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Emily and Justin's Liberty Station Engagement Session

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Yesterday's engagement session with Emily and Justin was full of laughs (and a few tasty drinks from Soda and Swine)! We wandered around the beautiful grounds of Liberty Station and made our session into a little mini date before these two went to dinner for a real date. We walked, we talked, we danced and just generally had a great time. You don't always find couples who are willing to try new and sort of goofy things for pictures but these two willingly (sort of) went along with all my ideas. 

I think something I really enjoy about engagement sessions is that this is an opportunity for my couple and I to become friends. We trade stories, learn a lot about each other, and our families, and I get to learn how a couple naturally moves together.  I love Emily and Justin story, it's full of travel and real adventure. They met on a birthright trip to Israel in 2010 and didn't really connect with each other until right at the end of the trip. But that connection was strong enough to keep them talking and then eventually dating long distance.

It was strong enough that when Justin decided to move to Costa Rica to open a restaurant, Emily decided to move from New York to come along and help build something together. And they've travelled all over ever since, together, because when home is a person you can move any where and belong. 

I am so excited for your wedding, and I hope you love these sneak peaks! 





Venue: Liberty Station

Restaurant/Bar: Soda and Swine

Bride's Shoes: Wild Diva Lounge

Bride's Dress: Mismatch Boutique

Bride's Hair: Jesse Estella at Dye

Ring: Tourbillion Jewelers

Medina and Arash's Vellano Wedding, Chino Hills

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This stunning Tuscan inspired wedding from yesterday is all kinds of beautiful! I loved working with this amazing couple and what I loved even more was all the love that surrounded them on their big day. Their big beautiful families surrounded them, and made up their bridal party and it just all felt really intimate. 

Medina and Arash meet in college, in an 8am class, which just blew my mind. Number 1, who signs up for an 8 am class? And number 2, who goes? But these two noticed each other. They had a mutual friend who invited them both to a party, and as the saying goes, the rest was history.

The inspiration behind this wedding and venue was their engagement trip. They went to Italy where Arash proposed in the small beach town of Vernazza. The spot near the beach was crowded, so Arash found these stone stairs, followed them up to a balcony next to a church. The Church was right up against the water with a little bench. It was all super private, with no one there. Medina was looking out at the ocean, turned around and he was on a knee proposing. I mean could all have been more picture perfect? I can see it all so clearly in my mind. 

I think with every couple you pick up something new and different trait about them, and I think the words that come to mind with this couple are inspiration and aspiration. Inspiration to those around them, and aspiration to always be better, always do more. And they both have these qualities which make them a real balance. There is a deep well of support for each other, and I can't wait to see what life they build on that foundation. 

Congratulations you two! I hope you enjoy these sneak peaks, and I can't wait to hear all about the honeymoon! 




Wedding Venue & Caterer: Vellano Wedgewood Weddings

Photographer: Great Woodland Photography

2nd Shooter: Brittanee Taylor Photography

Videography: Wanderlust Creative Endeavors

Hair: Jaime Lake 

Makeup: Samira Rashidi

Linens: J & L Floral Boutique

Cake and Desserts: Patty's Cakes

DJ: Marcos Rodriguez

Dress Designer: Sachin and Babi

Bridal Boutique: M Bride

Brides Shoes: Steven Madden

Floral: J & L Floral Boutique