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Have you ever been to a wedding where the love was so strong you swear the bride and groom were just floating in air the entire day? That’s how this Inn at Rancho Santa Fe wedding was. I swear, Emily’s smile could’ve carried her for miles. She was so excited to marry Chris, and his love for her was equally apparent. Photographing a couple so in love definitely makes my job easier. And, it’s just downright fun to be around people like this.

It’s easy to see in the photographs why the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is one of San Diego’s most sought after wedding venues. The grounds are ahh-mazing and provided the perfect backdrop to every image. Between the venue, the couple, the weather and the LOVE that was shared – I left this wedding on cloud nine. I hope Emily and Chris did, too!

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding Photos

The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe Wedding

As you can see by the photograph above, this wedding party was f-u-n. And, I just loved the muted color palette they chose. It really helped to highlight all the lushness of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe – and of course, the beautiful bride. And, this crew really knew how to tear it up on the dance floor (see photo evidence below).

Emily’s mom made popsicles for the coolest signature champagne cocktails! I regret I didn’t get to partake (can I get that recipe for February tho?), but from what I hear, they were delish! This wedding was another partnership with Courtney of The Joy Parade, one of my all time favorite event planners. Courtney’s weddings are always beautiful and fun- but her attention to incorporating the personal touches really makes her weddings to stand out!

The end of a long day shooting a wedding always brings about mixed emotions for me. When I was packing up to leave Emily and Chris’s wedding, they had one final request. They wanted to take a selfie with ME, this is just the kind of people Emily and Chris are – kind, thoughtful, and so incredibly sweet. I truly have the best clients!

I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon in Costa Rica, Emily and Chris! I certainly enjoyed your Inn at Rancho Santa Fe wedding!

The Details

Venue + Catering: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Planner: The Joy Parade | Florist: Jerri Disney Florals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Videographer: Jonathan Hammond | DJ: Dennis Tomlinson | Donuts: Fresh Donuts

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Do you smell that? The crisp autumn air on the way? I know the forecast is still showing some 90+ degree days, but we can be hopeful that fall is finally on the way. Right??! And, with that, we can start to get excited about one of my favorite sessions to photograph – Fall Minis! These sessions are a great way for me to get to see a bunch of my favorite families (and meet some new favorites) and take some fun photos of you and your loves. And, as a bonus, these pictures can serve as awesome holiday gifts! I hope you can make it out for these 2016 Fall Mini Sessions!

This year, I’ll be shooting at the Santa Ana Train Station, Irvine Regional Park and Canyon Park Costa Mesa. Fall Mini Sessions will be held on October 9th, October 23rd and November 13th. More details below, including available time slots and how to book your fall mini session! As always, these sessions book up super fast (as you can see), so don’t delay!

I can’t wait to see those of you who I haven’t seen since last year. Your littles have probably grown so much! And, remember, Fall Mini Sessions are not just for families. I want to see you cute couples, too!

 

2016 Fall Mini Sessions

October 9th {Santa Ana Train Station}
3:15 – 3:45pm
4:00 – 4:30pm
4:45 – 5:15pm
5:30 – 6:00pm

October 23rd {Irvine Regional Park}
2:45 – 3:15pm
3:30 – 4:00pm
4:15 – 4:45pm
5:00 – 5:30pm

November 13th {Canyon Park Costa Mesa}
1:45 – 2:15pm
2:30 – 3:00pm
3:15 – 3:45pm
4:00 – 4:30pm

NOTE: If a time slot is crossed off, it is no longer available. 

*Please email your preferred date and time to kaysha@kayshaweiner.com. Full payment and a signed contract are required to reserve your spot. Only one family per time slot (up to 5 people) additional people cost $25 per person. Since sessions are booked back to back, please plan to arrive early. This offer cannot be combined with any other specials or offers. 

Does it ever get old listening to me talk about how much I love my job and the couples and families I work with? I hope not. It never, ever gets old to me! This Hiltscher Park Fullerton engagement session was just another moment, validating that I am exactly where I need to be professionally.

Every shoot offers an element of surprise, usually in the form of a couples story, a father’s joke, or the darling way siblings interact during a family session. Sure, there can be some unpredictable moments (have you ever photographed a days-old newborn??!), but I’m a big believer that things work out for the best. Always.

Whether that means perfect timing, perfect moods, perfect weather or perfect light. Things just seem to work out. For this Hiltscher Park Fulllerton engagement shoot, our lucky break came in the form of a sweet stranger politely interrupted our shoot and offering their horse as a prop in on the photos.

It. Was. Surreal.

Gina and Adam were such good sports about this and I really believe they will treasure not only these photos, but that memory, forever.

Hiltscher Park Fullerton Engagement

Hiltscher Park Fullerton Engagement

Gina and Adam are getting married in Maui. And, before you get all “Kaysha gets to do the coolest things and call it ‘work'” on me… you should know that I have to sit this wedding out due to the fact that I was already booked to shoot another bride and grooms big day. I know… you feel awful for me.

Thanks. Me, too.

Silver lining? I got to take their engagement photos WITH a horse. So…

I am slightly jealous because the theme of their Maui wedding is ‘morning brunch’. So, that basically makes them the coolest bride and groom ever.

This Hiltscher Park Fulllerton engagement shoot was nothing short of spectacular. The light was on point. The juxtaposition of their outfits with the natural landscape was flawless. And, as a bonus, Adam happens to be the brother of one of my past brides.

I’ll miss seeing all the fabulousness that’s going to go down at their Maui wedding, but I’m so grateful they chose me to capture their love during this engagement shoot.

