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.**