What a way to kick off wedding season…I have been looking forward to Rachel & Russell’s wedding for so long!  It was my first time shooting at the Cravens Estate and I was excited…even more excited to find out the estates connection to Glee! (read more on that below)  Russell couldn’t have planned a more beautiful wedding…that’s right, I said Russell!  You see…Rachel has just started her career in investment banking and if you are at all familiar with their schedules, you would know that Rachel basically lives at work and visits Russell every once in awhile ;-)  Of course, Rachel did have final say in making all the executive decisions but Russell played a large role in everything which I was very impressed with.

It was very clear to me during this whole process not only how much they love each other, but how much Russell adores Rachel.  Let me say this…if Rachel was my daughter (which she almost could be…well not really but I’m like super old compared to her) I would be so happy knowing that she is marrying a guy as sweet & caring as Russell. Nuff said :-)

Rachel & Russell…it has been so awesome getting to work with you and better yet, getting to know you :-)  You two are two peas in a pod and I can already tell your futures will be beautiful and bright :-)  xoxo

Now for some of my favorites from the day!  Can I just say how much I love this shoe shot?

Rachel’s dress was so beautiful…I loved the crystal accents!

Rachel was such a vision on her wedding day…she was calm, beautiful, relaxed AND breathtaking!

Did I mention she was also VERY happy?  I love seeing my brides like this…

OMG…Craven’s had this amazing room that was MY STYLE all the way!  Check out that harlequin wallpaper & wing chair…to die for!!

The bathroom adjacent to the room was even gorgeous…

Russell & Rachel really are naturals in front of the camera…

You can see the gorgeous estate in the background…

Every bride and groom needs a beautiful & simple portrait :-)

Russell & Rachel have this amazing chemistry and connection…it’s like they totally forget I’m even there…I love that!

Loved the beautiful pink & green flowers (just like I had for my wedding!)

Russell & Rachel had their reception in the library of the estate which just so happens to be the Board Room for the Warblers on Glee…true story!!  The Cravens Estate is actually the Dalton Academy that the Warblers “attend”.  Can I just say I have a crazy school girl crush on Blane ever since I saw him sing this?  So does my fantastic second shooter and friend Alice who told me about this story :-)

Special thanks to the amazing team that Rachel & Russell hand picked for their gorgeous day!

Coordination : Candice Maloney with De-Lovely Events (thanks again Candice for sending Rachel & Russell my way!!  You rock!) Special thanks to Katy for assisting :-)

San Marino Community Church

Cravens Estate

Event Professionals (catering, rentals)

The Flower Garden in Pasadena (florist)

Hansen’s Cakes

Rachel’s Dress from Mary Linn’s

Shout! (band) : email tap1954@aol.com

angel swanson: gorgeous, trista!! and rachel is such a stunning natural beauty -- WOW. xo April 16, 2011 10:35 pm

Jasmine*: Lovelovelove this wedding!! xxxo April 14, 2011 10:56 am