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!
Amanda and Josh are a vivacious and fun-loving couple who have a passion for life and one another! Photographing their engagement session was a blast! Amanda had three gorgeous outfits planned out, and we even hit up three different beach locations in Laguna! Our first stop was one of the coves by Laguna State Beach where we adventured onto some rocks to get some unique vantage points. Next we traveled over by the Montage Laguna Beach to Treasure Island Cove. We wandered around on the tide pools and under the archway that graces that beautiful beach. Our last stop was Victoria Beach! With it's famed Pirate Tower, Victoria beach is a true treasure in SoCal. I loved photographing the uniqueness of this beach, and the red dress Amanda choice made a statement all on it's own! It was a wonderful engagement session full of laughter and fun, and I am very excited for their wedding this summer!
Before working with Gillian and Jordan, I didn't know if I would meet a couple who both would be as crazy as I am about spending all day out exploring and taking photos! We started out this beautiful day in Yosemite National Park by meeting up at 6:30am to have a first look by 7:00am at a beautiful bridge outside the Yosemite Majestic Hotel. Gillian looked stunning, and had even done her own hair and makeup starting at 3am! They exchanged their personal vows together by the river, wanting the moment to be just with the two of them before the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment in the midst of a stunning view! After this exchange, we made sure to hit some of the highlight spots such as Yosemite Falls and the Tunnel View before the crowds came out in full force. Then it was time to head up to Glacier Point for the ceremony! Up above the valley, we had a gorgeous view of Half Dome and the roaring waterfalls! Gillian and Jordan's family and a few close friends gathered with them to witness and celebrate their ceremony. There were 20 people in all, and I was closely acquainted with half of them as Gillian was the youngest of three, all of whom got married one year after the other, and for whose weddings I was the photographer! It all started with the eldest, Tiffany and her husband, Mike, followed by the middle, Sean and his wife, Caitlin, and now it was Gillian and Jordan! I loved having all of them together again, and loved being a part of another special day for this amazing family! They are not only clients, but they have welcomed me into their family, and I love them all so very much!
After the ceremony we took more photos at Glacier Point then went back down to hit up a few additional locations in Yosemite Valley. We had been going for 7 solid hours already jumping from place to place, so we decided to take a break and regroup at the Yosemite Majestic Hotel. When we met back up, we took some photos around the hotel, and started the reception! Food, drinks, toasts, and the traditional dances all commenced, and it was a fun and intimate reception! We even took a little bit of time at sunset to take some group photos and a few additional photos of Gillian and Jordan! At the end of the day we had spent 14 hours running around Yosemite, and Gillian and Jordan were still smiling by the end of it! I was amazed as usually I am the one holding back because I don't want to wear my clients out, but these two were right there with me the whole time! And it was a joy to spend the day with Gillian and Jordan who were so happy to be together out in a place they loved so much! Jordan had grown up going to Yosemite, and now it will always be a very special place for them together. Here in Yosemite National Park they vowed to love and cherish one another and to be partners always! And may they live happily as adventurers for ever after!