The Vineyards in Simi Valley: Pretty Inside and Out

The Vineyards in Simi Valley was a picturesque location for Katherine & Weston’s elegant wedding. The striking hot pink accents and Charmaine’s stunning flowers combined with the dramatic backdrop to create some pretty memorable images.

Katherine & Weston are a romantic, fun-loving couple. It was such a special moment when Katherine read her groom’s touching words as she was getting ready to see him for the first time that day.

What a fun, beautiful day for this special couple.

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Dress: Cruz’s Bridal

Florist: Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist

Cake: CAKEgoodness

Venue: The Vineyards

McCormick Home Ranch sets the stage for Kelly & Zach’s romantic vintage wedding

There are so many beautiful locations in the Los Angeles area for weddings. We were just thrilled to photograph Kelly and Zach’s rustic wedding at McCormick Home Ranch.

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The stunning royal blue and coral color combination, along with the classic red MG roadster, really popped against all the greenery and the beautiful garden setting.

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Kelly and Zach met in their church’s singles group. Pastor Todd really added personal touches to their garden ceremony, which included sharing Communion with the newlyweds.

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Venue: McCormick Home Ranch

DJ: David Adelstein

Cake: Jill’s Cake Creations

Catering: STONEFIRE Grill

Rave Review: Casey & Mauricio

Another rave review for R & R, this one from Casey:

We had Dave & Jody do our wedding photos and engagement photos. WOW!!!!

Our pictures have come out so amazing. We have so many people that have commented on how beautiful the pictures have come out for both the engagement photos and for the wedding photos. 

Dave and Jody have been doing photography for years and the quality definitely shows. I know Photoshop can do a lot to make a photo look good, but their skill with their tools cannot be manipulated with a computer application. Also, when it comes time for the composition of the photo book, Jody is a master. She will run it down as to how she does what she does, if you want her to, or you just let her do it. Either way, you will see the phenomenal results that come about from what they do. 

They care, not just about how the pictures will come out, but also about your satisfaction as a customer. A quality that didn’t seem to matter to some of the vendors I met with. One in particular made me feel like he was too good to do my wedding. You won’t get that with Dave and Jody.

We had a great time with them also. They are such a cute couple. 

Like I said about the other Vendors we had, they care about you and your happiness, not just about getting paid. It comes through in the quality of the photos and the genuine smiles they will get from your family.

Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Sets the Stage for Jessica & Brandon’s Wedding As The Perfect Blend of Glamour, Romance & Tradition With Ceremony at Holy Family Church in Pasadena

It was a happy accident that Jessica & Brandon found us…they had visited a venue that referred us, and although they didn’t choose that venue for their wedding reception, once we met, they did choose us to capture their day.

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Jessica is one of the most organized brides we have ever met, her work for university fundraising and event planning (yes, this Trojan must admit she works for UCLA) really showed in her attention to detail.  The beautiful program you see here was not only made by hand by Jessica and her bridesmaids-they were done over the summer-well in advance of her January 25, 2014 wedding date.

Brandon is an Apple guy, currently working in our own Valencia Apple Store- we hope the irony of the timeline of human evolution shot of all the groomsmen in front of the church isn’t lost…the top of the evolutionary chain is the iPhone!  We just couldn’t resist.

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Holy Family Church in Pasadena is just spectacular!

Jessica's personal touches were evident everywhere- don't miss the elegant table settings in the magnificent ballroom at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which by the way, is adjacent to MacArthur Park-where we actually got a shot with the downtown skyline and vibrant blue evening sky before the party began.  The architecture was amazing and we just could not be more thrilled with the results.Brandon is an Apple guy, currently working in our own Valencia Apple Store- we hope the irony of the timeline of human evolution shot of all the groomsmen in front of the church isn't lost...the top of the evolutionary chain is the iPhone!  We just couldn't resist.

The Bridal Party was so much fun to work with!

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Jessica’s personal touches were evident everywhere- don’t miss the elegant table settings in the magnificent ballroom at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which by the way, is adjacent to MacArthur Park-where we actually got a shot with the downtown skyline and vibrant blue evening sky before the party began.  The architecture was amazing and we just could not be more thrilled with the results.

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Here is just a sampling of some of the beautiful details and the amazing ballroom at the Park Plaza Hotel.

The perfect ending to a perfect day!

Perfect Ending to a Perfect Wedding

Perfect Ending to a Perfect Wedding

Vintage Backyard Wedding Lights Up The Night With Megan & Mark’s Blowout Party- RX For Fun!

What are the odds that two people could meet online, and not find out until their first date that they are both nurses working at the SAME hospital?!  Pretty slim, I would think.  But Megan and Mark did it, and when it came time for their wedding it was a prescription for fun…and lots of it!  There was so many custom touches that really showed off their unique personalities- from the custom cuff links that were Megan’s special gift to her groom, to the pharmacy inspired seating cards and table names- complete with the head table named-what else- Viagra!  Their adorable daughter played a prominent role…the three of them got married!  Her expressions are just priceless. 

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

The combination of the warm night air, cute, personalized touches and their warm, friendly upbeat personalities, made for some great shots!  Thank you Megan & Mark for being so much fun and so willing to try ham it up for the camera, and really be yourselves!

Let the games begin!

Let the games begin!

