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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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Santa Ynez Wedding

Elizabeth and Gavin said, “I do!” at a private estate in Santa Ynez Wine Country which is located in Santa Barbara County, CA.

bride and groom kiss in front of pool house at quail ranch wedding venue


Quail Ranch Simi Valley Wedding

Ashley and Jason got married at the beautiful Quail Ranch in Simi Valley, CA. Their entire day was dripping with romance from the vibe of the venue to Jason’s velvet shoes. Ashley used the colors of the spanish style venue as inspo.



The Story Behind the Name

People sometimes ask, “Why Magnolia?” This is my Magnolia, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Chip and Joanna.

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Spanish Hills Country Club Wedding

Julia and Jackson’s Spanish Hills Country Club wedding was stunning. The all white decor was sprinkled with black accents and natural greenery. The wedding was classic and timeless.

bride and groom kiss in front of floor to ceiling windows at the montecito club

For Brides

Wedding Photographer Cost Average

What’s the average photographer cost for a wedding? I’m here to be your guide on all things wedding photography related.

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Boho Baby Shower Ideas

Looking for boho baby shower ideas? Check out the super cute, super trendy, boho baby shower decor from Jessica’s shower. Complete with Amazon links. Theme: Muted Rainbow Be sure to scroll all the way thru for boho baby shower ideas and shoppable links to complete your decor. Boho Baby Shower Table Decor with Links Los […]

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Joshua Tree Engagement Photos

Lizzy and Gavin are getting married in a few months and wanted engagement photos in Joshua Tree National Park to include on their save-the dates and wedding invitations.

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Malibu Creek State Park Engagement Photos

For engagement shoots in California, I will almost ALWAYS recommend photos in the hills. The mountains make a beautiful backdrop, and I love the way the sun lights up the brown dead grass during golden hour. It’s like magic.

couple engagement photos in joshua tree national park showing the ring


Do I Need Engagement Photos?

Weddings are expensive. To cut down on costs you may be asking yourself, “Do I really need engagement photos?” Good photography is worth every penny. I promise you won’t regret your beautiful photos. I encourage all of my couples to take advantage of an engagement shoot and typically include it in my 8 hour wedding […]


For Brides

Wedding Planning Advice and Tips

Today we are going to talk about my top wedding planning advice and tips. My goal in this blog/podcast is to give you bite sized pieces of information and advice to help you plan your wedding just a little bit easier. So let’s jump in!

Hi there! I’m Ariel, Los Angeles wedding photographer and your guide to all things wedding related. Be sure to give me a follow for tips and resources on how to create your dream wedding.


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