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  • Rachelle - Stunning location and couple! So sorry you don’t get to go to Maui but glad you got to include a horse in the photos!!

This wedding was truly ten years in the making. Samantha and Ryan tied the knot at his parents home in Camarillo, California. With the help of an amazing team of vendors, this location was just right, with the perfect blend of elegance and comfort. Mix that with a healthy dose of family and friends and you have actual wedded bliss! I hope you enjoy these backyard Camarillo wedding photos, because I sure loved taking them!

Backyard Camarillo Wedding Photos

Camarillo California Wedding

There is so much to love about Samantha and Ryan – it’s hard to sum it up in a blog post! Their silly nature, witty humor, and the deep love for each other that is palpable is just the tip of the ice berg! And their Camarillo California wedding was truly a reflection of who they are as a couple. It’s no small task to make sure a wedding emulates the style and personality of a bride and groom, but  The Joy Parade and Rebelle Fleurs completely knocked it out of the park. The lush florals and oh-so-perfect design were mind blowing!

Can we talk about Samantha’s Haley Paige gown for a minute?!?! I had some serious dress envy. This dress was not only beautifully made, but Samantha was beautiful in it– simply because it was perfect for her! The moment that dress went on, she lit up and continued glowing as she danced the night away with her groom.

A wedding day can go by quickly, so making sure you shoot all the main moments and family obligatory pictures is the first priority. But, as an artist, I sometimes see an ‘out of the box’ opportunity for a cool shot. Big kudos for Samantha and Ryan appeasing my adventurous spirit and being so trusting, because when I told them about a beautiful spot for photos (across the street…behind the bushes…in a rather…um…difficult place to reach) they were totally game! And, I’m so thankful that they were! Aren’t you?

This wedding was a great success because it was a true group effort. Ryan’s parents worked tirelessly to prep their home for the big day, his sister Lotta (owner of Eat Chic) made the delicious peanut butter cup favors, and all of the family and friends contributed to a day that was not only beautiful, it was meaningful. And, in my opinion, that’s exactly what every wedding should strive to achieve.

The Details

Wedding Coordinator: The Joy Parade | Videographer: Seven Pines | Florist: Rebelle Fleurs | Cake: Riitta Andonain – Homemade | Peanut Butter Cup Favors: Eat Chic | Catering: Little Nelly Catering | Hair & Makeup: La Rouge Artistry | Photobooth: Focus Photo Suites | Music: Dart DJ, Jesse | Rentals: Ventura Rentals | Officiant: Reverend Caitlin Cotter | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige | Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride

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  • Rachelle - What a beautiful wedding! Loved the gorgeous dress and vibrant colors. Looks like the beginning of a very nice “Happily Ever After”.

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I LOVE food and exploring new places. So it’s no surprise that New Orleans has been on my list of places to visit for years. NOLA is a foodies paradise, from Shrimp Po’ Boys to Beignets, this city has everything your taste buds could want and more!

With my free weekends dwindling quickly before the end of the year (life of a wedding photographer, I tell ya), we jumped on a plane and headed to the south to fill our bellies with all the yummy food we could find. With this likely being the last trip we take before baby arrives, the NOLA Babymoon was born ((pun intended)).

New Orleans Babymoon

Nola Babymoon

Thanks to the suggestions of family, friends, yelp, and of course Top Chef, here is a breakdown of everywhere we ate during our quick weekend getaway.

Compère Lapin – If your a Top Chef fan you know Nina Compton. I was beyond excited to hear she opened her own restaurant in New Orleans, and I would have been so disappointed if I didn’t get a chance to eat here. This was our first meal in NOLA, and I will be craving it for years. I’ll save you the copious amount of curse words I’d need to describe how fantastic everything was, so just do yourself a favor and eat there! This was BY FAR the best meal we had while in town, and I’ll have dreams about it for a long LONG time.

Café Du Monde – I think it may be illegal to come to New Orleans without stopping here for their famous beignets (half joking). The lines are long, but they are open 24 hours a day. We stopped by around 11pm after dinner, for some coffee and dessert. It was a great way to end the night!

Atchafalaya – The perfect brunch spot with live music, a Bloody Mary bar, and some of the friendliest people around. We loved this quaint spot in the middle of the Garden District. Highly recommend taking advantage of their specials!

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz – I randomly found this place on Yelp, and I’m so glad I did. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and so refreshing in the humidity.

Cochon Butcher – Several friends recommend grabbing a sandwich here, and it was my favorite lunch in NOLA! The cubano was amazing, which came with homemade pickles – I was one happy camper! This is a must if your ever in town!

Commander’s Palace – This place is an institution in NOLA, with many of the dishes being on the menu for 40+ years. Service was amazing, and our favorite dishes were the Shrimp & Tasso Henican appetizer and Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé for dessert. This is my #1 dinner spot vote! It was an experience for sure!

Cafe Conti – Cute little french restaurant, perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee and quick breakfast. Their crepes were awesome and they are conveniently located in the French Quarter.

Killer PoBoys – If your looking for internationally inspired New Orleans style Po’ Boys you won’t be disappointed if you stop here! They now have two locations, one inside Erin Rose Bar and a separate space a few blocks down. Yummy sandwiches, with some vegetarian options as well.

Whew! If that sounds like a lot of food… well it was! We came to NOLA to eat, and just a weekend barely let us scratch the surface of what this town has to offer a foodie like me! I am already planning our next trip (post baby), so we can explore even more of the city, eat, and drink our way through more delicious New Orleans cuisine.

  • Rachelle - Wow, looks like a delicious trip!!