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the engagement issue WEDDING GUIDE tips and wedding advice from real brides like you

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LOVE + with kayden studios

10 TIPS TO LOOK FABULOUS IN YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION

LOVE LETTERS what our brides are saying

BEST VENUES a list of our favorite venues and why we love them

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT kathy g’s anything but ordinary florist


WE LIVE FOR MOMENTS LIKE THIS... Over the course of a lifetime there are few moments that can make time truly stand still. The moment right before you walk down the isle and realize that this is the what you’ve been waiting so long for. Your dad tearing up as he gives away his baby girl. Seeing everyone surround you as you dance your very first dance as husband and wife, and knowing just how much you are loved. These are the moments that we as photographers cherish with each and every wedding and what drive us to keep clicking away.


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OUR STORY about the photographers of kayden studios FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS questions from brides like you THE KAYDEN STUDIOS EXPERIENCE say goodbye to boring wedding photos LOVE LETTERS what our bride and grooms are saying about us LOOK FABULOUS IN YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS 10 tips and tricks for a gorgeous e-session ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IDEAS if you are considering and engagement session, this article is full of fun ideas!

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TOP ORANGE COUNTY VENUES our favorite venues in orange county and why we love them!

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A WEDDING DAY PHOTO TIMELINE a typical wedding timeline to help you effectively plan out your wedding day

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ALL IN THE FAMILY all about traditional family portraits

WEDDING WIRE COUPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS we’ve won the wedding wire couple’s choice awards and are among the top 5% in our industry

BOOK YOUR WEDDING TODAY call us at (714)390-9651 or email us at kara@kaydenstudios.com

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT kathy g’s anything but ordinary florist WHY DO A FIRST LOOK 4 reasons why doing a first look can save you time and stress on your wedding day

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OUR STORY

OUR STORY

ORANGE COUNTY PREMIERE PHOTOGRAPHERS We are Kara & Denis, a father daughter wedding and portrait photography duo based out of Southern California. We work out of our home studio in Orange County (Yorba Linda to be precise). We are passionate about what we do and love to document the extraordinary love stories of our clients. Since opening our studio in 2007, we’ve wholeheartedly dedicated ourselves not only to our craft, but to providing the best possible experience for our clients. We believe that one of the most important aspects to enhancing our clients wedding experience is by connecting and building a strong relationship with each other. By doing this, we find that our clients feel more comfortable and natural in front of our lens, which, most importantly, allows us to capture their uniqueness and what makes them special. We want our clients to be wowed with not only their experience on their wedding day, but also with each and every image they receive. We understand first hand how much you’ve invested in creating such a beautiful and unforgettable day! As we snap away, we are 100% committed in going to every wedding with a “we will do whatever it takes to get that shot” mentality. We know that when the day is over, and the leftover cake has been eaten, the only tangible memory of your wedding day will ultimately be through your photographs. It is a huge privilege to be able to provide our clients with our unique vision on the biggest day of their lives. We want you to laugh and cry when you look at your photos. Time goes by so fast and it’s our job to document your story... beautifully. If you’d like to learn more about the Kayden Studios experience, we’d love to hear from you, and share our love for what we do. Feel free to contact us and request info, or call 714.390.9651. Blessings,

Kara & Denis

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Frequently Asked Questions DO YOU TOUCH UP ALL THE IMAGES ON OUR IMAGE DVD? Yes we do. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique style of post production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any, or will post produce only “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too bright, have funky skin tones, or other common photography flaws.

WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE? The Kayden Studios is well known for developing a unique style of wedding photography that is heavily rooted in fine-art and fashion photography while also influenced by wedding photojournalism. We love using creative lighting, unique perspectives, angles, compositions to bring out our clients personalities and beauty while telling their wedding story. We pride ourselves on not just being photographers, but rather artists creating unique and expressive imagery.

MY VENUE IS REALLY DARK. HOW DOES YOUR STUDIO HANDLE THESE SITUATIONS? We have shot in the darkest of dark chapels and reception halls so no need to worry! If the situation allows, we will set up additional lighting to ensure we get bright crisp pictures. Some chapels do not allow for flash photography; and for that reason, we shoot on camera’s with superb low-light performance and lenses with low apertures.

WE’D LOVE TO SET ASIDE SOME TIME FOR AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU DO? We sure do! We work with you to plan the engagement shoot of your dreams, including location selection and wardrobe recommendations. Additionally, we can even help you design pieces for your wedding using your engagement shoot photos for sign-in boards, guest books, save-the-date cards, thank you cards, table place settings, and much more.

