A few months ago, we had the distinct pleasure of coordinating a styled photo shoot at the request of Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens for their new brochure. Perched on a bluff overlooking the historic San Clemente Pier, the magnificent Casa Romantica is a living demonstration of California history, culture and ecology – a showplace for the region. A wedding or styled photo shoot here is an event planners dream come true! Perhaps even more exciting, I had complete creative freedom for the design and details! Seriously, someone pinch me, I got to hire the Pocomoke City Wedding Photography for this session 🙂

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The most successful styled photo shoots are bound by a clear vision and style inspiration.  I wanted the styling to reflect the timeless and authentic feel of this exquisite bluff-top estate….romantic, elegant and classic.

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Styled photo shoots are an exciting chance to inspire creativity and work with my favorite preferred vendors. These vendors are experts in their respective fields. Their collaboration and input was instrumental in the overall success of this project! I also wanted real couples as models for our photo shoot…I think you can feel that authenticity.


Bensten Photography was a natural choice.  I love working with this husband and wife team.  Not only are they fun and upbeat, they really understood my vision for this shoot and captured all the tiny details we spent months planning.

Steve Moses with Vantage Point Productions is one of my favorites..gorgeous work and so easy to work with!


My first stop was at Casablanca Bridal Salon & Friar Tux to secure our show-stopping fashions. The handsome grooms donned Michael Kors 3piece suits with modern skinny ties. The bridal fashions showcased some of the hottest silhouettes in wedding dresses: trumpet and mermaid. Delicate lace and beading accented with gorgeous accessories provided by Styled by TC, the details were both simple and chic. Lauren from Design Visage provided professional makeup & hair styling.

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Floral Design

Meeting with Bonnie Peterson, owner of The Tangled Vine, is always a treat! Together, we designed our inspiration boards to include tones of soft peach, blush pinks and whites with lots of foliage for texture.  We gained artistic inspiration from a pair of gold rosette chairs that I purchased at the 2nd Treasure store in San Juan Capistrano.  I couldn’t wait to use these chairs for an elegant sweetheart table!

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Signature Party Rentals is the exclusive rental company used at Casa Romantica.  They are also my favorite…easy choice!

While planning a styled photo shoot is a huge undertaking, one factor that makes it easier than a wedding is that you don’t need to rent tables and chair for hundreds!

For this project, we designed 4 vignettes. This was key in helping us with our rental orders, but also provided a basic ‘shot list’ for our photographers.

Vignette #1: 8ft farm table set for 8 guests in the Courtyard


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Vignette #2: Sweetheart Table  – Of course we have to utilize that view!

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Vignette #3: Cake Table

I love working with Jennifer at Plumeria Cake Studio.  She provides a sketch of the cake she’s planning, but the real thing always ends up looking even better!


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Vignette 4: Ceremony on Ocean Terrace

Sunset and a warm ocean breeze makes for an unforgettable vow ceremony. Dean Holbein from Ceremonies of Significance served as Officiant. Dean and his lovely wife have been married for an impressive 40 years!

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Christina from CarbonaraTrattoria  brought her chef de cuisine and did an amazing job on the food and signature cocktails! Peach Martini, Moscow Mules, artisan cheeses, beautiful canapés, along side Salmon and Vegetarian Pasta Penne.  We all shared a lovely meal after the shoot! Side perk!



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Paper Goods

Invitation Design Studio did an amazing job on the invitations, menus and sand dollar table numbers:

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Randy Tooker from Lake Forest Limo provided his 1939 Rolls Royce Packard, offering the bride and groom the most stylish of departures on their big day.

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An outstanding team, a clear vision, and LOADS of planning was all worthwhile! I am thrilled with the finished product and can’t wait to see Casa Romantica’s 2016 brochure featuring this shoot and all of the vendors who participated!

We were so excited about the amazing brides and vendors that attended our show on February 22nd, 2015 at the Bella Collina Country Club- very special thanks to Peter Leal Photography for taking these amazing action shots throughout the day!

