I had the extreme privilege of joining one of my idol photographers and hilarious friend, Maria Longhi, for Amanda and Ilan's stunning wedding in Temecula, Ca. Amanda did such an amazing job at creating a beautiful vintage romantic ambiance at the gorgeous Lake Oak Meadows venue. It was so awesome to see how they incorporated their Jewish traditions into their beautiful modern ceremony and reception. I felt so lucky to be a part of their beautiful day, not only was it a gorgeous wedding but Amanda and Ilan were beyond sweet! Thank you for having me, Maria.
While Maria was photographing the beautiful ladies, I was hanging with the cool guys!
I absolutely love when couples exchange gifts or love notes before seeing each other! Its always so emotional!
First looks always give me goosebumps!!!
When Promise asked me to be apart of her new fashion series for 2015 I was so SHOCKED! I've worked with her before at her Go Live workshops but never did I think that would lead to me photographing her one on one. Let me just give you a little overview of why I was super intimidated -well for starters she is the sister to the uber talented photographers Aimee & Troy Grover (huge deal), she is also great friends with my first photog idol Jasmine Star (another major deal in the industry), AND to top it all off she's been photographed by some of thee top notch photographers. So can you blame me for wondering why the heck she chose me!
Once I got to her house all the nerves slowly began to dissolve -maybe it was the Dayquil kicking in (because of course I got struck with a horrible leaky nostril -yes only one! that same morning). Promise is just as cool as she looks! She is so down to earth, humble, sweet, kind, all the good characteristics a person can have - yeah she has em! She has a fun eclectic style that has no rhyme or reason and it totally goes with her! Not to mention she's freakin gawgeous and rocks the heck out of a picture! In my 3 years of photography she was definitely my easiest model! This girl is super natural and relaxed in front of the camera she made my job beyond easy! It was super fun shooting outside of my comfort zone too!
I've never shot fashion before and its different from was I'm used to. The model doesn't look at your camera that often since its more about the clothing.
Its kind of funny because years ago when I was researching poses for my own website profile pics I had included some of Promise's photos from her previous shoots for inspiration because of how natural she looked in them. Who would of thunk (yes I said "thunk") that I would actually be shooting this fun girl who has inspired me in so many creative ways! She's not only an amazing person, fashionista, web designer, but she's also great at interior design! Okay now that I've made myself sounds like a super fan, I'll stop talking now and you can check out the photos from her first outfit below.
Visit Promise's blog for outfit details here.
Lizett and I go wayyy back from high school art class! She was such a sweet quiet gal. We had lost touch after graduating, so 9 years later I was pleasantly surprised when she had contacted me to photograph her wedding. Reuniting with her was great! She's definitely not that shy little school girl anymore! Lizett is such a friendly outgoing beautiful lady and she was so excited to introduce me to her fiancé Brock! Brock compliments her perfectly! He is just as friendly and outgoing as she is! After running into them at Stage Coach I knew that this wedding was going to be so much fun! And it was! There was a time when I was so tempted to set my camera down and "Wobble" with them! Their family and friends were so supportive of their young love -you could feel the joy in the air! Lizett & Brock is was such a pleasure being apart of your special day, thank you sooooo much for allowing me to document it all!
How cute is her delivery boy!!!
I was so excited when Lizett wanted to do a special reveal for her father.
This little flower girl makes me want to have a little girl!!! Isn't she ADORABLE!
These are my favorite signs! Love their great sense of humor!
I love when a groom tears up! So precious!
I've never had a couple dance down the aisle! So much fun!
Many thanks to the amazing team who made this wedding come to life...
Venue & Catering | Vellano Country Club
Music | JC Entertainment
Bakery | Some Crust Bakery
Makeup | Jenna
Florist | Events by Floral Sensations
Photographer | Janelle Marina
Associate Photographer | Adam
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.