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The O'Donnell House - Palm Springs, CA 

- Vendors -

Venue - The O'Donnell House

Coordinator - The Events Department

Florals - My Little Flower Shop

Catering - Lulu California Bistro

Cake - Swan Bakery

Dress - Watters

Hair and Makeup - Salon 119

Groom's Suit - Hugo Boss

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Michele and August - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA Michele and August


Smoke Tree Ranch - Palm Springs, CA

- Vendors -

Venue - Smoke Tree Ranch
Coordinator : Laurie at The Events Department
Florals: David Rohr
Paper Goods: Stationery Station
Bride's Dress: Amsale
Bride's Shoes: MiuMiu
Rings/Bride, Groom, Mother of Bride, Sisters Jewelry: Barbara Parker Fine Jewelry
Flower girls dresses: Joanna August

Groom's Attire - Jos. A. Bank

Groom's Tie: Vineyard Vines

Groom's Cufflinks: Barbara Parker Fine Jewelry
Band: Undercover Live Entertainment
Videographer: Joseph Andrew Productions
Dessert: Exquisite Dessert
Monogram: Meg Kowieski
Signage: Stephanie Caparelli
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals 
Brides Hair: Jose Neira


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Sigall and Greg - The Ring - Malibu, CA Sigall and Greg


Malibu, CA


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Emilie and Ben - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA Emilie + Ben


Smoke Tree Ranch - Palm Springs, CA

- Vendors -

Venue - Smoke Tree Ranch

Coordinator - Events Department

Florals - Jensen's

Bride's Dress - Jesus Peiro

Bride's Shoes - Kate Spade

Jewelry - David Yurman Earrings and Bracelet from Grandmother

Hair and Make Up - J. Russell The Salon

Bridesmaids Dresses - Jenny Yoo

Groom's Suit - Men's Warehouse

Paper Goods - Where's the Party and Minted

Videographer - Max and Molly Films

Band - Word of Mouth



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Kelsey and Phil - The Ring - Orange County


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Santa Cruz, CA


Aptos, CA

Oakland, CA

San Francisco, CA 

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Jessie and Omar - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA From the bride and groom...

We have been a couple since November 2, 2006, Day of the Dead, a holiday that has been dear to our hearts ever since. To celebrate our 8-year anniversary we decided to go Guanajuato, Mexico. We were excited to visit San Miguel de Allende for their annual Day of the Dead celebration, “Las Calacas”. San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful colonial town full of color. It is often referred to as the heart of Mexico because of its geographical location. During sunset on November 2, 2014, while on a terrace that overlooked the town, I presented Jessie with a linocut print. It was an illustration of us as calacas created my friend Daniel Gonzalez, an amazing artist and printmaker. As Jessie opened the gift, I got down on one knee, presented her with a ring and asked her for forever, “para siempre”.

Instantly after our engagement in Guanajuato we began to plan our wedding. We knew that we wanted to get married in the Coachella Valley. Jessie was born in Palm Springs and I was raised in Cathedral City. Though we’ve been in Los Angles now for over 8 years, the desert is the place where we both met and both still consider home. After a couple of months looking at some traditional Palm Springs wedding venues and not finding anything that felt right, we finally realized that we needed to switch our thought process. We recognized that we were drawing too much inspiration from previous Palm Springs weddings featured in blogs, pintrest, etc. Plans were not starting to feel like us. 

We took a step back and genuinely began to ask ourselves what we truly wanted. We both consider ourselves to be somewhat creative individuals. Jessie is a photographer, while I am a graphic designer and media artist. We are both into spending time with family and friends. Some of the things we enjoy are hosting, traveling, having a few drinks, late night street food, cultural learning, music, art and design. We wanted to incorporate all of those things and produce a wedding that felt like us, while still keeping some traditional elements. We wanted to create and experience that felt like a day out with us. Something that feels familiar, but a little bit fancier.

The Palms Springs Art Museum was perfect for our ceremony. It is mid-century modern architecture nestled in the iconic San Jacinto Mountains with beautiful exhibition spaces and sculpture gardens. It provided us with the formal vive that we wanted for our ceremony and gave us the opportunity to be married surrounded by beautiful works of art. It was also the place were I got one of my biggest creative push. After the museum purchased one of my paintings for their permanent collection. A painting that I had created during a scholarship exhibition. We both immediately feel in love with the idea, but were quoted way out of our budget. Since we were working with a limited budget, we decided to split the ceremony and the reception spaces to save on costs.

I ended up finding Snapshot Palm Springs online. It is a photography studio that is perfectly located caddy corner from my first home in America after migrating from Mexico, three blocks away from Jessie’s childhood home and 1 block away from the elementary school we both attended. Snapshot was our blank canvas and it offered the outdoor dinner space we were looking for. We were allowed to bring in what we wanted and celebrate past the strict Palm Springs noise ordinance because of its location. Combined, both of these locations were perfect together. We were able to keep the formal vibe we wanted for our ceremony and have the more laid back familiar experience our friends and family are accustomed to from us at our reception.

