When we think of marriage, the first thing that comes to mind is having a long lasting relationship, to commit to one another and to each other’s families.

Monica & Angelo celebrated joyfully their union on January 18th in the presence of their families and closest friends.

Monica got ready at her childhood home in Reseda, which gave us the opportunity to capture her while she was getting ready and on her uncle’s beautiful vintage car. After a couple hours, we headed to Saint Joseph the Worker Church in Winnetka, CA where Angelo was already waiting impatiently for The Stunning Bride.

In a lovely religious ceremony by Fr. Alberto Villalobos and accompanied by a beautiful Female Mariachi, Monica and Angelo tied the knot. It was a wonderful ceremony full of tradition and emotion.

While all the guests started arriving at the reception party, the couple and the closest family members sneaked out to Lake Balboa (Anthony C. Beilenson Park). After so much rain, they were lucky to get a perfect day for family and romantic outdoor portraits.

It was time to relax and celebrate, the bride and groom had a beautiful reception at Vatican Banquet Hall in Van Nuys, CA which has gorgeous high ceilings and shiny crystal chandeliers, perfect for unforgettable images.

      Arun and Sheena’s Engagement Session is one of our favorites.  The fields, horses, sunset, Aruns sense of humor, and the weather; we personally couldn’t ask for more.  Sheena, ready to shine in every picture, irradiating so much love and Arun with his amazing enthusiasm; both were genuinely interesting in participating and having fun with the photo shoot.  Arun and Sheena picked us up from our home in Encino and drove us to the Poppy Reserve after getting lost for a very short while :-).  We finally made it to our lovely friend Brenda’s house.  Brenda and her family were very welcoming and showed us the two beautiful horse Mr. Ed and gave us the 411 on how to treat Mr. Ed (we owe you Brenda!).  She also scouted a lovely spot in the poppy fields, as it turns out that the Poppy Fields are sometimes quite elusive but completely worth the journey.  It was breathtaking and not even the strong winds that day brought down our enthusiasm. We decided to work with Mr Ed, a mellow male quarter horse of a lovely cognac color. He was so docile and noble; really an amazing creature.  The light was perfect, the air was so clean, you could see it in every picture the love and we captured their amazing personalities in this Los Angeles engagement session. We were at the right place, at the right time and nature gifted us an amazing sunset with colors and a wonderful stage to photograph.  An unforgettable photo shoot that reminds us that photography is not just a job, but a journey, to meet people, explore nature and pause for that split second of time and realize how precious it is. 

We were so fortunate to have a such a perfect sunset at the Santa Monica Pier to shoot an engagement photoshoot for our lovely couple. The 2 hour engagement session at this vibrant L.A. landmark was done by Steve of Stunning Bride Photographers. The Santa Monica Pier also has a romantic significance for this couple, making it the perfect site for the proposal (and worth the expensive parking). The most difficult part of the shoot at the SMP were the tourists galore! However, everyone was more than happy to step aside for the newly engaged couple.

Even if you’re not planning a proposal, it’s worth going for the people watching, restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp, and the cart vendors that sell cotton candy and Dippin Dots ice cream. It’s a melting pot of people, cultures, food and happiness. I’ve been coming to the Santa Monica pier since I was a kid and have always appreciated it’s magical effect on people.

One thing to stay away from are the churros from the vendors on the boardwalk. Those things are so hard, you could break a tooth, biting into one. 

Win a stuffed animal from one of the arcades for your fiancé, talk about romantic! Take a ride on the vintage ferris wheel, the roller coaster, or visit the aquarium that gets maintained by the Swell UK team, perfect for a family visit . There are also a number of bars and restaurants, but the best feature is the view: extending almost a quarter mile over the Pacific, you can stroll to the edge.


It was a pleasure capturing Nurit & Ramin’s Engagement in Sherman Oaks at their private residence.   We loved their energy and her dress color went perfect with the flowers.  We used our new monopod flash stand for the dancing portion.  More details on it coming soon!