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Katherine and Willy’s Strawberry Farms wedding was the perfect way to end my 2012 wedding season. Even though it rained most of the day, and their ceremony had to be moved in the barn, Katherine and Willy could not have been more excited to tie the knot. Anyway, nothing says romance like snuggling up under an umbrella together on a rainy day.;)

I just loved the simple yet beautiful touches Katherine added to make the day that much sweeter. My personal favorites being the delicious pies that took the place of a wedding cake, Katherine’s gorgeous white bouquet, and the bridesmaids hydrangea bouquets from Flower Allie. It was the quintessential winter wedding. The day couldn’t have been more lovely, and Katherine and Willy couldn’t be a more perfect pair.

I always get really excited whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a bridesmaid from one of my previous weddings. It makes me feel kind of like I must be doing something right.;)

Leanne is so cute and photogenic, I kind of like to consider her my own personal Taylor Swift. Chris ain’t so bad himself. In fact, the two of them together are like a young Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. Wait, are they still together? I’m really bad at the whole celebrity relationship thing. Let’s just say that Chris and Leanne make a gorgeous couple, and it’s obvious that they are madly in love. Their engagement session was the perfect way to kick off 2013!

I think it’s only fair to say that 2013 is off to a great start here with Staci and Josh’s sweet Champions Club wedding. I’ve known Staci and Josh for many years now, as we’ve all worked many hellish serving jobs together. So it’s safe to say that they are like, the cutest couple, EVER. You may remember their fun snowboarding engagement session from early last year? Well, by the time Staci and Josh had their wedding celebration, they were actaully already married. Josh is an Air Force Firefighter, and they tied the knot last year in an intimate ceremony at Irvine Park with just a few family members, friends, and of course, their doggie Teegan. So I was incredibly honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding celebration with all of their friends and family present to support them.

They also annouced some incredible news at their wedding celebration. Josh is being stationed in the beautiful tropical island of Okinawa, Japan later this year and so these two newlyweds will be living it up there for the next couple of years! They couldn’t be more excited, and I couldn’t be happier for them and how far they’ve come as a couple since our days of slinging pasta together at Buca.;)

Congrats guys!!! Enjoy Okinawa – and come back nice and tan!;)


  • Kelly Mendoza - Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • Will Lemon - It’s amazing to see Josh as ‘adult.’ I remember Metal Josh, with his long, curly hair, flowing like a rock god. No he’s all grows up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne - So beautiful!! Great job Brandi!ReplyCancel

Creating this post has been quite a walk down memory lane. Looking back through all of the wonderful weddings and amazing couples I’ve photographed this year fills me with so much joy and appreciation for what I do. I will always consider 2012 as my year of growth. I’ve learned so much about myself and my business, and the knowledge I have gained from it will be my stepping stool to 2013.

I could not have made it to this point in my life without all of my incredible couples, friends, peers, and family, who believed in me enough to help me bring my dreams to reality.

Cheers to 2013!!!


  • Gabriel Ryan - So excited for you and what is surely to come… You’ve got it all, Brandi: the creativity, the resolve, and the character required to make your mark in the wedding world. And I am honored to watch it all happen. Keep on rockin it!!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Palasek - Your an amazing woman, photographer, and friend! Love to see how far you have come, and lOve that ive been around to see your journey:)ReplyCancel

  • Kaysha - Yay, 2012 was such a great year and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings you!ReplyCancel

Don’t mind me while I catch up on my blogging this week.;)

I just love photographing the same families each year, and getting to see their little ones grow and sprout wings right in front of my camera. I happen to be espcially lucky with this adorable family because they are part of MY family. So I get to watch little Marshall and Diego grow on the reg. And it has been such a joy. These two kiddos melt my heart, and their parents are pretty dang awesome themselves. I sure do love my job.

Marshall, you are killing me!

Major thanks goes to Scott and Kris for being such big supporters of me and my dreams throughout the years. Love you and the boys so much!

Happy holidays! xoxo