Ahhh..one of my favorite things. Cocktails! Even better? Happy Friday Cocktails!!
I will take a good hand crafted cocktail anytime! And aren’t they so pretty! Gianna and Lauryl really took pretty to a new level with this event. I mean killer – right! Now you guys know why this is one of my favorite dream teams! They know style!
I have always had a love for cocktails, but it wasn’t until a recent workshop with Tal of Pharmacie that I learned about the goodness of handcrafted fresh made cocktails.
My appreciation grew so much that after the workshop I went to a bar supply store and purchased everything I needed to make my own juices and syrups and began experimenting with all sorts of cocktails. Do you feel a cocktail party coming on….ummm, I sure do!
I have to say Pharmacie makes the most incredible cocktails ever, to the point that it could be dangerous. Trust me … been there! Haha, thanks Uber!
What I love most is Tal’s passion for his craft. We all have a skill, but what really makes what we do special and unique is the passion we have for our craft. And it shows in our work. We care so far beyond the service we’re providing. It goes even deeper – we want you to feel ecstatic and just as passionate as we do. We want you walk away not just with good food, cocktails, florals, and photos, but an experience that moves you. When you take a sip or bite or look at your photographs, it should invoke an emotion that says, “Yes, that’s exactly what I had in mind. How did they know?” Trust us, we just do, and it isn’t just what we do, but who we are.
And you can see that in this stunning cocktail editorial shoot. I’m asking you, has a cocktail really ever looked so good? I know you wanna go make one right now – I do!
The Georgia Peach Old Fashioned
Bourbon/Peach Oolong Syrup/Peach Bitters
Summertime G&T
Gin/Lemon Verbena Syrup/Crushed Cinnamon/Tonic Water
Mexicali Mule
Mezcal/Mango Molido Mix/Ginger Beer/Lime
VENDORS
Styling: Chic Celebrations // Styling and Florals: Lauryl Lane // Venue: The Fig House // Cocktails: Pharmacie // Sweets: Hey There Cupcake // Table Tops: Borrowed Blu // Calligraphy: Anne Robin // Photography: Krista Mason Photography

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Ahhh This wedding … this venue … this couple … I could gush all day! But instead, let me tell you a little about this amazing couple and their dream wedding at Sunstone Vineyards.
Haley + Sev live in New York and decided to have their wedding in Central Coast California! I love central coast weddings! They are so beautiful! The lighting and the vibe is so very different, but in all the most amazing ways!
I was super excited from the first moment I connected with Haley! Especially when she told me she was having her wedding at Sunstone. My heart started to beat even faster, it maybe even skipped a beat! Sunstone is one of the most amazing venues with it’s beautiful vineyards and gorgeous villa that reminded me so much of my recent trip to Italy. So you know I was already hooked. After a Skype call with the lovely couple and our dogs, I fell in love even more, as did they!
Haley and Sev are New Yorkers and that is where they met and fell in love. But that’s not where their families are and family is very important to them. They wanted to include as much of their family and family heritage as possible.
“We wanted our wedding to speak to our families and where we came from. [Sev] is from France/Belgium and I am from the Bay Area. When we first walked the grounds at Sunstone Villa & Winery, we knew we had found our happy place – a perfect blend of CA wine-country with European charm (complete with a Villa built from authentic French materials!)” – Haley
Throughout the whole wedding planning process, there are some things you just know. From the moment you fall in love to the proposal, all the way to selecting the wedding dress and the venue, there’s a tug at your heart, or maybe you feel it deep in your gut, whatever it is … you hear it, feel it, say “This is it.” You can’t put it into words, but you know.
“Our vision was for a day of ‘California Cool’ meets with ‘European Elegance’ –  something warm, inviting & sophisticated, without fuss and formality. Because we had so many family and friends traveling from around the world, we wanted our day to be memorable not only to us, but to these important people who had gone above and beyond to share in our day.” – Sev
I am all about the sophistication without the fuss and formality. It is a party to celebrate your love for one another. And that is just what we want you to experience, the beautiful wedding you have envisioned celebrating with your closest family and friends.
I think some of my favorite weddings are ones that are more than just a day! They’re a weekend or even week of celebrations. Why stop at one day? Especially when everything goes by so quickly. Take the time to enjoy all the people you love and adore and make sure to you enjoy and soak in every amazing moment. One day you’ll look back and remember all those special moments and they’ll bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips. You’ll remember what you were feeling right before you walked down the aisle. What your maid of honor said that made everyone laugh. How handsome your love looked on this day or how you can see in his eyes how beautiful he thought you looked as he saw you for the first time.
And since I am a sucker for happy endings, here is Haley and Sev’s, straight from them:
“It was an unforgettable day and night. Not only made beautiful by the details in the venue, food and florals, but also by our amazing friends and family who traveled from far and wide to celebrate our marriage. We haven’t stopped smiling.”
That’s what dreams are made of!
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I love the champagne neutral colors of Haley’s bridesmaids dresses. A perfect example of that sophisticated, no fuss vibe the couple was striving for! Well, I think she nailed it. Especially with the classic white florals. Beautiful, classic, elegant! That’s what I am talking about!

