Erin and Reid featured on Junebug Weddings!

I’m thrilled to share that Erin and Reid’s romantic cowboy wedding is featured on Junebug weddings.  I just adored working with this couple; they are two of the coolest, most sincere and loving people.  Kitty and Craig of  Twin Lens documented their very special day so beautifully and I can always count on them for photos that give me butterflies.


One of my favorite projects to create for them was a pair of  portraits that we set above the mantle for their reception at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.  They brought a personal and rustic flair to the party.  Their wedding also sported a life size cactus made entirely out of succulents!  Reid came up with this amazing idea for the entry table and the talented Andrea Soorikian made his vision come to life!  Click HERE to see the entire feature on Junebug Weddings.  You’ll be glad you did!



Thoughts on a “First Look”

What is a “first look”?, you may ask. Well, it is becoming an increasingly popular way to do portraits of the bride and groom.  Though, instead of the photographer whisking the newly wed couple from the party right after the ceremony, the couple meets before the nuptials, for an intimate and sweet photo sesh of their “first look” at one another.  Now, this is not the best idea for the superstitious, but for the bride and groom that don’t want to miss out on the cocktail reception or the wonderful appetizers they hand picked for their guests, this is the way to go!

Some may worry that this will take away from the first time the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but I have heard from my couples that have opted to go for this, that the “first look” is romantic, helps with any jitters and even makes the ceremony that much more special!

The couple pictured above were married at the Gerald Peters Gallery and we planned to have their “First Look” portraits down the street at the Nedra Matteucci Gallery.  They have a lovely garden and if you call ahead of time, you’re welcome to schedule a portrait session there.  We were in luck because the Water Iris were in bloom, along with the Oriental Poppies and Garden Roses!

The couple also opted to do all family portraits prior to the ceremony as well!  This way everyone was present for the party following the beautiful ceremony.

The bride even had a few moments to relax before the “I Do’s”.

…On a different note, one of my favorite things about this wedding was the color palette!  Punchy corals, peaches, oranges and golds were a great choice for this early summer wedding. I also loved that each bridesmaids picked their own dress that suited their own personalities, but they were all in the same color family; it really looked beautiful!

First Look Venue: Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Ceremony and Reception Venue: Gerald Peters Gallery, Florist: Artichokes and Pomegranates, Photos: Stacey Adams Photography, Coordination: MARRIED by Jessie Abrams Baca