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It’s Whitney and Jeffery’s wedding week, so I thought it was the perfect time to share Whitney’s Tropical Happy Hour Lingerie Shower with all of you! I have always fancied myself a bit of a planner! A Martha Stewart party lover at heart. So of course I jumped at the chance to plan Whitney’s lingerie shower! Stephen and I got married pre-pinterest. But gone are those days!! Pinterest made coming up with a theme for her shower so much fun and so easy!

The pineapple is the hospitality fruit, it’s super popular right now AND it’s adorable: the perfect party accent! When planning any sort of party coming up with a theme makes everything so much easier. Once I chose the theme of tropical happy hour for her shower, it all fell into place! Huge shoutout to the Target Dollar Section! I found so many cute and reasonably priced shower decorations at Target. Target recently revamped their Spritz Party Line as well and now have cute, etsy-ish decor for $10.00 or less. I loved the idea of a make-your-own mimosa bar and used that as the main eye candy for the table. Yummy, easy to assemble, AND what girl doesn’t love a good mimosa?!

The last thing I worked on when it came to shower planning was making the menu! I have this weird obsession with meal planning. I find it fun to come up with different foods that will compliment and play off of each other. The menu for Whitney’s shower was varied, but included yummy items such as: sprinkle chocolate covered strawberries, bruschetta on french baguette, put a ring on it doughnuts (thank you pinterest for the idea and amazon for the cute rings), and pink chocolate dipped oreos. No shower would be complete without some silly games! I found two cute games on etsy called “Wedding Night Mad Lib,” and “Who Knows The Bride Best!” We ended the day with Whitney opening up all her cute lingerie presents and by making some silly boomerang videos. I can’t wait for more showers to plan!

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California Trip 2017

I couldn’t help but laugh as I wrote this blogpost for our California Trip 2017 listening to my one of my favorite bands, The Beach Boys! Last year I thought I would be a California resident instead of just a tourist, it’s funny how life plays out, but I wouldn’t change a thing. In April we had so much fun going to Los Angeles for me to shoot Rachel and Jeremy’s Wedding! Our stay in LA was short, but we managed to squeeze in some sightseeing. Any Wizard movie fans?!! Stephen introduced me to the eighties classic “The Wizard,” earlier this year and I was hooked. In the movie one of the main scenes takes place at the life-size Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, CA. It’s free to visit and if you are kids at heart like us, a super fun spot to see!

Mr. Rex at Cabazon DinosaursGirl standing in front of Cabazon dinosaurThe Wizard Dinosaurs Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon California Guy standing in front of Cabazon Dinosaur

After our stay in LA, we drove overnight to San Jose to visit Stephen’s brother, Paul and his family. Stephen grew up cheering for the Edmonton Oilers and has converted me into a hockey fan. We were super lucky to catch one of Stanley Cup Series games where the Oilers played the San Jose Sharks! In case you were wondering, the Oilers won 🙂 Our last day of sightseeing in the bay area included visiting Pier 39 and Santa Cruz Beach. Pier 39 is definitely a touristy thing to do in San Francisco, but we loved it nonetheless! The sea lions and all their antics made for some fun animal watching. We had an amazing meal at Chart House overlooking Alcatraz and the view + food was killer! I took some photos out of the car window and was able to capture some cool shots of the Ferry Building Marketplace!

Pier 39 in San Francisco Pier 39 Entrance Sign Carousel at Pier 39 Sea lions at Pier 39 Couple standing in front of sea lions at Pier 39 Two brothers standing in front of sea lions at pier 39 Cable Car near Pier 39 Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco Santa Cruz was our last stop of the trip and though it was chilly, the sky was gorgeously blue! Santa Cruz is a charming college town located 30 minutes from San Jose and 1.5 hrs from San Francisco! The beaches of California are wider and have more cliff overhangs than the Eastern coast beaches I’ve been too. Stephen and Paul love surfing and being Canadians didn’t mind the cooler early spring water temps! One of the things I love about Cali beaches are the retro-looking lifeguard stations…I may have even been a bit of a rebel and taken some photos on one of the stations. 😉

Guy waxing his surfboard on Santa Cruz Beach Guy laughing on Santa Cruz Beach Guy standing by his surfboard on Santa Cruz Beach Two brothers standing beside surfboards on Santa Cruz Beach Girl dancing on Santa Cruz Beach Cliffs at Santa Cruz Beach Lifeguard Station at Santa Cruz Beach Sailboat in ocean at Santa Cruz Beach Girl standing on lifeguard station at Santa Cruz Beach

We had so much fun on our California Trip 2017 and we can’t wait to go back and visit our family there again soon! For fun I thought I would include some of my iPhone shots from the trip below! 

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Emily and Matt embracing at their Weaverville Fields of Blackberry Cove Wedding

Emily and Matt’s Weaverville Fields of Blackberry Cove Wedding was such a joy for me to shoot! Emily and I go WAY back! I’m talking in highschool watching Elf on repeat and doing dress up photo shoots in my room back. Emily has always carried such a sweet spirit about her. A gracious kindness that isn’t commonly found. Though I only recently got to know to know Matt is clear he too carries that kindness.

Emily and Matt met through her work at Mars Hill College! They quickly bonded over their love for Jesus and deep love for others, including the homeless population of Asheville. These two inspire me SO much! Emily and Matt started an outreach program to serve and help the homeless people in downtown Asheville. I say this not to toot their horns, but to say that the world needs more people like them.

