Heidi + Jason choose one of my favorite spots in Southern California for their engagement session; the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission. Not only does this spot provide soooo many cool and unique backdrops/textures, but it's down the road from a flower field! Heidi and Jason are getting married this September in Oceanside and I'm so excited to see what they come up with next!
What can I say? This styled shoot was a good reminder that Colorado offers a type of beauty and community that I'm so lucky to be a part of. The theme of this shoot was simple: space, stars, romance, and organic simplicity. Like always, I try to put together styled inspirational shoots that everyone could take elements from, and used items I found from local vendors, thrift stores, craft stores and my favorite dress site: Rent the Runway.
Since snow + cold was in the forecast, we spent a good part of the day in a warm studio (that can be rented out for parties!) and braved the cold for a few more snow-filled portraits. Plus side of wearing a long dress? The pants and snow boots you can wear underneath.
Enjoy! And I hope this inspires you to think a little outside of the box when it comes to your wedding day.
Styling and Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Location: Old Town Yoga Studio + Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, CO | Florals - Lace + Lilies | Makeup: Dotted with Hearts | Calligraphy: Blot & Dot | Jewelry: Jenna Koo | Dress: Rent the Runway | Cake: Whole Foods
2014...what can I say. It was a crazy good year. I became a wife, photographed 34 weddings, traveled to 2 countries, 10+ states, and packed up and moved to Colorado with my husband + two cats that I think would be much happier plotting world domination.
Thank you. Thank you for letting me into your lives and not running away when I dance like no one is watching. My favorite images this year have a theme...laughter, rad locations + love. Because if you cant laugh at the fact that you are making out in front of complete strangers with a photographer cheering you on...I'm not sure we could be friends.
It was impossible to include everything, in fear of breaking the internet. Really though, I started with over 600 images...and painfully brought it down to where my browser wouldn't crash into a fiery death. Grab a bottle of wine, put aside 2+ hours in your calendar and enjoy.