Orange County Wedding and Portrait Photography in Costa Mesa, California
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100th Anniversary Bridal Show
Josh and I have been photography vendors at this wedding expo before, but this time was a little bit different. This was the biggest show of the year, the 100th anniversary show, and we were asked to be the official photographers. While I stayed at the booth, Josh went to both fashion shows and around to all vendor booths to take photojournalistic photographs documenting the bridal expo. Above you can see beautiful wedding gowns from the fashion shows.
Although Josh had a great time photographing the event, he really missed being at the booth to meet new bride and grooms and to see the familiar faces of our soon to be married couples. I think next time we’ll stick to our own booths.
Josh and I recently had an opportunity to photograph the Marinello School of Beauty Project Runway show in Mission Viejo, California. The makeup artists at the school each teamed up and created a bride to send down the runway. Each bride had a theme. I chose my favorite four to show you. We photographed each bride backstage against a gray backdrop with one light and a beauty dish. I added a little extra flair to bring out the theme of each bride. I love the 80′s bride.
We were secret judges and it was awesome. The teams for each bride were judged on hair, makeup, nails and overall look. During the pictures we judged them on their overall look and general attitude and modeling ability and confidence. They had no idea that we were judging them too so we were able to see what they we each really like behind the scenes.
Jen and Maggie, Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Palos Verdes, California
Josh and I had such an awesome time at Jen & Maggie’s wedding celebration; the ladies know how to throw a great party! I was especially excited that the celebration took place at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, what used to be Marine Land (my mom worked at Marine Land a long time ago so it was cool to finally see where the place was). There was an old lighthouse in the distance that was absolutely beautiful. Jen said that lighthouses where very meaningful to her so we made sure to capture some great shots of the lighthouse. We also framed the lighthouse in the background of the family portraits and in a few of their romantic images.
I had so much fun photographing all the colorful pieces of their reception from the lights to the flowers. They had placed strands of lights over the dance floor on the patio which really lit up the place and made for some interesting camera effects and backgrounds. They even had trendy white lounge furniture providing the guests a place to relax.
One thing Josh and I both really appreciated was how attentive the servers were to everyone, including the vendors. Most of the time it is really difficult for us to eat at the passed hors d’oeuvres receptions, but the servers always made sure that we got some of the tasty appetizers. Thank you! I think everyone at the wedding would agree that Maggie and Jen have a beautiful relationship. Their love for each other and the happiness of their union really shows on their smiling faces. I’m so glad we got to share in their special day.
Valerie & Shawn
This wedding was one of my personal favorites! They used awesome colors (I like pink), they got married at the perfect time of day with the sun just getting ready to set, and they chose an amazing location! If you are looking for a beautiful place to get married this is a good one. Josh and I almost had our wedding at the Coyote Hills Country Club too, which may be why I like it so much. Seriously though, it’s worth checking out.
Back to my darling couple… they had so much fun together on their wedding day and I think it really shows through their images. There was a lot of smiling and laughing all day, despite the drama of missing flowers.
Shawn and Valerie are so much fun and are so perfect for each other. For their engagement portraits we went to Disneyland for a half day riding rides and taking pictures. They got engaged on Main Street with the snow falling from above, so we made sure to capture some great images of them one year later on Main Street in the snow.
I feel so lucky to have been able to capture such important memories for them so far!
Amanda & Natu
This Polynesian Long Beach wedding was truly a dinner and a show. They brought in Hawaiian dancers for the guests to watch throughout dinner, ending the meal with a fire dancer and of course the traditional Polynesian money dance. It was a lot of fun!
What a perfect day out! I love how the sun illuminated the background allowing it to be saturated with color. With the tide out we able to capture the gorgeous green moss that lined the tide pools.
I love this last shot of them walking away together. That little splash of water adds movement to this photograph. I like how they are framed within the water as well.