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Kylie + Daniel: Aliso Viejo Wedding

July 21st, 2016

Have you ever heard of someone crashing a wedding resulting in a wedding? Well if you haven’t before, now you have :) Kylie + Daniel’s Aliso Viejo wedding happened as a result of Daniel crashing a family wedding with Kylie’s brother.  The two met, and well, the rest is history! Anyone that has seen the […]


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Have you ever heard of someone crashing a wedding resulting in a wedding? Well if you haven’t before, now you have :) Kylie + Daniel’s Aliso Viejo wedding happened as a result of Daniel crashing a family wedding with Kylie’s brother.  The two met, and well, the rest is history! Anyone that has seen the two of them interact can see how very much in love they are, and how much fun they have together. So it would come as no surprise that their wedding day was filled with fun and love!

We started off getting ready at the Aliso Viejo Country Club, Kylie and Dan getting ready on opposite sides of the club with their bridal attendants and family.

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Can you tell by looking at this shot Kylie may have a bit of a dance background? :) I was chatting with Kylie’s mom about how beautiful her wedding gown was and how it seemed so her. She shared with me that when she started dress shopping, Kylie said, “No pink and no tulle!” Well, she just happened to find the perfect dress with tulle, and her bridesmaids happened to wear pink dresses. “We are who we are,” as Kylie’s mom said :)
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Kylie and her gorgeous bridesmaids :)
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I have to post this picture because this little guy was NOT interested in leaving his mom’s side all day! I wanted to get a picture of him and his sister, and this was the only way to do so :)

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Lest we forget about the groom, he had his own entourage :)

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Daniel’s not one to just stand there and smile! When I posted this one on my Instagram account, Kylie said it was classic Daniel, and I can say now I know this to be the case! :)cmp_0428

 

 

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Daniel made nearly all of their wood signage on their wedding day! I asked Kylie if he had an Etsy shop, and she said no – they just kept coming up with new ideas and he kept putting them together! Talk about an involved groom :)

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Shortly before the ceremony, Kylie and Daniel found a few minutes to pray together.
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Love the way Kylie is looking at Daniel here…

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…and Daniel at Kylie here :)

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Married!!!

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After the ceremony we had some time with Kylie + Daniel on the Aliso Viejo grounds.

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There were some beautiful and touching toasts from family and friends…cmp_0392 cmp_0393 cmp_0395 cmp_0396 cmp_0397 cmp_0398 cmp_0399

…followed by their first dance as husband and wife!
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Kylie also had a very sweet father-daughter dance with her dad.cmp_0403 cmp_0404cmp_0406 cmp_0407 cmp_0409 cmp_0410 cmp_0411 cmp_0412 cmp_0413cmp_0405

So you likely may have not noticed, but this was a morning wedding! The ceremony was at 10:30, followed by a brunch reception. I’ve never covered a morning wedding before, and it was so much fun! Aliso Viejo Country Club told me they started doing this about a year ago and it’s become very popular. It’s pretty easy to see why – who doesn’t love mimosas, Bloody Marys, and breakfast food at a reception?!?! As a photographer, the VERY BEST THING about this was I got to spend time with Kylie and Dan after the reception while there was still LIGHT IN THE SKY! Yes, that’s a very big deal! :) We headed out to Laguna Beach to spend about an hour getting portraits and it was so amazing! Major props to the happy couple who had no problem making their way across the beach in their wedding day finery :)

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Congratulations, Kylie + Daniel!cmp_0420

Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club

DJ: Extreme DJ Service

Florals: A Secret Garden Florist

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Sallie + Stephen: Orange Wedding

June 28th, 2016

My favorite thing about shooting weddings is that no two weddings are alike. Even when shooting at the same location, each wedding reveals its own traditions and relationships. Each wedding has its own personality, and Sallie + Stephen’s Orange wedding, at the Chapel of Orange, is no exception! Throughout the day there were many elements […]


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My favorite thing about shooting weddings is that no two weddings are alike. Even when shooting at the same location, each wedding reveals its own traditions and relationships. Each wedding has its own personality, and Sallie + Stephen’s Orange wedding, at the Chapel of Orange, is no exception! Throughout the day there were many elements that made their wedding day unique and memorable!

