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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tom & Heather, A Look Back

One of my favorite dresses... ever!

HEATHER AND TOM... A LOOK BACK (and meeting THE BECKER)

This is a wedding I did back in 2oo3. Not a big wedding for me, a few bouquets and a few flowers here and there. The ceremony was done on the beach in Corona and the reception was on the cliffs in Laguna Beach at a friends home. It was a small intimate wedding of one of my sisters best friends Heather. A family affair for me, with my sister as the Maid of Honor, my brother in law as the Officiant, my son played the guitar and my husband, mom and other sister helping out with the flowers and set up.

But none of that is why this wedding stands out to me, this wedding changed how I looked at my business and how important the quality of the images used in my business were. This wedding is where I met BECKER... he had gone to the same high school as Heather and other than that I am not sure of their connection... maybe he had a crush, I am pretty sure he is younger and Heather IS GORGEOUS. ;-) Anyways....

I had been designing weddings for a little over 10 years now and my portfolio consisted of only the photos I had taken myself. These were OK at best, to awful, to none at all. I was not trained or prepared to be a photographer (and usually wiped out and wanted to go home by the time the ceremony happened). So I really only took the pics for my own sake. Rarely after a wedding did I ever even see the professional pictures from my Brides wedding day. I never really made the effort to meet the photographer or to find out contact info and what his policy was to getting pictures from him. And I would go on this way for awhile...

This wedding wasn't any different, I had my camera and took my own pictures, I was introduced to Becker merely as a courtesy of Heather. As the reception went on, I went upstairs to change my nephew's diaper and sitting on a chair in the corner was Becker, quickly, but with such attention to detail, putting together a same day slideshow. I had never seen that at a wedding EVER. And on top of that the images were amazing! I was instantly a fan and asked for his card. Not really knowing what I would do with it, but if a bride ever asked me about a photographer I was going to tell them about him. And I would get to refer him and work with him a couple more times... never really meeting him again.

Since websites and blogs have become the norm and not the exception... there are what I like to call lots of mini Beckers out there now... And there are some amazing mini Beckers and I have worked with them and love them. But he is always just one step ahead.... and he knows it ;-) But he shares of his knowledge and talent. And every Bride I have ever seen shot by him is Beautiful! If you have a chance go check out his blog. www.thebecker.com As for me I now make the effort to get the professional images from the photographer... they are ALWAYS better than mine. And they just make me look good! If your a bride, research your photographer, you really do get what you pay for. There some other amazing photographers on my website and if you want to know why I love each of them, give me a call.

So enjoy the photos by Becker of the lovely Tom and Heather
(and look on www.megansgardenweddings.blogspot.com
for another wedding shot by Becker at Pelican Hill coming soon).





COULDN'T DO THIS ALONE

MY SON JUSTIN'S FIRST OFFICIAL GIG
FATHER AND DAUGHTER MAKING AN ENTRANCE
KYLE MY BROTHER IN LAW... OFFICIALLY OFFICIATING

MELVA ROSES... ALWAYS ARE AMAZING
MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER WENDY... MAID OF HONOR


I LOVE THE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF THE CEREMONY

CAN YOU IMAGINE A BETTER PLACE TO GET MARRIED?



SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

'REAL MOMENTS' BY BECKER

ONE OF MY FAVORITE IMAGES
BEAUTIFUL CAKE BY... CAFE' DES RICHES in Mission Viejo


MY LOVELY SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW

THIS BRIDE CAN SWING!

... AND THEY ARE LIVING HAPPILY EVER AFTER WITH 3 BEAUTIFUL BOYS !

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jessica and Darcie

Jessica you are a true beauty!
I love these girls!!

Meet Jessica and Darcie... I have known them since they were in the 7th grade youth group with my Megan. I was the discipleship leader for the 8th graders... my other favorite group of girls. Lindsay, Christy, and Kristin (my now daughter in law=) were the constants in my group and have all grown up to be amazing women who I love dearly. Megan, Darcie, Jessica and Betsy were the constants in the 7th grade group. Another amazing group of young women!

These two just bring me joy... Both have come and worked with me at Focus Physical Therapy... making my day time job a fun place to go to =). And while Jessica has gone on to be an awesome teacher. Darcie has been working with me for years at Megan's Garden as a designer. She now works as a wonderful wedding/event planner for Joyful Weddings and Events. Our favorite wedding and event planners! But when I can steal her away from Courtney she still comes and helps me out =) !

Jessica recently a bridesmaid in her sister Katie's wedding a couple of weeks ago
(blogged about at www.megansgardenweddings.blogspot.com) Darcie came along and worked this one with me... it was so much fun to have those two together in the same place! I hope to see more of Jessica this summer!! And Darcie... Thank you for all your help through out these years. I value your friendship, input, and talent. And love when we get to work together!

Darcie paying attention to every detail!
Love the Tattoo peaking through =)
These two make me smile!

You wore that dress!
Really Jess 3 glasses! hahaha!
Looking forward to seeing you at Sher's wedding next!