Jessica + Chris Proposal

When I got to Chris' apartment he was beaming with excitement. Im pretty sure he asked me what knee he needed to go down on. I told him, do whatever feels right!  Jessica had no idea that their date night was turning into the most sentimental proposal ever. As soon as she walked in he had her stand right in front of the projection. A video with music and voice that he had pieced together from phone calls he had recorded, hand drawn graphics and old photos. You could feel the care and creativity he put into the projection. Jess is a talented photographer and so Chris knew she would want photos of this sacred time. After he proposed we had a blast playing around with other projections he custom designed just so we could do more photos. What a man! Its always special to be a part of wedding days, but this was next level! I was so honored I got to capture this proposal! 

xo

Nicole + Paul San Diego Wedding

You can learn a lot about a couple when their friends and family surround them and share speeches. For Paul & Nicole, their community runs deep. They have journeyed with this couple and truly know and love them through and through. Nicole & Paul faithfully serving and loving them. It was a sweet picture of what marriage is all about.

Marriage is an exclusive, quiet, sacred vow between a man and a woman, but its also a inclusive, energetic, magnetic, wild movement of communal proportions. Nicole & Paul magnetize their communities back to the person of Jesus. Its beautiful to watch and it was such an honor to be a part of this union. 

May these images remind you of the creativity, perfect timing and ultimate beauty of what it means to be wed. 

Venue | Willow Creek RanchFloral Designs by Bethany, Dress | Elle Bridal Boutique. 

Heather + Wes Downtown Los Angeles Wedding

I was so excited to be a part of Heather + Wes' wedding. They literally bring so much joy to all that know them. I knew this day at the Hudson Loft would be a magnetic day. Despite the 103 degree LA weather, we braved the heat and rolled with it. 

The Story 

It was all a set up….Well, kind of. The idea of Wes and Heather began with a mutual friend who was determined that they needed to meet. Wes had just returned home from spending a year up in Bend, OR, and was advised to keep an eye out for Heather. Meanwhile, Heather was kept in the dark about the whole thing. So when they ended up meeting on their own at a friend’s house a month later, she had no idea why this stranger named Wes was so persistent in trying to talk to her.

Heather had plans the next weekend with a group of friends to head out on a weekend getaway in San Diego, and Wes had plans to go down that same direction for his cousin's wedding. The mutual friends were working overtime and found a way for Wes and Heather to carpool. Well, they totally hit it off, and ended up missing their freeway exit (combo of Heather's bad co-pilot skills and how involved they both were in getting to know each other). When they saw signs for Mexico, they realized that their Encinitas stop was an hour behind them and that something special was in their future.

Fast forward through falling in love with lots of adventures and life packed into four years. 

 Shout out to all the other epic vendors that made this night possible. 

Coordination & Design | Rachael Lunghi, Cake | Danielle Keene of Sheila Mae Cakes, DJ | Dart DJ's, MU | Heidi Lynn Mehl, Dress | The Dress Theory → Alexandra Grecco, Bridesmaids Dresses | BHLDN, Tuxes | Zara, Catering | Paper Palate, and my ever amazing second shooter Jessica Lynne

 

Cherylyn + Brian Temecula Winery Wedding

So many tears of joy filled this wedding that I still tear up looking back at the images. There is so much love between these two & their families that it made the whole day glow. Even with one of the limousines braking down, family & friends swooped in to make sure the day ran smoothly. 

It was truly an honor to watch someone who I literally grew up with, walk down the isle and marry the love of her life. With generous hearts and a deep love for family these two are bound to display true love throughout their marriage!

Cher & Brian, may the Autumn season of harvest always remind you of the full and sweet love God has for you in your union! 

Many thanks to the other vendors! Location, Florals, Cake, DJ, Make Up, Hair, Bridesmaids Dresses

& my dreamy second shooter: http://www.jessicalynnestudios.com

 

Patrick + Sophie Backyard San Diego Wedding

Weeks later I'm still dreaming of this joyous day! Nestled in the backyard of the Sophie's family home, each part of the day was so special. The ceremony site and most of the backyard totally landscaped by her father specifically for the day. Despite the drought, the seeds they planted months ago grew into a stunning meadow atop a hill! 

With strong hearts that are light to touch, Patrick + Sophie embody what it means to champion one another. They truly are equals. They are so generous, kind and thoughtful. Surrounded by so many beautiful friends and family, their marriage is already out of this world!! 

Complete with pizza & donuts, joyously drinking the "McPail" specialty cocktail in hand, guests danced into the warm September night! 

Killer vendor list : Coordinator Deb Oliver – markndebo@cox.net, Florist  Sandy Price – , Desserts Edelweiss Bakery, DJ Jesus – jesus@fitandsupply.com, MU Sam Gallagher – scgmakeup@gmail.com, Hair Shawna Cruise, Dress :Here Comes the Bride, Rentals Stecklair Events – jenny@stecklairdesign.com

Baby Gwynn

Last week I got the pleasure of photographing Baby Gwynn. The newest little addition to the Gunderson family. Its such an honor to be able to photograph someones wedding... then years later photograph their little one! Im humbled and was teary eyed editing these photos! 

Its sacred and beautiful that I get to share in these intimate moments! She is just two week old! 

As I post these, my little sister is expected to have her little baby girl within the next week or so. I can't contain my excitement and get emotional thinking about the new little life that is on it way!!

Heres to family and new beginnings!