Nichole Rae Photography: Blog en-us (C) Nichole Rae Photography (Nichole Rae Photography) Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:21:00 GMT Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:21:00 GMT Nichole Rae Photography: Blog 78 120 Redondo Beach Historic Library Wedding | Laura+Adam I am so excited to share this gorgeous beach wedding with you all! Two weeks ago I had the honor of capturing Laura and Adam Waldon's wedding at the Historic Redondo Beach Library. All weddings are special to me, however this one had a very special place in my heart, because Laura's sister Stephanie has been a long time client of mine!  Referrals are the best because you have an instant connection with the person!

Laura and Adam are one of the most laid back couples I have ever met! They both went with the flow of the day, which makes my job so much easier, and it also makes for fantastic pics! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do! Their love and smiles are infectious! Congratulations Laura and Adam, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!!

Also, a special thanks to my second shooter Janice, you are awesome!



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St. Madeleine Catholic Church Wedding | Marisol+Danny Marisol and Danny tied the knot in a quaint little church called St. Madeleine in Pomona California.  It was a Catholic ceremony that was filled with tradition and love!  Their little boy Butter's, was my muse for the day!  He was so excited that his mom and dad were finally making it official!  Congrats Marisol and Danny, you two make a gorgeous couple!




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Redondo Beach Historic Library Engagment | Laura+Adam I am so excited to share this engagement shoot of Laura and Adam at the beautiful Redondo Beach Historic Library!  Laura and Adam are actually getting married at this great venue next spring, and I can't wait!!!  This venue is fantastic because it is literally steps away from the beach!  This venue is really a photographers dream because everything is in one spot, which makes a wedding day run so much smoother when you are not running from venue to venue!  I will be posting their wedding pictures, so stay tuned!!!

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Backyard Ranch Wedding | Vanessa+Eddie Who says you can't have a backyard wedding on a shoestring budget and make it look like a million bucks?!  That's exactly what Vanessa and Eddie did in their backyard ranch style wedding in Chino Hills!  Vanessa's uncle let her and Eddie have full rein of his ranch style home tucked away in Chino Hills.  The property was full of rustic backgrounds and handmade signs, it truly had an authentic feel to it!  The sky was full of puffy clouds and backlit with a deep blue sky's that made these pics just pop!  Hope you enjoy these as much as I do:)

Congratulations Vanessa and Eddie, you two are beautiful together!



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Santa Monica Beach | Maternity | Bridget I don't normally shoot maternity pictures, but I have to say after this session I think I found a new muse!  Beautiful Bridget and baby Brooklynn were glowing with pure radiance!  Bridget said Brooklynn was kicking the whole time because she was happy to feel the salty air!  I am so excited for the Hennessey family, as Brooklynn Reyn will be their third child, and first girl!  Thank you for letting me capture these magical precious moments!  I can't wait to meet you Brooklynn!!!



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First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Wedding | Falisha+Alejo This was such a classic wedding to say the least!  Falisha and Alejo tied the knot First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in downtown Los Angeles.  This venue has it all, and the best thing is that it is in one gorgeous location!  The architecture is to die for, and is a photographers dream!  Falisha was so beyond beautiful with her dramatic veil and picture perfect hair and makeup, and Alejo was handsome as ever!  The day was truly perfect!  The night ended with a heartfelt dramatic song that Falisha sang to Alejo.  I think everyone's hair was standing up, I know mine was!  You both are truly beautiful, congratulations!!!



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Saddle Peak Lodge Wedding | Arleen+Gilbert This wedding is so beyond special to me because Gilbert is a dear friend of mine!  I met Gilbert about two years ago on Instagram of all places!  We started following each other because we were both wedding photographers, and had a mutual admiration for each other's work.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that our "following" each other would turn into the awesome friendship we have today!

Anyone that is close to me knows that I had one of the worst wedding photography experiences ever!  In fact, this is the reason I started my wedding photography business.  I am so incredibly passionate about delivering only the BEST to my clients!  When Gilbert heard my horrific story, he offered to re-shoot our romantic pictures, giving my husband and I an amazing gift!  So, when Gilbert asked me to photograph his wedding I was beyond ecstatic!  I was deeply humbled and filled with love ready to give back the gift he gave me!

