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Brian & Amanda

These two sweeties make me happy.  Like that happy that fills your entire body with singing from the mountaintops kind of joy (Sound of Music style).  Maybe that’s because they are sooo in love and sooo adorable, you can’t help but smile through every last minute of their day captured by Steven Bailey.  It’s a film that will make your day, week and month and you should push play to see just what I mean.

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From Steven Bailey… When I sat down to coffee with this wonderful couple, I knew pretty quickly that they were unique in their amazing love for each other. Their devotion to the idea of self-sacrifice and enriching the lives of those around them was inspiring. Filming their wedding was an absolute privilege, and it’s safe to say we’ll be keeping in touch as friends as they move forward into their new life together.

Moving forward into the wedding day, I was constantly amazed at how the moments were handled by these two. Never had I witnessed a bride so calm and peaceful in the time leading up to the ceremony. You could sense vicariously just by being in their presence that they understood the weight and magic of that day. As everything progressed, it settled into a calm rhythm that saw them to their final goodbye that evening.

The wedding itself was beautiful in its simplicity.

Every moment held a smile, and it’s an experience I’ll never quite forget as a videographer.

Photography: Leslie Cunningham | Cinematography: Steven Bailey | Food: In n' Out | Makeup: Lisa DeRoma | Wedding Venue: Hidden Oaks

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Redlands Inspired Shoot from M.A.Rose Photography

Today I fell in love with an inspiration shoot.  An inspiration shoot overflowing with crazy gorgeous details, all brought to life by an uber-talented team of vendors and captured in breathtaking images by M.A.Rose Photography.  Images that feature amazing paper goods from Something Blue, a fab travel theme and one VERY stunning Kimberly Crest House and Gardens setting.  And that, my friends, is just the beautiful beginning.  Care to join me for some serious gushing?  Click here for all of the pretty.


From M.A.Rose Photography… I am so excited to share this styled wedding shoot with you! Such great people came together to collaborate on this project. Hand painted glitter birds, luggage tag escort cards, gold dusted desserts, and a balloon wish guestbook; we believe you will gush over every detail!

This elegant travel shoot was inspired by the phrase “fly away with me”. I envisioned a spontaneous couple that had traveled the world and wanted to have an intimate celebration of their union. I drew inspiration from the concept of first class travel and desired to mix luxury with the subtle travel theme.

The enchanting, historic grounds of Kimberly Crest provided the perfect location. We were surrounded by elegance and all the details we brought in truly added to the existing beauty of the property. Something Blue custom designed all the paper goods and Emilee, the designer, went above and beyond! Storied Rentals contributed the fabulous furniture and pieces that really brought our vision to life. The lovely ladies behind Storied Rentals, Heather & Jeannie, styled everything beautifully. No detail went overlooked.

Photography: M.A.Rose Photography | Location: Kimberly Crest House and Gardens in Redlands, California | Floral Design: City of Redlands Florist ( | Desserts: Sugarbird Desserts | Furniture + Vintage Pieces Rentals: Storied Rentals | China + Tables Rental: Party Plus | Wedding Stationery: Something Blue | Wedding Dress: Beloved Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Erin Huntsman

Claremont Wedding at Padua Hills Theatre from Mark Brooke Photography

Remember this adorable travel inspired e-session from last year? Well, we’re super excited to see that they’ve officially tied the knot and thanks again to Mark Brooke Photography, we get to be a part of another special day for this super cute couple. Their wedding looks like it was one fabulous party, with tons of fun and not to mention pretty, details. Click here for the full gallery!

Don’t miss their fun wedding come to life in this fab film from 618 Studios:

From the Bride… The day started with me and my bridesmaids getting beautified by my wonderful make-up artist and hairdresser friends. I was nervous all morning because Kenny and I decided to write our own vows, and I knew I was going to blubber like a baby. I calmed down with the help of my MOH’s and bridesmaids who loosened me up with champagne and as soon as they helped me slip into my beautiful wedding dress, the nerves started to go away. My whole life I dreamed of the perfect wedding dress, and my wish came true. The dress fit my personality perfectly. It was fun, unique and whimsical with the textured rosettes, a little glam with the beading on top, and chic with the sweetheart neck and A-Line/Trumpet Shape (originally an A-line but the seamstress took it in a bit to make it more of a trumpet shape). My birdcage veil and vintage brooch helped to tie my style in with my wedding décor, which was a vintage travel theme.

