2015 was a year filled with high highs and low lows. The one thing I always have is my job, I always seem to think about that and feel grateful during both my highs and my lows. I am so thankful that I get to be self employed & do something that I truly love <3 Thank you so SO much to every one of my clients who help make this happen.  2015 was my first full year living in my new city of San Diego so there has been a lot of new ground to cover.  Weddings however are always all over Southern California & sometimes farther so I am excited to see where 2016 takes me.  

Smog Shoppe, Los Angeles Wedding - Jeanne + Andy

Jeanne & Andy's engagement session is still one of my favorites to date, I just love their personalities & Jeanne's clothing choices made me a very happy photographer. If you follow me on Instagram then you are probably well aware that I am obsessed with every detail of their wedding day as well. The Smog Shoppe is so unique, so weird in the best way, so LA & let's just say I want a ton more weddings here! From the fact that it's an old auto shop to the random selection of decor & don't even get me started on the greenery hanging all over inside. 

I also love nothing more at a ceremony than hand written vows, there is nothing like it. I cry a lot at weddings as I shoot them, regardless of how well I know the couple. Jeanne's vows stood out to me for days, so much so that I requested she email me a copy. I love when couples don't hide the hard times & struggles in their relationship as they take this step of a forever commitment. "You've seen me at my worst & fought hard for our relationship when I didn't know how to."

Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Coordination: Allie Shane of Pop the Champagne | Catering: First Street Cuisine | Rentals: Del Rey Party Rentals | Flowers: DIY'd | Videography: Boffo Video | Photobooth: GC Photo Booth | DJ: After Dark Entertainment | Cake: Jeseca Creations | Hair & makeup: Jackie Su Artistry | Dress: Katie May

The Retro Ranch Wedding - Mandi & Kenny

Mandi & Kenny's wedding at The Retro Ranch was so amazing from start to finish. This venue is multi level with beautiful views, a barn, amazing greenery & vintage airstreams on the property. I truly enjoyed my time with this couple so much & their day is one of my 2015 favorites! 

Photography: Mandilynn Photography | Coordinator: Pure Lavish Events | Venue: The Retro Ranch | Catering: Simply Divine | Bar: SOL Bartending | Dessert: Drive Me Cookie | Florals: Florals By Sheri | Bakery: Just A Little Dessert | DJ: Let The Music Play | Hair & Makeup: Ashley McElhenney

baby-que bash!

full time photographer, part time party planner? no. this was so much work, i don't plan on doing this again until it's my turn! however, this was such a fun experience getting to plan every little detail of my first nephew's baby shower. (one of the showers i should say, he's very loved!) colton brown is due this september & i am so excited to meet him, see what he looks like as he gets into toddler years and of course, be his crazy aunt. the theme of the shower was a manly mint geometric baby-que (we ate bbq of course) VERY MANLY. the food was from dickey's bbq and i can't speak highly enough of their catering, it was beyond delicious. the dessert table had a vanilla cake with cookies n' cream filling & chocolate mint chip cupcakes just to name a few. (major thanks to molly soliman for the delish cupcakes & mama for the pretzels!) 

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.