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brittney & danny : palos verdes neighborhood church wedding photography

Brittney confessed she didn’t believe in love at first site, until she met Danny.  She was a score clock girl for his basketball league and he had such an infectious personality that he hooked her from the beginning.

Right… I’m sure it had nothing to do with his gorgeous blue eyes.

When I first met Brittney & Danny it was for their engagement session.

We connected instantly. They were both so relaxed and easy to photograph.

After our session, I ran into them at other weddings and I saw how much fun they had together, always laughing and and enjoying one another. I couldn’t wait to shoot their wedding, not only because I felt their love for each other the moment I met them, but also because I knew Brittney put her heart and soul into all the details.

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Loved Brittney’s fun Betsey Johnson shoes!

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Brittney & I discovered we both have a major crush on typography.

Just another thing I adore about this girl. 

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Oh, hello gorgeous.

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The couple decided to see each other before the wedding, which is called “The First Look.

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So there was a slight mishap during their First Look and it may or may not have totally been my fault.

As Brittney was walking towards her handsome groom smiling with great anticipation,  I noticed Danny had specks of light on his face, so I quickly asked him to move over a bit.

Just as he did,  a lovely bird decided Danny was the perfect target to “drop” a gift on. I won’t go into great detail, but let’s just say Danny wasn’t buying the fact that having a bird poop on you is supposed to be good luck. 

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After a few curse words, a ton of laughter and the shock value wore off, Brittney confirmed she was prepared for absolutely any situation when she exclaimed, “No worries! I’ll go get the stain remover pen in my Oh Sh** Kit!“.

Font Lover and a girl that works it like a Girl Scout on her wedding day?

Oh Danny, you are one lucky son of a gun.

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I caught this sweet “Babe, is that really a wedding ring on your finger?!” moment right after they exited the church.

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Capturing moments. Like. This.

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There’s no hiding now, girl. 

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These girls went cray cray for that bouquet! 

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Because they enjoy drinking a couple cold ones while routing for their Dodgers, I couldn’t resist this ring shot.

Brittney & Danny, you guys are so dang perfect together. What an honor to be able to capture such an amazing day!

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*Many thanks to this incredible team who made this wedding so beautiful:

Ceremony: Palos Verdes Neighborhood Church 

Reception Venue: San Pedro Doubletree Hotel

Event Coordinator: Josephine Trusela Events

Florist & Reception Design: KMK Design Company 

Hair: Tiffany Johnson at Andres Hair Studio 

Make Up: Rena at Bright Crystal Make Up

DJ: Michael Angelo Music 

Cake: Rossmoor Bakery 

PhotoBooth: Photo Booths for Parties 

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danell & frank : palos verdes maternity photography

They say, “The days are long, but the year’s are short.”

How truthful this is, especially while raising kids. It seemed like a couple eye blinks ago that I did this newborn session of my favorite twins. Cut to four years later, and they’re getting prepped to meet their baby sister that will be arriving any day now.

 

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I’ll never forget when Danell text me a picture of her pregnancy test. It was dinnertime, water was boiling on the stove, the kids were going nuts and my husband was in the shower. I looked down at my phone, saw she had sent me a picture of a pregnancy stick, put my hand over my mouth, and screamed. I then enlarged the picture to make sure that was a “plus” sign I was seeing. When I confirmed it was indeed, I barged into the bathroom and told Scott I needed to call Danell right now and was going to my car (my substitute office when I need to call clients and the kids are home). She answered right away and said sarcastically, “Dang, what took you so long to call me?”

I cried.

I yelled.

I said “No WAY. Nooooo WAAAAY” about five hundred times.

Danell and Frank had been trying to get pregnant for awhile and decided that if it didn’t happen by the end of last year, they’d close that chapter once and for all.

…Guess what happened in January?

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Danell  had me do a fun session of these little loves for her golf-obsessed husband, Frank for Father’s Day. 

