Yearly Archives: 2011

Doug and Bobbie’s Winery Wedding

Doug and Bobbie’s wedding was all we hoped for and more!  For their engagement session, we took a trip to the winery where they were getting married at and the whole time there we kept getting more and more excited to see this beautiful location on the wedding day… and we weren’t disappointed!

The natural greenery of the location mixed with great decorative lighting, a few perfect rustic details, and all of Doug and Bobbie’s wonderful smiling friends and family… and it was absolutely a fantastic day to remember!

The ceremony….

… the reception…

… everything about this wedding was stunning!

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To give you a little background (in case you don’t remember it from their engagement session) Doug and Bobbie have their own vineyard in Paso Robles, CA.

They put their heart and soul into the work there and they really love what they do and where they live. So when it came time for their wedding, they thought it was only appropriate to include their passion for farming grapes into their big day.

So they found a vineyard and winery down the road called “Carmody McKnight Estate Wines” and they fell in love with it immediately…you can see why!

When I say this wedding had some fantastic personal touches, I mean it!

Everything from serving wine from both Doug’s place and from Carmody McKnight…

…to gifting their guests with olive oil that was made there that included a special painting on the label done by one of the owners of Carmody McKnight, Gary Carmody.

Aside from having the personal connection to the vineyard included in their wedding…the other thing that was super important to them about their wedding was that it be the best party their friends could remember!

So they brought in a stage, a band, and all that wine we were talking about… and made it a night to remember (or forget, depending on how much wine you had!).  It was a fantastic party that went well into the night amongst the beautiful open space of the vineyards.

It was just one of those incredible nights where you look around at the tress, the vines, the stars, and all the smiling faces and you feel more than just contentment, but joy.

It was perfect.

Thanks to Doug and Bobbie for such a great night!

I think it’s safe to say that we had as much fun as your guests and are just as grateful as they are that you threw such a fantastic party!  We’re just soooo happy we got to be a part of it all! Thanks for inviting us into your world!

Click to see the rest of Doug and Bobbie’s winery wedding (as well as pictures from their rehearsal dinner and day after BBQ at their house).

Susanne and Greg’s West LA Engagement Session

At the mention of coming to Los Angeles for their engagement session, I saw Susanne and Greg’s eyes light up.  At the mention of the fact that they’d come over to the Westside of LA where we’re at, our eyes lit up.

We finally get to do a photoshoot in our neck of the woods… or side of the beach as is the case here (don’t worry Phoenix fans, we commute back and forth regularly so we’ll still be able to shoot your wedding, senior session, or whatever… we’re just working in both places now)!

(Checking out the ocean view on the other side of the PCH).

The original thought was that we’d wander all over west LA to get some of the art culture of Venice (where we actually live), mixed in with the carnival fun of the Santa Monica pier, and adding in a little Malibu cliff side beach magic to top it all off.  However, once we sat down and really started talking about it, we realized that we could get more different looks in Santa Monica alone if we just stayed in that area, so we did.

(That’s the Santa Monica Pier in the background there).

We started off at the Santa Monica Promenade to get a little alleyway action…

…crowded people shots…

…and then some of the normal happy couple pictures that we absolutely HAVE to get… especially with this couple…

…they were extra happy and cute together! 😉

We then moved onto the Santa Monica Pier… or at least we tried to, it was a raging madhouse of people down there that day!  The best we could do was to get a picture above all the chaos and it turned into a shot that I absolutely love!

We stayed up in the park area that overlooks the beach, and even then it was hard to keep from having too many people in the background! It was a busy weekend around there!

But that wasn’t a huge problem because Susanne and Greg seriously stole the show!

I’m not kidding, they are PERFECT for each other and just absolutely adorable together. Which is proof that eHarmony works people!

I especially loved watching how sweet and gentle Greg was towards Susanne, he definitely treats her like a princess… which should pan out well on the wedding day since that’s exactly how every girl wants to feel on her big day (and on ANY day actually!) so Susanne will definitely get  her princess fix in!

(On the bridge over the Pacific Coast Highway, and under the sign for Santa Monica Blvd).

We finished up the session down on the beach just in time …and I do mean JUST in time…. we were almost running in the sand to get there. Especially me because I’m a slow sand walker (seriously, everyone makes fun of me for it).  But we made it (even me) in time and got some beautiful shots from it all!

Seriously, aren’t they so cute together?!

