I’m a backyard wedding kind of girl. I think Father of the Bride probably started it all, but since writing this blog for the last nearly 6 years, it’s those simple, sweet, all together lovely backyard affairs that always leave the longest lasting smile. And this one, while not a backyard in the traditional sense, is as pretty as pretty comes and just reminds me so much of those intimate, warm, filled with love homegrown affairs that I love so very much. And with photographs by Love Ala taking center stage…well, you can count me one happy blogger right now. Click here to see more and make sure you check out the gorgeous video by Amari Productions.








From Love AlaVows, hugs, smiles, details, dances, emotions. A whole bunch of lovely memories that pass in a blur. It’s an honor to photograph a wedding day, but it meant so much to me when Daniel and Ashley asked me to document their wedding because Daniel is a photographer himself. The entire day was so laid-back, that’s just how Ashley and Daniel are. Having met when they were only 19 years old, Ashley and Daniel saw their relationship grow, from being in the same city to living in different states to communicating by snail mail while Daniel went away to military training. It’s no surprise they are comfortable in their love for one another. It makes me happy to hear their story and to know that, against all odds, Ashley and Daniel have worked hard over the years to be together. It reminds me that while love isn’t always easy, it’s so worth it.

Wedding Photography: Ala Cortez of Love Ala / Wedding Venue McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, California / Floral Design: Nikki Fields / Wedding Cinematography: Amari Productions / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edelman

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