Amanda and Ralph live adventurous lives and have traveled all over the world. They live abroad but Southern California will always be Amanda’s home. I had the pleasure of traveling there in May to photograph their Viceroy Santa Monica wedding. It could not have been more beautiful and Amanda and Ralph could not have been any sweeter. Given that we don’t live on the same continent, I didn’t get a chance to meet Amanda and Ralph prior to their wedding day. Upon meeting them I was instantly welcomed with warmth and kindness. There is something so special about these two and it was clear by the intimate group of family and friends that were there to share in their happiness that everyone was absolutely crazy for them.

The Viceroy Hotel is such a unique place for a wedding. Their outdoor decor is modern and bright and I love how the color of the pool pops in photos. The hotel is also two blocks away from the beach, making it the ideal spot for golden hour portraits. I couldn’t get enough of Amanda and Ralph in that beautiful California light. One of the things I love most about city weddings is getting to walk with the bride and groom along busy streets. The cheers from passersby and the honking of horns adds a little bit of extra fun and excitement to the day. The joy that comes from total strangers is always such an amazing thing to witness.

Amanda and Ralph’s love is sweet and tender and they just light up being around each other. Amanda has a great laugh and it’s totally contagious. It was obvious Ralph loves making her laugh any chance he gets. I was swooning over Amanda’s lace and tulle wedding dress on the beach. It was seriously so gorgeous! As we headed back to celebrate with their guests, we caught the last little bit of sun and I love how they were drenched in that light.

The Viceroy || The Overwhelmed Bride || Wisteria Lane Flowers || Sweet Lady Jane || The Braid Studio || Minted


Meira and Kam’s Washington Park Arboretum wedding was everything I love about wedding days. It was filled with beautiful and intimate moments and Meira and Kam’s carefree attitudes created such a laid back feeling to their entire day. Their group of friends and family members were so incredible and some of my favorite people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around at a wedding.

The day started out in a way I wish every wedding could begin. The three of us walked around the Arboretum scoping out locations for their ceremony site, stopping occasionally to snap beautiful photos of the two of them in the most gorgeous light. Being able to offer my opinion on the best place for their ceremony was such a treat! After finding the perfect meadow we headed back to gather all of their guests. Meira and Kam made the walk back to the meadow with 125 people in tow. It spoke to their carefree nature, just wanting to be around the ones they love. There were casual conversations and lots of laughter along the way.

Meira and Kam asked their parents to stand alongside them as they exchanged their vows. It was such a wonderful and touching way to unite the two families. After the ceremony, guests headed to the reception where they enjoyed a delicious taco bar, sweet toasts and dancing under a crescent moon. As a wedding favor, each guest took home a ceramic bowl handmade by Meira’s mom. Each bowl was uniquely designed and absolutely beautiful. It was the perfect way to end an amazing day.


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This incredibly beautiful and romantic industrial wedding inspiration was dreamed up by the talented Nariné of Sweet + Crafty. She brought together an amazing team of vendors, who did such a remarkable job of bringing Nariné’s vision to life. I was so thrilled to be part of this shoot and I loved seeing it featured on 100 Layer Cake this past week!

From Nariné of Sweet + Crafty:

It was very important to me that we create a look that was unique, juxtaposing the strength of simple industrial elements like concrete, copper, acrylic, wood, and brick, with the elegance of natural, unstructured, and delicate florals. SF Studio Smith was the perfect venue for this shoot with the original wood floors, white brick walls, and large windows letting in the perfect amount of natural light. 

Svenja of Chestnut and Vine Floral Design was an integral part of making this vision come to life. She foraged through a farm in Healdsburg and picked local and sustainable blooms from smaller local vendors at the San Francisco Flower Mart. The large suspended floral installation above the table was a show stopper. The moody centerpieces and rusty tones in the florals accented the copper details, giving an edgy dimension to the design atop the elegant textured linen. The organic and romantic design of both the bridal bouquet and the naturally cascading all-white chic bouquet held by the maid of honor were simply incredible. 

The piece that really got the ball rolling and the team of vendors most excited, was the stunning off-white jump suit for the bride to wear instead of a traditional gown. We felt it was the right unique touch that fit in with the overall look of the space and the design we were planning. With the bride’s up do and beautiful makeup, it really was a powerful look. The long, flowing, black dress worn by the maid of honor was romantic and the perfect compliment to the bridal jump suit. Having 2 real couples model was the best decision we made. The natural chemistry was truly beautiful. 

In addition to planning, my passion is in creating all of the details that go into the design. I created the invitation, wood signage + calligraphy, acrylic menus, curated the welcome basket, and hand made concrete and copper pipe candle votives. I envisioned a hair pin leg sweetheart table, but was not able to find it as a rental, so I took on the project of making one. It was simply stunning with the grey velvet La Tavola Linen table cloth draped loosely over a portion of the table.

We celebrated the end to a successful shoot by enjoying the trio of cakes that were not only designed to perfection by Red Flour Co., but were delicious too!




Planning, Design, Stationery, Calligraphy, and Signage, Tabletop Decor:
Sweet + Crafty
Imaginem Productions
Hair By Missy
Encore Events Rentals
La Tavola Fine Linen
Tabletop Decor Elements:
Crate & Barrel
Cake + Desserts:
Red Flour Co.
Maid of Honor:
Show Me Your Mumu