Jenny + Alex | San Juan Capistrano Engagement

Happy Friday everyone! Greetings from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It's been a couple weeks since I last posted, and thinking about it now my last post here I wrote while I was out of town as well ;) I have been blessed this year with amazing clients, including a couple of them who have put their trust on this girl to capture their big day at a fabulous destinations. Jenny and Alex are one of those couples. I met them both through our mutual friend (Hi Lily!) At her sisters wedding last year, Alex was the lucky winner of the garter toss.. let me tell you I have never seen family happier than when this happened. Little did they know that Alex was ready to pop the big questions only a few weeks later. Its been such a great experience to now be able to work with both of them and get to know them more as a couple and future married team!

A few weeks back we took a little trip down to Orange County where we explored the beautiful town of San Juan Capistrano for their engagement session, here are just a a few of my favorites from that day.

Jenny & Alex, can't wait for today! xo



Veronica + Estevan | Crestmore Manor Riverside Wedding

Lets throw it back to another wedding from last April shall we? I love weddings of any size, style but you already knew that! What some of you might not know is that Charro weddings hold a special place in this girl's heart. You see I come from a BIG Mexican family, full of culture and tradition... including the love and practice of its national sport Charreria. Now when Veronica and Estevan contacted me and told me that they were having a big Mexican wedding that embodied all the goodness of a Mexican Charro wedding I was on board! Their day was full of life, love and lots of laughter... the perfect day indeed. I was so excited to be a part of it. Here are some favorites from their day!


That moment you realize "I'm a bride, Im getting married"



Such a cute gift from Vero to Estevan...Love!


Final touches...



I love this image of Veronica's nieces trying to get a last minute shot of her before she left for her ceremony.


Priceless reaction from Estevan, seeing his bride for the first time.



Married!! Now in keeping with tradition, nothing says Charro wedding more than this right here :) mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-32

After their ceremony, we headed to the Crestmore Manor. It was the perfect setting to roam around for some portraits and fun affair afterwards! mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-34mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-35mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-36

Hello Beautiful.


Love the details in Veronica's bouquet.. an image of her grandmother and her jewelry wrapped around.


Estevan with his brothers and father. Love this! mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-44


That Sombrero game...


All about the details. oh hey there Estevan!

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First Dance :)

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Now when the bride is a performer, you know its only fair to serenade her new husband. LOVE! mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-58 mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-59mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-60

Father/ Daughter and Son/Mother dances just melt my heart. I mean seriously the bond these two have with their parents is so beautiful. mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-61mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-62mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-63mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-65mexican-charro-wedding-crestmoremanor-riverside-losangeles-by-gabrielagandara-66

Sneaking a few more portraits during their reception, I love when my couples take those few minutes just to themselves.. and me of course ;)


You know its a fun night when a bouquet/garter toss end up with the groom in the air :)


Oh.. and maybe the groom's clothing becomes optional, curtesy of his buddies. LOL



Thanks again Veronica & Estevan for such a fun memorable wedding, Love you two!! xo

Special thanks to my second shooter Jess for joining me and helping me document their love.

Briana + Bob | Calamigos Equestrian Burbank Wedding

So happy to be sharing Briana + Bob's big day today on the blog! Surrounded by their closest family & friends they said 'I do' in a beautiful wedding at Calamigos Equestrian. I kicked off my 2015 wedding season with this wedding, and yes it only took me a year to share... but hey who is counting. ;) My lovely Briana + Bob, Happy 1 year Anniversary...Cheers to many more to come!! Here are just a few favorites from their day.


first look, yay!


After their first look, we roamed around Calamigos Equestrian, such a great venue!


Hello gorgeous!!


there is something so timeless from this image, LOVE LOVE LOVE!


minutes before the walking down the aisle.



