Terranea Wedding : Sonya + Eric


She complimented her bridesmaids as she rushed through the casita. That dress looks great on you…oooh, I love your hair…you look stunning. So often the day was made about others that her friends took the time to stop Sonya and remind her that the day was about her. And Eric. About them together, but it took getting used to because she’s only ever been about everyone else. Selfless, that’s how she’s described by those who know her best and love her most.

Eric is equally as loved and deeply respected. Not only playing for powerhouse NFL teams, Eric served as captain for most of them, drawing the affection and loyalty of his teammates. He’s lauded for his warm embrace anyone who crosses his path, be in on the field or one of his favorite beach hangouts.

Last Saturday, Selflessness and Warmth married at Terranea Resort…Sonya and Eric vowed their lives to each other in front of their friends and family, creating a day just as much about their guests as it was about them…and they wouldn’t have wanted it any differently.

Sonya and Eric, words can’t express how thankful I am to be a part of your love story. It was honor getting to know you and documenting your wedding day. Your friends and family are amazing and I have no doubt you’re destined for abundant success with them at your sides. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The day started brilliantly at Terranea Resort…I was thankful to have Messex Industries letterpress map to personalize the ring shot…

The day was gorgeous and every corner was a backdrop for photos…especially Sonya’s Vera Wang wedding dress…

…and a pair of fabulous Jimmy Choo’s!

Sonya and Eric opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony for a private moment together…and seeing his stunning bride brought tears to Eric’s eyes…

Many thanks to JD for capturing moments and details that personalize a wedding…

Sonya is beautiful on the inside and out…and many thanks to Contour Foussa for makeup and Sarah Daly for hair…

Just after the First Look, the bridal party headed to the wedding ceremony…obviously looking their best…

The day was slightly overcast, but the Terranea Resort always offers a gorgeous background…

The most evident thing about their love is how they make each other happy…they’re always making the other laugh…

…see what I mean?!?

Officially official…

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour…

…Eric and Sonya snuck away for a few more photos along the gorgeous coast at Terranea

Eric joked that Sonya was getting all the photo attention, but little did he realize JD had his back with photos like this one…

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention just how amazing Erin + Angela of Sterling Social were in making this wedding truly perfect….their hard work, dedication, and professionalism made the day lovely and I was incredibly lucky to be alongside such a great team! Annnnnd if that wasn’t enough, they suggested sparkly and sequence tablecloths from La Tavola for the reception…love them!

Like always, working with the ever fab R. Jack Balthazar for florals and design makes my heart happy…they’re artists and incredible at what they do!

The First Dance from JD’s perspective…

…from my perspective…

I’ll end on this note because the party was epic, especially with DJ Tendaji Lathan mixing the night away…

To see more of Sonya and Eric’s Terranea Wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slidshow with Andrew Belle music provided by The Music Bed…or you can watch it here:

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  1. Emilia Jane

    June 20th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Oh my gracious, she’s gorgeous!!! Such beautiful work Jasmine!! XXOO

  2. Girish

    June 20th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Awesome pictures 🙂 .. too good.

    Eric looks like Jay Z specially the one with black glasses

    Awesome slide show.

  3. ashley barnett

    June 20th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    LOVE THIS – one of my favorites. What a gorgeous couple and elegant wedding..so so so pretty!

  4. Alan Phillip

    June 20th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful photographs! You are so amazing Jasmine! Love you work:)

  5. anouschka

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    what a gorgeous wedding and ditto photos jasmine!

  6. Christina Dely

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous location. Gorgeous photos!

  7. Gail

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Can’t remember the last time I’ve loved a bride’s wedding dress as much as hers. GORGEOUS! Beautiful colors, beautiful venue, beautiful couple and beautiful details. Well done you two!

  8. May

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous! Amazing how you get the sharpeness in the images taken indoor in low light.

  9. Kitrin Jeffrey

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Stunning, SERIOUSLY STUNNING work J*. You always keep me inspired to do more, and do better, girl!

  10. sarah danaher

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    they are SO ADORABLE!!! I love how happiness just bursts through their eyes!

  11. Life with Kaishon

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    She is exquisite. Wow. What a beautiful couple. I wish them every happiness along life’s journey.

  12. Tammy

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Simply. Stunning. Love all of JD’s perspectives! You’re a mega-talented woman, j*!

  13. gladys jem

    June 20th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    sonya is gorgeous! really beautiful, jasmine. love watching your slideshows. xxo

  14. Greg Gifford

    June 20th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    wow – amazing shots!

  15. Amy Arrington

    June 20th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Awesome photos Jasmine!

  16. Andrea

    June 20th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful! And having been to the Terranea before, I can only imagine how glorious this day must have been…. absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Julie

    June 20th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Fantastic Photos Jasmine! :0)

  18. Mark Potter

    June 20th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Jasmine, these are absolutely breathtaking! Your creativity and eye for detail is seriously amazing.

