Kristen and Joe Engaged | Malibu, CA

We truly enjoyed every second with these two!! Their laughter, joy and LOVE is truly apparent in every photograph we captured!! We could’ve photographed for hours upon hours, but the Southern California sun only lasted for so long:) Below are a few of our favorite moments captured during our time together. Congratulations Kristen and Joe! We can’t wait to photograph your wedding!

Kristen:  “We met at the University of California Santa Cruz in a friend of a friend situation, at our mutual friend Corina’s birthday party.  By the end of a great night we had really hit it off, and we ended up building a fort together in Corina’s living room, where half the party was sleeping anyways.  From there, love ensued!  We had some great adventures in college, and ended up traveling around Europe together after graduation.  Joe proposed on January 21, 2013.  We had taken a snow trip to see my family up at Lake Tahoe, and had a relaxing time with family skiing and building snowmen.  On the way home, we decided to take the scenic route down the California coast.  Joe suggested we stop in Santa Cruz to go to our favorite coffee shop and remember good times in college.  As we pulled back onto the highway, coffee cups in hand, Joe told me he really wanted to go to Panther Beach, to one of our favorite spots atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, before we headed back south.  Though I was a little tired, I thought it would be a nice ending to a great three day weekend trip, so I agreed.  Standing together watching the sun set, Joe turned to me and popped the question!  It was the happiest surprise moment that I will cherish for my whole life.  This year has been an amazing adventure, with moving in together and preparing for our wedding.  We can’t wait to tie the knot in July!”

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Erika and Andrew Married | Newland Barn, Huntington Beach CA

Erika and Andrew’s Wedding Day at the Newland Barn in Huntington Beach was simply perfect. The pure joy that exuberated from these two was truly a delightful sight to witness first-hand and document with our cameras! So much joy, anticipation, excitement, and beauty poured out from their hearts and it was an absolute honor to be invited to document such timeless expressions of Love. Below are a few of our favorite moments captured during their Big Day! Enjoy!

From the Bride: Wedding planning at one point was the most stressful, overwhelming task that I honestly started to dislike. It wasn’t until I realized a lot of the details do not matter and what really matters is (insert major cliche here) the love you are sharing with your future husband, family, and friends. But it is entirely true. It was hard to let go. I am an artist and can tend to be a perfectionist when I have a vision of how I want something to look aesthetically, so the biggest thing for me was starting to trust in other people to create my specific vision for me. As the bride, I quickly learned that I was not going to be able to do everything myself, especially the day of. And as for theme, we did not have a theme! I never knew what to say when I was asked “what is your theme?” I guess our wedding had a vibe. I knew I wanted everyone to dress up, maybe a little more fancy than usual. I pictured this fantastic garden party from another era with tons of twinkly lights, soft yet dramatic elements, organic tablescapes, mixed with 1950’s prom decor? That is how my mind works.  The most overwhelming aspect of wedding planning, aside from the saving money, and making decisions part, are the endless options out there! The wiser women in my life kept reminiscing on how there were no options back in the day as to how you executed your wedding. Well, the modern day bride is faced with so many options, it can seriously drive one mad! I had to narrow my likes down and I decided to focus on one big decor element that I knew I could make and afford. That element was the ribbon garland that hung above the dance floor. Andrew and I LOVE to dance and it was imperative that we spent the entire night dancing with friends and family. I wanted to create a magical atmosphere on that dance floor. After I focused on that, everything began to fall into place. I wasn’t afraid to hit up every 99cent store, scour craigslist ads, and borrow decor from family friends. Andrew was such a huge help as well. He was constantly in touch with vendors, making decisions with me, and really being present in the entire experience. I absolutely loved our wedding and have no regrets about anything, except that maybe we should have danced more.



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Photography: Koman Photography
Coordination – Pop the Champagne
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Bride’s Maid Dresses: ASOS
Grooms Suit: Friar Tux
Florist- Petals and Pop
Hair and Make-up: Katie Ruiz-Hair and Make-up-Bride
Decor was handmade by bride

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  • This is absolutely stunning! We’d love to featured this on our upcoming blog!ReplyCancel

    • Koman PhotographyApril 29, 2014 - 11:16 pm

      Thank you so very much Mia! We feel extremely honored that you want to feature our work on your blog! We love all the beautiful weddings you have featured on “Southern California Bride”! We have just submitted this wedding to SMP and we would have to wait to see if they accept our submission before we can share our work on your blog. We will let you know very soon!:) Thanks again and wishing you all the very best!ReplyCancel

    • koman photographyMay 27, 2014 - 12:07 am

      Hi Mia! We just wanted to let you know that we received news from Style Me Pretty that they are going to feature this wedding on their Blog. Thanks again for your interest in featuring it on Southern California Bride, we truly appreciate it!:)ReplyCancel



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