Heather and Gian : Wedding


She floated down the circular staircase and hugged friends as they entered the villa. Heather radiated joy, peace, and happiness as she descended each step, knowing each one would eventually lead her to seeing her future husband. The bridesmaids bellowed questions from the second story down to the first—Where are Heather’s red reception shoes?…Can someone tie my ribbon?…Who won the World Cup qualifying game?—to avoid creating a happy commotion. They, of course, created a happy commotion nevertheless. And they had the right. Their sister and best friend was marrying the man she loved before she even knew she loved him.

Both field researchers for eHarmony, Heather and Gian were perfectly suited for each other—brilliant, witty, and kind. Week after week, they pretended to be married as they interviewed couples as part of their research. Finally, after months of pretending, they relinquished their hearts to each other and fell in love. Shortly thereafter, they were engaged and planning their wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

The bright sun bathed Malibu canyon with golden rays as the wedding began. A large, gnarled tree—perfectly illuminated with white lights—provided shade for guests and covered Heather and Gian as they said their vows. They promised to love, honor and hold onto each other during the good, and the bad. In sickness and health. In riches and poverty. They promised to love until death breaks them apart under the shade of a large oak tree.

Heather and Gian…you’ve taken a piece of my heart to Belize with you. I know you won’t read this until you’ve returned from your honeymoon, but please know I couldn’t think more highly of a couple. You’re perfectly matched and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for such an amazing team! I love your hearts and I wish you the best in your lives together! Much Love and Appreciation…J*

A little wedding shoe bling!

I loved the detail in Heather’s Lazaro Wedding Dress

The ever fabulous Carissa with JL Designs and Events provided the killer floral arrangements…love her!

Heather and her mother, Sandy, just moments after getting into her wedding dress…

I love my brides. But I love my brides 68% more when they opt for a First Look! 😉
Heather asked her father to escort her as she saw Gian before the ceremony…it was SO SWEET!

JD’s angle of the First Look…

My angle…

Heather looking fabulous with help from the amazing Cathryn Vanbreen of The Studio Agency

Another shot from JD…and I just love it!

We headed to Calamigos Ranch for pre-ceremony pictures…

I have to give major props to Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events for keeping the day on track and just being an all-around fabulous wedding coordinator!

JD captured this shot and I think it captures Heather’s bridesmaids perfectly! 🙂

A few more details courtesy of JL Designs and Events

Moments after walking down the aisle…

The First Dance and the remainder of the night was kept fun with help from Danny Farrell of NYC DJ’s

To see more of their wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Kelly

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I love that you and JD get to do this together! You guys ROCK!

  2. kymberli q.

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Sweet images! Sweet as in "touching" sweet. 🙂 LOVE the colors!

  3. [c+D] Cathy and David - Photographers

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Seriously digging the lights in the trees. I also love that you’re not afraid to post a bazillion photos! 😀 I don’t feel so bad!! This couple looks like they were so much fun to shoot!

  4. Tunji Sarumi

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Nooooice!! I like the 3rd image from the top.

  5. Yuka photo art

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Amazing details, I love colors! This couple is so beautiful! You both create great memories…

  6. joyful weddings & events

    June 24th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Love them. love you. love the pics.

    Thank you so much for referring these guys to me- it was a blast!

  7. joyful weddings and events

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    ps- i LOVE the shot from the first dance: it is so fun!

  8. Christopher Wren

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Again, great job Jasmine! So many ideas… can I steal a few?

  9. serena

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    jasmine, your photos are always sooo amazing!

  10. ksen :)

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    BEAUTY-FULL! love, love LOVE the sparkling lighting in the trees — such a fabulous touch! truly gorgeous imagery j*! 😀

  11. Dawn Gioia

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    See, this is why I ask myself WWJD ( what would jasmine do)

  12. christin

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Ok, I am loving the picture of them in the doorway/hallway thing – it is HOT. I mean there’s something very sexy, intimate about it – nice capture.

    I am also in love with the christmas lights hanging from the trees!!!! Whoever’s idea that was deserves 1 million dollars.

  13. Lauri

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Wow! These are just beautiful. I always love your bridal party shots! And the details you captured are amazing as always. OH! And I really love the lights hanging from the tress. 🙂 GORGEOUS!!

