Old Orange County Courthouse Elopement – Amanda + Atalia

I love courthouse elopements, so I was already on board when Amanda and Atalia asked me to photograph their intimate wedding. When they told me it was going to be at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, I was even more excited. This has to be one of the most adorable courthouses ever. The historic building is over a hundred years old and all of the wood furniture, wrought iron staircases, and globe lights give it a very vintage, cool look. Amanda and Atalia’s friends and family were just as sweet and fun as they were, with Atalia’s parents coming all the way from Australia for the wedding. After the ceremony, we all walked down the street to the Red Room at Chapter One Restaurant for a lovely luncheon reception, complete beautiful toasts and Moscow Mules!

Congratulations, Amanda and Atalia! See the complete set or order prints here!

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Ceremony venue: Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana

Reception venue: Chapter One Restaurant, Red Room

Florist: Felicity Blooms

Hair: Laurie Sim at Addiction Salon

Makeup: Chanel Velasco

Brides’ attire: Nordstroms and Modcloth


Andreas Holm - Beautiful! You’ve really captured the joy and the spirit of the day.

Sarah - What a sweet couple! I love how emotional they were before the ceremony, you captured them so well!

Albert Palmer - Love the photo of them laughing together on the bench before the ceremony

Darren Gair - Beautiful coverage Jessica

Rae - So lovely to see.. Same sex marriage isn’t (yet) legal here in Australia so this brought tears of happiness to my eyes. Bless this gorgeous couple and what beautiful images they’ll have to remember this by x

Teresa K - what a very, very sweet wedding Jessica…well done on your captures!

Anton Chia - So beautiful and touching.

Jonathan David - Such great emotion Jessica! Brilliant work :)

Elissa - Gosh, they are both so beautiful. I really love their almost-matching-but-not-quite dresses and how emotional they were before the ceremony.

Calabasas Saddle Peak Lodge Wedding Photographer – Lauren + Brandon

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When Lauren first described her wedding at Saddle Peak Lodge as Minnesota rustic cabin meets Southern California mountain views, it was the perfect combination of her and Brandon’s families. You can see their respective home state pride in their cake toppers too. The whole day was dreamy and romantic – a gorgeous ceremony, lovely music, beautiful flowers, funny and sweet toasts, and great dancing. The vintage pickup truck for their getaway after the sparklers exit was also an incredibly cool touch. I’m so honored to have been a part of the celebration. Congratulations, Lauren and Brandon!

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Venue & Catering - Saddle Peak Lodge

Flowers – Mark’s Garden 

Wedding Planner – Christina Puruz, Le Partie Sugar

Live music – Casey Abrams

Hair & Makeup - Ish Bermudez

Cake – Susie Cakes

DJ - Aubrey Hendersen

Officiant – Father Terry Sweeney

Bride’s jewelry – Dominique Cohen Jewelry

Bride’s dress - Matthew Christopher

Bridesmaids’ dresses – J Crew





tobiah - wow! what a beautiful wedding story expertly told. great photography

Sarah - Such a pretty, classy wedding! They are a gorgeous couple and you told the story so well, awesome work!

/mariahedengren - These images are gorgeous, what a beautiful wedding!!

Gavin Farrington - Beautiful setting. Love all the string lights in the trees at night.

Heather Kanillopoolos - LOVE those shots on the dance floor! It got crazy in there!

Earl - Beautifully captured! LOVE the sparkly shot.

Dennis Pike - Killer wedding, killer work. And i’m in love with that truck!

Heather Elizabeth - That sparkler shot is PERFECT. You rocked this whole wedding.

Teresa K - How much fun was this wedding?? You killed it Jessica!!

Elissa - Whoa, this wedding is fantastic, Jess! I love the way you shot it. I felt like I was there!

Paul Fuller - What a beautiful wedding, amazing job Jessica!

LA River Engagement Photography – Netta + Kas

When Netta was describing her ideal engagement session, she wanted it to be somewhere outdoors, but other than that, she left it up to me to pick the location. Los Angeles has so many scenic outdoor options, but I chose the LA River. Before moving to LA, I knew the dry concrete parts of the LA River from the Grease and Terminator 2 movies. However, we ventured to the lush, green parts that actually have water in them. And Netta and Kas were such good sports to even climb on rocks in the river, which turned out to be some of favorite shots of the day. I love the way these two make each other laugh and can’t wait for their wedding next month!




