Category Archives: Destination Weddings

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Andrea and Tom’s Wedding, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

I got my start photographing weddings in Massachusetts, so when Andrea and Tom contacted me to fly out and shoot their wedding on Cape Cod, I was very excited to revisit my old stomping grounds. Since I was out there for the weekend, I did a quick engagement session with them before their rehearsal dinner in Sandwich, where they treated all the guests (including me and my assistant photographer) to a clambake with fresh lobster.  Did I mention how much I loved working with Andrea and Tom?!?  Seriously, lobster fresh from New England (it was an extravagant treat I wasn’t expecting)!!

The next day was their wedding day and the bride and groom started their preparations at the Blue Water Resort in South Yarmouth. Their ceremony was close by at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and then we headed to the reception at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Because Tom and Andrea wanted to fit in a “trash the dress” session, but had to catch an early flight for their honeymoon, we got up and did their day after session at the crack of dawn the next day. It was an intense weekend of work, but it was a ton of fun.  Andrea and Tom were such troupers in the rain!  It was such a pleasure to visit and photograph on the Cape again, with the salty air and little shingled cottages everywhere.  Thank you Tom and Andrea for flying me out there!

Molly and Josh’s Wedding, Firestone Winery, Santa Ynez

Molly and Josh came to me as referrals from past wedding couple Anne Marie and Brian (pictured below with the sparklers), who I incidentally met on a flight while going to shoot a destination wedding in Hawaii several years ago.  Our plane had some engine problems and our flight had to make an emergency landing back in LA.  It’s funny how one nightmare flight on the way to shoot one wedding has led to me working with some truly wonderful clients (so I guess I should thank American Airlines for the faulty engine!).

Anyway, I was excited to work with Molly and Josh who were married on a beautiful sunny day at Firestone Vineyards.  Coordinator Cori Lassahn of Avante Events did an amazing job pulling all the details together.  Ambient Event Design did the décor, and the stunning flowers were designed by Tricia Fountaine Design, whose work is nothing short of breathtaking.  Catering was by the always scrumptious Pure Joy Catering.  The band Tijuana Dogs also made the long trip up from Orange county and literally rocked the reception- it was quite the celebration!

Britt and Mark’s Wedding, Parker Palm Springs

Mark and Britt are both artistic, smart and ultra-liberal, so the Parker Palm Springs was the perfect venue for their wedding.  Uber-chic and yet laid-back, their wedding felt effortlessly stylish and bohemian cool (despite the sweltering heat). Britt is a huge fan of croquet, so it was a given that they got married on the Parker’s outdoor croquet lawn.  Mark and Britt’s wedding had so many fun details, but one detail that I loved was that they passed out Cuban cigars for everyone to enjoy during the cocktail hour.  What a fun wedding and fun couple!

Here are a few of the vendors that contributed to their day:

Venue: Parker Palm Springs

Flowers: Artisan Events

Reception Decor: Signature Rentals

Photobooth: Classic Photo Booth

Carrie and Andrew’s Wedding, Firestone Winery, Santa Ynez

This is a wedding that I did a little while ago, but I always love the relaxed elegance of weddings up in the Santa Ynez wine country, so I wanted to make sure this wedding made it onto my blog.  The ceremony took place at the Old Mission Santa Ines and the reception was held at the Firestone Crossroads Estate.  The coordination was done by Joy of Joy de Vivre and the catering was by Pure Joy Catering (one of my all-time favorite catering companies).

Tiffany and Brad’s Wedding, Montecito, CA

It’s an honor when a fellow wedding photographer asks you to photograph their wedding, so when Tiffany and Brad asked me to cover their special day, I was naturally very excited.  The couple chose to keep their nuptials private, so for their wedding coverage I went to an estate in Montecito for the day to capture the bride’s preparation, their portraits, and all the beautiful details.  Here’s a little bit of what I captured:

Esther and Francis Wedding, Rancho Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Esther and Francis both arrived from Nebraska (where they both practice medicine) and were blessed with gorgeous weather for their wedding at Rancho Capistrano, which is a romantic venue with neat little Spanish accents in Orange County.   As a wedding photographer, it’s always fun to see the blending of different cultures, so I loved how they mixed elements from Esther’s Korean background along with American wedding traditions, and of course hot sauce (as favors) from Belize (for Francis).  Colette’s Catering created a stunning cake (check out the detail- it looks like a work of art!) and Robinson’s flowers did an amazing job on the flowers.  They had their first dance at dusk, then quickly changed into traditional Korean wedding attire for a Korean tea ceremony, and then rocked the rest of the night away!

 

Michelle and Eric – Santa Barbara Mission and Bacara Resort, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places to work- the light has a quality to it that is just magical and I love the laid-back feel of it, too.  

Michelle and Eric were married at the historic and iconic Old Mission of Santa Barbara, and the reception was held at the luxurious Bacara Resort.  From the weather, to the bride, to the ballroom, it was a beautiful day all around and 5th Avenue Music kept the guests rocking well into the evening!

 

 


Connie and Adam- Destination Wedding, Dreams Resort, Cancun Mexico

Most people don’t like to travel for work, but I really can’t complain when clients ask me to photograph their weddings in places like the Mexican Riviera (or Mayan Riviera).   It was such an honor to capture their special day, along with an intimate group of family and friends who gathered there from around the world.  From a photographic perspective, it’s always nice to be in a new location, and it helps when everything is so vibrant and colorful!

Something else that was fun and exciting about Connie and Adam’s wedding was shooting their “Trash the Dress” session on the beach.  For those not familiar with the concept, the bride and groom purposefully “trash” the dress after all the formality (and stress!) of the wedding is finally over.  It was a blast and so much fun to capture!