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

TPC Valencia is The Spot for Thaesha & Sam’s Romantic Wedding

Thaesha’s tattoo says “The Beauty in Everything”, and this saying truly encapsulated Thaesha and Sam’s entire wedding day. From Thaesha’s beautiful smile and priceless expressions, to the fabulous setting and stunning flowers from Charmaine, to the way Sam’s face lit up when his bride was in view, romance and beauty were the words of the day.

The romance and love shared by this sweet couple are evident in every photograph. Their wedding was the ultimate expression of beauty and love.

It was our pleasure to have worked with them and helped refer so many of the Santa Clarita Valley’s premier vendors to help make their day so special.

We know these two and their families will share a beautiful future.

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“Getting Ready” photos taken at Hyatt Regency Valencia

Ceremony & Reception at TPC Valencia

Ceremony & Reception Music by J & M Entertainment

Flowers by Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist

Catering by Oaks Grille

Cake by Jill’s Cake Creations

Makeup by All Dolled Up Beauty Lounge

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!

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Perfect Ending to a Perfect Wedding

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.

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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.

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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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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R & R Creative Photography at the Bellisima Bride Bridal Show

Check out our new promotional video slide show that we will be debuting at the Bellisima Bride Bridal Show tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Your Perfect Engagement Session

Whether you love hiking and frequent the trails around the Placerita Nature Center, spend every free moment at the beach, love to explore the little shops in Solvang, consider your black lab to be an important family member, want to recreate your proposal, love and collect classic muscle cars, need save the date cards to announce your wedding to family & friends, have never had a “good” picture of the two of you together, enjoy strolling the gardens around your favorite restaurant, have a fiancé works for Edison and you love the light post exhibit at LACMA, or have no idea what you want to do for your engagement portraits, we can help you.

We feel there is no better way to express your individuality, get acquainted with your photographers, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and allow us to capture the chemistry of your love and relationship than with an engagement session in a natural, relaxed setting. That is why we include this important session in all of our wedding coverage. Besides, we love getting out of the studio and exploring all of the great places Southern California has to offer.

We hope you enjoy looking at some of the places we have been recently with our couples. Planning for these sessions is the most fun because it really lets us brainstorm and let our imaginations wander. Some couples are more serious, others romantic, others fun loving and silly… that’s what makes it so interesting for us. It’s a great way to set us up for success the day of your wedding, it breaks the ice, and it gives you lots of great shots which you can display at the wedding, or you can use them to create a guest book or sign-in board for your guests to enjoy. It also builds your confidence in yourselves and us and makes the wedding day even more enjoyable as far as picture-taking. Don’t miss out on this important part of your engagement!

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