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Photographing couples will always be one of my favorite things. There is something so amazing about getting to know two individuals, and their dynamics as a couples. I love to ask questions during my sessions, and I always feel like I walk away having a really good understanding of their relationship. This couldn’t be more true for Nichole and Phil’s Costa Mesa Maternity shoot!

Costa Mesa Maternity Photos

Couple Kissing at Costa Mesa Maternity Shoot

These cuties have been married for years, and were actually both in their friends Alyson and Scott’s Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort Wedding, that I photographed a few years back. Today it’s all about them, and their growing family!

For their maternity session, they wanted a rustic park setting and I knew the ideal hidden location in Costa Mesa. This dreamy spot was beyond perfection, and I could just live in these images. So much pretty! To makes things even better, Nichole wore the festive pink dress that hugged her baby bump just right.

Becoming parents is a big decision, and it’s something that Nichole and Phil have wanted to many years. I’m so incredibly happy for this new stage in their lives together, and I have no doubt they will make the most amazing parents.

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My favorite photo from the entire shoot! Look how happy and in love they are!!

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How adorable are they together!?! I cannot get enough of their cuteness!

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  • Rachelle - Love that dress and the dreamy photos! Congrats on the little one on the way!!

When it comes to weddings, we know it’s common to focus all our attention on the bride. From her ring, to gown, to jewelry and shoes, her choices are endless. But what about the groom? So often I see grooms wearing ill fitted rental suits and shoes. This breaks my heart because it’s not just the brides big day, the guys deserve to look and feel their best as well! Thankfully Grooms Grotto is changing all that.

Last year I was introduced to Grooms Grotto and instantly feel in love. These guys are changing the wedding world one custom suit at a time. Not only are their suits fully customizable, but the fit is amazing, and the price is more than reasonable! I’m thrilled to share more about this amazing company below, and did I mention they are OC based – it’s just keeps getting better and better!

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Grooms Grotto Custom Suits

Tell us a little bit about how you got started in weddings? 

Grooms Grotto recognizes that the groom and his wedding party are extremely underserved when it comes to suit and tux options. Co-founders Matt and Nick realized this after being in several weddings themselves. Every wedding they either had to make their way to a rental shop or to a low-end department store to find a suit that fit everyone size and budget.

Suit shopping became a chore rather than a positive experience. In the end, the Groom always had to settle on a generic suit or tux that worked for all of his groomsmen.

Meanwhile, the bride-to-be had the full experience. She went with her friends and family to a bridal shop, toasted champagne, and said “yes to the dress”.

Grooms Grotto is shaking up the industry and giving back to the Groom. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience as well as a quality custom suit at an affordable price.

How would you describe your style? 

Grooms Grotto remains as style neutral as possible. We spend a lot of time asking questions about the wedding theme, colors, and vision of the wedding couple. Our goal is to help our clients design a suit that reflects their personality while fitting into the overall vision and theme of the wedding.

What inspires you? 

Making the world a better place one suit at a time. It is very gratifying to watch the Groom try on our suit for the very first time. It is the moment that sparks confidence and an emotional realization that this suit was designed specifically for his wedding day.

What do you love about weddings?  

The common thread that we love is that no two weddings are the same. Each wedding is an expression of the couple’s personality in which they invite family and friends to celebrate their commitment to each other.

What are the most important factors couples should consider when choosing suits?

1.)  Fit – Most suits found in high-end department stores or rental shops are what the industry calls “Off the Rack”. This means they are mass-produced by the thousands in a few different generic sizes. To complicate the process, each Brand will assume different proportions and fabric allowances. This is why the same size from one Brand will fit completely different than the same size in another Brand. This makes selecting the proper fit for an entire wedding party very challenging and usually results in costly suit alterations or bad wedding photos.

2.)  Suit Options- Weddings are a special and unique day for the Bride & the Groom. Countless hours are spent selecting the flowers, vendors, bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses. We believe that the Groom and his groomsman should have just as many options when selecting their suits.

When you buy a Grooms Grotto suit or tux, you get to choose from hundreds of fabrics, liners, buttons, and design options. Most importantly you get a suit that was designed for you that will fit you perfectly regardless of your size or body type.

What sets you apart from others in your field? 

We provide detailed comprehensive style consulting to create the perfect custom suit for the Groom and his groomsmen. We value the experience just as much as the quality of our suits. That is why “The Grotto” was designed to be a place where you can come relax, have a beer, and catch up with your friends all while being measured for your custom suit. We invite you to come and experience the Grotto, you won’t be disappointed.

What advice do you have for newly engaged couples?

Enjoy the process!! Getting married is not just about the big day but also the days before and the days long after.

  • Rachelle - What a great idea to ensure a guy looks his best on the big day!

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.

  • Rachelle - Great tips!

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

  • Rachelle - I treasure every image you have taken of me and my family! You are an artist in every sense of the word! Thank you for all the beautiful images you bring into the world! 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 at their Lake Oak Meadows Wedding.

Lake Oak Meadows Wedding Photos

Lake Oak Meadows Wedding Bride and Groom holding hands

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!

The Details

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! :)