Valentine's Themed Photoshoot: Breena & Can
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I love Valentine's Day! As a wedding photographer, you'd think that would be because my business is love. And to be fair, I do love adorable couples and cheering on their awesome relationships. But that's not why I think Valentine's Day is so great. Nope.

So why do I love Valentine's Day? Two things: bright colors and sweets! What other day can you deck everything out in red and pink and have people give you candy and desserts? Okay, maybe on your wedding day, but maybe that's why I love weddings too.

So today I'm sharing a shoot inspired by all the things I love most about Valentine's Day, starring a super-adorable couple (Can and Breena), iced heart cookies, and—for good measure—giant red balloons!

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Bow ties are so in fashion right now and I am here for it.

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I love moments like these when I catch a couple just cracking up with each other.

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Can is a dancer, so I had to have him give her a little twirl.

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How cute are these neon signs? It's as if they knew we were doing a Valentine's-themed shoot and just wanted to help out. Thanks for the assist!

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No color has quite as much impact as red!

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And what Valentine's Day shoot would be complete without a mini coffee date and—of course—dessert! 

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Music-Inspired Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding

Irene and Sam's rock-and-roll inspired nuptuals were a perfect representation of them as a couple: fun, stylish, and full of laughs.

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Irene and Sam wanted to bring color into their wedding, so they went for a combination of blue and yellow.

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So it's no secret I'm dog-crazy, but this shot in particular I just love. I think it's mostly because he just looks so happy and confused at the same time. It kind of shows how fun yet strange weddings must be from the perspective of our pets.

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Mixed bridal parties are the best! Why not include all of your favorite people? I especially love how the bride decided to give her "bridesman" his own bouquet!

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Their flower girl may have made the best entrance of all time. After her first step into the aisle she tossed a handful of petals on the ground like a grenade. Boom! It was like a glorious mic drop. And of course, every How I Met Your Mother fan will appreciate Irene and Sam's "Ring Bear".

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The venue, Smoky Hollow Studios, is a great industrial-meets-modern space with a giant window that served as the couple's ceremony backdrop.

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Sam and Irene incorporated their love of music into the décor and feel of their wedding. Each table was named after a famous Los Angeles concert venue and each guest found their seat by finding their name on a 45rpm vinyl record. The table names were on full-size records atop wine bottles.

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Their invitation was designed to resemble a music festival poster. They had that same invitation printed as a full poster on display at the reception.

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No modern wedding is complete without a pun-tastic donut display!

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The music theme carried into the couple's DIY-ed photo booth backdrop made of dozens of vinyl records.

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One of the great things about Smoky Hollow Studios is that they have chalkboard walls everywhere. Irene and Sam came up with several really clever uses for the walls, including a "groom vs bride" poll and this awesome "graffiti tag" guestbook.

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After dinner, the bride and groom surprised their guests with a night of live-band karaoke!

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Fortuneteller Romance Wedding Inspiration
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This wedding look was inspired by the powerful image of the mysterious fortuneteller woman. It gives nods to a vintage, forties vibe while also incorporating otherworldly details like tarot cards, crystals, and even a crystal ball. The dark, moody, embellished vibe reflects the strength and mystique of the woman behind the inspiration.

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This gorgeous vintage-inspired ring (named "The Dynasty") was designed and crafted by the husband and wife team behind Make Her Say Duh! engagement rings.

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Instead of typical "bride" and "groom" chair back signs, their chairs were adorned with sun and moon symbols hung from gold chains.

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Tarot cards took the place of table numbers, the sweethearts table denoted by "The Lovers" card.

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The bouquet was made of almost entirely dried flowers, including dried proteas and multiple varieties of purple, blue, and green eucalyptus

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The bride's gown is a Rebecca Schoneveld piece: the sheer embroidered “Emerson” gown over a simple “Lumi” slip. Her veil is a hand-beaded rhinestone cap veil with fingertip length tulle back by Camilla Christine.

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The bridesmaids wore boho-style long-sleeve paisley maxi dresses from Forever 21.

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

Bridal Gown: “Emerson Gown” by Rebecca Schoneveld Design Studio

Bride Makeup: Danielle Baum

Bridesmaid Makeup: Unforgettable Makeup

Hair: Roxy Garvan

Veil: “Daisy” Veil by Camilla Christine

Engagement Ring | “The Dynasty” by Make Her Say DUH! Engagement Rings

Models: Lacey Marie Miranda (Bride), Baruch Sanchez (Groom), Amanda RedCloud, Angelita Montrose

Dark Forest Engagement Shoot: Tommy and Natalie

Despite the super hot Los Angeles weather right now, I'm still getting in the fall mood, so it seems like the perfect time to share this gorgeous engagement shoot. I love when couples bring a little punk rock edge into their photoshoots, especially when it's combined with glam outfits. Tommy and Natalie nailed their edgy, dark, forest engagement shoot with their killer black outfits paired with Natalie's braided mohawk-inspired hairstyle and high-top black converse.

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This dress was stunning! Depending on the light it would seemingly change color from purple to black to gray. Plus the scoop back and mermaid cut are ultra-flattering.

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Natalie's awesome braided mohawk was courtesy of Helena of Hair of the Bride.

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Look how gorgeous this ring is! It was so sparkly in person.

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In this area of forest there are some really cool ruins left behind from some older building. I have tried without success to figure out where these came from. Regardless, it just added to the slightly spooky gothic ambiance that was already going on.

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Maybe some day there will come a time where I'm not totally head over heals for the look of Converse with a formal gown. Today is not that day. I AM DYING OVER THIS GORGEOUSNESS!

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