Trump National Palos Verde Wedding : Shala+Omar


She stared out the window of her suite and let out a soft squeak. Doesn’t look like rain today, she announced to everyone within earshot of her elated voice. Shala had morphed into a meteorologist the week leading to her wedding day, spouting rain statistics and cross-referencing weather websites to ensure the day was safe. But just in case, she bought umbrellas. Lots of umbrellas hidden in the closet for to see them might betray the cloud-like doubt in her heart. No, it couldn’t rain.

Shala and Omar passed notes to each other from their suites–love letters filled with promises and declarations of forever–until it was time to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Omar waited on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Coast, but as Shala made her way to him, the skies parted and the rain fell. At first it danced on the pavement, almost teasing Shala to complete what she had set out to do, but when puddles formed along the pathway, she turned and waited for Omar.

Under an expansive oak tree, Omar and Shala met for the first time on their wedding day. The rain slowed to a drizzle and they laughed at their luck. Together they’ll face any storm life pushes their way with similar sentiment: as long as they have each other, every day is perfect.

Shala and Omar…words fail to describe how appreciative I am to have joined you on such a personal and intimate day. You’re both incredibly kind and warm and deserve all the goodness that’s come your way. Just like your wedding day, the sun will always shine for people who are entitled to the warmth they themselves give so freely. Enjoy Bora Bora and good luck with your new puppy! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The wedding day started at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verde, just a couple blocks from where the wedding took place, Trump National Golf Course. The morning was filled with diamonds and lots of Vera Wang…starting with the shoes…

Shala wore a stunning Vera Wang gown and a bejeweled belt…so beautiful…

The afternoon was beautiful with just a few clouds in the sky…

In a matter of minutes, the weather turned, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the day…JD captured this moment when Shala and Omar saw each other for the first time…

I love sisters. I know it’s a blanket statement, but it’s also true. The love and loyalty sisters have with each other is something I’m always impressed with at weddings…Shala, Sarah, and Shahira are three amazing girls, but even better siblings…

By mid-afternoon, the skies cleared and created a perfect backdrop for a wedding at Trump National Golf Course

The day became overcast after the ceremony, but I didn’t mind one bit because the light along the coast was just beautiful…and it didn’t hurt I had such lovely models for the day! πŸ˜‰

Oh, Shala…GO ON!!!!!!!!!!! Rawr.

Shala and Omar opted for an intimate affair for their closest family and friends. But one of the things I adore about Shala is her inability to keep things simple…her attention to detail is something I love…

Trump National Golf Course served as a perfect location for their wedding and reception and the ballroom reflected Shala and Omar’s personal and refined style.

In addition to the adorable wishing tree, I should mention I photographed Shala’s sister’s wedding two years ago. Chris and Sarah are phenomenal people and working with their families again was a true honor…I love my clients!!!

They danced with soul (many thanks to Al Green) for their First Dance…love…

This couple–and their amazing guests–knew how to keep a party going…and going…rumors are they danced so much there’s holes in the carpet! πŸ˜‰

A perfect night for a perfect couple….

To see more of Shala and Omar’s Trump National Golf Course wedding photos in Rancho Palos Verde, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed, or simply watch it here:

Wedding: Trump National Golf Course
Coordination: Cindy Pham of Mad Love
Floral and Decor: Jeff Hurst of Rolling Hills Flower Mart
Officiant: Jacob Jurado of Jacob Marries
Hair: Robin Dunn
Makeup: Lynn’s Makeup Art

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  1. sharon elizabeth

    October 25th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    LOVE that shot of her by herself! GAH!

  2. Nasrin

    October 25th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Hi, congratulations. Shala Omar I remember your engagement photos. I like them specially the one that u seat on the bench in beach.

  3. Mark Potter

    October 25th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    J*, these images are ‘flippin’ amazing! I get so excited to see every wedding and I am always blown away. You have an incredible eye for detail and creating the most beautiful compositions that tell wonderful stories. Rock on!

  4. Katelyn James

    October 25th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    New 2012 favorite!!!!!!!! That bridal shot of her with the veil and the look and the RAWR… AMAZING!! You go girl!!!

  5. Patricia

    October 25th, 2012 at 4:29 pm


  6. Monika Greenaway

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    GORGEOUS! I love the bridal shot, it’s so magical.

  7. Rima

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    What a lovely couple

  8. Sabrina

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my heavens, Jasmine. That portrait of Shala where it looks like the veil is whipping around her is STUNNING. Just stunning. These pictures are amazingly beautiful! And I’m so glad it stopped raining for their wedding day!!

  9. rich

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    what a majestic wedding! the post rain light is BEAUTIFUL! always love your work =)

  10. nena

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous wedding. You’ve done it again! =-)

  11. Cindy Pham

    October 25th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Awesome photos! It really was such a beautiful wedding; one of my faves! So glad to have had the opportunity to work with you & JD; look forward to working with you 2 again.

  12. gladys

    October 25th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    this is my favorite from you this season, jasmine. i love anything by the water. you captured the intimacy of their day so perfectly, and that shot of her with her veil blowing towards you–oh my lovely. lovely lovely lovely! <3

  13. Leslie Davis

    October 25th, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  14. m

    October 25th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Love the flowers in the grass!! So pretty!

  15. Ashley Christine

    October 25th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    ::happy sigh:: Lovely. πŸ™‚

  16. emily

    October 26th, 2012 at 12:13 am


  17. LEOLAK

    October 26th, 2012 at 4:17 am

    GORGEOUS!!! They look fantastic!!! I’m going to 100x second the bridal shot! Wow! Great job Jasmine & JD!

  18. Tara Wheaton

    October 26th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    EVERY … Florist dreams of having their worked captured as beautifully as you captured these florals…. not to mention the GORGEOUS Bride and Groom!

  19. michaelandcarina

    October 27th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Excuse us, we’re off to find a thesaurus. We’re out of adjectives that describe how awesome these shots are. πŸ™‚

  20. Konul Rosario

    October 28th, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Sigh… just love your photos! I can’t never get enough of your work!!! πŸ™‚

  21. Heather C G

    October 29th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    As always LOVE LOVE πŸ™‚ I Was browsing your blog again today and have to say I love it all! You seem so real and I appreciate that so much πŸ™‚ !

  22. Oscar RellΓ‘n

    October 31st, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Gongratulations, I love this photos.

  23. Christine Chang

    November 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Classic. Intimate. Love. πŸ™‚

  24. cassandra-m

    November 3rd, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l….looks like the light Gods were smiling on this day. Awwweeeee. AND Amazing photos as always.

  25. Suzi Lighten

    November 30th, 2014 at 1:04 am

    So gorgeous! Love!

  26. Linda

    March 16th, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    These are awesome wedding photos. I love all of the details.

  27. Max Yuryev

    October 10th, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Beautiful! I always love these more intimate weddings, where all the guests can sit around the same table. πŸ™‚