napa valley on film

napa valley venturin, wine tasting, endless cheese plates, trap music blasting from the rented convertible mustang, chill times with Meggan.

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Jenny & Steven

boho dress: Free People | hair adornment: Asos | makeup: Celina Rodriguez

scanned & developed: Little Film Lab

exploring the saguaro desert and sedona arizona

Part III from our trip to Arizona.

Being that it was my first time in Phoenix, it was too my first time seeing saguaro cacti growing wildly in the desert. I was in awe! It was also my first time visiting Sedona, AZ; what an amazing and beautiful place! On the ride between phoenix & sedona, there’s this cute little place called Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City with literally the best pies in the world! I’m not even kidding! Normally I would order one dessert for my son & I to share, but I had to order three! The cafe is known for having delicious pies but they also have a wedding venue hidden in the back. We got there just when the sun was setting and oh my was the ceremony location breathtaking!  One day, I hope to come back to actually photograph a wedding there while eating mountains of pie!

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Lizzie + Hugo

Lizzie contacted me literally a week before her wedding date & we managed to get everything together the day prior, haha! I had such a fun time running around old las vegas with them! Since I wasn’t able to take photos during their ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel, we went around the infamous chapel grounds taking photos. Followed by visiting sketchy neighborhoods, getting frozen custard at Luv It (my fav), & ending the evening taking photos with Elvis’s pink cadillac at the world famous, The Little Vegas Chapel (best wedding chapel in Las Vegas, seriously!). I dearly love elopements like this!

dry lake beds las vegas wedding photographer | stephanie + sebastian

I’m totally sold with any mention of the words “desert,” and “elopement!” Then Stephanie mentioned bringing fun props like pink plastic lawn flamingos, mexican blankets, a large yellow ampersand, and a handmade flower crown, you wouldn’t believe how thrilled I was emailing her everyday! My lovely couple are all the way from Germany. They went to Atlanta to pick up their best friends, and flew out to Las Vegas to have a boho vintage inspired desert elopement. My absolute favorite moment during their wedding is when Steph’s bridesmaid surprised her after the ceremony with singing the song, All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar, along with her ukelele. I was literally crying along with Stephanie, & Angie Kelly (their officiant). It was just so sweet – I get all teary just thinking about it.

more photos from their Vegas wedding were featured in Rock n Roll Bride!

unique outdoor las vegas ceremony location: Dry Lake Beds in Nevada | bride’s dress: handmade | bride’s shoes: Nelly | officiant: Angie Kelly Peachy Keen Unions | flower crown and flower bouquet: handmade from Whole Foods | scanned + developed by: Little Film Lab

las vegas destination wedding photographer springs preserve

It starts with a classic love story – Thuy, a vietnamese american met her parisian husband, Johnathan, abroad the romantic city of Paris. According to Thuy, it was definitely love at first sight.
Traveling back and forth from country to country, they chose to have a destination wedding where else but Vegas! They wanted to bring the two families together, one from Vietnam & the other from Paris, to a fun and thrilling city where the party never stops. The details of their wedding ranged from desert inspired, to parisian romance, to earthy vietnamese touches.

location: Garden Arboretum Springs Preserve | Thuy’s mom was the designer & florist | cake: Retro Bakery | entertainment: Elegant Entertainment | catering: Divine Events | hair & makeup: Cristophe salon | wedding dress: Augusta Jones | lavender bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang | stationery & paper goods: Indian Wedding Cards

Featured on Little Vegas Wedding!

seal beach long beach on film

Took a day trip to LBC. Summer 2014

las vegas camera club

Vegas has new camera shop, Las Vegas Camera Club, in DTLV’s arts district that actually sells polaroid & instax film including polaroid cameras! This makes me so happy!

Las Vegas Camera Club Site & Facebook

traveling around phoenix arizona

Part II from our trip to Phoenix, Arizona…

I’ve never been to Phoenix before so I did a lot a research on where to stay at, where to eat at, where to go etc. The majority of the information I obtained was through pinterest & the show called Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I chose The Clarendon Hotel because of their typeface & the vibrant colors… haha! It’s so very mid century – palm springs chic, I LOVED it! I also loved the convenience of it being in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Definitely staying there again! Ok now onto the food… I swear, everywhere we went it was AMAZING! The Duce had really yummy pecan french toast, mac and cheese muffins, & my fav fav was the pie with ice cream that came in a cute little jar! Wine country french toast at Perk Eatery in Scottsdale, AZ was so good, I wanted more! Breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast was delish… only thing I didn’t like was that they charge you for extra syrup, WTF?! Anyway, we ate dinner & breakfast at Gallo Blanco… BEST PLACE EVER! We kept trying to convince them to open up a restaurant here in Vegas. I’m still salivating over their flapjacks OMG!

So one thing about Phoenix I had to be cautious of was taking pictures. One lady yelled at me, another lady wanted me to fork over money. It was so weird. Being used to living in touristy Las Vegas, I assumed it was ok to take photos anywhere I went. HA, wrong!

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