Your wedding day is all about you. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the case, you have your mom, MIL-to-be, bridesmaids and then there’s your guests to consider, and sometimes your dream can get a little clouded.
You’re not alone! We know it’s all about you, even if others temporarily forget that, and that’s how we photograph your day. Building a strong relationship with you from the first moment we meet is a priority for us.
Take a couple just like you, Nicole and Ed. From the first time we chatted we started building exactly that kind of relationship. We love people and noticed their fun loving attitude to life which helped us to advise them in the perfect outfits for their engagement session. Something that they felt comfortable in and showcased their personality. We were able to get a strong sense of Nicole and Ed’s style and this directed all of our decisions through the wedding, and album order.
I didn’t think much of the fact that Nicole had two dresses, as many of our brides do. That was, until the post ceremony photos with her and Ed. He kept calling her a pretty princess – of course, all in loving tones, lol. While obsessed with Nicole’s first dress, to be honest, after getting to know Nicole and Ed, it isn’t what I expected her to wear. They admitted to me mom stepped in and it got carried away. It started as this stunning dress and then mom went crazy with the tiara and all the other added accessories. The second dress is the one Nicole loved and I imagined for her.
And sure enough, as soon as she walked out onto the beach, I knew without a doubt that this was much more her style. No one got in the way of the decision making here.
I made sure that Nicole and Ed had plenty of photos with the look and style that fit their personality. These were the images they were going to love and hang on their wall. It’s who they are! The other photos were stunning and beautiful and they will cherish those and share them with their family, but these are the ones that will reflect who they are. As their photographer, this isn’t something that the couple can just tell you. We had built a relationship with Nicole and Ed from that very first conversation, taking the time to get know them and investing in learning about them and their style and relationship. Because for us, it’s all about you, the bride and groom.
You have gathered your closest and dearest family and friends to celebrate with you and your (oh my gosh..eek) soon to be husband! These are the people that matter the most to you and you couldn’t be more excited to share this special moment with them! And what a special moment it is: you and your fiancé declaring your love for each other and becoming Husband and Wife.
What’s more special and romantic than that? It probably wasn’t the easiest decision to decide who was going to be there with you on this special day. It’s like a snowball, if you invite this one person then you have to invite these other 10 people that are part of this group and so on and so on. But together, you and your fiancé finally made the tough decisions about who would be your special guests.
Whether it’s a destination or your favorite local spot, many couples are opting to keep their guests list small. Just like Jenny and Alex did with 25 guests attending their wedding at the Montage in Kapalua Bay in Hawaii.
It’s definitely a major challenge to pull off a smaller guest count, but your day can be much more meaningful with only those that truly matter there as witnesses. With no bridal party for Jenny and Alex, it meant everyone was included and that made for some amazing intimate moments. Many of the girls were in the bridal suite helping Jenny get ready and they were having such a blast! They were drinking champagne and having the best laughs! What a relief from the usual pressure of all the bridal party hoopla!
Everyone gathered around for the ceremony as Jenny and Alex said “I do.” There were laughs, tears and glassy-eyed guests all around – they were all so excited for this couple.
The reception was small and intimate as well. It was sweet and heartfelt with all the guests cheering, dancing and getting the celebration started for this couple!
As you are gathering your guest list, don’t be afraid to cut back and make it the intimate and special wedding you and your fiancé have dreamed of. For you, that could be 25 or 250. Remember, it’s all in who you both want to be there to celebrate and witness your love for each other
I love photographing my fellow business owners for their portfolio! It’s so important for your brand to have professional images showing who you are as a person and for your business. Working with our business clients is something I love! It is so awesome to come up with some fun ideas that not only show what they do and why they love it but what makes them who they are! Like Taryn here … I remember our conversation … She told me all about her event business specializing in private parties. She wanted images to represent how fun she is, but also that she is a business owner. As our conversation continues, she told me that balloons are a big thing for her – she includes them in every event. Another important fact is that most of her clients are Beverly Hills based.
So together, we came up with a location and theme that showcased these elements for her clients. I didn’t realize how big a part of her business balloons were until she rolled out this giant helium tank from the back seat of her car. I was dying laughing, I mean that is commitment, guys! I couldn’t believe she not only owned this tank, but brought it with her! The lighting and setting were perfect and her outfits not only compliment her and her personality, but her business as well. I had such a fun time getting to know Taryn during the shoot as we walked around the park with giant balloons and captured her fun energetic and sweet personality.
Well, here we are again with one of my favorite people, Lina, and her baby Cruz. I always love to kick off the year with a newborn session. Reminds me of a new start and a fresh beginning. I mean, come on…aren’t they just the cutest to look at? Gives you all the snuggles and cuddle feels, right?!