(I love the funny faces they’d make at each other whenever Susanne got her little itch to let her funny side show for the camera!).

I can’t wait to see what they’re like on the wedding day!  All we had to do was let them interact together and forget posing entirely because they did their best when they were just allowed to act as in love as they really are.

So beautiful.

Thanks guys!  We can’t wait to hang out with you on your big day and see what kind of awesome style and magic you bring to it! It’s gonna be AH-MAZING!!!!  Can’t wait!!!!

Click to see the rest of Susanne and Greg’s West LA engagement session.


Alyssa, John, and their wedding with it all… and then some

The main thing to say about Alyssa and John’s wedding is that it fit them PERFECTLY!

Of course I’m going to say a ton more as I (Breanna) always do… I just wanted to get that out in the open right up front! I mean, who else is able to squeeze their favorite beach spot…

…favorite dog…

(yep, that’s their dog/ flower girl understudy)

…favorite family heirlooms…

….and favorite local bar all into their wedding?!

John and Alyssa are the only ones I can think of, that’s for sure! I’m not kidding, there were so many perfect details at this wedding that I can’t even fit them all into this blog post so you’ll have to go check them out with the rest of their pictures.

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There are so many more details to see, like photo fans for guests to wave if they got hot, homemade paper fortune tellers (you know those things you put your fingers into when you were 8 and pinched together to reach different outcomes?), a vintage book by LIFE Magazine that they used as a guest book, handmade cloth flower boutonnieres with pictures of them as children on them for their parents to wear, chalkboard signs in vintage frames, postcard centerpieces… do you see how much room I’d take up if I put in pictures of all this amazingness!!

Some of the really cool vintage aspects they included were old fashioned keys that hung up with seating assignments…

…a REALLY snazzy old suitcase on the gift table…

…and you know… Sasquatch of course (he’s old enough now to be considered vintage right?).

Some of the more personal vintage touches were my favorite.  For example, yellow was the wedding color that both of their parents had at their own weddings and Alyssa even used the hat her mom wore at her wedding as a flower girl basket!

So creative!  My favorite family heirloom though was Alyssa’s grandmother’s wedding ring that she wore tied into the back of her lace up dress and tucked in. Her sister wore the ring the same way at her wedding.  I almost cried when I heard about this fabulous detail!

Even the places they held the events at had special meaning! John and Alyssa live near Newport Beach so they did everything they could to finagle in time to stop by some of their favorite hang outs to get some shots of them in their normal world (only wearing wedding clothes this time!).  And I’m SO glad they did, because we got some amazing pictures out of it!

(At one of their favorite local bars, Blackies).

Their actual wedding was even held at an incredible place that couldn’t have fit the vintage vibe of their wedding any better… the Heritage Museum of Orange County.

I have to tell you guys, I was a little skeptical when they first told me they were getting married at a museum… I was picturing dusty, musty statues of very serious looking old dudes with chipping paint.  But I have now learned to never doubt the serious style savvy of John and Alyssa who had their wedding at one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever seen!

My favorite part was the old house that Alyssa and her bridesmaids got ready in.  Every room, every item, every piece of furniture was authentic… and AWESOME!

Oh and then you wander down the beautiful vintage steps to find yourself in either the rose garden…



…or vine archway…

…you know, take your pick. That’s like, every type of wedding location a person could ever want, all rolled into one… especially when you add in the beach like Alyssa and John did!!! How is it possible that a place like this even exists?!?

I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that this is by far one of the best venues we’ve EVER shot at!

There was so much beauty there that I have to say yet again, I don’t have room for all of it on the blog so you’ll just have to go check it out with the rest of their photos.

I seriously can’t describe how many very special touches were put on this wedding that just screamed John and Alyssa.  I was totally impressed and it was beautiful.

Now, about the people themselves…. every time I think of Alyssa, I picture her with a smile on her face.  Maybe that’s because she never stops doing it!

Not even for her big wedding kiss!

Even through her somber, traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, she looked like she was on a ride at Disneyland (as I heard someone put it).

Seriously, doesn’t she have one of the most beautiful, joyful, contagious smiles EVER?!?  I absolutely adore it (and her too by the way!)!

There is no doubt in my mind that this was the happiest day of her life.  And I know it was the happiest day of John’s life because you could tell that all he wanted to do was watch her smile all day… and of course, he got his wish.

