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Franciscan Gardens Wedding // Hannah + Kaipo

This Franciscan Gardens wedding is one of my recent FAVORITES! Hannah + Kaipo have been friends of mine for several months now and I fall more and more in love with them the more I get to know them. They are the most selfless, adventurous couple and their love for life and people just beams outwards. Aside from the amazing venue, perfect light, and stunning couple [and my overall love for the photos that came from this gorgeous wedding], I think what really makes this wedding stand out to me is that it truly was a celebration of their love for their family and friends as well as each other. What better kind of wedding to witness than that?!

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This Hannah’s story of how they met:

“I was working at a restaurant in Laguna Beach and Kaipo was an area manager for a restaurant, and one of their locations was next door to my work.  My friends and I would frequent his work when we got off and we originally met just from me going in there a lot.  Kaipo would travel to different locations, sometimes for a day, sometimes for months, so when he was at the Laguna Beach location we would chat a little.  We knew each other for about a year before we started dating.  While he was doing a long stint in the Laguna Beach location, we started talking a bit more than usual since he was there more often.  One day when I was getting out of work I got a mass text from Kaipo inviting me to Taco Tuesday.  Since I had no plans for the night, I decided to go.  I arrived at his house and we hung out for a little waiting for everyone else.  When no one showed up, he said they would just meet us there and so off we went.  When we got there, still no one.  We ended up talking all night and having a blast getting to know each other and realizing how much we had in common. We both felt something unexpected that we had never felt with anyone else before.  The next day we decided to have lunch, we had so much fun again that after I went home we decided to have dinner together too.  After that day, we were basically inseparable!  Things moved pretty quickly and we knew from very early on that we had something very special and that we wanted to be together forever.  We got engaged after about 2 years of dating, and got married about 5 months after thatLovisa Photo   Franciscan Gardens Wedding // Hannah + Kaipo   icon smile   (c)2012
Side note: For the first few months of our relationship I had always thought it was the weirdest “coincidence” that no one ever showed up that first night.  When people asked how we met, I would tell them the whole story and say “it was so weird that no one showed up!”  Then one day, Kaipo decided to tell me what really happened.  Once I arrived at his house and he found out that I was single, he texted all of his friends that he originally invited to say that he wasn’t going out any more and not to come.  Stupid me.”
Event Planner:  Events by Evelynn
Floral Designer:  Petite Bouquet
Reception Venue:  Franciscan Gardens

 

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Paige Green - This bride is as cute as a little button!
Looked like it was quite the party.
Beautiful work.

Rach - the bride is soooo pretty. :)

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Lake Shasta Houseboat Trip

Hello friends!! Well this summer has been crazy full of travel and fun weddings. And we’re sorry to say it but our blog has been a little neglected because of it. So now that we are back and settled I wanted to share a couple photos from our Lake Shasta houseboat trip with you.

One of my favorite things I’ve done this summer was a Lake Shasta Houseboat Trip. I had never been on a houseboat before and to be honest didn’t really even know what one looked like or what it was all about. My stepdad is the vacation genius, hence his nickname “Sparky” [lovingly given by my siblings in reference to Clark Griswold from the Vacation movies]. He is always putting together the most amazing vacations for our family of 13 [crazy I know] and we’ve created some amazing memories along the way. So! This year we were all waiting for August to roll around because we were all ready for this Lake Shasta houseboat trip. The weather was HOT, and the water was so warm! We had so much fun wakeboarding, waverunner-ing [?], and of course going down the water slide off the back of the boat for four days. I would love to go again! Have you ever been houseboating?

This was our view off the back of the boat the first couple of days and we had it all to ourselves! I kept thinking as we ate breakfast or dinner on the top deck, that we would have to go to a crazy expensive restaurant back home to get a view like that!

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Seriously, stunning views no matter which way you looked! Although I got a few good shots with my SLR, it was really difficult to get different angles. Afterall, we were parked on a boat, I could only move around so much haha. But I also got a few good ones on my iphone. Here are a quick few.

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Rich - wonderful shots! Always amazed at what a photographer’s eye can see at our favorite place.

Anniversary Bucket List

If you’ve been following us on instagram [@lovisa_photo], you’ve probably seen a lot of fun pictures from this last weekend. A friend of my husband Grant, drove out from Idaho to film some shots in California for his stock videography portfolio. Grant + I piled in an old Dodge van with several of our friends to film some amazing roadtrip shots. Over the course of 3 days we filmed in Joshua Tree, Malibu, and locally in Orange County. It was such a fun time and I can’t wait to actually roadtrip some time SOON!

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The last day we were shooting [Sunday] was Grant and I’s one year anniversary so we weren’t able to properly celebrate on the day of. But we had made plans to get out of town for our one year anniversary the next weekend. We wanted to feel like we were really getting away, but without having to fly. So! We chose Palm Springs! We will be staying at The Saguaro for the first time and I can’t wait. It looks amazing and reminds me of our tropical honeymoon in Mexico!

 

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This has been one crazy busy summer for Grant + myself, so we are really excited to get away and soak up some sun. We’ve made a Anniversary Bucket List to share with you all the fun things we have in mind for this trip! Feel free to share any recommendations of bars, restaurants, or cool places to check out! Where would you go?

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*All photos from iPhone, Pinterest, and Google.

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Beau- Daddy - Suggestions…good Margaritas and Mexican food (close to Saguaro) The Blue Coyote Grill and Las Casuelas!! Both on Palm Canyon Dr. Within a mile!

Project Roadtrip // Summer 2012 » LOVISA PHOTO - [...] the post where I talked about the awesome roadtrip we took a few weeks ago? A friend of my husband Grant, drove out from Idaho to film some shots in [...]