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Dana Powers House Wedding – Kevin & Katie – Nipomo, California

The Dana Powers House and Barn (Dana Powers House)  is one of the most charming locations I’ve ever had the privilege of working at. Every inch of the property was so lovingly cared for, and there were surprises around every corner.  The drive to Nipomo (just south of Pismo Beach) took a while, but Highway 1 is just so beautiful that we didn’t mind one bit. We also stopped in Solvang along the way, because what’s a drive north without a pastry in Solvang?:)

I first met talented musician Kevin Earnest at one of his shows. A friend dragged me along to see him perform, and I was so awestruck by his talent that I offered to shoot some portraits for him. During that shoot, I found that he was engaged to the lovely Katie, and I found them both to be so humble and kind that I was absolutely delighted when they tapped me to do their wedding. Katie is one of eight children, and her loving family were so supportive and kind throughout the day. Kevin’s parents and sister (and her family) were also just the warmest people. One of the sweetest moments of the wedding was when Kevin surprised Katie by singing a song he had written for her. Katie cried throughout, and all the guests just loved the performance.

Kevin ended the night by hugging me and telling me I was “family for life,” which is one of the nicest end-of-wedding compliments I think I’ve ever received.

If you’d like to check out some of Kevin’s music, be sure to visit his web site at Kevin Earnest. My personal fave? A Hummingbird’s Song. By the way, you can listen to all the songs on his first album free on his web site. Be sure to give this talented singer/songwriter a listen, and if you’re so inclined, check out some of his shows in Los Angeles before he takes over the world (as I fully expect he will). His web site also features just some of the many portraits that I’ve now created for Kevin. I hope you enjoy them, and that you enjoy these images from their beautiful Dana Powers House wedding.:)

02.26.14 - 12:46 pm

Judi Powers - Thank you Dina for the pictures! It was lovely to meet you and these pictures are so great. Kevin and Katie were such a sweet couple. Aren’t we lucky to get to be a part of such amazing occasions!

02.28.14 - 1:12 am

Stacy Squires Photography - these photos are just beautiful

02.28.14 - 1:12 am

Rhea Jackson - Amazing photography! Really liked your work.From first to last photograph you beautifully covered the wedding story.

04.14.14 - 8:34 pm

Denver Photographer - I love all the colors here! Your shots are amazing!

04.14.14 - 8:38 pm

Dina - Thanks so much, Dave! And Rhea and Stacy and Judy!!! :)

St. Regis Wedding

I always love shooting St. Regis weddings, and this three-day affair was no exception. The event started out with a tiki-themed mendhi and sangeet on the St. Regis lower lawn. Hulu girls greeted guests with flower leis, and guests enjoyed multiple performances by Polynesian dancers. The always creative Sonia Sharma handled design and coordination, using vintage surfboards and mini grass huts to pull together the first night’s event theme. The second day was filled with private prayer ceremonies for each family, which served as a prelude to the opulent wedding and reception the next day. I always love working with Tai the Elephant (from Have Trunk Will Travel), and she once again shared her sweet personality at this wedding’s baraat (or entrance of the groom). The wedding decor itself was a stunning explosion of red, which popped beautifully against the beautiful St. Regis Grand Lawn.

A live band provided music during the cocktail party, which took place on the St. Regis Pacific Lawn. I thought the turquoise-covered tables provided a beautiful jolt of color against the Pacific Lawn. The reception took place in the Pacific Ballroom, which Sonia and Dahlia at Capri Flowers decked out in silvers, lavenders and purples. Guests thrilled to a series of incredible Brazilian dance performances, and later enjoyed hand-rolled cigars on the patio adjacent to the ballroom. With coordination by Sonia Sharma Events, florals by Capri Flowers, videography by Impressive Creations, lighting by Amber Event Productions, Brazilian dance performances by Hot Pepper Entertainment, DJ artistry by Sound Nation, and hair and makeup by Oscar Naranjo. This wedding was featured in the Fall edition of South Asian Bride Magazine.

