Archive for December, 2013

We just returned from shooting the absolute sweetest maternity session with Vanessa and Joe and their adorable fuzzy kids Bella & Bozi! I’m over here squealing with delight over how cute their little family is! Amazing to think that in just a few weeks this sweet family will grow by 1 more!

Thanks so much to our bride Carolyn for telling Vanessa about us! We love meeting friends of our amazing couples!

Here’s a sneak peek! I HAD to post 3 because I couldn’t choose!

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Okay, the last one truly melts my heart!! <3

Merry Christmas from GTP!

December 24, 2013

Matt and I wish everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas! We wanted to share a little bit of what Christmas is like in our home. Usually we’re traveling during the holidays, but this year we’re staying home and we decided to get a real tree (our first real one together). Even though it feels like spring here in San Diego, when we turn on our Christmas lights every night it feels like the holidays! We love watching our favorite Christmas movies and snuggling with our pets on the couch.

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These are some special ornaments. The camera is from our friends Rachel & Justin at Fox Fotography and the little trailer ornament is because we love taking trips with our dogs and our vintage trailer! The last one is my “pet” bird that I got at a craft store years ago. It has been in my car, but I think it fits well with our woodland creature tree!

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We couldn’t resist taking a photo of our adorable dogs Peanut and Taz in front of the tree with their new scarves! From our family to yours, we hope that your Christmas is warm and fuzzy! : )

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Our final wedding of 2013 was such a great end to a wonderful year! Brianna & Donnie’s wedding at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club was filled with beautiful details, sweet moments, and had some of the funnest personal touches we’ve ever seen! They chose to have a Zelda-themed wedding, with custom-painted Chuck Taylors, Jones soda customized with Zelda labels, characters hidden in the beautiful centerpieces, themed cocktails, and an amazing wedding cake! They even entered the reception to Zedd’s remix of the Legend of Zelda theme! Needless to say, this wedding was packed full of fun times!

We have a couple more blog posts to share before the end of the year, including our favorite moments of 2013! Also, be sure to check back on the blog in January and/or follow us on Facebook for a huge announcement in January!


Venue | Jacksonville Golf & Country Club
Floral Designer | Anything with Plants
Cake Designer | Dream Day Cakes
DJ | Footloose Entertainment
Videographer | Matt Johnson
Makeup by Simply Artistry
Hair by Paperwhite Salon

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We are getting ready to blog our final wedding of 2013 (where did the year go??) but first we have to share the last wedding we shot before our trip to China! Jennifer & William’s wedding in Castaic, CA was all about friends, family, and fun! They celebrated their nuptials at the home of William’s parents, saying “I do” in the intimate and cozy setting of the family’s barn. Guests enjoyed dinner family style at long tables under the stars and strands of lights that created a romantic ambiance. The barn was transformed for the reception and guests danced throughout the evening to a live band! Such a fun wedding!

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Last weekend, we were in warm and sunny Florida celebrating Brianna & Donnie’s wedding at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club! It was a beautiful wedding with a twist! They added an element of fun with a Zelda theme throughout their elegant decor! I love when couples showcase their personality in their wedding details!

These cute newlyweds return from their honeymoon today, and we’re excited to share a couple sneak peeks from their wedding day! Don’t you just love their custom painted Chuck Taylors?! : )

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Business Planning Retreat

December 11, 2013

Over the weekend, we photographed Brianna & Donnie’s wedding at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, which was our last wedding of the 2013 season! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year has flown by!

This year was full of big changes as we went into our first full year as California photographers. We began the year living in Temecula, but as we realized most of our life was in San Diego we decided over the summer to move yet again. As we begin looking forward to 2014, it’s time to reflect on what worked over the past year and what didn’t and think about what we want our business to look like moving forward.

My friend and fellow photographer Rupa Kapoor just happened to be coming to Florida for the month of December, so I decided to join her at a beach house in St. George Island for a week. We’ve been bouncing ideas off each other, doing some work and business planning, and having a lot of fun in between! Yesterday, we took her dogs for a walk on the beach and enjoyed the most beautiful sky! I sent the cameras home with Matt, but I couldn’t resist snapping some pics of beautiful St. George Island on my phone! Sometimes you just have to go on a retreat and clear your head, and there’s something about the ocean that soothes the soul and fosters the creative spirit!

Where do you go to find inspiration?

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We are back from China & Japan and I have some overdue blogging to do, which I promise to get to before the end of the year! I have some past weddings and some of our trip highlights to share, plus our last wedding of the year (which we are shooting this weekend in Florida!). But first I wanted to post a sneak peek from our bridal fashion shoot last night with bridal gown designer Danielle Berg of D’Marie Bridal Couture! You might remember last year’s desert bridal shoot with Danielle, which ended up being featured along with some of Danielle’s other stunning gown designs in the July 2013 issue of The G.O.O.D.S. Magazine!

Well, when we started talking over the summer about doing another shoot, Danielle had a ton of great ideas, and one developed into this amazing carousel fashion shoot with several models. I love the location she chose and all of the gown designs she selected for the shoot! The ladies at The Doll Service did an exceptional job on hair and makeup. And thank you to all of our models, who made climbing up on carousel horses in full wedding dresses look easy! I definitely was not as graceful when I had to climb on one!

Our models (in order by individual photos):

Kaite
Anisse
Natalie
Mara
Amanda
Grace (one of the lovely makeup artists from The Doll Service!)

I hope everyone enjoys this sneak peek!

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