golden hour in the fields

I love living in California, everything is so picturesque which, makes it easy to find a perfect spot to pull off the side of the road and do a photo shoot. That’s just what I did one evening with Sun and Life Photography and Charlotte Orr from The Lubo Collective. My initial plan for this shoot was to use some dried flowers and weeds I picked off the side of the road in my floral arrangements. I bought some gorgeous garden roses from Grace Rose Farm mixed with some different varieties of dahlias. I wanted to create using neutral and natural elements, where the backdrop and flowers mixed in perfect harmony. I love this photo shoot for many reasons, one reason being that it starts at golden hour and then turns into a kind of spooky night shoot with Charlotte wearing the darker blue dress. The darker photos evoke a deep feeling of passion and mystery.

Welcome to My Studio

It has been a journey friends! Last year I started the process of building a studio space and it was my goal to have a photoshoot in it right after completion. Then life and work happened and I never got around to it, until now! It is amazing to see a space come to life and what is even better is that when I am in this space, I am able to be my most creative! The creative process is so important and it is important to me to create in a space that feels good! This is why building my studio was important to me. It is mainly a blank canvas in there with lots of white walls but it feels clean and fresh and I love it! Here are some photos taken outside my studio and in my studio by the ever talented @dejoyphotography



A castle in the woods, called Chateau Partage in Ben Lomond has opened its doors to weddings. So, naturally this inspired us to do a fairytale photoshoot there which, had to include a bunny of course! Every detail was carefully thought out to create this modern day fairytale come to life, to the brides incredible gown to the delicate flowers to the romantic furniture, it had it all. To see more from this photoshoot featured on Something Turquoise click here.



Photography: De Joy Photography // Venue: Chateau Partage // Rentals: View Point Events // Florist: Glam Garden Designs // Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Andrea Casals // Desserts: Buttercup Cakes // Bride + Groom Attire: Epiphany Boutique // Bride's Jewelry: Fire & Brilliance // Hair + Make-up: M.U.A.H By Summer

Dream Sunset Wedding Inspiration... Photography by: De Joy Photography

For this dreamy sunset photoshoot, I wanted to go bright and bold! I find that many brides are afraid to go too bright with florals on their big day. If done right, brights can be just as beautiful as muted tones. Although, I have to admit, pink especially hot pink is not my favorite color and I thought it might be hard for me to use while designing but I found that it really wasn't! There are so many beautiful blooms in that deep hot pink color, the peonies, the ranunculus, the most amazing carnations, roses, lisianthus, heather and scabiosa. I had no problem creating and create I did! Here are some photos of my take on a bright and fun wedding! To see full feature, head over to

Cakes & Catering: Tart and Tin

Flowers: Glam Garden Designs

Groom & His Men: Epiphany Boutique

Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Cassandra McClure

Jewelry: Fire and Brilliance

Model: Brett Barker/Emma Routley

Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Altogether Lovely Calligraphy

Photographers: De Joy Photography

Rentals: View Point Rentals

Venues: Kennolyn

Wedding Dresses: Epiphany Boutique



Nicki & Andy's Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda Wedding.. Photography by: Danielle Poff Photography

I had the pleasure of doing the florals for Nicki & Andy's wedding in Santa Cruz at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda. Nicki wanted lots of dahlias, succulents, and protea in bright colors all to match her rose gold theme. It was so fun creating such a beautiful wedding for such a lovely couple!

Venue: Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda // Floral design: Glam Garden Designs // Dessert: Gayle's Bakery // DJ: Sound In Motion // Rentals: Viewpoint Events // Hair: Chelsea from Byuti Salon // Makeup: Ruffles and Rouge // Videography: Him & Her Studios // Ceremony macrame hanging: The House of Phoenix // Woven seating chart: Whisker Row // Film scans by Photovision //



SUMMER IN THE FIELDS.. photography by: sunandLifePhotography

One of my favorite things about California is the landscape. I used to dream about living among this landscape and now, I am living that dream. For this photoshoot, I wanted to create an image of what my dreams of California looked like. A girl searching for herself through a golden oat field, feeling free and wild yet soft and subdued. The flowers she holds possess that same feeling. She holds in one bouquet, shades of yellow and pink garden roses, honey colored dahlias, viburnum berry, scabiosa, pink sweet peas, pink astilbe, sweet mock orange and plum leaves. In the other bouquet, white garden roses, white cosmos, white scabioda, white tweedia, viburnum berry, sweet mock orange and maidenhair fern



Botanic & Luxe Fower Crown Workshop // Photography by: CoyoteRosePhoto

I had the honor of teaching a flower crown workshop here in Santa Cruz at one of my very favorite local shops, Botanic & Luxe. Leilani and Ariel are the amazing, sweetest and hard-working owners and if you are ever in Santa Cruz, you must go in and say hello! We had such a fun afternoon, sipping champagne and playing with flowers. I was so amazed at everyone's flower crowns! They ALL came out beautiful! I will definitely be teaching another one in the future so, stay tuned! I also want to give a shout-out to my friend and amazing photographer who took the photos from the workshop, Rose Weigner. Check her out!


Kraft Bar/ Glam Garden Photoshoot.. Photography by: De Joy Photography and Geneva Rico Photographyy

So far, one of my favorite things about starting a business is getting to collaborate with other creative people, whether it be photographers, stylists or a whole different kind of business! My friends started a business called Kraft Bar. Kraft Bar is an airstream bar,  they bring the bar to your wedding! It's not just any kind of bar though, it is a cool, chic and upscale experience. Everytime I'm in the airstream, I never want to leave! Oh! and the cocktails are delicious too! We decided to collaborate and put together a cocktail party on a private property in Aptos. We had our friends model who were just recently married and you can check out the whole photoshoot which is in the Summer Coastal Wedding Magazine edition. It was such a wonderful experience and it really goes to show that a wedding can happen just about anywhere. There are so many amazing properties that one can rent instead of going through the process of picking a venue which, can get pricey! It is really such a new and cool idea! Check out there website:



Bean Hollow Beach Photoshoot// Photography by: SunandLifePhotography

As I began the process of building this website and ultimately my business, the most important thing I wanted to do was express myself and my intention. Moving from New York to California was a huge transition for me. What I found in California was everything I missed out on in New York. The landscape alone took me away with the wind into the happiest places deep inside of myself. I have never felt so alive and in love with all that was growing around. This natural beauty was something I wasn’t familiar with completely. All of that changed for me once I let nature inside. I’ve experienced great growth in these few years and I hope to keep evolving as a designer. That being said, a business began where I feel it is my duty to keep the natural setting of the texture of rocks, the stillness of grasses, the movement of the sea and the colors of the sky alive in everything I create.

Off of highway 1 is Pescadero, in lies Bean Hollow Beach. This sunset beach photo-shoot is meant to evoke the spirit of the end of Summer, beginning of Fall in the area. Surrounded by the pacific ocean and its amazing cliffs, the bride wears a smoky gray gown capturing hints of the skyline and ocean. Her deep and dramatic bouquet, plays off the drama of the landscape filled with antique garden roses, japanese anemones, chocolate cosmos, burgundy dahlias, astrantia, foxglove, snowberries and jasmine.