San Gabriel Mission Portrait Shoot: Amy & James

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I met newlyweds Amy and James at San Gabriel mission for a truly breathtaking photoshoot. Her gorgeous red mermaid gown really stood out, and the 18th century architecture was the ideal backdrop.

This huge door appears to have once been the main entrance to the old church. It seemed like a perfect spot to stop for a photo.

Amy commented on the odd looking plant and stopped to ask if she could take a picture with it. It turned out to be such a cute moment! (And don't worry, the plant just grows that way, she was only pretending to pull it down.)

This area wasn't part of the mission, it was actually a business complex across the street, but when I came upon it I knew the arches and textured walls would be great for photos.

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I adore this photo! I love to capture people's true personalities, and this shot really showed how these two bring out eachother's playful side.

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It's always a good idea to get pictures as you walk back and forth between locations. This moment struck me as particularly sweet.

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We ended up at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, which has dramatic architecture and a fountain out front surrounded by flowers.

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These huge, turquoise vaulted ceilings at the playhouse entrance make it one of my favorite photo spots on the property.

You can always get the best out of people when you ask them to have fun and just dance with eachother.

Of course, no photo session is complete without a quick shot of the rings!