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The first time I met Ilyce and Daniel was the day they got engaged. The next few months were a whirlwind of wedding plans, happy jitters, and planning for their future. They found out Daniel had been accepted to medical school on the East Coast so their wedding became a going away party for their closest friends & family as well. It was a perfect May day filled with happy tears and the sweetest, sentimental details put together by the bride. Daniel and Ilyce are the kind of couple that make you believe in soul mates, and I couldn’t be more grateful they asked me to capture their intimate celebration! Congratulations & love you two!
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Mara and Matt were engaged for almost three years. They met in New York and knew right away they wanted to get married. They jumped into wedding planning, putting together a traditional New York wedding with everything from the ballroom to huge flower arrangements and 250 guests. But something felt wrong. She wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their unique relationship + love for each other and that surely wasn’t a big wedding. So they threw away those plans and kept living the engaged life, waiting for something to feel “right.”

They started playing with the idea of eloping and one day decided to just go for it. It would need to be close to the ocean because the two of them spent so many early mornings watching the sunrise together. Italy sounded like a dream, but they wanted their family to be able to attend.

Late last year they stumbled across Big Sur and immediately knew they wanted to elope there. They found a gorgeous home to rent, booked me as their photographer, and told a select group of friends and family in case they wanted to make the journey with them.

Their elopement became a small, intimate wedding because of how much LOVE surrounded them! Their family was so happy to forget the traditional wedding and go along with this adventure. The entire day was filled with tears and so much joy for these two people joining their lives. Mara and Matt, I am so grateful for the two of you inviting me to tell your story. Your elopement was an absolute dream and I’m looking forward to photographing your family in the years to come.

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Nicole and Jason offered to model for a coaching session I taught last week. From her sweet style and New York accent to his trademark smirk and eyes he couldn’t take off of her, every moment of their mini engagement session was filled with love. In the middle of my teaching, the two of them practiced their favorite dancing-in-the-kitchen moves and instantly stole my heart. I am so grateful to know them and am excited to share a few favorite images:

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So here’s the thing: our honeymoon was actually seven months ago. We went to Hawaii and I decided to bring an old 35mm film camera instead of my “real one”. It was so fun to be in the moment and capture some memories in this sweet & simple way. But somehow in between home projects, holidays, work, and just life in general, I never developed the film. Until this week! I sent the rolls in to The FIND Lab and today these pretty memories flooded in to my inbox.

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Within a week of their engagement, there was an email in my inbox from Nicole asking me to be her wedding photographer. There was no date or venue, but she had known for a while who she wanted to document their wedding day (cue all my happy-photographer tears.)

I was privileged to meet and work with Nicole during college, and then photograph her family back in California a couple years ago. This was the first time I met Colton and right away I could see that the two of them just make sense. Despite their crazy heigh difference 😉 , they fit together like two pieces of a whole. Every big moment from the past five years has been celebrated with the two of them hand in hand; from graduations, new jobs, and moves across the country (including the move they are currently making this week!)

For their engagement session, Nicole envisioned something natural and easygoing. The two of them grew up by the ocean but also fell in love with the mountains in Flagstaff. I suggested we take a drive starting deep in Malibu canyon and chasing that gorgeous sunset light down to the beach.  Last weekend we did exactly that and it could not have been more perfect.

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