We know that sometimes deciding to do a newborn session can be tough. You hear that we photograph in the first 3-10 days and you’re wondering, “How in the world am I going to incorporate a newborn session into your already chaotic schedule that this precious little baby has just turned upside down?” We get it. As a matter of fact, Lina was in the exact situation. She kept going back and forth, trying to decide if she should do a session. But she made the decision and just decided to do it – and it was probably her best decision ever!
She called me and we got her scheduled asap, because before you know it, those first 10 days will have come and gone, and the window to photograph a newborn is gone. This is why we highly recommend scheduling the session before baby even arrives. That way, it’s on the calendar and you won’t forget or let the time pass you by. Because, as any new mom will tell you, you won’t remember what day it is, maybe even what your husband looks like, much less have the brain power to call and schedule a newborn session.
Lina told me she is so glad that she did it. Even though it was a struggle during those first 2 weeks and maybe not in the budget for that month, she cherishes those images to this day and reflects back on how tiny he was. All the emotions of having this little man come into her and her husbands world and changing their meaning of love and life come flooding right back. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: A Good Affair // Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Design // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + Dish Wish Events // Venue: Vibiana // Bridal Gown: JINZA Couture Bridal // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting // PR + Marketing: Rayce PR // Photography: Krista Mason Photography
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen + Rayce PR / Planning + Design: Charis Events & Design / Floral Design: Avant Garden Events / Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events / Lighting: High Voltage Lighting / Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina / Bridal Gown: JINZA Couture Bridal / Cake: The Butter End / Venue: Vibiana / Photography: Krista Mason Photography
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: Eddie Zaratsian // Floral Design: Tic-Tock Couture Florals // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + Dish Wish Events // Venue: Vibiana // Bridal Gown: Jinza Bridal // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting // PR + Marketing: Rayce PR // Photography: Krista Mason Photography
This time of year gets everybody talking about the coming trends for the New Year. What are the hottest colors for 2018? What fashion styles will be in? What will the florals look like? What will guests see when they walk into the venue?
If you know anything about us here at Krista Mason Photography, you’ll know that we are ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS!! Let’s talk about what all of the gorgeous brides-to-be will be pinning to their wedding Pinterest boards this year!
From tuxes to invitation to bridesmaid dresses, navy is the new black. Think of it as your new favorite neutral!
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Event Design by The Lynden Lane Company // Venue: Montage Laguna Beach //Florals Keith J Laverty // Linens La Tavola Fine Linen // Furniture Found Rentals // Tableware casa de perrin
Every girl needs a little bling in her life..metallics are shifting from gold and rose gold to silver and chrome this wedding season!
I’ll admit I am super excited about this one. Black tie is back! From outdoors to indoors, couples are opting to have a more formal event, even requesting a black tie attire. With lots of elegance and classic touches in design and attire, this year is sure to be all about the formal.
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Event Design: Aliana Events // Venue: The London West Hollywood
Hanging flower installments are here to stay and we couldn’t be happier. Playing with heights, textures and various viewpoints, flower installments will continue to be on trend for 2018.
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Venue: Howl // Event Coordination: Nicole George Event Planning & Design // Floral Design & Calligraphy: Peony & Plum // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Texture everywhere! Expect to see lots of texture and layers in the details – from the linens to flowers and even the dresses!
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Linen: LUXE Linen // Planning + Design: Charis Events & Design // Floral Design: Avant Garden Events // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting //Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina // Cake: The Butter End // Venue: Vibiana
Couples are looking for new and creative ways to entertain their guests. Couples want their guests to have an incredible experience and are incorporating unique ways to keep them entertained. Such as photobooths, food entertainment, and live performances like these amazing synchronized swimmers.
Gone are the days of rustic and burlap; 2018 will bring a outdoorsy, woodsy look. Think wood accents and lots of greenery as florals. Greenery will be everywhere, bringing in that natural woodsy element.
The color trend of the year will be dark and moody. With darker textured flowers, and color pallets that are darker, richer, more dramatic.
Vendors (left): photography: Krista Mason Photography //Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: Kelsey Events // Floral Design: Ixora Floral Studio // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events // Paper Goods: Design and Prints by Arianna Nicole // Venue: Vibiana
Food is becoming a top priority for our couples. Gone are the days of bland chicken cooked a million different ways. Please your inner foodies with unique food stations or food that is personalized and has special meaning to the couple.
More and more couples are cutting back on their guests list these days and only inviting those that are near and dear to them. Who will be in your inner circle?
If you’re planning your 2018 wedding right now, we certainly hope you’ll keep us in mind for your wedding photography needs. With our 15+ years of experience, we are confident that we can make you feel gorgeous and your images will surpass your expectations! Contact us today to schedule your engagement session … let us help you feel beautiful for your fairy tale wedding!