Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall | Monterey Wedding Photographer | Cake & Lace Feature

Lauren and Dan’s wedding venue was one of the finest luxury hotels in North America, the Hotel Del Monte, a total hidden gem, now occupies the present Naval Postgraduate School. You would never have imagined there was a real life secret garden hidden just behind these military walls! We were so excited Cake and Lace, Whimsically […]

Monterey Wedding Photographer | Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall

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Monterey Senior Portrait Session | Julia from Notre Dame High School

This Monterey senior portrait session with Julia was so much fun! Sometimes our seniors arrive alone or with their mothers, but not Julia, she brought the whole gang! Parents, sister, and a friend! Her awesome dad, Jerry, reached out to us because of two of our past seniors had said nothing but rave reviews about […]

Monterey Senior Session | Notre Dame High School | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Monterey Maternity Session | Welcoming a Baby Boy | David & Raquel

Monterey Maternity Session. Six years ago, these two lovebirds, trusted us to capture their wedding day. Nothing touches are our hearts more than having past wedding couples come back to us for a maternity session. We’ve seen these two grow and mature in so many ways, now we get watch them become parents! This Monterey […]

Monterey Maternity Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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JW Marriott Camelback Inn | Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding | Walker & Molly

A Scottsdale Arizona wedding. I’m looking back through the images from Walker and Molly’s wedding and in aw of how beautiful the day was, but I struggled with how to write this blog. Do I share with you all the amazing highlights of the day and tell you how everything was perfect, or reveal the […]

JW Marriott Camel Back Inn Wedding | Scottsdale Arizona Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Anniversary Session | Celebrating Life | Laura & Andy

Charleston Anniversary Session. This is what you call true southern love! Andy was born and raised on a small rural island in the suburbs of Charleston, me, a small nautical home-town on the central coast of California. Over 2,700 miles separated us for nearly four decades. We both experienced life in completely different ways, yet […]

Charleston Anniversary Session | Fenwick Plantation | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Anniversary Session | Rachel & Paul Celebrate Two Years

Charleston Family Portraits. If you would have told us a little more than two years ago, that we would be planning Rachel and Paul’s wedding, they would have a baby, build a home, and we all would move across the country, we would have called you crazy, but that’s exactly what we did. Makenna was […]

Charleston Anniversary Session | Sullivan's Island | Laura & Rachel Photography

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The Carolinas Magazine Feature | Fine Art Film Charleston Engagement

Charleston Fine Art Photographer. Those words have been a long time coming, but flows so beautifully after our names. This gorgeous Charleston engagement session recently featured by The Carolinas Magazine, was one of our first film submissions, and we were blown away how much attention it received and quickly it was accepted. Film! It might […]

The Carolinas Magazine Feature | Sullivan's Island Engagement Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Family Portraits | Folly Beach | The Roy Family

Charleston Family Photographer. You read it right! For years, behind the scenes of wedding, engagements, and anniversaries, we’ve been capturing families. Besides that being how we actually started our business over 8 years ago, our engaged couples get married, and you know what they say, “First comes love, then comes marriage, this comes the baby […]

Charleston Family Beach Portraits | Laura & Rachel Photography

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Carly & Carlos

San Francisco engagement sessions always so dreamy! The light, the views, the magic of the city, always takes our breath away. Carly and Carlos we’re referred to us by one of our past couples since they’re getting married in North Carolina later this year, but since home is San Francisco, we just had to fly […]

Baker Beach Engagement Session | San Francisco | Bay Area Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography

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California Fall Mini Sessions

Mini Sessions! You asked… we listened! That’s right, we’re coming back to Cali (for a few days that is ), and while we’re there we are offering MINI SESSIONS! Our favorite time of year is almost here… FALL! We can’t wait to bring out our scarves and tall boots, feel the crisp cool bite in the […]

Fall Family Mini Sessions | California Mini Sessions | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Maternity Session | Zachary & Katherine

Being a Charleston photographer has opened our doors to so much more than just weddings. Here in the Low Country, Babymoon’s are such a huge thing! What’s cuter than just before a momma-to-be can’t travel anymore, enjoys one last relaxing vacation… a.k.a. Babymoon. Zach and Katherine traveled all the way from Massachusetts to South Carolina, […]

Charleston photographer | Charleston Maternity Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Mission Ranch Wedding | Kate & Andy

Details! Details! Details! Our hearts were swooning over all the details Kate had created from us the moment we walked through the door. She was just as excited as we were, if not more, to literally take us by the hand and guide us to the awaiting full invitation suite (which she had the calligrapher […]

