summer wedding photography

Crystal and Zeke's Backyard Wedding in Los Angeles

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Wedding Vendors:

Flowers: Flowers by Elizabeth

Dress: https://www.lilibridals.com/

Stella York https://www.essensedesigns.com/stella-york/wedding-dresses/

MUA: https://www.patriciacastromakeup.com/

Crystal and Ezequiel met 7 years ago, at a bar in Hermosa Beach. They both sparked a conversation while waiting in line to order a drink at a bar. They once again crossed paths at a different bar and exchanged numbers. Five years later they reconnected again on Social Media and since then they have been inseparable.

Their wedding day was very intimate, so intimate they held their celebration at their backyard which was perfect for their close family and friends!

Candles lit up the reception area with white flowers surrounding the tables.

While, the mariachi played as guest were welcomed for cocktails and later on during dinner. It was a beautiful summer day!

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!!



Tori and Ramiro's Triunfo Creek Wedding in Malibu

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“We will always be unique together.” These are the words used by Ramiro as he described his relationship with Tori. “We are so alike in so many ways and different in so many other ways. She makes me comfortable with myself and makes me feel like I can become better. There’s always something new for us to do and become. We are constantly changing but we are always doing it together. “

After being set up by mutual friend these two love birds started chatting every day for months on Facebook before they first officially met four years ago a couple of days away from Christmas. After their first date at Candy Cane Lane they hit it off and couldn’t get enough of each other.

What an incredible start to their love story!?

Their Proposal story was straight out of a fairy tale. This is how it happened.

“We would take our dog up to PV to walk the trail there along the coast and one time I remember walking with her and seeing a wedding going on and the two things clicked. I pictured being married to Tori and knew I had to propose. I started saving and I brought her back to the same spot I remembered feeling that way. Whenever she feels she’s “annoying” me she asks “how much do you love me?” and I always jokingly reply “enough”. So that morning she asked me again and I told her “ask me later”. When we got to the spot I wanted to propose I asked her to ask me again and I replied “enough to marry you” and I got on one knee. “

Just like the proposal, their wedding day was nothing short of incredible too! Triunfo Creek Vineyards  has become one of my favorite venues to photograph at in the Malibu area! The outdoor venue was the perfect location for this outdorsy couple. Surrounded by rolling vineyards, rustic oak tree, and a view a top of a hill to die for. The vows are exchanged under an old willow tree and the reception area that is dazzled with twinkle lights once the sun sets.

Tori and Ramiro’s wedding day was truly unforgettable, with gorgeous details! Danielle from Couture Events created a beautiful masterpiece the reception was abundant with cream and white details, with greenery and roses in each table by the talented Clásico Designs. This fun loving couple, spend the evening enjoying each other and their loved ones on the dance floor,

Besides the beautiful couple, my other favorite part of this day was when Tori’s father was giving a heart felt speech. Their was hardly any dry eyes in the room.

Tori is caring, beautiful and curious. Ramiro is caring, family-oriented, and patient. He has complimented her in a new way, he has made her into more of who she truly is and that is a confident and beautiful woman.

They really are a perfect fit for each other. They are a pretty low key couple, but they do love adventures, they love to eating at new places especially in The Grand Central Market or cooking new dishes with their puppy Iggy. They truly make each other better people.

I had such an incredible day celebrating them, and they danced their booties off as Dart Collective kept the dance floor packed all night! 

Here are my favorites from their day.

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Coordinator: Couture Events, Danielle Sidari -@coutureevents @daniellecoutureevents

Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards@triunfocreek

Appetizers + Service: LA Roots Catering, @larootscatering

Beverage Service: Liquid Catering, Dawn @liquidcatering

Photographer: Lily Tapia @lily_tapia_photography

Videography: Amari Productions, Dave McQueen @amariproductions

Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals, @premiere_rents

DJ: Dart DJ, @dartcollective

Florist: Clasico Designs @clasicodesigns

Bridesmaids Stationery: Shine Wedding, @shinewedding

Cake & Desserts: Chiquitos &  Dulcitos

Gaby and Oscar's Santa Barbara Engagement Session

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Santa Barbara holds a special place in my heart and when Gaby and Oscar said that their ideal location for their engagement session was in Santa Barbara I knew we where going to have a blast!

Here are a couple of words from the couple about the about their proposal…

“I proposed to her at UCSB! This is where I went to college, and I told Gaby we were going to buy some UCSB apparel for myself and try new places to eat. The proposal happened in between the Lagoon on campus and the ocean. We were overlooking the lagoon and the campus was in the background. This was a place that me and Gaby would go take walks and enjoy the nature or even go on a run around campus. My brother was taking pictures of us overlooking the lagoon and campus and this is the moment where I nervously asked Gaby to marry me!”



 

Briana and Jr's Wedding at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes  

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Brianna and Jr’s summer wedding at Plaza de la Culturas was filled romantic touches. I loved this venue because it was filled with so much cultural history. After all, It is located across the streets from Olvera Street.

Their romantic session took place at University of Southern California! This was another location filled with so much history. It was the perfect location for their whimsical inspired wedding theme :)

One of the most touching moments in her wedding was her father daughter dance. Tears filled the room as she danced to “My Angel Baby” with her father.

After the speeches, they danced the night away with a banda. I had such an amazing time photographing and celebrating them both and I am thrilled to share their day with you all!

Jessica and Fabian's Wedding at Heritage Park

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Venue: Bagramian Hall

Romantic Session: Heritage Park

These two high school sweethearts. Still going strong! 

A couple of words from the gorgeous bride: "We love LILY!! Thank you for everything you're AMAZING! I just wanted to let you know that the experience I had with Lily Tapia Photography was more than we could ever ask for. In choosing our photographer, the selection process was very difficult we wanted the "PERFECT" person and we are overly joyed with you, Lily! You made the engagement shoot so much fun and exciting and you were honestly our main guide on the day of the wedding too! You went above and beyond just being a talented and fun photographer you made our day smoother. We are LOVING each and every shot of our wedding photos! Overall such a great experience planning wise and I would recommend this company to anyone and everyone!" 

Thank you to Jessica and Fabian, your love for each other is one I will always remember.  Your classic and romantic wedding transcended through the touches of blush pink, peonies, and your elegant mermaid dress.  Little Aidan is lucky to have two loving parents by his side!