Nicholas & Stephanie | Chaminade Resort | Santa Cruz, California Wedding

Santa Cruz Wedding: Nicholas + Stephanie | Chaminade Resort by Laura Hernandez PhotographyIt was a warm and sun-filled California day which just added to the excitement of Nicholas and Stephanie’s big day. With having a wedding in the Santa Cruz mountains, the chance of rain always lingers in the back of a brides mind. Nerves were relieved though as Stephanie opened the curtains to nothing but beautiful pure blue skies.

We arrived to a room filled with sounds of laughter and joy as Stephanie sat getting her hair and makeup done. This was our first wedding shot at the gorgeous Chaminade Resort & Spa and now we can’t wait to go back! From the amazing view of the entire Monterey Bay, gardens, fountains, and redwood forests, it left us breathless.

Having been together already five and half years, these two knew each other inside and out. The meaning of best friends, don’t do them justice. They are what you call soul mates to the fullest. The wedding was an outpouring of love and commitment, including prayers and promises to always hold God first in their marriage. If you were a guest at Nick and Stephanie’s wedding, blood relative or not, you were considered family.

Best wishes to the both of you and enjoy honeymooning in Hawaii!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue | Chaminade Resort & Spa

Florist | Swenson and Silacci

Dress | The Bustle

Hair & Makeup | Kalani Style

Cake | Heathers Patisserie

DJ | Andre Marshall with Music Now

Officiant | Mark Toback with Life Together Weddings

Catering | Chaminade Resort & Spa

Videographer | David Estrella

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Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} - It was SUCH a gorgeous day!! The photos are beautiful, as always!!

liza - Beautiful. I love how strategic you were in managing the bright sunlight! It can be super tricky, well done :0).

Natalie - So beautiful! Nicholas and Stephanie just look so happy!

Tenley Clark - So much happiness and beauty in these portraits! They really tell the story of their day so beautifully!

Susannah Gill - Oh the image of them walking up the aisle after the are married- SO perfect! I love your images of this adorable couple and also your writing- great job!!

Fizzah Raza - Great job Laura! I love the peaceful soft mood in the portraits – all the colors are beautiful and they look so incredibly happy and in love!

Nicole - Such a sweet first look and beautiful ceremony!

Boho Chic Fashion Styled Shoot | Belle Handbags & Accessories

Senior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographyI cannot begin to tell you how excited I’ve been to share this shoot. Boy, was I ecstatic to receive this request! Sylvia (who is SUPER amazing by the way), owner of Belle Handbags & Accessories, called me to do a shoot for an upcoming ad and had 24-hours to pull this all together. She was testing my “working under pressure” skills, but I passed! I was drooling as she said this was going to be a boho-chic styled shoot with a Free People feel. She was immediatly my new best friend. This entire style shouts ME! I had Peyton (our gorgeous model), hair, makeup, and location ready within a few hours and we were set! All I had to do was promise not to share any of the images until the ad was released, which is today! Check these out…Senior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez PhotographySenior Fashion Style | Laura Hernandez Photography

Wardrobe | Belle Handbags & Accessories

Model: Peyton Battaglini

Hair & Makeup | Aime Gruber

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Jeanette - This pictures are beautiful Laura! I love the scenery. It’s gorgeous! I will have to remember this place for future pictures. ;-)

Ewa "Mom Photographer" - These are awesome! Love her outfit! it looks like you rocked the light, too!

liza - Gorgeous! Love the back light, and how perfectly the location gelled with the styling.

Tenley Clark - These are just gorgeous! The location, model, and styling work perfectly together. So incredible that you created these with only 24-hours prep. Go you! =)

Fizzah Raza - Perfect location for this shoot, Laura. It all comes together so nicely. Love all the jewelry – gorgeous shoot!

Susannah Gill - Love everything about this shoot, gorgeous model, lovely clothes, cool place and incredible photos- win win win!

Nicole - These are great! Love the location and the light. Never would have know you pulled this off in 24 hours! You go!!

Paige - Beautiful model and location. Adorable clothes and accessories.
Stunning images. Very crisp and detail filled.

also, I want her boots and those eyelashes.

Styled Bridal Shoot | The Beatles | Carmel Valley, California

Wedding Couple | Laura Hernandez Photography

I love, love, LOVE styled shoots! It’s a perfect way to develop your portfolio and brand, while making connections with local vendors. The hardest part is having to wait so long to show the images. Colleen from Soundtrack To I Do, ”musical inspirations for the soon to be wed”, did an amazing job putting everything together. Her vision was making her favorite band of all time, The Beatles, as a wedding theme. Me being a bit musically impaired,  took a few moments for theme to soak in. How on earth was she going to pull this off? I sat back, listened, and her ideas just began pouring out. The more she talked, the more excited I became. This was going to be epic!

There are so many people I need to thank for helping this shoot come to life. I couldn’t have done ANY of this by myself.

Anna, Sammy and Brittani, thank you for being the most amazing models!

Christine from Epiphany, the gowns were AMAZING!

Hanni from Lilify, the flower crown was exactly what we wanted!

Mikela, the makeup rocked as always!

April, the hairstyles couldn’t have been more perfect!

Dave, THANK YOU so much for capturing the behind the scenes video you can see here.

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Want to read more in depth about this shoot? Soundtrack To I Do did some amazing features!

Monday Moments | Beatles Style

Beatles Week | All You Need Is Love

Beatles Week | Drive My Car

Beatles Week | The Things We Said Today

Beatles Week | Come Together

Beatles Week | Girl 

Beatles Week | Here, There And Everywhere

Beatles Continued | I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

Beatles Continued | Two Of Us

First Dance Fridays | Beatles

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