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Photography Ring Hack That Changed Our Life | Instagram vs Reality

We get asked all the time how we get the most amazing ring shots during an engagement session. We’re normally not in an ideal background location for flat lays, lighting is unpredictable, and on very limited time. For starters, take ring shots while your couple is doing their outfit change. We have all our couples […]

Monterey Wedding Photographer | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Engagement Session | Folly Beach | Elizabeth & Jeremy

A dream Charleston engagement session! This session has nearly every element of why we moved here. The historic mossy tree lined driveways, white long sandy beaches, fence and sea grass filled sea shores, and sunset light that will leave you breathless. Elizabeth and Jeremy flew all the way from Texas for us to capture their […]

Charleston Engagement Session | Charleston Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Carmel Engagement Session | Big Sur Engagement| Starlene & Daniel

This Carmel engagement session was a year in the making. Early last year we had the honor of capturing the most beautiful Bernardus Lodge wedding. Little did we know, Starlene, maid of honor and sister of the bride, would get engaged herself a year later and reach out to us to capture her wedding. Better […]

Carmel Engagement Session | Puerto Rico Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Big Sur Engagement Photographer | Alison & Johnny

The magic of Calla Lily Valley brought us back for this Big Sur engagement session. It’s uncommon for blooms to last though March, but with the amount of rain California has had this year, we were pleasantly surprised to see valley completely in bloom in May! The day was slightly overcast, yet still warm, it […]

Big Sur Engagement | San Francisco Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Pebble Beach Engagement | Natalie & Dominic

A Pebble Beach engagement session at sunset?!?! Yeeeesssss please! We met Natalie and Dominic though a mutual friend and knew right away we were going to be best of friends. When the topic of wedding planning came up, we talked for hours! From venues to favors, dresses to bridal party… we could have gone on […]

Pebble Beach Engagement Session | Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Mitchell & Lauryn

A Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding. Talk about years in the making and we’ve been dying to share this one! It all started back in 2016 when we we hosted the Pottery Barn Bridal Runway Show and Lauryn was the raffle winner for a free couples portrait session. We were instant friends! We hadn’t yet met […]

Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Carmel Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding

A Santa Lucia Preserve wedding is like no other. Time and time again we are in awe of how absolutely gorgeous the weddings are we capture really are. Every single detail thought of, no stone left unturned, nothing forgotten. It feels as if we’re walking through the pages of a real life magazine!  We love […]

Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding, Carmel Valley Wedding, Laura and Rachel Photography

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Downtown Charleston Engagement Session | Folly Beach Engagement Session | Samantha & Drew

Oh friends, this Charleston engagement session has our hearts swooning for more! Historic buildings, ancient mossy oak trees, white sandy shores, and a PUPPY! Now this is our love language! With our feet planted here in Charleston for six months now, we’ve had the time to explore and get more acquainted with the area. There […]

Charleston Engagement Session | Folly Beach Engagement Session | Puppy Engagement Session | Charleston Wedding Photographers Laura & Rachel Photography

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“Thank U, Next” to Wedding Cake — POPSUGAR Feature

We LOVED seeing our photo of the dessert bar from Rachel’s baby shower featured this week on POPSUGAR! From the sound of things, this year at weddings, you will be seeing a lot more doughnuts than ever before. Fancy, plain, jelly filled, hung on a wall, or simply stacked. Anyone else now hungry???

Popsugar Feature | No To Wedding Cakes Out, Yes To Doughnuts | Wedding Dessert Ideas | Doughnut wall | Wedding Doughnuts

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Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding | Robert & Alexandra

In 2011, when we started to photograph weddings, we created a long list of all the dream wedding venues we wanted to capture weddings at, and felt if we were able to book a wedding at each of these venues, we had officially “made it.” It’s so funny for us to look back at this […]

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Makenna Rose Bench | Birth Story

It’s been a whirlwind of a few months, but we can say it’s been the most exciting, adventurous, and AMAZING time of our lives! Back in June we made two HUGE life changing announcements… First, Rachel was pregnant AND second, we were moving! Being pregnant in the midst of our craziest busy wedding season ever, […]

Makenna's Birth Story | Natividad Medical Center

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Intimate Charleston Plantation Wedding

