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!!



Nancy and Albert's Wedding at San Gabriel Mission

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Nancy and Albert’s love story started out with being friends. They were not each others type for sue or at least that’s what they thought. Sparks started to flare once they truly got to know each other….

Here are a couple of words by Nancy “ 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 water cooler 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!”

Here is what they had to say about their proposal “Albert proposed June 10 th 2017 on his birthday weekend, he told me he wanted to go out for a drink he invited sibling and mine. We decided to meet at my sister's house and when we arrive we walk into a house full of the family both his and mine, EVERYONE is recording and crying and next thing you know Albert is on one knee asking me to marry him. With the help of our friends and family, he pulled off a surprise engagement with a reception to follow. It was beautiful!”

Their wedding day was filled with love from them and their entire family. You can see the love their parents had for the happy couple. Nancy’s sister speech during toast got a lot of us in tears. It was a heart-wrenching moment, but she felt safe by having Albert by her side.

This couple’s love is like no other, this homebody cuties know how to show love for their family!

I felt like I was one of their family members as I followed them through this journey from their beautiful engagement session in Big Bear to now their wedding day at the Bagramian Hall. It is couples like them that make my job such a joy! Thank you guys for trusting me to capture the next chapter of your love story!

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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

Claudia + Jose's wedding at Rancho de Oro

I am so excited to finally get to share Claudia and Jose’s Spring Wedding at Rancho El Toro with you gals and guys! The venue offered so many beautiful locations to shoot. The hills behind the venue were absolutely breath taking. It was the perfect backdrop for their romantic session.

To me one of the most heart warming moments of their wedding was seeing the unity between the two families. Their love for both their children was seen through out the night, it was especially seen when they did their dances with their parents. We all had to hold back the tears!

Claudia and Jose hold a special place in my heart from their San Diego wedding to their unforgettable wedding. Thank you guys for choosing me to capture your special day!!

Vendor Information:

Bridal Dress: https://www.panachebridals.com/pasadena-designers/

Florist: https://www.msflowers.net/

Coordinator: Elegancia Events -http://www.eleganciaeventservices.com/home.html

Venue: Rancho El Toro

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Christie’s Collection: Trendy Collection

https://trendycollection.com/

Stationery: https://jp-stationery.com/

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!

Erica and Adrian's Palos Verdes Wedding at Malaga Cove

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Erica and Adrian celebrated their ten years together by officially tying the knot.  

They unofficially first met on Erica’s sixteen birthday, but it wasn’t until later Adrian and Erica noticed each other they were in each others childhood photos.

 Their paths attempted to cross several times, but for some reason the stars aligned and they caught each other’s eyes years later in Dockweiler beach.  

Erica and Adrian are the kind of couple who’s love inspire me.   Erica carries a joyful and warming personality that made me feel like we were old friends catching up.   

I was blown away by how she planned her galaxy wedding day theme.  As well as the importance she placed on her romantic photo session as well as the love I can see in Adrian's eyes when he looked at his wife.

From her first look to the sunset romantic session at Malaga Cove library.  I could not get enough of the chemistry and love they had for each other.  Her lace detailed David's Bridal dress shined throughout her entire wedding day. 

I'll never forget capturing that moment during their romantic session because it's exactly why I love being a wedding photographer.

Erica and Adrian, I'm so happy that you two have found each other.  You two are the reason why I further believe in Serendipity.  I'm thankful not only to have been your photographer but also that I had the opportunity to meet such an incredibly kind, fun, and adventurous couple.  

I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you both and that you're both exploring the world once again.  

 

 

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! 

 

Andrea and Nate's Wedding

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They met five years ago and have supported each other through each different life stages from graduating this year to now saying I do.  Through thick and thin they have made their bond even stronger.  Their wedding at Villa De Leon was the perfect combination for their romantic outdoor wedding.  Not only did they show immense love towards one another, but everyone in that room shared their love towards them that day.  Andrea and Nate are both two classic souls, Andrea is such a timeless woman, the second she walks into a room you can’t help but turn notice her warmth and loving smile. And Nate is such a down to earth guy, who is willing to do anything for Andrea's happiness. I was so surprised when he was the one who contacted me to capture his wedding, not only that but how detailed he was.  It showed how committed he was to Andrea's happiness.  

Their wedding was the perfect representation of classy and romantic at Villa de Leon. Their entire wedding day was filled with celebration and a perfect color palette of hues of pink.  I had a blast getting to know these two and capturing the most important day in their lives.  I am excited to share a few of my favorites with you all! 

Venue: Villa De Leon

 

 

Dreamy and Vibrant French Styled Wedding at Rancho Las Lomas

 
 
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The inspiration behind this shoot is to celebrate the beauty of Rancho Las Lomas and the freshness of living in Orange County. Soft butter yellow hues embrace the delicate rays of the sunlight, while the blue tones resemble the clear crisp skies. This palette was meant to pop out against the terracotta throughout the venue and embrace the blue tiling at the Teatro. The romantic feel that is prominent throughout the property is brought in with a mix of modern and vintage decor pieces…French style seating, fragile glass china, and crystal hanging light pendants. All attendees and viewers should feel as if they have been transported outside of Southern California to create a unique photographic story through the design elements provided at the shoot.

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Photography: LILY TAPIA PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue: RANCHO LAS LOMAS | Planner & Designer: PERFECT THE EVENT | Workshop Host: ALICIA MINK PHOTOGRAPHY | Florist: FLOWERS BY CINA | Calligraphy & Stationery: DESIGN BY LANEY | Shoes: BELLA BELLE SHOES | Ring Box: THE MRS. BOX | Silk Ribbon: TONO & CO. | Dress: TARA LAUREN | Groom's Attire: STITCH & TIE and MICHAEL KORS | Hair & Makeup: THE FACE OF BEAUTY US| Linens: LA TAVOLA LINEN | Cake: INTRI CAKES | Chairs: SWEET SALVAGE RENTALS | Table Top & Vintage Lighting: SUN DROP VINTAGE | Models: SHEA and SIERRA from WILLOW MODEL MANAGEMENT | Styling Boards: HEIRLOOM BINDERY

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!!