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Summer beach weddings are very popular on the Monterey Bay and one of my favorite venues is the Monterey Plaza Hotel.


You never know if it will be cold and foggy so when it’s warm and sunny the celebration is even more special.

wedding A gorgeous view to say “I do”.


Hot pink and navy details. I love Terry’s navy pinstripe suit!

Congratulations, Terry & Jennifer!

If you are planning a wedding on the Monterey Bay, give us a call! 831-325-4183

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I remember when my husband asked me to marry him 20 years ago. Our first plan was to elope. We planned on jumping in the car and driving to California and getting married on the beach somewhere with a beautiful view. Like many couples, we changed our plans so our family and friends could could help us celebrate. There is a lot to be said for a small wedding. Less stress and fewer details make for a more relaxed ceremony!

at Lone Cypress

 Lately I’ve been photographing a lot of smaller weddings with couples from all over the world who come to the Monterey Bay to elope. Sometimes they choose this area based on a photograph or one of my blog posts. A couple of weeks ago I photographed this sweet elopement at Lone Cypress on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Ashley and Roberto travelled here from Pennsylvania.

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 Congratulations Roberto & Ashley!!

If you are planning to elope, call me 831-325-4183! I have an elopement package that makes it very easy to say “I do”. Some of the other vendors who made this wedding special are Reverend Donna with Honey in the Heart Ceremonies, Lezlie with Grand Design Floral, Lorene Stewart makeup & hair artist and the Monterey Plaza Hotel.


  • Maureen @ Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants - June 13, 2012 - 12:13 PM


    Your elopement photos are fabulous and it’s always such fun to officiate a wedding where you’re taking the photos. LOVE the purple flowers, too!

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When trying to figure out where to shoot an engagement session, I always ask my couples where they were engaged and what they like to do on dates. For Carly and Patrick’s engagement session we decided two elements were important, nature and fire.

We started our session at this funky vacant lot. Every time I come here I discover a new strange detail like the stars in the brick work.

We jumped in my car and headed North up Highway One to Davenport for a campfire. Patrick is a fireman and I’m guessing a former boyscout or lego master by the way he built the fire. Roasting marshmallows is a nice way to end  a fun portrait session!

couple on beach

Congratulations on your engagement, Patrick & Carly! I’m looking forward to your wedding in August!

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What did you do for Cinco de Mayo? I usually never do anything memorable on May 5th but that all changed last weekend when I went to DJ Fantasy Camp at KZSC, the college radio station at UCSC.

college radio

Like many photographers, I spend countless hours working on my computer and listening to music. Some years ago I started listening to college radio stations because they play a wide variety of music and  a lot of music you don’t hear on most stations. KZSC is definitely one of my favorite stations so when they offered DJ Fantasy Camp in exchange for a donation, I had to jump at the chance!  I finally visited “the little radio station in the redwoods”! I was a guest on one of my favorite shows, Muzical Jewz which airs Saturdays 4-6pm on 88.1 FM. I’m happy to say that the experience was much more fun than I expected!


Muzical Jewz is equal parts silly and interesting. A mixture of comedy, music and cultural tidbits from Jewish entertainers. Pictured above is the host, DJ Oy-Dog. You never know what he’ll play next, Hebrew rap, Gilda Radner, Neil Diamond or something cool I’ve never heard before. I’ve been listening to his show for at least 3 years so it was really nice to meet him.

kzscAs soon as I got there Oy-Dog crowned me and named me an Honorary Yiddish American Princess aka DJ H-YAP. He also let me pick my favorite Bowie songs from their monstrous record collection and read a few Public Service Announcements. I also learned 7 words to never say on the air and what to do if you accidentally say one of them.

Since it was Cinco de Mayo, I brought Horchata and we ended up having an on-air toast to MCA, aka Adam Yauch, my favorite Beastie Boy who had died of cancer the day before. Oy-Dog played a bunch of Beastie Boys songs and we shared some stories. He then played me a wild song entitled, Rebecca Came Back from Mecca, which pretty much was the highlight of my day:)


DJ Oy-Dog taking care of business.

I’d like to thank Dylan and Michael for showing me such a good time and loading me up with all that cool swag! Best Cinco de Mayo I’ve had! I’d also like to thank my assistant Val for coming with me to photograph my big debut, lol. If you would like more information on DJ Fantasy Camp or if you would like to make a donation to KZSC email Michael mbryant@ucsc.edu   ~Shalom:)

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Yuma Wedding


Last month I photographed my first wedding in my hometown of Yuma, Arizona. The ceremony was held at St. Francis, my old school and the church my family attended. Lots of green plaid memories:)

yuma wedding

It was a 90 degree day so we made a quick detour downtown for a portrait walk and a cold drink before heading out to the reception at the Quechan Resort & Casino.


Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Rouff!!

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