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I'm a hopeless romantic who finds great joy in creating and capturing connection and beauty wherever I go.


Hi there! I'm Ariel, a Los Angeles wedding photographer. Welcome to my blog where you'll find bite sized nuggets of wedding advice on how to make your dream wedding a reality. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. I'm here to here to be your guide through the wedding planning process.

A little about me: I was born and raised in Savannah, GA but now live in the greater LA area with my husband two boys. I'm inspired by all things French fashion and old world everything—books, architecture, music... The sounds of Johnny Mercer, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald fill my home. Oh, and I love a good romance.

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Hi there! I'm Ariel, a Los Angeles wedding photographer. Welcome to my blog where you'll find bite sized nuggets of wedding advice on how to make your dream wedding a reality.

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For Brides

Save-the-Dates: Everything You Need to Know

Sending save-the-date cards for your wedding is a great way to ensure that your loved ones have enough time to plan and mark their calendars for your special day. Here is everything you need to know when sending save-the-dates.

couple standing on the sand in front of the rocks with the light pouring in at el matador beach in malibu ca during golden hour girl is wearing a short white dress and man is wearing a light blue shirt and white shorts taken my magnolia west photography best wedding photographer in malibu


El Matador Beach Engagement Photos + Permit Requirements

El Matador Beach is a popular destination in Malibu to take engagement photos. Nestled into a cove on the Pacific, the light is dreamy and the cliffs are majestic.

bride and groom staning in a white hall in front of a floor to ceiling window captured by magnolia west photography


Sara + Karo’s Pasadena Wedding

Sara and Karo’s intimate wedding was the epitome of elegance and luxury. From the groom’s Cartier watch to the bride’s Jimmy Choos to the Veuve Clicquot champagne towner, no detail was overlooked.


For Photographers

Books and Podcasts for Photographers

For photographers, delving into books and podcasts centered around money mindset, selling intangible services, and photography education is a vital endeavor with far-reaching implications.

bride and groom standing on the steps of the Langham Hotel in Pasadena


The Langham Hotel in Pasadena

THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON, PASADENA, LOS ANGELES 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106, USA The Langham Hotel in Pasadena stands as an exquisite embodiment of luxury weddings, setting an unparalleled standard for elegance and opulence. Its timeless charm and impeccable service make it the ultimate venue choice for those seeking to orchestrate a celebration […]


For Photographers

Photography Permit Requirements for Malibu, CA

Permit requirements and links for photography, filming and weddings on the beaches of Malibu.


For Brides

8 Must Ask Questions When Interviewing Wedding Vendors

When choosing your wedding vendors, it’s crucial to ask the right questions to ensure that they’re a good fit for your big day. Here are the 8 must ask questions when interviewing prospective wedding vendors.

engaged couple standing on a mossy rock almost kissing at sunset at el matador beach during their engagement session captured by malibu wedding photographer magnolia west photography


Sunset Romance: El Matador Beach Engagement Session

As the sun dipped behind the rocks, the magical scenery of El Matador Beach set the stage for an unforgettable and intimate experience.

bride and groom stand in editorial pose in the olive tree grove at the montecito club in montecito ca santa barbara


Jacquie & Eric’s Montecito Club Wedding

Jacquie and Eric enjoyed a romantic destination wedding weekend in Montecito, CA. The wedding was held at the Montecito Club.

bride and groom editorial pose at the santa barbara courthouse


J+M’s Santa Barbara Courthouse Elopement

Santa Barbara Courthouse elopements are some of my favorite weddings to capture. I recommend starting early in the morning as close to sunrise as possible for beautiful, glowy, romantic photos.


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