When you move from the East Coast to the West Coast, or vice versa, it seems that a piece of your heart always remains on the other side of the country, no matter how much you love your new home.Which is why it only makes sense that former East Coasters, Eric and Arielle, who now call Southern California home, would want to have a Chicago wedding to look forward to!It’s also why it makes sense that they’d want an engagement session that represents the two parts of their hearts. The open sky and sunny beach……right alongside the bright lights against a night sky that only a downtown area can bring.So we went for a walk in the sand before heading over to those oh so stunning lamp posts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).Thanks to their excellent planning, in one shoot we were able to capture both sides of Arielle and Eric……their laid back beach side……and their glam city side!Arielle and Eric, we were happy to spend the evening with both sides of the both of you and we wish you the best of luck when you leave the golden state for your windy city wedding!Congratulations!Click to see the rest of the photos from Eric and Arielle’s Two Sided Engagement Session.
We (Scottie and Breanna) couldn’t be happier to introduce you to our new little friend, Ryah!We’ve loved following along with her mom and dad as we’ve captured so many of their major life events from their engagement, wedding, and first anniversary, to maternity, and now a photo shoot with the little one herself!Of course we loved Ryah from the start. Partially because of our history with her parents whom we already love……also because she’s SO photogenic..… in part because her expressions are so fun to photograph…… but most of all because she’s just so incredibly lovable!!!How could you not adore her?!A big thank you to Ryah’s mom and dad for allowing us to once again be a part of this major milestone in their lives. It’s been so fun watching you two grow and change together since the wedding. All the way from a family of two in Arizona to a family of three in California! Thanks for giving us the honor of being a part of it! We love you guys!Click to see the rest of the photos from Ryah’s one year old session!
A beautiful setting, a happy couple, and plenty of family and friends to celebrate. That’s what a dream wedding is made of, right?!In that case, I’d say that Ashley and Kevin’s wedding had it all!First of all, the setting was stunning and the colors chosen for the big day complimented it so well!I can’t get over how pretty the bridesmaids looked in that aqua color for this marina wedding!
(Click to tag yourself in some of the photos on Facebook!)
Then there was the couple themselves. Could they be any more adorable or in love?!It was so fun to watch them on this day they’ll remember forever. You could just see the joy and love radiating from them. So beautiful!And of course there were the friends and family who were there to celebrate with Ashley and Kevin!
(She’s definitely the most excited for them!)
Everyone was so happy for this amazing couple, that the celebrating and merriment making just couldn’t be contained!This wedding was particularly fun for us as Scottie and I (Breanna) had never been to a Croatian wedding before!In case you were wondering what the best part of a Croatian wedding is, I’ll spare you the suspense… it’s the cookies!!!!It’s tradition at a Croatian wedding for each family to bring a plate of Croatian cookies. However, I did hear that Kevin’s mom baked for five full days straight to provide majority of the cookie love found at this wedding! And these aren’t just any cookies, every single one is decorated differently and tastes amazing in it’s own way! It really is a sight to see them all spread out on tables across half the room, with guests (understandably) clamoring to get as many as they can on their plates before their favorites are gone.
(If you love yourself some cookie photos, there are plenty more to see in the gallery with the rest of Ashley and Kevin’s Wedding Photos!)
Once you’ve pulled yourself away from the cookies (if that’s even possible!), you’ll find that Croatians not only know how to bake, but they also know how to party in style with plenty of traditional dances that everyone at the wedding had a blast participating in (along with some typical American favorites as well)!So thanks to Ashley and Kevin for letting us be a part of this beautifully perfect wedding day with the two of you! We hope it was all you’ve dreamed of and more… and judging by your faces and reactions in the photos, I’d say that’s a safe bet!Congrats to the two of you, enjoy the road ahead together!Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashley and Kevin’s Beautifully Perfect Wedding Day!
One of the best times I can think of to do a family photo session is during a family vacation!I mean, how nice is it that everyone is relaxed and having fun doing things they love together?!What better way to commemorate that time than by having a family photo session to capture the moment?!Apparently the Ladd family agrees with me because that is just what they did when they left their home state of Texas to live it up in California for a bit.And live it up they did!But somehow between all of their packed adventures of Disneyland, baseball games, and playing in the waves, they found time to get together with us for their close ups.And we’re so glad they did because we were more than thrilled to help them remember this amazing trip to the California coast, when they were at the beach all together for the first time!Such a fun time for a family!Ladds, I hope that you enjoyed your trip out here to the fullest and that these photos will help you remember an amazing trip forever! Thanks for letting us be a part of it!Click to see the rest of the Ladd family photo session.
One of our very very favorite things about wedding photography is that we get to start with a couple at the beginning of their journey together (as early as their engagement!) and often get to follow along with them on their path to parenthood!We can’t tell you how much we love getting calls from our past brides and grooms asking us to take photos of their kids!Lucky for us, this was the case with Amanda and Javier! We met them when they were just a wee itty bitty engaged couple and now they are full grown parents!Somehow Amanda and Javier managed to make this shoot even MORE special by adding in Amanda’s family to make it a bigger picture of the generations of love that have been poured into their one year old little guy!That’s right… he’s one year old now! And we have the pictures to prove it in case you didn’t believe us!The extra cool part of this story is that while both us and Amanda and Javier have moved away from Arizona to opposite coasts, it just so happened that the one week this year they were traveling to AZ to visit family, was a week that Scottie and I (Breanna) were doing the same!
(I know these pictures say otherwise, but I promise that Arizona is not ALL teepees and horses!)
It’s amazing how well it worked out for us to do this shoot together!
Amanda and Javier, thank you so much for allowing us to be the ones to continue on this journey with you, despite the odds (or rather the distance) we had going against us to make it work!
We are so happy we got to see the three of you being a family together! It just melted our little photographer hearts! Hopefully our travel plans will coincide sometime in the future since we’d be more than thrilled to see once again how you guys have grown together as a family!
Click to see the rest of Amanda and Javier’s family photo session here.