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Things I enjoy:

– photographing the wedding of a sibling of past brides and grooms of mine — WARMS MY LIL HEART!

– documenting Indian weddings and because they are seriously SO FUN

– photographing people who genuinely enjoy themselves and the people they surround themselves with on their wedding day — it seems like a no-brainer, but not everyone does. Anita and Michael do and I like that very much.

– getting work from SEVEN MONTHS AGO up on my blog finally

– using caps lock to show how emphatic I’m feeling (obviously)

Anita and Michael’s Indian bride-groom portraits, if you happened to miss that previous post

– and the dark chocolate covered sea salt butterscotch caramels from Trader Joes that I’m consuming while I write this post

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And if you’re sad that the post is over — DON’T BE! I’ll be blogging Anita and Michael’s Chapel at Ana Villa wedding tomorrow. That’s right, I’m blogging two days in a row. Huzzah!

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All this rainy weather we’ve been having lately keeps reminding me I need to get Carson and Preston’s November wedding up on the blog (finally). So that’s what I’m doing today.

A few days before their wedding I get an e-mail from Carson that said, “It does look like it’s going to rain on Saturday. I’m actually not worried at all! Just so you know we have bubble umbrellas and rain boots for cute-ness and Preston and I are super flexible and excited either way.” ‘Atta girl, Carson. ‘Atta girl.

And rain it did that Saturday. But worry we did not. Some of the photos below were taken in the rain, some were taken between showers, plus a storm hit during the ceremony and even flooded part of the aisle. Still, every single person there was excited either way.

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You know, it may have been three or four times throughout the course of their wedding day that Carson looked at me with astounding sincerity and said, “I am so glad you’re here today.” That’s the kind of people Carson and Preston are. It was the kind of wedding I left feeling warm and fuzzy and so incredibly blessed to have played the role of documenter for.
The warm-fuzzies didn’t stop after the wedding either, because when I sent Carson the gallery link of images once they were all edited, this was her response:
“Jillian! Oh these are the most beautiful pictures I could have asked for. You captured the day perfectly. I am the happiest. I feel like not only did you encompass what the day looked like in the photos, but completely what the day felt like. I was able to go on the journey of the whole day again. The storytelling was spot on. I feel so blessed to get to experience it all again.”
That right there is exactly what I’m after in shooting weddings. I hope looking at the images takes you back to the feeling of your wedding day over and over again — it was definitely a day worth reliving.

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There is just something about shooting with natural light indoors that gets me all kinds of giddy about shooting portraits — particularly of individuals. This space fit Kari so well. She’s an absolute doll and as sweet as can be so if anyone needed bridals taken with floral wallpaper as a backdrop, it was this red-lipped beauty. Enjoy a few of my favorites from her session on this fine Monday evening!

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I’m a huge proponent of everyone’s wedding being perfect in its own way. After all, your wedding day is the day you fuse your life with your favorite person, so even if nothing else goes the way you planned it to, you’re married when it’s over and that is significant in itself. However, in the 150+ weddings I’ve photographed, if I ever had to pinpoint a day that came as close as possible to what I’d personally deem “perfect” Kimberly and Travis’ wedding day would definitely be up there on the list.

And let me tell you, it’s not because of the flawless design and decor that was throughout the entire event (although ohmygoodness we’re gonna ooh-and-ahh over that here in a little bit). What stood out to me time and time again was how carefree Kimberly and Travis were, how focused they were able to be on their love for each other, how content they were to be surrounded the entire time by friends and family gathered to celebrate with them. Nothing outside of that mattered and they didn’t allow any periphery issues to cloud in. They were in the present, and for that reason, I believe the day was as treasured as it possibly could have been. This is what I would hope for every single one of my couples. I would never suggest that the wedding day itself is the “be-all, end-all”, but it is the start of something wonderful, and that is surely worth celebrating well. And celebrate well is precisely what Kimberly and Travis did.

Of course I would be remiss not to take this moment to quickly explain that a huge reason Kimberly and Travis were able to relax, breathe deep and not worry about a single thing is because they hired a dream of a wedding planner and designer in Jen Rios. I really cannot say enough high compliments about this one, so I’ll just say she takes such great care of her brides and grooms, she’s awesome at putting together an amazing team of vendors to fit the aesthetic of each wedding she takes on, and when Jen is on board the wedding day runs smoothly.

Without further ado, enjoy a look into Kimberly and Travis’ elegant fall wedding day at Howell Family Farms.


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Kimberly chose her four sisters to be her bridesmaids and all of the little ones in the wedding party are nieces and nephews of Kimberly and Travis.

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Notice how flawless Kimberly and her sisters’ hair and make-up looks? That’s all Rayven’s doing (of Beauty & the Blush) and would you believe that they all looked equally as flawless at the end of the night too — see for yourself at the end of the post.


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Just look at all this delicious, edible goodness by Layered Bake Shop, y’all.


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You may have noticed that I haven’t been able to stop photographing Kimberly’s gorgeous bouquet by The Southern Table, but can you honestly blame me? Maxine is a powerhouse when it comes to beautiful florals.

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Say it with me: oooooooooh! ahhhhhhh! When I saw all of this come together I stood there shaking my head in disbelief at how beautiful it was. Seriously, hire all the vendors from this wedding (there is a list at the end of this post).


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I’m so happy for you two, Kimberly and Travis. So very happy. Your love is beautiful and definitely worthy of such a grand celebration.

// Vendors //

Design & Planning – Jen Rios Weddings

Photography – Jillian Zamora Photography

Floral Design – The Southern Table
Paper – Chips & Salsa Design Studio
Linen – La Tavola Fine Linen
Rentals – Posh Couture Rentals
Cake – Layered Bakeshop
Beauty – Beauty & the Blush Makeup & Styling
Bridal Gown – Vera Wang
Entertainment – Spin Productions
Venue – Howell Family Farms
Caterer – Square One Cafe
Bartending – MR Bartending
Officiant – Love Notes Weddings
Ceremony Music – Nick DiGennaro
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