2012 in Review

Soooo… my year was awesome. What about yours? It’s no secret that I’ve been horrible about blogging this year. I was busier than I anticipated (which was great!) and my hubby and I moved into a big house (also, great!)! So I was thrown off my game a little bit.. but 2013 will be much better in the blogging department. I think I say that every year, but it’s really true this time. Anyway, let’s take a moment to look back on my amaaaaazing weddings this year. All 22 of them! (22! Can you believe it!? Wow.)

Ryan & Nicole
Cornerstone Church | Simi Valley, CA | February
Their romance began over an episode of American Idol. True story! These two are so sweet and their wedding was full of amazing personal details.

Josh & Jennifer
Beverly Hills Country Club | Los Angeles, CA | February
This wedding was glamor and glitz all the way. Jennifer looked like an absolute dream!

Aaron & Lily
Grace Baptist Church | Santa Clarita, CA | March
I was so excited to be able to photograph these two! I’ve known Lily for a few years and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this lovely wedding.

Josh & Amber
TPC | Valencia, CA | March
Funny story, I met Josh (a fellow photographer) at an event and we started talking about his upcoming wedding. He wasn’t engaged quite yet but they were talking about it and starting to work out the details.. after chatting for a while his fiancé walked up and joined our conversation.. Amber! Turns out his fiancé and I went to the same church group back in the day. Like, *jr. high* back in the day! Small world!!

 

Scott & Sarah
Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church | Beverly Hills, CA | April
Sweet and graceful. That’s how I would describe this wedding! Sarah put so much into the details of their wedding but it all seemed so wonderful and effortless. Adorable!

 

Mike & Jennifer
Private Residence | Santa Clarita, CA | June
The cops came because the party was rockin’ just a little too hard. But they left pretty quick and we kept on dancing at full blast because they were Jenny’s coworkers! Heck yes, that gorgeous, badass bride is a cop!

 

Dan & Mouy
Eden Gardens | Moorpark, CA | June
This was the first wedding that Eden Gardens ever had! Mouy snatched up this amazing venue and rocked it with her gorgeous flowers and sassy attitude.

 

Dave & Alexandria
First Presbyterian Church | Visalia, CA | June
I love this couple! Especially Alex! She’s my best friend’s older sister and so we’re practically family. Although I didn’t include it here, her wedding was all peacock and gold.. stunning!

 

Taylor & Courtney
Villa Del Sol | Fullarton, CA | July
This wedding was my pinterest board come to life! Birch branches, carved signs, blue bridesmaid dresses…ahhh I was in heaven!

 

Brandon & Brianna
Valencia Country Club | Valencia, CA | July
Brianna! I have known this girl for a few years now. She was a client of mine when I was a hairstylist back in the day and as I slowly transitioned into photography she kept noticing my photos around my office! These two are so fun and I’m blessed to call them friends!

 

Dennis & Melissa
Portofino Yacht Club | Redondo Beach, CA | July
I met this great couple through one of my favorite wedding planners, Marisa (wait for it, you’ll see her a little later in this post). I loved the calm, laid back attitude these two brought to their big day!

 

Jared & Megan
Maravilla Gardens | Moorpark, CA | August
Megan and I connected online! She lived out of state so most of our conversations were through email. She signed her contract and mailed it to me before we saw each other and by the time we actually met face to face,I already loved her. My brides are the best. Ever.

 

Cody & Callie
Sunset Beach | Hawaii | August
Callie is my husband’s cousin! She decided to get hitched in Hawaii but unfortunately my husband couldn’t take the time off of work. So I spent the week with his family in a beach house in Maui… poor guy. But we had so much fun!!!

 

Gabriel & Jessica
Descanso Beach Club | Avalon, CA | August
These two know how to party! We had a great time getting to know each other during our engagement session and their wedding was a giant celebration on the beach. Literally! We were in the sand the whole time. I love Catalina Island!!

 

Tim & Marisa
Walnut Grove | Moorpark, CA | August
Remember Marisa from a few weddings up? Yup. This is her! Not only is she a gorgeous bride, but she’s also an amazing wedding planner. We’ve done tons of projects together and I love that we’re friends. Her hubby is the nicest guy and they are going to do big things together!

 

Matt & Sandra
The Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood, CA | September
These two were my fun, edgy couple of the year.. which is why I made their strip black and white! Everything was epic.. from the cupcakes (Sandra owns her own bakery!) all the way to the leopard print shoes that the bridesmaids were wearing!

 

Steve & Ashley
Spanish Hills Country Club | Camarillo, CA | September
Love love love. What can I say about Ashley and Steve? They are adorable together and everything about their wedding was full of joy and magic.. even a little Disney! xoxo

 

Eric & Shauna
Private Residence | Newhall, CA | October
Goofy and Sophisticated. I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe the wedding or the couple.. maybe both! Either way, this fantastic pair celebrated their wedding in a restored old red barn and escaped in an old restored car.

 

Warren & Leslie
First Church of the Nazarene | Pasadena, CA | October
Details, details, details. Oh, did I mention details? Warren wore Leslie’s initials instead of a boutonniere and the entire wedding was full of handmade paper and felt flowers. Absolutely amazing!

 

Zach & Olya
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | San Diego, CA | November
This is my husband’s other cousin, Zach! He was able to go to this wedding haha Olya is a Russian tennis player living in Utah and Zach is a white boy who speaks Russian! These two are so cute together. I have the best family!

 

Andrew & Alexandra
L’Ermitage Hotel | Beverly Hills, CA | November
This wedding was glamorous, simple, lush , and chic all at the same time. The colors of everything were perfect and the ceremony was so personal and sweet. Not to mention her gorgeous hair.. I’m in love with it!

 

Justin & Penelope
Alta Dena Town and Country Club | Altadena, CA | December
These two got married in the rain! ..and yet Penny’s hair still remained flawless. Surrounded by so many friends and tons of family, they danced and drank and partied the night away! Best way to wrap up 2012.

All in all, this year couldn’t have gone better! You guys are all amazing and I’m so thankful that you all touched my lives in such a special way. Here’s to a wonderful New Year!!!

Andrew & Sierra | Love | Malibu, California | Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Becca Rillo

I had so much fun tromping all over the beach with Andrew and Sierra earlier this month! Surprisingly enough, even though I live in Southern California, I rarely get asked to do a beach shoot. So needless to say, I didn’t have much experience with the ocean.. So I asked Andrew if they might be interested in being my guinea pigs for a beach adventure! I’m so glad they were up for it because I think we got some great shots and I definitely got the practice I needed. They are the perfect beach couple!

Side note: I’ve known Andrew since he was like, 6 months old.. that’s right, we go way back ;)

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