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Workshop: Jose Villa Workshops | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup | Custom Skirt: Bel & Beau | Fashion Styling: Grey Likes | Overall Design & Execution: Laurie Arons | Design Direction: Amber Moon Design of Pitbulls and Posies | Design Direction: Casa de Perrin

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  • January 21, 2015 - 10:16 am

    jamie - You are amazing! Love the creamy tones and your depth of field is so artistic. Well done! <3ReplyCancel

Thank you for visiting my blog! It got a huge makeover along with my website and my branding!! A huge thank you to designer Brooke Boling from GoLiveHQ. I am excited to share all this new goodness with you. Take a look around and tell me what you think!

I thought it would be fitting to start with a blog post from the Jose Villa Workshop in Mexico., I mean…why not right? I want to first say a HUGE thank you to Jose and the workshop team for giving me this incredible opportunity of a lifetime. As some of you know, I entered a competition to win a scholarship to attend this workshop, and its crazy…but I was so honored to have won! So this whole experience would not have been possible without these incredibly talented people involved. I learned so much my head feels like it’s going to explode. And, on top of that, I met so many wonderful people, we ate really well, friendships were made, and I got to go to a place I have never been before. How wonderful is that?

Below is the first engagement session we did. Keep your eyes peeled for more images from Mexico.

Workshop: Jose Villa Workshops | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup | Custon Lace Top: Emily Rose Riggs | Fashion Styling: Grey Likes | Overall Design & Execution: Laurie Arons | Design Direction: Amber Moon Design of Pitbulls and Posies | Design Direction: Casa de Perrin

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  • January 6, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    Brooke Boling - These are breathtaking!!!ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2015 - 7:18 pm

      Maria - Thank you Brooke! You are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2015 - 5:11 pm

    jenny sanders - i love the new look – it is perfect for you! these images are stunning as well – as always my friend xoReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2015 - 7:16 pm

      Maria - Oh thank you so much Jenny!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2015 - 4:59 pm

    Jenni Kupelian - This styling on this is impeccable. Gorgeous light. I’d love to go to a Jose Villa workshop sometime. Lovely job!ReplyCancel

These guys came up to Oregon for their engagement session and then flew us down to California for their gorgeous wedding in Malibu. Molly + Robby’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous and such a party. One thing I absolutely loved about Molly + Robby’s wedding, is that they made it their own. Below is a little write up from the bride herself. I definitely couldn’t have explained this day even close to the way Molly has, hope you enjoy!

“One late summer night after we got engaged, my husband and I were star gazing on a beach in LA while lamenting about all the imminent wedding planning in our near future. Neither of us were particularly looking forward to it. So we decided to scrap our traditional idea of weddings and began dreaming up creative ideas for the most fun party of our lives. We decided we didn’t want a buttoned-up formal event with four different forks and a huge cake (not that we don’t thoroughly enjoy beautiful formal weddings; it just wasn’t for us). Many hours, crazy ideas, and laughs later (we nixed the zanier ideas that ranged from 200-person Twister to a vodka fountain), we envisioned an outdoor music festival with all its attendant rollicking elements: multiple live musical bands, food trucks, festive attire – who can resist? Our best man jokingly said we should call it Rollypalooza (Robby + Molly = Rolly; -palooza as a nod to Lollapalooza). Little did he know it would stick! Our wedding date was on the summer solstice so we decided to throw our own summer solstice music festival.
My husband is a musician on the side, so we got five different musical performers we personally know and one band through a referral to sign on as our “acts” throughout the day, including an appearance by my husband’s own band. We found an incredible, hip food truck owner (Tim Abell of Flat Iron) to cater the wedding using an outdoor fire pit and a farm-to-table menu. On one of our early dates, we shared an ice cream sandwich from the dessert truck Coolhaus so we brought them on to serve their legendary ice cream sandwiches. And it wouldn’t be a music festival without colorful wristbands, which we got custom printed and handed out to all the guests at the reception. We also had a biergarten next to the bar with several picnic tables, an outdoor movie theatre for the slideshow complete with blankets and cushions, glow sticks for the dance floor (who doesn’t feel more loose dancing with ten glow necklaces piled on?), and a late night bacon-wrapped hot dog cart (in true LA fashion).
We were fortunate to find an expansive vineyard/ranch in Malibu that had zebras, peacocks, llamas, bison, and horses. The best part – they allowed outdoor music until midnight. I fell in love with the idea of having llamas at our wedding, so we decided to make the llama our “logo” which we incorporated throughout, from the invitations to the favors. For the overall look of the wedding, I didn’t want any strong colors because the venue was outdoors with so much greenery already, so we stuck with neutrals like cream, gold, blush and grey. Seed Floral did an incredible job making my vision for loose, flowy, understated flowers and garlands come to life. For the decor, we used a lot of our own antiques and furniture, but also scoured flea markets and vintage shops and even my grandparents’ garage!
The wedding was so special because we felt it really represented us and had our unique tastes and style weaved throughout all the elements. I’m obsessed with good jam and my favorite is Stonewall Kitchen’s blueberry jam, which we gave out as favors. The venue is the vineyard that makes the wine we drank when my husband proposed. Two of the most incredible singers we know, Alex and Corey Fleeman, who sang us through the ceremony and first dance, perform at the church where we first met. My father made the signs for the stage, the table numbers, and the cornhole boards. My mother drew the illustration of us for the invitations and programs. My husband did all the chalkboard art. I DIY’ed many of the knick knacks, purchasing more gold glitter than I thought possible in the process. My husband’s band sang my favorite Taylor Swift song. We both designed our attire for the day: I designed my wedding dress, he got his suit custom made in bright blue with our inside jokes stitched to the lining of his jacket. The suit turned out to be a big hit on the dance floor when he popped his collar and guests saw “Rollypallooza” stitched under his collar!
And Maria and Jordan of Anthem Photography captured all the moments with their signature ease and flair. We really couldn’t have asked for a better team than these two!”

