Walnut Grove Wedding in Moorpark, Ca

Walnut Grove Wedding at Tierra Rejada Farms

Brian and Ellen's wedding day at the Walnut Grove was a dream. I photograph a lot of weddings, but it's rare to come across a wedding day that is so effortlessly beautiful in the way that theirs was. For starters, they hired a dream team of vendors who worked absolute creative magic. Every detail was so romantic and true to who they are as a couple, yet Brian and Ellen never lost sight of what their wedding day was all about. They kept their love at the center of it all. 

The wedding was held at the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms in Moorpark, Ca. It was a beautiful sunny day with a warm breeze that whispered through the walnut trees. Like I said before, it was a dream. Brian and Ellen had been waiting for this day for some time and couldn't have been more happy to be surrounded by their closest family and friends for the occasion. 

As a Malibu wedding photographer, my favorite moment from Brian and Ellen's Walnut Grove wedding was getting to take photos of the couple in the most beautiful rose garden (Grace Rose Farms) that was next door to the wedding venue. We found out later from the florist, that she had coincidentally sourced the roses to make the bride's bouquet from that very farm! How cool is that?!

How the Bride and Groom met...

From the Bride: "We met on eHarmony right before my membership was about to end. I made the first move, leaving a 'smile' on Brian’s profile. He 'smiled' back, and the onversation began from there. We went to an art museum for our first date and, since things were going well and we didn’t want to say goodbye just yet, we followed it up by grabbing dinner together at a create-your-own pizza place (something we still enjoy doing to this day). Shortly after that first date, my membership expired and Brian noticed that my profile was no longer active – he thought I was so sure about him that I had canceled my membership! Well, I did like him a lot, so it was perfect timing".

Bride gets ready for wedding photos at Walnut Grove in Moorpark, Ca.

How the Groom proposed...

From the Bride: "We were up at my grandparents cabin in Lake Tahoe for New Year’s. Brian was planning to propose sometime over the course of the long weeked, but as soon as we arrived at the cabin he says he was so nervous and stressed that he couldn’t wait any longer. We went outside to explore the snow-covered landscape, and just as the sun was setting and the magic hour hit the mountains, Brian asked if we could go out on the pier. He asked me to come sit beside him and began telling me how special it was being up in Tahoe together, how much he loved being with me, and how wonderful I am. I just thought he was being extra sweet, but then he gave me a hug that lasted way too long and started to shake a little. I said, 'Brian, what’s going on?' and when he said 'Nothing' I got the feeling that he was about to propose. Sure enough, he pulled out a beautiful rose gold diamond ring, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. It was a complete surprise and so much fun to share that moment together, staring out across the lake and just repeating 'Oh my goodness, we’re engaged!'."

Bride and Groom take Wedding Photos at the Walnut Grove in Moorpark, Ca.

Wedding Planning Inspiration...

From the Bride: "Brian and I love the outdoors, so we knew we definitely wanted an outdoor ceremony that felt effortlessly romantic and somewhat rustic (but NOT farm-y!!). We wanted the wedding to feel intimate and easy-going, so we kept our guest list small and only invited our immediate families and closest friends. It was a tough decision, but in the end it really simplified things and made us feel most comfortable on our wedding day (which was overwhelming enough as it is!). As far as the feel, we wanted an effortlessly romantic style and Brian built our ceremony arch so that it could be just what we wanted."

Bride and groom take wedding photos at the Walnut Grove in Moorpark, Ca.

How did you choose your wedding venue?

From the Bride: "Brian’s best man and his girlfriend had been to our venue for another friend’s wedding. We were all rock climbing together and I was talking about how we hadn’t found the right fit yet for our venue. We wanted an outdoor location that felt removed from Los Angeles without being an insane drive for all our guests, and a naturally beautiful location that would feel effortlessly romantic without blowing the budget – our friends mentioned they had just been to a wedding at The Walnut Grove and showed us photos. They raved about the catering, the market lights, the landscape and vibe. After touring it ourselves and meeting all the genuine and hard-working staff, we booked it. The Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms was the perfect outdoor wedding venue."

Any advice for brides planning their wedding day?

