Should We Have a First Look?

As you're planning your wedding, you no doubt have many things to consider. As a photographer, one of the questions that my clients often ask is "Should we have a first look?" More than anything, your wedding day is about you and your husband (or wife) to be. If any particular tradition is important to the two of you, then you should stick to it. However, if you and your fiancee are open to a different approach, there are definitely some great benefits to having a first look. What is...

Wedding at Best Western Golden Sails Long Beach, CA. Photos by Belinda Philleo

Long Beach Wedding Photography | Jocelyn & Oscar

Jocelyn & Oscar are so sweet together that watching them kinda just makes you want to melt into a warm and fuzzy puddle. Jocelyn still scrunches her nose when he whispers in her ear and Oscar still can't hide the flush in his cheeks when she takes his hand. Everyone who knows them says the same thing, "man those two were just hand made for each other!" For their wedding day, they opted for simple elegance and of course, LOT's of purple, since it's Jocelyn's favorite color! The ceremony...

Wedding Soiree at Friendly Hills Country Club November 2017

You’re Invited! Friendly Hills Country Club Wedding Soiree

You're Invited! I'm so excited to announce that in a few short weeks I'll be taking part in a bridal show & wedding soiree at a beautiful local wedding venue! We're going to be featuring our latest work, some of our favorite printed displays and a few special treats! There's going to be a great lineup of other incredible wedding vendors there too, so come check it out! Admission is free and all brides to be are invited! Here are the details: When: Sunday, November 5th 2017 from 4pm to 6pm Where:...

Black and purple wedding inspiration styled shoot in Orange County, CA

Purple & Black Wedding Inspiration | Marbella Country Club Styled Shoot

I first met Kimberly Persons, a wedding planning consultant based in Orange County, earlier this year at a networking event and we hit it off instantly. We quickly found that we had similar tastes in wedding trends and we were both looking for someone new to collaborate with. It was a match made in heaven! We knew we wanted to bring something unique into the collaboration. Something that would appeal to a classic bride but with a twist! The first piece of our inspiration came when Kimberly spotted the dress...

Hyatt Regency Long Beach Wedding

I recently had the opportunity to work with Gary Coelho Photography as an additional shooter for Charisse & Raymond's beautiful wedding a the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, CA. It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and oh so many sweet moments. The couple chose to get married at their church and to host their elegant wedding reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach, CA. They selected varying shades of pink, gold, and white for the bouquets, centerpieces, accessories, and decor. Here are some of my favorite's from...

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...

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Wedding in Dana Point, CA

I recently had the privilege of working as a secondary photographer alongside Gary Coelho for a beautiful wedding at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point. The couple for this wedding chose a simple yet stunning color palette of violet and white for their wedding. Breathtaking florals adorned the ceremony area that overlooked the ocean. It was such an incredible view! The bride chose a flattering mermaid style bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline and her bridesmaids wore a mix & match variety of ultra-violet colored gowns. I love it...

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...

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,...