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

Blessed Kateri Catholic Church Ceremony Followed by TPC Valencia Reception for Jessica & Zachery

Jessica & Zachery were high school sweethearts who shared lots of history.  Their wedding day was a celebration with family and friends from all over the country cheering them on.

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Kelsey & Chris’s Fantasy Wedding at Ponte Vineyards in Temecula- The Ultimate Destination Wedding

Talk about it being a small world. We first met Kelsey Schmidt when she was a bridesmaid in Yesenia & Duane Miller’s Wedding In October, 2009. Yesenia is Myra Harbour from Celebrate’s daughter. Kelsey’s mom Cindy Schmidt was also our granddaughter Lilly’s kindergarten teacher at Old Orchard at the time. Cindy told me at Yesenia & Duane’s wedding that she thought a proposal was on the horizon and that we would be talking soon- because she knew only three things about Kelsey’s wedding for sure…1- that it would be to Christopher Yonan, 2-that we would be the photographers, and 3- that Myra from Celebrate would be doing the invitations and flowers. The where and when were unknown at this point. The proposal came soon thereafter and we had the pleasure of planning together for the next year.

We were thrilled when they selected Ponte Vineyards in Temecula as the venue for this destination wedding. We headed to Temecula on Friday to scout the location and get ready for the big day. It was everything you could possibly imagine; almost like a dream come true. From the beautiful suite of rooms at the South Coast Winery Resort next door to Ponte, to the details (check out the Mrs. Yonan custom hanger and the Mr. & Mrs. signs on the back of their chairs), to the spectacular flowers from Celebrate, along with two of the most appreciative, delighted families and one of the most outgoing, fun loving bridal parties we have seen; it was an amazing weekend. We ran into couples whose weddings we are doing in the upcoming year, lots of old friends and clients who we didn’t even realize knew Kelsey & Chris, and met lots of new friends. We hated to go home when it was over and look forward to sharing the memories with this wonderful group. The comments on the first Facebook image post we did were very touching to us. After thirty years of wedding photography we are thrilled to be so excited about what we do and have our client’s share their delight with us. Thank you all from all of us at R & R Creative Photography!

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Audrey & Jeff’s Fairytale Wedding Has San Fernando Valley Heads Turning

Audrey was one of the most organized and detail-oriented brides ever.  From her sparkly dancing shoes to the amazing orchid bouquet, she planned her wedding to Jeff meticulously for over a year.

What Audrey did not know was that her parents had listened to their only daughter very carefully over the years.  They knew that her perfect wedding would include a Cinderella-style horse-drawn carriage to carry her and her  Prince Charming away after a traditional church ceremony.

It was quite a feat to to pull off both the surprise to Audrey & Jeff and to find a carriage company willing to park in front of Our Lady of Grace on Ventura  Blvd. in Encino.  But her parents were determined.  They alerted us the day before the wedding and we were ready.

The look on Audrey’s face as she got a peek outside the church door during the recessional was priceless. What followed was overwhelming for everyone in attendance. Traffic stopped momentarily on Ventura Blvd., heads turned, horns honked, onlookers waved, and the couple was jubilant.  So were the photographers!

We want to give her parents Sandra and Victor a special thank you for letting us know this was going to happen…we know where your daughter got her planning skills.

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Rhiannon & Kevin’s Robinson Ranch Wedding Slide Show

Here is the slide show from Rhiannon & Kevin’s awesome wedding at beautiful Robinson Ranch Country Club in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Enjoy!

Photos from Rhiannon & Kevin’s Wedding at Robinson Ranch

From the amazing day we spent at Paradise Cove for Rhiannon & Kevin’s engagement session and dinner through their storybook wedding, we have had so much fun with this enthusiastic, appreciative couple.  Their excitement was contagious and we were proud to share the day with so many vendor friends. In Rhiannon’s own words: “The best of SCV for the most incredible weddings ever!  Thank you so much you guys—it was even more perfect then we ever imagined.”

Robinson Ranch is the perfect southern California wedding destination that brings together the natural beauty of the Santa Clarita Valley with the elegance and service one would want for a perfect wedding.  R & R Creative Photography loves working at Robinson Ranch because there is so much variety in the environment and so many fabulous locations to capture the romance and beauty of weddings held here.  Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to use our creativity for you!

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