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OMG! Didn’t I tell you the lighting was amazing here? There was a wild fire nearby that weekend and all the haze made for some beautiful skies! Luckily, no one was injured because it sure did make some stunning images. Now don’t go starting fires! Trust me, the coastal sunsets are still beautiful! Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding Sunstone Vineyards & Winery Wedding
For Haley and Sev, it was all about spending time with their guests, and that they did. I love when couples work that into the timeline! A little pre cocktail, post cocktail and a grand party!
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Vendors: 
Venue: Sunstone Winery \\ Planner: Tara Bassi Party Design \\ Catering: Field to Table Events \\ Rentals: Classic Party Rentals \\ Florals: Ambient Event Design \\ Photography: Krista Mason Photography \\ Music: Anthony Ybarra Music \\ DJ: Quiana \\ Cake: Decadence Wedding Cakes \\ HMU: Carlyle Salon \\ Transportation: EOS Transportation \\ Security: DAD Security \\ Onsite Childcare: The Little Guest \\ Linens: La Tavola Linens \\ Beverages: BevMo

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This shoot at the Fig House has my heart!
Fig House
One of the things I love best about being an artist is the ability to redefine 0ne’s self. Even when your art is photographing other people’s vision for their perfect wedding, being able to express personal growth through your art is exhilarating.
Fig House
I am sure you are asking, “What they heck does this have to do with this amazing shoot?” Well, I discovered a little more of myself last year when I started gravitating toward the weddings and events with bold colors. I have a newly discovered love for these rich deep hues. (My current obsession is with black and white!)
You see I always thought I wanted to be a soft dreamy neutral photographer; I thought it told a dreamier story. But the reality is I find beauty in all colors and most styles. I still have my core photography style, but I’ve just expanded it a tad bit. That is why I love collaborations like this one. It’s not just about sharing what could be, but exploring outside of the box as an artist. When all this amazingness collides, the end result is an out of this world stunning editorial shoot!
Fig House
Ok, back to this shoot! Besides getting to work with my dream team, what I loved most about this shoot is it took me way out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier! I love these rich bold colors and the entire vibe of this shoot. I mean, I could talk for days about every single detail. You know my love of details and this shoot had them all! From the invitations to the table decor and of course in our bridal attire.
Fig House
OMG! The style of this bride and groom was off the hook! I am not gonna lie … I tried to rock the glam head piece while shooting. It might be my new shooting look – lol. And can we talk about the grooms velvet jacket? YES, please! There was so much goodness from this shoot, I can’t get over it.
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Fig House
The Fig House, like many LA venues, is an amazing backdrop and has so many built-in WOW factors. But, I am all about transforming a space to be unique to you. Just like they always do, that is what this dream team did for this shoot. They took a rad venue space with so much already going for it and transformed it into this incredible dream wedding with a bright and bold vibe to match.
Fig House
Gianna, of Chic Celebrations, shares, “For our bright and modern styled shoot, we wanted to embrace all of that at every turn. Every detail was a creative marriage of the space and the art in it. We chose to use a mix of darks and brights with warm golds and black. The Fig House features vibrant abstract art throughout their space, the perfect backdrop for statement pieces. Love the way that bougainvillea chandelier looks like another piece of art!”
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The bouquet was what did it for me. Lauryl is a true floral master and she really knocked it out of the park on this one. In fact, it was voted one of the top bouquets on Green Weddings Shoes. The cake was voted one of the best of the year too!
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You know you have a great inspiration when two pieces of art in this case the bouquet and cake are voted best of the year. There is no question about it. I want to frame that bouquet!
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I love the base layer of the two piece combo from BHLDN. It’s an extra bonus that we were able to get three different looks with just a simple caplet or hair accessory change! I love accessories, don’t you?
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Fig House
Fig House
I am thrilled to say this isn’t my only bold shoot of the year, so keep an eye out for more bolds and blacks! I am so excited, are you?!?!
VENDORS
Event Planning: Chic Celebrations // Florals: Lauryl Lane // Venue: The Fig House // Cocktails: Pharmacie // Cake: Hey There Cupcake // Table Tops: Borrowed Blu // Rentals: Classic Rentals // Stationery: Bliss and Bone // Calligraphy: Anne Robin // HMU: Kacee Geoffroy // Bridal attire: BHLDN, Camilla Christine Bridal // Groom’s attire: The Black Tux  // Bridal accessories: Styled By TC // Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Models: Chaz Hern and Bela Ruiva

