Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!

Hope you all are having a very Happy and Healthy Holiday!!!

Congratulations to all my very special 2008 clients who will be sharing their "first" Christmas together as Newlyweds! Thank you so much for all your support, trust and love this year and I wish you all the blessings in the New Year! I also want to wish the same to my 2009 & 2010 clients and I cannot wait to share the New Year with you, thank you all!!!

(My niece, Tristyn, and I wearing the traditional "Aussie Christmas hat" while talking to my sister & her family, (currently living in Australia) through the webcam on Christmas Day)

*** I will be in Michigan with the family until the first of the year! :) ***

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

David & Kirsten: Teasers!

Once again, I continue to be amazed by the wonderful, sincere, gracious people I run into throughout this life and these opportunities. Kirsten & David are two beautiful people that have come along this path. Paul and I have been SO blessed to get to know them last week and be a part of & capture their special, intimate wedding day.

Paul and I held a contest about a year ago to expand our destination weddings all over the world. We got to read so many great couple's stories and decided who would win the contest (To see similar contests or nominate someone CLICK HERE). Kirsten and David are the first of four destination weddings that we will be providing complimentary videography and photography coverage for throughout this next year. We felt so great after giving this gift. We knew that after the friendships we made & the experiences we had, it was priceless and totally meant to be.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites...

Wedding Day Teasers:

Trash the Dress Teasers!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dave & Michelle: Wedding Day!

I LOVE when I meet a couple who has so many ideas and so much creativity put into their special day and the days leading up to it. From the start Michelle and Dave were so creative and so sweet, I knew we would be a successful team. One thing I thought was absolutely amazing was their story, how they met on, they are obviously made for eachother, perfect soulmates, it amazes me how I've seen and had the privilege to capture just a glimpse of this story unfold. From the meeting at Panera, to the "secret" boudoir session, to the adventurous, blazing hot trip to Salton Sea, all the way til their wedding day...I've had the pleasure of working with and enjoyed every minute with these two amazing individuals.

Thank you guys for your friendship, your generosity, your trust.
I can't wait to capture more of the wonderful events happening in the years to come! :)

Dave & Michelle's Wedding Day!
October 11th, 2008
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club - Mission Viejo, CA

Check out more pics from their BEAUTIFUL wedding day...
CLICK HERE for slideshow!
(Please disable main page music to fully enjoy Beth Orton & Dashboard Confessional)

I had to share Michelle's response moments after emailing the slideshow...

Okay, seriously Kristi???? I'm crying over here!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for capturing our wedding day with so much emotion and beauty!! Those photos are truly amazing! I'm even more in love with you now that I was before! :) True to your word, you did this slide show on the 15th and I love you for it! I can't even describe what I'm feeling right now...two months from the wedding, the memories start to get a bit hazy, and to have them brought back in so much color and Thank you for your hard work...and please thank Juan too! The best thing we ever did for our wedding was to meet you at that Panera Bakery and then sign the contract! ;-) Ha! ! Okay, thank you for making my dreary rainy Monday so bright!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Off to Riviera Maya!

Yes, we're in Mexico AGAIN! It's our 2nd home :)

We are Currently in Cancun at the El Dorado Royal Resort shooting a wedding - WOOHOO!!!
We just met the amazing couple, Kirsten & David, today. They are so sweet, we can't wait to be a part of their wedding...tomorrow!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Demetri & Janae: Wedding!

Gorgeous Janae...

It was sprinkling and the girls still kept their spirits high & were total troopers for the pictures! How fun are they with their polka - dots!? The cake matched them perfectly (check out slideshow)!

The lights lit up the scene perfectly for a nighttime wedding...

The first dance, I LOVE how tight they're holding eachother during this moment...

Demetri & Janae's Wedding Day!
Calamigos Ranch, Malibu CA
October 4th, 2008

Check out more of their wedding day HERE!
(Please disable main page music - on bottom right - to fully enjoy ENYA & the wedding day!)

Featured on Wedding Chicks Blog!

One of my favorite wedding blogs were able to feature Abby & Hal's beautiful wedding day at St. Regis & also a boudoir shoot with the gorgeous Donna, YAY!

