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

old home studio tour!

i am so excited to be sharing my home tour with you on the blog today! i must say, over the last year i’ve mastered the art of living in small spaces and it all began with this one! (the original #thislittlespaceofmine.) my name means “humble” or “small,” so maybe that’s part of it–who knows?!

a huge part of why i love home tours and interiors is because you learn a lot about someone from viewing their space. sharing where you live, eat, breathe, work, and sleep is such an act of vulnerability. i hope this posts adds a little beauty to your day!

i’ve since moved from this spot (and am working on beautifying and personalizing my new space!), but i’m really proud of how i transformed this space into a place i loved coming home to. i didn’t really have a theme or color scheme in mind when i decorated my space, but i knew i wanted it to be bright, modern, and filled with color.

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i didn’t really take many before photos before i moved in last year, but i will say that the walls were a green-beige color (eek, not my style!). i tend to prefer more white, modern, and clean interiors, so once i did some initial cleaning, the absolute first thing i did when i moved in was paint the walls white. white makes small spaces appear larger and brighter, because it reflects light.

*fun tidbit: tyler helped me paint these walls soon after we started dating, before i was even his girlfriend! i mentioned to him that i had just moved and was planning to paint, and when he offered to help and actually showed up at my door it was one of the first times i knew he was serious about us. apparently painting is a way into my heart! haha.

true story: the first color i chose ended up being more of a grey than a true white, so i went back to home depot for a true white color and did a top coat myself. lesson learned: make sure you either bring a swatch of paint color home with you, or test the color on the walls before you buy a gallon of paint!

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my dresser was an ikea rast hack! i bought a bunch of cool drawer pulls from hobby lobby and drilled them into the dresser after i white washed it.  my bed and lamp are also from ikea.

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i love candles. like, love them. hence, an abundance of candles everywhere. #noshame

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does this desk look familar?? it should! ;) here’s what my diy hairpin leg desk looked like in the space!

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i had been collecting frames for a few years, and was so excited to put them to use to build a gallery wall! the frame of the cactus print was a white elephant gift from the holiday party at my old full-time job! can’t believe that will be two years ago this december! the cactus print is from a trip to tucson and is available in the paulina print shop.

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one thing i discovered from seeing all the florals throughout wedding season last year was that i really love eucalyptus. i recently went to the flower mart to pick up some fresh pieces for the new space!

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i’m so grateful to have lived in this space and am amazed at all i was able to accomplish there. it’s a true testament to the idea that “you don’t have to live large to live beautifully.” i achieved and lived through so much in this little space of mine. as time passed, i realized i needed a place where i could run my business without having to worry about roommates’ schedules, among other things. to put it quite literally, i outgrew the space and needed a bigger, true live-work space sanctuary i could call my own. i’m so enamoured by my new studio space and i can’t wait to share more of it with you! it’s my first space all on my own and is literally a dream come true!

follow along on instagram (@thislittlespaceofmine for interior-related posts) and snapchat (@helloitspaulina) for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks as i turn my new studio into a home.

cheers!

“all things are possible for one who believes.” —mark 9:23

 

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  • wall color: behr, ultra pure white
  • frames: assorted; some from ikea, michaels, target
  • photos: assorted; rose bowl flea market, etsy, google, paulina print shop
  • desk: diy: see this post for details
  • nightstand/dresser: ikea rast
  • black & white calligraphy print: rachel jacobson
  • blue mexican blanket (used as floor runner): amazon
  • candles: pf candle co, ikea
  • red, velvety soft decor pillow: bed bath & beyond
  • office chair: office depot
  • girl with glasses print: etsy, jessica illustration

redondo beach historic library romantic wedding | vicky & jin

i have a special place in my heart for my couples who met online, because tyler and i met online and i couldn’t imagine going through life without him. vicky & jin met on coffee meets bagel, and as their relationship blossomed it became clear that they were meant for each other. jin made vicky four promises and asked her to be his wife, to which she happily said yes.

their wedding ceremony and reception took place by the ocean at the redondo beach historic library, and they said their i dos as they and their loved ones enjoyed the view of the sea at sunset. vicky had gorgeous wedding details, and the huge tree right beside the library made for some beautiful, fine art wedding portraits of the bride and groom.

i’m so honored that vicky & jin chose me to photograph their wedding day!

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// venue: redondo beach historic library

// catering: spectrum catering

// coordinator: helen ban

// wedding dress: luna novias

// florals: best wishes

// hair & makeup: galleria wedding

// videography: mod la

// fine art wedding photography: photography by paulina