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These two love birdies got married at the private estate of Erin’s parents. A gorgeous mountain top property that overlooks a redwood dotted valley in the Santa Cruz mountains. GORG! Her vision was a relaxed, summery day with lots of bohemian design aspects. The bright and happy colors truly reflected their personalities and gave the event that happy-go-lucky vibe. She beautifully combined lanterns with white concrete planters in geometric shapes and designed a darling backdrop for the ceremony and later the sweetheart table.

One of the things that made their wedding so very intimate, was the fact that they only had siblings in their bridal party! Erin had designated her three lovely sisters as bridesmaids, while Kellen was surrounded by his two handsome brothers. So thoughtful ♥

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There were so many beautiful moments! My favorite was when the Anniversary dance ended with Erin’s grandparents kissing. Yup, I totally teared up behind my camera! Just thinking that 67 years of marriage means a lifetime of friendship and having your soulmate right next to you, going through life, conquering the bad and rejoicing together in the good… Goodness, I’m such a romantic and dreamer!! LOL

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VENUE Private Estate | COORDINATOR Katie Bassman | FLORAL DESIGN Seascape Flowers | BRIDAL SKIRT Stone Cold Fox | BRIDAL TOP Custom Made by Meg Ryan Design | SHOES Toms | BRIDAL ROBES Desert Primrose | CATERING Marina with Barbara + Company | CAKE & DESSERTS B’z Cakes | ENTERTAINMENT James of Leroy Productions Mobile DJ & Photo Booth

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Erin & Kellen, thank you for letting us celebrate with you!!

XO, Rahel ♥

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When you get a text from the fabulous Lindsay – the owner of your favorite bridal store – you get real excited! Especially if she asks you to shoot the new 2017 Collection of Haute Bride Accessories and some of the newest Hayley Paige & Amsale dresses! Yup, count me in!!

I’ll be sharing more in a few weeks, but let’s just take a peek at what we got to play with! FABULOUS!!! Right?! I mean, I was like a little girl in a candy store with all the horses and golden fields and most amazing dresses on this planet ♥

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PHOTOGRAPHY California Wedding Photographer Rahel Menig | BRIDAL GOWNS Hayley Paige & Amsale | ACCESSORIES Haute Bride | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup by Moni | MODEL Taylor Hixson | LOCATION Grandview Farms

XO, Rahel ♥

As a wedding photographer, I get tons of really great questions from brides & fellow photographers. In this Q&A series called ‘Hey Rahel!’ I’m attempting to answer anything & everything and share helpful information from my experience! Feel free to send your questions through the contact form

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Q: Hey Rahel! We’re SO excited to have you capture your wedding day later this year! While I was going through some previous weddings you shot, I had a question pop up. Are there any props or items that would be helpful for you to have to style my bridal details? I would just really love to have pictures of my details that are visually interesting and tie into our wedding theme. Any suggestion? Thanks! B.R.

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A: Hey there Gorgeous! Glad you ask, because YES, there are ways you can help me create more beautifully styled detail shots!

As you know, I like to take about an hour right after arriving at your getting ready space to style your details. Not only does it add so much beauty to your entire wedding story, it also helps all of your bridesmaids to relax around me and the camera! It is most helpful if you have all of your details ready in a box for me. That way I don’t have to bother you every five minutes. In case you want an extra beautiful box, check out Trousseau & Co. They’re AMAZING!

My photography case contains all the basics I need to style your details beautifully, but as you guessed, there are a few items that I encourage you to have handy for me. In fact, pack them right into your box of details! These items will really tie your story together in a beautiful way. So let’s hear it:

Ribbon / Get some luscious hand dyed silk ribbons! They look a gazillion times better than any other ribbons, trust me, money well spent. You only need about one yard per ribbon that is 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide. Three to five different color tones are ideal. A beautiful neutral is your basic color. Then add the colors you’re using in your wedding decor. A great trick is to go with the same color in two different shades, one slightly lighter, the other slightly darker.

My favorite ribbon sources are Tono & Co. for Utterly Engaged Magazine / Silk and WillowFrouFrou Chic

Flowers / Flowers just absolutely MAKE a detail shot. Every. Single. Time. So order some extra flowers, the same you’re having in your bouquet and wedding decor. We don’t need tons, just around a dozen with a bit of greenery and we’re good to go. And yes, I will ‘dead-head’ them in order for them to lay flat ;)

Dress Hanger / Splurge on a pretty hanger for your wedding dress. It looks so much better than a plain plastic or wooden one.

Clean Room / This one isn’t just for the detail shots, but since you like the visual appeal of your photos, I wanted to include this one as well. Make sure that the space you’re getting into your dress is super clean without too much clutter. In a hotel suite – keep the bedroom super pretty (aka, don’t let your bridesmaids unpack in there) and get your hair & makeup done in the living space area. Same goes if you’re getting ready at an estate, mansion or winery. Clean is the word.

XO, Rahel

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Chelsea & Deaton are just one of those couples. One of those I could just eat up alive! Because they’re so freakin adorable! But let’s start at the beginning.

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They met at a bar called Walter Foods. You might think that this story is going to be pretty boring, but just read on and you will see that these two have SUCH a fantastic love story!! Okay. Chelsea had just decided that she’s okay with not being in a relationship after trying to find someone for a while. Deaton was at the bar with another girl. He saw Chelsea sitting there alone, he knew he would regret not talking with her and he hurried up to say bye to his date. Outside of the restaurant he tried to figure out what he should say to Chelsea and finally went back inside to meet his future wife! They hit it off right away and spent hours just talking.

Goose bumps anyone?? Yep, these two are certainly meant to be! Enjoy ♥

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When Chelsea said they wanted their engagement session at the beach, my heart smiled. I will never get enough of the ocean, the sand and beautiful sunsets… And you know, I’ve gotta say. When you have a couple that will drive 6 hours just to catch the best possible tidal situation (aka low tide!), brings cool outfits – including two super flowy dresses – and is just totally and completely in love with each other and not afraid to show it… Well then my friends, my day is made!

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XO, Rahel ♥

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New England Boudoir Photographer

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Have you heard about Boudoir Photography Sessions yet? They are here to capture your wild side. Your feminine lines, your sexy and your natural beauty. Yes, it might require a teensy bit of courage, but every bride I’ve photographed like this has absolutely loved her experience. Not to talk about the very happy grooms when they received their gift ;)

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A boudoir session can take place at your home, a hotel or – brand NEW – at my studio!! It makes things suuuper easy for you! You just come, have fun and leave again, without having to clean and de-clutter your own house to make it suitable for this dreamy type of photography. The studio features loads of natural light, pristine white walls to focus on your beauty and even some fun outfit choices we can play with! (Can you tell that I’m crazy excited about this!!??)

If you’re still feeling a little nervous about this whole thing, bring your BFF (and some bubbly, if you like!) and make a party out of your experience! Trust me, once we start you’re going to love this session

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Ready to take the plunge? You can book your session until October 2016 in California and afterwards I’ll be located in Southern New Hampshire to work as a New England Boudoir Photographer!

XO, Rahel

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