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I'm Ariel--the face behind Magnolia West Photography.

Wedding photography is my passion. I live for those special moments on a wedding day--the private exchange of the vows, a romantic first look, intimate portraits at golden hour. I capture moments that make you FEEL. Every time you look at your photos, you will remember the emotion of those moments, and I would be honored to tell your story.

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WHAT clients are saying...

"What a privilege it was to have Ariel photograph my beautiful wedding. The pictures are stunning. She is extremely personable, friendly and well organized. The word professional doesn't describe how truly personable she really is. If you want an amazing experience, Ariel's your girl!"

Kathleen A.

Authentic. Timeless. Joyful. Natural. Romantic.

my photography style in 5 words

I was born and raised in, "The Hostess City of the South," Savannah, GA. To read my blog post "Behind the Name-Why Magnolia?" click here. The hubs and I, along with our two boys, now live in the Greater Los Angeles area.

My love for weddings began in Savannah in 2003. I have served brides in nearly every aspect of the wedding industry. From catering, to hair and makeup, to planning and decorating... You name it, I've probably done it. In 2018, I picked up a camera for the first time and never looked back.

Savannah, GA ➺ Los Angeles, CA

my story

Editorial magazine fierceness meets timeless romance in gorgeous lighting.

my style can be summed up as

Not your "average" wedding photographer. How am I different?

If you're looking for someone to just show up and snap some pics, I'm probably not your girl.

I value genuine connections which allows me to capture your most authentic moments. When you hire me, you're not just hiring another wedding vendor. You are gaining a friend and an experience. Need wardrobe advice? No problem! Need help planning your wedding day timeline? I've got you covered! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. I've got your back every step of the way.

If you're local to Ventura County, chances are, my hubs and I will likely invite you and your babe out for sushi, beers or margs. I value real relationships with my couples. I want to be your photographer, not just for your wedding, but for life! So, let's be friends!

I'm more than just a photographer.

why choose me?


my clients live for

Outdoor reception venues

Candid and relaxed portraits

Sentimental details

golden hour romantics

Is that you?


If you're looking for dreamy, romantic fine art imagery, but a well-organized and executed process, you're in luck! Let's schedule a consultation and see if we are the right fit.

The cake gets eaten,
the flowers will die,
but the wedding photos
will last forever.