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Nearlies: Julie + Lucas!


You know when you have seen something that is so beautiful that it haunts your memories… in the good way? It’s like that first moment you step off of the plane in a foreign country, or laying on your back staring at a starry sky and really soaking it in. Well, that’s how I feel about the work of San Diego-based photographer Luna Photo. I worked with Paula and Mike years back- maybe 3 now. And they haven’t left my radar since. So it was no surprise to me that Julie and Lucas just “knew” when they saw their work, and met with them, that it was a match made in heaven!

Julie and Lucas are tying the knot at one of our favorite stomping grounds [and Julie’s alum], Soka University! Although we work there a ton, it’s only recently that we’ve started working with students who have gone to Soka- which gives it an extra special touch! Plus, their “student only” areas are gorgeous beyond words for events [and Julie’s day will be NO exception]!

When I met Julie and her mom nearly a year and a half ago, it was fun. Shouldn’t it always be? Right away I felt like they knew what they wanted, and they were looking to partner with someone who could help facilitate that vision. I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with this darling couple [and Julie’s family] so closely- and I can’t wait to see our efforts come together in July!

Julie is such a classic beauty. She’s got that girl-next-door smile paired with some killer heels and a total lighthearted attitude!

I honestly don’t think I have enough good things to say about the whole combination of elements here. The light, bright, gorgeous photography plus this exceptionally cute and in love couple paired with the rustic natural elements of the park they chose. I am in LOVE with the entire experience, captured forever in photos!

Jules and Lucas: I adore you two! I can’t wait to see what the new year brings and, as the clock ticks closer to summertime, how the plans unfold into a gorgeous masterpiece fueled by your love!! It’s such an honor, such a pleasure, such a totally fun time to be with you two! This is just the beginning of the best things that are yet to come.

And now, readers- scooch on over to Luna Photo’s Blog for more pretty pretties and definite inspiration!



I know, you guys. Twice in a month. Be still, my little beating heart!! And what’s even better… the couples that we have, we get to brag about. For me, it’s all about the love of the couple. Irene and Aaron are no exception! I can’t *wait* to share all the mushy gushy details of their big day back in July here on THIS blog, but suffice it to say that each email I received from Irene was full of down-right belly laughs. As I’ve mentioned before… we’re a match. It’s just the way it works.

Visit the feature here for their gorgeous details, their fun write-up and description [and their blushingly kind words about our team]!!



There’s no real explanation as to why we [as a collective team] haven’t shouted from the rooftops about our very own Carizza’s impending marriage. Okay, well, maybe there is. You see, it’s all happening so quick! In just a few short weeks, one of our favorite gals will change her last name as she stands before an intimate group of guests in a local art gallery. And I get to witness it. Not only witness it- but facilitate. There is no other job in the world for me than this, I tell you.

Cariz and Dev got their shapes snapped a few weeks back by Megan Hartley, their photographer and friend, and I can’t wait to see what will come of the wedding after seeing the adorable moments she snagged from their engagement session. Now, without further delay…

Please note: yes, Carizza is wearing not one but two obnoxiously large floral accent headbands on her head. My kinda girl from the get-go.

Aaaaand, since their wedding is taking place in December, they had to winter it up a bit:

How CUTE are her little wedgie feet all tippy toed to kiss this tall guy?!

On a side note: I think I have seen Carizza one time without something on her head. Her wedding is no exception. I cannot wait. And one last moment, for the road:

Their wedding is pulling together flawlessly, even with the short engagement [just about 7 weeks!!]- and we are all a buzz at the studio about the fun details being set into place. I can’t even begin to describe the cuteness that will follow on their big day, but I can say… it’s going to melt me into a big puddle of Amanda. Not just the cute. But everything about marriage, the reality of it, the enormity of it, and the excitement of it.

C+D: the countdown is here!! What a whirlwind it’s been, and I’m thrilled to be cheering you on [pom pons and all] from the sidelines as you two prep for the most meaningful day in your lives thus far. For all of the bows we’ll be tying, the sleep we may be losing, the crafts we’ll spend hours perfecting… you are worth it and more. And more. And more. And more.

Endless love.