As storytellers, we know there is so much more to a wedding day than the moment you say ‘I do.’
There’s the moment you first step into your carefully-selected wedding dress, or put on the pearl necklace that belonged to your grandmother. The moment your mom turns you around after buttoning the very last button, and you realize it’s all happening today. It’s real! Or, the moment your girlfriends snap a selfie with you and you squeeze them a little tighter, beaming from ear-to-ear to see all your best girls in one room.
It’s those moments we love to capture. The in-betweens. The start of the day, where there’s a wave of emotions and the last finishing touches on your bridal look. For us, it’s one of the most exciting parts of the day, and we love the images that come out of this buzz of anticipation.
This past year has been full of couples who savor these moments, so we’re over-the-moon to share some of our FAVORITE getting ready photos from 2016! Enjoy!
We love the moments captured before Katie and David’s wedding at L’Auberge Del Mar! Katie was a flawlessly beautiful bride, from each perfect curl and eyelash (shoutout to Cindy Stirling and Styles by Tiffany!!), to her stunning fitted lace gown, to that gorgeous smile she’s wearing as she steps into her wedding heels! LOVE! As for David, he and his well-groomed groomsmen spent a few moments at the classic bar in L’Auberge Del Mar‘s beautiful lobby, and there’s something so timeless about this image that we adore.
One of the reasons we LOVE to be around for these getting-ready moments is to capture the precious in-between interactions. A wedding day is full of so many emotions, especially between the bride and her parents, and Jessica and her parents were THE CUTEST at her and Jimmy’s Darlington House wedding. Jessica’s dad had a sweet First Look of his own and gosh, that look on his face! These moments of the day were so heartfelt, and we wouldn’t have wanted to miss it!
Mandy and Anson also shared extra-special moments with family and friends at their Paradise Point wedding. Moments after Mandy put on her sparkling sheer gown, her sweet mom shared a few precious happy tears with her. It’s no wonder, because Mandy looked like a VISION in that dress!
Both the bride and groom had entourages who knew how to have a GREAT time, and it was evident even in these beginning moments of the day! Mandy’s girls snapped plenty of pictures of her in bridal bliss, and Anson and his guys shared some boisterous laughs and a few toasts before heading to the ceremony. So fun!
Stephanie and Amir’s Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding was full of style, sweetness, and just the right amount of sparkle! We love to highlight the special details that make each bride unique, and Stephanie’s style was so fun – her dramatic dress was a one of our favorites, and we ADORE those sparkling rose gold Kate Spade Keds!!
Most of all, we are crazy for those sweet moments with Olivia and Lexie, her and Amir’s daughters. To capture their thrill for the day was so exciting for us!
We also love having a little more one-on-one time with our bride’s GORGEOUS gowns! Stella’s incredible wedding gown at her and Michael’s Loma Santa Fe Country Club wedding was so full of movement, incredible detail, and elegance, and she looked like an absolute princess! Just look at the way her dad admires his sweet girl!! Awwww… #cuethemelting.
Our photographer hearts are even MORE happy to see such classic images in black and white – it feels like they are meant to be this way!
Erin and Robbie’s Del Mar Wedding was the perfect blend of their own East-Coast elegance and their vision for a So-Cal beach wedding. This gorgeous bride was the picture of calm, and she absolutely radiated beauty and elegance all day long. As everything for the day began, Erin had the sweetest smile on her face while she took everything in…
We’re a bit of a sucker for emotional moments with the groom, so we completely melted as Robbie read his sweet note Erin! Their wedding day was 18 years coming, so these moments were pretty stinkin’ special. 🙂
For a girl with such class and style as Shannon, The Fairmont Grand Del Mar was the PERFECT place for her to spend those precious moments getting ready with her girls before her and Rob’s wedding! We have ALL the heart eyes for her Jimmy Choos and jaw-dropping lace gown, and we’re melting over Shannon’s curious flower girls ooh-ing and ahh-ing over that perfect dress!
There were SO many amazing things about Mary and BJ’s North Shore wedding in beautiful Hawaii (I mean, come on — HAWAII!!). However, our photographers agree that the best part was spending the day with these two kind, generous, and genuine people. Mary and BJ were undeniably glowing all morning – and we adore their big smiles in these images, sharing some unforgettable moments with their families.
The rain certainly didn’t get Megan down at her and Nico’s Green Gables Estate wedding! Megan and her girls made the best of it with adorable rainboots and umbrellas, and these girls’ attitudes brightened up the whole morning, rainclouds and all.
Megan’s lacy tiered wedding dress hung so beautifully in the bridal suite at Green Gables Estate, and looked even MORE amazing on this stunning bride. Girl was glowwwwwing!! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful bride for our last wedding of 2016. 🙂
For more of our favorite images from 2016, click here!