Kimberly & Franklin | Santa Margarita Ranch

Kimberly and Franklin have known each other since they were kids. Franklin told me the story of how they met…

“We’ve known each other for nearly 50 years. Our parents were very good friends and they were God parents to each other’s children. However, her parents moved to Hawaii for several years and that’s where Kim was born. They moved back to the mainland when Kim was 7. We met at summer camp that same year. I was 9.

We were on a hike and it was very hot. Kim fainted. I carried her back to the nurse. It was an instant connection. We were best friends from that moment and remained best friends even though we married different people and Kim moved with her husband to the middle east for several years.

When my first marriage ended, Kim was already divorced and was living in Culver City. She helped me through my divorce and, somewhere along the way, I realized she was no longer just my best friend and I did not want to be parted from her.

I was very nervous about telling my best friend that I was in love with her. What if she didn’t feel the same way? She’d been my best friend literally my entire life and I didn’t want to lose that! When I finally got up the nerve to tell her, she told me she’d known for quite a while and was just waiting for me to figure it out.”

I love how their invitations reflect their childhood connection. They were Married at beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch surrounded by family and friends.

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Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch
Coordinator: Debra Meadows of Meadows Events
Hair and Makeup: Nicole Harris at Artista Makeup
Catering: Ribline
Cake: Christines Cake Creations
Music: Jimmy Keegan
Photo: Steph Fowler

Sarah + Ricardo | Museum of Latin American Art

These two first met working for Clear Channel Radio, Ricardo was working in IT and Sarah needed help, they struck up a friendship via help tickets. Ricardo then requested her as a friend on MySpace (yes MySpace!) but she declined it because she didn’t recognize him in his profile photo (looking too cool in sunglasses). She realized her mistakes and the friend request was accepted! Their friendship blossomed, they became friends on instant messenger, and started chatting at work every day. He ripped DVDs of live U2 concerts to put on her iPod. They set up regular Wednesday lunch dates. They graduate to texting after work and over weekends. Long story short, they have been inseparable ever since. I hear they had a VERY long engagement, but they finally did it! They were married at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, such a beautiful location, surrounded by color and art. I became instant friends with these two, and I couldn’t be happier for them, they are the real deal.

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Venue: Museum of Latin American Art
Coordinator: Christina Cruz at The Events Boutique
Dress: JJ Kelly Bridal
Makeup: Tasha Foschetti
Florist: The Events Boutique
Cake: Torrance Bakery
Catering: TGIS Catering
DJ: DJ MissNinja
Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel
Photo: Steph Fowler

Sara & Derek at Home

I photographed Sara and Derek’s engagement photos with their pup Ben more than a year ago, you can see them HERE. Not only have they added little Honey to the mix, but they are expecting their first child. So happy for these two! I spent the morning with them at their beautiful home.

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