Malibu Creek State Park Engagement Session Focuses on Love!

Engagement sessions are such an important tool for us, as wedding photographers, to get to know the couples who trust us with their wedding memories. Continue reading

Pasadena’s Quaint Downtown Area Is The Perfect Spot to Capture the Romance of Heather & Rob’s Engagement Session

Heather & Rob will always hold an extra special spot in my heart.  Their inquiry to our website for information on their upcoming wedding was the very FIRST one we received after launching our new website on December 30, 2014.  It came just a short four hours after the site went live, and to be perfectly honest, I WAS REALLY EXCITED!!!  After 9 months of hard work bringing the site to life, it was kind of like giving birth.  And my new baby had its first visitor, raving about what they saw. The truth be told it was Heather’s adorable mom Casey who actually made the inquiry on her behalf- and you will hear and SEE more about Casey in this post.

Heather and I spent quite a bit of time brainstorming the perfect session that would allow them to let their love and romance shine along with their fun loving personalities.  We checked on the three locations we would be going to and made sure we had permission to be there.  We went over clothing and props.  Heather’s mom Casey came along to shlep and encourage- although she mostly stayed in the background unless we asked her to join in.

Heather&Rob-Engagement-PasadenaCityHall-IMG_6875It’s hard to explain the magic that happened in words.  Suffice it to say, this is exactly why we include an engagement session in all of our packages.  We feel that it in an invaluable tool to get to know our couples and work with them before the actual wedding day.  And we have so much FUN!

We started at Intelligentsia Coffee on Colorado Blvd. in downtown Pasadena.  Not only do they have yummy coffee drinks, they were happy to have us there and even gave their thumbs up approval to this couple.

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The back alley behind the coffee house with its great brick wall and vintage look proved too tempting to pass up on our way to Pasadena City Hall.

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City Hall was perfect with it’s warm, beautiful afternoon light.  We didn’t even let the picketers get in our way!

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Then it was off to the bridge- for more fun with our able assistant.  We can’t wait for their beautiful wedding day at the Westlake Village Inn in October!

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Los Angeles River Center & Gardens Is The Perfect Spot For Celebrating Jodie & Greg Kay’s Wedding

Jodie & Greg’s wedding was filled with nostalgia for us.  There were so many touching, emotional moments, so much love, and so many friends and family to share each one with.  This is just a glimpse into their day, mostly … 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

The Victorian in Santa Monica is the Perfect Venue for the Perfect Match as Thresa & Keith Wed

Thresa is a long time friend of ours, who we had not seen in several years when we exchanged enthusiastic hugs at the bridal show two years ago.  We were thrilled to hear of her upcoming wedding and catch up.  The … 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