The day started with Sallie getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Chapel of Orange’s bridal suite.

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I love these moments between mom and daughter :)

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Stephen was getting ready on the other side of the Chapel of Orange.

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The couple took a few minutes before the ceremony to pray without seeing each other.

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On to the ceremony! It was obvious a lot of planning went into Sallie + Stephen’s ceremony. Their family and loved ones were involved in bringing these two together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony we had a few minutes to spend time with Sallie + Stephen getting a few photos around the Chapel. I love their sweetness and sense of fun they have in each other! :)

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Sallie + Stephen paid careful attention to the unifying details that brought their wedding day together.  Sallie took a huge hand in creating the vision of their day, working with vendors such as Etsy and Zazzle for their stationary, table numbers and dried flowers. Stephen is a nature lover and a hunter, and Sallie wanted to incorporate those themes into their wedding.  They decided upon a theme with elements of antlers and florals to signify their coming together.  All the wooden decor was made by her brother, Chris, including the centerpiece and cake stands, as well as branches holding their seating cards. And of course there was an element of fun! A mixtape of some of their favorite songs was provided to guests, and they also left notebooks at each table asking guests to write notes they could read on their upcoming anniversaries!cmp_0272 cmp_0271 cmp_0270 cmp_0256 cmp_0257cmp_0326cmp_0327 cmp_0293

Sallie + Stephen shared a sweet first dance together…

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Followed by a sweet dance with Sallie’s dad.cmp_0292

Of course it’s not a wedding without some toasts!cmp_0294 cmp_0295cmp_0329 cmp_0330 cmp_0298

Following the ceremony was a hula that Sallie performed! This was a surprise for Stephen and almost all of the wedding guests. The dance was incredibly moving and touching – I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the house afterwards!

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Time to cut that beautiful naked cake!

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The last song of the evening was, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” that’s right, from the amazing Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The evening ended with Stephen sweeping up Sallie in a lift! The crowd went wild!

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Congratulations, Sallie + Stephen!

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Venue: Chapel of Orange

Hair and Makeup: Designed Elegance

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Liz + Derek: City of Orange Wedding

March 25th, 2016

Last weekend I shot another lovely wedding at the beautiful Chapel of Orange! Liz’s + Derek’s city of Orange wedding was full of fun…you’ll see! :) Liz was the most gorgeous bride – I loved her dress! Can you say SASSY? :) I love a big bridal party! I especially loved the long pink dresses […]


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Last weekend I shot another lovely wedding at the beautiful Chapel of Orange! Liz’s + Derek’s city of Orange wedding was full of fun…you’ll see! :)

Liz was the most gorgeous bride – I loved her dress!

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Can you say SASSY? :)city-of-orange-wedding

I love a big bridal party! I especially loved the long pink dresses – perfect for a spring wedding!
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Love this gorgeous bouquet by Oceanic Flowers!cmp_0197

While Liz was hanging with her girls, Derek was doing the same with his groomsmen.cmp_0191cmp_0190cmp_0192

Liz and Derek wrote their own vows, which were super sweet. They also incorporated Derek’s daughter into the vows, which was just lovely!chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0205cmp_0202cmp_0204

I caught just a few moments with Liz and Derek right after the ceremony – I love me a sweet kissing shot, but I think I love the laughing ones even more! They just show how fun and relaxed these two are together :)chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0207cmp_0208cmp_0209

Hey, when the bridal party wants to do a “wacky” shot, I’m game! :)cmp_0210cmp_0212cmp_0213

The official “STANK EYE” pose! Often copied but never duplicated!cmp_0214

I had just a few minutes with Liz and Derek prior to entering their reception and the light cooperated beautifully, not to mention they really turned it on! :)chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0216chapel-of-orange-weddingcmp_0219chapel-of-orange-bride-and-groomcmp_0222cmp_0220cmp_0221

The toasts to Liz and Derek were…well, let’s just say I’m not sure if in my entire wedding shooting career they will be topped! Derek’s best man essentially served up a roast of a toast that had the wedding guests in tears! And Liz’s toast…cmp_0226cmp_0228cmp_0227cmp_0229