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Who loves a great dinner party! Time to connect … eat … drink … enjoy. We are all foodies at heart! I don’t care what you say! You may eat differently than me, but you can’t tell me you don’t like a delicious meal, no matter the calorie count. (Can you tell I have adjusted my diet recently? lol) roomforty is definitely THE place for the modern LA foodie!
RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
That is what I love about weddings and events these days…food is no longer boiled, grilled, stuffed, dry, boring chicken! YES!!! Thank you to whoever made that shift happen! The joke used to be what kind of chicken are we having tonight! I am so excited for all of you; now you have amazing options when it comes to food.
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And let me tell you, Roomforty … YUMMMMM!!!!! I have had the pleasure of photographing several of these popup dinners and they are so fun. They are what made me fall in love with the gang at roomforty.
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But, you know what I love best about roomforty – I mean other than the food, the passion and love and soulfulness from the kitchen prep to the serving? They don’t just cook and serve food. These guys want you to have an experience with the food. Now that is what I am talking about. Life truly is all about the experiences, not just the results, but how those experience really make us feel, think, react and remember.
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That is why roomforty and I are a match made in heaven. We both want you to experience more than just food or photos. We want you to have a genuine experience and remember every detail. It’s everything you’ve dreamt of, right?
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One of the favorite questions ever asked of me by one of the lovely people at roomforty is, “What was your favorite childhood dish and why?” My answer, while a little embarrassing, was so intriguing. It made me think of things I hadn’t thought of in years. Who knew that food could produce so many thoughts, memories and feelings.
Oh you are still waiting for my answer. Ok, I will share if you do. Go ahead, leave a comment below with your favorite food. OK, indulge me for a few minutes.
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My favorite dish is fried chicken. I swear I would order it every meal if I could! You ask what does this have to do with my childhood? Well, my favorite food as a kid was McDonalds’ chicken nuggets and KFC chicken strips. (OK, don’t judge.)  There are many happy memories associated with these trips to KFC and MickyD’s. I can’t pinpoint why, but it brings me joy to think about these times as a kid. Thank goodness my pallet has matured, but I still love some fried chicken occasionally!
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No, my parents didn’t have me living off of these meals, but they were very, very young and trying to juggle a child and a career in addition to growing up themselves. I spent many evenings at my grandmother’s house. Whenever my parents asked what I wanted for dinner before heading off to my grandmother’s … I swear it was always KFC!
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When I was very young, it was always MickyD’s, or so goes the story my dad will tell you! He tells of a time I was being rewarded for something I had accomplished when I was five years old. My dad asked me, “What do you want for dinner, you can have anything you want.” My response? “McDonalds chicken nuggets.” My dad swears he tried very hard to get me to eat anything else, but I held my ground … haha!
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Ok, now I want to hear yours. Seriously, when you’re done reading this post, you’ve just GOT to tell me what your favorite food was when you were growing up! OK, I’ve been talking a lot about one of the most common American food dishes. Let me show you a few more examples of the amazing food the crew at roomforty can put together for your next event.
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RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
Don’t these dishes look absolutely amazing? The food, while not friend chicken, is incredible – trust me! I’m sure if you ask, they’ll make you some fried chicken, haha! You HAVE to connect with roomforty to cater your wedding or event. Oh … they also have these really cool pop-up dinners … they’re so much fun! They make for a great evening to celebrate with people you know or maybe even make new friends.
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Here’s some exciting news! roomforty and Pharmacie have partnered with The Fig House. Tasty cocktails, amazing food, a gorgeous venue – it doesn’t get much better than this!
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RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
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RoomForty {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]
All of my favorite things in one place! Rad venue, good food, killer cocktails, and unforgettable experiences for a superb social gathering! Sign me up!!!