For our wedding colors we were inspired by our Mexican, Peruvian and American combined cultures. We started with white for a base. Jessie is Peruvian from her mother’s side so gold was a must. We both knew that we wanted a midnight blue to compliment the white and help the gold accents stand out. We also wanted a color that would pop. The fuchsia color came from the beautiful bougainvillea filled trees that we saw while in Guanajuato and the bougainvillea that is prominent in the Coachella Valley.

Our wedding happened right after daylight savings so we had to plan accordingly. We were trying to beat the sun for outdoor photos and have a reception that started late enough to allow for a late-night party while not exhausting everyone. We also planned on having food throughout the night, which included late night tacos. Our tables were lined in rows outside to take advantage of the beautiful star filled desert sky. As you walked out to the outdoor space the tables in white linens were filled with candles, flowers, and traditional hand cut paper picado hung above. Accompanying the paper were string lights giving the paper pieces a soft iridescent glow.

A main component or theme of our wedding was family, especially our grandparents. We both no longer have our grandparents; they were an incredible influence to our lives individually and as a couple. We would have loved to share the moment with them. In the spirit and tradition of Dia de los Muertos we set up an altar in remembrance of them and others in our families who are no longer with us, to guide all of their souls to share on the occasion. During dinner a Mariachi came in to serenade us and played my grandmothers favorite song to pay homage to our gone but not forgotten family members.

The wedding turned out to be a crazy yearlong project. But looking back it was all worth it. It was the happiest day of both our lives and we got to do it our way, with all of the amazing support from our loving families and friends.

- Vendors -
Ceremony - Palm Springs Art Museum

Reception - Snapshot Palm Springs

Florals - Greenman Floral Design 818.720.7010

Coordinator - Anne Marie Campbell, Lizeth Torres & Marisol Schick

Paper Goods - Daniel Gonzalez, Print Gonzalez

Cake / Dessert - Mariana's Cakes 760.779.3693

Bride’s Dress - Alfred Angelo

Bride’s Shoes - Nina

Groom’s Suit: J. Crew

Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan

Tie: Penguin

Dj - Dj ODC, Pablo Rocha 760.851.8251

Videographers - Republic Films

Food - Rosa's Tacos Catering, Rosa #760.898.1172

Music - Mariachi Azteca de Oro, José Valdez, #760.808.1036

Photo Booth - Social Light Photo

Website & Art Direction - Jessie Penprase + Omar N. Lopez

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Natalie and Ryan - The Vows - Upland, CA Natalie and Ryan's backyard wedding was nothing short of spectacular. My favorite part about this wedding was how personal it was to the couple. The venue being Natalie's parent's house. Driving up the road to take photos at Ryan's parent's house. During one of the speeches the guests were asked to stand if they had grown up playing soccer in the family's backyard. I think half the guests stood. It wasn't just Natalie's home it was a second home for many of their friends. There was a lot of the couple's history at that house and it couldn't have been a more perfect place for this couple to tie the knot.

- Vendors -

Bride's Dress - Deborah's Bridal

Florals - Blooms by Bre

Coordinator - Bri Hennes

Music - The D'Jay Company

Videographer - Blackfish Creative Inc.

Catering - Spaggis Catering

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Janae and Nick - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA Let me start by saying this was one of my most exciting weddings I have ever photographed. Janae and Nick had me laughing through their entire engagement session and that didn't change much for their wedding day. These two have such a great energy that you can't help but want to be around them. I think you can learn a lot about a couple by listening to the speeches given at their wedding. Not just facts and funny stories, but what type of people they are. My first impressions of them being wonderful, thoughtful, caring people who love life were only confirmed by their friends and family. 

This wedding was beautiful on so many levels and full of amazing personal touches. Janae's gorgeous pink dress was handmade by her brother in law Octavius. Nick and the groomsmen were also outfitted by Octavius and looked like they were on their way to a fashion shoot. The personal touches didn't stop there, the florals, decor and coordinating all came from Janae's cousin Raihni. The couple was married by Janae's Uncle making their ceremony even more special.

Janae and Nick's first dance was straight out of a movie. After having my mind blown I learned the dance was choreographed by her brother who just so happens to be a world renowned choreographer, who you guessed it, choreographs for movies and music videos. I have seen a lot of incredible first dances, but this was on a whole different level. This wedding was a total family affair and with a family this talented who could blame them. 


- Vendors -

Venue - Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Coordinator, Decor and Florals - Rare Sophisticate Events 

Bride's Dress - Custom made by GROOM

Make-up - Sydney Milan

Groom's Attire - GROOM

Music - DJ B-Hen

Videographer - Sean Desmond



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Petal and John Paul - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA Within a few minutes of meeting Petal and John Paul I knew they were going to be an amazing couple to work with. After hearing their wedding plans it was clear this would be a beautiful event. They chose to say "I do" at one of the most iconic properties in Palm Springs. From the floral covered antique wedding arch to the beautiful invitations and the couple's impeccable attire, this wedding was packed full of gorgeous details. 