…featured her bridesmaids singing NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” with pictures of Liz’s face on sticks. It was HILARIOUS!cmp_0230cmp_0231cmp_0224cmp_0232cmp_0233cmp_0234 cmp_0235 cmp_0236 cmp_0237 cmp_0238

I love this look Derek is giving Liz here…watch out! ;)cmp_0239

I was pretty impressed with Derek’s stance going through these photos. I don’t know if he was a pitcher at some point in his life, but it sure looks like it! :)cmp_0240 cmp_0241 cmp_0242 cmp_0243cmp_0254 cmp_0244

Following the garter and bouquet tosses, Liz danced with her brother and father, and Derek danced with his sister.cmp_0245 cmp_0246 cmp_0247 cmp_0248 cmp_0249

Party time! The dance floor was packed through the end of the reception!cmp_0223cmp_0251

Congrats, Liz + Derek!cmp_0252

Venue: Chapel of Orange
Catering: No Leftovers Catering
Florals: Oceanic Flowers
Cake: Love Cakes

 

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Kayleen + Micah: Coto de Caza Wedding

October 25th, 2015

I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids […]


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I have loved this couple since we first met! Kayleen + Micah have one of the cutest getting-together stories I have ever encountered, and one that was in fact re-told during their wedding ceremony! Kayleen’s mom and Micah’s mom work together. Over the course of various conversations at work, they found out they had kids of similar age, and had a great idea that perhaps their respective kids might hit it off. They somehow convinced Kayleen + Micah that this would be a great idea, and a date was set. Well, it turns out Kayleen was running a little late, but thank goodness Micah waited, because it was a perfect match! I was honored to shoot their Rancho Santa Margarita engagement session, and even more excited to shoot their Coto de Caza wedding!

They both started off in separate areas of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club to get ready.

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Their first look was right on the grounds – my favorite part was how much time they spent checking each other out! ;) Right after the first look, we did some portraits with the two of them before the ceremony.

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They are simultaneously sweet to one another, while making each other laugh! I absolutely love their natural interaction! :)

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Their ceremony could not have been more beautiful! A lot of thought went into the elements they created and shared with their wedding day guests.

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Married! :)

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I love when a couple brings some of their personal interests from their lives into their wedding details. Micah is an archer, and they integrated that passion into helping their guests find their seats! They also have a few cats and included more than a few details in homage to their furry family members :)

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After the ceremony, we had access to the Coto de Caza grounds to get some more portraits of the newlyweds. The sun cooperated by coming out briefly to light the two of them right at the end of the session!

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I had so much fun taking pictures of these two! I could have followed them around all day, but we had a reception to get to! :)

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They had some pretty sweet moves…

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Followed by a very sweet father/daughter dance…

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And toasts by their loved ones…

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Everyone got to know Kayleen + Micah a little better during the reception! They had a slideshow as well as the “shoe game” to see how well they knew each other!

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Congratulations, Kayleen + Micah!

Wedding + Ceremony: Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club
Officiant: Beverly Edwards
DJ: Steve Burdick Events

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Snow + Aaron: Chapel of Orange Wedding

October 18th, 2015

Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day! Snow’s traditional wedding […]


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Snow + Aaron had a beautiful October wedding which started off with a Chinese ceremony.  I arrived to a residential home, and Snow was getting ready for her wedding day along with her bridesmaids and family. The home was decorated with a variety of Chinese decorations to celebrate this portion of their day!

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Snow’s traditional wedding dress came directly from China, and it was STUNNING!

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Snow was hidden away, as Aaron would need to make it through a series of tests before he would be deemed “worthy” to see her! ;)

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First Aaron and his groomsmen knocked on the door, and had to convince the bridesmaids and family that he could enter by offering many, many, MANY red envelopes! :)

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Then Aaron had to face a series of questions from those who knew Snow best – from her shoe size to what her name looks like in Chinese! Snow’s mom was trying to be helpful in showing him the name while Snow’s father held her back! In the end, Aaron figured it out on his own :)

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There was an orange-passing game…

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Followed by a show of strength…

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Then Aaron tasted and guessed foods blindfolded, to represent various stages of marriage.

