Arizona Engagement Session

Heading to the desert for a beautiful engagement session today.  I love engagement season, and when you have an e-session as pretty as this one, it makes my wedding loving heart joyful. This session captured by Life’s Story Studios, really shows off the couple’s love for each other. Can you imagine the wedding day? Oh my goodness, I think the love is going to pop out of the computer screen! Its amazing when couple’s choose their locations for the images that will be displayed on their wedding day and around their home. It is personable, and special to them. This couple chose the desert lands of Arizona as their backdrop, since it is their new home. I think its beautiful, and I am in love with the cactus and other trees. That sunset shot, is one of my favorite images of this session, and even though you can not see the faces of the couple, you can feel the intimacy. Do not get my wrong, the other images are absolutely stunning, and totally worth browsing through.  Enjoy Monday morning with a dose of the desert.


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From Life’s Story Studios...

Sarah and Trevor met online and moved to Phoenix from CA recently. Sarah knew knew the proposal was going to happen that day and had helped pick out the ring. Sarah has a stuffed chicken that has been through a lot with her, it goes many places with her so Trevor bird napped it. He changed it from it halloween costume into it’s formal attire for the occasion and placed the ring inside the egg inside the chicken. Then they went to a halloween event at Universal Studios and had dinner. We decided that the chicken should also be involved in the engagement shoot. We also decided that we should include some desert scenery and cactus to show the out of state family.

Vintage Phoenix Wedding

I am a huge fan of vintage, and I do not think I will ever get bored of it. I think it will always be classic, beautiful, and very romantic style for weddings. So when the first image of this vintage wedding popped onto my computer screen, I knew I wanted to feature it. The first image was of the gorgeous bride and her stunning dress, beautiful bouquet, and killer hair and make up.  Each and every image after that had me totally hooked. I love all the pretty  details and the venue is the perfect backdrop for this lovely vintage wedding. Enjoy Monday morning with a dose of romance.

















































From Elmer Escobar Photography

Last week I had the great opportunity of photographing Vanessa and Jairo’s wedding. A few months back I had flown in to Tucson to shoot his brother’s wedding (seen at so it was a really great feeling to be invited back for Vanessa and Jairo’s wedding. We met up at Whispering Tree Ranch in Phoenix. Vanessa was finishing up getting ready so in the meantime we took her dress, shoes, rings, and jewelry out to have them featured. One thing I am adamant about is that if you put so much thought behind every detail (and Vanessa absolutely did), then there should be a time allocated in the day to capture all of them. Once we were done photographing them and she was in her dress, we took a few minutes to photograph her in her dress. Again, if she put thought and effort into it, I want to make sure she has photos of it. But of course, eventually it was time for the ceremony. But not before Jairo getting a little bit of a preview. Not visually, but he could at least touch his bride. It wouldn’t be until she was being walked down the aisle by her father that he would see her in her dress. It was a beautiful heartfelt ceremony, and the reception was just as special. With friends and family coming in from all around the country (and some from out of the country). Thank you Vanessa and Jairo for letting me be there for your special day. I wish you nothing but happiness in your new journey together!

With This Ring LGBT Wedding Event

We love this time of year because it is all about the wedding shows going around all over the country. Couples are heading into these shows to get inspired and find the perfect vendors for the big day.  But there is one particular wedding show which we are excited to share with you.   It is all about a fabulous wedding event taking place in Huntington Beach, California at the Waterfront Beach Resort.  With This Ring LGBT Wedding Expo is the wedding event that all couples must attend. You will meet the top wedding professionals, enjoy live entertainment, sample some fantastic food, win some prizes, and more!  Bridal Hot List will be at attendance this year, and we can not wait to see all the beautiful wedding details. Make sure to get your ticket early and you can save. It is only $7.00 if you purchase your tickets in advance, otherwise it is $15.00 at the door. So, save the date, and make sure to bring your friends to this event. You will not want to miss it! It is going to be a lovely time spent on a Sunday.

