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Tamy & Ryan – Wedding at The Lodge at Malibuo Lake

Tamy and Ryan’s Wedding at The Lodge at Malibuo Lake

Tamy and Ryan’s wedding at The Lodge at Malibuo Lake was just a couple weeks ago. They were blessed with blue skies and a light breeze, these two tied the knot in front of family and friends, overlooking Malibuo Lake. The wedding was a relaxed party from the beginning till the end, couples are rarely more relaxed than these two.

They decided to have a first look before the ceremony where they could see each other in private. After they had a little alone time, we were able to get some photos of Tamy and Ryan with their bridal party. This was such a fun group of people! I got to see one of my couples from a few years ago as well, Liz and Travis! Ryan and Travis are brothers and Travis was Ryan’s bestman, and Liz was one of Tamy’s bridesmaids. Liz is also a makeup artist and made Tamy look even more beautiful on her wedding day.

After the ceremony we had the opportunity to walk over to the lake for some of the bridal portraits. The Lodge has a swingset near the lake which they wanted to play on for a minute. I love so many of the photos I was able to capture for them. Here are my favorites.

Reception Venue | The Lodge at Malibuo Lake

Florist | Mulberry Row

DJ & MC | DJ’s At Your Service

Catering | Truly Yours Catering

Cake Artist | Portos Bakers

Make-up Artist | Makeup by Liz

Bride’s Gown | David’s Bridal

Wedding Shoes | Vince Camuto

2nd Photographer | Jennifer Johann Photography

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Amanda and Jason’s Ventura Beach Engagement Session

Amanda and Jason’s Ventura Beach Engagement Session

Last week I met up with my friend Amanda and her fiancé Jason to capture their engagement session. We went to Ventura Beach, which is over by downtown Ventura. Amanda wore a beautiful, long, flowy dress which worked perfectly for the windy beach day. We started at the pier and worked our way down to Surfers Point, ending their session in downtown Ventura. It was really fun seeing them all cute and cuddly, and they hardly needed my help at all telling them what to do. Being with each other and intimate in front of the camera came a lot easier to them than any of us expected so it was nice being able to get a glimpse into their little world.

Here are some of my favorites from their session.

couple embracing on pier

couple on swingset

couple walking beach

couple standing mural

couple sitting bench

couple beach palm trees

couple save the date

couple sitting beach

couple sitting beach kissing

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couple boardwalk kiss

couple beach sunset

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Wedding at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Wedding at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Jessica and Jose’s wedding at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach was a couple weeks ago. Their wedding day started off with the two of them getting ready with the help of their family and friends at the Crown Plaza. From there we went to the Santa Clara Church, which is one of the prettiest churches in Oxnard! The architecture both inside and outside truly is stunning. After the ceremony we captured all of the family photos and then had some fun with the bridal party. The steps in front of the church make a perfect backdrop for photographs.

It was a typically perfect Southern California day, sunny with bright blue skies and not too windy. We went to Surfers Point in Ventura for my favorite part of the day, taking pictures of the new husband and wife! Jessica wore a gorgeous, long, lacy veil and it looked so beautiful against the blue water! We had just enough time at the beach to capture some sweet moments of the two of them,

Their reception at the Crowne Plaza was awesome! All of their guests seemed to be having so much fun! DJ Alexis kept the party going all night and the dance floor was never empty. The food was delicious, and the drinks were flowing. I don’t think their day could have gone any better.

Here are my favorite’s from Jessica and Jose’s wedding day.

Ceremony Site | Santa Clara Church

Reception Venue | Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Coordinator | All Occasions Event Planning

Hair & Make-up Artist | Fairytale Hair and Makeup

Bride’s Gown | Bowties Bridal

Wedding Shoes | Kate Spade

Florist | Flower Designs by Roni

DJ & MC | DJ Alexis

Mariachi Band | Mariachi Camarillo

Catering | Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Cake Artist | Siblings Bakery

Videographer | Epoch Productions

2nd Photographer | R&V Photography

Nicole and Ryan’s Wedding at Tara A Country Inn

Nicole and Ryan’s Wedding at Tara A Country Inn

Nicole and Ryan celebrated their wedding day at Tara – A Country Inn in Clark, PA. It’s a beautiful venue about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. The ceremony was right on the main lawn with the building creating a perfect backdrop. The property is right next to the Shenango River Reservoir, we were able to take a short walk and get gorgeous sunset photos right on the water.

