Posts tagged Holiday
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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Halloween-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Happy Halloween! I love a bride with a little edge, which is why I was inspired to organize this dark and dramatic themed shoot. I brought together some of my favorite wedding-industry creatives to work on this project. The bold color palette of red, gold, purple, and black looked amazing against the backdrop of the green forest.

Veronica Mera of Baked Goods Unlimited put together an amazing spread for the shoot. She decorated two beautiful cakes, one with wafer paper roses (yes, she made the roses on that cake!) and another with black birds atop a nest. She also made a few phenomenal treats, including black forest verrines, almond macarons, candied apples, and heart cookies with "love letter" decorations. The best part? We got to have a taste when the shoot was finished and they were even better than they look!

The table setting featured a wow-worthy arrangement from BloomLA and accents like an ornate gold lantern, red candles, and a gold vase. The table number, place cards, and menus were designed by Details by Oksana.

This invitation and stationary suite was custom-designed by Details by Oksana.

Our models for the day were real-life couple Diana and Michael. It was so much fun to see their chemistry on- and off-camera. She is wearing a crown of dark berries by BloomLA and a Camille La Vie black ball gown with a purple underlay and an elaborately-beaded bodice. Erika Marie created Diana's gorgeous curls and Sofia Briana did her breathtakingly bold makeup. Her whole look came together beautifully.

The bouquet and boutonniere both used dark reds and purples with succulent and berry details.

These two are amazing together. Anyone could see how much love they have for each other.

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Photos: Jade Elora Photography

Gown: Camille La Vie

Hair:  Erika Marie

Makeup: Sofia Briana

Models: Diana Skitova & Michael Filonov

Cake & Pastries: Baked Goods Unlimited

Stationery: Details by Oksana

Flowers: BloomLA