Highland Springs Resort Wedding - Emily + Devin

Emily & Devin's wedding will forever go down in history as the smoothest wedding day there ever was. (seriously) We arrived at Highland Springs Resort on a beautiful November morning and I immediately fell in love with this venue. Emily & Devin chose to have a first look, which always makes for a happy Mandi. The entire family & bridal party were all so calm, collected and ready to make Emily & Devin's day perfect. Having all portraits done prior to ceremony let Emily & Devin enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests, it was the timeline from heaven. The details of the reception were so fitting and just simple enough to not distract from the natural beauty of this venue.  

Photography: Mandilynn Photography // Venue: Highland Springs Resort  // Videography: Jessica Santos  // DJ: Steve Burdick  // Hair and Makeup: Swell Beauty  // Florist: Flower Allie // Dress: Allure // Bridesmaids dresses: Modcloth and Donna Morgan at Nordstroms // Groom attire: Ted Baker at Nordstoms  // Grooms/Groomsmens Ties: Etsy  // Cake: TLC Cakes and Baking Co. // Event planning: Alexis at Evoke  // Photobooth: Shutterbooth  // Bridesmaids robes: Etsy 

VIDEO BY JESSICA SANTOS: https://vimeo.com/121738217

san diego photographer - jordan + hector

▷▸▽ hector and jordan's maternity session is one of my favorites in a long while (i say that a lot but i always feel it to be true). i loved her simple yet stylish outfits & good hair is always a major plus! our very sweet girlfriend bri, gifted this session to jordan - thank you again bri! ▷▸▽

san diego wedding photographer - jessica + chad's laguna beach wedding

Jessica & Chad's wedding is definitely in my top three favorites from 2014. Their ceremony took place on the sand of the Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach. There was rain while the gang was getting ready, which brought amazing mist on the hill that we took portraits prior to the ceremony. As you can see, Jessica is the perfect mix of adorable and gorgeous. From the flowers in her hair to her romantic sheer jumper dress, she was the perfect modern bride. 

Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Venue: Three Arch Bay | Video: Video By Melissa | DJ: B&E Beats | Florist: San Diego Flower Mart | Brides dress: Ark & Co. | Bridesmaids dresses: Sabo Skirt | Groom & Groomsmen's attire: J Crew | Caterer: Soho Taco | Cupcakes: Brides Grandmother

san diego wedding photographer - josh & julie's equestrian park wedding

josh & julie are very kind people & they put so much effort into hand crafting every detail of their day. the ceremony & reception was at an equestrian park in murrieta, california. places like this are so rustic and beautiful, something you don't always get at big fancy wedding venues. with that said, you have to pretty much do everything yourself since their is no staff. luckily they made the smart decision to hire a wedding planner who handled the setup as josh & julie prepared for their first look and oh, their wedding! let's take a step back and talk about the moment i knew julie was going to make her wedding fantastic - at their engagement session. we had a truck bed full of vintage furniture and camping gear, all for an amazing styled session in joshua tree - so fun! from the oversized greenery on the tables & bouquets, to the vintage furniture - everything was lovely. this chick is crafty with great taste + has a supportive man to help make things happen! take a stroll with me through the highlights of their big day <3

VENDORS: Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Coordinator: Emilee Sutherland with Tasteful Tatters | Venue: Murrieta Equestrian Park | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Florist: Juniper & Mint | DJ: Premiere Events | Hair: Jillianne Trunnell | Makeup: The Beauty Pair | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Other desserts by the mothers of bride & groom | Catering: Famous Dave's  | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals & Allie's Party Rentals | Groom's attire: Altamoda from Men's Warehouse | Ties: The Tie Bar 

DIY ITEMS BY THE BRIDE, JULIE: ceremony arch, directional signage, cocktail menu, drink signage, all furniture was thrifted and refurbished for the event, honey jar favors, moss table numbers and much more. 

san diego photographer - ashley & paul

ashley & paul's "family" session with their dogs needed to be colorful and fun. we decided on the norco powerhouse for the obvious color we wanted but i was even more pleasantly surprised with the gorgeous greens surrounding the area. i had explored this well known norco location a few times for fun but my eyes saw all new things while in work mode. a few things about this session, they have two frenchies who love bubbles & the candy lips are a inside joke from the engagement session we did last year :) 

palm springs photographer - lifestyle

christina was one of my gorgeous brides of 2013. now she is a gorgeous mother to a gorgeous newborn baby girl, named eden. i was pleased to pay a visit to christina & lukes home near palm springs, california, for this session. i am so incredibly happy for these two, knowing how much they wanted this made it even more exciting to photograph. 

