Real Wedding | Stephanie & Nick

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I wanted to share a beautiful wedding that my husband and I got to be a part of. As I recently shared, we have started a wedding videography business, Estrella Films. (Come visit us on Facebook!) One of the first weddings that we had the pleasure of shooting was our sweet friends Stephanie and Nick’s beautiful day at Chaminade Resort. So enjoy some of their stunning wedding photos by Laura Hernandez Photography, and the video by my amazing husband! (I help, but he is the talent behind the operation.)

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Nick and Stephanie Wedding Highlight from Estrella Films on Vimeo.

Laura also got a few behind the scenes shots of us! Working…


And playing!

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We kinda like each other. 😉

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Stephanie - February 19, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Thank you and Dave so much for capturing our day so perfectly! We couldn’t be happier with our photos, which we also have you to thank for since you introduced us to Laura, and our video! It was truly a perfect day and I’m so glad we got to keep it with us!

Mark White - April 5, 2016 - 9:33 am

Lovely video. They clearly had the perfect day and the wedding videographer has done a fab job.

Big News

Hello lovelies! It has been quite some time since I posted, apologies for that. I trust everything has stayed beautiful in wedding world. Over the summer I started a full time social services job, which has kept me busy, and we have a few other exciting developments…

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We shared this photo with our family and friends in August.:)We are expecting a little girl, due April 5th! (Almost there!)

Us4 months, 6 months, 8 months, captured by Laura Hernandez Photography


Can’t leave out Daddy! Laura Hernandez Photography

Amazingly, the baby is not our only exciting new adventure! We just launched our own wedding videography business, Estrella Films! We would love it if you would check us out, particularly our Facebook page, which will be updated regularly. We are very excited to combine our two passions, and can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!

Me & YouLaura Hernandez Photography

I will be sure to share our work here, so look forward to some sweet wedding films!


Val - February 17, 2015 - 8:28 pm

Fabulous news Colleen! Congratulations :-) xx

Stephanie - February 18, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Oh congratulations!! How exciting! Many Blessings to you and your family on both your new adventures.

Mark Charlton - December 13, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Great news, best of luck to you.

Choose Your Own Adventure… Part 2

In July 2011 I wore my first wrap dress in my friend Kimi’s wedding. I asked everyone to vote on how I would wear it. It was quite a bit of fun, so I thought I’d do it again, since I’m wearing my second wrap dress (ninth bridesmaid dress!) in my friend Adriana’s wedding in October. (In Spain!! Weeeee!!)

So without further ado, please vote on your favorite dress style. (Please excuse 1. my sunburn lines 2. my dog, and 3. the sloppy job tying the dresses. They would be tied much more carefully on the wedding day.)

1. Simple halter

IMG_40942. Cap sleeves

IMG_40993.  Front halter

IMG_40964. One shoulder

IMG_40985. Criss-cross front halter


Which is your fave?? Vote in the comments or on facebook.

Arletta - June 4, 2014 - 12:09 am

You’re lovely in them all but if I had to pick, I like the front halter or the criss-cross. Can I vote twice??? Well, I just did! (count one for me and one for Adam then)

Melisah - June 5, 2014 - 1:00 am

#1 & #5 are my faves!

Melisah - June 5, 2014 - 1:01 am

Take that back, I definitely choose #5!!

Rhiannon - November 4, 2014 - 4:25 pm

The one shoulder is literally to die for! So lovely on you :)

Mark Pool - May 5, 2016 - 2:53 pm

number 3 is my pick. Really elegant.

Your Soundtrack | Caitlyn (Rustic Thetis Island Wedding + Bluegrass/Country/Oldies Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Caitlyn. (Another Caitlyn!) Here’s what Caitlyn had to say: “My fiancé and I are getting married on a former farm on Thetis Island, BC, Canada this June. I’ve hired a local Bluegrass band to play during the cocktail hour, but they have to leave on the last ferry of the night off the island, so our reception is currently music-less! I need help! We love old music, folk, bluegrass, classic country, Cole Porter, doo-wop, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, newer indie bands like She & Him and Camera Obscura. We want some new dance-y songs mixed in too. Love Cut Copy, Felix da Housecat… love 80’s and 60’s dance music! Also, my fiancé is French, so any french tunes would be a hit! Obviously we’re eclectic.  Can you help?? Please and thank you!”

This was a fun one to compile. This couple has great taste, in my opinion. 😉 Hope this list helps you Caitlyn! As usual I got carried away, but since you guys are fans of so many genres I went a little crazy. Feel free to edit!


