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“Chocolate! I need chocolate!”

Six sweet bridesmaids rushed to open the wrapper in an attempt to distract Olivia’s happy tears. “Oh, you guys are so sweet. That just makes me want to cry more!”

Olivia and Rob‘s wedding had finally arrived and the emotions of the day just didn’t seem to understand the misnomer that is waterproof mascara.

After Olivia got that small bite of chocolate, she gracefully walked down the aisle to meet the love of her life. With the gorgeous Serra Plaza as the backdrop for their multicultural ceremony, Rob and Olivia pledged to love one another and to help each other in their ultimate mission to serve God all of their days. It was beautiful and I felt so honored to spend the day documenting their love and the love surrounding them.

Congratulations, Rob and Olivia! Wishing you both so many blessings!


Venue: Serra Plaza

Coordinator: Hope from LVL Events

Catering: Jay’s Catering

Florals: Melody and Ron Phillips

Hair and Makeup: Christina Roberson

Assistant Photographers: Stacy DeGroot, Christopher Hartley





They met at church and after dating for years (but when Sherwin least expected it) Mike proposed on a trip to Catalina Island. He went into the ocean and came out telling Sherwin he had found treasure – of the diamond variety. Sherwin, who had no idea a proposal was coming, was stunned and elated. She was also shocked that Mike had actually taken the ring into the ocean! But Mike wanted the proposal to be special and he was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen.

Mike and Sherwin are preparing for their August wedding with the same love, humor, and joy they exhibit every day and I am so excited to capture their love for one another on their wedding day! What an honor!

For their engagement photos Sherwin had the idea to start by capturing some photos of her doing what she loves to do – bake. And Mike was more than happy to serve as her taste tester!  


Onto the photos!

After a few one cupcake, we headed outdoors for some more photos of the beautiful couple.

Sherwin loves high heels and is rarely seen without them. I kept asking her if she was okay walking around and she didn’t have a single complaint … talk about skills!

Sherwin, you are stunning. Just stunning!

“Hold my hand, Kim!” Luke suggested in his adorable Australian accent as Kim navigated the bumpy sidewalk in her high heeled shoes. Kim turned to me and smiled while saying “I like to joke that I always want to hold his hand so he can catch me when I trip.” Luke laughed and nodded his head in agreement. The way he looked at Kim said it all – he was more than willing to catch her – now and whenever she needed catching for the rest of their lives.

Luke and Kim’s intimate wedding is fast approaching and I am so excited to have the privilege of capturing their day. They are such kind and friendly people with a genuine love for one another’s personalities and quirks. It is going to be a beautiful wedding and I am so thankful to be a part of it!

Luke and Kim share a love of coffee so we started their engagement session off with a stop at an adorable coffee shop in Long Beach, Polly’s Gourmet Coffee.

How fun are these Anthropologie monogrammed mugs Kim brought?

Kim used to live really close to where we were taking photos, so we decided to walk by the apartment where she was living when she first started dating Luke.

After a walk through the neighborhood, we made a quick trip to the nearby beach.

Fact: Kim is gorgeous.

Luke and Kim, you’re adorable. Your wedding day is going to be amazing and I can’t wait!


Ava is three and is just as beautiful as ever. Her big brown eyes make me melt and the fact that she said she wants to grow up and take pictures just solidified her place in my heart.  😉  She’s energetic, playful, engaging, and she is over the moon in love with her little brother. Ava calls him “Buddy” and they really are the best of friends.

Buddy, also known as Alister, is just about to turn one and he is such an important part of his family that they can barely remember life before he was born. Between his sweet curls, tiny teeth, and great personality, he’s perfection in baby form.

Toby and Britni, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your family photos again. I am always sad when our sessions are over because you guys are such a joy to be around! You’ve weathered the transition from one kid to two with such grace and I am very thankful to have your family in my life!

Onto the photos!

Alister is a man of many expressions! I loved going through the photos and seeing all of the cute faces he makes.

Ava is such a beauty!

Probably one of my favorite pictures ever