The Loyola Marymount Sacred Heart Chapel in Los Angeles is a dream come true for any wedding photographer.  The wedding venue is elegant, beautiful and much more. It’s just an ideal place to get married.  The campus is amazing…the perfect place for wedding photography! How fitting it was that Brandon and Melissa should get married there, since they are two very amazing and beautiful people in their own right.  Just perfect for each other!  The day  joyous day started  as usual with me photographing the wedding rings, wedding dress, and Melissa and Brandon’s “getting ready”.

Every wedding is kinda like  putting a puzzle together.  I say this because good wedding photography is the combination of good light, the right locations and backgrounds, time, opportunity, emotion, creativity and talent.  Just the right place to shoot the rings or hang the wedding dress is not always obvious or easily accessible. Many times it has to be searched for and found…like a real life puzzle. For example, on this wedding – there was no good place to hang the wedding dress in the hotel room.  The photograph below was actually in the elevator lobby on the third floor.  To accomplish this photo both of Melissa’s parents assisted me in transporting the dress and moving a dresser that was stationed underneath the picture frame!   Thanks Rick and Lisi!

Loyola Marymount University – beautiful, beautiful, simply beautiful! The perfect place for a wedding!

Did I say BEAUTIFUL wedding venue!

Subjects like Brandon and Melissa sure make my job a lot easier as a wedding photographer.  They are both photogenic and beautiful people.

Last year I had the privilege of shooting Brandon and Melissa’s engagement session.  It was a lot of fun and we got some great engagement photographs. I hope to share them in a future posting. One of them is framed in the top right photo (below)

I love  how Brandon was armed and ready with a fresh packet of tissue!

Melissa races to the elevator, through the hotel lobby to the waiting limo – ready to wisk her off to the wedding ceremony at Loyola Marymount Sacred Heart Chapel.

Individual bridal portraits of the bride and groom, as well as couple shots ,were taken on the Loyola Marymount University Campus.

As the father of the bride get’s ready to escort his daughter down the aisle it’s clear how much he adores her!

Second photographer: Jerry Giles captured the bride and her father making their way down the aisle from back view, while I captured them from the front of the LMU Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University.  A special thanks to Jerry, for his hard work and the photos he produced for the couple and this blog.

Melissa and Brandon had wisely planned for ample time after the ceremony to get couple shots once we had finished up with the formal family group photos.  Often times couple’s don’t or can’t allocate much time between their ceremony and reception…which results as a loss for themselves – since good wedding photography (particularly couple shots) requires a measure of time to get to locations and get the desired shots.

We continued on the Loyola Marymount University Campus with these wedding photographs.

Next Brandon and Melissa jumped in the limo for a few more shots before heading to the reception.

The reception was held at La Canada Flintridge Country Club.  The grounds there are beautiful and perfect for wedding photography in the hour leading up to sunset. Brandon and Melissa had wisely asked for my input on the wedding day time line. This allowed us to shoot at the Country Club during this ideal time.  We were able to steal these shots before heading in for their grand entrance!

The reception at La Canada Flintridge Country Club was full of fun, celebration and good times!  I was also able to utilize my special lighting system to add some back lighting and flare to the photographs.

There is no doubt that this years “Best Air Guitar Award” goes to this guy below!   Wine glass in hand, tongue sharply sticking out of his mouth and fan club “behind him”!    It’s definitely a “10”!!!!

The bride’s father Rick gives his toast and really get’s into it telling some stories!  Great job Rick, I loved your toast!

Here’s the view of the Los Angeles skyline from the balcony at  La Canada Flintridge Country Club.

When sunset came, Brandon and Melissa were more than game to head outside for some sunset shots from the balcony!

Home is where the heart is…and it was obvious where Brandon and Melissa had placed their hearts!  I think the below photograph represents that fact well!

Family and friends can view all of Brandon and Melissa’s wedding photographs at my online gallery  You’ll need to get a password from the bride and groom. A disk containing all the high resolution image files may be purchase from me for around $50.

I like to thank  Brandon and Melissa for the pleasure it was to capture your love during your engagement session and especially your wedding day.   You have a great set of family and friends and I enjoyed being around them all. A special thanks to Rick and Lisi (father and mother of the bride) who worked with me on many small but important details to make sure everything was “just right” on Brandon and Melissa’s wedding day.  You guys were kind, helpful, respectful and fun to work with.

It’s easy to say we love some one, it’s a much harder thing to live it and show it – day in and day out.  Brandon and Melissa you’ve got a great start!  Your love for each other is clear and strong and your wedding day was filled with plenty of love. I pray that your love will grow and continue to blossom in the same way that I pray that my love continues to grow, thrive and blossom for my dear wife and love – Carmen!  Truly you two are blessed to have found each other as much as I am profoundly blessed to have found and married her!

Keep in touch touch my friends!



