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Modern Geometric Wedding in Los Angeles // Josh + Mel

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Josh and Mel’s beautiful and modern geometric wedding was my final Los Angeles wedding of last year and I couldn’t have been more pleased to end my wedding season with their big day. Not only did this spunky couple decide to include a hand crafted, colorful geometric ceremony backdrop and matching multi colored paper tassel garlands but they also incorporated glass terrariums filled with succulents as their simple yet elegant centerpieces. They spent a lot of time creating fun elements to showcase their personalities within their wedding day — which I absolutely love. I would probably have to say that my favorite two decorative elements of Mel and Josh’s wedding celebration were the custom M and J sprinkled donuts served with dessert and their thank you gifts (hand painted terracotta pots with gold geometric shapes and filled with various succulents). But hands down the best moment of the day for me was watching Josh and Mel take a shot of sake during their ceremony in honor of Mel’s Japanese heritage. Special details and moments like these really stick out and are so memorable to me, not to mention really fun to take pictures of!

Not only was this wedding my last of 2015 but it also took place in my hometown of La Canada Flintridge, right next door to Pasadena. The Thursday Club is a charming clubhouse with a darling courtyard and perfect indoor space for a small celebration. This venue happens to be tucked away in a small neighborhood without much open space for creative portraits but because this was my hometown I knew the perfect spot to take Mel and Josh for some quick sunset portraits right after their ceremony. We barely made it to the top of the mountain before the sun went down but we lucked out and snagged some pretty great golden hour portraits with the bride and groom! The night continued on with a gourmet pizza truck for dinner, lots of dancing, a fun photo booth and time spent with their wonderful guests.

Congratulations Mel and Josh! Thank you for having me along on your special day.

A Year in Review // 2015

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The year is officially ending so I thought I would share some of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2015! I didn’t want to create an unbearably long post as most of these sessions and weddings can be found on my blog already but I think this collection of images nicely sums up the year that I’ve had as a Seattle and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Good people. Amazing stories. Constant traveling. Candid moments. Natural light. Beauty.

This year pushed me and made me a better at what I do. I feel really lucky to be entrusted to document such important moments in people’s lives and create long lasting art that will be treasured in each family for years to come. I’ve learned more about myself along the way as well. I know the kind of clients I truly enjoy and connect with, I know the best lighting situation that speaks to my creativity, I know I love uniqueness and I know I want to continue to explore. Living and working in two cities (LA + Seattle) has been a fun balance and challenge to this last year. Some may think such a commute would be too much but honestly I feel lucky to be able to work in my two favorite cities. Los Angeles will always be home so while I reside in Seattle I most definitely will continue to book weddings in LA. Mainly because I can’t get enough of DTLA, the rolling hills of Malibu and the golden light that Southern California has — there simply isn’t anything that compares!

Looking back at some of the highlights of this last year is almost more for me than the readers of my blog it turns out! During the hustle and bustle of wedding season and then engagement season we as wedding photographers can get lost in all that we’ve done and achieved because we are so busy. So going through my archives and remembering every engagement, every wedding and every personal project only makes me more thankful for the year I’ve had, the wonderful people I’ve met along the way and I’m just so excited for what’s to come next year.