Nixon Library Wedding ~ Steffanie & Mike

A Nightmare Before Christmas inspired wedding.

It takes a lot of confidence to plan a unique wedding and surround yourself with people who will help you make it happen.  Steffanie’s passion is working in the morgue, so it makes perfect sense her dream wedding includes a black wedding dress and a gorgeous ballroom filled with candles.

Steffanie & Mike’s wedding day started off at the Grand Californian Hotel in a beautiful suite.

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The beautiful, black bridesmaid dresses were so neat!  The dresses were all the same, but each woman wrapped it differently to create a cohesive, flattering look.Black Wedding DressBlack Wedding DressBlack Wedding DressBlack Wedding DressBlack Wedding Dress

Lavenders Flowers created these amazing bouquets with monkey tails and white anemone flowers.Black Wedding DressBlack Wedding DressBlack Wedding Dress

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Steffanie & Mike chose to see each other before the wedding ceremony so we would have more time for pictures.  To make the moment even more special, I had Steffanie’s daughter, Alison, come out to meet Mike first.
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Once the family had a moment to themselves, we headed outside to the Army One Helicopter.
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It was a really hot day in Southern California!  We took pictures as fast as we could and sent the Bride and Groom back into the air-conditioning to cool down before the ceremony.Nixon Library WeddingNixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding Ceremony

Mike surprised Alison by giving her a ring after he and Steffanie exchanged rings.  It was a beautiful way to officially unite them all as a family.Nixon Library Wedding CeremonyNixon Library Wedding CeremonyBride and Groom at the NIxon LibraryBride and Groom at the NIxon LibraryBride and Groom at the NIxon LibraryNightmare Before Christmas Bouquet Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Nightmare Before Christmas WeddingFor the Grand Entrance, Steffanie & Mike walked out of a coffin! Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding

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Steffanie & Mike, you have been so much fun to work with and I am so happy you trusted me to photograph your amazing wedding!

Venue: The Richard Nixon Library
Coordination: Table7 Events
Photography: Kimberly April Photography
Flowers: Lavenders Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Smoky Eyes Artistry
Videography: Crescent Bay Films
Catering: Jason’s Catered Events

DJ: Visions Entertainment
Transportation: Classic Limos

Kristine Maglunob - August 21, 2014 - 10:27 pm

How neat!!! This wedding is so unique! Great job, as always Kimberly.

Bridal Shower Hairstyles

Bridal-Shower-HairstylesIs your Engagement Party or Bridal Shower coming up?

Everyone celebrates being engaged in a different way.  Some people have a casual backyard BBQ while others have an elegant cocktail party.  No matter how you celebrate, it’s a fun excuse to dress up and style your hair differently than you normally do.

Here are 3 Bridal Hairstyles you can do yourself with the help of some tutorials!

1.  Beachy Boho Waves

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This style is perfect for a casual get together to celebrate your upcoming marriage.  It’s also how I usually curl my hair (for those of you who have been asking).

See the tutorial on Rock My Wedding.

2.  Pretty Half Up, Half Down

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If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is a little more polished, but not a complete updo, then half up, half down with a twist is the perfect hairstyle for you!

See the tutorial on Jordan Byers.

3.  The French Twist

Nothing is more elegant or classic than a French Twist.  This video tutorial takes you step by step on how to create this beautiful hairstyle yourself.  She spends the first few minutes talking about hairspray, so to get straight to the tutorial fast forward to 5:23.

What’s your favorite hair tutorial?  Leave a link in the comments below!

Malibu Engagement ~ Cheryl & Sara

You never know where you’ll meet the love of your life.

Cheryl & Sara met while working at Starbucks.  Their personalities compliment each other perfectly and they know each other so well that for a little bit during their Engagement Session in Malibu, I was convinced they could read each other’s minds.

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Malibu is GORGEOUS and I couldn’t believe how many unique looking locations were in one area.
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We drove through the canyon and parked near a secluded beach just as the sun had set.

It was cold and windy, but Cheryl and Sara smiled for the camera like it was a warm summer evening.
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Cheryl & Sara, I am so happy Jen sent you my direction and I can’t wait for your beautiful wedding in October!

La Jolla Engagement ~ Dani & Ben

La Jolla is such a fun, romantic place.

I was so impressed when Ben picked it for the location for his and Dani’s Engagement Session.

Dani has been one of my best friends since our sophomore year of college at Chapman University.  We used to spend hours talking about our days and of course, boys.  She’s the reason I met my husband and I couldn’t be more happy for her that she’s found The One to share her life with.

