If you missed it on social- we are excited to announce that our brand new studio located in North Temecula is finally finished.  We have been working on getting this new space ready since May and it can be described as nothing less than a labor of love, lol.

Here is a little bit of our journey from when we first got the keys until now. Most of the photos and videos that you will see were taken off iphones and saved from our Insta Stories.

When we first started thinking about moving, we were actually looking at a different space.  It was next door to the space we currently  have but it was smaller therefore less expensive as well.  We must have toured the space a thousand times trying to figure out how we were going to make it work.  Ultimately, it was not configured the way we needed it to be but the thought of getting a larger space was quite frankly- scary.

It wasn’t until Leah’s Dad said, “Why are you guys trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Just get the space  you need and do it right.” It was at that moment that we realized we had to take the risk.  So, the papers were signed and we got the keys.

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We definitely had our rose colored imagination glasses on because the place was an absolute mess.  The carpets were stained and navy blue.  All the trim around the doors was dark brown and forest green around all the windows.  There were holes in the walls, ripped out electrical wires, and the showroom was a disaster.

Then it was time for renovations.  We hired our good friend with Design Doctor and she helped us articulate our vision and start a Pinterest board.   At one point- we threw around the idea of building a loft area to make the place two stories instead of one (which you will see when you click on our inspiration board).  Who knows- that may still be in the cards for us down the road.  Right away though, we knew the direction we wanted to go in was modern, chic and clean.  Which meant all white with pops of gold accents with the first order of business being to get rid of the navy blue carpet.

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Picking flooring was the easy part but the paint, that was a whole other story.

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After the flooring, paint and baseboards were complete- we had to start picking furniture. One of the biggest advantages of having a business partner is that you have someone to bounce ideas off of that are going to be different from your own.  But one of the biggest disadvantages of having a business partner is that their ideas are different than your own, lol.  We’ve worked together for so long now that we have mastered the art of compromise and have learned to trust the process of finding that compromise.

Every time, the final outcome is always better than if one of us had made all of the decisions independent of the other.  There were lots of hours in the office holding up prints of items, fabrics and swatches.  We researched online and would frequent stores on the daily looking for what we needed.  Thank goodness we had Design Doctor to give us direction and let us know what we needed and where.

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But there was definitely a few mishaps along the way– there was the wrong color couches followed by the right colored couches that needed to be custom made because our reception area is an odd size.

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Then there was our marble table that showed up with a HUGE crack down the center.

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Then there was the infamous non-returnable mirrors that were supposed to go in the office but couldn’t go in the office because the wall behind our desk is CONCRETE.  Then the round coffee tables that were the size of a step-stools that were not going to work in the front room.  Just to name a few, lol.

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The best part was being able to invite the team out to celebrate with us.

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Then there is our showroom in the back of our offices where we have Captured Photo Booths.

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In case you were wondering where those mirrors went that we could not return– they are in the “LMP Selfie Bathroom” because doesn’t everyone take selfies in the bathroom?

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Thank you all so much for stopping by and sharing in this journey with us!

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Sometimes there are opportunities in life that you LITERALLY  just can’t say no to.  Like when Exquisite Wedding Magazine asks if you would like to be on CBS News in 2 days.  Um, YES!!

So, we got the call on Friday afternoon asking us if we would like to be on the news and talk about how to get your wedding submitted– that MONDAY.  Our call time would be at 5am and our only concern was that we were working a wedding Sunday night until 10pm.  So, we debated back and forth if we should drive down after the wedding and stay in a hotel or wake up early and get on the road at 3am.

Long story short, waking up early totally won.  So, we went to sleep late and woke up early in order to hit the road at 3am.  Once we got there– we found out our segment was going to be featured at 5:15am and 6:30am.  There were several other vendors there to give brides advice for their wedding day and promote the Bridal Bootcamp that Exquisite Weddings Magazine was sponsoring.

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Michelle Garibay set up an AMAZING tablescape to showcase in the segment featuring current wedding trends.  The crazy thing was– the tablescape was from the wedding that we were working the night before and we were able to bring it down to San Diego for the segment.

