I love Night Time Wedding Shots!

There is something so glamorous and slightly mysterious about night time wedding pictures. There are a couple of challenges in getting it done right. The first is inter-personal. You usually have to extract the couple from the dance floor in the heat of the reception frenzy. That can be fun!!DSC_6555

The second is technical. Balancing your artificial lights with the ambient light takes work, practice, and experience. The results can be so worthwhile though! What do you think?



Callaway Winery Styled Shoot

This was such fun. Who wouldn’t want to have a cigar and a scotch in the grounds of a lovely winery such as Callaway?




Special thanks to all who made this shoot possible!

Bride: Samantha Hart Miss American Beauty 2014

Makeup Artist: Desperately Seeking Sueann featuring Sueann Henge Garzon 

Furniture Rentals: Royalty Ranch Furniture Rentals by Coyla Angeloff 

Bridal wear by Elyse Reuben Custom Couture by Jaime Stephens

Grooms Attire: Friar Tux, with Scott Kiralla

Accessories: Sandra Buczek of Sandra Nicole Designs 

Paper Villa Stationary by Erika Beach 

Floral: A Sweet Company by Amanda Sweet

and of course Sara and Lisa at Callaway!

Wedding Fashions: Gowns!


It does not take much for that little fashion-y maven in my to come out. I have been reposting a ton of images from Strictly Weddings on my Facebook page just recently.

I really love the stories they post, gorgeous venus fabulous event creation and, of course, stunning gowns. Just recently I have been obsessed by one designer in particular. Note, the images I am about to post ARE NOT MINE and they should link back to the designer web site!


The designer is Galia Lahav and take a look at their web site. Stunningly beautiful dresses like this one below!


Seriously, is this not a gorgeous, beautiful gown! How about this one?


Or this??


I love that there are designers out there doing this kind of work. A woman’s wedding gown should be a fantasy, beyond fantasy. She already looks radiant; it is her wedding day. To be radiant and to be looking stunning in a fantastically sexy and amazing gown…. well it makes my job a LOT easier!

Now… PLEASE can I work with your gowns…. please!!! 🙂

Cross-Promotional Event at Temecula Creek Inn

How does a wedding photographer practice during the wedding ‘off-season’? The answer is by participating in group ‘styled shoots’ with other wedding photographers.

Last week to get us all warmed up for the coming season, and with the help of a simply stellar styling crew, I arranged a styled shoot at the Temecula Creek Inn. All involved had a great time!


This kind of event is a great opportunity to try new ideas and new equipment and also to work with awesome vendors. Huge thanks are due to Bethany Hawley Falefitu of Splendid Sentiments for supplying us with awesome wedding bouquets. If you’re looking for fantastic floral arrangements and getting married in the Temecula Valley then look no further.


Thanks also due to Sharri Picard of the Temecula Creek Inn and her staff at the events department. The wedding venue is set in a secluded valley and abuts the golf course. With the Stone House providing a covered area for anything you can think of its the perfect place to party all night long.

Also this was a great opportunity to scope out the venue as I am delighted to announce that I have just been appointed as a preferred vendor at Temecula Creek Inn. Getting a chance to roam around and explore means that I found all those sneaky little nooks and crannies to make spectacular and unique images for your wedding.


You cannot have a wedding without the perfect gown and ElyseReuben Custom Couture is the place to go for that perfect gown.

What bride would not demand perfect makeup and MakeUpByKate is a PHENOMENAL makeup artist. I cannot stop raving over the work she did for our shoot and she is a joy to work with. Brides, hunt her down and DEMAND that she do your wedding day makeup!

On the subject of looking fantastic, you will need perfect hair and I have to recommend Brittney Mast to take care of you on your wedding day. Now the reason I can personally recommend Brittney is that she is my own hair stylist!

It was a fantastic day and everyone ended it happy and exhausted! I couldn’t have asked for more!print_DSC0281-EditB

Elyse Reuben Custom Couture

This is connected with my previous post about the Temecula Creek Inn Engagement Party (https://museandcreator.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/temecula-creek-inn-spring-engagement-event-2013/) but I thought it would make a good separate blog post.

Elyse Reuben were the couture designers showing gowns at the show and their gowns are gorgeous! If you have a copy of San Diego Style Weddings magazine and there is a black/pewter colored dress on the cover, that is their gown and it’s beautiful!


I received a request from the organizers that, if possible, they would really,really like some images of the gowns before the runway show. So given I had a camera with me… well I leapt at the chance! There were 4 models and 4 gowns. Special thanks to Designs by Creative Floral for providing the bridal bouquet I used in some of these shots. Below are a few more images from the shoot. The dress designer is Jaime Stephens and she is wonderful!  if you like the gowns, go to Elyse Reuben Custom Couture in Temecula

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Temecula Creek Inn Spring Engagement Event 2013

So yesterday we attended our first wedding show at the Temecula Creek Inn, which is a well known destination wedding venue in Temecula. It’s been a frantic last few weeks getting everything prepared and again I’d like to thank the folks at Leather Craftsmen for the work they put in getting our sample album put together and it was a HUGE hit. Also a shout out to Bay Photo and Printrunner.com for the metal prints and printed products.

_DSC9420-EditThe other things that were a big hit were the metal prints we brought to the show. It seems that some people have heard of them but not ever seen one. Almost everyone had to pick them up and do the “touchy-feely” test. They loved how the colors just seemed to “pop” off the metal. We can also testify to the durability of them as they blew off the table 3 or 4 times and are completely unscratched!

It was a great opportunity to start to network with other vendors. I can recommend a couple of florists (see tags below) as they not only had great products but were highly entertaining while we were all setting up our tables.

The location is fantastic, a secluded wooded glen close to the golf course. If you are looking for a wedding venue Temecula Creek Inn has several great features but one, potentially, really important one. As TCI is so secluded there are no time constraints for your reception. Party to 4 in the morning if you want!

_DSC9512-EditSo for us the event was great, a number of excellent wedding leads and a wonderful start to the season.