Gilbert and Arleen are beyond perfect for one another, geez they even look like one another!  They both are so beautiful inside and out! The way Gilbert looks at Arleen is how every man should look at their wife!  He is over the moon in love with her, and Arleen is just as in love!  They tied the knot at Saddle Peak Lodge in beautiful  Calabasas.  The wedding was super intimate with really close friends and immediate family, which in my opinion is the best!  It was such an amazing day filled with love, God, and family!  I am so thrilled that Arleen and Gilbert found one another.  I am so excited to see their lives unfold together, I know the best is yet to come!!! Congratulations Arleen & Gilbert, All my love!!!




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The Villa Restaurant Wedding | Chantal+George This was such a beautiful, intimate wedding that was celebrated at the Villa Restaurant in Woodland Hills CA.  This venue is such a diamond in the ruff!  If you are looking for a great venue for an intimate wedding in the Los Angeles vicinity, this venue is worth checking out!  It has a rustic charm, and a quaintness about it that is unforgettable!

Chantal and George were such a pleasure to photograph!  Their love is beyond infectious!  I honestly left the wedding and felt like I was on a love high for the night!  Their friends and family were so fantastic to be around and made me feel like family.  I am incredibly happy that Chantal and George found one another!  Here's to a lifetime of happiness! 


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Descanso Gardens Wedding | Christine+Javi I was so thrilled when Christine and Javi told me they were getting married at Descanso Gardens in Pasadena!  I have shot several engagement sessions there, but never a wedding.  Descanso Gardens is an amazing place to visit and is just steps away if you live in the Los Angeles area.  The best time to visit the gardens is of course in the spring when the tulips are in their full bloom, and in full bloom they were for this wedding! 

Christine and Javi are absolutely lovely together!  They have been friends since Jr. high, but did not start dating until much later in life.  Christine said to me that she did not see what was in front of her face the whole time... a caring, loving, amazing soul that has always been right by her side!  I am so glad that these two ended up together, because they truly are a perfect match!  Congratulations Christine & Javi!



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Vellano Country Club Wedding | Daisy+Julian Daisy and Julian are two beautiful souls beyond physical beauty, and I was lucky enouf to capture their once an a lifetime day!  They tied the knot at Vellano Country Club in Chino HillsVellano Country club has it all to say the least! Rolling hills of greenery everywhere you look and rustic charm that that is warm and unique. 

Both Daisy and Julian had such amazing families and friends, that I honestly felt like I was part of their family for a day.  I am so happy for these two, and am excited to see their lives unfold together!




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Pasadena Wedding | Kathy+Chris This Pasadena wedding was absolutely breathtaking! Kathy and Chris decided on doing a traditional Catholic ceremony, then taking their sweetheart pictures at the gorgeous Pasadena city hall.  If you haven't checked out Pasadena City Hall, it is a must for taking pictures. I highly recommend it! The ceremony took place at Saint Philip Church in south Pasadena. This church had such an old world warm charm to it, it couldn't of been more perfect!  Congratulations Kathy & Chris, you two are beautiful together!







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Studio City Wedding | Cecilia+Cyril This Studio City wedding was a blast!  Cecilia and Cyril tied the knot in Cecilia's uncles back yard.  This back yard wedding was just as gorgeous as any Los Angels wedding venue!  Cecilia and Cyril's wedding was super intimate hosting approximately 45 people.  This was the perfect amount of guests as the bride and groom were able to say hello and spend time with each and everyone of their guests!  Their love and smiles are so infectious, congratulations you two!  Enjoy<3

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Pierpont Inn Wedding | Vickie+Greg Vickie and Greg tied the knot at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura California!  This wedding was flawless from begging to the end!  The Pierpont is one of the prettiest venues I have ever shot a wedding at.  It literally has everything that a photographer dreams of, with the ocean steps away and rustic charm everywhere you look!

Besides the venue being flawless, my bride and groom were an absolute delight to work with.  They were both so laid back that it made my job a breeze!  This wedding will go down with one on my all time favorites of 2015!  Congratulations  Vickie and Greg, you are beautiful together!





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Fashion | North Hollywood Art District | Allison Shelby Allison Shelby is a new and upcoming model here in Los Angles!  I got the pleasure of photographing this fresh face in the heart of the NoHo Arts District.  The train station and underpasses that North Hollywood has to offer make for stunning backdrops, with a high fashion feel.  Look for Allison in the very near future, as she is about to get signed with one of the top three agencies in the world!  Enjoy!



