Amanda + Ethan's Secret Garden Wedding | Carlsbad, CA

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Amanda + Ethan's Secret Garden Wedding | Carlsbad, CA

Amanda and Ethan (and their adorable daughter, Jade) celebrated their amazing love with close family and friends in an intimate backyard wedding. They worked tirelessly to transform Ethan's childhood home into a secret garden for their big day. And it blew my mind!! Surrounded by lush greenery, and fragrant english roses they said their vows beneath a magnificent magnolia tree. 

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All the feels!

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I was legit ugly crying when Ethan saw his daughter, Jade, coming down the aisle. I'm a community crier, so when I saw Ethan had lost it, I knew I was a goner! Not a dry eye in the crowd! You'd think I'd learn to pack some tissues by now.

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Seriously, can't get enough of these florals. All the heart eye emojis!!

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Thank you Amanda and Ethan! I truly wish you all the best!

Coordinator: Rachel Weinshanker, San Diego Life Events 

Assisted by: Melissa Gutierrez, San Diego Life Events 

Cake Artist: Daisy's Amazing Cakes

Caterer: Bekker's Catering

DJ: Mitch, Dancing DJ Productions

Floral Artist: Flowers of Point Loma

Hair & Makeup: Alyssa Plaat, Paperdoll Salon 

Officiant: Michael Danielson 

Photographer: Cate Batchelor Photography

Rentals: Deluxe Party Rentals

Venue: Private Residence in Carlsbad, CA

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Zoë + Dave | Engaged | Neve Tzedek | Tel-Aviv | Israel

Zoë and Dave hold a special place in my heart, because well...Zoë is my seeeeeester and Dave is my soon-to-be bro-in-law! YAY!  They have been living in Israel for the last two years while Dave completed his Fulbright Scholarship. I've (obviously) known them since the beginning of their relationship and have watched them endure long-distance like champs, as well as witness their unwavering support and commitment through some dire situations.  Their laughter together is contagious, and it truly warms my heart to see her so happy. I can't wait to celebrate their wedding next year and be the annoying sister who lives next door. What boundaries, am I right??

They gave me free reign to pretty much shoot wherever I wanted for their engagement photos. I know she's related to me and all, but when couples can let go of how they think their photos "should" look, they end up having so much more fun and really getting images that capture who they are together. 

I absolutely loved their little apartment in Tel-Aviv so I wanted to capture it's delightful, minimalistic atmosphere for them to remember.  I know they grew to love it and their life there together, so I wanted to document a little slice of it before heading out into the city. 

Neve Tzedek is the picturesque little neighborhood we explored for the rest of the evening. Each street and side street with their own quaint personalities. Colorful window shutters, climbing vines, and cobbled streets. 

I just loved this photo series. 

I just loved this photo series. 

Not only did I have an amazing time exploring the country with you, but your engagement session couldn't have gone better! I can't thank you both enough for letting me stay with you in Israel, and sharing this amazing city with me! I know Zoë and I are already planning the next time we will be back to visit!

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Heather + Gabriel | Engaged | Green Acre Campus Point

I met Heather and Gabriel recently over coffee, and we instantly clicked. Not only are they high school sweethearts, but they share my love of Disney Channel Original movies, Indiana Jones and tacos!! They also put up with my intense jet-lag since we scheduled their shoot the day after I got back into the country. Seriously, so patient with my sleepiness, haha! Heather works in the area, and immediately had the idea to do their engagement photos at this amazing location. I had heard great things about this place, and was totally on board! 

Heather and Gabriel love to play dominos together, and so we had to incorporate that into their shoot somehow!! I just love love the wooden dominos for their wedding date of 5-25!  Then we popped open some cold ones once the sun came out and chilled in the gardens near Green Acre.

How fun are these giant wooden dominos?!

How fun are these giant wooden dominos?!

We finished off their session with a rousing game of dominos. Heather won, and the gloating ensued!! Haha! 

Thank you both so much for choosing me to be your photographer! I seriously cannot wait to capture their wedding day next year! 

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