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The Castaway Burbank: Adriana & Aaron

Adriana and Aaron’s wedding day at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank was full of laughter, smiles and pretty details. These two have been nothing but amazing to work with. It’s so fun to meet with a them, talk about their wedding day and then months later see it all come together so beautifully. I’m so excited for them and their new beginning as Mr. and Mrs. Zell. 

Everyone was so very excited for these two and to see their dreams come true as they tied the knot! They both had the biggest smiles and there were many times throughout the day where their happiness was so much so that their eyes welled up with tears. It started when they exchanged gifts with one another before seeing each other at the ceremony, then during the first look with her dad and brother, continued just before and during the ceremony and then more happy tears during the speeches at the reception. It was so evident just how much these two love one another and their families.

The mountains in the background of the ceremony site were so pretty and so were all the trees surrounding them. Adriana looked stunning in her gorgeous dress and to top it off she had the most amazing bouquet of white peonies. I am a sucker for peonies, they are probably my favorite flower or at least the runner up to tulips.

As the day went on and the reception began they continued with their big smiles and had the best time with their friends and family at the reception.

Congrats Adriana & Aaron!! I wish nothing but the very best for you two in your future as Mr. and Mrs. Thank you for allowing my team to document your day and being so amazing to work with!

See their engagement session here.

Venue:  The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank    Coordination & Flowers: Love & Laughter Events    Dress: Cruz’s Bridal    Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo    Cake: Jaqki’s Cake Creations    Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse    Invitations: Paper Source    Makeup: Betsy diFrancesca

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Bloomgren Ranch Wedding: Amanda & Jim

Amanda and Jim’s wedding at Bloomgren Ranch here in Santa Clarita this fall was a beautiful day in many ways. The day started off with the girls getting ready at Valencia Blo Lounge where they all spent the morning getting prettied up, laughing and just having a good time hanging out together. I loved the curls in Amanda’s hair! The guys hung out at the house and enjoyed a chill morning getting ready and having a few cigars. After everyone was mostly ready to go we headed to the ranch for getting dressed just before the ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the top of the hill overlooking the reception area. There were some beautiful tall trees and giving some nice shade for all the guests in the seating area. Jim’s jaw dropped when he saw Amanda coming down the isle. She was such a beautiful bride! They shared a few laughs as they exchanged vows and then stepped to the side where together they did their sand ceremony. They were both beaming at the end of the ceremony and their exit photos are some of my favorite from the day.

During cocktail hour and into the reception Amanda & Jim chose to have a mobile coffee cart on site instead of having cocktails. Being a coffee lover myself I thought that was a pretty cool idea and the guests loved it! Brilliant! I now thing every wedding needs a mobile coffee cart. 🙂

The reception under the stars made for a beautiful evening for dinner, toasts, dancing and enjoying the company of all their friends and family.

Congrats Amanda & Jim! You two were amazing to work with and seeing the love you two have for one another was a beautiful thing for me to be able to document. All the best to you two and your future as the new Mr. & Mrs. Davis! – Megan

Venue: Bloomgren Ranch   Hair & Makeup: Valencia Blo Lounge    Flowers: Celebrate Florals  Coffee Cart: Coffee a la Cart  Catering: Distinctive Catering    Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

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Emily & Nathan: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum WA

I’m so excited today to share Emily & Nathan’s wedding at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington! Before the wedding I’ll admit, I did panic inside just a little when I learned how many photographers were in the bridal party (including the bride) but they were all so incredibly sweet, kind and full of compliments from the moment I met them at the rehearsal. Emily has some pretty amazingly awesome photographer friends! Ritter Farms is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The perfect place for a farm-to-table tuscan style wedding! The day was overflowing with gorgeous details, dear friends & family and delicious food!

The ceremony was in an open field with the most amazing rustic timber barn and a forest of fir trees as the backdrop. Shades of wine, charcoal gray and artichoke were spread throughout the day and the reception felt like you stepped into a Tuscan family gathering.