Nicole planned most of the wedding herself, and it really looked perfect! I loved her gown, it reminded me of frosting on a cupcake and who doesn’t love that?! Did I mention Nicole wore the coolest friggin shoes, and walked with more grace and balance than I managed in my flats! I totally love how she had the old glamour look with a cage veil. She paired it with a beautiful diamond clip with a feathered flower in her hair. She was such a breathtaking bride! One of the most easy going couples, Nicole and Ryan never turned down a photo-op, and were up for anything I’d suggest.

The following day I met them at a ranch just outside of Lake Erie for photos with Nicole’s prize show horse, Roger. My allergies were really not too happy during the session, but the ranch was worth it and I am so excited with the pictures! The weather was everything we hoped for! The sky was sunny and we ended the evening in a field of yellow flowers with a colorful sunset.

I feel like they quizzed me on what kind of wedding I like photographing the best, and designed their whole day based on me! I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that’s what they did. 😉

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… here are my favorites from their wedding weekend!

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Venue & Catering | Tara – A Country Inn

Make-up Artist | Kiss and Makeup

DJ | Steve Vance Entertainment

Florist | New Leaf Florist

Bride’s Gown | Bling Bridal Boutique

2nd Photographer | Low-Key Love

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Pittsburgh Engagement Session Point State Park

Engagement Session Point State Park

This was such a fun Pittsburgh engagement session  at Point State Park! Vanessa and Micheal were so easy to work with, I love when my clients are super easy going and relaxed… Actually, I think all of my clients are like that! YAY for awesome, chill, and fun people! 🙂

The lovely couple got engaged over the holidays. Micheal’s sister was sweet enough to gift them their engagement session with me. We started the shoot at the tunnel/bridge walkway in Point State Park and from there, worked our way through the area. I had to tell them where I wanted them to stand and what they should do beforehand because they’d be too far for me to give them direction. It actually worked out as a nice warm up for them before the rest of their engagement session.

Like most Yinzers (a term Pittsburgh locals refer to themselves and other locals as, which is new to me and I’m not 100% sure I’m using it correctly, but you get the point) they are huge Pirate’s fans. From Point State Park you get a great view of PNC Park. We went over and they slipped into their fan-gear and posed in front of the stadium. We also got some great shots in front of some of Pittsburgh famous yellow bridges!

The weather originally said it would rain but luckily it turned out to be a perfect day. Luck was on our side and we had partially cloudy skies for their session. I love the photo of them near the pink flowered trees. I love spring time here, so many beautiful flowers everywhere! Another favorite is the photo of them lookin’ all cool in front of the bridge. Lol! Here’s a few of my favorite photos from their Pittsburgh engagement session.

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Rita and Greg’s Winter Engagement Session

Had a great time photographing Rita and Greg’s engagement session at Frick Park in Pittsburgh last weekend! This was the first session I ever shot while it was snowing outside!! Brrrr, it was cold! But I LOOOVE how the pictures turned out! For some reason I tend to only blog about weddings and I skip over the engagement sessions altogether, but I really wanted to share this one since I love snow and I loved working with Rita and Greg! They brought their 1 year old adorable pup Wally along for the session and it was great getting some with him too. 🙂

Check out their pictures from the day!

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Santa Barbara Buddhist and Greek Orthodox Church Wedding

Satomi and Joshua’s wedding ceremony was at the Santa Barbara Buddhist Church and their reception at the Greek Orthodox Church. I met with them for the first time over Skype only a couple weeks before their wedding day. Their first photographer cancelled on them unexpectedly and they were running out of time to find another photographer. Fortunately one of my brides from a wedding earlier this year works with Joshua and gave him my number. I’m happy I was still available that day so I could be apart of their uniquely amazing wedding!

The day started with Satomi getting ready at a private estate in the hills of Santa Barbara. She first got dressed with the help of her mother into her vibrantly colored, traditional Japanese Kimono. All of her bridesmaids wore a traditional obi for the ceremony and changed into a simple gold sash for the reception. She also had a gorgeous wedding gown to wear after the ceremony for the reception and some more portraits.  It was such an interesting wedding, mixing Satomi and Joshua’s two different family traditions seemed effortless. One of my absolute favorite parts of the day was immediately following the ceremony. All of the guests gathered around the couple and showered them in rose petals! It looked so beautiful! We were greeted with an amazing sunset after we finished taking all of the group and family portraits and right before we went inside! Everything at the reception was perfectly complete with speeches, dancing, and cake. Want to see some of their wedding photos? Here’s some of my favorites from Joshua and Satomi’s wedding day!

