Apr 182015
 

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

Our most recent wedding, with Wei and Heidi, was actually an elopement. Set within the lush hills of Topanga Canyon at the Mermaid Mountain Inn, this elopement had originally been set to take place at a nearby courthouse but the groom decided he wanted to surprise his bride instead. He wanted to bring her something more intimate, colorful, placed within nature and involving the people they both love and care about most. So he booked The Mermaid Mountain Inn, invited 10 of their closest friends/ immediate family, hired Moxie Bright Events as their coordinator and me for their photography.  Game on.

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

Wei had every detail prepared, from the bouquet and boutonniere down to the brides favorite colors. He coordinated it all. My favorite detail was in his shoes- blue and green stripped socks with a dash of navy laces to top it off… so thoughtful!

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

Everything was in place and Heidi was beaming from ear to ear when she arrived. Before walking her down the Inn’s pebble-lined aisle, we had her father wait for her so that he could see her alone, in her dress, for the first time. She tapped his shoulder, he turned and the look that slowly spread across his face as he saw his little girl was priceless.

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

Their ceremony was set under the warm outstretched arms of a large oak, just behind the property.  In front of them was a view that went on for miles, lined with the loving faces that cheered them on. It was all so beautifully intimate and completely romantic.

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

As they walked down the aisle as husband and wife, Wei had arranged for the DJ to play their song, LaVie En Rose.

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

In the end, their wedding was breathtaking and flawless. I was so completely thrilled to be involved with this elopement (turned wedding). I live for surprises and absolutely love intimate settings such as this. So congratulations again, Heidi and Wei! We wish you much love and happiness.

elopement, wedding, topanga canyon, mermaid mountain inn, ©jen castle photography, wedding photography, journalistic story-telling

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Jun 212012
 

Meet Karin and Mark, an adorable couple who met and fell in love in within the state of Texas.  Karen came to Mark’s work for a job interview and in Mark’s own words, “When I first met Karin, she was stunning, standing tall and confident in her black skirt suit. She was telling a story. Her expressions were honest and sincere. My heart pounded.  I had to meet her.  She was exactly what I wanted – a beautiful business minded woman with grace and integrity.”  Sweet right?  Truth be told though, they were both nervously excited upon meeting each other for the first time and those nerves have carried them 5 years since.  To this day, they still continue to feel “butterflies.” So on their fifth year, Mark asked Karin to be his bride.  In planning the wedding, they both opted for the no fuss, non-stress approach,  deciding that a wedding at their local Memphis court house might be best. However, googling the process had dashed their hopes because they soon realized that even civil ceremonies require a ton planning! So they set off into planning a magical and enchanting backyard wedding, set to the tune of Karin’s childhood home in Topanga Canyon, sharing and embracing the old with the new.

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Because the wedding took place in Topanga, I decided to take advantage of the local landscape.  Stony Point Park was where we laid our scene for the portraits.

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Because the wedding was set outdoors, the color pallet was infused with lush shades of green and their wedding color of choice- rustic purples with romantic shades of peach as an accent.  Their cake was produced to perfection by Porto’s Bakery, a local bakery in Glendale, and was topped off with two purple love birds.  The entire backyard had a warm and inviting feel with candlelight being its primary source of ambiance; floating candles within the pool and tea lights were at every turn.  Rosebuds hung by the dozens, from every branch of every tree.  It was exactly want they wanted- low key and romantic, surrounded by only their closest family and friends.  In their own words, “It was uniquely ours.”

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

Congratulation Karin and Mark, on five years of bliss and many more to come.

Topanga Canyon Backyard Wedding {los angeles wedding photography}

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May 222011
 

Don’t know if you remember this couple.  I documented their wedding about two years ago, in New Orleans.  The JCP team was brought into their destination wedding plans toward the end of the planning, which didn’t leave much time for an engagement shoot.  So it was decided that they would have their engagement/portrait shoot after the wedding.  This way, they were able to then take their time with it and not be so rushed.

So here we are, two years later.  I received their phone call a few weeks ago stating, “we’re ready” and  I couldn’t wait to get started.  I adore this couple.  The love simply oozes out of them.  You can see it within every expression.  The way they look and interact with one another.  So I quickly set to work- found a backdrop that I felt best suited them and then added them to the shooting schedule.

The day of the shoot was gorgeous, we couldn’t have asked for a better one. Sunny with a light warm breeze.  Everyone was in a great spirits. It was indeed a romantic afternoon of portraits.

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