southern california wedding

David + Leslie // Temeku Canyon Country Club, Temecula California

Leslie and I go way back…. like 1998 and it hasn’t always been such a good relationship (but don’t worry, it ended up GREAT). After all the trials and tough spots we’ve gone through I can honestly say we’ve ended up in such a good place! Not just with one another as friends but in life! Leslie has found love, or I must say love has found her and his name is David. Awww… What an honor it was when Leslie asked me to photograph her wedding. I get giddy when I am part of my friends’ huge life moments like a wedding! I get be part of it in such a way where I get to gift them with their most precious memories. So please sit back, relax and take a peek into David and Leslie’s sweet wedding day xo!

In Love Session at the Lake + Idyllwild, CA

Over the Summer I decided to take a break from Wedding photography. Many of you know that I work full time and I run my photography business on the weekends. My goal was to escape the heat that comes with living in the Palm Springs, CA area and learn to rest. My mentality is to always go go go, and I am not quite sure why. But sitting still for me,  unless I am asleep is pretty difficult. So with the break I decided to dive into growing my business and I was hit with a rude and painful awakening. It's called Self Comparison, who's heard of it. With down time I had MORE time to pay attention to the talented creatives around me. Even virtually I was bombarded with gorgeous images and immediately started to compare. What came of that was a lot of insecurity, doubt and sadness. 

 

I'm not one to wallow so I decided to take my downtime and dabble in other creative ventures, obviously I would never put down my camera - it's my true love and passion. So instead I started to use it for my own creative happiness and from the ground up I pursued photography sessions that filled my heart, added to my growth and had me leaving with a feeling of happiness instead of self sabotaging doubt. Here's one of sessions that really met my needs in ways that I am happy to share. My first step was imagination; I wanted water, a lake and someone who would be happy to play in it if asked. Then I decided to take a look at loving couples who I've had a great energy connection too. Lastly I decided to use lenses that I've put away for awhile and start to challenge myself to get different angles, and looks with them. Here is my most recent session. I left feeling totally clear and fresh and so darn happy! 

Josh + April // Miramonte Resort & Intimate Wedding, La Quinta, CA

Oh my gosh I have so much to say about Josh and April! They had an intimate, back yard wedding on the most beautiful, golden, cloudy days. Their venue included beautiful citrus trees, succulents, a shimmering pool, macrame and Rose Quartz Crystals. I knew instantly April was a stickler for the small, beautiful momentos... the ones that bring back instantaneous memories and this day was no exception. Everything down to her mermaid hair, was beautifully thought out and most were hand made. What I remember most are their vows. They were soulfully written and said from the heart while they choked back a little bit of the tears! I am so so so glad they can relive this day everytime they look back on their gallery, I mean... if I get this teary eyed looking at the images I can just imagine what they see. *Be Still MY HEART!

Eric + Amanda // Ironwood Country Club + Palm Desert, CA

What can I say about this sweet couple? The first thing that comes to my mind is that they waited so long to find their most perfect love... and as they were standing at the alter I saw how deeply and madly in love they are! From the hand holding in Redlands for their engagement session to the cotton pink sunset on their wedding day. Their gaze hardly left one another, I didn't know them very long but my heart was so happy for them! This traditional church wedding and the country club reception was just stunning, and every family member had a part in making it just perfect for Eric and Amanda. Wishing them all the best in life, I feel honored to have been able to capture their special day!

Cameron + Cheyenne \\ Jack Rabbit Ranch, Big Bear, CA

Let me tell you; if there ever was a time where we immediately connected, it was the night we met Cameron and Cheyenne. As these 2 love birds lived quite a ways away from us, we decided to meet in the middle at our most favorite spot in Redlands called the STATE. It overlooks the historic main street in Redlands, and the ambiance is one that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Upon our first encounter, I wanted to be able to work and capture the most perfect memories for Cameron and Cheyenne. They were a little bit of edgy, quirky and definitely kind. Just take a look, their wedding encompassed their personalities to a "T"! Red and Black, wedding bliss on Friday the 13th in Big Bear, CA on the most perfect ranch. This was such a fun wedding, amidst nature with loving family during sunset.