Congrats on the engagement, and now its time to plan for the big day and attending this wedding expo is a great first step.


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About With This Ring LGBT Wedding Expo…

We welcome all same-sex couples, singles, friends, and allies to enjoy this special day with hand-selected LGBT friendly wedding professionals that will assist you with planning every aspect of your splendid day.

Marriage equality is a reality in California. With This Ring LGBT Wedding Expo is tailor-made to showcase some of the most romantic, creative, and sophisticated ways you can bring your wedding vision to life.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind event celebrating you, your loved ones, and the biggest day of your life!


North Carolina Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

Before we bid adieu to winter and say hello to Spring in a few weeks, we wanted to squeeze in one more gorgeous winter wedding and share all its pretty details. This styled shoot is all about elegance, class, and beauty. The stunning venue, the breathtaking flowers, and the bride and groom make this winter wedding shoot super chic.   With the fabulous talent of Alexanders Studios, the images has us swooning. If you are still feeling the winter season, then warm up with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this Southern Winter wedding.



























About the Styled Shoot from Alexanders Studios

The dry grasses are not dead for me. A beautiful form has as much life at one season as another. -Henry David Thoreau

Though spring delivers beams of hope and renewal, the long winter that proceeds it can often bear down on our souls with dreary gray monotony – unless we have love. Love has no season. It is impermeable by cold or heat. In fact, some may argue it gains strength through the winter, when it is the sole source of gladness and warmth. The stark white, silver, and gray of winter is warmed by just a sprinkle of red love, and this styled shoot captures that contrast.The bride and groom models in this shoot are real-life sweethearts. Their romance has been one of budding beauty. When the bride model moved from her cold home state last year, she ventured into a renewed life in North Carolina that surprised her with warmth and love. From the groom model: “In February of 2014, she moved from the frozen wasteland of Wisconsin and started visiting Church. That first Sunday she attended was the first time that I was leading worship for the service. As she walked through the doors and saw me up on stage, she had an overwhelming feeling that this was the person she had been looking for her whole life.”

As we shot photos of this sweet couple, the bitter cold winds of winter blew through the leafless trees. Intermittent bursts of sunshine warmed our bodies, but the love between these two sweethearts warmed their souls. Sharing their love on camera encouraged the groom model to reminisce about his first encounter with his beloved. “As she walked up the stairs and I saw her for the first time, I was struck by how beautiful she was…I was convinced that if there was anyone in the world that I could love, it was her.” It was as if he had experienced a glimpse of spring in her beauty, and he could not go back to living in a loveless winter. “As our interest grew in each other, I began looking for an opportunity to talk to her dad, to ask him for permission to date his daughter,” the groom model explained.“We have simply fallen deeper and deeper in love with each passing day. We are so excited to see how the Lord will work in our lives together in the future, for we know thatGod orchestrated our relationship from the start.”Where summer’s heat drives us to shed heavy layers, the cold of winter beckons us to add more…more lace…more fur…more texture… in order to compensate for winter’s starkness. The fur stole the bride wore in this shoot makes one warmer just by gazing at it.

The dark red flowers in her bouquet add life to the wintery surroundings. The texture of the jewels add another layer of beauty. Even the detailed antique china warms the dining space in a way that the simplicity of summer cannot convey. And, of course, the closeness of the couple encourages warmth of body and spirit.Winter does not deliver an absence of warmth or love…it is actually the ideal season for more! With warm touches of red, textured pieces, and layers of luxury, this styled shoot shows how love can warm the coldest of hearts.