Check it out:

Wedding Chicks BLOG

and here: Boudoir BLOG post

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Trash the Dress: Teaser!

Robert & Elaine are one of the most creative couples when it comes to ideas for photos! I loved working with them as they were up for anything during our Trash the Dress session at The Mission in San Juan Capistrano.

Check out the shot of beautiful Elaine in her traditional Chinese dress under "The Edgy Side" on the main site!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Omari & Lara: Australia Wedding!

If you've been following my blog, I think you might remember the post I made a couple months ago regarding the trip Paul and I took to Melbourne & Sydney Australia! This was one of the greatest & most challenging experiences of our lives. Traveling 15 hours doesn't do you justice when you need to prepare for a wedding! Definitely not complaining, we will gladly do it again ANY day! We just made a pact that if we're going that far, we're staying longer! ;)

We arrived in Melbourne to spend some time with my sister & her family, then took off to Sydney a few days later to join the wonderful Lara & Omari for their wedding day in Manly! We cannot thank them enough for this opportunity & hope we blessed them just as much with our work as they have blessed us! Here's a few of my favorites from their big day...

Omari & Lara Married on September 27th!
Amazing location: Manly, Australia - Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel
(aka: the castle on the hill or "the place Nicole Kidman got married")

Enjoy their wedding day slideshow: CLICK HERE

I LOVE getting these emails shortly after I send the slideshow to my wonderful brides...

Lara wrote:

OMG!!!! they are truly amazing.... Kristi I have to say you truly are gifted!!! I am blown away!! thank you. I just shared the blog with 2 friends and they both said that these are the best photos she has very seen of a wedding :) thought I would share. There are 2 folks I know that looking to get married will send on the link to our wedding!!
again thank you!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hal & Abby's Wedding: St. Regis Monarch Beach

Hal & Abby held their very private, exclusive, intimate destination wedding at the breathtaking St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort...

So much architecture for a photographer to play with! :)

Their intimate brunch was held in the private wine cellar, surrounded by an exclusive 17,000 bottles of wine from around the world! An beautiful scene.

Some of my favorite women, from the wedding industry, that I had the privilege of working with once again were Laurie Davies of Five Star Weddings & Events, and Denise who created the unique and vintage hairstyle of the bride! Thanks you two for making everything that much more beautiful!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Vince & Sharon: Engaged!

Vince & Sharon are getting married at Turnip Rose in Newport Beach on April 18th, 2009!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


We're back from Mexico! SO much fun!
Paul and I finally got a day to relax and went through the forest in dune buggies, WOOHOO!

Our favorite shot from the Day After (Trash the Dress) Session...

Gina & Steven were so awesome to work with & absolutely wonderful for inviting us to Mexico to share their special day with them! We captured their rehearsal dinner, wedding day & enjoyed a "Trash the Dress" session as well! There was the sweetest wandering dog following us, we had to hold Gina back from taking him home! :)

We also had the privilege of working with Kristin and Michelle of The Dazzling Details once again, here are just some of the examples of the wonderful work they do, more shots up soon!

Carrie & Jake: Sneak Peek!

Carrie & Jake had their GORGEOUS ceremony & reception at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage this past weekend! Congratulations you two!!!

Meghan & Kirk: Engaged!

Getting Hitched on May 30th, 2009 in Lake Arrowhead! WOOHOO!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jonathan & Melissa: Wedding Day!

The beautiful Arroyo Trabuco ceremony site...

The lovebirds...

Party time!!!

Jonathan & Melissa
Married on September 20, 2008!
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Mission Veijo, CA
PS) I've never done this collage thing, so just feel free to give me any tips if anyone has any!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Seung & Hanna's Wedding Day!

I LOVED this church, yes, probably because it was PINK!!!

I knew Hanna & Seung wanted more than the church scene and brick alleys, they needed a certain edge, the Viceroy Hotel was the perfect stop...

...onto the party at the Sheraton!

Seung & Hanna's Wedding Day!
Location(s): Trinity Baptist Chuch & Sheraton Delfina: Santa Monica, CA
(Romantics taken at the Viceroy Hotel)
Hitched on September 13th, 2008!
View their wedding day slideshow HERE!