Descanso Gardens Wedding | Brian + Sarah Wedding Preview

Watching two people who are so in love is not only heartwarming, but it allows for endless amounts of beautiful portraits to be captured! Brian and Sarah's closest friends and family joined from near and far to watch them celebrate and commit to each other as they shared their tender and honest vows to each other. Can't wait to share more details from this perfect day, but for now, here's a fun preview of some of my favorites from the wedding day. Congratulations to the happy couple! 

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Hair + Makeup Inspiration | Label Me Lindsay Bridal Collaboration

This past weekend, the OH so talented team over at Label Me Lindsay put together several bridal hair and makeup looks to showcase their dynamic abilities. When paired with the Sweet Sage Events and  Tono & Co teams to handcraft beautiful bouquet and hair accessories with hand-dyed silk ribbon, I felt like it was a perfect pairing to shoot some incredible looks. 

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Location | Gum Grove Park, Seal Beach, CA
Photogrpahy | J. Lee Photos
Florals | Sweet Sage Events
Silk Ribbon | Tono & Co
Shot with medium format film (Pentax 645N) and Canon 5D Mark iii, edited with Mastin Labs Presets

Southern California Wedding Photographer | Introducing Kaitie and J. Lee Photos Associate Collections

I'm a firm believer everyone deserves beautiful photography for their wedding day, regardless of your budget. A letter to my couples who are considering an Associate Collection:

My wonderful potential client, 
Let me guess - you're currently in the throes of wedding planning and since you haven't done this before, you're somewhat at a loss for how to make heads or tails of everything, but you're listening to those who have gone before you, reading up on all the information you can online and doing your best to make an informed decision and trusting your gut as much as possible. 

You probably have a healthy budget for a wedding, but you're starting to realize that everything really does add up (quickly!) and you have certain decisions to make in order to make it all work. I completely understand; really. I was a bride once and we did it on a budget that I'm still shocked we made work. You have a desire for beautiful photography and you value hiring someone who is a true professional, established with experience, is reliable but isn't going to break your wedding budget bank! You may even have your heart set on a particular type of photography and feel like it's overwhelming to find the perfect fit for you based on all your needs.

What I've learned is that often times couples make a lot of sacrifices in order to make their budgets work, and their photography suffers for it, when it doesn't have to. This really actually breaks my heart, because photography is one of the most important and valuable parts of your wedding day. Your photographer will be with you more than anyone else on the wedding day and be there during some of the most tender and intimate moments, and you really shouldn't just want anyone there for those parts. 

When you book with a J. Lee Photos Associate, you're really getting the same incredible service and experience all my clients get: communication and planning goes through me personally, as does all the editing and final image delivery. This is the exciting part, because it means that the images you'll receive maintain the same consistent look you appreciate and love, but at a rate that makes sense for you. The one variable is that my associate will be your lead shooter with you on your wedding day. You can imagine this is not something I take lightly, so it means that your associate is someone who I trust completely, has shot with me several times and trained up by me so the style of shooting is similar, as is the way they work with you on your wedding day. 

So, should you have a budget of $3,000 or less, please get in touch and let's chat. In the meantime, I'd love to introduce you to Kaitie, the lead J. Lee Photos Associate. You can read more about her here, as well. She's fantastic and when she's not shooting weddings for J. Lee Photos, she's doing fun stuff like shooting editorial projects and catalog images for Nordstrom's HauteLook .

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I am so excited to hear more about your wedding and would love to come alongside you as you plan this incredible moment in your life... regardless of your budget! 

xoxo
Jessica. 

Pelican Hill Wedding - The Resort at Pelican Hill

Though there is no shortage of beautiful venues all across Southern California, there are certainly a few that are coveted destinations, the The Resort at Pelican Hill being one of them, without question. With the gorgeous display of fresh flowers adorning the iconic rotunda out across the lawn of the resort and the exquisite and detailed presentation of the reception hall, there is not a detail that is overlooked. As a Southern California Wedding Photographer, this day was a dream to photograph.

One of the most unique thing about this wedding of Boyoung and Zihan was that several of their guests flew in directly from China for the wedding to celebrate. Boyoung and Zihan met each other while both attending university in the northern part of the US and are such a beautiful couple! The wedding was full of fun-filled moments, tradition from their Chinese heritage and tender moments which made for an unforgettable event. My personal favorite part of the weddings hosted at The Resort at Pelican Hill is the special access provided to brides and grooms for the perfectly curated garden. 

Many thanks to Jeremy Chou for having me along as an assistant for this beautiful wedding.

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Lead Photographer | Jeremy Chou Photography
Second Photographer | Alyssa Marie
Assistant | Jessica Rieke of J. Lee Photos
Venue | The Resort at Pelican Hill
Images edited with Mastin Labs to emulate Fuji 400h Film

Featured: Love Came Down Blog - Brett + Candice's Southern California Backyard Wedding

Brett and Candice had such a charming and beautiful wedding! It was such a joyous day and I'm so glad they not only love their photos, but others do as well. Solely dedicated to featuring weddings inspired by faith, Love Came Down decided Brett and Candice's wedding was a perfect fit for them; I couldn't agree more.