Abbot Manor Photography: Tara + Jay Wedding

Since I'm finally catching up on blogging, I wanted to share this super sweet wedding from last year. Tara + Jay are such a wonderful couple and I adore spending time with them. Their wedding was beautiful, relaxed and filled with love from family and friends. They even made me cry a bunch of times! Venue: Abbott Manor in Temecula Hair and Makeup by Melody Tara's dress was designed by her and made by her mother Jays suit: Custom order from Proper Suit Cake: Ontario Bakery


Some of the Abbot Manor details. It was a gorgeous day! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0002

AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0003 Tara, along with her bridesmaids got the flowers with the LA market and put them together before the wedding. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0004 Wood centerpieces and flowers Tara made around the head table. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0005

Already emotional while getting ready. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0006 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0007 Those are my hands. A lot of times I'm the one who pins the boutonniere. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0009 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0010 Jay was so so happy! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0011 I absolutely love shooting the guys. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0019 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0011.5 They chose to do a first look, which I highly recommend. Love their anticipation in this. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0012.5 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0013 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0014 One of my favorite first look shots EVER! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0015 Cheer up Jay! AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0016 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0017 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0018 Even though they did a first look, they still both cried (again) at this moment of her walking down the aisle. The first look doesn't take away from this special moment, it adds to it. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0020 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0021 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0022 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0023 I don't remember what they said, but I do remember crying a lot. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0024 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0026 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0027 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0029 My favorite kind of light with my favorite kind of couple. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0030 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0031 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0032 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0033 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0034 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0035 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0035.5 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0036 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0036.5 AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0036.6 Candy bar and succulent favors. (We got to keep one. Thanks Tara + Jay!) They hand made and packaged the favors- succulent pots and salted caramel bars. AbottManorTemeculaTaraJay0037

Eden Gardens Wedding, Penny + Jonathan

Penny + Jonathan were married last August at Eden Gardens in Moore Park. It was filled with so much emotion, beautiful details and lots of fun. They are a wonderful couple and it's been so great getting to know them. I laughed so hard when Penny said (on the wedding day) that one of her favorite things about the day was me! What a fun compliment! I just wish these two lived closer so we could see (and photograph) them more often. Venue: Eden Gardens Invitation: One Handspun Day Hair + Makeup: Grace Lin Florist: Yamaguchi Flowers Dress: Reem Acra DJ: Bruce Barrios Cupcakes: Skiff's Cupcakes

Beautifully designed invitation by my previous bride and talented gal, Christy at One Handspun Day. edengardenswedding0001 Getting ready. So much support on their sides! edengardenswedding0002 edengardenswedding0003 Penny looking gorgeous as per usual. edengardenswedding0004 First looks are too much fun! edengardenswedding0005 edengardenswedding0006 edengardenswedding0007 Eden Garden details and the seating chart, handmade by Penny. edengardenswedding0009 edengardenswedding0010 edengardenswedding0011 edengardenswedding0012 Penny's niece and darling flower girl. edengardenswedding0013.5 edengardenswedding0014 Table themed after all the many places they've traveled and lived. Loved the lavender touches. edengardenswedding0015 Pretty lavender flowers. edengardenswedding0016 This little sneak peek of Penny and her father walking by was a different point of view than usual. edengardenswedding0017 edengardenswedding0018 edengardenswedding0019 edengardenswedding0020 Just because you do a first look (or have more than one wedding) doesn't mean that it takes away from any of the emotion of going through the ceremony. It usually adds to it! edengardenswedding0021 Bubbles! edengardenswedding0022 edengardenswedding0008 edengardenswedding0023 edengardenswedding0024 edengardenswedding0025 Fun was had by all! edengardenswedding0026.5 Cupcakes! edengardenswedding0027

Recent Weddings!

There's so many things I'm working on, so many changes, so much editing, so much life that I've gotten behind on blogging. So here's a sneak peak at some of the lovely weddings I haven't got to share just yet. Tara + Jay's wedding at Abbot Manor in Temecula. 0546 0612

Penny + Jonathan's wedding at Eden Gardens in Moorpark. 1235121_674212915922258_668691578_n PennyJonathan2707

Sarah + Wade at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica. 0767 0939

Ariela + Ari at The Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. 0613 storyboard-2

Lauren + Nathan at The Biltmore. 0538 0597

Koehler Winery Styled Shoot

This is one of the styled shoots used to promote the newly opened spaces Koehler Winery has on its property. You can read about our shoots in the Santa Barbara Independent. This location is amazing for weddings, as you can see! Thanks so much to everyone involved with this shoot! Special thanks to Julia for setting everything up and to Nicole for being up for anything.

Location: Koehler Winery Los Olivos Model: Nicole Sands Hair and Makeup: Courtney Eads, Courtney K. Designs Gown:La Soie Bridal, Santa Barbara Production: Julia D. Whitley, Serendipitous Events by Julia Florals: Jackie Combs, Lotus and Lily Photographer: Dana Grant Photography

KoehlerWinery0465 KoehlerWinery0001 I wanted to use this amazing dock in the pond and lucky for me Nicole has a lot of experience rowing. KoehlerWinery0002 KoehlerWinery0003We got up at sunrise so the light was just magical. KoehlerWinery0004 KoehlerWinery0005 KoehlerWinery0006 KoehlerWinery0007I am obsessed with these willow trees. KoehlerWinery0008 KoehlerWinery0009