Such a sweet little boy and seriously cute family! Asher had his first birthday with friends and family at his Great Grandma’s house in Pasadena. Brittany had so many cute little decorations and sweets to celebrate. Asher had his very own cake and dug right in when they put it in front of him.
So excited about sharing Ashley & James’s wedding today! So many moments throughout their wedding that made for a perfect day. Ashley and James are the kind of people you just love to be around. They have a genuiness that isn’t something you see everyday and an unspoken kindness that makes you feel like your an old friend even if it’s the first time you met them. To say I loved photographing their wedding would be an understatement. Documenting their one of a kind love was truly such an honor and watching their day unfold through my lens was a beautiful experience.
Ashley and James were married at James’ family ranch, the Tyler Quarter Horse Ranch in Lake Hughes, California. They had a cute setup for each of the different events during their wedding. The old barn was used for their cocktail hour, a gorgeous giant tree as the backdrop for their ceremony and an open field draped in patio lights for the reception area. I loved it all! And if that cute bike in the old barn (or any of the old stuff in there for that matter) goes missing it wasn’t me.
So happy for you Ashley & James! I wish you both nothing but the best as you begin your lives as Mr. & Mrs. Tyler! - Megan
Venue: Tyler Quarter Horse Ranch DJ: Antelope Valley DJ Service Band: Austin Law Band Bridal Store: La Soie Bridal Valencia Florist: The Farmer’s Wife Florist Makeup: Mickenna Thompson Cake: TJ’s Sinfully Sweet Cakes Shoes: Corral Boots
Olivia and John were married at the Hidden Creek Lodge which is part of the Lake Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins. Talk about a beautiful place for a wedding! I am deprived of tall evergreen trees here in Southern California so I get a little excited about photographing a wedding that takes me to the mountains with more trees.
When I met these two and they began telling me about their wedding day I could see in the way they looked at one another just how much they meant to one another. Throughout their wedding day there were so many moments when they melted into one another’s arms like they never wanted to let go. So sweet! One of my favorite things about their wedding day was how there were so many little meaningful details. Olivia wore the same wedding dress that her Mother and Grandmother wore! It was a beautiful vintage lace wedding dress and Olivia looked amazing in it. She also had Green Grass Gifts on Etsy make necklaces using a piece of her grandmother’s wedding gown and she attached pictures to her wedding bouquet of family/grandparents that had passed away and couldn’t be at the wedding. She gave one of the necklaces to all of the bridesmaids and to her mother who also wore the same wedding gown. So cool!
Congrats Olivia & John! Thank you for having me capture your beautiful day. Your love one another, family values and kindness will always stick in my mind. All the best to you two…Megan
Venue: Pine Rose Cabins DJ: Arrowhead DJ Wedding Dress: Grandmother’s Vintage Gown redone by Maria at Bella Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridal Hair: La Bella Donna Caterer: Fox in the Woods Cake: Niki’s Custom Cakes Florist: Jasmine Rose Bridesmaid Necklaces: Green Grass Gifts
Heidi and Robert just about smiled from ear to ear the entire session. Pretty sure they were smiling even when swatting the bugs that seemed to never go away. They both have a sweet countenance which makes them both so pleasant to be around and easy to photograph. I’ve known Robert for several years now and seeing him with Heidi makes me so happy. They are two beautiful people with a heart to bring glory to God through their lives and that makes me all the more excited to photograph their wedding in January. Wishing you both the very best for your future and happy wedding planning these next few months.
A couple months ago I visited my home town of Coquille, Oregon and really wanted to do a creative session of some sort. One of my high school friends ended up being free on the day I wanted to do a shoot so we packed up and put together a little vintage camping session at Laverne Park. I gathered items from around my Mom and Grandma’s house and then picked up some old books from a local thrift store. Carrie & Mike were amazing and were up for just about anything I suggested including crossing the river barefoot and making a fire even though it was not technically allowed at the time. They have been together for about 10 years now and have two of the cutest kids ever. Happy Anniversary you two!
Every time I visit I am reminded just how much I miss all the water and beautiful trees and can’t help but to take lots of pictures. I LOVE being outdoors and I could sit by the river for days enjoying God’s truly amazing creation.
Now I’ll go back to missing the river and gorgeous trees.
Meet Alivia Love Chappell! She was just about a week old for her newborn session and of course the cutest ever. She was so well behaved too and barely made a peep the entire time. She loved her little nest and snuggling with her blanket from Grandma. So happy for you Matt & Katie! She a beautiful little gift from above and you two will be an amazing Mom & Dad.
When I first met Lauren & Joey and heard the story of how they met and eventually fell for one another I knew that I was going to love them. Their story began by Lauren’s sisters convincing her to give the cute/annoying boy who worked for her dad on the farm a chance. Lauren soon found herself falling in love with Joey and deciding he wasn’t so annoying after all.
Their wedding was held at Gardens of Paradise and as I drove down the driveway and saw their grounds I was amazed that such a beautiful venue was tucked away in the dry desert hills of Santa Clarita. Lauren and Joey’s had an outdoor ceremony and their day was filled with special moments and the people they love. It’s hard to explain but I think for me there is just about nothing better than seeing such a strong bond between loved ones. Sometimes that bond is shown in tears, laughter, hugs or just a simple look but it’s amazing and makes me want to cry every time. One of the special family bonds that stood out to me was the relationship between Joey and his grandfather. Seeing his grandfather cry happy tears, hug Joey and just be overflowing with how proud he was of his grandson was truly amazing to be able to witness and photograph.
Lauren & Joey, thank you for having me be part of your day! Your love for God and each other are what make you such a beautiful couple and I wish you all the best in the years ahead! – Megan
Venue: Gardens of Paradise Wedding Planner: Tricia Dahlgren Events DJ: J & M Events Bridal Store: Kukis Bridal Bridesmaid dress designer: Adrienne Papell Florist: Flower Finesse Hair: Helen King Caterer: Lavish Details Wedding Cake: Jill’s Cake Creations
See Lauren & Joey’s engagement photos here.