Eric + Marissa / Urban Farm Anaheim Wedding by Jessica Lawson

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One of the proudest accomplishments of our wedding year for 2018, which I’m sure as you note the date we are a smidge behind, was this wedding for Eric + Marissa. They only hired us for 3 hours. This was all in 3 hours. And the reason this was such a success and worth bragging about on our side of the camera is because Eric + Marissa were unapologetically themselves, and you can see it. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves …

It’s honestly incredible to me the caliber of photographs we all walked away with because of the external personalities of the couple and the philosophy we hold as wedding friends/photographers/artists. As a wedding photographer you have to be able to bring out the best in people, encourage them to be themselves, and then CHEER for those selves. Cheer for their silly limes in their mouths. Cheer for the groom’s idea to use his motorcycle. Cheer for the bride’s request to document the blending of three families, not just two. Cheer for the quirks of the couple that make them unique from any other couple you’ve photographed that year. And choose to love them and celebrate them whether they are dear friends, or acquaintances.

Please enjoy your wedding day.

I’m flabbergasted how special some of these images are. To any future brides and grooms, please enjoy your wedding day. Part of how you do that is mentally prep to enjoy it. You CHOOSE to accept how things happen. You CHOOSE to enjoy the people around you. You CHOOSE to enjoy your new spouse. AND you CHOOSE to enjoy yourself. Take a moment or two on your wedding day to yourself. Take a walk. Spend time with the Lord for you Christians. Or if you’re more extroverted like me, choose some quality time with less people. Have the quiet moment so you can be present and enjoy the big moments.

Cheers to Eric + Marissa for being one of the best examples of being yourselves.
LOVE YOU!

Matt + Karly / Sunrise Sedona Intimate Wedding by Jessica Lawson

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Happy Black Friday friends!

It is a wonderful time of year to reflect and dwell on how we have been blessed and are so grateful for the people and things we have … then we eat a lot of food then go buy more things to be thankful for. Haha. I jest.

I woke up at 4:15am to meet up with my mom-in-law and new sister-in-law and we crushed Black Friday. So now I’m blogging before lunch and a nap. I hope your Thanksgiving were filling but also fulfilling. If you were left feeling a little emotionally or spiritually empty, can I encourage you to spend time talking to God today and sharing with Him what you are thankful for. Try to name 30, 40, if not 50 people or things. It is such a beautiful remedy to bring joy into our hearts.

Anywho, here is about this wedding that I’m really thankful for. This is Matt + Karly’s intimate wedding at Bell Rock in Sedona at sunrise.

What’s particularly neat about this couple is that Karly and I went to elementary school together. Her now husband Matt and herself meet in Arizona at college, started their lives together near where Cam and I live, and back in the spring found themselves planning this shindig.

Cameron and I adore these intimate weddings. We love traditional weddings too, but there is something about the setting, the people being surrounded by nature, not the other way around, that really inspired us. We had the best time driving around Sedona after the sunrise ceremony and exploring Oak Creek and getting coffee.

Karly was a swimmer from elementary through college ( I believe ). And I thought it was so fitting that she wore Rainbow Sandals and wound up going in the water in her wedding dress. It was beautiful, it was so her. And it was so sweet to see her and her husband enjoying nature so much on their wedding day. After our few hours together, they went back to a reception at their AirBnb, and we went back to Phoenix. This was one of the most relaxed and enjoyable wedding experiences we have ever had as photographers.

If you’re interested in an intimate wedding ceremony, and value nature showing off, please hit us up. We would love to help plan out your day like we did with Karly + Matt.

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FOR (ALMOST) ENGAGED COUPLES

The difference between an elopement and an intimate wedding to many professionals is about how many people are invited, not necessarily how much time is given to planning.

This wedding, though it was planned quickly is technically an intimate wedding, because of how many people were there.
Now if it was just them and less than 5 people, I would say it was an elopement. You could spend two years planning an elopement. And you could gather friends and get married tomorrow.

Morning Stroll with Musician Tori Fleming by Jessica Lawson

 
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This beautiful soul has become one of my favorite artists to collaborate with. If you’re following along my photographer journey, Tori + I went to college together. Fun fact! We actually we're in Women’s Choir together. BUT she had the voice of Adele’s angel cousin and I was really good at swaying on the risers.

Anywho, we started working together the summer after we graduated. I wanted to not just shoot weddings (still true!) and she needed some photo work. Our first collab was for a shoot for Angelic Magazine. That was fun.

Since then I’ve followed this woman through clubs and bars as she tore up Hollywood and beyond with her stunning talent + soulful lyrics.

Tori loves the Lord and His people. I will always love that she intentionally chose not to write Christian music so she could be used to reach people where the Church can’t always.

This was a very early San Diego morning where we met up, got some coffee, and strolled, caught up, and created some more social media content for Tori.

She really wanted to express more of her personality not just her rad modeling skills. But I’m pretty biased. She’s one of my favorite models. Very thankful for this friend. Enjoy our overcast morning together.


If you are in need of some lifestyle creative content, feel free to hit me up! I love collaborating with bloggers, musicians, artists, and small business owners. Whether you need more content for your gym, coffee shop, or jewelry business, or you want to tell the story behind your product, message me. I’m all about photographing people + what they are passionate about.