As you can see, this day had more good surrounding it than I can either describe or show you…as well as plenty of wonderful things from one of the loveliest couples, whom I only have time to give you a brief glimpse into.

There couldn’t have been a single thing about the look, the feel, the style, the mood, or the people at Alyssa and John’s wedding that could’ve made it better than it already was.  It had it all and then some. Perfection.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Alyssa and John’s Dream Wedding.

A burned forest, a tool shed, and a leap into the pond… Christen and Jay’s Unique Session

After a wedding day full of phrases like “OK, we’re going to run out in the rain to get exactly 2 photos, ready? One… two… three… GO!” We were crossing our fingers for sunshine and clear skies for Christen and Jay’s Unique Session the next day.

No such luck.

Well, I take that back, because we actually DID have quite a bit of luck.  We had just enough time to get the main outdoor shots we needed in the places we wanted to go, while running for brief interludes of rain cover in between the few moments of dryness.

(literally… running).

Luckily, there was one covered area that provided us with some sick pictures and that was the barn/tool shed on the property!

Who knew, right?!

(Good thing Christen is an athlete because some of the positions and poses she had to hold to get these were pretty complex and required plenty of muscle!).

One of the outdoor spots we found allowed us to get some of the most dramatic shots EVER!

I do feel a little guilty capitalizing on the misfortunes of a burned forest… but look at these pictures, wouldn’t you do it?!

While they had joked about doing it on the wedding day, I wasn’t sure it would actually happen… but boy was I wrong! I’m talking about what you’re about to see in the following pics…

Yep!  They jumped into the water together!

So adorable right?!

There couldn’t be a better end to a mountain top Unique Session than a quick swim in the pond in your wedding dress!

But what happened after we took those pictures was even better!!!  We had the opportunity to go back into the dream cabin that they got married in (click here to read about their wedding and the place it was at) and sit at a long family style table eating wedding food leftovers with Jay and Christen, Josh and Kelley (our associate photographers), and Christen’s parents.

We had THE best time sitting around laughing, settling down for some more serious moments, and listening to stories about their lives in South Africa and their complicated process of immigration to the U.S.  It was one of those rare moments that you wish you could just freeze in time.

There we were… sitting around in a gorgeous home in the woods, eating amazing food, getting to know some of the kindest people I’ve ever met, listening to the sort of incredible stories that really make you think and feel like you’ve learned something… all while knowing we were there to celebrate a wedding between two perfectly matched individuals that we’ve grown to care deeply about.  Now that is what I call an unforgettable night.

Which was a great end to a great session!

Thanks to you all for treating us like family and for being such a wonderful example of the kind of family we aspire to have ourselves one day.  Congratulations and we hope we get to see you again one day in the very near future!

Click to see the rest of the photos from the wedding and from Christen and Jay’s Forrest Unique Session.

(This picture looks like it was taken in a dreamland doesn’t it?!)


The Mykytiuk Family together for laughter and food on picture day!

It seems like only yesterday that Zach needed his senior pictures done.  But really it was actually a long time ago and we haven’t really seen the Mykytiuk family much since then.

So we were thrilled at the opportunity to get to spend a little more time with them when Annie and Paul called us to take family pictures for them.  Only this time we got to meet the WHOLE Mykytiuk family!

We quickly discovered that if there’s anything better than a few Mykytiuks, it’s tons of Mykytiuks! Talk about a boisterous family!

We did the normal posy-posy stuff and then we could barely stop them from working on strange body contortions, family pyramids, and fake fighting scenes.

Definitely not the kind of poses you expect from a family session!

(This one was no pose, she was actually just that scared to go on her sister’s shoulders!)(This is the parents breaking up a pretend fight… or at least they told us it was pretend!)

I wish we could take credit for how fun some of these pictures are… but it really was just them being them!

We had lots…

… and lots…

…of laughs that day.

And to finish it all off, we crowded around their big family style table and joined them for dinner… after we took a few photos of it of course!

I was happy that we got to capture the type of meal that just screams family.

Whether it reminds them of Christmas, Thanksgivings, Birthdays, or whatever… I’m sure these photos of a big family meal together will conjure up all kinds of nostalgia for the Mykytiuk family for years to come and forever remind them of what it means to be family.

Thanks for letting us be a part of the fun and the memories!

Click to see the rest of the Mykytiuk family photos here.