Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding : Nicole+Phillip


Two white butterflies-and the golden sun-fluttered across the rolling green hills of The Hummingbird Nest Ranch. The aquamarine sky sparkled against the emerald grounds of the ranch and one could hear faint laughter in the distance. Nicole, surrounded by her lovely bridesmaids and family, smiled and laughted while she prepared to don her wedding dress, almost in disbelief that her moment had finally arrived. The handsome boy she saw everyday on the campus of USC, who became a friend, who then became more, was going to be her husband. And the man of her dreams.

Nicole and Phillip spent their lives growing together, each pushing toward their goals and aspirations in unity. They each lovingly push each other to think big, dream bigger, and love with wreckless abandon. Phillip cites their cultures as the reason to their success-I’m Italian, and she’s Cuban…so while we may be hot-headed and like to party, we’re also very passionate in everything we do-but it’s merely just a single thread in a quilt of loving harmony. Beyond all else, they love passionately. The hug passionately. They kiss passionately. And this single thread will undoubtedly keep them together for eternity.

Nicole and Phillip…it was a true honor sharing in your perfect day. Thank you for your trust in documenting your wedding, and I appreciate being so welcomed by your amazing families. I wish you only the best in your lives together and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both! Have fun in Africa and be sure to wave to the lions, tigers, and zebras for me! Much Love and Appreciation…J*

Nicole had her dress custom designed. As owner and CEO of Nicolita Swimwear, she has access to the best designers and seamstresses. Nicole crafted ideas and the design and came up with a two-piece dress. When connected, it acted as a gown, and when unzipped, acted as the flirtiest cocktail dress for her fabulous reception!

I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOVED shooting this wedding at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch! It seemed like every spot was such a wonderful spot for wedding photos!

Special thanks to Kelly Jo Grady for a lovely job on Nicole’s makeup and Larry McDonald ( ) for the awesome job with her hair!

I think Nicole looks just stunning in this photo JD captured…

One of my favorite group ‘formal’ shots ever! 🙂

JD’s view…

My view…

The fabulous decor and floral arrangements were provided by Carissa Jones of JL Designs and Events

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a HUGE thank you to Heather Ham of Heather Ham Events ( ) for her flawless coordination and her entire crew of amazing assistants who ensured the day flowed smoothly!

The Grand Entrance

The First Dance…

The perfect end to a perfect night: Kissing Your Spouse…

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

**On a personal note, I want to thank JD for providing a lot of the pictures on this blog post and slideshow. While I don’t always give him credit, he’s an essential piece of capturing each wedding and helps me in so many ways.**

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  1. WeezerMonkey

    August 30th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    What a kick-ass dress!

  2. serena

    August 30th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    what a beautiful place to have a wedding! and what an awesome dress!

  3. Charise

    August 30th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Beautiful images as always! I LOVE that location…literally a mile from my house 🙂

  4. Natarsha N. Wright

    August 30th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    WOW! This is absolutely stunning. I love her dress and her shoes are amazing! I adore the b&w shots and the last image…love it, love it, love it. J* & JD you ROCK!

  5. Courtney Craver

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I just saw her on Janice Dickonson’s Modeling Agency! How random. You did another amazing job on this wedding.. I looove the shot of her with the groomsmen on the fence…

  6. Gina Leigh

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shot of the kiss on the dock. Beautiful job! As usual, the color in your processing is stunning. 🙂

  7. Lisa

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    What a classy wedding. and as always you’ve captured the magic, romance, and beauty of it all. I so admire your work. I so want to capture the moment in the way that you do. How did you get so good so fast?

  8. lin

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Wow Jasmine, what a beautiful locaiton! And very beautiful photos as well. I love how you exposed the 3rd photo down (the backlit one). I have been having such problems with overexposing the sky, but you nailed it! Great job!

  9. Dustin Francis

    August 30th, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Great as usual Jasmine! Did you process these a little different? Looks like you opened up the shadows a little more. Either way, looks like one heck of a wedding and they had on heck of a photographer!

  10. christina LeMarr

    August 30th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    These are sooo beautiful jasmine!! I absolutely love these! Everyone of them, I soo can’t pic a fav!!!

  11. Hanssie

    August 30th, 2008 at 5:04 am

    What a great idea for her dress. So cool and the shots on the dock are amazing.

  12. Michelle Pearson

    August 30th, 2008 at 6:54 am


  13. Hannah Suh

    August 30th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I can’t get over how amazingly soft the light is in these photos. You’ve always done stunning work but there’s something different about these photos that made me stop and just stare for a few minutes. I don’t know if you did anything different or changed things up, but this wedding is probably the most visually stunning of all the weddings you’ve posted.

  14. Cathy Crawley

    August 30th, 2008 at 8:39 am

    OMG how gorgeous was this wedding, the light is out of this world, the location is gorgeous and the decorations look stunning. Not to mention the beautiful couple! Great work Jasmine and JD!

  15. Annie

    August 30th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Wow, wow, wow… What a beautiful wedding! And, of course, you and JD did a fabulous job capturing it!!! My favorite is probably the one with their reflection in the pond… How gorgeous is that?!

  16. Melissa

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    AMAZING photos Jasmine!! I love the one on the dock and the last one as well. What a gorgeous wedding! Awesome work!

  17. Krista Photography

    August 30th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    What a gorgeous location, and a gorgeous couple, and gorgeous photos!

  18. B

    August 30th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Three letters: W-O-W

  19. Nena

    August 30th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    How do your weddings get better and better every weekend? This is amazing and they are so lucky to have you as their wedding photographer! =-)

  20. Genevieve

    August 30th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    All of the pics are AMAZING!! They’re all so very different and special in their very own way.

