When I met Courtney and Sam at the beginning of 2018, I was at a point in my business and in my work where I was kinda all over the place and wasn’t super confident in my brand. I was nervous, and only wanted to make a good impression. After a coffee date at one of Temecula’s newest coffee shops, they took a chance on a very new wedding photographer and I am forever grateful. In the months leading up to their wedding, I honed in on my style and practiced my craft as much as I could.

Flash forward to their GORGEOUS fall wedding…

Hidden within the hills of Pala, Ca was Secluded Garden Estate. Beautiful Macrame hung from the wooden frame, eclectic rugs kissed the path, while the beautiful trees draped over the ceremony site - the Zanin wedding was the best way to kick off November. Courtney found her dress at a local thrift store and it fit like a glove… talk about the PERFECT dress, and she looked STUNNING. Watching Sam bawl his eyes out as Courtney’s mother walked her down the aisle had me tearing up behind my camera. The genuine love he had for his bride destroyed my heart. Partying with their closest loved ones under the stars, was kicked off with The Habit (yummm) and followed by the tastiest rice pudding. Kids had a cozy spot where they watched Disney movies, which is such a fun idea for weddings. From the hilarious toasts from their siblings to getting down on the dance floor with some drinks their family sent the Mr. & Mrs. off with bubbles and then we hit In N Out for some hot coco and shakes.

Wedding Dress: Custom

Groom Suit: Friar's Tux

Courtney's Ring: Olive Avenue

Sam's Ring: Alexander Jewelers

Florals: Carol Martz

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Secluded Garden Estate | Pala, CA

Day-of-Coordinator: Carol Martz (@carolmartz on Instagram)

Catering: The Habit

Post-Wedding Pit Stop In N Out

Photography Assistant: Kellie Jane Creative