Caitlin + Zach | Los Angeles Engagement

Happy Friday my loves! So for those who follow me on social media, you might remember that I decided to kick off 2016 with a giveaway! What better way to celebrate newly engaged couples over the holidays than with a chance to win a FREE engagement session done by yours truly :) The response was great, and with the help of  random picking curtesy of the husband we had 2 winners! This past month I had the opportunity to shoot these couples and let me tell you it was an amazing time. Which brings me today to share one of these sessions - Caitlin & Zach. Like any good (blind) date at Starbucks, we met and right off the bat just hit it off with these two. I mean seriously they are perfect for one another and just the sweetest couple to be around. We started to brainstorm ideas for their engagement and at the end decided to shoot around their Los Feliz/ Silverlake neighborhood, and let me tell you it was all kinds of good!

Caitlin + Zach, thanks so much for letting me capture such a special time in your lives! xo Here are some of my favorite from our day...


When planning their session, one thing we knew was that we wanted to do was get some photos with their fur baby - Duncan. This little dude has been such a big part in their lives including Zach's proposal to Caitlin... how cute is this little family!


Always laughing <3

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One of my favorites of their day.. Of course Duncan had to be part of it.

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Duncan needed some solo camera time... loved him!


'but there's nowhere to go' ... as along as you have each other, trust me all is good :)

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family :)


well hello models.. can we do this everyday?!

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lovers and bougainvillea... yes please!!

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Ama + Apa | Bridgeport, Texas

Happy New Year's everyone! One of my biggest goals for 2016 is to actually blog more and what better way to start of the year than blogging these images of the most amazing people I know -- you guessed it, my mom + dad! I was able to spend some time back in Texas this past week. (yay!) On New Year's morning, my dad invited me and my mom to go out riding in the ranch... of course being the annoying daughter with the fancy camera I decided to bring it along and actually snap a couple of them :) Here are some of my favorite - I feel that these capture exactly who they are and after so many years together you can see how much they love each other. Im blessed to have such an amazing example of what marriage is all about.. in the good and the bad that life sends... just roll with the punches TOGETHER, talk about #RelationshipGoals

Apa getting the horses ready...


Ama + Apa <3


My mom has been sick for a couple of years now, we thank our lucky stars for her health and the fact that she still has the energy to deal with all our craziness. No one has been more supportive or had taken care of her better than my dad. This is them, no setup - just them. Los Viejitos and yes any chance for my dad to joke around and make everyone laugh is a given around here.


I love this one, especially with their dogs around... these two would follow them anywhere!


Oh hay!! :)


One of my favorites of the day... those that know my dad know he is such a jokester, so of course here he is whistling at his 'viejita' lol


blurry but perfect.


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Seriously I was not joking about those dogs lol

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Happy 2016 - here is to health, love & happiness



Karen + Nellone | Downtown Los Angeles Engagement

It took me a year to blog this engagement session... yes people a year!! But no time like the present... to date Karen and Nellone's engagement session(s) are some of my favorite! They got married this past August in New York, however for their sessions they decided to shoot in Downtown Los Angeles (where they now reside) and Joshua Tree National Park - Part 2 of their session coming on the next post. Here are some of my favorite from their LA session!  


these two.. always laughing! love love



pretty shadows...




Diana | San Diego Lifestyle Session

Summer has come and gone -- now October means playoffs and World Series. Yes Im talking about Baseball! I love this sport and honestly don't know any other girl that loves it more than I do than my dearest friend Diana. My Texas sista as my family has 'adopted' not only loves baseball but actually made it her personal goal to visit all 30 MLB stadiums across the USA (and Canada!) prior to her turning 30!! So when you get a random text saying she will be in town this summer to do the California portion of her trip, you jump right into joining her fun (crazy) adventure.  We drove down to San Diego for stadium visit 11 - prior to the game, we had time to roam the streets of downtown, here are just a few from the day. Of course it just happened that the Rangers were also in town for the game :) C86A4911C86A4917C86A4923C86A4932C86A4954C86A4959C86A4964C86A4960C86A4966

