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Belmond El Encanto Wedding - Alison+Vas

Alison and Vas were married at the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church with a beautiful reception at the Belmond El Encanto in the Riviera Ballroom.  When Alison and I first spoke on the phone, I instantly felt like we would become friends.  There was something that just clicked.  She knew that there was no way I couldn't be their wedding photographer, and I knew I would absolutely love to be a part of it!  Alison and Vas met through work, made the long distance relationship work for a few years before he proposed and they decided to get married and that Alison would move up to San Francisco to live with him.  You can just feel the love radiating between these two and their families when you're around them.  Their wedding day at the Belmond El Encanto was simply perfect and I'm so thrilled that I was able to share it with them!

Venue | Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California
Ceremony | Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Santa Barbara, California
Wedding Photographer | Love by J.Tori Photography
Hair | Sharone Bishop
Makeup | Brian Bond Makeup
Floral | Pam McDuffy
DJ | Matt Nocas
Lighting | Roy Hathon
Coordinator | Haley Brantley
Videographer | Justin from Triptych Weddings
Bride's Gown | Reem Acra from The White Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses | Adriana Papel
Shoes | Betsey Johnson
Groom's Tux | Ralph Lauren
Groom's Shoes | Hugo Boss

Pierpont Inn Wedding - Vanessa+Eric

Vanessa and Eric were married on August 1st, 2015 at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura, California.  For those of you DIY brides, you're really going to love this one!  Vanessa wanted a romantic chic garden wedding and coming from a very creative family definitely helped pull it off.  Vanessa and her mother did their own customization to her wedding gown and veil.  They added crystals and beautiful lace applique's.  They made their own wedding cake and even did all their own floral designs!  Vanessa's mother was very hard at work making sure everything was set up perfectly the day of the wedding and everything looked absolutely beautiful!  It was a special day for Vanessa not only because she was marrying the love of her life but she was also celebrating her birthday... and what a party it was!   

Ventura County Fair Engagement - Ashley+Logan

Ashley and Logan have a special place in my heart.  Ashley has been a good friend of mine for quite a few years now and she was even the person that introduced me to my husband!  So naturally when she told me she was engaged herself I was beyond excited for her!  Ashley met Logan at the Ventura County Fair (and that's also where they had their first kiss) so it was the obvious choice for their engagement session.  We had so much fun getting to capture the fun loving characteristics of their relationship and I am so thrilled to share them with you all!  Can't wait until their wedding this spring!

Big Sur - Wood Nymph Styled Shoot

Big Sur will forever hold a special place in my heart!  My husband and I first discovered this little gem a few years back when we were on our way home from shooting in San Francisco and we decided to drive down on the coast instead of taking the 101 like we usually do.  Not too long after we passed through Carmel, we lost all our cell phone service so we weren't 100% sure where we were but we knew if we just kept on driving we would eventually get there.  All of a sudden appeared these beautiful majestic redwood trees all along the road and little cabin like inns.  When we started seeing names like "Big Sur River Inn" and "Glen Oaks Big Sur" we knew we had made it!  This place seriously just feels magic! 

When we got home, I planned a weekend trip there as soon as we could possibly find a hotel opening at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn...  That hotel had a particular air about it that made it impossible to want to stay anywhere else for our first trip to Big Sur.  When we went back for that trip a few months later, we hiked up to Pfieffer Falls as soon as we got into town, and before I knew it, Wade was down on one knee proposing in front of the beautiful waterfall shaded by these gorgeous redwoods!  My heart was bursting with joy and ever since then... you could say I've been a little obsessed with Big Sur. 

We were married a little over a year later, and decided to do a North Coast road trip for our honeymoon, with our first stop being Big Sur, and also traveling to beautiful towns such as Napa, Mendocino and Portland.  We explored all the joys that Big Sur had to offer and decided that I would have to plan a dream photo shoot there soon.  And about 6 months later, we did just that! 

This time we decided to camp and really take it all in.  I wish I could just live under those redwood trees forever (and I swear one day we will)!  I poured my heart into every aspect of this shoot, from coming up with the concept, to learning how to sew to make the dress, to crafting her wood nymph crown, to completing the look with hair and makeup.  This styled bridal shoot brings me so much joy whenever I think of it, I can't wait to go back to Big Sur to create magic again!!

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Angelus Mountain Center Wedding - April+Sean

April and Sean were married at the Angelus Mountain Center in Alta Dena, California on October 4th, 2014.  These two are just so much fun to be around and absolutely crazy about each other.  When you're near them their laughter and free spirit is just contagious.  You can't help but have an amazing day!  Even though it was a blazing 100 degrees outside, their wedding was filled with love and absolutely beautiful!  Loved getting to share their special day with them in the mountains outside Pasadena.

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Hartley Botanica Wedding - Felisa+Zack

Felisa and Zack were married at Hartley Botanica Garden in Somis, California on July 20th, 2014. (which is a fabulous day because it is also my parents’ wedding anniversary!)  I loved absolutely everything about this wedding!  The colors of the flowers were gorgeous, the bride… absolutely STUNNING, her dress, soft and delicate lace with just the right amount of sparkle…  And sparkly Giuseppe Zanotti shoes!!  Just obsessed!  Felisa and Zack are just adorable together and all of their friends and family were amazing too, just a wonderful time!  Thanks for letting me document your special day!

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