The beauty of working with a couple over a long period of time, is that in the end, I get to call them friends.  That is definitely the case with Hope and David!  These two have been together for several years and so, when they started to plan for their wedding day, they wanted to make it everything they had dreamed of!  From their wedding ceremony at Laguna Village to their amazing reception at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills the day was planned to perfection.  The best part for me, was getting to shoot the “Day After” portraits.  That is right, the beautiful Hope put her dress back on and actually got into the ocean.  Not bad for a gal who had really enjoyed the party the night before.  I am so bless to do something I truely love and Hope and David…. I truely loved you two!  Enjoy!

Wedding Planning: An All Inclusive Event

Makeup: Makeup by Berit

Reception Hotel: The Hills, in Laguna Hills

Florist: Chris from Paradise Delight in Newport

Hairstyling by: Rhandi at Total Image Salon in Diamond Bar

Great food, great music and an unbelievable view perfectly describes Connie and Mike’s beach front wedding by An All Inclusive Event.  Although Connie had a little hair emergency and we had an extremely high tide for the wedding portraits, the wedding went off without a hitch!  It was so sweet to see Connie with her Dad, and her Dad with all his grandkids.   There is a lot of love in this family!   Enjoy!

After last year’s bummer summer weather, I am so thrilled at the gorgeous evenings we have been having at the beach.  It is the perfect lighting for anyone, families, engaged couples, kids, weddings…. the list goes on and on.  It was back to the Blue Sky’s office with me (you know, my beach front, get your toes wet, office) with several gorgeous engagement sessions over the last few weeks.  These two flew over from Vegas to take care of their last minute wedding details with An All Inclusive Event, and to get some beautiful portraits on the beach.  I had a blast playing with a new lighting set up and enjoying the beach in an almost private setting!  Enjoy!

My first thought on arriving at the Surf and Sand to photograph Kirk, his family and his groom’s men, was…. who is using those amazing cars for their wedding.  Lucky me!  It was Kirk and Kristen.   Although the skies were overcast, it was a beautiful, warm day.  Perfect for an outdoor wedding at Laguna Village, An All Inclusive Event!  We made our way down to the bridal suite to find Kristen and her gals, a little nervous but so excited.  Let me just say this.. her wedding dress was spectacular!  I know she worked really hard dieting and exercising before her big day to look breathtaking in her wedding dress, and all I can say is Mission Accomplished.   The ceremony was so lovely and sweet.  You can see, and feel, from the ceremony photography how much these two really love each other.   Kristen was such a good sport to follow me down to the beach (even though in her words she is NOT a nature person).  I know it was worth it!  Enjoy some of the highlights from their wedding day!

To view more images, enjoy Kristen and Kirk’s Highlight video!


The day started just a little gloomy and we feared perhaps the rain would come in….but by the afternoon, true to May Gray’s form, the sun was breaking through the clouds.  The great news for both Sarah and Shawn was that the overcast light was a perfect compliment to the bright colors they chose for their wedding at Laguna Village.    Not to mention that everyone looks beautiful in wedding photographs that are taken in soft, even light!  Sarah’s two boys helped her get ready and fussed about as if they were the parents for the day.  Sarah, surrounded by her friends and adoring parents, looked beautiful.  Shawn, although a little nervous, was beaming.   Emily and I really enjoyed the beautiful day… topped off by a crazy good dance from Sarah’s son and Mom!  Enjoy!