Now only 18 to go sista! xo



Adriana + Jeff | Castaway Burbank Wedding

Last week Adriana & Jeff's awesome engagement session was featured... this week I'm bring you their lovely wedding! When planning their wedding Adriana knew that LA would be the place they would wed, however after searching they decided to marry in their hometown of Burbank. Fun fact -- Adriana & Jeff grew up less than 3 miles away... who knew that it would take moving to another state to find each other and come back and get married in their hometown :) Here are just some of my favorite images from their big day, a special thanks to their wedding planner Veronica from Events by Veronica who coordinated the day.


Beautiful wedding dress custom made for Adriana by LA fashion designer Eduardo Lucero



Hello Beautiful.


Their Ceremony took place at St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church in downtown LA, I loved to learn that the bride's parents and grandparents both wed at this same church!


paparazzi moment as the bride arrives :)




Beautiful Ladies.




I love that Adriana's mom was the life of the party :)


Adriana & Jeff surprised their guest with a cigar bar - Total hit of the night!


This is probably one of my favorite images of the night... some fight for that garter, others decide they don't want anything to do with it! lol




Adriana + Jeff | Portland Engagement

Happy Friday my loves! Last last year I featured this engagement session in my old blog, however with the transition to the new blog it got lost. I thought I would share this engagement session once again, its still one of my favorite engagement sessions I have been honored to capture!

Adriana and Jeff are both native to Los Angeles and worked for the same company out here, however it was not till their job took them out to Portland that their love story began... what better place to capture their engagement in the city that they fell in love in! Here are just some of my favorite from such an awesome trip up there. Stay tune their wedding is coming up next week!! xo

We started their engagement session visiting some of their favorite hiking trails and waterfalls just outside of Portland.


Later that evening we strolled around the streets of Portland... So in love with this place :)



New Site! | Life Lately...

Where did August go?! Its the last day of the month and cannot believe how fast this month has blown by. As you might had seen on Instagram/ Facebook a few weeks ago I got myself a brand new (super awesome) website up... oh yea and that tiny little thing happen... I QUIT my job to pursue photography 100% (hollllaaa!!!) For those who have commented, emailed, texted me your support and have been through all my mental breakdowns...GUYS I THANK YOU!! live

The number one question I get now is "how does it feel" If Im honest with myself and the 2.5 people out there reading this...this month has been the most terrifying YET exciting one. Going from waking up at 4:15am mon-fri, commuting a minimum of 3 hours daily and still come home make dinner and edit/ answer emails till midnight on most night can take its toll. Luckily I have an AMAZING support system around me and the time came for me to purse my dreams and real passion. Im so excited to see what god and the future has in toll for me... If someone would had told me this 2 years ago, even just last year I would have laughed (and cried) because it just sounds too good to be true. Not going to lie, its still all an adjustment... I tell myself to take it day by day, and make shit happen! #GIRLBOSS There is so much I will be stay tuned!

So now on to that new site... guys have you seen it? Im so in love with it and this blog!! Of course months ago when I used to daydream about my business and what I wanted it to look like I started to do my research and every time it lead me back to Promise and the rest of the girls at Go Live HQ. When I knew I was ready to take my business to the next level I decided to sign up for their 2 day workshop... what better way to kick off the month! Here are just a few images of those two day... a special thanks to Kate Noelle for the lovely images and the rest of the sponsors of the #goliveexperince

how cute are these girls!! Best design team ever... I have such a crush <3


On day one, Kate took some headshots -- Its so surreal to be in front of the camera! :)




Special shout out to this lady! Jamie totally got me from the minute we started to work together. She took all my crazy ideas, sprinkled her magic and BAM my site became a reality.


Of course on day 2 we end with a Launch party/ make the weirdest face possible to human


Everything is better with some bubbly :)


Special shout out to the incredible TALENTED ladies (and Mark :)) who attended this workshop and made the experience extra special!