My beautiful friend Nahal is expecting her first
baby this September (it's a girl!) and I must say that she looks absolutely wonderful for
being eight months pregnant. Nahal was one of my first girlfriends to get
engaged and she is now one of my first girlfriends to become a mother! When she
asked me to take her maternity photos, I gladly said yes – and quickly dusted off my Canon dSLR manual to get to know my camera a little better. I met her and Nahal and her husband Sean in Orange County
on a perfectly cool summer day along Pacific Coast Highway. A marine layer
clouded over the green hills of Newport Coast but that didn’t stop the expectant
mother from glowing throughout the afternoon. Nahal and Sean make a beautiful
couple and it is evident through these photos that the pair have so much love
for each other... and there is no doubt that Baby Kayla will arrive and join
forces to complete the picture-perfect family this fall. Congrats to Nahal and
Sean! I can’t wait to meet their baby girl.
My lovely friend Kacie is about to be married! I
got to shower her with love at a beautiful home in Pasadena recently and had
the chance to capture it all using my Canon. A talented and creative family
friend hosted the soirée and she channeled the bride’s love for lavender
by incorporating the flowers into centerpieces and flatware. There were about thirty
ladies present with zero games (bride’s wish) and plenty of champagne and peach
juice for Bellini, perfect for a hot August afternoon. The shower was beautiful
and perfect. I felt like I was living out of a magazine spread.
Software: Photoshop | Dimensions: 7" x 5" | Print: mpix.com | Wedding site URL on the back
The ink was barely dry on our venue contract when we began scheduling a time to shoot photos for our Save the Date cards. We couldn’t wait to send our family and friends an official announcement about our engagement! To avoid spending money on companies like Wedding Paper Divas to make our Save the Dates, I started taking lessons from YouTube on how to use Photoshop. They were pretty easy to follow. From there, I continued taking lessons from the internet and graduated with decent skills on how to create a wedding website and edit a video story for our “About” page. I loved having the freedom to design everything myself. Oh, and it was all for free.
By the time the website launched and the Save the Dates were sent, I received a wonderful text from Nina, our photographer from Love and Lemonade: “Jovian, I have great news! Your photos will be featured on Style Me Pretty!!!”
StyleMePretty.com had already been set as my default home page because I was constantly using it for ideas and inspiration. Although it didn’t mean much to my fiancé [Philip: “Style who?”], being featured on my favorite wedding website was the perfect way to begin planning our wedding.
Left to Right: Pelican Hill Resort, Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica, Four Seasons Westlake Village, Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, The London West Hollywood, Langham Huntington Pasadena
Pelican Hill Resort:We never got a chance to visit this magical resort located in Orange County because we didn't want to fall in love with a place that we knew would be too far for our family and friends. It always stuck in the back of my mind throughout our venue shopping experience.
Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica:While this beautiful hotel is located right by the beach, there's surprisingly no view of the water. I felt that if we were going to get married on Ocean Blvd, there would have to be at least some sort of view of the ocean.
Four Seasons Westlake Village:Their charming asian-styled garden with the pagoda would have made the perfect ceremony backdrop for our wedding ceremony site had the hotel been just a little bit closer to the city of Los Angeles.
Millennium Biltmore:This historical hotel is full of grandeur and elegance. I loved everything about the hotel from their lobby to their ballroom and their black and white photos of celebrities visiting the hotel back in the 1940s. The only downfall was that I knew I wanted an outdoor ceremony, something the Biltmore could not provide.
London West Hollywood:This hotel is all about Black and White and it's located in the heart of West Hollywood and as you can expect, is super trendy and stylish. I loved the modern touch but after visiting the hotel, I learned that I loved the photos more than the venue itself.
Langham Huntington:*Winner! This hotel a heavenly gem tucked away in a beautiful green neighborhood between the cities of Pasadena and San Marino. Their garden and ballroom has class and romance written all over it. Once I saw the Horseshoe Garden and the chandeliers in their Viennese Ballroom, I knew this was the perfect venue for our wedding.