Jessica and Steve’s Big Sur Wedding at The Jewel In The Forest was everything but ordinary. They planned the whole wedding themselves, and put their personality into every detail.

The love from friends and family that surrounds these two is something very special. The bride’s mom made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral arrangements. The couple’s good friends made the cake and all the baked goods. The cake topper was also made by a friend, Gaby Roth, a whimsical piece made to look like the bride and groom. All handmade with love!

From the bride: “The best part about the wedding was that we made people from the city and the prairie midwest get lost in the epic forest that is Big Sur and surrender their internet, reception, and outside world for the weekend. We had one big camping weekend with the people that have watched our love evolve. We took everyone on a long hike through the forest to experience our favorite feeling, being in solitude together. On all of our roadtrips to Big Sur we would always listen to Iron and Wine, so naturally I walked down the aisle to “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”. Since we are both scientists, our vows were quoted from the great Carl Sagan. Our officiant was my brother, who dropped in some great “chemistry” jokes.”

The most unique detail of the day was their “book”. The bride wrote their love story disguised as a children’s bedtime story and had it illustrated by their talented friend, Nicole Ellsworth. She read it to the guests at the reception, and it was just about the most adorable thing ever.

Enjoy the photographs.

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Rachel and Johnny are good, honest, down-to-earth people. Their love is true, their relationship is genuine, and it shows through in their photos. The rustic setting at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley, Ca, was the perfect backdrop for them. And it is where he proposed! Their wedding is next month, and I can’t wait to photograph it!

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And last but not least, their Save-the-Date card photo, which included their dog, Whiskey.
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Andrew and Whitney’s wedding took place atop a sand dune overlooking the breathtaking Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California. And let me tell you, I LOVED photographing this wedding. This couple is so in love, in the way that only best friends can be. They showed their personality in all the little details; from the handmade boutonnieres made by the bride (out of maps!) to the bridesmaids in their coordinating Toms. The intimate size of this wedding made for great memories, and each attendee was gifted a mexican falsa blanket to keep warm! I hope you enjoy these photos from a very special day.

- Rachel

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I collaborated with the most incredibly talented women on this shoot. This team was on fire! It had been awhile since I had photographed something that was my own vision, and I definitely encountered some bumps along my creative process. This group of images may have started in my mind, but they grew into more than I could have ever imagined all on my own. Enjoy.


As I came to the part in my workflow where I import the images into Photoshop for editing, I stopped myself. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with these pictures! I did some color correcting and dodging and burning in Lightroom, but I simply couldn’t bring myself to use a clone or liquify tool on these images. Amanda is absolutely gorgeous just the way she is. And there are enough overly-retouched photos out there. Let’s keep it real. Girl power.

Huge Thank You to all of the ladies who worked on this shoot.

Model: Amanda Humphrey

Hair: Lili Cabrera @ Oya Salon

Makeup: Madison McDowell @ Oya Salon

Wardrobe: Dioni Solorio @ Karma Fashion Lounge

Head wreaths & Bouquet: Monica Gasperson @ Twigs Floral Design


And here’s a little selfie-timer action just to wrap it all up…


  • Jolene - Hi Rachel!
    Just sending a shout out your way…….WOW,
    Beautiful shots….and the lighting is PERFECT!! You’re right, your model is absoutely beautiful. Again, it takes someone with an eye to capture the right moment. Well done.
    P.s. I love the pics. of Park, Julia, n’ Trent


Sara and Brian have a love big enough to span across the entire country – Literally! Sara has West Coast roots, while Brian grew up on the East Coast. They met in Boston, and now live there together. It was only fitting that they got married at a house in Sara’s hometown, with Bostonian history. What a perfect and symbolic backdrop to celebrate two lives becoming one.

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The details of this wedding were absolutely exquisite -

Venue: The Perry House, Monterey

Catering: Classic Catering

Flowers: Twigs Floral Design

Cake: Room For Dessert

Calligraphy: Lettering By Liz


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