romance

Gabby and Oscar's Wedding at Walnut Grove in Tierra Rejada Ranch

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Before booking wedding, I love meeting with my couples! Either in a coffee shop or if necessary a Face time chat. Why do I do client consultations? I want to be able to see and feel my couples chemistry and of course to see if we vibe together. It’s kind of like a first date haha!

During this meeting, I usually answer any questions they might have regarding my wedding collections and how I photographically approach weddings. I know I've found a Lily Tapia Couple #lilytapiacouple when the first time I meet them feels like hanging out with friends and we are laughing the entire time!

When I first met Gabby and Oscar I knew they were my ideal couple! We talked for hours about the randomest things and of course wedding details! I’ve had the honor to shoot another family member’s wedding and I felt like I was talking to them! Just like my past couple Gabby and Oscar were genuine, kind, and so down to earth!

Their summer wedding at Walnut Grove in Tierra Rejada Ranch was a dream! They fully trusted my guidance on their timeline and ended up having so much time to do all their portraits and family photos before the reception started this included bridal party photos as well which meant the crew could go enjoy cocktail hour. Heyyy!

My favorite part about photographing at Walnut Grove in Tierra Rejada Ranch, was how the trees were cascading and creating a rustic Forest Vibe.  Which was especially needed for shade since portraits were done early in the afternoon!

So many favorite moments from Oscar’s brother handing Gabby and Oscar as a welcome trophy for winning an Oscar, to the couple’s first dance, their amazing sunset shoot (which was added by yours truly just in time for those Golden hour shots. Shout out to them for allowing these magnificent sunset moments)

To their choice of having churros instead of cake as their dessert!

Thank you Gabby and Oscar for trusting me to capture your special day and being the BEST Lily Tapia Couple!!



The Jones Wedding

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I have never had a groom write me such a beautiful love story of how he met the love of his life, till Kam came along. Usually, the bride is the one thrilled to email me about their love story, but he wanted to make sure I got his side of the story. Without further ado, I will be giving you a glimpse on how Kam fell in love with Nayeli.

Nayeli is the kind of girl who goes after what she wants. She is a goal oriented kind of girl full of energy and spunk. This is the reason her clients love having her as their trainer because she pushes them to their unknown limits. She was in search of herself the year she met Kam and in no way looking for love. But even though she did not know it, love was going to come to her heart.

It all Started at the Umma Gym where they both worked as trainers. The first time they met it was very casual. Kam had heard of Nayeli before she officially introduced herself to him, but without knowing her name Kam knew he was talking to the girl his best friend had been talking about. Even though he thought she was cute, he tried to keep his distance, keep his conversations short, and not break guy code.

After trying his best to stay away and his best friend getting turned down by Nayeli, Kam decided to ask her out. Sparks flew during their first date with endless hours of conversations, they did not want their date to end. As a way to spend more time with his future wife, he decided to invite her to his family's UFC party.
After weeks of getting to know each other, and endless misunderstandings of who is in the friend zone. Nayeli being the go-getter that she is held Kam's hand and wanted them to define the relationship. In Kam's words, "Everything after that I suppose you could say is one huge messy (but wonderful) history. smile emoticon the end"

Nayeli and Kam you are the type of couple who light up the room with your humor and love for each other it was honor capturing such an important moment in your life.

Update* In less than two weeks they will both be welcoming their baby boy!! I am excited to meet baby Jack!

                                

LA Vintage Wedding: Angie+Marco

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Angie & Marco's November wedding had perfect touches of vintage and romance, it was the first wedding I had captured in the city of Los Angeles.  

Angie's day started by her putting on her final touches to look simply breathtaking on her wedding day.  She spent her last moments at her parents home waiting patiently for her big reveal to Marco.  

Before the ceremony, they met in an LA hill top to finally get a chance to see each other for the first time before their life changing ceremony started.  

They decided to write a love letter to each other and read it moments before they were able to see each other for the first time.  Marco was actually blindfolded to hold back any peaking urges. He was extremely excited to see his future wife, his reaction to seeing Angie for the first time, is a look to this day I still remember.  

Angie & Marco thank you for the honor of allowing me to capture your first day as husband and wife.  Your love for each other is truly magical.  I hope you guys continue to have magical days in Disneyland!

 

 

Vday Surprise

I love Valentine's Day and I mean LOVE! One of the many reasons is besides the obvious is because I enjoying giving gifts. Do you guys remember as kids how excited you would get to receive valentines cards from your classmates? Well I get that giddy and then some! I wanted to give my lovely 2016 brides a little surprise for Vday and just simply show them how much I appreciate them on this special day.  

I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's day weekend!  I sure did Edgar Surprised me this by taking me to one of our favorite locations in LA the LACMA.  Ladies get this, he actually cooked an entire meal for us! I was so amazed by the amount of time he took to have this day become so special to us.  He even baked a huge heart shaped chocolate chip cookie! which I am still dreaming  about.  It was soo good! So good I forgot to take a picture of it! We ended our day by taking a walk by the Light Structure and playing with our cameras. (how typical of photographers)  It was simply perfect because it reminded me of our high school days.

Congratulations to all the lovely ladies who are newly engaged, I hope you all had an amazing Love day full of love and kisses.