Tropical Under the Sea Themed Wedding Hotel Maya, Long Beach, CA

I recently had the privilege helping out as an associate photographer alongside Gary Coelho and Pixel Perfect Wedding Films on a beautiful wedding at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA. Hotel Maya is a beautiful hotel and event space, a hidden gem based in Long Beach near the Queen Mary. The outdoor ceremony area rests against a backdrop of the water and the Long Beach skyline. The tropical style decor complimented the couple's under the sea themed reception perfectly and gave us so many neat textures and backgrounds to...

DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

DIY: Create Your Own Wedding Day Emergency Kit

No matter how carefully you plan out your wedding day, there are always going to be little unexpected things that come up. You might find a run in your nylons (Pro Tip: clear nail polish can help prevent it from tearing further) or maybe a button comes loose on a groomsmen’s shirt. The good news is, you can be prepared! Today I'm sharing a DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit that will keep you prepared for any less than ideal surprises; In addition, it doubles as a good purse or...

Long Beach Wedding Photography | Ebell Club Wedding Highlights

In a quaint little chapel in Long Beach, Matt & Tess promised their lives to each other before a crowd of their loved ones. Their vows were heartfelt and their faces full of glee. On the way to the reception, they stopped by their favorite coffee joint, Lord Windsor Coffee, for a quick pick me up before the festivities began! After coffee it was time for the party to start! Their Reception was held at the beautiful Ebell Club in Long Beach. I fell in LOVE this venue's classy and...

How to get the best family photos on your wedding day

How to Get the Best Family Photos on Your Wedding Day

Ahh the ever important family formal photos! They’re kind of a big deal on the wedding day, but if not planned properly they can get pretty unorganized very quickly, and really start to mess with your timeline! So let’s talk about how we can make it easier on everyone involved. Efficiency and communication are key to making this part of your day run smoothly! Here's a few tips on how you can get the best family photos on your wedding day. Make a List First of all, figure out...

How to care for your engagement ring

How to Care for Your Engagement Ring

You can’t stop looking at it. It’s so dang sparkly and who knew your ring finger could get such a work out from carrying around that rock all day! It’s true what they say, "Diamonds are forever", but there are a few caveats to that statement. To make sure your new best friend truly lasts a lifetime you’ll wanna make sure it's cared for properly! Here's five things you should be doing to care for your engagement ring:   Clean It Properly: While your ring is made of metal and stone, remember...

Wedding at Hilton Waterfront Resort in Huntington Beach, CA

Hilton Waterfront Resort Wedding | Huntington Beach, CA

A warm ocean breeze drifted in through the window of Stacie's bridal suite. The day she'd been waiting for her entire life had finally arrived and even though there were butterflies in her stomach, she felt a steady calm come over her. The buzz of her friends and family getting ready only made her more excited and more sure of the hours ahead. Later that afternoon, Ray stood waiting in an intimate pathway near where the ceremony would be held. He could barely stand the anticipation of seeing Stacie...

Dove Canyon Country Club Wedding | Dove Canyon, CA

Ilene & Joe were friends for many years before they fell in love. Once they did, everything just fell perfectly into place. They decided to tie the knot overlooking the beautiful scenery at Dove Canyon Country Club. Guests gathered in the courtyard and looked on with huge smiles as Ilene and Joe made their vows. During dinner loved ones shared touching stories and well wishes through tears of joy. Everyone present was thrilled that they'd finally made it official. Later, the sound of guest's laughter echoed down the hall as Ilene...

Wayfarers Chapel Wedding

Wayfarers Chapel Rancho Palos Verdes

While I adore big ballroom weddings there's definitely something to be said for the small and intimate ones as well. That's exactly the sort of wedding that Hurley and Zuoting decided on.  They decided to wed at the incredible Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. Before the ceremony Hurley opted to have a first look with her husband to be along a little pathway near the chapel. The moment he laid eyes on her, Zuoting smiled from ear to ear! Hurley looked stunning. Next, their closest loved ones gathered in the...