As much as I love seeing all the wonderful details, it's the real moments that make a wedding special. This wedding was full of them. A secluded first look that took John Paul's breath away. Petal walking down the aisle radiating with happiness. The wonderful words spoken about the couple. John Paul and his daughter sharing a dance that lit up the entire room. I could go on and on with moments like this, but that would make this blog post far too long. 

I met Petal and John Paul in Laguna Beach, photographed their engagement session in NYC and documented their wedding day in Palm Springs. We've been on quite the journey together and I am beyond excited to share the final results.



Venue - The Parker Palm Springs

Coordinator - Chic Productions

Florals - The Bloom of Time

DJ and Photo Booth - Dj Chris Paul

Lighting - Classic Party Rentals Palm Springs 

Invitations - LilyCoDesign

Bride's Dress - Catherine Dean

Bride's Shoes - Manolo Blahnik

Handbag - 1930's Antique

Engagement Ring - Antique Edwardian

Jewelry and Wedding Bands - Mozafarian Jeweler Los Angeles 

Hair and Makeup - Jose Neira at The Parker Palm Springs

Bridesmaid Dresses - Anthropologie

Groom's Suit, Shirt and Tie - Ermenegildo Zenga Made to Measure

Groom's Shoes - Louis Vuitton

Groomsmen Suits - JCrew

Groomsmen Ties - Ermenegildo Zenga Made to Measure

Wedding Arch Installation - KMHallberg Design



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Janae and Nick - The Ring - Los Angeles, CA Janae and Nick's Los Angeles engagement session was full of love and laughter... a lot of laughter! These two make such a fun-loving and easy going couple. Janae and Nick have such awesome energy and really know how to have fun with one another - something that makes sharing a lifetime together with someone even more amazing! Janae and Nick really made the day enjoyable, and I cannot wait to photograph their BIG DAY! If their wedding is anything like their engagement session, it will be perfect from start to finish. 



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Amy and Brandon - The Vows - Beaver Creek, CO A year ago I decided to give away a wedding photography package to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary. I had so many incredible submissions that it was almost impossible to choose. After a lot of thought and consideration I chose Amy and Brandon. Fast forwarder than a year and I could not have been more pleased with the result. Their Beaver Creek, CO wedding was easily one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. 

The last time I photographed a wedding in Colorado I was 21 years old and had essentially no clue what I was doing. Seven years later I was back on a plane to photograph an amazing couple in one of the most beautiful parts of Colorado. I was warned that afternoon rain storms were quite common and well rain it did. Lucky for us it's also common that these storms don't last long. Shortly after it began the sun was out and we were in the gondola heading up the mountain. 

I've seen photos of the Beaver Creek Wedding Deck, but none of them did it justice. As soon as I came around the corner and got a glimpse of the view I was totally floored. Amy and Brandon could not have picked a more beautiful location to exchange their vows. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, they said "I do" and it was absolutely perfect. 

We spent the next hour photographing this gorgeous couple. It seemed like everywhere I looked there was an epic location just begging to be used. Amy and Brandon looked like they were straight out of a bridal magazine making my job very easy. Insert a stunning couple into and equally stunning location and it's hard not to come away with something special.

Portraits finished, it was time to check out the reception room. Once again, I was blown away by the beauty of this wedding. Candles, candles and more candles. Romance, elegance, sophistication this room had it all. I have seen a lot of beautiful rooms and this was up there with the best of them. Heart warming speeches, endless laughter and an impressive dance floor completed this beautiful wedding day. 

I may have gone a bit overboard with the number of images I posted this time, but I couldn't help myself. 



Ceremony Venue - Beaver Creek Wedding Deck

Reception - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Florals and Decor - Petals & Pours

Wedding Invitations - Tasha Rae Designs

Wedding Day Program, Signs and Save the Dates - Elizabeth Wallace

Bride's Dress - Alvina Valenta from JLM Couture

Seamstress - The Wedding Seamstress

Bride's Shoes - Jimmy Choo

Perfume - Jo Malone

Hair and Make-up - Beauty on Location by Liz

Bridesmaid's Robes - Plum Pretty Sugar

Bridesmaid's Dresses - Adrianna Papell

Tuxes - The Black Tux

Groom's Ring - Jay Feder

Bride's Rings - Robanns Jewelers 

Chocolate Box Favors - Nunu Chocolates

DJ - Elite DJ

Live Music - Masterful Musicians

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Jessie and Omar - The Ring - Los Angeles, CA Jessie and Omar are definitely on the short list for most genuine people I have ever met. Omar and I go back to when I was an awkward 13 year old kid on a skateboard. I've only recently met his finance Jessie, but it doesn't take long to understand why Omar proposed to her.  

