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Katrina & Brandon: Boulder Ridge Golf Club

Katrina and Brandon’s wedding at the Boulder Ridge Golf Club was so gorgeous! Just wait until you see her two amazing wedding gowns!

We started off with the getting ready photos at The Fairmont in San Jose. As the girls watched Katrina put on the final details their ooooo’s and ahhhhh’s filled the room. Katrina looked absolutely amazing! I love the bridal photos that we got of her standing by the window as she finished up with putting on her earrings and bracelet. 

Once we finished up with the getting ready photos we headed to a little park just below the golf club for their first look. This is always one of my favorite parts of the day as it usually brings out a tear or two. As Katrina started to cry Brandon couldn’t take his eyes of his gorgeous bride and they looked so utterly and completely happy. We ended their first look with a few more portraits as we walked around the park and then headed up to Boulder Ridge for some bridal party and family photos. 

Their ceremony was held atop the hillside just before sunset overlooking the valley. The view was stunning! We made sure to sneak away just after the ceremony for a few sunset photos on the golf course and we even got to see a couple deer along the way but there was no chance of them sticking around to pose for photos with the couple. 

Thank you Katrina & Brandon for allowing be to be a part of your day as your photographer! You both are amazingly kind! Seeing the love your families have for you both and how much you love them was so beautiful. Congrats and all the best to you two… Megan

Venue: The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge    Florist: Signature Bloom    Bridal Shop: Novella Bridal    DJ: Hector Gallardo    Bakery: C’est Si Bon Bakery

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Sahar & Richard: UCI University Club

Tonight I get to share Sahar & Richard’s wedding at the UCI University Club in Irvine, California. I was so delighted to work with these two! In between our Skype conversations we met up at Crystal Cove for their engagement session and kept in touch regarding the wedding day schedule and details.

Their wedding day started off at nice and relaxed as the girls got ready. We then headed to the location for their first look just outside of the clubhouse where the ceremony was to be held. As the sun faded in and out I love how we were able to capture the beautiful blue sky in the background of a couple photographs during their first look. 

The wedding ceremony spread of Persian wedding details was so gorgeous! Fakhere did such a beautiful job with it and it was so much fun to photograph all the different pieces and traditions throughout the ceremony. Just after the ceremony they had Tea Time and then headed off to Cocktail Hour at The UCI University Club. We arrived to the club just as the sun was setting so we took advantage of the gorgeous warm light and headed out on the grounds for some bride and groom portraits. The photographs from that quick thirty minutes were some of my favorites of the entire day. 

Thank you Sahar & Richard for allowing me to be part of your day as your photographer! I enjoyed getting to know the two of you and seeing the happiness pour out of you and your families on your wedding day. Congrats you two… Megan

Flowers: Mina Flower Design    DJ: Battleson Entertainment    Cake: Lili’s Bakery    Afternoon Tea: Royal Tea & Treatery    Venue: The UCI University Club    Groom Attire: ARMANI from Neiman Marcus    Makeup: Oscar from Ziba Beauty    Ceremony Spread: Fakhere Maleki    Wedding Rings: Brilliant Earth

See their engagement session here

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Stephanie & Patrick: Camarillo Ranch

Stephanie and Patrick’s wedding at the historic Camarillo Ranch was absolutely gorgeous! These two were such a dream to work with and I love getting to photograph weddings at places with so much history. Camarillo Ranch is one of those places that I could explore for hours just looking at all the old things and reading about the history. That sort of thing is fascinating to me. The grounds are so pretty with several great places to take photos. The beautiful victorian style ranch house, stables and a barn all from the 1800’s. I may have a slight obsession with old barns. I love them!

Stephanie got ready for her big day in one of the rooms of the house and just outside was the gazebo where the ceremony was held. She looked amazing! The ceremony went smoothly, lots of laughs were shared and maybe a tear or two shed. At the end of their ceremony the bridal party exited epically with a little mini dance party as each of them walked back down the isle. It was hilarious and fun to photograph!

I love that Stephanie and Patrick are so easy going and that it’s very hard to get a bad photograph of these two! They were up for walking all over for photos and just very chill the entire day. I loved watching the two of them interact and seeing them with the biggest smiles ever as Stephanie walked down the isle. They such a sweet couple and blend together so perfectly.

Thank you Stephanie and Patrick for allowing me to be a small part of your day as your wedding photographer! Loved getting to know you two and wish you God’s many blessings in your future together at Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Murphy!

See their engagement session here.

Venue: Camarillo Ranch    Planning & Coordination: La Bella Vita Signature Events    Flowers: Shells Petals    Cake: Frost It Cakery    DJ: In the Mix Events    Catering: DJ’s California Catering

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Summer Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Like most creatives I love putting together pretty details and have been thinking of putting together some gorgeous dreamy summer wedding details. After the initial brainstorming meeting with Wildly Wed and White Fig Designs we put a date on the shoot and decided to aim for summer woodland wedding inspiration. We wanted the shoot to give a dreamy summer feel set in a wooded area with bright flowers and the warm glow of candles to give inspiration to summer brides that want to have a woodland feel to their wedding. We pulled in pinks, greens, peaches and dusky greens for the florals and details. We then added a gorgeous gathering of taper candles to the table with moss, ferns, brass and the most amazing floral centerpiece. Touches of bohemian style were used here and there along with a fir blanket or two to bring in some cozy for the cool summer evenings. The invitation suite was made with garden rose illustrations complete with a custom illustrated map that I drew as a collaboration with Honey Paper. You have to see these invitations, so be sure to keep scrolling. They are gorgeous!! We really enjoyed putting this styled shoot together and hope it can bring some inspiration and ideas to brides across the country.