Photography: Alexanders Studios

Venue: Chateau Bellevie

Event Planner: Galej Events

Jewelry: Gemma Jewels

Invitations: Greatest Story Weddings

Make up Artist: Julie Robbins Makeup

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations

Flowers: North Raleigh Florist

Bridal Dress: Savvi Formalwear

Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

Hollywood’s most anticipated evening is approaching a few days away. An evening where you will find all the movie stars, and celebrities coming together to celebrate last year’s best movies. The Oscars is this Sunday and we can not wait! In celebration of Oscar’s night, we are excited to share this exquisite wedding at a historic hotel where many movie stars made an appearance and stayed for a night or two.  The famous Hotel Del Coronado located in San Diego, California is a legendary oceanside venue offering some of the most amazing features. Its old world charm and its incredible ocean-views is what has many visiting, including us! We love this hotel and all its beauty. You can imagine how beautiful this wedding is when it is set in such a historic and iconic location. With a lovely ceremony on the lawn with the ocean as its backdrop, and a ballroom with the most stunning chandeliers, paired with a gorgeous couple, this wedding is classic and elegant. All the details has us swooning at each and every image. Captured by ABM Wedding Photography, this wedding is worth a standing ovation. Just like the Oscars evening, it deserves an award for most beautiful seaside wedding.

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From ABM Wedding Photography

These two lovebirds met at the tender age of 15! Through all of the ups and downs of High School, these two made it through. One of the things they love as much as each other is Coronado! It is one of the places they enjoyed frequenting for day trips so it made so much sense to them to chose Coronado as the place for their big day! What a beautiful place for a start to a new beginning.



Photography: ABM Wedding Photography

Venue: Hotel Del Cornado

DJ: Choice Entertainment

Flowers: Organic Elements

Wedding Event Trailer from Splendidly Mobile

Mondays can be a drag, especially after a holiday weekend featuring Valentine’s Day. However, we got something pretty amazing that popped into our inboxes today, and we think it will knock your pretty little socks off.  We are excited to share with you a company who has created a luxurious, beautiful, and elegant space for brides, grooms, and their maids and groomsmen.  Oh, and the best part? Its mobile! So, for all those venues which may not offer a bridal suite/groom’s room, or for those outdoor weddings, this fabulous event trailer offers a beautiful and very functional space. We love it, as we love when couples can have that place to get ready, relax, eat, and take those first shots. Are you ready to step inside and experience the luxury? For your next event, consider Splendidly Mobile, and you will not be disappointed.

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Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Rafael Photography

Harvard Photography Studios

Harvard Photography Studios

Harvard Photography Studios

Harvard Photography Studios

About Splendidly Mobile

Splendidly Mobile is LA and Orange County’s only customizable event trailer. The one-of-a-kind concept was born out of years of planning outdoor events and wishing our clients had a more upscale entertaining space.

 The event trailer is perfect for outdoor rustic bridal showers; get ready suite for wedding parties, mancave for the groom and his men or VIP lounge for your guests. The possibilities are endless!

We deliver the trailer to you, set it up and provide you with a personal attendant during your rental.Your rental also includes stocked refrigerator with non-alcoholic beverages for up to 10 guests. Customized food and beverage packages are also an option. All we need is a 50’x20’ space (about 5 parking stalls).

Trailer Amenities

  • 30ft trailer with a 12ft slide-out to create 180 sq feet of interior space
  • Restroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • 30″ Hi-def TV with DVD player
  • Blue tooth capable stereo
  • CD player
  • Full kitchenette
  • Personal attendant during rental
  • Dressing room
  • 2 full length mirrors
  • Black or white leather furniture options
  • Dark wood flooring
  • Outside covered lounge area

Please visit us at or call 562-889-5025



Top Five Gifts for Galentine’s Day

This weekend could not come soon enough! We’ve been so excited to spend the special day with our loved ones- all our loved ones. You may have been focused on your significant, but you can’t forget about your girlfriends! Valentine’s day is all about showing love and giving to the people that you love. If you’ve been focusing on the fiance the last few days, take some time out to pick up something sweet for the ladies in your life too. If you’re caught up on the 14th with Valentine’s Day, save brunch on the 15th for Galentine’s Day!

Frame Your Friends

Need something quick but cute to do? Pick up some fun frames (we love the frame section at Target for a good score) and look through your timeline for some fun pictures. Look for throwbacks (happy Throwback Thursday!), group pictures, just really cute pictures together. A framed photo is a perfect quick reminder of the good times.