california photographer - green grables wedding estate

ashley & paul are crazy. crazy, in the good way. that is the first thing that came to my mind as i started typing this blog post, so i'm going with it. green grables estate in san marcos is a adorable garden venue with a victorian style. amazing vintage furniture and ashley made it her own with lots of color. each bridesmaid had their own color necklace and heels while all wearing a beige jumper maxi. the best detail about this wedding is that ashley's mother handmade her dress, from the patterns to the choices of fabric.

venue: green gables wedding estate | photography: mandilynn photography | brides dress: inspired by the dress, teri nelson | brides heels: steve madden | hair: crystal mcclellan | bridesmaids dresses: angl | groom & groomsmen tux: mens warehouse | mens shoes: vans | florist: wisteria grove | burlap runners and tablecloths: diy'd by mother of the groom.

los angeles wedding photographer

jeanne & andy's wedding is probably the one i am looking most forward to in 2015 simply because their venue is so different and 100% up my alley. their engagement session exceeded my expectations when jeanne walked up and i saw her colorful fashions. the art district to the beach, i loved it all!

star ranch wedding - san diego wedding photographer

This wedding is probably if not definitely my favorite to date, I just love every single thing about it. From my time with Cadiele & Jeff, to the mexican ranch theme…what is not to love. I love it so much that I even told Cadiele to please keep everything in a keepsake storage so I can use it for my wedding one day. She happily said yes (she probably thinks I'm kidding, I'm not). Neither Cadiele or I have a great way to describe the theme of the decor….after much texting we came up with "mexican ranch style wedding". All in all, nothing matters besides her amazing face, new husband & flower crown. Vendors and details listed below. 


Venue: Star Ranch | Catering: Star Ranch | Pews/Chairs: Star Ranch | Farm Tables: Star ranch | Reception chairs: All Occasion Rentals | Cupcakes/stands: [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes (Winner of Food Networks Cupcakes Wars) | Flowers: 800RoseBig Wholesale Wedding Florist  | Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Videography: Signature Wedding Films  | DJ: Jordan Harris  | Makeup: Emileen Bernal | Hair: Kyley Jo Addison | Wedding Dress: David Bridal by Melissa Sweet | Sash: Davids Bridal | Veil: Davids Bridal by Vera Wang | Brides floral crown: DIY | Bridesmaids dresses: Target | Cowgirl Boots: Target | Grooms attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse, Khols | Cowboy boots: Boot Barn | Bride/Bridesmaids necklaces: Your name with a twist | Grooms knife: Bass Pro | Maracas: Swap meet 



my first apartment.

Living alone for the first time is something everyone should experience. No roommates, alone. I can't describe the feeling, it's just something you have to try before you have a husband / wife & family. Not only is it incredibly enjoyable, but you can decorate however you want without a roommate just destroying your creation...Just me? The design theme of my apartment is mid century modern, warm 70's colors, while also keeping the fresh white feel. This apartment is studio style and had god awful blinds between the bedroom and living room. My awesome brother helped me hang these floor to ceiling length shams mainly just for looks, I never close them. The ceiling is extremely high so it also features that nicely. The bathroom shower does not have glass doors so instead of a regular shower curtain, I bought two shower rods and placed a clear curtain on the inside one to keep water in etc...but then placed another shower rod way up against the ceiling and hung another set of floor to ceiling length shams, makes for a much prettier bathroom. DIY projects are described below as well as some before / after's and stores I purchased from. 

I swear, I had a ton more images from DIY-ing....I will do my best to describe the projects that I do not have photos of. I can't even tell you how many cans of spray paint I purchased over several Home Depot trips! (did you know each can is like $7+ for a decent gold?!? ugh). First of all, I spray painted a ton of IKEA stuff such as, shelves above couch, bookcase next to couch, coffee table, coffee canister lid, stovetop items (not photographed), desk legs, chair legs and more. (I still want to spray paint the bar stool legs gold which are still currently silver as you saw). The coffee cup rack on my kitchen wall is all hand made by me. I purchased a stock size of wood at Home Depot, gold hook screws and of course, gold paint. I painted the wooden board with gold toll paint, measured out where the hooks should go, leaving just enough room for each coffee cup to hang and screwed them in by hand! This is a heavy item so I had my brother attach it properly to my wall. The yarn mobile is hanging above my bed and the bedroom light shines through the yarn...to make that you can see images below of simply looping random colors of yarn around a metal ring I purchased at JoAnn's or Michaels. At IKEA you basically build your own desks, I purchased the white table top and the stacked drawers for one side and two legs for the other, these legs are only $3.00! (makes you feel less guilty about spray painting them). My desk chair was one of the few splurges I made for my apartment, it wasn't crazy expensive for most peoples standards but maybe just for me :) With that said, it took some guts to risk spray painting the legs to match everything, but it turned out great. Luckily everything from IKEA comes apart so it makes it easy to paint before even building the piece. The kitchen stools came already put together and that is rare for IKEA furniture and to me it is amusing that I of course have to take them apart to be painted (dang it!) My kitchen spice pantry has a large door that you see smack dab in the middle of my kitchen, so that is now covered with chalk board paint for my grocery list or for when a guest wants to leave me a sweet note. The clay pots on my patio were painted with toll paint super quickly, I suggest taping the pattern off so they look better than mine...I have seen some awesome ones on Pinterest with gold flake that you can get at the craft store. Lastly, I got 6-7 bags of wood chips to cover the dirt around the cement on my patio. 

