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

    November 16th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

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

    And wowza that’s one fantastical jump!

  2. Candace Prokopets

    November 16th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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

  3. Clare Day

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    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

  4. AbiQ

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    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??

  5. Regina White

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:32 am

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

  6. Christopher

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:42 am

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

  7. Melissa

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:47 am

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

  8. Jamie Delaine

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    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˜‰

  9. Misty

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    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.

  10. Lara @ Southern Weddings

    November 17th, 2008 at 1:16 am

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

  11. joyful weddings and events

    November 17th, 2008 at 1:32 am

    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!

  12. Jeanette

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Very very cool set! I love the last one

  13. nena

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:53 am

    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! =-)

  14. kristin brancaleone

    November 17th, 2008 at 4:02 am

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

  15. Feuza

    November 17th, 2008 at 4:29 am

    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.

  16. Cathy Crawley

    November 17th, 2008 at 5:03 am

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

  17. Amanda Auer

    November 17th, 2008 at 6:33 am

    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!

  18. michelle cunningham

    November 17th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    YOU got a workout on that first wedding. ha!

  19. Lydia

    November 17th, 2008 at 7:03 am

    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!

  20. Pascal

    November 17th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    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

  21. DawnB

    November 17th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    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!

  22. Christa

    November 17th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Love the suitcases by the brick wall shot πŸ™‚

  23. Melissa Copeland

    November 17th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

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

  24. Deyla Huss Photography

    November 17th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

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

  25. Robin Dini

    November 17th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

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

  26. Natarsha N. Wright

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

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

  27. jeramy

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    great shots jasmine. anytime….. πŸ™‚

  28. Joan Solitario

    November 17th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

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

  29. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    November 17th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    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.

  30. B

    November 17th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    My favorite is the jumping shot!

  31. Jessica Tyndall

    November 17th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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

  32. Lucy

    November 17th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I been wanting to so a shoot in downtown orange.

  33. angel swanson

    November 17th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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

  34. Jen May

    November 17th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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

  35. shelley english

    November 17th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    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!

  36. Bobbie Brown

    November 18th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Love the suitcases!! Great shots!

  37. Kirsten

    November 18th, 2008 at 8:32 am

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

  38. Dana

    November 18th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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

  39. Alan Nielsen

    November 18th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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

  40. carissa

    November 24th, 2008 at 3:25 am

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