11.12.13 - 9:08 pm

Amy - This has left me dying to see more of the wedding! Wow!!!!

11.12.13 - 10:40 pm

Tamera - Dina — simply gorgeous!

11.12.13 - 10:46 pm

Dina - Thanks so much, Amy and Tamera. :)

01.18.14 - 12:01 pm

Adam George - Beautiful work, as always, Dina!

01.23.14 - 1:36 pm

Denver Band Photographer - So Much color. Man I love the headresses!

02.28.14 - 1:13 am

Stacy Squires Photography - wow … amazing

04.14.14 - 8:35 pm

Denver Photographer - Indian weddings are so amazing. Such great colors to work with. This looks like so much fun. Great work!

The Wedding of Barbara & Don – Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The wedding of Barbara and Don took place at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. This couple’s Persian wedding ceremony took place under sunny skies, atop an oceanside cliff that afforded guests a spectacular view. The beauty of this property is just one of many reasons I love Ritz-Carlton weddings. Venus Safaie handled coordination while Square Root Designs created a beautiful florals-and-chandeliers look for the ballroom. Square Root also handled the beautiful Sofreh as well as ballroom lighting. Barbara’s stunning wedding dress was by Baracci. Makeup was beautifully done by Brian Bond, while hair was handled by Umit Kuru. The cake was provided by I Love Cake by Naz, and videography was handled by the always-wonderful Brian Press and the team at Impressive Creations.

10.25.13 - 5:29 am

Croatia Wedding Photographer - Beautiful Bride :)


11.10.13 - 12:55 am

Christopher - Wow Dina, gorgous images!

11.12.13 - 9:03 pm

Natalie - What a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!!! Wow… she is gorgeous. This wedding looks magnificent. I think I need to get married and renew my vows!!! Stat!

The Wedding of Swathi & Michael – Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia

The wedding of Swathi and Michael took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The couple chose to honor both of their cultures by having both non-denominational and South Indian ceremonies, which I always think is so nice when the bride and groom have different backgrounds. Poor Swathi was unfortunately very sick on her wedding day, but you wouldn’t know it from how beautiful she looked. Her three outfits were each stunning, and the day went off without a hitch. I’m still not sure how Swathi made it through, but she was a trooper, and didn’t let her flu put a damper on her wedding day. We even had time to leave the hotel grounds to go do some fun portraits at a local ’50s diner, which I loved. Both the South Indian wedding ceremony and the non-denominational wedding ceremony took place in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom, which then had to be quickly turned for the reception. I’m always impressed when a coordination or hotel team can turn a room during a cocktail party. The entire process boggles the mind. Event coordination was provided by Ani Sandhu and the team at Ace of Events. Hair and makeup was by Mona Badshah. And florals were by Manus Weddings.

A big shoutout to the wonderful Katya and Arthur at Story Motion Studios in Washington, D.C., who graciously served as third shooters for this event. I am deeply grateful for their kindness and beautiful work.


Beautiful Bouquets – Part II

The second installment in my three-part beautiful bouquets blog post. I sometimes work with clients who opt not to get a bouquet, but like most photographers, I always think a bouquet adds so much to your images. What makes a beautiful bouquet? Truly, anything — the sky’s the limit, with your vision and your florist’s creativity leading the way. Virtually any color combination photographs beautifully. And I love when creative florists work in beautiful and unexpected items, like succulents, fruit or wood.

L-R Shawna Yamamoto, Bloom Box, Square Root

L-R N/A, Square Root, Shawna Yamamoto

L-R Shawna Yamamoto, Capri Flowers, Ethnic Essence

L-R Square Root, Square Root, Z’s Garden


L-R N/A, N/A, Asiel Design

If you’d like to visit the sites for any of these great florists, please click these links: Square Root Designs, Shawna Yamamoto, Bloom Box, Ethnic Essence, Capri Flowers, Z’s Garden, Asiel Design