Thursday, February 11, 2016


Choosing to hire a hair stylist for your wedding day is definitely a personal preference for each Bride and their budget.  I tossed the idea back and forth before making my choice for my own wedding and I am so glad that i did in fact decide to hire someone.  

Before I hired a professional, I was convinced I was just going to wear my hair down and curled.  When I went for my consultation/trial style my hair dresser actually convinced me through gentle encouragement to do something different and it made a huge difference in my over all wedding day hair style look, photos and Husbands reaction. In short, finding the right hair stylist can really make a difference in your special day.

Here are five questions to ask a potential hair stylist. 

1) Are you licensed and board certified?

This should be a no brain-er but in this day and age, sadly, even the nicest seeming people can be deceiving and dishonest.  If the stylists credentials/certification is not prominently displayed in their work station ask to see it! This is not rude and is something you need to do to protect yourself and your hair. 

2) Does my package include a trial session? 

I highly recommend choosing someone who will do a trial run of your style a few days before your wedding.  This should not cost as much as the day of fee or should be included free in the package you purchase.  Have realistic expectations when you do your trial run though, it probably won't look perfect and definitely won't be put in place to last. The trial is simply that, a trial run to make sure you're going to be happy with the style you choose and work out any kinks ahead of time so you're not stressed the day of the wedding. 

3) Do you travel?

Are you planning to get ready at home or in the bridal suite of your venue? Is your stylist willing to travel to one of these locations and will it cost additional?

4) Do you offer discounts if my wedding party books with you?

On my wedding day I chose to pay for both my mother and mother in law to have their hair done as well as part of my gift and thank  you to them for all their wedding day help. This was offered at a discount because the hair stylist was already going to be at my location doing my hair.  

5) Will you be booking other clients on the day of my wedding?

Ask your stylist if they will be taking other clients that day and if so how close to your scheduled time? This is important to know to ensure that the stylist will be on time for you appointment, especially if they will be traveling to you.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bakersfield CA Intimate Wedding Venue & Wedding Ceremony Coordination

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding at a small intimate venue in Bakersfield, CA.

I hadn't heard of the venue before, even though I was familiar with the area it was located so I of course did some research before the wedding.

I quickly found that Enlace Wedding Officiants not only offers the downtown Bakersfield wedding venue but they also offer ceremony and officiant service in your preferred venue.  From my discussion with the Bride who hired me for her wedding and researching the Enlace Wedding Officiant website it appears they offer unique packages to fit any couples needs as well as a large array of officiant denominations including non-religious ceremonies.  There website says it best that their "mission is to offer every couple a ceremony program that fits their desires, personal beliefs and budget."

When I arrived at the venue I got to meet Rev. Miroslava Hernandez who officiated the ceremony.  She was very nice, professional and I could tell she truly enjoys what she does. The ceremony that she helped the couple create was beautiful and sweet.

The venue offered by Enlace is intended for small ceremonies, and fits up to 30 guests and is per-decorated in neutral colors. Another benefit is the location is so close to numerous beautiful parks where you can take your photographs after the ceremony.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Engagement Photos

Here's a few of my favorite engagement photos from a recent session I had the opportunity to shoot.  We got some amazing light and I had a lot fun getting creative with some of the editing. These should give you some ideas for location and posing at your own engagement photo shoot.  The number one thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy the moment.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Awesome Tungsten Wedding Bands

Here's a little secret, the mark up in jewelery stores for tungsten wedding bands is pretty shocking.  In a typical jewelery store you can expect to pay well over $200 for the rings shown below.  The links will take you to these quality rings from high ranked sellers and the best part, they are all under $20.00!  Here are 8 awesome tungsten wedding bands that are priced right and have great reviews.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

7 Creative Gifts for Bridesmaids

Giving your Bridesmaids a token of your appreciation on the day of your wedding, or just before the wedding is a must.  It says "Thank you for putting up with my crazyness". And that's important.

Here's 7 Creative Gifts for Bridesmaids that can not only be used in your wedding by your girls, but for years to come!

1. Bridesmaids Kimonos
These kimono robes from silkandmore on Etsy are beautiful and make for awesome getting ready photos of your wedding party. They're perfect for a vintage themed wedding.