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What’s that you say? An actual blog post?! Yes, it’s true. I am dusting off this blog and finally posting some of the awesome weddings and shoots I’ve been photographing this season. This one is especially awesome! One of my favorite venues to date, Rancho Las Lomas is a photographer’s dream. Wild animals, orange groves, spanish architecture, and of course, with a stunning couple like Ashley and Tony AND amazing florals by Sea of Blossoms, I couldn’t help but crush hard on this wedding. It was one of those wedding days where my finger didn’t leave my shutter once. There were some very talented vendors behind the scenes on Ashley and Tony’s big day, and the results were just pure magic.

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A big congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Grijalva!!!

It always gives me the warm and fuzzies when couples from past weddings continue to hire me for their future photography needs. You may recognize Katherine and Willy from their Strawberry Farms wedding that was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. This time they brought along Katherine’s brother, sister-in-law, and adorable baby nephew for a mini session to surprise their mom with on Mother’s Day. By the way, if you waited until last minute to get a gift for mom, I still have a few spots open for my Mother’s Day mini sessions, so get it together and be a good child.;)

I just love everything about this shoot and these couples, but little Luke definitely steals the show. Can’t get enough of those chubby baby legs.

Email me to book your mini session: info@brandiwellesphotographer.com

When 2013 arrived, it was a little bittersweet. On one hand, I felt accomplished, having met all my goals for 2012. On the other hand, I was anxious for what was ahead. I knew it was up to me to path the way for a fruitful new year. In doing so, one of my goals was to shoot and plan a styled wedding. I knew this would be the perfect way to keep myself creatively engaged. I needed to challenge myself, thinking of new ways to photograph a wedding, while creating something fresh from scratch.Which brings me to this shoot…

When Lauren of Lavender Grey Events and I sat down to plan our shoot, we never expected it to be such a labor of love.  All we knew was that we wanted to do something fun and unique that hadn’t really been done before. After lots of brainstorming and emails, we landed on our theme, April Showers Bring May Flowers, but with a modern/industrial spin. The bright blue vintage airstream trailer provided by Derek of Happier Camper was the PERFECT prop for this. Of course we knew it would be impossible to make any of this happen without a savvy group of industry vendors to lend us their talents.

Bringing in Sloane of Sloane Harmony Design on paper goods, was what really helped set the tone. Bright neon colors, with a watercolor background was the perfect compliment to our rainy theme. Then, Christina of Sea of Blossoms blew us away with her colorful spring floral designs. ALL of the vendors who were part of this shoot deserve some major high fives for all of their hard work and talents. We were so excited to get this shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

photography + styling: Brandi Welles Photographer // stylist: Lauren Colley of Lavender Grey Events // florist: Christina Rodriguez of Sea of Blossoms // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // paper goods: Sloane Levine of Sloane Harmony Design // makeup: Brandie Bedell // hair: Evelyn Lui of Serene Bridal Beauty // hairpiece: Tessa Kim // cake table + bar cart: Fort Goods // additional styling pieces: Candice of Cloud Parade // venue + camper: Derek of Happier Camper // models: Emily Minter and Andy Stavis // bride’s dress: Urban Outfitters // bride’s shoes: Ruche // bride’s wellies: Hunter Wellies from Nordstrom // groom’s clothing: J.Crew // sweetheart table top: Ikea // polka dot napkins: Anthropologie

My mom is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Only fifteen years old when she had me, she was forced to grow up and raise a child, when she was still just a baby herself. My mom sacrificed her dreams so I could grow up strong enough to chase mine. After all she’s done for my family, the least I can do is shower her with lots of love and appreciation on Mother’s day.

This year I wanted to offer my clients a way to give back to their amazing moms. Since mini sessions are always a hit, why not combine the two for a super special mother’s day treat?

This time, I’ve provided a few different options that include some fun extras for all of your mom-spoiling needs…

STEP ONE: CHOOSE YOUR OPTION

Option 1 // The Mother Lover

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • $200

Option 2 // Mom’s favorite

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • An 11×14 canvas of your favorite photo
  • $275

Option 3 // The Mother Load

  • 30 minute session for up to 5 people at a park or field (depending on date) in Orange County
  • 30-40 high res. images to print from
  • Online gallery to view and share images
  • A 16×24 canvas of your favorite photo
  • Ten 4×6 prints OR one 11×14 print
  • $350

STEP TWO: CHOOSE A DATE AND TIME FROM THE FOLLOWING AVAILABILITY

Saturday, April 20th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

Sunday, April 21st at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

And since most people spend Mother’s day with their mom’s, I’ve decided to open up two days ON mother’s day weekend as an activity for the whole family to participate in…

Saturday before Mother’s day, May 11th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th at a field in Orange County:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm
  • 6:30 – 7pm

STEP THREE: CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY TO BOOK YOUR SLOT! INFO@BRANDIWELLESPHOTOGRAPHER.COM

These slots will fill up quickly (especially the Mother’s day sessions), so make sure to grab your place before it’s too late! Then, get ready to rub it in your sibling’s faces for the rest of the year.;)