Wedding Coordinator | Ann Johnson Events

Ceremony Venue | Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara

Reception Venue | Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

Catering | Martino’s Catering

DJ | KM Productions

Bride’s Gown | Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture

Bride’s Shoes | Jimmy Choo Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Tuxedo | Mission Tuxedo

Wedding Rings | Premier Fine Jewelers

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Fur Wedding at Point Breezeway Pittsburgh

I did a dog wedding at Point Breezeway in Pittsburgh! My life may official be complete!

If you see on my About Me page I say “I love animals, sometimes more than people. If animals got married and they chose me as their wedding photographer, my life would be complete.” When Jennifer from FurKid Rescue asked if I would be the wedding photographer for Vita and Roddy at Point Breezeway in Pittsburgh I was super excited to help! I came out to her house about a month earlier as well to get some of their engagement pictures. Here’s one of their engagement photos I got to help promote their wedding day! I love the flapper theme Jennifer decided to go with!

pittsburgh wedding engagement photography dog rescue photographer

I love animals. Particularly dogs. I’ve found that if I see puppies I almost become catatonic and I can’t stop staring at them, the cuteness is just too much! While in Pittsburgh I volunteer to take pictures of the foster dogs for FurKid Rescue. They use the photos I take to help find these pups forever homes. Jennifer is the owner of the organization and she takes in so many dogs it’s amazing someone can have that big of a heart, let alone a home to house them! One of the dogs she took in was Vita, a beautiful girl who suffered from a terrible heart condition. This baby needed daily medication and constant care and Jennifer took the time and was able to get a donor to help with the expenses. A few months ago she put together a beautiful wedding fundraiser, not just for Vita but to raise some money for all of the foster dogs she takes in. The bride to be was Vita herself.

The wedding was at Point Breezeway – a popular wedding site that’s perfect for the more intimate weddings. It has lots of charm and a great outdoor space. They had a cake for the human guests, and a cake for the doggy guests, and lots of delicious vegan cupcakes and treats for both humans and pups compliments of Sweet Alchemy Bake Shop, Leslie’s Cupcakes, Doggy Delights, Kivas Canine Cookies, and yummy vegan and vegetarian foods for the humans to eat all donated by Kaleidoscope Cafe, Fortuitea Cafe, and Spoonwood Brewing Co. Flowers were from Cassandra’s Florals. They had live music from LocaL and Carlton Leeper. It was quite the event for these two love pups and I was happy to capture it all!

Sadly Vita passed away in late August. She had a fun-filled last day with bike rides and a visit to the park, and she was with the people who loved and cared for her the most. I feel so fortunate that I was able to capture photographs of her for Furkid Rescue and anyone else she touched. She had the most beautiful eyes and would look at you in such a sweet way you couldn’t help but fall a little in love with her.

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Tootsa & Jeff Camarillo Ranch Wedding

A few weeks ago I photographed Tootsa and Jeff’s wedding at Camarillo Ranch. First off, that is a great venue for photos! There are so many areas to go and the variety is awesome. Everyone loves the red barn and I love how it makes any picture pop, but I’m a sucker for trees and it has a HUGE tree that has amazing roots you can climb on and get some beautiful pictures.

Tootsa and Jeff are such a cool, laid back couple. They were both so at ease the entire day and I can’t remember a time where they weren’t smiling. They had Tiana from Exotic Green Gardens helping them out with the flow of the day but they were on top of everything from the start and it showed with how smooth their wedding went.

Tootsa’s wedding gown has some special little details… the back of it has three buttons, and those three buttons are from three generations. Her grandmother, mother and sister all donated a button from their wedding gowns to put on to Tootsa’s gown. Wedding dresses always have a special meaning for the bride but adding a personalized element really makes the gown a cherished keepsake. You’ll see the photo below of the three generations pointing to their buttons. 🙂

Venue | Camarillo Ranch

Coordinator | Tiana at Exotic Green Garden

Bakery/Dessert | Jamie Cakes

Caterer | Martino’s Catering

DJ/MC & Lighting | DJ Jerry – GTZ Entertainment

Florist | Exotic Green Garden

Hair | LaRouge Hair & Artistry

Makeup | Karima Fuentes (818) 426-1978

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Styled Cigar and Wine Bar Same-Sex Marriage

Here’s a styled shoot I did earlier this year. I wanted to create a wedding for an awesome same-sex couple that had recently been married. I worked with some amazing wedding vendors to help pull the entire look of the wedding together. Melissa at Engaged to Be Wed helped with the vision, organization, and planning. The finished shoot turned out even better than expected and it has already been featured on three different wedding blogs! Here are some of my favorites from the wedding shoot.

Coordinator | Engaged to Be Wed

Venue | Cantara Cellars

Florist | Passion Flowers

Rental Company | Ventura Rental

Stationary | Umama Online

Signage | Splendid Expressions

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