Tiffany // North Hollywood, CA

 

Tiffany Tram is many things…a dancer, an art school counselor and a creative personality…also known as the extremely gifted floral talent behind my eco-chic engagement shoot from back in April. She is beautiful, poised, kind, and humble with a passion for change. My first introduction to her work was at Brandon & Erica’s beautiful wedding last year. Getting to catch up with this girl and capture some of her best qualities was such a treat. Enjoy.

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Aida + Ian // Oak Canyon Nature Center Wedding, Anaheim, CA

Okay, I have the best brides & grooms ever. In fact, I have the best looking brides & grooms ever. In life there’s a first for everything, a first kiss, a first date, or a first look…This time happened to be my first Turkish-American wedding featuring a beautiful couple…meet Aida and Ian. Aida is an unabashedly loud, care-free, selfless, outside-the-box, free spirit who also happens to be my dear college housemate. Ian is her thoughtful, expressive, and musical other half pursuing his PhD in Studies Composition at Harvard. Suffice it to say that experiencing Aida’s & Ian’s family culture at the wedding was other-than. It left me dumbfounded witnessing them in their environment, the processional, their vows, personal anecdotes, the strong family love, and of course, the memorable punk rock infused ethnic Turkish dancing.

My favorite memory of the day was watching Aida walk down the aisle with her mother to the sound of wine glasses ringing in the summery Socal breeze, the most beautiful and unforgettable processional song ever..a piece created by none other than Aida, herself. Aida and Ian, thank you for having me along. You are good people. You are beautiful people. And, a huge thank you to Christina for your amazing friendship and support this day!


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Esther + Phil // South Pasadena, CA Engagement

 

Phil and Esther know how to love deeply, think meaningfully and laugh much. They are the key to each others lock and the apple to each other’s pie. You can’t help but notice their genuine interest for others, their passion for change, the thought provoking questions they ask and the love they show for others. To see them together was a no-brainer.

The minute Esther smiles she lights up a room, her laugh cracks the stoniest of hearts, and Phil jokes like there’s no tomorrow. When you are with Esther and Phil, they make you feel like the most amazing person in the world. Honestly, the kind of friends who add value to those around them.

Phil proposed to Esther one beautiful evening in July, a week after she returned from an incredible two month trip to Uganda. After taking her through a scavenger hunt featuring some of the most meaningful people and places in their lives, he finally dropped the question.

Esther and Phil are two very beautiful people about to be joined in marriage this December…I am beyond excited for you two. Thank you for having me along to capture your beautiful love for each other!

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Jen // Tropical Inspired Bridal Shower, Huntington Beach, CA

Jen is one of my dearest friends from college. In two days she is getting married.  Jen’s tropical-inspired bridal shower for was full of precious details outlining the colors in coral and turquoise, to represent Jen’s love for the beach, and tropical things. Her personality and infectious laughter are as vibrant as all of the details below. It was so beautiful seeing how much overwhelming love and support went into making all the details of this shower. My favorite parts were the pin the moustache on Mike’s face, making puppets of Jen + Mike’s babies, plus that oh-so-delicious fruit tart.

The day I moved into my college dorms freshman year Jen and I became fast friends. Like me, she liked to challenge things, wear board shorts, attempt to surf, listen to my kind of music, get analytical, be meaningful, love others, think smart, go on adventures and so much more. My kinda girl. Fast forward 5 years later and she is getting married to an amazing man who adores her more than I have ever seen any man adore her before.  I couldn’t be any happier. Congratulations you two. Here’s to many more !


 

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Third Year Anniversary

Three years ago I married the most handsome, amazing groom, and my best friend at a family built beach club in Santa Monica. Today marks the third anniversary since our unforgettably, beautiful summer day back in 2010. Our wedding day (which was pre-Pinterestoric times) was one of the best days of our lives and couldn’t have been made possible without the love and help of all our closest family and friends. I remember smiling from ear to ear the entire day wondering if my cheeks would ever be able to learn how to frown ever again. The location of our dreams, the tastiest food, the most special flowers, a simple wedding dress, and the best friends and family to celebrate this day with made it pure joy. Today I decided to take a little walk down memory lane in honor of the day…enjoy!

Details I still smile at… getting ready at the Drybar, the best deal on invitations, grandma and grandpa singing, my uncle and cousin playing the strings, my sister’s calligraphy on invitations, signs hand-cut and hand-made by our best friends, hand making party favors with lychee jelly and sees candies, a delicious non-tiered coconut cake, a tea ceremony in honor of my heritage, feathers in our florals, our wedding slideshow, totally inappropriate messages written all over our car and all the love and happiness in the world that a family could ever bestow upon me. We are so thankful to each and everyone of our friends and family who have brought us to where we are now. Here’s to 3 years of sweet marriage! Photography by the amazing Katie Neal of Swoon by Katie.


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