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Calamigos ranch wedding

Karla and Stephen had their Calamigos Ranch wedding on a beautiful summer day and it was nothing short of bohemian inspired perfection. From bridesmaids dresses in the perfect shades of purple, the dainty flower crowns that all the ladies wore, and Karla’s dress that OMG had to have been dreamed up with her specifically in mind, every single detail of this wedding is sure to make your boho loving heart skip a beat. The mastermind behind Dorothy Rose Events helped pull Karla and Stephen’s vision together with the help of Seabreeze flowers and if you ask me, I think they did a pretty incredible job. While I’m partial to the whole event from start to finish, I’d have to say that I absolutely loved the circular display made of greenery that was hung from the branches above the sign in table. It stopped me in my tracks and was such a great way to add something unexpected and fun to the space! Another highlight of the day for me is when I snuck the couple away for their sunset photos. Now some of you may not know this, but Calamigos Ranch has multiple event spaces on their property and at any one time multiple events can be going on. When you reserve your wedding space you are only allowed to be in that designated area during your event, no wandering allowed. It makes sense, they don’t want people interfering with other people’s parties. I get it. It
normally wouldn’t  have been an issue of any kind except that I already had been daydreaming of taking photos in front of the famous Ferris wheel. I’m an upstanding citizen, I follow the rules, I don’t speed (too much), and I generally don’t like making people mad but something in me just needed to make these photos happen. Yes, it meant very gently bending the rules, but c’mon, it’s a Ferris wheel, people! We slowly left our designated space and make our way to the location I couldn’t get out of my mind. We made our way to the grassy field that sits in front of the Ferris wheel and with the biggest smile on my face I began to shoot. The sun was streaming down behind them and onto us and for a moment I might have heard angels singing. Unfortunately, it took all but 60 seconds for someone to spot us and head over to us to ask us to move. I pretended not to hear them (A move that I’ve picked up from my kids!) and it bought us an additional 30 seconds of shooting time. With that huge smile still on my face, I apologized and we left. I still got to capture some more sunset photos as we headed back to the reception but for a few short minutes near the Ferris wheel I pushed the rules to give my clients something that I knew they would love and I’d do it all over again!

Lavender Bridal bouquet by Petals and Seabreeze

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Venue: Calamigos Ranch – Coordinator: Dorothy Rose Events – Music: DJ Kamayo Entertainment – Floral design: Petals and Sea Breeze – Cake: MMCreamery – Photobooth: Viral Booth Orange County

San Francisco engagement session

Brittany and Andy are getting married at the Kunde Family Winery in just under a month and I CANT WAIT!!! It was such a joy getting to run around Crissy Field and the Sutro Baths with them during their San Francisco engagement session. The whole shoot was over the top amazing and included a few of my favorite things, a wonderfully in love couple, a breathtaking location, and some pretty petals to push things to over the top perfection. Spending that time with them just confirmed what I already thought to be
true, this dynamic duo isn’t just gorgeous, they are also two completely kind and wonderfully warm people too. The countdown is on for their August nuptials, I can’t wait to see these two become Mr. & Mrs. and I’m also pretty thrilled to see what kind of loveliness the talented Mae Flowers creates. The bouquet that she crafted for Brittany and Andy’s e-sesh made my flower loving heart skip a beat.

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Romantic Ranch wedding in San Luis Obispo : Christine and Brent

I still remember talking to Christine for the first time. I think it took all but two seconds for her bubbly personality and overwhelming love for Brent to come pouring through the line and I immediately felt a connection. I excitedly listened as she told me about how her and Brent reconnected in San Diego after college. They had met at Cal Poly SLO, but they now both found themselves in San Diego, and before you knew it a friendship turned into much more. I loved hearing about what she was envisioning for her Higuera Ranch wedding. At that time, her venue was brand new to the area and I couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer. I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding and thankfully,
she felt the same. As the months rolled by my excitement only grew as Higuera Ranch has turned into one of my go to spots for shoots. The venue boasts golden hills, open fields, a rustic barn, beautiful trees, a sweet little vineyard that’s just perfect for photos, and even tons of space for everyone to stay the whole weekend. The wedding day rolled around and I was working at a venue that I adored, with a couple that I had fallen in love with and with vendors that feel more like family (lots of love to my girls at Danae Grace Events and Precious and Blooming!) I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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Venue: Higuera Ranch – Coordinator: Danae Grace Events – Videographer: Mawwiage Films – Florist: Precious and Blooming – Catering: Pacific Harvest – Desserts: Paper Cake Events – Rentals: All About Events – Bar furniture rentals : Central Coast Tent and Party – Specialty rentals : Scout Rental Co – Hair and makeup: The Queens Bees – DJ: SOS Entertainment – Photobooth/Lighting: Kramer Events – Linens: La Tyvola Linens – Rehearsal dinner: Gusto On The Go – Film processing: Photovision

  • Jess - Beautiful photos!! Do you happen to know who the designer is of the bridesmaid dresses?ReplyCancel