This intimate Redlands wedding did not disappoint! Joseph and Melissa are two of the kindest people I have ever met and I was so happy to be able to capture their beautiful micro wedding. I love shooting micro weddings because they just feel so freaking good! Like you know that feeling you get when you’re just with the people you love and feeling good? I feel that at your day too! Especially at intimate weddings.
The day started with Joseph and Melissa getting ready inside of the historic building. They then shared the sweetest first look hidden away in the back of the Asistencia where they could spend some alone time together before the ceremony. After the ceremony the newlyweds shared a meal (which was breakfast, HOW FUN!) with their family at a HUGE, beautifully decorated, family style table. We snuck off for some mid-day newlywed portraits and explored all around the venue in the process. Afterwards the couple danced with each other and their parents, and then spent the rest of the evening hanging out with their closest friends and family.
The Asistencia wedding venue is so perfect for micro weddings. It’s a great size for a sweet and secluded family filled day, has the prettiest photo backgrounds and beautiful getting ready locations. There was just something about the closed in-ness (if that makes sense) of the Asistencia in the fact that it’s located on a busy street but once you’re inside the walls you are transported to the sweetest intimate wedding ever!
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August 22, 2022
One thing I absolutely LOVE is shooting in the desert. There is a huge variety of desert-y places we can choose from for your engagement session or your elopement that are all local to southern California. The light in our local desert landscapes is just perfect for a golden hour elopement or engagement session. Then we have a blue hour light once the sun goes down which is equally mesmerizing and beautiful. Seriously, if you haven’t had a chance to venture out to our deserts yet, what are you waiting for?! Here are a few examples of some of my favorite locations to give you an idea of where we can go for your session! I also have many more desert locations up my sleeve so don’t be afraid to reach out and we can plan your session or your dream elopement.
There are multiple areas in southern California that are PERFECT for a desert engagement session with beautiful sand dunes. I know of quite a few in different areas, like Glamis, and even a secret little spot much closer to LA! The dunes are so fun to run down and play in all day. PLUS we get to go barefoot the whole time!!
Something is so dreamy and magical about having your desert engagement session at the Palm Springs Windmills! I love shooting here, there’s so many windmill areas we can explore and get those pretty shots you see all over instagram! The only thing is oh man it gets windy (duh) so just be prepared with a cute hair clip or hat and some chapstick to combat those dry winds! Or, forget the hair clips, hair blowing in the breeze makes photos feel so alive!
I think it’s safe to say that no Southern California desert photo location list would be complete without including Joshua tree! There is obviously so much variety within the park. BUT there are also some gorgeous hidden gems outside of the National Park that make great photo backdrops including some of the prettiest Air bnbs ever! We can even stay out late to get some photos of the stars. While you no longer need a permit for some engagement sessions here you still do for elopements so be sure to double check that you’re covered before you arrive!
Yup, all the abandoned things! Our local deserts are FULL of them and if you’re careful, there are tons of really neat abandoned things in the desert that make amazing photo session backgrounds. I’m constantly scouting for them and I love that they’re ever changing due to the weather and human influence.
I feel like locations like this speak for themselves. This is one of my favorite spots in Southern CA for an adventure session. I love coming here to explore and there are endless photo opportunities at this particular spot including some fake little sand dunes AND slot canyons!
January 25, 2022