Save The Date: Something Borrowed Something New Bridal Expo in Orange County on 3/29/20

  Update: This event has been postponed until further notice. Please stay safe out there!   Are you shopping for your wedding vendors? We've got TWO bridal shows coming up that you should definitely check out! I just recently shared that we'll be at Friendly Hills Country Club on April 5th for their Spring weddings & events soiree. Now, I'm excited to announce that we'll also be at the Something Borrowed, Something New Bridal Expo on March 29th at the Eureka Building in Irvine! If you're not already a part of the Something Borrowed,...

Dramatic engagement photos in Orange County. Bride-to-be poses for engagement pictures in her elegant hunter green gown next to her fiance at a wilderness park in Coto De Caza.

Orange County Engagement Photos | Miriam & Apolonio

Miriam & Apolonio's Orange County engagement photos were some of my favorites that I've photographed recently. These two have been sweethearts since high-school and I am so thrilled to document their journey through the next phase of their happily ever after. We started their session by exploring the historic urban streets of Downtown Santa Ana. For outfits, Miriam chose an adorable casual dress and strappy heels for her look and Apolonio kept it simple and classy with jeans and a solid long sleeve; A classic and casual "date night"...

5 Wedding Venues in Orange County for an Indoor Ceremony

Whether you’re hoping to avoid the slight chance of rain during your winter wedding, shield your guests from the blazing sun during your summer wedding, or maybe you just want something a little unique for the big day, having your wedding ceremony entirely indoors has some great benefits. Regardless of your reason for wanting an indoor ceremony, there are some great options to choose from here locally. Let’s take a look at 5 wedding venues in Orange County that are great for hosting an indoor ceremony and reception.  Before...

Popular Engagement Session Locations in Orange County, CA

A while back I wrote an article on how to choose an engagement session location that's right for you, but today I thought I would expand on that concept a bit and specifically discuss some popular engagement session locations in Orange County! Let's take a look at a few: Downtown Santa Ana District There are multiple downtown areas in Orange County, but this one is my favorite. Downtown Santa Ana has LOTS of great photo spots, textures, and scenery. Great food/drink options right there for after your session. Multiple...

Featured On Every Last Detail: Jewel Tone Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I recently had the privilege of working alongside some of Orange County's best wedding vendors for a wedding inspiration shoot at the La Ventura Event Center in San Clemente. This hidden gem is a gorgeous spot for hosting a wedding or event. It's located just a few blocks from the beach (which is fantastic for those golden sunset photos!) and has some super cute photo spots onsite as well. Aimee Takumi of Confetti Skies expertly coordinated and designed our shoot along with the help of the ultra-talented Naomi of...

Blush, Merlot & Gold Wedding Inspiration | The Hills Hotel Laguna

I recently worked with the fabulous Wendy Alexis of Lavishly Chic to create a styled wedding inspiration shoot for all of you brides out there who appreciate glamour and elegance as much as we do! We chose a color palette of bold jewel tones, blush, merlot, navy blue and a pop of champagne gold as the foundation for our shoot. Next, we carefully selected the perfect crystal encrusted cap sleeve wedding gown from Calla Blanche for our model. We wanted this inspiration to feel like a modern take on the...

Legacy Ballroom Tustin Wedding | Randall & Damaris

The thing I loved most about working with Randall and Damaris was the way they make each other laugh. The adorable banter between the two never failed to bring a smile to my face! For their wedding day, they chose a rustic theme complete with oak barrels, wild flowers and of course, cowboy boots! Damaris chose a soft violet color for her flowers and bridesmaid gowns. This soft violet made a nice compliment to the rustic wood finishes of their decor. A family friend provided a backdrop for the...

Casa De Lago Wedding in Orange, CA | Wendy & Steve

When Steve proposed to Wendy, he took her to a romantic dinner and a walk along the Berkeley Marina, where there’s a great view of San Francisco. It was there that he asked Wendy to be his wife. They chose to keep the moment private, and not tell anyone for almost 3 days! They did this because they wanted to enjoy the depth of this event privately before all the excitement began. So when it came to their wedding day, it was all about sharing an intimate and...

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...

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...