We were very fortunate to work with many of the premier wedding and event vendors in the Santa Clarita Valley, who also happen to be our friends…it takes a village…and we had one!  Thank you to:

Cruz’s Bridal for the magnificent dresses

The Tuxedo Revue for the gentlemen’s attire

Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist for the beautiful flowers to enhance Megan’s vision for the day

Matrimony Films for their complete video coverage of the event…and their light when we needed it

AV Party Rentals for the setup and rental items

Jill’s Cake Creations for the inspired black, white and pink flamingo cake

Salt Creek Catering for the all the delicious food

Together we shared in Megan & Mark’s Happily Ever After!

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Bel Air Bay Club Is The Perfect Location For Kirsten & Brandon’s Storybook Wedding

We had the honor to capture the priceless moments at the wedding of Kirsten and Brandon Caro during this past summer at the  spectacular Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades. If there were two words to describe these two, it would be ‘fun loving’.  Here’s a little background story about this couple. Kirsten had been a flower girl at her aunt’s wedding that we photographed over 20 years ago.  Although Kirsten’s mom was secretly hoping the couple would choose us again, she kept mum, and was thrilled when the kids told her she had selected R & R on their own.

The view from above of the beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean

The view from above of the beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean

Our first to photograph these two was in Carpentaria for their engagement photos. Kirsten certainly is a crafty one!  She had made her own props and even used seashells to mark the special day. When it was time for the wedding, we were excited to see what these two would come up with. The wedding was held on a beautiful Friday evening. Being a local bride, she used some of the top vendors in the Santa Clarita Valley.   Ariel Schumow did the ladies’  makeup, Matrimony Films filmed the day, and Joyful Noise  provided the entertainment and DJ services.

A romantic kiss on the balcony of the Bel Air Bay Club

A romantic kiss on the balcony of the Bel Air Bay Club

To continue with the beachy theme for the wedding, there were seashells as place cards, sand dollars as favors, and the whole event overlooked the ocean. The details were phenomenal, and most were made by the bride. There were beautiful handmade signs throughout the whole event.   They also had a customized sand ceremony that tied in perfectly with their beach theme.  This sweet twosome also wrote their own vows sharing the most intimate promises and devotions to each other for all the guests to witness.

As the night went on, this fun-loving bunch of family and friends really had a good time. People were having a blast with the photo booth the couple provided. Guests had the opportunity to browse their beautiful engagement pictures in the customized guest book they had us create for everyone to sign. The table numbers were named after beaches and the sweetheart table was the ‘Jamaica’ table, as that was the location of the newlywed’s honeymoon. Details, details, details! Kirsten did a fantastic job of carrying the theme throughout their special day. One of the most beautiful moments of the night was when Brandon played his guitar and sang to his new wife. It is a moment like that you can tell the deepness of one’s love.

The evening wrapped up with a magical sparkler farewell and the couple lived happily ever after. We had marvelous time capturing the special moments of this genuinely sweet and loving couple’s special day. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Wishing the newlywed wed with a sparkler send off

Wishing the newlywed wed with a sparkler send off

Shooting Through The Tears At Carolyn & Andrews Dream Wedding at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica

Our first wedding of 2014 provided lots of first for us:  it was our first time at the hotel- Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, it was the first time we had ever photographed both the bride’s Bat Mitzvah and the groom’s Bar Mitzvah, it was the first time time I (Jody) found out how well I could shoot through my own tears.  I’m not trying to convince anyone that from time to time, I do not push back a tear of two at a wedding, but this day was filled with moments when I was pushing back a flood.  Muscle memory took over and I kept on shooting.  I guess the point I am trying to make was just how special a day this was- Carolyn & Andrew share such a sweet, wonderful, supportive relationship with one another, and both families are so close, and supportive of their kids, it was really a pleasure to be there to share this important event with them.  And then there were the grandmas, oh, the bubbes!  Both Irene & Louise share such a special relationship with their grandkids, and just think another wedding in 9 months for Emma & Josh…we can hardly wait!!!

Enough said, here are some of my favorites moments of the day-still to come-lots more to come- reception part 2 later this week.  In the meantime…enjoy these…we certainly are!

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The beautiful bridesmaids dresses for Carolyn & Andrew’s wedding were purchased from Cruz’s Bridal, who also did the custom alterations on all the ladies’ dresses.

Some Ideas on How The Pinterest Generation Bride Adds Personalized, Creative Details To Make Their Wedding Unique

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We are constantly amazed at the new and creative ideas our brides and designers come up with to make each wedding unique.  The popularity of Pinterest-(yes you can follow us on Pinterest too- we have 33 different boards with a … Continue reading

Autumn Wedding at Robinson Ranch Country Club

From getting ready at her aunt’s nearby home, through to the stunning sunsets shots, this was truly an autumn wedding to remember.  Robinson Ranch provided the stunning backdrop for this exquisite couple to share their love with family & friends.Robinson Ranch Wedding

Rave Review: Jayme & James

Another rave review for R & R Creative Photography on Wedding Wire:

Now that our wedding is over, I wanted to follow up with my review for R & R Photography… they were just as fantastic for our wedding as they were for our engagement pictures.

They were so efficient and extremely professional.  They knew every photo to take and what shots would look good.  Even our wedding guests were making comments the whole night about how awesome they were! From capturing our first kiss, to catching everyone’s moves on the dance floor, Dave and Jody were dedicated to documenting every moment of our big day.

They made our big day stress free and were quite professional the whole time.  It was spectacular to have the ease of knowing they were doing a great job.  I would strongly recommend them to anyone!!

Thank you as always Dave and Jody for being a part of a huge milestone… your works of art are breathtaking!!

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