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Evan and Meagan made the second half of their Trash the Dress Riviera Maya.  We started their session in the cute town of Playa del Carmen that is abundant with colorful shops and fluttering flags.  After some time wandering the markets we hopped back in our cab and went to Evan and Meagan’s resort Barcelo Maya Beach in Riviera Maya to complete the day.  The Barcelo resort has a beautiful private beaches for its customers that we would be crazy not to take advantage of.  On our way down to the beach Meagan and Evan took a little detour and jumped into one of the resort’s swimming pools in their tux and wedding dress.  In the planning stages of Evan and Meagan’s destination wedding they knew that they wanted to include a trash the dress session into their stay so Meagan brought a second wedding dress.  This way her long mermaid cut wedding dress would stay pristine and she could have fun in her shorter dress without having to worry.  Once they were wet there were a number of great spots on the Barcelo property for romantic photos. The employees were even nice enough to keep the kids water park running for us so that Evan and Meagan could enjoy it.  This day was finally a wrap with some epic portraits of Evan and Meagan in the teal tropical ocean.  A big thanks to Evan and Meagan for getting wet and for going along with some of Brett’s wild ideas.

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Evan and Meagan opted for a destination wedding in beautiful Mexico so what better way to kick of the rest of their trip than with a trash the dress Playa del Carmen style.  A couple days after their wedding ceremony the four of us piled into a cab and headed to the cute town of Playa del Carmen.  We were immediately surrounded by colorful markets selling everything a tourist could desire.  We loved all of the colorful flags draped high across the market place and the cobblestone walkways.  It wasn’t long before we happened upon a fun modern hotel in the middle of town and the people running it were more than happy for us to come up and shoot.  We truly appreciated how friendly everyone we encountered in town was and it wouldn’t have been a proper day in such a fun little place without a stop for margaritas.  Evan and Meagan’s Playa del Carmen trash the dress was a fantastic day and we are so excited for these love birds.  Stay tuned for part 2 of their trash the dress session.

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Michele and Chris had a beautiful La Jolla Cove Suites Wedding.  The wedding ceremony was held on the venue’s rooftop.  The view from the rooftop is breathtaking, it overlooks the La Jolla cove and out to the cliffs above Scripps.  For Michele and Chirs the view from the La Jolla Cove Suites was particularly special, because the cliffside where Chris proposed would be in view just behind their ceremony archway.  These two love birds decided to be traditional and get ready on opposite ends of the hotel, each having their own suite with a balcony to look out as they primped.  Michele’s Longtime friend is a talented violinist. He began to play when it was time for the wedding ceremony to begin as flocks of pelicans lazily flew by over head.  The weather for their wedding could not have been more perfect with a slight breeze and a few little white puffy clouds in the sky.   Chris and Michele had one of their really good friends officiate the wedding for them, which is always a special touch that rinds close to our hearts.  One of our favorite aspects of their ceremony was their anneversary wine box.  They chose an amazing bottle of Tobin James red wine and placed a letter to sac other and two wine glasses in a beautiful wooden box.  With all the items in they closed it and locked it with a key.  On their fifth wedding anniversary they will finally unlock the box and enjoy the wine together.  So romantic!

We have to say that Michele and Chris are two of the sweetest people we have had the pleasure of working with.  Their families had some truly amazing speeches at their wedding reception and it was clear to us that Michele and Chris go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy and taken care of.  We feel so lucky to be a part of their special day, and it has been wonderful getting to know them and their amazing families better.  This was a group that loved to have fun and the dancing just never seemed to stop.  It was a pleasure capturing their wedding day for them.  Check below for all the Vendor information.

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Wedding Venue La Jolla California | La Jolla Cove Suites 

Wedding Planner | The Perfect Knot SD – Lucy Tan

Caterer, Cake and Linens | Indulge Contemporary Catering (Jane Sandri)

Flowers | Camellia Wedding Flowers

Rentals and Lighting | Raphaels

Hair and Makeup | 10.11 Makeup

Videographer | Focused Bliss

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We had a wonderful time taking Phillip and Sidney’s Irvine Park engagement photos.  These two are just too cute and so much fun.  They chose an absolutely beautiful place for their engagement session.  The Irvine Regional Park is so large and has so many attractions that we had to do a couple laps around before deciding on where to start the shoot.    We took Phillip and Sidney for a walk around the lake stopping at picturesque bridges, romantic park benches and enormous old trees. All through the park we found cute little train tracks that ran every which way and ended at a small fake western town that was a highlight or our session.   All in all the four of us had so much fun exploring Irvine park together.

A little back story on this awesome couple, Phillip and Sidney knew one another growing up in Orange County but it wasn’t until Sidney’s Senior year when Phillip asked her out to a dance and sparks flew.  It’s been three years since that first dance and they are as cute as ever!

Thanks you so much Phillip and Sidney for such a fun engagement shoot! You guys were a blast to work with and we cant wait for your wedding next spring!engagement photos with big old tree in irvine parkPin Imagecute engagement photos at irvine parkPin Imageengagement photos with Mr and Mrs signsPin ImageIrvine Park engagement shoot in Orange CountyPin Imagebeautiful engagement photos in irvine parkPin Imageirvine park engagement photosPin Imageengagement shoot irvine park amphitheater Pin Imageengagement shoot with chalk board signsPin Imageirvine regional park engagement sessionPin ImageOrange County Park engagement photosPin ImageOrange County Park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin ImageOrange County Park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement sessionPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement sessionPin Imageirvine regional parkPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin ImageOrange County Park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin Imageengagement photos in irvine regional park on an old tractorPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin Imagecute wooden signs for engagement session Pin Imageirvine regional park engagement sessionPin Imageirvine park engagementPin Imageirvine regional park engagementPin Imagerustic little houses in irvine park are perfect for engagement photosPin Imagerustic little houses in irvine park are perfect for engagement photosPin Imagerustic little houses in irvine park are perfect for engagement photosPin ImageOrange County Park engagement photosPin Imageirvine regional park engagement photosPin Image

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