Zahirah and Greg: Los Angeles

Zahirah & Greg in at Disney Concert Hall building in Downtown Los Angeles

At the Bunker Hill Angel's Flight funicular railway

At the Mulholland Fountain

The Oh Family at Joshua Tree National Park

If you've been reading our blog for a while, you might recall that the Oh family ventured to the Salton Sea last year for their portrait session.

Sneak Peek: Crystalyn and Tyler at the Hideaway, La Quinta

Tyler & Crystal wedding ceremony at Hideaway, La Quinta

Tyler & Crystal wedding at the Hideaway, La Quinta

Tyler & Crystal after ceremony at the Hideaway, La Quinta

Ashley & Alon at the Palm Springs O'Donnell House

Fun with a Lomo!

Stephanie and Jeff at the O'Donnell Golf Club

Jennifer and Erik at the La Quinta Resort & Club

Kelly and Kyle (+ Joe and Sophie) - Indian Wells, California

Carrie and Rob - Palm Springs Estate Wedding

Joanna and Andy: The Tradition Golf Club, La Quinta

Hacienda Del Gato at The Tradition

Andy and Joanna; spectacular scenery

Groom's son and best man; beautiful open back gown

Lynne Lockwood, Music of Romance - framed beneath the arch

One of the adorable flower girls; a ceremony moment

Three out of four isn't bad!

A portrait of the newlyweds; the bride prepares for her moment

Details at The Tradition

Cream rose bouquet and boutonniere by Charlotte Groves

The moment begins

Love and adoration

Andy and Joanna

Joanna's bouquet; the sweet ring bearer

A private moment in the courtyard

The ceremony framed by nature

Mr. and Mrs. Myers

Cake by Exquisite Desserts; harpist Lynne Lockwood, Music of Romance

Joining two lives

Desert cacti contrast with cream rose petals

Joanna, Andy and their friends and family

The bride's gown details

Portraits at dusk

The bride wore a veil for the ceremony and a fun feathered hair accessory for the reception

Making a grand entrance

A beautiful winter desert wedding for Joanna and Andy. This couple from Laguna chose The Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta for their intimate union and celebration. I have to say that the location of The Tradition is stunning -- situated right up against the Santa Rosa mountains. The landscaping is verdant and immaculately kept. Such a beautiful spot to start a life together! Marcy Luna of The Tradition made sure the details of the day went smoothly so that the newlyweds could enjoy their day without worry.

We wish Joanna and Andy all the best!

DETAILS (all links open in a new window):
Wedding Venue: The Tradition Golf Club, La Quinta - Marcy Luna, Food and Beverage Director
Floral: Charlotte Groves, Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: J. Russell Salon
Wedding Cake: Exquisite Desserts
Reception Music: DJ Rod Shaddix, Musical Affair Entertainment
Ceremony Harpist: Lynne Lockwood, Music of Romance

Christie and Scott: Marriott's Shadow Ridge Resort

An excited bride; a gorgeous day at Marriott Shadow Ridge

Fiery pink bouquet of roses, peonies, calla lilies and orchids by Charlotte Groves; the happy groom

Portraits of Christie and Scott at twilight

Christie and her good friends; best man Adam ready with the Dom Perignon

Proud grandmother of the bride

The lovely couple; Christie enjoys a laugh

Celebrating Scott and Christie's new lives together with bubbles and cocktails

Ceremony moments

A gorgeous flower for the bride's hair; sassy peacock blue bridal shoes

Christie and Scott having fun

Mom and Dad give a kiss

Water features, stone walls and colorful lizards

The ceremony was full of joy and love

The bride and her vibrant pink bouquet

The party begins!

Guitar music by John Pagels; lacing up the bride

The always-smiling groom

Delicious pink polka-dotted cupcakes await Christie and Scott

Christie and Scott have their paparazzi moment

Up close and personal; matron of honor Dianna's bouquet

The rose exchange officiated by Rev. Virginia Surrell

Scott and Christie in black and white

Day and night

Christie and Scott are from Canada, and they are such fun! Scott had us laughing all day long, and Christie always had a ready smile! They are a very laidback couple who married in the beautiful and relaxing setting of Marriott's Shadow Ridge Resort. Christie and Scott are an athletic couple, and they'd have to be, with their professions. Christie is a Mountie (member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and Scott is a firefighter. Their goal was to have a relaxed, intimate and fun day. To cap off their event, they held a nighttime pool party at the resort. Christie surprised her guests by jumping into the pool with her gown on! She didn't just simply jump in, though. She did a cartwheel into the pool - now that's the way to "take the plunge!"

Our warmest wishes to Scott and Christie!