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This contemporary Millwick wedding was a perfect reflection of this super fun couple. Every last thing was meaningful to both the bride and the groom without any over-the-top wedding hoopla!

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The Millwick is definitely one of my favorite venues of all time. Their plant wall is absolutely gorgeous and everyone adores the roll up garage doors that give an edgy industrial look to the whole venue.

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

I have to admit – I was slightly obsessed with Erin’s shoes. All the metallics and print were killer and combined with her simple yet elegant wedding dress was an amazing touch. She looks stunning!

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

 

Drew is looking just as good! I can’t believe how he matched his tie color so closely to the floral palette! They sure did make for a cute couple… and did I mention fun? That’s what I love about them they were laid back fun and really down for anything we asked.

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

How about these bridesmaids’ dresses? The green Maid of Honor dress AND the floral print for the other girls was totally rad! Those just might be dresses these ladies wear again!

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

These two are probably some of the coolest people I’ve ever met, maybe even too cool for me! I mean…they served craft beer during their ceremony! I think Aldo was more in love with them after that than anyone! I was so honored they chose me to photograph their amazing wedding!

You could tell they really love each other. They wanted to share their special moment of committing to each other with their friends and family, but also keep it simple while having a good time. While photos were important to them, they also wanted to not be overwhelmed or miss their party because of it. And that’s just what we did for them.

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The Little Branch knocked it out of the park with her farm to table look. All the vibrant reds and purples really brought some life and a gorgeous color pop to this modern venue.

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

This venue was perfect for Erin and Drew and their edgy style. Their goal was to throw the best party ever for their friends and family. I think everyone can agree that is exactly what happened.

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

contemporary millwick wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

I asked Erin and Drew what their favorite part of the venue was. They both agreed it was this bar. I could definitely enjoy a cocktail sitting at this bar!

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What Erin and Drew were looking for was a good party with photography that would capture all the emotion of their day without being over-posed. They wanted beautiful images and I believe that’s exactly what they got.

 

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I am so excited to finally start catching up with all our wonderful shoots from this past year. Kicking off with sharing this editorial shoot with you! I thought it would be some fun inspiration for Valentine’s Day week with the bold mauves, purples and copper! The teams from Harmony Creative Studio and Shindig Chic totally rocked it with this one!
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Geometric shapes were paired with a soft, romantic palette of mauve, copper and natural wood tones. They provide the perfect design inspiration for your early fall wedding or party. I absolutely adore the way the designers matched a fresh palette with some really fun ideas. It’s the perfect inspiration for those brides and grooms who are planning a stylish and unique day that tells their story.

OK, let’s take a look at some of my favorite images!

Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio had a great comment about our venue: “The ranch-like setting and open meadow of new venue Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills, California was the perfect ‘tranquil’ setting. With several different ceremony and reception locations to choose from, it allowed us so much creative freedom! We choose to have our ceremony under a fantastic natural arch in one of the many majestic oak trees on the property, draping ivory silk contrasted with a gorgeous purple vintage rug from Pretty Vintage Rentals (who also supplied our fabulous lounge set-up, how great is that lilac sofa!), for a dramatic yet romantic backdrop.”geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Tulaloo Stationery Studio got things started off on the right foot with a pretty watercolor style stationery suite. The colors were absolutely perfect!

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And I adore this pink, mauve and lilac bouquet Shindig Chic designed for the shoot. Ask your florist for peonies, ranunculus, anemones, lilac, roses, veronica + olive branch!

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How gorgeous is this modern braided ponytail by Lauren Cory from KBGLAM? Love it!

