Lisa and James, engaged…

Congrats to Lisa and James, recently engaged and now in the planning stages of their 2011 wedding! As they tell it, it all started with a simple “hello”, which depending on who you ask, was a confident and assuring “hello!”, or a more choked-up, voice-cracked “hel-LO?”. Either way, it obviously worked and here we are today.  They are planning their spring wedding down in Lisa’s home town in Orange County, where it would be perfectly fine if James can’t help having his voice crack upon looking at Lisa and saying, “I do”.     

March 16, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Tari - I love all the pics, I can’t decide which ones I want. I’ll just have to look again and again.

March 16, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Ashlee - SOOOOOO!!!! CUTE:)

March 16, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Jason - Love love love love love!!!

March 16, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Dale - Great pics, I’ll set the date!

March 16, 2010 - 9:07 pm

Kateri - They’re ALL amazing !!

March 6, 2010 - 2:44 am

Daniel - Lisa nailed the comments!

March 6, 2010 - 2:44 am

Lisa L - These photos so ROCK!!! They are very different than any others I have seen. Love the way they are set up, and the intimacy they portray.

March 5, 2010 - 10:46 am

Lynn - Love her shoes!! I want a pair! All shots were amazing!!!

March 5, 2010 - 10:45 am

Tara - great shots!

March 5, 2010 - 10:18 am

Mark - AWESOME!!!!!!!!

March 5, 2010 - 10:18 am

Sheila - Beautiful pictures and I love her yellow diamond!

March 4, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Kathleen - Oh man lady! I LOVE the engagement pics of you and Big n’ Tall! So adorable!!!

March 3, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Rebecca - Your engagement pics– I love them! The backgrounds are awesome.

March 3, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Tari - These make me cry, they are beautiful! I haven’t even seen them all.

March 3, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Jennifer - Your pictures came out amazing!

Laurel and John’s Winter Engagement Shoot in Yosemite…

For our first engagement shoot for 2010, we bring you Laurel and John, who will be our last wedding of 2010 (they are getting married on December 31!).  When we found out they loved the outdoors, we pitched a crazy idea to them: we were planning to go to Yosemite in a few days, so why not come along? They jumped at the idea — in a matter of minutes, they rearranged their work schedules and a few days later we were photographing a beautiful couple in a breathtaking location. Congrats to Laurel and John! Your spirit and energy is infectious! We are honored — and can’t wait — to be part of your New Years Eve wedding!

March 29, 2010 - 4:19 pm

amy benton - que linda! those pictures are sooo amazing. I love the black and white one and the snow ball fight. sooo awesome! muah

February 26, 2010 - 10:58 am

Megan - they’re GORGEOUS!!!!

February 24, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Jim McAdler - Beautiful photos…some of the best I’ve seen in Yosemite!

February 21, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Patricia Feng - Amazing shots. Breathtaking scenery. They look stunning in front of the camera. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!!!

February 21, 2010 - 6:27 am

Sandy McAdler - What fun and original photos! I especially loved the reflection picture, but each was unique and fun. Thank you for sharing. We are excited for the happy couple!

February 19, 2010 - 7:38 am

Jennifer Castello - Laurel and John, you both look so happy and natural together – great photos!

February 18, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Heather - Love love love your engagement pics!

February 18, 2010 - 7:33 pm

Karl Emrich - Fantastic Photos, can’t wait for your wedding.

February 17, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Geoff and Beth - You are the most adorable engaged couple we’ve ever known!

February 15, 2010 - 4:33 pm

Stacey - Beautiful!

February 15, 2010 - 4:31 pm

SuSu - Great photos! Love the one with the reflection in the water.

February 15, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Chuck - Great setting for a great couple.

February 15, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Isabel - Wow ….. Beautiful pictures, Beautiful Couple !! We are so happy for you guys. Congratulations.

February 13, 2010 - 7:47 pm

David - As someone who loves them both dearly, I couldn’t be happier with these. A few are incredibly touching. Nicely done, can’t wait until I can see the rest. ;-)

February 13, 2010 - 4:03 pm

Josephine - Great shots – very creative!

February 13, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Erin - I couldn’t agree more. Beautiful pics. Congrats on the engagement!

February 13, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Carlos - Your Engagement pics looks awesome. Congrats Laurel!

February 13, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Gail - Beautiful! I especially love the pose showing them reflected in the water. Wonderful creativity!

February 13, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Shari - These are super-terrific-awesome!!!

February 13, 2010 - 2:36 pm

sandra ricca - You’ve done it again!!! These photos are truly breathtaking. Keep up the awesome work.

February 13, 2010 - 1:00 pm

mo - Amazing…especially love the reflection shot.

February 13, 2010 - 10:25 am

Daniel - these are amazing, SO professional you look great

February 13, 2010 - 9:53 am

Mark - love them good looking couple with a Great location. Gorgeous!!

