I met Sayoko for the first time on a beautiful evening last year at The Promenade in Santa Monica. Up walked this beautiful petite blonde who was laid back, sweet, and fun. When she and Josh booked their wedding with me, I knew that if it was anything like Sayoko, it would be a true pleasure to photograph...and it was. Sayoko and Josh's wedding was held at the BEAUTIFUL Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley, a bit of paradise tucked along the mountains between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Dirt roads, giant oak trees, lavender fields, and olive tree groves surrounded Sayoko, Josh, and their friends and family as they committed their lives to eachother. Sayoko wore a wedding dress that would make any girl swoon and her bridesmaids were gorgeous in a dusty, blush pink. Josh and his guys were hilarious, making me laugh time and time again. The way that Josh looked at Sayoko as she walked down the aisle? I'm pretty sure that would make any girl feel weak in the knees.
Thank you Sayoko and Josh for choosing me as your wedding photographer and allowing me to be a part of such a classy, relaxed day. I left your wedding feeling so in love with what I do.
Sayoko wanted to do a "first look" with her dad. I admit that I photographed this through blurry, teary eyes. I lost my dad in December, so it really touched my heart to see a daughter so close with her daddy.
Sayoko and her dad did a nice traditional father/daughter...and then busted a move!
Jennifer and Rick began their love story at the happiest place on Earth - Disneyland! Rick had arranged for one of the cartoon artists to create a "Will you marry me" drawing and as they sat there, Jen didn't suspect a thing. Sure, as people were walking by they were grinning extra large at them (since they could see the drawing), but she had no idea. When the artist turned it around for Jen to see, Rick got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes, of course ;) Jen and Rick got married at the St. Margaret Mary Parish in Chino and then we headed over to the Royal Vista Golf Club in the city of Walnut for the reception. I loved, loved, loved their entire bridal party - everyone was so genuine and fun! The guests enjoyed a photobooth, a candy bar, great music, and tons of great food. The entire wedding was truly a joy to photograph. Just like Jen and Rick, it was super laid back and "go with the flow" and I felt right at home!
Jen had this little coin taped to the inside of her shoe. Love!
Jen's twin nieces made for fun little photo subjects and they obviously adore their aunt!
Uh-oh...bridezilla alert! Or not ;)
...and a big thank you to my 2nd photographer, Anita! Couldn't have done it without you, chick!