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I saw these stairs while we were searching for parking and fell in love with them.La Jolla Engagement PicturesLa Jolla Engagement PicturesLa Jolla Engagement Pictures

I love Dani’s laugh!
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The tide pools at La Jolla were amazing and great location for pictures.La Jolla Engagement PicturesLa Jolla Engagement PicturesLa Jolla Engagement PicturesLa Jolla Engagement Pictures

The tourist weren’t our only audience.
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Dani, you are such a wonderful person and I’m so happy you found someone who treats you with the love and respect you deserve.  Ben, your kindness and love for Dani shines through without you even having to say a word.  I’m so happy to be a part of your wedding and the next step in your lives!

Katriana Vader - June 17, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Love. love, love these photos! And I love the people in them. You both are an inspiration to me…..and I can’t wait for the wedding!

Stephanie Overstreet - June 18, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Beautiful couple!! I love the reflections, and one of them laughing, too! Great work!

Strawberry Farms Wedding ~ Melissa & Eric

A fun, yellow & charcoal wedding with great music.

That’s what Melissa told me she wanted when we first met and that’s exactly what kind of wedding she had at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, California.

From the lemons and daisies lining the aisle to the officiant (who originally introduced the Bride & Groom) holding their vows in a Led Zeppelin album cover.

Plus tears of joy.

Lots and lots of tears of joy.

The day started off at the Wyndham Irvine where the Bride & Groom prepped for the day on separate floors.

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Once the ladies hair and makeup were done, they rode the hotel shuttle in their robes to Strawberry Farms.  Waiting for them was Pamela of French Bouquet with her amazing smile and gorgeous flowers!
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Melissa had her grandfather’s tie wrapped around her bouquet.  

When she showed it to her grandmother I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.

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Melissa is very close with her dad so we planned a special moment for him to see her in her dress away from everyone else.Father Daughter First LookFather Daughter First Look

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We tucked Melissa back into the bridal room right before the guys arrived.  Melissa & Eric didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but they still wanted a moment together to calm their nerves.
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Eric with the, “Ring Security.”
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I didn’t ask Eric to cheer, he did that all on his own.Groom at Strawberry FarmsYellow Wedding Boutonnieres

Melissa wrote a note to Eric and sent the flower girls to deliver it.

It was so cute to see how serious they took their job!  I watched them plan how they wanted to deliver the note to him and find the perfect way to hold the note together.
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I watched Eric stick the note in his jacket pocket instead of reading it like I had expected him to.  When I asked him if he would read it now, he looked up at me with a tear running down his cheek.

It was all just so overwhelming and he couldn’t wait to marry Melissa.
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While everyone was enjoying the beautiful weather on the patio I had some time to photograph the details of ceremony location.

Even a butterfly came out to enjoy the sun on one of the lemons.

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The Bride & Groom wrote notes to each other and sealed them in a box with a bottle of wine.

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Melissa & Eric had no idea where they were going on their honeymoon.

All they knew is what to pack and it involved getting their passports.  The big announcement was made after the cake cutting by their two friends who planned the whole trip.

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Melissa & Eric, I can’t even begin to explain how much I have enjoyed getting to know you and being a part of your wedding.  You are truly loving, amazing people and I hope your marriage is filled with as much joy and excitement as your wedding day.

Event Coordination: Table7 Events
Photography: Kimberly April Photography
Venue: Strawberry Farms Golf Club
Flowers: French Bouquet
Makeup: Brianna Stelle
Hair: Kristy Chapman
Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery
Videography: Classy Deer
DJ: Ovation Entertainment

Sharise - June 6, 2014 - 5:23 pm

So beautiful!! Kimberly always does a wonderful job! Now for the maternity photo shoot!! Lol

Jessica Sofranko - June 6, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Love the yellow sunglasses and socks, so fun!!

Jen Tokash - June 11, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I got teary eyed just looking at the photos. Such a beautiful wedding and fun too! So happy for you two. You can really see the love you share in all the photos.

Melissa Westhuis - June 11, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Here I am AGAIN looking at these!!!! It really was the perfect day and it shows in the pictures. Thank you for caputring our memories for us, they are beautiful <3

Kelly melrose - June 12, 2014 - 5:18 am

Such a fun wedding, Stephanie, as usual does a wonderful job and these pictures are amazing, I love the story they told, very beautiful and touching especially the ones of my brother seeing the bride in her wedding dress, it brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing

Nancy Herring - June 12, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Absolutely stunning! Sorry I had shingles and missed the wedding and festivities in person but seeing these pictures painted a very lovely story for me. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, may their memories of this day forever remain etched in their hearts.