Melissa + Cole {Engaged}

Wow was this day crazy & we shot all over the place finishing up with a sunset sand storm!

Tracy Giles did hair & makeup for Missy while Cole got everything ready for our little adventure. We drove all around the mountains stopping wherever we felt like!

One of my favorite spots was an area that had been burned out by a recent fire. Right in the middle of the ash covered mountain side was this beautiful green brush growing right through the dead ground. It just seemed so significant to me.

The last shots were in the middle of the desert with the most amazing sunset and wind howling like crazy. We literally had to stop and then shoot when there was a brief break in the sand blowing past. Missy was cracking up during the kissing shots since Cole had a mouth full of sand for most of them!

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We stumbled upon an area that had been burned in a recent fire. Loved the significance of the new growth 

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The Pope Family

...Established October 5, 2012

Brittnee is such a stunningly beautiful girl both inside and out. I was so excited to have the privilege of shooting her wedding day. Brittnee & Sean have a precious son Kaden who stole the show with his assisted walk down the isle. My very talented daughter Nicki Dennis and Heather Renee Howard assisted in capturing the day as it unfolded. I have been a part of Brittnee's family for years as all of our girls cheered together {always that cheer connection} and her aunt Michele is my person! Sean's family fit right in with Britt's family, making the perfect blend! The ceremony and reception were held at The Crossing in Carlsbad.

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Franco & Kristen Torres

... Established July 13, 2013

When I received a wedding inquiry from Georgette Torres for her son Franco, I was excited & a little nervous! She was both of my daughters high school Principle and is an AMAZING woman that I have looked up to for years! I had not met Franco or Kristen till a few days before the wedding but instantly felt a strong connection.

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Franco and Kristen met briefly while attending college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, but the real love connection was made while they were both living in San Francisco a few years later. One of the driving forces between their happy almost-eight years together is definitely thier mutual interests and passions.

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The Proposal...

On Memorial Day, 2012, they took their annual trip up to the lake. While preparing for their usual hike to a nearby waterfall, Kristen could help but notice that Franco seemed a little anxious. When they arrived at the waterfall, Franco took Kristen down to the rocks on the bank of the babbling brook, got down on one knee with their dog at his side, and asked Kristen to be his wife. They returned to a cabin full of family and open arms. Kristen explained it as, “A dream come true and exactly how I imagined it would be.”

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The day of the wedding was so peaceful which doesn't usually happen at a wedding! Every person from the family to wedding party, made us feel so welcomed. Kriten's Dad's speech was the best speech I have ever heard at a wedding and he had the entire room in tears. The ceremony and reception was held at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

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My team of photographers was made up of Quinn LaCasse and Sergey Martinovich. Between the similarities of our styles and individual uniqueness, I hope the beginning of the Torres story was well told.

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