DETAILS (all links open in a new window):
Wedding Venue: Marriott's Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert
Officiant: Rev Virginia Surrell, Specialized Wedding Services
Floral: Charlotte Groves, Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: J. Russell Salon
Wedding Cake/Cupcakes: Exquisite Desserts
Ceremony and Reception Music: John Pagels

Taryn and Keegan: Rancho Las Palmas Resort

A radiant Taryn and Keegan

Keegan gets ready at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage

Bridal bouquet of white roses; wedding programs for Taryn and Keegan

Taryn and her Louboutin wedding shoes

Finishing touches

Maid of honor and Taryn's sister, Taylor; flowers by Ultimate Events

A beaming father of the bride

Gorgeous Taryn

Private moment

Love and joy

Details; portrait of Taryn

A beautiful day for a wedding; a playful moment

Pristine color story using white roses

Preparing for the big moment

Showing off the back of the gown

A dragonfly drops in; the happy groom


Keegan's mother beams; a proud ring bearer

About to exchange rings

A light moment during the ceremony

Wedded bliss

Taryn and Keegan

Portraits at Rancho Las Palmas

Rooftop terrace reception details

Sunset portraits

First dance

Dancing with dad and mom

It was a beautiful day in Rancho Mirage for the wedding of Taryn and Keegan. Our couple came down from the Bay area to marry under the sunny skies at Rancho Las Palmas Resort. The color scheme was chocolate brown, champagne and white. Ultimate Events in Palm Desert designed the classically elegant bouquets and personal flowers. Lisa Acosta of Rancho Las Palmas made sure everything ran smoothly for Taryn and Keegan. The reception was held on the upper terrace under the stars with plenty of candlelight and lanterns to create a romantic ambience.

Our best wishes for happiness to Taryn and Keegan!

The Oh Family: Salton Sea

Time for the Ohs to capture their annual family portraits! Last year, we photographed them at the Parker Palm Springs. This time, the fashionable family was game for shooting their photos at the Salton Sea. These images were captured on 35mm and medium-format film. You can see that An and Mike have a great sense of humor, as well as a great sense of style. Family portraits in offbeat locations with some fun props and a change of wardrobe can make your images more unique and whimsical.

Don't forget to click on the images to see the larger version.

Kristin and Jim: O'Donnell House, Palm Springs

Steps to the stone hideaway at O'Donnell; gown by Manuel Mota for Pronovias

Cherished family memories

Cymbidium orchids under water by Artisan; Kristin puts on her finishing touches

The cake awaits; Kristin anticipates

Kristin and her lovely mother; the newly-married couple

Parasols for shade

Portraits of Kristin and Jim

Kristin's bridal shoes by Gucci; the bride about to be married

Kristin makes her way up the aisle with her father, who also officiated the ceremony

Guitarist's instrument; an emotional mother of the bride

Two perspectives of the ceremony

The kiss!

Kristin and Jim

Portraits of the Mr. and Mrs.

Details of the O'Donnell House

More details

Gorgeous food by Jennifer's Kitchen; Kristin and Jim enjoy a moment to themselves

Kristin, Jim and their amazing bridal party

Vibrant floral by Joey Lizotte of Artisan; event coordination by Carla Domen of GBK Weddings

One joyful ring bearer; one happy couple

Quiet moment

Cocktail reception

The first dance high above Palm Springs

Music by LA Funk

A dance to remember

Details from the reception

The cake cutting

Cutting loose to LA Funk

Sparkler send-off for Jim and Kristin

Kristin and Jim were married at the hilltop O'Donnell House in Palm Springs, California. With the assistance of Carla Domen and her fantastic team at GBK Weddings, the event proceeded beautifully. The sun slipped behind the mountains just as the ceremony began, bathing the guests and the lovely couple in soft light and comfortable shade. The color scheme was a vibrant combination of orange and fuchsia, with sheer orange overlays accenting white linens for a clean but colorful effect. The centerpieces incorporated flaming orange parrot tulips and cymbidium orchids submerged in water. The bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere were composed of orange calla lilies. Live music entertained the guests during the reception, as family and friends dined from a sumptuous buffet.

Congratulations to Jim and Kristin on their new lives together!

DETAILS (all links open in a new window):
Wedding Venue: O'Donnell House, Palm Springs
Coordination: Carla Domen, GBK Weddings
Floral: Joey Lizotte, ARTISAN EVENTS
Catering: Jennifer's Fine Foods
Band: LA Funk from LA Allstars
Hair and Makeup: J. Russell Salon
Wedding Cake: Jensen's Bakery
Bridal Gown: Manuel Mota for Pronovias

Stephanie and Eric: The Mission Inn, Riverside

Wow! September is already here! Where did the summer go?

We wanted to share photos from this beautiful wedding at the historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. Nader and I heavily considered the Mission Inn for our own wedding venue, going so far as to visit two separate times -- the first time with the idea we'd have a wedding with about 200 guests, and the second time trying to figure out if we could downsize our wedding to 20 guests! Crazy times. As much as we loved the history and beautiful architecture, we couldn't make it work for our event.

Stephanie and Eric, however, did make it work beautifully, and it was a gorgeous wedding to behold. Here's the proof. Click on the thumbnails to see the enlarged images.

We wish Stephanie and Eric a very happy and long life together!

Stephanie and Eric at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

Historic arches as the sun sets

The ornate chapel doors make a beautiful backdrop and design theme for the wedding cake

More beautiful details from the Mission Inn

Stephanie and her ladies inside the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel

Stephanie's deep plum bouquet, highlighted with a cream lily

Guests await the bride and groom inside St. Francis of Assisi Chapel

The stunning golden altar awaits the bride

A stolen moment between Stephanie and Eric

A proud groom

A very grand entrance while an angel keeps watch

Sharing the joy with guests