la quinta resort and country club wedding | leah & andy

reading love stories like leah & andy’s reminds me of why i’m so invested in wedding photography. theirs is the kind of story that makes a heart swoon: leah & andy met in college in their business frat, and dated long distance until work and love brought them to los angeles.

their wedding at the la quinta country club was a lively celebration with friends and family. (just wait until you see their bridal party photos!). it was such an honor to document their wedding day.

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// venue & catering: la quinta resort + la quinta country club

// wedding dress: modern trousseau

// florals: mrs. brown’s floral and event specialist

// bridesmaids’ dresses: weddington way

// groom’s attire: bonobos

// groomsmen’s attire: hugo boss

// invitations: minted

// hair: all tressed up

// makeup artist: julie koeth

// live band: soultones

// fine art romantic wedding photography: photography by paulina

crafted at the port of los angeles san pedro wedding | mimi & andrew

i remember meeting andrew & mimi for the first time in downtown la and hearing their story–andrew proposed to mimi beneath the stars, on a camping trip. they met shortly after high school and have been smitten ever since.

mimi and andrew found me on instagram, which is just about the coolest thing! their wedding was held at crafted at the port of los angeles, a warehouse in san pedro. their day was so unique, from the warehouse wedding location to their ceremony itself! instead of a traditional seated ceremony, andrew and mimi’s guests stood around the ceremony site and watched as the bride and groom said their vows beneath their hanging ceremony garland and had a traditional korean ceremony–but you’ll have to see for yourself! andrew is also a photographer, and if there’s one thing evident from their wedding, it’s that he and mimi have a great sense of style. i loved the mix of mid-century modern reception decor with the urban wedding venue and its string lights that added the perfect romantic ambience. it was such an honor to capture their beautiful wedding day!

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// venue: crafted at the port of los angeles, san pedro

// wedding dress: etsy

// florals: diy from the bride and her family

// catering: bbq smokehouse, iwalani’s hawaiian catering, si paletas

// rentals: choura events

// invitations: bride and groom diy

// hair: tara jean hair

// dj: dj pq (philip quinaz)

// bartending: sunseri’s bartending

// fine art romantic wedding photography: photography by paulina

the victorian santa monica wedding | jessica & jorge

i knew that jorge and jessica were so sweet when we had our consultation, and their love for each other was so visible during their engagement session earlier this year. jessica walked down the aisle in her a gown her grandmother designed, and jorge was beaming at the end of the aisle as he awaited her. i couldn’t get enough of her gorgeous shoes and her tacori engagement ring! photographing these two high-school sweethearts saying their vows and celebrating with their friends and family was such an honor.  here are my favorites from their wedding day!

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// venue & catering: the victorian santa monica

// officiant: alan katz, great officiants

// dj: musical phunktions

// coordinator: linda

// groom and groommen’s attire: http://www.menswearhouse.com/

// fine art wedding photography: photography by paulina

national print publication feature | bridal guide magazine!

i’m so excited to share that my work has been featured in the july/august 2016 issue of bridal guide magazine! it’s my first publication in print and it’s so exciting!!

see the video below for details! woohoo! =)

many thanks to an incredible team of vendors on this wedding:

// venue: casa de monte vista

// coordinator: ashley of first pick planning

// wedding dress: amy kuschel

// bridesmaids dresses: weddington way

// florals: my little flower shop

// catering: smoke tree bbq

// rentals: signature party rentals

// invitations: celebrations in paper

// calligraphy: rachel allene calligraphy

// hair & makeup: jen plus color

// servers: toast and flute

// dj: tmc entertainment 

// harpist: erica, palm springs harpist

// fine art destination wedding photography: photography by paulina

malibu fine art portrait session | jenny

lifestyle portrait sessions are so fun! it’s always a huge honor when another photographer asks you to photograph them. jenny reached out to me about doing a fine art portrait session in malibu. we chose point dume for her session– the combination of the natural fields and the rocky beach was absolutely perfect.

isn’t jenny so stunning! here are a few of my favorites…

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hair & makeup // cheek to cheek artistry

natural light, fine art portrait photography // photography by paulina