Descanso Gardens Engagement Session | Emilie and Dave

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Emilie and Dave are people after our own heart!

Dave called us one day and quickly let us know he read the info on our website and he asked where our favorite ramen place was. It caught me off guard because our clients typically begin asking about photography, our style and so forth, but he really wanted to know our recommendations! I knew we were going to hit it off really well when we had a discussion on the Lakers, Japanese culture among other things and we spoke on photography for about 5 minutes out of a 2 hour conversation. 

He told us about their wedding plans and as we photographed at Storrier-Stearns Japanese Gardens he wanted us to photograph their upcoming wedding there. They happen to love Japanese culture as much as we do and they wanted to include that influence in their engagement and wedding images. 

So they opted to have their engagement session at Descanso Gardens in La Canada (right outside of Los Angeles) and we had so much fun in the different garden areas. 

We can totally see why Emilie and Dave are meant for each other. They're totally smitten with each other and if Descanso Gardens didn't close, we could have photographed them all day!

We hope you enjoy these images and look out for their wedding highlights. If their engagement session was any indication, their wedding is going to be one for the books!

Congratulations you guys and we can't wait to rock out with you guys!

 
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Pacific Palms Resort Wedding | Cristina and Jo

Cristina and Jo were one of the last people at the wedding they were a part of and since Cristina didn't have a ride, Jo offered her a ride. They didn't know each other at that time, let alone did they know they would be life partners and become husband and wife in their own wedding! They flew in from Chicago to be married near friends and family at St Lorenzo Catholic Church and had their beautiful reception at Pacific Palms Resort in Walnut.

The love and joy their friends and family shared with everyone made their day go so smooth and effortless. We couldn't have asked for a better couple to serve and we're excited for what their future holds. 

Enjoy these highlights from their wedding and make sure to give them as much love in the comments!

Congratulations Cristina and Jo and we loved every minute of your wedding! Much love to the both of you!

 
 

Much love to everyone who made their wedding come together seamlessly: 

Bridal Prep and Reception Venue: Pacific Palms Resort

Ceremony Venue: St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Parish

Hair and Makeup: Monica Duldulao Professional

Bridal Gown: Charmaine Joie Couture

Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

Florals: Commerce Flowers

Wedding Planner: Events by Edge

Photography: Chris Holt Photography

Videography: MP Wedding Films

DJ and Emcee: DJ Wrex

Reception Design (LOVE sign and set design): Just Merried Events

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Photobooth: Socialite Photo Booth

We had a blast working with all of you and we wish you continued success!



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Griffith Park Observatory Surprise Proposal | Nafisa and Mo

Mo called me a few months ago and asked if we had availability sometime in February. I quickly asked him if he was ready because I knew he was dating and was pretty serious about Nafisa. He told me he was more than ready and couldn't wait to start planning his proposal to her. 

After our planning session, we scouted a few locations and settled on Griffith Observatory overlooking Downtown Los Angeles and I couldn't have been more happy for him. I've known Mo for a number of years and to see him grow from a car-enthusiast, career-driven bachelor to a soon-to-be-married man is pretty awesome. 

Once we were all at Griffith Observatory, I gave him our pre-planned hand signals and we let the events unfold. 

As a few words dribbled out of Mo's mouth, Nafisa absolutely lost it! Nothing gets by her and for Mo to be able to pull off getting the ring, planning the proposal and coaxing her to come on a fake double date was absolutely incredible. 

Nafisa had no idea it was coming and she couldn't believe what was happening. After her consistent laughter and overwhelmed emotions, a crowd starting to form, they pulled out their cell phones and started recording and taking photos and gave a huge Congratulatory cheer as she said, "Yes!" to Mo's marriage proposal. 

They're perfect for each other and we can't be more excited to be a part of their upcoming wedding. 

I hope you enjoy these images as much as we did being a part of it! And make sure to give them some love in the comments below!

 
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