Joyful Weddings : Anytime

Joyful Weddings : Anytime


I shot my very first wedding in October 2006. I was a nervous wreck and anxiously paced the length of my living and dining room 2,946 times every day leading to the morning of the wedding. By the time JD and I arrived to the ceremony location, I had gone over every possible situation in my mind and talked JD through a myriad of scenarios as if we were on a CIA co-op. All we needed was the Grassy Knoll.

The day flowed beautifully and I was extremely thankful to have worked with such an awesome bride and groom. One thing I didn’t take into consideration was the chance of working with a wonderful wedding coordinator, Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events. I created a slideshow during the wedding reception and after she saw it, we struck up a conversation, which led to a lovely friendship two years later. Courtney really helped me out in the beginning of my business and sent me some fabulous clients during my first year, for which I was extremely thankful!

I was stoked when Courtney contacted me to photograph her for updated photos of her and her associate, Darcie. We met and wandered the streets of Orange together and had a blast…and just reaffirmed how thankful I am to have met such a wonderful industry peer.

The lovely Courtney Toney…

The lovely Darcie…

Courtney–being the crafty person she is–made these letter cutouts and brought them along to the shoot…


Courtney’s one request: A jumping shot…

Happy Sunday!

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  1. Megan Beth -

    I smell me some paper source products….sniff sniff….YUM!

    And wowza that’s one fantastical jump!

      11.16.08 - 11:38 pm

  2. Candace Prokopets -

    Wow, you’ve come a long way in just two years. Congratulations! And I love these shots.

      11.16.08 - 11:44 pm

  3. Clare Day -

    only 2 years!!! OMG thats amazing πŸ™‚ I did my first real wedding at the same time as you…. I feel so inferior LOL

    you are an inspiration to all of us

      11.17.08 - 12:08 am

  4. AbiQ -

    Wow! 2 years. That’s amazing. I can’t remember what I did before I read your blog first thing in the am. πŸ˜‰ Totally random question~ and I know you get millions so please forgive me.. but about a year ago you blogged about a cheap video light that you use.. {it lasts for like 30 minutes and is rechargeable. } I’ve been searching your blog all day and can’t seem to find the wedding that you mentioned it. If it’s not too much trouble.. What video light is it??

      11.17.08 - 12:20 am

  5. Regina White -

    So glad I found your blog. Love the suitcase shots! LOVE EM!
    You ROCK!

      11.17.08 - 12:32 am

  6. Christopher -

    Not sure why, but I always love people jumping in the air. It just seems so happy!

      11.17.08 - 12:42 am

  7. Melissa -

    Wow, it’s hard to believe you’ve only been shooting weddings for 2 years! I love the one on the vintage suitcases!!

      11.17.08 - 12:47 am

  8. Jamie Delaine -

    Oh wow! SO CUTE. I totally sympathize with your pre-wedding jitters. I had NIGHTMARES about mine. I’ll have to blog about it soon. Haha, that was back in May, only a few months ago. Sheesh. Scariness. It’s a little easier now. πŸ˜‰

      11.17.08 - 12:48 am

  9. Misty -

    I just had my first wedding this past weekend and I too was a nervous wreck. But it went well. I think I could get used to it.

      11.17.08 - 12:48 am

  10. Lara @ Southern Weddings -

    I love these gals! Their work is fantastic. Great shots, Jasmine!

      11.17.08 - 1:16 am

  11. joyful weddings and events -

    We love you girl! Thanks so much- these are so great! I am so thankful that our paths crossed- I cannot imagine these past couple of years in the industry without you.

    Funny note: David laughed really hard at the last one and told me it was scandalous… oops! I guess that one won’t be going on the website πŸ™‚ I am highly impressed with the height I got will all 5 ft of myself, though!

      11.17.08 - 1:32 am

  12. Jeanette -

    Very very cool set! I love the last one

      11.17.08 - 3:41 am

  13. nena -

    I love your blog! It makes me happy coming here everyday. And I especially love that you are helping me find all my wedding vendors ahead of time…now all I need is a man! =-)

      11.17.08 - 3:53 am

  14. kristin brancaleone -

    these are so adorable jasmine! courtney just makes me happy, she’s the biggest sweetheart ever. love the suitcases!!!