  21. AbiQ

    August 30th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful! I love the shot by the water and as always you did a amazing job capturing the details..

  22. Charming Events

    August 30th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding, and the venue: how cute is the name? I love it!

  23. Lynn

    August 30th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Jasmine – we saw you speak in Chicago, and while I know who you are, I have to admit I didn’t follow your blog very closely, but have since added it to my google reader. Your work is really fantastic. This event in particular is wonderful – the location and details are unbelievable!

  24. Bev

    August 30th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    PERFECTION as always! Your photography is amazing and I love the way you paint a picture with words. Your high school English teacher must be so proud!!!

  25. Adrienne

    August 30th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Jasmine you are amazing! Another incredible wedding! I love the shot of the groomsmen on the fence!!

  26. Deborah Gangi-Hall

    August 30th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    A beautiful day for a beautiful couple! Thank you Jasmine for creating magical moments with pictures. I was so thrilled to meet you and share with you how much I enjoy your blog. I am Phillipand Nicole’s Aunt Debbie.

  27. Kris Leigh

    August 31st, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Awww, they look like such a fun couple! What a wonderful day and many happy memories captured! 🙂

  28. wac

    August 31st, 2008 at 3:31 am

    i’m shooting my second wedding tomorrow….your work is so very inspiring to me as i delve deeper into this area of photography that’s different from anything i know….thanks!

  29. Jane

    August 31st, 2008 at 3:44 am

    I LOVE this wedding to pieces.
    The bridesmaid dresses are divine. Hooray for a bride who’s bold enough to wear some big, blingin’ jewelry. The flowers atop the candlesticks are out of this world!
    Thanks for capturing and sharing such a fabulous event.

  30. cassandra m

    August 31st, 2008 at 4:26 am


  31. Jacqueline Fronters

    August 31st, 2008 at 6:49 am

    I am constantly amazed by your talent. Really, it’s unnatural.

  32. Denise Mabilog

    August 31st, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Amazing as usual! You are such an inspiration!

  33. john p.

    August 31st, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    every time i visit your blog i think you couldn’t get any better. but you do! mad skills, miss thing!

  34. Heather Ham

    August 31st, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Nicole, thanks for the big props to me and my girls. I really appreciate you mentioning us. I love these photos and can’t wait to see more. It was great to work with you and your husband, you are two very gracious and happy people which is refreshing and a pleasure to be around. I wish you both much success and can’t wait to work with you again some day. Thanks for everything. Blessings. ~Heather

  35. robin dini

    August 31st, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    damn girl! love those shots by the fence. killer light!

  36. Lance

    September 1st, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Another fantastic images there jasmine.

  37. Mary Marantz

    September 1st, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Omigosh!! Beautiful! You guys did such an amazing job. I’m so jealous of all the yummy details these cali girls do for their weddings. That sangria pitcher. whaaaaat??


  38. ohana photographers - david & kimi

    September 1st, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    mmmm…as always tasty detail shots! that shoe shot knocked me off my feet! have a fab labor day!!

  39. Sandra

    September 2nd, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Jasmine dear…. as much as I love you I’m starting to hate you in a "jealous girl" sort of way… you shoot weddings in dresses and heels???? you are really making the rest of us look very bad 🙂

  40. Lauren

    September 2nd, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Wholly cow, what awesome photos! You ROCK!

  41. You Make Me Love to be ME

    September 2nd, 2008 at 6:02 am

    LOVE the LONG post! Can’t ever get enough of your pictures. Thanks for sharing so much!!

  42. Tanya Jose

    September 2nd, 2008 at 6:24 am

    umm, the b&w photo of them on the dock is one of my all time favorites!! great great photos (jd too :))

  43. Marisa

    September 2nd, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    What a gorgrous Bride… And as per usual your photos are amazing…

  44. Kim at Printable Wedding Invitations

    September 2nd, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    As usual, the photos bring tears to my eyes.

    J* you are simply amazing.

    In addition to, WELL EVERYTHING, I Loved the bride’s necklace.

    Thank you!!

  45. Edra

    September 3rd, 2008 at 3:36 am

    J* I just so in love with your photos and everything about this blog… You’re truly inspire me.. Bless You

  46. Vania

    September 3rd, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Love this wedding. The shot with all the guys on the fence is so awesome. Love it!

  47. Carolin

    September 3rd, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    This bride is stunning! The pictures are so crisp & clear! Great work!

  48. Cathy and David - Photographers

    September 3rd, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    AHH!! These are so completely beyond hotness. 🙂 I hate how good you are at getting such smooth looking light!!! >.< lol.

  49. Paper Monkey

    September 3rd, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Those are stunning. That site is awesome. I’ve never heard or it or seen it before. What a great back drop!

  50. Trista Lerit

    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Beautiful Jas! I’m so glad I scrolled down b/c somehow I missed this post! I love this wedding..definitely one of my fav’s from you 🙂

  51. Nicole and Phillip

    September 9th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Jasmine & JD….Thank you so much for your creative eye and attention to detail. We had a blast working with the both of you. We just got back from Africa and Seychelles and viewing our photos was such a treat!
    All the best !

    Nicolita and Phillip Di Rocco

  52. Larry Reeves

    October 9th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    As always, amazing! Thanks to both you and your hubby for the inspiration. My personal fave: the one on the little dock. Lovin’ it!

  53. James L Dekker

    September 13th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Beautiful work, simply love all of it.