HAVE YOU SHOT AT MY VENUE BEFORE? We have shot at tons of venues so there is a good chance that we have. If we have not however we will be sure to perform a thorough walkthrough with you prior to your wedding day. HAVE A QUESTION? We’d love to hear from you and answer your question in a future issue of Kayden Studios magazine. Please send your question to kara@kaydenstudios.com.

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THE KAYDEN STUDIOS EXPERIENCE

THE EXPERIENCE say goodbye to boring wedding photos

For most of the wedding we follow you around, capturing your day as it is happening. We absolutely LOVE getting real laughs, real tears, real emotions and there’s no amount of posing that can recreate those real moments. To capture your true personalities is what we do best! When it’s time for portraits we scope out stunning backgrounds and look for the best light possible! In those great spots that we pick out, we tell you to scoot in close together for some sweet, romantic, silly and just plain adorable shots.

You don’t have to know how to pose yourself or have experience as a super model. We will walk you through the process, tell you exactly what to do and make you look your absolute best. Then we’ll let the magic happen between you two love birds. All you have to do is be in love with each other and don’t be afraid to show it! Along with our creative romantic style, we also take all of the standard family photos & formal portraits that you, mom and grandma will love!

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what our brides are saying “Kayden Studios captured our wedding Perfectly and flawlessly with the ideal mix of images - artistic, candid, friends, family, intimate details. The photos are absolutely Gorgeous and beyond our expectations. We cannot say enough Positive comments about Kara’s and Denis’ grasp of lighting, exposure, content and color.” -Brenna & David “There are not enough words to describe how Impressed I am with Kara. She and her father were so much Fun to work with - the made us feel so relaxed and natural. They did our engagement pictures which turned out Beautiful but the wedding pics blew my mind! I couldn’t ask for better memories of our big day.” -Rochelle & Steven “Kayden Studios works for your satisfaction & are most Excellent on so many levels. They communicate at every step of the way and are Reliable and Trustworthy. We are incredibly satisfied with their professional work and feel blessed to have worked with such a stellar vendor!” -Monica & Juan

Our Brides Love Us! find out why and scan the QR code to see all of our five star reviews weddingwire.com/kaydenstudios

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LOOK FABULOUS IN YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS 10 tips and tricks to make your engagement photos totally gorgeous and all about you!

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LOCATION

The first step to choosing what to wear is to choose a location that best fits your personalities, then pick out outfits that work well in that location. Are you beach bums? Love the good old outdoors? Obsessed with stunning architecture? Are you book worms and always at the library? Park? Zoo? Museum? Coffee Shop? The list could go on and on. For more location inspiration, feel free to look through some of our past engagement sessions here, or we always love photographing at someplace new. This shoot is all about you and your love story so pick a spot that fits your personalities!

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COORDINATE

I’m sure you and your fiancé don’t dress like twins in real life, so don’t dress the same for your engagement session. The key is to coordinate within the same color palette or wear complimentary colors without completely matching. Try flipping through your favorite magazine for inspiration!

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PROPS

This is a great way to show off your personalities! Are you a bookworm? Then brings some of your favorite books. Do you love to skateboard? Play guitar? Bike ride? Cuddle in a cozy blanket? Play scrabble? Have a vintage car? Even your dog or your horse would be great to include in a few special shots! You name it, there are tons of great prop ideas that can show off your personalities and what you love in a fun and adorable way!

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BE COMFORTABLE

We tend to do a lot of walking around during our engagement sessions, so bring a comfy pair of shoes to walk in until we find that perfect spot, then switch into your fabulous photo shoes! Most of all you want to be comfortable in what you are wearing. If you are a casual person and haven’t worn a dress since your high school prom, don’t go pick out a dress for your engagement session. The goal is to show off a slightly more polished version of yourself. If you live in jeans, then pick out your nicest jeans with some cute shoes. Or if you are a girly girl, wear some adorable dresses and fashionable heels!

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AVOID WHITE

We recommend if you’d like to wear white for your engagement shoot to choose ivory instead. True white is highly reflective and details tend to get lost, while ivory compliments skin tones and photographs in a much more flattering way. Ivory dresses look very whimsical and romantic. You could even dress it up with a cute belt and some boots!

