Bellisima Bridal Bridal Show at Calamigos Equestrian Center

Brides and vendors delighted in the Bellisima Bride Bridal Show at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank on April 17, 2016.  This beuatiful venue was the perfect spot for the meeting of The Bellisima Bride Bridal Show, J & M … Continue reading

Hyatt Regency Valencia Superbowl Weekend Fun For Dori Like & Todd Lerner’s Wedding

The date of this wedding was very meaningful: it was the anniversary of their first date.  Two self proclaimed nerds who met online and within 12 short months fell in love, got engaged, planned an amazing wedding, and got married.  That’s … Continue reading

Bellisima Bride Bridal Show Coming to the Hyatt Regency Valencia- Don’t Miss It-Sunday February 8th, 2015!

The Bellisama Bride Bridal Show happens twice a year at the Hyatt Regency Valencia– typically in February and September to help brides all year find the best resources and actually meet vendors one on one.  Not to mention the fabulous … Continue reading

Ashley & Mason’s Wedding at Newhall Mansion- The Video Slide Show Now Playing

Ashley & Mason’s Wedding Here’s the video slide show from Ashley & Mason’s epic wedding day!  Just click on their names above in pink to watch it!

Newhall Mansion Wedding Reception Follows Saint Kateri Catholic Church Ceremony for Ashley & Mason

We had so much fun planning for their wedding with Ashley & Mason that we knew it was going to be an awesome day.  Their engagement pictures at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu with their adorable yellow lab pups were … Continue reading

Location, Location, Location: 2014 Wedding Tips & Trends

In weddings, as in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Trying to balance budget and dreams can be a delicate balance. This year we were fortunate to go to many familiar locations, and quite a few new ones as … Continue reading

Emma & Josh’s Magical Moments at Calamigos Ranch

What a wonderful year it has been for the Veis family! Carolyn & Andrew got married (see our “Shooting Through the Tears” post) in January and now Emma & Josh got married in September at beautiful Calamigos Ranch. We have known this wonderful family for over 25 years, photographed the kids’ B’nai Mitzvahs and shared many memorable milestones with them and their extended family.

Emma and Josh are the cutest couple—self nicknamed Mini Muffin. Just look at all the amazing attention to detail at their wedding. There were so many touching moments throughout the day, it’s hard to remember every one—lucky we have photographs to help us tell their story.

Emma’s brother, Andrew, was rabbi for the day and did an amazing job at both the ketubah signing and the ceremony. I don’t think anyone there will forget his infamous “selfie” as they got up to the chuppah. I also won’t forget Emma & Josh fist bumping after the bedecking ceremony—they were ready to go.

The most poignant moments came for me when Emma was getting ready and someone asked her if she wanted a glass of champagne. She responded no, and told me she wanted to remember every moment of the day, and not even take a chance at blurring her own memories. Combine that with Emma wearing her mom Margie’s veil and having the two grandmas (both Josh’s and Emma’s) there while she was dressing, and it was just so much positive energy.

Emma was a radiant bride, genuinely happy and jubilant all day long. Josh was with her 100%, making our job so easy and so much fun!

We wish both families many, many years of happiness, and some grandchildren along the way!

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Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Coordination: Dana at Haber Event Group

Dress: Cruz’s Bridal

Flowers: Blossoms by Cherry

Invitation & Favors: BIO

Cake: The Butter End Cakery

DJ: Jeff Collins at VOXDJs

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

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

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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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Jennifer & Al’s Story: Romance at Spanish Hills Country Club Wedding

When Al and his fiancé, Jennifer, came in to meet with us, we knew we would have fun with this couple.  We have known Al since he was in elementary school with our son.  Al and Jennifer too, go far back… They started as neighbors, then friends, and eventually that turned into a romance.  Their love story started right here, in Newhall. Nine and a half years of dating, and Al finally popped the question in Big Bear while snowboarding.

When it came time to do their engagement photos, they had tons of ideas.  The first part of their session was at their condo with their cute little Yorkie, Ace. Jen is quite the baker so they wanted to incorporate her love for baking and Al’s enthusiasm for her sweets into their pictures. I don’t think Al minded eating the cupcakes for multiple shots! The next stop was at TPC to take some photos near the lake and catch their love for country by rocking some cowboy boots and hats. We then moved onto their old stomping grounds: Hart High School. Here we caught them kissing in the bleachers, tossing a softball on the field, and throwing around a football. We were able to get to know them even better and capture a lot of their personalities in these photos!  We couldn’t wait to hang out with them again at their wedding.

When their wedding day arrived, we knew exactly how to get these two smiling for the camera.  The bride and groom got ready at Hyatt Westlake where we captured some great getting ready shots and special moments, especially the first look with Jen and her dad. It was a priceless moment. Thanks to the Friday night traffic on the 101, we risked losing precious shooting time, so I took the bride, her matron of honor and maid of honor in my car so we can get all the pictures we would need, and not have to wait for the limo to make the round trip back after dropping off the guys.  Luckily my cooler was loaded with cold water and snacks for everyone.  Once we arrived at Spanish Hills Country Club, we went right into their moment to remember. It was such a touching exchange for these two. These intimate moments for a couple are a memory to be cherished forever, and we take that very seriously. As we shot the ceremony and moved into the reception, there wasn’t a detail left undone. There were personal touches everywhere. With the intimate group they had, you could see all the love for one another throughout the room. Everyone knew each other and had a great time. This was one group that sure knew how to party! We were so happy to be a part of this beautiful day and go home with a yummy cookie for the drive home.

Thank you so much Jen & Al for sharing your day with us, and for all the nice posts on Facebook.  We love your album too…that’s why it became a sample book at the studio.

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