February 13, 2010 - 9:52 am

Tina - beautiful job!!!

February 13, 2010 - 9:52 am

Cindy - Awesome. They will surely treasure those the rest of their lives!

February 13, 2010 - 9:51 am

Patti - stunning…

February 13, 2010 - 9:51 am

Kristin - Very nice!

February 13, 2010 - 9:50 am

Alice - These are gorgeous. Good photos!

February 13, 2010 - 9:28 am

Rachel Sandman - Gorgeous! Wish I had scenery like that!

February 13, 2010 - 6:18 am

Will H. Raybourn - Amazing work…truly outstanding shots.

February 13, 2010 - 5:59 am

Sherry Politte - Wow,speechless.

February 13, 2010 - 12:23 am

Amada Gonzalez - Wow!! These are GREAT pictures! That’s it… I’m leaving the South and Moving there! LOL!

February 12, 2010 - 11:20 pm

Keith Sparbanie - Very nice work!

February 12, 2010 - 10:40 pm

William C. Coffman - WOW! Truely awsome Pictures!

Vote for the best MMP image of 2009!

As we gear up for the 2010 wedding season, it’s always good to take a look back at all the fun wedding photos and great couples we got to work with in 2009. With that in mind, we thought this might be a fun opportunity for us, the photographers, to pick a few of our favorites. From being behind the camera, our favorites might be inspired by different reasons compared to what the couples might pick, which is why we’ve given a little behind-the-scenes info below. Nonetheless, we weeded down our favorites to 18 images. This was a near impossible process as there are so many great images from all the 2009 weddings, but if we included them all, this post would be a mile long!

So help us out! Vote for your favorite! And tell your friends, your neighbors, your book club to vote too! You can cast your vote, as well as leave comments, at the bottom of this post. We’ll leave the polls open until February 28th, and we’ll give the couple that ends up with the most votes a free print of that image (or another, if they prefer) in any size smaller than 20×30″.


#1 – Keely and Lee, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Keely and Lee were right in the middle of their reception when we noticed a gazebo lit up a blazing blue. We asked Keely and Lee if we could steal them for a minute to get a quick shot outside, and they said sure. We ran outside, threw a remote flash behind them, fired a few shots, and they then ran back to their party. This whole shot happened in about one minute.

#2 – Keely and Lee, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Keely, surrounded by her court, in mid-boogie.

#3 – Sarika and Aaron, Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA. Sarika’s bridesmaids. The two cultures coming together was not only beautiful on the inside, but stunning on the outside.  It was an honor to be part of it.

#4 – Sarika and Aaron, Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA. The Fuchsia wedding dress, the tie, the jewels, the henna – a vibrant wedding.

#5 – Christina and Jason, Scopazzi’s Saloon, Boulder Creek, CA. Scopazzi’s Saloon is a piece of history hidden up in the redwoods since 1912. Jay is part of the country band you see behind them, and you wouldn’t believe the powerful emotions that pour out when he is behind his guitar and a mic, singing to his new wife. This shot is of their first (country!) dance.

#6 – Jessica and Mark, Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Married maybe 15 minutes in this shot. We caught the very last rays of light.

#7 – Jessica and Mark, Dreams Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We start the Trash The Dress shoot in the pool. Love how her dress is forming a heart shape.

#8 – Jessica and Mark, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Bride + groom + horse + tropical storm + crashing waves = SanDisk moment. Everyone got drenched from the rain and surf, but obviously it was worth it.

#9 – Danielle and Matt, Santa Cruz, CA. Their little blue Datsun is part of their family, so we had to get it as part of their wedding photos! Plus, a few tweaks to the license plate to reflect their anniversary.

#10 – Mila and Shane, Santa Cruz, CA. This photo isn’t staged. This is how Shane’s friends just are. So as you can imagine, it was one fun party!

#11 – Elizabeth and Adam, The City Club of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. This photo was taken in the landmark City Club of San Francisco, home to an original Diego Rivera painting.

#12 – Veronica and Dave, Burlingame, CA. Classic shot from above at St. Catherine of Siena’s.

#13 – Veronica and Dave, Burlingame, CA. A fun, wild couple that carved out lots of time for photography (thank you!). So, we had enough time to not only go jump around downtown, but wait for the perfect gust of wind to get her vail airborne!

#14 – Rachel and Trevor, Glen Ellen, CA. This shot was taken at Jack London Saloon, late at night, after their wedding had come to a close. A wedding dress pretty much gives you access to anything, so when we walked in and asked if we could take a shot on the pool table, the locals not only made room, but helped with some props (the pool table balls, the placement of the sticks, even the drink in Trevor’s hand is by design). Rachel and Trevor likely thought we had some odd photo ideas, but once we got going, their inner James Bond kicked in!

#15 – Laura and Scott, James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco, CA. Their wedding was at the historic Flood Mansion, and we love this shot for the classical elegance of both the venue and the couple. And in particular, Laura, for being such a trooper, since it was really cold!

