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When it comes to your wedding photographer you want to be confident that you not only picked the right person to document your day, but that they understand your vision, and what is MOST important to you. In my experience, this all boils down to communication, and making sure my couples know that they can be upfront with me. This sets up a foundation of trust and results in the best documentation of their day.

So when you are actually working with your photographer, how can you communicate what you want, without micromanaging them, or stifling their creativity? Below are a few ways I’ve learned to do this with my couples to create a smooth and easy communication process.

Be Honest
Sadly I am not a mindreader (nor is anyone else) so it’s imperative that you are as open and honest with your photographer as possible. We’re not judging your choices, I promise! If your not honest with us, we aren’t able to do our jobs to the best of our abilities.

Take Recommendations to Heart
This is a tough one, but I’m going to take my own advice and be honest with you. When I recommend anything to my couples it’s 100% for the benefit of their wedding day. I am not recommending things to make my life easier, but to give you the best photography and experience to remember your wedding. Please remember that your vendors have seen it all (often times when things go wrong), so you need to trust and listen to their recommendations whenever possible. Just remember you hired these talented people for a reason, don’t forget to lean on them so your day can be the absolutely best.

Communicate What is Important to You
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time on family photos, let us know. If you really want to make it to cocktail hour with your guests, we can structure the day accordingly to make it happen.  

I can do so much to accommodate your wishes BEFORE the wedding day, but its often times unrealistic or impossible when last minute requests aren’t communicated until the day of the wedding. Take some time to think about the flow of your day and any “must haves” prior to the wedding, this will help make sure everyone is on the same page.

I have all my couples fill out a detailed questionnaire leading up the the wedding that outlines must have family photos, favorite locations at your venue, etc. This allows me to better prepare for the day, and highlight what is most important to my couples.

Go Over the Final Details
You may have booked your photographer over a year ago, and it’s been months since your engagement shoot. In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, I HIGHLY recommend scheduling a meeting with them to go over your timeline, family photo shot list, and the overall flow of the day. I do these meetings via phone the week of the wedding. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect and make sure everyone is on the same page and ready for an awesome wedding day! 

These are just a few of the things that have made communicating with my couples just a little bit easier. If you take one thing away from this post, please just remember to be honest with your wants and goals with not only your photographer but your entire vendor team. This will benefit everyone dramatically, and ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.

More often than not, when I take a moment to look at my life I am surprised. Surprised I’ve been a wedding photographer for over 6 years. Surprised that I get to work with some of the most inspiring and creative people around. Surprised that my couples are so appreciative. Surprised that I still strive to work harder and be better at my craft, ever single day.

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We live in such a fast paced world that we rarely give ourselves a moment to reflect. To think about our lives, the direction we are heading, and what truly makes us happy. I’m thankful to not only call my career a passion, but my passion has become my entire career.

Working with couples and families has given me so much joy. Not just because I get to document their story, but because I can be a positive force in their lives, regardless of what stage they may be in. Taking nice photos is a given, but if my clients walk away knowing that I had their backs and did everything in my power to give them the best possible experience then my job is complete.

I work hard for my clients, but I’ve come to realize what they have given me is much more than an income. They have been my cheerleaders, they have become my friends, and continue to be my greatest source of inspiration. My heart is full because of them, and I want to take a moment to just say THANK YOU!! Thank you for believing, trusting, and supporting me on their crazy, wonderful journey. It truly means the world to me! xoxo

For many couples the story of their relationship started long before the engagement. For Dawn and Kevin this couldn’t be more true. They have been dating for 9 years, and on a beautiful Saturday in Temecula they finally took the plunge and became husband and wife.

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Over the years of their relationship they have grown up together, and their bond has only strengthened. Spend only a few minutes with these two and it’s clear they are the perfect compliment to one another. Dawn is beautiful, smart, calm, and prefers to leave the lime light to Kevin. Thankfully Kevin is the life of every party, and you can’t help but adore him!

Their Temecula wedding was beyond dreamy, full of so much joy, laughter, and celebration – exactly how it should be! Here is a look into just a few of my favorite moments from their big day, I hope you enjoy!

Venue: Lake Oaks Meadow | Planner: Angela Campbell with Celebrations by Di & Co | Florist: Carla Holt Floral Design | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Hair: Hair and Makeup Girl | Makeup: Tracy | Catering: Temecula Creek Catering

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  • Rachelle - I love the bright blue suites and neutral bridesmaids gowns. Beautiful wedding! Congrats to the new couple! :)

Intimate weddings are my favorite! I just adore when a couple chooses to only invite their closest family and friends. The vibe of the entire wedding is different, in the best possible way. I feel like it encourages people to be truly present during the celebration, and enjoy every moment.

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Vanessa and Justin weren’t concerned with having a traditional wedding, they wanted to bring their closest family and friends together for a celebration. In my opinion this is always a good idea, but when you plan your wedding at Crystal Cove over looking the ocean, then it becomes a GREAT idea. The weather was a dream, the food was delicious, and everyone danced the night away. It was truly one of those perfect weddings, and the cherry on top to an awesome weekend!

Instead of starting the day with getting ready, Vanessa and Justin opted to begin coverage with their first look. This non-tradional approach made me smile, and I just adore when my couples choose to do a first look. I’m thrilled to share the a glimpse into their flawless day with you today! Special thanks to all the incredible vendors who made the day flow so beautifully!

Venue: Crystal Cove Sate Park | Planning: Intertwined Events | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Flowers: Florals by Jenny | Officiant: Alan Katz with Great Officiants | DJ: Visions Entertainment | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Catering: The Beachcomber Cafe

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  • Rachelle - What a beautiful wedding! Loved the location and beautiful purple details. :)

Franciscan Gardens will always hold a very special place in my heart. 3.5 years ago my husband and I were married here, and I have so many happy memories in this courtyard. So naturally I couldn’t wait to see Ashley and Sean create the same happy memories we experienced here.

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Weddings are typically a joyous occasion, but for Ashley and Sean it was a day FULL of laughter. As I walked into Franciscan Gardens the first thing I heard was bellowing laugher coming from both the bridal and grooms suites. This continued throughout their celebration as family and guests happily joined in. I have no doubt that is laughter will serve them well in their marriage, and will be a constant reminder of not only the love they share for each other, but the fun they have when together.

With the help of a truly amazing vendor team, the day came together flawlessly, and I am beyond excited to share a few highlights from their big day. Join me in wishing these two a lifetime of laughter together!

Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Planner: Confetti Skies | Florist: Beautiful Savage Flowers | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Invitations: Carta Society | Officiant: Alan Katz with Great Officiants | Bakery: Simply Sweet Cakery | Transportation: Lake Forest Limos | Reception Stationary: Polka Dot Weekend Inc. | Vintage Rentals: Sundrop Vintage | Bride + Bridesmaid Fashion: Mon Amie Bridal Salon

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