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French Estate Wedding | Brittany + Rey | Orange, California

I’ve typed and retyped this thing a dozen times because I literally don’t know where to start with these two!! Their engagement session was our first official meeting and those can be a little intimidating initially, but Brittany and Rey were just so sweet and fun to be around, it didn’t even feel like I was working at all. It was the BEST thing ever and I left our shoot even more excited to for their wedding day, which of courseee was just as amazing as they are.

Their day was just so full of HAPPY from start to finish and really made me love what I do even more. One of my favorite moments was during the ceremony when Rey tried to kiss Brittany after saying his vows (before they were announced husband and wife) and the officiant was like “no, not yet!” and Brittany started laughing SO HARD. She has one of those super contagious laughs/smiles so of course all the guests were laughing too and I couldn’t stop cheesing behind my camera either. Those photos are shown in the gallery below and are some of my favorites from the whole day because they make me smile so much.

Throughout the rest of the day,  I kept catching little “hey, we’re married” glances/hugs/smiles/kisses between the two newly weds and it was the cutest thing ever. I’m pretty much obsessed with them. On top of everything, Brittany made me feel so welcome and appreciated during the day (HER day) and completely trusted me in my work. That is something that means so much to me!

Keep scrolling to see all the photos from this happy, love-filled day!

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Joshua Tree Couples Session | Aiko + Ramiro

Aiko and Ramiro are seriously the cutest ever and our shoots together are always so fun! For this session, we met up in Joshua Tree National Park, one of my favorite locations ever. All I really have to say is that I’m obsessed with all these photos so just scroll down to see them for yourself!

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We ended the evening taking some birthday photos for Aiko in the most gorgeous dress and of course balloons were involved. Click here to see it!

Point Dume Elopement Inspiration | Malibu Photographer


Point Dume is hands down my top favorite place to shoot in Malibu. The first time I was here, I photographed a proposal (click here to see those photos), and I KNEW I had to come back again soon so I decided to use this location for a styled elopement shoot. I asked Jordan if she and her boyfriend would be down to model for me, Simran offered to do makeup, and the Casablanca Bridal team let us borrow one of their dresses. We kept everything else pretty simple (no elaborate tablescape or anything) but I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!

Jordan is already gorgeous, but after Simran worked her makeup magic and she put on the dress, she looked amazinggggg (and of course Alex looked great too haha). The light was nice and dreamy even when we first arrived, and it just kept getting better and better as the sun continued to go down. We made our way to the cliffs that run along the edge of the coast, shot at a few spots as we went, and then eventually all stopped to kind of just take in the sunset. Scroll down to see for yourself just how pretty is was.

Photographer: Carrie Rogers Photography
Couple: Jordan + Alex
Makeup: Simran Oberoi
Dress: Casablanca Bridal

Azusa Canyon Engagement Session | Ashley + Chris | California Wedding Photographer

Ashley and Chris are such a sweet couple and I feel so blessed that I get to work with them!! Their engagement session was so fun and considering we couldn’t find a bathroom on the way to the location, I’m honestly surprised no one peed their pants with all the laughing we did hahaha. So excited for their wedding in March!

PS: there’s more #piggybackfunnies (refer to last blog post if confused) at the end so make sure to scroll all the way down ;)

Joshua Tree Couples Session | Mike + Zo'e | Adventurous Wedding + Elopement Photographer

Okay, I know I just posted the elopement shoot I did with these two, but we also took photos in another outfit and there’s too many that I love so I have to share them here, too!!

Please scroll to the end for #piggybackfunnies.
(I literally just decided I’m making that a new hashtag hahaha)

Joshua Tree Boho Styled Elopement | California Elopement Photographer

Joshua Tree National Park is the PERFECT backdrop for a romantic desert elopement and the sunsets there are some of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. These photos are the best proof I can give you!

Zo’e is a model babe for real for real but I think we can all agree her husband Mike is also a model?! I love the hashtag she’s been using on instagram: #getmikeysigned hahaha. Seriously, they were just amazing to photograph together and so much fun!! Oh, and the FLOWERS. Ale created the dreamiest floral arrangements that complimented the desert colors and the overall theme of our shoot so perfectly!! *heart eyes*

Photography: Carrie Rogers Photography
Florals: Aquarela Gifts and Flowers
Couple: Zo’e and Mike Cole
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Tux: The Black Tux

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Want photos like this but don’t want to miss out on spending your wedding day with all your friends and family? Schedule an adventure session sometime after your wedding (or before — early first look, anyone??) in an epic location that’s special to the two of you! Any excuse to put your dress back on is a good idea, right??

Wendell + Naela - Palm Springs Engagement Session

This was one of the most fun engagement sessions I've ever had! Jesse came with me for the road trip and we hopped in the car with these two as soon as we met up and drove around to find a few spots to take photos (with a slushy stop in between). It was sooo hot (as can be expected from a desert town in mid-summer) but we still managed to get some great shots and had an awesome time too! We ended the night with sushi and drinks and Wendell and Naela showed us around the downtown area. Pretty perfect first Palm Springs experience if you ask me. Hopefully we all get to hang out together again soon!!

Matt + Wendy - El Matador Beach Proposal

I've been trying to write this blog for like two days and I've decided that Wendy did a much better job of explaining the story than I can LOL.

Basically, Matt planned this "photoshoot" for Wendy that would eventually turn into an engagement session after he surprised her by jumping in during the shoot and PROPOSING. It was really fun to be a part of the surprise even though I was nervous about giving it away the whole time haha. Scroll down to see some of the photos!!

And check out Wendy's blog here.


THE PROPOSAL

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January 2018 Styled Shoot

YOU GUYS. I'm so excited to finally share these!! This was my very first styled wedding shoot ever and I'm so happy with how it turned out! I had been wanting to do one of these for a while because it's my dream to shoot weddings regularly and having just moved to a new state I really wanted to build connections in the industry. Julia (from KC Hopper Invites) contacted me at the perfect time back in November so we decided to start planning this together right away! She makes beautiful invitations and stationery in addition to custom laser cut wood pieces. The menu shown in the second photo below is one of my favorites! 

We found an amazing florist, cake shop, and event decor specialist to collaborate with us and they worked together to create not just one, but TWO beautiful table set ups. I LOVED photographing all the little details. We held our shoot at the University Club of Pasadena and I still can't get over how great they are. Kelli, the director of catering, and all of the other employees were so kind to us and even fed us before we left (5 stars from me).  

Our models Miles and Aimee, are a real married couple and of course they were adorable and fun to work with. The gown Aimee is wearing was made by a local dress designer and her hair and makeup was done by the talented Carla Chacon. We also had a videographer there as well, so stay tuned for the video coming soon!  

Below are photos are from one of the two different themes we created, but I will be posting photos from the second one on my Instagram soon! Check out the list of vendors at the end of this post to see everyone involved.

Huge thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this shoot such a success!

Photography: Carrie Rogers Photography
Event Decor: Beyond Perfection Events
Stationery & Signs: KC Hopper Invites
Florals: Aquarela Gifts & Flowers
Cake: Sweet Nothings Cake Shop
Venue: University Club of Pasadena
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Carla
Dress: Sew in Love Couture by Jeanette Johnson
Models: Aimee & Miles Matias
Videographer: Jordan Walsh Films