and Kitty Chen Couture from Mary Me Bridal.

Brookview Ranch Engagement
Allison + James

Allison and James' engagement session back in November was too much fun! I had been to Brookview Ranch many times for weddings however this was the first time I was there for an engagement session and I have to admit.. it was fantastic! We had the whole venue all to ourselves and got to freely explore and frolic throughout the space. Everywhere you turn at Brookview the nature is gorgeous and the landscape is perfectly kept.