How I See Love

Being newly engaged has really changed how I see love. While we already knew we wanted to be together forever, this is the next step before we do the whole we-love-each-other-so-much-lets-get-the-government-involved thing (aka get married). There’s no running; it’s just the two of us taking on the world together. To me, it’s knowing that I’ve found my forever person, my partner in life, and my best friend. We are committed to being a team and nurturing our relationship in this world where giving up can be common.

Growing up in private school, I learned the common verse “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…

Before getting engaged, I read the most profound statement that forever changed how I see love. The statement said “Read the verse but place your partners name before each Love attribute.” This spoke volumes to me! It really made me think about the type of person that I would marry. I wanted to someone to show me love in a new and beautiful way. I revisit this phrase often. It’s a constant reminder of what love is to me.

Check out Amanda & Timothy’s wedding at Wedgewood at the Retreat which featured this beautiful reminder as the walked down the aisle.


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Getting Social

In recent years, social media has become a major platform for us as photographers. It has been a great way for us to freely share our work with a variety of people. We get so many inquiries through Instagram and Pinterest!  These platforms help so many couples plan out their wedding day that we try to share as much of our work as possible.

One thing we love about sharing our work on Instagram and Pinterest is that we feature real engagements and real weddings – nothing is styled. It’s a change for you to get a variety of ideas for your very own wedding! Another great aspect of social media is the ability for you to share the images that we post with your family and friends. Who doesn’t love seeing their own wedding day featured? It’s such a great way to relive the excitement with the ones you love.

Check out Rosie & Matt’s beautiful winter wedding at Wedgewood at the Retreat photographed by Cara.


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What Inspires Us

As a photographer, I also consider myself to be an artist. I’ve spent countless hours in classes and seminars learning how to properly take a photo, how to set up lighting, how to pose, and even a little bit about business. Creativity, however, is not something that I felt I could learn in school. I learned so many technical things that I didn’t get the chance to step out of my comfort zone until my last year of college.

One of my favorite  and most challenging courses was called “Special Studies in Photography”.  We are given a whole semester to think up our own project that focused on strong content and creative ideas. This course was HARD – really hard. It was my first class where I could literally do anything I wanted. But where do I go? What the heck do I create over the next 18 weeks? I felt stumped. My genius professors (shout out to Linda Kroff and Julie Orser!) told us to make lists of what inspire us. So I sat and thought… and then I thought some more. And after even more thinking I eventually figured out what inspired my creativity.

I learned that I feel deeply inspired by poetry, nature, and relationships. These things help me dive into my creativity and create beautiful images that will last a lifetime. The rawness of poetry, the beauty of nature, and the love between two people are things that inspire me to continue growing as an artist.

Check out this super adorable session done by yours truly!affordable-wedding-photography-orange-county-wedgewood-sierra-la-verne-wedding-shy-heart-studios-1.jpg


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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the rain… but being a Southern California girl, I need a solid dose of that California sunshine! I feel like this is the rainiest year I’ve witnessed in my life. California has definitely needed it after the crazy drought that we’ve had over the past few years. But I guess all we can do is go with the flow, right? I’ll take all the rainy day snuggles, candles, and hot chocolate, please and thank you!

Amelia and Marc’s beautiful spring was the perfect reminder of the beauty that the rain brings. All of the beautiful lush and greenery wouldn’t be possible without a healthy helping of rain. Her gorgeous sunflower bouquet brightened my day – I hope it brightens yours too! And check out their super adorable umbrella! That would definitely make the dreary rain a little bit more fun!

Check out their sunny wedding photographed by the talented Brianna!


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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Choosing the “perfect” place for engagement sessions can be a bit tricky – but we’re here to help! Often we suggest that our couples choose a location that is sentimental for them; this might be where you had your first date, a favorite date night spot, or even where they proposed to you. You might be thinking “Yeah… okay, but those places are all ugly” or maybe you just don’t love them… this is where we can help!

Each of our couples receives our fabulous engagement session guide with a variety of locations listed. It helps you visualize how you want your engagement session to look. To keep ideas fresh, you can also utilize the guide for suggestions in looking for something that best suits your personal style and needs!

When we planned Thomas and Marianne’s engagement session, they knew right away that Huntington beach would be their spot! Thomas first asked Marianne to prom at the lifeguard tower – so returning to this spot brought back so many sweet, sentimental memories for them.

Check out their adorable engagement session photographed by yours truly!


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You’re Engaged! Now What? Part 2

By now you’ve probably finished up your dream boards and wrangled a few helpers as suggested from last week’s post.