Mason jars: Jodi Miller Photography via SMP Bouquet: Larissa Nicole Photography via Bridal Musings Venue: Brett & Jessica via Ruffled Musicians: Harwell Photography via Southern Weddings Signs and Bride & groom: Dan & Melissa Photography via Storyboard Wedding


Feist – 1234
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
The Beatles – And I Love Her
Anna Karina – Angela (Une femme est une femme)
Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
Alison Krauss – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
The Wailin’ Jennys – Beautiful Dawn
Peter, Paul and Mary – Blowin’ In The Wind
Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia
Eileen – Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher
Christine Pilzer – Champs Élysées
Fred Astaire – Cheek To Cheek
Buddy Holly – Dearest
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
Alison Krauss – Down To The River To Pray
Ella Fitzgerald – Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
Buddy Holly – Everyday
Cat Stevens – Father And Son
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
Bob Dylan – Forever Young
Neil Young – Girl From The North Country
Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
The Weepies – Gotta Have You
Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
She & Him – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound
the bird and the bee – How Deep Is Your Love
James Taylor – How Sweet It Is
The Soggy Bottom Boys – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line
Bob Dylan – I Want You
The Beatles – I Will
Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
Gillian Welch – I’ll Fly Away
Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
France Gall – Il Jouait Du Piano Debout
Van Morrison – Into the Mystic
The Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Brigitte Bardot – L’appareil à sous
Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady, Lay
Peter, Paul and Mary – Leaving On A Jet Plane
Cole Porter – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
The Wailin’ Jennys – Long Time Traveller
Loretta Lynn – Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
Iron And Wine – Love And Some Verses
Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed
The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
The Temptations – My Girl
Feist – My Moon My Man
She & Him – Oh Boy!
Peter, Paul and Mary – Puff, The Magic Dragon
Old 97’s – Question
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
John Denver – Rocky Mountain High
Simon & Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair / Canticle
Ray LaMontagne – Shelter
Conway Twitty – Slow Hand
Abbey Road – Something
The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children
Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
Sam Cooke – That’s Where It’s At
Ella Fitzgerald – The Nearness Of You
Paramore – The Only Exception
George Jones – The Right Left Hand
Camera Obscura – The Sweetest Thing
The Temptations – The Way You Do The Things You Do
Fred Astaire – The Way You Look Tonight
Camera Obscura – This Is Love (Feels Alright)
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Conway Twitty – Tight Fittin’ Jeans
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Regina Spektor – Us
George Jones – We’re Gonna Hold On
A Fine Frenzy – What I Wouldn’t Do
Bruce Springsteen – When You Need Me
Cat Stevens – Wild World
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Cole Porter – You Do Something To Me
James Morrison – You Make It Real
She & Him – You Really Got a Hold on Me
Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
John Heart Jackie – You’ve Been On My Mind
James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend


Phoenix – 1901
Jackson 5 – ABC
Miike Snow – Animal
Crystal Castles – Baptism
Michael Jackon – Billy Jean
La Roux – Bulletproof
Young MC – Bust A Move
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us
Jamiroquai – Canned Heat
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing In the Streets
Empire Of The Sun – DNA – Calvin Harris Remix Edit
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
MGMT – Electric Feel
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire
The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Michael Sembello – Maniac
Cut Copy – Meet Me In A House Of Love
Crystal Castles – Not In Love

Daft Punk – One More Time – Short Radio Edit

M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Stray Cats – Rock This Town
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
The Isley Brothers – Shout (Parts 1 and 2)
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Chubby Checker – The Twist
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Crystal Castles – Vanished
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Fun. – We Are Young – feat. Janelle Monáe [Alvin Risk Remix]
The Romantics – What I Like About You
Billy Idol – White Wedding
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Kathy - May 29, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Love your set list!! Now, I want to go to their wedding!

Caitlin Ryan - May 29, 2014 - 9:31 pm

THANK YOU! We love it. It’s exactly what we wanted!

Tara Indooi - January 19, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Best list so far 😀
I am a huge fan of bluegrass, and I’ve even organized some events to the tune of a banjo. I hope you don’t mind me snatching some of your country oldies for my next party :)
Kudos on John Denver!

Mark Byron Dowie - February 14, 2017 - 9:48 am

Wow, that island looks so beautiful. Looks like an amazing place to shoot some video or photographs.

Watercolor Themed Styled Bridal Shoot On Burnett’s Boards

My amazing photographer friend Laura told me a couple of months ago about a photography contest happening on Burnett’s Boards. Photographers would send in an inspiration board based on an artistic medium, and 5 finalists would be selected to make their inspirations come to life. We started brainstorming ideas and came up with watercolor. (I mean who wouldn’t want to do a shoot based on watercolor? Really.) We pinned like crazy, Laura created a board, and we sent it in on a wing and a prayer.

10346617_574417312655832_7794560196680120683_nWell we made it!!! Yesterday our shoot was featured on Burnett’s Boards. Go check it out!!!

We had the privilege of shooting at Holman Ranch, one of the dreamiest wedding locations in Monterey County. Or anywhere, if you ask me. We had an amazing team of vendors to work with, and it all came together beautifully and was so much fun!!


The gorgeous models are all sweet friends of ours too.:)


Be sure to help us out when voting opens!!

Photography: Laura Hernandez Photography // Floral Design: Lilify // Dresses:Epiphany Boutique // Wedding Cake & Desserts: Main Street Bakery & Catering // Makeup: Makeup by Michaela // Hair: Aime Gruber // Rentals: Elegant Affair //Wedding Invitation Suite: Sarah Higgins // Venue: Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California

Laura Hernandez - May 7, 2014 - 10:20 pm

You were such an AMAZING help making this dream a reality! I can’t thank you enough. Love you! :)

Arletta - May 8, 2014 - 12:48 am

Yay, congrats!!!!! This is beautiful!

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