Epic Sand Dune Engagement Shoot

These pics trick ya; they look crazy calm but behind the scenes was an action movie in progress. These two cuties dealt with winds and high temps, climbing through the dunes, all the while smiling, laughing and making it an adventure to remember. Alex Warschauer was along for the ride, capturing it all and his pics, priceless. See them all in our Vault right this way!

From Alex WarschauerOne of my favorite things about working with my couples is shooting in fun, new locations. When Chloe and Evan told me that they were open for a sand dune engagement session I knew that we were not only going to be creating some seriously epic images together but we were going to have the best time together and a great story for the books.

Leading up to the shoot I kept looking at weather conditions, traffic predictions, and an endless supply of visual inspiration from other photographers. Because I had never been to this location before and I wouldn’t arrive until the day of the shoot I knew I wanted to arrive early and have ample time to scout. We caravanned the way out there, stopping to get some tasty In-N-Out and to stretch our legs on the long journey. The forecast for the day wasn’t too inviting, 25mph winds and near 100 degree temperatures were in our near future. In situations like that you just have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. I usually have my girlfriend aka #1 photography assistant hold a reflector to block the wind for me but given that she weighs less than one hundred pounds I didn’t want to see her get blown away.

Upon our arrival we were all overcome with an instant sense of being transported to Egypt. It was magical. Throughout the day we climbed sandy ridges, ran down steep banks, and dodged stinging sand. Chloe and Evan were not only open to all of my ideas and suggestions, but they were so sweet with each other throughout the whole process! At times I would be photographing them from 500 feet away and Evan would have his cellphone in his jacket pocket with the speaker turned on.

This was by far one of my favorite shoots to date and seriously the most adorable and kind couples I’ve had the sincere pleasure of working with. I cannot wait until their Palm Springs wedding next year!

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Photography: Alex Warschauer Photography

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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Every time I imagine a picturesque California wedding, the setting is the focal point (behind the bride + groom, of course!); and that is exactly the case at the unforgettable Ranch at Laguna Beach. The idyllic location, with its legendary nature setting, sets the stage for jaw dropping, gorgeous weddings and events.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers couples a choice of on-site venues, from the open-air Scout Camp to the lush Putting Green, and the property boasts romantic bridges, incredible views and stunning gardens — hello, photo ops! Perfect as a destination locale, The Ranch puts your guests close to sun, sand, sea and all the rest of the Village’s amazing offerings. With a focus on warm + personalized events, food and beverage menus are custom tailored for each wedding and their Personal Concierge is there to ensure every detail goes off without a hitch!

And get this, the venue even has a Destination Wedding Planning Service which helps couples plan every single element of your wedding weekend — from a barbecue rehearsal dinner to a wedding day golf tournament. For more information about The Ranch at Laguna Beach, and to book your big day, call 949.499.2271 or head over here. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest + Instagram for more wedding day inspiration!