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los angeles engagement photographer | tianyi + dan

I have THE sweetest engagement session to share with you today!  This was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes, so if you haven’t checked it out, go see more photos there!  Tianyi is the owner of TISELLE, a line of gorgeous letterpress cards.  I first met Tianyi long before she was engaged, and absolutely fell in love with her work.  It’s witty, clean, and feminine.  When she contacted me last year about shooting her wedding, I was (needless to say) estatic!  I knew we would click asthetically & personally.  I didn’t meet Dan until this shoot, but when Tianyi told me how they met, I already liked him.  Guess where their first date was… oh, just Tibet.  Yes, Tibet.  In Tibet, they hung up traditional prayer flags together, which you’ll see represented with silk ribbons at the end.  They are world travelers and spent most of their relationship long distance.  They would meet up in different parts of the world and kept this journal together:

Tianyi’s favorite book is Anne of Green Gables.  We wanted to use it as our inspiration for the feel of the shoot, but really keep it about their story.  Another piece of their relationship that worked really well together was Dan’s family tradition of making cherry pies.  His mom has a secret recepie and gets special cherries that are $20/lb!… or something like that.  They shipped the cherries to LA to bake for their wedding!  With those two elements, we came up with a unique shoot, just for them, and all about them!

I just love how happy they are together, and so happy for them that they’ll finally live in the same timezone!

Special thanks to Kelley from Picture Perfect Events who helped with the styling and was my photo assistant this day!

Dan can cut a PERFECT slice of pie!  Even the first slice!!

I love these last few shots we got with the ribbons:

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Bec - October 17, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Beautiful! i love the theme and the whole shoot is just lovely.

Rachel Marie Photography - October 18, 2011 - 8:54 am

Stunning! I can almost hear her giggling in a few of the images. :)

Adrienne Gunde - October 18, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Everything about this session is so so beautiful! I especially love the dreaminess of those last few images! (P.S. I now also have an incredible craving for pie. haha.)

Abalo Latigo - October 25, 2011 - 9:12 am

Simply Beautiful!!!

Ivory gutierrez - March 30, 2012 - 9:12 am

Wow!! Not only do I have that same Anthropologie dress for my engagement shoot coming up, but I am taking pictures at the same place—the Los Angeles Arboretum!! I (obviously) love this gal’s taste!

Kathie - May 8, 2012 - 6:31 am

I have enjoyed your website and the content. You images are a great inspiration to me as a beginning photographer. Thank you.


santa barbara wedding | lucy + dave

We’re flying out to SF in a few hours, so I thought instead of packing, I would share a destination wedding I did earlier this year.  I first met Lucy at Lauren & Chad’s wedding at the Victorian.  She was one of the beautiful bridesmaids.  I was so happy to hear from her a year later that she was engaged!  They rented a vacation home in Santa Barbara for their destination wedding.  What a great idea!

Like Lauren, Lucy also did all of her flowers herself!  Including these awesome centerpieces:

This was one of those weddings where everyone traveled in for, and many even rolled their sleeves up to help.  As soon as you enter the house, you can feel the excitement in the air.  The groomsmen are moving furniture around (including centerpieces), girls arranging flowers, and even hair & makeup were also done by friends:

I loved watching them get ready for the event:

Lucy & Dave are the sweetest people you could ever meet.  They both met while serving in the peace corps.

The house had an in-ground trampoline!!

Pure Joy Catering did a FABULOUS job!  The set up was beautiful and the food was phenomenal!

And one of my favorite parts about this wedding was that it was a brunch event!  Brunch is my favorite meal ever!

Congrats to the happy couple, Lucy & Dave!  Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

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Kimberly Chau - October 12, 2011 - 10:30 pm

Caroline, this has got to be one of the cutest DIY weddings ever! Loved every shot and the brunch menu! :)

Teresa - October 13, 2011 - 5:21 am

So simple and sweet… Love it!

Jamie - October 13, 2011 - 12:15 pm

So beautiful – I love how the family photos looked so warm and candid.

Una - October 15, 2011 - 6:54 pm

hi caroline! i’m a big fan and follower of your blog posts. gorgeous work (as always) but what a surprise to realize i know lucy from work! love how you captured all the great DIY details!

Grace - October 29, 2011 - 12:56 pm

What an exceptional wedding! These are some great photos, looks like the wedding fame out phenomenally! I love weddings in Santa Barbara, they are always so perfect and very elegant as well. I was actually just there and had a great time at my friend’s wedding. On a private estate in Hope Ranch, it was very nice. I stayed at the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). So quaint and very affordable as well!

Holly Steen - November 28, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Simple sweetness.

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