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?

Candice Benjamin Photography is expanding to Colorado!

When I met this handsome guy I knew we were bound for some great adventures.  We love to laugh, make funny faces, and most of all travel to new pretty places.  When Jay told me that he had gone to Colorado for college I knew we were a perfect fit.  Every time I have visited the beautiful state of Colorado I fall more and more in love with the open spaces, clean air and nature.  You know…the things you can totally find in Los Angeles.

With that being said I am happy to announce that I will be adding Colorado as a “home” location (aka no travel fees) as of October 2014.  This means I will have Southern California and Colorado as 2 of my favorite places :D.  Jay and I will be moving to northern Colorado because Jay got a new job out there working with a fantastic company.  I, and sometimes Jay when I can steal him from work, will be flying back to California very frequently to photograph all my beautiful couples.

If any of my California couples want to do an epic mountain shoot in Colorado I would  love you forever (and you can stay in our guest bedroom!).:DThis winter I will be spending a good amount of time snuggling by the fire and exploring the new state! And if it gets a little too cold…I will be very thankful for my couples in So Cal I get to fly back to!


This photo is from our sweet wedding photographer Natalie Williams!

Ashley + Omead { San Juan Capistrano Serra Plaza Wedding}

Boy, this was a beautiful day and I was surrounded by so many sweet and thoughtful people. After spending a good amount of time with Ashley + Omead’s during their Big Sur Engagement Session, I truly felt lucky to be able to photograph their wedding day. Something about hiking though the wilderness brings people together.;)Ashley and myself are very similar: great taste, close-knit small family, a goofy (but amazing) husband, love of a fur baby, and the thought of being the center of attention isn’t high on the list of aspirations.

This day was also a little different for me, because I photographed a Persian marriage ceremony for the first time. When I walked into the Sierra Plaza square my jaw dropped with how intricate and beautiful the tablescape was laid out. Each item held a significant importance, and sugar/sweetness was a huge theme throughout the whole ceremony. Sweetness is something I can totally get behind btw. Within my line of work I’m constantly exposed to new, beautiful traditions, and I’m so glad I can add this one onto my list.

Ashley + Omead, I can’t wait till we do that camping trip one day…I will be bringing flannel instead of my camera.

Coordinator: Intertwined Events | Venue: Sierra Plaza | Florist: Trisha Barr | Cake: Its All About the Cake | Hair + Makeup: Lashes to Locks |  DJ: Ali Nourbakhsh | Videographer: Cloud 9 | Catering: Sundried Tomato | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Lighting + Draping: XL Entertainment | Dress: Mariposa Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography (Thank you Kaysha for 2nd shooting!)|

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