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STICK TO SOLIDS

While loud patterns might be fun, they tend to detract from the main subject – you. Stick to solid, monochromatic colors in hues that go well with your location and will look good hanging on the walls of your home. Also avoid wearing turtle necks or baggy clothing as it will make you look larger than you are. Darker colors are more slimming, so if you are hoping to look a few pounds lighter try to pick out an outfit in a darker tone like black, navy or grey.

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VARIETY IS KEY

We recommend choosing 2-3 different outfits for your session: Casual, Dressy and Fun. A casual outfit with your cutest jeans is always great for an everyday look. Try to avoid capris as they tend to crop off your legs and make you look shorter than you are. It’s always fun to pick out a gorgeous dress that you know you look fabulous in and put your man in a nice suit or throw on a chic bow tie. Live it up! Do something fun and funky. Try something super fashionable and trendy with bold colors that will pop!

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MAKE-UP

We recommend that you do your wedding makeup trial the day of your engagement session. Not only will you be killing two birds with one stone, but your make-up will look fantastic in your photos! You will also be able to get an idea of what your make-up will photograph like on your wedding day.

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LAYERING

This is a great way to get several different looks without having to change your entire outfit! Throw on a cute coat and an adorable scarf. A hat, bow tie, necklaces, bracelets, different shoes, scarves and belts are all great ways to add a little style to your session!

10 HANDS + FEET Many photos will be shot from head to toe, so treat yourself and get a mani pedi before your shoot. After all, you did just get some bling that you’ve got to show off!

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ENGAGEMENTS

considering an engagement session?

Engagements are so engaging. Romance is in the air and the anticipation of a lifetime together comes to a crescendo in the rush during the weeks leading up to your wedding, causing you to wonder: Is an engagement shoot necessary? After all, your wedding pictures share the beginning of your life, right? Shooting an engagement is important for several reasons. First, this time allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera with your photographer, figuring out how you work best together before the wedding. Next, you can

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showcase your personalities in a more casual setting, while creating some fun captures for wall portraits, your wedding sign-in book, sign-in board and Thank You cards (shot early enough, we can also provide the images for your Save the Date cards and invitations). Images also add another dimension to your wedding album, chronicling the story from engagement to your wedding day. Best of all, you can remember this special time forever away from the throngs of loved ones and friends. This is your time together.

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GREAT ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IDEAS: At the place he proposed: After all, what better way to capture an engagement than the place it all started! At your favorite restaurant: Meaningful memories happen with food, ambiance and your special song playing in the background. Doing your favorite activity: You both enjoy playing checkers. What better way to capture your personality than in the heat of game play, the agony of defeat, or the comedy of contemplating your next move? Where you first met each other: Whether your first meeting was a discussion at the library or fumbling for the door at the local coffee shop, going back to your beginnings is a marvelous memory worth capturing.

Images with your pet: What better way to capture your new family than by including a beloved shared pet in your session? Your favorite skyline: Your city is beautiful at any time of the year, and the skyline shares where you live now, a beautiful location that might change with time. A downtown urban session: Fun and funky, pictures in alleyways or in otherwise undiscovered locations of your area make for a more intimate view of the city. An amusement park: Nothing says fun like the Tilt-A-Whirl to go with your whirlwind romance.

Vintage-styled, with old furniture and funky clothes: Bring out your nostalgic or avant garde side with some dramatic, edgy modern shots coupled with retro stylings. At your favorite, cute coffee shop: Quirky and cozy, local mom and pop shops are a great way to take a quick break to refuel and to catch some local, architectural shots with you in the process. Seasonal: Catch the nuances of the seasons, including everything from a winter wonderland, to leaves of fall, to flowers in spring, to the lush, green summers in nearby beautiful fields and forests.

A romantic beach: In the morning, evening or any time of day, the sea meets an endless sky for a feeling of forever.

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

KATHY G’S ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY FLORIST Kathy G’s Anything But Ordinary is exactly as their name suggests - extraordinary. Owners of the company, Kathy and Debbie have big hearts and open minds when it comes to florals for your wedding. I remember when I first sat down with them to talk about what I would be needing for my wedding and they helped guide me through the entire process. By asking about the kinds of things that we liked, colors, themes, style and much more, they were able to pinpoint exactly what would be perfect for our big day. Not only were their floral arrangements beyond my expectation, they were so wonderful to work with as well. Both Kathy and Debbie are two of the sweetest ladies that will help make your wedding day into the event of your dreams. I love watching each and every couple the moment they see their centerpieces for the first time and watch their jaw drop over the extraordinary florals done by Kathy G’s Anything But Ordinary!