When I first asked Jessie and Omar what they wanted to do for their engagement session, Omar responded with "Dude, I just wanna get some food". Done. We took a couple detours on our way, but eat we did. Tacos and tamales on Olvera Street, a quick beer at Angel City Brewing Company and more tacos at Guisados. Side note, if you haven't been to Guisados, GO. GO NOW. RIGHT NOW.

One of our detours was to PRINTGONZALEZ to visit Omar's friend Daniel who is making their wedding invitations. These are not just any old wedding invitations though, these things are works of Letterpress art. I can't wait to see the final product. 

An epic couple, Downtown L.A. and some even more epic tacos. Let's just call this one a dream shoot. 


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Petal and John - The Ring - New York City Just before our first meeting Petal and John found out they were moving back to New York. Fast forward a couple months and many emails we decided it would be much easier for me to fly to New York for their engagement session and well, I wasn't about the argue :) It's where their relationship began making it the perfect location. Fast forward a few more months and I was on a plane heading to NYC for a 24 hour adventure with an incredible couple. 

We had a pretty ambitious plan for the day, but I knew it would be worth it. We met at their place in Brooklyn and quickly set out for Central Park for some incredible light and greenery. We had to share our trail with a wild bunch of miniature scavenger hunters, but we made it work and the photos could not have been more beautiful.

An Uber later we found ourselves back in Brooklyn. Ready for a breather we knocked out a couple slices of pizza and set out to explore Dumbo. We battled the wind for a while and then decided to head back to their place to freshen up. The day ended on a pier with a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty. The sunset was gorgeous, I was exhausted and we were all hungry. With a belly full of awesome BBQ I slept for a few hours and then it was off the airport to catch the first flight out. 

To say this trip was a whirlwind would be a serious understatement, but it was worth every bit of exhaustion. Petal and John were so much fun to work with and I can't wait for the Palm Springs wedding next month. 


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Lisa and Gabi - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA Where to begin with this wedding? Lisa and Gabi have been dream clients from our first meeting. After we met I couldn't wait to photograph their engagement session and after that epic day their wedding couldn't come fast enough. The day started out a bit rainy and we started formulating our game plan for what happens if the rain won't stop. Lucky for us ten minutes before their first look the rain stopped, the clouds broke and we had a perfect wedding day. 

Lisa and Gabi chose one of my favorite venues in all of Palm Springs. The O'Donnell House is one of the many hidden gems of Palm Springs that most locals don't even know exists. The ceremony was small and intimate with only their closest friends and family. Listening to people talk about the couple it was very clear how much Lisa and Gabi mean to them.  Start to finish this wedding was stunning and so much fun to photograph. The only way to end this wedding would have been an epic afterparty and that's exactly what they did. 



Venue - The O'Donnell House

Event Coordinator - Events Department 

Florals - Jensen's Florist

Bride's Dress - Novella Bridal

Bride's Shoes - Betsey Johnson

Groom's Tux - J. Crew

Groom's Shoes - Hugo Boss

Paper Goods - Wedding Paper Divas

Rings - Geoffrey's Jeweler 

DJ - DJ Chris Paul

Catering - Westwood Catering

Desserts - Exquisite Desserts

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Kristin and Evan - The Tribe - Laguna Beach, CA Kristin and Evan are two of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met. In 2013 I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding and last month I was lucky enough to document this new journey in their lives. Their daughter Finnley is due in August and I have no doubt they are going to be incredible parents. I am beyond happy for them and can't wait to meet their new addition.


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Indie Ryan Evans - The Tribe - Brea, CA Words by Jessica...

In the midst of it all, I often try to pause and reflect on life’s surreal moments - dancing in the rain on a summer day, the quiet calm that follows diving out of a plane, watching ocean waves crash as the sun rises, cuddling your puppy on a Sunday morning, the raw emotion of walking down the aisle to the one you love - just to name a few. I try not to compare, but rather enjoy each moment for what it is. Sometimes I know when one is coming and other times I don’t realize it until it has passed. On Saturday, July 18, I knew one was coming…

After 10 months of pregnancy and 11.5 hours of labor and delivery, Brian and I were given one of the most beautiful and surreal moments of our lives - we met our daughter, Indie Ryan, for the very first time. She came on a rainy afternoon in July - 3:28 p.m. When the nurse placed her skin-to-skin on my chest, Brian and I looked at each other with tears and joy in our eyes. 

The hospital room was busy with nurses and the doctor coming in and out to perform their post-birth tasks, but all I could see was the most beautiful tiny human and my incredibly loving, supportive husband. 

Nothing in this world could have prepared Brian and I for the overwhelming love and joy we felt in that moment and every moment with Indie since then. I didn’t understand what people meant when they said a baby would change our lives forever. I thought they meant we would be exhausted from not sleeping or we wouldn’t be able to do things we once did very easily. I realize though, it wasn’t about that at all - it changes your understanding of life itself. The past two weeks, I have found myself perfectly content just staring at her beautiful eyes, rosy cheeks, tiny hands and feet all day without another care. I love every moment. 