IKEA: Living room rug, bookshelf, coffee table, living room wall shelves, bedroom dressers, bed frame with storage, living room shams, pillows, desk, desk chair, bar stools, patio table, lanterns.

TARGET: living room lamp, dog treat containers, table by front door, white deer statues, gold boxes on desk.

OTHER: Kitchen rug: Thrifted | Couch: Craigslist | 'Grow' moss sign: Hand made by me | Gold frames on collage wall: Old frames spray painted gold | Gold laptop case: Amazon | Small lanterns in tree: World Market | Cute dog: Found him in los angeles. 

levyland carlsbad wedding - lindsey + chris

lindsey & chris found me on pinterest. that was the first cool part of this beautiful relationship, because who doesn't love pinterest. second cool part of this was that our consultation was a sit down breakfast date with myself, lindsey, chris and my other half, jonathan, at a cute cafe in pacific beach, san diego. san francisco is where they currently live and being that they never made it back down before the week of their wedding, we did engagement portraits just a few days prior to the wedding. i arrived at the levyland estate on a tuesday evening to check the place out before our session and i was immediately more excited for that weekend. the days to follow brought a huge storm and i remember sitting in my apartment the night before thinking this wind and rain better go away because i am way too in love with this venue.

we woke up to a partly cloudy day and by the time guests were arriving, sun was out. lindsey, chris and their families spent the week at the levyland estate (that is the way to do it!) ...they had events leading up to the wedding all week and even after the big day for guests to join in on if they were able. now, let me just tell you a little about their reception! everything was so unique, from the decor, to the food, to the throwing of the traditional events out the door. bridal party consisted of their two siblings and there was no fancy announcement or entrance into their dinner / reception...instead, lindsey, chris, their siblings and parents ran by all of the tables (maybe more of a power walk or skip!) cheers-ing and welcoming everyone with huge smiles on their faces, everyone quickly snapped into celebration mode. lindsey is a major foodie so that was very important to her, not buffet style, not plated style, but family style. each table was brought large dishes of the sides and main course and guests dug in just like you would at home. seriously, everything was so comfy and perfect. speeches, s'mores, slow motion camera fun and of course a lot of dancing to end the night! details on vendors and diy projects below, you will be shocked to see how much of this was done by lindsey and the family. amazing. 

LOCATION, VENDORS & APPAREL: Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Venue: Levyland Estate | Wedding Design & Planning: Lindsey Lyle (bride) | Stationary: Lindsey Lyle (bride) | Slow Motion Video: Footprint Films | Catering: The Vetted Table, A Miho Experience | Tables, Arch, Bar, Belly bars: Farm Tables & More | Chair rentals: Abbey Rentals | Cupcakes: Pure Cupcakes | Florist: Cozy Posies | Makeup and Hair: Swell Beauty | Day of coordinator: Evoke Event Design & Coordination | Bartending: For Real Bartenders | Taco cart: San Diego Taco Company | VW Bus: family friends restored VW Bus | Brides dress: BHLDN, Lavern dress | Brides hairpiece: BHLDN | Brides sandals: Rainbow Sandals | MOH dress: Two Birds | MOH Jewelry: BauBlebar | Groom & BM suit: Mens Wearhouse | Bamboo sunglasses: Shades of Bamboo 

DIY: Save the Date, Invitation, Program, Escort Cards, Tent Cards, Framed Signs, Menu's, wedding website: Lindsey Lyle (bride) | Directional Signs: Hand stained and painted by bride. | Bar Sign: Hand stained, cut, framed by Chris & Scott Lyle (groom and father of the groom). | Wood Bar Menu & Chair Signs: Hand stained and painted by the bride. | Welcome & Wedding signs: Hand stained, nailed and strung by the groom, Chris Lyle. | You're My Greatest Adventure Sign: Hand stained, nailed and strung by both bride and groom. | Geometric shapes: Cut folded and glued by bride and groom. | Napkins: Hand sewed by Mother, Grandmother & Cousin of the bride. | Hand etched Glassware done by both families. | Escort Wood Blocks: Hand cut and stained by Chris Lyle | Table Numbers: Hand painted by bride.