Contact Kathy and Debbie at (562) 858-9958 www.kathygseventflowers.com

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WHY DO A FIRST LOOK?

4 reasons why doing a first look can save you time and stress on your wedding day

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The first look will most likely be the only 5 to 10 minutes the two of you will have alone all day. Think about it….when are you going to have a moment to really enjoy your wedding day together just the two of you? Even when you two see each other for the first time during the ceremony, you won’t be able to really talk about it until the ceremony is all over. It’s your wedding day! Take some time for yourselves and enjoy a few stolen moments together.

The first look is usually photographed prior to the ceremony, and shortly after the bride’s hair and make-up is finished. This means that your hair and make-up is fresh and will look the absolute best. You haven’t cried yet, or stood in the hot sun. Your groom will see you looking gorgeous. Right after the first look you two will begin wedding party photographs then photos of the two of you together. Why not take them when you look your best?

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YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME AT YOUR RECEPTION

YOU WON’T KEEP YOUR GUEST WAITING FOR HOURS

Let’s face it, you’ve spent quite a while planning this gorgeous reception, and you want to be there from start to finish. Doing the first look before the ceremony will allow you to do just that. After the first look, you will take the bride and groom photos. This means that you don’t have to spend time after the ceremony to take these photos and miss out on part of your reception. Once the ceremony is finished, you can enjoy the cocktail hour without having to worry about missing out on mingling with your guests.

By seeing each other before the ceremony, it frees up time to take all the important photographs ahead of time such as: family portraits, bridal party photos as well as portraits of the bride and groom. However, if you want to stick with tradition then you will have to take all of these photos after the ceremony. This usually takes approximately two hours. You don’t want your guests to be bored as they wait for hours for you to finish up taking photos, when you could have done it before hand.

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Our first look was my absolute FAVORITE MEMORY of my wedding day! It gave us a few stolen moments to spend together before the hustle and bustle of the day began. It was so special! I wouldn’t have changed anything about it!

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TOP ORANGE COUNTY VENUES OUR FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES IN ORANGE COUNTY AND WHY WE LOVE THEM!

Colette’s at the Muckenthaler Mansion Unique Spanish Villa Style Mansion The Muckenthaler Mansion is a unique estate within the town of Fullerton. This historical nine acre property is filled with 1920’s style spanish architecture complete with ornate arch doorways, an old stone gazebo, decorative tiles, magnificent rooms, an art gallery, rolling hills and lush gardens. With such a large property, every wedding is unique.

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With such a large property, each couple can choose from a variety of locations here to hold their wedding from small intimate ceremonies to large events up to 600 guests. Colette’s catering handles everything from tables, chairs, glasses, cake, meals and hors d’oeuvres all starting at $74 per person during the main wedding season. The venue fee is $4,500 during inseason months and drops $1,000 during the off-season.

Couples Work Directly with Owner One thing that many couples don’t know when choosing to have their wedding at the Muckenthaler Mansion is that they get to work directly with Duane, the owner of Colette’s catering from start to finish. Every couple is answered with a personal phone call and treated with outstanding service by Duane and his staff from beginning to end. While many venues have high

Contact Duane at Colette’s Catering 714-447-9190 daune@colettesevents.com

turn over rates with their staff, Duane has been with the Muck as long as we have been photographing there. We even see him at every wedding personally checking in to make sure everything is running smoothly and according to plan.

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Black Gold Golf Club Spectacular Views Here at Kayden Studios we are so excited to be featuring the only golf course based in our home town of Yorba Linda! The Black Gold Golf Club is a gorgeous venue with some of the best views in Orange County. In fact, they have the highest tee in the OC which makes the perfect spot for those romantic sunset photographs that we love! While many golf courses in southern California can easily become brown with the weather, every time we visit Black Gold it is always lush, green and well kept with a natural backdrop which is stunning with beautiful waterfalls, greenery and rocks.

The Details Black Gold was built with weddings in mind. The ceremony location

Contact Megan Ramirez 714-961-0253 ext. 107 mramirez@blackgoldgolf.com

itself was designed specifically for weddings and nothing else. Their prices are competitive with custom packages available for all budgets. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and the month chosen.

Amazing Chef Gus While couples can choose to hire an outside caterer, the Derricks Restaurant at the Black Gold is fabulous! Chef Gus truly takes pride in each and every dish he creates and is even willing to create custom dishes for his couples. The food here is fabulous and won’t disappoint! In fact, the whole team at Black Gold truly takes special care of each and every couple that walks through their doors.

