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TAP Ranch: Nicole & Jesse

I am excited to share Nicole and Jesse’s rustic wedding at TAP Ranch near Santa Clarita on the blog today! These two are the nicest people and so easy going.

They started off their wedding day getting ready at the Sweetwater Movieland Ranch. This is also where they had their First Look and took some portraits together and with their bridal party. It was an overcast day which was perfect for having some nice even light in their photos!

After they we finished at Sweetwater we headed over to TAP Ranch for the wedding ceremony and reception. The best part about TAP Ranch is that it’s a horse ranch and who doesn’t love horses? The guests were seated on hay bales and the ceremony took place at the top of a small hill by one of the barns. It did start raining a little towards the end of the ceremony and got pretty chilly but everyone still kept smiling!

The reception took place under the stars with pretty patio lights. Their first dance was so beautiful to watch. As the music played in the background they both were beaming and even tearing up over how happy they were to be married.

I think my favorite part from Nicole and Jesse’s day was the look on Jesse’s face when he saw Nicole for the first time. Jesse covered his mouth with his hand as tears began to well up in his eyes. It was perfect!

Congrats Nicole and Jesse! I am so happy for the two of you! Thank you for having be capture your beautiful day. Your love for one another, kind demeanors and easy going personalities were what I loved about working with the two of you. All the best to you both in your future together…Megan

Ceremony & Reception: TAP Ranch   Getting Ready Venue:  Sweetwater Movieland Ranch    Coordination: Simply Taylored    Cake: Bake U Happy    Cupcakes: Lady Di’s Cookies    DJ:  Silver Tunes    Invitations: Gartner Studios    Catering: Rattler’s Bar B Que

See their engagement session here.

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Santa Clarita Engagement: Adriana & Aaron

So excited to share Adriana & Aaron’s Santa Clarita engagement session on the blog tonight!

I had a great time with these two exploring the Placerita Canyon area and then off to the gorgeous pepper trees. Check out Adriana’s dress! GORGEOUS! I loved the black sheer layers, such a great dress for an engagement session! Totally matches Adriana’s love for all things Disney, it was a pretty magical dress.

These two are so easy going, but I feel like I say that a lot so probably most of my couples are. Hey, I’m down for that! Makes for a fun time during the session when they’ll go anywhere and do just about anything. Well, I am sure they would have drawn the line at some point. Maybe if I would have asked them to have a mud war or something. That actually sounds like a fun idea!Any takers? Maybe for the end of an engagement session though and somewhere with a bathroom or lake nearby. lol All that to say, it’s a good feeling to know that your clients trust you!

Adriana thought to wear some boots under her dress which was smart thinking because we did a little tromping around, up and down hills and had to wade through some pokey leaves. Maybe not wade through, but they weren’t the most pleasant to walk through and definitely not if you had high heels on. Once we got to some better ground Adriana put on her pretty heels for a few photos as well. Towards the end of their session Aaron picked up Adriana and twirled around in the middle of a long row of tall trees. Adriana kicked her heels up in the air and it made for such a cute photo!

Congrats on your engagement you two! I can’t wait for the wedding and to see all the pretty come together! – Megan

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California Redwoods: Jenny & Michael

Growing up in Oregon has given me a love for trees and I will always love being in the middle of the forest. Felt like home while I was photographing this engagement session in the middle of the tall trees!  It was such amazingly fun adventure! We walked amongst the redwoods (well sorta ran since we only had 30 minutes before the park closed) and then went to the beach. The best of both worlds! These two were amazing and I loved all their laughing, making faces at each other and seeing the connection between the two of them! I’m thinking I’ll have to do an Instagram of their funny face outtakes for sure.

I’ve known Jenny for many years now and photographed her when she was a senior in high school. When I found out that she got engaged to her high school sweetheart, Michael, on the beach in Washington State I was so very excited for the two of them. They’ve been dating for several years now and I was just waiting to see an engagement announcement post online. I am sure a few others were waiting for that post too! 🙂

They both love trees and some of Jenny’s favorite trees are the redwoods. We searched high and low and put a lot of time into finding the perfect location and Jenny finally stumbled upon a spot with a few redwood trees that wasn’t too far away. Once we arrived we noticed a sign letting us know that the park closed at 6pm which, as I said above meant that we had just 30 minutes to hike down to the redwoods and get some amazing photos. I’m so glad we did though and I have a feeling that Jenny and Michael are glad too. Thank you Jenny & Michael for the fun time and being amazing to work with! Love you guys and I can’t wait for your wedding this August at 440 Seaton!

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Lexa & Eric: Valencia Engagement Session

Excited to share this sweet engagement session today at one of my favorite locations near Valencia, CA! Lexa & Eric met while in college and it was actually while Eric’s good friend was dating her.  They didn’t really dive into a friendship until later when Lexa was single and they ended up working on the same outreach team together. They soon realized they kinda liked each other more than just a little. They ended up dating and this last December Eric proposed and she said yes! During their session I loved that it was easy to laugh with them and just talk about life and future plans. They both have a heart to serve God with their lives and I know He is going to use them in a mighty way. So happy for you two and loved photographing your engagement session!! Congrats!

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Gardens of Paradise Wedding: Lauren & Joey

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When I first met Lauren & Joey and heard the story of how they met and eventually fell for one another I knew that I was going to love them. Their story began by Lauren’s sisters convincing her to give the cute/annoying boy who worked for her dad on the farm a chance. Lauren soon found herself falling in love with Joey and deciding he wasn’t so annoying after all. 🙂

Their wedding was held at Gardens of Paradise and as I drove down the driveway and saw their grounds I was amazed that such a beautiful venue was tucked away in the dry desert hills of Santa Clarita. Lauren and Joey’s had an outdoor ceremony and their day was filled with special moments and the people they love. It’s hard to explain but I think for me there is just about nothing better than seeing such a strong bond between loved ones. Sometimes that bond is shown in tears, laughter, hugs or just a simple look but it’s amazing and makes me want to cry every time. One of the special family bonds that stood out to me was the relationship between Joey and his grandfather. Seeing his grandfather cry happy tears, hug Joey and just be overflowing with how proud he was of his grandson was truly amazing to be able to witness and photograph.

Lauren & Joey, thank you for having me be part of your day! Your love for God and each other are what make you such a beautiful couple and I wish you all the best in the years ahead! – Megan

Venue: Gardens of Paradise    Wedding Planner: Tricia Dahlgren Events    DJ: J & M Events    Bridal Store: Kukis Bridal    Bridesmaid dress designer: Adrienne Papell    Florist:  Flower Finesse    Hair: Helen King    Caterer: Lavish Details    Wedding Cake: Jill’s Cake Creations

See Lauren & Joey’s engagement photos here.

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