arabella’s 1st birthday | party | secret garden theme

i have been so lucky to photograph Melita and her growing family since her 1st pregnancy with her son alek, who is turning 5 this year, and now capturing her daughter, arabella’s, 1st birthday. each year, melita plans elaborate and fun parties for alek. arabella’s 1st birthday was definitely one of my favorites that she has thrown thus far. the party had delicious food provided by crepe maker as well as melita’s mom homemade filipino food. there was a kids activity table where they could water color as well as design their own pots. each and every detail of the party was beautiful from the personalized calligraphy tote goodie bags, personalized table runner & table cloths, & signage. the dessert table was to die for…she had 4 different types of cakes from sweet and saucy & beverly’s best bakery as well as a variety of macarons from lette, cupcakes from kupcakespot, and an assortment of other sweet treats. melita also had an amazing silhouette artist come by to cut out personalized profiles for each guest. i can’t wait to capture her next party and am excited to see what she has planned!

here are some of my favorites from arabella’s secret garden themed 1st birthday:

photographer // mimi nguyen
event design & coordinator // melita green & vanessa contreras
caterer // crepe maker
paper goods // the blue egg events
calligraphy // pleasant avenue
florals // growers direct flowers
birthday cake & smash cake // beverly’s best bakery
coconut cake & raspberry lemon cakes // sweet and saucy shop
custom glitter cake topper // bradfords letter glitz
cupcakes // kupcakespot
macarons // lette
personalized cookies // nila holden
custom linen tableclothes // misshettie
custom tote bags // jennifercookies
burlap runners // bella gray vintage
vintage highchair // minted & vintage
chandeliers // narwall
silhouette artist // nancie marie

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the vitas | family | laguna beach

antoinette and jason wanted to capture a family session together while vacationing in laguna beach from nevada since the last family portrait session a couple years ago when their eldest daughter, penelope, who is now 3, was the same age as their 2nd daughter, aria, who is 9 months old.

we met at one of my favorite beaches in laguna beach and enjoyed an afternoon together with beautiful california weather. here are some of my favorites from the vitas lifestyle family session:

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cindy + luan | engagement | san bernardino mountains

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cindy and luan’s engagement session was such a fun shoot! cindy and luan both like to travel so we headed up to the san bernardino mountains for the afternoon and were so happy that there was still snow on parts of the mountain. they are such a down to earth and easy going couple and am excited to capture their wedding later this year. here are some of my favorites from cindy and luan’s winter engagement session in wrightwood.

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vi + laith | wedding | csuf | fullerton arboretum

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vi and laith are such a gorgeous couple and had such a beautiful wedding at the fullerton arboretum. the sunset ceremony was one of my favorites that i’ve captured since the golden light was coming in through the trees and gave us a romantic feel. vi’s backless wedding dress by katie may, was stunning on her and fit her like a glove. here are some of my favorites from vi and laith’s beautiful wedding:

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venue // fullerton arboretum
photographer // mimi nguyen
2nd photographer // john dinh
3rd photographer // jessica castro
caterer // paracel seafood
hair and makeup // beauty by angelina
florals // better choice flower
cake // vans bakery
paper goods // diy by the bride and groom
dj // dj alpha ton
dress // katie may

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