  14. AaronofAHS

    June 24th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    that shoe bling shot is insanity!!!!

  15. Tracy

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful as usual. Love your style and compostion. I am a new photographer learning through trial and error and was wondering what type of lighting you use during a reception? I just have my top mount on top of my 30D and it’s not enough. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Matt Hall

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I love the husband and wife teams! It is like a perfectly coriagraphed dance!

  17. Navy Sou

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Love the deep, rich reds! Man, your images gives me eye-gasms!!!

  18. Cathy Crawley

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Jasmine, you have outdone yourself yet again!!! I am loving all that RED!

  19. jackie l.

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    just beautiful! they look so radiantly happy! great job!!!

  20. Lydia!

    June 24th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    So beautiful! You continue to amaze me with your awesome skills!

  21. nena

    June 24th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Your work always brings tears to my eyes. I cannot say how much I love your photos because I cannot put it to words! =-)

  22. dean ray

    June 24th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    hey lady, i am buds with ricki ford. been following your work 4 a while now. awesome to say the least. looks almost 3D. "A MOMENT IN TIME"

  23. Lindsey Turner

    June 25th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Everyday I look forward to visiting your blog. It’s like a gormet chocolate candy bar. I read every word carefully and really absorb it, all while savoring the moment. You are my chocolate fix. 🙂

  24. Tiffaney

    June 25th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Once again an amazing job. I just love your work. It’s gives me great inspiration.

  25. Melissa

    June 25th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Amazing work! You have such a wonderful talent!

  26. Araxi

    June 25th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    So you are amazing. You are a ridiculous talent. I have to say though I admire you 68% more now that you used a Tyrone Wells song for there slideshow! Love him and it was SUCH a perfect song for it. Brilliant. Cant wait to see you in Aug. Im bringing my bionic fast ears 🙂

  27. Natarsha N. Wright

    June 25th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I want those shoes soooo bad! That is my favorite image. I love the design and decor of this wedding. Great images J* and JD!

  28. Deyla

    June 25th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Hello! I really enjoy stopping by your blog and seeing what you have been up to in the life as a talented photographer. I too started out my first year with just a single camera and my flash and booked 27 weddings, so hearing a story like yours is fabulous! I do have a question for you though, When your doing the evening shots at the reception, do you use a tripod to get such fantastic clarity on the low lighting situations? as well as the twinkle lights and such? It would be great to network! Thanks for your time and Cheers to you & JD!

  29. Khara Plicanic

    June 25th, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Hi Jasmine! Beautiful photos… as usual. 🙂 PS: I think I just photographed your younger twin! See for yourself at http://kabloomstudios.blogspot.com/2008/06/elizabeth-sequel.html Ha ha! PSS: I’m looking forward to seeing you and DJ in Kansas City!

  30. Irene Carole

    June 25th, 2008 at 3:49 am

    This wedding is beautiful. The venue, I’ve never seen a lovelier sight! Jasmine you rock! Thanks for the love!

  31. Susan Nunn

    June 25th, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Hey Jasmine,

    What is the title and name of of the artist who performed the song you used for the slideshow? I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Heather España

    June 25th, 2008 at 5:15 am

    WOW. What a beautifully designed [and shot!] wedding. I love those long strands of fairy lights hanging from the tree… nicely done Jasmine. As always :).

  33. Megan

    June 25th, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Jasmine these are so amazing. You captured everything perfectly. I hope you know you will be doing all setrakian functions from now on!!!! We love your stuff and tell JD thanks too!!!

  34. Heather/OneShotBeyond

    June 25th, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Great stuff…lots of color and major love shown in every photograph.

  35. Val McCormick Photography

    June 25th, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Wow, love the crisp clarity of your images. The colors pop right off of my monitor. I love the shot of the bride and groom in between doorways. So GROOVY!!!

  36. Heather Lee

    June 25th, 2008 at 6:35 am

    these pictures are AMAZING.

  37. FromGermany

    June 25th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    I don’t know what to say, I could post the same compliments each time: Great color, great technique (DOF) and refreshing compositions. Your clients must be so thrilled .. as are we photographers 🙂

  38. Ashley

    June 25th, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Fabulous images as always =). Jeff and I love the first one of the shoes on the piano. So creative, Jasmine!

