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Rosie & Joe’s millennial pink wedding at Korakia in Palm Springs was featured on 100 Layer Cake this week! Beyond being excited about the feature – I just have to say what a privilege it was to play the role of photographer in this wedding day because it was such a unique and special day for a truly amazing couple. Rosie & Joe are the coolest, most stylist & fun, modern couple I’ve photographed in a while – I loved every second of their wedding day! They opted for a day that 100% matched who they are as a couple. Everything just felt so genuine from the design all the way to their beautiful vows to one another.
 
Being at one of Palm Springs’ most incredible venues, Korakia, I already knew the day would feel bohemian and travel-inspired, but I love how they chose to bring in a ton of fun with millennial pink details throughout, mismatching bridesmaid dresses, a custom-designed gown made by the bride’s sister and a totally modern version of a chuppah. They even wove Jewish tradition throughout the day to honor Rosie’s family. Of course, all the blooms from Siren Floral Co. were absolutely breathtaking, and everyone’s hair and makeup was flawless all day thanks to Cheek to Cheek Artistry

The couple opted for a traditional first look – an emotional one as Rosie walked down the aisle, which was precious. I had to hold back a lot of tears during the ceremony myself! From the moment Rosie circled Joe 7 times to their beautifully written vows – I think every guest felt the heart behind each moment. After they were married, these two threw an unmatchable dance party in the desert. I hope you enjoy all these photos!

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Vendor Credits

Venue // Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, CA

Photos // Jess + Christa for Cheers Babe Photo

Coordination // Sarah Peterson

Florals + Design // Siren Floral Co.

Hair & Makeup // Cheek to Cheek Artistry

Rentals // Signature Party Rentals & Planks and Patina

Video // La Boheme Life

Catering // Whoa Nelly

Bar // The Whaling Club

DJ // Dart Collective

Cake // Over the Rainbow Desserts

Dress // Naomi Spindel (the bride’s sister!)

Groom’s Tux // The Black Tux

Groom’s Shoes // Wolf & Shepherd

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Hello my Santa Barbara bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dreamiest Santa Barbara wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List, Bay Area Wedding Venue List, Orange County Venue List or Palm Springs Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

I am obsessed with this perfect greenhouse venue! It’s also right near the ocean!

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Firestone Vineyard

Everything you could want – vines, a perfect oak tree, historic home to get ready in & a barn-style ballroom.

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The Goodland Hotel

Quirky & fun hotel with unique decor details that will definitely spark joy!

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Villa & Vine

Gorgeous Spanish architecture with a modern interior – the courtyard is amazing at night!

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

The columns are pink!! Need I say more?

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San Ysidro Ranch

The gardens are stunning! My favorite is their field of lavender!

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Dos Pueblos Ranch

Ocean-view ceremony & a barn reception

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Blue Sky Center

The ultimate glamping wedding spot!

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

There’s a view of the ocean, gorgeous Spanish tile steps and some of the most amazing light I’ve ever seen.

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Belmond El Encanto

I seriously don’t know what to say other than this place is perfection!

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Santa Barbara Zoo

Think classy jurassic park vibes haha!

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Four Seasons Biltmore

This place is so luxurious!

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Get a massage the day of your wedding while your boo plays a round of golf with his boys!

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Sunstone Winery

Wanna feel like you’re having a wedding in Tuscany without the jet lag? This is where you go!

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Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Jodee Debes Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Erin J Saldana Photography, Gaby J Photography, James & Jess, The Great Romance Photo, Jana Williams, Lisse Lundin, Jenny Quicksall, Belmond El Encanto, Wild Whim Design & Photography, Cheers Babe Photo for The Day.Collective, Michelle Beller and Jen Huang

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You’ve been asked to be a groomsman in your good friend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your dude, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? Do I have to make a toast? Will I look good in the photos?

You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best groomsman tips that will not only make you a best groomsman, but they’ll keep you sane & having fun in the process!

Treat yo self

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this photo is by Walker Studios, the remainder are by Cheers Babe Photo

Get a fresh haircut, gentlemen! Trust me, you wanna look your best for these photos!

Remember your why

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I know that being a groomsman can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the groom, speak this affirmation (I’m serious – it might feel cheesy, but it’ll help): “My dude needs me & this will show him how much I care about him”.

Keep the Room Clean

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Often times I have to take time away from photographing the groom to move water bottles, tissues, luggage, and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.

Set a Vibe

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You know the groom better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get him into the best mood. Some grooms want a chill vibe while getting ready – maybe sports on the TV even & others want all Chance the Rapper and tequila shots, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!