With what I know about Emily, I knew that their Weaverville Fields of Blackberry Cove Wedding decor would be bright and sunny, just like her. Emily chose turquoise, yellow, and pops of white as her wedding colors. We have had what seems like the endless rain this spring. On the day of their wedding I was concerned that it would never stop raining, but halfway through their ceremony the dark clouds disappeared and the sun shone brightly through.

The Fields of Blackberry Cove has beautiful views of the mountains and gorgeous tree dotted throughout the property! I was able to steal away a few minutes with the bride and groom for some intimate shots of just them. The golden hour at their wedding was stunning and bathed them in soft, angelic light. No wedding is perfect or goes off without a hitch or two, but every wedding I shoot is perfect for the couple it represents! Through rain or shine, Emily and Matt will smile and laugh and face it together!

Venue>>> The Fields of Blackberry Cove

Flowers>>> Kristie Vance

Wedding Dress>>> Allure Bridal from Bedazzled Bridal 

Hairstylist>>> Zhenya Lazarchuk for Salon Zhenya at Studio 60 Salon

Makeup Artist>>> Liz Black Makeup

Videographer>>> Moriah Burchfield

 

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Jackie and Alex on top of rock for Looking Glass Rock Proposal

Tonight’s Looking Glass Rock Proposal is a knockout! Alex called me last Wednesday searching for a proposal photographer. He had the perfect girl (Jackie ;), a gorgeous ring, and a killer location. All he needed to complete the picture was someone to shoot the epic moment. Looking Glass Rock is nestled deep in the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC. It is beyond gorgeous and does the mountains of Western North Carolina proud! Have you ever hiked up the side of a massive rock face?! Well I can now proudly say I have! Looking Glass Rock is a hike that is NOT for the faint of heart. All in all it takes about 3 hours round trip to make it from top to bottom, but I promise that is completely worth it. When you get to the summit, you feel on top of the world!

Alex and I carefully came up with a perfect plan so that I would be up there slightly ahead of them to capture the proposal. My hubby/hiking partner/MVP hiked up Looking Glass with me. Stephen carried my bag 90% of the hiking trip! He also modelled for me at the top of Looking Glass Rock so I could have my camera out in preparation for Alex/Jackie and not arouse her suspicions as much.

Alex and Jackie got to the top of Looking Glass Rock about 15 minutes after Stephen and I got to the top. Alex wisely brought his drone and used it to distract Jackie so that I could get in position. Shortly after setting the drone up, he got down on one knee and eloquently asked Jackie to be his wife! She said YES! After that it’s like everything moved in slow mo! They were both so ecstatically happy and it was contagious. Their gorgeous Looking Glass Rock Proposal ended with a beautiful sunset that enveloped them completely.

Alex getting ready to propose at Looking Glass Rock Guy proposing to girlfriend Jackie saying yes to AlexJackie admiring engagement ring Jackie and Alex embracing Jackie admiring engagement ring Jackie and Alex looking out over Looking Glass Rock Jackie and Alex with their dog Penny Penny and Jackie together Alex hugging Jackie and kissing her forehead Alex and Jackie kissing on top of Looking Glass Rock Alex and Jackie forehead to forehead at Looking Glass Rock Alex and Jackie on top of Looking Glass Rock

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Rachel holding onto Jeremy

Rachel and Jeremy’s Riverside Indian Hills Club Wedding showed me what California weddings are all about! Gorgeous light, beautiful couple, and perfect weather, what more could you want? Prior to their wedding we only talked through email and over the phone, but we quickly became friends! Indian Hills Golf Club is nestled in the Riverside Hills with Los Angeles as the backdrop! It’s no secret that I don’t love Los Angeles, but I certainly love the light. The light & setting at Rachel and Jeremy’s Riverside Indian Hills Club Wedding was TO DIE FOR!

Rachel and Jeremy are meant for each other, two pieces that fit so perfectly together. Rachel has a heart of gold and she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Jeremy has a great sense of humor, but underneath all the joking around is someone that has deep compassion for helping others. When you bring together two such kindred sprits, the results are magical. Hearing how people talked about Rachel and Jeremy, and who they are as a couple painted a beautiful picture. Their open and generous natures bless all those they come into contact with.

Rachel is quite possibly one of the girliest brides I have ever worked with and I’m not complaining! Jeremy proposed to her at Disneyland so of course she had to incorporate fairytale elements throughout her day. Rachel looked radiant in her Oleg Cassini wedding gown, the perfect dress for twirling I might add. Rachel’s walk with God is very important to her and it was touching to see how they incorporated their beliefs into their heartfelt wedding ceremony. As the sun set over Riverside I captured Rachel and Jeremy’s love in all it’s splendour! They kissed and held one another and they lived happily ever after.

Venue >>> Indian Hills Golf Club

Flowers >>> Floral Sensations

Cake >>> Cucamonga Cakery Co. 

Wedding Dress >>> Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal 

Videographer >>> Kim Jo Sprenger Films

DJ >>> Hi-Fidelity

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  • May 5, 2017 - 10:44 pm

    Jasmine - Oh my gosh, what a charming and glam riverside wedding! They look like they had such a blast!ReplyCancel

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