every choice they made was absolutely, most definately, perfect.

i knew when i first met angel (at a wedding almost a year ago; i was shooting and he was dj-ing), i knew he was cool. the kind of person that drips cool. i also could tell that he was a really good guy and a totally devoted family man and friend. he told me that he was going to be getting married himself soon and like any good photographer i gave him my card and told him that i would love to be a part of his day and that i hoped he call me to discuss his photography needs!

when he called, i couldn’t stop smiling. when he told me about their wedding plans i couldn’t contain my photography spirit from jumping out of my skin. angel, no novice to the wedding industry himself, knew he wanted to do things differently. i can still hear him describing it all to me, “ok kj, check it: we are renting out this totally amazing hotel as our venue in palm springs. it has really modern vibe to it: clean and bright. friday we are going to start all the festivities with a pool party. we want you there for that for sure…” the prelude to their wedding was a palm springs pool party.

‘nuf said.

everything about their wedding dripped cool.

i contacted my good friend, a colleague i admire more than she will ever know, teryn lee, and said, “meet me in palm springs for a wedding!! oh, and bring your swimsuit. our first day of shooting swimsuits are mandatory!!” even though we walked into the pool area totally out of place with our suits on and our big cameras around our necks, we were immediately accepted by all of paige and angel’s friends as friends and family ourselves. they knew we were there to document, but we were embraced instantaneously as friends! it was one of those weekends where we had to remind ourselves we were working. the whole event from the pool party to the wedding was filled with so much friendship, family, and love that it didn’t, for once, feel like work, but rather an amazing experience where two people made one significant promise surrounded by their most favorite people. i was so happy to have been there!! this is the first post of two. their wedding day deserves a post all its own; it will be next, but for now enjoy a little dip in a refreshing palm springs pre wedding day pool!!!


the slideshow below is a compilation of my images and teryn’s!! teryn, thank you so much for sharing the weekend and your talents with me and angel and paige!! i am so blessed to have you in my life; you are a photography goddess divine!!! thank you for being there!!

paige and angel, nothing but love for you and your way cool-ness!!! thank you for taking us in and being so good to us all weekend!!

enjoy the pool party slide show! may it inspire you to take a swim with your closest people! their wedding day is coming up next!!! ;)

oh, and one more of teryn and me, poolside!! ;)