southern california weddings

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! 

Taylor + Delainey // Temecula Coach House, Temecula CA

Taylor and Delainey were simply a dream to work with! I got to hear their story of the special engagement organized after a double digit hike to a mountain top. The clouds opened up a bit just at the right time for Taylor to propose. We did some adventuring around Jenks Lake for their save the dates and engagement session, it took a bit but Delainey came out of her shell and Taylor made her smile the entire time! Finally, the day of their wedding.. the support and love from family and friends was overflowing. So much greenery at their venue and Delainey was a classic beauty; she honestly didn't need much to glow as she was beautiful just as she is! 

Travis + Ashley \\ Camp Round Meadow, Jenks Lake, Big Bear, CA

Get Ready for a RIDE because Travis and Ashley have booked a cabin for you at CAMP ROUND MEADOW, a.k.a. their WEDDING!!

 

How amazing to have an entire camp to yourself, in the woods and you get to walk down the aisle among family, friends and pine trees! These 2 gorgeous people committed their life and love to one another and provided a timeless memory for every single person that attended! Not only was this wedding beautiful but so was the bride! Ashley is very non traditional but you'd never know from the dress she was wearing. Elegance through and through... I will say it over and over again, this wedding kept my jaw dropping because not everyone gets the opportunity to say "I Do" in a meadow, with mountains full of snow while all their loved ones watch. Congratulations Ashley and Travis!!

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!

Darren + Venessa // Desert Falls Country Club, Palm Desert, CA

Sitting down with Darren and Venessa, you get a sense of complete relaxation. They are chill, they are funny and they go with the flow. Avid travelers and a beautiful love you can see whenever they look at one another. On their special day I was greeted by the best wedding planner AnnMarie! From there it went off without a hitch, beautiful color scheme, a golden sunset and our GORGEOUS BRIDE walking down the aisle. It was a dream with the most amazing full moon while they danced the night away! Congratulations to this amazing couple, we were honored to be part of your special day!

 

Randy + Yvette \\ Pala Mesa Wedding

Meeting Randy and Yvette in 2016, I never expected to be part of such a beautiful and meaningful day. But after our meeting and first session of Holiday family portraits; it was meant to be. I was asked to capture their most important day; the day they were to be married. Once I arrived at the venue, I was absolutely stunned. Pala Mesa Resort does not disappoint from the aisle, décor and beautiful surrounding hills, to the bridal suite there was nothing short of beauty. Yvette made a beautiful bride, she wore a stunning fitted bridal gown along with navy blue converse "chucks" (my kinda gal)! Randy looked very handsome in the most perfect blue suit and their smiles never left their face. The entire night I have not seen such love from everyone - I was constantly being hugged and thanked (and I wasn't even the one getting married *insert blushing and laughter). This one was absolutely for the books, sending so much love and blessings to Randy and Yvette. xo -Amber Linn