The First Look… San Diego Wedding at The Grand del Mar

Private first looks are my favorite! I love the anticipation on their faces. I love that first split second when they turn around and see each other. I love those squeals that the bride lets out that I know she wouldn’t if she were in front of a hundred people. I love watching tears fill a grooms eyes as he takes her in. I love that I get to witness it all first hand. This first look was so fun because the brides walk was long. By the time we got her to the groom I was surprised she hadn’t yelled his name and started sprinting. And the look on both of their faces at the same moment is one I still talk about. Stay tuned for more of this wedding…

Photos by: Jonas Peterson



It’s been a fun couple of weeks! Here are a few of the lovelies we’ve been snapping…


An envelope of gorgeous goodies arrived from the talented Victoria Hoke Lane


Obsessed with my new Starbucks mugs!! I think I may have started to drink even more coffee because of them.


Food for Thought…

Color Palette Inspiration

The color combo that Joanna used in the bouquet for our Chocolate Inspired Shoot is beyond amazing. The mix of color and texture helps this color combo cross over from season to season. The deep purples contrasted against the soft blush – gets me every time.

wedding bouquet color palette inspirationPhoto: Lane Dittoe // Bouquet: Floral Sense

Calligraphy Crush

Is it just me, or does opening the mailbox to seriously gorgeous handwriting brighten any day?! I think calligraphy adds such a romantic touch to anything. Aside from an invitation, even a smaller piece like an escort card or favor adds such a personal touch. There are some seriously talented calligraphers out there and styles can range from the classic romantic to the fun and whimsical. There is definitely a style for every occasion and every budget, and it’s a bonus that you will make someones day when they get their mail.

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Calligraphy: Jill Velez // Photo: Chris Todd Studios

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Calligraphy: Betsey Dunlap // Photo: Heather Baker


Calligraphy: Chic Celebrations Bride // Photo: Gavin Wade

Charley’s 1st Birthday

I cannot believe that my tiny assistant is already A YEAR OLD! This year has been such a whirlwind and I have been lucky enough to spend most of it with this little lady. Charley, you are such a sassy little girl and I love watching you grow, play and develop your own personality. Being your momma is the best, hardest, funnest (is that a word?) job in the whole world.

For her first birthday party I wanted something she could walk around and watch. She isn’t the greatest swimmer yet, so the pool was out (had I known it would be 104 that day – I might have rethought that). We decided on lawn games and lunch. We had beanbag toss, lawn tic tac toe, bocce ball and giant jenga. Instead of goodie bags, I wanted something that the kids (and adults) could hang on to. A caricature artist was perfect! We had so much fun, can’t wait for next year. For more pictures than these ones, check out Krista’s site.


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Thank you SO SO SO SO much to my friend Krista Mason, who came to celebrate Charley and take these amazing pictures. I can’t thank you enough for the memories. xoxo

Cupcakes: Sweet and Saucy // Tables,Umbrellas and Chairs: Classic Party Rentals

Color Palette Inspiration

Do you remember this shoot we did a while back for Franklin + Gower? We had such a huge response when it was featured on Style Me Pretty and still get questions about it. I love the color palette of the shoot. It was so fun and the pop of coral was perfect for the chic-beach look we achieved.

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Photo by Maria Carmel

Color Palette Inspiration

I’m loving the color palette of this bouquet and how, even though it has NO gray in it whatsoever, it totally compliments the bridesmaids dresses. Stay tuned for more from this amazing wedding, I’ll be posting it this week.

Photo Ashley Rose // Floral Design Heavenly Blooms