Tami and Ben fell in love with my photography style and knew I would be the perfect fit as their photographer when they found out that I love USC. Half my family went to college there (the other half went to UCLA – true story). While you wouldn’t think that my passion for USC would matter to an Orange County couple having a tropical themed wedding, it did. Tami grandfather went to USC and had a huge passion for the school and their sports teams. He passed away before the wedding so Tami hired the USC marching band to play at their reception to honor her grandfather. It was beautiful!
This entire Laguna Beach, California wedding, hosted on the California shores, was filled with fun tropical details from start to finish. With Leies in the ceremony, Mai Tai’s as the drink of the night and so many more amazing details, this wedding was truly a hit for all of us. I really felt at home (my mom’s home) at this wedding. My mom is USC meets Hawaii. This was truly one of the most memorable weddings I will ever photograph, and to think that they did this on a tight budget. I hope all my brides out there see how meaningful, fun and gorgeous a budget wedding can be if you really put your heart into like Tami and Ben did. I know they are going to live a beautiful life together!
I just have to say that this was the most fun wedding Iʼve been to! I even was able to dance with my fun bride, Ashley, out on the dance floor as we captured fun candids of their crew having fun!
Ashely and Erin are so much fun! Tivoli Too was an amazing location since they could have all their guests at one place all night long, making it so easy for everyone to have fun. We met up with the couple for a few getting ready shots at the hotel up the street. Ashely loved the gazebo at the hotel and asked if we could do a first look and photos at the gazebo. Of course!! And they are beautiful! After words, we met up with the family and wedding party at Tivoli Too for group photos. What a fun group! The ladies even did jumping photos.
I have to say, outdoor nighttime ceremonies are the hardest to photograph. I never want to be a distraction to the guests with flashes going off all the time so we had to really choose the best time to take each photo. I think Josh and I did an amazing job capturing all the fun of a Catholic-Jewish wedding ceremony.
Even though their ceremony was a little tough, their reception was easy, beautiful and so much fun!! I love all the emotion-filled candids we were able to capture!
How gorgeous is their cake? The grand display stand that Tivoli Too provided totally complements their 3 tier wedding cake. And the flowers just pop!