When Fred and Kat reached out to me in 2019 to photograph their wedding, I was impressed with how much they’d already had in place. They had a clear idea of what they wanted and were so on top of it all. Then came a doozy of a year. Amidst a pandemic and then wildfires not 10 miles from their wedding venue the week of their wedding, they stayed composed, optimistic, and never lost sight of why they were getting married in the first place. I got to know Fred pretty well in the planning process. He’s a jack-of-all-trades, thoughtful, detailed, and head over heels in love with Kat. Like, the kind of groom who would bustle his wife’s train. The kind of groom who would hook up an air ventilator in Kat’s getting ready suite. The kind of groom who wouldn’t intimidate a gal with his ball dancing moves. And what’s not to love, when you see how Kat just lights up. Her killer smile is just so genuine, it makes your heart do a little dance.

The Avenue of the Arts hotel in Costa Mesa was a perfect backdrop for Fred and Kat’s wedding day. It was inspiring to work with fun textures and colors, like the crushed velvet blue of the couch in the honeymoon suite, and these oversized purple bird cage chairs in the lobby. The colors complimented Kat’s love of midnight blue. Also, check out these towering trees you’d never expect in the middle of Costa Mesa.

I’m feeling SO GRATEFUL to the wonderful team that made Fred and Kat’s long awaited wedding day go so smoothly, in spite of every external road bump.

Venue | @avenueoftheartshotelWedding

Coordinator | @brandijaneevents 

Photography |  @genkiviv

Videography | @amariproductions

DJ + Lighting | @voxdjs

Florals | @flowersbycina

Beauty | @trangformation

Bridal Gown | @luvbridal

Tux | @friartux

Cake | @graceandhoneycakes