Summer Days and Coastline Sunsets

 
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From the Bride:

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Like most girls, I've been thinking of my wedding day since I was a little girl! I've always imagined it as an elegant, tasteful and fun celebration and envisioned it being outdoors near the water. I wanted everything to be light, airy and clean looking. My color palette consisted of blush, white and green with gold and silver accents. Our ceremony was performed by my grandfather which made it extra special.

Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: Flowers were my main focus when it came to decoration. Our arbor was facing the water and was decorated with a flowy off-white draping and lush flower arrangements. Smaller flower arrangements were placed on each row down the aisle and flower petals covered the aisle itself. Our cocktail hour was also outdoor, on the Patio. Different flower arrangements were placed on high tables, the buffet area as well as the guest book table. Each high table was covered with a blush sequin linen and had a flower arrangement as well as gold and silver votives. The reception took place in the Ballroom of the club. Fabric was draping along the beams of the room with soft blush uplighting. The Head table was definitely the statement piece of that room. We had a long harvest table with a lush green garland with focal blooms draping over it and spilling over each end. An assortment of votives were also running down the table along the garland. All of the centerpieces were tall and full, with votives around them, allowing guests to talk and see eachother during dinner. Everything was picked out according to the style and color palette we were going for. Wether it was the napkins or even the guest book, I wanted everything to come together nicely and to make sense.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: I gave more importance to flowers than to anything else when it came to decoration. Finding the right florist was therefore a must for me and I am so glad I did. Our florist Autumn was absolutely amazing. From our first phone conversation, she understood my vision and brought it to life the day of our wedding. Every bouquet and centerpiece consisted of blush and white flowers such as Peonies, Garden Roses and Ranunculus with greens accents like Eucalyptus and Olive branches. We also had corsages and boutonnieres made and adorable head wreaths for the flower girls.

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We were thrilled when we learned we'd have The Pete Kilpatrick Band play at our wedding. Pete was such a pleasure to work with and we'll never forget him playing the song to our first dance.

Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: My mom and I went to a few bridal shops in Montreal (where I am from). I knew I wanted a lace dress with long sleeves, but none of the ones I tried on were "the one". We finally ended up at Chistianne Brunelle Couture and, as I was changing in the fitting room, my mom saw a dress and convinced me to try it. I was gorgeous, had several layers of lace which made it very romantic, a gorgeous neckline, but no long sleeves. I tried it on anyways and the second I walked out, I knew I had found my dress. The look on my mom's face was my first clue, haha! We called the seamstress over and she assured us that adding sleeves wouldn't be an problem. And so the dress process began! We ordered my dress from Spain along with extra fabric and lace appliques. Many alterations and fitting appointments later, it was done! I finally had my dress and it was perfect. My shoes were Christian Louboutin which added a little sparkle (and red!) to the look. As far as jewelry goes, it was minimal. I wore my engagement ring, stud diamond earrings and one of my bridesmaids dainty rings as my "something borrowed". The Black Tux provided Drew and his groomsmen with tuxedos. We knew we wanted something navy with black detailing and they had a style that was exactly what we were looking for. We sent in all the measurements and they mailed us the tux's along with shirts, bow ties and shoes! Pretty easy, right!?

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: We met in Montreal...at Starbuck's!Drew surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Paris! After a long day at Palace of Versailles, we went to see the Eiffel Tower and that's when he popped the question!

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Definitely walking down the aisle.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: If I have one advice I could give, it would be to get a planner. Different plans are available depending on your budget and every single penny will be worth it. My planners Krissy and Jess from Simply Be So Events were an absolute God send. We hired them only a few months left before the big day. They took over right away, helped me finish plan and made sure I could enjoy the actual wedding weekend without having to stress about every single detail! Also, (and I know it's super cliché, but SO true) try to be in the moment as much as possible. Your wedding day, which you've been planning for so long, will be over before you know it. So don't stress, trust your planner, and have fun!!

Here's to LOVE

Happy February!

