Doug and I are actually on a mini vacation in NY right now for a wedding we’re attending this weekend but I didn’t want to wait to blog about this when I return home next week.

I flew to DC earlier today for a shoot that I was very excited about. While shooting, I learned of Michael Jackson’s untimely death and was in complete shock. Michael Jackson was the love of my life when I was a little girl…I was 4 or 5 when I first discovered his music and I just couldn’t get enough of it. Everyone in my family knew that I loved him and would always tease me about it…but my mom understood..she bought me shirts with his face on them and I’ve got to say those shirts were my most prized possessions as a child.

As I grew up, my obsession with Michael faded but at my core, I was and always would be an MJ fan. I’m sure MANY of you share the same feelings I do about Michael and have your own childhood memories of him and how his music was the soundtrack to your youth. There is so much I want to say but I just don’t have the words right now.

He will be missed by me and the millions of fans he had all over the world!!! Reast In Peace Michael…you will always be in our hearts!

Below is one of my favorite Michael Jackson Performances..I hope it brings back some memories for all you MJ fans!

VanessaBrooke: He´s a true loss to POP music and POP CULTURE.  Thanks for sharing this video. July 4, 2009 2:13 am

Catherine: Thanks for sharing the video.  Watching it made me more sad... June 27, 2009 10:44 pm

Tira J: I am still in shock that he is gone.  I loved him as an artist and he was so incredibly talented.  Have a safe trip! June 26, 2009 4:43 pm

I had such an amazing time at Melissa and Andrew’s wedding for so many different reasons!! To name a few, I was going to be working with Christina from Simply Modern Weddings for the first time..even though we’ve known each other for years!! Christina referred Melissa and Andrew to me (thanks Christina) and when I first met Melissa, she left such a great impression on me and I knew that I wanted to shoot her wedding. She was as sweet as can be and the conversation was just easy..like it should be! When Christina told me all she had in store for their wedding, I was so excited! Christina has exquisite taste as does Melissa so the two were a perfect pair in creating the wedding of Melissa’s dreams. The day was gorgeous as were all of beautiful details!

Melissa and Andrew…thanks so much for having me at your wedding! You are the sweetest couple and I can’t tell you how much fun I had at your wedding! I wish you nothing but the BEST! Have a great time in Maui!!

Now for some favorites!

Melissa was so relaxed and happy!

Love the color of the dresses!

GORGEOUS!!

Handsome!!

I love this simple portrait of Melissa :-)

Melissa and Andrew decided to see each other before their ceremony so that meant we had plenty of time for pictures!

Love this!

Gorgeous!!!

So cute…this always happens :-)

There were too many details..too many to post them all! But I’ll give it a go!

Mini cupcakes..how cute!! And Yummy too!

When Christina first approached me about doing a photobooth at the wedding, I was excited..and NERVOUS! After much practicing before the wedding to make sure everything went smoothly, I have to say the photobooth was a hit!! It was great getting to interact with all the guests and seeing what they came up with! (If you’re a client who is interested in doing this for your wedding, email me and I’ll give you all the details!)

LOVE this!!

lol..boys are funny :-)

hehehehe…that hairy chest on her is not real btw :-) Is that a great prop or what??!!

Hand to heart…I did not tell these guys to do this. I asked one of them if they wanted the hairy chest, he said no, but can I take my pants off? LOL!!! I thought he was kidding! Then he proceeded to unbutton his pants and so did his friend!

Christina, her hubby, Eric, his wifey!

And of course, I had to take a picture in the booth..thanks Tracy for getting this shot of me!

Thanks to the following Vendors for being totally kick-ass-awesome!!

Wedding Coordinator: Christina Wright from Simply Modern Weddings. Christina is seriously the BOMB! What impressed me the most about her was how much she CARES about her clients and wanting everything to be perfect!! It definitely shows in her work and I’m so glad I got to finally work with her!

Florist: Kristin Branceleone from The Treasured Petal. Kristin is not only a very good friend of mine, she is also an AMAZING florist! I’ve worked with Kristin so many times I’ve lost count!

DJ: Eric Mosqueda from SoCal-DJ. This was my second time working with Eric and it was awesome! He played great music and kept the dance floor full!

Lighting: Rainbow Sound and Lighting. Lighting is key to transforming a room. If you haven’t thought of lighting for your event, you should! This is the second time I’ve worked with them and their lighting is always beautiful!

Makeup: Vivian from All Made Up. One of the top makeup artists in So-Cal..beautiful work!!

Cupcakes: Vanilla Bake Shop..need I say more?? Yummy!!!

Officiant: Greg Mohr from You May Kiss the Bride. Beautiful ceremony!

Venue: Lowes Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Contact: David Houde). Such a beautiful venue and amazing staff! David was a delight to work with!

kelley lee gin: Hi Trista, Congrats on the new addition to your family! I love the color combination! Great job! June 26, 2009 4:48 am

Lura (Mother of the Bride): Trista, your photos are beautiful. I know Melissa and Andrew will be so excited to see them. I can´t wait to see all of the photos that you took that magical evening. June 21, 2009 10:54 pm

Nicole Monique Photography: I´ve been following you for a few months now and I am loving your style and the way you write about all your brides and grooms! Love the idea of a photobooth! How much time did you spend practicing to get it just right? I´ve been thinking about these booths for myself. June 21, 2009 5:32 am

Amanda: these are great! i love how the blue pops! June 20, 2009 10:50 pm

Marissa Rodriguez: BEAUTIFUL!!! June 20, 2009 2:55 am

tracyk: beautiful pics, and stellar and stunning job on the details.  the photobooth pics came out super cool (lol at the hairy chest, im so glad you posted that one!) June 19, 2009 10:35 pm

Yvett: Gorgeous pictures Trista! Can´t believe that picture of Christina, James, Eric and I.. =) Too much fun. June 19, 2009 8:14 pm

Brianna: Beautiful wedding! I love love love that everything was blue. The photobooth pictures are great! June 19, 2009 6:27 pm

James: Hey Trista, those pictures are amazing especially the one of me =)  Just kidding, it was great working with you again.   June 19, 2009 10:34 am

kristin brancaleone: over the top crazy beautiful images!  i love your style trista.  so fun to work with you again! June 19, 2009 10:14 am

Simply Modern Weddings: WOW...Trista, there are no words to express how much it was a pleasure working with you! You did such an fantasticals job on their wedding. ooh that ring shot was bitchin! June 19, 2009 9:11 am