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Finally Aaron was deemed worthy enough to see his bride!

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One last task! Aaron had to find Snow’s shoe in the room and put in on her foot. He succeeded, and off we went to their Chapel of Orange wedding!

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Snow’s mother helped her get dressed, in a beautiful gown she handmade for Snow, while Aaron got ready with his groomsmen in a separate area. I LOVE the intricate and delicate feel of Snow’s dress! So perfect for her!

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The Chapel of Orange is a gorgeous setting for a ceremony – so many touching moments took place as Aaron and Snow exchanged vows!

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After the ceremony, we headed to Orange Circle to get some super-quick bridal party and bride and groom portraits. This group rocked it out in a short period of time!

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And then back to the reception! Snow and Aaron’s friends and family had an amazing time dancing, toasting and celebrating with the happy couple!

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Congratulations, Snow + Aaron!

Ceremony and reception: Chapel of Orange
Florals: Oceanic Flowers
DJ: A-2-Z Party DJs

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Sneak Peek: Snow + Aaron

October 11th, 2015

I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!  


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I shot Snow + Aaron’s wedding yesterday at the lovely Chapel of Orange…can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous event soon!

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Angelique + Daniel: Orange County Wedding

May 2nd, 2015

Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He […]


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Sometimes, as is the case with Angelique + Daniel, I meet the groom for the first time on his wedding day. There’s nothing I love more than hearing the story of how a couple met. While taking a few portraits of Daniel, he shared with me he wasn’t the type to seek out relationships. He and Angelique worked together, and during lunch he would typically eat by himself. Clearly Angelique saw something special in Daniel, and Angelique, being as sweet and friendly as she is, isn’t the type that I think anyone would ignore! :) Casual conversations turned into exchanging numbers; then dates; then a proposal; which took us to their beautiful Orange County wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club.

We started the day at the club, where it was drizzling outside mid-day. Daniel and his groomsmen stayed to one side of the club while Angelique and her bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law got ready on the other side.adwed_0048orange-county-weddingorange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-country-clubadwed_0058orange-county-weddingadwed_0007adwed_0046adwed_0009

As a last-minute decision, the ceremony was moved indoors so as to be out of the rain. However, if there’s one thing I love, it’s window light! The change in venue didn’t seem to matter one bit to the bride and groom :)adwed_0017adwed_0059adwed_0020adwed_0021adwed_0010adwed_0023adwed_0060adwed_0014adwed_0011adwed_0008adwed_0012

Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio absolutely outdid herself with this gorgeous white cake! Isn’t it stunning? I love how the delicate layers and ruffles had the same feel as Angelique’s wedding dress.
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I absolutely loved the mother-daughter dance! I haven’t seen this at a wedding before. It seems dads get the spotlight on the wedding day, but moms deserves it just as much! :) I love the sweet moments it showed between Angelique and Natalie.adwed_0041adwed_0042adwed_0043adwed_0044

Miracle of miracles, the weather cleared up and we were able to wander the golf course and spend some time getting portraits of Angelique + Daniel. We only had about 20 minutes before the sun went completely away, but were really able to take advantage of the grounds and get some beautiful images of the newlyweds!orange-county-weddingadwed_0032kdimg_0036adwed_0034adwed_0062adwed_0066

Angelique asked me mid-way through the session, “Can I sit down in my wedding dress?” Um, yes you sure can! I love an adventurous bride! :) orange-county-wedding-aliso-viejo-weddingadwed_0064adwed_0036adwed_0051 adwed_0052adwed_0065

I think this is now my all-time favorite cake shot! :) adwed_0053 adwed_0054 adwed_0038

 

Congratulations, Angelique + Daniel!

Venue: Aliso Viejo Country Club
Hair and Makeup: Blown Away
Floral Design: Design By Tricia
Bakery: Plumeria Cake Studio
DJ & Lighting: Epic Entertainment

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Angelique + Daniel: A Sneak Peek

April 26th, 2015

Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :) ABOUT COURTNEY     WEDDING PORTFOLIO     WEDDING FAQ     WEDDING INVESTMENT     TESTIMONIALS     CONTACT


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Angelique + Daniel were just married at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on Saturday. Can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding soon :)

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