Cardiff by the Sea

Kirsten and James's Casual Cardiff by the Sea Wedding

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When Kirsten described her wedding to me when we first met, she said “Simple and casual romantic beach wedding”. And that is exactly what yesterday was. Stunningly beautiful in it’s simplicity, right on the beach in my little town. These two made their day all about what really mattered to them, their friends and family. And being able to spend an intimate day with them.

Their non traditional wedding, was performed right on the beach with a circle of friends and family surrounding them. We even were able to cruise over to Swami’s to take their first look and family pictures. And an amazing surfer lended them their board for the couple to pose with. (Kirsten surfs and was so stoked!). I love my little town and how friendly and kind strangers can be. Everywhere we went people gave them their space but also gave big smiles and congratulations.

A big congratulations to Kirsten and James! Your day was amazing but your friendship and love really outshined everything else. And it shows in all these sweet pictures. I’m so lucky I got to be there for your day and I hope you love these pictures! The best is yet to come. :)




Photography: Great Woodland Photography

First Look Venue: Swami’s

Wedding Venue and Dinner: Pacific Coast Grill

Table Flowers: Franco’s Flowers

Bouquet: Leucadia Floral and Plant

Rings: Brilliant Earth and Ken and Dana Design

Makeup: Kimm DiCato

Hair: Jullian Rae

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Shoes: Vince Camuto


Groom’s Suit:

Gold and Jewel toned Galentine's Brunch 2017 in Cardiff by the Sea

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On February 13 (today) women across the world (hopefully) are gathering together to celebrate Galentine's Day. First introduced in 2010 by my favorite TV character Leslie Knope, on the show Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is about "ladies celebrating ladies,".  Be they new or old friends, co-workers, family members, or personal heroes. What began as a fictional holiday for women to honor other women, has turned into a real life celebration as every year more women learn about and celebrate this happy day. SOOOO In honor of Galentine's Day, I decided to host the most lovely Gold and Jewel toned Galentines Brunch with some of my most loved girl friends (new and old). 

And I enlisted all of them to bring something delicious and pretty, since I thought it would be fun to document our love and admiration for each other. So everyone stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. We had an outstanding cheese plate, fruit and berry salad with a beet tinted cashew cream (ask Teague @teague.syreen for the recipe), roasted garlic herb bacon parmesan potatoes, and a truly outstanding quiches (we got to try 3 kinds, thanks Hilary!), Dark chocolate raspberry heart-shaped cheesecakes and dark chocolate covered strawberries from Elizabethan Desserts. My amazing friends all brought delicious treats, but my #1 brought the most delicious and beautiful Gluten Free (for me!) almond Orange Cake (again message Stephanie Guinnane for the recipe). 

Originally I wanted to have it outside, but with the weather not cooperating we moved it all in doors for a cozy pretty  party! So I went to Franco's Flowers here in Encinitas and decided to go ornate Jewel toned tea party-ish feel since we were inside.  It did stop raining for a minute and we took the puppy outside and the cake and got a few pretty pictures. I had the best time, so thank you to all the ladies who came, and let me be in your face for the majority of the party. I also just appreciate the opportunity to be able to spend some quality lady time together. I'm definitely going to do this again, and maybe even more than just one time a year. So keep your eyes open for my next lady get together!



Goldberg Newborn Session in Cardiff by the Sea

My very last session of the year and it is honestly one of my favorites. The Goldberg family just welcomed the sweetest little girl right in time for christmas, and I was incredibly lucky and got to capture this sweet girl in her first week of life. From the soft pink and grey accents in her room, to our holiday inspired florals it was all a dream.

She was so delicate and so sweet, and her big brother was so excited (albeit easily distracted) that she was here. So thank you Goldberg family and I hope you truly enjoy and love these images. I do.