Shana + Rishi :: Engagement Session :: Laguna Hills

Those that follow my blog, FB, and IG pages KNOW just how excited I am to photograph Shana Kalaria & Rishi Ardeshna’s wedding next month.  I get to spend the weekend with the Kalaria family yet AGAIN… just 16 months after their first daughter, Sonia, tied the knot!  You might remember my stunning couple Sonia & Ravi from last year’s SEVEN wedding events we covered.  The Kalaria’s have two gorgeous daughters and I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of BOTH of these wonderful milestones in their lives.  THANK YOU Kalaria family for the honor and trusting us with both of your gems!

I have to admit, I was super bummed when I initially heard I wasn’t going to shoot Shana and Rishi’s engagement session.  They both live in Texas, completing their residency in medicine (Plastic Surgeon & Anesthesiologist) and couldn’t get days off simultaneously for the photo session.  But Shana was determined she wanted me to shoot it, we went back and forth with a few date options, and were able to luckily work out a time for them to fly in for their session!!  I was ecstatic!!  Shana requested something unique yet beachy… rustic yet regal… and let me pick the locations.  She entrusted me, so I had to deliver… and I couldn’t think of a better spot than the scenic hillside overlooking Laguna Beach.  Not to mention, I knew her beautiful red gown would perfectly complement the lush greens and blue skies!

I’m beyond words… at just how much I love the way these images came out!  It was uber difficult narrowing down just a handful to blog.  Shana & Rishi, thanks for being so amazing, entrusting me, and going along with whatever I threw your way.  XoXo  T-30 days and counting!

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Neha + Ankur :: Wedding & Reception  :: Coronado Island Marriott

Neha and Ankur chose to tie the knot at one of the most scenic venue’s in San Diego; the gorgeous Coronado Island Marriott Resort was my office for the weekend!  There were so many beautiful outdoor spaces to host their pre-wedding events, the beautiful skyline, the bayshore, the boardwalk… the list went on!  A photographers playground if you will, decked at every turn with gorgeous backdrops, was the exact canvas I was excited to work with.  Lucky for me, this is also what Neha had envisioned when she selected this hotel for her dream wedding and where she hosted their 200+ friends & family.  The weather however wasn’t seeing the same vision Neha and I had.  The rain decided to crash the party on Thursday and Friday’s pre-wedding events, but we didn’t falter… On the brighter side (pun intended) the forecast was expected to be clear with sunny skies on Saturday… PHEW!!  The morning of Neha & Ankur’s wedding, I woke up with a huge smile plastered on my face (which alone speaks volumes, as we’re all aware I’m not as chirpy that early, until of course Chai-happens).  Knowing their outdoor wedding was indeed going to take place outdoor, I was eager to kickstart my gear and document the day away!

Meanwhile, sink your screens into this fabulous bride, her beautiful jewelry, and her elaborate mehndi!  Neha and Ankur were so two peas meant to be in the same pod.  Fun spirits, eager to do anything for the shot, and most importantly prepared to have a great time… and we did indeed!! Take a peak at a few of my favs from the day.

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