Support our Dude

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Advocate for the groom and his feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing him out over an unimportant detail. If he’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind him how special his bride is!

Help a Brotha Out

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Throughout the day, keep an eye on the groom’s jacket & boutonniere, making sure there’s no dust spots and that the flowers haven’t flipped upside down.

Be Confident

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You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like you’re at your 5th GQ photo shoot & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. Make sure the top button on your jacket is buttoned for photos unless you’re sitting or have your arms around someone. When in doubt, hands in your pockets looks better than criss-crossing your hands in front of you. Also be sure to smile as you walk into the ceremony! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!

Toast Tips

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Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the groom. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.

Dude, you’re ready! Have fun!

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You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid in your good girlfriend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your gal, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? What if I don’t like my dress? Will I look good in the photos?

You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best bridesmaid tips that will not only make you a perfect bridesmaid, but they’ll keep you sane & happy in the process!

Treat yo self

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If you haven’t already done it as a group, go get a mani-pedi before wedding day, babe! Consider asking the bride who she’s hiring for her hair & makeup and ask how much it will cost for you to have them do your hair & makeup that morning. Trust me, having professional hair & makeup will make you feel as confident as Beyoncé in front of the camera!

Remember your why

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I know that being a bridesmaid can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the bride, speak this affirmation: “My girl needs me & this will show her how much I love her”.

Keep the Room Clean

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Often times I have to take time away from photographing the bride & her details to move water bottles, tissues, bridesmaids luggage (you. girls. have. so. much. stuff.), and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.

Set a Vibe

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You know your girl better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get her into the best mood. Some brides want a chill vibe while getting ready & others want all Ariana Grande, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!

Support our Girl

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Advocate for the bride and her feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing her out over an unimportant detail. If she’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind her how special her groom is! Also please make sure she eats something before photos!

Help a Sista Out

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Throughout the day, keep an eye on the bride’s dress, making sure it’s not dragging through a dirty spot on the floor and helping bustle when it’s time for the reception. Bonus points for carrying the bride’s lipstick & giving her a touch up when she needs it.

Be Confident

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You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like the queen that you are & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. During the processional, make sure to hold your bouquet with your hands right at your belly button. Most importantly, smile as you walk down the aisle! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!

Toast Tips

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Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the bride. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.

Girl, you ready now! Have fun!

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When a young man from Argentina & a pretty girl from Portland start working in the same tech office in San Francisco, all it takes is a simple office party to make a perfect love story! That’s how things came together for Bri & Fer! If that isn’t already sweet enough, during a trip to Spain, Fer surprised Bri with tickets to Paris and surprised her with the most romantic Parisian proposal on a bridge overlooking the Seine. Hello – dreamy!!

I cannot wait to capture Bri & Fer’s wedding in Sonoma this June! In the meantime, enjoy their beautiful springtime garden session in Walnut Creek!

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Hello my Orange County and San Diego bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Orange County and San Diego wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List and the Bay Area Wedding Venue List or Palm Springs Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

Hangar 21 // Fullerton, CA

This place is a super cool white airplane hangar. You can do a helicopter grand entrance!!

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Franciscan Gardens // San Juan Capistrano, CA

This little venue is like a French garden smack in the middle of South Orange County.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Rancho Las Lomas // Silverado, CA

Gorgeous Spanish mansion in the foothills of Orange County

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Lido House // Newport Beach, CA

Just blocks from the beach & full of modern, nautical vibes.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The Harper // Costa Mesa, CA

I love this all white, natural-light space – so dreamy.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Mission San Juan Capistrano // San Juan Capistrano, CA

There is just so much history here! Such a stunning place to tie the knot.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Huntington Bay Club // Huntington Beach, CA

Beach? Check. Marina? Check. Palm Trees? Check. Need anything else?

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The 1912 // Santa Ana, CA

This spot is so cool! There’s amazing natural light & a super cool feature wall.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Studio de la Flor // Carlsbad, CA

This little studio is the perfect spot for an intimate, laidback wedding or elopement dinner party.

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Building 177 // San Diego, CA

This place is all the loft vibes and natural light for days!

Best San Diego Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Puesto at The Headquarters // San Diego, CA

Let’s be real, who doesn’t wanna eat Mexican food at your wedding?

Best San Diego Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Hangar 21, Franciscan Gardens, Studio EMP, Lido House, Braedon Flynn, Mission San Juan Capistrano, McCune Photography, Mink Photography, Jessica Rice Co., Gantes Co. and Puesto.

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I get so many questions about the gear I use & what my absolute go-to lenses are! Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of my professional photography gear, what my favorites are and how I use each piece.