One day, we hope to show her the world and she will experience her own surreal moments… until then, Brian and I (Rooney too) will enjoy the one we are in.

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Desert Wildflower Inspiration at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs is uniquely described to be “inspired by an affinity for the soulful.” In this untraditional styled wedding shoot, the infamous Ace Hotel became so much more than the chosen venue, it became part of the inspiration. It lent itself seamlessly to the stylish romanticism created for this modern bohemian styled wedding.

In lieu of a white wedding gown, the stunning bride wore a vintage black and gold floor-length dress with a high neckline. Her ensemble was elevated by the beautiful floral crown and wristlet created for the romantic affair. For the groom, we wanted a modern take on a classic look. He wore a sleek, tailored suit with a classic bowtie, checkered shirt and double monk strap shoes.

When creating the floral pieces, we were inspired by the untamed beauty of the desert landscape. The bride’s bouquet and sweetheart table centerpiece had a wild, organic feel with lots of texture and rich colors. They enhanced the romantic and modern bohemian flare of the occasion effortlessly. 

Venue - Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Florals - Studio Kate Floral

Bride's Dress - The Fine Art of Design

Groom's Suit - Indochino

Hair and Makeup - Raylene Guzman

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Samantha and Doug - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA

Wind, a little rain and more wind. It seems like every time I'm in Palm Springs to shoot a wedding there is some interesting weather waiting for me. On the upside the weddings always turn out beautifully and Samantha and Doug's was no exception. The beauty of this wedding went beyond the stunning florals and details, as it was truly in every aspect of the celebration. The energy surrounding this couple was incredible. From the first day we met I could tell Samantha and Doug are a couple that enjoys life and their wedding guests seemed to be on the same page. I'm very lucky to have the privilege of photographing amazing weddings like this one. Thank you to Samantha and Doug for allowing me to be a part of their wedding day.


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Emilie and Ben - The Ring - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Emilie grew up visiting the Mission San Juan Capistrano and when we started discussing locations for their engagement shoot it was one of her first choices. She said she wanted a dramatic background and well this place certainly fulfills that request. We only had an hour to photograph in the mission and while that may sound like a lot I could have spent eight hours in there with this couple. Everywhere you look there is a gorgeous background just begging to be photographed. 

Emilie and Ben are two incredibly genuine people with a beautiful love for one another. One of my favorite things to do when photographing a couple is to ask them to forget about the camera and just talk to each other, make each other laugh and have fun. It's usually during this time that I get some of my favorite photos of the session. These two did such a great job of forgetting about the camera that I had to wrangle them back in a few times. I love it when that happens! 

I truly believe I have one of the best jobs ever. I get to hangout with amazing people in beautiful locations and document some of the most special times in their lives. Emilie and Ben will be my first wedding in 2016 and it can't come soon enough. 


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Maggie and James - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA

I can't remember a time that I laughed so hard while shooting a wedding. Maggie and James were so much fun to work with that I didn't want their wedding day to end. From the start they told me they wanted their wedding day to be a party and they did not disappoint. There was such an incredible atmosphere throughout the day it was hard not to get caught up in it. Maggie and James had an incredible group of friends and family to share their wedding day with them and it was so much fun to document every moment. 



Venue - The O'Donnell House

Coordinator - Events Department 

Florals - Jensen's

Bride's Dress - David's Bridal

Hair/ Makeup - All Tressed Up

Bridesmaid's Dresses - Nordstrom

Groom's Suit - J. Crew

Groomsmen's Suits - Macy's

Cake/ Desserts - Exquisite Desserts

Food - Le Vallauris

Beer - Will Casolara. He's a great friend of ours who homebrewed 3 special Maggie and James beers for the big day. Lime wheat which is my favorite beer, Sex Panther (this one has a great story...about 4 years ago James & I wanted to make a ginger beer so I shredded 12 ounces of ginger for a 5 gallon batch and the garage got so infused with ginger that our eyes and nostrils were burning...really stings the nostrils. The new recipe has about 4 ounces of ginger and some lemon grass to balance out the flavor but we wanted it at the wedding for sentimental and goofy reasons), and a Black IPA which is James's favorite beer.

DJ - Creative Audio Productions


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Indie Ryan Evans - The Tribe - Costa Rica In the last few years I have had the pleasure of documenting some incredible moments in people's lives. While documenting those moments I have produced thousand of photographs, but none have been as rewarding as the images below. It's hard to put into words how amazing I feel when I look at these photographs. That feeling has nothing to do with how the images were made or with what camera or where in the world they were taken. It comes solely from what is captured in them.