  19. Erin Oveis Brant

    June 20th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    why are you so awesome?!

  20. Julia

    June 20th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    They are going to have some BEAUTIFUL babies! : )


    June 20th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Full of style wedding and photos!! I love the light of that day and how you both capture it on each moment of the wedding!!

  22. Inca

    June 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Jasmine. I most love the way you capture the couple interacting with each other in their natural way.
    One question if I may: did you use flash in the indoors section at all? Or is it all with the ambient light? I could not find sharp shadows, but the depth of field is wide enough to suggest you are not shooting with 2.8. Maybe then, high ISO with the new Mark III?

  23. Ginger Lankan baker

    June 20th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Oooooooo her dress….its gorge!
    And don’t tell JD but I’m voting for your first dance shot 😉 it looks so pretty with all the background in it!

  24. Stephanie Stewart

    June 20th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    What a STUNNING wedding! Love all the details! Gorgeous couple, congrats to Sonya and Eric!!!

  25. Jennifer Hudspeth

    June 20th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Holy Wow.

  26. Roxie

    June 20th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    WOW! Your images told such a heartwarming story. You never seize to amaze me in all your fabulousness. Thank you for sharing as always!

  27. Aimee

    June 20th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I love the photojournalistic emphasis with these photos. Really shows off the depth of your team and talent. And, maybe the best groom portrait yet – straight out of GQ!

  28. B

    June 20th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I die.

  29. Mayra

    June 21st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I love the shoe shot! Genius! oxox

  30. Elisabeth Carol

    June 21st, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Wow! I just want to BE at this wedding! Looks like such a fun couple!

  31. Matteo

    June 21st, 2012 at 7:31 am

    thanks for sharing !

  32. PAPI

    June 21st, 2012 at 7:56 am

    As soon as I started to view the slide-presentation, I bumped the lampshade and particles of dust flew off into both of my eyes and made them watery…IT HAD TO BE! I usually don’t cry…especially while I am looking at some phenomenal, emotional photos, and simultaneously experriencing ‘good’ flashbacks. Papi

  33. Jacob

    June 21st, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I love your work! Such an awesome job!


  34. LEOLAK

    June 21st, 2012 at 11:57 am

    GORGE! BEAUTIFUL!!! Every.thing. The couple, dress, details. And the pictures – WOW! STUNNING!! Work it J* and JD!

  35. errol e

    June 21st, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Such great information! And a beautiful wedding. Amazing.

  36. Monika Greenaway

    June 22nd, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! Man…Vera Wang dresses fit so perfectly wow.

  37. Yarra Valley Wedding Photographer

    June 24th, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I LOVE that shot of the rings. Really great.

  38. Lyndal

    June 24th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    So gorgeous! Please give us some tips on lighting/flash during receptions? x

  39. Mom

    June 25th, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful….just beautiful wedding!

  40. Cristina Rossi

    June 25th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    So very beautiful!! Stunning work as always! x

  41. Miles

    June 26th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I love her dress, it’s lovely! Stunning photos as well. The flower girls’ photo is my favorite. 🙂

  42. Jami Clark

    June 26th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Watching the slide show made me want to get married again!! Such beautiful photos Jasmine 🙂

  43. Jennifer Rice

    June 29th, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Jasmine Starr + ninja master of ring stacking….. HOW do you do that????? Do you utilize ABC gum or something??? LUV the images, TDF as always!

  44. Becky Male

    June 30th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Wow Sonya’s dress is beautiful. Congrats guys! Beautiful photos J x

  45. Wedding Photographers in Kent

    July 2nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Love the crisp and vivid strong images. Having geat weather really makes a difference, we don’t get much of that here in the UK 🙂

  46. steve willis

    July 4th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    wonderful work as always.

  47. Net

    July 6th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Truly amazing pictures.

  48. moi

    July 7th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    You will always be successful Jasmine dear, not only because you are an excellent photographer and have vivacious personality but also because you give credit where it is due, you are not insecure and don’t try to hog all the limelight, I love the way you add links to all the other people who contributed to the wedding. Well done, I aspire to be like that. XXX

  49. Lynn Brown

    July 7th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Great emotion Jasmine! Excellent job! This couple was so lucky to have you!

  50. Angie

    July 10th, 2012 at 9:23 pm


  51. Vanessa Balenovich

    July 11th, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Wow! amazing wedding and beautifully captured as always Jasmine!!

  52. Thina Doukas Wedding Photography

    July 12th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Browsing your site, your attention to details is fantastic. Reception photos taken are brilliant guys. Cheers

  53. Ashley Christine

    July 17th, 2012 at 1:51 am


  54. Adelle

    February 27th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Jasmine, i’d like to ask if you dont mind… What are your techniques in exposing 2 very differently skin toned bride & groom, y’know what i mean. i’d appreciate your help on this. Thanks in advance.

  55. Scott Hochstadt

    April 18th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I just cried again watching this video. "Bunch of crying linebackers." Love you guys.