So what next? Part two of course! The next very important part of planning is to make a list of your priorities with your fiancé and begin budgeting. Try to pick two or three priorities each. You might value photography and your venue while your fiancé might just be all about the food. Selecting priorities will help you to narrow down vendors. It also can help to break down your to do list by working on these tasks together.

Budgeting is probably the most daunting task – especially if you hate math like me! It’s great to start with a ball park number, then divide your budget into different categories such as venue, catering, photography/video, attire, and music. Make sure to also budget for unexpected costs – such as service fees or insurance. But here’s where your priority list will help you!!! Once you’ve broken down the major categories, you can find wiggle room in certain areas to move those to your must haves. Boom!! You did it!!

This blog post could easily go on forever about planning, but maybe I’ll save more for another post in the future 😉

In the mean time, check out this beautiful wedding for inspiration. Photographed by the talented Cara.affordable-wedding-photography-orange-county-wedgewood-at-the-retreat-wedding-shy-heart-studios-1.jpgaffordable-wedding-photography-orange-county-wedgewood-at-the-retreat-wedding-shy-heart-studios-2.jpgaffordable-wedding-photography-orange-county-wedgewood-at-the-retreat-wedding-shy-heart-studios-3.jpg

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You’re Engaged! Now what?

Raise your hand if you got engaged over the holidays!! December and January seem to fill the air with love and cause a chain reaction of proposals. We LOVE hearing about how our couples met, fell in love, and got engaged.

Now that the wait is over, it’s finally time to begin planning! But where do you start? One of my favorite things would be to start a vision board (hello, Pinterest!) Select your absolute favorites to help set a tone for your wedding. Get some ideas about potential venues, florals, dresses, and wedding colors. By no means is planning an easy task, but I’ve found that dreaming up your big day is the best way to start. Another great tip for planning would be to get your fiancé or a very close friend involved! Having someone there to support you will make the whole process a million times easier. We love being there to support you as well. If you have any questions, we love to share our resources with our couples!

Check out this cute engagement session photographed by yours truly!


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Christmas Traditions

WOW! I can’t believe that there is less than a week until Christmas. Where has this year gone? By some miracle, I’ve managed to finished all of my shopping, most of my wrapping, and the holiday baking begins this weekend. YIPPEEEEEE.

I love getting to spend time with my family – creating memories, eating delicious food, and laughing so hard our bellies hurt. Our night begins just before midnight. My grandma makes traditional Filipino food from recipes passed down from each generation. After our bellies are full, we all get together and sit around the living room in a circle to open presents. We each take our turn, sharing the fun things we’ve received. We all go to bed peacefully and well rested for whatever festivities Christmas Day brings us!

What fun family traditions do you have? Of course, getting married means many new traditions to cherish together! The merging of families brings on more love and a ton of fun.

Check out Gilliane and Jeff’s fun engagement session photographed by yours truly.


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A Year of Learning

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 12 days away! That means finishing up last minute shopping, wrapping gifts, and many days of celebrating! Our team got together recently to celebrate the holidays and the (almost) end of an incredible 2018 wedding season. It was so nice to see everyone and catch up!

While enjoying our dinner, Elaine asked the question “In regards to photography, what was/were some of the biggest things you’ve learned this year?” We all had so much to share with each other!!! For some of us, we got technical and talked about camera settings and editing tricks (I’ll save that for another fun post later). But one answer that stood out was from Cara. She shared that one of the biggest things that she learned was how to go with the flow and take things as they come. She shared that there are some things that you cannot control in life and on your wedding day and it’s better not to let yourself get overworked or stressed. Essentially, don’t sweat the small stuff!

We always encourage our clients to remember that their wedding day is about them and celebrating their love for one another. When things go wrong in life, or on your wedding day, you will always have each other.

Check out Kelsey and Dylan’s wedding photographed by yours truly at Wedgewood Sierra La Verne. This laid back couple let their love take the front seat as they relaxed and enjoyed their wedding day together.


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A Little Update!

Is it just me or is this year flying by? It feels like I blinked and it’s already December. With this new season, we also have news to share with all of you.

We are so excited to announce with you that we are now the preferred photography team at another Wedgewood location – Wedgewood at The University Club Irvine. This stunning location was just build this year. They opened their doors recently and we are already in love with this space, their team, and the wonderful couples! The campus and building offer a huge variety of locations for photography!

Check out this stunning wedding at Wedgewood at The University Club Irvine photographed by Cara.



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