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We are so pleased with our gorgeous Bridal Show at Dana Point Yacht Club and special thanks to Peter Leal Photography who captured these beautiful photos of our event! Until the next Bridal Show~

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Thank you to all the participating vendors that will be displaying their talents at our Bridal Show on October 5th!
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In this industry I come across some amazing talent and feel so strongly about showcasing my peers work. Videography is often times one of those services that couples choose to leave out of their budget because they don’t realize what a difference it is to have photos vs. film. I can’t say enough great things about Vantage Point Productions and their passion for creating heart-warming videos that capture the wedding day from getting ready before the ceremony to the bride and grooms departure at the end of the night. They are able to capture a play-by-play of a very special day for my clients and I am so grateful that I get to work with this incredible talent on a regular basis.

I regret not hiring a professional videographer. There were so many funny, sentimental, thoughtful, surprising, best-day-of-our-life moments that I wish were captured on video.”

— mobridetobe from The Knot article : Knotties Biggest Wedding Regrets

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Erika & Brent are both actors that love theatre and musicals which certainly influenced their live music choice for their wedding. Erika’s very artistic mother designed the escort cards and the photo collages that were placed throughout the Casa Romantica reflecting on the evolution of their relationship. It was a gorgeous day with a beach sunset toward the end of the celebration.

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Venue: Casa Romantica – www.casaromantica.org
Catering: Iva Lee’s Catering – www.ivaleescatering.com
Floral: Florals by Jenny – www.floralsbyjenny.com
Band: Essence Entertainment – www.EssenceEntertainment.com
Photography: John Partridge Photography – www.johnpartridgephotography.com
Videography: Vantage Point Productions, Inc. – www.vantagepointcustomfilms.com

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Katie & Ernie at the Montage, Laguna Beach, July 2011

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When I first met Katie and Ernie, it was truly by chance.  Katie and I met at a bridal show, and like many brides she was thinking about the day her and Ernie would say their “I do’s”!  Thoughts were dancing through her head “A Stunning Location, Elegant Flowers, Simple Colors, Chic, Sweet, Intimate” … details… details and realized “we could probably use some help”.
A beautiful bride without a location? Date? Or plan to make her wedding dreams come true…

That is how Katie and I met, and their beautiful and unforgettable wedding day started to unfold.  Shortly after, I met Ernie, full of energy, ideas and affection for Katie, truly wanting her to have every wish fulfilled for their special day.  Inspired by this loving couple, I went into action knowing their wishes, price range and special touches to get this celebration & party started!


So many to choose from, but only one that captures your heart and ends the search.  One day, driving up the coast they happen upon the Montage in Laguna Beach, they step inside and fall in love.  This is one of the most stunning beachfront wedding locations in Orange County… casual elegance, perfect for the bride and groom to be!

Stunning isn't it? Wait until you see the Bride & Groom!

Speaking of the Bride… beautiful details for her and her wedding day.
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Katie.. the sweet and stunning bride photographed by Kendra, her amazing photographer {and one of my personal favorite’s and top recommendations} Her happiness captured just moments before the ceremony, and before we knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle.  Katie did not hesitate, “Oh, it’s time? Well then, lets go!”  She was so calm………
Ernie, on the other hand, was like a kid the night before Santa Claus comes to town.  Excited, and ready to start his life with Katie as his wife.  Then,  he saw his Bride, his happy feet turned to mush, and they had one of the most romantic ceremonies that they will set the tone for a long and happy life together.
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Talk about making a splash!  Katie & Ernie have many ahead of them.  Yes, what looks like what is about to happen above, actually happens. The wave crept up on all of us, and flooded the brides gown in sea water! These become the fun, memorable moments and stories… believe it or not!  While we had a moment in wet, sandy wedding dress, the brides lace organza quickly recovered. We shook the sand out, drove fast in a golf cart to let it air dry, and before you could say ” Welcome Mr & Mrs…”, she was dancing her first dance and no one was the wiser.

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While the bride and groom had a beautiful, sunset, wedding ceremony, that was the end of their traditions. No bouquet tosses in this wedding. Following dinner on the lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the guests were guided to a indoor/outdoor lounge complete with white leather couches, colorfully lit cubes, and dance music.  Peter Leal, the assistant photographer for Kendra Weddings arranged guests in cool, sexy poses to complete a chic, beautiful, wedding.  Perfect for a  beautiful, cool couple in love.

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Last but least, Katie and I share a moment, a laugh and the real wedding day begins, with all the plans in place and fun for good measure as we have a lot to look forward to.  It was truly my pleasure to work with and be inspired by such a darling couple!

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