Elegant Urban LA Wedding | Ebell of Los Angeles | Alyssa & Rob

The Details

You can tell a lot about a couple based on what their family, friends & guests have to say about them.  From the moment I arrived to document the getting ready process, the mood was pure excitement.  There was no stress, personality clashes or chaos.  Alyssa was calm as can be & her bridesmaids were incredibly helpful & attentive.  It was clear that Alyssa & Rob are a quality couple who had surrounded themselves with quality people.  The entire day was overflowing with love, support & pure celebration as these two started their new journey as husband and wife.

One of my favorite moments of their wedding day was the father/daughter dance.  As Alyssa's father led her out to the dance floor, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" began to play.  But before they started dancing, Alyssa's father privately shared a few words with her followed by the sweetest embrace.  There wasn't a dry eye in the place ... including mine.

The Location

The Ebell of Los Angeles is an architectural masterpiece designed in 1927 by Sumner Hunt.  The historic clubhouse radiates elegance, with two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon and a breathtaking courtyard garden.  It provides the perfect balance of elegance & intimacy by providing beautifully ornate decor combined with the feel of a private estate wedding.

The Vendors

Venue:  Ebell Los Angeles

Coordinator:  Jessie Ball

DJ: Henry Jones

Hair & Makeup:  Karen Lee

Florist:  Bardwell's Florist - Jocelyn

Cake: King's Hawiian - Natalie

Dress:  Bella Weddings - Mrs. Yang

The Images

Oyster Ridge Wine Country Wedding | Alicia & Roni

The Vision

If I had to sum up Alicia & Roni's wedding day in one word, it would be JOY.  While that may sound cliche or expected, their wedding day was such a joyous celebration of two amazing women joining their lives together.  This couple has triumphed over many trying times & have always been each other's support system.  Hearing the toasts of their dearest friends & family demonstrated the impact they have had both individually & together on so many lives.  Their bond is a very special one & I was so grateful to get to witness the beginning of their new journey as a married couple!

The Location

Oyster Ridge at Ancient Peaks Winery is SO picturesque.  The rolling hills, the oak trees & the vast vineyards provided the perfect backdrop for such an exciting day!

The Details

Photography: Tiffany J Photography

Venue: Oyster Ridge at Ancient Peaks Winery

Florist:  Mi Corazon Designs

Catering:  Pacific Harvest Catering Company

Cake:  The Cakery

Rentals:  Luxe Linen, Taylor Rental Party Plus & SCOUT Rental Co

Videographer:  New Classic Films

Coordinator: Central Coast House of Design & Elegant Affairs

The Images

Romantic Spanish Villa Wedding | Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Mike & Kim

The Details

Mike & Kim are two of the most kind-hearted, beautiful souls.  I ended my 2017 wedding season by photographing their incredibly beautiful day!  They are caring & sincere, & their love for each other is entirely evident.  I thought it would be fun to give you a little background on how their love story came to be.

From Mike & Kim:


It was in December 2011, when we met at Starbucks.  Mike was studying for an upcoming college exam with his classmate Bianca, Kim's best friend & (now) Maid of Honor.  At the same time, Kim was stopping by Starbucks to visit Bianca.  She then introduced Mike & Kim for the first time to each other.  The following day Mike asked Bianca for Kim's phone number because he thought she was "cute".  As a protective best friend, she said "no, only if you are looking for a serious relationship."  So, Mike had to find his own way to get to know Kim & to get her phone number.  Knowing this same Starbucks was Kim's go-to study spot, Mike met her there a few more times the next week and the rest is history...


On February 29, 2016, Mike proposed to Kim under The Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France.  Ever since she was a little girl, Kim always dreamed of going to Paris & Mike knew this.  In 2015, they began planning a 2 week adventure around Europe; visiting Paris, London, Rome, & Venice.  Mike proposed on night one of the trip.  He tricked her by telling her to stand under The Eiffel Tower so he could take her picture as the tower lights had just come on & had burst into sparkling lights, all while he was recording on his camera.  As he got closer (still recording), Kim knew exactly what was going on.  He got down on one knee, pulled out the ring box, & popped the question. 


Hummingbird Nest Ranch was actually only the second wedding venue we visited.  We were planning on touring at least a couple more venues before making a final decision; however, after seeing the place we knew immediately this was the one.  We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding to fit our adventurous personalities, & The Villa at Hummingbird Nest Ranch offered that & more.

Aside from all of the beautiful flower arrangements and delicious food, our ultimate vision for our wedding day was not only to celebrate our love, but to see our family & friends from different backgrounds, traditions, & beliefs come together to have a great time.  Our vision was to create a romantic atmosphere that guests couldn't help but fall in love with.

The Vendors

    Day of Wedding Coordinator: Anna Fry

 Rentals: A Rental Connection

Catering:  Command Performance Catering

Makeup & Hair: Sarabella Makeup and Hair

Florist: Enchanted Garden Floral Design

DJ and MC: JR and RJ Del Rosario

Wedding Cake: Porto’s Bakery

Donut Wall: Orange Blossoms Special Events

Donuts: Blinkies Donuts

Drinks/Alcohol: Liquid Catering

The Images

Vulnerability & Self-Love | pre-Valentine's Boudoir Marathon | Anneli

The Details

Can we talk about self love for a second.  If you haven't read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, you absolutely need to.  If I'm being honest, I'm not a reader.  Never have been, probably never will be.  But this book is incredibly written & absolutely changed my perspective on self value & vulnerability.  One of my favorite quotes states, "Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating courage, compassion, & connection ..."  This concept that vulnerability allows us to live a wholehearted life blows my mind on the daily. 

I've always been very critical of myself & nitpicked the things I wished I could change.  Constantly comparing myself to others & never feeling like I was enough.  As Brene explains, "We love seeing raw truth & openness in other people but we're afraid to let them see it in us.  We're afraid that our truth isn't enough - that what we have to offer isn't enough without the bells & whistles, without editing, & impressing."  I don't know when as women we began to allow all of the lies that society tells us to creep in & infiltrate our own value, but we need to courageously defend our worth.  The longer we keep hiding our true selves, the more disconnected we will all become.  I truly believe that vulnerability is the key to deeper relationships & more meaningful connections.

Anytime I offer boudoir sessions, it is always assumed that the images are most valued by the recipient ... the boyfriend, the fiance, the spouse.  However I have found boudoir sessions to provide invaluable confidence & worth for the subject.  As women we need to embrace our beauty, our differences, our bodies, our personalities.  We need to stop striving to all be & look the same, & instead embrace the freedom of vulnerability.

To register for our pre-Valentine's boudoir sessions, click here

The Images

Urban Engagement Session | Downtown LA | Mat & Linda

The Details

I love days like this one I spent with Mat & Linda.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I reflect on what I get to call my "job".  I even said this to Mat & Linda as we were wandering downtown LA on a beautiful fall afternoon during their engagement session.  Mat & Linda are city-folk & wanted a more urban feel for their images.  It can be so fun to explore the city you're from.  I've spent my whole life in the LA area & if I'm being honest one of my goals for 2018 is to spend more time exploring.  It so easy to get stuck in our everyday routines that we never take the time to be a tourist in our own hometown.  This was something my Grandpa absolutely loved to do & I couldn't help but think of him & miss him on this day.  When we were in high school he took each of his grandkids on our own tour of LA to show us some of his favorite historical spots.  He LOVED the history channel & would always report back to us on the newest Huell Howser episode.  Mat & Linda had several places in mind, so they created a whole map & game plan of the best routes to make sure we had time to document all of their favorite spots.

The Images