A Luxury Italian Villa Wedding in Southern California

I had the pleasure of joining in on a styled shoot in Southern California in late March of 2021. Hosted at a beautiful home at the top of the hills in Malibu, the afternoon light created a beautiful palette of soft oranges and greens. We got to shoot two couples, and this post features Lexi and Sean. I was thrilled to see how goofy they were when they weren't holding more regal poses, and I was able to capture some genuine laughs and candids.

All in all, I only had about thirty minutes with them, but I feel like I was able to get the absolute best shots I could have. Sometimes as a photographer I have to work quickly, and it can be difficult to get people to loosen up enough to capture a good variety of shots in such a short period of time.

You'll see that I love to capture this exact moment. When couples go in to kiss, usually right before or right after, someone breaks into a laugh and the other cant help but follow. I've seen it across many couples and its such a wonderful, genuine moment.

These incredible apple and mint mimosas matched the palette of the shoot perfectly.

Sean's an incredibly handsome dude, obviously. I knew he had a great smile and wanted to capture it as naturally as I could, so while shooting him we had Lexi, standing off camera, do as many ridiculous things as she could to get a genuine smile out of him.

This one is my personal favorite. I actually ducked under Lexi's veil and used it as a diffuser to capture this gorgeous soft light on the two of them.

I always try to grab a high angle (habit from journalism), and the Malibu hills created a gorgeous backdrop for this arch!


Venue | Malibu Solstice Vineyards

Planner & Designer | The Blushing Details

Lead Photographer | XO and Fetti

Luxury Floral Designer | David Navarro

Hair & Make-Up | Kylee Hudson Bridal

Bridal Gown Shop | La Soie Bridal

Tux Attire | The Black Tux

Stationery | The Vintage Inkwell

Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes

Accessories | La Soie Bridal

Cake | Vanilla Bake Shop

Grazing Station | Meatchee'se Charcuterie Boards

Dessert | Madame Tiramisu

Specialty Drinks | LA.Speakeasy

Rentals | Town and Country Event Rentals

Ring | A Sweet Pear

Stylist | The Luminarie Co.

Styling Surface | Chasing Stone

Support Team Stylist | The Blushing Details {Belen} & In The Clouds Events

#1 Models | Lexi Torres & Sean Ledesma

#2 Models | Karin Tailors & Ryan Evan Ballard

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