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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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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