Disneyland Engagement Photos
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Disneyland Engagement Photographer / Tanya & Cam

Anaheim, California


Tanya and Cam are a perfectly adorable couple from all the way up in Lethbridge, Canada.  They have a thing for Disneyland, a serious thing.  So much that they fly down to Southern California from Canada pretty frequently to partake in all the wonders that is Disney.  Even though we never met, Tanya and I have been internet buddies for years now, going all the way back to my angst filled LiveJournal days.  Since that time we've both become successful wedding photographers, and it's been a lot of fun seeing her develop her skills and become quite successful running Tanya Plonka Photography out of Lethbridge.  She's also a crazy talented dancer I might add.

Tanya and Cam's shoot was my first at Disney, and it was exciting having such a varied and scenic backdrop to work with!  The highlight of the shoot was the Dumbo ride at sunset, so much fun and mildly nauseating to be riding backwards in giant circles!  I definitely needed a few minutes after that one.

I'm looking forward to them returning very soon as they're going to be having a gorgeous intimate wedding on the beach in Santa Monica.

Disneyland Engagement Photographer

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Photos by Ian Grant Photography, Seattle, WA


Santa Monica Wedding - Carey and Dave
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Santa Monica Beach Wedding


Wedding/Reception Venue: The Santa Monica Beach Club


Carey and David are a really great fun loving couple. They seem like they’re always up to something exciting and when you’re around them you get really inspired to do and see interesting things. Just following them on Facebook is a treat, these people know the best restaurants and destinations in LA and they’re some of the most warm and inviting people you’ll meet. From the moment we met them we knew we’d be a great match.


You might remember their Venice engagement session a little while back- we got the personalized intro to the love of food trucks, and we’re better off for it. Many a time since have we gone down to Abbot Kinney Blvd and staked out the food truck lines at night!


Since Carey wrote out a pretty epic description of her wedding, I’m going to let her do the talking. :) Thanks for a wonderful day guys, shooting your wedding was a real treat for the both of us! -Ian and Tanya


Vendors:

Venue- The Santa Monica Beach Club

Photography- Ian Grant Photography

Flowers- Ixora Floral Studio

Makeup/Hair- Fiore Beauty

Cake- Vanilla Bake Shoppe

Invitations- Urbanic

Birdcage Veil- Sara Gabriel


A few words from Carey:


A few themes I wanted to have for my wedding, vintage but modern, elegant yet comfortable, and 100% about my husband and I. While difficult, melting those ideas together came out more successful than I ever could have thought. From the start, it was clear that we wanted to have our wedding in what we consider our “backyard” – it just so happens that living in Santa Monica, the backyard is the beach where we spend many days lounging at a private beach club…the same beach that I built sand castles at as a child, and I’m lucky enough to have my other half love it as much as I do….and we always feel so at home there. Luckily, that shone through the ceremony and reception as guests came up to us throughout the night and let us know that the wedding truly reflected us as a couple, a success in my book!



Santa Monica Beach Wedding



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Palos Verdes Engagement Photography: Nicole and Joel
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Tanya and I both feel really blessed to have as many fun couples to photograph with this year as we do. Nicole and Joel are both very much part of that group! Not only are they great to be around, but their wedding is at one of our favorite venues Firestone Vineyards up by Santa Barbara! We also get to work again with our favorite planner, Joy Proctor of Joy de Vive Wedding Planning. If you remember from our previous Firestone post, the venue is simply tops, so there's going to be some amazing photos to come!

For their engagement session, we decided to shoot out on the Palos Verdes peninsula. As luck would have it, Southern California's June gloom had officially set in, but we decided to give it a go anyway and I really think the pictures speak for themselves. Nicole and Joel are a fantastic carefree couple, and we can't wait to shoot their wedding in a few months!


Rancho Palos Verdes Engagement Photos, E-Session by Ian Grant


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Malibu Engagement Photography: Nayla and Matt
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How cute are these guys? Hiking and general outdoorsy stuff are some of Matt and Nayla's favorite activities, so it only made sense for us to head off to Point Dume State Beach for their e-session. Point Dume [somewhat near El Matador, one of our special spots] is one of their favorite getaways, so it was nice to be able to see a new great location in LA. There are tons of little amazing hideaways in LA, Point Dume is definitely one of them...it's also home to the final scene in Planet of the Apes with the Statue of Liberty!

We caught some really amazing sunset light and found a very inquisitive lady-bug in our little adventure. Overall we got some of my favorite engagement photos yet this year, and I've been looking forward to sharing them with you!


Malibu California Engagement Photography by Ian Grant

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UCLA Engagement Photography - Stephanie and Max
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Stephanie and Max are such a great couple and a real treat to be around! I've been really excited about shooting their wedding as they booked us partly on the fact that I'm a landscape photographer and the landscape up where they're getting hitched [in Fillmore, CA] is fantastic. Very old west and rustic. I think the photos we're going to be able to get up there are going to be amazing, so we're setting aside a little chunk of time to get some really great portraits. With that said, we met the other day over at UCLA to get some engagement photos- they both met at the college and we thought we'd take advantage of its great architecture and spacious campus. Enjoy!