Kenny and I decided to do a first look at the hotel we were getting ready at. Tears welled in our eyes when we first saw each other. As corny as it sounds, it felt like a magical moment, like we were going on our first date again. We had never seen each other this way. By this way I mean not only our fabulous wedding outfits, but in a way that felt so sure, because we knew we were now soul mates and starting on a journey headed to forever. I knew he was the one when he proposed, but I guess I never felt how real it was until that moment.

After our first look, we took portrait pictures and pictures with our wedding party around Downtown Claremont, then with family at our wedding venue, Padua Hills Theater in Claremont. We got to take a peek at all the décor. Throughout our engagement, Kenny and I did a lot of DIY projects, creating most of our own wedding décor and paper goods and it was amazing seeing our vision come to life. The ceremony was short and sweet, but the best part was reading our own vows to each other. We both blubbered like a baby, although my husband tries to say he had “allergies.” Cocktail hour and the reception were held in the same venue and followed immediately.

It was an amazing night, and I’m so lucky nothing major went wrong. Wish we could do it all over again, because like most people say, the day goes by way too fast.


Wedding Photography: Mark Brooke Photography / Wedding Venue: Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont, CA / Wedding Cinematography: 618 Studios / Floral Design: RG Creations by Gina Lopez / Event Planning + Design: The Bride / Wedding Cake: Goldilocks / Catering: Chantrelle’s Fine Catering / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Denny White / Band: Upstart / DJ + Lighting: Entertainment Express / Photo Booth: Edzel Fuertez Photography / Wedding Invitations: Tessa Tina / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals “C189″ / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Oanh Truong / Makeup: Rachelle Llanes + J.R. Tuason

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Rancho Cucamonga Wedding by We Heart Photography

If you are a bright flower junkie like myself, your heart will be rejoicing in about three seconds. This crafty, DIY infused wedding is jam packed with pretty petals by Cupid’s Arrow Wedding + Event Floral Studio and we just can’t stop gazing. Of course, the images by We Heart Photography are equally gush worthy and together they make quite the powerful combo of wedding eye candy. Head over to the gallery for all of the pretty details in one spot!

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From the Bride…Matt and I had an engagement of four short months.  Not much time to plan a wedding, but I cheated a little.  We talked about getting married a few months before he popped the question, which allowed me to get a head start on all of the planning.  I spent hours and hours online looking at weddings into the wee hours of the night.  Sure, I may not have gotten as much homework, or sleep for that matter, accomplished, but I decided on a style [Vintage] and theme [Love Birds] pretty early on.  My budget [$10,000] forced me to get creative and I took on multiple DIY projects that made my wedding planning experience the joyous ride that it was.

I found most of my inspiration on various blogs dedicated to creative DIY projects.  The most time consuming project was the making of the wedding favors, but I loved the way they captured the theme I was going for. Inside the bags, we put a packet of wildflower seeds with a note telling our guests thank you for all they had done, as well as to plant these seeds in honor of our love.   I wanted to give our guests something meaningful, something to remind them of our special day.  One of my favorite projects I took on was collecting china, vintage handkerchiefs, vases, and doilies from thrift stores and flea markets.  Yes, it was very time consuming, but it gave my reception the vintage backyard-wedding feel I wanted.  Now that I am left an abundance of collected goodies, I am going to rent them out to other brides looking for the same thing.  The second project I enjoyed most was putting together the “Love Lasts” booth.  The idea behind this was to have pictures of family members who stuck together through all the difficult times in marriage.

My advice for brides-to-be?  Have fun! Fully enjoy this time in your life because it goes by so quickly.  Don’t hesitate to ask your bridesmaids and other girlfriends to help you with projects because it can get overwhelming very quickly.  I hosted two craft parties where my girlfriends helped out sewing, cutting, and gluing into the wee hours of the night.  We worked on favors, pinwheels for the tables, and props for the photo booth and they were happy to help!  I, of course, offered scrumptious dessert and wine to help keep them motivated.

Wedding Coordinator: Kim May / Venue: Hidden Oaks / Floral Design: Cupid’s Arrow Wedding + Event Floral Studio / Wedding Cake: Heaven Scent Cakes / Linens: Party Pro Inc. / Entertainment: DJ Garcia / Hair + Make-up: Melissa Otine / Wedding Photography: We Heart Photography