From the Bride: "My advice for brides planning their wedding day is to take it all in stride. As much as you can, be present in every moment and enjoy even the 'annoying' stuff like long car rides to check out venues and late night planning with your fiance. It’s all part of the joy of growing together as a couple: holding hands on those long car rides and taking in the conversation shared during those late nights. And overall, constantly remind the other person to let go and leave it up to fate when details are beyond your control. It’s far better to enjoy the experience for what it is than to miss out on the experience entirely because you’re too busy wishing it was something else. Oh yeah, and everything will be beautiful… just breathe and focus on the amazing person you get to spend the rest of your life with!"

Bride and Groom have first dance at Walnut Grove wedding in Moorpark, Ca.

What was your favorite moment of your wedding day?

From the Bride: "My favorite moment was the cake cutting. We ultimately played it sweet, but there was definitely a long pause in there where we locked eyes and were totally trying to figure out if the other person was going to smash cake in our face or not."


Wedding Highlight Video

Check out this amazing highlight video by wedding videographers The Adventures Of. They are so talented!...

All photos were captured by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more, check out this Colony 29 wedding in Palm Springs or this New Years Eve Elopement in Las Vegas
 

Much thanks to these talented Wedding Vendors:

Wedding Venue: The Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms
Photography: Lovisa Photo
Planning: Mia Bella Weddings & Events
Florist: Mulberry & Moss
Hair and Makeup: Corin Cruz Makeup & Hair
Stationary and Calligraphy: Lazy Creative Designs
DJ: Vox DJs
Videographer: The Adventures Of
Catering: Command Performance Catering
Bar: Liquid Catering
Wedding Cake: Skiff's Cakes
Dress: Aria
Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Colony 29 Wedding in Palm Springs // Sneak Peek

Colony 29 Wedding in Palm Springs, Ca

Victor & Elaine's tropical wedding in Palm Springs was simply beautiful. They chose Colony 29 for their wedding venue and the private residence nestled up against the desert backdrop couldn't have been more perfect. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, these two tied the knot and threw the most epic party after. Here is a little sneak peek from their wedding day! Stay tuned, there will be so much more to come from this beautiful wedding at Colony 29...

Bride and Groom at Colony 29 wedding in Palm Springs, Ca.

All photos captured by Palm Springs Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more photography from the Palm Springs area, check out the feature of this Joshua Tree elopement or check out Victor and Elaine's UCLA Engagement Session!

Wedding Venue: Colony 29
Photography: Lovisa Photo
Planning: Perfect the Event
Florist: Sibyl Sophia Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga
DJ: Vox DJs
Videographer: Etcetera Productions
Officiant: Come Alongside, Inc
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Rentals: Signature Rentals
Catering: Camellia Creative Catering and Events
Dress: Enzoani
Bridal Shop: La Soie Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

 

 

 

Museum of Ice Cream

Museum of Ice Cream in Downtown Los Angeles

Neon sign at the museum of ice cream in downtown los angeles.

So by now you've all probably heard about the infamous Museum of Ice Cream in Downtown Los Angeles. It's hardly a museum, more so an experience. It features 10 rooms/galleries, featuring different ice cream themed art installations. 

I had been seeing friends posting pictures during their visit to the Museum of Ice Cream and really wanted to go but it was constantly sold out. Until one morning my sweet friend Shauntelle surprised me and said she had snagged us tickets to go in September (she had to book it several weeks in advance). Oh my goodness I was SO excited, and we decided to make a girls date day out of it. I realized I never share personal posts, so today I wanted to share some pictures from our fun day at the Museum of Ice Cream. 

Inflatable pool floats at the museum of ice cream in downtown los angeles.

When we first arrived at the MOIC, we spotted it from down the block as the entire outside of the building was bubble gum pink. We were told to wait in a short line, so we snapped a photo in front of the deliciously pink brick wall. Once inside, we were told we were allowed to take as long as we wanted in each room, but once you left a room, you had to continue forward and you couldn't reenter. 

Each room was a fun surprise filled with bright colors, fun patterns, and most of them with yummy treats which we of course indulged in. It felt like my childhood dreams had come to life before my eyes. Everything was so visually stimulating, and it was no wonder that people flocked here to capture the perfect Instagram photo. As we were taking photos throughout our visit, I kept joking that we must blend in with all of the fashion bloggers who come here to take photos. Call me Sincerely Jules. (jk!) 

I was absolutely obsessed with the pink palm leaf wall paper that graced one of the first rooms. It was so cheerful and represented Los Angeles and the rest of sunny California so well. 

