Romantic Cliffside Engagement Collection

One of my favorite open spaces for engagement photos has to be the environment of the ocean. Even better may be a cliffside overlooking the ocean! It is romantic, timeless, and allows the couple to be the focus while playing up a simple element of interest in the background. As a fashion obsessed film photographer, I love that Missy is on solid ground so can play up the advantage of high heels on camera, which is the perfect statement with her midi length red lace dress. This Palos Verdes Cliff was the perfect setting for Missy & Chris to romance and play amidst their film engagement session. The main thing I always look for in a session location is open air, simple background, and a space that promises a spectacular sunset. As we transitioned through natural poses, along with some dancing & walking, the sun only became more beautiful - until it finally fell behind the horizon.

Photography: Rachel Owens Photography
Missy’s hair & makeup is by Vanessa Broin of Bee Pretty Makeup
Missy’s red engagement dress: MAJORELLE // Shop at: Revolve
Film Processing: Photovision Prints
Film Stock & Camera: Fuji400h // Contax 645 with 80mm Zeiss Lens

Enjoy! xoxo

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casual california chic beach wedding | Adamson House

As summer vibes began to fade into fall, Abigail & Devin wed at the coastal Adamson House in Malibu, California. The fact that the dance floor overlooks the Pacific Ocean was an easy selling point. The gorgeous bride's vision for the wedding was California cool with an air of sophistication. These two are ultimate free-spirits, and wanted to marry where they fell in love; on the beach. Abigail is not your average bride; not one to drone on about wedding details, yet handled wedding planning with such class and ease. Her now-husband Devin who is a Ryan Gosling look-a-like with a voice to match, was chic in a tuxedo; a more formal ensemble than his typical wetsuit & surf attire. The bridal party was elegant in midnight blue, which complemented the glittering water perfectly. Wearing a stunning Theia Couture sheath gown followed by a sparkly mini dress for the 'epic' dance party, Abigail was the epitome of California chic.

As seen on Magnolia Rouge

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Photography: Rachel Owens Photography

Planning & Coordination: Aly Cokeley of Tricia Dahlgren Events

Floral Design: The Enchanted Florist

Venue: Adamson House

Wedding Dress: Theia Couture

Film Processing: Photovision Prints

timeless, classic, romantic california wedding | Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Nicole & Tom wed at the classic Hummingbird Nest Ranch on a beautiful California day. The two are pre-destined. Their elegant celebration was planned by Vanessa of Vanessa Michelle & Co. Who effortlessly guided the bride through her dream day. The spectacular florals, designed by Nancy Teasley of Oak & the Owl, were a pop of bliss - they were soft & enchanting; perfectly arranged. Nicole's gown had a plunging back & outlined her svelte, model frame and she looked simply editorial. The handcrafted calligraphy by Seniman Calligraphy was uniquely tailored to Nicole's taste and echoed their day in a beautiful way. Some of the most precious moments of the day were when Nicole's grandfather escorted her down the aisle with so much love and adoration & when Nicole's maid of honor brought all of her guests around her during her toast so Nicole & Tom could feel the love of all their family & friends. Best of all, their wedding day was joyful, stress-free & organic. As a photographer, it was a day that will forever be one of my all-time favorites.

As seen on Style Me Pretty


champagne & ocean view Bridal Shower | Pacific Palisades

It isn't every day one of your bestie's is celebrating her wedding season. Abbie holds one big place in my heart. This is the, shall we say "tip of the iceberg" for the emotions I may indulge when it's actually her wedding day. So bear with me, this is good practice. I met Abbie in 2009 when we were random roommates in college. Somehow, I was lucky enough that her fun-loving, spontaneous, infectious energy took a liking to my cautious, basic-bitch, figuring-it-out self. She was different than anyone I had ever met, yet somehow, felt like home. She was, and is, bold, confident, & shamelessly herself. When I feel like I lack any of these qualities, I always have her for guidance. I think I knew I would always feel this way; sentimental for the memories we would someday share, & thankful for her hand in shaping the person I have become. She has always had my best interest in this long-term kinda way. In a true friend kinda way. Anyway - her wedding is one month away & I am getting all the feels. I adore you Abs & can't wait to capture the day you become a wife to your lifelong love. Cheers to your Bridal Shower, in true Abbie fashion, with panoramic views of the Pacific.. Where you belong. xo

golden field Maternity Collection | Malibu creek

Rory & Onge gave me privilege of capturing their anticipation of meeting their sweet daughter, one soft summer evening in Malibu. The two have enjoyed their early years of marriage just the two of them & now are excitedly awaiting their beautiful girl. Onge has such a beautiful presence; soft, kind, & sure to be a significant mother. Rory is her perfect counter-part, & sure to be the kind of father their daughter compares every man to. I am beaming at the thought of the precious family the Fratkins are soon to become... 

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romantic malibu fields Engagement collection

Nicole & Tom are a classic California couple, exuding so much romance & love beneath the soft sunset light. The two are chic, yet timeless, and fit perfectly together. Nicole's bouquet & soft curls were the perfect pre-bridal sentiments for and engagement collection. She radiated in her floral maxi & modern blouse with a stunning statement necklace that streamlined her collarbone. It is easy to understand how Tom fell in love with her beautiful blue eyes that light up the sky. The two wed this October at Hummingbird Nest Ranch & it is sure it to be spectacular with Event Planner, Vanessa Michelle Co.

Hayley & Jake's Riviera Mansion Wedding

Hayley & Jake celebrated their love in Santa Barbara at the Riviera Mansion. They fell in love with the classic venue, perfectly suited for the intimate wedding. Hayley looked timeless in her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown & perfectly coordinating veil. Her Badgley Mischka flats echoed her style while sparkling beneath the tulle of her dress. Jake was a classic gentleman in his grey 3-piece. Their ceremony was complimented with personal vows & a ceremonious walk up the aisle together, arm in arm. Their indoor reception was illuminated with their chic dance moves & toasts that brought tears ..

Coorination by Melissa of Engaged to be Wed, Florals by Diane Carvotta, Super 8mm by Nick Owens

Abbie & Devin's Seaside Engagement

Abbie & Devin are perfect on film; their personalities are film. They are genuine, raw, simple, & beautiful. The two met in Malibu back in 2013 & life for them has been filled with days on the beach, living in Venice & Santa Monica, just blocks from the beach. They are free. They are in love & together they celebrate joy, life, & everything film stands for. Abbie, who can be a tomboy in the corner of her soul, looked equally stunning in both rugged levis & a pink Lovers & Friends gown. Her freckles light up as the sun dances across her face & Devin steals a kiss under the soft sunset. Their September wedding at the Adamson House on California’s finest coast is going to be the perfect late summer day celebrating the fiercest & most endearing love.