Beautiful white clouds sprinkled the rich blue sky as Phillip and Andie enjoyed their sweet and blissful wedding!    Their gorgeous wedding took place at: The Gardens At Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande – one of the very best wedding venues on the Central Coast. I don’t think I could have asked for a more kind and photogenic couple. The couple as well as the bridal party, family and friends were in great spirits, ready to party and were a pleasure to be around.  I arrived early to ensure I had plenty of time to photograph the details including the wedding rings, shoes, wedding dress and everything in between.

As mentioned above, The Garden’s At Peacock Farms, located in Arroyo Grande is a gorgeous wedding venue. The venue includes a wonderfully spacious and beautiful bridal suite for the bride to get ready. It also has a small vineyard, pond, tractor and truck props, beautiful green trees and plenty of space. This venue was designed with weddings and wedding photography in mind – right down to the smallest details. I’ve seen a great number of wedding venues in my day and this is one of my favorites. Peacock Farms is professional staffed for the entire wedding day to make sure your wedding day is the best it can be.  I simply can’t say enough good things about this wedding venue.

Not all brides are daring enough to let me leave their sight with their wedding dress in hand. However, Andie gave me a great amount of trust and allowed me to very carefully take her wedding dress outside so that I could shoot it hanging from this tree.  I think it was well worth the risk. Thanks Andie!

Details, details, details.  Personally I love all your wedding details.  As a general rule of thumb:  if you took the time and money to include them – their important enough for me to photograph.  Details are not the substance of your wedding day, but they certainly add to the fun, excitement and beauty of your wedding day!

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With the majority of the wedding details photographed, I moved on to the “getting ready shots”.

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Andie was quite the stunning bride!

Phillip was quite the handsome groom.

The stunning floral arrangements were provided by:  Flowers To You By Jessica.  Jessica provides some of the very best wedding flowers and floral arrangements in the business.  If you are looking for a wedding florist, you’ll want to give her a look.

Phillip (below) showing me he’s not having a case of nerves – his hands are not shaky!

It seems wedding cupcake arrangements (below) are becoming more and more popular.  They offer many advantages over wedding cakes. Of course it’s really just a matter of preference!

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Here comes Andie down the aisle with her father.

Capturing the emotion on your wedding day – whether it is the bride, groom, family member or wedding guest – is my reward as a wedding photographer.

After the ceremony we arranged for Phillip and Andie to rejoin the audience for one big group shot of everyone in attendance.

Everyone wanted to see the wedding ring!

Phillip and Andie were referred to me by one of my all time favorite wedding clients, Abel and Candice –  featured in the below photograph. What a wonderful couple they are.  A special thanks to them for recommending me to Phillip and Andie. Candice, by the way was pregnant at the time of this wedding. She has now gone on to give birth and so Abel and Candice are now proud parents. Congrats!   Below, Candice has fun taking a picture of the official picture taker (me)!  I love the look on Abel’s face as she does so!

These two girls (below/top/right) really “take the cake”.  Well actually, as you can see, they were about to “take the cake”. Fortunately I caught them in the act and then persuaded them to wait until the cake was served for everyone.  Just another “save the day” type deed –  that I so often do with out any recognition!   :  )

Featured below, the groom’s father! To say he was “off the hook” would be an understatement.  I do not think I have ever seen a father of the groom, let alone anyone, smile for so long un interrupted. This guy was smiling, dancing, you name it…ALL night long!  I could not help but smile from ear to ear as I watched his wonderful display of joy and laughter!

Phillip and Andie make their escape through the gauntlet (below)!

“Your chariot awaits you” – as the expression goes.  In this case it was:  “Your Caddy awaits you!”   Sweet ride!

A special thanks to Peacock Farms for their great wedding venue and fabulous service through out the day. The Central Coast is blessed to have you in the wedding industry.

A wonderful and blissful day of love and laughter for Phillip and Andie. My memories of their most special wedding day will live on for many, many years.  My hope and prayer for Philip and Andie is for that wonderful love and laughter of their day to live on in the sweetness that is the rest of their lives.  Congrats to you two and remember you always have a friend here – so stay in touch!



If you are looking for a great wedding venue – The Gardens At Peacock Farms is located at 2018 Los Berros Road  Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 431-0226.  I’m sure they would love to hear from you and make an appointment to show you around and tell you much more about all the great things their wedding venue has to offer.

It was a stunningly beautiful day to photograph Joshua and Brittnie’s wedding at the Tooth and Nail Winery in Paso Robles.  Both the couple and the venue were amazing!   Let me preface this blog posting by saying – yes I know there are way too many photos. However, I just couldn’t help myself with the cornucopia of images that I had from the whole wedding day. Please forgive me!  The fact is that short blog postings and short wedding days make for easier work.  However, for me, covering and displaying the whole wedding day is part of the passion that drives me as a wedding photographer.

Flowers were done by Jenny McNiece Flowers. Jenny is one the nicest and best florists in the wedding business. Her arrangements are classy and stunningly beautiful. She’s truly gifted and the Central Coast is fortunate to have her as a wedding vendor!