One of the most unique experiences at the Museum of Ice Cream is a swimming pool filled with millions of sprinkles. It is such a popular photo opportunity that it is the only room that they give you a limited amount of time in. I had seen this spot photographed so many times before but I had no idea how FUN it would actually be! The funniest part about it is that for the rest of the day I kept finding sprinkles inside of my jeans! I was like a unicorn, leaving a trail of sprinkles everywhere I went. 

Our day at the Museum of Ice Cream was such a blast. Thank you to my friend Shaunie for putting together such a fun day for us! If you are able to get tickets, I would highly recommend visiting! I know this has been such a popular exhibit that they are opening a San Francisco location very soon that features completely different rooms. Check it out!

xx Erin

Photos captured by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more photography like this, check out this UCLA engagement session and this Ole Hanson Beach  Club Wedding Inspiration

2017 Holiday Mini Sessions

It's That Time of Year Again!

It's that time of year again, when the leaves begin to turn and the summer nights start turning to a crisp chill that makes you crave all things pumpkin spice. With Fall fast approaching, it's time to plan your annual Holiday family photos and not wait until the last minute like last year (yeah, I'm talking to you!). I wanted to get the dates and locations for my 2017 Holiday Mini-sessions announced early this year so that you can get your date on the calendar early this time... and then wait until the last minute to figure out what to wear. Haha! 

These holiday sessions are a great opportunity to refresh your family photos from year to year, while capturing those special moments in your family's life. Don't have a family yet, they can be used however you like... a gift to a parent, couples photos (perfect for your first married Christmas together), you can even bring your dogs!

Family photos at Seal Beach Pier. 

This year I am shaking things up and offering TWO different packages, something I've never done, as well as holding sessions all over Orange County! I have some great locations in mind that I think will be perfect for your family's Holiday photos. 

 

Holiday Mini-Sessions- $225

Early Bird Special -
Only $200 on October 7th and 15th!!

**Intended for couples, families with small children, or groups of 4 people or less**

-20 minute session
-10 image downloads (of your choice)
-online viewing gallery
-option to purchase the entire gallery download for an additional $100

 

Holiday Sessions- $300

**For groups larger than 8 people, an additional charge of $25/person will be added. Longer sessions available by request.**

-30 minute session
-40+ image downloads (entire gallery)
-online viewing gallery


Dates & Locations

The following is a list of dates and locations throughout Orange County where I will be holding family photo sessions this holiday season. When you're ready to reserve the date for your Holiday photos, you can send me an email (Erin@LovisaPhoto.com) with the date you are interested in to find out which time slots are still available. Or just click the link below...

Saturday 9/30 - Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, Ca
**BOOKED**

Saturday 10/7 - Serrano Creek Park, Lake Forest, Ca
**BOOKED**

Sunday 10/15 - Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim, Ca
**BOOKED**

Sunday 10/29 - Serrano Creek Park, Lake Forest, Ca
**BOOKED**

Sunday 11/5 - Peltzer Pines Christmas Tree Farm, Silverado, Ca
**Additional $50 due to permit fees**
**BOOKED**

Sunday 11/12 - Serrano Creek Park, Lake Forest, Ca

Wednesday 11/22 - a Local Field, Murrieta, Ca


Longer sessions are available by request. Please email me at Erin@LovisaPhoto.com if you have any questions at all! I am incredibly honored to be considered your Orange County family photographer and would love it if you kept me in mind if anyone you know may benefit from my family photography services. As always I am INCREDIBLY appreciative of any referrals you may send my way.

Thank you! xx Erin

Terra Bella Wedding in Murrieta, Ca

Terra Bella Wedding in Murrieta, Ca

Zane and Olivia are the kind of couple that make you feel right at home with them. I have known Zane for several years, and finally got the chance to meet Olivia at their Temecula wine country engagement session. She is kind, caring, full of life, and they are both crazy about each other. I was so happy for my friend that he found someone who compliments him so well. I quickly became close friends with Olivia as well and was honored to be able to photograph their wedding in Murrieta.

Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.
Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.


The Wedding Venue- Terra Bella

Olivia’s parents own a new wedding venue in Murrieta called Terra Bella, that will be opening up this fall. Zane and Olivia’s wedding was the first one to take place at the new venue, and having photographed several weddings in Temecula, I have to tell you, it is such a cool outdoor wedding venue north of Temecula Wine Country. When I asked the bride how she chose her wedding venue, she said she was looking for a unique venue in Murrieta. She loved that Terra Bella offered a private outdoor space with a gorgeous view of the mountains. She loved that she had found the perfect wedding venue that was elegant, yet rustic at the same time.