 
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Kristin and Clement met as undergraduates at NYU during senior year. They were both in attendance at a party that was being hosted by Clements best friend who also happened to be dating Kristins friend. When they met for the first time they actually didn't hit it off right away. She wasn't into athletes very much and since Clement was on the wrestling team. It wasn't until Kristin got a job at the school gym where Clement also worked at the time and over that time their relationship formed. He impressed her with his smarts, good humor and genuine nature. "We spent our first date at Washington Square Park and spent the whole night talking."- Kristin

By the end of the school year they didn't want to separate and ended up doing long distance. When Clement got into a Phd program out in Oregon. "I knew it was time for an adventure, we took a leap of faith moving out there. But 5 years later we ended up stronger than ever."- Kristin

Kristen and Clement are full of love for their family and where they come from. Clement being from France brought a unique and new traditions to a wedding day! I love seeing his family get so excited and whip their napkins around in the air with excitement.

Kristen and Clement combined both their lives into such an incredible day, emphasizing their love to travel and learn. Combining amazing food and fun.

Happy New Year!

Alyssa + Phil’s Engagement Session on Mackworth Island in Maine


She’d found no suitors in the dusty cubicle at the back of the library; he was fatigued of his role as the eleventh wheel of his friend group. Alyssa, a 23-year-old medical student in DC, and Phil, a 27-year-old newly minted lawyer on his way down to start a career in the city, were still unaware of each other’s existence. Both were convinced by friends that the world wide web held a neatly-packaged, perfectly-crafted life partner for each of them, complete with all the bells and whistles. What they found instead was each other. Although not always neatly-packaged or perfectly-crafted, they knew from the moment they laid eyes on each other that they’d finally found their perfect counterpart.

Phil opened their first date at a quaint local bookstore by suggesting that they each find a book that they felt best encapsulated the other's essence. Alyssa scanned the shelves until she found the perfect title: “Just Friends.” Phil thought he was toast, but after watching her face break into a big smile, he realized she shared his unique sense of humor. (He then darted to the children’s section to find a title suitable for her). They giggled and swooned all the way into their next date at Phil’s brand new, completely empty apartment, furnished only with cardboard boxes for a dinner table and a rolled-up rug for a sofa. They learned that night that they didn’t need anything but each other’s company to have a great time.

And while the first two dates were full of joy, adversity struck when Phil and Alyssa decided to hike along the banks of the Potomac River for their third date. He stopped to skip some rocks and figured it would be safe to entrust his phone with Alyssa. Not a minute later, Alyssa sneezed, and Phil watched his phone fall right into the river. That day, Phil learned 1) never to trust Alyssa with his valuables, and 2) that nothing about her could scare him away. And Alyssa learned that she wanted everything about Phil to stick like gorilla glue. 

Fast forward sixteen months to a sub-zero day in downtown Boston when Phil convinced Alyssa to take a walk to the Boston Public Gardens. Although there wasn't a single other person out on Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Alyssa agreed, and a little ways into their walk, Phil descended to one knee and popped the question. As complete as they felt in that moment with each other, the feeling only grew as they gathered with friends and family to celebrate the first step of what will undoubtedly be a lifetime of love and happiness. 

-Alyssa + Phil

Time is timeless, LOVE is the only keeper.

Dominique + Will’s Wedding Day in Denver, Colorado


It's almost September everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing with you a wedding that I hold very close to my heart. These two love birds were to first to capture my heart here in the City of Angels. We spent over four hours touring around downtown LA not just taking architecturally inspired images but giving me a little glimpse of the wonderful place that I was just starting to call Home.

However this post isn't about their Engagement but their union to one another.  Traveling across country to Denver, Colorado. I bring you a glimpse into their magical day! 

"He proposed to me at the beach in Malibu where we had our first “real” date. He got down on his knee on the rocks at Pirate’s Cove and said “This is the place where I fell in love with you and this is the place where I want to propose to you.” From there, we were off to Santa Barbara for a surprise weekend getaway to celebrate and the rest is history!" -Dominique

Fall maybe here already but Winter is coming followed by Spring! Book now for your destination weddings before it's too late! See more inspiring wedding and engagement photography on my Instagram page HERE or my Facebook page HERE . Are you already betrothed? I also do Family, Maternity and Kids photography, or maybe spice things up little with a boudoir session.   Contact me and I'll get you a quote for some of these lifestyle photography moments. Whether you're in the Los Angeles, California area or around the world, I'm happy to come to you! 