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

You know I love my cocktails, so I was especially delighted with the signature drinks crafted for the shoot! His: ‘Raspberry Moscow Mule’ with Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Raspberries + Ginger Beer. Hers: ‘Blackberry Harmony’ with Blackberries, Lemon Gin + Tonic.

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I am so in love the entire look of this shoot. I think the color story and a lot of the table top ideas would translate beautifully to home design or any kind of event.

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

The soft linen napkins and delicate silk hung behind the table were the perfect soft touch to the geometric terrariums, copper chargers and beautiful florals.

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

The floral team also played off the succulents in the floral design and used potted succulents as escort cards. This was a super easy DIY project using wood pots from the Target craft section, and painting patterns with copper paint.

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I hope you’re inspired to design your day with a fun palette and some unique, geometric design elements! Here’s some more fun images from the shoot!

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geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

 

 

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This time of year gets everybody talking about the coming trends for the New Year. What are the hottest colors for weddings? What will the bridesmaids be wearing? 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!

1. Greenery

So many wedding planning decisions are on hold until the bride-to-be decides on her color scheme. Top of the list for color choices? Why, the color of the year – Pantone 15-0343 – Greenery, of course!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

2. Bold and Bright

Wedding planners are also forecasting bright and bolder colors, like these featured in this colorful centerpiece!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane

3. Neutral tones with bright accents

Looking for something a little more subtle? How about dreamy palettes of greys, creams, and gold? How awesome are these pops of mustard yellow and rich plum as accent colors?

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning: Elegant Ninja // floral design: Poppy Design Co

4. Black is chic

And one of the most chic of accent colors? Black – bet you didn’t see that one coming! Subtle black accents help round out the romantic florals and softer linens, adding the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning: Elegant Ninja // floral design: Poppy Design Co

5. Garden theme

Since Greenery was chosen as this year’s color of the year, it only seems logical to incorporate more greenery into your wedding design. This garden inspired wedding is so elegant and goes a long way toward adding a touch of nature to your big day.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

6. Lush florals

While we’re talking about floral inspiration, you’ll want to ask your floral designer to come up with something more dramatic and artistic this season – something like this lush bouquet! So many gorgeous colors and textures!!

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Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane

7. Unique Escort Cards

As a modern bride, you might be looking to stepping away from some of the more traditional wedding ideas. How about getting a little more creative with your escort cards? Like this travel inspired wedding reception!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

8. Lounge areas

And while your guests are waiting to be seated, why not treat them to a cozy space that encourages your guests to mix and mingle, all the while creating a comfortable overall flow of your space.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

9. Dessert displays

Dinner has been served, plates are being cleared, and now everyone’s sweet tooth is waking up. Guests can make their way over to your cleverly designed dessert stations and choose for themselves from any number of choices you may have waiting for them.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue name: Catalina View Gardens // event design: Nicole Alexandra Designs // florals: The Bloemist // paper goods: Jasmin Michelle Designs // cake: The Sugar Philosophers // desserts: The Sugar Philosophers

10. Art-inspired cakes

Considered to be the focal point of any wedding reception, the wedding cake is usually the pièces de ré·sis·tance. This year’s cakes promise to be almost too pretty to eat – well, almost! Like this geo inspired cake, just about anything can inspire your wedding cake design.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane // cake: Hey There Cupcake

11. White bridesmaids dresses

Probably one of the harder decisions for the bride-to-be is finding a bridesmaid dress that matches your color scheme AND looks gorgeous and flatters all of her bridesmaids. Stress no more! The trend of the bride being the only one in white is out! Elegant and eye-catching, you’ll find beautiful bridesmaid dresses in many different shades and tones of white and cream.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planner: Tara Bassi // venue: Sunstone Winery

12. Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses

And the bride doesn’t have to be the only one with bare shoulders. Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses add an element of elegance to everyone in the bridal party.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Dress: Joanna August

13. Boudoir sessions

Speaking of everyone in the bridal party, why not schedule a day of pampering for you and your girls and then end it with a boudoir shoot? It’s a super fun bonding experience with the bridesmaids and you have the added bonus of having beautiful, artistic, sexy photos to give your groom on your wedding day!

