David + Brynley | Couples Session | Los Osos, Ca

I remember the second I talked to Brynley on the phone, she was in Alaska being cold and I was in shorts and flip flops driving south on the 101. I instantly loved her and her spirit. We chatted and laughed as I sat in LA traffic and planned her whole session. Her husband got it for her for the holiday's. They never really got wedding photos so a professional photography session was his gift to her. :::swoon::: 

We started out at the Oak Grove in Los Osos and then headed to MDO for sunset. It was pure magic. 

Here are just a few of my favorites from their session!

Enjoy!

Christian + Ashlan | Married | Parkfield, Ca

Christian and Ashlan were made for each other, you could see it in every part of their wedding. From the hand made details to the massive amount of family and friends that were in attendance. 

Their wedding took place way off the beaten path at the famous V6 Ranch and Parkfield Inn in Parkfield, Ca. 

Here are some of my favs from their perfect wedding day!

Enjoy!

Matt + Jessica | Married | Dolphin Bay Shell Beach, CA

Matt & Jessica's wedding was perfection down to the custom lit monogram that graced their reception. From the moment I walked into Jessica's hotel room to start my day until the moment I left the reception the love just poured out from every corner. 

Special thanks to the following amazing vendors:

Dolphin Bay | Central Coast Premiere Entertainment and Lighting | Elegant Details | The Radisson   Second Shooter: Alyssa Poland Photography

Here are a few of my favorites from their amazing day!

Cheers!

Annette + Victor | Engaged | Avila Beach, CA

Where do I even begin with these two! We had so much fun wondering the streets of Avila Beach on Monday, Annette looked stunning as ever and Victor kept the laughs going the whole time. I can't wait for their wedding in Nipomo later this year!!!

Here are a few favorites from their shoot!

Steven + Crystal | Maternity | San Luis Obispo, CA

From the moment I talked to Crystal on the phone I felt like she was a friend. Her love for details and soft light brought us together and I had so much fun planning her maternity session. I can't wait to do her in home lifestyle newborn session once her little man arrives!

Here are just a few favorites from that amazing day!

Kyle & Kim | Engaged | Los Alamos, CA

Where do I even being with this wonderful day!!! We have been having some very odd weather here on the central coast lately and the week prior to Kyle and Kim's engagement session it had been so windy I was worried...

When Saturday arrived it was so beautiful, it was a warm 80 degrees with zero wind!!!

We started our session in Los Alamos, CA and ended it on the backroads of Santa Maria. We walked all around town and even stopped for a beer and some live music! I'm really blessed to be able to do what I do and meet the amazing people I do!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day, I know their wedding in Georgia this fall will be amazing!

Enjoy.

Jacob | Lifestyle Newborn | Orcutt, CA

Oh how I swoon over lifestyle newborn sessions, the sessions get to take place in the comfort of your own home and you basically get to snuggle your brand new baby while I tip toe around and snap some memories for you to hang on your walls.

I was beyond thrilled that Sam and Rachelle asked me take photos of their 5 week old new baby Jacob. I had the honor of shooting their maternity session a couple months prior and I secretly wished and wished they would call me for newborn!

Here are some of my favorites from Jacob's lifestyle newborn session.

Enjoy!

 

 

Javi + Sharee | Married | Templeton, CA

When Javi came to my door almost a year ago and asked me to capture him asking Sharee to be his wife, I cried. The same tears flowed as I had the honor of capturing two hearts becoming one. 

I've know these two for years, and have photographed many family events, but this one was extra special. I was there when Javi dropped to a knee that cold January afternoon and asked Sharee to be his wife, I was there to capture their engagement photos and the effortless love they share and here I was front and center as these two families because one and filled the air with love and laughter.

Sharee has a piece of her fathers shirt sewed into wedding dress so he would be with her as she became a wife, there is no doubt that he was with you that day and every day Sharee. He is so proud.

Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch is an amazing venue, intimate and cozy with a built in family feel, if you head that way, please tell them I said hello. Their staff and grounds are amazing and I hope to be back there this year!

It was hard to narrow down some favorites from the Rico Wedding, enjoy!

Special thanks to the following vendors:

Venue: Home Sweet Home Cottage and Ranch

Entertainment: Kramer Events

Dress: Bella Novia Bridal

Flowers: Honeybee Flowers, Event Planning and Rentals

Videography: Matrimony Media

 

Mike + Tara | Married | Shell Beach, CA

I couldn't think of a better way to end my 2015 wedding season than with Mike & Tara. Their love story is so great that I could listen to it over and over and never get tired of it!