#16 – Annie and Laurent, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA. Classic wedding under the Golden Gate Bridge at one of our favorite venues, the historic Fort Baker, now the respectfully restored, green and sustainable, Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker.

#17 – Annie and Laurent, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA. First dance as husband and wife. If you are considering investing in creative lighting at your wedding, here is proof positive that it can be a great addition!

#18 – Erika and Andres, Discovery Bay, CA. Their original plan was to use more of a houseboat, but we suggested a more romantic dinghy, and they agreed. Here they are boating on up to their wedding, to the cheers of their guests.

Vote early! Vote often!

Vote for the best MMP image of 2009!

  • #1 - Keely & Lee under the blue gazebo. (4%, 20 Votes)
  • #2 - Keely & Lee boogie. (3%, 14 Votes)
  • #3 - Sarika's bridesmaids. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • #4 - Sarika and Aaron together. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • #5 - Christina and Jason first (country!) dance. (2%, 10 Votes)
  • #6 - Jessica and Mark, palm tree sunset. (2%, 11 Votes)
  • #7 - Jessica trash the dress in the pool. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • #8 - Mark and Jessica on horseback along coastline. (3%, 15 Votes)
  • #9 - Danielle and Matt in their blue Datsun. (43%, 209 Votes)
  • #10 - Shane and his groomsmen. (1%, 6 Votes)
  • #11 - Elizabeth and Adam on the grand staircase. (2%, 11 Votes)
  • #12 - Veronica walking down the isle. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • #13 - Veronica and Dave, vail in the wind. (9%, 44 Votes)
  • #14 - Rachel and Trevor in the pool hall. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • #15 - Laura and Scott overlooking San Francisco. (1%, 6 Votes)
  • #16 - Annie and Laurent under the Golden Gate Bridge. (1%, 7 Votes)
  • #17 - Annie and Laurent first dance. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • #18 - Erika and Andres boat to their wedding. (23%, 106 Votes)

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March 2, 2010 - 10:29 pm

Matt - Yea! We have a winner — #9, Danielle and Matt in their little blue Datsun!! They got 43% of the votes, which was the majority. We’ll get them an enlargement of that print — or of some other print if they’d rather look at someone else. Thanks to everyone for chiming in, both with your votes and comments. This was a great success — we may have to do it more than once a year… humm…

February 2, 2010 - 6:26 am

Julz - All of the pictures are so beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes! We love you Matt and Danielle!

January 31, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Mary Pat Dubeck - Fantastic pictures!!!!! However……………….Matt and Danielle are just “too cute for words”. Good luck—that picture would look great hanging in your living room reminding everyone of that fun day last August.

January 30, 2010 - 11:10 am

Matt E - Classic Pick in the Datsun!!!! Awesome!!!! That one gets my vote!!!!

January 29, 2010 - 9:04 pm

meegi - these photos are amazing!!! so hard to choose, but i’m wondering if it comes down to whose is best or who had the biggest wedding?!! hahah LOVE THEM

January 29, 2010 - 7:51 am

Chris Dubeck - I voted!!! What a great collection of photos. Really expresses how the subjects were feeling that day! Good luck!!!!!

January 25, 2010 - 9:15 am

fabrizio mengasini - I just voted number two. As WP give me a romantic and genuine atmosphere.

Thank you

January 23, 2010 - 5:19 pm

Stephanie - I just VOTED! I really didn’t think it would be so hard. So many great shots… some funny, some charming, some romantic… REALLY wonderful work guys.

January 23, 2010 - 5:19 pm

Marc - Dude. How can I choose just one?

January 23, 2010 - 3:48 pm

mo - I seriously resented being able to vote for only one. These photos are magnificent!

January 23, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Vicki Shearin - All the shots were beautiful and if I could have, I would have voted for all of them. But since only vote was possible, I chose the black/white cathedral shot. It depicted the occasion, the beauty of the location and captured the wedding experience by showing the couple and friends and family sharing the experience.

January 23, 2010 - 9:42 am

Carla - Oh goody, I love a contest and I love to vote! The most important vote is the one in your hearts…so congratulations to every individual in these photos…and of course, their awesome photographers—true artists loving what they do!

January 23, 2010 - 1:07 am

Kevin - I can’t vote for just one that’s too difficult. In any case their should be at least two categories: Color and Film Noir

January 22, 2010 - 5:20 pm - Perfect moment! I love the shots that really capture people! WOnderful work!

January 22, 2010 - 5:08 pm

melissa rowan - Just aesthetically pleasing. Beautiful comp. and fulfillment of lens!

January 22, 2010 - 5:06 pm

melissa rowan - Love the lighting, natural. Makes this photo. I long for the pre-photo shop days!

January 22, 2010 - 12:27 pm

Erika Noriega - Vote for me!!!! mama needs a print :)! love you matt & suzanne!

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