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To see the feature, check it out at: http://www.cbs8.com/story/35486825/bridal-boot-camp-getting-prepared-for-your-wedding

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Patricia and Michael’s Temecula wedding over at Ponte Vineyard and Winery was absolutely incredible.  We had been looking forward to their wedding day for quite a long time.  From the second we met Patricia we could instantly see why Michael fell in love with her.  She is one of the sweetest, most kind hearted, and genuine people we have ever met and Michael just absolutely adores her.

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One of our favorite moments from their wedding day was definitely their first look.  We like to make the first look as private as possible so we took them over to the hotel side of the winery.  With Michael’s back to Patricia, she slowly walked down the long hallway behind him.  As soon as he heard her approaching, Michael immediately started beaming from ear to ear.  As he turned to see her for the first time, tears welled up in his eyes and the two of them shared the sweetest moment together.  A moment that would not have been possible if they had seen each other at their ceremony for Michael would not have been able to embrace Patricia into his arms, give her kiss and tell her how beautiful she looked.

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After the first look, it was time for the ceremony.  We couldn’t believe how beautiful their ceremony arbor looked with all of the floral details and arrangements.

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Then– there was the wedding party.  Uh, model much everyone?! They were all so much fun to photograph and most of them were related to Patricia and Michael in some way.

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After cocktail hour, everyone headed inside the Pavillon for the reception.  The decor was breathtaking but we especially loved the custom fabric draping on the pillars and soft pink uplighting.

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Venue: Ponte Winery

Coordinator: Michelle Garibay Events

Florist: Soiree Design and Events

Hair & Make-up: Sandra Michelle Artistry

Rentals: Madam Palooza

DJ and Uplighting: C Squared Events

Photo Booth: Captured Photo Booths

Cake: Cakes to Celebrate

Wedding Dress: Lovella Bridal

Groom Attire: Grooms Grotto

 

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If you follow us on Instagram, then you may have saw on our Story that we got to go on our first Temecula FAM Tour. We literally had no idea what a FAM Tour was because they are not really popular in the photography community (at least that we know of…). But come to find out, its REALLY popular in the wedding coordination community.  A FAM Tour is basically when wedding venues will invite coordinators out to tour their facility, sample their menu and share pricing details in order to educate them for their clients.  That way if a coordinator has a client that is looking to get married in Temecula wine country– then they have first-hand information that they can share with them.  Planners/Coordinators from all of LA and OC were invited to participate.

We started the day out at Temecula Creek Inn.  From there Viva Limousine took everyone over to Avensole Winery.

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Once at Avensole Winery, their venue coordinator Jessica showed us all around from the bridal suites to the tasting room.

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Then we headed over to Callaway Winery for lunch.  Its always fun to be greeted with champagne and then given the most amazing meal.  Totally didn’t know that the food at Callaway Winery is FARM TO TABLE.  They grow most of their own produce and if it is not grown at the winery then they source it from local farms with a 20 mile radius.

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Next was Fazeli Cellars, one of Temecula’s newer wineries.

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Then, Sweet Oaks Ranch…

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And finally, back to Temecula Creek Inn’s Stone House for dinner.

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Cheers, to old friends and lots of new ones!!

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As Temecula wedding photographers, there are a few career “bucket” list items that we have set out to accomplish. Getting a magazine cover was at the VERY top. So, when San Diego Style Weddings Magazine announced that they would be using THREE of our pictures for covers– we couldn’t have been happier.  These particular covers were from a styled shoot over at Renee Manor in Temecula, Ca.  This was by far the biggest shoot we have ever done to date.  There were 20 dresses, 12 bouquets, and several hair and make-up style changes for each of the 5 models.  Thank you so much for everyone who came together and made this shoot possible!!

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Venue: Renee Manor

Coordinator:  Weddings by Samantha

Hair/Make-up: Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

Florist: Soiree, MFG Floral, Sweet Ribbons Events , Moments in Bloom, Blooms by Breesa

Bridal Gowns: The Dress Theory, Archive Bridal, Here Comes the Bride, Elyse Reuben

Accessories: Sandra Nicole Designs

Paper Details: Paper Villa

Cake: Laura Marie Cakes

Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals, Madam Palooza

Favors: SoBelle Favors

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