Okay so in case you missed the FB and Instagram photos of my amazing trip to France I have posted here the first leg of our "10 day France extravaganza--- the honeymoon we never had". Now, what prompted this indulgent getaway of ours? Well it just so happens that my oldest friend (we've literally known one another since we were a few months old) lives in Bordeaux, France and was planning her wedding for September 2012. Now-- you have to understand that I had been anxiously awaiting the day that she would be getting engaged (to her handsome French boyfriend- Olivier) and would proceed to plan her French wedding of which I was absolutely certain I would attend because first of all she is my oldest friend who I love dearly and there was no way in hell I would be missing her wedding! Secondly- IT WAS GOING TO BE IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE! Hence, the 5000 mile trek to France with Jeremy and spending 10 days in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Hope y'all enjoy and stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of our journey. :)
This is the view from our little B&B that we stayed at just outside of Bordeaux.
My handsome husband. Man I'm jealous of his photogenic abilities.
Some horses around the B&B.
French countryside beauty. NBD.
Not only did the owners have their own tomato garden with seriously the best tomatoes I've ever tasted, but they had pumpkins too!
View of the back of the B&B. This place used to be a winery back in the day and then converted into a home. It was so lovely and definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
Here is the beginning of the wedding day. We all met at City Hall in Bordeaux for their ceremony. Here is the bride looking gorgeous.
I love this one.
Mother & Daughter embrace-- I love this one so much!
Her family found this Mustang to rent for a couple of hours... and it even had California plates! It was so perfect that she was able to have a bit of California added to the day.
I love the Coke cans tied to the back!
The yellow bow ties were amazing!
Her friends and brothers arranged to have all of the guests light these lanterns and send them off into the night sky. It was truly beautiful.
The lanterns floating away.
And there I am singing my heart out on the dance floor with my newly made British friend Ella.
Aude and (for the life of me I can't remember his name) her boyfriend. Aude was the bride's French version of a maid of honor. The French don't traditionally have a bridal party as we Americans do, but just one or two friends who act as their witnesses at the ceremony and then arrange for special speeches, etc... at the reception.
Champagne on the dance floor- Is there any other way to do it?
So there you have it. Oh yeah- traditional French weddings last until about 4 in the morning. Needless to say it was a late night for us but so completely and utterly worth it. We danced and drank the best wine and really celebrated the marriage of 2 people who are madly in love. I couldn't be happier for my friend and her new husband. Congratulations! XOXO
I had the opportunity to photograph such a beautiful wedding in Big Bear Lake, CA last month. This was a special wedding for me because I've known the groom since childhood and to be there capturing this day for he and Shannon was a total pleasure. They ooze love for one another and it's just so darn cute!! Thanks for asking me to be a part of your day and to share in the happiness. Congratulations!!
Special thanks to the talented Jenna Elliot for being my 2nd and doing an amazing job! (www.oneelevenphotography.com)
I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot this lovely maternity/family session with my friend Lauren while I was down in LA recently. I loved shooting these guys as I've known this couple for many years and it's so fun for me to capture this special time in their lives. I had a wonderful time with them and was able to capture a beautiful shot of Owen giving his baby sister a kiss! Congratualtions you guys and I'm happily awaiting the arrival of your baby girl. :)
I had the opportunity to shoot the lovely Franzy with her cutie husband Josh for their 1 year anniversary a few weeks ago! Franzy is a stylist (www.blogmefashion.com) and so she put together some amazing outfits for her and Josh as well as an array of super cute props for us to use. Despite the rainy LA day we had for the shoot, we pulled it off and got some A-MA-ZING images of the two.
Congratulations on 1 year and many more to come! xoxo