Photography: Anthem Photography
Day-of coordinator: Kayla Vie
Venue: Saddlerock Ranch
Catering: Flat Iron Food Truck
Cake: SusieCakes
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Coolhaus
Rentals: A Rental Connection, AAA Rentals
Vintage plates & flatware: Dish Wish
Vintage rentals: Etablir
Flowers: Seed Floral

Wedding dress: custom designed with ShinBu Bridal
Reception dress: Sarah Seven
Groom’s suit: custom designed with Klein Epstein Parker
Groom’s tie and tie clip: Bo Clothing
Paper products: Hooray Creative
Invitation illustration: bride’s mother
Live music: Alex and Corey Fleeman, Matt LaRocca, Bernie Kim and The Last Call, California Feetwarmers, DJ Sosa (Sammy Oh), Help the Doctor (

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These two decided to do a destination wedding in Maui and I’m so glad they did. They brought their two sweet little girls. It was so incredibly beautiful and changed the whole vibe of the wedding because they decided to do a destination wedding. Everyone that attended left home and hopped on a plane to witness these two awesome people commit their lives to each other, while at the same time, had a lovely vacation with friends and family. The week was full of parties that the Bride and Groom planned that allowed everyone who didn’t already know each other, get to know each other. No one had anywhere to be the next morning which just creates such a fun and relaxing environment. Plus, it was in Hawaii so that’s awesome!

Hope you enjoy!

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So it’s been a real long time since I have blogged anything and so I have SO much to share with you all and I can’t wait to! This season has been incredible to say the least. So many amazing couples that I had the honor of hanging out with and documenting their day and many talented venders I’ve had the honor of working with. I think I have the best job ever, but I am a little biased. This shoot below is a styled bridal done with Kae from Kae + Ales. Was so wonderful working with this team and fun being apart of Kae’s vision for this shoot.

“We were inspired by the warmth and rawness of the summer light, especially
in the evenings when it casts a serene glow over everything it touches.
We borrowed greatly from the raw, natural elements of the surrounding
landscape. A helping of wildflowers and some delicate gold details
complete this simple yet elegant look.” -Kae & Ales

Contax 645 | Fuji 400 | Portra 800

Developing and Scanning: Photovision Prints
Styling and Flowers: Kae & Ales
Dress: Shop Gossamer
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy
Equipment Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
Jewelry: Caroline Mininger
Hair + Makeup: Sky Bella Artistry
Venue: Washington State University
Model: Brenna from Option Model + Media

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  • October 7, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Sarina - Just one single word, which describes all. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love, Sarina

    P.S. Totally love the second Double from below…ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    jamie - Beautiful Maria, just stunning. :) ReplyCancel