Bag It

You know what we ALL need that we never have enough of? Reusable bags! Reusable bags are perfect to help the environment, transport your groceries safely, and they’re cute. Go on a hunt for some cute reusable bags for your girlfriends- it’s always a great little gift! If you’re on a budget these are easy to afford for all your friends. We’ve spotted cute ones at Trader Joes, Forever 21, and Target that are all under $5.00. If you want to be really sweet, stuff it with their favorite snacks!

Spa Night

If you have a little more cash to spend, put together a full night of indulgence for your friends! Get a basket or bag and stuff it with candles, a bath bomb, and a face mask. Give her the gift of relaxation! If you want to get really fun, you can get a mug with some tea or hot cocoa to make it a cozy night in. You can also tuck away a bottle of wine in there to make it an extra special spa night.

But First..

If your friends are all about that #Instagram or #SelfieLife, make it easier for them and spring for some selfie sticks! They are seriously the gift of the season and it’s still going strong. If you look hard enough you can score them for around $5-$10 each, and for a few extra bucks you can get a bluetooth button so you don’t have to do the whole ten second timer thing. Just make sure you make your girlfriend promise they only post pictures where you all look good!


Want to really make your friends smile? Indulge their guilty pleasures and pick up a season or two of their favorite girly show. Gilmore Girls, The OC, Gossip Girl- it’s all fair game! Make her promise to binge watch a few episodes with you so you get some girl time in. She’ll love having something fun to watch and she’ll remember how awesome you are every time she picks it up!


Top Five Tax Refund Splurges for Brides

We’ve all got our W-2s back, all we’ve got to do now is file and wait. If you’re on your tax refund game like we are, you’re all kinds of excited for a nice check from Uncle Sam. You shouldn’t count on your tax refund to get you out of a hole or cover any part of your wedding budget, but you should count on it to treat yourself. You worked hard for the money, you deserve to enjoy the kick back you get from it. So keep that tax refund to yourself and treat yourself- you earned it!

Massage it Out

What’s more relaxing than a massage? Yeah, we can’t think of anything either. There are a multitude of health benefits that are associated with getting a massage such as easing anxiety or depression, pain relief, and even in certain cases weight loss. Often times your medical insurance will help you get discounts or even cover (!!!) your massages at certain locations. If you’re planning a wedding you definitely deserve a good massage.

Blow Out

Want to feel fancy immediately? Cruise by your hair salon and get yourself a blow out just for fun. You don’t need an occasion (other than for some serious selfie action), you just need to enjoy yourself. Right now there are a ton of blow out-only salons popping up for you to come by and just do a blow out-  no other treatments required. It’s such a fun way to have insta-fab hair, and good hair really brings out the sparkle in your engagement ring.

Get the Big Girl Package

You may already have your bi-weekly mani/pedis scheduled, but for your next round go for the gold (or platinum). It’s time to splurge for the best package you can do at your salon! Seriously spring for the paraffin wax, the extra long massage, and the cuticle softeners. If you have a ring on your finger, consider it an investment. If people are looking at your ring, you want to make sure your hands look good too!

Upgrade You

Check your phone plan and if you’re up- go get that upgrade! We’re iPhone fans and the six is such a fun splurge. If you’re a droid kind of gal, the newest Galaxy has amazing reviews and a gorgeous screen. Since you’ve got friends and family coming out soon to celebrate your love, you’re going to need a more powerful phone to contact them all! Plus if your phone camera is a little shaky or pixelated, you need to upgrade ASAP. With so many exciting changes on the way, you’re going to want an awesome camera at your fingertips.

Sweet Day

This one is selfishly our favorite splurge, be forewarned. Take that tax refund and a girlfriend and have a complete guilt-free food day. Go cupcake hopping, have those bottomless mimosas, curl up and watch Netflix with as much ice cream as you can eat. One day won’t throw off your wedding diet, and you worked hard in 2014 so you could enjoy the things you eat! If you want to be good, you can double up your guilt-free day with Valentine’s Day and ease your chocolate cravings all at once. If you do want to have one guilt-free day AND do chocolate on Valentine’s Day though, we won’t judge you!


