Not Your Average Anniversary Session
A dreamy California location, a mustard yellow dress, and a vintage getaway car are a few of the elements that make up this unique 1st-anniversary session photographed by Jen Rodriguez.
After photographing Karla and Steven's wedding last summer, Jen Rodriguez couldn't wait to get this adorable duo in front of the camera again. So when the idea for a styled anniversary session set at Kestrel Park struck, Jen jumped on it. She brought along some of her favorite industry pros to make the magic happen, and to say we're obsessed with that mustard yellow dress, textured florals, and calligraphy banner is a serious understatement. More this way!
From Jen Rodriguez... Kestrel Park is the beautiful new wedding venue tucked in the rolling golden hills of the Santa Ynez Valley. It's a hidden gem that you would easily pass by if you weren't looking out the cobblestone gate that is discretely placed along the road. Once you pass through the gates of Kestrel Park you start to realize how special this property truly is. As you wind along the dirt road enjoying the vast views dotted with oaks you begin to see the estate come into view. It's as if you were immediately transported and find yourself within the European countryside. 

I wanted to highlight this magnificent property and the possibilities that it had to offer. *Enter* my gorgeous couple, Karla and Steven. I photographed their wedding this past summer and wanted the chance to get them back in front of my camera. An anniversary shoot was the perfect way to bring this wonderful couple and venue together.

I enlisted the help of one of my favorite Central Coast florists, April Flowers to create a fabulous and moody bouquet and car swag in tones that would compliment the mustard velvet gown that I fell in love with from ASOS. Because this shoot was focusing on an anniversary instead of a wedding we wanted to bring in a few other fun elements in unexpected ways. A vintage car fit the bill perfectly and instead of opting for an invite or other paper good, Fete and Quill hand embroidered a wonderfully large banner to hang on the vintage car and crafted another wonderful banner displaying a quote. We wanted the quote to feel like something that the couple could enjoy long after the shoot. Lastly, Jenn at The Queens Bees had Karla looking and feeling extra gorgeous thanks to her hair and makeup skills.
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