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The Fullerton Arboretum Natural Gardens

Historical Heritage House

The Fullerton Arboretum is a stunning hidden gem in Fullerton

The Heritage House (bottom middle photo) was built in 1894

that not many people know exist. Located on the Cal State

by one of Fullerton’s pioneer doctors, Dr. George Crook Clark.

Fullerton campus, this site is full of lush gardens, rare flowers,

In 1972 this Victorian Eastlake-style cottage was in jeopardy of

bamboo lined paths, a vintage home, gorgeous rose gardens,

being demolished for a street widening project. In December of

a peaceful lake and so much more. With such a variety in

that year, the home was relocated from it’s original location on

backdrops, this venue is an ideal outdoor location.

the corner of Amerige and Harvard to the Fullerton Arboretum, where it was then restored. The lush wisteria arbor in the back

The Details

of the house (top right photo) is a larger version of the arbor on

One of the reasons the Arboretum is so amazing is the

the grounds of Dr. Clark’s wife, Edith’s, family home in Norwalk.

flexibility in both the budget and the site itself. With reception

The restored house now serves as a museum of what family

rental fees starting at low as $1,850 for 3 hours, this venue is

life and medical practice was like in the 1890’s. Brides can get

an amazing deal. Couples can also bring in some of their own

ready in the bridal parlor of this lovely home.

outside vendors, which is makes it easy to make each and every wedding completely original. There are several locations within the arboretum to hold a ceremony and reception from the spacious Orchard Lawn to the lush Wisteria Arbor. The Fullerton Arboretum is an excellent venue for both small intimate weddings to large receptions up to 300 guests.

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The Richard Nixon Presidential Library Exclusive Presidential Service

The Details

We are so excited to feature yet another gorgeous Yorba Linda

The Richard Nixon Library can accommodate up to 450

venue! The Nixon Library, located less than 5 minutes from our

guests in the First Lady’s Rose Garden and up to 500 in the

photography studio is one of the few presidential libraries in the

East Room. Every couple can choose from one of their four

United States that holds wedding ceremonies. The amazing

exclusive caterers: The Anaheim White House; Creme de la

staff at the Nixon Library is known and highly regarded for

Creme; Zov’s Bistro and Jason’s Catered Events. The Richard

treating all their couples with elite presidential service.

Nixon Library has many different options with rates that can

The First Lady’s Rose Garden & the East Room

fit almost any budget. Whether you’d like to have a morning ceremony or a Saturday evening reception, their venue fees

The First Lady’s Rose Garden is the largest public rose garden

range from $2,500 up to $10,500 depending on the day of the

in Orange County and is the site where most ceremonies are

week, time of day and wedding season.

held. With over 1,400 rose bushes, this garden setting is the perfect spot for your romantic ceremony. One of the Nixon Library’s most spectacular features is the East Room. This room is the only exact replica of White House’s East Room fully decorated with three large chandeliers, imported marble fireplaces, silk curtains and gorgeous crown moulding.

Contact Laura Machin (714) 364-1182 laura@nixonfoundation.org

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TOP ORANGE COUNTY VENUES CONTINUED OUR FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES IN ORANGE COUNTY AND WHY WE LOVE THEM!

The Summit House Cozy English Country Manor The Summit House Restaurant is not only one of Fullerton’s finest restaurants, it is also a stunning place to get married. This romantic english country manor sits atop on of the highest points in Orange County, giving guests inspiring panoramic views. The spectacular decor of the Grand Summit Ballroom features floor to ceiling windows, quaint fireplaces, large chandeliers and carved high beam ceilings.

Royal Service While the Summit House has fabulous food, one of the primary reasons we added this venue to the list of our favorites is their outstanding service. For as long as we have been photographing at the Summit House, Marco, the day of catering manager, has been taking superb care of our bride and grooms. When they arrive on their wedding day he greats them with cool refreshments and takes care of their every need. We are always so impressed by the personal care and attention they show each and every couple they serve.

The Details With a large 12 acre property surrounded by Fullerton’s Vista Park, there is plenty of space for both a ceremony and a reception of up to 250 guests. Ceremonies are held in the wedding gazebo surrounded by lush rose gardens and large sycamores. The guests are seated in an open air amphitheater carved into the hillside. After the ceremony your family and friends can enjoy the panoramic views on the spacious patio before being seated in the stunning Grand Summit Ballroom.