Amber Marlow - Love these (even though this bride is rocking my hairdo better than I can!) They look happy and in love, and I can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

Lauren - They look so happy! What a fun shoot & sweet couple.

Laura - So cute!! Love their sass and happiness :)

Elissa - They are super cute. I love her blue nail polish and how it matches her engagement stone! This totally makes me want to have curly hair :)

Katie Jane - I LOVE these. They are adorable, and I love the setting. Some of your best work, Jessica!

Michelle Edmonds - Such a cool location! Very creative. They look lovely together :)

Teresa K - Oh these two look like fun and that blue polish is AWESOME!! Great job Jessica!

Andreas Holm - Very nice Jessica!!

damian burcher - Some great tender moments.

Sarah - Super cute session, they look so sweet together and that location is A+

Tyler - such a rad location. great work.

Jared Tseng - Awesome work! Colors are spot on!

Daniel H. - Beautiful couple and moments. Awesome work.

Sean Gilliland - Sick man bun! Great work!

Pasadena Backyard Lesbian Wedding – Melanee + Tara

Melanee and Tara eloped privately at a Napa Valley vineyard, then had a lovely, intimate wedding reception at a friend’s home in Pasadena. The backyard was beautifully decorated with lavender, wine crates, rustic benches, and an amazing custom marquee sign with their initials. The music was festive, the food was delicious, and all of the guests were incredibly sweet and having the best time. I couldnt’t happier for these two gorgeous ladies and I’m so honored I got to share in their celebration!

See the full gallery and order prints here.

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Venue – Pasadena Westin Hotel for getting ready and private residence for reception

Caterer – Huntington Catering Company 

Cake – Sweet Lady Jane

Music – Sombra Quieta

Hair and Makeup – Liz Castro

Brides’ attire – dress and lace jumpsuit both from J Crew

Amber Marlow - Your photos of this wedding are so warm and full of soul. I’m loving the colors.

These brides look fantastic and so happy; congratulations to them!

Christian - What a gorgeous wedding, and so much great emotion captured. Amazing work!

Mandy - Wow, what a stunning couple they are!! Great coverage Jessica!

damian burcher - Great coverage. Love the one with the lipstick on her cheek.

Shyann - Really pretty wedding. You captured it perfectly! :)

Per - Lovely colors and nice moments captured!

Rachelle - What a great wedding! I love the shot of one bride with the lipstick mark of the other on her cheek – such a great story in one photo!

Christy Tyler - What an absolutely stunning couple and beautiful wedding! Gorgeous images, Jessica!

Nicole - OH. EM. GEE. This is so beautiful. Has this been blogged elsewhere yet?

Haydee - Jessica, you really captured that amazing day beautifully. Being part of the event, we of course couldn’t see every detail, but we are thankful you did! Melanee and Tara adore their pictures (as we all do). Thank you!

One Roll Project – Desert Portrait Photography – Alyson

Alyson is another friend I met through roller derby who volunteered for the One Roll Project. We decided to do some portraits in a cool little cactus garden that’s a desert oasis in the middle of Beverly Hills. The sunset light was gorgeous and Alyson was a great model!

Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera, Kodak Portra 400 medium format film.

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Johnboy Wilson - Wow one roll is quite a challenge! I love your use of natural light, beautiful!

Matt - Great project Jessica, lovely shoot.

Amy Barton - Lovely work Jessica – great use of light :)

naomi - love the cactus backdrops, jessica.

Brian Davis - Perfect example of why film is so amazing. Beautiful work.

Avelaine S - Love that Portra skin tone! Such perfect light too.

Dennis Pike - Killer work, Jessica. You just owned that light.

Tim Kamppinen - Beautiful images. This One Roll Project sounds intriguing… I will have to check it out.

Tim Kamppinen - LOL, just realized it’s a personal project that you’re doing. Cool idea!

Veronica Varos - gorgeous light, my goodness! Lovely work.

Mary Sylvia - Gorgeous gorgeous light you’ve worked, she looks amazing in it. Who’d have thought a cactus garden was so pretty? Seriously, it’s dreamy.

Teresa K - So fun and some great images came from it too! Awesome-sauce!!