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My dear, dear friend.

She is the most selfless person I know. Always, always putting her needs last. Never wanting to ask for help. Little Ms. Prideful. It’s taken me years to break down that barrier.

I am so flippin’ HAPPY she’s going to be able to relax, take some time off work and enjoy this beautiful, little miracle that’s about to rock her world.

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Black & White or Color? I kinda like both.

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Baby girl has not two, but three (Delaney calls herself the “third twin”) big sisters that are gonna smother her with kisses, try and braid her four strands of wispy, baby hair and constantly fight over who gets to feed her next.

I. Can’t. Wait.

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danielle & jason : palos verdes country club wedding

I remember photographing the Cigliano’s wedding and seeing Jason & Danielle holding hands, talking to friends during cocktail hour. I thought, “Wow. What a good lookin’ couple!”

Little did I know a couple years later, I’d have the honor of capturing their wedding day too!

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Danielle already had the dresses set up when I walked into their villa at Terranea Resort. Oh, how I love organized brides.

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Those classic, red soled shoes

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All the details Danielle wore were exquisite.

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Her wedding dress was absolutely stunning.

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The couple exchanged vows at Mary Star of the Sea Church.

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Holy large wedding party!

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This vintage car from Classic Limos was so cool. I loved capturing these shots.

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The lovely flowers were done by Flower Art.

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The beautiful cake was by Torrance Bakery.

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The reception took place at the lovely Palos Verdes Country Club.

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The wedding party intro dances started the reception vibe off perfectly! Thanks to Michael Angelo Productions for the awesome DJing!

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a little roast during the toast

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The LoMonaco’s are spending their honeymoon traveling through Europe for three glorious weeks. Can you say wicked jealous?

Special thanks to Christina from Ciao Bella Event Planning for doing an amazing job!

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tara : palos verdes portrait photographer

It all started with a conversation between friends over drinks one night. Tara’s friend promised her if she can run five miles, she could run thirteen. Eventually she was dared into signing up for a half marathon. Not only did Tara begin to train the next week, but after accidentally following the people that were training for the full marathon and being able to keep up, she decided to go for it.  Her first full marathon was in October 2011 and she’s been on a runner’s high ever since.

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Besides the fact this beautiful, healthy woman doesn’t know the meaning of muffin top, she has more drive and dedication than I’ve ever seen.

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At the peak of training she runs about 45 miles a week!

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Straight out of Runner’s World, right?

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In just four years, she’s finished seven full marathons (including competing two times at The Boston Marathon) and four half marathons.

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I’m so proud to call this strong, dedicated woman a dear friend.

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kristen & pere : st. anthony’s croatian church wedding

As I walked into the hotel room at the Double Tree Los Angeles , I couldn’t believe how stunning Kristen looked. Not only was her hair and make up flawless, but she seemed so calm. I asked if she was nervous and she told me she was just excited the day had finally arrived and couldn’t wait to see her groom.

I was referred to Kristen and Pere from Molly and Matt.  I photographed their wedding last summer and Pere was the best man. Poor guy had a broken leg, but was a trooper and stood next to his friend the entire ceremony.

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Capturing the details prior to the wedding is one of my very favorite parts of the day. I understand the significance of choosing the perfect  dress, shoes and accessories.

This dress certainly did not disappoint. It was feminine and beautiful,  just like the bride.

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Kristen kept these platform shoes on all night! What a rock star!

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Capturing the bridesmaids seeing  Kristen for the first time.

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Once again, a successful and emotional First Look!

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Seriously, Kristen.  You’re breathtaking!

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Croatia representin’!

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Both families are all so dang good looking!!

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The wedding took place at the beautiful  St.Anthony’s Croatian Church in downtown Los Angeles.

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This bridal party was a blast!

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So much love and emotion exemplified in the dances and toasts.

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Congratulations Pere and Kristen! Thank you so much for trusting in me to capture such a special day!

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