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Contact Carmen Kaiser (714) 671-3092 carmenkaiser@summithouse.com

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recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year. While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Kayden Studios. Award-winning vendors are distinguished

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YOUR WEDDING

A WEDDING DAY PHOTO TIMELINE A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. There’s little more important to a perfectly executed event than an organized timeline. If you are looking to effectively plan out your wedding day with your wedding coordinator or fiance, here’s a look at a typical wedding photo timeline from our point of view. We are here to help assist you in planning out your day so that you don’t miss a beat. THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CEREMONY

We’ve just finished packing our bags and are now checking the weather forecast for the day. We go over the wedding information form and talk about our game plan for the day. 5 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

COCKTAIL HOUR

We arrive at the preparation site to capture the groomsmen making their final preparations, the bride’s finishing touches of hair and makeup and to document the details, including the dress, rings and all other important details. 3 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY We arrange for the “first look” with the bride and groom where they see each other before the ceremony. Immediately after this we begin formal photographs with the entire wedding party and the bride and groom’s immediate and extended families. 2 HOURS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

We arrive at the reception site and immediately begin photographing candid shots of arriving guests and continue into cocktail reception. We do our best to enter the dining room before the guests arrive to photograph the decor. Right before the guests arrive we touch base with the catering manager or wedding coordinator to see if there were any last minute changes to the reception schedule. SUNSET The sun is setting and we’d love to sneak the bride and groom out of the reception for a few sunset photos. RECEPTION

This is our favorite part! Now the bride and groom’s portraits begin. We work in a variety of locations and capture a wide range of poses. 30 MINUT ES BEFORE THE CEREMONY The bride and groom head back to the bridal suite to freshen up and have some quiet time just the two of you. This is usually your last chance to relax before the excitement begins. During this time we coordinate with our assistant and set up any equipment we need during the ceremony. We take a last look around and find where the light is coming from to best document the ceremony. THE CEREMONY We immediately split up to capture all angles of the ceremony from close up intimate shots of the two of you, to wide angle photographs capturing the entire scene. We are also capturing the reactions of family members and guests in the audience, all while trying to blend into the background as much as possible.

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Our coordinating skills really come into play as we direct all the family together for formal portraits. We are working off a list that you have provided us prior to the wedding. (see box below)

At this time we strictly document the reception candidly as it unfolds, including the first dances, toasts, dancing, and cake cutting. But don’t worry; we are always available for any photo request you may have throughout the evening. Just ask! Before we depart, we will check with you to make sure there aren’t any further photos you would like or an overtime request.

Approximately one month before your wedding we will touch base via phone or e-mail to discuss your wedding day photo timeline. At this time we will also provide you with our Online Wedding Questionnaire to fill out with all your wedding details including locations, list of family photographs, special wedding day events, vendors and much more. This information will ensure we are all on the same page for an unforgettable and stress-free event!

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TRADITIONAL GROUPINGS

ALL IN THE FAMILY Here at Kayden Studios we pride ourselves in capturing the

for more intimate group shots, we always start with the largest

most natural, candid portraiture possible. This style showcases

group and break it down after that to allow for mingling. As time

your day as it was, helping to bring your personalities forward

permits, we love to include a picture of the bride with each of

and documenting your day for a lifetime of memories.

her bridesmaids and the groom with each of his groomsmen, since each person has been invited due to close, personal ties

While we shoot the majority of our images this way, it’s also

with the couple.

very important to capture traditional formal portraits as well. These group shots are best immediately after the ceremony;

If you have ideas for any ‘can’t-miss’ portrait groupings you

and since our most important goal is getting you to your

would like to see photographed during this time, make sure to

reception on schedule, we allow 3-5 minutes for each desired

note them on your provided wedding information form. We’re

grouping to ensure maximum results with minimal time.

happy to work with you to capture all of your special moments!

Because we prefer to keep the number of groups to ten or less

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BOOK YOUR WEDDING TODAY CALL OR EMAIL US ANYTIME AT KARA@KAYDENSTUDIOS.COM 714.390.9651

KAY DEN S TUDIOS

K AYD E N ST U D I O S. C O M

714.390.9651


“I couldn’t be happier with service done by Kayden Studios! Kara and her dad are absolutely amazing!!! They captured every moment perfectly and made me feel so comfortable. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for stunning pictures!”

-Audra & Arthur

Orange County, California & World Wide 714-390-9651

KAYDENSTUDIOS.COM | KARA@KAYDENSTUDIOS.COM

Kayden Studios Bride Magazine Spring 2014  

the engagement issue

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