Vendors: Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Location: Colony House- Anaheim, CA // Makeup Artist: Kacee Geoffroy hair and makeup // Personal Stylist: Styled by Two’s Company // Female Model: Whitney Hoy

If you’re planning your 2017 wedding right now, we certainly hope you’ll keep us in mind for your wedding photography needs.  With our twelve plus years of experience, we are confident that we can help you tell your wedding story with beautiful, artistic images that you will cherish for years to come! Contact us today to schedule your engagement session so you can tell the whole world your wonderful news!

Already married and now basking in the glow of your love? Let us capture that glow in a private boudoir session. Feel beautiful, sexy, and alive when your significant other opens your gift of a custom album made just for them! Let’s get your scheduled soon before our calendar fills up!

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You guys know I love my destination weddings and Key West is one on the top of my list.

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I was so happy for Christina Cruz of Events Boutique when she told me she was eloping to Key West with 20 of her closest friends and family. Then … she told me she wanted me to photograph it! Well, I was all about that!!

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I’ve always wanted to go to south Florida and I was super excited at the opportunity to shoot a wedding in Key West. It did not disappoint! The beautiful palms, the turquoise water, those white sand beaches … such a quaint little community! And the weather? Absolutely perfect!

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I love the gorgeous little houses and eclectic shops!!

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I even loved the “wild life” that roamed the island…I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere!

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The character and charm of Key West really spoke to me. And the coffee … OMG, the coffee! I could have bathed in the coffee – it was sooo good! I loved walking around the island with the wedding party. The true essence of the island made the day just perfect. A laid back town, a laid back group of friends, and a couple up for almost anything!

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But, most of all I fell in love with the light. The combination of overcast cloudy days with the warm weather made it the perfect soft box! Oh, and the 2 minute bursts of rain were fun too! It was the best of both worlds! The water was so incredibly warm, which turned out to be a good thing! Due to offshore tropical storms and the high tide, half of the wedding guests were standing in the ocean!

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A boat ride out to a private island is just the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous ceremony.

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It suited Christina and Keith and all their guests just fine! Oh, I cannot wait to go back!!

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Key West {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

They wanted low key elopement with a fantastic dinner party after. Their goal was to relax and enjoy the day and that they did. Christina wanted so much to relax that she didn’t even want to talk to me about the schedule of her day, hah! (I did mention she is an event planner, right?) She didn’t want to work or lift a finger that day, so you know she worked hard ahead of time to make it all happen. I mean, who else put together this amazing backyard dinner party?

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Christina went with a nautical theme with teals, navy and white. She worked with the local vendors for the rentals and catering. She brought it all together with her special design touch to make it totally hers!

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And how fun is this cocktail bar? She’s so awesome!!

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How cute is this ship’s wheel for all the guests to sign?

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And what about these bouquets? I never would have thought to use a simple air plant as a bouquet! But, it totally works!

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Christine made sure it was a wonderful time for everyone. She thought of everything to make her guests comfortable!

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It was so much fun to see their precious fur baby participating! You know me, I go soft anytime someone with four legs comes into the room! This tutu was just adorable!

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A wedding always a joyous occasion, but sometimes the most special people are missing.

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Key West {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

This was one fun destination wedding! I can’t wait to go back! Thank you so much, Christine and Keith, for letting me be a part of your big day! Congratulations!

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I remember my first conversation with Rose. I just fell in love with her right then.

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It didn’t hurt that she was getting married at one of my favorite venues, Triunfo Creek Vineyards. OMG this venue is amazing! You’ll see what I mean when you scroll through the images. The adorable white rustic farmhouse, the gorgeous oak tree where the ceremony was held, the stunning vineyards and lush green grounds; I mean it’s like all my dream locations rolled into one!

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I seriously could shoot here every weekend! Do you remember all the big talk about El Nino around that time? Many of our brides were concerned about contingency plans in case of rain, but especially Rose. Her wedding was in March. After talking to her and explaining our rain plan she was super excited. She even said, “Well, now I kinda wish it would rain, that sounds so cute!” This is when I fell in love with her. I knew we were a perfect fit! Fortunately, EL Nino didn’t happen! It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with a few puffy clouds in the sky. It was even a little warm! We did have a fantastic time. We got some of the most adorable images from the wedding day!

