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5 Things I Wish I Had Put on My Wedding Registry

Creating your wedding registry can be one of the most fun parts of the engagement/wedding process, but it can also be pretty overwhelming. I got married young, so when I was creating my registry I had to start from scratch because I was moving straight out of my parents house and into my first apartment. My fiance and I registered for some basics that we knew we needed, but it's one of those things that you don't realize what you need to register for until after the fact....

Romantic cloud reflection engagement photo in downtown santa ana. photography by Belinda Philleo

Romantic Downtown Santa Ana Date Night Photoshoot

A few weeks ago I met Jessica and Micah in Downtown Santa Ana to photograph a romantic couples session for them. This part of Santa Ana is special because when they got married several years ago they had some of their wedding photos taken at the Old Orange County Courthouse. Of course, we had to revisit that historic spot and take a few updated photos there too! One of the most common questions I get when I'm talking to couples for the first time is "We're not models, do...

Orange County Engagement Photographer | Anniversary Photos in Seal Beach, CA

Recently we met up with Tim and Charlene to take some anniversary photos in Seal Beach, CA. This year, they're celebrating 20 years of marriage and it was so much fun to document their still adorable chemistry after all these years! As a wedding photographer I see a lot of couples at the beginning stages of their journey together; engagement photos, the wedding day. Whenever photograph anniversaries though, it fascinates me to see a love that's matured and grown deeper over time. We started our session during the late afternoon so...

Old Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography

Old Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Highlights

In addition to shooting for myself, I also help out other local photographers by second shooting. One of the photographers I work with often is Gary Coelho and today, I wanted to share a few highlights from a wedding I helped with him last year at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, CA. These are just some of my own shots from the day, but you can click here to see the rest of his work. Old Ranch Country Club is nestled in a hidden corner of Seal...

Happily Ever Etched Brand Rep & 10% Off!

When you're planning an event or wedding sometimes its the details, those little finishing touches, that can really make or break the vibe you're trying to achieve. The devil is in the details as they say and you wan't to get it just right! For quite some time now, I've been following a little company based out of Buena Park that is doing those special details right! I'm proud to introduce you to Happily Ever Etched. They're a creative design studio that specializes in custom laser etched signage &...

Palm Springs Adventure Shoot

In each of our lives we only have so much time and energy to expend. There are only so many things we can say “yes” to before we are tapped out. So we’re faced with carefully selecting which things in our life get a “yes” and which get a “no.” Our brains love the path of least resistance, especially when we’re already tired. As a result, sometimes we find ourselves saying “yes” out of habit and “no” out of a fear of what might happen; After the fact...

Dreamy engagment photos in Coto De Caza

Dreamy Couples Photoshoot in Coto de Caza

My brother-in-law and his wife recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. We decided to celebrate by planning a dreamy couples photoshoot in Coto de Caza. They hadn't had any professional couples photos taken since their engagement session so we wanted to make this special! Pride & Prejudice and Gone with the Wind are some of my sister-in-law's all time favorites, so we wanted to loosely capture the essence of the romance in those films without making it into a theme shoot. The Wardrobe I love when couples dress up for their...

Spring Wedding Inspiration for 2018

Spring Wedding Inspiration | 4 Gorgeous Spring Color Palettes for Your Wedding

While it might be no biggie to pick out your primary wedding color, it can sometimes be a challenge to pull together an entire wedding palette that looks good. Our friends over at The Black Tux have taken out the guesswork and put together some great inspiration boards to help you get your #weddinginspo on, Spring 2018 Edition! Let’s look a at few of the style boards they created! Blush & Grey This first look is a classic and understated combination of blush and grey tones that you simply can’t...

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

When it comes to weddings, sometimes it can seem like the girls get all the attention. So today, I'm happy to share a few groomsmen gift ideas that the guys will actually love! Joe from www.groovyguygifts.com reached out to me recently and offered to send us a sample of one of their personalized "guy gifts" in exchange for an honest review. I don't normally write posts like this, but I thought these offerings were definitely worth checking out. They have quite a selection of items to pick from, so...

Yorba Linda Engagement Photographer | Randall & Damaris

Damaris was doing some volunteer work when she first laid eyes on Randall. Without a word he'd charmed her and she asked her sister (who knew Randall) if he was single. Shortly thereafter the two started getting to know each other and both felt a connection they couldn't deny. It wasn't long before "I love you's" were exchanged and Randall found himself down on one knee in the sand, ocean breeze blowing by, asking for Damaris' hand in marriage. Spoiler alert: She said yes! ;) We met at Yorba...