Westwood Engagement Photos


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Los Angeles Engagement Session - Jesse and Miranda
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Our clients Jesse and Miranda have their hearts set on doing a nice modern style wedding so when it came time for their engagement session what better place to shoot than the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. If you haven't visited the concert hall yet, you can spend easily a good hour just walking around the place without even stepping foot inside. It's a piece of architectural amazement and I think we really took advantage. We're going to be shooting their wedding in August up by San Francisco and are really looking forward to it!


Los Angeles Engagement Session


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Los Angeles Wedding Photography - Molly and Bill
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You might remember Molly and Bill from our amazing engagement session last December! A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of shooting Molly and Bill's wedding. Bill is the associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, which you might recognize from the weddings of Karen and Dan and Rachelle and AJ. Molly and Bill had a huge turnout at their wedding - 400 or so guests! Every person we talked to had nothing but wonderful things to say about this couple.

Molly and Bill's love for one another is a tangible thing; you can feel it in the way they look at each other and hold each other. Bill got teary-eyed when Molly walked down the aisle, and their first kiss was met with a standing ovation. During a memorable toast, Molly's friend and old roommate talked about their courtship. Bill wooed Molly in the way every woman should be wooed, her friend said. She made everyone laugh by saying that Molly had a type of tourette's during the first stages of their relationship - randomly shouting out, "I love Bill!"

After the toasts and a sweet first dance, the party continued. The DJ had the girls voguing to Madonna and the guys strutting their stuff. The community showed their support with each family bringing a wedding cake for the couple. They cut into a three tiered cake made by a church member and her granddaughter. To show their respect for the community that had supported them through their relationship, the garter and toss bouquet were presented to the pastor and his wife. The whole wedding was filled with personal touches and you could feel what a close knit community Molly and Bill bring together.

Photography by Ian Grant Photography / Distinctphoto.com

Los Angeles Wedding Photography, Granada Hils
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Torrey Pines Engagement Photography - Kristin and Dimitri
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On Saturday, Tanya and I headed down to San Diego to shoot an engagement for a really cute couple Kristin and Dimitri. We were really excited to work with them, as apart from them being really awesome and full of energy, they invited us to come shoot at one of our favorite spots- Torrey Pines State Reserve. Last time I was down there was around this time of year and I got some really great stock images of the area. If you ever want to get away from the city life, this is the place to do it as you get great foggy ocean waves and fantastic sea cliffs. Kristin and Dimitri put us to the test on slippery rocks and we bonded over love of the Salton Sea. I seriously need to stop my sales pitch for going there to everyone. Here are some of the pics, hope you enjoy!

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Torrey Pines Engagement Session


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Kelly and Joe's Vineyard Wedding - Sample Wedding Book
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I've heard really good things about a new wedding album company KISS Books so I decided to give them a try! In the last week or so I went through one of my favorite weddings from last year and designed a new 10x10 leather book to use as a sample album. It has more of a modern type style than my other sample book, it's going to look gorgeous as a large book. I'm pretty excited and should hopefully get this back in the next few weeks- so if you're planning on having a consultation with me you'll get to see some fun new stuff soon! Here's how it came out:


Firestone Crossroads Estate Winery - Los Olivos, CA


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Santa Ynez Valley Wedding Photography - Linda and Brian
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Now that things are calming down a bit, I'm catching up on my wedding blogging! This year coming up is going to be insane, so there are still a few entries from last year I want to get out the door:

via Tanya:
This Halloween, Ian and I dressed as photographers and joined our friends Linda and Brian as they celebrated their wedding fifteen years after they first caught each other's eye. Linda and Brian moved in together around the same time that Ian and I moved in together, and with a lot in common we became fast friends. Linda and Brian are avid cyclists, so they decided to hold their wedding outside of Solvang, where there was a weekend bike race scheduled. They got married at the Claremont Lavender Farms, which had a line of oak trees ushering you in, and of course and abundance of lavender. Though the lavender wasn't blooming, the farm owner had the sill running, so the air smelled amazing.

The bride and groom, who are incredibly well suited for one another, were married by one of Brian's minister friends. Their dog, Kody, was one of the groomsmen, and there was a note of humor as the minister asked if there were any objections to the wedding- there was a moment of quiet and then the neighbor's horse started frantically whinnying. The wedding had an excellent backyard farm feel to it complete with an attack rooster who kept all the guests on their toes. After a nice portrait session, we headed to the Storybook Inn for cocktails and a dinner reception. The food was delicious, and it was topped off by a vanilla cake with fresh berries and cream from the Solvang Bakery. After the fun there was still time for the junior groomsmen to trick-or-treat. All in all, it was a pretty sweet day.


Santa Ynez Valley California Wedding Photography


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