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.

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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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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

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

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

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

Placerita Nature Center Family Portrait Fun with the Mortensen Family

We were fortunate to photograph Morgan & Dan Mortensen’s wedding several years ago at Robinson Ranch Country Club- it was actually the VERY FIRST wedding at the venue.  We have stayed in touch with them over the years and have had the pleasure of photographing the children as they have grown up, along with the entire family’s portraits.  The kids have gotten to know us and just love hamming it up for the camera.  We always look forward to seeing this wonderful family and watching them grow.  Thanks for the memories! RandRCreativePhotography-FamilyBlog RandRPhotography-FamilyBlog

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.