  39. Brian Khang

    June 25th, 2008 at 7:28 am

    You and JD rocked this one! Great work guys!!

  40. Julie Ann

    June 25th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    This is one of the most beautiful outdoor weddings I have ever seen. And you and JD captured it perfectly! Props! How much is it to book JD? 🙂 Just kidding!
    Wonderful shots as always!

  41. Nattnee

    June 25th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Your work is just so beautiful =)

  42. Carly McCray

    June 25th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous as usual Jasmine! Looks like JD did an awesome job too…those shots are fab!

  43. Gian

    June 25th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Greetings from Belize! These photos are amazing. Thank you so much for photographing our wedding. I know in a few years people will be saying "I can’t believe that Jasmine Star did your wedding!!!!"

  44. Allie

    June 25th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I love the shoe bling! I am always so obsessed with the brides shoes 🙂 This was such a beautiful…

  45. Jaqueline Fronters

    June 25th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Absolutely AMAAAZING!!

  46. Amanda

    June 25th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Your weddings are always so phenomenal! Love it!

  47. Holly

    June 25th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    I can definitely tell which one is her sis – they look so much alike! Great job as usual, Jasmine & JD!

  48. Charmarie

    June 25th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    This is one of my favorites, I just love the colors they used and the setting. i’d love for my wedding to be just like this!

  49. Kevin Swan

    June 26th, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Fantastic work! I love how you captured those lights in the trees–what a great idea. Such rich colors and a happy couple. Nicely done, J*.

  50. A. Weight

    June 26th, 2008 at 5:48 am

    So I look at your BSpot all the time, and this is the first time I’ve cried looking at your pics…Gosh, I think you’ve captured their day perfectly…and I can see why you love their hearts..it’s really shone through in their pics!!

  51. Roxie

    June 26th, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Wow, absolutely breathtaking!These images are by far amazing. You not only rock as a photographer but your heart is by far my favoite part when it comes to reading your blog.

  52. Jasmine Marie

    June 26th, 2008 at 7:11 am

    What a beautiful wedding! Very red… very rad. 🙂

  53. Alisha E.

    June 26th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    You’re work is breathtaking. WOW! Love all this bride’s details of her wedding. It’s all gorgeous!!!

  54. Bobbie

    June 26th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Love these! Another Fab wedding from J*!!!

  55. Stacy Cross

    June 26th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I love these pictures, Jasmine! They have such warmth, emotion, and just plain awesomeness! You are the best. 🙂

  56. nicole green

    June 26th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    the detail shots are my favorite! amazing! 🙂

  57. Erinn Austin

    June 27th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    You ROCKED this wedding girl!! Seriously… the detail shots are scrumtulescent!

  58. jackie wonders

    June 27th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    this wedding is off the chain!
    fantastic job…again:)
    and i LOVE their story!

  59. Furious Photographers

    June 27th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Lovely wedding! I like all of the hanging lights on the tree. They look like fireflies glowing above the couple ;D

  60. cassandra m

    June 28th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I can’t even begin to pick favorites. The details shots you got are completely out of this world, but always a favorite is how you capture emotion. And this couple has emotion. how beautiful & blessed they are. congrats to them.

  61. Airika Pope

    June 28th, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Oh my gosh–I love her gown! I wore a Lazaro gown for my wedding too! He is an amazing designer, and in my opinion, everyone bride who wears one of his gowns look absolutely stunning. 🙂

  62. Joan Solitario

    June 28th, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Jasmine, these are so beautiful!!! How do you get the couple to take shots before the ceremony!?!?

  63. Abigail Q

    June 30th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Awww I got married here! Beautiful shots!

  64. Belinda

    July 2nd, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Beautiful people, beautiful wedding, beautiful photography!

  65. Sue McFarland

    July 11th, 2008 at 12:43 am

    This is really a beautiful wedding and your photos are amazing!! You certainly captured the emotions and energy of the day…Love your site!!

  66. jamie burnett

    July 11th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    i love those shoes!

  67. Rudi Halbright

    August 12th, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Jasmine — really beautiful images and I got a great feel for their beautiful wedding day! Your work is inspirational!