Simple French Roll Hairstyle

You know how having a good hair day can change your entire outlook? Ladies, can I get an AMEN?! Picking out outfits and hairstyles for a wedding day for me can be an agonizing task. I was born with the ponytail making gene and that’s about it! Then there is Rachel. The one where she can run hair thorough her fingers and with a magic touch within seconds and a bobby-pin, poof, a gorgeous hairstyle. To this day I don’t know how she does it!  I absolutely loved wearing this messy French twist. It’s gorgeous, yet not over the top. It creates a true clean and classic look, yet for a photographer even through the windiest of weddings, stays out of my face all day.

Rachel also bought me this bright pink Jessica Howard dress. Oh my goodness! If you know me at all, my comfort zone is neutrals and black. I like to blend in, not standout, so this for me was a HUGE stretch. But I trusted her since this is her area of expertise. Guess which wedding day I got the most complements on my outfit…? This one. Hands down. Thank you Rach for sharing with me your magical touch!

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Outfit Details

Dress | Macy’s
Necklace | Forever 21
Shoes | Payless ShoeSource

Lake Tahoe Snow Wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

How about a weekend snow trip? In a room filled of our friends, that’s all I had to say and plans were being made. Another reason we love living in California, in a short road trip we could either be in the desert of Palm Springs or snowy mountains of Lake Tahoe. Even though we had never told anyone, one of our Big Dreams was to shoot a wedding in the snow. There is something so magical about it! Our internal want-to-be wedding planner mode kicked into high gear. Yes, I knew it would be ridiculously cold, but when the images floated around in my imagination, I knew it would be epic.

The next day I was renting a house for the 9 of us. The date was set and next thing I knew everything was falling into place. All except Tahoe hadn’t had any fresh snow for a little over a week, and it was being referred to as a mud pit rather than a winter wonderland. Travel day had finally arrived. The trucks were loaded, coffees in hand, and we were off! As we reached the Tahoe summit, the sun had set, chains were now required (luckily we have four-wheel drive), and the snow began to fall. I had driven though snow before, but never seen it falling. I was just fascinated by it’s beauty! Through these narrow twisty roads, we arrived at what GPS had said was our rental. It was dark, and by that I mean pitch black. We used our headlights to navigate what little we could see. I opened my door wearing my cute capris and black Tom’s (it was a gorgeous sunny day when we left), and stepped into snow that quickly shot up past knee. I’m sure my eyes were the size of golf balls! We hopped through the driveway making our way to the front door. We had made it! The guys started a fire as the girls unpacked. It had been a long day and next we knew the house was still.

The next morning I was the first up just before the sun peeked it’s way from behind the mountain. Remembering Tahoe hadn’t had snow in weeks, I glanced though the curtains whispering to myself a quick prayer, and it was breathtaking! Absolutely incredible! I quickly slipped on my snow boots, slid out the side door, and started to explore since we hadn’t seen anything the night before. The backyard was rather large and fenced in. All the way at the other end, there was an old tiny wooden gate that I just had to see what was on the other side. I totally reminded me of the Secret Garden! Remembering I’m only in my pajamas and snow boots (that must have been a vision!), I made my way across, and squeezed though just the amount of gate I could open. Remember that dream I had imagined, this was everything and MORE!

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Colleen was just stunning! You would have no idea it was only 7 degrees.

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Oh the light! It was the definition of enchanting!

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We couldn’t have pulled this off without the help from our AMAZING friends! Community is everything. Now we’re planning our next road trip adventure!

Many thanks to this amazing creative team who brought this styled shoot together…
Florist: A Floral Affair
Cake: Witt’s Cakes
Hairstylist: Sarah Santana | Makeup Artist: Natalie Cusson
Models: Dave & Colleen Estrella

Gorgeous details form this California wedding | Laura Hernandez Photography

From someone who has planned her own wedding, trust me, I’ve been where you are. I know what your going though and how emotional wedding planning can be. At times you feel like you’re on a roller-coaster with the highs and lows. We handle a wedding the same way we would to be treated. We’re hand-holders, guiders, educators, and most importantly, friends. Isn’t that they way to approach wedding planning, with a friend in the industry? We hear it from our brides time and time again and there’s nothing like it! Today we’re sharing some of our most frequently asked questions. These are great things to think about to ensure your big day goes smoothly and as stress-free as possible.

1. How long have you been shooting for?

We’ve been lead shooting weddings for 3 years now, but started over 5 years ago.

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2. Will there be 2 photographers provided?

Yes! Rachel and I area team. We shoot every wedding together to ensure every moment is captured.

3. Do you have back up gear in case something was to happen? 

Always! We’re so over-prepared we have backups for backups in most cases. You can never be safe enough! If you’re curious to what we shoot with, here’s what’s in our bag.

Questions to ask your wedding photographer | Laura Hernandez Photography4. Do you have full coverage liability insurance?

Yes! A lot of wedding venues require us to furnish our certificate of liability which we’re more than happy to provide.

5. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

Of course! We actually walk you through the steps of creating a list of your “must-have’s”, then we do ask you to let us be creative. You’ve hired us because you love our work, so trust us and let’s make your day yours!

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6. What type of cameras do you guys have?

We’re Canon girls and shoot 100% digital. That’s not to say we don’t have a passion for film and have it on our Big Goal list to learn someday.

7. Do you plan on photographing any other event that day?

Absolutely not. We dedicate our entire day to YOU! It’s your big day and we’re so extremely honored to be part of it.

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8. If things go longer than expected, can you stay longer?

You bet! Things happen and we completely understand. We have a la carte hourly session that can be added to your day.

9. Is it okay if other people are taking photos while you are taking photos?

This is a VERY important topic to discuss before your wedding. A lot of couples are now choosing to have an unplugged wedding. An unplugged wedding is when you ask your guest to shut off their cameras and phones off for the day. There have been instances where a guest steps right in the isle during the kiss and completely blocks our shot, or someones flash mixed with ours totally whites out a room. Now turning them off all-day may be a stretch, but it is so important for the ceremony. The only thing we do require we’re the only professional photographers at your wedding, besides if you decide to hire a videographer or photo-booth.

Questions to ask your wedding photographer | Laura Hernandez Photography

10. Have you ever shot at my venue before?

There are hundreds of wedding venues within Monterey County alone. We shoot 12-15 weddings a year throughout the area so our venue list continues to grow. If we have, great. We’ll be able to tell you the in’s and out’s and what works best where. On the other hand if we haven’t shot your venue yet, that is when we can be the most creative. Fresh landscapes leads to new ideas. If your wedding is a new venue or one we’ve shot many times, we always love to do a walk-though with you before hand. That way we see your vision and hear your heart for the day. That is what is SO important to us. Making your day uniquely yours.

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11. Do you guys shoot destination weddings? If so, is there a fee for travel?

YES! YES! YES! OK, I might have just gotten a little too excited for a moment, but we LOVE to travel! Living in Monterey, we get told all the time why would you ever want to shoot anywhere else. Don’t get us wrong, we adore it here, but we’re always itching for a little adventure. We’re always looking to travel even if it’s just out of Monterey County, to out of state, to even better yet… out of the country.

When shooting a destination wedding, there are some travel fees involved. It can be simply mileage (depending on how far away it is), or could include airfare, hotel, etc. Honestly, if you’re planning an out of state or country wedding, talk to us first! We would love to work with you to make it happen! If you read our Scary Dream post, we named a few of countries on our bucket list we would like to shoot someday. Italy, Amsterdam, Australia anyone?