Love is an irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly. -Robert Frost

Lauri Levenfeld at ZOOM Photography never ceases to amaze us with her creative spirit and her eye for the divine! So it comes as no surprise that when her clients came to her with their story, the three of them began to script a multi-faceted love shoot that was full of passion AND brimming with exhilaration!

You see, Suzi and Joe have just published their first novel ~ during their whirlwind courtship, they had discovered more than just a keen desire for each other … they discovered that, as writers, together, they were smashing! And now, they were going to elope. They wanted to go all out with their engagement shoot. To practice … what they were preaching!

Their novel? With the help and support of her husband-to-be, Suzi’s book The Love Habits was born and published!

“The only way to find the best possible love is to be the most irresistible you … give a girl a solid love habit and she will follow it the rest of her life …”
Suzi McCluskey

Lauri tells us this … Going off the couple’s running Latin theme in their relationship as well as Joey’s Portuguese heritage, the couple planned a romantic elopement ceremony (their philosophy being, “never forget that marriage is first and foremost between the two of us”) on Cinco de Mayo (5.5.10). They wed at The Four Seasons Biltmore in beautiful Santa Barbara. Being that the Biltmore is a sprawling Spanish hacienda only added to their Latin theme. They JUST celebrated their marriage with family and friends at Malibu Wines on July 18th.

In order to take the shoot from a typical engagement to something much more fabulous, I enlisted the amazing stylists, Jessie Gainsley and Lindsey Colhoun, of the Two Shoppers. Lindsey and I have been friends for a long time, as I photographed her wedding several years ago. While the girls have been focused on celebrity & high profile clients, they are now breaking into the wedding business with amazing packages for brides & grooms. The collaboration continued with one of my favorite makeup/hair artists, Missy Sandora.

I love the fact that Suzi has made her love story an accessible and inspirational novel to others.

Suzi and Joe definitely mastered the art of irresistibility … and Lauri was spot on!

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. -Federico Fellini


Makeup & Hair: Missy Sandora

Styling: Jessie Gainsley & Lindsey Colhoun, Two Shoppers, 310-867-4888, email
With combined resumes that include designing clothing and accessories for major brands, as well as their own, working in leading retail stores, Jessie Gainsley + Lindsey Colhoun developed a personal styling company called Two Shoppers. They are in the know as to what’s hot, what look is appropriate and current and most importantly, how to make their clients look effortlessly chic – no matter what the occasion. One unique aspect of their business is their specialty in wedding styling. Each bride is unique and so are their packages.

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