How the bride and groom met

From the bride... "We met at a church connect group. Zane kept asking me to hang out, but I blew him off a few times. My best friend and mom told to keep an open mind about him. We went on a few dates, and I knew after a month I would marry him. We were engaged after six months, and we got married one year and a day after our first date."

Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.


my favorite moments from the wedding day:

  • Zane and Olivia wanted to pray together before their ceremony, but had decided not to do a first look. So, they blindfolded the groom and had a tear-filled quiet moment together as they prayed.
  • The bride and groom chose to have a faith based ceremony, that the groom’s father officiated. It was so special because it was an emotional moment for him as well. What an honor!
  • The bride and her father shared their father daughter dance together and broke out into a choreographed dance to “Don’t Fear the Reaper”.
  • Zane’s reaction when he started to exchange vows with his beautiful bride. Girls… find a man who looks at you the way Zane looks at Olivia! 
Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.
Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.
Wedding photos at Terra Bella in Murrieta, Ca by Temecula Photographer.

All photos captured by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more Temecula wedding photography like this, check out the feature of this wedding on Temecula Wedding House!  


Photography: Lovisa Photo
Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Venue: Terra Bella
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake: Sweet Layers
MUA: Tanya Rae
Officiant: Gary Martin (Father of the Groom)
DJ:  High End Events
Florals: Victoria Ohlwiler (Bridesmaid)

Grand Tradition Estate Wedding

Josh & April's Grand Tradition Estate Wedding in Fallbrook, Ca

 

Josh and April are two of the most kind hearted, generous, and sweetest people I've had the pleasure of working with. When April contacted me to photograph their end of summer wedding at Grand Tradition Estate, I knew they were going to be a fun couple to work with. 

The funny story is, as a Temecula wedding photographer, I grew up in the area and was familiar with this wedding venue. My Senior Homecoming Dance was held at the Grand Tradition Estate and I immediately had flashbacks of the horse drawn carriage, white lattice arbors, and fairytale gazebos that graced the property. At first I was a little skeptical, but April (the bride) let me know that they had recently redone the property a few years ago and the refresh had done wonders for the venue. She could not have been more right. Lush greens overflowed through the property, while the sun peaked through the gorgeous tall palm trees. Winding pathways led guests all around the property wondering what they would find around the next corner, like a garden of Eden waiting to be discovered. Perfect for wedding photos!

Grand Tradition Estate Wedding by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Grand Tradition Estate Wedding by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Grand Tradition Estate Wedding by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Grand Tradition Estate Wedding by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.

The Grand Tradition Estate made the perfect back drop for Josh and April’s Fallbrook wedding. They married in front of a cascading waterfall (Arbor Terrace Gardens), surrounded by their closest family and friends. The look on the Josh's face as April’s father walked her down the aisle was so sweet and definitely one of the most memorable moments of the day! As a wedding photographer in Temecula, I love that I get to capture these special and unforgettable moments for each couple on their wedding day. My favorite moment from this wedding, was the garter toss. Josh and April put her garter around a football for Josh to toss to the groomsmen. However, the football bounced off of the groomsmen’s hands straight into April’s hands. The bride caught her own garter!! 

If you are planning a wedding in Temecula, I’d love to chat about your wedding photography needs and see if we are a good fit! 

xx Erin


All photos captured by Temecula Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more Temecula Weddings like this one, check out this Los Willows Wedding and this . 

Wedding Photographer: Lovisa Photo
Venue: Grand Tradition Estate
DJ/Entertainment: Darren Meyer from Temporary Tempo
Florist: Bella Flora
Officiant: Pastor Jim McClintock
Dress: Demetrios
Invitations: Zazzle
Photo Booth: Temporary Tempo

5 Bachelorette Party Destinations other than Las Vegas

5 Bachelorette Party Destinations other than Las Vegas

Bachelorette Party Destinations other than Las Vegas by Long Beach Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.

With Summer right around the corner, I'm slowly putting together my bucket list for the season. It got me thinking about all of the fun bachelorette parties that will be happening this Summer. Who doesn't love a good girls trip?! I've put together 5 bachelorette party destinations other than Las Vegas for all of you girls who are planning a bachelorette party for your favorite bride!

