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Jaime and Alvin’s wedding was probably one of the swankiest weddings I’ve gotten to help shoot. Located at the ritzy Il Palazzo Mansion in San Clemente, the entire event was a feast for the eyes and even more of a delight to capture. There was so much to love about this wedding from the bride & groom’s personalities to the venue’s sweeping architectural design, to the botanical details and more. Many thanks to the amazingly talented photographer, Michelle Chiu for having me along! Head on over to check out her work – she’s amazing.
Many thanks to Pacific Weddings for featuring this shoot on their blog!
I don’t do too many of these styled shoots, but this one was probably one of my favorites, shot a few weeks ago out in Brea, CA. I just loved the limitlessness and freedom of this shoot including the joy I felt that day. I loved shooting the gorgeous Chauntelle Hall on this 30-acre property filled with Monterey Pines and the sun setting sweetly behind us. Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to explore what it looks like to redefine beauty in a world where we’re told what it looks like. This shoot was such a simple reminder to us that true beauty is found in simplicity in that our theme was to convey simplicity in dress, hair and in details. I was so grateful for the chance to freely dream up a shoot from concept to completion together with some of my favorite LA vendors. What a sweet memory to kick off 2015!
Styling & Design: Poetrie Design // Floral Design: Emblem Flowers // Model: Chauntelle Hall // Venue: Peltzer Pines // MUA: Sue Park // Hair: Liz Kim // Dress: Shop Ruche // Shoes: Aldo // Cake: Mary Lee Kitchen // Necklace: Youriginal
We’ve been home now for the past 6 months. When I think about the last year, Nepal never seems to leave my mind. I’ve never fallen hard for a country the way I did for Nepal last April. Wanderlusted for others? Yes. But love doesn’t come so easy.
Back in April, Rob challenged me to venture out on a journey beyond the city without him and the comfort of his ability to converse in the local language for me. A few weeks later I was off on a 7 day faith journey via bus, motorcycle, jeep and tractor through the Annapurna Circuit with three amazing friends to Upper Mustang, all without a tour guide. We depended on strangers, we made new friends, we danced with the locals and, I fell in love with the people and places I was born to love, 12,000 feet above sea level. This is what I saw.
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately, new year and all. I usually spend quite a bit of time remembering my experiences, especially through photos. What was I doing last year this time? What about 6 months ago? Have I grown – or stayed the same? Do I see the same – or differently? (Literally..more on this in another post!) It helps me process my surroundings so I think on a deeper level about the things I’ve experienced throughout the year. It also helps me develop my creative process further; where I’ve come from to help me determine where I’m going. This weekend I took the reflecting up a notch and decided to feature 100 of my favorite photos from our 1 year adventure to Nepal, India, Myanmar and back. The rule was that they all had to come from my iPhone – nothing more, nothing less. I will never ever forget the people we met and the countries we visited. Thanks for following. And cheers to new adventures in 2015!