Lake Elsinore Wedding Photos | Lake Elsinore, CA Photographer | Dan & Rachel

This intimate Lake Elsinore sunset wedding was such an honor to be a small part of!

Dan and Rachel met in a high school study hall class and while playing a game with mutual friends, Dan accidentally broke Rachel’s hand! Ever since then, these two have been best friends.

Surrounded by immediate family and a handful of close friends, Dan and Rachel said their own personal vows to each other lake side in the yard of one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen. Dan’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time will forever be one of my favorite reactions to date. The genuine happiness that spread across his face and the stream of tears that fell immediately upon seeing his best friend walking towards him was priceless. Not a single eye was dry at this ceremony and you can bet I’m tearing up again as I write this just thinking about how beautiful it was!

The beautiful custom flower crown Rachel wore and the simplistic bouquets and floral arrangements adorning the tables were all created by the beautiful bride herself the morning of the wedding. With romantic twinkling lights hung all over the yard by Dan, his brothers and the fathers, these two danced the night away under the stars to some of their best friends singing a romantic duet and playing guitar together.

Dan and Rachel – wherever God takes you on this wild ride of life, I hope that it is as full of so much love and joy! Congratulations, you two! Love you guys!

(To see all my favorite images from Dan and Rachel’s beautiful sunrise Joshua Tree engagement session, click here!)

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Lake Elsinore Wedding Photos | Lake Elsinore, CA Photographer | Dan & Rachel

Brant & Esther | Sunset Elopement | Santa Monica Beach, CA Photographer

Brant and Esther are MARRIED!!!

Brant and Esther met online back in 2014 (how cool is this – Esther grew up in the Netherlands!) and after a while of chatting, they became best friends. It wasn’t long before they realized they were perfect for each other and dove into a long distance relationship across the world!

Brant proposed to Esther at the top of the St. Vitus Cathedral while traveling in Prague (how romantic is that?!) and after months of wedding planning and a handful of complications, they decided to say their vows at sunset on the beach in Santa Monica, CA – officiated and surrounded by friends! It was such a beautiful evening and the happiness exuded from the bride and groom! Following the intimate ceremony in the sand, we headed to P.F. Changs and continued celebrating the newlyweds with dinner, drinks and dessert!

Brant and Esther – I am so beyond excited for you guys and cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your special day!! I cannot wait to see what comes next for you both in this next chapter of life together!!

 

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Brant & Esther | Sunset Elopement | Santa Monica Beach, CA Photographer

Intimate Yacht Wedding | Hornblower Cruises | Newport Beach, CA Wedding Photographer | Lianna & Kevin

Working with these two and their families was a dream!

Lianna and Kevin are high school sweethearts. They met in the 9th grade when they were introduced through mutual friends during gym class and ever since then, they have come to know each other and grow in love! Then, in October 2014, Kevin planned the most beautiful proposal! While on vacation in Hawaii, he took Lianna hiking and proposed on the beautiful DiamondHead Trail in O’ahu! How incredibly sweet is that?!

Their intimate Newport Beach wedding day was SO full of happiness! The day began with the lovebirds and their families getting ready at the gorgeous Balboa Bay Resort. Lianna and Kevin shared a romantic first look right by the marina and we then traveled to Inspiration Point for a few ocean view photos.

Their nautical themed ceremony and reception was aboard the Hornblower yacht in Newport Beach. I loved every little detail incorporated into Lianna and Kevin’s day – from the custom made sail boat candle holders, seashells adorning the tables, beautiful floral pieces (by the very talented Merci Bouquet) and the AMAZINGLY delicious (and gorgeous!) cake (by Pacific Patisserie).

It was such an honor working with and getting to know these two and their families. Congratulations to Lianna and Kevin!

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Intimate Yacht Wedding | Hornblower Cruises | Newport Beach, CA Wedding Photographer | Lianna & Kevin