 

1. Napa, Ca

Are you more of a classy lady? Vegas not your thing? Take your girls and travel to Napa for a wine tasting weekend in one of the most beautiful places on Earth! You’ll enjoy winery tours, picnics in the vineyards, live music, and breath taking views. 

2. Palm Springs, Ca

If you’re looking to stay stateside but still catch some sun over a relaxing weekend, Palm Springs may be just for you. Enjoy some pool time, a rejuvenating spa treatment, and dinner and dancing in the evenings! Check out this great Palm Springs Travel Guide by A Beautiful Mess.

3. Day Spa

For some, ultimate relaxation is at the top of the list, and a day at the spa is what's in order. Here in Southern California, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a great option for a bachelorette party. They offer admission to their mineral pools and mud baths, a restaurant on property, and a full array of spa services. They also have cabanas available for rent which would be perfect for the occasion. 

4. Co-Ed Cruise

Co-Ed bachelor/bachelorette parties are becoming increasingly more popular! If you’re looking for a unique way for the guys and girls to party together but still be able to separate at times, a Carnival cruise would be the perfect option for you. Their huge cruise ships have endless entertainment that will keep everyone happy and they offer packages starting under $200 per person and that price includes all meals!

5. Cancun, Mexico

Paradise is only a short plane ride away! Why not party with your girls in Cancun? You can snag a great price on a hotel room at an all inclusive resort, or book a large private house through AirBnb! You’ll be sipping margaritas on the beach in no time and it will be a Bachelorette party you’re sure to remember! 

I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you have any other ideas for bachelorette party destinations, I would love to hear them in the comments section below!

xx Erin

 

All photos were captured by Palm Springs wedding photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more tips for brides, check out 12 Things to Do After You Get Engaged, or this 6 Reasons to Do an Engagement Session

 

UCLA Engagement Session

UCLA Engagement Session

When Victor and Elaine contacted me to photograph their UCLA engagement session, I knew I was in for something special. I was curious as to how the couple chose to have their engagement session at UCLA and finish the engagement session with photos at Venice Beach. But once I realized that there were about to take me through their 8 year love story in one afternoon, I quickly fell head over heels for the idea.

UCLA Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Vic and I chose to have our engagement session capture our 8 year love story. UCLA will always have a special place in our story because it’s where it all began. We both were very engaged in school activities- Vic was manager of the basketball team and president of his fraternity while I was elected to the student government council and active in various clubs. Our paths crossed when we met at a networking event organized by Vic. We shared special memories at Kerckhoff Hall where my student government office was housed and the event where we met was held. We walked hand in hand on the Bruin walk, cheered our team on at Pauley Pavilion, and took part in school traditions like jumping in the inverted fountain. Lastly, it was so important to us to take pictures in front of UCLA’s Royce Hall (the most beautiful building on campus) and on top of the historical Janss Steps.
— Elaine (the bride)
UCLA Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
UCLA Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
UCLA Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Venice Beach is special because it marks the beginning of a new chapter in our life together. Vic and I had our first date here, and at the end of 2016, Vic proposed in Venice Beach by recreating our first date and bringing me to the place that held a special mark in our story. The night of the proposal, we had drinks at Cabo Cantina, and then walked over to the exact area on the pier where we had our first kiss. The night ended with Vic getting down on one knee at C&O Trattoria, the restaurant where we had our first dinner date.
— Elaine (the bride)
Venice Beach Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Venice Beach Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Venice Beach Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Venice Beach Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.
Venice Beach Engagement Session by Malibu Wedding Photographer Lovisa Photo.

The UCLA campus made a stunning backdrop for this engagement session. Every corner that we turned revealed beautiful architecture and stunning buildings. It was a wedding photographers dream! I would photograph every engagement session here if I could, but what I love the most is that this location is so significant to the bride and groom. I have shot engagement sessions at Venice Beach several times before and as usual, it did not disappoint. One of my favorite moments during this engagement session was when we ended the session on the Venice Beach pier where the couple shared their first kiss. It was a special moment for Victor and Elaine and I’m so happy I was able to photograph it for them. Congratulations to the happy couple! Words can't express how happy I am for you and I am so excited to photograph your wedding at Colony 29 this November!

All photos were captured by Malibu wedding photographer Lovisa Photo. To see more engagement sessions like this one, check out this Temecula Wine Country Engagement Session or this San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session