“She’s bright like glitter and bubbly like champagne.”
Kate Spade

OC Birthday Photography

What do you do when you’re turning 21, but don’t want the typical night at a bar or club?

You host a classy, champagne brunch for the important women in your life!

OC Birthday Photography

OC 21st Birthday Party

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

Katie loves glitter, pink and Kate Spade so her party was filled with gorgeous details reflecting her favorite things.  Bright pink peonies added pops of color to the black and white striped linen.  Kate Spade sayings were printed on canvas hung with ribbon and every guest received their own personal clutch made of chocolate.

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

The party wouldn’t have been a success without the love and dedication of the birthday girl’s mom, Lisa.

OC Birthday Photography

OC Birthday Photography

Happy Birthday, Katie!  You are such a gracious young woman and I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing things you accomplish after graduation!

Event Design: The Fashionable Event
Florals: Bonne Fleur Floral & Special Event Design
Photographer: Kimberly April Photography
Venue: Brü Grill

On a cliff overlooking the ocean in Crystal Cove, J+M said, “I Do.”

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The day started at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with J and her closest friends.

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J’s backless dress from Katie May was perfection!  I loved the chiffon and lace details.

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After a limo drive up the coast, we arrived at Crystal Cove State Beach.

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Sunflowers decorated the ceremony space where M had proposed earlier in the year.

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The ceremony was filled with tears of joy and laughter while a gentle ocean breeze kept everyone cool on this hot, summer day.

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Grandpa was beyond thrilled to share his marriage advice to the newlywed couple.

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Since it was the end of summer, we had decided before their wedding day to take pictures on the cliff amongst the historic cottages.

We had a blast playing with all the different textured walls and doors!

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J+M’s reception was held in Dana Point at Salt Creek Grille.

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Everyone had a fantastic time and even Grandma joined in on the dancing!

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J+M made their own wedding cake together and after cutting it, asked everyone not to eat it.

Their cat had decided to celebrate their marriage early and ate some of it while it was cooling on their kitchen counter.

Luckily, they had mini bundt cakes and macarons for their guests.

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J+M, I loved being able to photograph your love story from the proposal to your engagement and now, your wedding.

Congratulations on your marriage and I can’t wait to see what your next chapter holds.

Ceremony Location: Crystal Cove State Park
Reception Location: Salt Creek Grille
Photographer: Kimberly April Photography
Accomodations: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dress: Katie May
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Dessert: ‘Lette Macarons

Surrounded by their closest friends and family at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach, Ory & Kristi became, “Husband & Wife.”

The morning started at The Ranch at Laguna Beach.


Kristi wore her grandmother’s wedding ring, which Ory had used when he proposed to her.The-Ranch-at-Laguna-Wedding

Just across the parking lot, Ory was getting ready with his brother and parents.  Ory’s brother was more nervous than Ory and very particular about making sure Ory looked his absolute best!The-Ranch-at-Laguna-WeddingThe-Ranch-at-Laguna-Wedding

Ory surprised Kristi with handwritten letters throughout the day.  Each one was written for a specific moment and delivered to her by a family member.  Ory’s mom was given the note to hand to Kristi as she rode to Tivoli Terrace.The-Ranch-at-Laguna-WeddingThe-Ranch-at-Laguna-Wedding

I love when couples add sentimental touches to their weddings.

Kristi’s bouquet was wrapped in lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress.

Kristi’s sister’s speech had everyone laughing!

She told a story about the first time the women in her family made dinner for Ory.  The ladies were so impressed by Kristi’s skills in warming up tortillas, they knew at that moment the relationship was serious.Tivoli-Terrace-Wedding

Yet another sweet moment at the wedding.

Ory quieted everyone at the reception to ask his wife to dance.Tivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-Wedding

After the reception, we headed to a gorgeous area filled with oak trees for pictures of the bride and groom.Tivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-WeddingTivoli-Terrace-Wedding

Congratulations Kristi & Ory!  I’m so happy I was able to be a part of your wedding day!

Venue: Tivoli Terrace
Photographer: Kimberly April Photography
Accommodations: The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Hair & Makeup: Design Visage
Florals: The Flower Stand

On a cool summer day, Isaac and Brandon tied the knot during an intimate wedding ceremony at Heritage Park in Dana Point, California.

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The wedding ceremony was officiated by Isaac’s sister, Marisa.Dana Point Heritage Park Wedding

As a fellow surfer, I loved that Brandon’s natural reaction to the excitement of getting married was to throw a shaka.
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Brandon’s little nephew was one of the most adorable ring bearers ever!June Dana Point WeddingDana Point Wedding CeremonyOrange County Wedding Ceremony

After some quick family pictures at Heritage Park, everyone headed down to The Cellar in San Clemente for a private dinner.The Cellar Wedding ReceptionWedding Dinner Orange CountySan Clemente WeddingThe Cellar San ClementeThe Cellar San ClementeSan Clemente Wedding DinnerSan Clemente Wedding ReceptionSan Clemente Wedding Reception

Congratulations Isaac and Brandon!  I loved being a part of your family for the day.

Chapman University Class of 2015

One of my beautiful sorority sisters recently contacted me about photographing her senior pictures.  It was so nice to walk around my old campus and ask Marissa a million questions about life at Chapman U.

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While I was chatting with Marissa I found out my Phi Sigma Sigma little sis, Nikki, is the person who convinced Marissa to go to Chapman.  They’re both from Hawaii and Athletic Trainers.  It was pretty awesome to find out the connections we had even though I graduated 11 years ago.

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I really wanted to take some pictures of Marissa in front of the Chapman windows.  I felt like they’re such an iconic part of Chapman’s campus and they reminded me of singing the Chapman Hymn as an orientation assistant while giggling with my new friends.

Hail to Chapman’s halls of learning Firm foundation through the years. Where the spark within was nurtured, And the search for truth held dear.

Chapman University, Your flame is ever renewed And kindled by the glow of each Small candle passing through.

Hail to knowledge used with wisdom, Forming character and skill. And the flame grows stronger, brighter, With a purpose to fulfill.

Chapman University Your colors are unfurled On our beloved community, A window to the world.
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Seriously, how awesome is Marissa?  Look at all the stoles she had!Chapman University Panther

Congratulations Marissa and all of the Class of 2015!  

Now go out there and change the world for the better!

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