Bridgette and Paul-Franciscan Gardens Wedding-San Juan Capistrano Mission-Los Rios Historic District

My first meeting with Bridgette and Paul was over Skype, and they were so sweet and fun from the get-go that I knew I wanted to be their wedding photographer! They live in Boston, but they were holding their wedding in Southern California where they both grew up. We started with an engagement session in Dana Point, and we had a blast. The two of them make each other laugh all of the time, and they both have the best smiles! Their engagement session only made me even more excited for their wedding day which was going to be held at the beautiful Franciscan Gardens. Their big day arrived, and it was a beautiful sunny SoCal day! They got ready at Franciscan Gardens, then we walked over to Mission San Juan Capistrano for their first look. Paul waited in eager anticipation to see his bride, and when she tapped his shoulder and he turned towards her, the biggest smile broke out upon his face! The two of them light up with the joy and excitement of being there together on their wedding day. It was so sweet! We made our way around Mission San Juan Capistrano, utilizing it's gorgeous architecture before going back to Franciscan Gardens to get the ceremony underway. Franciscan Gardens is really a gem. Surrounded by ivy covered walls and beautiful trees, it is a slice of garden paradise within the city of San Juan Capistrano. The ceremony was performed Bridgette and Paul's good friend Rae Heitkamp. She did a beautiful job! After the ceremony, Bridgette, Paul, and I went to the Los Rios Historic District. Congratulations and well wishes were shouted by people passing by as we walked down there, making it all the more fun. When we returned for the reception, we spent the rest of the evening laughing throughout the toasts and they all danced the night away! Everyone crammed the dance floor, and the night flew by until Bridgette and Paul were sent off with a shower of wedding poppers! It was a fun filled event filled with all the people closest to Bridgette and Paul, and I am so grateful that I was able to photograph their special day!



Photography: Larissa Bahr - Larissa Bahr Photography
Coordination: Ashley Powell - Agape Planning
Venue: Haley Gooding and Melissa Russell - Franciscan Gardens
Catering: Melissa Russell and Haley Gooding - 24 Carrots
Officiant: Rae Heitkamp
Floral Design: Michelle Morales - Growing Grace Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Noemi and Katie - Beauty and the Beach
DJ/MC: Mike - Elevated Pulse Productions
Photo Booth: James Brent - Orange Box Photo Booth
Cake: Ellen Evans - Susie Cakes
Desserts: Paolo - Solunto Bakery
Bridal Gown Designer: Sweetheart Gowns
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Invitations Designer: Minted

Joe and Jasmine's Disneyland Engagement Session - Disney, California Adventure

When your love story begins by meeting while working at Disney World, you can't help but have a Disney engagement session! And this magical engagement session will provide you with all of the feels as you view Joe and Jasmine's love story! We had so much fun racing around, weaving through Parade traffic to reach different locations throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Not only did we hit the iconic locations such as Sleeping Beauty's Castle or the Ferris Wheel Overlook in California Adventure, we also went to toon town, and found some lesser known (and less crowded!) places to adventure to! We even braved the teacups ride to get some great photos! It was interesting for all of us as I would tell them to look at each other while the world was swirling around them, and I, in turn, was looking through my camera lens to capture those perfect moments! But it was worth doing! Enjoy this fun and wonderful engagement session, and may the Disney magic live in all of our hearts! 

Avalon and Matthew-Harris Grove, Temecula Estate-San Diego Wedding Photographer

Avalon and Matt's wedding was perfect! They were married at a private estate in Temecula called Harris Grove. It was a gorgeous property located in the hills of Temecula. Harris Grove is filled with gorgeous towering trees, a beautiful lake, and a bridge that led to a small island where the ceremony was to take place. Not only was the property amazing, but Avalon and Matt are two of the sweetest people that you will ever meet! They were super easy going and relaxed for their big day, and they just had fun! Their first look was so sweet and perfect, and they were so natural together that my second shooter and I were just able to sit back and let the moment unfold! We had plenty of time to take photos around the estate, utilizing the giant trees and beautiful lake as our background. And we finished up early enough for them to get some down time in before the ceremony. The ceremony itself was packed with people crossing the gorgeous white bridge that led to the island. There were plenty of tears to go around as the guests witnessed this beautiful ceremony, but Avalon and Matt were full of smiles and joy as they committed their lives to one another. After the wedding ceremony, we took more photos then started a reception full of dancing, toasts, a cute dessert bar, and great food! Laughter rang out for the toasts, and everyone packed the dance floor! Avalon and Matt performed a beautifully choreographed first dance, and everyone was delighted! Their day was very special and was filled with people who truly loved them. I loved being able to capture their story, and have plenty of photos to prove it! Enjoy viewing this beautiful wedding! 


Location: Harris Grove, Temecula, CA
Photography: Larissa Bahr - Larissa Bahr Photography
Coordination, Floral, and Design - Cindy Wu - A Touch of Lavender Coordination and Floral Design
DJ: Ryan Girgis - DJ Tempoe
Cake: Debbie McLaughlin - Cakes to Celebrate
Catering: Anne Taylor - Anne Taylor Catering
Rentals: Premier Party and Tent Rentals