If there is one thing our pregnancy has taught me it is how quickly life passes us by. It seems like only yesterday Jess surprised me with hand made onsie with a camera on it. Now seven months later it feels like only a blink of an eye. These photographs will forever be a reminder of an incredible journey we had together. It was a trip to celebrate the transition from one phase of our lives to the next and it could not have been more perfect. 

Those close to me know how much it means to me to be a father. It's something that I have wanted for as long as I can remember. Now that dream is coming true and it's something I am beyond grateful for. I was lucky to find an incredible woman that is kind, loving, adventurous, loyal, beautiful and incredibly supportive. There is a certain level of fear that comes with having a child. I have felt my share of that over these seven months, but those feelings are quickly laid to rest when I think of who I have by my side. 

Life goes by so fast... It's something you hear so many people say and it's one hundred percent true. Life gets busy and we forget to take the time to really live in a moment. Part of this trip was about just that. Taking some time to truly enjoy one another's company before our baby girl arrives. I have made a promise to myself that I will do the same with Indie. I want to soak up every moment I can with her because I understand how quickly those moments will pass. 

Some day I will have the pleasure of showing these photographs to Indie and that will bring the most incredible happiness to my heart.


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Costa Rica 2  

Sunrises and sunsets.


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Costa Rica Costa Rica – a land where jungle often meets ocean, trails frequently lead to breathtaking waterfalls, and vast volcanoes loom in the distance – this was the destination of our most recent adventure. 

Avid travelers, Brian and I jetted off on a new venture in late March during my second trimester of pregnancy. Some call this a Babymoon, a trendy new word for a vacation before baby comes, but Brian doesn’t like to call it that. Babymoon or not, we both wanted to get away and spend some quality time together exploring a different part of the world before our little bundle of joy arrives in July.  Not that we plan to slow down our future travel plans when little Indie arrives, but it was a good excuse to take a vacation in March. 

Costa Rica seemed to be the perfect spot for the occasion. While this was Brian’s first time in Costa Rica, it was my second visit to the beautiful and laidback country. Upon arrival in San Jose, we rented a mini 4WD vehicle and headed west to Puntarenas where we caught a ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula. After a long and frustrating jaunt, we finally made it to the relaxing beach village of Montezuma. We spent several beautiful days exploring the beaches, hiking waterfall trails and swimming in tide pools. Days later, we took the gnarly, 4-wheel-drive-required back road to the popular surf town, Mal País. After several more days of surf, sand and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, we ventured on the 7-hour trek to La Fortuna. There we hiked around the surreal Volcano Arenal, drank coffee and enjoyed the lake views. All in all, we had an amazing adventure together. Even 6 months into our pregnancy, we could not sit still and “relax” for very long, so we were constantly exploring all that Costa Rica has to offer! Of course we took naps after sunrise photo sessions, had late breakfasts and hung out in hammocks – so maybe we did get a little R&R. We cannot wait to return one day and continue our exploration – maybe with Indie next time! 

Here are some of the random highlights and observations from our trip:

Gallo Pinto – the most amazing typical Tico breakfast dish 

Costa Rican coffee – this is where I fell in love with coffee 6 years ago – it tastes just as amazing today as it did then 

Maps, Route Numbers, Street Names & Directions – they don’t exist in Costa Rica – locals use landmarks when giving directions and you will probably have to make a few U-turns along the way (we did)!

Fruit – Mangos, Watermelon, Pineapple, Melon – all in abundance and delicious

Dirt Roads – Super gnarly and definitely require 4WD

Hammocks – a relaxation must have!

Costa Rican Beaches – Incredibly beautiful and picturesque, not to mention wonderfully warm ocean water = makes us turn into fish!

Dogs & Cats – some roam, and some have collars – all are adorable and I wanted to take them with me

Playa de los Artistas, Montezuma – the most romantic and delectable dinner of our trip – we highly recommend this restaurant  

The Bakery in Mal País – some of the best meals of our trip, including delicious fruit smoothies 

The German Bakery – If you drive to Arenal, you will see 100 or more signs for this place and they will lure you in 

San Jose – hate it! 

Pura Vida – Pure Life!! 

An adventure with the one you love – invaluable experience 




Mal Pais


Arenal/ La Fortuna



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Denise and Bryan - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA I have been looking forward to Denise and Bryan's wedding for over a year now. I am very fortunate in that I get to photograph some incredibly beautiful weddings. I knew this wedding was going to be special as well, but to say it surpassed my expectations would be an understatement. Denise and Bryan are two of the most kind and genuine people I have met. Surrounded by an incredible group of family and friends these two said "I do" and I was lucky enough to be there to capture every detail of it. 