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You guys know how I always talk about being able to read my clients? How we are just awesome at guiding couples into the right poses and light to get the most beautiful images? Well, Rose and Dan are a perfect example of our amazing skills put to work!

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After their most adorable first look (I mean really look how cute they are), they started talking quietly together as I was guiding them into position. All of a sudden I felt and saw some tension, so I paused and asked if everything was ok. She of course said, “Oh yes,” but I could tell something was a little off, so I gently asked again.

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Rose laughed and replied, “Yeah we’re good, he just forgot to print out my vows, but of course remembered his.” I laughed with her and suggested he go ahead and take care of it quickly because I could see the slight tension. Afterwards, I assured both of them I wanted to make sure they were looking their best together. While Dan hurried off to print her vows, we got busy taking Rose’s portraits.

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Doesn’t she look stunning?

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I love her dress combo with the lace cover-up and the belt. We rolled with the punches and everyone was able to relax and be at ease. Exactly what we want…a happy, relaxed, smiling couple.

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Rose’s wedding was a mix of blush pinks, and whites with some beautiful greens. It was the perfect pallet for Triunfo’s rustic vibe. And that beautiful oak tree is the perfect ceremony setting!

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It was a pleasure to see Dan serenade Rose at the cocktail hour.

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Can you get any cuter and more in love than that? All the guests gathered around watching and tearing up as Dan devotes his love to his new wife. I just love these authentic moments of love.

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How adorable is  the first dance with all the guests surrounding the couple smiling and looking on as they adoringly swing each other around the floor under the beautiful awning on the cobble stone floor. It just makes for the most romantic setting, leading into a fun dance party to end the evening.

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Along with being a gorgeous couple, Dan and Rose are some of the sweetest people. From the beautiful ceremony with teary eyed guests to Dan serenading Rose, to the first dance and on and on through to the speeches, it was evident these two are loved by everyone. They are easy to like and I am so thrilled to have been part of their day and to tell their story. It was such a pleasure to work with you both and I am so thrilled we had a beautiful stunning day for wedding.

Vendors:

Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Planner/Coordinator: Vita Bella Events | Photographer: Krista Mason Photography | Hair and Makeup: DeVenir Beauty | Caterer: Command Performance | DJ: VOX DJ’s | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Specialty Decor (Lanterns and Pastry Servers): Party Pleasers | Florist: Unique Floral Design | Beverage Caterer: Cocktail Concierge | Transportation: Getting Out Limos | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Live Musicians: Ruled By Venus | Security: Sandman Security | Desserts: Frost It Cakery

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So, ladies and gentlemen, this couple is proof it is never too late for love or to find the right match. The way they get each other and accommodate each other even in the smallest gesture – well, that’s what we all strive for in this game called love! I am so honored that Susan and Steve picked me to photograph the beginning of their new life together! And what a sweet wedding it was.Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Susan and Steve are such a darling couple. I love how small and intimate their wedding was! While this was Susan’s second narrative and she didn’t want all the big wedding, this was Steve’s first. He was waiting for the perfect woman to settle down with and he found that in Susan – and you can see it in the way he looks at her.

Look at the love gleaming in his eyes and the tender way he folds her in his arms. They are just so cute with all their romantic gestures. It was such a pleasure to be able to capture the two of them.

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Steve’s brother officiated the wedding on the beautiful beach near Terrenea Resort! It was the most beautiful day with just a touch of overcast. The perfect white clouds filling the sky made for some of the most beautiful and precious ceremony photos. The day was so chill; I mean, winging everything from time to walking down the aisle to the ceremony itself? It was the perfect fit for this laid back and deeply loving couple.Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title] Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title] Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Susan in her stunning white beaded gown and sexy hot heels and Steve in his dapper suit…what a wonderful combination for a laid back, simple and elegant wedding! Just what Susan and Steve had dreamed of!

Spending the day with Susan, her sister and niece while they got ready…seeing Steve for the first time and then watching them devote their love to each other in front of 20 of their closest friends…follow it up with an intimate dinner in the Terrenea Resort’s Catalina room…this is how you do simple folks! Beautiful setting, elegant details and stunning photos filled with love, joy, and happiness to cherish forever! Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title] Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title] Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Terrenea Resort Wedding {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Thanks you, Susan and Steve, for inviting me into your circle and allowing me to capture your true love!

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