The day began at the La Bellasera Hotel and Suites in Paso Robles.   The fact that all my wedding collections come with unlimited hours allows me to arrive nice and early, which in turn provides me the opportunity to not only get pictures of the detail shots (rings, dress, shoes, etc.) but also the the “getting ready” part of the day.  Sometime this is at a salon, other times it is at the hotel, as in this case.  It’s always a lot of fun and helps me get acquainted with everyone.  By the time the wedding starts if feels like I’m amongst family and friends.

Every wedding I look for something unique to use as a background or prop for the wedding rings.   Brittnie had pointed out that we had access to strawberries and broccoli and that one was a favorite of hers and the other a favorite of Joshua. She liked the idea of using them in the shot – so I was more than happy to incorporate them.

The Eagle Castle Winery in Paso Robles is one of the most unique wedding venues on the Central Coast.  I think it is easy to see why.

Wedding Coordination was done by Roxan Kragten with Paso Weddings.  Her and her staff did a great job making the day go as smooth as possible.

Another interesting post:  The Gardens At Peacock Farms Weddings

One of my favorite aspects to every wedding are the children that are usually present and such a joy to photograph in candid moments. Their expressions are so endearing, unique and breath taking. Simply put, I believe when we look into the face of a child we see a special and more clear reflection of the character and beauty of God.

After the wedding ceremony Joshua and Brittnie made the time to sneak off into the vineyard for some couple shots.  This required not only making the time to do so (which is never easy with most wedding timelines) but also required Brittnie to be brave a little bit of dirt, rock and weeds with her dress.  I think she’ll be glad she did so every time she looks at the pictures we were able to get from the time.

The grand entrance and dinner began inside the Castle.

Once dinner and toasts were finished we headed outside for dancing and fun!

Did I mention kids can be mischievous too!!   Don’t worry this little guy did no drinking!

After a long hard day of work this little guy  finally came tumbling down. In the mean time this baby decided to give me the expression of a lifetime!  I think he was saying “man that wedding cake was great!”

The day went by in a flash and no one wanted the party to end.  But at some point every party has to come to an end.  The day was a great success and I’m continually amazed that I get to be part of days that have so much joy, happiness and beauty to them. Tooth and Nail Winery is a great place for a wedding!

Thanks so much Joshua and Brittnie for allowing me the honor and privilege to be your wedding photographer.  It was a lot of fun and I hope our paths again soon!



It was a delightful, warm, sun kissed day with blue skies at the amazing Sunstone Winery and Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley! Another gorgeous day to be a wedding photographer! The Sunstone Winery and Vineyard is one of the most outstanding wedding venues in Santa Ynez or Santa Barbara for that matter. The venue is filled with class, elegance, realistic rustic character and many great wedding photography opportunities!  Most photographers would feel privileged to shoot not only the Sunstone Winery and Vineyard, but such a wonderful couple as Claver and Elizabeth!  I was no exception.


Marriage is a great and wonderful event where two are joined forever as one. In the grandest of circumstances, long before the two are formally joined together as one in a ceremony, it is apparent that such a union of the hearts has already taken place. Such was quite evident at the beautiful wedding of Claver and Elizabeth. What a privilege it was for me to be chosen as their wedding photographer.


The event was masterfully coordinated by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings and Events.  What a pleasure to work with Rani and her team! If you are looking for someone who is experienced, classy, professional and will get the job done right – Rani is your gal!





Elizabeth was quite undoubtedly a stunningly beautiful bride.






In addition to being a handsome groom, Claver has quite the fun, relaxed and silly personality, which I really enjoyed.











The couple had their wedding day timeline – laid out perfect for the couple shots after the wedding. We were able to utilize the “golden hour” (the hour leading up to sunset).  At this time of day the light is the most soft, golden and beautiful. Plus you can get shots like this with the sun flare in the background.  These are all things that might be overlooked when planning a wedding. However, part of my job is to inform couples about things like this that related to the wedding day timeline!  Sunsets make for great wedding photography!




As you can see, the Sunstone Winery and Vineyards is a treasure trove of photography opportunities!



 All the wedding toasts were both funny and heart touching.  Once again I found myself fighting back tears. It’s not that I mind joyously tearful emotions (just ask my wife). But I have to be able to see clearly to continue taking the wedding photographs!  I was especially touched by the rare and deep love that Claver and his brother (seen below giving his toast) have for each other. True bothers they are.





In case you are wondering, there was no bright lighting on the dance floor (even though it may appear from the photos that there was). Nor was there anywhere to bounce my on camera flash (off of a ceiling for example).  If I were to only use on camera flash, these photos would be quite “flat” and boring (in terms of lighting). The directional light that you see that adds the highlights, contrast and flare was created by the placement of three off camera wireless strobes. Those three strobes are triggered and work synchronized to my on camera flash. Essentially four flashes working together to light the scene.  It’s lighting set ups like these that in my mind make a professional – a professional.  I have to be prepared for anything that is thrown my way.







A special thanks to the Sunstone Winery and Vineyard.  Claver and Elizabeth – may you both continue to live out the wonderful love you have found for each other!  Thanks again for the chance to serve as your wedding photographer.


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