Emily loves to cook and incorporated a farm-to table theme. Inside the timber barn, fresh vegetables streamed down the center of the farm style dark wood tables and the cutest vegetable place card holders were carefully placed at each setting. Little corners and nooks filled with fresh lemonade and an abundance of vegetables were everywhere. They served fresh strawberry and spinach salad tossed with candied almonds, crumbled feta and a tuscan balsamic vinaigrette, delicious Italian roasted chicken dinner with a fresh lemon and rosemary reduction. Dinner was complimented by sides of baby red potatoes roasted with tuscan herbs, grilled seasonal vegetables and rustic breads with garlic and herbs. Is your mouth watering yet? To finish it all off they had the most delicious triple berry pie with a crumbled streusel topping and warmed apple pie with local apples.

Emily and Nathan first met casually when he was over visiting her older brother. Nothing really came of them meeting each other until years later when she went out on a limb and invited him to her brother’s rehearsal dinner. Emily admits that it seemed completely irrational but she decided to do it anyways. 🙂 She didn’t hear back from Nathan and assumed that he wasn’t coming. The night of May 24th, 2014 while driving to the rehearsal dinner, Emily prayed specifically that if Nathan was meant to be there, he would be. If he was there, he’d be standing exactly in the front of the restaurant, all alone. Believe it or not when she pulled into the parking lot he was standing there and he was the only one one standing there. Emily was stunned and could hardly believe that God had just answered a prayer right before her very eyes. They continued to talk over the phone every night after going back to their homes which were several hours apart. They talked for at least an hour and half each time, I guess you could say they were becoming pretty good friends.

Over the next several months they continued talk over the phone for hours on end and make quick weekend trips to spend time together. It was so obvious they were head over heels for one another and the coolest part is that God was right in the middle of it all. Soon enough Nathan bought a ring and on December 29th while visiting Emily’s family he planned a pretty epic “geocaching” adventure. Nathan proposed at Alta Lake, Emily said yes and so the wedding planing commenced! You have to read her full version of the proposal on her blog!

Congrats Emily & Nathan! You are two incredibly kind people and being part of your day as your photographer was an honor. I am so happy for the two of you! Watching you two interact and seeing the tremendous love your families have for you both was such a joy to photograph. Wishing you both only God’s very best as you begin your story as Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Moller.

Also, a little shout out to Sabrina Nohling for being an awesome second shooter! Thank you!!

Venue: Ritter Farms – Cle Elum, Washington    Dress: David’s Bridal    Florist: Fleur De Lis Floral Design    Design: Out on a Whim    DJ: Sean of Seattle Wedding DJ    Cake: Lone Pine Fruit and Espresso    Catering: Ritter Farms    Invitations: Zazzle    Hair: Megan at Tousled Salon    Makeup: Makeup by Alyssa Walsh

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The Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

The Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

I love Koy & Michael’s gorgeous wedding that I shot with Brett Hickman Photographers at The Villa San Juan Capistrano. So much rustic charm at this venue! It had me swooning for sure! During the 1930s, itinerant workers lived in the house while harvesting walnuts, citrus, and other crops. It has since been extensively renovated but still has a lot of the original construction of the building including the floorboards, wallboard and porch. Walking around the property is quite magical if you enjoy that kind of history which in my opinion is what makes it such a gorgeous wedding venue.

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The Wedding & Event Design Studio: New Meeting Space!

I have a new meeting space/studio!!! Beyond excited to share and announce the new Wedding & Event Design Studio where several wedding vendors in the Santa Clarita and Valencia have teamed up to share a new studio and client meeting space! Our cute little space is located in the beautiful victorian style Tanner Building in Old Town Newhall. Just minutes away from my favorite cafe, Eat Real Cafe. I may need an intervention to keep myself from stopping in that place every time I drive by.

In the past I’ve met with clients in my cute little living room and I loved having clients in my home but having a separate space for my business was always on the back of my mind. Tricia, whom is THE brilliant behind  Tricia Dahlgren Wedding Consulting & Event Coordinating, emailed me back in April to see if I might be interested in a shared meeting space. While I had to think about it a little because I loved having clients come to my home I decided quickly that it was such a perfect opportunity.  So excited to talk wedding details, have lots of laughs and cry happy tears while viewing photographs of beautiful memories in the new studio space.

Megan Hayes Photography      Tricia Dahlgren Weddings & Events      Romantic Journeys

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