Marissa + Andrew { Agoura Hills, California – Engagement Session }

Marissa + Andrew’s engagement session was filled with a few of my favorite things: A gorgeous couple in love, golden light + oak trees in an open field. To top it off Marissa even brought a floral crown to wear, which she’s lucky I didn’t steal it from her at the end of the session.:)

I’m so happy I have the pleasure of photographing Marissa + Andrew’s wedding in Nipomo, California next spring.

Angel + Chris { Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Destination Elopement }

As we were getting on the flight in Miami we only knew a few things:
#1 – Between the three of us, we could speak a mix of English, Spanish and a few words of Portuguese (me less than everyone else).
#2 – We were okay without having a solid plan. It was only 3 days in Brazil, so keeping things simple and relaxed was our goal.
#3 – Angel and Chris will be married by the time we come back to the states.

Elopements mean so much to me. Especially after my own wedding…because like most couples, we played with the idea pretty much every day while planning. Marriage means so much more than the party or the piece of paper that you sign in the courthouse, it’s a promise, commitment, and choice to choose that person every day. And after seeing the Rio De Janeiro Botanical Garden, we knew it was the perfect place for their elopement…

Thank you Angel + Chris for letting me into such an intimate moment between the two of you, it’s a day I will never forget and will always treasure.

Elaina + Chris { Hummingbird Nest Ranch Engagement Session – Santa Susana – CA }

In less than a month Elaina + Chris will be returning to Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, CA for their wedding so I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from their engagement session! <3 Candice

Erin + Brent { Mammoth Lakes California Sierra Meadows Ranch Wedding }

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling up to Mammoth Lakes with Kelly of True Bliss Photography to help her photograph the wedding day of Erin + Brent. Not only was Sierra Meadows Ranch a stunning location, but Erin + Brent lucked out with the best mountain sunset I’ve ever photographed.  Thank you Kelly for having me be your second photographer, it was such a fun a beautiful day!

Endless Summer Inspirational Wedding Shoot

Shortly after my trip to Maui for Tamara + Chris’s wedding, I was able to collaborate with a fantastic group of vendors in Southern California on a styled shoot inspired by both California’s vintage endless summer and Hawaii’s lush greenery. Let me just say that I was transported back to Maui way too many times to count while shooting this amazing inspiration.

If you want to see more be sure to check out the feature on Green Wedding Shoes!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Planning + Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events | Venue:Hotel Seven4One Laguna Beach, California | Florals: Pixies Petals | Artwork (table numbers, dress painting, place cards): Commemory Art | Wedding dress: Robert Bullock “Whitney” from  Blush Bridal Couture | Reception dress: Kate Moss for TopShop from Nordstrom | Tux: Friar Tux | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Paper suite: Paper Crew | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | Accessories: Two’s Company | Photo Assistant: Pedro Jr. | Shaved Ice + Cotton Candy: Dolly’s Cotton Candy

The shaved Ice by Dolly’s Cotton Candy was SO good (and pretty), especially on a hot day!

Just a little awesome extra, Beth of Commemory Art created this beauty from pieces of the day…after hearing about it I had to make sure to photograph it! Isn’t this such a cool idea for the home after the wedding day?

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