Ceremony - Sacred Heart Church

Reception - Smoke Tree Ranch

Coordinator - Events Department

Bride's Dress - Mori Lee from Jaclyn's Bridal

Bride's Shoes - Badgley Mischka

Bride's Jewelry - BHLDN

Bridesmaid Dresses - Bill Levkoff

Groom's Tux - Calvin Klein

Florals - The David Rohr Floral Studio

Cake and Dessert - Lovin' Oven

DJ - DJ Chris Paul

Hair/ Make Up - J Russell Salon

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Rodrigo and Robert - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA  

Cold, windy and the threat of rain, probably not what this Seattle couple had in mind when they decided to get married at their home in Palm Springs. Despite the unlikely weather Rodrigo and Robert's wedding was the perfect celebration of their love for one another. From start to finish this wedding was top notch. The immaculately dressed grooms were an absolute pleasure to photograph. The intimate, standing room only ceremony was beautiful and touching. The dinner and hors d'oeuvres were straight out of a five star restaurant. Rodrigo and Robert put a lot of thought and time into planning their wedding and it showed in every detail. 

In our first meeting Rodrigo told me he wanted their wedding to be a party and party they did! I don't think I've seen a more lively dance floor and when the mariachi band arrived things kicked up a couple more notches. The couple must have known their guests would work up an appetite on the dance floor because they capped the night with a taco truck. I left before the party ended, but I'm sure it continued well into the night. 

I know I say it all the time, but it truly was an honor to be a part of this wedding.



Grooms' Suits - Paul Smith

Grooms' Shoes - Paul Smith

Cufflinks - Paul Smith

Rings - Tiffany & Co

Catering - Fusion Flair

Cake - Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

Invitations - Oblation Papers

Florals - Jensen's Floral

Rentals - Signature Party Rentals

DJ - Jesse M. Avila

Mariachi Band - Mariachi Orgullo Azteca

Taco Truck - Tacos Gonzalez

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Megan and Mike - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA

Let me start off by saying that Megan and Mike had one of the most heart warming ceremonies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. From the moment Megan came down the aisle there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd, mine included. These two have had quite the journey together and it was apparent the love they have for each other is incredibly deep and true. Their family and friends have been on that same journey and it was amazing to see how much these two mean to them. I always consider myself lucky to be able to witness moments like this and Megan and Mike's wedding was certainly no exception. Enjoy. 


Venue - Smoke Tree Ranch

Coordinator - The Events Department

Bride's Dress - Rachel Gilbert from BHLDN

Seamstress - Marcia Moore

Florals - My Little Flower Shop

Desserts - Over the Rainbow Cupcakes

Paper Goods - Pomegranate Basket

Ceremony Music - John Lafayette Ramey

DJ and Karaoke - Sam and Eric Altman


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Kern River.

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Film. Mamiya RB67

Nikonos IV

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Salvation Mountain It took me 27 years to do it, but I finally made it to Salvation Mountain. Enjoy.


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Lisa and Gabi - The Ring - Palms Springs, CA

I'm always fascinated by the journey life takes us on, particularly how two individuals come to meet and fall in love. Lisa and Gabi's story is one of the most intriguing I have come to know in quite some time. Lisa was born in Tokyo and raised in Indiana. Gabby was born in Israel and then moved with his family to Northern California. The two found each other in New York City while Gabi was getting his masters at Columbia. I'm a believer in fate and it's stories like this that solidify my belief.

I first met this beautiful couple in August. They flew into Palm Springs from San Francisco to meet potential vendors and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I had a terrible cold and left the meeting feeling less than confident about the impression I had made. Fortunately, they chose to book me and I could not be more excited to photograph their wedding next year. 

Lisa and Gabi decided they wanted to have their engagement session in Palm Springs. On the day of the shoot we had high winds and the threat of rain. We started our day at Alcazar Palm Springs and then moved into the hills above Palm Springs. Luckily we were able to find some shelter from the wind and the threat of rain turned into an incredible sky and perfect lighting. All in all it was an amazing engagement session filled with love and laughter.


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Jim and David - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA

From time to time, my wife Jessica will photograph a wedding with me. I figured since she was a part of this day and a much better writer than myself that I would let her share some words about the wedding...

David and Jim undoubtedly have a genuine and deep love for one another. Even as an outsider, it is evident  in the way David and Jim look at each other that they share a sincere understanding and respectful love. The incredibly heartfelt vows David and Jim expressed to one another set the romantic tone for the evening. 

As the sun began to disappear behind the San Jacinto Mountains, the ceremony came to an end with the traditional first kiss and they were pronounced married. Following the recessional, family joyfully gathered around the grooms to congratulate them. 

On this beautiful occasion, the grooms were looking quite dapper. The small details - cufflinks, and ties added the personal touches that made their ensembles exquisite.

Standing next to the grooms in stunning tangerine, the wedding party included the grooms’ children and siblings. The boutonnieres and small bouquets added to the perfect pop of color. Everyone was so joyous, especially David and Jim, who hold such strong love for their families. Watching them interact with their loved ones made the event even more exceptional. Jim beamed around his three children who all support him and David together. David's sister Suzanne lovingly officiated the ceremony. The entire family element of the day made it all the more touching. 

