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Friendly Hills Country Club Wedding | Briana & Peter

I could hear the sound of laughter when I first walked into Briana's bridal suite on the morning of the wedding. The bridesmaids were finishing up their plan for which door games (a bargaining to get in to see the bride) they would make the guys play to enter the tea ceremony that afternoon. From the corner of the room, Briana's mother beamed contemplatively as she observed her daughter's hair and makeup transformation. Briana couldn't stop smiling as she anticipated the moments to come...

Belinda Philleo featured on Voyage LA Magazine

Featured on Voyage LA magazine!

To be honest, when I first got the email asking for an interview to be featured on Voyage LA Magazine, I thought it was spam. "Ha! Why would they want to interview me?"  But then, for whatever reason, I decided to click over to the examples of the other people who'd been featured and something about the way they were highlighting these young entrepreneurs stood out to me. Each interview was a little different, so it wasn't the same questions/stories over and over. I loved the way they were celebrating these small...

Downtown Fullerton Photoshoot | Anika & Erik

A while back photographed Anika & Erick in Downtown Fullerton. I love the feel of the architecture in that area, you get an urban scene without it being a big city look. There's a great variety of both architecture and greenery to create a nice mix of backdrops for photos. We started our shoot near Branagans, a small Irish pub where they wanted to take a few photos. The bartender was kind enough to let us snap a few at the bar before we continued on with our shoot...

Walt Disney Concert Hall DTLA Photo Shoot

I'm pretty sure it's no secret at this point that I LOVE working as a photographer. I love that photography gives me a creative outlet to enjoy, a gift I can share with others and the coolest thing about photography is that there are SO MANY facets and genres. There's always something new to explore and experiment with whether it's style, genre or technique! My absolute favorite genre (I'm sure you can guess!) is wedding photography, obviously. Ha! My second favorite is photographing engagement sessions and anniversary shoots. Lately, I've had a...

Hotel Maya Wedding in Long Beach, CA

I recently had the privilege of 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...

Newport Beach Engagement Photos | Jocelyn & Oscar

The first time Jocelyn met Oscar, she knew she liked him. Little did she know he instantly felt the same way, but both of them were too shy at first to say anything. Soon after they met, Oscar arranged for a group of friends and family to hang out and he, of course, invited Jocelyn too. When most of the group ended up cancelling that night, Jocelyn decided to come along anyway. After Oscar saw how well she got along with his family, he knew she was the...

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...

Ebell Club Wedding Highlights | Long Beach Wedding Photography

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. Tess chose warm and romantic colors for their wedding theme. The groomsmen wore brown suits with cranberry colored ties to match the bridesmaids and the florals. Tess' bouquet was an organic style with lots of lush greenery, and deep red florals and berries. On the way to the reception, they stopped by their favorite coffee joint,...

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...