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Katie & Kevin Carmel Mountain Ranch Wedding

Katie & Kevin, Carmel Mountain Ranch Wedding

Carmel Mountain Ranch Wedding Featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Katie and Kevin were married on June 17th, 2017 at the beautiful Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. With their day planned to perfection by Nicole Manalo. Their guests gathered together on a sunny afternoon in the garden for the sweetest ceremony. As they got to witness them become husband and wife under a romantic, greenery-covered gazebo.
Carmel Mountain Ranch has such an elegance to it. Which the bride and groom played into with their beautiful invitations by Pretty Little Papers. As well as their navy and burgundy color palette and the most delicate florals. The bride wore a delicate lace gown by Pronovias. Which she paired with the most darling shoes by Dolce Bleu. And her bouquet was lush but loose, with gorgeous peonies and roses in cream. With the colors pink and burgundy.
After the ceremony their friends and family were then welcomed into the reception. Which was bathed in the soft light of gold chandeliers. While it was all decorated with beautiful florals. All brought to life by the talented Jill of Layered Vintage. Dinner consisted of an exquisite spread of local sea bass and fillet of beef. And desert couldn’t have been more of a hit. As everyone enjoyed the amazing liquid nitrogen ice cream.
It was so wonderful to see their families come together and celebrate their love. All at a wedding they’d been waiting years for. We couldn’t be more delighted to capture their love story and be a part of the magic. And we were so honored to have their wedding published in the Fall Issue of Exquisite Weddings Magazine!
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Lauren & Nick Balboa Park Engagement Session

Meet Lauren & Nick! These two darlings are so natural together and so much fun to photograph! We just adore them and had so much fun getting to know them during their engagement session. We’re counting down the days until we get to capture their wedding in October at one of our favorites – the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. It’s going to be stunning. Keep scrolling to enjoy some of our favorite film images from their session.

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You did it! You got engaged! Humungous congratulations from us to you! One of the first things to do now is get some engagement photos. But do you really need them? Here’s our take on what makes engagement sessions so important!
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Three reasons we HIGHLY recommend engagement sessions!

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1. It’s about the relationship!

Getting to know your photographer is a key aspect to making amazing photographs. We are super relational people, because we love people in love, that means you! We’ve also learned over the years that knowing our couples on a deeper level leads to better images. It creates a completely different dynamic during a wedding day shoot. Rather than being strangers working for someone taking pretty pictures. It becomes a set of friends gathered together to create intimate memories!
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2. It’s good practice for you AND your photographer!

Most couples we work with have never worked with a professional photographer. And that is complete ok! It’s our job as professionals to help you feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. We work with you to learn how to pose with each other in ways that look natural and unique to how you two interact! An engagement session is a trial run for your wedding day to help you get all of the jitters out and see how fun and easy it is!
An engagement session is just as helpful to us as photographers! It helps us discover what looks the absolute best for you both. Once we have dialed in exactly what is “your look and feel”. We are able to use that on your wedding day. This can simply be us seeing how you hold each other when walking together. Or how you smile at each other when you think we aren’t looking. We capture all of those subtle moments. That’s what makes your photos truly unique to your relationship and love story!
An engagement session is also very much like the dress rehearsal for your wedding day portrait session. It will help the day of photos go so much smoother especially because you will be more limited on time!
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3. It helps give you peace of mind!

We are obsessed with all of the emails we get that are filled with “LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!!”. They really do make our day! We honestly believe it’s because our couples are so relieved that they know that their wedding photos are going to turn out incredible. Seeing yourself in your own beautiful engagement photos gives you that peace of mind. We promise we are going to do our very best to make sure that your wedding photos are absolutely breathtaking!
Bonus Reasons: Doing an engagement session gives you beautiful photos for your save the dates! Using the same photographer for both will give you the most cohesive photos!
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We hope this quick blog post has been helpful! Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on tips for planning an amazing engagement session!
If you found these tips helpful be sure to check out some of our work or feel free to reach out and say hello by clicking here.
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