The stunning Parker Palm Springs was the perfect backdrop as it is sentimental to David and Jim. The wedding florals and decor lent itself beautifully to the simple and eclectic elegance of the venue. The happy grooms seemed to soak in every detail and every moment of their special day. 

David, Jim and their families were such a joy to photograph. We left their wedding feeling incredibly fortunate for having the opportunity to have met them and be a part of their special day. We wish them a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness. 



Venue: Parker Palm Springs

Florals: Design by Frederick

Event Coordinator: Design by Frederick

Cake: Over the Rainbow, Roman Blas

Guitarist: David Adele

Groom's Suits: Hugo Boss

Groom's Shoes: Magnanni

Groom's Ties: Hermes

Rings: Tiffany & Co.

Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.

Wedding Party Necklaces: Tiffany & Co.

Invitations: Paper Source


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Brooke and Greg - The Vows - Palm Springs, CA

Brooke and Greg's Palm Springs wedding could not have been more perfect. The setting for their special day was The Sand Acre Estate. This 1933 Spanish Villa is rumored to have been frequented by Marilyn Monroe and immediately takes you back in time to a glamorous Palm Springs. This villa was the perfect fit for the stylish couple. Brooke's silk and lace dress was simple yet elegant. Greg was looking sharp as could be in his chambray suit and white shoes. The two of them together was absolute perfection.

Their intimate ceremony was heartwarming to say the least and included a one of a kind Chuppa that was beyond words. The vibrant florals added a playful pop of color. Framed by soft drapery and classic chandeliers, the open-air reception was the highlight of the evening. The breathtaking San Jacinto mountains and starry sky made the perfect backdrop for this desert-inspired wedding.   

Even with all the stunning scenery it was their love and the small group of friends and family that really made the day special. I knew their wedding was going to special from our first meeting and I am so fortunate to have been able to capture it. 



Venue - Sand Acre Estate

Florals - The David Rohr Floral Studio

Catering - Chef Jean Paul Lair of LaVallauris

Cake - Exquisite Desserts

Coordinator - Laurie Lund of Events Department

Bride's Gown - Custom made by Stone Fox Bride

Bride's Shoes - J. Crew

Hair - Jessica Angus of Salon Kingston

Bridesmaid's Dresses - Bill Levkoff  from The Image Bridal

Groom's Suit - J. Crew

Groom's Shoes - Buks by Walkover

Bride's Engagement Ring - Vintage

Wedding Bands - Helzberg Jewelry 

Ties - Staghandmade

DJ - Mark Karlstrom of Creative Audio Productions

Rentals - Classic Party Rentals


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Amy and Brandon - The Ring - Malibu, CA

I'm very excited to share this particular engagement session for a couple of reasons. One, I am completely in love with the photos and two, Amy and Brandon were the winners of the first ever Brian Evans Photography Wedding Giveaway. This shoot could not have been more amazing and I had so much fun photographing these two! It quickly became clear that the locations Amy chose were quite special to them so I asked her send over a quick write up about where we spent our day. 

From Amy...

Although we live in Denver now, Los Angeles will always be near and dear to our hearts.  When we first began dating in 2011, we were both living in Santa Monica, and loved to spend our weekends together exploring the gorgeous mountains and beaches of LA.  Our engagement shoot was very special to us since we were able to return to two of our favorite spots where we have so many treasured memories together.

On many Sunday mornings when we wanted to be active, but also enjoy one another’s company, we would head to Temescal Canyon and get in a challenging hike, stopping along the trail to enjoy the views of the ocean, and the unexpected waterfall.  After our hike we typically would browse through the local farmers market nearby to pick up fresh ingredients to make dinner later that evening.  I still can’t think of a better day!

When we wanted to enjoy a relaxing afternoon together we would often pack a picnic, drive up the coast, and find one of the smaller, more private Malibu beaches.  Dume Cove, beneath Point Dume was one of the gems we had the luck of finding after walking along Zuma Beach, up a hilly beach trail and down a long narrow staircase to a nearly private rocky beach framed by dramatic cliffs.

We had an amazing time returning to these two spots and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our engagement than by reliving some of our most cherished moments from early in our relationship.

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Sam and Doug - The Ring - Malibu, CA

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Katie and Taylor - The Vows - Malibu, CA

There was so much beauty in the simplicity of Katie and Taylor's wedding. Their small beach wedding was filled with so much love and laughter. They were surrounded by their closest loved ones making the day incredibly intimate. I love it when the officiant knows the couple on a personal level and having Taylor's dad fill the role could not have been more perfect. Katie and Taylor were so much fun to photograph. Katie being an adventurous bride didn't even flinch when we asked her to climb the rocky path to the stunning location we picked out. Once these two were in place it was pure magic. The light, the location, the couple, everything was perfect. Here are a few of my favorite portraits. Enjoy.


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The Wedge – Hurricane Marie It was a fun couple of days at The Wedge. Enjoy.


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