Destination Wedding: Orange, California

Confession: My infatuation for California began as a child. In my head, it was a magical place, filled with possibility. The reality is, I had never been there. I had actually never left too far from my family farm in upstate New York. Years later, in a car packed with stuff and my dad riding shotgun, I drove across country. I believed it was paradise long before I ever arrived. You know what? It fulfilled ALL of my expectations. I loved every day. I loved the weather, the people, the relaxed attitude. My only regret? I never actually got to document a wedding there.

Until now. On a beautiful, warm day in Orange, California, these two lovely souls filled my bucket list. It was a perfect day on so many levels…

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Destination wedding photography

Inevitably, some of my favorite images from a wedding are not from the expected portions of the day (vows, first kiss), but the in-between moments. We were rushing to get to the ceremony and these two were in the office, printing out paperwork. It was a seemingly mundane task, but I followed, doing my typical fly-on-the-wall thing. Then it happened: a quick pause in busy work to hold hands. I love moments like this, it speaks volumes to their connection…

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The bride pulled together varieties from their garden…

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SO MANY gorgeous moments!

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This reveal with the bride’s dad is just gorgeous…

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After an outfit change, there was dinner and drinks at the Orange Hill Restaurant, a beautiful spot with a gorgeous view…

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There is nothing better than when couples make time for a day after session to have some fun in the dress! Newport Beach, here we come!

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I love these shots. They were up for anything, their love is so playful…

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I’ll end with one of my favorites…

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This warm, kind and loving couple, who have touched my heart in so many ways. Thank you both!

Thank you for reaching out to me. Thank you for believing in documentary wedding photography, authentic moments and real life. I have so much love for you both!

I am forever grateful.

xo

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Keeping In Touch

Among my all-time favorite things are the relationships I form with brides, grooms, and their remarkable families. All the planning and preparation, the dozens of emails and texts and phone calls, ends so abruptly. It goes by too fast. I feel a loss after the wedding images are delivered because, well, I’m not afraid to say it, many of these people have my heart. I root for them sitting at my computer when I see their faces in my Facebook feed. I smile when they send me cute photos of their babies. I shriek when I see them at weddings they’ve referred to me. Memories flood my head when I hear a certain song on the radio that triggers moments from a phenomenal wedding I documented. I’ll readily admit, I love these people!

It thrills me they don’t forget about me. I love reconnecting after the wedding to do anniversary sessions, newborn shots or casual family pictures. During the off-season, it’s so much fun to catch up with the great clients I had. I love rehashing the wedding and finding out what’s next for them. I wish I could do more sessions during wedding season, my time vanishes in the summer!

The fact that they even thought of me to document another big moment in their lives leaves my heart full of gratitude. I’m excited to share a few favorite sessions I’ve done recently for some of these outstanding humans…

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Three years ago Jennifer and Peter had one of the most beautiful weddings ever, so I was so excited when they told me they were expecting! These two are total pros by now at getting their photo taken, which is good because we had to shoot quickly, it was freezing out!

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Kelly and Tim are among my all-star couples, I have endless fun with these two, who are also expecting!

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A newborn mini-session for Arica and Craig, who had an unforgettable wedding with an epic party that will go down in history!

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I’ve photographed Deriq’s headshots in 2013 and 2014, so when he mentioned documenting his family I knew they would be as warm and personable as him!

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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture these great moments in your lives!

xo

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Love Story: Caitlin & Josh

There’s something magical that happens after a rainfall. Everything looks more lush. More vibrant. Add a gorgeous couple to these amazing colors? Well, you have yourself a beautiful engagement session at Green Lakes State Park! Caitlin and Josh didn’t care at all that it was raining off and on. To be honest, I don’t even think they noticed! They are so into with each other, happily cuddling and laughing away, it was a delight!

A few favorites…

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I love sunrise sessions because we have the place to ourselves!

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

Doesn’t Caitlin look divine in her polka dot dress? I love a little something that twirls!

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

One of the reasons I love shooting at Green Lakes State Park is that the place is so big, I always find new and interesting angles…

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

Fayetteville, NY engagement photography

Caitlin and Josh, you are so much fun. I love that you love the art of picture taking, I am so humbled and honored! See you SOON on the big day!

xo

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Friday Randoms: Vol. 62

It’s been a long time, toots!

tootsie pops

Does anyone still make a wish when they discover a shooting star on the wrapper of Tootsie Roll pops? Or, is this just something I got from a junior high friend and have carried it with me forever? (Thanks, Beth!)

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Last month I went to DC, Montreal and Los Angeles back to back to back. Here’s what I know: it is impossible for me to exercise when I am traveling that much, the workouts are not happening! Do any of you find time to workout and eat right when you’re traveling? If so, help me!

calendarThe running calendar (above) is normally double what it is for the month of May. I’ve been such a slacker, and I’m bummed my Boilermaker time will be embarrassing yet again (but cheers to consistency!). Here’s the thing: I get to the airport insanely early, I would totally pay money to run on a treadmill for an hour. There just doesn’t seem to be any gyms at the airports I got to (there ARE, however, lots of carbs, which do take my attention). There’s my million dollar idea. Run with it. (See what I did there?)

jeans

I was shopping for toddler jeans recently and they have more style of jeans than adults. I just needed “normal.” Not skinny-bootcut-extra flare-mid rise-athletic cut…just normal toddler fit. Doesn’t exist.

mug

My friend got me the coolest mug ever and it’s perfect! Thanks Meredith! (Check out her books, she’s wicked smart)

Guess who made the most of their out of state travels? I’ve got lots of “illegal in New York State” sparklers, brides! Let’s take some pics!

Shahins book

One of my favorite peeps has a new book out so check it out! (I did her head shots) The layout and photographs are gorgeous! And I just saw the book at Whole Foods, amazing!

This website is pretty cool, and totally random, so I think it is up your alley! It profiles various artists doing unique things.

reeses

If nothing else, I know you all come here to get candy updates. And in fact I DO have one for you! Reese’s has a new flavor (sort of)! They combine my two favorite things! pb cups and Reese’s Pieces! Kindly tell me if you have found it somewhere! This is an all-points bulletin! I get all my candy news here, by the way.

That’s it, I have no doubt you have had enough!

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