Month: August 2011

Vintage retro wedding Riverside, California


1940’s summer bbq vintage themed wedding of two childhood sweethearts!

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This vintage inspired diy wedding took place in the bride and grooms backyard in Riverside. The atmosphere and casual dress were perfect for the record breaking humidity and heat in the middle of August. It was a hometown country affair jamboree where the groomsmen wore red suspenders and  played the banjo during the vows.

I loved the brides red bird cage veil with her pin-up style red lips. She wore a knee length dress with a break away train that was simply removed at the reception. Her vintage inspired dress had big pockets on each side and  a red gingham belt to compliment the theme.

The tables were adorned with hollowed watermelons filled with water and dahlias. The bales of hay and peanuts spread throughout the yard completed the casual vibe.

To capture the vintage look of this wedding I shot with 2 old canon film cameras and a polaroid. I also shot some with Sam (my magic Samsung cell phone) as well as a canon 5d.


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a romantic kiss before a drive in the brides classic car


vintage 40s inspired wedding photography


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diy wedding photoand the two became one…

Temecula Wine Country Photography

Temecula Wine Country lies only a few scenic miles from the studio. With September quickly approaching the grapes are ripening beautifully.  I love heading out to the wineries to take pictures of  the vines in all stages of growth. Presently, the vines are luscious and almost ready for harvest.  Its hard not to pluck a grape from the tempting vines. They look so sweet and juicy!

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vineyard with clusters of grapes ripening in the warmth of summer before harvest

Thank you to Lorimarwinery for having me roam their awesome vineyards and search for photos! It was peaceful and inspiring. Lovee

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Blended Margarita Cocktail

 Today I had the pleasure of working with bartender Cornelia from Cornelia’s Cocktails for a book project.

Here is a mouth watering Organic Strawberry Pomegranite Blended Margarita for you!

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My favorite part of being a beverage photographer is styling the sets! I love the water slowly dripping off the lime…so sexy and yummy! Cheers! Enjoy the endless summer…xoxoxxx