Sunday, July 17, 2011

J.V. & Char'lee - Wedding Trailer

A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of watching JV and Char'lee get married. It was just a beautiful day and a perfect location at the Muckenthaler Mansion in Fullerton, setting the stage for one of the more emotional weddings we've had a chance to witnessed. The feelings just poured out from everyone involved which we think are conveyed in the trailer.

Many thanks to Photographer, Amanda Patrice, for the great teamwork on JV and Char'lee's day.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nanette & Norman - Engagement

We had such a fun and easy time photographing Nanette & Norman for their engagement shoot, even at crowded areas like Mt. Soledad and La Jolla beach, on 4th of July weekend. The way they interacted with each other was so natural. Their strong connection showed when we just gave them simple poses like sitting or holding hands. They were just conversing and joking through the whole shoot producing some genuine expressions and pictures. In the end, those are the pictures we love the best and we have plenty of them here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ren's 30th Birthday - The LAB Dining Session

Best. Meal. Ever.

A few weeks ago a good friend/soon-to-be Ren & Rob groom, Virgil, introduced us to Chef Arquines and one of his open-invitation tastings via "The Lab - Dining Sessions." Needless to say, we had a great time and enjoyed the food. Since then Chef Mike and I (Rob) have been planning a surprise dinner for Ren for her 30th birthday with a small group of her closest friends and family. Basically, I told Chef Arquines a few of Ren's favorites meals, desserts, and drinks. Chef and his brilliant team did the rest by coming up with not only some imaginative takes on her favorites (oreos and milk = "faux"reos and horchata) but also just plain perfect execution on others (seared foie gras and raw uni). With great company, great food, and great service Ren and I had one of the best meals of our lives.

Unfortunately, you can't taste the food from that night but at least you can see art he created below and more on his awesome site: and be on the lookout for some collabo work between Ren & Rob and The Lab.

Ren's personalized menu
"Oysters and Sago 23" - Carlsbad Blonde Oysters | Sago Tapioca | Hackleback Caviar
"Uni in Three" - "Risotto" | "Cappuccino" | Salad
Arborio rice permeated w/ black truffle which we got to keep!

"Foie Gras Au Torchon" - Hudson Valley Foie Gras | Fig & Aged Balsamic | Peach Fluid Gel | Sauternes | Black Summer Truffle | Brioche
Chef Arquines schooling us on the meals, ingredients, prep and presenting the "push-up" palette cleanser: "Cleanse" - Pickled Watermelon Rind Sorbet

"Piece de Resistance" - Whole Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras | Duck Grastrique | Lentils de Puys | Roasted Wild Mushroom | Artichoke Terrine
"Milk and Cookies" - Borchata | "Faux"reos
Extra brûlée for Ren
Meeting the awesome Lab team
The perfect birthday meal
From Ren: Chef Mike, thank you and your team for taking us on this unforgettable food adventure. You truly have a gift and I feel honored that you've shared it with us. Here's to more amazing meals in the future!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Aries & Mel - Maternity

Aries & Mel are a couple who are really close friends of ours who have had a big influence in our lives and many around them. So finding out that they are expecting was an awesome surprise and definitely a blessing.

We photographed them in our first ever engagement shoot back in 2009. Now, having the opportunity to take their maternity pictures and watching their family grow means the world to us.

We're excited to meet baby Avery very soon!