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Palos Verdes Bridal Portraits // Devaun + Craig

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You may remember these two from their dreamy Laguna Beach engagement session last year and we are back again, but this time with some Los Angeles bridal portraits!

Both Devaun and Craig grew up in different states and they were planning an Arizona wedding but because they met, fell in love and were living in Southern California they decided to do all of their pre-wedding photos here! Lucky for me! So for their formal session before their big day arrived we headed out to Palos Verdes to seek out some rad cliffs, ocean views and fields of greenery – and we found all three! I had actually been dying to get out to the South Bay and shoot some Palos Verdes bridals ever since I came out to LA, so this was a dream come true for me! And to top it all off, Craig looked so sharp in his fitted suit while Devaun was just glowing in her custom made J Crew wedding dress made complete with a short veil and bundle of fresh blooms.

Documenting happy couples on such important days of their lives is such an honor and a blessing. It doesn’t hurt to have the most fantastic people as clients either!

Doing a bridal or formal session before the wedding day is a really common occurrence in the LDS wedding world. Brides and Grooms most often get married one of the many Mormon temples and typically don’t have enough time on their wedding day to venture out to a different location to take portraits. Therefore, many couples plan ahead and take the majority of their bride and groom shots a week or so before their big day ensuring that they got to take photos together in a setting that they wanted. While of course I realize this isn’t an ideal scenario for every couple, it is something to think about when sorting out timelines and hourly coverage for a wedding!

West Seattle Bride // Bohemian Beach Vibes

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As many of you know, I have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest where I am now exploring life as a Seattle wedding photographer! While I am still down in Los Angeles and Southern California every month, I now call Seattle home and I am loving this opportunity to explore the Emerald City!

So as a part of moving to a new city it is important to find unique locations for future sessions! And one of the first places I was able to shoot was in West Seattle right along the waterfront. My dear friend, who is also a wedding photographer in Seattle, and I decided to do a quick styled bridal shoot on the beach with Emily, our beautiful model! With used a similar Free People dress, a bundle of fresh foliage and my very own veil to add a bit more detail and softness! Emily came with some awesome leather boots on and we decided to leave those on to add some ruggedness as well. The sun was shining and it was a breezy morning which lent to some amazing bridal portraits by the sea!

If you haven’t been to Seattle then let me tell you a secret – the beaches here are so beautiful. Coming from LA I am used to the long stretches of sand like Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach offer, but in Washington state the beaches are much smaller and typically filled with pebbles and washed up tree trunks. So charming, I know! I am also a huge fan of all of the greenery EVERYWHERE, literally, everywhere. Just pull to the side of basically any road and I’m pretty confident you will find a magical place for a portrait session. Don’t believe me? Come visit and you’ll see!

Next up on my list to start meeting other wedding vendors and getting more familiar with some Seattle wedding venues in the area! If any of you have great recommendations for me to check out as I continue to explore my new home please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email HERE! And if you are a Seattleite yourself and would like to meet up for coffee at one of the million charming coffee shops throughout the city please drop me a line as well!

12 March, 2015 - 10:51 pm

Stacee Lianna - I want to be as good as you when I grow up! These are stunning!! <3