      11.17.08 - 4:02 am

  15. Feuza -

    Oh my, I have not done a wedding yet and I can so related with the anxiety you had felt, cause weddings is a hit or miss, you have seconds to capture very important parts of the ceremony and key moments, any tips for a first timer would be grealty humbly appreciated, love the fun pictures of the girls.

      11.17.08 - 4:29 am

  16. Cathy Crawley -

    I did my first wedding in March of this year and I felt exactly the same way!

      11.17.08 - 5:03 am

  17. Amanda Auer -

    Courtney looks GORGEOUS! Jasmine, what a way to capture her spirit!! Even as a fellow coordinator, Courtney’s "joyful"ness comes out constantly. I can only imagine what she’s like to work with!! I love these shots of her and Darcie!

      11.17.08 - 6:33 am

  18. michelle cunningham -

    YOU got a workout on that first wedding. ha!

      11.17.08 - 6:40 am

  19. Lydia -

    I know I shouldn’t be surprised by now, but I’m always amazed at how you capture light! Not just the stuff from the sun, the the inner light in people. I think you just have a way of bringing it out in people, and your camera just happens to be around to capture it!

      11.17.08 - 7:03 am

  20. Pascal -

    It also reminds me of my first wedding. I couldn’t sleep at night and had to go to the bathroom 3 times before leaving my place

      11.17.08 - 9:42 am

  21. DawnB -

    you should write a book! I would love to hear what all you did leading up to that first wedding to become such a flippin’ awesome photographer!

      11.17.08 - 12:47 pm

  22. Christa -

    Love the suitcases by the brick wall shot πŸ™‚

      11.17.08 - 1:17 pm

  23. Melissa Copeland -

    LOVE the "joyful" letters. she is super crafty! :o) great pics. I too wish one day for a "jumping" shot. hehe

      11.17.08 - 2:42 pm

  24. Deyla Huss Photography -

    Rockin photos!! Love the jumping one, she got some serious air! and with heels!!! Way to go!

      11.17.08 - 2:46 pm

  25. Robin Dini -

    LOVE the suitcases in this shoot! What a cute and quirky little prop πŸ˜‰

      11.17.08 - 2:50 pm

  26. Natarsha N. Wright -

    I love this series! especially the last one with her jumping! so much fun!

      11.17.08 - 3:18 pm

  27. jeramy -

    great shots jasmine. anytime….. πŸ™‚

      11.17.08 - 3:45 pm

  28. Joan Solitario -

    Ooooo I like the suitcase turned to sitting area idea! I LOVE HOW YOU THINK! You are so creative!

      11.17.08 - 3:57 pm

  29. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs -

    They look so fab J*. I really like the ones of them together. They look great! These are head shots anyone would be proud to use.

      11.17.08 - 5:11 pm

  30. B -

    My favorite is the jumping shot!

      11.17.08 - 5:31 pm

  31. Jessica Tyndall -

    Because of your blog, I’m starting to believe that everyone in CA is just beautiful! πŸ™‚ Great job as always!

      11.17.08 - 6:56 pm

  32. Lucy -

    I been wanting to so a shoot in downtown orange.

      11.17.08 - 7:33 pm

  33. angel swanson -

    adore courtney, adore you, and adore these pics!! xoxo

      11.17.08 - 9:26 pm

  34. Jen May -

    Awesome! Do you bring your own props like the suitcases or do your clients bring them along?

      11.17.08 - 9:32 pm

  35. shelley english -

    courtney is the best wedding coordinator! jasmine-you did an amazing job with these photos! she looks gorgeous! everyone should book you two for their wedding!

      11.17.08 - 10:13 pm

  36. Bobbie Brown -

    Love the suitcases!! Great shots!

      11.18.08 - 12:22 am

  37. Kirsten -

    Here’s another vote for the suitcases [since I collect vintage suitcases], I thought that was brilliant! But they are all terrific!

      11.18.08 - 8:32 am

  38. Dana -

    Love the use of the suitcases and the last photo of Courtney jumping. She got some height on that one.

      11.18.08 - 3:35 pm

  39. Alan Nielsen -

    Great jump shot!!! …well great set all around really!

      11.18.08 - 4:30 pm

  40. carissa -

    those "joyful" letters are such a "courtney touch"! i love it!

      11.24.08 - 3:25 am

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