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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!”



 

Nancy and Alberto's Engagement Session at Big Bear during Winter

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Nancy and Albert's engagement session at Big Bear was a winter wonderland! As soon as we arrived at this beautiful location we had one goal in mind to hunt for snow! We became true adventurers for the day! 

Here is a little about their love story: 

We met in 2013 at our previous employer. We became good friends we had the same lunch schedule. Albert was NOT my type and he will say I wasn’t his! 2 years later both of us recently single we started to change the conversations from basic watercooler talks to getting to know each other on a more personal level, suddenly we both started feeling strange feelings for each other we both tried to fight it. Albert left the company and when he did we decided to go out for happy hour, the rest is history we've been inseparable ever since!" 

Nancy and Albert I can't wait to photograph your wedding this coming October! It is going to be so epic! 

 

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! 

 

Ana & John Wedding

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Ana & John first met at work.  John fell in love with her the moment he first laid eyes on her.  Ana in the other hand was not interested in him quite as fast as he was to her.  John was completely smitten with Ana's beauty, but what he loves most about her is her resilient personality.  Ana has such alluring personality and brings nothing but love to everyone who surrounds her.  John is the prince Ana was for all her life.   After a couple of dates, she fell in love with the way he made her laugh and the way he made her feel protected.  

Their wedding was everything she ever dreamt of and let me just say I was in love with all the attention to detail she put into their wedding. Her gold floral centerpieces were beautiful!    

My jaw dropped when I saw the back of her Essence of Australi dress I mean come on! She looked STUNNING! Through out the entire night, they danced like no other I even had to get into the groove! I just had the best time with these two!

**Update of the couple they are currently expecting their first child together!! I am just too excited for them both!! 

 

Ana + John's Griffith Park Engagement

Ana and John are one of the many couples I've had the privileged to photograph who have inspired me to see what love can be.  I was shocked to see how hands on John was throughout their entire wedding.  He was the one who reached out to me and gushed about the beauty of Ana.  He told me all about their plans after their wedding, which included buying their very first home together.  

Throughout the entire session, they had a blast posing like the world was their runway.  I could not get enough of how Ana used her outfit to her advantage, which included her sister's handmade flower crown.  She looked and felt like the most beautiful bride.  This summer day was so worth it as we enjoyed this amazing spot till the sun set behind them.    Afterwards, we enjoyed our summer night eating pizza at my favorite Italian restaurant in Echo Park.  Stay tuned till I show you their beautiful wedding. 

Yuri's Palos Verdes Maternity Session

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Yuri finally gave birth to Camila! so I thought this would be the perfect time to share her lovely session with you all.  She is such a strong mommy, I can only imagine how happy she is to be able to hold her baby girl in her arms.  Her Palos Verdes session is definitely one I will remember, throughout her session Yuri was so celestial taking in the scene and simply enjoying this sweet moment with her baby girl. Big hugs Yuri, you are going to be an amazing mommy  

Melissa and Travis, a love made in Coffee heaven

Melissa and Travis met in biology class during high school.  Their years of friendship made their relationship stronger and deeper than ever. They have a passion for politics and long distance running.  (I wonder if they do both at the same time) They have a deep understand of one another, and share so much of the same mindset, and a love for Santa Barbara.  

Throughout their session, a little bit of their personality started to peak out and I couldn't have loved it more, even though we started our session at a Grand Central's coffee, they acted like such pros when they started to create a small group of viewers ;) 

In three weeks they will be tying the knot and I can not wait to capture their amazing wedding!