Mike's brother married Tara's sister, and the very short version is they met through Tara's sisters wedding planning process. There are so many more great details, but just know that this is a match made in heaven.

Their December wedding was an intimate family affair with so much love you could feel it in the air. 

Tara was effortlessly beautiful in her full length, long sleeved lace wedding dress with elegant babies breath bouquet.

Their wedding day consisted of a wonderful church ceremony in Orcutt, Ca followed by dinner and dancing at The Cliff's resort in Shell Beach, I'm so thankful they picked me to capture this amazing day!


Eden | A Birth Story

You know those friendships that are just born out of nowhere. That is how Esther and I began, it sounds like a first date. We met at 6 degree's coffee shop in Orcutt for the first time to talk about a maternity and family session. I knew in the first 30 seconds that we would be friends. 

It was a normal meeting, we talked shop and made plans for her session, then both went our separate ways. The day of her family session we hit it off again (sounds like a date again right?) we laughed through the entire family session and the idea of a live birth session was born (pardon the pun).

Over the next weeks Esther and I bonded like no other. In a matter of a month we went from being strangers to talking daily about everything and literally anything. 

Esther and I bet that Eden would come early so for a week we waited and waited, but Eden was on her own schedule. It was the day before she was due that Esther went into labor. It was October 29th right around 9pm. Eden would soon arrive ON her due date just after midnight.

It was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime, along with Esther and our friendship.


David + Jessica | Married | Kaleidoscope Inn, Nipomo CA

Well now that wedding season is officially over, it's FINALLY time to get caught up on some blogging. It will most likely take me the rest of the year (haha) to get caught up on posting all of the amazing wedding's that I had this year, but I wanted to start off with David and Jessica.

Their amazing wedding took place at the ever so lovely Kaleidoscope Inn . I really love this venue, their staff is great and it's never short of greenery and flowers.

David and Jessica had the best of both worlds incorporating a beach theme into their garden location. 

There was so much love that day, they are a great couple and I loved being apart of their wedding day!

Cheers!

John + Shelley | Engaged | Estero Bay, CA

I loved this session so much, it's hard to sit here and just pick a couple key points.

John and Shelley came down from way Northern CA to have their engagement photos done on the beautiful central coast, it really complimented their style and personality.

I really enjoy it when couples bring their dog along, and theirs was no exception. She was such a good listener and even posed for some photos, but not before giving her Mom and Dad a big kiss. LOL.

I can't wait for John and Shelley's wedding at Tiber Canyon next year!

Here are a couple of my favs from their session.

Enjoy!

Bryan + Jordan | Engaged | San Luis Obispo

Jordan and I had been trying to think of locations to do her engagement photos for a couple weeks. We finally picked a place, I had made arrangements and at the last second it fell through, so what do you do? You get lost on the back roads of SLO County! We ended up shooting for over two hours and had so much fun!

I can't wait for their wedding next year!

Here are just a few of my favorites from that day.

Enjoy!

Shade + Monique | Maternity | Rancho San Antonio | Buellton, CA

Shade + Monique drove up from LA to celebrate their one year anniversary at the same magical spot they said I do, just a year ago.

The only difference between that amazing day and this day was there was even more love in the air, and a sweet little boy on the way.

We traveled all over the ranch, laughed, sang and of course ate cake!

Thank you so much Shade and Monique for letting me capture these special moments. I can't wait to see you in a couple weeks and meet your son!


Robert + Esmeralda | Wedding | Rancho San Antonio | Buellton, CA

Robert & Esmeralda's wedding took place at the ever so amazing Rancho San Antonio in Buellton, Ca. 

From vintage couches and flowers as far as the eye could see, to fine china this couple had every detail nailed down. They even made sure to keep their guests nice and warm with wraps as wedding favors. Everything was perfect.

Their ceremony was straight from the heart, with meaningful prayers from family and friends as well as an entire blessing from guests. There wasn't a dry eye anywhere. 

I had a blast being a part of their special day, as well as trying out their custom margarita machine and of course a cupcake!

Here is just a sample of the awesomeness!

Enjoy!

Special thanks to my second shooter Hannah Kate Photography!