Southern California Wedding Photographer/ Husband/ Father/ Vegetarian/ Beer Drinker

Temecula wedding photographer that some people would describe as a mix between Channing Tatum and a honey badger, pound-for-pound one of the most ferocious animals on the planet. I enjoy writing sweet poetic love songs on my banjo for my lady, walking my dog Sinatra, sculpting my guns at the gymnasium (I'm not sure if you heard me counting, but I did over 1,000) and of course photographing weddings throughout Temecula, San Diego and Orange County. I’m truly blessed to do what I love and only hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. CHEERS! - Ryan

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September 25, 2014

Wedding Photos At Hidden Oaks In Ramona, California With Pieter & Rachel

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Ramona Wedding: Hidden Oaks

 

What can I possibly say about this awesome September wedding in Southern California? Rachel looked amazing, Pieter was dressed like a true gent and the venue was absolutely stunning in its simplicity. I actually had never photographed a wedding at Hidden Oaks: Private Weddings & Events or even heard of the place until Rachel gave me all the details on our first meeting. This is probably because this gem of a venue is deep in Ramona, California, the venue does not even have a website and of course the property owner/wedding coordinator Deb only takes about 20 weddings per year. Hidden Oaks was a great change of pace from the Temecula wedding venues I am used to photographing but in all honesty a venue can only provide so much because at the end of the day weddings are about people not places, and I must say Pieter and Rachel are two amazing people. The intimate wedding ceremony was officiated by Rachel’s father, guests came from places all over the world like South Africa and the good times penetrated the evening air like the smoke from the fire pit (Seriously venues that offer fire pits and couples who provide free cigars to smoke near those fire pits rock). Below are the wedding photos I captured of Pieter & Rachel’s wedding day. Enjoy!

 

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September 19, 2014

Palm Springs Wedding At Historic Casa Cody With Joel + Marci!

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Palm Springs: Casa Cody Wedding

 

I absolutely love photographing weddings in Palm Springs, California. The city is full of creativity and energy that makes it is easy to get inspired. That was why I was stoked when Joel and Marci told me they planned on having their September wedding ceremony and reception at Casa Cody. Casa Cody is a quaint little place that reminds of you old Hollywood glory when A-list movie stars would leave Los Angeles for the desert to experiment with large amounts of blow and hookers because there wasn’t as much paparazzi. In fact, the Adobe room where the bride and bridesmaids typically get ready in has a small stage in it where it is said Charlie Chaplin would entertain friends. Every time I see that room I picture Charlie drunk and shirtless tap dancing like a champion. Needless to say, you can feel the history of the place as soon as you step foot on the grounds. I photographed a wedding at Casa Cody in the past so I was already pretty familiar with the layout of the venue, but Joel + Marci’s wedding was actually going to be organized much differently than the previous wedding I shot so I was excited about the opportunity to change things up.

Although the temperature was 143 degrees, the wedding came out gorgeous. Marci looked stunning in her dress that Mom found on the first day of looking, the groomsmen were sharp dressed with their bow ties and the emotion poured out like the booze from the open bar. After the ceremony, we took photos just on the outside of Casa Cody in a sort of abandon lot. It was actually very intimate in its simplicity and I think the wedding photos came out pretty rad, but you can check them out for yourself and leave your comments below. In all seriousness, this was a solid wedding with lots of love and laughter. THANK YOU Joel and Marci for allowing this Temecula photographer to document the beginning of your life together as husband and wife! YOU ROCK!

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A little about the bride and groom…

Joel and Marci met at Sears where they both worked. Although Sears went down hill over the next 9.5 years as stocks plummeted and investors bailed, Joel & Marci’s relationship continued to thrive. They went on exotic vacations to places like New Zealand where Joel would participate in Iron Man triathlons and New York City where Marci was creating a buzz in the fashion community. They adopted a dog, moved in together and then while on vacation in Hawaii Joel proposed to Marci. With Joel on one knee and the rain pouring down on both of them she said “yes”. The clouds then quickly passed by, sunshine began to warm the landscape and a giant rainbow appeared. This was a sign of true love. They then went to a local Del Taco and began planning their dream wedding, scribbling out details on the backside of a Coors Light box that Joel was using as a hat earlier in the day.

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September 8, 2014

Jessica + Rich Engagement Photos In Temecula Wine Country

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Winery Engagement Photos In Temecula, California

 

Rich and Jessica are from Joshua Tree, getting married in Wisconsin and wanted to have their engagement photos captured in Temecula wine country. Crazy right? Unfortunately, I will not be making the trip to photograph this awesome couple on their wedding day but was lucky enough to spend time with them this past weekend to capture their engagement photos. It sucks that some cheese head in Wisconsin gets the opportunity to document their wedding day because these two are fun to hang out with, like to hit the booze and of course photograph very well. We started the session at Bailey’s winery and then moved to some areas I thought were cool off Butterfield Stage Road that really provided a more unique look for the day. But obviously these two did not drive over an hour to have the majority of their photographs out in the hills of Temecula so we zipped back to the front of Falkner winery and finished off the engagement session there. Most Temecula engagement photo sessions are totally focused and set in the vineyards, which are in fact totally cool, but the scene can become redundant. People rarely want to deviate off this path, but I was lucky that Rich and Jessica trusted me enough to mix things up and I really think the end result was pure awesomeness. Congrats on your engagement Rich + Jessica and I look forward to seeing your photos from your wedding next August!

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