Professional Wedding Photography Gear List

disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Essential Gear / My Absolute Go-To’s

I have 2 Canon DSLR bodies & I like to use them simultaneously so that I can have 2 totally different lenses on and switch between the two quickly. I currently use the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body)& will be upgrading soon to the Mark IV or whatever Canon releases next!

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L Lens [aka my baby!]

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L [love this lens]– know that Canon recently released a new version of this one –35mm f/1.4L II

My Favorite Memory Cards [write speed is so fast on these, I love them!]

Go buy this Memory Card Case right now! They have versions that are all CF and ones that are all SD depending on what you like to use, but these babies keep me so organized & they are basically indestructible. To make sure I’m only pulling the cards I haven’t shot on, I have a simple system where I flip the card backwards in the case when it’s full so I have a clear visual cue (you can see that in the photo above). Works like a charm!

Canon 85mm f1.2L Lens– gorgeous for portraits & really useful for the ceremony

Etsy leather harness dual camera system [OBSESSED with these! They are similar to the popular brand name ones, but mine has never failed on me and I like that the straps are a little narrower. They fit my frame much better, plus you get to choose from so many colors & customizations!]

Non-Essential Faves

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Lens [my newest pal for ring shots!]

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens [awesome for HUGE group shots!]

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens [I rarely use this these days, but it was my FIRST non-kit lens and it was the perfect first lens purchase & super helpful if you plan on doing a lot of second shooting!]

3 Canon 580ex II Speedlites [these have been discontinued, so get the new 600ex II‘s!]

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Hello my Palm Springs bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this perfect desert town to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Palm Springs wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List and the Bay Area Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

The Pond Estate

Pink Paradise in the desert … need I say more?

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Korakia

Want to make all of your Marrakesh daydreams come true? This is your chance!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Colony 29

Yep, this is where Whitney Port got married! SUCH a gorgeous place with alllllll the plants!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Avalon Hotel

Classic Mid-Century Modern design at this perfect hotel – love the black & white of this place.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

This place brings the party – also has probably the most fun pool scene in the desert.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Um, hello COLOR!!! I’m convinced this is what the inside of my brain looks like.

Colorful Anniversary Photos at Saguaro Palm Springs by Cheers Babe Photo

Sands Hotel & Spa

PINK + PATTERNS = HAPPY ME

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

O’Donnell House

I love this spot because you get a view from above, which is really unique in a totally flat desertscape! Also, when the bougainvillea is blooming, the ceremony spot is insanely pretty!

Palm Springs Wedding at the O'Donnell House by Cheers Babe Photo

Parker Palm Springs

Truly an iconic entrance! MCM for daysssssss.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The Living Desert

You can get married at the zoo! Giraffes, zebras, basically all the fun & cute animals as your wedding backdrop – cute!!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Frederick Loewe Estate

Again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design & one of the coolest homes ever.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

La Chureya

This place is a hidden gem – I didn’t even know about it until recently and I’m like a desert stalker. It’s like a backyard vibe in the desert, super chill.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate

Once again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design coolness! Yes, this was actually Sinatra’s house!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Pura Soul Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Hannah Costello Photography, Lauren Scotti, California Weekend Magazine, Cheers Babe Photo, Sands Hotel & Spa, Cheers Babe Photo, Jessica Kettle, Summer Shea Photography, Sarah Falugo, Studio Castillero, and Frank Sinatra Estate.

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This session is so much more than just a Newport Beach engagement session. You see, Jeanie & I go way back. When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester studying art in New York (yeah – it was awesome!) and when it was time for me to move back to Southern California, I needed an apartment to live in! One of my friends at school needed a roommate in her apartment (where 3 more girls also lived – you know that college hustle!). Of course, we all wanted to make sure I was a good fit, so before I moved back, I FaceTimed my friend from my NY apartment one night after class. This is where Jeanie comes in — it was quickly clear to me that Jeanie was the leader of the pack haha. They even called her “Mama Scott” (Scott is her last name!).

I honestly expected to be on the call for about 30 minutes, but ended up chatting with Jeanie for at least 2 hours that night! I felt like we were instant friends because of her warmth and enthusiasm. Since then, I’ve always been so impressed with how passionately she goes after the things she wants and cares so deeply for the people in her life. This friendship is a constant blessing & I’m so grateful to know this girl!

Now … here’s the fun part. A couple years ago with that same vivacious personality, Jeanie caught the eye of a sweet guy named Costel & he was instantly hooked! His charm wooed a dinner date out of her and the rest is history! The two will tie the knot this May!!

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