 

June 20th 2015

Denver, Colorado

 

Is it already April?


Where has the time gone? I swear it was January yesterday. So sorry for my long gap between posts. Its amazing how time just slipped away from me. Theses past months have been a whirlwind! Here is a piece of each epically magical session I have had so far.  I promise I will be more timely from now one :)

Be sure to book with me now for your Fall and Winter destination weddings before it's too late! See more wedding photography on my Instagram page Here or my Facebook page Here . Past your wedding by a few months or years but like my stuff? I also do Maternity and Kids photos, so contact me and I'll get you a quote for some of these lifestyle photography moments. Whether you're in the Los Angeles, California area or around the world, I'm happy to come to you!

Dominique + Will's Architecturally dreamy Engagement. 6-20-2015

Dominique + Will's Architecturally dreamy Engagement. 6-20-2015

Veronica + Brendan's Country Engagement. 12-05-15

Veronica + Brendan's Country Engagement. 12-05-15

A.L.X. of Broken Sphere Music a local San Diego Musician/Artist

A.L.X. of Broken Sphere Music a local San Diego Musician/Artist

Chelsea + Robert's Incredible Southern Wedding in SC 3-21-2015

Chelsea + Robert's Incredible Southern Wedding in SC 3-21-2015

Ford is One Year Old!!!

Ford is One Year Old!!!

Corinne + Joe's Magical beach engagement at El Matador Beach in Malibu. 8-22-2015

Corinne + Joe's Magical beach engagement at El Matador Beach in Malibu. 8-22-2015

Erika + Aaron's Epically colorful engagement in Downtown LA Arts District. 3-19-2016

Erika + Aaron's Epically colorful engagement in Downtown LA Arts District. 3-19-2016

See more from these sessions in the featured tab. 

On to 2015.......


 Happy New Year everyone! I hope you got to kiss under the stars, under the fireworks, and under the twinkle lights while the ball slowly decended in New York City Times Square. This morning I am posting from sunny California where I have been going through weddings getting them ready for submissions to magazines and blogs and maybe a few contests (cross your fingers!). But my hidden agenda is to share my favorite January wedding from 2014 with you! And of course say Happy One Year Anniversary to Kristen and John. Raleigh NC in January is not like California. It happens to be quite chilly. It may not look that way since no one was wearing a jacket except for John and his groomsmen. I believe it was under 30 degrees and dropping. John had given Kristen a bottle filled with 25 reasons why  he wanted to marry her as a pre wedding surprise. As she went to shatter the bottle on the sidewalk she happened to cut her poor thumb pretty deep and yet it didn’t even faze her in the midst of all her excitement.  Her sister said it might leave a scar and her reply was

“another something to always remind me of this day.”  

True Love 

Happy New Year

Last kiss of 2014


How do you wrap up a year? Usually with the last and first kiss on New Years. Or maybe you get to be part of something even better. Out of all the things I've witnessed there is nothing more inspiring then those who are in love. I mean the "make the world pause" love.I have been a photographer most of my life, searching for rare beauty, something unseen, something that changes the way people see the world, see themselves and others.I didn't start this affair till a few years ago. I have my sister Sasha Felix (an incredible wedding photographer herself) to thank for introducing us. 

So today I bring you my last wedding for 2014. Sarah and Yousef, a love that truly spoke for itself. 

 

Change is good...


I am so excited to finally be representing my work the way it should be seen. I have recently changed the face of my website and to toast it off to a great winter season I wanted to share a wedding with you that took my sister Sasha Felix and I across the big blue ocean to the magnificent country of France. Kelly and Thorodds wedding was a force of pure serenades, friends, family and moments that will always be remembered. It was such an honor!!!