San Pedro, California Wedding

When you have a wedding as pretty as this one, it is hard to choose which images to share. The photographs from Your Lovely Wedding are simply stunning, and each and every image is pure gorgeousness. This beautiful bride and her groom have really won our wedding loving hearts. Their wedding speaks to us with all its lovely details. We can not help but swoon at the breathtaking bride and her maids, the handsome groom and his men, the unbelievable views from the ceremony site, the personal touches found throughout, and the most beautiful florals. We love how this couple incorporated some fun details into their wedding. It is one of the happiest days, so why not add a bit of silly? We especially love the money crown made for the groom, and the men hoisting him up like the King that he is. Just an overall amazing wedding and we are so excited to share this one with you.  Spend today browsing the amazing images of a wedding which has us swooning for days.

We love to hear from you! Tell us your favorite detail of this wedding in the comments below.




































From Your Lovely Wedding

Photographed in San Pedro and Averill Park. It was an unforgettable experience to share this day with the beautiful couple Christina and Arnold. The Bridal Party wedding preparations took place at the Masonic Lodge with breathtaking views everywhere you looked. While the views were amazing it was Christina and Arnold who stole the show! They looked simply stunning. This was one of the classiest weddings you will ever see. It was a fantastic event full of love and fun. Thank you for making us a part of your special day. Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and blessings in your new marriage!

Top Five Detox Tips for Brides

Yesterday Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and gave us a whole six more weeks of Winter- bummer, right? But just because we officially have six more weeks of winter, that doesn’t mean you can still eat like it’s winter. That’s right, the holiday stretch is over so there are no more excuses for eating junk food (official dates are Thanksgiving to the Super Bowl, after that it’s time to get on track!). We’ve got five easy ways to start getting back into shape for the big day.

Ditch the Sweet Drinks

Soda, Frapps, even juice can pack on sugar comparable to whole chocolate bar and have calories that rival a meal. You don’t need to do sugar, juice, or any kind of sweet drinks when there are so many amazing healthy and yummy alternatives! If you’re fancy in the kitchen, you can juice yourself some healthy foods like ginger, kale, and fruit into a fantastic organic mix. If you like comforting drinks, start getting used to tea. We love decaffeinated pomegranate green tea. Green tea helps flush out your system, and the fruit-infused ones give you a great kick of flavor.

Trick Your System

One awesome feel-full trick that helps you save on calories? Before you sit down for a big meal, drink a big glass of cold water. That will help fill your stomach before you start munching away at empty calories like bread and butter. Plus, water is the best thing you can do for your diet- it really does everything for your body! It will clear up your skin, make you feel better, and keep you hydrated so you don’t get headaches or feel tired.

Create Food Goals

If you’re competitive, this is one of the best ways to whip your diet into shape. You don’t necessarily need to keep track of everything you eat, but you can keep track of all the good stuff you eat. Aim for at least two vegetables at first, then up the ante when you find it easier to hit your goals. We like to keep tally of the servings of veggies in our daily planner so we can see how many veggies we’ve had per day. Everyday, try to do a little more or have different vegetables.

Stop the Snacking

If you have a desk job, chances are you can be a chronicle snacker. If that’s you, it’s time to do some cleaning out. Clean out anything edible from your desk/cubicle except for gum or mints (you need to stay minty!). Put it out in a common area so your coworkers can graze, but you need to commit to staying away. Keep all temptation away and replace it with something good, like raw almonds or fruit. The fewer chances you have to eat junk food, the less you will eat junk food!

Team Efforts

In theory, it’s super easy to say no to junk food and yes to foods that will cleanse your body. You know what makes it easier, though? A friend! Get your fiance (after all, he has a big day coming up too) to join you, or even your bridesmaids. Having someone to keep you accountable can make all the difference, plus you can figure out new fun recipes together!