The forecast for the day that Derek and Chelsey were to wed predicted rain.  When the day of the wedding came around the forecast still predicted rain, however it just kept moving farther and farther back and they didn’t end up getting any rain at all!  They were especially happy because at The Orchard Wedgewood Wedding and Event Center in Menifee, everything takes place outdoors.  This venue is really pretty and is set against a little lake with a gazebo and fountain.  Everything was green and all of the flowers were in bloom, it was just perfect.

Here is the story of how Derek and Chelsey met and fell in love, as written by Chelsey:

“Well to be honest it all started with a pair of cowboy boots that I posted to my instagram account. We knew each other from high school but never talked to one another. So low and behold Derek commented on my photo and said he always went to the same local country bar that I went to, but again we never saw each other there at the same time! About a week went by and he had invited me and a friend to go out to that very same bar together, I accepted and we met that next Saturday at 8pm….well one drink, one too many we were out dancing our little hearts out to the music and had our first kiss. After that night we talked all day the next day and then he vanished, like poof gone like the wind! I thought he was totally pulling the whole 3 day rule, and I thought do people REALLY still do that? Well two days go by and nothing, so I set a time limit if he doesn’t text or call me by a 2pm tomorrow I’m texting him…Well 2pm rolled around and you guessed it…NOTHING! So I took the plunge and sent him a little message something like, “hey, how’s it going?” And just like that the rest was history. We were pretty much inseparable after that and knew we wanted a future together and it just so happened on our year and a half anniversary, (which also happened to be 4th of July) Derek got down on one knee in front of all our friends and family and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, actually I don’t think I said anything cause I was so shocked that my best friend the person I wanted to spend forever with was asking ME, to become his wife that I just nodded my head yes. Fast forward 280 days later, on April 9th, 2016 we said “I do!”

Congratulations Derek and Chelsey, thanks so much for letting me capture your day!

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This sweet little guy surprised his parents and decided to make his debut six weeks early.   At the time of his newborn session he was three weeks old, but still had not reached his due date 🙂  Anderson was awesome and slept for his entire session.   I loved his bright and colorful nursery, it was so cheerful.   His parents did an awesome job decorating!  Congratulations to this sweet new family of three.

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I just love working with this family.  I got to do their maternity session when they were expecting their first baby and she just turned three. Last week I got to take their maternity photos as they are now expecting their second baby.  We met up at Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park in Orange County.  It is a beautiful place with majestic live oak trees, a butterfly garden, miles of trails and tall gorgeous grass.  This sweet mama always styles her family so beautifully, it makes my work so easy!

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The Morris family has graced my lens often, and I always love photographing them.  Lea always has a vision for her photos and I love making it come to life.  Sweet little MaKenna is almost 9 months old and Brooklyn is turning four. I have been so blessed to photograph both of these sweet girls since birth.  We set up the cutest little tent for them and had a blast playing in the gorgeous hills of Oak Glen.  After nearly a week of rain we were very happy for sunshine on the day of our scheduled session 🙂

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I had fun hanging out with the Gonzales family last week at Prospect Park in Redlands.  They welcomed a daughter six weeks ago and their son just turned four.  He is such a sweet big brother and he loves baseball.   These four were so easygoing and fun, and I think that reflects in their photos 🙂

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