This June I spent my birthday in LA, got to know a group of truly talented wedding photographers from all over the place at the Foster Workshop, and fan-girled over seeing the Hollywood sign. Here is short little blogpost to prove it.

Upon my arrival to LA I met up with THE Jessica Oh for the first time in real life and commenced becoming fast friends. This is a particularly good thing too, because we spent the entire weekend together. I really wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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After Katie made our hair and make-up all beautiful at the hotel, we hit the road for the Foster Workshop. Below are portraits I made of some fellow photographers who were there attending the workshop.

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Noelle (below) was one of the models for the workshop and she was absolutely amazing to work with.

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The next day Jessica and I hit up 26 Beach (BEST BREAKFAST OF ALL THE BREAKFASTS) and took a quick stop at the Griffith Observatory before heading to the airport, exchanging hugs and flying home.

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 Good times, good people, good Thursday.

There is something so very significant about one’s home. Not the structure itself really (although those can be nice too) but more so what happens inside. Where love and families and lives are grown. Where conversations and beds and air are shared with those you hold most dear.

This, this is why I love photographing people in their homes.

Molly // Atlanta, GA

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Kelsey + Lily // Brooklyn, NY

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The Franks // New Braunfels, TX

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Bita and Jack are the kind of people who leave you with a full heart. So much tenderness and care between these two.

I am beyond honored that they trusted us to document their McKinney Cotton Mill wedding this summer, and equally as honored to have been able to know them in such a precious season of life. Enjoy a few (/awholebigbunch) of my favorites, beginning at Bita’s parents’ gorgeous home where the ladies got ready.

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Y’all, getting ready in a room with light-colored walls and lots of windows is such a gift to your photographer and your resulting wedding photos, you have NO idea.

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Winning bridesmaid trait #764: she holds up a magazine while you’re getting into your wedding dress and says, “You look better than Kim Kardashian on her wedding day.”

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And the reason I love first looks is every single photo after this sentence:

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 WORK it, JackSON.

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The stunning showpiece for Bita and Jack’s ceremony was the sofreh, a nod to Bita’s Iranian heritage. The spread was laid out so meticulously by a dear relative of Bita’s.

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WHATEVER, I WILL take photos of cute children at receptions. It’s just going to happen.

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 My heart is going to explode now from how much I adore these two and their wedding day, so I better go take care of that. Bye.

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As lovely a notion it is that every wedding be dripping in sunshine and go off without a hitch, the fact of the matter is that sometimes in this life it rains, even on wedding days.

But when it does, I like to think of it as a unique opportunity for brides and grooms.

An opportunity to smile despite a setback.

An opportunity to get a picture of just how deeply they are cared for when friends and family immediately start reminiscing over funny memories to dry up your tears. Or flock to wipe down wet ceremony chairs — two different times.

An opportunity to let go of perfection and embrace the surprises in life, together.

Take a look at some of my favorites from Daniella and Deke’s rainy wedding day at the beyond gorgeous Le San Michele in Buda, Texas.

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Daniella and Deke, I wish y’all many years of happy marriage full of contentment in the sunshine and smiles in the rain.

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