San Diego Family Photographer: The Starrs

I can’t think of a better blog post for Thanksgiving week than to feature this family. John and I are so grateful for you guys and we’re so blessed to know you and to be “doing life” with you! Your joy, no matter what life’s circumstances, is truly contagious and a blessing to witness and experience. Thank you again for coming out and sharing your smiles with me (you, too, Charlie!).

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Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Murrieta Private Estate Wedding, Part Two: Ashley + Ryan

Welcome back to the second part of Ryan and Ashley’s rustic chic wedding up in the hills of Murrieta. This day was nothing short of fabulous, and it was chock full of the kind of details that I love – soft, lovely, and sweet with a touch of sophisticated elegance. Plus, Ashley and Ryan are two wonderful people with sincere hearts and emotional spirits, so the wedding felt beautiful on all accounts. We loved their families, their friends were extremely fun and kind, and the sun setting behind the mountains couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. I could gush about this wedding and the people involved all day long, but I won’t keep you any longer from the amazing images. I’m dying to share!!

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Get ready for my favorite series….

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Ashley and Ryan: Thank you again for inviting us into your most special day. You two are so lucky to have the community you do as well as the love you share. It was undeniable how much you are loved by so many people, and that is by far the best way to go through life. We wish you both all the best!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Ashley Davis - November 18, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Thanks so much Natalie!! These captured the day better than we could have ever imagined! Thank you for your well wishes, and thanks for making us look so good! 😉 :)

Kathy Anderson OLeary - November 18, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple! You did a wonderful job, Natalie!

Murrieta Private Estate Wedding: Ashley + Ryan

Happy Monday! I’m so excited to be back on the blog this morning after taking a little break to just be mommy to our sweet Annie Reese. This private home up in the mountains of Murrieta was the perfect location for Ashley and Ryan to tie the knot. The entire day was calm and beautiful and Ashley and Ryan were beaming with excitement. A special thanks to Ryan and Ashley….thank you for choosing US as your photographers! It was truly an honor.

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Ashley and Ryan chose to start their day with a First Look. I just love these shots of Ashley emerging from the bridal suite, seconds away from seeing her husband-to-be.

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I love the rustic elegance of the table settings and reception decor.

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Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

Suzanne Hahnau-Ramet - November 17, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Absolutely FABULOUS!

Ashley Davis - November 17, 2014 - 7:29 pm

AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much my dear :) Just beautiful!

Jeannine Reese-Novak - November 18, 2014 - 5:59 am

Lovely lovely; beautiful couple- congratulations and many many years of togetherness.

Michelle Place - November 18, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Beautiful pics. Love their style.

Trump Winery Wedding, Part Two | Caroline + Justin

The loveliness continues today with the second half of Justin and Caroline’s romantic wedding at Trump Winery. The vines, the details, the people, and the laughter made Caroline and Justin’s family style wedding breathtaking in its intimate sweetness, and a big thank you goes to Cinda of White Birch Events for coordinating the day flawlessly and to Amy with Blue Ridge Floral Design for her beautiful spring florals that created a romantic space for guests (and our cameras) to enjoy.

The ceremony, which took place under the weeping willow, was as beautiful as it was emotion-filled.

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Caroline was an absolute vision walking down the aisle.

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Here’s reason #178 why I love having my husband second shoot with me. While he was capturing this…

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…I was on the side capturing the same moment from a different angle. LOVE!

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Mr. and Mrs.!!

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A few candid moments caught right after the ceremony…

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Loved working with these crazy kids.

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Caroline and Justin’s first dance got the night started inside the pavilion.

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Then it was time for the parents to step in.

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Before the sun set behind the mountains we grabbed Justin and Caroline and headed out to the vineyard for a few more photos. I think these might be some of my favorite from the day!

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When we got back inside the party was well underway.

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Caroline and Justin’s band, Three Sheets to the Wind, rocked the house!

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As if the whole day wasn’t perfect enough, the bride’s parents surprised the newly weds and their guests with a fireworks show before the night ended.

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Caroline and Justin: Thank you for being so absolutely wonderful in front of our cameras. It was a DELIGHT to spend time with both of you and your families and to share in this meaningful day, and we are so excited for this incredible new part of your journey together!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

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Wedding Photography: Natalie Bell Photography | Ceremony Location: Trump Winery | Reception Location: Trump Winery | Wedding Coordinator: Cinda with White Birch Events | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral Design | Cake: Pearl’s | Caterer: Glorious Foods | Ceremony Music: Harwell Grice Band | Reception Music: Three Sheets to the Wind | Hair and Make-up: Avenue 42
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Sasser - October 18, 2014 - 12:08 pm

One thing I can say, perfect wedding photography!

Trump Winery Wedding | Caroline + Justin

We met Justin and Caroline at their engagement session last summer, and we knew right off that this University of Virginia couple had a special connection. At the time their wedding felt a long way off. I was five months pregnant and the thought that by the time their wedding came around I would not only have my baby but she would be four months old was almost too hard to believe! However, before we knew it, May had arrived and we were back in Charlottesville (this time with our newest addition, our sweet little Annie Reese). Spring is always lovely in Charlottesville, but this was a particularly perfect spring day. It was picture perfect beautiful.

This wedding was a lovely affair from top to bottom thanks to the talented Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events. Plus, Amy Webb with Blue Ridge Floral rocked the flower arrangements, and there’s no better backdrop than Trump Winery. It was a dream team of vendors that brought endless romance and adoration to Justin and Caroline’s big day!

 

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We were so excited that Caroline and Justin decided to do a First Look!

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Such a great moment!

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Caroline, I knew you were going to be a stunning bride…

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Now this is a wedding party!

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John and I love it when the wedding day timeline allows ample time for the wedding party and family to hang out and spend some time together instead of rushing around from one place to another. It was great to capture a few of these relaxed pre-ceremony moments.

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Doesn’t pink lemonade always look so beautiful!?

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We even had enough time to take a few of Justin and Caroline right before the ceremony.

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Stay tuned because tomorrow is going to be just as elegant and stylish when we feature the ceremony and reception with all of its gorgeous details and cute moments!

Un abrazo fuerte,

Natalie

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