A Charleston plantation wedding is what southern girls hearts are made of. There is something completely magical about the light, mossy trees, waterfront docks, lush woods, all intertwined with the incredible history. Tucked away deep in the woods of Charleston, a Low Country wedding is what we’ve dreamed about capturing for years! Getting ready in […]

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Big Sur Engagement Session | Kelly & Christopher

A Big Sur engagement session… dreamy light that turned to slightly overcast skies, a beach cruiser bicycle, an energetic couple, and FILM! This was such a fun and BEAUTIFUL engagement session! This is one of our first sessions we’re sharing that’s a true hybrid session, meaning captured with both digital and film images. The way […]

Big Sur Engagement Session | California Engagement Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Mission | Christopher & Kelly

That’s right friends, we’re back and better than EVER!!! Where have we been you might be asking yourself? Well, Rachel had a baby, we packed two houses and traveled over 2,100 cross country with three adults, two large dogs, a newborn, and now call Charleston, South Carolina home. That’s all. Oh, do we have stories […]

Carmel Mission Wedding | La Playa Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Carmel Wedding Photographer | Gardener Ranch Wedding | Alex & Harmony

A Carmel Valley wedding. Occasionally there are those weddings that leave our hearts aching for more! So much thought goes into the bridal details, the couple uses the timeline we create, they do a first look, nearly everything is outdoors during daylight, and chose their vendors using our preferred vendor list. Oh my word, that […]

Gardener Ranch Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

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Carmel Valley Maternity Session | Big Sur Maternity Session | Rachel & Paul

This is one excited mamma to have the opportunity to photograph her own daughters maternity session AND that Inspired By This wanted to do a full feature of it! With the announcement only a few months ago Rachel and Paul we’re excepting, then the big news it’s going to be a girl, my Granna heart […]

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Charleston Proposal | Charleston Wedding Photographers

A Charleston proposal. July in South Carolina. It’s hot, it’s humid, but the sunsets are unbelievable! Every corner you turn there’s a waterway leading to either a bridge or dock, that opens to the most magical of locations. It’s a photographers’ paradise! Just off the mainland, we took a side road that led down to […]

Charleston Proposal | South Carolina | Proposal Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018

We thought it was quite fitting with the news coming today, national South Carolina Day! Just when you thought we didn’t have any more surprises up our sleeves, this has been the summer of life-changing announcements! First was there’s a baby coming, then we announced we are moving to South Carolina (still accepting weddings from the West […]

Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018

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Charleston Engagement Session | Downtown Historic District & Sullivan’s Island | Ryan & Alyssa

Being a Charleston wedding photographer is what dreams are made of! A few weeks ago we shared with you this beautiful Charleston bridal session. If you remember we had mentioned this was a quick trip, literally three days on the ground and we had 5 sessions, in the low-country’s summer heat and humidity. Oh boy, […]

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Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Photographer | Lori & Joseph

Big Sur Proposal | Pink Lilys, chocolate cheesecake, and a spectacular Big Sur view. Those were the hints Joseph gave us while planning his secret surprise picnic proposal to Lori. Escaping the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, Joseph decided to bring Lori down the coast for a bit of much needed R&R. It was […]

Big Sur Proposal Photographer | South Carolina Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Kimberly & Josh’s Rehearsal Dinner

We couldn’t have envisioned a more gorgeous location for a rehearsal dinner than along the 18th hole at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Kimberly and Josh’s family went all out, reserving the entire Stillwater Grill restaurant to celebrate with friends and family the night before their wedding. Lavish florals, a dinner set for kings, and […]

The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Rehearsal Dinner | Laura & Rachel Photography

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We’re Having a Girl!

IT’S A GIRL!!! Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Baby shower plans are in full effect and we now know to doctorate with pink (rose gold to be more accurate)! Today marks 28 weeks and we’ve entered the third and final trimester. In only 12 short weeks we’ll […]

Laura & Rachel Gender Reveal

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Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session

  Officially a Charleston Wedding Photographer… someone pinch us! That has been a dream of ours for years to actually say out loud. With the whirlwind of emotions lately with the announcement we’re moving to Charleston, South Carolina and that Rachel’s pregnant, reality has set in that we’re moving our business cross country. Not a […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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The Biggest Announcement Ever | We’re MOVING to South Carolina!!!

Notice a theme in our t-shirts, low hanging magical moss, and huge smiles across our faces? Besides keeping the secret we announced last week that Rachels pregnant, we’ve also been holding in something else. As of the end of the year, we will be calling Charleston home! We’re MOVING!!! That’s right, we’re trading the west […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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