I met Roxana outside Mary Me Bridal dress shop where my office is located. I heard one of the vendors in my office mentioning how a bride was getting married at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park and immediately I had to go talk to her! I had done a wedding the year before at Glacier Point and we spent the whole day running around Yosemite taking photos. Ironically when I spoke with Roxana about her, she was getting married on the exact same Tuesday in June that my previous couple had, and both of their weddings were at 10am at Glacier Point! It definitely seemed meant to be! Roxana brought Gabriel back to meet with me and we found out how much we all had in common! We all loved the outdoors and hiking, and definitely had the travel bug! I was so excited when they told me that they wanted to hire me! The wedding day was beautiful, it was a gorgeous clear day up at Glacier Point for the ceremony. Half Dome loomed in the background, and they proclaimed their love for one another on the top of the world! They had their closest friends and family gathered around to support them and witness their ceremony! It was beautiful with both Roxana and Gabriel beaming at one another throughout it all! Afterwards we spent the time running around and taking photos all around Yosemite, making the most of our time there. We even hiked out to Taft Point! Roxana gathered her dress in her arms and hiked over a mile in. Gabriel switched his shoes out and hiked in his suit. And I brought a backpack full of camera equipment. The views from Taft Point was definitely worth it. And it was a perfect spot for these two adventurers! I am so glad I got to come back to Yosemite with Gabriel and Roxana and document their love story! Happy 1 month anniversary to you both!!! May your marriage be filled with more grand adventures to come!
Dustin and Karina had the cutest proposal yesterday! Dustin planned it all out to the last detail! He started with leaving a letter at her house the night before for her to find the next day that gave her some instructions on where to go and what to grab from home. Then at the designated spot Karina met with some of her girlfriends who took her shopping for a new dress and shoes. After that, he had a hair and makeup appointment set up for her to go to. Then a limo picked Karina up to take her to Treasure Island Beach where Dustin was waiting. I met her at the limo to get some photos and take her down to where Dustin was. He had picked out a gorgeous overlook full of flowers with a scenic view of the ocean. It was perfect. She came down the path to him, excitement beaming on both of their faces! After telling her the most beautiful intro of how much he loved her, he got down on one knee and proposed! She of course said yes and jumped into his arms! He spun her around in sheer joy and then put the ring on her. It was just the one she had wanted! They took a few minutes to enjoy the moment, and they also took some time to pray and thank God for this brand new journey together. It was beautiful. We did an engagement session for them right there on the spot. I am very excited for these two friends of mine! It is such a privilege for me to be able to witness and document these special life moments for my friends and my clients. I really cherish this part of my job. And I cannot wait to photograph their wedding this fall!!! Congratulations to Dustin and Karina! I know God will bless your marriage, and that you two will continue to fill one another's life with joy and love for all your years together!
Aimee and Anthony just celebrated 5 years together, and since we just did their engagement session last month I thought it would be a great time to share their blog! When we first met to talk about their wedding and engagement, we found out that we are all adventurers! We decided to go to Oak Glen then over to Joshua Tree National Park for their engagement session! This would give us the beautiful green trees as well as having the adventure of the desert. Aimee and Anthony both enjoy rock climbing as well, so making that a part of their engagement was a super fun idea! We all carpooled out there, and got to know each other even more on the 2 hour drive there. It was a beautiful day, and Oak Glen was full of Spring magic. From there we grabbed an apple turnover for the road and headed to Joshua Tree National Park. The wind was fairly strong, but we braved it, and it was definitely worth it! Aimee and Anthony did some bouldering, and we hiked around to take photos at the different locations. We ended at sunset with the warm glow fading on the horizon before we journeyed the two hours home. It was a great day, and I loved spending the time together and getting to know them more on this session! I am very excited for their upcoming wedding! Congratulations, Aimee and Anthony, on celebrating 5 years! Here is to many more to come!
Two friends of mine just got engaged at Disneyland, and I had the pleasure of documenting this special moment for them! Gabriel approached me a little over a month before he planned to propose to Jessi, and I was so excited to be a part of the plan! As the day drew near, we decided to meet at Disneyland a few hours early to do some scouting. Jessi was coming later with her sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews and thought Gabriel was out of town for the weekend. We planned our surprise for the backside of the castle to be sure that if she had any suspicions she would not be expecting it there. We hid on opposite sides as she approached and as she passed by, Gabriel called her name. She was shocked to see him there dropping down on one knee holding out her ring! Through lots of joyful tears, she said, "Yes!" and enveloped him in a huge hug. It was a successful proposal full of joy, tears, and laughter! We spent the next few hours taking photos around Disneyland to commemorate their engagement day! The thrill of the rides we went on could not compare to the thrill these two had with being engaged to one another! I loved being a part of this special day for them, and I look forward to seeing their "Happily Ever After" come to pass.
Sabrina and Jeremy are long term clients of mine from their engagement session back in 2014, their wedding in 2015, getting pregnant in 2017, and now they have their adorable boy, Noah, in 2018! We have already done the newborn and 3 month photos for their little man, but I had to post this blog from their maternity photos because it was one of my favorites! Sabrina looked stunning in her red dress and was a glowing mother-to-be. Jeremy, the proud soon-to-be father was already head over heels for the arrival of his son! Being a part of their new journey as parents was such a blessing for me! I love following my couples throughout these important stages in their life! Seeing their life's biggest moments come to pass and documenting their story throughout the years makes us have more than a photographer/client bond. We are friends, we are family, we are sharing in these times together, and this is why I love what I do so much! I love living life with my clients, documenting and creating memories that will stand the test of time. I want to give them photos that they will hand down to generations to come, and cherish throughout the good and difficult times. I am passionate about what I do, because I believe in celebrating and commemorating life's moments! And I want to give them my very best for the best days of their lives <3 Thank you Sabrina and Jeremy, for allowing me to be a part of your life journey together! I cannot wait to continue through with Noah's photos, and to see you two growing in love and family throughout the years to come!
Flying out to Destination Weddings is one of my favorite things, especially when it is for as sweet of a couple as Nicole and Adam! I have known Nicole for a few years now, and I was thrilled to photograph her wedding. She got married up by Seattle, Washington in a beautiful seaside town called Poulsbo. The place they picked was the Kiana Lodge, located right by the water with towering trees and rocky beaches surrounding it. It was on that beach where they first started dating, and now the Kiana Lodge would forever echo their wedding vows within it's walls! As a super fun and outdoorsy couple, this was a perfect location. There is even a giant log on the beach that they climbed on for photos! The day was spent in love, fun, and laughter and lots of photos! And even though it was a March wedding in the notorious rainy Seattle area, God blessed them both with a beautiful sunshine day! It was a perfect destination for an even more perfect couple! Enjoy this look into their special day!
Photography: Larissa Bahr Photography
Venue: Kiana Lodge
Our original plan with Kathleen and Phil was to have them do a beach session at Laguna Beach, but as they both lived in AZ, finding a weekend that worked for them to come up was proving difficult. So, when they asked if I they could fly me over to them to do their engagement session, I jumped at the chance! We immediately brainstormed ideas for where to go and settled on Sedona, Arizona. I flew in on a Sunday morning, and met with them early Sunday afternoon in Sedona. There were so many beautiful places to go, but we settled on Bell Rock and a beautiful river area off Oak Creek Canyon for their engagement session! I was able to visit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon in addition to Sedona while on this trip! It started out amazing with doing this awesome engagement session at Bell Rock, and continued to be an epic trip as we traveled throughout AZ! Enjoy the photos!