For this shoot we also wanted to have a real life couple. Noah and Christine! Their love story began at Christ Church in Lake Forest Illinois. They were both attending Trinity International University and youth leaders in the youth group there. They went on their first date to The Cheesecake Factory and somewhere in between all the talking and laughing they realized that there was definitely something between the two of them. When Noah took Christine home that night they sat in the car right outside her dorm where they talked and Noah asked Christine to officially be his girlfriend. That question was filled by a yes from Christine and the most awkward kiss ever, but hey at least no one was watching. (At least they hope not.)

As their dating life continued they both knew on New Years Eve of 2007 that they wanted to get married. The following summer Noah flew out to California from Illinois while Christine was home for summer vacation. Christine had no idea that July 31st 2008 had a beautiful surprise waiting for her. Noah had Christine’s best friend trick her into going to the Newport Pier (the first beach she took Noah to) for a barbecue. Christine was starving and hadn’t eaten much that day because she was saving room for dinner that night and was a little “hangry” during the drive out there. Christine stepped out of the car, started walking towards the pier and then saw Noah standing there. He took Christine onto the beach just as the sun was setting and asked her to marry him! She was completely shocked!

Noah and Christine were married on July 11,2009 at the same church where they met and they now live in Southern California. Their favorite memory as a married couple was the day their beautiful daughter Charleigh was born on June 15, 2013. She has brought so much joy and love into their lives. She is a gift from God that they are forever thankful for. Charleigh’s laugh and smile can brighten up anything! She keeps them focused on what is really important in life. They love their precious little girl so much even though she has deprived them of sleep for the last two years.Noah loves Christine’s fun personality, ability to be herself, impersonations of Wendy from Peter Pan and of course thinks she’s incredibly beautiful. Christine loves Noah’s smile and is just a bit jealous of his skin! She loves that he is an amazing daddy to Charleigh- its one of Christine’s favorite things to watch. She loves that he’s a natural leader in their family and that he is passionate about student ministry.

This shoot published on Rustic Wedding Chic! See the feature here.

Honey Paper INVITATION DESIGNER    Megan Hayes Photography PHOTOGRAPHy & DESIGN    Wildly Wed EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN    White Fig Designs FLORAL DESIGN & EVENT STAGING    Austin Straub CINEMA AND VIDEO    Larry Chappell CINEMA AND VIDEO    Beyond The Whisk Bake Shoppe BAKERY    Host And Toast Studio HANDMADE GOODS DESIGNER    Lindee Daniel DRESS DESIGNER    Lovely Bride BRIDAL SHOP    Otis And Pearl VINTAGE TABLETOP RENTALS    Perfect Day, Perfect Hair HAIR & MAKEUP

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Jenny & Michael: 440 Seaton, Los Angeles

Today I get to share Jenny and Michaels beautiful wedding at 440 Seaton in Los Angeles. There were so many fun moments, gorgeous details and happy tears! These two are high school sweethearts and I’ve know them for several years now. Watching them fall in love, photographing their engagement session and now photographing their wedding was truly an honor and such a joy to be part of!

First of all can we just gush over this wedding venue for a minute? It’s basically my dream with all the beautiful warm tones and gorgeous natural light pouring in from the windows near the ceiling. So so perfect and I felt like every time I walked around a corner there was another amazing place to take photos. With exposed ceilings, old wood floors and doors everywhere and industrial textures on just about ever wall I couldn’t get enough! The ceremony took place in front of a beautiful birch framed cloth backdrop. The backdrop was decorated in one corner with eucalyptus and the center isle was lined with eucalyptus as well. Jenny & Michael put a lot of time and thought into the food choices for the reception. They didn’t do a typical sit down dinner but rather had a bunch of different gourmet style foods buffet style. It’s was delicious and I could tell the guests were loving it!!

Jenny worked with Tasteful Tatters in bringing the details of her day together and they did such an amazing job! My favorite part of the details was that Jenny used her own hand lettering skills for their invitations and wedding signage. It was the perfect touch! If you need some hand lettering done, Jenny is your gal!

During their reception we headed to the roof for some more photos of Jenny & Michael with the Los Angeles city scape in the background. It was a nice breath of fresh air and such gorgeous photos came from it. 

Congrats Jenny & Michael! Love you guys and loved being part of your amazing wedding day as your photographer! Thank you! May you cherish these photos forever and ever! 🙂 -Megan

Venue: 440 Seaton    Design & Coordination: Tasteful Tatters   Dress Shop: Cruz’s Bridal    Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero   Entertainment: Art Deco Entertainment    Flowers: Lynnea of Juniper & Mint and Fashion Flowers    Cake & Catering: Bite Catering    Bridesmaid Dresses: Renz Rags    Invitations: All Promotions    Hand Lettering: Jenny Willis (bride)    Hair: Hello Darling Hair    Makeup: Blushington    Videography: Yours Truly Media    Rentals: Circa Boutique Rentals    Vintage Espresso Bar: Longshot Coffee    Custom Vintage Ring Box: Burlap and Linen Co on Etsy

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