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Descanso Gardens Engagment Photography | Vickie+Greg  

I am so excited to share this simple engagement session with all of you! Vickie and Greg are one of my fabulous 2015 wedding clients. We captured their engagement session at Descanso Gardens located in La Canada/ Flintridge area. I had never been to this heaven on earth- literally! Vickie was the one that told me all about it, she has been going there for years. She told me that if she ever went missing the first place to look for her would be Descanso Gardens! It's beyond magical! It was perfect because tulips were in full bloom and that is Vickie's favorite flower, it couldn’t of been more serendipitous.


You can see the passion and the love between these two! They are so not camera shy, which always makes my job a breeze! I can't wait to capture their big day this coming fall! Enjoy:)

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Robinson Ranch Wedding | Stephanie+Cole Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting Stephanie and Cole's gorgeous wedding at Robinson Ranch Golf club in Santa Clarita! If you recall it was a rare rainy day in Southern California, a brides worst nightmare to say the least! I was so proud of how Stephanie kept it together. She could of freaked out but she just went with it. I assured her that overcast sky’s made the skin look creamy and beautiful, and how the wet pavement actually added another dimension to the already beautiful looking venue!

The day was filled with so much love, joy, and family! Stephanie and Cole have such a large extended family that I literally felt like a family member. Each and everyone on them made me feel comfortable and welcomed! The energy was just beautiful from the beginning of the day to the end. Everyone seemed to be in the flow which made my job very easy to capture timeless beautiful images! I could not of been more thrilled and honored to capture this amazing couples day! Thank you Stephanie & Cole for trusting me with the most important day of your lives! CONGRATULATIONS!


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New Flash Drives! I am so in-love with these new flash drives by Photo Flash! I am now offering these sweet little gems instead of old outdated c.d's. These are great because your entire wedding will fit on one tiny flash drive tucked in a beautiful wooden box! How cool is that! These are also great because I can customize them for my brides with their name and wedding date, as a beautiful keepsake. These are seriously one of the best things I have ever stumbled on as a photographer:) Thanks Photo Flash Drive!!!

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Emmanuel Dagher I haven't blogged for sometime now due to just complete craziness in my life, all good crazy!  I have told myself that I will be consistent with blogging in 2015!

     So, here it goes.... I couldn’t think of a more perfect person to start my blog off right other than Emmanuel Dagher.  For those of you that don't know who he is, Emmanuel is a international renowned author and speaker specializing in personal-development and spiritual growth. He has the rare, and much sought after ability to fully connect and engage with people from all nationalities and walks of life.  

     I met Emmanuel through my husband Frank which is his personal trainer.  I will never forget the first time Frank trained him.  He came home and said “ Wow, Nichole I have never met anyone like Emmanuel, he is the real deal- an angel!”  For those of you that don't know my husband, he is a true New Yorker that does not get fooled by anyone, and is the most intuitive person I know!  From that point I could not wait to meet Emmanuel!

     Surly, when I met Emmanuel I felt the same exact way, I felt like I was his long lost sister. You want to talk about someone that walks their walk, well he does! And that is why I have so much respect for him.

     I am excited to share these pics of this beautiful soul with all of you!  Emmanuel essence radiates through these images.  I feel incredibly blessed to be part of his story.  Thank you for Emmanuel for playing a HUGE role in shifting the consciousness of everyone around you!






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First United Methodist Church Wedding | Kristen+Patrick I am so excited to share this re-do wedding with all of you! Kristen has been a long time friend and associate of mine. I was really upset when she called me after she got her wedding pictures back telling me how disturbed she was over them. The crazy thing was that I had gotten married just one month prior, and not only related, but shared pretty much the same experience—my wedding pictures came out awful! I mean what kind of photographer misses the most important details like your cake and rings,!??? It is for this reason that I will NEVER let my brides down, I would never wish it upon any bride to go though what Kristen and I have gone through! Because the bottom line is- is that you can never recreate that day, it is a once in a lifetime! Lucky for Kristen I was more than happy to help try to recreate some of those moments, and I think we did a pretty good job! Kristen and Paddy are so playful, loving, and perfect for one another how can you screw the picture up! But, seriously their love just radiates, I am so happy that they have found one another! Happy one year anniversary guys! 

So Brides make sure that you thoroughly know your photographer's work, and that both of you are on the same page! Make sure that your photographer's passion is wedding photography, and not something they just do for a paycheck. And most importantly do not go with the more “affordable” photographer, cheap photographers are cheap for a reason. Wedding photography is hard work, and equipment that we use is not inexpensive. If you follow these simple steps I am sure you will find the perfect photographer for you most special day! Good luck, and follow you intuition:)



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