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Here is a look at Mel & Doug’s beautiful Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding in San Diego.  Leo Carrillo Ranch is a large historic park located in the carlsbad hills and it houses wonderful old ranch style buildings, making it an amazing rustic wedding venue in southern California.  The moment you walk onto the Leo Carrillo property it feels like you’ve stepped onto a move set with how well all of the buildings are preserved and propped.  There are peacocks just wandering about  and our favorite building is probably the white barn with the blue doors on the ranch.  Tucked in with the barn are some old stables a windmill and some tiny houses.  It truly is an incredible property for a wedding.

Mel and Doug’s wedding was held under a beautiful large tree in the courtyard at the ranch house.  After the ceremony everyone wandered down to the pool behind the house where they had games and refreshments set up.  A taco truck showed up to make snack for everyone while they socialized and waited for the reception to open up.  Tables were set up on the lawn behind the ranch house for the reception.  Market lights were strung for the evening festivities and tables were adorned with fun diy mason jars and vintage decor.  This reception was off the hook and everyone had a wonderful time.  Everyone spent time in the photo booth and showing off their best moves on the dance floor.  The end of the night was filled with glow sticks and a full on dance off.  Mel and Doug put together a great wedding and Leo Carrillo Ranch was a perfect place for it.

 

 

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Here is a peek at David and Mackenzie’s romantic Papago Park Engagement session in Phoenix Arizona.  They both grew up in Phoenix and it’s where they met and fell in love.  Their careers took them across the country together but what better place to have their wedding and engagement photos than in the city where they met.  Papago Park holds a special place in Mackenzie’s hart and she told us stories of going there when she was younger.  Its a beautiful and magical place at sunset and we are just dying over their amazing engagement session.  Take a look!

 

 

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This destination snow engagement shoot for R+J has us yearning for another winter storm.  These two love birds recently got engaged while they were on a trip in Australia, and if that isn’t romantic I don’t know what is.  These avid travelers wanted a fun and unique engagement shoot to fit their personalities and with an approaching winter storm we figured the local mountains with fresh snow would be a great idea for their engagement photos.  We commandeered ourselves a little cabin for the weekend and woke up on a Saturday morning to a true winter wonderland, with the snow shimmering and sparkling in the sun.  When the light was just right we headed out past the town of Prescott and up into the hills.  We found a campground closed for winter with fields of untouched snow and groves of spectacular forest just perfect for engagement photos.  R and J were armed with hot chocolate, blankets and a vintage sled while we armed ourselves with cameras.  Off into the snow we went.
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Here’s a look at Ashley and Marco’s wonderful  Aldredge House wedding reception.  Ashley and Marco fell in love with this old historic house in Dallas Texas for their reception and we can completely understand why.  The house is full of beautiful old furniture and decor, and don’t get me started on the spiral stair case.  The reception was originally set to be held outside under the market lights in the back yard.  Rain early in the day got the staff on the move and they were able to set up the entire wedding reception indoors and it turned out amazing.  Ashley and Marco made their grand entrance down the spiral staircase and jumped right into a night of fun and dancing.

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